Romance By Catherine: Make Welcome Susannah Sandlin

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Make Welcome Susannah Sandlin

Today I have the lovely and talented Susannah Sandlin who has agreed to answer a few questions for us to get to know her better. And what a yummy cover! Don't you all agree? The book sounds amazing. 

Thanks for coming today, Savannah.

How do you respond when someone says... "Oh, you write THAT kind of book?"

Usually, I just say, “Oh, these are my smut books,” and they think I’m joking. (The joke’s on them!) But lately, instead of “Oh, you write THAT kind of book,” I’m getting, “Oh, is it like Fifty Shades of Grey?” Uh… if the guy in 50 Shades has fangs and is 400 years old, then, sure. Whatever.

I'm hearing that all the time now. *sigh* 

How many books do you read a month? What was the name of the last book you read?

Not nearly as many as I’d like. I also write an urban fantasy series under another name, and between the two series and my daily book blog, Preternatura, it limits my reading time. But I probably average two or three a month. The last book I read was (okay, don’t judge) Cannibal Reign by Thomas Koloniar—I have a weakness for a good apocalypse. It was a DNF for me, though. So the last book I actually finished was Marta Acosta’s gothic YA recasting of Jane Eyre, Dark Companion. Not a romance, except in a dark way, but a very, very interesting book.
I love a good apocalypse now and then myself. I can skip the zombies, however. 

Do you have anything new in the works?
I just finished copyedits on the second book in the Penton Legacy series, Absolution, which comes out in October, and am furiously writing Omega, book three, scheduled to come out in December.

December? Wow, that's not a lot of time. Fingers crossed to make deadline. 

Where can we find you?
 at my alter-ego’s daily blog (, 

Where can we find your books?
On Amazon (the Kindle book is on sale for $3.99 right now!)
On B&

What are your thoughts on self publishing?

I have mixed feelings about it. Because so many authors are self-pubbing now, it’s hard for a debut author to rise from the sea of books. Too many are not getting the professional editing and cover design done that is needed, as well. I’m not saying I’d never do it—I do think it’s a great option for a lot of authors who are taking control of their backlists—but at this stage in my career, I want the marketing and editing and design pros behind me. The attractive thing about self-pubbing, of course, is controlling your price, trying some different things with your marketing, and the higher royalty rates.

Tell us something about your current release that you've not told any other blog.

This book started off as an urban fantasy with paranormal elements I began during NaNoWriMo in 2010. But it straddled the line between UF and PNR and just never quite jelled until I took the advice of an editor and rewrote it as a paranormal romance. It’s also the first book I’ve written from multiple POVs—there are five point-of-view characters in Redemption, one of whom is Mirren Kincaid, the hero of book two.

And the most important question ever... Toilet paper...over or under? 
That IS important! Over, baby. I’ve even (shhhh….don’t tell) taken off the TP roll in the restroom at my day job and turned it over. How sad is that?


Now let's hear a little bit more about your release:

Book One Penton Legacy series
By Susannah Sandlin

Following a worldwide pandemic whose vaccine left human blood deadly to vampires, the vampire community is on the verge of starvation and panic. Some have fanned into rural areas, where the vaccine was less prevalent, and are taking unsuspecting humans as blood slaves. Others are simply starving, which for a vampire is worse than death—a raging hunger in a creature too weak to feed.

Immune to these struggles—at first—is Penton, a tiny community in rural Chambers County, Alabama, an abandoned cotton mill town that has been repopulated by charismatic vampire Aidan Murphy, his scathe of 50 vampires, and their willingly bonded humans. Aidan has recruited his people carefully, believing in a peaceful community where the humans are respected and the vampires retain a bit of their humanity.

But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland.  Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars

To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago. 

Dr. Krystal Harris, forced into a world she never knew existed, must face up to her own abusive past to learn if the feelings she’s developing for her kidnapper are real—or just a warped, supernatural kind of Stockholm Syndrome in which she’s allowing herself to become a victim yet again.

Susannah Sandlin’s REDEMPTION is the first in the Penton Legacy series. Book two, ABSOLUTION, will be out September 18, and book three, OMEGA, on December 18.

About the Author:

Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night! A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch, and always fancied herself living in Cornwall (although she’s never actually been there). Details, details. She also is a fan of Stephen King. The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. Her novel Redemption won the paranormal romance category in the 2011 Chicago North RWA Fire and Ice contest, and is the first of three in a series that debuts this year.Website/Blog:


kkrafts said...

Great questions! And great answers! And it's over for me too!

miki said...

^^ interesting i didn't know it was to be an urban fantasy at first ^^ and yes book 3 still this year we are very lucky

miki said...

just a detail book 2 is for october 9 not spetember 18^^;; if i'm not mistaken

Rebe said...

Definitely over, lol!

Susannah Sandlin said...

LOL--thanks for stopping by...and Miki you are right! September 18 was the original release date for Absolution, but it got bumped to October 9.

And let's hear it for the "overs"!

Catherine Bybee said...

Yeah! The Over's have it!
Thanks everyone for showing your love for Susannah today.

Susannah Sandlin said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Catherine (my fellow Montlake author!)

Laurin Wittig said...

Hey Susannah and Catherine!

I just want to say that I could not put down Redemption and I've already preordered Absolution. I love the twist on the vampire lore, Susannah. Very original! This series is a great addition for those of us that love a great vampire story.

Catherine Bybee said...

You're very welcome, Susannah...and thanks for coming by, Laurin. I haven't read a vampire in a while... must check this one out!

Susannah Sandlin said...

Thanks, Laurin! (Sorry about that lost sleep-LOL.)

Aurian said...

Thanks for the lovely interview, I enjoyed it, and am looking forward to reading the book soon.