Author talk with Award Winning Writers K.S Jones and Susanna Lane Tuesday, April 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST on ZOOM.
“Change of Fortune” by K. S. Jones: The 1849 Gold Rush is no place for a refined young woman on her own, but Quinn plans to become a businesswoman, independent, and capable of earning her own way. First, though, she must escape her wealthy but abusive father with her inherited dowry intact. With her hopes and dreams buried deep by secrets, she flees to California’s gold country, a rugged man’s land where only the strong survive. Battling blackmail, fraud, and deception, Quinn must face the most divisive lie of all—her own.
Karen (K.S.) Jones comes to us from the beautiful Texas Hill Country where she writes Historical Fiction and Romance. In 2014, Southern Writers magazine awarded Karen their grand prize for “Best Short Fiction” of the year, and soon after, her first two novels, Shadow of the Hawk, a young adult historical, and Black Lightning, a middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy, saw publication. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including the coveted WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West. Her newest book, CHANGE OF FORTUNE, was released about eight weeks ago from Five Star Publishing, and within hours it rose to #30 on Amazon’s list of top 100 in American Historical Romances. In less than two months, the hardback has already gone into a third printing.
“Imperfect Promise” by Susanna Lane: Cortland Enders has one chance to escape prison: Accept the deal brokered by the widow, Sienna Harris, and agree to a distasteful business arrangement disguised as a marriage. In a cunning maneuver, Sienna prompts Cort to attend a local dance, supposedly to find a companion for her waning days. Lark Garrin captivates him, even though she is out of his reach. Lark is running from danger, and she believes Cort to be the marrying kind. Sparks fly when she discovers his offer isn’t what she expects. The two are drawn closer, even as he is bound by his fidelity, and she to her secrets. Violence from her past threatens to destroy everyone, until Cort resurrects his gunslinging skills to save the woman he loves. The story is rich in characters who brave the tumultuous plains.
Susanna Lane grew up in southern New Jersey without a mountain in sight. In fact, she spent many years cutting bait and dropping a line into the Delaware Bay from her father’s fishing boat. Once retired from her teaching career, she moved with her husband to the Delmarva Peninsula. She’s often been asked why she writes novels about the wild West . . . coming from the east coast. Her husband attended Colorado State College and fought wild fires in Wyoming during his youth. About thirty years ago, he led her on a vacation to the Rocky Mountains and the rest, as they say, was history! Two cattle drives and many ranch and riding trips later, she is a Westerner is spirit. She’d dabbled in writing all of her life. But it wasn’t until the last ten years that she became more entrenched in honing her craft. Susanna Lane began her career teaching materials science and chemistry. Often times she has been asked to explain the parallels between these two different careers. The best explanation lies in attention to details and drawing conclusions. That’s writing. Until she published her first book, “Imperfect Promise” in 2021, her greatest honor was born in her former career. She was part of a national program through Exxon to help encourage girls into careers in engineering and bolstering their confidence in the field. Ironically, as a member of both the Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America, she has found another path to spotlight women’s fortitude as they overcame the odds while settling the West. And “Imperfect Promise” is certainly that kind of story. It has been selected as the Western Writers of America 2022 Spur Award Winner for Historical Fiction Romance with the sequel to follow. No one could have prepared Susanna Lane for the wildest ride of her life and grandest moment in her career.
Topic: Author Talk with K.S. Jones and Susanna Lane
Time: Apr 19, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 824 3503 0474
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