Sunday, April 16, 2017

 Writing as A.L. Simpson, Susan Horsnell has a long list of titles under her belt. Here are just a few of them. For more information on all of her titles, visit her website at

My first pick out of the featured titles has to be Dark Guardian. How about you?

About A.L. Simpson
I grew up in Sydney and moved to Queensland as an adult.
I am married with two sons.
I love to read and am like a sponge. I will read pretty much anything.
Travel, walks and the beach are my three most favorite things to do.
My hope is for readers to enjoy what I have written as much as I enjoy writing it.
Born to Sin is my first book and the first book in the “Born” Series.
Each book is a complete story and stand alone.
I also have Touched by an Angel and Watched by an Angel in the “Angel” Series.
Midnight Attraction and Complicated Attraction are the two books in the “Attraction” Series.

Dark Guardian


A Strange Cult…………..

Will Detective, Flynn Mitchell and Forensic Pathologist, Lily Reid assemble the puzzle which solves the mystery of a young man’s death before it’s too late?


What would cause a beautiful girl to display such hatred in a place of worship?
What is she hiding?
Why does every nerve in my body go on alert at the mere thought of being with her?

Is it possible there’s a man who isn’t revolted by me?
Will he run like everyone else?
Have I finally been given a chance at love?

Broken Series
#1 Broken Bastard
Present Day
My name is Tyler Alexander. I’m twenty-eight years old. Two years ago I had it all. An executive job in a prestigious investment firm owned by my father. Ha! Yeah, right – father. I’ll explain about that later.

I lived in a waterfront apartment overlooking the harbor and drove a Mercedes convertible. Then, in the blink of an eye, it was gone. All of it. Everything, except the fucking clothes on my back. I was broken. A bastard. Did I mention, I’m gay? No? Oh well, I have now.

This is the story of how my fairytale life turned to shit in the blink of an eye…….

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

My April Guest is... by Victoria Chatham

One of the least expected happenstances of my writing life is connecting with authors everywhere, no matter where they are in the world. One of the first blogs on which I was a guest, was that of Australian author, Susan Horsnell. It is now my pleasure to play host to her. I hope you'll enjoy getting to know her better, as I did with her answers to my questions.

When and why did you start writing? What is it about writing that satisfies you the most?

I started writing when I was back in high school but it wasn’t until I retired 5 years ago that I actually pulled my stories together and started publishing. I love to be able to get my thoughts down on paper and hopefully readers enjoy my work.

What type of scene do you find the hardest to write? Funny, romantic, scary, or sad?

I find it really hard to write funny. I tend to be a bit of a drama queen when it comes to my characters and the more angst they suffer, the better.

How did you feel when you held your first book in your hands?

Amazing. It was a little surreal to be holding something I had written.

Do you read your reviews? If so, how do you celebrate the good and get over the bad?

I believe reviews are someone’s personal opinion and point of view, I never take them to heart but will follow up on errors which are mentioned. I also never consider, or read, reviews when I am buying a book to read. What one person loves, another will detest and vice versa. I like to give all authors a fair go and will judge by the blurb only.

Do you work with critique partners? If so, what do you most like about the process? If not, is this an avenue you would consider in the future and if not, why not?

I have two critique partners and they are extremely valuable to me. If I become stuck on a story, they will guide me through. They are both brutally honest and if they recommend changes, I always take their advice. They have never led me astray.
Have you ever judged any writing competitions? If you have, what about the process surprised you the most?

I judge a writing contest every year, the Junior Category for 13-18 year olds. I love it and the ability of some youngsters is amazing. My only criticism is, they often select current social issues eg: bullying, drug use, etc to focus on and I would love to see more imaginative writing.

What is the most memorable class you’ve ever taken?
History at school. It taught me to develop an enquiring mind as our teacher insisted history is the most disputable subject one could take. He taught us that most history was one point of view and not necessarily an accurate one. He explained, most events are seen from different perspectives and not necessarily factual. He encouraged us to delve deeper and not believe things as they appeared to be on the surface.
Which of the four seasons do you like/dislike the most and why?
I love Summer, I detest being cold which is why I live in Queensland Australia. It’s warm all year round.
If you were marooned on a desert island and could only have one book, which book would that be and why?
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It is a book I read at least once a year and I have never read a book which brings the words to life as she does.
You are offered a free vacation, one a beach destination, the other a sight-seeing tour, which would you choose and why?
The Beach. I love being near the water, listening to the roar of the waves crashing on the shore.
SPEED QUESTIONS: Straight YES/NO answers, unless you want to add a few words to qualify the answer.
Have you ever:
1.     Lied about your age? No
2.     Danced naked in the rain? No
3.     Called in sick to work when you weren’t sick? No
4.     Won a contest? Yes
5.     Eaten ice cream straight from the carton? No
6.     Locked yourself out of your house? Yes
7.     Ridden a motorcycle? Yes
8.     Taken an enormous risk? No
9.     Gotten lost in a strange city? Yes
10.  Eaten a whole packet of cookies? Yes
11.  Watched the stars at night? Yes

12.  Worn odd socks? Yes

Thank you, Susan! Tomorrow I will be posting several of Susan's titles, so please join us again. As always, your comments are appreciated.