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Hi, reader friends! From cowboys to Regency, today’s featured author reaches her authorly skills across time periods and around the world! I’ve had the opportunity to read one of her books and let me tell you, it’s a good thing she has a backlist because I want more! Read on for the chance to win!
About the Author
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction.
Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.
Favorite secondary character
Susanne: I’m struggling to pick out a favorite secondary character from my own stories, because that’s like choosing between children! Nevertheless, every time two characters in My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, came up in the plot, I was smiling: Ulysses and Madge.
Ulysses is a miner with some quirks, and Madge is a gray mule, but their personalities were fun to spend time with. I love them, and so does my heroine, Rebecca.
Beth: Knowing these two, I’d say they already assumed they are favorites ❤
Favorite childhood books
Susanne: I was a big reader and re-reader, but only a few books have stayed with me through the decades: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson, Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freeman, and the Agatha Christie collection I started in junior high.
Beth: Me too!!! My readers might get tired of hearing it but I adore Anne of Green Gables!!!
Susanne: I love reading contemporary and historical-set stories, about all kinds of people, but there’s always something about the Regency that draws me in (the early 1800s in England).
I love Regencies: perhaps it’s a combination of the fashion, the rules of society, the language/cant people used, and Jane Austen’s works, which were written during that time.
Beth: Regency is one of my many favorite time periods as well!
Favorite bookish memory
Susanne: I have two. One is from my early teen years, reading with my best friend Laura in her treehouse. We often read together, and when we came to a funny or interesting part, we’d read it aloud to the other.
There was something special about reading in the treehouse, though—quintessentially youthful and fun.
Another is from earlier in my childhood, but I can’t remember my age or the book. I read something that resonated with me and made me feel less alone in the universe. I remember thinking: That. I understand that, and the author understands that, too.
Reading is so powerful that way, connecting us through ideas and feelings. I always hope that maybe someone reads something God has used me to write and thinks, I feel that way too or I get that. It’s nice to know we aren’t alone, sometimes!
Beth: Susie, I feel like we could be the best of friends! These are great answers and such sweet memories!
Favorite Book Quotes
Susanne: “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ~ C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Beth: I love those little gold snippets of wisdom in fiction! 😍
A Marriage Mishap Creates an Awkward Love Triangle in this Silver Mining Town
Looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach, mail-order bride Rebecca Rice is pleased to marry her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham, until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore—proceeded by the title Deputy.
Is it possible to marry the wrong man?
When the newlyweds realize they’ve married the wrong partners with similar names, an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own, not to mention Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad wasn’t the right husband for her all along. . .
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Beth: This book is loaded with colorful secondary characters, set in one of my favorite states, AND features one of my favorite romance tropes! I especially enjoyed the creative twist in this mail-order bride story!
What are you working on now?
Susanne: I’m so excited to be part of a Regency novella collection, coming in November! The Regency Brides Collection was so much fun to work on.
My second Regency novel with Love Inspired Historical will be out in January, A Mother For His Family, and then it’s back to cowboys for me with a novella that’s a sequel of sorts to my story in 2016’s The Cowboy’s Bride. The little girl in the story, Georgie, is all grown up and has her own adventure in First Things First from April’s First Loves Forever, coming from Barbour. I just signed a contract for a Christmas novella, coming in 2018!
Beth: Yay! I’m so happy to see more Susie Dietze stories making their way into the world! Thank you for sharing a few of your favorites with us and all your juicy bookish news!
Susanne Dietz has generously offered to send one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader friend their choice of My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho OR The Reluctant Guardian in paperback or ebook! Thank you, Susie!
When referring to my reading preferences, I often say, “variety is the spice of life!”
What about YOU, reader friends?
Do you tend to choose Cowboys, Regency, or Variety?