Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Get Lost with Millionaires, Tycoons & Susan Meier

Get Lost in a Story readers, today you're in for a treat.  I've been playing blog tag with Susan Meier for a few weeks now, and I finally won, and she's IT.  Please join me in my excitement as we welcome the prolific and talented Susan Meier.
As the new nanny for Chance Montgomery, Tory Bingham is looking after his adorable twins. But though she’s taking diaper changing and sleepless nights in her stride, nothing can prepare Tory for being around the twins’ breathtakingly handsome daddy.

Five years ago, Tory’s dreams were stolen from her in a horrific accident, but as she becomes a part of Chance’s family, she faces a heart-wrenching decision – dare she let go of the past and start to hope she can be happy again?

I’m so impressed with Susan Meier’s NANNY FOR MILLIONAIRE TWINS.  This story is emotionally charged right from the beginning and builds on that intensity through to the very end.  I loved the intensity of this story but was thrilled that it was broken up somewhat by the babies and the happiness Tory experiences when she’s with them – even if she is confused by her feelings for their dad.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

I’m not sure how Susan managed to write such a deeply compelling story with its dark tragic moments and yet keep the tone light, optimistic and hopeful but she did, and did it amazingly well.

Nanny for the Millionaire’s Twins packs in a powerhouse of emotions, it’s heartbreaking yet truly heartwarming; I cried my way through the last 60 pages of this book…some of it were tears of loss, some tears of hope but mostly tears of joy and compassion.
It’s safe to say I totally HEART this book and would highly recommend it.

By Sara at Harlequin Junkie
And now, let's get to know Author Susan Meier!
DONNELL:  Hi, Susan!  If you could live any place on earth, where would it be?

SUSAN:   Right where I am. My oldest child has epilepsy. And believe it or not in this day and age some people are afraid of him, afraid to be around him. But everybody up and down our street and a few streets over is very good to Michael. When he had a major seizure and was hospitalized this summer, everybody worried.

He can leave in the morning and not come home all day, spending the hours chatting with people. That’s a good neighborhood. That’s a good place to live.

DONNELL:  Favorite time of the year?

SUSAN:  Fall. I live in the mountains in Pennsylvania and we have the best falls. I love the colorful leaves, but I also love the crispness in the air. And pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. J

DONNELL:  Who would you say influenced your writing?

SUSAN: Editors. LOL!

I wanted to write everything. I loved Nora Roberts’ voice. I loved Susan Elizabeth Phillips humor. I loved Lavyrle Spencer’s everything! Being creative and slightly ADD (LOL) I couldn’t corral myself. Editors helped me to focus. They also pointed out my natural voice.

DONNELL:  What is something you would never give away?

SUSAN: I have a tiny T-shirt I saved from my last child, Allen. My husband and I didn’t have a lot of money when we were in our child-bearing years and we couldn’t afford things like baby books. But I tucked that little T-shirt into one of my dresser drawers and every once in a while I take it out and hug it and remember my kids as babies.

DONNELL:  What’s in your refrigerator right now?

SUSAN:  Very little. It’s grocery shopping day…But…my dh and I have also been “getting away” from grocery shopping because we’re eating out a little too much. Saturday, when we were too tired to go out, we went to the freezer and cupboards to find something to make for dinner and there was nothing to make. LOL

We’re going grocery shopping today. J

DONNELL:  What is the best advice you’ve ever been given, then turn this; what is the worst advice you’ve ever received?

SUSAN: Best advice: Focus. It doesn’t matter if you have 500-million fabulous ideas if you don’t actually turn any of them into a book. So focus. Get something done! DONE. Not started but done.

Worst advice: Wait for the muse.  I create my own “muse” by jumpstarting my brain with things like storyboards, one-paragraph story summaries, lists of twenty, could, might, must and should lists and reading. I love to write. I want to have something to write every morning. And I do. LOL

DONNELL:  Are you organized?

SUSAN:  I used to be super-organized. I let my systems get away from me and this summer I missed a few deadlines. I also forgot passwords. LOL So I brought all my systems up to speed and created a few new ones.  I’m determined to be the best organized writer in the world.

DONNELL:   Name something in your house that not many people possess.

SUSAN:  A collection of books on Jackie Kennedy. I was a little girl when JFK was in office but she wowed me. Then, watching her go through her life, I was amazed at her simple grace and elegance in the face of such tragedies. Also, there was a pragmatism about her. Why else would anyone marry Aristotle Onassis?

DONNELL:  If you could meet anyone past or present, who would it be, and why?

SUSAN:  LOL! I guess it would be Jackie Kennedy! Unfortunately, I doubt she’d talk much because she was a private person. But I’d still love to meet her. You know, many Easters I wore a pill-box hat and gloves because of her!


Actually, I’d like to ask the same question you just asked me. Is there someone past or present readers would like to meet? Is there a Jackie Kennedy in your life, a subtle influence, someone you admire? My life hasn’t been full of tragedies as Jackie’s was, but I’ve had more than a few with a sick child, a child who joined the army and served in Iraq and lots of financial hardships in the beginning of my career. Her grace and composure always inspired me. But it was also easy to see that through it all she was a fantastic mother.

She also had a career and an interesting personal life. She simply didn’t have them all at the same time. J She knew how to prioritize. 

Susan's question for readers:     Who would you like to meet?

There you have it, readers. And today we have a special deal for you.  Answer Susan's questions or leave a question or comment for a chance to win Nanny for the Millionaire's Twins and The Tycoon's Secret Daughter.

Susan, thanks for joining us here today!

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Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Hi Susan,

I remember you from the e-harlequin blogs. I guess I would like to meet Abraham Lincoln or thomas Jefferson. I love History and Politics.

yenastone at aol dot com

Donnell said...

Hi, Susan, I am so excited you joined us today, and I have to say a choked up at your son's little T-shirt. Darn these kids growing up on us.

Fantastic that you write every day... what a sign of a true professional.

Gosh, if I could meet anyone...who would it be? Could I add some paranormal to the question. I would like to time travel to Daphne du Maurier's time and let her know what a huge success "Rebecca," and her other books and screenplays have turned out to be. She died disappointed and heartbroken, but Rebecca is one of the besselling novels of all time.

I'd love to let her know what an influence she would be on suspense writers through the ages.

Thanks for being here with us today!

Angi Morgan said...

Susan is trying to respond, but BLOGGER isn't accepting her comments.


May said...

I am thinking Jane Austen? I love her books. I think it's amazing that people are reading her books after so many years!

Susan said...

Tammy, I do remember you!

And you'd be with my son wanting to meet heroes from history!

Me I'm more of a pill box hat girl.


Susan said...

It's always sad to hear when someone dies unrecognized then goes on to be one of the greats. I hope she's in heaven smiling down on her successful books!


Susan said...

May,isn't that a wonderful testimonial!

We should all be so lucky!


Angi Morgan said...

Nice to have you with us today, Susan. I love your answer about who influenced your writing. I have to admit that the line and editors "inspire" me to write a specific story.


Donnell said...

I just bet they do, Angi. I laughed at that one. Great answer, Susan!

Susan said...

They also "influenced" me in terms of cleaning up my grammar and learning better structure.

There was a point where I began to hate getting things back for "easy" revisions and I told myself to get smart and learn better ways to write.

I learned better ways to write and my life got a lot easier. LOL!!!


Angi Morgan said...

I definitely understand that !!

sheryl said...

I think that I would like to meet Edgar Allen Poe. He was such a tragic figure in literature. I guess I would like to have 20 questions with him to see what he was really about, plus I love his works.

bn100 said...

Very nice interview. I'd like to meet Columbus.


Susan said...

Edgar Allen Poe would be fascinating!


Susan said...

Thanks. That was a fun interview to have. Laughed a lot thinking of answers to some of the questions.


We have a lot of history buffs.

My son met Bill Clinton and told me he was fascinating. Fun to watch working a crowd. He might be someone interesting to meet too.


Pat Marinelli said...

Actually, I met the one person I've always wanted to meet. When I was younger, I loved at the end of TV shows when the late Stephen J Cannell pulled the paper from his typewriter. When he started writing novels, I followed his career. The first time I met him he took me breath away. Not only a great writer, but a sexy guy also. Once I recovered enough to talk to him, he told me being dyslexic should not stop me from writing as it hadn't stopped him. Best advice I ever got from another writer. The second time I met him he was signing books at a local indie store. I didn't know it. My sister took me out for dinner for my birthday that night and, of course, told Stephen he was my birthday present. I blushed, he laughed and insisted we take pictures together after he signed his book. It's a wonderful memory. With 17 years of writer conference, sad to say he is the only writer I've met that I have pictures of.

And yes, Susan, Jackie Kennedy also influened me. I have the gloves, pill box and shoes that all matched. Oh, and the suits and dresses with matching coats. It was wonderful that I could sew and my aunt had a hat shop.

Barbara White Daille said...

Great inteview, Susan and Donnell!

Interesting to see how many people would like to meet writers. Me, too.

I'd love to meet Agatha Christie. Although I was a mystery fan long before encountering her books, she really opened up a whole new world of writing and plotting to me.


Susan said...

Pat now you have me jealous. Not only did you meet Cannell, but you could make those great coats and had an aunt with a hat shop. Wow. I loved hats!

I think it's so cool you actually met your idol!

Wishing that for myself...except Jacki is dead. Maybe I could meet somebody alive?


Susan said...

I love when a writer does that!

It was a fun interview, Barbara! I always love answering unexpected questions.


Donnell said...

Barbara, so good to see you!

Barbara White Daille said...

Donnell - as always, back at you!


Laney4 said...

My immediate response was that there was no one I'd like to meet (more than anybody else). I am impressed with "everyday people" as much as, or more so than, "famous people". Alternatively, I am not impressed by famous people any more than non-famous people. We all face life's challenges, albeit in different ways and degrees, but ultimately we are individuals with many similarities.

My next thought was that it would be neat to be a "fly on the wall" instead - in public domains, of course, as I wouldn't want to see anything inappropriate, LOL. Maybe I watch too much television and/or read too many books (nah, I can't believe I even suggested such a thing!) to think of it in that fashion, instead of actually "meeting" someone.

That being said, my last thought was of Sandra Hyatt. I still miss her, more than a year after her passing, and wish I could have given her a hug. Yeah, if I could meet anyone, I would like to give a whole bunch of people hugs instead. I try to do this in my own life as much as possible, especially with the elderly and/or single people who don't get hugs on a regular basis like I am fortunate to receive/give with my husband of 31 years.

Laney4 said...

Whoops. That would be seytype at hotmail dot com....

Donnell said...