Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Real Susan Meier

DARING TO TRUST THE BOSS
Harlequin Romance

The magic of the Mediterranean…

When accountant Olivia Prentiss joins Tucker Engle's company, she's unceremoniously demoted—to stand in as his PA! However, Tucker's not in for an easy ride. Olivia's worked hard to get where she is now, and refuses to bow to her gorgeous boss's commands—however fearsome his reputation.

But soon Olivia begins to see there is far more to her boss than meets the eye. And on a business trip to Italy, she sees straight through Tucker's hard and proud exterior to a man with a far more vulnerable edge….

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Susan Meier is the author of almost 60 books for Entangled, Harlequin, Silhouette and Guideposts' Grace Chapel Inn series. Her books have been finalists for Reviewers Choice Awards, National Reader's Choice Awards and Cataromance.com Reviewer's Choice Awards. In 2013, her book THE TYCOON’S SECRET DAUGHTER was a finalist for RWA’s coveted Rita award, and NANNY FOR THE MILLIONAIRE’S TWINS won the Book Buyer’s Best Award.

One of eleven children, Susan was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and continues to live there with her husband, son and two very personable cats. A one-time legal secretary and former regional director for a charitable organization, Susan found her bliss when she became a published novelist. She’s visited ski lodges and candy factories for “research” and works in her pajamas.

But the real joy of her job is creating stories about women for women. She’s tackled issues like infertility, losing a child and becoming widowed. Her favorite stories are those that inspire laughter through tears.

Susan is an avid, but terrible golfer, and a woman who desperately wants to lean to cook without having to involve the fire department.

ALL ABOUT SUSAN
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
SUSAN: Every day. LOL Honestly, I believe that’s the only way to write. If I can’t lose myself in the story I’m writing then I can’t expect readers to follow me into that world. For DARING TO TRUST THE BOSS, we travel to the Italian countryside, which is enticement enough to get lost! LOL But we do it with Headstrong Olivia and Tucker, who is hiding his past. So we’re in beautiful Italy with some fun characters. It’s very hard NOT to get lost in that story!

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
SUSAN: I remember reading biographies in second grade. But the first book I really remember is one of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
SUSAN: What I like best about my hero is that I think there’s a little bit of Tucker in all of us. Somewhere along the way, we believe that if we can just be our best every minute of every day, we’ll be okay. But when he meets Olivia who is proud and painfully honest, he begins to realize he’s missing out on the best part of life by not having any emotions and hoping everything will be perfect. When he decides to change he becomes a wonderful person. Good looking, rich, fun. Who could ask for anything more! LOL

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
SUSAN: I could listen to the ocean all day. Or the sound of rainfall. We have vaulted ceilings, which means our bedroom ceiling is the roof! So when it rains, it drums against the ceiling and is beautifully soothing.
ANGI: I understand what you mean. Here's a snippit from my last visit to Florida...

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
SUSAN: I like action adventure. I like to see “ordinary” people put into a difficult situation and get out.  

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
SUSAN: At the age of about 12, I wrote a story that I was positive Jack and Jill magazine would publish. When it came back rejected, even though the editors were wonderfully kind, I was crushed. It was the story of a little girl who is at home when her mom has an accident and she calls the ambulance and takes care of her little brother. Not much plot, but she was a hero! LOL.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
SUSAN: That’s so hard to say. I love Steel Magnolias, but I also love The Terminator movies! And the Star Trek movies! LOL
ANGI: That's so cool. I LOVE the Terminator movies. My husband just received All the Star Trek films on Blue Ray and we had a weekend of one after the other. "Everyone remember where we parked."
 
ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
SUSAN: Oh, I love food. To me food is love. LOL (And we all know that’s not true!) But I love chocolate marshmallow cookies and chocolate cupcakes the way other people love their families. LOL! (I should be ashamed!)

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
SUSAN: To be honest, it’s magnificent! LOL Pretty people can do things that the rest of us mere mortals can’t! And for a few hours every day it’s fun to be in their world. But at the end of the day, or in the moment of crisis, they are just like everybody else and it’s a lot of fun for me to show that.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What's the one thing you'd do if you had extra time?
SUSAN's GOTTA ANSWER: I would love to learn to cook. I’d love to be one of those people who has people over and showers them with delicious food. I think that’s the ultimate love. Unfortunately, I can’t cook anything! LOL Maybe someday.

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UP NEXT for SUSAN:
HER SUMMER WITH THE MARINE
My next book is an ebook from Entangled’s Bliss line. It’s a fabulously funny/sad story about a woman who comes back to her home town when she discovers her dad has Alzheimer’s and she has to take over the family funeral home. I can’t wait to see audience reaction to that one! LOL

PREVIOUS RELEASES by SUSAN:
SINGLE DAD’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
Harlequin Romance

He needs a helping hand… 
Having recently lost his wife, Clark Beaumont is trying to make it through the holidays for the sake of his kids. But with his son failing at school and his little girl talking only in whispers, he needs nothing short of a miracle…. 
…when one arrives on his doorstep! 

SUSAN is giving away  3 copies of DARING TO TRUST THE BOSS! North America Readers only.
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 NEXT UP ON GLIAS: Join us tomorrow for Angie Fox. I'll be back next week with Adrienne Giordano's THE PROSECUTOR.  ~Angi Morgan
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SUSAN WANTS TO KNOW: I’D LOVE TO know what the readers/commenters would do if THEY could do anything they wanted! Would you travel the world? Learn to cook? (As I would!) Buy a beach house? Paint? Sculpt? Write? Or just spend all day, every day under a palm tree reading! LOL

16 comments:

  1. I would love to travel the world... It is a nice dream and something I would do if money isn't an issue.

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  2. Since writing DARING TO TRUST THE BOSS, May, I have longed to go to Europe. Darned money is always an issue though! (And time!)

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  3. I would definitely travel. Ive always wanted to visit Hawaii and Scotland but....at least I can read about those places! ;)
    kdjohnston 73 @ yahoo .com

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    1. I still remember the Nora Roberts Ireland books! It was like being there. I often wondered how many people went to Ireland just because of her beautiful descriptions!

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    2. I read those years ago!! Maybe that's what got me wanting to visit there! lol I hadn't thought about that! :)

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  4. travel around the world

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. I would buy a beach house and read all day.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. I wish I could cook, too, Susan, but if it's not pasta, it's pretty much destined to be a flop.

    I would invent truly healthy, sugar-free chocolate desserts to eat while reading a good book after a productive writing day!

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  7. After today, I would read under a palm tree. Love your books, Susan

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! I have been blessed.

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  8. I would travel. I've been to most of the states, but outside the US I've only been to Canada and just into Mexico.

    I love your books, Susan. I think you should just go ahead and cook. When (if)the fireman show up consider it research. LOL

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Marcy! You are an idea girl! That's great.

      Thanks for loving my books. A lot of love goes into them. :)

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  9. May, Tammy and Rita are our book winners! Please contact me at susanmeier1@verizon.net

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  10. Well, I'm late to the party. Laptop didn't open yesterday (almost on purpose). Sorry I missed the great conversation and thanks to Susan for hosting for me!!!

    ~Angi

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    1. I've had laptop troubles on and off these past few months. I feel your pain! :)

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