My Books & Stories

COMING IN 2018:

A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIRE

Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the Academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the East are as restrictive as those back home in West Texas. Rebelling against the insipid imagery woman are expected to produce, Ruby embraces bohemian life. Her burgeoning sexuality drives her into a life-long love affair with another woman and into the arms of an Italian baron. With the Panic of 1893, the nation spirals into a depression, and Ruby’s career takes a similar downward trajectory. After thinking she could have it all, Ruby, now pregnant and broke, returns to Texas rather than join the queues at the neighborhood soup kitchen. She discovers her life back home is as challenging as that in Philadelphia.

A Different Kind of Fire depicts one woman’s battle to balance husband, family, career, and ambition. Torn between her childhood sweetheart, her forbidden passion for another woman, the nobleman she had to marry, and becoming a renowned painter, Ruby’s choices mold her in ways she could never have foreseen . . .

COMING IN 2018:

A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIRE

Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the Academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the East are as restrictive as those back home in West Texas. Rebelling against the insipid imagery woman are expected to produce, Ruby embraces bohemian life. Her burgeoning sexuality drives her into a life-long love affair with another woman and into the arms of an Italian baron. With the Panic of 1893, the nation spirals into a depression, and Ruby’s career takes a similar downward trajectory. After thinking she could have it all, Ruby, now pregnant and broke, returns to Texas rather than join the queues at the neighborhood soup kitchen. She discovers her life back home is as challenging as that in Philadelphia.

A Different Kind of Fire depicts one woman’s battle to balance husband, family, career, and ambition. Torn between her childhood sweetheart, her forbidden passion for another woman, the nobleman she had to marry, and becoming a renowned painter, Ruby’s choices mold her in ways she could never have foreseen…

SHORT STORIES & ANTHOLOGIES

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-June 2017 RELEASE-

166 Palms: A Literary Anthology 2017

Edited by James Burnham
Genres: Anthology, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Format: eBook & Paperback
Pages: 114

My short story, “Suite for the Lady in Red,” has been reprinted 166 Palms: A Literary Anthology 2017. 

You’ll enjoy other stories by these authors: James Burnham, Diane Byington, Luanne Castle, Victoria Grant, Kristine Mietzner, Linda Moore, Suanne Schafer, Stacey Swann, Robin Taylor, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, and Kenton Yee.

James Burnham edited this wide variety of well-written short stories from the students and faculty of Stanford University’s on-line creative writing program.

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-February 2016 RELEASE-

Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera

Geminid Press, LLC
Genres: Anthology, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Short Stories
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Format: eBook & Paperback
Pages: 330

The short stories in Night Lights are populated with aliens, high and low technology, spaceships—including one with divine aspirations and one helmed by an otter—humans and not-so-human artificial intelligences, Earth locales, and far-off new worlds.

There’s more too, and in each tale, the characters’ struggles will stretch your imagination and sense of reality, while posing profound questions about morality, society and justice, and raising uncertainties of the unknown and unchecked technological evolution.

With 21 original stories from talented, new authors about extraterrestrials, conspiracies, and space exploration, Night Lights is full of moments that will make you gasp, shudder, laugh, and wonder.

A Note from Suanne: This collection contains my short story, “Suite for the Lady in Red,” which is quite a departure from my usual women’s fiction. An aging impotent spy falls in love with the woman he’s assigned to assassinate—with dramatic and unforeseen results…

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-December 2015 RELEASE-

Licked

House of Erotica
Genres: Short Stories, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Erotica
Release Date: December 3, 2015
Format: eBook
Pages: 90

Sit back and enjoy seven lip-smackingly sensual stories of all kinds of oral pleasure. Stories of nostalgia for the taste of a lover, long distance relationships, and revenge. Stories taking in both the distant future and pleasures in the past. Oracles, ranchers and café cooks, all united by their love of using their mouth. And tongue. And fingers, for assistance.

Edited by Jillian Boyd (Spy Games – Flappers, Jazz and Valentino) Licked is a tribute to the act of oral sex – to the intimacy, trust and the taste of your lover, the scent, the feelings the act invokes in both the giver and receiver. With stories from the likes of Rob Rosen, Jessica Taylor and Dale Cameron Lowry, Licked is a sizzling fictional exploration of some of the many ways oral sex can inspire so much more than just a hot flash of arousal.

Come in. Have a taste.

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-August 2016 RELEASE-

Graveyard: A Collective Work

SEZ Publishing
Genres: Anthology, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories
Release Date: August 17, 2016
Format: eBook & Paperback
Pages: 312

My short story, “Morrigan,” the first short story I ever wrote and the first I ever sold, is reprinted in this anthology compiled by SEZ Publishing. It includes “Morrigan” along with short stories and poems about graveyards written by over twenty creative writers.

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-August 2013 RELEASE-

Bette Noir Issue #12

Dark Opus Press
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories & Anthologies
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Format: eBook & Paperback
Pages: 70

Bête Noire brings you the best in dark fiction, poetry and art. In this issue we bring you Rhonda Parrish, Florence Grey, Enna Limb, R. J. Smuin, Marge Simon, Rish Outfield, J. S. Watts, Suanne Schafer, Bruce Boston, Michael Lizarraga, Elanore Lennor Bennett, John Grey, Robert Laughlin, Amberle L. Husbands and Daniel C. Smith.

Suanne’s short story, “Morrigan,” a retelling of the headless horseman, appeared in this issue, which you can order on Amazon. Also, you can order back issues of this magazine here.

-AUTHOR UPDATES & PROJECTS-

The process, the pen, the prose, the publications...

A Different Kind of Fire, Nudity, and the Fig Leaf

Classical statues and Renaissance statues of the human body, like Michelangelo's David, were modeled on well-toned bodies of athletes. However, their genitalia was portrayed under-sized as artistic depictions of penises of normal size, even flaccid, distracted from...

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Authors 18

I have joined a wonderful group of writers, Authors 18. We all have books coming out in 2018. Here is the first group of covers. My book, A Different Kind of Fire, is an orphan child without a cover or a release date, but all that is in...

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The Gross Clinic and A Different Kind of Fire

My book, A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIRE, is about an eighteen-year-old woman who goes to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). I will be blogging about some of the paintings and artists she encounters while at school. As as former physician, I have always been fascinated by The Gross Clinic, so of course, the painting had to be featured in the book. 

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A Different Kind of Fire Publication Update

My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, has been selected by Waldorf Publishing for publication in 2018. They have picked up my second novel, as yet unnamed, for 2019. Set against the Gilded Age of America, a time when suffragettes fight for reproductive rights and the...

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A Different Kind of Fire – Advance Praise

My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, features a woman artist in the 1890s as she struggles to reconcile art, career, motherhood, lovers, and marriage. Sounds like nothing much has changed for women since then. Waldorf Publishing says it will be out sometime in 2018....

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