Thursday, March 12, 2015

Susan Page Davis Interview + The Outlaw Takes A Bride Giveaway!

Author bio.

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty published novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband and two youngest children. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of nine. Visit her website at:

Hi, Susan! For starters, give us a couple sentences describing what you write.

I write Christian fiction, mostly historical romance and contemporary mystery.

How would you label the overall mood of your stories: dark, gritty, poignant, sensitive, heart-warming, light, witty, humorous, adventurous?

Poignant and uplifting, sometimes humorous, and often adventurous.

What is the name of your latest book?

The Outlaw Takes a Bride

A sneak peek into what you're working on right now?

I am doing some revisions on a cozy mystery, but I just wrapped up a romantic novella set in the old West. It’s called The Cowboy Poet and will release in 2016. As soon as the revisions are done, I’ll go back to a project I put aside for a little while: a seafaring adventure that I’m writing with my son.

If you were in your heroine’s shoes when she meets the hero of your story, would you react differently than she? How so?

I am not sure I would cut Johnny as much slack as Sally does.

What do you do for a fun break if you find yourself overwhelmed with writing pressures?

Logic puzzles work for me, as does getting outside for some activity.

Do you blog? If so, leave us the address.

I blog once a month (on the 23rd) on the blog. You can also sign up for my occasional newsletter at:

Bonus fun questions:

Which is your favorite hot drink to sip while reading? Tea, coffee, hot cocoa, apple cider, wassail or other?  
Black tea. Tetley’s British Blend is a good one.

Book blurb.

In The Outlaw Takes a Bride, Johnny Paynter flees Denver to escape being hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. At his brother Mark’s ranch in Texas, where he thought he could take refuge, he finds his brother dead. Johnny strongly resembles his brother, and the people in town think he is Mark. Reluctantly at first, Johnny assumes Mark’s identity. But what will he do when he learns Mark has been corresponding with a widow in St. Louis? Sally Golding is en route to be a mail-order bride to Mark. Johnny must decide whether or not to go through with the wedding, posing as his brother. But Sally has secrets she's hiding, too. How will a marriage survive with so much deception?

Susan is graciously giving away a copy of The Outlaw Takes a Bride! Giveaway is e-copy or paperback--reader's choice! Enter using the Rafflecopter below:
*Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents.

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Let's talk it up:
What do you love best about novels set in Texas? 


  1. Natalie, thanks for hosting me today!

  2. Thanks for coming, Susan! I so enjoyed learning more about you and your writing!

    I love books set in Texas and was excited to see this one! Sounds like Johnny and Sally have gotten themselves into a pickle! :)

  3. What I like most about books set in Texas is that I live in Texas and love to read about my state.

  4. Robin, I love your state too, although I don't live there. I do enjoy reading--and writing--about Texas. Of course, I also like to read about my home state of Maine and my adopted state of Kentucky. Actually, I'll read a good story set just about anywhere!

  5. I enjoy books set in the American West in general, love learning about those brave people who left the comforts of the east and settled the west. Of course they didn't all come from the east, but many did I'm sure!

  6. Good point, Patty! I think I'd like to time travel and VISIT the Old West, but I'm glad I'm not actually living in that time.

  7. Oh dear...what's not to love!? I am a country girl myself so anything along those lines I love and anything western when it's done right is fabulous entertainment. But there's also a romance about it and I think that I LOVE how the hard lives and dangers draw some characters closer and deeper into a relationship with God.

    Blessings, Amada (pronounced:

  8. I like the wild west and the prairie so I would think Texas is one of those places and I would read the book if those are in it. Susan is a new author to me and would love to win and read her book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  9. I like the thoughts of all the ranches & Cowboys from Texas! I've been to Texas but haven't ever lived there! But I could see myself living there if my family was with me!

  10. Hi, Robin! Thanks for coming by! I always said if I lived somewhere other than Mississippi, it'd probably be Texas. I have some sweet friends there that are like family. Great state!

  11. Hi, Patty! Me too! I love westerns! My family has been caught up in the old Daniel Boone series lately. Settling the West is so interesting to read about!

  12. Kate! Welcome to the Sweet South Blog! Thanks for coming by and commenting!

    I agree, there's something about the ranch setting--even though I'm afraid of horses, I love to read about the setting!

  13. AMADA! What a beautiful name! I'm a country girl, too, and love the ruggedness of the Texas setting!

  14. Thanks for coming to the Sweet South Blog, Karen G! Great to have you here! I'm sure you would love reading a Susan Page Davis book! Best wishes in the giveaway!

  15. Hi, Brenda! Welcome to the Sweet South Blog! Same here about Texas. I love what I've seen and experienced of the state. Best wishes in the giveaway!

  16. I have always wanted to travel to Texas and when I read book about Texas, I am there. I love the ranches, long horn cattle, cowboy's who tip their hats to a lady. I am a country girl raised working on a farm in NC and happy where God put me in my life. Texas has a little bit of my heart.

  17. pam1lunsford (at) gmail ( dot ) com

    Oops forgot my email. Thinking of Texas addled me for a second. Also I know this book is going to be so good..
    Ok I am starting to ramble and just plain acting crazy. Hahahah

  18. I love reading books about Texas that describe different locations like the ranches,Hill country, Big Bend, and Brazos. I lived in Texas for 4 years and I miss the cowboys, rodeos and the bluebonnets!
    I would love to read Susan's book. Thanks for hosting her Natalie.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  19. Texas certainly has its own mystic allure, Pamela. And Maryann, the first time I wrote about Texas (in Captive Trail), I was afraid I would make a lot of mistakes and everyone would know I wasn't a Texan. Well, I've found the readers to be forgiving. The more I learn about Texas, the more I realize there is to learn, and it is just fascinating.

  20. Thank you Natalie! And yes, there are other places that can do ruggedness also, but there's just something about Texas ruggedness that set it apart!

  21. The open range ~ the cowboy hats (my husband just wants a sun hat when he's working outdoors); our youngest daughter lives in Texas; driving in Hill Country hoping Lake Travis will fill up again; Blue Bell ice cream that we can get here in our rural community in the Missouri Ozarks... and, I would like to find out how the outlaw becomes an inlaw? Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  22. Kathleen, you made me smile. Thanks for coming by!


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