Tuesday, May 20

@GoddessFish Interview & Giveaway: Running Back to You by Suzanne Sweeney

Running Back to You

The Running Series, Book 1
Suzanne Sweeney

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Suzanne Sweeney
Date of Publication: August 6, 2013
Number of pages: 365
Word Count:
Cover Artist: Suzanne Sweeney

Available at the following retailers:
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Juliette Fletcher is a girl with a plan. Not one to sit back and wait for life to happen, she moves back home after graduation and begins to carve out a life for herself. Evan McGuire is desperate for a fresh start. His career in the NFL depends on it. Years of partying and carefree living have caught up with him. After buying a beach house in need of renovations, he begins to rebuild his life and his reputation. What Evan doesn’t expect is a chance meeting with Juliette out on an early morning beach run with her dog. A strong mutual attraction draws them together, but fear of scaring her away keeps Evan from revealing his true identity. Evan finds himself in an unfamiliar situation – forced to work harder than he ever has before to prove himself worthy of her affections. Tragic misunderstandings and unexpected obstacles threaten to derail a fragile relationship. Someone is watching, waiting, and tormenting Juliette, desperate to destroy everything. Can they find the strength to overcome jealousy, insecurity, and fear before it’s too late?
“So, Jette, tell me about Evan. What’s he like?”

My mind drifts to the morning we spent together yesterday. Evan was sweet, charming, and playful. He has a gentle way about him that’s enchanting. Memories of him running along the beach, moving with such grace and ease, make me tingle. I could not erase the image of him taking my hand, placing his lips on it, and looking directly into my eyes. The hypnotic vision of his devilish grin accented by a pair of remarkable dimples. The spark that ran through my body when we touched.

“Oh, Em, he’s perfect. Too perfect. He’s got the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. Strong arms, washboard abs, chocolate brown hair. Dreamy.” I sigh aloud.

“So when are you going to see him again?”

My mind is made up and the decision is surprisingly simple. “I’m not.”

“Yeah, you’re right. He sounds like a real loser.” Emmy is shaking her head trying to make sense of my last declaration. “So, just to sum things up, he’s attractive, kind, wealthy, and he makes you tingle in all the right places. Am I right?” She’s tapping her finger on the steering wheel, obviously losing patience with my thought process.

“I suppose.”

“Then what’s the problem?”

Exasperation hits me as I try to explain. “He’s not a long-term relationship kind of guy. The way he flirts, it’s obvious he knows how he affects women. He probably has a different girl in his bed every night.” The words, once spoken aloud, seem to cement in my mind. All kinds of beautiful women must present themselves to him on a regular basis. He’s got money and with that comes opportunity. All the glamorous places he must see as he travels with the football team and living in hotel rooms. Drifting across the country surely means having a different girl in every town. “I have no intention of having a one-night stand with any man, not even Evan.”

“You know what, Jette? You surprise me. I thought you were cool. I didn’t think you were the type to prejudge people and write them off without giving them a chance.”

“Do you think I’m wrong?” I ask her.

“The fact is Jette, neither one of us know if you’re right or wrong. I think that if you run into this boy again, you should give him the benefit of the doubt. Give him a chance.”

The only word that comes to my mind is, “Maybe.” I sweep my hair back off my face and rub my temple, trying to erase the images floating through my mind. “Maybe.”

Today, we welcome Suzanne Sweeney to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a great big Geeky welcome!

Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We will finish things off with round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?

Writing Specific

1. Is your writing style more plotter or pantser?

I'm a plotantser (is that even a word?). Before the first word is written, I plot and plan meticulously, taking pages and pages of notes and combing through the notes from my previous books. But once I begin, a lot of my ideas get thrown out the window. Some of my best ideas are the ones that come spontaneously.

2. When is your favorite time/place to write? Do you write structured or patchworked?

When I write, I have three specific requirements: (1) isolation; (2) comfy chair; (3) movie with a good soundtrack playing. As I write, I am very structured. I will write, read, revise, and rewrite a chapter over and over until I'm pleased. I cannot move on until I feel it's right.

3. How do you deal with Writer's Block?

I read. Sometimes in the same genre, sometimes not. Reading gets the imagination going and when my mind is focused on something other than my own dilemma, the answer usually appears in unexpected ways.

4. How involved are you with Social Media and self-promotion?

I'd rate myself as "fair". I have a blog. I have a Facebook page. I have author pages on GoodReads and Amazon. I wish I had more time and insight to know what to post and how often to post it.

5. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Teach. My first profession is teaching elementary school. Every day, I work with young children and do my best to open their minds to the world of literature. Whether I am introducing them to a new author, reading them a traditional tale they've never heard before, or helping them hone their own craft as young writers, I love the time I spend in the classroom just as much, if not more, than the time I spend writing. Writing is a solitary task. Teaching is a team sport.

Fun Stuff

1. What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?

Divergent - I love seeing books become movies (most of the time, anyway!)

2. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Time Travel - I spend too much time overthinking decisions and if I could fast-forward in time and see how things turn out, it would make my life so much easier!

3. What was the name of the last book you read?

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series - I finished all six books as well as the companion short stories.

4. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?

Hanx - hands down! He's starred in some of my favorite movies. He has an obsession with space exploration. And he just strikes me as a really nice, fun guy.

5. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?

1. My Kindle
2. A toothbrush
3. A pillow and blanket

Think Fast

1. Elvis or Sinatra? Sinatra - I'm a Jersey Girl!
2. Mountains or Sea? Sea - see #1
3. Summer or Winter? Summer
4. Coffee or Tea? Coffee
5. Print or Electronic? Electronic

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?

In the words of my favorite wordsmith, Benjamin Franklin, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."


Suzanne will be awarding a $25 Visa Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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Book Tour Info: 
Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Book Tour:

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Beyond My Writing Space

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Aly's Miscellany

Author Bio:
Suzanne Sweeney is a graduate of Georgian Court University where she studied Elementary Education and Sociology. For some time now, she has been sharing her love of literature with the young minds who sit before her in class each and every day. After years of teaching the art of writing, Suzanne has finally taken her own advice and put pen to paper in order to produce her debut novel, Running Back to You. She writes what she lives, residing in the community she loves, Point Pleasant, with her family who provide a constant source of inspiration and support.

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  1. Great post and interview!

    falcondraco at Hotmail dot com

  2. this was a great read caint wait till next book is out

  3. I laughed at your interview...so you are a plotantser? They always say (whoever 'they' are), don't overthink it! Just do it. Reminds me of a line from Alias (my all-time favorite TV program), Sloane says to Jack Bristow: "As usual, Jack, you are in danger of outsmarting yourself!"

    Thanks for the excerpt and interview.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. Time travel would be a pretty cool power!


  5. Oh time travel would be oh so handy. Plus...Highlanders. I'd so have to have a little jump back I think. lol

  6. Running Back to You

    Great post here! Thanks :)


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