Susan A Bliler http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog Susan A Bliler en Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:28:32 GMT Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:36:51 GMT 60 Happy Easter! http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/happy-easter <p> Okay, so a little premature on the Easter thing, but hey…&nbsp; Well, I don’t have an excuse.&nbsp; Let’s see, what have I been up to?</p> <p> Trying to get York out, working on TerrIIItory, remodeling my bathroom (oh how I regret starting that one), wanting to remodel my office, and working, working, working!&nbsp; Lame old, lame old here.</p> <p> In exciting news, my brother, three nieces, and 3 great-nephews are coming home for Easter!&nbsp; I’m so excited!!!!&nbsp; It’s going to be a blast.&nbsp; The weather is promising a scorching 64 degrees so it might even turn into an outdoor event!&nbsp; We’re having turkey and ham with all the fixings and my mom always makes her famous home-made carrot cake for me and Cin’s b-day.&nbsp; Yummo!</p> <p> My dog Jimmy is at the vet.&nbsp; Apparently he has a syndrome that makes him appear to be drunk?!&nbsp; Vet said she thinks it’s associated with the full moon.&nbsp; I’d laugh, but it’s sad to see him so sick.&nbsp; He’s dizzy and keeps falling all over.&nbsp; Poor baby!</p> <p> Anyway, not much else besides writing in ALL my free time.&nbsp; You all keep me sooooo busy!!!!!!&nbsp; I secretly love it!&nbsp; ;o)</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:59:50 GMT 03843d2f-8e29-4ffd-b6ac-9f72b0e095d4 Smashwords http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/smashwords <p> Hey all, some of you have asked so….I’m now available of Smashwords!</p> <p> <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=susan+bliler">http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=susan+bliler</a></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:23:17 GMT 6e433d65-e3fe-4e6d-ace8-5c1ed48db4e8 Happy Birthday, sister! http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/happy-birthday-sister <p> In honor of my sister's b-day, I'm posting here a poem I wrote for her 6 years ago.&nbsp; Happy birthday, Cin.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> In the home that’s in my heart 2 sisters once did dance;</p> <p align="center"> And these 2 sisters were the same as 1, if only at first glance.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> The sisters lived and loved to laugh and enjoyed each sun-lit day;</p> <p align="center"> But storms did come and trouble with and turned my poor heart gray.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> My heart beat slow and my heart beat hard from the battle fought within;</p> <p align="center"> For the sisters took eagerly to the fight to save each other’s twin.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> 2 sisters meant to know only beauty, fought furiously for the light;</p> <p align="center"> But were cast into shadow and there they stayed for many a weary night.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> While 1 sister slept, the other stood vigil waiting for the sun;</p> <p align="center"> And when 1 went down, the other took up, doing as her sister had done.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> The sisters on the reckoning stood up to guard the line;</p> <p align="center"> Feeling as gray in their young hearts as I was feeling in mine.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> They fought the battle long and hard, this inseparable pair;</p> <p align="center"> Although the battle had more power and simply refused to fight fair.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> Then one day the sisters looked back to see if their line had moved;</p> <p align="center"> They were shocked to see they’d pushed the beast back, their region had improved.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> This sparked a fierceness they had not known and were renewed into the fight;</p> <p align="center"> And with each other they did plot and battle into the bloody night.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> And when the day broke so did the beast, and the sun pushed to shine through;</p> <p align="center"> And the sisters danced, but the dance wasn’t the same for the sisters were born anew.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> Not as young and not as soft, but better from their brawl;</p> <p align="center"> With scrapes and scars and bruises both, the sisters did stand tall.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> Timidly, they walked with peace, always ready for an attack;</p> <p align="center"> Afraid to hope but too proud to run, the sisters never looked back.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> And with each day the sun’s bright warmth licked the weary from their brow;</p> <p align="center"> They grew in its rays, nourished by each other, to replenish they did avow.</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> They thanked the sun for his grace and time, and for his healing powers;</p> <p align="center"> For they knew the breath they each did breathe was his and not ours;</p> <p align="center"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> These 2 sisters were the same as 1, if only at first glance;</p> <p align="center"> And in the home that’s in my heart 2 sisters once did dance.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p align="right"> For my sister.&nbsp; I love you for battling w/ me.—Sue Anne</p> <p align="right"> 03/27/08</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:15:35 GMT b9ecfde0-98f5-4bda-bda5-c09826c0e3c0 Week 4 http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/week-4 <p> Stalkers:</p> <p> Well, still ill, but I had a long talk with my body this morning and told it that today is the last stinking day that this will be tolerated!&nbsp; Hopefully, it understands my sincerity and I’ll get my life back.</p> <p> Did I tell you all that SW: Monroe is now available in audio book?&nbsp; Well it is!&nbsp; Which leads me to clear up two things:&nbsp; Leto—as in SW: Leto—is pronounced Let-o (Long ‘O’).&nbsp; You know, as in Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars.&nbsp; It’s where I got the name from.&nbsp; The audio book pronounces it as Lido, which I hate because there’s a skuzzy bar here in town by that name.&nbsp; Also, the Megalya should be pronounced Mega-lie-a (both of those are soft &nbsp;A’s).&nbsp; Kind of sounds like Megaliar minus the ‘R’.&nbsp; Anyway, it was bothering me so I just wanted to clear that up.</p> <p> Finally found the color scheme for the great office remodel of 2014.&nbsp; Well, not so much a RE-Model .&nbsp; I haven’t really done anything with the room since I moved in except add a computer.&nbsp; I’ll post some before and after pics.&nbsp; My hope is to make the room actually feel inviting rather than feeling like a huge junk closet, which is basically what it’s been for the past 2 years.&nbsp; Hard to write in a space you don’t really want to be in!</p> <p> My twin and I will be 37 next Tuesday.&nbsp; She and I are fighting right now cuz…well...she’s an idiot!&nbsp; Ya know if everyone would just MIND ME, the world would run much more smoothly.</p> <p> Looking forward to Easter.&nbsp; My brother, DJ, is coming home.&nbsp; He hasn’t been home in about 5 years.&nbsp; With the recent death of his wife, I think it’ll do him good to come back to the pack.&nbsp; Who knows, the sun might even make an appearance.&nbsp; I’m so stinking sick of the snow already!&nbsp; I mean I know we’re wolves of the North but sheesh!&nbsp;&nbsp; Give a girl a break!</p> <p> Thanks for everyone’s feedback on the novella idea. &nbsp;&nbsp;It’s a&nbsp;hard concept because&nbsp;after 50 pages you’ve already begun character development and want to write a whole time book.&nbsp; Maybe that’s just me though.</p> <p> Anyway, gotta run.&nbsp; Love you!</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:48:23 GMT 51e13a35-554a-48f8-acfa-8bcfbcbc3ab3 WEEK 3 http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/week-3 <p> Stalkers:</p> <p> How’s it going?&nbsp; Me?&nbsp; A lot better.&nbsp; Spent the last two days home from work, sick as all get out!&nbsp; Finally felt human this morning, but cough still lingering.&nbsp; Grrrr, I HATE being sick!&nbsp; Anyway, thanks for all the well wishes.&nbsp; Currently enjoying a Starbucks hot chocolate and playing catch up.</p> <p> Cindy did a new cover for SW: Conn.&nbsp; Apparently, there’s been some confusion on whether or not he’s in the series because the cover is different from the others. Who knew?!&nbsp; Anyway, gonna upload that sometime today…if I get the chance!</p> <p> Mostly, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get back to writing.&nbsp; Hey, what do you all think of novellas?&nbsp; Ya’ know, short (about 50 page) stories that sell for about $.99.&nbsp; Read one while I was sick.&nbsp; It was short, but sweet.&nbsp; Thought it’d be a good idea for some of the side characters in SW.&nbsp;</p> <p> Finally got caught up on Black Sails.&nbsp; Woot, woot, I love it!&nbsp; Just in time for Game of Thrones to start! &nbsp;&nbsp;;o)&nbsp; I’ve been trying to watch Vikings, but the series so far this season is a big disappointment and I can’t get behind a show—or main male character-- that can dismiss a lead female that easily.</p> <p> Getting excited for the 21 Pilots concert in Tempe, AZ in May!&nbsp; If you haven’t heard ‘em, you need to go to You Tube and check out their VIDEO for Car Radio, it was the first song I heard by them and it got me hooked!&nbsp; Plus, looking forward to the warm weather. Yep, you guessed it.&nbsp; STILL snowing here in Montana!&nbsp; No wonder the Skin Walkers call this place home, it’s too damn cold for anyone else.&nbsp; Hell, I think we’re giving Winterfell a run for its money!</p> <p> Also, more exciting news….I THINK I’VE FOUND AN EDITOR!!!!!&nbsp; My whole problem before was the time-frame.&nbsp; What Indie author can wait 5 months for their transcript to get back?&nbsp; Not me!&nbsp; This new Editor can do it in 12 days!!!!!&nbsp; So, excited!&nbsp; Guess we’ll see where it goes from there.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:40:52 GMT 4dbd51db-85d9-44a2-b871-6bbf369e0118 Week 2 http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/week-2 <p> Stalkers:</p> <p> Pow-wow is officially over and was another success.&nbsp; Next year’s Pow-Wow will be our 25<sup>th</sup> Annual event.&nbsp; I’ll be hosting a woman’s jingle dress competition in honor of my late sister, Beverly Russell-Lott.&nbsp;</p> <p> Lots of new things in the works here book wise.&nbsp; SW: Monroe is in production and I’ve been told the audio book will be available in about 20 days!&nbsp; Exciting!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> I’ve been pretty restless at work.&nbsp; Not sure if it’s the shift in weather—not by any means nice, but I know good weather is coming--, or all the stress the family has been going through; regardless, I find myself wishing I could just sit down and write for days.&nbsp; My plan is to bust my ass this weekend and start getting my home office remodeled so that I can hunker down and get some SERIOUS work done!&nbsp; I’m soooo putting a lock on the door so no one can bug me when I write.&nbsp; I hate it when I’m in a good flow and my husband comes in because he needs my help finding that thing he had half an hour ago that he suddenly desperately needs but can’t seem to find, or when the kids come in and say, “Whatcha doin?”&nbsp; or—heaven forbid---“Can I read what your writing?”&nbsp; Hell no!!!! &nbsp;&nbsp;Office remodel, door lock, writing!&nbsp; Those are my priorities for the weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p> Anyone interested in an excerpt from Terr4tory?</p> <p> “Mateo,” Weston nodded to his pack mate and the man grabbed Bethany and hoisted her over his shoulder before stalking toward the door.</p> <p> “PUT HER DOWN!” Bethany’s friend growled.</p> <p> One of Weston’s hands gripped the woman’s arm before she could chase after Bethany and Mateo.&nbsp; Over her head, Weston motioned with his head for Lincoln to follow the duo out.&nbsp; “I’ll catch up.&nbsp; Go!”</p> <p> The little ball of fury still in his grip spun and punched him in the face.&nbsp; His head snapped to the side even as a low warning growl rumbled from between his lips.&nbsp; He didn’t get the chance to admonish the woman though, when two men appeared from out of nowhere.&nbsp; He recognized the intent in their eyes.&nbsp; <em>Battle!&nbsp; </em>Scenting the air, he realized they too were shifters, clearly part of Bethany’s friend’s pack.</p> <p> Mateo was already out the door with Bethany and Lincoln.&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Shit!&nbsp; </em>Weston released the woman he held, just as a fist was thrown at his face.&nbsp; He caught it and smiled at the shorter male before returning the punch with one of his own that actually connected, sending the younger shifter stumbling backward.&nbsp; His friend took advantage and dove on Weston.&nbsp;</p> <p> The two younger shifters capitalized on their numbers, but it didn’t take Weston long to have one bleeding and reeling on the ground while the other male shifted thinking he’d be quicker.&nbsp; <em>Fool!</em>&nbsp; Jerking the sliver free from its holster on his thigh, he noted the wolf eyed it warily.&nbsp;&nbsp; In his wolf form, he’d able to sense the imminent threat of the object.&nbsp; The liquid silver curled and stirred in its barely contained shape.&nbsp; It sensed an enemy near.</p> <p> Seeming to realize the danger he was in, the wolf took a step back and Weston lowered the weapon when he was suddenly attacked from behind.&nbsp; Without thought, he plunged the sliver into the thigh of his assailant and his satisfaction faded when he heard a feminine scream of agony.&nbsp;</p> <p> He spun, and ignored the reappearance of Mateo and his giddy, “Looks like you could use some help.”&nbsp;</p> <p> He sensed Lincoln as well, but he couldn’t take his eyes off the woman he’d held earlier as she writhed on the ground, trying—in vain—to extract the sliver from where he’d stabbed it into her thigh leaving a long, deep, gash that was bleeding profusely.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> She looked up and Weston’s gaze collided with the pain-filled, hazel eyes.&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>NO!</em></p> <p> Instantly, he crashed to his knees.&nbsp; The air whooshed out of his lungs and he curled his hands into tight fists as agony gripped him.&nbsp; His claws extended and shot into the palms of his hands, drawing forth another agonized snarl.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Woot, woot!&nbsp; Love me a badass Beta.&nbsp; Blog at you soon!&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:22:41 GMT 1e2edce0-1160-4fea-b3f7-a80a685b8a54 Lent http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/lent <p> My Stalkers:</p> <p> Hmmmm, see my sister has been wreaking havoc while I’ve been away.&nbsp;</p> <p> Thanks to everyone for all the support and condolences.&nbsp; My family is strong and so is my brother.&nbsp; It’ll be hard, but he’ll get through this.</p> <p> &nbsp;Congrats to Em on her autographed copy of SW: Gauge!&nbsp; Just sent the hard copy for review and it should be live in the next 24 hrs, which means I’ll order your copy, get it signed, and mailed out ASAP.</p> <p> So, SW: Gauge is up and running.&nbsp; Strange reviews.&nbsp; It’s got all 5 star reviews in the UK (Amazon), nearly a 5 star review on Goodreads, but doing terrible on US Amazon.&nbsp; IDK!&nbsp; It is what it is!&nbsp; Made it up to #2 on the best sellers though for both US and UK…that made me smile triumphantly.&nbsp;</p> <p> Knowing you all as I know you, you want to know what’s next…right?&nbsp; Okay, SW: York will be the next release in the series.&nbsp; I don’t have a date yet, but I will update my site when I have that information.&nbsp; In the meantime, I tried to give up cursing for lent.&nbsp; That shit didn’t work.&nbsp; So, I’ve decided to blog weekly…&nbsp; well, starting today.&nbsp; I’ve been told I need to keep my fans more well informed so I’m going to work on it.</p> <p> Been working like crazy on the Territory series.&nbsp; Those books just seem to write themselves.</p> <p> A little peeved at my local Starbucks.&nbsp; You ever go and get your coffee only to get to the office and realize you’ve just dropped $4 on what amounts to a cup of iced milk!&nbsp; Infuriating!&nbsp; Also, why do they sell food?&nbsp; They’re not McDonalds and they don’t have the response time.&nbsp; Some guy in front of me ordered a breakfast sandwich and I waited behind him for like 10 minutes!&nbsp; Suppose I could stop getting Starbucks but then what would be the point of getting out of bed?!&nbsp;</p> <p> Enough ranting, Suzie.&nbsp; Focus!&nbsp; Focus!&nbsp;</p> <p> Okay.&nbsp; Some really exciting things are happening in the SW series.&nbsp; First, you’re going to be introduced to a very pivotal character in York.&nbsp; All I can say is that it’s a she (and not York’s mate!).&nbsp; Also, you’re going to get your first glimpse of my Keepers.&nbsp; Not sure what that means?&nbsp; Well, you’ll just have to buy the book.&nbsp; Ha ha ha!</p> <p> Well, I gotta get to work…&nbsp; Also, I’ve been thinking about quitting my job and writing full-time.&nbsp; Frankly, I’m too chicken shit to make the move, but it’s been on my mind.</p> <p> Alright, Stalkerazzi &nbsp;hope you all have a great day and splendid weekend.&nbsp; My family is hosting our annual pow-wow here in Great Falls, so I’ll be busy, busy, busy!&nbsp; We’ve been running the pow-wow for the past 12 years and it’s like second nature now.&nbsp; Anyway, blog at you soon!</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:31:30 GMT 96256363-1bf6-41b4-bf75-03164d874704 I'm back! http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/im-back <p> I’m back from Arizona.&nbsp; Left rather quickly and didn’t get a chance to give you much info.&nbsp; Here’s the scoop.&nbsp;</p> <p> My brother’s beautiful wife, Beverly, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.&nbsp;&nbsp; It started out as the flu and quickly escalated.&nbsp; She was put in the ICU and then put into an induced coma to force oxygen into her blood.&nbsp; After a valiant battle, my Apache sister went home to our Creator.&nbsp;</p> <p> I’d like to thank her family for sharing a lunch with us and for gifting us with the warmth of their fire on the day of ceremony.&nbsp; It rained non-stop and we were all completely drenched by the end of the ceremony.&nbsp; That fire was the warmest I’ve had the pleasure of sharing in a long time.&nbsp;</p> <p> I cannot convey the depths of despair a pack suffers when a beloved member is taken.&nbsp; It’s not just the loss of our sister that is devastating, but the grief my brother must endure at the loss of his mate is overwhelming. &nbsp;&nbsp;We know that every leaf in the forest and every blade in field must lay down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.&nbsp; Unfortunately for us, this was Beverly’s season and it came all too soon.&nbsp; We were ill prepared.&nbsp;</p> <p> My entire family traveled to Arizona and for the first time in six years all six of my mother’s children were together.&nbsp; The reunion was bittersweet.</p> <p> All the time spent together with pack got me to thinking about Territory.&nbsp; I’m working on books 3, 4, and 5 in the series.&nbsp; Not sure what it is about this series, maybe it’s just that it’s close to my heart, but these books seem to write themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p> Finally, thank you to all of you for sticking with me through it all.&nbsp; To Lane, I’m still kicking!&nbsp; To Lettee, did you ever get my e-mail?&nbsp; My stupid home computer e-mail is always on the fritz.&nbsp; My cell too…I thought modern technology was supposed to make life easier.&nbsp; To the rest of you, thank you for reading my books and for support me in my writing.&nbsp; Honestly, if it weren’t for your positive feedback, I’d have stopped after the first book!&nbsp; I love you all!&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:21:10 GMT edf1d538-64c3-4d50-bc84-00d20ee24af1 02/05/14----SAB http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/020514-sab <p> Hey all!&nbsp; Sorry, it’s been so long since I’ve updated.&nbsp; Going through some family issues right now.&nbsp; Don’t fret though, I continue to write on a daily basis and am getting some good work done.&nbsp;</p> <p> Gauge is still set for a February release and I’m greatly looking forward to it.&nbsp; I’ve also been working on SW: Remy, SW: York, TerrIIItory, and Terr4tory.&nbsp; I’ve been busy!</p> <p> Life in the Greatness (Great Falls) is cold as usual.&nbsp; -30 today, which makes for great writing weather.&nbsp;</p> <p> After a long absence, I’ve started back at the gym and I find it very liberating.&nbsp; I do a lot of thinking while running and come up with lots of great story lines!</p> <p> Thanks so much to all of you for all the e-mails, messages, FB posts, and for sticking with me.&nbsp; A special thanks to Gail for being so intuitive and for her prayers.&nbsp;</p> <p> Stick with me my Stalkers, more books are coming!&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;?:^D</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; text-align: left; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:02:18 GMT b3165802-bddb-4b7f-997d-4d78e7351b9e Woot, woot! http://www.susanbliler.com/apps/blog/woot-woot <p> Guess who got a new computer for Christmas!!!!!!&nbsp;&nbsp; IT IS SOOOOO ON!&nbsp; Thank you sister!&nbsp; Also, guess what I got in the mail today?&nbsp;&nbsp; Anyone?&nbsp; Anyone?&nbsp; Copyright for SW: York!&nbsp; I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:30:09 GMT 11a1c2fd-e961-41fb-b2ad-ae62dfff45df