Monday, May 19, 2014

Suzie Johnson ~ Sweet Mountain Music

It's a great pleasure to welcome Suzie Johnson back to Ink Dots this week, and celebrate the May release of her historical romance, Sweet Mountain Music. Suzie and her husband are the parents of a wonderful son, and they live on an island in the Pacific Northwest with their naughty little cat. She believes her island is the perfect spot for writing romantic fiction. Suzie's a member of the group blog, Inkwell Inspirations (, as well as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. You can contact Suzie through her website: 

Sweet Mountain Music ~ Chloe Williston will make a name for herself... no matter what beast she must track to achieve it.

Chloe Williston has two goals in life: to make her father proud, and to do it by making a name for herself as a journalist. It seems she has been waiting for years for the perfect opportunity...and when it arrives in her Washington State town in the form of a handsome naturalist in search of the legendary Great North American Ape, she isn’t about to let him go off on an adventure without her.But as the expedition sets off with Chloe and her brother in tow, Ben finds the obstacles stacked against him. He not only has to find the illusive beast, he also has to keep Chloe out of the trouble she seems determined to find...all while protecting his heart.

Ben Kearny has to admit he’s intrigued by the undauntable Miss Chloe Williston...until he learns she’s a journalist. The last thing he needs is a reporter sticking her nose however pretty it may be in his expedition. He has to find the Sasquatch. It’s his only chance at restoring his reputation, and he can’t let anything, even Chloe, get in his way.
Suzie Says... 

If I could eat anywhere in the world tomorrow, it would be... in a small perched village in the South of France, on a terrace overlooking fields of lavender. Oh my... that sounds perfect. 

The most unusual job I've ever had is... picking bulbs as a teenager in the summer. Daffodil bulbs, tulip bulbs, and iris bulbs. It was a dirty job. It sounds dirty, but with flowers in the story it also sounds romantic. :)

My all-time favourite movie is... The Wizard of Oz. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen that movie. And still, I see something new each time. Me too!!! As a Dorothy growing up in the 1970s, I was thrilled to discover another young Dorothy. I'm grateful to The Wizard of Oz movie for that! Most Dorothys I knew or have known, including my darling grandma who I'm named after, were not young. (Except two cousins who are also named in Grandma's honour.) 

I can't wait for the calendar to flip over to ... September – I hope to be able to see my son!

When I was a child I most feared... being kidnapped and not being able to scream. This was after a man did, indeed, try to kidnap me when I was five years old. It was so terrifying and, just like it happens sometimes in our dreams, I couldn’t scream. Thankfully I was able to make enough noise kicking at the card rack where I’d been looking at greeting cards, to garner attention. Oh my!! What a horrible experience. No wonder you were traumatised by it. I'm so glad you were able to kick that rack and get free. 

If I had a pet kangaroo, I'd name it... Cassius Clay. I’d call him Clay for short. An extra book to the first person who can tell me why….Oh, I think I may know... but I'll let our readers have a go at it. :)

If you'd like to win a copy of Suzie's Sweet Mountain Music, share the name of your favourite flowering bulb. I bet Suzie isn't too fond of any, after all that back breaking work, but my favourite is the fragrant blue hyacinth. How about you? 

Or, for a second chance to win, ... Why would Suzie name her pet kangaroo' Cassius Clay, or Clay for short? 

I'll announce the winners in the comment thread below, on Friday. 

Good luck and happy reading,