Bad Boy in Paris for a Sexy Christmas

It's that time of year again when things heat up. 
Think red-hot, flame thrower, blow torch romance!
If you adore a bad boy, then here's your chance to indulge a fantasy or two.
NFL baller tangles with a Texas wildcat in the city of love!

Brett Gold is a bad boy on and off the field... As in ripped in steel, panty-melting, and the type of man who doesn't let 4,000 miles get in his way! This NFL baller is about to break some records this holiday season. He aims to hook up with a Texas cutie and ends up with the lesson of a lifetime.  

Cory promised she'd be home for Christmas. When an IT glitch at work and a snowstorm has her MIA, it'll take a bad boy fiancé to move heaven and Earth to go and get the girl. Sure, it's subzero in the city of love, but boy is Cory in for a very hot and naked awakening!    

When these lovers meet up, expect to see fireworks galore this Xmas! Plus, lots of laughs 'cause what happens in Paris doesn't stay there! 

The perfect red-hot romance to relax and enjoy with a cup of hot cocoa or a glass of wine.

Grab your copy of Bad Boy in Paris. It's #FREE
This Christmas, it's going to get hot-hot-hot in Paris! 
Cute and sexy holiday sports romance. 
Happy Holidays!
From Susan Arden


So cool! Baking Mats

I'm thinking holidays. Christmas cookies but also FRUIT ROLL UPs! Yum!!

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How easy is it to be good? A snap. For the kids or adults. This snack is a breeze.

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups ripe or slightly over-ripe diced fruit
  • sweetener to taste: honey, sugar, agave, etc.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • optional: seasonings, spices, extracts to taste

Preheat oven to lowest temperature.  140° or higher.  Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  Pour onto a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap, or a silicone baking mat (don’t use foil, parchment, or waxed paper), and spread to 1/8″ thick.  Place in oven and bake for 6-8 hours, until center is not tacky anymore.  Remove from oven and peel off of baking sheet.  Cut into strips and roll in parchment or plastic.  Store in airtight container or freeze.
-All fruits will produce slightly different results.  Strawberries and Raspberries are two of my favorites, that consistently produce good flavor and texture.  You might have to experiment to find what works well.  If you’re going to make a giant batch, you may want to test one first to make sure it works well.
– The addition of sugar or honey enhances the texture and makes the fruit roll ups a little more chewy than if you leave it out.
– If using plastic wrap, it will shrink a little as the fruit dries, so do leave a little extra around the edges.  A silicone baking mat works the absolute best in my opinion.

Where to get a silicone baking mat? FOLLOW ME. 

They're going for $24 and up around but more than affordable on Amazon. I ordered mine  plus I'm giving them as gifts.

AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat - 2 Pack

Price:$13.79 Free Shipping for Prime Members
Details from Amazon. Check them out. 

  • 2 non-stick silicone baking mats for easy and convenient baking
  • No need for oil, cooking sprays, or parchment paper
  • Oven-safe up to 480 degrees F
  • Fits half-sheet size pans; easy to clean
  • Each baking mat measures approximately 11.6x16.5 inches (LxW)

Check them out and see what you think.
Happy baking and happy holidays!

P.S. I'll be posting on Instagram when I get these lovelies. Fruit Roll Ups get real. 
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He walked away from love but didn't forget the girl he left behind.

Stephen McLemore isn't about to let Jillian go a second time.

When she's offered the chance to star in a TV dance reality show, this Harley-riding rancher
finds that falling for the girl just might require the ultimate sacrifice.

International best-selling author, Susan Arden writes sweet and sexy romance
 that appeals to readers all over the globe.
Bad Boys Western Romance Book #1

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Next stop: sexy fun romance served up piping hot!

Romance readers:
 If a dirty-talkin' cocky cowboy lights your fire,
you've come to the right ranch!

Series: Bad Boys Western Romance
By Susan Arden
Genre: Erotica Western, humor, suspense

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Beautiful Betrayal: A forbidden love affair.

Sexy-minded bookworms with a taste for twisted, dark deceit climb aboard this train wreck romance!

Alex Elliott and Susan Arden rock your world full-tilt!
Romance readers, if you have a sinful side that needs to be freed,
come on. Beautiful Betrayal is an enemies-to-lovers romance but it's so much more. This series promises to be nothing like you're ever going to read. It crosses a line and draws from experience.
One writer spent time in D.C.
The other has first-hand knowledge of the underground world... don't ask. It was a long time ago.

Originally posted online in 2014.
Within a couple of months it gained 180,000 reads
and over 1,650+ reviews.

Published briefly as Dirty Little Secrets in 2015
the series was reworked to include the family and the hero's history.
It's back as the bestselling Beautiful Betrayal series.

Beautiful Betrayal series is guaranteed to blow your mind!

Let's clarify by what we mean dirty: the man's done things. Bad boy: he's inked, pierced, and uses semi-automatic weapons with finesse.

When we say suspense, we're talking victims, executions, elections,
murder, money, fast cars, private jets, elite lifestyles,
Irish Mob
Calabria mafia
power, pain.
Don't be fooled by others supposed dirty political romances.
Senator Atticus Damian Stone is the original bad boy in D.C.

In truth, he's smoke & mirrors. A sham. Atticus is broken. He's done enough to require a bodyguard. Stone doesn't pretend to be a saint. That would be his uncle. 

Stone's a congressman with a taste for dirty, dark... hair-pulling action. He's met his match in a woman who has secrets to hide. Phoenix X O'Malley hails from a family running a savage game to win at any cost. Beware of pastels and pearls and a summer on the Cape. It's a prison sentence to 'X' and one she's about to escape.

Powerful people will topple. Dynasties will battle like Titans. When the dust clears, the truth will hobble a nation.

Make no mistake, there's only one SENATOR series. It's Dirty Little Secrets all grown up into a true romance suspense series.

If you're a member of Kindle Unlimited, read it for #FREE.

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This might be for you! The Paris Review is hiring: Senior Editor and Intern

About The Paris Review


Senior Editor

The Paris Review is seeking a senior editor for Web and print. Duties will include:
• helping to assign, edit, and write posts for The Paris Review Daily
• helping to copyedit, fact-check, and produce the print edition of The Paris Review
• overseeing special projects
Applicants must be strong writers with:
• at least three years’ editorial experience
• deep knowledge of modern and contemporary fiction and journalism
• working knowledge of InDesign and WordPress
• excellent copyediting skills
• broad cultural interests
• a voice and sensibility that complement the magazine
Although the bulk of the job will be writing and editing online, ours is a small office that requires teamwork and encourages personal initiative. Experience in IT and graphic design is a plus.
Please send a résumé and cover letter to No phone inquiries please.

Editorial Internship

The Paris Review offers editorial internships on a rolling basis. The internship requires a full-time commitment, five days a week. On your application please clearly indicate your desired starting date. Your application must be postmarked at least two months before that date. The one exception: applicants for a summer internship must have their applications postmarked by February 1.
Each internship lasts between three and four months, affording interns the opportunity to participate in a full production schedule. Interns participate in every step of the production process, from the solicitation of material to editorial meetings, fact-checking, proofreading, and distributing copies. More regular duties include reading fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, tracking submissions, maintaining office databases, and helping to keep our busy office organized.
Paris Review internships are a great introduction to the literary world. Past graduates have gone on to find work at a wide range of literary agencies, publishing houses, magazines, and newspapers, among them HarperCollins, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon and Schuster, The Gernert Agency, The Wylie Agency, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal. Others have gone on to enjoy successful freelance careers as editors and writers.
Prospective interns must have completed their junior year in college. College applicants are encouraged to negotiate with their college registrar’s office to receive academic credit for their internships. We do not sponsor visas. At this time, the Paris Review internship is unpaid.

To Apply

Send a cover letter stating your desired starting date and explaining your interest in The Paris Review, along with your résumé and two or three nonfiction writing samples (preferably essays relating to a work of literature or reader’s reports) totaling no more than fifteen pages, to:
Attn: Stephen
The Paris Review544 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Acquisitions Editor Job Opening at Amazon Publishing Romance

Date Posted:1/9/2016
Job Snapshot 


Job Description
Amazon Publishing is seeking an innovative, passionate, market-savvy Editor to acquire exceptional romance books. You will be responsible for discovering and acquiring exceptional content, managing author relationships, and collaborating with marketing, publicity, production, and author relations teams to deliver quality books and world-class author experiences. This is a multi-faceted job in a start-up environment that requires flexibility, agility, and a sense of humor.
Position details:

Identify, evaluate, and develop submissions, projects, and proposals, including:

• Monitoring trend and sales data

• Working closely with authors to develop their work and careers

• Working closely with internal teams (e.g., production, marketing) to shepherd work from manuscript through publication and beyond

• Developing and maintaining strong relationships with literary agents

Basic Qualifications

• BA/BS Required
* 6 or more years of editorial and publishing experience
* Deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the genre (Romance)
* Demonstrated experience and successful track record working with authors and agents
* Superb written and verbal communication skills
* Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data to measure results
* A passion for readers and a great appetite for reading
* Ability to juggle multiple priorities and get things done in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with digital content and formats
* Additional experience publishing in the genre
* 3+ years of People Management Experience.

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Amazon strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online. By giving customers more of what they want - low prices, vast selection, and convenience - Amazon continues to grow and evolve as a world-class e-commerce platform. Founded in 1995, the website began as a place to buy books because of the unique customer experience the Web could offer book lovers. Amazon's evolution from Web site to e-commerce partner to development platform is driven by the spirit of innovation that is part of the company's DNA. The world's brightest technology minds come to to research and develop technology that improves the lives of shoppers and sellers around the world.
There are many things to consider when deciding on your next employer. At Amazon, we offer employees the chance to work with great people on exciting projects with lots of opportunity for growth. We also provide a full range of benefits for you and your eligible family members (including domestic partners). From software developer and content writer positions to customer experience and human resource roles, you will find rewarding positions throughout our company.
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Get in Gear to Rank an Amazon Best Seller

When a writer sells a manuscript, it's cause for celebration. At first. But in a world of publishing, it's about the benjamins.

Yet in being an author, after a while, there is an inverse relationship to the green. Subtle and hard to perceive or address without sounding as if chomping on self-righteous sour grapes. I’m not. Here’s my proof dated today (Jan 25, 2016), Amazon ranking overall on Kindle 329. #77 in contemporary romance. Is this my first time, no. I've gotten onto this list, getting up to #25 overall on Amazon, #1 in subgenres, and I'm not here to brag. But this time it was different and deserves an explanation.


If you’re new to publishing, those numbers aren’t easy to attain. Am I doing a dance of glee? Not exactly. I’m taking this opportunity to talk tough about the sacrifice of writing. My drug of choice. And to unearth some truth.

Well that's a lie... yes I am. And I prefer to be called 'Catnip' okay?
Easy to put off, especially during a brief exodus into crazy town during a release. That’s when it becomes evident I’ve sanctioned my own insanity caught up as a cog in an industry moored in social media now more than ever. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful to so many, many people. For a post-neurosurgery-gone-wrong-writer, this road is both a blessing and a crutch. Check off a way to avoid pain. A doorway beyond the physical. A means to an end. It's like volunteering for the 2016 Ranking Game.
ONCE UPON A TIME, right after NaNo 2012, an editor snagged Tempted in less than two minutes via a tweet. Tempted is the first cowboy tale of a ten-book series and I wish I could do things over. But I can’t. I can only share what I’ve learned. This story went through the grind of a release to become a cross to bear aka an education as well as heartache. What I learned could be published as The Good, The Sad, and The Ugly side of romance writing. If there is one thing anyone who ever wondered about writing a book and calling herself an author, might think about, it’s this:


The euphoria in writing isn't connected to rankings. It isn't bank deposits. It’s in the process of creation. And when a writer decides to submit to it as a career, dare I name it a calling, then this madness becomes more about talent and about improvement, refinement. At least it is for me.


We all want to write a great book. A good book is a mark of a good writer. But how to measure what is good?

It’s subjective and near impossible to do with a consistent yardstick when none exist. Literary marketing has nothing whatsoever to do with the writing aptitude of an author. It's more. It’s a talent that is hard to perceive unless you understand what you’re looking at. People mistake PR, advertising, and promotions for creative writing competence and nothing could be further or more polar to the truth.

When it comes to selling a product, a book (print or ebook) qualifies as an object with a price; it isn’t based upon an author’s literary dexterity—it’s grounded first and foremost in good old-fashioned popularity beyond Amazon.
Most of us believe, falsely, that only applies to those other writers. Our novel doesn't require fabricated hype. And chances are during the pre-release phase you've got family and friends thrilled for you.
The adrenaline dumping into your bloodstream makes everything in the world glittery--it's the ultimate high. Fantastic and a little nauseous is how one feels heading out the gate when it's your first book. 



Whether online or in person, your peeps shows up and share your news. Same when it's your second, third... but what about when it's your 30th release?
      Suddenly, people have lives too. And if you haven't snagged a rung on the NY Bestseller's list, well we can't expect the peeps to wait around f-o-r-ever. Can we? For kicks, let's say we didn't toss out a book willy-vanilly but actually planned. A little. As in studied what successful writers were doing.  Unless you've contracted one of the big six or is it five? Your release is your gig for the most part. That means recruiting your team is on you.
    The street team required isn't composed of faces you'd recognize in the flesh. And the skill set you've got to develop isn't related to weaving a story world. Kinda. We'll revisit that one in another post. For now, it’s the fork in the road that resembles a carefully constructed spider web constructed of connections.
  • Think factions.
  • Think popular.
  • Think rock star quality…if you want to make it big.   
Is that some sort of conundrum?  I am alive. How is that helpful?

My point isn’t an exercise in teeth gnashing, but to draw out a premise that might help someone. Before a writer leaps off the cliff, executing a swan dive into the publishing pool, just keep in mind, it’s larger than the concept of ‘Will I sink or swim?’ Help yourself by coming to grips with a huge reality that most folks fail to recognize. Or fail to grow. There isn’t a jump, dive, or belly flop because in fact, there is no pool. Similar to a field of dreams, our wordsmith quest is to cultivate the land.

We’ll only go as far as our social media platform permits. An author’s reach is directly linked to connections. Or idiomatically if not biblically, what we reap, we sow.

So before releasing that first book, think long and hard on what it is you wish to do? See your name in print for a single release? Or possibly spin this into a career? Regardless if you’re socially adroit, a child prodigy, or born under a lucky star. Won’t matter if you hail from the panster or plotter camp either. Today, a writer wishing to retain an iota of control in an industry that churns out thousands of books daily, you can’t escape the bare necessity that involves, yep a plan. The first book released defines an author. It imprints who we are, our skill set, and becomes the calling card we can’t escape if we aren’t careful.


If you’re a writer just starting out, you’re in luck by being in the driver’s seat. As such, it’s your responsibility to know the rules of the road. And what it means to rank on a list.  Begin now to map out the journey.
Plug in the steps to grow your social media platform, whether it’s Instagram or FB. Learn the lessons before it is too late, which includes pretty graphics to post. You can use Word, PowerPoint, or Photoshop to name a few. Here's your very own cheat sheet link on sizing (SO IMPORTANT! ) Click here or below. Trust me, you need this and do follow the link.

If you can't hire a PR firm, then start small with a book tour company. There are vast numbers and again, check them out. See what they've done for their clients. Yet you still have to do the ground work. Optimally, a writer would begin at least a year or two before the first release.
I started here as in blogging.
Pre-release, that is exactly what a writer should be doing: blog. Nothing major, just be consistent and pick a theme.
What else?
  • Find a photo stock company, set up an account, and download images to use in teasers, trailers, promotions, and social media posts announcing your release, and well before to get your name out in the public's eye.
  • Join a writer group and ask lots and lots of marketing questions.
  • Decide on a budget and stick to it.
  • Swag? Are you pro or con or have no idea? Then join investigate other authors and see what they're offering up. How do they do it? Is it something you truly love!
  • Book conventions? They're terrific ways to get your name out, especially if one is local. Otherwise, investigate who is running it, their experience, who attended, and costs. Out-of-town conventions can run an author into the thousands to attend. If not, what about a bookstore nearby? Can you set up a table there one evening to give a book talk?
  • Branding. It's never to early to decide on an author logo, blog or website theme which is then translated outward to your social media sites down to tiny favicons.
  • Read. Read about marketing. Read about social media engagement. Read fiction writing (craft)books. Read from your genre. Stay abreast of what is happening in this industry via Publisher's Weekly (PW). From your reading, you can write shorts posts and connect with the author or blogger, letting him/her know you've written about them or their post or ideas.
  • Enter contests or judge them to gain recognition.
  • And always, always ALWAYS stay positive, cheerful, amused online. Save your rants and venting to share with your BFF, your poor spouse, or use frustration as fuel your morning run or morning scream. Let it out during a long commute (I mean when you're alone in your car. NOT ON THE SUBWAY!)
    That's a compact list and now you've got your marching orders and a cheat sheet. But do know, it's all doable if you plan and begin to build your author platform. Genre writer communities are around so you aren't alone. If you reach out, you're doing exactly what you should be doing: being social, which is the crucial part of S O C I A L  MEDIA. If there is one thing I believe about most writers, it's by our very nature of wanting to share our thoughts and ideas, we're a pretty compassionate group if someone asks us a question and needs help.
And as for me this time up at bat, it was all about Amazon Encore doing their own marketing of Tempted by Trouble. I did nothing. It wasn't my magical writing but their decision to drop the price and run an ad on Kindle screens.

And that's why this ranking isn't a source of pride I can lay claim to since I'm not a PR firm.  A direct opposite when it comes to social media and forming connections and why this post exemplifies a "do as I say, not as I do" approach to the ranking game. Thus far, I stink at the gregarious aspects of social media.  Being an introvert with ADHD, I'm immersed in my next ten thoughts to focus on the present moment. And the irony that the Internet is both "now" as well as forever doesn't escape me; if anything I'm haunted by it.

Lastly, let me drive home this point: those who master this universe, the exponential value of PR together with a well-placed ad can bounce the sale and ranking, using their developed social media tribe by putting out the word via FB, Instagram, Tweets, word of mouth, newsletters, texts. In return, Amazon (or B & N, Kobo, etc) spins that book in response, and it stays aloft in orbit, organically at that point.

Doesn't mean I'll give up or given in. I'm still studying craft and writing when I can. And yeah, forcing myself to be s-o-c-i-a-l minus the cringe. 

What about you?
If you're ready to commit and jump aboard the author crazy train, then c'mon! Buckle up and enjoy the ride.  
Oh yeah, and...


Too Hot To Handle by Susan Arden and Kindle Fire #giveaway

A girl on the run with cargo to hide crosses the path of a Marine vet recluse.
A SNAFU in the making...

What began as a grueling game of cat-n-mouse with Axel Campesino, has Margo on the move. In Never Say Never (prequel and included in Too Hot), she's on the run and does a body slam right into the arms of Rod McLemore, a recently discharged Marine. Outside of a crazy fling, there's zero room in her life for men. Handsome distractions are dangerous to her health.

From working a fence line and dealing with cattle, Rod is thrust back into the line of duty. And he promptly fails. He crosses the line in a no-brainer mission: go and get the girl. On no hands is he prepared for Margo or her smart-mouth, right hook, and cargo to hide. Not easy when his renegade brother Cade starts snooping around with his own secrets to shroud.

Together Margo and Rod are as volatile as flint and gunpowder. Bordering on taboo, their raw attraction is a recipe for disaster. Their stormy love affair forces them over the edge and out of their comfort zones as they wrangle in-laws, Mother Nature, and a twisted con artist. A regular trial by fire. Especially when the stakes are raised: Axel finds a new target to hold over Margo's head.

One by one, Axel weaves a web, ensnaring everyone Margo holds dear. But if there's one thing Rod teaches her is a battle worth fighting means taking a stand. They'll do whatever it takes to stay together. Even if it means they have to lie, steal, cheat.
Or kill.

Warning: red-hot scorcher, involving two Texas families, and a wedding we've all been waiting for: Brandon and Mia tie the knot! A true family saga, and we are one book away from the culmination of this series!
Ebook is part of Kindle Unlimited
Or available in paperback
418 pages of sizzling Western heat!

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in your face erotica Too Hot To Handle by Susan Arden

“The question becomes do I need this gun to make you listen?”

it’s raw. it’s dirty. 
it’s sex against a wall in zero to 60. 
Rod and Margo are flint and fuel, combust like TNT.

He's a recently discharged Marine, returning home to a disaster.
She's the girl he meets and turns his world on its axis.

~if you can’t stand the heat, better stand clear of this blowtorch romance ‘cause baby you will get burnt! 
Proceeds from jan sales donated to Semper Fi Funds to assist wounded US Marines and their families.
Pre-release Amazon Link 
Warning: in your face erotica that goes a little dark. If you like Anna Zaires or Alexa Riley, then you know the score. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. 


My recommendation for the holidays!

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