Books & Events!

Out now! Christmas Charity

Susan Hawkins and Patrick O’Neill find that an arranged marriage is harder than they think, especially when they emmigrate from Canada to America just a week after they marry—with his angry nine-year-old daughter, Lizzy, in tow. Can can twenty-three-year-old Susan Hawkins learn to love her forty-nine-year-old husband and treat her bitter stepdaughter with charity? 

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Coming Soon!

Katelyn’s Choice

Releases March 15, 2019!

The Gilded Age comes to life in this first installment of the Thousand Islands Series!

Katelyn Kavanagh’s mother dreamed her daughter would one day escape the oppressive environment of their Upstate New York farm for service in the enchanting Thousand Islands, home to Gilded Age millionaires. But when her wish comes true, Katelyn finds herself in the service of none other than the famous George Pullman, and the transition proves anything but easy.

Thomas O’Neill, brother of her best friend, is all grown up and also working on Pullman Island. Despite Thomas’ efforts to help the irresistible Katelyn adjust to the intricacies of her new world, she just can’t seem to tame her gossiping tongue—even when the information she’s privy to could endanger her job, the 1872 re-election of Pullman guest President Ulysses S. Grant, and the love of the man of her dreams.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best

featuring  Susan’s story, “Hallmark Mom” releases March 19, 2019.



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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparenting 

featuring  Susan’s story, “Long Distance Grandparenting” releases March 26, 2019.



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Sara’s Surprise

Releases July 5, 2019

Sara McNully and Sean Graham must navigate the challenging waters of work and romance. Sara befriends Sean’s 6-year-old daughter, Madison, but when Sara’s trust is shattered, can she learn to trust Sean with her heart or will she break two hearts and run away?


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Devyn’s Dilemma

Book 2 of the Thousand Islands Gilded Age series

Releases: TBD

Devyn McKenna is forced to work in the Towers on Dark Island, one of the enchanting Thousand Islands, summer home to Gilded Age millionaires. But when Devyn finds herself in service to the wealthy Frederick Bourne family, her life takes an unexpected turn.

Brice McBride serves as Mr. Bourne’s valet as well as the occasional tour guide and under butler. Brice tries to help the mysterious Devyn find peace in her new world, but she can’t seem to stay out of trouble—especially when she’s accused of stealing Bourne’s money for Vanderbilt’s blueprints for the NYC subway expansion.

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Want to keep up with Susan?

• Susan signed her author’s agreement for book 2 of the Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, Devyn’s Dilemma. Release date tbd.

• Susan is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best. It releases on March 19, 2019.

• Susan is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparenting. It releases on March 26, 2019.

Recent events:

  • Dec. 1: Susan was a guest on HistoryThruTheAges blog discussing Christmas Charity.
  • Dec. 7: Susan was featured on Sara Hamaker’s blog
  • Dec. 8: Susan had a book signing at Covered Treasures Bookstore in Monument, CO from 11-1.
  • Dec. 13: Susan was a guest on Peggy Sue Wells blog.
  • Dec. 18: Susan was a featured author in More To Life (MTL) magazine.
  • Nov. 3: Susan presented a workshop “Making Sense of it All!” at the Colorado Springs ACFW meeting from 10-12.
  • Nov. 3: Susan gave a book talk and signed her newest novella, Christmas Charity, at the Monument PPLD library from 2-4.
  • Nov. 7: Susan had a book signing at the Tri-Lakes YMCA in Monument, CO, from 10-1.
  • Nov. 8: Susan was a guest on Kathleen Rouser’s blog
  • Nov. 17: Susan gave a book talk and signed her newest novella, Christmas Charity, at the Author Showcase at the Douglas Co. Library in Parker, Colorado from 1-4.

Need a Speaker?

Do you need a speaker for your writing group, book club, or writing conference? Since 1993, Susan has been a speaker at writers conferences, teachers conventions, and other organizational gatherings such as Evangelical Press Association (EPA). Susan mentors writers and editors, leads a bi-monthly writers group, co-leads the regional EPA meetings, and has spoken internationally. Contact Susan if you need a speaker for your group, conference, or other event.

Susan is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Christian Authors Network (CAN), the Association of Women Speakers & Authors (AWSA), and Evangelical Press Association (EPA). She has taught writing workshops for many writers conferences including Evangelical Press Association (EPA), Colorado Christian Writers Conference, Writing for the Soul Conference, Write-to-Publish Conference, Baptist Press Journalism Conference, and others. Below is a list of workshops Susan can teach:


Are you having a writers event? Susan is available to speak to your writers conference, writers retreat, or writers groups. Susan would be glad to do single workshops, multiple sessions, or a continuing education module.

Making Sense of it All. It’s easy to lose the beauty of the moment, an awareness of the senses, delight in the small things, and the sweet simplicity that can make your writing life, and your writing itself so full and vibrant. Come for a hands-on workshop to ignite your creativity in a whole new way, engage your senses, and be amazed how it’ll bring your writing alive!

Organize Your Writing Life. Organizing your writing project—and your writing life—can help you succeed as a writer. Whether your making a plan, scheduling your writing, finding the right tools to help you, or getting ready to write the next Great American Novel, organizing is key. This workshop will give you practical tools to do just that.

The Flip Side of a Writer. It’s important to understand the dual sides of a writer — the creative side and the analytic side. This workshop will help you hone your editing skills, work effectively with your editor, and develop your analytic side with ease.

Self-Editing Made Easy. For creative writers, editing your own work can be daunting. This session provides a step-by-step way to edit your own writing project.

Writing an Amazing Magazine Article. You’ve got a great idea. Here’s a step-by-step way to take your idea and make it an amazing article for publication.

Writing an Amazing Query Letter. Query letter? What’s that? Whether you are writing it for an article or for a book editor to read, come and find out how to create an amazing query letter that editors will stop and notice!

Writing From Your Sweet Spot. You desire to write, even feel called to write. So how do you creatively connect, nurture your vision, grow in your craft, persevere through the challenges, and find God’s plan for your writing life?

Words that Work. Like producing a symphony, creating a written work of art takes vision, hard work, skill—and teamwork. We’ll talk about how to hone your vision, work effectively, develop your skills, and work with your editor well.

Keeping the Focus. In today’s culture, unbiblical worldviews often creep into writing, even from seasoned professional writers. So what, exactly, is a worldview, and how does a writer convey a biblical worldview—without getting theological? Find out how to make sure your writing aligns with biblical truth so you really make a difference in the lives of your readers.

For Editors: The Ideal Editor. Come and learn some tried and true tips for editing a magazine or newsletter article to make it a memorable piece of written art. Topics will include: making effective assignments, respecting the author and keeping his or her voice, and employing the art of being an invisible editor.



“At our first South African Writers Club, Susan imparted a flame—igniting our souls and lighting up those smoldering dreams and desires to express, to write! Susan gave us a rare feast of encouragement, inspiration, and practical pointers.”—Ann R., Johannesburg, South Africa

“Susan’s professional knowledge of many facets of the publishing industry make her a great workshop presenter at writers conferences. I highly recommend her!” —Joyce E.

“Susan is passionate about encouraging young writers, coaching aspiring editors, and touching the hearts of readers around the world.” —Pam W.

Contact Susan for pricing, scheduling, and further details.


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