Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guest post from author Susan Kaye Quinn

I'm so very pleased and excited to welcome author Susan Kaye Quinn to my blog today. Susan is the author of one of my favorite YA romances, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit.


Long Distance Romance

When I set out to write Life, Liberty, and Pursuit, I knew I would have to research the ins and outs of boot camp for sailors and the program requirements for being a Linguist in the Navy, but I thought I understood the long distance romance part.

After all, I had a long distance boyfriend and lived apart from my husband for 9 months while doing my Ph.D. research.

When I dived deep into the story, I realized how wrong I was. Military families not only face the stress of separation, but both the service personnel and the families have to worry about each other in their absence. Facing ongoing danger as well as separation is part of life for military families, especially active duty personnel serving our country. We owe thanks not only the men and women in our armed services, but to the families they leave behind – often for months or years at a time.

Life, Liberty, and Pursuit
takes a look at the hard choices a young couple has to face in following their dreams, but in the end it’s an uplifting story about how love is stronger than anything, even distance and time.

This last weekend we celebrated the birth of the U.S. as a free country. Since that freedom comes directly from the sacrifices made by our military families, I want to give away a copy of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit plus a $25 Barnes&Noble Gift card, but here’s the catch: the winner has to be part of a military family, with a loved one in the military (active duty or retired). So please tweet, FB, and share this with everyone you know, so we can reach as many military families as possible.

To say “THANK YOU!” for all you have sacrificed. And to give a little something back.


To celebrate the Summer Breeze Anthology, which has a new “after” story with characters from Life, Liberty, and Pursuit, I’m giving away special bookmarks to anyone who purchases an e-book or print copy. All proceeds go to Save the TaTas breast cancer research! Check out the details here.


Author bio: (taken from Goodreads)


Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times. 

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way. 

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad. 

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

You can find Susan Kaye Quinn on Facebook, Twitter, and her Ink Spells blog. The Life, Liberty, and Pursuit website contains fun stuff about boot camp, love letters, and ways to support our military personnel. Life, Liberty, and Pursuit is available for purchase at Omnific Publishing, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.

Giveaway details:


Susan is giving away a copy of her YA novel, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit as well as a $25 B&N GC. Woot!


Giveaway rules:

  • You must be a follower of this blog
  • If you're not already following Susan's blog, Twitter etc., you really should!
  • You must be part of a military family as stated above
  • You must leave an email addy you can be reached at with your comment
  • Open to US residents only
Note from Lisa:

This giveaway, like the others will be open the entire month of July. Make sure to comment and spread the word!


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Jennifer Lane said...

Hi Lisa and Sue, I can only imagine what it'd be like to have a boyfriend or hubby in the military. Scary stuff! I loved Life, Liberty, & Pursuit as well. Thanks for the giveaway.

Liz Fichera said...

Great idea! I will help spread the word.

K. Marie Criddle said...

I'm a huge fan of Susan's! My husband's a dentist in the Navy and although we haven't been separated for too long (yet), it'll be inevitable as his career advances. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

kmcriddle at gmail dot com

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@Jennifer I know, right? My heart goes out to military couples!

@Liz Thank you for spreading the word!! :)

@Marie You know I heart you and that cute sailor boy hubby of yours!

cleemckenzie said...

I love this giveaway. Will, of course, spread the word.

Matthew MacNish said...

Susan is so awesome. I'm proud to call her a friend, even if I haven't gotten around to reading her novel yet.

What a great giveaway. Thanks for featuring her, Lisa!

Sarah Allan said...

What a great idea for a giveaway! I'll spread the word! It's very hard to be away from your loved ones for a long time like that, even more-so when, in the back of your mind, you fear that something bad may happen. My husband is in the Air Force and has been deployed overseas 3 times so far (and counting), and I couldn't be more proud of him.

xoxo Sarah
sarahallanauthor@gmail.com

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@CLee Thanks so much for your support - in everything!

@Matthew Thanks for your sweet words! *blushes*

@Sarah Three times! You both are heroes. Thank you so much for spreading the word, and for all you and your wonderful husband have done for our country! :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Great post, Susan. Can't wait to read this!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Thanks so much for your support, Deniz! :)

Sylvie said...

Loving this, sounds really great. Thanks for supporting the military community!
Definitely following you from now on!
Greetings from Fort Polk, LA

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@Sylvie *waves to Fort Polk* Thanks for all you have given! :)

Mellissa McCloughan said...

I think this is great! My hubby is on his first deployment in Afghanistan. It has been challenging for sure! I am new to your blog and look forward to following!!

mellissamccloughan@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

Big thanks to everyone who has stopped by and commented. And a huge thank you to those who are serving our country, or have family members who are serving. You have my heart and my utter respect.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@Mellissa My thoughts are with you and your husband during this tough time! And I'm so glad you found the contest!

@Lisa Thanks so much for hosting this!

Nicki Elson said...

I can't imagine what it would be like to live with that constant touch of fear nagging at my gut. Love the giveaway to military families---I'm sure they'll appreciate the research you put into your story.

Taylor Hoffman said...

Hello Susan,

My husband is an active duty sailor. Our entire engagement was long distance! Thanks for writing this book and I plan to post about it on my blog!

Taylor
taylorchoffman@gmail.com

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@Nicki I know, right? Both the military spouses and the service personnel have a special kind of courage. I'm in awe of them.

@Taylor Yay for sailors! I'm so glad you entered (I promise the winners will be random, but I might just be rooting for a Navy winner!) and thank you for spreading the word on your blog! :)

Carolsue said...

I am a GFC follower (Carolsue) and I am going to spread the word! I follow you and Susan on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson). My husband retired from the Navy after 20 years. He served in Vietnam twice.
Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

magan bagan said...

Yay! Thanks for the giveaway :)

maganbagan(at)gmail(dot)com

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@CarolSue Thanks so much for spreading the word! And for the follow! And thank you to your husband for his service!! :)

@Magan Thanks for stopping by!

Lauren said...

Thank you for doing this giveaway! I'd love to read this book this summer while I wait for my hubby to get back from deployment. :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@Lauren Thanks for entering! Best wishes for a safe and quick deployment for your hubby! :)

Nickie said...

Susan,

As you probably already know, my father was a Marine Corps officer for over 20 years (Semper Fi!). He gave so much of himself in service to our country. Growing up, he was away a lot, but we always understood and my mom was amazing, holding our family together.

And, I think I already told you on FB, but I got my mother in law to buy your book -- she said it was really cute! I am happy to spread the word for you.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@Nickie Semper Fi! I'm so glad you came over to enter! And thank you so much for spreading the word about the book!! You rock. :)

Alyssa said...

My hubby and I were married in December and he left for his first deployment to Afghanistan in March. He'll be back next March. :)

alyssa.mirochna@gmail.com

Robin said...

I'll help spread the word too!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Liz said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I just found your blog and became a follower. I'd love to enter and will share this with others too (it's too bad I didn't see it sooner)!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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