In, Beyond Fate, we take a journey with my two main characters as their lives collide, separate, and then intertwine again. For Julia and Russell fate leads them in directions they never thought possible. Five years ago, I picked up a pen, and fate led me in a direction I never thought possible too.
I was always the kid who kept a million journals, and who spent hours writing poetry. I never saw writing as a career path growing up. It was just something I did to express myself. I attended college for a few years, before going into the cosmetology trade. I worked as a hairdresser for ten years, before I decided to stay home to raise my three beautiful children. During all of that time, I stopped writing entirely. I just didn't have time. But the more I ignored that creative outlet in my life, the more depressed I became.
Then one evening, while I sat outside my kid's bedrooms waiting for them to fall asleep, I picked up a pad of paper and a pen, and words began pouring out of me. I had an entire story in my head, so for hours, I just sat there writing it down. Those words ended up becoming my first published romance novel, Swept Away.
That one little moment changed my entire life. For the first time in my adult existence, I recognized my desire to write. I had carried stories in my head my whole life. As a child I wrote them down, giving those stories a release. I did this honestly, and without thinking, because my heart was free. As an adult, I lost the ability, to be honest with myself. Something that happens to a lot of us. We get too serious, too in our heads. Our eyes close to the possibilities around us.
I have been writing romance for five years now. I started doing it for myself, but then things changed. I watched my children grow, and develop their love of writing. All the journals around my house now are filled with my kid's imagination. There is no paper left in our printer, no notebooks unfilled. My children are little paper thieves! They write because I write. I have opened their world to the notion that you can make a living from your imagination.
And why not? One thing my writing journey has taught me is that anything in life is possible as long as your eyes are open, and your heart is free.
Susan V. Vaughn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Date of Publication: March 24th 2017
Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 61,838
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber
Tagline: Fate has a way of pushing you in ways you never thought possible
Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend's older brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy. He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has avoided for so long.
His heart pounded as he made up the distance between them. He’d fought the urge to hold her in his arms all week. He no longer could.
“Hey! What are you doing?” Her question was lost as he pulled her against him, and covered her lips with his own. She sank desperately into his embrace for a moment, before pushing him back. “Russ, stop.”
“Why?” He grabbed one of her hands, and kissed the soft skin of her palm. She smiled, her face flushing red, her eyes flashing hazel.
“Because we are supposed to be friends, and we’re at work.” She glanced nervously around the deserted hallway.
“Nah, work’s over,” he said lightly, refusing to address the friendship statement. “It’s time for us.” He secured her hand in his, and led them toward the parking lot with single focus. “I’m taking you to dinner.”
“Wait! I have to grab my things from the music room.”
“No time for that.” He quickened his pace through the parking lot, determined to take her to dinner, not caring who witnessed his desperation. He’d waited all week for this opportunity.
“I guess you’re not giving me a choice then?” She sounded amused, not annoyed, a good sign.
“Now you get it.” He winked back at her. “I am your boss, after all.”
She sighed loudly in exasperation, and then began to giggle. It made him grin like a man who had never been happier in his life.
About the Author:
Romance Author, Susan V. Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.
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