Great review to start the week

From the TBR Pile

Rating: 5 Stars – A Must Read! 
Some towns have a speed limit. Logansville, New Mexico has a weird limit. Actually no limit at all when it comes to weird, strange, bizarre, spooky or sinister.

Police Detective Elliot Jorgensen needs a job; Logansville needs a new Police Chief. What Elliot didn’t need was a ready-made serial killer case on his first  day. When the victims’ body parts keep arriving at the station preserved in sealer jars the Logansville police dept is truly in a pickle until plucky student reporter and wannabe investigator Lucy Lane points out the murders occur every full moon. With the top suspect being a werewolf, Lucy and Elliot set off on the trail of the Moonlight Killer.

This story has so many twists, turns and kooky characters it’s difficult to sum it all up in one paragraph. The oddball folks and weird goings on in Logansville provide enough material for their own TV series, a la Twin Peaks or Haven. The actions and dialogue quickly become both macabre and hilarious at the same time; from that point on the author had me hooked!

I felt sorry for the main character, Zach Harris. The poor unsuspecting college student never gets a good break but somehow manages to save the day and get the girl while receiving an unwanted education on the secret life of werewolves. The hapless Chief Jorgensen has the odds stacked against him from the start, but finally figures out that when the possible is ruled out you sometimes have to go with the impossible.

Dead by Midnight is a book you’ll want ‘Read’ by midnight…don’t wait for the full moon!

Last blurb and final cover reveal!

So, Dead by Midnight is available on kindle here

This is the final blurb from Richard Starkings, Creator of Elephantmen and Comicraft, and all around great guy.

“An edge-of-your-seat thriller and an impressive debut from Suzanne Robb!”

And this is the final cover🙂


Next Blurb…

And the next blurb about Dead by Midnight comes from

S.G.Browne, author of Breathers, Lucky Bastard, Big Egos, Less Than Hero, and Fated…

“A fun and playful romp through a dark forest of supernatural shenanigans. Only the dark forest is a private gated community in New Mexico. And the shenanigans include werewolves, vampires, a serial killer, and jars of pickled body parts”.

He is a great guy and I recommend reading his books if you haven’t!

What are people saying about Dead by Midnight?

So, between now and the release of Dead by Midnight I am going to release one blurb a week.

This week’s comes from Pat Shand, author of numerous comics, including Robyn Hood, for Zenoscope Entertainment.

“Suzanne Robb is a natural storyteller. With Dead by Midnight, she has developed into the kind of writer whose work, in all of its addictive glory, will be called “effortless,” but that is reductive. Dead by Midnight is a triumph of craft, and represents the next evolution of an utterly unique voice in genre fiction. Suzanne is singularly talented at crafting tales of the macabre, and this novel reinvents a monster we think we know with a one-of-a-kind story, her trademark clever dialogue, and characters that will stick with you long after you’ve read the last page.”


His blurb makes me want to read the book and I wrote it🙂

Decision made…

After much thought…too much thought, I have decided to self-publish.

I know what you might be thinking: Why? That’s crazy.

The fact is, this has been a labor of love for me since I wrote the first draft back in 2012. I fell in love with the story, characters, and alternate world I had created.

After many more drafts, a professional structural edit, and a lot of proofreaders – I feel confident it is the best it is going to be. At some point, you have to let a project go. Move on. Work on something else.

I have the wonderful Gary McCluskey doing the cover art which I will show when ready. And I have set up blogs over here to try and introduce readers to the world of Logansville through one of the main characters here –

The target date for release is going to be September 20th. My birthday, a sort of present to myself if you will.

Updates to come…

Ta Da!

It’s done.


The last four years have culminated into a professionally edited, structurally edited, proofread, and polished manuscript.

The novel, Dead by Midnight, is based off a short story I wrote years ago. Many of the people who read it messaged me and asked for it to be converted into novel length. At first, naïve as I was, I figured it would be easy.

It was not.

There are at least two dozen versions of the book – and I still have no idea which one is best. Each little change, which was done for the betterment of the book, felt strange to make. When I look back at the first draft, I can see so many amateur mistakes. I am also smart enough to admit that even this fortieth draft is likely full of amateur mistakes.

What I can say about it though, is that I am damn proud of it. But now begins the hard part. The querying process. Me, the author, sends out as many queries as I can to the agents who represent the genre I am writing in (which to be honest this book falls under New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism, Humor, and a few others) and then wait for the form rejections. This leads me to fear my inbox and have a strange sense of anticipation at the same time. I also eat more chocolate than usual.

Over the years, I have queried agents with other works and have earned a personal response from a few of them. I know this sounds like a bit of sarcasm, but it is not. I understand that they get flooded with hundreds of queries a week and only those that shine will get plucked by their assistants and forwarded.

I have no idea what will happen this time. But I can say with absolute confidence that it has been a labor of love. I am proud of this book. And I owe a huge thanks to CS Nelson who has become a sort of writing motivator. I would have given up long ago.

Tomorrow I start another class toward my Editing Certificate. Technical Writing. Not the most exciting stuff, but from what I have seen so far it will keep my busy. Later on, I take Structural Editing and Stylistic Editing, which I am looking forward to. By the end of the year, I will have completed eight courses and be left with 3 to complete next year. Phew!

In the meantime, I will work on the sequel to the book I just finished editing – the rough draft is done it just needs some editing and because of everything I have learned in the last year, I have a good idea where to start.

So what is the point of this mish mash of a post?

Working with a structural editor was the best decision I ever made.

Querying sucks.

Classes keep me busy.

Keep writing until you think it’s good, then go back and edit it.