More Twists and Turns in My Journey

Several faithful readers reached out because they hadn’t heard from me in a while. I thanked them for their concern. And I realized I needed to explain my lack of postings and physical absence from book signing events.

The good news is that I will be signing and selling books at this year’s Christmas Gift & Hobby Show. Although, I am only doing three and a half days instead of the full five. Check out my Calendar of Events Page for my schedule.

Before appearing at this year’s Indiana State Fair, I had been out of the public eye for nine months. That’s right. No signings or appearances since last year’s Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, in November. Many of you noticed I wasn’t my usual perky self and made comments about it then. Apparently, my efforts to conceal how I felt failed.

I was battling some medical issues. The combination of which rendered me beyond exhausted. I needed time to rest and recoup. However, God had different plans.

Doesn’t He always? Why do I even bother making plans?

An old compression fracture in my neck caused numbness down both arms into my ring and pinky fingers. Two chiropractors and a therapeutic massage therapist were unable to restore feeling. An acupuncturist was suggested.

I will try just about anything once. The acupuncturist stuck four packages of needles in me while I observed four sleeping women in the room. They looked relaxed, comfortable, and peaceful despite the needles protruding from their bodies. I eagerly awaited that experience for myself.

Alas, it was not meant to be. I lasted ten minutes and insisted she remove the needles. Instead of that peaceful, easy feeling The Eagles sing about, I became increasingly uncomfortable and agitated. I felt as if I were coming out of my skin.

“But your treatment isn’t over yet. You have twenty more minutes.”

Lady, if you don’t get these things out of me now, I’m going to come unglued, jump out of this chair, and run around the room, screaming bloody murder.

And that’s putting it mildly. I was one of the rare people who experience negative side effects from acupuncture.

Oh, lucky, lucky me! Not.

It made everything infinitely worse. From head to toe, unrelenting waves of stabbing, throbbing, and searing pain tormented me. I lost strength in my hands and couldn’t use them effectively for weeks. I balanced a spoon between my two thumbs and rested it against my index fingers to eat.

But you got exactly what you wished for, Suzanne. You can feel your fingers. They might throb or feel as if they’re on fire, and you can’t move them, but, by God, you’re feeling them.

Although I pay a fortune for Marketplace medical insurance, aka Obamacare, it doesn’t cover squat. The medical bills were more than anticipated.

Desperate times called for desperate measures and difficult choices. My options were limited. So, my house went up for sale.

Fast forward to the present. I am living in a third floor apartment, no elevators, just stairs. It was my understanding that the direction of Hell was down. Trust me, in this instance, Hell is up on the third floor in my apartment.

The people below me smoke everything under the sun. It varies from regular cigarette smoke to sickening sweet smoke to unidentifiable funky smoke. And it all combines into a robust smoky soup in my apartment.

I am allergic to smoke. I told the property manager before I rented, I had to have a pet-free, smoke-free apartment. Well, it’s pet-free. After I complained profusely about the smoke, he said that no one had ever smoked in my apartment. Technically, he gave me a pet-free, smoke-free apartment. His smug attitude infuriated me.

I know you want to hit him, but don’t hit him. You will go to jail. And as bad as the conditions are in this lousy apartment, jail would be much, much worse.

Despite laws against smoking in public places, residents are allowed to smoke in their apartments. It’s just too freaking bad for the rest of us. Nights and weekends, it’s like living above a packed bar in the 1970s.

I have two large air purifiers going 24/7. However, they can not keep up when the neighbors actively smoke. So, I am forced to wear a mask. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.

The only bright spot is that I have a short-term lease. I just have to survive six months of this inhospitable environment. In the meantime, God needs to grant me the serenity so that I don’t kill anyone while I am being poisoned and dying from smoke inhalation.

Any prayers and positive thoughts you can send my way are greatly appreciated. And I hope to see you soon!

Support Your Local Authors at the Indiana State Fair!

The Indiana State Fair is only one week away! This year Indiana is celebrating Heroes in the Heartland. The Fair runs from Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 18th.

If you have not purchased your Fair tickets yet, make sure you take full advantage of the discounts on admission tickets by checking out the promotions and discounts page. Note that some discounted tickets must be purchased by August 1st. So, don’t wait!

We are excited to be featuring 30 Indiana authors! This year’s authors are offering everything from children’s books to fantasy, gardening, historical fiction, horror, humor, literary fiction, military history, mystery, non-fiction, paranormal, poetry, romance, science fiction, spiritual, suspense, thriller, true crime, and more!

Don’t miss your chance to purchase personalized, autographed books by your favorite local authors! Celebrate and support the creativity in your community by purchasing books from Indiana authors in the air-conditioned Exposition Hall, Booth EH638!

Click here for the list of Indiana authors that will appear during the Fair. Hope to see you at there!

Decisions, Decisions …

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What do “Sister Mary Drill Sergeant,” “Terror on the Toilet,” and “My Need for Speed” all have in common? They’re chapters in my new book!

It’s an autobiographical memoir. There are over eighty short stories so far. The stories aren’t the problem. However, coming up with an appropriate book title is vexing.

The titles of my six previous books came pretty easily. Why I can’t decide on a title for this one is beyond me. Maybe it’s due to the fact it’s hard to sum up fifty years of life in a few words. I don’t know.

I have a few contenders that I’ve used as working titles. But they’re not quite right. Hopefully, something will reveal itself before I finish writing the book. I guess time will tell. And as soon as I figure it out, you, my loyal fans, will be the first to know!

Humorist and Romantic Suspense Author, Suzanne Purewal

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I will be appearing at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, booth #306. I will be signing books every day of the show, running from Wednesday, November 7th through Sunday, November 11th.

I am still amazed that I released three books last year – Mis-Matched to Miss Matched, Finally! An Unexpected Love Story, and Manifesting Destiny – the final book in the Destiny trilogy. And I’m thrilled that they have been well-received!

If you enjoyed my dating misadventures on my blog, you’ll love the book, Mis-Matched to Miss Matched. There were many stories I couldn’t post on my blog because I’m keeping my blog PG-rated. This book contains your favorite stories as well as the uncensored ones.

Finally! An Unexpected Love Story is the sequel to Mis-Matched to Miss Matched. It’s a “He Said/She Said” book that chronicles the offbeat and often challenging courtship between co-author, L. E. Hewitt, and me. I guarantee our quirky and sarcastic senses of humor will have you in stitches.

The Destiny trilogy is complete with Manifesting Destiny. The exciting adventure with some of your favorite characters – Sara Taylor, Joe Lazaro, and everyone’s favorite Italian mother, Rose Lazaro, concludes.

In the final novel in the series, Sara Taylor’s world is turned upside down again. While searching for clarity on a self-imposed sabbatical, Sara meets a handsome stranger, Phil Potter. He offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for adventure. With nothing left to lose, Sara jumps at the chance.

Through patience and perseverance, Phil tears down the walls Sara has built up. And with his guidance, she has an epiphany about her true calling and how she will make a difference in the world.

Sara realizes she must tie up loose ends, particularly with former lover, Joe Lazaro, before moving on. Joe Lazaro desperately clings to hope of repairing his relationship with Sara. He will do anything to regain her love and trust. However, there is unexpected turmoil concerning the Lazaro family that puts all of their lives in jeopardy.

Will the course of events compel Sara to return to her former life? Or will she ultimately choose the newly inspired path to pursue and achieve her dreams?

Now is the part where I tell you something about me. What should I write that you don’t already know? Oh, I’ve got it! If I had the money, I would spend the rest of my life hiking around National Parks. Some of my favorites are the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Arches, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Hawaii Volcanoes. Why? Because of their majesty and grandeur. Each is unique and inspiring. I am amazed at what water and wind have sculpted over time. It’s absolutely fascinating.

I have always appreciated the peace and tranquility of our parks. There’s nothing like the music that nature composes – a babbling brook, the breeze rustling leaves, birds twittering, harmonic sounds as the wind rips through canyons, and bubbling molten lava. Often times, it’s the silence. No cars, no planes, no motors of any kind. Just stillness.

I can hear some of you now, “Oh, geez. You’re a tree hugger.”

Guilty as charged. Although I think I’ve only literally hugged a tree once. Nevertheless, give me a mountain, a canyon, or a lake, and I’m a very happy girl. And that gives me an idea for a blog series and book. Hmm …

In addition to writing, I am the coordinator for the Local Authors’ booth for the Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. So, if you are an Indiana author and would like to participate next year, please let me know. As soon as this year’s show closes, I will be accepting applications for next year’s show.

Connect with me by following my blog or check out my website.

Click here to purchase my books from my website. I can sign and dedicate them prior to shipping. So, get those Christmas gift lists started!

Kindle versions of my books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo.

If you enjoy my books, please leave book reviews on one of the sites below or on your favorite reviewing site.

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Local Authors at the 69th Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show

We have an awesome lineup of local authors at this year’s Annual Christmas Gift & Hobby Show! The 2018 show runs from Wednesday, November 7th through Sunday, November 11th, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion. Once again, we are in Booth #306 on the main aisle.

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Click here or on the graphic to save $3 on show tickets!

Looking for the appearance schedule for your Local Authors? Click here for the 5-day schedule.

Stay tuned to this blog to learn more about this year’s authors.

In the meantime, here is the list of authors, their genres, and links to their websites.

Sutton Bishop Romance
Ray E. Boomhower Indiana History, Military History, Biography, U.S. History
Lisa L. Borm Women’s Fiction
Kay Castaneda YA/Adult Fiction
M. Katherine Clark Mystery and Thrillers, Suspense, Romance
Ava Cuvay Sci-Fi Romance
Lisa Anne Duda Inspirational, Spirituality, Religious
Robert Ross Hedges Family/Children’s books
L.E. Hewitt Non-Fiction Humor and Nostaglia
Kimberly Hoffman Children’s books
Paul J. Hoffman Non-Fiction
The Immanuel Quilt Non-Fiction Christian
Charles Kelley General Fiction
Madalyn S. Kinsey YA Fiction, Historic Fiction, Mystery
Nicole Kobrowski Paranormal, Indiana History, Murder/Mystery/True crime, Romance
George Kramer YA Fantasy, Medical Thriller/Horror
Jenny Medenwald Young Adult
Kenzie Michaels Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Science Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction, General Fiction, Poetry
Linda E. Minton WWII History – Non-Fiction
Terri L. Moore and Team, LLC Non-Fiction
Brooke Myers Action Adventure, Horror
Pen It! Publications, LLC All genres
Suzanne Purewal Romantic Suspense, Poetry, Humor
Francesca Quarto Urban Fantasy
D. A. Roach YA Drama, YA Paranormal, YA Fantasy, NA Horror
Amy Thornton Shankland Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Business
Susan M. Sparks Self-Help, Inspirational
Carrie VanAlstine Children’s books

We hope to see you at this year’s show supporting your local author community in Booth #306!

Friday the 13th – Friend or Foe?

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Seventeen years ago today, on Friday, July 13th, during the 13th hour of the day, I was told I had cancer. Nine years ago, on July 13th, during the 13th hour of the day, I was told I had been downsized from my job of 22 years.

So, whether you believe it’s lucky or unlucky, you can’t argue that this 13th day of July has been life-altering for me.

Throughout my life, the number 13 has appeared more often than one could attribute to mere chance. It’s interesting and intriguing. I am learning to embrace my rocky relationship with this number. It has led me down different paths I never would have taken otherwise.

Today’s path will involve avoiding black cats, cracks, ladders, and mirrors. Hey, better safe than sorry!

More importantly, I am lucky today because I’m celebrating 17 years of being cancer-free! So, I’m going to do a happy dance. Feel free to join in. We can never celebrate cancer-free anniversaries enough!

Peddlers On The Alley – July 13th and 14th!

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Come out and support your friends and local businesses! Two full days of shopping!

I have an inside booth. So, don’t forget to swing by and say, “Hi!” I’ll be selling books and telling stories both days.

Hope to see you there!