Susannah Scott | Banter Makes Your Heart Sing
June 26, 2013
I'm so excited to be visiting Fresh Fiction for the first time. I met these
awesome ladies in person at Romantic Times in May, and they are just as great in
person as they are in print. I'm also very excited to be celebrating the
upcoming release of my first novel!
LUCK OF THE DRAGON is
the first book in the Las Vegas Dragons series. Alec, my uber hot, Joe
Manganiello-looking hero owns a ritzy Las Vegas casino, which provides a
hidden-in-plain-sight sanctuary for his dragon-shifting people. His only problem
is that Lucy, the sexy gem appraiser trying to steal from him, just might be his
One of the things I really love about Alec and Lucy is the way they use banter
to throw barbs at each other. I was pondering the real-worldness of their
dialogue, when my husband and I went out for date night. All right, we
did have our three kids in tow, but it still counted as date night,
because the restaurant served beer and had an in-sight video game to keep the
kids occupied. Baby-sitting for quarters—gotta love it! †
"Let's try some banter," I said to my husband.
"You come here often?" he asked. †††
"Only when hot dudes are around." (We were a little out of practice)
My 5 year old came running over, "Mom. We need more quarters. QUICK!"
"Okay, okay," I searched through my purse and sent him off. "That is why I could
never really pick up hot dudes in a bar." I sighed ready to abandon the
attempt. "Three kids under the age of 10."
My husband smiled and looked undeterred. "You've got a lock on your door, don't
"My house door?"
"No," he corrected his misstep. "On your bedroom door."
I looked at him, thinking if this was real life, I would be so out of
"There's no problem then."
"I'm not interested in giving my key to just any ole hot dude."
"Why not?" My husband leaned forward, and I knew he was going to try to
pretend-win me over.
"I don't want someone who's going to flick the key in and out of my
lock and be gone. I want someone to get to know my tumblers."
My husband looked thoughtful and smiled "Oh, I can give you a tumble."
LMAO! I spit out my Black Butte Porter, and immediately thought, I need to write
Here is Alec trying, unsuccessfully, to win over Lucy when they first meet.
Don't tell my husband, but Alec is way quicker on his feet. :-)
"We need to have your appraisal done before we can open the exhibit to the
public in September," Alec said, his voice casual. "When can you start?"
"But there must be fifty cases in here." Luciana peered over his
shoulder and pointed behind him. "Are all the cases as full as this
"I was told you were the best?" Alec let the challenge dangle.
"I am. But getting an accurate value on this many gems will take
time. And it's going to cost you. A lot."
Alec laughed and ignored the urge to touch her again. "I imagine I
can afford your price."
Lucy scowled. "Let's get something straight. I'm not interested in
your private collection of obscure etchings...or anything else
private you might have."†
"How do you know? The reviews on my, what did you call
them...etchings are quite flattering." Alec watched her face, liking the
way heat flushed her pale neck, and her brown eyes snapped with annoyance.
Hot, dragon-sized shenanigans ensue! I hope you enjoy Alec and Lucy's story as
much as I enjoyed writing it.
All my best,
P.S. LUCK OF THE DRAGON,
releases June 24, 2013, and pre-buy links are available now. If you are dying to
get your hands on Alec and Lucy's story, I do have two free ARCs for readers at
Fresh Fiction. Check my website for contact, blog tour, and other giveaway
You can also follow me on Goodreads,
Facebook, and Twitter.††
27 comments posted.
Re: Susannah Scott | Banter Makes Your Heart Sing
book looks so great i really would like to read this
(Denise Smith 12:58pm June 26, 2013)
Because I love your sense of humor so much, and loved reading your posting, I know I'm going to love your book!! I can't wait to read it!! You even got a smashing cover to start out your series, which should make you feel good!! Congratulations!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:30am June 26, 2013)
I was smiling after reading about you and your husband. The book sounds wonderful too. I can't wait to read it.
(Cynthia Cook 9:13am June 26, 2013)
Thank you Fresh Fiction for having me on your wonderful site today. And thank you Denise, Peggy and Cynthia for your comments. Enjoy! Susannah
(Susannah Scott 9:35am June 26, 2013)
I loved your posting today. Thanks for sharing your personal story - it was sweet. And your book looks (cover) and sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win. Best of luck with the book - and all future endeavors!
(Nancy Reynolds 9:45am June 26, 2013)
Haha... I can relate having 2 kids. :)
(May Pau 10:18am June 26, 2013)
I think having a few young ones makes the conversation a little more engaging, you have to work hard at it, and become creative. Banter is the way to this girl's heart - entice me, make me laugh. I like that you tested the real world.
(Carla Carlson 10:33am June 26, 2013)
Oh that was great... loved this post... love dragons... sounds like a great book and series... thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 12:21pm June 26, 2013)
Interesting new book. Dragons are my favorite mythical creature. Plus i love when a title of any book has dragon in it. I think this new book is going to be an epic read and i know i am going to enjoy it.
(Anthonia Sharp 2:00pm June 26, 2013)
Looks interesting would love to read thank you
(Ava Curtis 2:36pm June 26, 2013)
This looks good. Thanks for having a giveaway.
(Jamie Fortney 5:06pm June 26, 2013)
Welcome to Fresh Fiction, I love your post and your book definitely sounds like a wonderful read.
(Dosh Young 5:22pm June 26, 2013)
Welcome to FF!! Would love to read your book. Dragons are my
favorite mythical creatures.
(Lazydrag0n Puff 7:18pm June 26, 2013)
Love my dragons! Would love the opportunity to try this book!
(Marcia Berbeza 7:21pm June 26, 2013)
Thank you ladies! Checking back in after a wonderful day with my hoodlums on the river. With the release of my book and vaca with my boys, this may just be my best week EVER. Hope you enjoy Luck of the Dragon, it is fun and sexy! Susannah
(Susannah Scott 7:37pm June 26, 2013)
Sounds fun; I always enjoy witty banner.
(Janie McGaugh 8:40pm June 26, 2013)
Oohhhh I like Alec already! I love a man with a quick and witty sense of humor that doesn't take things too seriously.
Congrats on your first release and wishing you many more to come.
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 8:43pm June 26, 2013)
Book sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Amy Milne 10:25pm June 26, 2013)
What is life without daily laughter!? Your book sounds like a lot of fun!
(Linda Brennan 10:39pm June 26, 2013)
I also used to have three boys under the age of 10, so I know what going out with them is like. You need about four more hands and a set of earplugs! Never a dull moment!
Your first book sounds great...and now that mine are all grown up, I have plenty of time to relax, put my feet up, and enjoy reading!!!
(Linda Luinstra 5:59pm June 27, 2013)
I love the bantering dialogues. I have to chuckle a bit over them. I love reading books with dragons. Thanks for sharing.
(Kai Wong 1:09am June 28, 2013)
Oh, my! Thank you for the smiles first thing in the morning! LOVE the "banter" with your hubby!
(Julie Smith 8:57am June 28, 2013)
That's a great cover! Good luck with the series.
(Clare O'Beara 11:13am June 28, 2013)
You have a great sense of humor and just reading your banter, it was so much fun!
(C Culp 11:36am June 28, 2013)
What a fun post thank you. Banter is contagious.
(Mary Preston 12:07pm June 29, 2013)
Congrats on birthing your first novel. Banter usually makes
me giggle and I like overhearing conversations to steal for my
(Alyson Widen 4:53pm June 30, 2013)
Thank you so much ladies!
(Susannah Scott 6:59pm June 30, 2013)
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