Ten more days and a wake-up!

Five war brides aboard the Queen Mary in 1946, as they sailed into New York harbor.

It’s always as nerve-wracking as it is thrilling, the last few days before a book is released into the wild. I love this novel that’s coming your way in just a matter of days, (March 14) but to be honest, I took a creative risk on this one and so naturally I’m anxious.  I don’t write ghost stories, but this one, ahem, has ghosts in it. And I don’t usually tread into the world of the wildly unknown and unproveable, but I have with this one. And just in case you missed my earlier post about the ghosts that appear in A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN, they are quite literary and not at all out to scare you. Seriously. They have the same quest for happiness that the mortal characters in the story have. Just so you know.

And while I will be posting again when the book releases, I thought I’d use this moment to let you know where I will be in the coming months so that if you live near any of these places we can say hello face-to-face. Here’s the line-up so far, with more to come:


March 10 Litchfield Moveable Feast – 11AM Luncheon and 2PM signing, Myrtle Beach, SC

March 11 Foxtale Book Shoppe 1PM – Woodstock, GA

March 14 Book launch at Warwicks Books  7:30PM La Jolla, CA

March 23 Laguna Beach Books  6PM – Laguna Beach, CA

April 8 Lunch and speaking event AAUW Author Luncheon – Jacobs Center, San Diego, CA

War bride June Allen and me aboard the Queen Mary earlier this week.

April 22 Barnes & Noble with war bride June Allen 3PM – Noblesville, IN

April 27 Bookmark Shoppe book club discussion 7PM – Brooklyn, NY

May 3 Aaron’s Books at JoBoy’s Brew Pub 6:30PM – Lititz, PA

May 6 Corona Public Library Historical Fiction Brunch – Corona, CA

May 21 Meet and Greet with war bride June Allen 2 PM -Aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

July 13 Common Good Books 7 PM – St. Paul, MN

July 22 Newport Beach Library  6PM Authors Under the Stars event – Newport Beach, CA

I would love to meet and chat with you at one of these events. Comment below if we’ll be able to do that or if you need any additional info about one of these dates.

Have a great weekend, folks!


Author: Susan

This post has 8 Comments

  1. Shaela on March 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I’m so excited to read this one! Taking risks is sometimed hard, but you have such a great way with words and are such a talented author, I’m sure it will be fantastic. I won’t be anywhere near where you will be (*sob!) but hopefully someday I’ll get to meet you in person. Congratulations and God Bless!!

  2. Lisa Bartelt on March 3, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Oh, Lititz! That’s so close to me, but we’ll just be getting back from a long weekend in Boston. If there is any chance you will still be in the area the following day, I would love to buy you coffee or breakfast. I’m sure our paths will cross someday, if not this time. 🙂

  3. Christine Janke on March 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Can’t wait for your newest book!!!!! I have read ALL your others, and loved each one, all so diverse…..what research!!!!
    Thanks for sharing all your talent.

  4. Mary Soileau on March 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Just finished this book and it was great. Enjoyed the sail across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary. Simone and Annaliese were excellent characters. Thank you for a wonderful story. There was an excerpt for UNDER THE CANOPY OF HEAVEN included at end of book (courtesy of Penguin’s First to Read program) and I absolutely MUST read this book. My youngest child ( of four) was born with rare congenital heart defects. She passed away one month after her golden birthday, at the age of eight. (March 8, 1994 – April 10, 2002) Guess what was on her headstone. A lamb and lilies. March & April are difficult months for me, my husband, and the kids. I dunno. I feel like I was led to this book. I was meant to read it. That I found it only days before her birthday…amazing. The problem is this: I cannot find it anywhere. Not on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N. No where is it mentioned, except as an excerpt in A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN. Is this an old book? New book? Unpublished book? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Wishing you the best of success on release of A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN. I loved it & know that other readers will share my enthusiasm. I look forward to many more Susan Meissner stories. You’re a wonderful storyteller.

    Thank you.

    P.S.- I’ve included my reading blog website, but, to be completely honest, my husband and I have been remodeling our cottage home and I have been neglecting my blog. It’s been a while since I’ve posted there.

  5. Susan on March 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks so much, Mary! That excerpt for UNDER THE CANOPY OF HEAVEN is for a book that is coming Feb 2018, which I know seems like a long way off, but hopefully the time will pass quickly! Your comments here truly brightened my day. And while I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your child, I am so grateful you found a measure of solace in reading that opening chapter. Much love to you, Susan

  6. Susan on March 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you, Christine!!

  7. Susan on March 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Oh, Lisa, how I wish! We leave at the next day! Sad…

  8. Susan on March 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks so much, Shaela!

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