Sunday, April 3, 2011

Guest/Giveaway: Susan Mallery, Author of "ALREADY HOME" Blog Tour

Guest: Susan Mallery, Author of ALREADY HOME

Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories of women and the relationships that move them. In her latest novel, ALREADY HOME, Jenna Stevens, still reeling from a recent divorce, is unpleasantly surprised by the arrival of her birth parents, who seem to want her to feel a family bond immediately. She was perfectly happy with the loving, traditional parents who raised her. Can she learn to love a second mother without damaging her relationship with the woman who raised her? Join Susan’s Members Only area at for exclusive sneak peeks, short stories, and more.

I’m fascinated by creativity. My career as a writer depends on it, of course, but I’m in awe of people whose creativity takes a different form than mine does. I think we all admire what we can’t do ourselves, when it seems to come so naturally to others. Recently on my Facebook page (, I invited my fans to post pictures of things they had made. They posted pictures of quilts and sweaters and paintings… truly beautiful, inspiring work!
I think most people are creative in some way. Engineers, architects, graphic designers… creativity is as much a part of their job as it is of mine. If I had followed my original intended career path – to be an accountant – I think I would’ve found a way to be creative. Howver, “creative accounting” is not generally considered to be a good thing, so I probably would’ve had to use my creativity to decorate my cubicle for every holiday with pictures and streamers and balloons and a pretty bowl of colorful candy.

Yes, I would’ve been that girl.

This month, I released two stories that deal with creativity in different ways: ALREADY HOME and Coming Unraveled, my story in THE KNITTING DIARIES anthology.

In Coming Unraveled, Robyn is a triple threat – a singer, dancer, and actress – who dreamed of taking Broadway by storm. In every creative endeavor, luck and timing play a major role in success. After years of auditions and rejections, Robyn just wants to go home to have a nice, normal life. Does giving up a dream have to be sad? Especially when it frees her to meet a man who is more than she ever dreamed a man could be?

In ALREADY HOME, Jenna didn’t willingly give up her dream of being a gourmet chef, she’s simply lost her creative spark, and she doesn’t know how to get it back. Her ex-husband mocked her food creations so often that she started to believe him when he said she had no talent for creating recipes. As she’s struggling with the loss of creativity and what that means to her, she’s also dealing with such major life complications as a new career, the sudden appearance of her birth parents, and a new man who just might be the love of her life.

In what ways are you creative? Do you like to write, knit, quilt, paint, garden? What do you wish you could do?

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Sinfully Tasty Reads is giving away a copy of "Already Home" to one lucky follower. 

To enter it's simple... Leave a comment answering Susan's question,
"In what ways are you creative? Do you like to write, knit, quilt, paint, garden? What do you wish you could do?"
Leave your name and e-mail address as well.

This giveaway is open International
Ends April 15th 11:59 PM EST
Winner will be chosen by

Good Luck!!

Make sure to check out all the stops in Susan Mallery's "Already Home" Blog tour!

April 1st - Girls in The Stacks
April 5th - BaffledBooks
April 7th - Skyla11377
April 9th - Good Choice Reading 


  1. I do all sorts of different things. From gardening, to sewing, and painting. I wish I could learn some very old skills like tatting.

  2. Debbie, How interesting that you say that! I've tweeted a couple of times with a woman who tats. I wish I could remember her Twitter name off the top of my head. (Mine is @SusanMallery, by the way.) She occasionally posts pictures of her work, and it's gorgeous. I don't think I have the patience for it, but I do admire it!

  3. I like to garden but I have severe RA so I don't get to do it much anymore. I would love to know how to quilt. I've always wanted to make a tied quilt, I think that's what you call them. Maybe I'll give it a try sometime.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  4. i'm creative by being a YA author! =]

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. (not entering) I crochet! I love it and it is kind of my "de-stress" activity. I am going to try my hand at quilting, we will see how that goes!

    Great Guest Post!

  6. Not real creative although I do appreciate those who are. I do like to cook for my family and love puttering in my flowerbeds. I wish I could be more creative in my home. My daughter has a good eye though so helps me out.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  7. I love to cross stitch! It takes a long time to finish a project but I have made my mom a pillow and a few people birth announcements. I wish I could garden but I have no green thumb and everything seems to die :(.

  8. I wish I could paint esp. little mintures but my hands shake too much!

    Anne Fescharek annfesATyahooDOTcom

    Thank you

  9. I love to cook. I get really creative with it. Especially baking. Cupcakes are way too much fun!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  10. I love to crochet!! I wish I could knit but haven't had time to teach myself!

  11. I'm somewhat creatively impaired unless you count drafting letters/cards or gift-buying. My family often asks my input on that. I wish I was adept at interior decorating.

  12. I like to garden and I have just started crocheting again after many years.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  13. I love reading, baking, and writing about family in short stories!

  14. I love reading and writing. I wish that I could draw and paint.

  15. I write romance novels. :) But I think my creativity is not so much with words as it is with stories. I love creating characters and listening to their stories. I wish I could draw pictures of my characters, but I'll leave that to someone else.

  16. I like to garden, cook/bake and to read. I wish I could paint and knit.