The single greatest gift for me is to be able to give to others. I am honored to share my talents to bring joy and offer support through the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 Project. ~ Susan
By S.E. “Susan” Smith
I’ve heard it said that love is the universal language. If that is the case, then it is definitely talking up a storm in my stories. If you were to ask me do I believe in love at first sight, I would have to answer ‘Yes, absolutely.’ Why? Because it happened to my husband and I – 31 years ago.
I am a true believer of not having to make the reader wait until the last few pages of the story to find out that the characters care about each other. Some might complain and call it Insta-love, but in reality, it happens. Does this mean that life is all emus and roses? Absolutely not! Yes, there might be some Insta-love going on, but there is also a lot of learning how to deal with it as well.
Each of my stories is different because the characters are all unique in their own way. In the case of Pearl’s Dragon, Pearl St. Claire is a sixty plus year old woman who has loved and lost. She knows how fragile life can be and how quickly it can be taken away from you. She has experienced the highs and lows from her first love to betrayal to dealing with the death of a love one. When you have a character who understands and has lived life, they are not going to handle it the same way a younger person would.
In Pearl’s case, she is fiercely independent, but she also recognizes that she is still a woman who can love and who can be loved. She isn’t going to go through the angst that a younger woman might. Realizing this, I wrote her the way she should be written, as a strong woman not afraid – nor ashamed – to go after what she wants and Pearl wants a hunky, battle scarred dragon shifter named Asim.
So, whether you are young or old, don’t be afraid to grasp life and live it. You only get one shot at it – make it the best one you can. Love isn’t about age, it is about being willing to embrace it with both hands and being strong enough to say yes.
Excerpt from Pearl’s Dragon:
No time to get drunk, we have mate to court, his dragon gleefully retorted.
Court? Asim asked, distracted.
Remember what Ariel say? Mandra court her if he make her mad, his dragon reminded him. I court my mate. She like me then.
“We don’t have a ma….”
The words died on Asim’s lips when he stepped around the bushes and onto the path. He jerked to a stop, his gaze immediately locked on the slender figure of a woman standing near a table laden with food. She was turned slightly away from him so all he could see was her profile.
I told you. I find us mate! His dragon gloated.
Asim swallowed, blinked, and nodded without realizing he was silently agreeing with his dragon. From her profile, he could tell that she was older than the other princesses – a fact that sent a wave of relief through him. She was like finely aged wine that a man could appreciate.
Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2
The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!
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S.E. Smith is an Internationally Acclaimed, Award-Winning, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of science fiction, romance, fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary works for adults, young adults, and children. She enjoys writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into worlds that take them away. Readers can join her at:
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