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About the Author

WINNER OF THE 2011 FORWARD NATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD in the category of Drama #1 Amazon bestselling author, SUSAN WINGATE, is co-host of the very popular talk radio show, DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES. Susan has written several plays, one screenplay, two short story collections and nine novels, four of which have been published and another three slated for publication in 2011 and 2012. Her amateur sleuth series entitled The Bobby’s Diner Series has received acclaim from reviewers and in book competitions. Her gritty novel, A FALLING OF LAW by JJ Adams is often described as Chandleresque in style. International bestselling author, Michael Collins, has this to say about A FALLING OF LAW, “So edgy and straightforward talking. [Harvey Fleming] is a rare breed and he’s doing exactly what he should be doing.” A lover of the education and the arts, Susan Wingate teaches writing, she draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium. Susan Wingate lives in Washington State with her husband and with a bunch of animals.

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  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615448127
  • Publisher: Roberts Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YTFE2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan Wingate is the author of the young adult romantic fantasy and paranormal books found in Troubled in Paradise and The Deer Effect.

If you want to read clean, award-winning, fiction steeped in suspense and sometimes set in mythical lands, or books with mystery and thriller elements, you will enjoy reading Susan Wingate's books. The twists and turns of her stories and her likable, touching characters are always unique. Some of her work even harkens back to the fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis and also to the superhero Spider-Man series-books with unforgettable heroes and fantastical worlds readers can escape to. Susan's work has been compared with Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven to James Patterson's Lake House. Her mystery novels are riveting stories like JD Robb and Sue Grafton and her fantasy novels ring of The Golden Compass and A Wrinkle in Time.

All of Susan's bestselling, award-winning books are recommended for teens, young adults, and up.

Susan Wingate's latest YA fantasy novel, Troubled in Paradise is now available!

Troubled in Paradise: http://www.susanwingate.com/book/troubled-in-paradise/

eBooks:
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Way of the Wild Wood - Now Available!
The Deer Effect - Now Available!

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- Biography -

Susan Wingate, the author of quadruple award-winning novel The Deer Effect, remembers vividly as a child watching her father write stories and then running to the school library to check-out and read the latest Black Beauty and Nancy Drew books. She started writing short stories as a child, but really began to take writing seriously as teen--jotting down short ditties, poems and stories in one sitting. Often her settings and characters depicted mystical characters that she would imagine.

It wasn't until Susan Wingate was inspired by the story of author Stephen King, a troubled and drug-addicted author who overcame his addictions and also by James Patterson, the author of the Lake House books, that Susan entertained the idea of writing a book. Susan remembers sitting in her motorhome--the one she would drive 2,000 miles to her new home--and creating the plot line for her first novel, a novel she imagined being made into a movie.

After reading promotional emails about other authors' books, she thought, "Why not me?" and took the plunge. It was then that Susan created a dialogue between her two critical characters in her first mystery and thriller.

"My story was completely Raymond Chandler-esque as far as the classic story of good versus evil and of plotting the mystery novel switches and turns. I just kept developing more detail. It felt like the story was writing itself and there were so many different elements to it. It was all there--I had first and last names, character back history, everything. So, I just started writing."

After months of writing, developing the plot and reading other authors in the same genre, the end result was Susan Wingate's first book, Of the Law--a first-person dialogue of Harvey Flemings the main character about the uber-wealthy dead woman, Leona Malouf and so the mystery/thriller begins.

Since her first story, Susan Wingate books continue to reach #1 Amazon Bestseller status and win book awards with The Deer Effect winning four awards in 2015.

Susan Wingate graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Accounting but got her writing training from the likes of Michael Collins, Tom Jenks, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Dean Wesley Smith. She is a native of the Seattle Metropolitan area and when she isn't writing, Susan enjoys music, watching movies, dancing, and she walks with her little Westie, Robert.

To learn more you can follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susanwngate
or visit her blog: http://susanwingate.com/blog
or find out news at Susan's Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/authorsusanwingate

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Obviously, with nine 5-star reviews, I am the odd reader out. But even so, I cannot recommend this book.

I felt the beginning was not just slow, it was unbelievably slow. We were given a hint of what would propel the protagonist to act as she did fairly quickly but then left hanging for pages and pages and even chapters before further attention was paid to what was supposed to be the triggering incident that set the story in motion. And even then, the author so often ventured off into distracting side trips into her past that it was frustrating.

The other major problem I had with this novel was that I never connected with the protagonist. She was not especially likable. She went off half-cocked on a mission to uncover 'the truth' of long-buried family secrets, against her mother's wishes and when her mother was perhaps a week from death--in a hospice facility, no less. It was impossible to understand why her mission, which didn't seem that earth shaking, couldn't have waited. Then, she proceeded to upset aging relatives. I found her not only heartless, but stupid--entering her aunt's empty house after her aunt ordered her to leave earlier and rummaging through personal documents while the aunt was gone? Who does something like this?? And then to lead another man who was connected to the family by marriage years before to believe she would have sex with him in exchange for information, and take him to her hotel room? Good grief! It wasn't as if she was on a mission to save the country from multiple nuclear bomb attacks!

As for the writing, I found it passable but far, far too heavy on description after description. The book also could have used tighter editing, which was not part of my decision to give only three stars.
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By Phyllis on October 10, 2011
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Tales of redemption are a staple of fiction; however, under the deft hand of Susan Wingate, the story of Euly Winger in Drowning is unlike any story you have read before. While Euly navigates the secrets of her family's past as she simultaneously confronts her failed marriage and her mother's imminent death, a character of memorable proportions emerges, and we have a new heroine to cheer on and to embrace.

Phyllis Schieber, author of The Manicurist, The Sinner's Guide to Confession, and Willing Spirits.
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Susan Wingate's novel DROWNING took me deep into its waters, from the first to the last page. Susan Wingate utterly succeeds in writing DROWING, as a powerful novel that is designed to show the conflicts as well as the complex inner workings of human nature.
Dr. Veronica Esagui, television producer and author.
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Susan Wingate is an amazing author. In her book, "Drowing", she maintains your interest throught the book, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and even throws some turns you don't expect. Very well written and highly reccomended!
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Reading Drowning I was truly torn between two polar extremes: my delight in the compelling story-telling talent of its author, Susan Wingate, and my distaste for the poor attention she gave to editing and proofreading her work. For the first I would have awarded her 5 stars--for the second, alas, only 2. The writing lacks in its grammar, punctuation, spelling, which give it a shaky underlying structure. I think it is imperative that indie authors proofread their work. Not doing so is a slight towards the reader, and a disservice to themselves.

So to help me come up with a reasonable way to weigh these opposite impressions, I made a note to myself that story-telling is a natural talent, one that comes from the heart and guts and cannot be taught. Not so with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Which is why I ended up giving the author the benefit of the doubt, hoping she will come back to improve the technical aspects of her writing. Therefore I am awarding the story 4 stars.

The cover image of a bluish head over which you can discern the flow of water is somewhat morbid, and fully becoming of the theme of the story, which includes an episode of physical drowning as well as that feeling of suffocation Euly feels, faced with the secrets in her family. She is far from being a 'likable' protagonist, and her actions are far from following any logical reasoning, which makes for surprising twists and turns in this story.

This book was sent to me gratis for an unbiased review.
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Ever have that dark moment at 2am, when all of life's troubles appear to be closing in and there's no escape?

Euly Winger, the protagonist at the heart of Susan Wingate's latest novel, inhabits that very moment. Yet, even as troubles with her family and marriage seem to be closing in, she sets out to uncover - and more importantly, *understand* - the dark secret held at her family's heart.

At turns lyrical and touching, you'll find this an exercise in emotion and intimacy. Highly recommended.
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From the opening pages, Susan Wingate draws the reader in with a scene of gripping emotion. As the book continues, layers of Euly Winger's secret past come off. I found myself haunted by the story and the supernatural perspective through which Ms. Wingate tells her tale. A must read, not just for afficianados of women' fiction, but for anyone who enjoys a superbly written work of literature.
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