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Length: 308 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Susan X Meagher lives in Manhattan and New Jersey with her long time partner. She has been writing for the last 10 years. She has published 16 books and has stories in 6 anthologies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Brisk Press (June 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D56G7S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan X Meagher was born in southern Illinois and grew up in East St Louis. She attended college in Chicago and started her working career there. She and her partner moved to the Los Angeles area in the late 80's. It was there that she started to write. Her first few books were simply posted on the web and became the I Found My Heart in San Francisco series.

In 2002 she moved to New York and divides her time between Manhattan and the Jersey Shore. She has published eighteen books in the series and has gone on to write many individual books as well. She has partnered with other authors on two short story books and has written many stories that have been published in other mainstream anthologies.

Susan is active in the lesbian author community and loves to attend Women's week at Provincetown and the GCLS annual conventions. Her stories revolve around the relationships that two women can build when given a chance and how those relationships can strengthen the individual and the partnership.

Her genre is lesbian romance/fiction and she believes strongly in the happy ending that we all so deserve.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2011
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I really like this author. Her characters are multidimensional and she gives them a lot of depth. Her strength lies in the time that she takes to develop the story, even if it seems like she is trading off excitement and drama for detail. Reading her books are like sipping a really fine wine and appreciating its effects on you. This is how I felt about Smooth Sailing. Nothing "big" happens; there are no real steep ups or downs, or sharp turns in the novel. And there are no unforgettable love scenes. What it is, though, is a really thoughtful love story about two women who fall deeply in love and are trying to find a way to make it work, despite their significant differences. An understated, but very much appreciated, romance novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philologus on July 24, 2011
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Smooth Sailing indeed. This is a sweet and at the same time thoughtful romance by Susan which reminded me a lot of my fav books by Susan, i.e. Cheery Grove. The writing is smooth, but serious topics as immigration laws and gay marriage, work-life-balance are addressed as well. I enjoyed the book a lot and recommend it for the wonderful romance it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Telstar on October 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Smooth Sailing by Susan X Meagher

Workaholic, Laurie Nielsen, is so stressed out, overworked and under pressure to meet the deadline for the opening of her companies' new theme park in Japan, that she collapses from sheer exhaustion in her office.

Her boss, Fernando, sends her on a non negotiable, complete break, a vacation on one of the companies' cruise liners.

After several run ins with the ships crew for trying to interfere and tell them how to do their jobs, Laurie finally backs off and settles down to take the well deserved rest her body so badly needs.

When Laurie leaves the ship at St Maarten to explore, she meets Kaatje Hoogaboom, an intriguing woman as different to Laurie as chalk is to cheese.

Kaatje owns a catamaran and takes tourists out sailing. Unlike Laurie who is totally obsessed with striving to reach almost impossible goals, Kaatje, takes each day as it comes and never worries about saving for the future.

After a rocky beginning, the two women find themselves becoming more and more attracted to each other, much to Laurie's surprise, as she'd always thought of herself as straight.

What will happen when Laurie has to return home to her eighteen hour days at work? Will Laurie and Kaatje be able to carry on a long distance relationship? Will Laurie put Kaatje before her job? Will Kaatje be willing to compromise to accommodate Laurie's job?

A lovely well written romance with some great scenery descriptions that crosses a few time zones. The book also addresses some of the problems facing two people of the same gender who want to be together. Gay marriage and the laws on immigration are touched upon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lenkalotte on September 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Enjoyable read. After the shoddy editing job on her last book, I really didn't feel like giving this a shot and waited around a while for reviews addressing specifically the editing. I saw nothing that particularly complained about it.

The story is fine, well-timed and things that seem kind of hasty are balanced by the subject matter, a long-distance relationship. I know that you enter the all or nothing mindset quickly, that relationships like this don't have the luxury of growing slowly.

I liked both main characters and the setting.

The book feels tighter than Meagher's other novels. That can be seen as a good thing, I'm not so sure. The ending feels abrupt and she tags on an epilogue, something I don't think she did in her other novels, and why would she, they didn't end abruptly.

I feel that by tightening things up she loses her unique voice in the lesfic world and ends up writing a formula that everyone else is using as well. I still liked it, but part of me is disappointed. I like the details of previous books and especially that the endings never feel
abrupt with things still left to resolve.

The editing is back to her usual standards, I'm happy about that, at least. I'm not happy with the cover. Yikes.
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