DeLuca Family Collection
A Suspenseful Romance Collection
Coming December 12th 2014
from Musa Publishing
Love makes your heart race, but passion can kill.
Three strong, captivating women.
Three intense, driven men.
One family devoted to justice.
Come journey with the DeLuca Family from the tumultuous streets of Chicago to the majestic
peaks of Glacier National Park in these three intriguing full-length novels loaded with passion,
What the critics are saying about Susan Rae’s books
Heartbeats: “A terrific tale of romantic intrigue, with characters who are intelligent, skilled
professionals and to whom we can easily relate.”—Marilyn Weigel, RTM
She knew it was crazy that her hands should tremble on this occasion, considering she could thread a
catheter to the heart as precisely and steadily now as the best in her field, but Dr. Elizabeth Iverson never felt
comfortable in the limelight.
“I know many of you share my story in one way or another,” Elizabeth said, her gaze moving from table
to table, guest to guest, as she scanned the seven hundred or so university alumni seated in the Grand Ballroom
of Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, “or know someone who has benefited from the fund.
I grew up on a farm about forty-five miles northwest of here. When I was little girl, I always dreamed of
becoming a doctor. My Barbie dolls didn’t wear clothes; they wore bandages and tourniquets, and I was always
pretending to try the latest medical procedure on some poor, unsuspecting farm animal — with some very
interesting results, as you can imagine.” Now well into her speech, she raised a playful eyebrow and was
rewarded with mild laughter.
“Back then, though, college seemed financially out of the question. That’s why what we’re doing here
tonight is so important. We’re helping to fuel dreams. For me, it’s not about the glamour of being a doctor. As a
cardiologist, it’s about looking into a patient’s eyes and seeing that spark of hope shine back when she’s just
learned she has another lease on life. To me, that’s priceless.”
Her attention moved to the guests at the back of the room. “With our silent auction tonight, we’ll help
more students turn their dreams into realities. With the money you’ll so generously donate, I know — ”
Elizabeth’s lips froze in mid-sentence. Her words caught in her throat as her heart did a major flip-flop.
She recognized him instantly. There was no mistaking the identity of the man who stood in the entrance to the
ballroom, nametag in hand, as if he had just arrived. She stood, motionless, staring, unaware of the murmurs of
uneasiness arising from the gathering. She watched, mesmerized, as his lips curved into that slow, Mona Lisa
smile of his and his chin lifted in acknowledgment of her awareness of him. Although quite a distance away,
Elizabeth could easily make out the slight cleft in his chin, the sexy, firm line of his jaw — and those deep-set
eyes, which she knew were the most amazing shade of midnight blue.
“Dr. Iverson, are you all right?” the alumni president asked at her side. Suddenly the awkward coughing of the guests, the clinking of glasses, the shuffling of chairs reached
her senses. Embarrassed and frustrated by her reaction to him, she broke contact with those eyes and grabbed
for her water glass as if reaching for a lifeline. When she looked up again, he was gone. The twinge of
disappointment she felt at that surprised her, but she forced it to the back of her mind as she turned her attention
once more to the gathering.
“I’m sorry, where was I? Yes, the dreams…”
ICE blue: “With her well-developed characters, Susan keeps you glued to the pages.” —Susan
Peck, My Cozie Corner
“…this romance, thriller was something that took hold of your heart as you read.” — Beth
Cutwright, Beth Art From The Heart
TRUE blue: “The writing was terrific and the plot was intriguing and suspenseful. Rae
masterfully deceives the reader into thinking that she knows who-dunnit but the reader will be
deliciously surprised at the end.” —Cindi, Mammasez
Susan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from
Columbia College, Missouri with an emphasis in creative writing.She penned her first
melodrama in fifth grade for a Girl Scout Drama badge. Complete with hero, heroine, and
dastardly villain, it wasn’t so very different, really, than the romantic suspense she writes now.
“I love writing romantic suspense because it allows me to combine a sexy, passionate love story
with a gritty suspense tale—in my opinion, the best of both worlds.It also allows me to express
my appreciation for the outdoors in the setting that I recreate on the page.”
When she is not sketching characters, you might find Susan on the golf course working on her
handicap, or traveling around the country seeking out new settings for her novels with her
husband and empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute. To read more about Susan’s novels and
the writing life, please visit her website/blog at http://www.susanrae.com