Susan V. Vaughn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Date of Publication: March 24th 2017
Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 61,838
Cover Artist: Najla Qamber
Tagline: Fate has a way of pushing you in ways you never thought possible
Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend's older brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy. He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has avoided for so long.
His heart pounded as he made up the distance between them. He’d fought the urge to hold her in his arms all week. He no longer could.
“Hey! What are you doing?” Her question was lost as he pulled her against him, and covered her lips with his own. She sank desperately into his embrace for a moment, before pushing him back. “Russ, stop.”
“Why?” He grabbed one of her hands, and kissed the soft skin of her palm. She smiled, her face flushing red, her eyes flashing hazel.
“Because we are supposed to be friends, and we’re at work.” She glanced nervously around the deserted hallway.
“Nah, work’s over,” he said lightly, refusing to address the friendship statement. “It’s time for us.” He secured her hand in his, and led them toward the parking lot with single focus. “I’m taking you to dinner.”
“Wait! I have to grab my things from the music room.”
“No time for that.” He quickened his pace through the parking lot, determined to take her to dinner, not caring who witnessed his desperation. He’d waited all week for this opportunity.
“I guess you’re not giving me a choice then?” She sounded amused, not annoyed, a good sign.
“Now you get it.” He winked back at her. “I am your boss, after all.”
She sighed loudly in exasperation, and then began to giggle. It made him grin like a man who had never been happier in his life.
1.) What inspired you to write Beyond Fate?
I have a huge connection to Beyond Fate because I wrote the first chapter of it when I was still in college. It was my freshman year. I attended Central Michigan University, which is the same college my characters meet. The fraternity party they were at is based off a frat house I used to go to all the time. Years later, when I found this story, I decided it needed a proper ending. I began the story from a college perspective, which is when my characters first fall in love. I finished the story from an adult perspective, which is when my characters get their second chance at love.
2 .) Did you have any writer's block when writing Beyond Fate?
I did not have any writer block while writing Beyond Fate. I had three small children who provided an entirely different distraction from the writing process. This is often the case for me when I write. Motherhood comes first, which means I have a lot of stops in the creative process. That is why editing is so important!
3.) Which character do you feel more connected to?
The character in Beyond Fate I feel most connected to is Katherine Webb. She is the best friend, the sister, and the person who pulls the strings behind the love story in this book. In the first chapter when Katherine is dragging the main character, Julia, to the frat party, chattering a mile a minute, excited to party. That was me in college. I was the friend always ready for a good time. Always ready to dance and let loose.
4.) What was your favorite part in writing Beyond Fate?
My absolute favorite part in Beyond Fate was when Russell sends Julia forgiveness flowers. I love the little note he writes her that makes her laugh. Falling in love is sweet, but it's the humor, in my opinion, that solidifies the relationship.
5.) Do you have anything new coming up?
I have another contemporary romance coming out this June called Undeniable Love. I'm very excited for the release because it follows the love story of two people who couldn't have less in common. Shane is the lovable tattoo artist. Josie is the beautiful weather correspondent. Together they create an opposites attract story filled with laughter and tenderness.
About the Author:
Romance Author, Susan V. Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.
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