Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Guest Author Day and Giveaway: High Point by Susan Zoe Bella


Check out the new book by Susan Zoe Bella, High Point, today. Make sure to enter the tour wide giveaway as the author is will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. The tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions and you can find all the tour stops HERE.

An Interview with author Susan Zoe Bella


Q: How did you decide where your book was going to take place?

A: The best kiss I ever had was at High Point Raceway on May 23, 1986. A clear night sky sprayed with stars, a crackling campfire, an iced keg, the hottest coolest guy I ever met with the sweetest classic muscle car…out in the middle of nowhere on the grounds of High Point, buzzing with life and excitement from other campers. I was painfully shy. He was smooth as Tennessee Whiskey. He took my hand as we stood in the warm glow of firelight near his car and kissed me like nobody ever had and nobody ever could then held me in the most sincere, tender embrace. All my anxiety melted away in that moment in his arms. The night was dreamy, magical, and etched in my memory for all time. Deciding where this special love story begins was a no-brainer 😊


Q: What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book, High Point?

A: Hi! My name is Susan Zoe Bella. I’ve recently published a fact-based love story that tops any TV soap out there. High Point is an original fact-based drama with nonstop action, witty one-liners, humor, danger, and backstabbing suspense that will hold you captive from page one to the end. Give it a try! It’s a story you won’t forget.


Q: Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?

A: Both. If the squiggly lines pop up as I go, I fix them. Most of the hard editing takes place once the book is completely done. I go over it with two programs, then my partner proofreads it, then I proof it with read-aloud. The read-aloud helps me catch tiny things my eyes miss after reading a book at least a dozen times. It’s interesting how our eyes will perceive mistakes because we’ve spent so much time in the book. Listening and following along has been extremely helpful. It keeps me focused and I employ a second sense to pick up tiny little errors.


Q: Describe your writing space/office!

A: My favorite recliner chair, white leather that is very old so I have arm covers on it, new foam stuffed under the seat because the padding got so thin, but it’s my chair that was my stepdad’s. To my right is my marble-top end table with two drawers. I keep my water, four phones, my mouse, a wooden crate with tissues, dental floss, and device chargers in it. A book, a journal, and a plush blue ball given to me on my birthday from my service dog. She actually picked it out and brought it over. I didn’t see it at first so it got jammed under the chair. Later that day, she was digging at the foot thingy and she doesn’t ever do that, so I raised it and she dug the blue ball out that she’d pulled out of her massive toy collection. It’s a precious gift! The first thing she ever played with was a plush blue ball identical to it until it became an orb. I was touched that she chose one of her new backups to give me. To my front is a bedtable that is adjustable. It holds my all-in-one desktop with a 24-inch screen so I can sit farther away from the screen. (easier on the eyes) On each side are two Bose speakers for movies and music. In front of the computer are two iPads, a stack of soft cloths, four pens, a notepad and memo book, and a spoon to scratch my back LOL. To my right is my fiancé in his huge recliner chair with his own computer. All of this is in the corner of our living room. I love cozy corners. Nobody is allowed in my “office with no walls” except my service dog.


Q: What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?

A: Ramen noodles cooked in chicken broth. I can never get enough. I can’t eat too many, though, because I have a wheat intolerance. Life is cruel! I love stuffing a mouthful in and savoring the soft yummy goodness.


Q: What’s your favorite genre to read?

A: Romance. But I don’t read as much as I used to before I started writing my own. I was an avid bookworm until I published my first novel. I don’t really feel like reading more after all the edits and writing. I’d rather watch a good romantic movie.


Q: What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?

A: Holiday Road Trip with Patrick Muldoon. It’s a sweet romance with humor and just the right amount of conflict. An all-around feel-good movie.


Q: What do you do when you have free time?

A: Play with dolls. I have life-sized Masterpiece dolls and 18-inch Gotz dolls that I enjoy dressing, posing, and photographing.


Q: What are three words that describe your Main Characters?

A: Intense, authentic, fascinating.


Q: What can readers expect from you next?

A: More original romance with suspense and fantasy. Those are my two favorite genres to write. I have some gorgeous covers and stories started. I’m waiting for that spark of inspiration to hit me. Sometimes it comes through a song. I recently finished edits on a sixteen-book series I wrote for a publisher. I’m ready to dive back into my Indie books where I get to control the story. My planned books are listed on my site 😊  


High Point

by Susan Zoe Bella

GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

It’s only rock and roll but I hate it. Groupies, parties, a cheating ex, and a dark night spawned a wake-up call. I’d shifted my focus to work and avoiding social media. Singing lead for a famous band had become nothing more than a steppingstone to my true dream of racing Pro Motocross. I hadn’t dated in years. Then ‘she’ showed up and everything in me longed to be with her. I was stoked she’d agreed to join me at High Point Raceway for the weekend, even if it meant putting up with Mack. Better still, Mia wasn’t a groupie, not even close. She wasn’t even a fan of our music. If love at first sight had a name, it would be Mia Fringe and I had to make her mine. ~ Jett

I’d seen him in passing over the years. He was the neighbor of my best friend. But we’d never officially been introduced until the night Mackie badgered me into meeting him after attending his band’s concert. I tried not to look awestruck, stunned that someone this gorgeous had been within my scope for years but had not caught my attention. He had success written all over him. Girls like me didn’t end up with guys like him. Recently unemployed, still living on the family farm, and recovering from a nervous breakdown, I was a mess. But Jett saw something in me that nobody else ever had…worth. ~ Mia

Action, drama, and chaos kick off right from the start at High Point Raceway when Mackie has second thoughts about playing matchmaker between Mia and Jett. However, when the week of bliss comes to an end, Mia is heartbroken and confused as to why Jett doesn’t keep his promise. She accepts a job as a reporter three thousand miles away to escape the pain.
Ten years later, Mia and Jett cross paths in the most startling way. She’s about to discover the truth of what really happened so long ago. Will she be able to trust Jett again when he pleads for a second chance? Can love and forgiveness conquer a decade of hurt? It all goes down in the dirt during the last race of the season.

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Excerpt One:


A shadow of disappointment prowled through my mind. He’d slammed on the brakes. I could’ve taken it as rejection. But he was no fool. He was bound to uncover the truth before giving too much of himself.


“We forgot to bring lunch,” I pointed out as we entered the cave.


“Oh yeah. I had other things on my mind. Maybe we’ll find some berries.”


“In May?” I giggled. “For that matter, why not root around in logs for honeycombs.”


He laughed. “We could do that.” Then he dipped his brows in a comical expression and said in a deep voice, “I’ll fight off the bears for you, my love.”


Love? He dropped the L-word? I stared at him. Was it a slip? Or a mere casual expression? After all, Europeans used it very casually. My thoughts went into overdrive. I hated when that happened.


“Let’s explore. Maybe the natives left behind some jerky,” he teased with a grin.


“The eternal optimist,” I countered. “I love it.”


We wandered deeper into the cave between moss-covered slate walls. Water trickled down the sides. The cave smelled musty. Something skittered across the rocky floor. I screamed and leaped sideways.


“There are creepy crawlies in here!”


“I saw that,” he said. “No worries. They’re more afraid of us than we are of them.”


“Uh…speak for yourself.” I shrieked again. “Jett!” I had jumped onto a ledge a foot above ground and clung to the wall. “I’m not this much country. Can we go please?”


“Okay, doll.” He smiled apologetically. “There’s nothing to see in here anyway. I didn’t mean to frighten you.”


Something sticky brushed my face. I swatted frantically but seemingly had entangled myself in a web. The more panicked I became the worse things got. My flailing arms gathered more webbing. I slipped off the ledge in all my thrashing about and tumbled to the ground, scraping my arms and legs on the way down.


“Mia!” He caught my arms. “Stop. Baby, stop moving!”


“Oh no…” I whimpered. “What is it?”


“Nothing,” he replied calmly but apprehension snuck into his voice. “Just stay very, very still, doll.”


“Omigosh,” I cried.


He snapped a twig from a branch sticking out of the wall and in my peripheral vision his arm moved painstakingly slowly. I held my breath and didn’t dare twitch. A couple of agonizing minutes later, he tossed the stick aside then swept me into his arms.


“We should get the hell out of here,” he muttered.


I clung to him. “What was it?”


“You don’t wanna know.”


“Ew. Ew. Did it bite me? Am I okay?”


“Sshh, you’re safe now. It never touched your skin. It saw all that beautiful blonde hair and thought, hm, a perfect place to spell out the word radiant.”


“Omigosh. It was one of those…I can’t even say it. Ew. Ew. Get me out of here.”


He broke into a run with me in his arms. I didn’t take a full breath until we exited the cave.


“I need another bath.” I continued frenetically brushing my arms and head, still in panic mode.


We made our way back to the waterhole and I didn’t hesitate to strip down and dive in. I submerged myself, scrubbing my face and hair furiously. He dove in with me. When I finally calmed down, convinced I’d rid myself of anything that’d hitched a ride, I relaxed and casually swam around.


“Seems I’ve discovered your one fear,” he said upon swimming over to me. “You don’t like bugs.”


“No. I don’t. Especially the kind that makes webs.” I shivered at the thought.


“I’m really sorry.” He began to laugh. “I had no idea. I don’t mean to laugh. Honest. I’m not mocking you. But you were a sight back there.”


“Ha-ha.” I scowled. “Why’d you sound so urgent when telling me to stop moving?”


“I didn’t want it to bite you. Those things typically aren’t aggressive unless they feel threatened. And you, my dear, were definitely in a frenzy.”


“Now I’m cold, hungry, and freaked out. I’m never going into a cave again.”





Susan Zoe Bella will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


"I am a fan of happily ever after. My novels are too!"


Susan Zoe enjoys creating contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and romantic suspense stories with a gritty flair. Her stories are her own, and she typically writes outside the box. She’s always been a leader not a follower. Writing is her mental filter and how she processes the world around her, a fictional place where she can control the outcome at her comfort level with justice and happy endings. Her imagination is her greatest strength as it carries her away from daily stress.


As a survivor of hardship and chronic disease, she takes one day at a time and treasures the simple things in life. Susan Zoe is a Christian, loves animals, and practices being kind and generous every day. When not immersed in new stories, she enjoys watching movies, Motocross and Supercross, playing Yahtzee with her fiancé, and hanging out with her loyal 24/7 companion and trained service dog. She’s not a fan of sitcoms as they don’t offer enough mental stimulation. Losing herself in an intense story gives her brain the workout it needs to manage OCD, anxiety, depression, and stress.


Her achievements thus far include The Golden Wings Award for her debut novel The Satellite, the UK Nobel Pin and Editor’s Choice Award for her poem The Lonely Man, numerous 5 Star Reviews from Fallen Angels Reviews, Coffee Time Romance, InD’tale Magazine, Goodreads and more for current and retired novels. She was also a RONE Awards Finalist in 2017.


She loves to hear from readers and chat!


In her words, “Writing is the only time I’m truly free.” She’s happiest when her intriguing characters come to life and steal her away into their worlds where anything is possible.








Susan Zoe Bella said...

Good morning! Thank you for hosting my book and the fun interview! The presentation on your site of my tour stop is wonderful, thank you :) Susan Zoe Bella (I'm really hoping this posts as I've been having so much trouble with some of the stops)

Susan Zoe Bella said...

Oh hooray my first comment posted! That's a relief. I want to say to all those who commented on my other stops, I've read your comments and I thank you! If I didn't respond it was because the site simply would not post my comment. Please feel free to ask your questions here. This seems to be a really good stop. I've been at every stop and tried multiple times to get the comments through so please don't think I haven't noticed you or that I ignored you. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to follow my tour and leave comments! Good luck in the drawing! ~ Susan Zoe Bella

Maya Wilson said...

loved this book and the cover. enjoyed readeng the answers to the questions too.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you so much for hosting today!

Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoyed the post. Sounds really good.

traciem said...

How do you celebrate when you publish a book?

Susan Zoe Bella said...

Thank you, Marcy :)

Tracie, I don't celebrate. I try to move on to the next one :) I celebrated one time since I began publishing in 2008 when I got my first contract.

Maya, thank you so much for reading High Point and loving it!

Sherry said...

Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and the book details. If given the chance, would you like to see High Point made into a movie and if so, who would you like to see in the starring roles?

Susan Zoe Bella said...

Hi Sherry! Thank you for following my tour and thanks so much for reading High Point! Good luck in the drawing :)

Hi Bea, thank you for reading my interview :) I hope you'll read the book. High Point is free everywhere except Amazon (per their policy).

I would LOVE to see High Point as a movie. There is only one Motorcross movie out there and we love it. My characters begin as young adults then it flashes to ten years later in their early thirties. But I devoted half the novel to their beginning because I felt it was very important to establish the foundation and details of how they met, fell in love and what tore them apart. The second half is devoted to their lives intersecting again and the love between them that had never waned. It's so touching to see how they reunite. I love this story so much! This has everything that would make a great movie for the general audience. Drama, sweet romance, passion but not explicit sex, no harsh language, no violence except for a minor scuffle, and a natural disaster scene! Plus, there is the sport of Motorcross, the rock star aspect, snappy dialogue, good one-liners, nasty villains...and a wonderful supporting cast all the way through. It all came together so beautifully. I am considering a sequel featuring Memphis and Caden Hawk! There is also the dangerously handsome boss who has his eye on Mia! 95K words of pure drama and excitement. Yes, it would be an awesome movie!

This is my last tour stop except for two more which are reviews only.

I hope everyone grabs a copy of High Point and reads it before the promo ends :) It's the best novel of my fifteen-year career. The story really is perfectly rounded and chock full of detail and fun stuff! If I didn't believe in it, I would not have done this promotional tour. ~ Susan Zoe Bella

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