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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

#TuesdayTreasures Guest Post by Susan Coryell

Good Morning Friends,

Well, it's the last Tuesday of April and for many, spring is still wishful thinking. The weather here in SWLA is chilly evenings/mornings and beautiful, warm days. I'm good with that, LOL!

Today's guest has visited before but it has been a while, so please welcome Susan Coryell back as she shares something she treasures with us.....

Attributed to Mark Twain is the following saying: “Happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have.”

At this stage of life, the quotation fits my persona perfectly:

I live in a charming cottage on a lovely lake—just what I always wanted.

I have a big extended family, every one of them most definitely wanted, especially the seven grand- children.

I am blessed with a wide and diverse circle of friends in my neighborhood and church who are always ready to go places and do things I have always wanted to be involved in and with.

As a full-time working mother with many responsibilities, I looked forward to a time to rest, reflect and write; now that I have retired after thirty years of classroom teaching, I cherish those minutes and hours of “free” time. This is something for which every writer yearns.

Over the last five years I have had the time and energy to write and publish four novels. The Overhome Trilogy is a Southern Gothic/cozy mystery with contemporary characters set in Southern Virginia against a rich history background: A Red, Red Rose; Beneath the Stones; Nobody Knows.

Just released March, 2018 is A Murder of Principle, inspired by my many years as an educator.

All of my books are published by The Wild Rose Press and are available at all on-line bookstores in both e-book and print.

Yes, I want exactly what I have. My life is full and fulfilled and I consider each day a treasure.

Oh wow, Susan what a lovely list and testimony to the power of unwavering faith and perseverance! Tell us a little about your new book, A Murder of Principle.

A new principal takes Harding High by storm, wreaking havoc with every executive order and every decision, tearing apart the stellar school tenet by tenet.

Teachers, other administrators, students, parents, and the community at large increasingly react to the tremors shaking Harding High as Principal Wendy Storme churns a destructive path through their traditions, values, and protocol. Everyone associated with Harding has a valid motive for murder.

Determined to save her school and friends, English department chair, Rose Lane, and her rookie sidekick, intern Penny Bright, vow to move the hurricane-force Storme out of Harding for good…except somebody beats them to it with the decisiveness of murder.

About Susan....
A career educator, Susan Coryell has taught students from 7th grade through college-level. She earned a BA degree in English from Carson-Newman College and a Masters from George Mason University. She is listed in several different volumes of Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Teaching.  Coryell belongs to Author’s Guild, Virginia Writers, and Lake Writers. She loves to talk with budding writers at schools, writers’ conferences and workshops. Her young adult anti-bully novel EAGLEBAIT is in its third edition for print and e-book, updated with cyber-bullying. EAGLEBAIT won the NY Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age," and the International Reading Association's "Young Adult Choice."

A RED, RED ROSE, first in a cozy mystery/Southern Gothic series, was nominated for a literary award with the Library of Virginia. BENEATH THE STONES, the sequel, was released in April of 2015. NOBODY KNOWS, the final novel in the Overhome Trilogy was published October, 2016. All three volumes of the Trilogy were published by The Wild Rose Press (NY).

The author has long been interested in concerns about culture and society in the South, where hard-felt, long-held feelings battle with modern ideas.  The ghosts slipped in, to her surprise.

Also published by TWRP, A MURDER OF PRINCIPLE released March 12, 2018 and is available at Amazon.

All novels are available at Amazon, B&N and all on-line bookstores.

When not writing, Ms. Coryell enjoys boating, kayaking, golf and yoga. She and her husband, Ned, love to travel, especially when any of their seven grandchildren are involved.

Find out more by visiting Susan's Website, Blog, Facebook, Amazon Page and connecting with her on Twitter @SCoryellAuthor.

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll check back weekly for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time take care and God Bless.


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Susan and Pam,

Susan, I'm glad your life is going well. I loved your latest novel and strongly recommend it to readers of cozy mysteries. Those of us who were teachers can
especially appreciate the accurate representation of the profession.

Diane Burton said...

A lovely tribute to a good life, Susan. I agree with Jacqueline (above) that those of us who are/were teachers can especially enjoy your story. I thoroughly enjoyed your book.

Susan Coryell said...

First, a big THANK YOU for Pamela's treasured blog. I read each Tuesday post religiously.
Thanks, Jacquie and Diane, for your kind and supportive comments about my new release A MURDER OF PRINCIPLE.
May all of Pamela's readers find something to treasure in life.

Marissa Garner said...

Sounds like you have a lot to treasure, and this latest book sounds like a great read. Can't wait!

Susan Coryell said...

Love your comment, Marissa and hope you will read A Murder of Principle!

Kara O'Neal said...

Nice post! I love your books. I really enjoy your characters, too.

Patricia Kiyono said...

Lovely post, Susan. You and I have traveled similar paths - I taught for full time for 28 years, It wasn't until I retired that I found the time to write, and I'm loving all the things I'm able to do now that I have the time, resources, and hopefully enough energy to do so. Your new book definitely sounds like something I need to read!

Susan Coryell said...

You are so kind and back at you about enjoying YOUR books!

Susan Coryell said...

Patricia, retirement is fabulous! I believe all former teachers will get a kick out of A Murder of Principle. Thanks for commenting.

Wild Women Authors said...

Hi, Susan
I retired, probably too early, so that I could have time with my grandchildren. I have not regretted a minute of it. It warms my heart when others speak the same thoughts. Your new book sounds fascinating--and what wonder fodder I'm sure you accumulated over the years. I hope you have much success with A Murder of Principle.
Kat Henry Doran

Alina K. Field said...

Family and friends are certainly the greatest treasures! Great post.

Susan Coryell said...

Thanks, Kat. Family has always taken priority, but so hard to keep it at the top with a demanding career, as you discovered. And ,yes, teaching is ripe source for conflict ideas!

Susan Coryell said...

Alina: Agree! I treasure my family, warts and all! Thanks 🙏

Connie Bretes said...

Hi Susan, it's great you have finally reached the point where you are happy with where you are. I too, am happy with my lifestyle now, although we are moving next month to a warmer place. Good luck with your book and continued success.

Susan Coryell said...

Connie: I find so many of my retired friends are happiest with their lives right now. Good health, lots of friends and family and a pleasant environment are keys, surely, but a feeling of knowing who you are and what you can finally accomplish are important too.
Good luck with your writing and your move!