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Have you ever met someone you thought had it all together to find out that underneath that facade that they were really very needy? That is just the kind of character Michelle is in my newest book The Rebel Who Stole Her Heart. She is a heart surgeon with a tough exterior but is falling apart inside.  Michelle is undone by Ty, a motorcycle riding anesthesiologist raised by hippy parents. He thinks he is nothing like them but he never stays in one place long. With a big heart, he is well liked in the hospital but for Michelle he is the worst person who could have come into her life – Ty sees right through her.


This book was great fun to write.

Unbuttoned by the maverick!

Protected by her ice queen facade and wearing her designer suits as armor, heart surgeon Michelle Ross is always in control. Then maverick anesthesiologist Ty Smith sweeps into her operating theater and ruffles her well-groomed feathers!

He is her complete opposite, but even Michelle isn’t immune to his charms—especially when she starts to see the real Ty. She knows that he’ll soon be back on his sleek black motorcycle, out on the road again, but can she stop her heart from leaving with him…?


9780373069385Here is a little excerpt that shows the interaction between Michelle and Ty.


She slipped under the wheel. “Goodnight, Ty,” and closed the door.

Looking out the rearview window, she saw him saunter over to where a motorcycle was parked. He had a loose hipped walk that beguiled his bulk. Letting him get into her head wasn’t a good idea.

She stuck her key into the ignition and turned it. A clicking noise was all that happened. She tried it again. The engine refused to start.

The zoom of a motorcycle being turned off made her look into the mirror. Ty was getting off the cycle and putting the kickstand down. She opened the car door. “The battery is dead.”

He stepped closer. “You had trouble with it before?”

“Yeah. It was a little slow to start for me when I headed here. I was going to have it seen about tomorrow.”

“Well, it looks like you’re going to need a ride home.”

She searched for her phone. “I’ll call a taxi.”

“I’ll give you a lift.”

“I don’t think so. I’ll just wait here on a taxi.”

“Be realistic, Michelle. How long do you think it will take a taxi to show up at this hour? And you’re sure as heck not going to sit in a dark parking lot and wait.”

“I can go inside.”

“Come on. Let me give you a ride home? I’ll drive slow. No fancy moves.”

Still unsure, she was exhausted and the thought of having to wait another hour or long to head home wasn’t appealing. She grabbed her purse as she climbed out of the car. “Okay, but no nonsense. I saw one too many motorcycle victims when I was doing my ER rotation.”

“I promise only one wheelie.”

“What!” She stepped back planning to refuse to get on.

“Kidding. Just kidding.”

Marilyn Baron - January 15, 2014 - 4:44 am

This sounds like a really fun book. I loved the excerpt and how you set the two up to collide.

Maxine - January 15, 2014 - 9:32 am

A really good one, Susan. A definite read!

Connie Gillam - January 15, 2014 - 9:46 am

Sounds like a great emotional read. I watch people in the hospital and wonder who is that person underneath the title they wear.

Can’t wait to read your latest.

Sandra Elzie - January 15, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Hi Susan,
Another great cover…and another great story. Haven’t read this one yet, but can’t wait…then I’ll add it to my keeper shelf of books in my office.

Debbie Kaufman - January 15, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Oh LOL, that girl on a motorcycle. Funny! Hot guy on the cover, too!

Susan - January 15, 2014 - 2:42 pm

It was a fun one to write. Both characters made it interesting.

Susan - January 15, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Thanks Maxine.

susan - January 15, 2014 - 2:55 pm

What a great way to put it-under that title they wear. We have no idea who people are until they show us.

Susan - January 15, 2014 - 2:56 pm

I hope it is a keeper. I particularly enjoyed writing it.

Susan - January 15, 2014 - 2:58 pm


Putting Michelle on a motorcyle was so out of her element it could be nothing but fun!

Carol Burnside - January 16, 2014 - 12:19 am

Hunky doc and a vulnerable heroine is a potent combination, Susan. Loved this couple.

Susan - January 16, 2014 - 8:01 am

Thanks Carol. They are one of my favorite also.

Sia Huff - January 16, 2014 - 6:51 pm

I loved that scene, Susan. The always in-control doc lost her control around Ty. Great story.

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