April 2016

A member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA, Susan was one of three writers to read an excerpt from her current work in progress to a group of her peers. In the section she chose…

“The Roman governor, concerned that the plans for capturing the Apostle John would go awry, was ‘grilling’ the garrison commander.”

This gave a picture of some of the pressures the Christians were living under at the time.
Susan commented afterward that reading one’s work aloud was a good way of picking up what didn’t work in a sentence.


Author Fellowship Meeting

Comment from one of her peers "You have opened a window down through the centuries to a time and culture in the past."

May 2016

On the 19th May – 
Listed on the events for the City of Joondalup, Western Australia, was a ‘Meet the Author’ function, hosted by Joondalup Libraries.

The author was Susan MB Preston, author of the Apostle John Series, and was the official launch of the print book version of Hold the Faith.

Hold the Faith is the first book in the historically and Biblically researched series.

Susan gave a short reading from the start of Hold the Faith, before sharing some of her research for the series.

Giveaways included – ‘Behind the Series PDF. Living in Dangerous Times part 1 – The Roman Conquest.
(Now available as a PDF booklet with all 3 sections…free to members of Susan’s Reader’s Circle.)

Also available was a free copy of the newsletter with some of the interesting research that did not make it into the book.
Attendees were also invited to take a copy of Review Hints – a leaflet Susan produced after hearing from her readers that they did not know what to write in a review.

Meet the author Susan M B Preston

It was a cool evening, but the event was well-attended, and as one of the organizers stated, “The people were all engaged.”

Also in May 2016

Cover reveal of Keep the Flame

Keep the Flame, book 4 in the Apostle John Series

Print version of Grow in Grace published

Release of Keep the Flame ARC to reviewers.


         Hold the Faith … Finalist in Reader’s Favorite Book Awards


Hold the Faith book award



Keep the Flame released after re-editing.

Submitted for review by Readers’ Favorite.


Keep the Flame received a 5-star ***** review and was entered into Readers’ Favorite book award competition.

The Light of Truth is in the same competition – interesting.

Keys to the Bible, cover image

This free course started at the end of February. Currently closed to new members, it runs for nine fortnightly sessions.

Also available from February, 2017 is the free PDF – “Sending Smashwords books to Kindle -Automatically.”
Available free to members of the Reader’s Circle.

Use the contact form and ‘speak’ to Susan directly.

April 2017 - May 2017

Currently, Susan has resurrected her computer trainer skills.
A ‘computer basics course’ for mature beginners was conducted at the Dianella Church of Christ Friendship Club.

June 30 2017

                     Invited to speak at Woodvale Church JOY group.

“3 stories – 3 lives”

Introduced by Jessie Hardy and with the books in the Apostle John Series.

Woodvale Baptist group event
Apostle John series displayed at Woodvale Baptist event

September 2017

Keep the Flame Award

October, 2017

Chicago, Illinois

The Light of Truth – Finalist in IAN Book of the Year competition.

IAN Finalist Award Light of Truth

Chicago, Illinois

Nashville, Tennessee

Chicago, Illinois

Edinburgh, Scotland

Chicago, Illinois

Miami International Book Award ceremony

Miami International Book Award Ceremony

Readers’ Favorite Award functions – welcome.

Meeting friends from last year.

Jo Diblee and Pete and Susan Preston

Perth - Ask An Author Event

14 December, 2017

An interesting and informative afternoon session in the heart of the city of Perth, Susan shared the ‘5 steps in publishing.’

Handouts were available and a lively discussion between the attendees and the ‘author’ made the session engaging as well as enlightening.

The four currently ‘in-print’ books in the series were on display. These too were discussed.

Covers of books in the Apostle John series with awards

Susan M B Preston, multi-award winning author, has accumulated a vast store of knowledge about life in the late 1st-century, AD. 

She is available as a speaker on this subject, or on her experience in self-publishing.
Use the contact form located here –

Susan Preston describes herself as a story-teller, not a preacher. Her books are not ‘denominational’ and she does not attempt to evangelize, just share her discoveries.

2018 - February

Novella published and sent to reviewers

After almost a year when everything had been turned upside down, Esther was summoned back to Ephesus.

Strange, because before she had left Ephesus to keep the Holy Days at her aunt and uncle’s farm she had heard Judah say he would not marry her.

Now, she was to be betrothed to him.

The only thing that had changed was her attitude to her mother. So had Judah’s opinion. Elizabeth had been taking lessons in the Christian heresy, now Esther was to treat her mother as dead.

The confusion of the year continued when there was a challenge to the betrothal.

Who would Esther be marrying after the thirty days?

Running parallel in time to Hell Shall Not Prevail, this novella fills in the lives of some of the other characters.

The astute will have noticed...

Apostle John Series... Cover changes!

I loved the previous covers, for the most part photographs by a very talented Tasmanian lady.

However, many people made the observation that although beautiful, they gave no clue as to what genre they were. Hence the ‘across the series’ cover change.

Apostle John series, all 5 cover images

April 2018

Due to ‘issues’ with Amazon, currently the print version of Grow in Grace is unpublished. VIP Readers were warned of this possibility.

The eBook versions of all books are still available.

Also in April

Invited to participate in Exploring Genres – in Christian Writers Downunder and cross-posted to Australian Christian Writers.

You can read the post HERE

Remainder of 2018

Battling with ill-health, still writing, still releasing the novellas, although on oxygen 24/7.

Two more novellas in the 'spin-off' series released.

These second and third novellas are part of a ‘series without a name.’  The first was After the Thirty Days and they pick up the lives of some of the relatively minor characters appearing in the Apostle John Series.

They follow some of the members of ‘Old Simon’s’ Jewish family.

Currently only available on Amazon – click each image for the link to the Amazon page.

2019 Hospitalisation but still writing.


The fourth and final novella in the companion series is under way 

New Apple book award image

Chosen as the solo “Medalist Winner” in the RELIGION / SPIRITUALITY category of the 2018 Fifth Annual New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Events are still hospital/doctor and allied professional appointments.

However, still writing

I suspended finishing the fourth novella in order to write, illustrate and publish Living at the end of an oxygen tube.


Because I looked for one by an oxygen user when I was working my way through the learning curve. There was none, so I wrote one.

May 2019

Livinvg at the end of an Oxygen Tube, cover

On Amazon and available from 18 June 2019

Living at the end of an Oxygen Tube

June 2019 - Cover reveal

Shadow of the Past, cover

Release date 1 September 2019 – pre-order for $1. 99

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