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.
Comment from one of her peers "You have opened a window down through the centuries to a time and culture in the past."
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The Light of Truth – Finalist in IAN Book of the Year competition.
Miami International Book Award Ceremony
Readers’ Favorite Award functions – welcome.
Meeting friends from last year.
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.
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 – https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/contact-us/
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.
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
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.
June 2019 - Cover reveal
Release date 1 September 2019 – pre-order for $1. 99
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