Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fairest of the Faire ~ Susabelle Kelmer

Welcome to the beach, Susabelle! Lay out your towel and grab a frosty drink. Our guests are excited to meet a new author.

I’m so excited to be here!  Fairest of the Faire was such a labor of love for me, and it makes me happy to think people may just be lying on a beach this summer and reading it!  The beach, the sun, a cool drink, and a good book.  What more could a romantic reader ask for?

I don’t want to keep our guests in suspense, so I’ll start right out with a look at your new baby.

Book Information:
Theme: Second Chance Love
SubGenre: Contemporary
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Imprint: Champagne
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
Keywords: romance, contemporary romance, widow, Renaissance Faire
Page Count: 296
Digital Price: 4.99
Print Price (if applicable): 15.99

Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law's Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Younglood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie's don't-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband's bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

It sounds like Connie’s in a bad situation, but I have a feeling she can handle quite a lot. If a movie was made about her story, what actress would be your choice to play her part?

Connie might be played by someone like Sandra Bullock, one of my personal favorites, or perhaps Felicity Jones.  Connie is shy, but has a quick smile and can’t hold in her emotions.  I would think anyone playing that role would be having a lot of fun.

I always love ‘the meeting’ scene. What was Connie’s first impression of Gage?

Oh, he scared her to pieces!  That wolfish grin, the way he held her eyes with his, never disguising his lust for her.  She had no idea what to do with him!  She tries to hold him at arm’s length, but he is everywhere she turns, and it doesn’t take long before she craves those lustful glances, just as he hoped she would.

You say Gage soon had Connie in his arms and his heart. What attracted him most about her?

Her eyes caught his attention once he stopped staring at her body.  Not green, not blue, but somewhere in between.  The color of her eyes reminded him of the ocean.  He felt like he couldn’t look away from her gaze. 

You may be surprised, but I’ve never been to a Renaissance Faire. What made you decide to use this setting?

Oh, Sandra, you should go to one!  They are wonderful places where you can spend an afternoon in another time.  There is flirting, and all of the pomp and elegance of the King’s court, and of course, plenty of good-looking men in kilts and armor.  It all feels so romantic and happy.  My brother hobbies as a blacksmith, and he works a regular gig at a RenFaire.  I got a lot of background information from him for my story.  There is a lot of romance going on behind the scenes at a RenFaire, apparently! 

Before we go further, I’d like to give our guests a taste of your style.

“Who said anything about a relationship?” he said, standing up so he could tower over her again. “I’m just trying to have a little fun. You know, fun?”
If he’d been an animal, she was sure he’d have had hair raised on the back of his neck, he seemed so angry, and it struck her painfully. She hadn’t wanted to anger him or hurt him. She turned away from him and closed her eyes to tamp down the tears she knew would come if she let them. She crossed her arms over her chest, to hold in the pain. Being tired made her much too vulnerable.
“Yes,” she finally said. “I know about fun. Life isn’t always fun, though.”
“Princess.” His voice was soft, tender. “I won’t hurt you. It’s not in my plan.”
Despite herself, she felt the shivers of desire race down from her shoulders, down her arms and legs, and back up to that secret, soft place at her core. She bowed her head and gritted her teeth, hoping for the feeling to go away.
“And what is your plan, Gage?”
“It’s a simple plan. I want you to feel good. I want to feel good, too.”

Here's where to buy it!

This sounds like the perfect summertime beach read. Just so we can say ‘we know the author’ we’d like to hear more about you.

About the Author:

Susabelle Kelmer is a wife and mother living at the base of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado. She believes in romance, second chances, and the magic of moonlight. When she isn't writing, she works with students with disabilities in the college environment.

Susabelle’s tagline: Love…is Everything.

Guest question: In Fairest of the Faire, Connie is a school teacher who gets a job at a Renaissance Faire over the summer. Have you ever taken a job that was unusual? Tell us about it.


  1. Great idea for a setting. Good luck your book!

    1. It seemed perfect to set my story in a RenFaire. So much is going on there, and people get to play a part that is different for them.

  2. Thank you for hosting me, Sandra! I'm so in love with my story, I hope others will fall in love with it too!

    1. Who can resist love...or a RenFaire, I guess. I'll be sure to catch the next one that comes to my area. Also, I'll be hitting you up when my next book releases. Good luck and great sales!!!

  3. Loved hearing more about your characters, Susabelle. All the best! :)

  4. Sounds like a wonderful story. Good luck with your book.

  5. I've never been to a Renaissance Faire either, but it sounds like a lot of fun! My only summer jobs were as a waitress and a file clerk, never anything interesting or unusual. Best of luck with your debut, Susabelle.

  6. No unusual jobs for me. I guess I'm pretty boring. :) Congrats on your release, Susabelle!

  7. Susabelle, it's been great getting to know you and hearing about your first release, Fairest of the Faire. I wish you tons of luck.
    As for jobs, I think my most unusual one was: Dispatching taxi cabs with a corded phone, CB radio, and a big map, on my front porch, when i was seventeen-years-old.