Win a Copy of Susan Stephens's Contemporary Romance…Set in the 60's

by Susan Stephens, author of Gray Quinn”s Baby (Harlequin Presents, February 2011. Part of The Untamed series)

When I was asked to write a book set in the 60″s with a modern day heroine for Harlequin Presents, my first thought was, wow, how incredible. I love that era. The fashions and music were nothing short of revolutionary, while the “so called” sexual revolution made possible by the pill before the shadow of aids had been identified, was said to liberate women. It was an era of compelling figures who would open our eyes and our hearts, and technical advances that were both fast and thrilling. And, most crucially for my purposes, women were fighting for equal pay and rights with men.

Women might have been moving forward, but there were some men who had not caught up with the times, and I found the idea of pitting a modern woman against a man like this irresistible.

My second thought was — write a contemporary romance set in the 60″s — how does that work? That”s up to you, I was told.

Brilliant — A blank canvas with no rules. And so Gray Quinn was born.

I must admit Steve McQueen was a huge influence as I wrote this book. And, yes, being a motor bike fanatic he rode a “monstrous throbbing machine” just like my hero, Gray Quinn!

I had my modern woman meet Gray Quinn in the current day. Magenta then falls asleep and dreams that they have both been transported back to the sixties.

The fun and games begin when Magenta starts to assert herself in this sixties dreamworld. Needless to say, Quinn is not amused. Nor is falling in love with chauvinist Quinn part of Magenta”s plan, but fate has other ideas.

Waking up from a deep sleep can be wonderful — Sleeping Beauty receiving that magic kiss, for instance. But when Magenta wakes up in the modern world without Quinn or the baby they were expecting she is thrown out of her beautiful dream into a nightmare.

Will fate be kind to Magenta just one more time?

What”s the best dream you ever had — and did it come true?

I have a signed copy of Gray Quinn”s Baby to give away for the best answer.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Happy reading!

Susan

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Comments ( 13 )
  1. Tanis
    February 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    It’s been exactly 15 years to the day my mom died when I was in high school and one of my best dreams was that she never died and I was able to see her again in my dream. 🙂 Of course, it’s never happened!!!

    Thank you!

  2. Sapphire Phelan
    February 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Sounds like a super book.

  3. Janet
    February 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Best dream…that I was having a steamy affair with the handsome (younger by 15 years) man down the street. Approaching middle age myself…:)

  4. Marilyn Shoemaker
    February 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    If I post my dream, we’ll all be in trouble! lol

    Where did you ever come up with the name “Magenta”? I love the back blurb on the book…..”wanted in the bedroom…not the boardroom”. That I think was probably so typical of the 60’s.

    I can’t wait to read it Susan!

  5. Linda Henderson
    February 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve never had a dream come true, good or bad. I think the most interesting dream I ever had was that both my daughters were pregnant at the same time and they both had twins. My daughters weren’t interested in that one coming true. They’ve each had a single child since I had that dream but weren’t pregnant at the same time.

  6. Joanne Dannon
    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Wow – that sounds fantastic. I like the 60s and “time travel” romances so “GQ’s Baby” sounds perfect for me 🙂

    I’ve had lots of dreams but they don’t come true. However, recently, I dreamt about a drop-dead-gorgeous Hollywood actor who I’m not that familiar with. When I woke up, I did some research and found him to be perfect as the basis for my hero in my current WIP 🙂

  7. Danny
    February 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I think the best dream I’ve ever had, at least that I can remember, is a fairly simple one. 😀 In the dream, I was sitting on the front porch of my house, watching the sunrise and talking to a friend on the phone… It was just really peaceful and serene, the sort of moment it’s often hard to have in real life. 🙂 I haven’t managed to duplicate it yet, probably because I’m not the type to rise with the sun.

    I’ve already got Gray Quinn’s Baby on my shelf, waiting for me to read it. I’ve been waiting for this since Sandra Marton’s Blackwolf’s Redemption. Time travel stories are awesome~

  8. Susan Stephens
    February 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Thank you all – I just loved writing this book with all that wonderful 60’s music playing in my study. It was such a rich time in the cultural sense, and the hugest fun when you look back at the fashions- a true revolution in terms of hem line alone!!!

    But the best part of writing for me is always entertaining you, the reader – I feel as if you are right there with me and I’m telling the story directly to you, which makes it all the more special for me when you join in to these chats – so, thank you again for taking part.

    Sandra Marton’s wonderful book, Blackwolf’s Redemption is on my shelves at home- another time travel, and if you haven’t read it I urge you to do so- you won’t be disappointed, I promise you.

    I don’t want to pick anyone out at this point, but Tanis I want to say something to you – keep dreaming. I lost my beloved mother thirteen years ago and there isn’t a day goes by when I don’t think about her with love. And sometimes I see her in my dreams.

    Where did the name Magenta come from? Marilyn, to be totally honest with you, it just popped into my head- and then it seemed so sixties and right… That era was all about trying new things and I think the name Magenta would have sounded fresh and original to a 60’s parent.

    Sharing my dreams in print with you is a wonderful privilege, and it was a great pleasure as well as fascinating for me to read about your dreams… So, thank you once again, and happy reading.

    With my warmest good wishes to you all,

    Susan

  9. Tina Crabtree
    February 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Dreams and goals is what keeps us going not to mention motivating us. I have had some of my dreams come true and that is great but I am still realizing my other dreams and with hard work they will come true tomorrow.

  10. LINDA
    February 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    NOT THE BEST DREAM BUT DID COME TRUE…..
    ONE WINTER WE WERE HEADING TO MY BROTHER IN LAW’S COTTAGE NEAR ALGONQUIN PARK AND NO STORES….. DREAMT I HAD FORGOTTEN ALL MY WARM CLOTHES…..
    COULDN’T BELIEVE THAT I ACTUALLY DID!!!!

  11. Sara
    February 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The best dream I ever had involved a rather silly plot of trying to escape some sort of labyrinth, finding an incredibly hot guy with a sword, shield and not much else, and then finding the exit, which led to a house on a beach with romantic lighting and a nice bed. *blushes* Unfortunately, I woke up right when it was getting to the good part.

  12. tereasa Bellew
    February 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Wow! I love time travel and the book sounds like great a read!

    A favorite dream I remember was winning the lottery. I was actually holding the check and getting ready to see how much I’d won when my hubby nudged me and said my alarm was going off. I never got to see how many zero’s it was for, but I vividly recall the excitment of winning!

  13. Susan Stephens
    February 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Wow, what fabulous answers. I ‘m finding it impossible to pick one out… But I will 🙂

    Sara, would you send me your address to:
    Susanstephenshmb@yahoo.com and I’ll give you a dream that goes right on to the end of the book 😉

    Thank you again to everyone for taking part, and looking forward to chatting with you again really soon.

    With my warmest wishes to you all,

    Susan xx