July is for weddings, and Italy is for love...
So excited to share my daughter's wedding with you! Please enjoy a taste of Italy, the warmth of the occasion and the wonderful people who made this celebration so special.
What about these ancient cloisters for an evocative setting? Can you imagine the bride, running through them... and is she running to, or from the groom?
When I came home I wrote a love story immediately!
A Night of Royal Consequences, set in the beautiful lemon groves of Amalfi, as well as in Prince Luca's fabulous palazzo, is the result, and will be a November/December 2017 release for Harlequin Mills and Boon/Presents/Sexy.
If I had a crystal ball, I would predict a lot more books set in Italy on their way from Susan Stephens!
The preparations were so exciting, especially for the young bridesmaids who took their task very seriously indeed and were quite wonderful. And the young ring bearer, only four years old, who tripped just inside the grand hall, but picked himself up and carried on as if nothing had happened. The children definitely deserve a special mention!
The flowers, the food, the music, the excitement of the day... Viva Italia!
Balloons beneath a cloudless blue sky brought a smile to everyone's face. Freeing them on the steps of the Duomo in an exquisite town square that has seen so many happy bridal parties over the centuries gave the occasion extra meaning. And modern technology allowed those that weren't with us to watch everything live-streamed on Amalfi web-cam right across the world.
Needless to say, some of the balloons escaped their fate and came to the party with us!
I hope you've enjoyed sharing these memories with me. Every experience touches the way I write romance, and I can only thank the people of Amalfi for giving me so much inspiration, and for making my daughter's day extra-special in every way.
Book news: Brazilian Unleashed, a June 30th release, is the fourth book in my best-selling Blood and Thunder series.
And from there it is 'ROYAL' all the way for the rest of the year!
Seducing the Princess, an August 2017 release, is the first in my Royal Rebels series,
A Night of Royal Consequences follows in November/December for Harlequin.
And I'd like to sign off this month by sharing one last picture of beautiful Italy with you,
With my love to everyone,