Happy June 8th, everybody! I see my recent prediction of the arrival of Christmas in 2 weeks is proving true. A couple more haircuts, and—*poof*— it’ll be here. But I’m celebrating now, because my Christmas came 6 months early. Today marks my 58th blog post, and to go with it, I’ve got a great-looking brand new website! And I have the very capable and intuitive Sherry Scott of Resource Connection to credit for it. Thank you, Sherry (and read more about her here)!
There is so much that sets this new site apart from the old one (which launched May of 2016), but the most important is that Sherry built it from the ground up, specifically for me. No longer am I forced to conform to a “theme,” shoehorning my posts and information to fit that theme’s parameters. Here you’ll find all kinds of fun stuff I wasn’t able to offer before. Things like:
1. An eye-catching Home page, with a full menu bar and a slideshow that features a few writing highlights, plus the cover (whee!) of the soon-to-be-published The Space Between, the first book in my fantasy series.
2. A Shutterbugging page with nearly three dozen photos on view.
3. A Blog page that shows excerpts from a number of the most recent posts: easy to click on and find what you’re looking for.
Under the “Works” tab on the Home page menu bar, you’ll find separate pages for Novels, Short Fiction and Poetry. Each of those pages offers, among other things, an audio recording. On Short Fiction, it’s a snippet from one of my flash fiction pieces. On Poetry, there’s a reading of the Dwarf Stars Award-nominated poem “Accident-Prone.” And on the Novels page, you’ll find three brief (but juicy!) audio excerpts from The Space Between.
Overall the new site is easier to navigate, and makes it much easier for readers to subscribe or to leave comments. Leaving your name is optional; you don’t have to do it unless you want to.
But I think my favorite thing of all, one that a handful of you out there have already discovered, is on the Novels page. It’s the form you can use to download Chapter One of The Space Between. The book isn’t due out for about 3 ½ more months, but this will give you a taste of what’s in store. And I thank all of you who are already sampling!
So please, be my guest. Take a look around this new incarnation of susanrooke.net. Spend some time, explore, make yourself at home. Tell me what you think. I’m thrilled to have you here!