Suzan Still’s Books
My third book Well in Time was just released at the end of 2014, and on Amazon it is becoming a favorite. I am thrilled to share links to what just a few of my Amazon readers are sharing about my work including my other titles Fiesta of Smoke, and my first book Commune of Women. All my books include a Book Club Section with author’s recommended questions designed to spur meaningful conversation. The book club feature aligns me in spirit as part of your experience as a reader. I am delighted my following is growing, slowly but passionately, and I hope you become part of my reader’s circle either through my blog or your favorite book club.
Short List of a few Amazon Reviews & Headlines
- Editorial Review: “As with the brush of a muralist, Suzan Still has captured fifty years of the history of Mexico in vivid color. This passionate, nonlinear novel explores the lives of three very different people involved in decades of political upheaval, and sounds the depth of injustices done for centuries there. Gripping in its detail, and daring in its reach, Fiesta of Smoke is a moving portrayal of the disparate cultures and complexity of a turbulent, beautiful country.”
—M. E. Hirsh, author of Kabul and Dreaming Back
- Sacred Stories Within Stories – Love Beyond Imagination!
- Engrossing Literary Epic
- A Riveting Read / A must read
- Kudos, Suzan Still!!!
- AN IN-DEPTH & TRANSFORMATIVE VISION OF OUR AGE
- Brilliantly intense/soul searching
- A Powerful Must Read: Excerpt: Fiesta of Smoke was a beautiful piece of narrative that looks into the mysteries of days gone-by and the joys of the human heart. Ms. Still has penned a rare must-read treat! I will definitely be keeping this as part of my permanent collection as it is the type of book that I want to experience again and again and again. Well-done!!
Well In Time: Newest Release
Through a series of telescoping stories, Well In Time plunges from the present day through medieval Europe to ancient Egypt, in quest of the origins of an object of magical power. In this sequel to Fiesta of Smoke, novelist Calypso Searcy is gifted an ancient golden locket that confers the ability to know the future through dreams. Writing her account of the locket’s past opens intriguing vistas into history, until disaster strikes in the present. Rancho Cielo, the ranch she and her lover Javier Carteña have created with their own hands in Mexico’s Copper Canyon, comes under attack by a Mexican drug cartel.
Leaving Javier to defend the ranch with his army of hands, Calypso embarks with her friend Hill on a wild escape that takes them through remote and treacherous territory and delivers them into the hands of a mysterious group, the Ghosts, who may be more dangerous than the cartel from which they are fleeing. As the stories of the locket and of Calypso’s escape weave together, parallels appear that cause her to question who she really is, and what the real meaning of her life might be.
Based in actual historic events and in the wisdom of timeless mysteries known as the Perennial Philosophy, Well In Time takes the reader on a hair-raising journey into depths where our worst fears arise—and also our greatest triumphs.
Fiesta of Smoke
Against a backdrop of rebellion and intrigue, love between Javier Carteña, commander of insurgent Mexican forces, and Calypso Searcy, an American novelist at the pinnacle of her career, sizzles with passion. Encompassing a broad sweep of history from the Conquest of the 1500s to the present, the story races across space as well, from the forests of Chiapas and the vertiginous heights of Chihuahua’s Copper Canyon, to the city of Paris. There, an international investigative reporter named Hill picks up the swiftly vanishing trail of Calypso’s disappearance, and unwittingly becomes involved in one of the great international dramas of the twentieth century, and in one of the great love stories of any age.
Commune of Women
On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, six unrelated women converge on Los Angeles International Airport, for various mundane purposes. Everything changes when a terrorist attack explodes into the terminal and the women are forced to find shelter in a tiny staff room. Immediately, their varied educational, economic, racial and age differences begin to reveal themselves:
Sophia, a mountain woman who is adept at the arts of survival, takes the lead; Pearl, an ancient bag lady of mixed black and Choctaw descent, and replete with annoying traits, is a surprising repository of wisdom and guidance; Erika, a top executive, has her business trip to Germany cut short by a bullet wound; Heddi, a Jungian analyst, must use her skills to help the others, while suffering her own debilitating stress; Betty, an overweight, histrionic housewife has hysterical fits that endanger everyone; and Ondine, a wealthy and neurotic artist, begins to realize that her depressive self-absorption must turn to action. Each must use her slender resources and innate abilities to survive.
For four days, the women sustain themselves by telling their life stories, which grow darker and more intimate as the days pass. Meanwhile, Najat, abandoned by her male companions in a control room with a view of the entire terminal and of televised rescue efforts, struggles between her own conscience and the dictates of her group, the Brothers.
Each woman begins to realize that it isn’t surviving the terrorist attack that is the greatest challenge, or even tolerating the aggravating foibles of the others. Ultimately, the starkest terror comes from facing their own darkest secrets.