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Publication Order of Southlea Bay Books

The Rejected Writers' Book Club (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rejected Writers Take the Stage (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rejected Writers' Christmas Wedding (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A View Across the Rooftops (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When We Were Brave (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under a Sky on Fire (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Nightingale Sings (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Garden of Secrets (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Suzanne Kelman
Suzanne Kelman was born in the United Kingdom. She is an Amazon International bestselling author in Australia, the United Kingdom, America, and Canada, with her books selling more than 300,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into seven languages.

Suzanne is also an award winning writer/screenwriter whose accolades include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay award from the 2011 LA International Film Festival, the Van Gogh Award from the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival, and the Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Awards. Her script Held was recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures and was shortlisted to the top ten in the Academy of Motion Pictures Nichols Fellowship competition in 2015.

“The Rejected Writers’ Book Club” is the first novel in the “Southlea Bay” series and was released in the year 2014. Janet Johnson, a librarian, is puzzled when she gets invited (then practically dragged) to her very first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would very much rather celebrate each other’s rejected manuscripts over slices of lemon cake and cups of tea than actually get their books published.

However good friends are precisely what she needs after she moved to the tiny town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Right when the ladies are going to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they get bad news which could ruin one member’s reputation and disband the group for good.

Janet, in order to save the club, joins with her fellow authors on a wild road trip off to San Francisco to find the local publisher that holds the key to this long buried secret. While they race off to the finish line, they will face their fears: handsome strangers, landslides, haunted houses, and ungrateful kids. And they’ll end up having the time of their lives.

“Rejected Writers Take the Stage” is the second novel in the “Southlea Bay” series and was released in the year 2017. After months of playing the lottery and praying for her dog-boarding business to see an uptick in business, Janet’s buddy Annie has to face the inevitable that the bank is foreclosing on her family farm.

However thanks to the Rejected Writers’ Book Club, she doesn’t have to face any of it alone. With only a few weeks to raise the twenty grand she and fifty rescue dogs will need in order to avoid becoming homeless, the writers need to hold a fund raiser, and fast. Much to Janet’s horror, Doris has got another crazy plan.

During a moment of inspiration, their fearless leader declares a solution: a musical extravaganza. Nobody in this group’s ever produced a musical before, however Doris won’t be deterred, as they’ll write it together. And with Flora, who’s never sung a single note in her life, playing the lead and Janet serving as their hesitant director, along with a pyrotechnics enthusiast, a hypochondriac costume designer, and Janet’s incredibly pregnant daughter helping, what could possibly go wrong?

In order to produce a miracle for Annie, Janet and all her friends must work around the clock concocting elaborate costumes, holding auditions, and getting much too close to blowing themselves up. But is it going to be enough?

“The Rejected Writers’ Christmas Wedding” is the third novel in the “Southlea Bay” series and was released in the year 2017. Dan and Flora, Southlea Bay’s favorite sweethearts, are about to get married and the members of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club are excited to help out. Particularly Doris Newberry, the head honcho of the group, who (much to Flora’s frustration) wants to control every little detail, trying to strong-arm Flora into accepting these wayward bongo players, ridiculous wedding vows, and into wearing this huge and old fashioned wedding dress.

However when this new resident shows up in town with some info about Flora’s past which threatens her chance of happiness, the overwhelmed bride-to-be vanishes overnight. The Rejected Writers, in order to find her, head off on another zany road trip, this time to some make-believe Bavarian town. Here they meet some lederhosen clad young men, get entertained by oompah bands, go on some wild sleigh rides, and sing in the yodeling competition.

However when they eventually track the bride down and the groom learns the truth about her, is he still going to want to marry her? Or all the wedding plans going to be in vain?

“A View Across the Rooftops” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2019. Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1941. An unforgettable tale of hope, betrayal, and love, and it’s a testament to the bravery of humanity in the darkest days of history.

While Nazis occupy the beloved city of Professor Josef Held, he feels hopeless. When he discovers his former pupil Michael Blum is attempting to escape from the Gestapo, he offers Michael a place to hide out in his attic. Inside the quiet gloom of this secret room, Michael talks of Elke, his fearless and gorgeous girlfriend. Michael insists that not even the Nazis will be able to come in between them. However Elke is a non-Jewish Dutch girl, and their relationship is a forbidden one.

Josef sees the passionate determination in the eyes of his young friend. Furious with all of the rules of these cruel German soldiers and remembering heartbreak of his own, Josef feels desperate to give their love a chance. However tragedy strikes, and Josef gets faced with quite the impossible decision.

During the dark days of war, with betrayal and danger at each turn, nobody can truly be trusted. If Michael is going to survive and get back to the woman that he loves, its going to be down to Josef, to find the hero inside of himself, and do whatever it takes to keep Michael alive. Even if this means putting his own life into danger.

Readers found this to be a hauntingly beautiful and incredibly powerful read. Suzanne takes you on an emotional journey filled with love and heartache that is sure to leave you in tears. It is one of the finest books some have ever read.

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One Response to “Suzanne Kelman”

  1. Joseph Morris: 1 month ago

    I cannot thank you enough. Your stories of WWII have helped me confront and live with the PTSD from my years as a B-52 Bomber Pilot.

    could you write of the B-52 Linebacker raids on Hanoi? I believe it would be a great story.

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