FREE (for a limited time!) e-short-story download of DANGEROUS DESTINY

Dangerous DestinyAugust 27, 2014

Free!  FREE!  Fah-REE!

DANGEROUS DESTINY, the e-short prequel to my YA paranormal NIGHT SKY series (co-written with my amazing daughter Melanie!) is available today and it’s FREE!

This e-short-story’s only gonna be free for a limited time (a few weeks or so), so download it now before it reverts back to its $2.99 price.

The story itself is about 60 pages long, but there’s a hefty excerpt from NIGHT SKY (which comes out in e-book and hardcover from Sourcebooks Fire and in audio from Blackstone Audio — more about that in a sec), as well as a fun Q&A with Melanie and me, in which we discuss mother-daughter writing collaborations, among other things!

So if you’ve been on the fence about reading NIGHT SKY, our first Brockmann-Squared YA novel, this free (FREE!) prequel short, DANGEROUS DESTINY, will give you a taste and introduce you to our sixteen-year-old first person main character Skylar Reid and her best friend Calvin.  (And we hope you will like them as much as we do!)

Here’s the blurb from DANGEROUS DESTINY:

In this pulse-pounding prequel to the Night Sky series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann, Skylar has her first brush with Destiny. She’s about to meet a boy who will change her life—and a girl who wants to end it.

I know her.

Know her from inside the dreams. Inside those terrible, murderous, bloody dreams. I’ve heard her-screaming, her voice mixing in an awful chorus with all those other girls. Little girls. 

Please, God. 

That’s what one of the little girls keeps saying, in the dream that is not just a dream. Please, God. 

But I know better. There’s no escaping this fate. This is destiny.

I must kill Skylar…

Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead, where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn’t let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar’s just about to decide her new school’s not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, “You’re one of us.” And then tries to kill her…


This short story was a challenge to write, because the action takes place several months before the start of NIGHT SKY.  NIGHT SKY is a “stranger in a strange land” type book, where Sky comes to learn that not only does she live in a world where some people have super-powers, but that she’s one of those special super-power people.

But Sky doesn’t find that out until quite few pages in to Night Sky.  So when the publisher approached Melanie and me with the idea of writing a 0.5 story (a prequel), while we liked the idea of a “How Skylar Met Her BFF Calvin” storyline, we had to figure out how to keep Sky in the dark about her weird world, while cluing readers in to the fact that our YA series was paranormal.

In other words, if we wrote “Skylar Meets Cal in the High School Courtyard,” we were afraid it would feel very much like a contemporary YA.

So how do authors write a short story that’s clearly paranormal, while leaving their first-person main character in the dark about those very paranormal elements?

Welp, you’ll have to read DANGEROUS DESTINY to find out just what we did.  (Have I mentioned that it’s currently free?!)

Audiobook listeners take note: Melanie Brockmann narrated the audio version of both NIGHT SKY and DANGEROUS DESTINY — both will be available from Blackstone Audio on October 7, 2014.  (I can’t wait to hear my co-author’s interpretation!)

But back to today and the whole FREE thing…

DANGEROUS DESTINY is now available FREE in Kindle format from Amazon (for a limited time) at

And it’s FREE in Kobo format (for a limited time!) at

It’s FREE for UK readers in the Kindle format (for a limited time!) at Amazon.UK:

It’s FREE from Barnes & Noble in Nook format (for a limited time!) at

It’s free in iBooks (for a limited time!) at

And as I find more places where DANGEROUS DESTINY is available in additional formats, I’ll post links on my Facebook page and website!

If right about now, you’re going, “What exactly is YA?”  YA stands for Young Adult.  YA’s target audience is anyone from from age 10 to 100 who enjoys the particularly emotion-fraught journeys of teenage characters.  I know that many of you know readers who are too young to enjoy my adult romance novels… Finally, here’s an opportunity to hand them a Brockmann story!  (We don’t drop the f-bomb TOO many times, I promise!)

Here’re some nice things reviewers are saying about Night Sky:

RT BookClub says: “One of the most intriguing YA books this year. There’s supernatural happenings, action and some of the wittiest dialogue in a YA book to date.”

“I have been a Suzanne Brockmann fan for years, and I am delighted to say that I am now a fan of Team Brockmann!  NIGHT SKY is full of adventure, humor, and just the right amount of Brockmann wit and humor.  I love this book!” – P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling co-author of The House of Night series.

“Original and exciting, NIGHT SKY propels readers into a dangerous future. Loved it.” — Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You and the Wicked Lovely series

“This book is so good!  Action-packed, mysterious, charming and witty.  Sky is a girl you want to be and Milo is a guy you want to date.  Who knew nice guys were so sexy?  I’m ready for more!” — Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of Alice in Zombieland

And from Kirkus’s starred review of NIGHT SKY:  “With a little something for everyone and a hip sense of humor, dialogue, and teen angst, this is a gripping page-turner from first to last. Particularly nice is the full integration of wheelchair-bound Calvin, who is far more than his disability. The start of something that can only be described as “greater-than.”

Find out more about NIGHT SKY on my website at  (Or download DANGEROUS DESTINY for free (!!!!), meet Skylar and Calvin in a short story prequel, check out the fun Q&A with Mel and me, and read an excerpt from the first NIGHT SKY novel (due out in e-book, hardcover and audio on October 7, 2014).

Oh, hey, and if you enjoy DANGEROUS DESTINY, please help us out by posting reviews at your favorite on-line bookseller or site, and spread the word among YA readers!

Okay, gang.  That’s it for now.

As always, thank you for your support!

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Suz Brockmann

  • DANGEROUS DESTINY, the Night Sky Series Prequel, in all e-formats from Sourcebooks Fire available now for FREE (coming in audio from Blackstone, read by Melanie Brockmann, 10/7/2014)
  • DO OR DIE, in paperback and ebook from Ballantine books, and in audio from Blackstone (read by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank), 9/30/2014
  • NIGHT SKY, YA paranormal co-written with Melanie Brockmann, Sourcebooks Fire, 10/7/2014
  • HEADED FOR TROUBLE, still available in paperback, ebook, and audio.
  • THE PERFECT WEDDING, now streaming on Netflix and Hulu! Available on DVD from Wolfe Release, Amazon, and
By |2017-05-23T20:26:35+00:00August 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|15 Comments

ALA in Las Vegas, baby!

Librarians take note:!

On Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2:30 p.m., Melanie and I will be signing ARCs (advance copies) of our co-written YA paranormal novel, Night Sky, at the Sourceobooks booth #622, at the American Library Association convention in Las Vegas, Nevada!

We’ve been traveling a lot lately — we attended RT in New Orleans back in May, and the BEA conference in NYC several weeks later!

While we were in NOLA, we had the chance to sit down for a video interview with the amazing Morgan Doremus.  You can watch our interview below or here.

By |2017-05-23T20:29:36+00:00June 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Booksignings in NJ and DE this weekend: 2/22 and 2/23

February 21, 2014
Happy almost spring, she said optimistically.

I’m currently up in Boston, where the melting snow is creating a heavy fog. Still, I’m thinking warm and sunny thoughts of tulips and daffodils!

DO OR DIE, the first book in my “Reluctant Heroes” series (or the 17th book in my Troubleshooters series, depending on how you look at it! FYI, DO OR DIE is the start of a new story arc set in my TS world — similar to the way FLASHPOINT started a new story arc after Sam Alyssa won their HEA!) is now available in all bookstores, both brick mortar and on-line!
Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 22nd, I’ll be heading south to balmy New Jersey (the state of my birth!), where I have a 2:00 p.m. book signing event at the Barnes and Noble in East Brunswick at the Brunswick Square Mall. And Sunday, Feb. 23rd, also at 2:00 p.m., I’ll be at the B&N at the Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware.

There’ll be a Q&A session and cool door prizes available at each event, so stop in and say hi!

Here are the details:

Saturday, February 22, 2014: East Brunswick, NJ
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Q&A and booksigning DO OR DIE
Barnes Noble
Brunswick Square Mall
753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square Space 318
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Store phone: 732-432-0100

Sunday, February 23, 2014: Wilmington, DE
2:00 p.m.
Q&A and booksigning DO OR DIE
Barnes Noble
Concord Mall
4801 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
Store Phone: 302-478-9677

I hope to see you there!

By |2014-02-21T22:29:55+00:00February 21st, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Feb. 18th booksigning in Sharon, MA is ON at 4:30 pm!

Hey, gang!

If you live south of Boston, drop in and say hi!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014: Sharon, MA
NOTE: Despite the snow, this event is ON!
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Booksigning and schmooze!
Annie’s Bookstop
362 South Main St.
Sharon, MA 02067
Store phone: 781-784-4306
Note:  Merry Cutler, who owns Annie’s, is doing a virtual signing of my backlist.  (Just be ready to order your book in advance so she has it on hand by the 18th!)  Readers who want a signed copy of HEADED FOR TROUBLE, last year’s paperback Troubleshooters Anthology, here’s your chance! Merry’s very organized, so you can order any or all of your books personalized or signature only, or even a mix. (Signed books make great gifts, and I’m always happy to write a Happy Birthday message!) And, Merry’s shipping and handling rates are really affordable for paperback books. She tells me that, via media mail, in addition to the cover price and tax on the book, she can send one paperback for $3.99 S&H, with 75 cents for each additional title shipped to the same address.

If you’re interested in getting a signed copy of HEADED FOR TROUBLE (or any other book besides DO OR DIE!), contact Merry Cutler by phone (781-784-4306) or fax (781-784-7075) or email, at[email protected] Merry says, “I’ll take checks, money orders, charges by phone or fax.”

By |2014-02-18T17:16:46+00:00February 18th, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Feb. 18th booksigning in Sharon, MA is ON at 4:30 pm!

Feb. 16th workshop in Bedford MA is cancelled due to too much snow!

Alas, the Sunday February 16, 2014 1:00 p.m. meeting of the New England Chapter of RWA, at which I was to give a workshop on collaboration along with my husband Ed, has been cancelled.

As of right now, I still have three other Boston area events on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week — check my appearances page for details!

Sorry and thank you!

By |2014-02-16T05:58:31+00:00February 16th, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Feb 15th Booksigning in Framingham is on!

It’s started to snow, but today’s booksigning is a go!  (I live about 3 minutes from the signing store — please be cautious if you are driving from a great distance!)  Local-to-Boston residents, I’ll be doing at least three other events besides this one — AND I’ll be sure to leave plenty of signed copies in the store!

Here’re the details:

Saturday, February 15, 2014:  Framingham, MA
2:00 p.m.
Q&A and signing DO OR DIE
Barnes & Noble
1 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
Store phone: 508-628-5567

Tomorrow’s event in Bedford might be cancelled.  If so, I’ll post that info here and on my appearances page!

Love, Suz

By |2014-02-15T18:20:04+00:00February 15th, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Do or Die Reader Discussion Page: **Warning SPOILERS in the comments**

It’s finally February 4th, and DO OR DIE, the first book in my new “Reluctant Heroes” series is available.

In fact, it downloaded into your e-reader last night, and, being a speed-reader, you’re already on your second time through.  Right?  Right?  Some of you are nodding now and saying, “Yes, that’s right.”

But far more likely, you’re reading this on February 8th or 9th or 10th or 20th, after you’ve finished all 558 pages of this giant murder-weapon of a book.

If you’ve stumbled onto this page WITHOUT having read DO OR DIE, this is your second and final warning.  There are spoilers here. Click on this page and scroll down to the comments section at your own risk!

This discussion page is for you to post questions and discuss DO OR DIE both with me and with other readers.  FYI, I’m heading out on the road for a book tour for most of the month of February, but I’ll try to drop in from time to time, to answer your questions cryptically and torment you by not telling you very much at all about the upcoming sequels.  Feel free to talk amongst yourselves and speculate wildly.  And please keep in mind that this website is my virtual living room.

Oh, and one last thing?  Bookmark this page so you can find it easily.  I’m going to be posting many other new pages with info about my upcoming book tour events, and this discussion page won’t sit at the top of my blog for very long.  Here’s the URL:  (Added:  But oh! Look! I managed to put a link to this “Reader Discussion Page” on the “Upcoming” menu over to the left.  See it?  Yay! Go, me!)


By |2017-05-23T20:31:32+00:00February 4th, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|47 Comments

News from Suz: February 4, 2014

DO OR DIE, the first book in my new “Reluctant Heroes” romantic suspense series, set in my Troubleshooters world, is in bookstores today!

Reluctant Heroes Book #1
in hardcover and ebook from Ballantine Books
in audiobook, read by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank, from Blackstone Audio
558 pages
Hero: Former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn
Heroine: Attorney Phoebe Kruger
Find links to booksellers here
See my DO OR DIE book tour schedule here

Rogue former SEAL Ian Dunn is in the middle of an 18-month jail sentence when he’s approached by the FBI to lead a covert mission to rescue a pair of very important kidnapped kids. When he flatly turns down their Get Out of Jail Free card, choosing instead to stay incarcerated, lawyer Phoebe Kruger figures something’s up, but even she has no idea of the velocity of the crap that’s about to hit the fan when Ian’s unwillingly released into the FBI’s hands.  Phoebe’s also aware that a SEAL usually works with a team — so where and who are Ian’s teammates . . . ?

Publisher’s Weekly says:  “(Do or Die) …moves powerfully once it gets in gear, and the cast of sensitive alpha men and strong, imperfect women is well developed. Interpersonal tension gets far more focus than action, creating a refreshingly light feel.”

Kirkus says:  “Brockmann effortlessly and expertly tosses hundreds of details into the air and juggles them with brilliance. The first in her Reluctant Heroes series, the novel will captivate readers with its intense, action-filled plot, alpha-and-a-half hero, and his smart, perfect-for-him heroine, as well as secondary characters who contribute pathos and humor.  Enthralling and breathtaking.” (starred review)

Booklist says:  “Brockmann leaves the reader breathless, and longing for sequels. The sex is great, the action nonstop; and the dialogue between Ian and Phoebe is some of Rita Award–winning Brockmann’s best. Her fans will cheer, as will all military-romance fans.” (starred review)

Heroes & Heartbreakers says:  “If you’re already a Brockmann fan, you’ll love each new obstacle that is flung up in front of Ian, Phoebe, and their crew, and you’ll be looking forward to what happens next with all the secondary characters. If you’ve wanted to try Brockmann’s work, but have been worried by the huge number of Troubleshooters books, Do or Die might be a good place to start.”

The Book Gourmet says:  “This was a masterpiece of humongous proportions. I loved it from beginning to end. … This book was an impeccable blend of character-driven story, action, drama, well-placed angst, romance, and (sometimes snarky) humor.”


Book signing tonight (2/4/14) in Sarasota, Florida!

Here are the deets:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014:  Sarasota, FL
7:00 p.m.
Q&A and signing, DO OR DIE release party!
Barnes & Noble
4010 S. Tamiami Tr
Sarasota, FL 34231
Store phone: 941-923-9907

Another Note: Never been to one of my booksignings?  Find out what it’s like here.

See my full schedule of events and appearances!


Audiobook aficionados! AudioGals is having a four-day event on their website, featuring my audiobooks and my favorite audiobook narrators Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank.  There’s an audio interview with the three of us (Part One is here and Part Two is here!), and on Wednesday all three of us will be dropping by the AudioGals site to answer questions and comments!)

If you’re a fan of audiobooks, go check it out!  And if you’ve never listened to one of my audiobooks before, there’s a sample of DO OR DIE (read by both Patrick and Melanie) up at AudioGals — it’s worth checking out at


Last but not least, later today I’ll be creating a page on my blog for readers to discuss DO OR DIE.  Warning: It is a ***SPOILER’S WELCOME*** zone!  🙂  So do drop by, but only after you’ve finished the book!

By |2017-05-23T20:33:12+00:00February 4th, 2014|blog, news from Suz, Uncategorized|5 Comments

DO OR DIE Countdown: our final day!

We’re counting down the hours and minutes now!

Lotta fun interviews and links to click and share today!

An  audio interview (Part I) over at AudioGals with DO OR DIE’s audiobook narrators, Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank and me!  AudioGals are also giving away ten downloads of the audiobook of DO OR DIE, courtesy of Blackstone Audio and, but you have to enter AudioGals’s contest before midnight CST tonight, 2/3/2014!

Contest instructions are here.  Part II of the interview airs 2/4 (Tuesday), and Patrick, Melanie, and I will all be dropping by throughout the day on 2/5 (Wednesday) at to answer questions and say hi!

A fun interview (and review of DoD) over at the USA Today HEA blog with Michelle Monkou at

Another cool piece about DO OR DIE from Victoria Janssen at the Heroes & Heartbreakers blog at

A rockin’ review of DO OR DIE from the Book Gourmet at

And another lovely review of the book from Book Date at 


Suz 8771It’s DO OR DIE eve, and I slept in a little this morning, like the mom who has wrapped all of the presents and even successfully built the bicycle without too much agony and blood loss.  🙂

Virtual signing hardcover copies of DO OR DIE and  TPW DVDs signed and shipped.  CHECK.

Boxes and other VS rubble (mostly) cleaned up from the living room.  CHECK.

Raffle/door-prizes (including backlist audiobooks, international and/or manga editions, ARCs — some with marks and notes, copies of Ed’s books, copies of my favorite romance of 2013: GLITTERLAND, audio download codes for DO OR DIE…) for my first six book tour events gathered, packed, and ready to travel as I head north from Florida to Boston.  CHECK.

Roll of raffle tickets for book tour event prizes dug out of the closet.  CHECK.

Packing list started (note to self, it’s going to be cold!  Leave flip-flops home).  CHECK.

Pre-trip house cleaning…


That’ll top tomorrow’s to-do list, before I head out to the Barnes & Noble in Sarasota, for DO OR DIE’s release day celebration that starts at 7:00 p.m.  It’s actually a good, earth-grounding policy to clean the house on the day of a book’s release.

(Here’re the deets of that first event, in case right now you’re saying to yourself, “Hey, I’m in Sarasota, too…”:
Tuesday, February 4, 2014:  Sarasota, FL
7:00 p.m.
Q&A and signing, DO OR DIE release party!
Barnes & Noble
4010 S. Tamiami Tr
Sarasota, FL 34231
Store phone: 941-923-9907)

Write the final countdown page for my DO OR DIE Countdown blog. CHECK.

Thank you to all who’ve joined me for the countdown!

My work here is done.  Now it’s time for DO OR DIE’s magnificent cover to do its job so that the book leaps off the bookstore shelves and computer screens, and into readers’ hands.  🙂

And it’s time for former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn to get to work, too.  I hope you love him as much as Phoebe and I do.

Even though the countdown is over, come on back here to my blog to discuss DO OR DIE with other readers.  Tomorrow I’m going to create a special page with a big SPOILER-alert sign, so that those of you who read really fast will have a place to book-talk, right there in the comments section.  I’ll be out on the road very soon, but I’ll drop in as often as I can!


By |2017-05-23T20:34:49+00:00February 3rd, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on DO OR DIE Countdown: our final day!

DO OR DIE Countdown: Day twenty-two

Today’s feature: Ten (10) audiobook downloads of DO OR DIE are being given away at AudioGals, courtesy of Blackstone Audio and!

Only eighty-six hours (as I write this!) until DO OR DIE drops into my east coast readers’ Kindles, Nooks, and other e-reading devices, and is available for download in audiobook format at websites like Audible and Blackstone’s own!

That’s only three and a half days, probably fewer by the time you see this post!

Remember last autumn, when I told you that February 4th was bearing down upon us with lightning speed?  (Was I right or was I really right?)

And a quick reminder before we get to the juicy bits about the audiobook download give away and the super-cool four-day event over at AudioGals: If you want to get a signed hardcover copy of DO OR DIE, and don’t live within driving range of my DO OR DIE East Coast Book Tour-a-palooza

  • Events in Sarasota and Jacksonville, FL!
  • In Florence, SC where there is a gorgeously moving and inspiring, road-trip worthy Veterans Park!
  • In Raleigh, NC where I’ll be joined by the amazing author Virginia Kantra!
  • In Glen Allen, VA — a ‘burb of Richmond!
  • In my current-northern-home-town of Framingham, and in a variety of other cool Massachusetts venues, including the Tewsksbury Public Library!
  • In East Brunswick,  NJ, and Wilmington, DE!

…you only have until Saturday, February 1st to order a personalized, signed book via my DO OR DIE Virtual Signing.

And if you’re looking to get a signed copy of my Troubleshooters paperback anthology, HEADED FOR TROUBLE, (or any other of my paperback backlist!) you have until February 18th to order a virtually signed copy through my bookseller friend, Merry Cutler, of Annie’s Book Stop in Sharon, MA.  (But do it sooner rather than later — she might run out of copies!) Find out more at DO OR DIE Countdown Day Eight or on my appearances page.

But okay.  Here we go.  Today’s Countdown feature!

Head over to AudioGals to:

  1. enter to win one of ten (10) free audiobook downloads of DO OR DIE, courtesy of Blackstone Audio!
  2. hear a sample of DO OR DIE, read by both Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank
  3. find out about AudioGals’ four day on-line event (Friday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday!), which includes two days of fun audio interviews with Patrick, Melanie, and me (all of us, on tape, together!) — and a Q&A day where all three of us will drop in and respond to questions and comments!


Okay, that’s the countdown for today.  See you on Monday, aka DO-OR-DIE Eve.

Read DO OR DIE’s cover blurb at

Get a signed hardcover copy (before Feb. 1st!) via my DO OR DIE Virtual signing at

By |2017-05-23T20:36:10+00:00January 31st, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on DO OR DIE Countdown: Day twenty-two
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