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Spotlight on Susan Stephens & A Scandalous Midnight in Madrid

This week our spotlight is on author Susan Stephens. She has a new book out this month, A Scandalous Midnight in Madrid.

Susan was a professional singer before meeting her husband on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. In true Harlequin Presents style they met on Monday, became engaged on Friday and were married three months later.

A menagerie consisting of dogs, cats, horses, a donkey, several guinea pigs, a husband and three terrific children, keeps Susan busy when she isn’t writing!

She enjoys entertaining, travel, and going to the theatre. To relax she reads, cooks and plays the piano, and when she's had enough of relaxing she throws herself off mountains on skis, or gallops through the countryside singing loudly.

Susan Stephens on the web:

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1. When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child -an only child has a lot of time to sit and think. My first book was prompted by my eldest child’s severe asthma back in the day when doctors were still talking in impenetrable-speak. I wanted to share our experiences in terms everyone could understand, and the book was subsequently recommended in both the Nursing Times and the Lancet.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?

I can write a first draft in a month. Fleshing out takes much longer. And while I write subsequent drafts I will be working on an outline for a new book as well as completing revisions on a previous book. It’s always ‘all go’  just the way I like it!

3. What is your work schedule like when you are in the middle of a book?

I’m at my desk at 7am and write until midday with a coffee break. If a deadline is approaching I’ll work again in the afternoon, but I prefer to leave this time for 'the business of writing'.

4. Tell us about your book...

In "A Scandalous Midnight in Madrid"  I return to my beloved Spain where an autocratic Spanish grandee encounters a successful and determined young woman in the shape of Chef Sadie. Down to earth Sadie won’t take any nonsense from her hotter than hell admirer, forcing our hero to find new ways to exert his wicked charm.

A Scandalous Midnight in Madrid (Passion in Paradise)

Her body awakened…

By Madrid’s most eligible bachelor

Chef Sadie Montgomery’s life is changed forever by an intense moonlit encounter in Madrid with infamous Alejandro de Alegon. The sizzling anticipation he sparks tempts virgin Sadie all the way to his Spanish castle…and into his bed! She’s never known anything like the wild passion Alejandro unleashes. But their night of illicit pleasure soon turns Sadie into Spain’s most scandalous headline: Pregnant with Alejandro’s Baby!

Feel the heat in this sizzling Spanish romance—with a secret baby twist!

Buy on:

Apple Books UK             Apple Books CA


  1. The word scandalous caught my attention. I don't read many romance stories, I'm at the children's level of reading, but I may have to check on this one. Great interview. Thanks, Susan and Nas.

    1. Thank you for coming by to read this interview, Beverly!

  2. Nice to learn a bit about Susan and the book sounds good.

  3. Great interview, thanks for sharing. Good look to Susan for her new book, Valerie

  4. What a great interview! Always love hearing the backstory from authors. Ironically I'm in the middle of a book from Steve Berry called the Malta Exchange. Congrats on the new release! Hugs...RO

  5. Thank you so much, Ro, and everyone here who took the time to comment. I’m at sea at the moment (I’m always ‘all at sea’, as the saying goes, but that’s another story!) so reception is poor- I’m desperately trying to get through to you, so hope this attempt succeeds!!! Happy reading and love to all - keep those queries and comments coming and I will do my utmost to get this weak WiFi to oblige! Susan xx

  6. I love that your first book was about sharing what happened with your daughter to help others. This sounds really good. I love learning new things about authors, great interview.

  7. Wow. That's quite a real–life story on how you met, got engaged and then married in such a short time frame. I don't think I'd be brave enough to do that!

  8. With such a fast-track real-life romance, Susan must be a born romantic. :) (And with such a lovely name, too... HA)

    Sounds like a good book! I'll definitely check it out.

  9. I love it when one plays hard to get. Makes them work for it.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  10. I love to read this part: "I can write a first draft in a month. Fleshing out takes much longer. And while I write subsequent drafts I will be working on an outline for a new book as well as completing revisions on a previous book. It’s always ‘all go’ just the way I like it!"

    Thank you for sharing

  11. Congratulations on the new book. I love the story!

  12. I am so jealous of people who can write a draft in a month. I am a turtle writer. :) Wishing Susan all the best.