Monday, December 10, 2007

Humor me. . .A bit of shameless self-promotion


Tomorrow is a red-letter day on my calendar as a book I've co-authored with Susan May Warren releases. So, I'm removing my editor's hat and exchanging it for an author's hat, just for today. To make the occasion even sweeter, I learned at lunch today that The Sovereign's Daughter has already gone into a second printing! To celebrate, I'd like to mail a FREE copy of this hot-off-the-presses, historical-romantic-suspense story to the first five readers who leave a comment to this blog post.

Here's a teaser to whet your appetite. . .

Authors Downs and Warren Explore the True Meaning of Authentic Faith in God in The Sovereign's Daughter--

It's easy to say "trust God," but it is quite often much harder to live those words. Authors Downs and Warren explore the true meaning of authentic faith in God in The Sovereign's Daughter. Set in the backdrop of post World‐War I Russia and the Bolshevik revolution, The Sovereign's Daughter uses Russia's imperial Romanov family to weave a fictional tale of honor, devotion, and ultimately unconditional love.

With revolutionaries occupying the nearby town of Tsarskoe Selo and trying to breach the palace walls, Tsar Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov sets out to protect crucial state secrets via the most unlikely of people--a lowly chambermaid and a young Mennonite. These two, together with another palace servant and her brother, flee to protect the secrets of the Romanov family.

Failure could cost the Romanov family control of the entire country. But what started as a brief exile becomes a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with bloodthirsty revolutionaries bent on discovering the imperial secrets.

All four profess to trust in God's provision during the dark days ahead, however, will they be willing to lay it all on the line when the moment is at hand? With the revolutionaries bearing in on all sides and an unknown assailant hunting them, how can they best protect all that is dear? When their very lives are threatened, can they continue to put their faith in God?

About Susan K. Downs: Susan served as the Russian adoption program coordinator for one of America's oldest adoption agencies prior to her decision to leave the social work field and devote herself full‐time to writing and editing fiction. Through her adoption work, however, she developed a love for all things Russian and an unquenchable curiosity about Russian history and culture. A series of miraculously events led Susan and her minister‐husband to adopt from Korea two of their five children. The adoptions of their daughters precipitated a five‐year mission assignment in South Korea, which in turn paved the way for Susan's work in international adoption and her Russian experiences. The Downses currently reside in Canton, OH. Read more about Susan's writing and editing ministry and her family at

About Susan May Warren: Susan and her family recently returned home after working for eight years in Khabarovsk, Far East Russia. Deeply influenced and blessed by the faith of the Russian Christians, she longed to write a story that revealed their faith during their dark years of persecution and a story of their impact on today's generation. The Sovereign's Daughter is the fruition of these hopes. Now writing full‐time in northern Minnesota while her husband, Andrew manages a lodge, Susan is the author of both novels and novellas. She draws upon her rich experience on both sides of the ocean to write stories that stir the Christian soul. Find out more about Susan and her writing at


Patty Nell said...

WooHoo and the cover is absolutely beautiful. Congrats to you and Susie.

Patty Smith Hall

Susan Downs said...

Patty, Could you please e-mail your shipping address to me at: Thanks much!

Cait said...

Hi! I would love to have a copy of this book. I read Nadia and loved it! (I need to read the rest of that series...!) My mom proofs for you guys, so I get to see good stuff on the way. Congrats on your book.

Caitlin Overton

Anonymous said...

Big congratulations, Susan! It sounds like a great book!

Tracy Ruckman said...

Oooh - did I make it in time? Can't wait!

Mary Connealy said...

Ahhhh!!!! I think I made it under the wire.
Congratulations, Susan.

Lisa Harris said...

Congratulations, Susan! What a beautiful cover, and I know the story is just as good!


Janelle said...

Bummer. I didn't get a chance to read until now. But I decided to leave a message anyway just because I'm thrilled for you. Congrats and cyber hugs, Susan.

Carrie Turansky said...

Congratulations, Susan! This looks like a wonderful story. I can't wait to read it. What a great team!
Carrie T.

The Write Life said...

Drats, this is what a day of Christmas shopping gets you! A missed book opportunity. And I even checked on mid-morning before I left, but there was no post at that time.

It does look like a wonderful story. And the cover is gorgeous! Congratulations.


Beth Goddard said...

I clearly am not among the first five! :(


Cara Putman said...

So glad to see you and Susan are teaming up again. Congrats on the release! I LOVED the Heirs of Anton!

Michelle said...

A lot of my friends said they got a copy of this book weeks ago and I never got one so I don't know what happened. It's not like I don't already have a lot to read, but it does interest me. :)