This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG will be Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!

Yesterday was the release of The Burning City, the third book in my Siren Song urban fantasy series. While every release day is filled with excitement, it’s also filled with anxiety, too. Insecurity always rears its ugly head: what if no one cares? What if I get awful reviews? What if I sell zero copies? What if the publishing police show up at my house and beat me with sticks for writing a terrible book?

Of course, these are Dumb Writer Fears, and I know that having three books out is a huge deal and something I should be excited about. And I am! Additionally, the first book in the series has sold over a thousand copies, and I’m excited about that. Dumb Writer Fears remain, though. They lurk in dark corners and wait to jump out and bop you on the head when you least expect it. They show up every time you see another writer winning awards, or selling more books than you, or your publisher pays more attention to a best selling author than they do you. You sigh and remind yourself it’s an honor just to be here, yadda yadda. Dumb Writer Fears only seem to shut up when you’re writing, but then they come right back when you’re editing.

I think the best way to deal with these fears is the way you’re supposed to deal with any fear: turn it into fuel. There’s always going to be writers doing better than me, but I can either let that drive me under the covers curled up in a ball, or I can watch and learn from them and try to do what they’re doing. I can look at their successes and turn them into goals for myself. The best way to shut up Dumb Writer Fears is to ask them “okay, so what do I DO about it?” They shut up then, ’cause they’re dumb and they have no idea. They just like to wave their arms and try to scare you.

I don’t really believe the publishing police are gonna beat me with sticks. They’re probably too busy beating George RR Martin demanding the next Song of Ice and Fire book. And I am truly happy about having a third book out, and all my successes so far. Dumb Writer Fears are all around us, though. We need to keep a spray bottle to squirt them with when they get too loud.


Today is the day! The Burning City is now available:

The Burning City – Siren Song #3

When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?

Tattoo artist June Coffin has another, more hidden talent: she’s a Siren who can influence people with the sound of her voice. But in the wake of a murder and shake-up at the Institute of Supernatural Research, her own powers are starting to kill her. The only chance she has of saving herself—as well as her kidnapped brother and best friend—is to become a vampire. But joining the ranks of the vengeful vamp, Occam Reed, is the last thing June wants to do.

Occam isn’t the only danger June needs to worry about. Power hungry telepath Robbie Beecher will stop at nothing to gain control over Chicago. He’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way—and June’s lover, Sam, is high on the hit list since his bid for Mayor. With the city and June’s heart being pulled in different directions, it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg explodes…and time isn’t something June has much of left. With a city on fire, can she rise from its ashes?

Read the first chapter | Book #1 – The Wicked City | Book #2 – The Bloody City

Buy it at:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | iTunesKobo | All Romance Ebooks | BAM


Want to win some prizes? Check out The Burning City today at:

Check out the promo blast and enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card! The participating blogs are listed here if you want to show them some love!

  • Suzanne Johnson’s blog: enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!
  • The Burning City is also featured at Cover Reveals right now.
  • Additionally, simply comment on this post and I will pick one lucky winner to receive the entire Siren Song series (3 books) in e-format. Winner will be announced here on Friday!

Just a note that things will be a bit out of whack here on the blog next week, as The Burning City will be released on Tuesday and I’ll be focusing a lot on that.

As an update, unfortunately I’ve decided to cancel the Facebook party for release day due to lack of interest–however, I will be doing a giveaway here on the blog instead and there will be multiple giveaways on other blogs where I’m doing guest spots, as well. I’ll make sure to link to those on Tuesday so you have lots of chances to win!

Hope to see you on Tuesday for release day, and if you live in the U.S., have a great holiday weekend!


With one week left until The Burning City, the third book in my Siren Song series, is released, I thought I would share a little milestone I recently discovered I’d reached.

I received my royalty report for the first quarter of 2016, and as it turns out, the first book in the Siren Song series, The Wicked City, sold over a thousand copies as of the end of March! It was released in March 2015, so that means it has sold a thousand copies in its first year. Mind you, this report only went to the end of the first quarter, so I don’t know how many I’ve sold since March. In May, The Wicked City was free and ended up in the top five of several bestseller lists on Amazon, so there’s that as well. Of course, I don’t make money on free copies, but they still contribute to the total sold.

I know that a thousand copies is really small beans in the publishing world. A ‘successful’ novel is somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 copies sold and bestsellers are in the tens and even hundreds of thousands. I probably wouldn’t impress anyone important with my 1,000 figure (1,059 to be exact) but darn it, I’m impressed and so are my co-workers and friends. I was hoping even 100 people would bother to buy it and I’ve managed ten times that!

So here’s to a thousand copies, and to the third book coming out in a week. I’m happy with my accomplishments!

By the way, I was at Reading Addiction yesterday with a free, exclusive excerpt for The Burning City. Be sure to go check it out!


Tomorrow I will be at Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours with a sneak peek of The Burning City, which will be released on July 5th. Stop by their blog tomorrow for a free exclusive excerpt from the third novel in the Siren Song series! I will be posting about it on Twitter/FB tomorrow as a reminder.

I will also be doing a promo blast with Reading Addiction on July 5th when the book is released. Below is a list of places The Burning City will be featured that day. You can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card at any of the stops!

Hope to see you over at Reading Addiction tomorrow!