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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Author Guest Post: Suzan Battah, Author of Mad About The Boy

In association with Chick Lit Plus, Jersey Girl Book Reviews welcomes Suzan Battah, author of Mad About The Boy!

What's going on with Celebrity Romances?
Bring the Romance back into Our Lives.

Have you ever heard about the soulful song by Dinah Washington, Mad About The Boy? Well, if you haven't, I highly recommend you hop onto YouTube and take a listen right now. Not only does Dinah sing from her heart, the words will melt right into you. This song is the namesake and inspiration behind my novel Mad About The Boy, recently released in September 2011. A contemporary romance filled with cultural ethnicity, drama and comedy as well as the true raw emotions and flaws of a couple so intensely in love. I've been noticing a lot of Celebrity divorces recently. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, Katy Perry and Russell Brand - really when you make your life into a reality show and live together only a short period of time in the the year, no wonder these guys are getting divorced but like Dr Phil says they really should work for that divorce.

These insipid relationships mean nothing when it comes to reading a romance book. As you'll find out in Mad About The Boy.

Julia Mendoza is an independent, successful career woman previously married and widowed at a young age. In her late twenties, she's not prepared to lose her heart so easily again nor wished to commit her life again in marriage.

Christophe Augustine a very successful, high profile hotel entrepreneur and has had a string of girlfriends. When he first meets Julia, the sudden connection is there and whatever was before cannot compare. Yet as he falls more deeply in love with the feisty Latino woman, she pulls further and further away.

In Mad About The Boy, I explored the high profile life of Christophe. Sadly celebrities today are so quickly in love, married and divorced in a heartbeat. I believe, as the big romantic that I am, true love will not dissipate. There is no such thing as irreconcilable differences. Julia and Christophe are not perfect, they need to work on their relationship and relationships are hard work. They are both temperamental and independent, but as a couple they more intense and passionate as any soul-mates.

As a single woman, I still believe in happily ever after and true love. Being burnt and hurt is not easy. You pick yourself up and know that the right man will arrive at the right time. I convey this in my writing and have grown over the years and matured to a better writer. Writing in several genres: contemporary romance, young adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance and regency romance is my way to express a love of romance in different ways and styles. All are so different but so much fun to write with different audiences to entertain.

Great couples in love are a pleasure to hear about in the media. It's annoying when they are given a hard time just to make stories and sell magazines. My favorite couples could be endless but I'll hand over my most loved Fictional and Real life lovers.

1. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (real-life)
2. Rupert Cynster and Alathea Morwellan (fictional - A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens)
3. Rebecca Bloomwood and Luke Brandon (fictional - Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella)
4. Johnny Cash and June (real-life)
5. Dimitri and Rose (fictional - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead)
6. Spartacus and Sura (fictional - Spartacus - Blood and Sand series)
7. Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (real-life and Australian princess)
8. Hugh Jackman and Deborah-Lee Furness (real-lfe)
9. Stefan and Tanya (Tatiana) (fictional - Once A Princess by Johanna Lindsey)
10. Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet (fictional - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

Special mention goes to Christophe and Julia (fictional - Mad About The Boy by Suzan Battah)

Romance is not just for the ladies but for the guys as well. As a couple, when you're with one another be with them with all your heart, laugh lots together, live life passionately, disagree if you have to and make up, compromise, always kiss each other good night, respect each other, always have open honesty, have faith, be spontaneous, acknowledgment and acceptance is a must, be affectionate and most of all love unconditionally.

Celebrities quitting on their relationships should pick up a romance book and remember that relationships are hard work.

Mad About The Boy - out now online and in bookstores.

An upcoming title BaSatai: Outside In  a Young Adult Urban/Paranormal Romance explores the darker side of young love and the struggle of her identity. (Release date Aoril 14, 2012 ... more info available on my website).

My name is Suzan Battah and I love writing romance!

About The Author:

Suzan Battah is a proud Australian born author who has loved to write since her teenage years. In 2011 she published her first novel a contemporary multicultural romance - Mad About The Boy. In her spare time she weaves magical tales to entertain. Suzan writes YA Fiction - Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance and Contemporary Romance. Other fun things you can find her doing is training at the gym and Latin/Ballroom dancing. Suzan is afraid of heights, loves most things that are sweet, has no clue about fashion and one day hopes to speak Spanish fluently. Her second novel a YA Urban Fantasy - BaSatai: Outside In  will be released on April 14, 2012.

Suzan Battah's Mad About The Boy Tour Page on CLP

BUY THE BOOK: Mad About The Boy

Book Description: Mad About The Boy

Julie Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband Carlos passed away at such a young age, her business By Design is her number one priority. In her late twenties she works too hard and doesn't take time out for fun. Annoyance with a pesky ex-friend has her begging one of the local surfers with a cheeky smile in the grocery store to pretend he's her boyfriend. Suddenly, life takes a sudden detour from her business plan; much to the delight of her boisterous Latin American family. Christophe Augustine is groomed t take over his father's successful chain of luxurious hotels. With a wealthy French-American background, Chris has been given privileges that not many have. He works hard, plays harder but seeks approval and recognition above all else. Family is a top priority for him as he fights for custody of his young brother. His parent's divorce has not diminished his faith in romance. When a gorgeous Latino woman changes one boring morning into an interesting game of role play, though reluctant to help at first, he soon realizes she's not like the string of other women he's known. A romantic first date ending dramatically doesn't stop Chris from wanting to know Julia more. And for Julia, she's all for a bit of fun but when things get too serious she's running the other way. Too alike, in some ways and complete opposites, in other ways, Julia and Chris fumble through fun moments, annoying confrontations, passionate times and heartbreaking revelations. Love has no boundaries when soul-mates meet but when one is ready to love and the other one isn't ....

To enter the contest, click on the above link and post a comment on Suzan's tour page to win a $10 Amazon gift card! If you purchase your copy of Mad About The Boy before March 5th and send your receipt to , you will get five (5) bonus entries!


  1. Awesome guest post Suzan! So true!!

  2. Great Author Guest Post! Thank you Suzan and Samantha for allowing me to host the Mad About The Boy virtual event. :)

  3. Another book I need to read! Thank you!

    I just wanted to let you know that I have honored you the Versatile Blogger Award. Please stop by my website and pick it up! You can find it here:

  4. Thank you for stopping by Susan! Glad you will be adding Mad About The Boy to your TBR list. :)

  5. Ooops! Gave you the wrong is the correct one:

    Congratulations and thank you!