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Sunday, June 25, 2023

About the Book

Book: A Heart for News

Author: Susan K. Beatty

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: May 30, 2023

Will a heart for news get a scoop on love?

Though Margo Durand invests her whole heart into working for her family’s newspaper, her father refuses to modernize, and she harbors a secret fear of approaching interviewees and all things dangerous—except riding her Vespa everywhere. But when Margo follows evidence that two government officials are corrupt, Margo discovers danger, intrigue, and a legal sort of blackmail.

Professional race car driver, Steve Grayson, arrives to finish recuperating and overcome his fear of getting back on the track while pursuing his desire to open a race car driving school on Le Cadeau Île. If he can find the money and convince the owner to sell.

When Margo’s best friend sets Margo up with Steve as a tour guide, conveniently forgetting to tell him Margo is a reporter, they tour the islands until Steve is willingly dragged into the investigation. The investigation only opens new questions, creates new trials, and has the potential to destroy their budding romance.

Does pursuing a relationship just before he leaves to take part in one last racing season even make sense?

Take a trip to the Suamalie Islands where palm trees sway, the sand and sea pulse with life, and the people will steal your heart.


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About the Author

Susan K. Beatty is in her third career—from journalist to homeschool tech writer to her life-long dream of becoming a novelist. She is proof you can start a new writing career late in life. Susan released her first published fiction in September 2019, and now an awarding winner author, this is her third novel, with several novelettes and short stories to her credit. She is passionate about finding courage through faith and grit. Susan lives with her husband of forty-nine years in Southern California. Add children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to the mix and she has little time for her favorite hobbies of reading, watching classic movies, British crime dramas, and traveling.


More from Susan

Long ago, when I was a journalism student and then a newspaper reporter, the idea of running a small-town newspaper “out west” fascinated me and was part of my daydreams. Of course, there hadn’t been an “out west” for decades before I had such ideas.

When Celebrate Lit asked me to be part of the Suamalie Islands series and I needed to choose a business for my main character, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to run a small-town newspaper, at least in fiction.

Margo, the main character, works for her father, the owner and publisher. But he’s stuck in the 20th century, and our modern heroin dreams of bringing the paper into the 21st century, much to her father’s despair. It was fun to explore the push and pull between generations, between old-school methods and new technology.

Although Margo is the heroine who finds the courage to expose the corrupt politicians, she has one major flaw, a fear, that hinders a news reporter’s job. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so you’ll have to read A Heart for News to find out what her problem was.

Then there’s the male main character, Steve Grayson, a famous race car driver, who comes to the Suamalies to recover from a racing accident and to face his own fears. And to pursue his own dream of building a driving school and racetrack.

After a rocky beginning, Margo and Steve collaborate to meet those fears head on and to see if, together, they can realize their impossible dreams, and just maybe find love.

I hope readers are encouraged overcome their fears and to pursue their own so-called impossible dreams.


I love taking another vacation to the islands where peace and hope are found. Margo is a great character who strives to do everything in excellence when it comes to work on her family’s  newspaper. I like the old time feel of the newspaper even though Margo would like to see it updated a bit. She can’t convince her father to step into the twenty-first century just yet.

Sometimes you have to leave everything behind and just take a break to breathe. Steve is still recovering from a wreck he had while on the racing circuit. He is well known in the  racing circuit but right now the last thing he needs is to be around people especially reporters. Well let’s see if he gets to keep himself secluded.

On my how I loved learning more about the island and all its breathtaking beauty. With luscious plants and fruits, the island offers a place to be with God and bask in His Glory. 

As Steve and Margo are placed together in a funny way they begin to open up to each other. Margo is not as confident as she needs to be but being around Steve is helping her. Steve has a dream that only God can help with. 

The intrigue in the  story puts Margo in danger as she uncovers secrets that could damage reputations. I loved the  mysterious Mr. X and how he meets Margo in secret places to give her incriminating evidence against someone powerful. 

I have to mention how excited I was when a favorite author was highlighted in the  story. Wait till you find out who it is. What a great way to recognize an author who influences many. 

Come join the excitement filled with intrigue mixed in and discover new relationships, dreams and faith that stands against those who try to discourage others. 

I received  a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 20

Aryn the Libraryan, June 21

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 22 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 22

She Lives to Read, June 23

An Author’s Take, June 24

Texas Book-aholic, June 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 27

lakesidelivingsite, June 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 29

Simple Harvest Reads, June 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 1

Sylvan Musings, July 2 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, July 2


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for the review

  2. Thanks for the review. This looks great!

  3. This sounds good! I would love to read this series.

  4. I need an island getaway, so A Heart for News would be a great book for me right now. I am even more intrigued by the question of who is the highlighted author.

  5. Absolutely loved this story!!

  6. Do you prefer mountains or beaches?

  7. Sounds like a suspenseful and inspiring story with likeable characters. Thanks :) !

    - Madie