Send in the Drones

Here we go, folks. Send in the Drones, the third book in the Emily Trace Mysteries series, is live on Amazon. Here are a few early comments from people who have read the book:

I started to read Send in the Drones Sunday afternoon and finished it the next day, Oh, my! It left me numb ― not just an open end but a cliff-hanger.  I almost cried at the ending, but I guess that’s what science fiction is supposed to do.  It’s a delightful story, and I’m so glad Archie is still a part of the books. — Marie S., Spokane

Your latest book ― Send in the Drones ― arrived in the mail. Thank you for writing it. I sat down and started reading it right after it got here. I even stopped what I was doing outside. — Loretta C., Dufur

If you like a good mystery with a Sci-Fi edge, you will enjoy Send in the Drones. Emily Trace finds the key to literally unlock the mystery of who killed her husband. I hope she can relax for a while, but I’m sure Sue is busy writing the next book in the Emily Trace Mystery series. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as I did the first two in the series. Sue’s characters are believable ― in an out-of-this-world way.  Joyce C., Cheney

Here is the link to get your copy on Amazon:

Send in the Drones: an Emily Trace mystery (Emily Trace Mysteries)

If you live in or near Spokane, Washington, you may also purchase this book at 2nd Look Books on 29th and Regal.

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More Upcoming Events

Here are a few more events in the Spokane area:

Connecting Writers With Hollywood

From organizer J. D. DeWitt:

We’re so happy to announce that Connecting Writers with Hollywood is back for its 2nd year! This conference is for writers, producers and screenwriters.

Additional speakers were added this year in order to provide more opportunity for pitching to executive producers and agents.

Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Registration, it ends 4/15!

Featured Guest Speaker – Shari Smiley of Gotham Group (Gone Girl, Wild) Featured Guest Speaker – Rich Peluso Sony AFFIRM (Executive Vice President)

Please direct any questions to JD DeWitt at

From poet and speaker and radio personality Stephen Pitters:

Poetry Rising March 21 2018


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March breezes through

Hello, everyone. This is a quick post to let you know about some of the upcoming events in the writing community of the Inland Northwest.

Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, some of the members of Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers will have a table at the Central Valley High School Craft Fair, 821 S. Sullivan Road, in Spokane Valley, Washington.  The authors will sell and autograph books they have written, and are always glad to visit with you.

Wednesday, March 14, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Jewett House, I’ll speak to the Coeur d’Alene chapter of the Idaho Writers’ League on the editing process, and have the SASP anthology, “Celebrating Spokane Authors,” and my own books available for sale.

Wednesday, March 21, Stephen Pitters will host another event at Barnes & Noble, Northtown. He features poets, writers, and musicians in his hour-long program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Hope to see you at one or more of these events if you live in the Spokane area.

Oh, yeah! As Columbo would have said, “One more thing.” is having a one-week sale with huge discounts on some of their ebooks. It’s an author participation option, and I’ve decided to put mine on sale for 50% off for this week only. Log on to and browse the sale books. Or you can search out mine by my name or the book title.

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Stephen Pitters’ Barnes & Noble Event

KYRS Thin Radio personality Stephen Pitters hosts six Poetry Rising events a year at the Northtown Spokane Barnes & Noble. I was honored to be invited to participate in the January event last Wednesday, Jan. 17. Steve Schennum entertained us with a variety of music and singing, Beth Cooley read several of her poems, and Afaria McKinney improvised poetry using words suggested by the audience. I chose to read an excerpt from a story I wrote titled “Wayne’s New Television.” The audience response amazed and pleased me, and as a result of their requests, I decided to publish the story as a short ebook with Smashwords.

As of today, Jan. 21, 2018, you will be able to find “Wayne’s New Television” by clicking on the link embedded in the cover below:

Wayne front cover SW

I would like to thank Stephen Pitters for encouraging and promoting music, poetry, and prose through his radio show on KYRS Thin Air Radio and his Poetry Rising events at Barnes & Noble’s Northtown store. Pitters will be speaking at several locations in the Inland Northwest during the month of February to help celebrate Black History Month. He will be at Spokane’s South Hill Library, 3324 South Perry, from 3-4 p.m., and will explore his family history, life lessons about racism, and experiences such as being the first black person to live on campus at an all-white Southern college in 1967.

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Auntie’s Bookstore reading

Anthology Thanks

This coming Friday evening, January 12, 2018, three of the contributors to the SASP anthology Celebrating Spokane Authors will read from their selections at Auntie’s Bookstore. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the store, located at 402 W. Main St. in Spokane, Washington.

I have the honor of moderating the event, which will feature authors Sandy Mason and Caryl Briscoe-Michas, and poet Linda Noble Sonntag. Sandy writes historical fiction, Caryl writes about life experiences (and she has had some interesting ones), and Linda writes poetry with a whimsical twist.

Copies of the anthology will also be available for sale at Auntie’s, and the authors involved in the reading will be happy to sign your copy. Come join us for a fun evening.

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A special New Year’s gift for you

I hope this missal finds you warm, cozy, well-fed, and loved. To add to the love, I’ve decided to offer the three ebooks I have available on Smashwords as an end-of-the-year gift to you. All three are available in just about any format you would need, including Kindle, Nook, Epub, and Kobo. Just go to and search for me among the authors.

To facilitate it even more, I have links to the Smashwords site for each of my books. Click on the title, and it should take you to the appropriate page.


Meadowlark Madness                    Taming of the T-Bird                  The Gluten Free Gourmand

One more thing: this offer is only good until New Year’s Day, so don’t delay! If you take advantage of this offer, please write an honest review of what you thought of the book.

Coming Soon…

Send in the Drones front cover

Watch for the notice of availability for the latest Emily Trace Mystery, and for the date of the book launch party.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

For the past few years, one of the things I did at this time was send out cards to my friends and family. This year I upgraded my computer, and have spent the last month looking for my list of addresses. Since I haven’t yet found them, and since I’ve received cards from quite a few people this month, I decided I’d better do something to let everyone know how much I appreciate them. This post is part of that attempt.

Merry Christmas flashing

There may be some of you who celebrate different holidays, and some who don’t celebrate any, but my wishes to you are the same. You are each precious to me, and I wish you the very best of happiness, health, and security for now and the coming year.


Sue Eller


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How do you digest a 600+ page tome?

The answer: break it into a three-part series. That’s what J. R. R. Tolkein’s publishers did with Lord of the Rings, and it’s also what Kate Poitevin did with Saving Tir Gaeltacht.

For those of you who don’t know Kate or the story of how her tale evolved, here is a brief synopsis. She began the project as a short story for her grandchildren, starring her grandchildren. Over the next few years, it evolved into an epic tale in a mythical and magical Celtic land. More characters showed up over her shoulder as Kate typed the story into her computer, and more pages were needed to include these characters in the book.

I was honored to be a part of her first major fiction effort. Privileged to watch the tale unfold as she wrote it, I saw it grow day by day, month by month, and year by year until the book was finally ready for the printer.

I am happy to report – for those of you daunted by the idea of reading a book of over 600 pages, and in tiny print to boot – that Saving Tir Gaeltacht is now a three-part series. The books are available only in a select few Spokane book stores, or from Kate herself. Each of the three books in the series sells for $10.00, or you can buy all three for $25.00. Below are the thumbnails of the three books:

You may contact me, Sue Eller, at, and I’ll put you in touch with Kate.

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Last Minute Shopping

This is for all of you who do last minute shopping. Kate Poitevin, Larry Danek, and I are doing a book signing and sale at Sticks & Dreams Gallery and Emporium this Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon until about 2 p.m. The shop is located at 903 1/2 West Garland Avenue in Spokane.

All three authors are members of Spokane Authors & Self-Publishers, and they all have stories published in SASP’s anthology, Celebrating Spokane Authors, which was released this month. Copies of the anthology are also available for sale. In addition, each of us has a series in which we have written at least two books. And the stories continue to develop.

1216 poster

I hope those of you who live in the Spokane area will stop by and say hello. Sticks and Dreams also has other gift items, and they have a Facebook page, too. See you Saturday.

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SASP Anthology

NaNoWriMo has ended, and once again I got sidetracked. The good news is I got started on the sequel to my first book, Return From Armageddon. I have a working title for it: Resurrection in Reverse. I showed the beginning to a couple of my friends and fellow writers, and they told me it surprised them. I’ll leave the teaser at that for now.

Meanwhile, the fork in the road of my life led me down the path to get our first SASP anthology, Celebrating Spokane Authors, into print. The book is live on Amazon and Kindle, and available at Auntie’s Book Store and soon to be at 2nd Look Books. Both are independent book stores in Spokane.

Here is a short video slide show I put together with photos by Curt Rein, Beth Camp, and Kate Poitevin, and background music by Maxie Ray Mills and Steve Sackett. Maxie and Steve provided a live performance at our party, and rendition they did of the song on the video is Dear Prudence, a Beatles cover.

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