Author Override: Savanna Fox

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Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Thank you to Under the Covers for inviting me here today.
Years ago, I started a book club. As an introverted only child, books have always been my best friends, but I longed to discuss the books I read with other people. My book club really has changed my life, because I’ve been … shall I say persuaded? (okay, forced, browbeaten, guilted) into reading books I’d never otherwise have picked up. And they’ve expanded my world, my knowledge, my perspective.
Young widow Georgia Malone’s in a book club too, hoping for social interaction and intellectual discussion. She’s open to having her horizons expanded—but less enthused when two members of the club advocate for scrapping the weighty literary tomes and reading erotica.
Little does Georgia realize, as the club begins to read The Sexual Education of Lady Emma Whitehead, that her own life is about to begin a sexual journey that in some ways parallels that of Lady Emma.


Don’t you wish your book club read “dirty” books?

When Georgia Malone’s book club makes their first erotic selection, The Sexual Education of Lady Emma Whitehead, the marketing executive is surprised to find herself identifying with the main character. Like Emma, Georgia is a widow who has never truly experienced the joys of sex.

When she meets the spokesman for her newest campaign, Georgia’s long-buried libido is awakened. Hockey star Woody Hanrahan is supremely masculine, with rough edges and cocky charm—exactly the sort of man she usually avoids. But while her mind says stay away, Georgia’s body tells her to give in.

As the book club explores the tantalizing extremes of fiction, Georgia experiences first hand, and for the first time, the real pleasures of the flesh, and fulfills the desires that—chapter by chapter—are getting delightfully dirty. Woody is hers to command in a hundred deliciously wicked ways, but can a newly minted dirty girl write her own happy ending—and win not just Woody’s body, but his heart?


The Dirty Girls Book Club is a September 2012 release from both Berkley in the US and Penguin the UK. I think it’s fascinating to see the totally different covers the publishers have chosen. Berkley’s focuses on the erotic romance and the passionate connection between Georgia and Woody. Penguin’s picks up on the book club aspect, and is more subtle about the erotic element (don’t you love the provocative contrast between the title and the image?).


I started by asking whether a book club could change your life. What do you think? Are you in a book club or a reader group? What kind of books does the group choose? Do you read literary fiction, commercial fiction, non-fiction, or ??? Do you like the choices? Have any of them—or the interaction with the other members of your group—changed your life? Have any of them led you to romance?


Savanna Fox is a pen name for award-winning author Susan Lyons (also writing as Susan Fox), who writes “emotionally compelling, sexy contemporary romance” (Publishers Weekly). She’s published by Berkley Heat, Penguin UK, Kensington Brava and Aphrodisia, and Harlequin Spice Briefs. She has presented workshops at RWA® National, the RT Booklovers Convention, and regional RWA® conferences.

Savanna/Susan is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.

Berkley is giving away a print copy of THE DIRTY GIRLS BOOK CLUB to one lucky US commenter!

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Kathleen O

I am on many online book chats.. We talk about the books we read and give short reviews about them. It is fun to see all those opinions about books I might love that other don’t or don’t see what I see in a book…
This is a great giveaway and I would love to read it.. I love Hockey players.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Sounds like you have some nice groups going, Kathleen. I love being able to meet with my book club members and have those lively discussions in person (and the food and wine don’t hurt either!). That’s cool that you love hockey players. When I started this book, I didn’t. My creative muse told me the hero would be a hockey star – and an author doesn’t say no to her muse! – and so I had to research hockey. I developed a lot of respect for the sport and the players, as does heroine Georgia once she gets to know… Read more »

Texas Book Lover

First off, I love the name and premise of this book! Now to your questions. The closest I come to a book club is reading all the book blogs I follow online. I have thought about trying to either start or find one near where I live. I have friends who read and we often chat books. The problem is we all read different genres and most aren’t as flexible as I am. I think it would be fun to switch it up every now and again, and I often do, but not everyone is as open as I am.… Read more »

Maria D.

I’m not in a book club but I wish I was. Right now I pretty much read whatever I want when I want and I’m only influenced by authors who I auto-buy and books being read by my online friends.


My friends and I started our own book club. We all read different kinds of books and we all are open about our like and dislikes. We’ve read books by Maya Bans, Cherise Sinclair, Bianca Sommerland, and then there’s Patricia Cornwell and John Saul. A little bit of everything.
Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.


I am not in a reader group or book club, but would love to be! Right now I use my sisters as the audience I need when I just have to vent/talk about a particular book that has me really thinking. They do well enough, but I’d like to take it to that next level with some others.

Janet W.

I’m in an online bookclub. I’ve discovered many wonderful books because of it, many Indie authors. It’s been amazing.


I mostly like to read on my own, I have looked into a few book clubs. I read some of everything and I go through fazes where I read only one kind of thing then may abruptly switch to some other genre Carin

Martha Lawson

No, I’m not in a book club. I mostly prefer romances, but I am trying to broaden my horizons and read other categories.


No book club member here…someday perhaps….sounds like a great way to meet new folks, which I need as I am an introvert!

Harlie Reader

Susan I love your books as Fox/Lyons!! Can wait to read your other author ego now. Books have always been a part of my life. I’ve honestly never been part of a book club. I read everything from erotic, sweet romance, Tom Clancey and everything in between. I don’t put myself in just one group to read so I might not be book club material. That said as a reviewer/blogger, I meet all kinds of people and love to discuss books. I live in a small town now so meeting people for a book club would be interesting, to say… Read more »

I’ve never belonged to a physical book club, though I do participate in a lot of blog tours and online chats. They tend to be about romance/erotica (my favorite is m/m) or music-related books. I really love hockey-related books, believe it or not, so I’d enjoy hearing about Woody!


Susan Lyons/Fox

Texas, I think flexibility is a key factor with a book club. I hope you find some compatible people to start a group with, because I bet you’d love it.
Books are a huge part of my life too. As an only child, they were often my only company, and darned good company they were!

Susan Lyons/Fox

Maria, I hope you too can find a group. I started my own club because I wanted to chat about books.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Thanks, Joanne! Your group sounds great. Diversity is fantastic.

Susan Lyons/Fox

yadkny — so go do it, girl! Start a club. Here’s how I did it. I thought of 3 friends who like to read (for you, maybe even your sisters?) and then we each invited another friend, so we had 8. Composition has changed a little over the years but 3 of the original members are still there.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Janet, that sounds great. Discovering new authors is one of the huge benefits, and I’m glad you’re giving indie authors a try, as well as “traditionally” published ones.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Carin, I like reading on my own too. Or with my guy happily immersed in his own book (sci fi, which isn’t my fave genre). But then I do like sharing my thoughts with someone.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Martha, points to you for broadening your horizons. I read suspense, mystery, and lots of women’s fiction, but more than half my reading is romance. It’s just so heartwarming!

Susan Lyons/Fox

books4me – Oh yes, we introverted readers! So many of us are like that, aren’t we? There really is nothing like getting a like-minded group of people together to talk about books. Somehow the shyness tends to fade away pretty quickly.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Marika, that’s so sweet of you! I hope you enjoy Savanna’s book. A book club can be anything the members want it to be. They can choose to just read romance (or mystery or whatever) or they can opt for diversity. We do read everything. Non-fiction, autobiography, lots of fiction – both literary and commercial. Always something different and interesting.
I bet you’d find it interesting as a reviewer to hear club members’ comments.

Susan Lyons/Fox

vitajex – yay, you love hockey! So does Woody . I hope you enjoy the story. Blog tours and online chats are another great way of sharing ideas and discovering new books and authors.


it has only been since facebook and goodreads that I’ve done the in-depth book discussing and I love it!….however I prefer choosing my own books to read and discuss with others

Susan Lyons/Fox

powerse – And that’s another approach, isn’t it? One made possible by forums like Goodreads. Read whatever you want to read, then find, or start, a discussion about it.


I’m in a few book groups and they have helped me fin books and answers to all kinds of questions.
Also, I subscribe to a reader group and get monthly shipments of books. I have been introduced to authors that are now some of my favorites. Though, lately the books are not selections that I’ve been too interested in reading.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Leni, that’s great about finding answers to your questions. That’s what happens with the members of the Dirty Girls Book Club as well. Books + girlfriends = hard to beat!
I hope the selections from your subscription group improve.


I am in a book club called Literal Addiction that reads almost anything but most of us do PNR. I love the discussions and the gang has lead me to new loves, of new books that is! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com


The Dirty Girls looks and sounds amazing! I am really looking forward to getting a chance to read it!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan Lyons/Fox

SdyLion – I love that name, Literal Addiction! That’s fantastic. I’ve always said I’m addicted to books. Sounds like you have a terrific group.

Susan Lyons/Fox

Thanks, Alicia, and good luck!

Susan Lyons/Fox

It occurs to me, maybe I should mention that if you are in a book club and your group decides to read any of my books, I have discussion guides on my website and I’m happy to provide bookmarks and autographed bookplates.

(I’ll even attend in person – if you fly me there. LOL.)


Thanks for a great post and congrats on the release!

No, no book club. But I think that it would be fun 🙂

June M.

I have never been in a book club but I have been considering joining some online, but the ones that I like are the ones where you can choose whether to join each book or skip that one. I love certain types of books. Most are romances, a large variety of them, but if a book does not sound like something that I will enjoy, I don’t even want to give it a chance. There are so many out there that I want to read that I won’t waste time with those I don’t want to read.


I have never been in a book club, but I absolutely love to read so maybe one day I will join one.

Susan Lyons/Fox

erin and Bboo04 – you should start a club. Maybe together?

Susan Lyons/Fox

June, I’m with you on not wanting to waste my time reading a book I don’t like. There are 2 or 3 book club books I haven’t finished. I’ll try to give them about 50 pages and if I’m not into it by then – well, I have lots of great books to read so I’ll toss the one I’m not enjoying. Occasionally it’s just a timing/mood thing. It’s not right for me at the moment. In that case, I’ll give it another try at some point in the future. But sometimes, it’s just really obvious it’s not my kind… Read more »


I’m not in a book club of any type. I read for fun and I think if I had to participate in a group it would change my reading. I would be looking for meaningful topics, etc. I know when I’ve been asked to review a book that it really affects how I read and makes it much less pleasureable.

Jen B.

I am not in a book club. I have joined a number of book sites and joined in on their chats from time to time. I have gotten lots of great recommendations that way (and a few duds). I have also found many book readers in my circle of friends. We talk and share. I read a little bit of everything (except nonfiction history *yawn*). I have always been a paranormal and sci-fi fan. I only started reading romance 4 years ago. In my never ending quest to find something new to read, I have found quite a few amazing… Read more »

Susan Lyons/Fox

Anne, I know I wouldn’t want to read only book club books. And I don’t review, mainly because I’d rather avoid ever saying negative things about another author’s work (at least by name). Sometimes it’s nice to just totally relax when you read!

Susan Lyons/Fox

Oh Jen, I’m so with you on history. If history is made into stories, then that’s great, but nonfiction can be so dull.


This sounds great book clubs always seem to read boring books.

Brandy R.

I am a part of a group on FB with my friends and we all talk about the books we are currently reading. We dont all read the same books at the same time every now and then we will group up with people and start the same book together. but for the most part we all read whatever we want then talk about it there. haha SO there is a BIG mix I personally am fond of erotic, but there are fiction, contemporary, paranormal, YA. so it is a good mix of different books that everyone is talking about.… Read more »

Kim D

Not in any group but love to keep up with authors on facebook! I love reading para romance and erotic romance!
Thanks for the contest!