• The Rejected Writers' Book Club

    When small-town librarian Janet Johnson is persuaded to attend a gathering of local eccentric lady writers known as “The Rejected Writers Bookclub,” she gets pulled into a kaleidoscope of craziness she never knew existed. Coerced by their formidable team leader, Doris Newberry, she embarks on a crazy cross-country dash with a band of merry writers to save the club and the reputation of one very special member. As the intrepid adventurers race to complete their quest, the women's lives are irreversibly changed as they bond together through landslides, haunted houses, false labor, and first love.

     

  • Meet the Author

    Suzanne Kelman is an Amazon international best-selling author and a multi-award-winning screenwriter and playwright. She is the author of The Rejected Writers' Book Club and Rejected Writers Take the Stage, published by Lake Union Publishing, as the Southlea Bay series.

     

    As well as being an author, Suzanne is also a film producer, director, and screenwriter. Her film accolades include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Nicholl Fellowship Finalist 2015, Best Comedy Feature Screenplay, L.A. International Film Festival, Gold Award, California Film Awards and the Van Gogh Award from the Amsterdam Film Festival.

     

    Born in the United Kingdom, her comedic writing voice has been described as a perfect blend of Janet Evanovich and Debbie Macomber. Suzanne now resides on a beautiful island in Washington State which is the perfect environment for bringing great stories to life.


     

    The Rejected Writers Book Club

    Available online as a paperback/Kindle or Audio at:

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  • The Latest Book In the Southlea Bay Series Available june 6th

    Rejected Writers Take the Stage

    When another disaster strikes the Rejected Writers' Doris decides the only way out is to put on a show, even though none of them have ever performed before! Flora, who has never sung a note in her life, will be the lead and Janet their reluctant director—along with a hypochondriac costume designer, a pyrotechnics enthusiast, and Janet’s very pregnant daughter pitching in—what could possibly go wrong?

  • Amazon Reviews For The Rejected Writers' Book Club

     

    I really enjoyed this book. Suzanne is a master storyteller and did such a good job with character development that when I was finished with the book I actually missed all the wacky ladies from the story. They became my best friends and I cannot wait for the second book to come out.

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    The funniest book I've read in a long while. Suzanne has delivered an action-packed story, with secrets, a fair amount of drama and comic relief, and the quirkiest characters all lurking in the same quaint Washington state coastal village.

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    So much fun! I read this book in just a few days, because I could not wait to get to the next chapter each evening. I loved the vivid, realistic characters, the charming portrayal of small-town life, and the zany adventures of the Rejected Writers.

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    Suzanne has a knack for good, clean humor. Several times I startled my husband by laughing out loud while reading. There are also poignant, touching moments to balance out the hilarity. A really great novel. I can't wait for the sequel to spend more time with the Rejected Writers Club.

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    Love this book! Suzanne has a gift of bringing her character's to life and making you want to be best friends with all of them. I just bought 6 books to give to family and friends I Highly recommend it! Heartwarming & a fun read!!

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                                    The Rejected Writers' Book Club

    A group of quirky writers go on a wild road trip to San Francisco to a publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret.They’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.

  • Cookbook Recipe Competition

     

     

    CALLING ALL COOKS!

    We are so excited to announce our RECIPE COMPETITION.

    We are looking for your original recipes to pair with the food mentioned in the Southlea Bay Books! The winners of the competition with have their names and personal recipes featured in the NEXT BOOK - a companion cookbook that will become part of the series.

     

    We have around 20 dishes mentioned in the books and we are looking to pair them all with our readers FAVORITE personal recipes.

    Each week between now and Mothers’ Day I will be announcing the NEXT RECIPES for the competition here on my website.

     

     

  • Week 1 Challenge

    Entry due by 5/5/2017

    Doris's Famous Celebrating Rejection Lemon Cake

    Rejection Can Be Delicious

    “She pulled out a large tablecloth and tucked it firmly into the top of my blouse…It was lime-green and decorated with hideous orange and brown flowers. In one hand, I held high the teacup, and in the other I balanced the huge slab of (lemon) cake. I looked like a psychedelic Lady Justice, except right then I actually envied the fact she was blind.” - The Rejected Writers' Book Club

    Doris's Crying into the Chocolate Acceptance Cake

    Accepting the things I cannot change with Chocolate

    “I swallowed another rather large lump of (chocolate) cake. “who is (the letter) from? I asked meekly, not taking my eyes from it. I was too frightened to pick it up in case it self-destructed…(Doris grunted) Well, why don't you read it? “Now I have to go and buy myself a hat!”… “Yes a hat and a funky scarf and snazzy glasses. All good authors wear snazzy glasses. Well I won’t do it. I look ridiculous in a hat!” - The Rejected Writers' Book Club

  • Week 2 Challenge

    Entry due by 5/5/2017

    Doris's Cling to Your Arteries Pork Ribs

    Good enough to make our cardiovascular cry!

    "I'll make pork ribs and beans. That ought to give you enough stamina for all this foolishness' Then she was gone. Pork ribs and beans, God help me! I stood there, bereft and pretty sure I could hear my cardiovascular system starting to cry." -The Rejected Writers' Book Club

    Gracie's "Tell it Like it is" Carrot Cake

    Now that's what I call a vegetable serving!

     

    "The cake of the day was apparently carrot... she cut two slices of cake for the sisters, who thanked her with the same glassy smile, placed them directly on a side table, and never touched a morsel." The Rejected Writers Book Club

  • Week 2 Challenge

    Entry due by 5/5/2017

    Doris's Caught in a Landslide Chocolate Brownies

    Chocolate Brownies

    "Then she produced a huge pan of moist, hot brownies. "I just had to try out that fancy kitchen mixer" The Rejected Writers' Book Club

    http://amzn.to/2oWJ5QO

     

    Doris's Chocked Full of Gluten - Homemade Bread

    Homemade Bread

    "She pulled a loaf of freshly baked bread out of the oven and turned around to face me -- a fake knife was sticking out of her head."
    The Rejected Writers' Book Club

    http://amzn.to/2oWJ5QO

  • Doris's Competition Rules

    • ONLY use original recipes. We don't want Martha Stewart or Paula Dean chasing us down with a stick.

    • Feel free to send us a photo so we can all ogle at your creation and check out how clean your kitchen is.

    • No animals or husbands should be injured in the process. Please test recipes on yourself or your in-laws.

    • Send recipes that are ideally suitable for book clubs everywhere; stuff that can be balanced in one hand so a book can be balanced in the other, so nothing that needs chopsticks or to be set on fire. Remember, books are flammable!

    • Be willing to let go offa’ it and have your recipe and your name published in the cookbook to sell to the millions upon millions of people who will want it. So, if Nana will keel over because it’s a family secret recipe or you are in the witness protection program you may want to think twice before entering.

    • Lastly, have fun with your recipes, enjoy baking! No shouting, punching or swearing.

    Remember, this is cooking, not politics!

     

    NOTE FROM DORIS:

    Hello there! I am the head honcho over at The Rejected Writers’ Book Club that is now, oh, so famous! At least between my house and Main Street, that is. I am writing to you all out there on the World Wide Web to let you know you could be FAMOUS, too, and be in our next book!

    VERY IMPORTANT!!!

    I have only one criteria for the recipes, add as MANY calories as you can. FIGHT the need to make anything gluten-fat-soy-peanut-dairy-wheat or flavor-free. I ain’t that kind of woman and this isn't that KIND of cookbook.

     

    This is a book for celebrations, to make us happy so we can throw off all guilt at letting that one wheat kernel from the devil past our lips. So send me your CALORIE- LADEN worst. Feel free to GO MAD, dance around the kitchen as you add the cream instead of the low-fat milk, chuck in gallons of oil without even the whiff of a coconut or a flaxseed in it.

     

    Throw in LBS of sugar that is shamefully white and wouldn't even hear of being substituted for a date or stevia. And give me your flour that has never even seen an almond stripped bare-faced right from its modified husk. Yes, you can watch your health the rest of the year but NOT in this cookbook.

     

    So, sent me your FAT-LADENED worst, because a little of what you fancy is always good for you!

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  • RECOMMENDATIONS

     Lesley McConnell   

    Communications & Business Consultant 

    "Suzanne Kelman is a first-rate screenplay instructor who not only teaches the rudiments of professional screenplay development, she delivers it with aplomb! She's a force of nature who's teaching employs a variety of learning tools for many learning styles — printed materials and take-home sheets, visual images to illustrate the learning, group discussion and lively, supportive critique. I'm taking her class a second time and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants that nudge to get started, or support to just keep going to the finish."
     

    Rose Woods

    Artistic Director, Writer.

    Suzanne Kelman is a force of nature as a writer. Whether it be novels or her award winning screenplays, she has a special gift for bringing characters to vivid, evocative life. She creates a world with her words and draws the reader in with both her fall-out-of-your-chair-laughing comedy or keep you on the edge of your seat with dramatic tension so taut, that it feels as if it will snap if you look away.

    Eric Mulholland

    Director, Actor, Writer

    Working with Suzanne Kelman is pure joy. I've had the distinct pleasure of being in the room with her as an actor and co-writer on past projects. I highly regard her ability to create a dynamic, creative and thoroughly enjoyable work environment. As a director, she is clear and consistent with a sharp eye for comedy - I trust her instincts completely. As a writer, she gives ample space for the creative process to flow while possessing editorial skills to distill a story to its essence. Whenever an opportunity to work with Ms. Kelman presents itself, I jump at the chance!
     

  • Media Kit

    Bios - (short)

    Two line Bio (140 Characters)

    2015 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Finalist, Multi-Award-Winning Screenwriter, Film Producer, International Amazon Bestselling Author.

     

     

    Short Bio (50 Words)

    Suzanne Kelman is a 2015 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Finalist, Multi-Award-Winning Screenwriter and a Film Producer. As well as working in film she is also International Amazon Bestselling Fiction Author of the Southlea Bay Series - The Rejected Writers' Book Club and Rejected Writers Take the Stage.

     

    Bios - (medium)

    Medium Bio (100 words)

    Suzanne Kelman is the author of The Rejected Writers Book Club and Rejected Writers Take the Stage (June 2017). Her writing voice has been described as a perfect blend of Janet Evanovich and Debbie Macomber. Kelman is also an award-winning writer/screenwriter whose accolades include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay award from the 2011 L.A. International Film Festival, the Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Awards, and the Van Gogh Award from the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival. Born in the United Kingdom, she now resides in Washington State.


     

     

     

     

    Bios - (long)

    Long Bio (300 Words)

    Suzanne Kelman is first and foremost a storyteller. Starting out in theatre as an actor, director, and playwright. Through all of her life she has used her skills to communicate stories in new and inventive ways.

     

    In 2010 she launched a writing career putting her work in theatre on a back burner. Branching out into film, where she has enjoyed working as a producer, director & a screenwriter. She has written six screenplays, directed three shorts and produced three other films. Suzanne's screenplay Held, which she co-wrote, placed over 7000+ scripts to become a 2015 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Finalist.

     

    As well as the Nicholl Finalist achievement Suzanne has also won numerous other awards for her screenplays include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay Award from the 2011 L.A. International Film Festival, the Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Awards, and the Van Gogh Award from the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival. As a playwright, her play Over My Dead Body was the recipient of a 2015 Writers Digest Award. Her stage play in now in development and three of her screenplays have been optioned.

     

    Suzanne is also the author of the Southlea Bay Series - The Rejected Writer's Book Club and Rejected Writers Take the Stage published by Lake Union Publishing in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 her first book - The Rejected Writer's Book Club - became an Amazon International Best Seller.

     

    Suzanne is still very active in the arts performing in a yearly pantomime with "Never To Late Productions" and is a podcast host on the lively podcast show for authors called "Writing Publishing and Beyond - with Blondie and The Brit."

    Five Fun Facts About Me

    • I once missed a dinner date with Oprah. 
    • I can sing in Chinese and can also sing the first verse of Puff the Magic Dragon - backwards!
    • I missed boarding a cruise ship in Rome and had to climb up the side by rope ladder.
    • I  have completed five Nanowrimo events. 
    • I  once got stuck in a stage trap door during a live theatrical performance.  

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    Contact: Suzanne Kelman

    www.suzannekelmanauthor.com

    The Rejected Writers' Book Club Are Taking to the Stage!  

    Can Southlea Bay survive Doris Newberry's latest scheme?

    Seattle, WA, March 20th 2017--

    After months of playing the lottery and hoping for an uptick in her dog-boarding business, Janet’s friend Annie must face the inevitable: the bank is foreclosing on her family farm. But thanks to the Rejected Writers’ Book Club, Annie doesn’t have to face it alone. With just a few weeks to raise the $20,000 that she and her fifty rescue dogs need to avoid becoming homeless, the writers need a fund-raiser, and fast. Much to Janet’s horror, Doris has another crazy plan.

    In a moment of inspiration, their fearless leader declares a solution: a musical extravaganza. No one in the group has ever produced a musical, but Doris will not be deterred—they’ll write it together. And with Flora, who has never sung a note in her life, as the lead and Janet as their reluctant director—along with a hypochondriac costume designer, a pyrotechnics enthusiast, and Janet’s very pregnant daughter pitching in—what could possibly go wrong?

    To produce a miracle for Annie, Janet and her friends will work around the clock holding auditions, concocting elaborate costumes, and getting a little too close to blowing themselves up—but will it be enough?

     

    "I wanted to take the Ladies of the Rejected Writers Book Club on an adventure that was very familiar to me yet could be fraught with all the wild elements of their first adventure. Writing the second book in this series was so blast for me as many of the mishaps that happen during the process of them creating theatre I actually drew on from my very own experience."

     

    Rejected Writers Take the Stage is the second book in the Southlea Bay Series (Lake Union Publishing June 6th 2017) pre-order copies are available on Amazon https://t.co/A0OoXSviPK 

     

    Suzanne Kelman is a 2015 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Finalist, Multi-Award-Winning Screenwriter and a Film Producer. As well as working in film she is also International Amazon Bestselling Fiction Author of the Southlea Bay Series - The Rejected Writers' Book Club and Rejected Writers Take the Stage. Find out more at www.suzannekelmanauthor.com

     

    Buy your copy of The Rejected Writers' Book Club or Pre-order your copy of Rejected Writers Take the Stage on Amazon https://t.co/A0OoXSviPK

     

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    About the Author

    Suzanne Kelman is the author of The Rejected Writers Book Club and Rejected Writers Take the Stage (June 2017). Her writing voice has been described as a perfect blend of Janet Evanovich and Debbie Macomber. Kelman is also an award-winning writer/screenwriter whose accolades include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay award from the 2011 L.A. International Film Festival, the Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Awards, and the Van Gogh Award from the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival. Born in the United Kingdom, she now resides in Washington State. Contact www.suzannekelmanauthor.com

    Rejected Writers Take the Stage

    After months of playing the lottery and hoping for an uptick in her dog-boarding business, Janet’s friend Annie must face the inevitable: the bank is foreclosing on her family farm. But thanks to the Rejected Writers’ Book Club, Annie doesn’t have to face it alone. With just a few weeks to raise the $20,000 that she and her fifty rescue dogs need to avoid becoming homeless, the writers need a fund-raiser, and fast. Much to Janet’s horror, Doris has another crazy plan.

    In a moment of inspiration, their fearless leader declares a solution: a musical extravaganza. No one in the group has ever produced a musical, but Doris will not be deterred—they’ll write it together. And with Flora, who has never sung a note in her life, as the lead and Janet as their reluctant director—along with a hypochondriac costume designer, a pyrotechnics enthusiast, and Janet’s very pregnant daughter pitching in—what could possibly go wrong?

    To produce a miracle for Annie, Janet and her friends will work around the clock holding auditions, concocting elaborate costumes, and getting a little too close to blowing themselves up—but will it be enough?

     

    Review copies of the book will be available on Net Galley in May.

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