Groupie: by Susan Daugherty

Groupie: by Susan Daugherty

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I am so thrilled to announce that Groupie has been selected as a nominee for a prestigious award!
TopShelf Magazine Indie Book Awards 2018

Here is the official letter!

Dear Susan,
It is with great pride and honor that I present you with this official certificate on nomination for the book entitled Groupie. This nomination is special since the only people able to nominate books for the TopShelf Indie Book Awards are high-level staff-members, official TopShelf reviewers, book publishers, agents, and publicists. 
Therefore, the books that appear on the TopShelf Nomination list are the cream of the crop––the best of the best––and are truly rewarding of this honor. 
Being nominated means that you’re able to enter the nominated book, free of charge, in the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards. It also means that you can start boasting about your nomination by showcasing our official TopShelf Indie Book Award Nominee seal on social media, your website, blog, and your book cover and marketing materials. 
It lets people know that your book has stood out to TopShelf Magazine and the TopShelf Awards, and merits their attention. I wish you great success in the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards and with future book sales for this and future books. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018


I'm happy to announce that Groupie has been selected to be part of a fabulous Goodreads Giveaway! This is a brand new version for Kindle Ebooks and  Groupie is one of the very first to participate. Click the link below to find the giveaway page on Goodreads and enter to win one of TEN books! 

Good luck!!! 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to Miami! (Readers' Favorite Awards 2017)

Readers' Favorite knows how to host an Awards Reception! It was a true honor to be the recipient of a Silver Medal for my first novel, Groupie. How could I pass up the red carpet event in MIAMI?!

My husband and two dear friends accompanied me on our first trip ever to this amazing city. We stayed in South Beach in order to get the full experience...Miami did not disappoint! A fantastic boat tour gave us a chance to see the city from the ocean, as well as plenty of mansions and yachts. We even made a short trek to Homestead Racetrack to watch Nascar time trials- another first for me.

The book events were the highlight of course. We attended the Miami Book Fair, which comprised blocks and blocks of tents with authors, publishers, advertisers, and merchants. A true dream come true for us book nerds. Not to mention this was all under the sunny, warm weather in November. Ahh.

The Friday night Readers' Favorite Meet and Greet proved to be a fabulous opportunity to meet some amazing award winning authors and their spouses. It was such fun to see all of us gathered and I made friends from Arizona, Texas, New Jersey and Illinois, to name a few. This experience truly bonded us and I've been in touch with these new comrades several times since the awards and plan to keep in touch for the future.

Saturday night culminated in the Awards Ceremony where we each got to take the stage and receive our HUGE Olympic-style medals. The support and vibe in the room was fantastic. So much talent in one place was humbling to say the least. I had pictures taken on stage, in front of the red-carpet backdrop and was even interviewed by the media.

So thankful for this amazing opportunity and hoping for a chance to do it all again one day!

Saturday, October 21, 2017



As if winning a Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite International Book Competition wasn't already amazing enough... it was also chosen as ONE OF TEN books out of the thousands entered that has made the final cut for consideration by WIND DANCER FILMS!

You know this production company... they are responsible for Home Improvement TV show and What Women Want with Mel Gibson. Basically, this is a BIG HONOR!

Final word may not be given until December, but I appreciate all the good thoughts and crossed fingers until then.

And for those countless readers who kept telling me "This book needs to be a movie!," I really hope that this comes true!!!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017


I remember thinking when I entered my debut novel in this award competition that it was just a shot in the dark. I knew thousands of entries from all over the world would be serious competition. The dream of going to Miami and walking on stage at the Awards Gala entered my mind briefly, but I didn't take myself too seriously. There are so many amazing books out there... but I had to believe that Groupie had a decent chance since I had three rave reviews from Readers' Favorite.

Winning the Silver Medal for Chick Lit is honestly still sinking in! I am over the moon and so grateful. Authors love to have validation that the labor of love they worked so hard on and put out for the world to consume has found its place. What an honor that I will always cherish and thank you so much to Readers' Favorite. I can't wait to make a dream come true in Miami, y'all!

Saturday, July 8, 2017


I'm very excited to release these questions to guide book club's through discussions of my novel! I have attended as the guest author at some amazing book clubs and had so much fun! 

Groupie Book Club Discussion Questions: 
1.The quote from the Morrisons plays an important role. "The secret is not finding the perfect someone you can live with, it is finding the imperfect one you cannot live without."
Do you believe in this quote yourself? How do you feel it affected Lexie throughout the book?
2. Lexie judges Jack by his image as a celebrity. We know this is often the work of tabloids, gossip, PR stunts and image creation for Hollywood. It is also widely accepted that celebrity comes with a price. Do you have these pre-conceived notions of some celebrities and it is fair for Lexie to have judged him?
3.The author considers the soundtrack to this novel to be a very important layer to the story. Did you identify with the music and what role did it play for you and the emotions of the novel?
4 .As readers learn more about Lexie's past with her parents and boyfriends, how did you think these experiences shaped her views on love and commitment?
5.The author found the Ashley's character essential to the novel. Did you connect with the best friend and why do you think her role was vital?
6.The author's desired to keep the sexual scenes in this book at a 'sweet' level- did the book succeed in giving romance, angst and butterflies without being explicit?
7.The supporting cast brought a variety of personality to the novel. Some were friend and some were foe. Who stood out to you and why? 
8.What as your favorite scene in the book?
9. What was your favorite line in the book?
10.Lexie's underlying issue is lack of self esteem and her loss of confidenceafter the alterations in her life. This makes her feel unworthy of Jack andlove in general. Do you think most girls can identify with this at someage/stage of their life? How can it cause a ripple effect in their choices?
11. At the end of Volume One, Lexie has made a decision to choose work/career over a relationship. Is it a valid problem for women today? Did she just use this as an excuse to end things before she got hurt or did she truly feel she had no choice?
12. Jack retaliated to hurt Lexie after she ended their romance. Who was most at fault?If you were in each person's shoes, could you forgive?

 Book Club Discussion Insights from Susan Daugherty for each question:

1.     Lexie admits to having done the opposite of this quote… she was looking for perfection and if there was any noticeable flaw, she was running away from any date. Her expectations were impossible to meet, yet she wondered why she was  having a hard time dating. This quote from a couple who had made it through so many years together really opened her eyes that it was okay to have flaws but to find the one your heart truly wanted.

2.     Lexie’s anthem could have been Maddie and Tae’s song “Girl in a Country Song.” She was personally offended by the turn of country music into the Bro Country era. She took this out on Jack, as the most shining example of what she felt was degrading treatment of women. I do think the public tends to put celebrities in a box to label and can be harsh to judge every word they say or outfit they wear. I do also think they sign up for this and must get used it as they seek stardom and the money that comes with it. While I don’t envy them the scrutiny, there’s no real way to avoid it!

3.     The music honestly shaped the book as I thought of songs I wanted to used in different scenes throughout the book. I knew that each one would have a special part and the novel was partly shaped around these songs. They speak the emotion of the time or provide a means for Jack to show Lexie that she is inspiring change in him!

4.     Ashley was the best friend we all need! She provides levity and comic relief. I think she was important to give Lexie the sounding board she needed to work through her emotions. Ashley was also there to say what the reader is thinking in their head… like, ‘are you crazy, you can’t turn this down’ and ‘this is not a BAD problem to have!’ While Lexie is cautious, Ashley gives the positive light and encouragement needed.

5.     Lexie started with the dream of a soul mate and perfect marriage. When she was hit with several major let downs from those she loved most, she felt like it had all been an illusion and that she was better off to be realistic. If her parents couldn’t stick to their vows and her boyfriends showed only cheating and using her, she felt the dream slip away and decided to hide behind a wall of caution. I think its very much believable that this can happen to a young woman and that she uses defense to keep anyone away who could hurt her again.

6.     I wanted my teenage niece and my ninety year old grandma to be able to read this novel! I tried to convey all the delicious tension and sweet romance to give chill bumps and butterflies and then let the readers mind do the rest!

7.     Some choices would be: Andy, Kate, Charlie, Ric, Trina, Fitch, Lee, Gloria. I adored Charlie the most! The unapologetically country to the bone Uncle with a great sense of humor and the immediate affection for Lexie. Supporting cast villains include Amos and Delilah- which are always fun to write as we need someone to hate!

8.     I had so many! I love when she accidentally eavesdropped on Jack talking to Amos and got busted by dropping the cups. I adored the scene when they danced to Wonderful Tonight. Her birthday was hard to beat because who doesn’t want a day (and night) like that?! I also love when she is first meeting to join the tour and realizes she riding on Jack’s bus. The repetitive scene of good luck kisses before the shows always  makes me smile, too.

9.     My favorite line is one that still makes me giggle and made my editor write a special note about her love for it. From the night of the riverboat cruise:  “By all means, I’d love to undress you with something other than my eyes anytime.”

10. I really wanted to address this issue of self esteem for girls of this age. I think it can really make or break your future when you don’t feel worthy of love or success or are just too scared to put yourself out there as a young woman. I know I made many mistakes in my  youth that I can clearly attribute to lack of confidence at certain ages or maybe just in specific situations. I hope Lexie’s journey will help other girls see they are not alone and you can move past to grow and become who you want to be!

11.This is a tricky question that I shall answer with one word. Both. She truly did value her career and had big dreams of success that she felt needed to come first. However, her career was so important to her because she was afraid of love and therefore, threw all her hopes and goals into work. So, in choosing her career, she was also giving into her need to protect herself from hurt. Quite honestly, she was well outside of the acceptable lines of patient relationship and her boss was not understating the trouble she could be in!

12. This continues to be a circular question… she hurt him first with a questionably bad decision. He feels the need to strike back because he is angry and heartbroken. His indiscretion, in my eyes, was MUCH worse than hers. She did have very valid life decisions to make (but should have talked to him about it and not been rash and so easily dismissive) and thought she didn’t have much of a choice. His was terrible because it validated every fear she had and she had to see it with her own eyes. However, one can argue that his retaliation would never have happened if she had just handled her situation better in the first place. She truly hurt him and set the ball in motion. Therefore, I think they are both to blame. As far as forgiveness, it is much easier to forgive what she did because it was not physical and her choice could have been reversed and she could have explained her fears and confessed she was wrong and changed her mind to bring them potentially closer together. His physical cheating can’t be undone and though driven by hurt, was much more unacceptable. Though both would have to build trust back again, I do think the fact that he’s the primary one begging forgiveness is natural.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Slanted Bookish Ramblings: Groupie Blog Tour!

Love this blog review of Groupie because she talks about how it can be hard to try out a new author that you aren't familiar with... believe me, the debut authors of the world really appreciate you taking a risk on us! So very  happy that she fell in love with Groupie!

My Slanted Bookish Ramblings: Groupie Blog Tour!: Today is our stop for the Groupie blog tour! We are so excited to host Groupie and Susan Daugherty! Check it out and be sure to grab yo...