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January 9, 2020


I still have a few AUDIO Book promo codes to give away. If you want to hear GRAY GIRL, AREA BIRD or WITCH HEART, fill out this form and tell me which one you'd like!
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Published on January 09, 2020 04:40

December 16, 2019

Gray Girl Audio books!

In celebration of Gray Girl Series AUDIO Books, I am giving away 25 (each) promotional codes for Gray Girl, Area Bird or Witch Heart. That means you can download ONE book for free from You must go to my website: and click on the CONTACT ME button. Then, fill out the form and write which audio book you'd like to receive. ONE per household please. Finally, you must promise to review the book on AUDIBLE and on AMAZON. I will send you both of those links as well.
Audio books make great holiday gifts!

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Published on December 16, 2019 12:53

September 7, 2019

Two new reviews of FALL OUT!

Two more reviews are in! Thank you Peter and Michael!

Peter Morrissey
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother GREAT story in this series.
September 5, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Couldn’t wait for this edition to come out – it was fantastic as the author continues with another terrific storyline. Downloaded it and read it in one sitting – just wish I could look forward to more in a continuing series. Being a graduate from West Point myself, the writing is so personal and evokes a lot of memories for me.

Highly recommend!

Michael McGurk
5.0 out of 5 starsIt's never over? Cadet Wishart knows that for sure
September 6, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
A talented conclusion to a fascinating journey into the West Point of the 1980's. Few can imagine the challenges faced by the women pioneers at the Academy. In this final book the author combined a present/past technique to show that cost, physical, emotional and spiritual paid by Cadet Wishart, not just while at school, but 30 years later. Written as only someone who lived the experience can, this is a satisfying conclusion to a powerful series. High recommend the entire series. Entertaining and well worth your time.
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Published on September 07, 2019 05:22

September 5, 2019

First Amazon Review of FALL OUT!

Bill Brooks
5.0 out of 5 starsFall Out is an awesome capstone to the Gray Girls series!
September 4, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Jan Wishart returns in Gray Girl Book 4 for her final year at West Point. Being somewhat of a trouble magnet, she manages to become embroiled in adventure from the beginning of the book. I like first person viewpoint authors and Susan Spieth writes in a voice of authority. She has clearly experienced what she writes about and that comes across on every page. This story is so captivating that I read it in one sitting. If you like military fiction, you will love Fall Out!
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Published on September 05, 2019 04:38

September 1, 2019


Area Bird: Duty Doesn't Always Follow the RulesReaders' Favorite announces the review of the Fiction - Realistic book "Area Bird" by Susan I Spieth, currently available at

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

"Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Area Bird is a work of military fiction based on real events, penned by author Susan I Spieth. This coming of age novel is the second in the Gray Girl series, following the experiences of women cadets in the 1980s when the US Military Academy first began to admit them. We follow Jan Wishart as her fellow female cadets start dropping out of the academy all around her, and Jan becomes determined to find out why before she too falls victim to whatever is causing the problem. When the issue turns out to be all over West Point, Jan is determined to reveal the brutal sexism taking place for all the world to see.

Social issues, realism, and military life come together in this fascinating slice of life work by author Susan I Spieth. The narration of Jan’s experiences is packed with realistic details from West Point Academy, recreated perfectly from the author’s own personal experiences, and yet Jan is very much her own character and the narrative stays true to her rather than becoming too much of a memoir. The plot is filled with characters who reveal the most horrible aspects of human nature and the gender divide, but there are rays of hope and moments of triumph that peek through the struggle, giving the novel its raw emotional quality and high readability. Overall, Area Bird is an important work in the history of women’s fiction, but it’s also an engaging, dramatic read and part of an inspirational series."

You can learn more about Susan I Spieth and "Area Bird" at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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Published on September 01, 2019 13:28

The Silver Medal goes to...

Area Bird: Duty Doesn't Always Follow the Rules
Congratulations Susan I Spieth!
"Area Bird"
is a 2019 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Fiction - Realistic genre!
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Published on September 01, 2019 11:51

August 31, 2019

Gray Girl 4-Labor DAY launch!

Fall Out: Courage Always Stands its Ground

She's in over her head in her last year at the military academy. Jan Wishart's firstie year turns into a train wreck as she fights her own Cold War battle.

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Published on August 31, 2019 05:06

April 12, 2019

Gray Girl 4 Coming SOON!

Hey All, I've finished my first draft of GG4 and am looking for a couple more BETA readers. These are folks that will read the draft and provide critical feedback. At this point, I'm looking for big picture details: does it flow well, do you understand the events, where does it get boring, where do you want to hear more, what's missing in plot/characters, etc. Not worried about small ticket items just yet. These readers help me to fine tune the book into something better. If you're interested, please email me at
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Published on April 12, 2019 06:49

November 16, 2016


Witch Heart-Leadership Always Requires Sacrifice
Jan Wishart starts cow (junior) year at West Point in Airborne School. Terrified of heights, she narrowly escapes an accident that later turns deadly for another jumper. With a third death in as many years associated with her, Jan returns to West Point under a cloud of suspicion. Ominous signs left for her to find cause Jan to lose a precious and necessary requirement for survival at West Point: sleep. With her mental state in question, a masked intruder makes nocturnal visits to her room. Or is she imagining that? Events escalate to the point of no return for Jan and her two best friends. When they swear an oath of loyalty to each other, they have no idea how much it will cost to fulfill that vow. Leadership always requires sacrifice. So does loyalty. And sometimes, one virtue must yield to the other.
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Published on November 16, 2016 07:32

October 3, 2016

Gray Girl III

Just want everyone to know that Gray Girl III is with the editor. That means that we are very close to publish date! Stay tuned as Jan Wishart begins cow (junior) year at West Point. She's in the thick of it again with her trusty friends Kristi, Pamela and Rick. Stay tuned!
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Published on October 03, 2016 19:47

Gawd, not another blog!

Susan I. Spieth
This isn't my thing--blogging. They say I need to do it anyway, as an author. I just want to work on my next book. Spending time blogging seems to be counterproductive to the other thing I should be w ...more
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