posted on September 7, 2016 by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


First Star I See TonightSEP: Am I mistaken? Didn’t you say that NATURAL BORN CHARMER would be the last of your Chicago Stars books? But now, there’s a new one?
SEP: Have you not yet figured out that I’m totally unreliable?

SEP: Well, yes, I do know that about you, so what happened? How did we get another Stars book?
SEP: Life. The changing of the seasons. The vastness of the universe.

SEP: Could you be a little more specific?
SEP: [Sigh] After setting HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS

SEP: I loved that book!
SEP: Thank you. Anyway…After setting HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS on a remote island off the coast of Maine, I was ready to write a big city book. And big city to me means—

SEP: Chicago.
SEP: Please don’t interrupt. Yes, it means Chicago. I’ve wanted to write a heroine like Piper Dove for a long time—a woman who can shoot, is proficient at martial arts, and is trained in both offensive and defensive driving. All the things I can’t do.

SEP: Not quite true. You’re very good at offensive driving. Emphasis on the offen—-
SEP: You’re interrupting again. Piper Dove is the owner of a brand-new detective agency. Her entire future depends on her first big assignment—follow Cooper Graham, the recently retired—and highly competitive–quarterback of the Chicago Stars.

SEP: Knowing how much you love stirring things up, I’m guessing that doesn’t go well.
SEP: You are so right. And it gets even worse when it becomes blindingly clear to Piper that Graham needs a bodyguard.

SEP: Uh-Oh.
SEP: Exactly. No way is a macho character like Graham going along with a bodyguard, especially a female one.

SEP: Are you worried that newer readers will be afraid to pick up FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT because they haven’t read the other books in the series?
SEP: [Body-wracking shudder] My worst nightmare. This book is completely free standing.

SEP: Are you saying none of the Chicago Stars characters we’ve come to love will be appearing in FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT?
SEP: Wrong. You’ll see Heath Champion again, from MATCH ME IF YOU CAN, as well as a few others. But those characters’ stories are complete in their own books. FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT requires NO ADVANCED READING! NONE!

SEP: Stop yelling. We’ve got it! Sheesh… Now, Susan, you’re known for your subplots. I’m assuming…?
SEP: You’re assuming correctly. We’ll be meeting a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a Chicago teenager who only wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding that Piper find her very dead husband.

SEP: I have to say that sounds amazing. [Pause] Super funny and incredibly sexy. [Longer pause] Absolutely phenomenal! [Shouting] I can’t wait to read it!
SEP: You’re pushing it. You wrote the book, remember?

SEP: Work with me. Now before you run off and do whatever it is you do, tell us what you’re working on next. You know we’re all insanely curious.
SEP: And you’ll have to stay that way because I’m not ready to talk about it yet.

SEP: Seriously? You, Miss SEP Blab Everything To The World are going all quiet and mysterious on us?
SEP:A new persona. Now how about tending to business and reminding readers how much they’re going to love FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT? Except for up-tight, humorless sourpuss readers. They’ll hate it.

SEP: [Dryly] You do know how to sell a book.
SEP: Gotta go. Oprah’s on the phone.

SEP: Seriously?
SEP: [Snorts] Of course not. FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT is many things, but “depressing” is not one of them.

SEP: Silly me.

Order now. (Unless, of course, you’re an up-tight, humorless sourpuss.) 

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is an internationally published author whose work has been translated into more than 30 languages and appears on bestseller lists all over the world. She is a four-time Rita Award winner, recipient of the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Susan believes that life is too short to read depressing books and is thrilled that her newest book, HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS, is now available in paperback. You can visit Susan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on her website

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