A Bend In The Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner #Mystery #Suspense @susancgoldner

Will She Risk Everything to Save Her Dying Son?



A Bend In The Willow

by Susan Clayton-Goldner


GENRE:   Women’s Fiction




Willowood, Kentucky 1965 – Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?



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A Bend In The Willow will be on sale for $0.99 on March 14th, and will be on sale for $2.99 (regular price is $4.99) for the remainder of the tour.


Tucson, Arizona


Catherine Henry told her husband, Ben, many stories about her past, and to her ever-deepening shame, not one of them was true. Though she longed to tell him who she really was, where she’d come from and what she’d done to escape, with each passing year the truth grew more difficult to tell. And that made her a liar, something she’d never intended to become.

Anxious to finish their son’s party preparations, she bent over the kitchen counter, putting the final touches on a sheet cake of a glitzy cowboy on a rearing horse. To the beat of Tina Turner belting out What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Catherine set tiny balls of silver candy in the frosting bridle and reins, the pointed tips of chocolate spurs on tapered boot heels. When the garage door rumbled open, she readjusted the volume, then checked her progress against the sketch she’d drawn on a piece of drafting paper.

Ben breezed in, his cowboy boots clicking against the Saltillo tile floor. He wore a gray three-piece pinstriped suit with a cream-colored Stetson that made him look as distinguished as a Texas senator.

Pumpkin, their twelve-year-old cat the color of orange marmalade, ran into the kitchen and circled Ben’s legs. He reached down to rub the cat’s ears, then pulled a treat from his pocket and tossed it onto the floor. Pumpkin chased after the dime-sized nugget, batting it around with his front paws for a few seconds before devouring it.

Ben hung his hat on one of the horseshoe hooks beside the door. He eyed the cake, then dropped his briefcase on the barstool. “Does our son have any idea how awesome his mother is?” Ben stood behind her, parted her hair and kissed the nape of her neck. “And while you designed this masterpiece, guess what I got invited to do.”

She turned and smiled. “Texas Two Step at the governor’s mansion?”

He laughed, looking her straight in the eyes like he always did when they talked. “Give a presentation on admissions and diversity to the American Association of Medical Colleges. It will get my name out there, put me in a better position to become a dean.”

She raised her eyebrows, impressed. “You go, cowboy. But you do know your butt looks much sexier in jeans. Are wives invited?”

“Absolutely. Next spring. Cherry blossoms on Pennsylvania Avenue.” He pulled her against him. The top of her head fit perfectly under his chin. She nuzzled her face in his shoulder and breathed in the familiar scent of Irish Spring soap. That a man like Ben could love her never ceased to fill her with amazement and a silent anxiety he might discover who she really was and disappear.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Susan Clayton-Goldner was born in New Castle, Delaware and grew up with four brothers along the banks of the Delaware River. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Creative Writing Program and has been writing most of her life. Her novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation and the Publishing On-line Contest. Susan won the National Writers’ Association Novel Award twice for unpublished novels and her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Animals as Teachers and Healers, published by Ballantine Books, Our Mothers/Ourselves, by the Greenwood Publishing Group, The Hawaii Pacific Review-Best of a Decade, and New Millennium Writings. A collection of her poems, A Question of Mortality was released in 2014 by Wellstone Press. Prior to writing full time, Susan worked as the Director of Corporate Relations for University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Susan shares a life in Grants Pass, Oregon with her husband, Andreas, her fictional characters, and more books than one person could count.





Susan Clayton-Goldner will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.   She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)

42 comments on “A Bend In The Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner #Mystery #Suspense @susancgoldner

  1. I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much, Jacquie for hosting me on your blog today. If anyone has any questions they’d like me to address, I’ll be checking in pretty often and will be happy to answer if I can. A Bend In The Willow is very close to my heart. While I am not Catherine Henry, and did not, face some of the challenges she did, she is definitely pulled from a very tender place inside me. We all suffer. What matters is how that suffering transforms us.

    I thank you in advance for visiting with me today.

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  4. susan3607

    Thank you so much for hosting me today, Jacquie. I would be happy to answer any questions. I will check back periodically during the day. A Bend In the Willow is a novel that is very close to my heart. While I am not Catherine Henry and did not face the life challenges she faced, she is very close to my heart. We all suffer. What matters is how that suffering transforms. Welcome and thank you for dropping by.

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  5. Patricia C

    Thanks for the chance to win

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  6. Rita Wray

    I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a great read.

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  7. susan3607

    thank you all for your replies. I hope you will give A Bend In the Willow a read. I’d love to hear your thoughts. My publisher made a mistake and didn’t get the price reduced at Amazon until after this blog came out. We are going to keep the .99 price through Thursday to make up for it.

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  8. Sounds like a very good but somewhat sad story.

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  9. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

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  11. Victoria

    This sounds like a great book & I love the cover. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  12. Hello! Hope your day is going great. Thanks for the chance at winning.

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  13. Good Morning! Have an awesome day and thank you for the giveaway

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  14. Happy Saturday! Weekends are much quieter online, especially for emails that I get SO many of each day and read. So, I will enjoy that part and hope yours is awesome. Thanks again for the giveaway!

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  15. Good Afternoon! Have a Blessed Sunday, hope you can relax and enjoy family time together. Thanks again for all you do and offering us this giveaway.

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  16. Hope your Monday is as awesome as you are! Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

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  17. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win, I do appreciate it.

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