Faces of Courage Blog Tour

faces of courage

About the Book

Faces of Courage

Book:  Faces of Courage

Author: Susan K. Beatty

Genre: Christian Woman’s Fiction

Release date: May 11, 2021

Fear strangles even the faithful sometimes.

Despite every attempt to be brave, fear has defined Olivia Stanford’s life: with each new foster home, when her adopted parents died leaving her all alone again, trusting and marrying her husband, Frank, and coping with his football injuries and career loss.

Without faith, fear only grows in the face of adversity.

When Frank becomes abusive, Olivia enters a terror-filled life in her upscale Southern California home. Common sense demands she dig deep for the courage to confront him–to demand change. Fear and confusion push back.

And just as courage finally blooms within her comes the terrifying diagnosis: breast cancer.

Some say courage is found at the intersection of faith and grit. How will Olivia manage to summon either in the midst of this new battle?

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About the Author


“Courage: The intersection of faith and Grit”

Susan K. Beatty is passionate about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan retired from a full-time job in 2017 and is now pursuing a novel-writing career. Her first novel, “Faces of Courage,” is in revision. Susan is the author of “An Introduction to Home Education” (AKA “California Homeschool Manual”), was the assistant director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and is the president of her local ACFW-OC Chapter. She is a professional writer/journalist. Susan is proof you can begin a fiction writing career after age seventy.

More from Susan

The words “You have breast cancer” can drop you to your knees. What’s worse is when those words are spoken to your thirty-one-year-old daughter. And worse yet when they are spoken to her more than once. My daughter Melanie has had three bouts with breast cancer, the second time classified her with stage IV metastatic breast cancer of which there is no cure. Over an eleven-year period, Melanie has undergone twelve surgeries, one removing two-thirds of her sternum to be replaced by a donor bone with titanium clamps.

Melanie’s courage during these battles inspired me to write about courage at the intersection of faith and grit. True-to-life stories follow characters through cancer and other issues confronting women today.

In Faces of Courage, I wanted to tell a story like Melanie’s but not exactly Melanie’s, a story nevertheless filled with growing courage. Melanie’s journey doesn’t include an abusive husband (Praise God!), but our terrorized heroine Olivia suffers from her husband’s mistreatment, confused by her misunderstanding of how God views her, and challenged by her lack of strong faith. Just as her courage matures and strengthen through these problems, she’s thrown by those knee-buckling words, “You have breast cancer.”

It is necessarily a gritty look at domestic abuse and the realities of dealing with cancer and its various treatments. I wanted to show Olivia’s growth as a wife, how she experienced the cancer, and how, with the help of faith and grit, her courage flourished.

In many ways, this novel is a tribute to women who fight these battles with bravery, even if that valor takes time to develop. I pray the reader, by witnessing another’s journey, is strengthened in her own battles.

Interview with Susan

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. In elementary school, I wrote stories modeled after Little House on the Prairie (What did I know about prairie life?), and in junior high and high school, I talked my teachers into letting me write short stories instead of book reviews and research papers. Also, in high school, I began my journalism studies that took me through college and into newspaper reporter jobs. I moved on to tech writing in a variety of forms for the next few decades until I retired five years ago with the intention of getting back to my first love, writing fiction.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Ideas are everywhere! I get them from human interest stories, watching the lives of those I know, odd remarks I hear, and people watching. (Of course, people watching has been severely curtailed in recent months.) But, specifically, the idea for my Faces of Courage series came as I watched the courage of my daughter Melanie thriving through three bouts of breast cancer. I plan to continue writing about the theme of courage as it relates to other trials humans face.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Because I’d been writing my entire life, I assumed moving from non-fiction to fiction would be easy. Plus, I’d been reading fiction and reading about fiction all that time. But when I began writing fiction, I was in for a big surprise. I soon learned it was hard! It took a lot of practice and studying the craft. (And I have not arrived: I will be ever learning.) I discovered the other surprisingly hard part—connecting in the reading community, sometimes called marketing.

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Write, write, write. Study, study, study. Attend conferences and join a critique group. Become part of the writer community on various social media sites. Did I mention, write, write, write?

What project are you working on now, and how do we find your books?

I have a companion novelette called Carmen’s Journey of Courage releasing in September (Carmen must take a trip and hopes by doing so finds forgiveness), and I am writing my second novel, The Fragrance of Violets, in which the heroine rebels against the need to forgive. Will she find the courage to cease her rebellion? Plus, I’ll be writing short stories to accompany each work. The short stories and novelettes allow the reader to peek into the lives of some of the secondary characters in the series. You can find me at https://www.susankbeatty.com/

Thank you for this opportunity to share.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 22

Texas Book-aholic, June 23

Inklings and notions, June 24

For Him and My Family, June 25

deb’s Book Review, June 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 27

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 28 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 29

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 30

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 1

cats in the cradle blog, July 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 2

Rebecca Tews, July 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 4


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.


9 thoughts on “Faces of Courage Blog Tour

  1. Lynn Brown says:

    I like the blurb. She’s had a lot of problems from childhood on. I’d like to see how it turns out. Thanks for the chance.


  2. Susan K. Beatty says:

    Gina, Thank you for sharing my interview. And, thanks to all for the kind comments. I hope if you read Faces of Courage, you will come away challenged and encouraged. I’d love to hear your thoughts after reading it. Blessings!


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