The Fragrance of Violets Blog Tour w/ Celebrate Lit (Interview with Susan Beatty)

Fragrance of Violets

About the Book


Book: The Fragrance of Violets

Author: Susan K. Beatty

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: May 17, 2022

Life crushes us with its weight sometimes.

Fiona’s father abandoned her when she was twelve. So when she learns that he’s the groom’s father in the wedding she’s been assigned to manage, all the old hurts resurface. Maybe if he’d just explain himself and ask forgiveness, she’d get over the pain he left her with—pain she obviously hadn’t left behind after all.

When Nason discovered he wasn’t Fiona’s biological father, and when her mother tried to sabotage his marriage, he felt like he had no other option but to leave and never look back. Running into her again—awkward to say the least. And he can’t understand why she feels betrayed—why she expects him to seek forgiveness.

As if life weren’t complicated enough, Fiona meets Trevor, which sparks a possible romance. New faith, an overdose, and revelations combine with Trevor’s discipleship and shows her how forgiveness really works.

What will it take for Nason to swallow his pride and see how his actions hurt an innocent child?

The Fragrance of Violets—as Mark Twain once said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author


Who says you can’t begin a new career after middle age? Certainly not Susan K. Beatty. She is passionate about writing about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer and other life trials. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan’s first novel, Faces of Courage, debuted May 2021, as part of the Faces of Courage series, including several novelettes. She is also the author of An Introduction to Home Education (AKA California Homeschool Manual). Susan is a professional writer/journalist and is active in the writer community. She is proof you can begin a fiction writing career at any age.

More from Susan

The Fragrance of Violets’ story has yearned to be told for many years nowbefore I created my tagline, Courage: The Intersection of faith and grit. But it fits perfectly. A similar situation existed a long time ago in the life of an acquaintance. I thought all parties handled it badly, and I longed to make it right. Of course, being an outsider, the only way I could make it right was by creating a novel.

Fiona and Nason, the main characters, are total figments of my imagination, and the details of the story are substantially different. But the core, abandonment, the need to ask for and grant forgiveness, and the courage to meet them, is real and universal.

I desired to show that even when we think we’ve done nothing wrong, we need to seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal where we need to own up to our mistakes and seek forgiveness. Also, I wanted to show that although it is difficult to forgive when we’ve been horribly wronged (and how horrible to have the person you thought of as your father abandon you and with no apparent explanation or remorse), it’s possible with courage. The courage that comes from faith and action.

My prayer is that Fiona and Nason (despite his past) will inspire readers to find their own courage through whatever situations in which they find themselves.

Interview with Susan

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

When I was four-years-old, my mother and father moved us from western New York state to California so my father could take advantage of the burgeoning electronics industry. This was in the early 1950s. My father was one of the first TV repairmen in New York. Halfway across country, near Dallas, Texas, my parents ran out of money, and we stayed in a cute little motor court for six weeks while my father earned enough money for us to move on. I blame my father's early interest in television for getting me hooked on I Love Lucy---when it was still first run!

What book is currently on your bedside table?

Little Women and the companion Little Women Devotional by Rachel Dodge. I read the novel years ago, but when the devotional was released, and remembering how much I loved Rachel Dodge's Anne of Green Gables Devotional, I knew I had to reread it with the devotional. I haven't started them yet, but I'm looking forward to some downtime tonight to do so.

Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

The main character, Fiona, is special to me. Abandonment is a hard situation to recover from, leading to doubts about who one is and whether one can be lovable. I think many of us, regardless of our histories, may go through similar thought processes. I wanted Fiona to learn she was lovable because she was a creation of God. While writing her story, I often wanted to put my arms around her and give her a big hug.

What were the highlight or key challenges you faced when writing this book?

The career of the main male character, a father figure, turned out to be an enormous challenge. He began life as a headhunter/job recruiter. But it soon became clear I didn’t know enough about the job to make him believable. Halfway through writing The Fragrance of Violets, I changed his career to that of an attorney. Fortunately, I have a close friend who is an attorney and she loaned me her expertise. It meant changing what happened to him and therefore re-writing many scenes. But I believe the book is much stronger with the change.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

My author website is
On Facebook, I have an author page
and a reader group

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 21

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 22 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, June 23

Inklings and notions, June 24

A Baker’s Perspective, June 25 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, June 25

deb’s Book Review, June 26

Spoken from the Heart, June 27 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 28

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

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30

Through the Fire Blogs, July 1 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 3

Splashes of Joy, July 4 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 4


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

8 thoughts on “The Fragrance of Violets Blog Tour w/ Celebrate Lit (Interview with Susan Beatty)

  1. Eva Millien says:

    Great interview, The Fragrance Violets sounds like a wonderful story for me read and enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome day!


  2. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing the author’s interview and book details, The Fragrance of Violets sounds like a wonderful read and I am looking forward to it


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