Susan Carlisle

Discovering her tiny son desperately needs a new heart terrifies Hannah Quinn – especially when she realizes ex-flame Scott McIntyre is the skilled surgeon in charge of the transplant. Entrusting her baby to Scott’s miracle-working hands is one thing, but whether Hannah’s own heart will survive Scott’s devastating charm intact is quite another…

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Reviews for Heart Surgeon, Hero... Husband?

"Author Susan Carlisle lived the experience of having a child with a defective heart and uses this experience to write a heart-wrenching story of love and loyalty. She describes fully all the procedures a child and his family must go through to obtain a new heart and to successfully live through the transplant. We suffer with Hannah as she sits hour after hour in the waiting room, praying that her child will live and that she will be able to care for him. And Scott watches her too, wishing he had someone to feel for him the way Hannah does for her son. And he wants to give Hannah all the love that has been bottled up inside of him all these years but doesn’t know if he can separate his career from his private life. Can two independent, self-sufficient, proud people, filled with passion, love and loyalty find their way to each other?

Thank you Ms. Carlisle for sharing your story with us through Scott and Hannah and showing us the many ways that true love can win."

Review by Book Monster's Guest Reviewer - Joanne

"Susan wove a lot of very interesting heart-transplant details into her story...details she knows from first-hand experience since her own son had a heart-transplant over twenty years ago.  Her story kept me reading...and pulling for the couple to break through the walls each had built around their heart.

For a debut novel, Susan Carlisle came out of the gate with a force to be reckoned with.  I look forward to more of her stories in the future...and a little birdie told me that there will be at least three in the near future.  I highly recommend Heart Surgeon, Hero...Husband?"

Review by Sandra McGregor


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About Susan Carlisle

Susan Carlisle’s love affair with books began when she made a bad grade in math in the sixth grade. Not allowed to watch TV until she brought the grade up, Susan filled her time with books. She turned her love of reading into a love of writing romance. If the hero is a smart, sexy and sinfully rich alpha male, he can be found in her books along with a strong heroine that captures the hero’s heart.

When Susan’s not writing she leads workshops on time management, promoting your books, learning to live with rejection, collaging your story and presenting a memorable workshop. For seventeen years, she’s been a high school substitute teacher and that… is another bio. Susan lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband of twenty nine years and has four grown children. Her youngest son received a heart transplant. As a member of the successful group blog Petit Fours and Hot Tamales  she makes monthly posts.

Susan loves castles, traveling, cross-stitching and reads voraciously. Visit her at


An Interview with Susan Carlisle
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Susan, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Heart Surgeon, Hero…Husband?  Where did you get the idea for this emotionally-charged story?

SC: Amazingly, Heart Surgeon, Hero…Husband? was inspired by a real life story, my son’s. He was born with a number of heart defects and had to have a heart transplant at one year old. He is now 23 and doing great. The plot line of my book is from my experience but that is where the parallel ends.

The romance between Scott and Hannah is purely my imagination. Scott and Hannah knew each other years earlier and hadn’t parted on the best of terms. Hannah isn’t happy to discover she must depend on Scott to save her child’s life. Scott still doesn’t want a commitment, but Hannah and her sick child make him question that decision. All of this creates sparks that fly. 

HH: What do you like best about Hannah and how will readers relate to her?

SC: Hannah is a mother that loves her child and will do whatever it takes to save him. She is tough, gusty and leads with her heart. My kind of gal.

HH: What do you like best about Scott and why will readers love him?

SC: Scott is real hero material but he is so humble that he doesn’t see it. He loves his job and loves kids, and gives one hundred percent to both but he soon finds that Hannah is the person that centers his life. I love his guy.

HH: What sort of research did you do for this wonderful story?

SC: Because I lived most of the medical material Heart Surgeon, Hero…Husband? required little research. I did ask my son’s heart surgeon a couple of questions.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

SC: In August, The Nurse He Shouldn’t Notice will be out. Court and Maggie work together and find love while in Ghana, Africa and Boston. I don’t think readers will be disappointed in Court’s and Maggie’s road to love.

HH: At what point did you decide you wanted to be a published author and how did that come to be?

SC: I started writing seriously eight years ago. The first book I had published is a nonfiction called Nick’s New Heart about my son, then I turned my attention to writing fiction. I’m super excited to be writing medical romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon.

HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?

SC: I would like to continue writing books that I like to read. My larger goals are to be on the New York Times bestselling list and to win a RITA award but for now I’m just happy doing what I’m doing.

HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?

SC: Life, TV, stories I hear and read, places I visit – just about anything from anywhere.

HH: What's your favorite book so far in 2012?

SC: I’d be lying if I didn’t say – Heart Surgeon, Hero…Husband?
But I do love authors Linda Howard and Stephanie Bond, and just about any romance.

HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2012?

SC: I’ll be attending the New England Romance Writers conference in Salem, Mass, Silken Sands conference in Pensacola, FL, and will be at the National Romance Writers conference in July. I love to travel and meet people so I’m really looking forward to these events. Stop by if you happen to be in the neighborhood, I’d love to meet you.

HH: Thank you!


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