The Name Game


It’s Extravasuzannza time! Starting today and for the next two weeks to celebrate the release of my first PAX book–The Beast Within–I’ll give away PAX mugs and PAX t-shirts with my fun “We Save the World So You Don’t Have To” PAX logo, and autographed books from my backlist. At least one prize every day!

For those of you with your own blogs, if you read The Beast Within and I catch you talking about it on your blog, I’ll highlight your blog here and send you your pick from my backlist! Today’s catch: Joely Sue Burkhart! “I read a really fun, fast book last night, Suzanne McMinn’s The Beast Within….” Read Joely’s entire discussion of The Beast Within here.

For today’s Extravasuzannza……play the Author Name Game! Prize: a PAX mug! The game starts with an author name. Take the last letter of the author’s last name and come up with another author whose first name starts with that letter. For example:

Teresa Medeiros (ends in S)
(starts with S) Suzanne Brockmann (ends in N)
(starts with N) Nora Roberts (ends in S)
(starts with S) Stephanie Bond….and so on!

Play as many times as you want–but not twice in a row. Author names can be used more than once–but ONLY once by the same person. For example, once YOU use Nora Roberts, YOU can’t use her again but someone else can.

Get stumped? There’s a big list of author names here.

What about names that end in a really, really difficult letter like q, u, v, x, y, z? For those six letters ONLY, you can go to the last letter of the author’s FIRST name to play off for your next name. For example, if someone says Alesia Holliday and you can’t think of an author’s name that starts with a Y, you can play off the A at the end of Alesia instead. And if people post simultaneously playing off the same name and you are the next person to come along, just play off one of the last responses and keep going.

The winner will be the comment number that matches our hotel room number on Ocracoke Island!

All right! PAX mug on the line…….. Get down with your bad selves! Here’s the starting name:

Jill Shalvis.



  1. Maureen says:

    Okay, from Jill Shalvis to Susanna Carr.

  2. Anna says:

    From Susanna Carr to Rae Ann Thayne

  3. Anna says:

    It’s no good, I’m going to have to do another Amazon order… it’s a handicap being in the UK sometimes!

  4. Kim says:

    Rae Ann Thayne to Elizabeth Lowell

  5. Cheryl S. says:

    Elizabeth Lowell to Lori Foster

  6. Melissa says:

    Lori Foster to Rosemary Laurey

  7. Margery Scott says:

    Lori Foster to Robin Lee Hatcher

  8. Rene says:

    Lori Foster to Rachel Gibson

  9. Jorie says:

    Rachel Gibson to Nina Bangs.

  10. Carol says:

    From Nina Bangs to Sandra Hill

  11. Tori says:

    From Sandra Hill to Lisa Gardner

  12. Carol says:

    From Lisa Gardner to Rita Herron

  13. Christine Dionne says:

    from Rita Herron to N.J. Walters

  14. Carol says:

    From N.J. Waltrs to Suzanne McMinn

  15. Carol says:

    oops, From N.J. Walters to Suzanne McMinn

  16. Anna says:

    From Suzanne McMinn to Nora Roberts (LOL!)

  17. Carol says:

    From Nora Roberts to Sabrina Jeffries

  18. Melissa says:

    From Sabrina Jeffries to Sue Swift

  19. Carol says:

    From Sue Swift to Tina Leonard

  20. Suzanne says:

    **From Suzanne McMinn to Nora Roberts**

    I really like that one!! LOL. :yes:

  21. Melissa says:

    From Tina Leonard to Delores Fossen

  22. Carol says:

    From Delores Fossen to Nora Roberts

  23. Melissa says:

    From Nora Roberts to Susan Sizemore

    πŸ˜† Carol!

  24. Anna says:

    From Susan Sizemore to Emma Darcy.

    (I thought you’d like that, Suzanne!)

  25. Alyssa says:

    From Emma Darcy to Yvonne Jocks.

  26. Carol says:

    From Emma Darcy to Ann Lawrence

    :wave: Mel

  27. Anna says:

    From Yvonne Jocks to Sophie Weston

  28. Toni Anderson says:

    Yvonne Jocks to Sherrilyn Kenyon

  29. Toni Anderson says:

    Anna you beat me πŸ™‚

  30. Carol says:

    From Sherrilyn Kenyon to Naomi Nash

  31. BJ Deese says:

    From Sherrilyn kenyon to Nancy Warren

  32. Carol says:

    From Nancy Warren to Nancy Pirri

  33. BJ Deese says:

    From Nancy Pirri to Ingrid Weaver

  34. Carol says:

    From Ingrid Weaver to Ridley Pearson

  35. Amber Smith says:

    Nita Abrams

  36. Amber Smith says:

    From Ridley Pearson to Nita Abrams

  37. Carol says:

    From Nita Abrams to Susan E Phillips

  38. Amber Smith says:

    Sandi Haddad

  39. kacey says:

    From SEP to Suzanne McMinn

    (how many times to you think we can use Suzanne’s name ??? :mrgreen: )

  40. Amber Smith says:

    Ack! it wont stop not pasting . Anywho,
    From Susan E Phillips to Sandi Haddad

  41. Carol says:

    Sandi Haddad to Diana Palmer

  42. Amber Smith says:

    Suzanne McMinn to Nicole Jordon

  43. Carol says:

    Nicole Jordon to Norah Wilson

  44. Anna says:

    Nicole Jordan to Ngaio Marsh

  45. Carol says:

    Ngaio Marsh to Holly Jacobs

  46. Anna says:

    Holly Jacobs to Shannon Stacey

  47. Anna says:

    (ack, got a meeting, no fair!)

  48. Carol says:

    Shannon Stacey to Nicole Jordan

  49. Alyssa says:

    From Nicole Jordan to Nina Bangs.

  50. Michelle says:

    From Nina Bangs to Stephanie Laurens

  51. Robyn says:

    From Stephanie Laurens to Suzanne McMinn

  52. Jan says:

    From Stephanie Laurens to Sharon Sala

  53. Robyn says:

    from Sharon Sala to Robyn Amos

  54. Robyn says:

    from Sharon Sala to Amanda Stevens

    I had to be the first to do it wrong; heheh

  55. Jan says:

    From Amanda Stevens to Sarah Strohmeyer

  56. Sonja (from HCRW) says:

    Sarah Strohmeyer to Raye Morgan

  57. Jan says:

    From Raye Morgan to Nan Ryan

    Now I’ve got to go to work. πŸ™

  58. Carol says:

    From Raye Morgan to Nina Bangs

  59. Amy K. says:

    Nina Bangs to Shirley Jump.

  60. Robyn says:

    from Shirley Jump to Patricia Thayer

  61. Carol says:

    From Patricia Thayer to Regina Pounds

  62. Robyn says:

    from Regina Pounds to Sandra Brown

  63. Carol says:

    From Sandra Brown to Nan Ryan

  64. Robyn says:

    Nan Ryan to Natalie Dunbar

  65. Carol says:

    From Natalie Dunbar to Roxanne Rustand

  66. Robyn says:

    Roxanne Rustand to Doreen Roberts

  67. Carol says:

    Doreen Roberts to Sari Robins

  68. Robyn says:

    Sari Robins to Sylvie Kurtz

  69. Robyn says:

    This has become the Carol/Robyn game; hehehe
    I’m sitting here thinking that we have the game going on yet and perhaps the number is already taken but it is fun;

  70. Carol says:

    From Sylvie Kurtz to Eden Robins

    Robyn, I was thinking the same thing! πŸ˜†

  71. Nicole says:

    Eden Robins to Susan Crandall

  72. Kelly says:

    Holy cow, I had to scroll down and down to post!

    Um, Susan Crandall to Linda Howard.

  73. Carol says:

    From Linda Howard to Deb Stover

  74. Robyn says:

    Deb Stover to Robin Lee Hatcher

  75. Carol says:

    Robin Lee Hatcher to Roxanne StClaire

  76. Robyn says:

    Roxanne St. Claire to Elle James

  77. Tori says:

    Roxanne StClaire to Elizabeth Ashtree

  78. Carol says:

    Elle James to Suzanne Simmons

  79. trish says:

    Elizabeth Ashtree to Elizabeth Powell

  80. trish says:

    Elizabeth Powell to Lori Foster

  81. Carol says:

    Lorie Foster to Ronda Thompson

  82. trish says:

    Lori Foster to Roxanne Rustand (did I spell that right?)

  83. Carol says:

    Sorry, no e on Lorie

  84. Carol says:

    yikes, did it again! :fryingpan:

  85. trish says:

    Roxanne Rustand to Deborah Hale

  86. Jorie says:

    Roxanne Rustand to Dara Joy.

  87. Carol says:

    Dara Joy to Diane Tyrrel

  88. Melissa says:

    Dara Joy to Yvonne Jocks

    :wave: Carol

  89. Carol says:

    oops again, that was all wrong
    Dara Joy to Alafair Burke

  90. Robyn says:

    Dara Joy to Anna Adams

  91. Carol says:

    Anna Adams to Sandy Blair

    Hi Mel! πŸ™‚

  92. Melissa says:

    Anna Adams to Sara Donati

  93. Carol says:

    Sara Donati to Isabella Jordan

  94. Melissa says:

    Isabella Jordan to Nancy Cohen

  95. Carol says:

    Nancy Cohen to Denise Lynn

  96. Tori says:

    Nancy Cohen to Nora Roberts

  97. Robyn says:

    Denise Lynn to Nita Abrams

  98. Carol says:

    Sorry, I’ve been doing this to long. That was all wrong!

    Nancy Cohen to Nicola Marsh

  99. trish says:

    Nita Abrams to Suzanne McMinn

  100. Robyn says:

    Suzanne McMinn to Natasha Lorrin

  101. trish says:

    Suzanne McMinn to Nancy Herkness

  102. Carol says:

    Nancy Herkness to Sandra Madden

  103. trish says:

    Sandra Madden to Nikita Black

  104. Carol says:

    Nikita Black to Kelly McDonough

  105. Robyn says:

    Kelly McDonough to Holly Harte

  106. Carol says:

    Holly Harte to Erin McCarthy

  107. Nicole says:

    Erin McCarthy to Yasmine Galenorn

  108. Carol says:

    Yasmine Galenorn to Nancy Arant Williams

  109. Lynn says:

    From Yasmine Galenorn to Nina Bangs

  110. Lynn says:

    Oops. I simulposted with Carol. Let me try again.

    From Nancy Arant Williams to Sherrilyn Kenyon

  111. Carol says:

    Nina Bangs to Sue Ellen Welfonder

  112. Mary says:

    Nina Bangs to Stephanie Bond.
    By the way watch my blog tonight for a mention of you, cutie pie.

  113. Tori says:

    Sherrilyn Kenyon to Nita Abrams

  114. Carol says:

    LOL This is getting confusing!

  115. Tori says:

    Oops! Cross posted.

    Stephanie Bond to Debra Dixon

  116. Carol says:

    Nita Abrams to Sue Watkins

  117. Biddy says:

    Suzanne McMinn to Nora Roberts

  118. Biddy says:

    Bugger! That should have been:
    Sue Watkins to Suzanne McMinn

  119. Carol says:

    Suzanne McMinn to Nancy S Brandt

  120. Michelle says:

    Nancy S Brandt to Teresa Medeiros

  121. Carol says:

    Teresa Medeiros to Susannah Carleton

  122. Margery Scott says:

    Teresa Medeiros to Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  123. Jorie says:

    Susan Elizabeth Philips to Shannon McKenna.

  124. Tori says:

    Shannon McKenna to Amanda Quick

  125. Carol says:

    Shannon McKenna to Alison Kent

  126. Tammy says:

    Alison Kent to Tori Carrington

  127. Carol says:

    Tori Carrington to Nicola Cornick

  128. Crystal says:

    Nicola Cornick to Karen Hawkins

  129. Tammy Russotto says:

    Kylie Brant to Terri Brisbin

  130. Lynn says:

    From Terri Brisbin to Natalie Stenzel

  131. Tori says:

    Natalie Stenzel to Lynn Kerstan

  132. Carol says:

    Natalie Stenzel to Linda Conrad

  133. Maureen says:

    From Karen Hawkins to Susan Meier

  134. Nicole says:

    Susam Meier to Rita Herron

  135. Carol says:

    Rita Herron to Nelson Demille

  136. Nicole says:

    Nelson Demille to Evelyn Vaughn

  137. Carol says:

    Evelyn Vaughn to Nancy Herkness

  138. Cece says:

    Oh what a fun idea!

    Nancy Herkness to Sharon Sala

  139. Tori says:

    Sharon Sala to Alicia Rasley

  140. trish says:

    Alicia Rasley to Anna Adams

  141. Carol says:

    Anna Adams to Samantha Hunter

  142. Suzanne says:

    Oooh! I just got back from the store. Someone HAS won because we have surpassed the room number! I don’t want to count by hand, LOL, so I’m going to log in to the admin where the program numbers the comments for me and I’ll be right back with the name!

  143. Jan says:

    Samantha Hunter to Rae Monet

  144. Kay says:

    Rae Monet to Mindy Neff

  145. Suzanne says:

    It was number 117 and the winner is Biddy! (Carol, you had number 116!!)

    The Extravasuzannza continues tomorrow! THANK YOU for being here today!! This was fun! πŸ˜†

  146. Carol says:

    Congratulations Biddy!

    So close! πŸ˜‰

  147. Carol says:

    Thank You Suzanne for the fun afternoon!

  148. Carol says:

    Or I should say day! πŸ˜†
    See you tomorrow!

  149. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for playing! You guys were good with the names!!

    There will be a new game and another prize tomorrow!:bananadance:

  150. Tori says:

    Congrats, Biddy!

  151. Anna Lucia says:

    Wooo HOO Biddy! :bananadance:

  152. trish says:

    Way to go, Biddy!!:bananadance:

  153. Danica says:

    congrats Biddy!

    I must wake up earlier in the morning to play in the contests. πŸ™‚

  154. Jean says:

    Looked like fun, sorry I missed it. congrats to biddy.

  155. Suzanne says:

    Be sure to come back tomorrow for a new contest!

  156. Mechele Armstrong says:

    Man oh man, looked like lots of fun was had.

    Congrats Biddy!:bananadance:

    I’ll have to check in earlier tomorrow. :yes:

  157. Gladys Paradowski says:

    Sandra Marton
    Nina Bangs
    Sandy Blair
    Rogenna Brewer
    Robyn DeHart
    Tracy Cozzens
    Susan Grant
    Trish Wylie

  158. Estella Kissell says:

    Trish Wylie to Eden Robins

  159. Robyn says:

    Congratulations Biddy:lol::lol:

  160. ruby55 says:

    Eden Robins to Sara Bennett

    When they went really fast it must really have been fun.


  161. ruby55 says:

    I went to your blog the first couple of days. When there was nothing there, I decided to wait till today. I didn’t know you’d be back the day I stopped looking.:shocked:

    If I’d thought to look at your blog this morning before I went to bed, I’d have joined in the fun. I really must remember to go there early. But then, my clock is totally whacky. I slept until 5 o’clock this afternoon. :zzz:

  162. Martha Crutchfield says:

    You are very daring to be painting your own home. Are you going to do stenciling on the walls to match the shells?

    Have a wonderful day!!!


  163. Janet Gould says:

    Sara Bennett to Tina St. John

  164. Barbara Wright says:

    Tina St. John to Nora Roberts