Sometimes you don’t have to look for trouble; it finds you: Meet Susan May Warren’s PJ Sugar in NOTHING BUT TROUBLE

PJ Sugar knows three things for sure:

After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that’s become her life, she needs a fresh start.
Nothing But Trouble
The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister’s wedding is Boone—her former flame and the reason she left town.

Her best friend’s husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.

What PJ doesn’t know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she’ll uncover much more than she bargained for—a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she’s been longing for.

read chapter one!

PJ Sugar’s first novel – Nothing But Trouble is popping up all over the country!

Go Hunting for Trouble, and let Susan know where you see it.  Send her the Name of the Bookstore where you found it (and the city, please), and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a preview copy of The Great Christmas Bowl my Christmas Novella, coming out this fall!   (Promo coming soon!)

You’ll also be eligible to win a cool


(For all the PJ Sugars out there)

Send Susan a PHOTO of you and the book in the bookstore, and she’ll add your name 5x!

Go….Hunt up Trouble!

Contest link HERE

(mandatory fine print: Only one contest entry per household will be eligible for each drawing. When you enter the contest you are giving permission to publicly use your first name, last initial, and city/state on promotional messages about the contest if you’re the winner. )

Reviews for the Nothing But Trouble


Susan May Warren delivers another winner — a loveable heroine, crackling dialogue, magnetic romance, a splash of slapstick, and an adventure full of relationships that intersect the past and present. I loved getting in and out of trouble with P.J. Sugar, and can’t wait for the next installment.

— Sharon Hinck, author of Symphony of Secrets and Stepping Into Sunlight

Behind the Pages

Sometimes, do you feel like you just don’t fit in?  You look around you and if anyone knew how difficult it was just to put yourself together, to smile when you feel completely overwhelmed, to even figure out what you were making for supper, they’d know what a mess you were.   Maybe you totally relate to those words in 1 Peter – God’s elect, strangers and aliens in the world.   Do you feel like when you look in the rear view mirror, all you see are your mistakes?

Maybe not.  But if so, then PJ is your gal.  I wanted to write a story about the person in so many of us who just wants to get it right…but can’t seem to stay out of trouble.  My friend and I have what we call the “stupid mouth” club…and we report our weekly foibles (usually on Monday, after Sunday church!).  PJ is our charter member.  She’s the girl that changes her mind, always hopes for the best, is always discovering that she is just a little different than everyone else.  PJ is us.

And that’s good news.  Because God loves PJ.  He loves her messiness, and her impulsiveness, her heart bent toward others, the hope that fuels her actions.  And He has a plan for PJ – one that includes her weaknesses as well as her strengths.

Yep, I need to hear that – need to hear that I don’t have to be perfect for God to love me, use me, sing over me.  Need to hear that although I don’t fit in, well, I’m not supposed to…in fact, I’m supposed to be a little…alien.

So, to all the PJs out there – and anyone who knows a PJ — this book is for you.  Thank you for reading PJ’s adventures – I hope you come back for her continuing craziness with Boone, and Jeremy and her PI dreams, in the next book: Double Trouble.  And meanwhile, may you live with joy on the outside the unique and delightful person God has created on the inside.

In His Grace,

Susan May Warren

Susan’s Bio

Susan May Warren with her family on the shores of Lake SuperiorI can’t help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with – a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember – I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.

Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the University of MN, my real writing experience started when I penned the The Warren Report – a bi-monthly newsletter that detailed our ministry highlights.

Living in Russia meant I never lacked for great material – and those experiences naturally spilled out first into devotionals and magazine articles and finally into my first published story, “Measure of a Man,” in the Tyndale/HeartQuest, Chance Encounters of the Heart anthology.

Susan and husbandI grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. My favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota – it’s where I met my husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living. The north woods easily became the foundation for my first series, The Deep Haven series.based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. I have to admit – I’m terribly jealous of Mona, the heroine of my first full-length book, Happily Ever After, a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

Our family moved home from the mission field in June 2004 — and now we live in the beautiful town I’d always dreamed of! God has amazed me anew with His provision, and blessings — and allowed me a season when I can write full time for Him.

I ‘m delighted you’ve stopped in to visit. My hope is that you’ll be blessed and encouraged by soul-stirring stories of regular people interacting with a God who loves them.

I’d love to hear from you! I love getting mail, especially from readers and I welcome your questions and comments. Write to me at And, if you’re interested, sign up for my newsletter, a quarterly sneak peek into upcoming releases and projects. Thank you for your interest and support.

God Bless and Happy Reading!

In His Grip,
Susan May Warren


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