Sue Binder


I have written most of my life. While still a pre-schooler, I once got in trouble for scribbling in the back of a book. I continued writing throughout school, working on high school and college newspapers, and eventually getting a BA in journalism and creative writing. I have worked as a newspaper writer and editor, as well as a variety of other jobs, such as a substitute teacher, college instructor, and even an Avon saleslady. Currently I hold two master degrees and am a Licensed Professional Counseler and Licensed Addictions Counselor, and have worked in a private prison. Currently I work for a community health clinic as a Behavioral Health Therapist. I love to read, favorites being Tony Hillerman, Henning Mankill and Patrick Taylor, as well as Steve Barry. I love music, current favorites being Celtic Thunder and Josh Groban. My pride and joy are my four children and five grandchildren. I reside in Southeast Colorado, where I continue to write. My current burning desire is a trip to Ireland. Special thank you to my sister, Sandy, for encouraging me to follow her path to Smashwords.

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Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 50,540. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Homeless, addicted, and helpless describes different characters who are struggling with hopelessness in Dumpsters. The eighteen short stories in this collection pinpoint a decisive moment in each person's life. The reader is introduced to a world of alcohol and drug addiction. In addition, the reader will meet counselors who display poor ethical choices. Murder, violence, and selfishness abide.
Dad's Double Storm
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 48,740. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bond is a single father with 15-year-old twin daughters, rebellious behavior brings them to counseling, where he meets the beautiful, but haughty Joanne Keating. Joanne is unsure of counseling teens, but is attracted to their father. Both carry histories of storms in their lives, an ex who is a drug addict on his part, a boyfriend who stole her savings. But in the end their attraction wins out.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,670. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Caution! Detour ahead: This collection of short stories emphasizes how life's detours can significantly alter the course of a person's life. Some detours may lead to positive outcomes, while others can take a person down a destructive path. The reader will find a variety of characters who face decisions in their relationships, values, and career choices and outcome of their choices.
Passing Lane
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 60,070. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Passing like "ships in the night" we never realize just how much we influence other people. In a series of 14 short stories, the author emphasizes this theme. Lives are changed, some for the better, others forever lost. From tragedy to romance, people embark upon moments of self-discovery, with the realization that other people profoundly influence our lives as well.
Construction Zone
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 72,440. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This series of short stories focuses on the lives and conflicts of a diverse group of construction workers and travelers. Beginning with the Shrink Lady, the reader meets a lottery addict, a wannabe country singer, a devoted state patrolman, and a teen boy with his faithful dog. While each tale is connected in some way, each can also be read as a separate story.
I'll Never Make Parole
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 44,570. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Passing through scanners, interviewing inmates, lockdowns, and ridiculous decisions made by the Powers That Be are all a part of this merry, fun-filled journey of working in a prison--well, at least one woman's experiences. Humorous, but also touching on serious subjects, this book is comprised of a series of columns, which might be compared to blogs. A delightful dictionary wraps up the book.
Summer Harvest
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 104,280. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Margaret Frazier struggles to hold onto her farm, following the death of her husband. After two years her efforts seem hopeless. During a fierce dirt storm,she meets Michael Warman, once a successful songwriter, but can no longer find his niche. Although attracted, Maggie's finances and failing farm, along with Mike's divorce and career struggles threaten and chance of romance.
Special Effects
Price: Free! Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Ever have trouble remembering a password for a computer program? This fun/serious/futuristic book of poetry offers up a number of topics, including the password topic. Ranging from humorous to serious concepts, and finally depicting an almost apocalyptic future, the poems represent the human search for meaning and identity.
Mr. Living History
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 66,500. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
"Mr. Living History"--that's what divorcee Lexi Feinstein dubbed Nate Wilcox the moment she almost ran over him and his horse on her first day of work at Winstead National Park. Wilcox is a re-enactor who feels responsible for the death of his wife. Even though attracted to Lexi, his cripped son is the focus of his life. He certainly isn't interested in a "city gal."
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 57,680. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
What is the thin line that separates fantasy from reality? What marks the boundary between good and evil? The characters in Meltdown each face a decision, a crossroad which will determine their future destiny. Each short story shares themes of loss, of searching, and, yes, sometimes of destruction. Some may survive; others may not.

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Latest book: The Train Station. Published December 29, 2017. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Sue Binder

  • Blue Haze on July 15, 2011

    An intriguing premise, with the switch of two people dissatisfied with their lives, and both finding what was missing in their lives in the process. The ending is very well done, leaving the reader with a sense of fulfillment. We see how these characters lived out their lives. The cemetery scene handled with fun and completion. Sue Binder
  • Choppy Waters on July 15, 2011
    (no rating)
    What a fun read! The unusual merging of characters with diverse personalities, careers, and backgrounds make this book a fast read, that keeps one's attention. Fine use of conversation to pull the plot along, as well as some unusual and unexpected twists. A very fine first novel, shows excellent promise for future books. I look forward to more.
  • Choppy Waters on July 15, 2011

    See the above review. WEll done, I simply forgot the stars.
  • Looking to Belong on May 18, 2012

    This author continues with one of her intriguing themes--time travel. The characters are well-developed and she manages to tie up all the loose ends in a rewarding and satisfactory manner. She does a skillful job of contrasting the modern world with that of the Old West, emphasizing the slower past, albeit dangerousness, of the latter. Who of us have not wanted to go back in time--even a few years? Her characters manage to do just that and find romance and a fulfilled life in the process. Fun reading.
  • Wedding Train Bride on July 12, 2012

    A smart approach to the old wagon-train bride scenario, with just the right twist to keep the reader's attention. The characters are well-drawn, so I found myself rooting for them. This book also provides much insight as to the culture and times, the roles of men and women in that historic period--heavy work loads and survival. But through it all, a sense of fun, romance, and adventure. Enjoyable reading.
  • The Pawn Broker on Dec. 01, 2012

    A very creative concept. The Pawn Broker has found a marvelous way to utilize his skills. Thus, the reader enjoys a most interesting cast of people whom the Pawn Broker assists in discovering the choices open to them. These people all stand at crossroads, seemingly unable to deal with the "reality" they are living. I found myself not wanting to put this book down, but anxious to see the outcome of each event, and meet the next person. Very good descriptions of the characters and situations. A fun and interesting read. Highly recommended to all.
  • AJ Ranch on April 18, 2013

    What a fun, romantic read! The author has taken a struggling young rancher who pursues his dream and finds romance and then added in the ranch hands who become friends and also find romance. The characters are very well developed, with them coming to terms with family issues as well as those that can plague ranching. An enjoyable and entertaining book. Anyone who loves romance novels, as well as a western setting, should thoroughly enjoy this one. This author continues to get better with each read.
  • Tales of Saxony on July 21, 2013

    The writer has shown her ability to incorporate the language and culture of the period,which conflict with the hero's ideas and emotions. As a result he forsakes much of the expectations of his time and marries the woman he loves. In the second part, which takes place in modern times, the reader is led through the hero's conflicts and fears, which stand in the way of his romance and marriage. However, the writer has managed to handle the plot and characters with skill. Finally, she weaves the two stories together in a satisfying finale. Good reading.
  • Maryhill on Oct. 12, 2013

    The writer takes us on a journey to another culture and time. She captures the essence of the Scotch-Irish mountain people and their simple beliefs and ways of life. Combining their hard work, faith, and values, the author skillfully weaves the characters into a tight plot. The story evokes in the reader a sense of loss--of times when people respected their environment, were content with one dress, hung their clothes out to dry, accepted hard work and their failings. A stark contrast to today's world in many respects. Let's not forget this is a warm, well-crafted love story. Very enjoyable read..
  • Mrs. Withers on May 16, 2014
    (no rating)
    The author has provided a realistic portrait of life in the 1800s British culture and life. The language and descriptions of this period are quite authentic and indicate a fine study of this period. Following up on the life of Lydia Bennett depicts the moral aspects and values of that time, a stark contrast to today's culture. The author demonstrates her creative craft in bringing today the characters, culture, and romantic plot to a satisfying conclusion for the reader.
  • Three Sisters on Oct. 26, 2014
    (no rating)
    The author had captured a realistic view of the times and people who ventured forth to settle the West. The three sisters embark upon a courageous journey, only to find love and acceptance of their differences along the way. A very enjoyable read and one that truly distinguishes the past from the current society and expectations of the day. She manages to bring in their Christian ethics without being preachy. I am looking forward to Oregon Bound.
  • Oregon Bound on Nov. 04, 2014

    Oregon Bound provides the reader with a vivid picture of what life must have been for those who chose to travel the long journey across the then open, wild western country. Very provoking and detailed account of the hardship and courage this must have taken. Add to this mixture a bitter romantic breakup, two dysfunctional marriages, and the reader is taken on a intriguing adventure and, yes, a satisfying romance. A lovely and heart-warming read. This writer just gets better and better with each book.
  • The Train Station on Jan. 14, 2018

    The Train Station takes the reader on an entertaining journey into the past through a series of time-travels vignettes. The author has succeeded in developing unusual characters who approach the train seeking happiness in the past, a place to live out their meaningless current lives. Joe and Mary, the train station agents, arrange for the trips. Soon the reader learns that the result is not merely a permanent trip to the past, but also fulfills a gap in history, which is then mended. The author draws the book to a brilliant conclusion by tying in the missing link between the train caretakers, the conductor and his so. This book is a delightful read. By integrating a series of diverse characters, she is able to demonstrate the longings and needs that are often not met in current society. She also brings to The Train Station a strong knowledge of history and the social aspects of different periods of time. I highly recommend this book for any interested in time travel, history, or just a very delightful and fun read.