Fun Romances to Read

sandra coxToday, my guest author is Sandra Cox. She writes paranormal romances, but dark noirish stories are a long, long way away from the delightful tales she spins.

Her books feature dolphins and ghosts bought on eBay and more delightful elements to tickle your fancy.

On top of all that, she likes cats!

Meet Sandra Cox.

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Who are your favorite authors?

Good question. In romance and futuristic, it has to be the queen, Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb.

YA’s: Suzanne Collins and Stephenie Myer

In suspense: James Patterson and Lee Child

What is your favorite novel cover?

That’s a tough one! There are so many great covers out there, that my favorite changes practically minute to minute. At the moment: A.S. Fenichel’s Deception.

(And it IS gorgeous.  See below. – t.)

demon huntersWhat’s the best Hero Moment you’ve ever seen in film?

When Caitlin volunteered to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games.

(That’s a really good one! – t.)

What reading device do you use for reading ebooks on? 

I’m a Kindle girl.

What is your take on the indie author phenomenon?  What do you think the book industry will look like in five years’ time?

I think the indie author phenom is absolutely wonderful. The only downside that I see is that the market is saturated because getting published is so much easier. But that’s a great thing for writers, and readers as well.

The industry in five years…I don’t know. I’m concerned about how many young people will be reading in the future. Cursive writing is disappearing in public schools and to me reading and writing go hand in hand. Reading will always be around, I’m just not sure to what degree. What do you think?

Do you ever skip the “I love you!” scene in your novels?  Do you feel you’ve been cheated if they’re missing in other authors’ books? 

I try to write what is in my character’s heart. If they’re in the moment, yes. But I don’t push. They set the paceJ

What’s your take on eBook piracy?  What would you do about it if you were given carte blanche?

It’s wrong. But as far as what can be done to correct the situation, I don’t know. I’d love to hear your readers’ take. Maybe they have some ideas on what can be done.

If someone offered you immortality, but you could never write again…would you take the offer?

I’ve been writing for more years than I care to remember and I’m too stubborn to give it up now.

stone and siltWhat do you want your epitaph to read, at the end of your life?

She made a difference.

What are you currently reading?  How’s that going for you?

I’m currently reading Stone and Silt by Harvey Chute. It’s not something I would have normally picked up but I’m enjoying it. I would urge others to do the same. Harvey has stage IV cancer. I can’t think of a better way to support an author than to read his or her book.

What will you be reading next?

I’ve got several downloaded on the Kindle. Probably…M. Gerrick’s The Vanished Knight.

The Desiree Staccato

In honour of Desiree Holt who started this Saturday Night Live style tradition:

  • Favorite colour? This is one question I’m never able to answer. My favorite carpet color is gray. My favorite counter color is black. I like to wear jewel tones or pastels. But to pare it down to one color….It’s beyond me.
  • Favorite drink?  Coffee
  • Favorite writing outfit? Sweats and a T
  • Favorite food(s)? Pizza and brownies or….pizza and ice cream…..or pizza and M&Ms. Did I mention pizza? grin
  • Favorite music? Celtic
  • Favorite sport? I’m not a sports girl. Though, I do enjoy Muay Thai.
  • Favorite body part? I love interesting faces.
  • Favorite spot in the world? I have never been there, but I think it would be Hawaii. It’s on my bucket listJ
  • Favorite movie? Mamma Mia
  • Favorite TV show? The Flash
  • Favorite flower? Tulips in the spring, hibiscus in the summer, mums in the fall and Christmas rose in the winter. That’s as much as I can narrow it downJ
  • Favorite thing to do at knock-off time? Read or shop. It’s a toss upJ

ghost for saleTell us about your book.

Does everyone or anyone remember when eBay first came on the scene? People were selling anything and everything, no matter how silly. I was writing and half-listening to the news one evening and I heard one of those quick blurbs, and I never heard it again…but it stuck with me, about someone selling a ghost/specter on eBay. Which when you think about it is no stranger than William Shatner auctioning off a kidney stone for charity. But anyhoo, that’s where the idea of Ghost For Sale came from.

Here’s the blurb:

Caitlin King can’t believe that her shopaholic cousin actually bought two ghosts off of eBay. But she can’t ignore the truth when she starts seeing sexy Liam O’Reilly, who’s been dead for over a hundred years. He’s a fascinating specter, and the more time Caitlin spends with him, the closer they become—sending them both spiraling into a star-crossed tailspin. But no matter how desperately they long for each other, there’s just no future with a guy who’s already stopped breathing.

Book excerpt

I left the hotel, walked to my car, and slid in. “Where are you, Liam?” With a twist of the ignition, the engine roared to life. “Come on, Liam.” Why did I have to try that stupid test?

Even though Anna had more claim to him, it didn’t change the fact that I desperately wanted him with me. Being without him didn’t feel right. How had I grown this dependent on him so quickly?

My chest constricted. I couldn’t breathe. After a moment, I finally managed to push air out of my lungs and I eased into traffic. When I reached the stoplight, I was still alone. Tears welled up and spilled over. “You are such a sap.”

“Here now, what’s wrong?” Liam looked at me with the alarmed concern men through the ages have shown when confronted with female tears.

“You’re here.” I reached to hug him. Thank goodness the seatbelt pulled me back or else he’d probably have fried my circuits.

“Tell me what’s troubling you, Caitlin.” He leaned forward, his forehead wrinkled in a frown, his eyes bright with worry.

“Nothing. Nothing now.” My heart sang.

“Did you think I was leaving you?” he asked softly.

“Yes and how crazy is that?”

“I’d rather tear my heart out than leave you,” he said in a voice so low I barely heard it.

Somehow knowing the idea bothered him as much as it did me steadied me. I took a deep breath. “We’ve got to get you to the other side. You don’t want to be a ghost the rest of your existence.”

Silence stretched between us. Finally, he replied, “Here, I know you’re right.” He pointed at his head. “Here, I’m not so sure.” He pointed at his heart.

My stomach fluttered. I cleared my throat. “So did you come voluntarily or were you pulled?”

“I would have found you, but it wasn’t necessary, we’re still bound.”

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2 Comments

  1. Sandra Cox October 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting me, Tracy. I hope your readers enjoyed it as much as I did:)

    • Tracy October 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      It was lovely to get a glimpse into another writer’s life, Sandra — thank you.

      t.

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