A blog about Sandra McGregor, her life, love and the good books she reads or writes.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Two July Releases by Sandra McGregor
Starry Night Amulet
Ways To Win
DAD NEXT DOOR and AMANDA, Book 1 in the Georgia
AMANDA, she receives a locket that once belonged to her Grandma
Templeton. The “Starry Night” Amulet will go to one lucky person
who leaves a comment this month. The drawing will be at midnight on
July 31, 2014 and the winner will be announced August 1st.
Book One in the Georgia
A decade ago, Amanda Templeton and
James Hudson planned to elope. Instead, he left town without a word
and without her.
Now she's a Family Law attorney, but
no longer certain about her chosen career. She wants to do something
to help people and she has seen too many marriages torn apart and too
many children hurt by feuding parents.
She's also not certain James ever
loved her since he moved on, married someone else and now is a
widower with a precocious four-year-old daughter, Savannah. Can she
believe his explanation for leaving her? And can she put the past
behind her and give them another chance?
(Below is an excerpt)
Up ahead, on the
far side of the street, a two-story, brick building still sported a
fifty-something-year-old Coke advertisement. Even though the ad was
painted directly on the bricks and had faded over the decades, the
huge Coke bottle was still recognizable. Some things never change.
up in her musing, the toot of a vehicle’s horn jerked her thoughts
and her gaze from the used-brick wall. The young man behind the wheel
of the older-model van held up a hand, giving her a flirtatious wave
as he drove slowly past, rolling to a stop half a block in front of
her at the intersection’s red light. Her pace slowed at the same
time a quick request winged heavenward—a request that the driver
was on a very tight schedule and would continue on his way before she
reached the corner.
the metal-on-metal screech of grinding gears, the vehicle lurched
forward before it lumbered around the corner at the next intersection
to disappear beyond a bend in the road as he headed in the direction
glanced toward the cloudless sky, offering a silent thank you as she
rounded the corner to jog along the row of shops.
Amanda could draw a breath, she was sitting on the sidewalk, her
running shorts hiked up and her hands palm-down on the cement. Her
hard landing left her in a less than lady-like pose and momentarily
ponytail brushed against her back as she lifted her chin up, and up
further, until her gaze connected with the dark, guarded depths
belonging to the man she had successfully avoided since her arrival
back in town. James Hudson.
He stood like a
brick wall—a wall with a broad chest and thick, dark-brown hair.
Deep-set eyes, like the eddies on Lake Dow, stared down, telling her
nothing, but dredging up ten years of confusion, hurt and betrayal.
and more mature, his voice washed over her, gently caressing each
nerve and bringing back an unwanted reminder of stolen hours at
Lookout Point—a time and place when words had not been necessary.
In high school, he had been the object of her dreams—now he was
Sweetwater’s new Chief of Police.
single mother of two boys reluctantly agrees to take them camping,
but only in a cabin so she can lock out the scary things lurking out
in the forest—things like bugs and snakes and maybe even a bear or
mountain lion. She never thought love would be lurking through the
woods in the cabin next door.
is an excerpt )
two years she had lived as if her world were tilted on its axis, but
it had righted. The boys had weathered a rough spot on the road of
life, moved on and were now fine. She could feel a load lifting from
up.” “I am.” “Let me tell her.” “No, I found…”
goodness, sound sure carries in the mountains.” Despite the hissed
bickering she could hear between her sons, she smiled. “It’s
only two boys, but it sounds like an army has arrived.”
heads appeared over the edge of the deck and soon they were hurling
toward her like cannonballs in flight. Toby radiated excitement, but
Andy was unusually quiet and reserved. Her smile slipped, but with
determination, it remained. “What’s going on?”
Their hair hung in dark clumps, plastered against their foreheads as
excess sweat trickled down the sides of their faces. The distinct
odor of sweaty little boys reached her before they skidded to a halt.
These were her babies, even though they had their father’s eyes
and his energy level. She’d never forget when each of them had been
placed in her arms for the first time. It had been…
jerked her thoughts back to Toby as he danced impatiently from one
foot to the other, his eyes bright with excitement. “Yes, I’m
listening. What did you guys see out there in the wilds?” Her
gaze slid to Andy who was now avoiding her eyes. Unlike his brother,
he didn’t look excited…but…wary…and almost… hopeful? Her
resolve firmed. Whatever they wanted to take home, the answer was
no. They didn’t need another lizard or turtle in the house.
thoughts of exotic creatures sharing their home stopped dead in their
tracks as her youngest son bubbled over, no longer able to hold back
his news. Surely she had heard wrong. He now had her full
attention. “What did you just say?”
“We met a man in the woods and he knows how to fish!”
there you have it. Oh, but, wait... I've forgotten something. I
said there were TWO ways to win.
month of July, whomever leaves a comment on this blog will have their
name entered in the contest to win the locket, but after you leave a
comment, if youTweetor Facebook
this contest, your name will be entered a second time (or third?),
giving you an even better chance to win. So tell your friends !! And
Then check back
each month for the rest of the year because there will be a new
release every month and a promotional give-away each month to
July:Amanda Book 1 in the Georgia Hearts series
August:Jessie Book 2 in the Georgia Hearts series
Door Number Two
September: Katie Book 3 in the Georgia Hearts series
October:Emma Rose Book 1 in the Colorado Hearts series
November:Cora Jean Book 2 in the Colorado Hearts series
December:Betty Ann Book 3 in the Colorado Hearts series