2018 has started off with a bang! I’ve been invited to speak to organizations and book clubs about the craft of writing (a subject I can talk about until they yank me off-stage with a cane!) I’m also the Conference Coordinator for the Southwest FL Romance Writers event Hearts in the Sand, which is open to the public. If you have even the slightest interest in writing as a hobby or towards publication, this is the conference for you!
Thanks to each of you for your interest and friendship in my books and career this year. It’s been a tumultuous few months after Hurricane Irma, but I know the New Year will bring a clean slate and I have great plans for myself. For you? I wish nothing but the best as well! This is a takeoff on a Buddist Metta prayer I learned a few months ago. Something about the serenity of the words immediately touched my heart and I wish this all of this for you in 2018:
I’m okay! But imagine my surprise…We had no clue Hurricane Irma went directly over our gated community in Bonita Springs until it was in the NYT today. Naturally, the path of the storm must have been reported everywhere, but we just got power back at 3:45am this morning, so we’ve virtually been in a media blackout/intermittent cell service for days.
My husband, 2 Pomeranians and I boarded up our home and bunked with romance writer, (C. F. Francis) and her husband in a home he manages in Lehigh Acres, the highest elevation in SWFL. The eye of Irma passed over there as well! The whole day was definitely a terrifying ordeal, but we all made it without any structural damage or storm surge to that house or both of our own. I’ve posted pictures and videos on my Facebook pages.
When the power went back on this morning, I was up anyway, reading a novel by flashlight. Guess what I immediately did? Yep, cranked up my coffee machine for the first time in three days!
I’m fine, and I am so grateful for all the thoughts, texts and well wishes! I’m also very aware of those who did not fare well, in both SWFL and my hometown of 20 years, Houston.
Please don’t forget: the rest of this week I am participating in donating all proceeds of my Damaged Heroes series to Hurricane Harvey Relief. The page below will take you to the list of all donating authors and their books:
From Sept 4th to 17th, these authors have pledged to donate ALL royalties to Houston Harvey Relief.
As most of you know, Houston was my home for 20 years and it’s been horrifying and helpless to see familiar neighborhoods ravaged under so much water. I’m still a member of two Romance Writers of America chapters there, and am happy to report everyone except one member made it through with minimal damage. Sadly, the one member lost 95% of everything she owns and our chapter has kicked into high gear to help her and the city.
In that spirit Carrie Pulkinen established this page for readers to buy books from authors willing to donate all royalties to Houston charities these next two weeks. Please take a look at the books up for sale, including Tall, Dark and Damaged and Capturing the Queen. We appreciate all purchases, shares and retweets. Happy reading!
Wow, 99 cents! What else can you buy for less than a dollar? That’s right, I’ve slashed the price for digital copies of Capturing the Queen, my Damaged Heroes, Book Two. Hope you buy your copy today! Sale ends on Labor Day, so please pass the word!
My Amazon reviews have been stellar:
“AMAZING! 5+infinity STARS! Absolutely, a top five read of 2017.”
“I couldn’t put the book down. Just like her first book in this series “Tall Dark and Damaged”, I had to read it all in one sitting!”
“Five stars just aren’t enough for this intriguing, suspenseful story!
From the very first page you are drawn into the story and know that it is going to be a wild ride you won’t want to stop reading until finished.”
I’m thrilled readers love this story of a Beauty and a Geek ensnared in black market artifact smuggling and lone wolf terrorism in the heart of Chicago.
Thank you to everyone who emailed me after watching the live streamed RWA RITA Awards! The talented Elizabeth Naughton won the romantic suspense award, but just seeing my name and Tall, Dark and Damaged on the Jumbo-tron gave me goosebumps! Another highlight was being greeted by other romance writers with, “Oh my gosh, are you Sarah Andre?” Wow! A glimpse of what it’s like to be famous!
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up this modern-day Gothic romantic suspense, this is your chance! It’s Book One in my Damaged Heroes series. And after a tremendous launch of Book Two, Capturing the Queen in June and that fabulous week in Orlando, I have officially begun the next novel!
Romance Writers of America holds their annual conference in Orlando this year and YOU can be a part of it!
The RITA Awards (our version of the Oscars) will be held Thurs, July 27th, 7-9pm EST. HUGE NEWS: The entire ceremony will be live-streamed!
That’s right, you can have a front row seat to see your favorite authors all glammed up and find out who wins the 2017 awards for writing excellence. Click this official website that evening to see it all live: RWA website.
As you know Tall, Dark and Damaged is up for a RITA in Romantic Suspense and I’d love for you to be there sharing the moment with me!
Also: have you signed up to receive my newsletter? I sent this out yesterday–hurry, the contest at the bottom of the page ends tomorrow.