Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A year in review

So, after going to the doctor yesterday and finding out I've got TMJ syndrome due to stress and anxiety, I'm trying to find ways to de-stress, which means most likely I'll need to slow down next year. But, I'm proud of the work I've put out this year. Here are a few blurbs and book covers of my favorites. I'd love to hear from you and see which ones you liked best!

Winner Takes All from Desert Breeze Publishing

Lily Henderson’s greatest passion is knowledge. Christopher Farnsworth thrives on order and decorum. But Lily’s penchant for Suffragette rallies and logical reasoning soon clash with Christopher’s quiet, controlled ex-military lifestyle over a bowl of potato soup.

The two agree to a wager and love is the intended outcome. The premise? A suitable match by Easter. If he loses, he’ll attend Easter church services dressed in one of his aunt’s outrageously colored and beaded gowns. If she loses, she’ll ride, Lady Godiva-style, around the heart of Indianapolis.

The problem is neither Christopher nor Lily can find matches as good as themselves. Romantic sabotage is the order of the day. The original wager is forgotten when the only thing the pair gamble with is their hearts.

Foodie's Guide to Kitchen Magic from Lyrical Press, Inc.

Take one timid but curvy cook, Aidan, who discovers she can perform magic in the kitchen--literally. Add a healthy pinch of desire to become a famous Hollywood chef. Stir in Matteus, the unexpectedly sexy appraiser from the Institute of Magical Instruction. Sprinkle with mutual attraction.

Just one teensy problem: Aidan can't cook-—not even boil water.

At some point in every woman’s life, she wishes she could do magic. But will Aidan cook up true love, a career...or just a disaster?

The Haunting of Amelia Pritchart by The Wild Rose Press

Amelia Pritchart’s life is a mess. Her house is crumbling down around her, she’s got a bad case of writer’s block, and divorce papers await her signature. The trouble is, she still loves her husband.

And if that’s not bad enough, she comes face to face with a ghost—who has problems of her own. The restless spirit demands Amelia help her tormented soul so she can finally rest in peace. Intrigued, Amelia sets out to grant the wish, but soon finds there’s much more to the ghost than just being dead.

When her estranged husband shows up on her doorstep on Halloween, Amelia must face two pasts, both full of pain. Can she help the ghost without becoming eternally haunted? And can she face her own fears and insecurities about her marriage in order to grasp the second chance at happiness her husband offers?

Exiles from Christmas from Lyrical Press, Inc.

Santa’s nephews have come to Crystal Falls to run a cookie business. If they fail, they’ll have to go back to the North Pole and fill their uncle’s black boots when he retires. But sick of toys, elves, and the North Pole’s influence, that’s the last thing Landon and Aaron want. They’re looking for love.

Jayne isn’t much for sentimental family holidays and she certainly doesn’t believe in magic. Working in the Crystal Falls post office, she is mystified when she handles mail bearing a North Pole postal mark.

When Landon and Jayne meet, their attraction for each other is undeniable, but will the truth about Landon’s life make Jayne a believer, or will it be his love that finally melts her heart?

Not Just Make Believe from Desert Breeze Publishing

Andrea Peterchef never thought her job would include a nine-year-old Piper and vomit. Then she meets Max, a workaholic stockbroker with a voice like melted chocolate and she vows to help her charge and him reconnect as a family and maybe find the love she’s been looking for as well.

Maxwell Gildenthall is haunted by the 9/11 deaths of his girlfriend and his cousin—Piper’s dad. Deadlines and data define his life—not baby dolls and dress-up. When Andrea cajoles him into playing the part of dad, the benefits of spending time with the plus-size au pair are a bonus, but he can’t ditch the guilt.

It’ll take more than a spoonful of sugar and a dose of Christmas magic to mend the broken family. It’ll take the power of love.

Safe from the Flames from Liquid Silver Books

Darren Kaestle wants nothing more than to do his job. Putting out fires and keeping the community safe is his idea of a good time until he finds an unconscious woman in an abandoned house fire. Only then does he get a glimpse of her paranormal abilities.

Hadyn Bernson has harbored anger and fear deep inside herself until it manifests in a rare phenomena. She can burst into flames whenever her emotions get out of control, and they threaten to do just that when she opens her eyes and finds a sexy firefighter staring back.

Together, these two people from opposite ends of the spectrum must find a way to settle their differences and quench the flames inside before the real terror of a dangerous blaze ends one, or both, of their lives.


Annie Nicholas said...

This blog was a great idea. It really puts things in perspective. I think you work a lot harder than you think. Most writers only put out two books a year. Take your time and smell the pages.

J Hali said...

Aww! Sandi, sorry.'re not going to slow down *grins* - so, can you get a guard to sleep with? I used one for a bit and don't seem to have much trouble now.

And what Annie said!

Rebecca Royce said...

Wow. What a year for you. Congratulations on all of your success.

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks ladies. I'm proud of what I accomplished this year.

At present, I have 4 full length novels planned to write in 2010. No novellas (but one) are planned at this time. Of course, all this will most likely change depending on my mood and my muse.

But I still think I'm gonna slow it down a bit now that the first year is under my belt. :-)

Catherine Gayle said...

Ooh, sorry to hear that you've got TMJ. I've had it since I was a teenager, so I feel your pain. Best thing to do is find good outlets for releasing your stress, particularly before bed if you are a teeth grinder.

Charisma Knight said...

Hey Sandra,

You can go to a massage therapist to get some relief from TMJ. Pre-treatment hydrotherapy is heat to the affected muscles.

Treatment a few times per week will help you to feel more comfortable.

You have really been cranking some awesome books out. I would have to add them to my TBR list and read them when I can.

Take care and Merry Christmas!