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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Sarah Miles paints gardens. In a garden she paints you might find Dame's Rocket. Dame's Rocket was introduced to North America in the 1600s. It blooms from mid-spring to mid-summer. Some people consider this beautiful wild flower invasive. It looks like phlox and smells like lilac. This plant likes sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Its leaves are well-drained and toothy. Dame's Rocket reaches a height of two to three feet.
But enough about gardening. Here's an excerpt from Sundial:

"Sarah, what's wrong?"
Sarah didn't respond. She threw the car in reverse, her knuckles white where she gripped the wheel. How could she explain the unexplainable? How did one explain a gray-eyed stranger who materialized in the middle of the road calling her name? Only he pronounced it Saura.
Her hands on the wheel jerked, throwing Meghan's head against the window.
"Ouch." Meghan rubbed her forehead.
"Sorry, a dog ran across the road,"Sarah lied between clenched teeth. She hadnt' been close enough to see his eyes. How could she be so sure they were gray? And she was sure. They were a gray that could darken with passion or turn stormy when he was angry.
What the hell is going on? She took a deep breath and made herself relax.

Contest: For a chance to win an autographed copy of SUNDIAL, a 'seeing' pendant, and a $10 Starbucks gift card, just leave a comment and mention Sundial at www.sandracox.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Three new releases!

Check out three new romances from
Class Act Books!

Inspirational Romance...

Fantasy Romance ...

Time Travel Romance...

Jacqueline Paige in Chat tonight!

Drop by tonight and meet Jacqueline Paige!
I'll be chatting from 6-8pm (Eastern) over
at the Romance Lives Forever  group on
We'll be discussing my latest releases as well as
the other books on my list. There will even be
a few sneak peaks into some upcoming and
future releases!!
Stop by for a chance to win in the many giveaways.
  Jacqueline Paige


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Geography and the Plot

In 1988, Hildebrand, the most successful rock star of that era and an actor who had brought to life one of the most famous horror characters ever created, disappears from his beach house, never to be heard of again. In 2009, while on a Carribean cruise, Savannah librarian Melissa Powers discovers herself being stalked by a mysterious cowboy. Agreeing to a midnight rendevouz with the man calling himself Travis Brandt, she discovers his real identity—Hildrebrand, coming out of his self-imposed exile after twenty years of hiding in the sand hills of Nebraska. Before the cruise is over, Melissa and Travis are involved in a frantic love affair ending in a hasty marriage, and the Nebraska cowboy takes the Southern spinster back to his ranch as his wife. In the midst of her happiness, however, Melissa feels as if Travis isn’t telling her the whole truth about why he left Hollywood. What is he hiding and why is he lying?

When I decided to have Hildebrand simply drive away from his Malibu beach house and disappear, I asked myself: To where?

Most people agree that if you want to lose yourself, go to a big city, but Travis is a Midwesterner. So I decided that, in spite of having lived in Hollywood for nearly ten years, and also touring the United States, when he decides to chuck it all, he goes home. Not back to Lincoln, necessarily, but to Nebraska, the Sand Hills, specifically…that fairly isolated north-central section covering a quarter of the state.

Typifying the classic prairie of the Great Plains, the sand hills are located above the Ogallala Aquifer, supplying shallow lakes to the area. Dunes may reach as high as 330 feet, and contain a variety of animal and plant life, ranging from several types of prairie grass to 314 species of fish, deer, wild canine, and birds. Although there are no native trees on the Great Plains, there are 720 mostly native plants.

The sand hills were long considered a desert and most of the land has never been cultivated, until around 1870, when ranchers began to utilize the area for grazing longhorn cattle.

Ambiguously for such a flat countryside, in this area are many buttes eroded by cutting winds, biting snowfalls, and torrential rains into fanciful shapes with even more exotic names: Chimney Rock, Courthouse Rock. Stretching across and rising above the bleak flatness, Chimney Rock rises 300 feet above the surrounding North Platte River Valley, its peak is 4,226 feet above sea level. When pioneers traveled the Oregon Trail, it served to landmark their journey halfway there.

It is this area of geographical isolation to which singer Hildebrand—horror star actor, rock idol, drug addict, and demon worshipper--escapes, to begin his transformation to Travis Brandt, rancher and lover of Melissa Powers, the one women he feels can restore him to complete humanity. And it’s in the stark and primitive beauty of the sandstone buttes, raising their jagged spires to the sky, that he begins his fight to save that humanity when the horror of his younger days resurrects itself to threaten his newly-found happiness.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Podcast for "Pillow Talk"

Here's a link for a podcast interview I did with Nia Promotions for "Pillow Talk". Dana, the interviewer, was wonderful. Even though I was extremely nervous, she made it easy and relaxed.