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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Welcome Author Sandra Sookoo

Sandra Sookoo is here for an interview and to share about her latest paranormal/historical release, Marking Time.

Ava Lesarris has her life figured out. She has a great job, has accepted her latent wolf shifter identity and is looking forward to climbing the corporate ladder. When a faulty GPS unit leads her to a town called Strange Hollow, she's in a quandry, even more so when she's suddenly transported back to the year 1900.

Sam Tremaine is the last of his kind. He's a phoenix, living in Strange Hollow during what should have been it's greatest time-the founding year, but he can't enjoy it. He's dying which leaves him with one regret. He's never found a woman whose spirit is as strong as his own. He wants to be remebered but time is running out, not to mention he hasn't been able to get "it" up for months.

Worlds collide as the past and present come together in Strange Hollow. Ava will need to figure out her purpose while Sam struggles to come to terms with his fate. If they're lucky, the special town will offer answers they're both seeking before the next phase of life begins.
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Buy Link: You can also find Marking Time on Amazon, and on All Romance e-books.

Hello Sandra and welcome to Labelle Books Today!

How Long have you been an author?
Sandra: I've been writing for publication for four years, recieved my first contract in 2008 but I've been writing since I was ten.

Awesome, what is your favorite genre?
Sandra: By far historical romance

*Smiles* I love a good historical myself, but combine that with paranormal and I'm in heaven. Your books sounds wonderful and I'll look forward to getting a copy. What is the biggest surprise you've discovered about the writing process?
Sandra: That it's actually very hard work, and there are many, many things a writer needs to learn to put together a story above and beyond getting words on a page. I love it all!

Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Sandra: Right now I'm working on yet another historical romance that takes place in Indianapolis during 1900.

Sounds intriguing, now can you tell us what's in your current TBR pile?
Sandra: The question should really be what's not in my TBR pile! I've got such a backlog of books to read both in physical form and on my Kindle. I need a reading vacation LOL

What advice, if any, would you give an aspiring author?
Sandra: The best way to learn how to write is to... write. You can't revise something that hasn't been created and you can't learn if you don't finish a book. Above that, never give up no matter what anyone tells you.

Great advice, now let's throw a couple fun questions your way. If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Sandra: I'm slow to warm up to people, but once I do, watch out! There will be fun in your future.

Well that's a warning label I certainly wouldn't mind. Now on to one more, If you could choose to time travel, would you go backward or forward?
Sandra: Definitely backward. I'd love the chance to see some of the places I write about and see how life was really lived.

Now that would be something, Sandra, and hey if the time machine ever gets invented can I volunteer to join you? LOL can you just imagine what type of vacation that would be? It would be amazing.

I'd like to thank Sandra for joining us today. For those of you who would like to learn more about Sandra and her books she can be contacted on her website;, you can also find her on her Believing Is Seeing blog at; and she's also on twitter and on Facebook.

Thank you, for stopping by Labelle Books today, and enjoy the excerpt Sandra has provided for us.

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


Ava wanted to climb the corporate ladder, and if she performed well at this gig she had a shot at being promoted. Wasting time with pack polotics didn't leave much time for that. In a way, they'd done her a favor by deciding the next step her life would take. Corner office, executive assistant, expense account, company car, it could be all hers in a few years if she kept her nose to the grindstone. So what if her love life's roots withered before they could take hold? Somehow, the idea of being some guy's wife didn't appeal to her like it did in her twenties. Now a few days past her thirty-first birthday, she wanted to be on equal footing with a man in a relationship-as long as he wasn't a wolf or would tell her what to do. Shared responsibilities. Shared domestic duties. Shared bliss.
No man in his right mind would take you up on that offer.
Ava snorted at the dorky way it sounded. Maybe so, but I can still think about it. Besides, I don't need a man to justify my existence.
Tell me something I don't know. You have no natural aptitude for choosing a mate. In her head, her wolf counterpart paced in a fair amount of agitation.
"That's right, wolf-girl." Ava grinned. Though it must suck to be a wolf with no way to express that side, she wouldn't want it any other way. Having the wolf inside kept her company, told her that her decisions were sound. "I don't believe in soul mates."
And it beat talking to the GPS unit all the time.
You'll never have offspring at this rate. You excel at wasting perfectly good eggs.
Thanks. "Doesn't matter. I don't need them to define me." Choosing to have a good career over marriage had been a gamble, but it wasn't like she'd ever wanted to have kids. Somehow the thought of wiping snotty noses and cleaning up messy diapers didn't appeal to her. Yet, late at night, rolling over in an empty bed with no one to talk with and knowing she'd never hear anyone call her "mommy" held little charm as well. She'd chosen the job, and she loved it. She'd made peace with the fact she'd never shift into her animal. It didn't make her a reject. It made her unique with a living conscience. "I'm happy with my life." Meeting people, traveling, learning about new up and coming drugs that could potentially save millions of lives made the sacrifice worth it. If someone took issue with her life, that was their problem.
There's more to life than a career, human.
"Maybe, but until I find something, or someone to convince me of that, this is what we're doing." Deliberately shoving thoughts of the future from her mind, she concentrated on the gray strip of road. There were two stops to make, a few people to call on and give the speech for the new "wonder" drug her company was peddling, then she could kick back in her hotel room. It had already been a long day.
"Ten miles to destination on right." The wierd British-accented voice of her GPS device cut into her thoughts.
"What the hell? I'm not anywhere near my destination." By her estimate, she had a good two hours of driving still to do. She'd passed through Barnard, then continued west, skirting the mountain range and hit the next town without incident. Poking at the navigation unit, she didn't find anything wrong with the calculations.
Heavy silence reigned in the sedan for long moments. Her wolf even remained quiet, which would have been a relief if Ava hadn't been concerned at the GPS's odd behavior. Minutes later, the town of Barard came and went. The great thing about this area of the country was the coziness of the settlements. If you blinked an eye, you'd miss it, but a new one would always be waiting down the line.
"Arriving at destination." The electronic voice spoke the statment with firm authority.
"No, I'm not!" All around her, the scenery looked much the same-wooded areas on both sides, broken only by the empty gray ribbon of the roadway. Jabbing a forefinger at the GPS screen, she re-entered her original cooridnates. "What part of take me here do you not understand?"
Inside her wolf growled. Having trouble dominating an electronic device?
Nope, I think I've got it.
Ava grinned, but her victory was short-lived as the device said, "Recalculating. Destination, ahead."
Hot anger shot through her body. "I am so getting a refund on this piece of junk." That was the last time she bought something because the sales guy had a cute smile.
Steep ravines lined both sides of the road, and making a U-turn would be tricky since the curve up ahead meant she'd be doing it blind. Not to mention she wasn't familiar with the turning radius of the rental car. "Fine, you win. I'll get my bearings in the next town. While I'm there, I'm throwing your malfunctioning ass in the trash."
Slowing her speed, she guided the car around the sharp bends. At some point she passed a tiny wooden sign saying Welcome to Strange Hollow" in blue-painted letters. She rolled her eyes. Really that was the name of a legitimate town?
Sounds interesting.
"Oh no." She shook her head even though her wolf couldn't see. "Everytime you say that, something bad happens in my life. The last time was in a bar when that pink drink caught your eye." Once she'd finished the cocktail, she'd been so drunk off her ass she still wasn't sure how she made it home. "Don't get any ideas wolf." Ava wrapped her fingers tighter around the steering wheel. "We're not staying."


  1. Marking Time sounds like an interesting read even though it's outside of the usual genre I venture into. It's going to have to go in my Kindle Wish List

  2. Thanks for stopping by murdersandmysteries. It does sound like a fantastic read doesn't it? :)

  3. This was a super interview and the book sounds wonderful! Sandra, your Phoenix is completely different than the Phoenix I'm currently working on which makes writing and dreaming up characters so much fun! So many HEA to be had!!

  4. Thanks for having me on the blog today :-)

    Kathleen--thanks so much for dropping by :-) That's funny you're doing a phoenix too lol

  5. Thanks for popping over Kellie!

    Thanks for checking it out Murder and Mysteries :-)

  6. Love ya books Sandra. Plus I love the Strange Hollows series. This one looks really good too.


  7. Thanks Cherlynne! :-) I love it when readers love my work :-)


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