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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Tall, Dark and Undead

Today I am featuring the lovely Sandra Cox's latest work. Sandra is a talented person, hard working and incredibly generous.  She is also a prolific writer and isn't constrained to any genre or topic. 



Blurb:

Gutsy, kick-ass Suzanne James has no intention of complicating her life by falling in love…especially with a vampire. But it’s hard to stay objective when a drop-dead gorgeous male rescues her from three assailants in a dark alley. All but unconscious, she could swear her hero has glowing red eyes and two sharp, pointed teeth.

Adrian Caine has spent the past hundred years, in vampire parlance, a vegetarian. When he rescues a beautiful blonde in a dark alley, it takes all of his formidable control not to backslide. Attraction turns to desire. Even though it’s not in Suzanne’s best interest, he can’t stay away.



Excerpt:

Executive suites are a well-kept secret at hospitals. If you’re the average schmuck, you’ve probably never even heard of a hospital suite. I was an average schmuck myself. My paycheck planted me firmly in the middle-class schmuck category. And if I had to say upper or lower middle class, it certainly wouldnt have been upper, but I digress.

Kess hurried back with a cup of coffee that sloshed over the sides as he trotted toward me.

“Bless you, Kess.” I snatched it from his outstretched hands and took my first swallow. “Ah, caffeine.” I closed my eyes and had a private moment. Besides indescribable sex, which to be honest I couldnt say I’d had that much of, the other two things that moved me to ecstasy were coffee and chocolate.

As if he could read my mind, Kess dug in his gray silk suit pocket and pulled out a bag of candy.

Kess, I could kiss you.” I put down the coffee with my good hand, grabbed the bag and ripped it open with my teeth, held it over my mouth and poured them in.

“I would have done that for you, Suzie.”

Nobody but Kess got away with calling me Suzie. Since my mouth was full, I could only nod.

He took the bag from my hand and handed me the coffee. I swallowed with difficulty then took a slug of hot caffeine.

Once  again  his  skinny  derriere  hovered in  the  air  before  he  plopped  down.  I finished the coffee and held out my hand for more candy-coated chocolate pieces.

First tell me what happened.”

I stuck out my lower lip and managed to make it tremble.

Kess was tough when it came to meeting quotas and staying on budget but he was a softy for people, especially me.

“Here, here.” He poured the remaining pieces—all five of them—into my outstretched hand. I swallowed the candy and looked at my empty coffee cup then decided not to push my luck. Kess had done enough for me already.

So what happened? The leather chair sighed as he leaned forward.

It was very strange, Kess.” I was just getting ready to explain how strange when Annie, one of the kitchen assistants, rushed in with my tray.

At the interruption, Kess began to mutter in Latin. I grinned. Hed apparently forgotten that hed taught me how to curse in that particular language after wed consumed several margaritas at happy hour last month.

Anny plunked down the tray, gave me a sour look and hurried away. Everyone knew I got preferential treatment. I lifted the lid and beamed. Steak, baked potato, a slice of pizza loaded with everything and a piece of coconut cake.”

And a carafe of coffee,” Kess added helpfully.

“I dont suppose youll take this sling off my arm? I asked without much hope.

He looked around furtively. Just long enough to eat.”

Thanks, Kess! You’re the best.”

I picked up my fork with my right hand and winced, the shoulder tender. But I’d survive. I started with the cake and worked my way backward. For hospital food it was pretty darn good. When my stomach groaned in protest, I stopped.

“I cant eat another bite.” A good deep breath and my distended belly would pop. I leaned back against the pillows and closed my eyes

There isn’t another bite.” Kess shook his head. Your metabolism is unbelievable. How you stay a size two defies imagination.

I’m a size six.”

“Whatever. Let’s get your sling back on before Nurse McCarthy comes in. Shell skin me alive.”

Trust me. No nurse, or doctor for that matter, is going to skin a hospital administrator, at least not while they’re on the payroll.” I leaned forward as he gently slid the sling over my shoulder and around my arm. I wouldnt have admitted it for worlds but it did relieve some of the throbbing from the fork work.

Since another cup had come with the tray, Kess helped himself to the carafe, took a sip of coffee and leaned forward in his chair. “Now tell me what happened.”



About Sandra Cox

Instead of her own mug shot Sandra chose to send us a photo of the beautiful Frank.  Butter wouldn't melt in that cat's mouth...







A vegetarian and animal lover, Sandra lives with her husband, their dog and several cats in sunny North Carolina.

Besides paranormal, Sandra also writes historical and time-travel romance, young adult fantasy and non-fiction.

117 comments:

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    1. dinahmow: I am so grateful to writers. Each and every day.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: I am sure it would fit well in one of your reading challenges too.

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  3. Hi EC - yes interesting ... I'd say that too -though tempting to read. Good luck to Sandra with this different type of romance ... cheers to you both - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: So many books, so little time.

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    2. "so many books, so little time"
      If I was to start reading everything I've got waiting I wouldn't be online for months! Possibly a couple of years.

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    3. River: Definitely years. And years.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Yes. Big congratulations.

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    2. Congrats appreciated Alex:)

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  5. Nice to read, if you can read. I love the cat, snuggels.

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    1. Bob Bushells: Frank is gorgeous isn't he?

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  6. I checked on both library systems I am a member of but they have no books by Sandra Cox. I was interested in reading this book. : (

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    1. Caterina: I am so sorry that your libraries don't have her work. I must check ours.

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    2. Hi Catarina (What a pretty name.), I'm basically an E girl, but it is in paperback. Depending on their budget, they MAY order it for you if you requested it.
      Thanks for your interest. Much appreciated:)

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    1. Lee:??? Thank Sandra rather than me.

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  8. Great EC. I’d consider this book a fun read. I need that every so often.

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    1. Marie Smith: I certainly need fun reads. Often.

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    2. Thanks for the interest, Marie. Much appreciated.

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  9. Well done Sandra, you've given readers plenty to think about.

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    1. Spacer Guy: As she always does.

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    2. Thank you, Spacer! (Smiling.)

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  10. Oh, that's lovely! Yes, i have to look this one up.

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    1. Thanks so much for your interest. I'm a Mimi too:)

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  11. My library also has nothing by her, much less this book. I'll go check Amazon. Thanks for the fun read, EC! :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank Sandra rather than me - and Amazon assuredly does have her work.

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    2. Thanks for the kind words, DJan, and for checking at your library. I basically write E but it is in paper. They may order it for you.

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  12. Well that was different I want to know what happened too.
    Merle............

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  13. Annie then Anny? Tsk Tsk.
    The book does sound great though, is it available as an e-book?

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    1. River: You are a much better proof reader than I am. And yes, it is indeed available as an e-book.

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    2. Thanks for asking, River. I'm an E girl:)

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  14. Congrats to Sandra on her book. I love that Adrian is a vegetarian vampire.

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    1. Natalie Aguirre: A vegetarian vampire is a wonderful thought isn't it?

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    2. I'm so glad to hear that, Natalie. I got a nasty- gram for using the term vegetarian vampire. This makes me feel better;)

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  15. Thank you for introducing me to this writer. I shall put her on my reading list.

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    1. Denise inVA: Oh good. Sandra will be pleased.

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    2. I am pleased:) Thanks Denise.

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  16. Must wander over to Sandra's blog..

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    1. Hey M-w, How are you. Please wander over:)

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  17. Great promotion, Sue. Thanks! This sounds like (yet another) book to add to my list. I don't usually read zombie or vampire stories, but you picked a tantalizing excerpt. :)

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    1. Darn you! I just bought the book. (Maybe Sandra should hire you as a publicist...) :)

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    2. Heh. What a great idea! Sue...Oh Sue....:)
      Thanks for purchasing, Susan. Hope you enjoy it.

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  18. Dear Ec

    Hmm...sounds intriguing - another one for the wishlist, methinks!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks, Ellie:) I love being on wish lists:)

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  19. Yippee for Sandra. She's pretty awesome, eh? I like the concept and what a great cover!

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    1. Hey Crystal, How are you, girl?
      Thanks for the kind words;)

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  20. Thank you so much for hosting me today, EC:)
    You're the Cat's Meow:)

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  21. This sounds like a wonderfully fun book! Oh and I love Frank without knowing him.

    Teresa C.

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    1. T Powell Coltrin: Frank is a charmer isn't he? And Sandra writes well.

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    2. Frank and I thank you, T.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Huge congratulations to her. And to all writers.

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  23. It would be awfully tempted to beg him to bite me.
    Hot book. Congratulations, Sandra.

    Take care of yourself, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Perhaps you could bite him first?

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    2. Heh. Thanks, Rawknrobyn.

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  24. Congrats, Sandra. Wish you well. Love the typography you chose for the cover.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: And I just had to scan up again to check out the typography.

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  25. Who wouldn't want to read a book featuring a cat photo instead of the author's?

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    1. Strayer: And every cat who has ever shared our lives looks MUCH better than I do.

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    2. We love our cats, don't we?

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  26. Congratulations and best of luck, Sandra. I'm much like you, I'd send a beach photo (just look at my avatar), versus a picture of me :)

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: I would choose almost any photo instead of one of me.

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  27. Congratulations Sandra.
    How nice to be featured here. Love the cat photo. Well done!

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    1. Myrna R: Is Frank a charmer? Just like Sandra.

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  28. Sandra has a great sense of humor, and a beautiful cat. Now she's created another story with a hunk for us to drool over. Sandra, is there no stopping you?

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    1. cleemckenzie: She is a dynamo isn't she? And I hope that nothing can stop her.

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  29. She does write great! I was invested once I started and startled when the excerpt stopped!! Thank you for the intro. to the writer, and to her beautiful cat. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: I am sure she will love reading this.

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  30. Sandra is a very kind person, but so are you.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Anonymous: You are a bore. And I strongly suspect American women boycotted your first.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Huge congratulations to her.

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  33. So nice of you to feature Sandra - she has a big heart!

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    1. Truedessa: A huge heart and a lot of talent.

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  34. Anonymous has a problem and since I'm all he described I won't sully his blog by visiting.

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    1. JahTeh: As I replied to him I suspect American women beat him in the boycott race.

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    1. Cloudia: I am so grateful to have found so many talented people (you included) in the blogosphere.

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  36. Such a good post here.
    Lovely to read your review.

    I love Sandra's blog and I really like the cat photo!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: The lovely Sandra deserves all the credit for this post.

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  37. Sandra has been tenacious to reach publication. After reading the above, I can see why her book is coming to fruition.

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    1. Susan Kane: She has been tenacious. And have many books to her credit (and credit it is).

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  38. I think we all need a break from serious tomes sometimes! I wish Sandra all the best with her ventures

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    1. Kim: No arguments from me - on either count. I usually have at least two books on the go and my range is broad.

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  39. Oh wow...thank you so much for this recommendation...I am totally hooked!
    Vampire stories are definitely my thing!!:))

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    1. Ygraine: The pleasure is mine. I hope you enjoy Sandra's book.

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  40. This would be an awesome beach read -- now, off to find a beach! :-)

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    1. daisyfae: You have time in your very busy life for beach reads? Colour me amazed.

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  41. Sandra is a great person and an amazing writer! Congrats Sandra! Love Frank! Big Hugs EC! Big Hugs Sandra!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: She is both of those things. Thank you for the hugs - received and returned.

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    1. Diane Tolley: Sandra will be so pleased to hear that.

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  43. I have no idea how I even found Super Sandra, and it took me awhile to even know she was a published author (lol), which is crazy, I know. I'm a fan of vampires, but I also love that she writes in other genres. I adore her sense of humor and kind spirit so much! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: I don't know how I found her (or she found me) either. I am very glad our paths crossed though, not least because I suspect she brought us together as well. Have a great weekend.

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  44. She's a newer author to me, but I find her titles to be so darn intriguing and attention grabbing, for me. Like Love, Lattes and Danger due out in August.Even Ghost for Sale. The thing about them is before I'd even read a word of her book, I get the desire to write something, anything just from her title. Silly right?

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    1. Karen S.: I think Ghost for Sale was one of the first I read. And I smiled rather a lot as I guzzled it.

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  45. Dear EC, thanks for sharing your liking for Sandra. I found the whole posting interesting. I'm not into vampires, but I so like historical novels and so I'm going to look her up in our library. You mention that she's an animal lover and a vegetarian. Me too! I live with three cats and have lived with cats since 1972--so 46 years. And I've been a vegetarian for 39 years. So she and I have some things in common! I'll go to the library website and see what the library has to offer of her work. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Sandra's range is very broad. I suspect you will find one or more of her other books which appeal to you. There are books about cats for example...

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  46. Gotta love a cat who's a friend to butterflies!

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  47. Such a cute kitty! Adorable. Exciting to see Sandra here. Her book sounds intriguing. Wishing her all the best!
    ~Jess

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