I'm head-over-heels to announce that my psychological thriller, The Takings, is now a semi-finalist in the 2020 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards for published suspense! I'm so excited!! The finalists should be announced in August and then the awards will be announced in October. Such an honor to be part of such a distinguished group of authors. I'll keep you updated as this moves along!
Great news! I was super excited to see the new review on The Takings from Readers' Favorite this morning! Her interpretation of the book was spot on and I couldn't be more pleased! Here's the press release:
For immediate release:
Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Fiction - Thriller - Psychological book "The Takings" by Sandie Will, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1696786908.
Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
"Reviewed By Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Florida swamps are home to horrific nightmares where someone is chasing you and you just can't get away from the dark figure following you. Yet, these types of nightmares become real when young Wyatt disappears from the Green Swamp on his way home. Jeremy Corringer has already lost his wife and cannot possibly bear to lose his beautiful child. His friend, Adrian Webster, feels for him and wants to help. He is no stranger to tragedy as he lost his own brother ten years ago and still wrestles with the aftershock to this day. Adrian doesn't want his friend to suffer and the only way to do that is to find Wyatt before time runs out. Soon, Adrian is plagued with "visions" that may just be the key to finding the young boy and restoring his own life.
The Takings by Sandie Will immediately pulled me into the story. It was mysterious, dark, and suspenseful to the very end. The author was also extremely talented at writing descriptive, vivid imagery that put me in the book with the characters. At times, I felt trapped in the swamp and Adrian's visions as well. In addition, I also felt some sort of sympathy and empathy for the villain. I was so conflicted as you clearly should root for good over evil but sometimes you can't help feeling a bit too much when you come across some great writing. The Takings by Sandie Will is definitely a great mystery to read on your vacation this year."
You can learn more about Sandie Will and "The Takings" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-takings where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
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Have you all read Emmy Bennett's urban fantasy book series? I've read Book 1 - Eyes of Wynter and Book 2 - Different Shade of Winter, and I really loved them both. The characters are so likable and Emmy's writing is excellent, keeping you locked onto each page to see what happens next. Emmy has created worlds of her own and each character has a unique spin on their gifted powers. She'll be releasing her new book, Wynter Reign, in a couple of months, so you have plenty of time to catch up and read the first two. I'm eagerly awaiting the third and will let you know when it's available! Or you can follow her on Amazon, Twitter @EmmyRBennett or Facebook. Enjoy!
With all the publishing prep I've been doing this year, I rarely have time to read books, especially outside of my genre. But I just had to read and share Jennifer Zamboni's. I mean, who wouldn't? She's got a mix of vampires, faes, and werewolves in her fantasy duology. I've read the first book, Beauty is the Beast, and will be onto the second book soon because I became addicted by the end of the book and must find out what happens next! And my goodness, look at those book covers! They are fantastic. She has some great reviews, too!
Beauty is the Beast: http://bit.ly/beautyisthebeast
Gretchen is a 24-year-old-hairstylist with secrets: She likes to chase squirrels and howl at the moon. She’s also not really 24.
When one of her coworkers turns up dead in the salon, she suspects that the murderer isn’t entirely human. When another stylist is murdered, and then another, she goes on the prowl. A circus with a secret side show catches her attention, as does her former pack, and a group of visiting vampires.
Her only outlet is her music, but that will only keep her wolf on a leash for so long with a killer on the loose.
Pack of Freaks: http://bit.ly/packoffreaks
Being alpha isn’t easy.
Gretchen wants a normal life: working in the salon, making music, and settling in with her new pack. If only her wolf side wouldn’t make decisions without her.
She survived betrayal and the fight for her freedom, so relationship issues and a group of fae-blooded circus freaks in her kitchen should be a breeze. But a plea from another pack and the exposure of the fae, including werewolves, to the human world just might tip the scale on her sanity.
Good thing she has good friends, a man who loves her, and music that soothed the savage beast.
Join Gretchen as she gives in to romance, discovers new truths about old friends, and embraces her role as alpha.
There will be two more in this series: Worlds War, which Jen hopes to release in January, & The Were Zone, which Jen is hoping will be available next summer. She's also starting a paranormal romance duology set in the same world.
Good luck to Jen!
Check out the cover of my new psychological thriller titled, The Takings, coming October 30, 2019! It will be available on Amazon including Kindle Unlimited. Very excited!!
At age fifteen, Adrian Webster lost his younger brother in a tragic accident. He tried to mourn. He tried to move on. But all he could do was bury the pain.
Ten years later, his best friend’s son, Wyatt, vanishes while riding his bike through Green Swamp in Central Florida. Adrian's friend has already lost his wife, and he doesn’t want him to suffer the pain of losing a child, making Adrian obsess over finding Wyatt. So obsessed that he’s plagued by visions. Ones that creep into the corners of his eyes. Ones that reveal the truth. And ones that force Adrian to choose between his friendship and unleashing the memories of the past before Wyatt is gone forever and Adrian loses the one thing he loves most in life—his new family.
Last weekend, I went to the Florida Writers Association annual conference. I was notified that I was a finalist during the summer, and I anxiously awaited hearing whether or not I placed last Saturday night with my young adult psychological thriller, The Caging at Deadwater Manor. It not only placed, but it received First Place in the Young Adult/New Adult genre! I couldn't be more thrilled. More photos to come soon!
It's hard to find the words to celebrate one's life when going through mourning. In 2016, I lost three special people in my life including my dad in May, my sister-in-law in November, and my Uncle John in December. Thinking of them and all they are missing just makes my heart ache.
But something has surfaced since Uncle John's passing that has given us all comfort. His words. He wrote poetry and short stories, and I never knew. Here I am, a writer myself, and we never shared thoughts on tapping into our own emotions or the emotions of others. I always knew Uncle John was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, but I didn't know we shared a love for words. They've been surfacing on Facebook, though - posts from loved ones with photos of poems I've never read. How excited I've been to read these!
So, this is a tribute to you, Uncle John. I'm so happy I've been able to enjoy your writing. It's wonderful to have a personal part of you that we can hold so close to our hearts. What an incredible gift!
Here are a few of his poems.
Love you, Uncle John
Obituary of John Van Voorhis
John Vincent Van Voorhis, 73, passed away on December 13, 2016 surrounded by his family. Born in Wappingers Falls on January 19, 1943, he was the son of the late John “Jack” Van Voorhis and Virginia Hoyt Van Voorhis. On April 14, 1963, he married Gloria Jean Hauver, who survives at home. John served in the United States Army and was retired from IBM in Poughkeepsie after over 30 years of employment. He spent the last 20 years dedicating his services to the American Legion, fulfilling many different positions from treasurer to Commander of Post 1302. John was a wonderful storyteller who could always make you laugh. He had a story or joke for every situation and was quite the entertainer. He had a wealth of knowledge of just about everything. He enjoyed many sports throughout his life and was instrumental in founding the first Dutchess County Girls softball league. John was a loving and caring person who treasured his family and friends above all. He had a love of nature, gardening, music and reading, even writing short stories and poetry of his own.
In September, I received notice that my book, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, won an Honorable Mention Award in YA Horror with Readers' Favorite. It was around 11 p.m. when I opened the email that night, and as you can imagine, I couldn't sleep! I mean, I'm a debut novelist. How in the world did I win an award?
But I did! Readers' Favorite provided me with a certificate and medallion for marketing, a website with my five-star review, press releases and an opportunity to go to a banquet to receive recognition for my award. The event included a reception, presentations, inclusion of my book in the Miami Book Fair, an award ceremony, press releases, and opportunities for networking. So, I decided to go.
The event started last Friday night at The Regency Hotel in Miami. A reception was held in the evening where the books were displayed on a counter near check in with an adjacent bar and seating area. Numerous authors attended. It was great to hear about all of their books and the stories behind them. I met author Ju Ephraime and spent quite a while talking with her.
After, we were escorted to a conference room where we saw presentations from various speakers on marketing from doing podcasts to social media posts. They were excellent, and I plan on using many of the resources provided.
The next morning, my husband and I went to the Miami Book Fair to see my book displayed at the Readers' Favorite tent. Wow! This event was huge with crowds of people! There were so many vendors with new and used books, merchandise and services. We found the Readers' Favorite tent - it had great signage and was staffed. Inside all of the award winning books were displayed. Each author donated books to sell and all proceeds went to Shriner's (over $2,000 raised!). It was such a proud moment to see my book on a shelf for the first time! I picked up a few books, and of course, had to get one on geology!
That night, we dressed up and attended the award ceremony. It was impressive with a stage, two areas with professional photography (I'll receive the photos in a couple of weeks), the press, a live feed during the awards, buffet, and lots of time to talk with other authors.
Speaking of which, I have to say how honored I felt even being in the same room with these tremendously talented people from authors to illustrators. Some have been published for many years and were a wealth of knowledge. All were passionate about their books and mine, too. That's the one thing I've learned since I started this journey. Authors are supportive of each other and always willing to help. I love this positive community.
The award ceremony involved going on stage, shaking hands with the Readers' Favorite representative (Mark Wayne Adams), and having my picture taken - all on live stream. I have to admit, I was a bit concerned with tripping or doing something stupid at first, but then I decided not worry about it - this was my night and I was going to enjoy it. And I did (and luckily didn't land on my face! Haha!).
After the stage, we were escorted to another area for more photography and press interviews. It was certainly a night I will always remember. It felt surreal to be recognized for this book -- one that my dad inspired. He passed before seeing the book published, but I know he was up there on that stage with me, grinning and proud! Love you, Dad.
Thank you, Readers' Favorite. I'll never forget this wonderful experience!
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Have a good weekend~Sandie
Wow! I'm still in shock. I opened my email a couple of weeks ago around 11 p.m. and Readers' Favorite had let me know I won an award. Are you kidding me?? I couldn't sleep that night.
I had submitted the book to their contest thinking it would just allow me to get feedback from the judges who were in the publishing industry. No way did I expect to place! I also received a 5-star review from the reader's review. It's all very exciting!
Here's the link to Readers' Favorite with the review and medallion. The Caging at Deadwater Manorwon the Honorable Mention Award for YA Horror. It received two medallions - one for the award and one for the 5-star review. I'll be going to Miami for the award ceremony in November, so I'll keep you posted!
I'm also gearing up to do Halloween festivities since the book is dark and disturbing. More on that later!
Both books are available in US & Internationally.
Sandie Will is an author who has released a new psychological thriller titled, The Takings. Sandie is the author of the award-winning Amazon #1 Bestseller The Caging at Deadwater Manor.
She can be found on Twitter as @SandieWillBooks and @RockHeadScience, Instagram @sandie_will, as well as her Facebook page at Sandie Will, Author.
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