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So excited! My book The Reason is becoming an audio book. The work is being done by Janna Cardia, a brilliant actress in Burbank, CA. who has recently started doing audio books. From what I heard on the segment that she’s already completed, I know it will be great. There is a lot more to creating an audio book than you would think. It should be out in Mid September. You can check out Janna on Facebook and Instagram.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Suzy Takacs, the owner of the Book Cellar, an independent bookstore in Chicago. We discussed the effect Covid had and continues to have on her business, among other things. And, of course we talked about books. This was my first Chicago Presents interview done on YouTube. My hope is to do several of these interviews with the intention of promoting indie books stores, especially at this time. Go to You Tube and type in CWA Presents Your Independent Bookstore or follow this link – https://youtu.be/TvSH3bc4W6M. And remember – support your local indie bookstore!

Printers Row Book Fair has been officially cancelled. That was the third book fair that I usually attend that was cancelled. So that it’s not a total loss, I thought I would introduce myself and my books to new readers as I would if I was sitting under the tent at Printers Row. Here it goes…Chicago Bound and Chicago Bound 2 are collections of short stories, most of them take place in the Back of the Yards area of Chicago and some beyond. The themes are universal but they really strike home if you are from that area or from Chicago. The Reason, Damaged Souls and Extradition are parts of the Kate Harrison crime series. Damaged Souls followed by Extradition are prequels to The Reason. I’m proud of all my books. I’ve gotten great feedback on all of them. They are all available from Amazon or directly from me. You can contact me at sandycbound@gmail.com

Next year I will be back at the book events that I love and meeting all the special people that make writing such a pleasure.

All my wishes and prayers for peace, love, understanding and good health

Needless to say, these are stressful and uncertain times that we are living through. Times that we’ll be reading about in history books. Reading has always been my refuge. I’m also doing some writing, which has the same effect. Wishing you all good health and a quick return to the way we were!

As always feel free to contact me at sandycbound@gmail

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Last March 8th I was fortunate to moderate an event with the Tribune Columnists and authors, Mary Schmich and Mary Wisniewski. Quite unforgettable!! Go to the Chicago Writers Association Facebook page or my Facebook page to see the readings from both ladies and the photos, as well. Two very special women.
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I am pleased and proud of the review by Massie Mencotti for the Chicago Writers Association of Chicago Bound 2 – Time and Again. Chicago Writers Association truly does so much for the writing community. For more information about CWA go to chicagowrites.org. While there click on Windy City reviews and see the entire review.

Chicago Bound 2: Time and Again. Sandra M. Colbert. Windy City Publishers, October 14, 2019, Trade Paperback, 82 Pages.

Reviewed by Marssie Mencotti.

Chicago Bound 2: Time and Again, by Sandra M. Colbert, is a short anthology of stories written in the style and sensibility of the past, taking place in the mostly immigrant neighborhood called Back of the Yards, due to its proximity to the vast stockyards in Chicago, Illinois. It is imbued with nostalgia toward the difficult and complicated decisions made by young people and their parents as old and new generations collide in substantive cultural and moral ways.

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Chicago Bound 2 continues the neighborhood stories from the Back of the Yards and extends into the other vibrant areas of greater Chicago.

If you enjoyed Chicago Bound, you will enjoy Chicago Bound 2!

For an autographed copy or for more information on where to get your copy, please contact me at:

sandycbound@gmail.com

Chicago Bound 2 – Time and Again, as well as Chicago Bound is available at after-words book store at 23 E. Illinois in Chicago. Great bookstore. If you find yourself in the north loop, check it out.

I hope you enjoy Chicago Bound 2 – Time and Again.  Please share a review on Amazon, Goodreads or your own social media! Good reviews boost sales.

Authors cannot live on words alone!

Thank you!!

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October saw the release of Writer Shed Stories, a collection of short stories complied by David Berner. I’m thrilled to have one of my stories included! A Pack of Four is a short story about four boys during the summer of 1962. What should have been a carefree summer is overshadowed by a single unforgettable incident. Watershed Stories will be available on Amazon Kindle on October 1st for a mere ninety-nine cents. I’ve read the other stories and I am very proud to be a part of this work that features such brilliant writers. See below for the link.

Chicago Bound, my collection of short stories is now available at after-words books, 23 E. Illinois in Chicago. If you have never been there,it is so worth the visit. A book lovers must-see. It’s great to see an independent bookstore that is doing so well, in spite of dire predictions about bookstores and books. It’s been around for twenty years and I’m sure it will be around for many more decades. Go to afterwordschicago.com and check them out. When you go the store, tell Bev, the owner, that I said “Hi”.

I am a board member of the Chicago Writers Association. If you are a writer or interested in the world of writing, please check out this organization. It has a lot to offer for writers event. Go to chicagowrites.org for more information on our upcoming events.






 

   Extradition, the latest in the Kate Harrison series is out

Extradition takes place after the killer from Damaged Souls is arrested in Phoenix. Since the crime took place in Illinois, the prisoner must be brought back here for the trial. What should be a standard extradition turns into a nightmare, not only for Kate, but for Paul and others. I also moved the storyline along of Kate and Paul. If you read The Reason, you know that they are married by then. And her last name is Harrison.
I find it’s tricky to write a romance. It has to be believable and applicable in this day and age. But I think the intensity of their feelings rings true.
The book is available on Amazon for $16.99.
$16.00 if you purchase it directly from me. For a limited time and for U.S. readers there will not be a charge for shipping and handling.
I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I get a quite a few visitors to this site and I always wonder who they are. I actually had 10 hits from Canada and 1 from Germany. How did they find me??? I end up asking my computer “Who are you?”
My e-mail is sandycbound@gmail.com and I would love to hear from you!
I am also on Facebook.
Thank you for your interest and keep on reading!!
Sandra
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A Great Review from Golfwell.net out of New Zealand ,of all places!
Five Stars:

I enjoyed reading The Reason by Sandra M. Colbert a fast-paced romantic drama which was a pleasure to read.  The author has an interesting style with very interesting dialog that keeps you fascinated and gives insight into believable characters as this dramatic page-turner develops. Lots of emotion and drama. A moving story by a very talented writer who writes very well above the mainstream!

The Reason is the first in the Kate Harrison series.  The review will be on the Goodreads website, Barnes and Noble and Booktopia.com. I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s a thrill for any author to get good reviews. A review like this is keeps me going!

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Please check out this review for Damaged Souls.. It made me one happy author!!!

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Damaged Souls

  1. Reviewed by David Steven Rappoport. The Reason by Sandra M. Colbert is a compelling page-turner about a heinous murder. From the beginning, there is little doubt who committed the crime. The suspense that drives the book is not whodunit but why they done it. As such, although the book is built on some of the elements of the detective novel, The Reason is not a conventional mystery. It reads more like a true crime narrative even though the crime is fictional. The psychology of the murderer is fascinating, and the crime is sufficiently vile that it is difficult to imagine a motive. Building on these elements deftly, Colbert drives the reader onward in fascination. While putting in a new fence in their garden, private investigator Kate Harrison and her police officer husband Paul discover a human skeleton. Pursuing the available clues, Kate and the police quickly identify the body and notify the next of kin. It is apparent from the beginning that this relative is involved in the crime. Yet, the circumstances of the crime are initially vague and as the clues emerge, they are increasingly hateful. Colbert eventually leads us to an explanation of what occurred and why, with the requisite twists and turns that a reader expects in this kind of novel. Sandra M. Colbert writes crime fiction well. Her prose is lean but effective, her characters are engaging, and the situations she creates are always interesting. Perhaps the revelation at the end is a bit too long, and it is difficult to understand why this particular villain is forthcoming with a confession at the end but had not been earlier. Also, the devoted mystery reader may hope that in future Kate Harrison books, the author reverts to a more traditional mystery structure: multiple plausible suspects and a knock-out surprise at the end when the murderer is revealed. These are minor concerns in the midst of a compelling read. Sandra M. Colbert keeps the reader fascinated—essential in this genre. I recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery novels and look forward to reading future Kate Harrison mysteries. Leave a reply

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Kate’s deepest fears were realized.

She had no choice. It was time. Time to return to Phoenix

and face the demons that drove her away.

Time hadn’t eased the pain or erased the memories.

…….and the killer was still out there.

Damaged Souls is the prequel to The Reason. Some of the questions from The Reason are answered, such as:

  – How did Kate and Paul meet?  It was not pleasant.

  – Why did Kate leave Phoenix and the police force? A lot of reasons, none of them good.

 – And just who is this Terrance guy? More details on who he is and their relationship.

The book is available on Amazon. So you can order from Amazon or for an autographed copy – directly from me. Email me at sandycbound@gmail.com for a copy. The price is $16.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling.

This was a more involved book to write and at times more difficult, but I am proud of it. I hope everyone enjoys it.

And remember, if you enjoy, and I hope that you will, please tell others.  Also, a review on Amazon goes a long way. Good reviews really do help generate sales. It’s greatly appreciated by this  author and other authors, as well.

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THE REASON

“The guys working on the new fence just found a body.”

Home improvement just took an unexpected twist for Kate Harrison and her family. Nothing in her experience as a Private Investigator prepared her for the journey that she was about to take. She needed her home back. She needed her life back. But when the truth is discovered, will it forever taint her home and her life?

What demons are released when memories unfold?

Thus begins the first in the Kate Harrison Detective series.

It is the beginning of a series featuring Kate Harrison, a Private Investigator. It’s also the story of the love between the two main characters, Kate and her husband, Paul Harrison, a detective on the police force in a county north of Chicago. Two people who have had their share of tragedy and heartache. They found the love that eases the nightmares and soothes the pain of their damaged souls.

I just got my first review on The Reason!! and it was a great one! I’m very excited about it.  See below or go to the website for Chicago Writers Association, click on Windy City Reviews and there it is! Nothing makes an author feel like a good author then a good review.

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All of my books are available on Amazon. The Reason is also available at Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

If you are part of a readers group, I would be more than happy to meet with them. It’s great fun to talk about writing, and the books that I like, as well as written. Just e-mail me at sandycbound@gmail.com.

Copies of all of my books  can be ordered through me directly at sandycbound@gmail.com

Payments can be made through Paypal – visit http://www.Paypal.com

Sign in or register a user name and search using my e-mail  sandycbound@gmail.com

If ordered directly from me the purchase price for Chicago Bound is now only $10.00, plus $3.50 for shipping and handling for a total of $13.50. The Price for The Reason is $14.00, plus $3.50 for shipping and handling.

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I recently heard an interview with John Cleese of Monty Python fame. He said something that struck me and that I can’t and won’t forget. When asking for someone’s opinion, whether for a story you’ve written, or anything else that you’ve created, don’t ask them if they liked it. Because, of course, they will tell you that they did. Instead, ask them “How can I make it better?” The input will be a quite a bit different. That person is now feels involved in your project and will be a bit more forthcoming and honest.

After dwelling on this for a while, it occurred to me that this statement “How can I make it better?” applies to our lives right now. In this divisive age where complaints and anger seem to be the norm, maybe we should all step back and ask: How can I make it better?

When you’ve answered that question, act on it. I believe that alone can make a difference.

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  2. Reviewed by David Steven Rappoport. The Reason by Sandra M. Colbert is a compelling page-turner about a heinous murder. From the beginning, there is little doubt who committed the crime. The suspense that drives the book is not whodunit but why they done it. As such, although the book is built on some of the elements of the detective novel, The Reason is not a conventional mystery. It reads more like a true crime narrative even though the crime is fictional. The psychology of the murderer is fascinating, and the crime is sufficiently vile that it is difficult to imagine a motive. Building on these elements deftly, Colbert drives the reader onward in fascination. While putting in a new fence in their garden, private investigator Kate Harrison and her police officer husband Paul discover a human skeleton. Pursuing the available clues, Kate and the police quickly identify the body and notify the next of kin. It is apparent from the beginning that this relative is involved in the crime. Yet, the circumstances of the crime are initially vague and as the clues emerge, they are increasingly hateful. Colbert eventually leads us to an explanation of what occurred and why, with the requisite twists and turns that a reader expects in this kind of novel. Sandra M. Colbert writes crime fiction well. Her prose is lean but effective, her characters are engaging, and the situations she creates are always interesting. Perhaps the revelation at the end is a bit too long, and it is difficult to understand why this particular villain is forthcoming with a confession at the end but had not been earlier. Also, the devoted mystery reader may hope that in future Kate Harrison books, the author reverts to a more traditional mystery structure: multiple plausible suspects and a knock-out surprise at the end when the murderer is revealed. These are minor concerns in the midst of a compelling read. Sandra M. Colbert keeps the reader fascinated—essential in this genre. I recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery novels and look forward to reading future Kate Harrison mysteries. Leave a reply