9.28.2011

Blog Tour: Marking Time (Interview & Giveaway)


Today we have author Sandra Sookoo here for an interview to talk a bit about her new book, Marking Time.  Please help me welcome her to Secrets!

Hi Sandra, thank you for joining me today on Secrets!

Can you please give us a little bit of background about yourself?
Sure! I’ve been writing since I was 10 but didn’t get serious about it as a career until four years ago. I live in Indiana with my hubby and I’m lucky enough to stay home and write. When I’m not thinking up books I love to bake. Unfortunately, this would mean packing on calories but I find willing neighbors to give the goods to lol
What inspires you to write?
Life. Everything inspires me from music, books, movies, people, conversations, whatever. There’s a story in everything.
Do you find that you base your characters on people you know or meet? Or do you make them up as you write?
Normally, I make them up or combine some elements of various people I know. I’ve only based a character on a “real” person once.
Tell us a bit about your newest release, Marking Time.
Sure! I’ve brought along a blurb and short excerpt:
Blurb:
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 quandary, 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 its 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 be remembered 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 the answers they’re both seeking before the next phase of life begins.
Book video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNfVHKyxHK4

Excerpt:
Jamming his top hat on his head, not caring that he upset the waves his valet had fussed over for endless moments that morning, Sam yanked the thin leather gloves on. Where was she? As he glanced up and down the street, he spied her dark silhouette disappearing into Lady Cynthia’s Dressmakers a block up the road. Not an ideal situation by any stretch, he supposed he could wait for her outside. Although, how would he explain himself once she emerged?  
Lost in thought, he arrived at his destination long before he’d worked the explanation out in his head. I could shift into my phoenix form, wait for someone to open the door, then fly inside the shop to spy on her, except… The string of vulgarity he wanted to spill died in his throat as the vine-carved wooden door opened to reveal a couple of lace-draped women. “I beg your pardon.” Moving out of their way, Sam politely held the door as they stepped onto the leaf-strewn walkway.  
When they nodded their thanks, he knew a few seconds of acute indecision before shoving his doubts to the side. With a deep breath, he entered the dress shop and immediately found himself in a stately parlor, complete with dainty furnishings trimmed in gilt, floral-printed fabrics at the windows and thick, inviting oriental rugs. Behind closed doors, the high-pitched titters of female laughter filled the air. Occasionally, an authoritative set of instructions would cut the gaiety short. No doubt overworked seamstresses or harassed companions.  
As he stood gaping, a side door opened and a matronly woman joined him in the room. Dressed in black crepe, her gray hair was arranged in braided coils around her head and an expression of mild distaste lined her round face.  
“May I help you, sir? It is highly irregular for a male to enter this establishment.” Her double chins quivered in apparent fury. 
Sam swallowed as his throat had suddenly grown thick and dry. “I am searching for a woman.”An elderly eyebrow soared. “Sir, Lady Cynthia’s is not that sort of place.”  
“I am aware, thank you.” Heat infused his face, from embarrassment or outrage at her claim, he couldn’t say. “Not two minutes ago, I witnessed a woman come in here dressed in strange clothing. I did not recognize her and wish to see if I could be of assistance to her as she settles into Strange Hollow.” Ice dripped from his words, but his displeasure wasn’t enough to leave an effect on his hostess.  
She held her ground as sure and stubborn as she held his gaze. Sam refused to back down. For whatever reason, his interest in the woman went beyond mere curiosity.
If you’d like to buy the book, it can be found at the following links:
Amazon
All Romance
Liquid Silver

What can readers expect from you in the future?
The sky’s the limit! Next on my agenda will be a fast-paced action-packed sci-fi romance then who knows?
Interested in finding out more about me? Connect with me here: 
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Thank you for joining me today!
Thanks for having me! Blog readers, I hope you enjoyed my post. Be sure to leave a comment to be in the running for one of two watch pendants.
To enter to win one of the two pendants pictured, just leave a comment with your email address. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. The contest will run until roughly October 15.  Thanks for participating!


Butterfly Watch Pendant

100% brand new
Bronze-tone watch case with zinc alloy materials
White dial color with black Arabic numerals display
See-through top alloy cover with Roman white numerals display
Elegant carved case design with button at the top for time adjustment
Non-scratch hard material face
Quartz movement

Measurements:
Case diameter--2.7cm approx
Case thickness--0.8cm-1.0 cm approx
Necklace length--71 cm approx



Steampunk Key Watch Pendant

100% brand new
Brass-tone watch case with zinc alloy materials
White dial color with Arabic numerals display
Heart-shape key design
Non-scratch hard material face
Quartz movement

Measurements:
Case Length--4.8cm approx
Case width--3cm approx
Dial diameter--1.5cm approx
Case thickness--0.8cm-1.0cm approx
Necklace length--80cm approx

Good luck and happy reading!

35 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting this stop on my blog tour!

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  2. This looks like an awesome giveaway! Thank you very much for the chance to win =) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Love the cover!

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  3. Hi Sandra just following your blog tour. Enjoyed that excerpt. Can see the expression on the lady whom owned the store. LOL. I know this is going to be a great read! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Hi Krystal :-) The cover is awesome :-)

    Hi Sue! So glad you could catch up. Sam's a charmer :-)

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  5. Thank you for hosting Sandra today. Good luck to all who enter the contest. The contest winners will be announced in the Sizzling PR newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter please go to www.sizzlingpr.com it is on the top right hand side.

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  6. Love the cover and the excerpt. And the pendants are beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Thank you for the giveaway!
    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

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  8. wow! the key watch pendant looks amazing :D
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

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  9. Thanks for dropping by Jessica and Arianne :-) I tried to look for unusual prizes lol

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  10. Awesome giveaway! Both of these pendants are absolutely beautiful!!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  11. What an interesting story line, you always seem to combine things I never would think of...shifter girl thrown back in time and finds a Phoenix? Great idea! And a tempting teaser, sure makes me want to go buy it right now =)

    Thanks for such a fun giveaway as well, you are so creative when you come up with your giveaways!
    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. Hi Julie! Thanks for dropping by!

    Hi Lexi! I try hard to find interesting giveaways that folks might like :-)

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  13. I have begun haunting this tour and I thank you for participating in the fun and the awesome giveaway opportunity. I think Marking Time sounds wonderful and I would love to read it :)

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  14. Thanks for coming out Denise :-) I'm glad you're liking the tour.

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  15. Those are sooo pretty!! I'd love to win one.

    Lindsey Aylward
    LindseyAylward@yahoo.com

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  16. Thank you so much!
    I really love this blog.

    nayjf@yahoo.com

    Antane

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  17. MARKING TIME has been in my sights a little while now. Tops my list.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  18. These are both so beautiful!

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

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  19. Thanks Lyndsey!
    Thanks Antane!
    Thanks Marybelle! I hope you'll snag the book!
    Thanks for coming by Megan!

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  20. Great interview Sandra! The book sounds great, and is now on my list of books to buy this weekend.
    :-)

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  21. Hi Layna! So glad you made it over and I'm thrilled you'll be buying it this weekend :-) Hope you enjoy it!

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  22. Wow the book looks totally amazing....I'm gonna have to add it to my growing list :0)
    Love the Excerpt :)
    beejee77 AT comcast DOT net

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  23. Oh how lovely they would look gorgeous hanging in my craft room!
    tlabunski **((gmail))**
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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  24. Thanks for coming out BJ and Pabkins!

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  25. I enjoyed your guest post and thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  26. I enjoyed reading your post! And a wonderful givaway! So pretty.

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  27. This is incredibly beautiful. It would be the most perfect Christmas present for one of my best friends. I would love to be entered.

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  28. Awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance to win

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  29. Gorgeous pendants! Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  30. What a beautiful giveaway! You are so generous! :)

    sarawatts18@gmail.com

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  31. What an amazing giveaway! I love time travel in novels and this sounds great!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  32. Wow, what a beautiful giveaway! And a very clever tie-in to your time travel theme. This book sounds like a winner! I love time travel books...but this is the first I've heard of with a paranormal twist. A wolf-shifter going back in time meets a phoenix...a love match? I wish it came in print...I don't have an ereader. Maybe Santa will bring me one for Christmas...then I can buy your book!

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway.
    klepard94(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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