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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sandra Robbins and Free Books!

PhotobucketThe clues in an old diary lead a young man and woman to search for answers to a twenty-five-year-old mystery, but someone is determined some secrets will stay buried forever.

Today we're visiting with novelist Sandra Robbins, author of Shattered Identity (Love Inspired Suspense, February, 2012).

PhotobucketSandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town where she grew up. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. Her books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for excellence in mystery writing, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, and the ACFW Carol Award.

Sandra enjoys writing romance novels in two genres—suspense and historical. Shattered Identity is the second in a three book Love Inspired Suspense series set on Ocracoke Island. Her first book in the Harvest House series Smoky Mountain Dreams releases in August.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I’ve recently become hooked on playing Words with Friends online.

--I love to cook, but I don’t enjoy washing dishes.

--I’m so thankful I got to see Yul Brynner perform onstage in The King and I.

--Monte Carlo is one of my favorite places I’ve visited.

--I still grieve for my Yorkshire terrier who died three years ago.

Oh, Sandra, I'm trying very hard not to play a single hand of Words with Friends. I don't know anyone who has played once and walked away...

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Shattered Identity.

PhotobucketSomeone—with a very personal motive—has it out for Lisa Wade, Ocracoke Island’s sheriff’s dispatcher. She was viciously attacked, her home was ransacked and one very precious possession was stolen.

Deputy Sheriff Scott Michaels plans to stay close until the culprit is caught…but that means involving Lisa in the investigation. And her assistance may cause more trouble for Lisa when she finds clues in a journal to a deadly mystery.

As Lisa and Scott cross dangerous territory, they inch closer to the truth—and to each other. But lurking in the shadows is a killer determined to keep some secrets buried forever.

What is it about Scott Michaels that will make your readers care about him?

Scott Michaels has only recently been reunited with the family he was abducted from when he was a child. As he struggles to make up for the lost years, he must also face the memory of the military missions he has experienced and the men who didn’t come home. He knows he’s falling in love with Lisa, but he doesn’t want to expose her to the nightmare of his life.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketJosh Lucas would play Scott Michaels.

PhotobucketAnd Naomi Watts would play Lisa Wade.

Recently a friend gave me a book that provides links to online music meant to accompany the story at specific points in the plot,. I thought that was an interesting idea. If you were to choose a song to be played somewhere within your story, what song would it be?

It would probably be a children’s song like All the Pretty Little Horses when Lisa is reading her mother’s journal and thinking about her mother who died when Lisa was three years old.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Organized Grime. This is the third in Christy Barritt’s Squeaky Clean Series. For readers who haven’t been introduced to her heroine Gabby St. Claire, they’re in for a treat. Gabby cleans up crime scenes, but she also knows how to clean up the scum of the earth.

I enjoy Christy's series, too! 

What are you working on now?

I am working on Mountain Homecoming, the second book in my historical romance series Smoky Mountain Dreams from Harvest House Publishers. The first book Angel of the Cove releases in August, and Mountain Homecoming releases next year.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is sandrarobbins.net, and I also write with three other authors on

The book can be found in fine bookstores and can be purchased online via these buttons:

444793: Shattered Identity

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I was an avid reader of Nancy Drew books when I was growing up, and my favorite was The Password to Larkspur Lane. What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Thank you, Sandra, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, February 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandra's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Veronica Heley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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wfnren said...

I loved Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Bobbsey Twins. I think my favorite stories were The Bungalow Mystery and The Red Trailer Mystery.


Cindy W. said...

Well, when I was in fourth grade I lived in Japan and we had a bookmobile at school instead of an actual library. My favorite book was "Junket" and it was a story about a junkyard dog finding a home. I checked it out five times in a row and read it all five times. The Librarian on the bookmobile finally told me I couldn't check it out again and she started suggesting different books to me each time I went. That's when I fell in love with reading.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

I forgot to say that the author of Junket was Anne H. White.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


by Pegg Thomas said...

My favorite book was "Big Red" and I still have my original paperback copy. It belonged to my dad when he was in high school! It's beyond tattered and torn, but I'll never part with it.

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lgm52 said...

I loved The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings...I still enjoy that a

Deborah M said...

Sandra, I loved Nancy Drew. I read all of her books. I don't think I could pick a favorite one.
Deborah M
debbiejeanm at gmail dot com

squiresj said...

My favorite book as a child was the Little House on the Prairies Series - I also liked Alice in Waterland and others
I too like to cook but not wash dishes,
I still miss my dog who died 3 or 4 years ago.
God Bless.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

squiresj said...

My favorite book as a child was the Little House on the Prairies Series - I also liked Alice in Waterland and others
I too like to cook but not wash dishes,
I still miss my dog who died 3 or 4 years ago.
God Bless.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Marianne said...

My mom and dad bought me Trixie Beldon books for years. i loved them, but also liked Nancy Drew.i still have The Mystifying Twins and The Secret of the Mystifying Twins by Joan Price Reeve.

Mitzi[underscore]wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Arizona

kalea_kane said...

When I was a child I was a huge fan of all books. I read everything I could get my hands on. One book that I came back to again and again was Aesop's Fables. My grandparents had given it to me. Another favorite of mine was Henry Reed Inc. which I had found at a yard sale when shopping with my mother. I am still a big fan of that book. :)


Merry said...

I liked The Secret Garden and Nancy Drew mysteries. I really loved going to the library every two weeks to load up on new adventures in reading!
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~Ley said...

My favorite book was Beyond the Paw-Paw Trees by Palmer Brown. It still is one of my favorites in fact!


Carol N Wong said...

I had a lot of favorites, Black Beauty, Little Women, Little Men, the whole Little House on the Prairie series.


Anonymous said...

Oh, the Nancy Drew books. Loved them. And I angered a librarian by asking where they were! But my favorite childhood book was Anne of Green Gables. Thank you for having the drawing.


Bethany said...

I was another Nancy Drew lover. I also enjoyed the Boxcar Children books a lot :) This sounds like a great book!

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apple blossom said...


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Brenda said...

I loved Nancy Drew but that was over 50 yrs ago and I don't remember any titles of those books.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Kristie said...

I loved the Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal. Not exactly literary fiction, it was more brain candy. I enjoyed then though. I read some Nancy Drew also. And the Babysitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin. I always had my nose in a book. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Abigail Richmond said...

It would probably be Mandie I also liked The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew I still enjoy reading them all. There are a lot of others as well.
"Shattered Identity" looks very interesting.

Nancee said...

This looks like a wonderful book. Thank you for offering it to a lucky winner.

Nancee said...

I'd love a copy of this book. Looks like great reading. Thank you for offering it.

Sonja said...

I love to read and I am so trying to expand my intersts, this sounds like a great place to start...



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