Sunday, December 27, 2009

Review by BK Books

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. We had a winter wonderland here and the kids in the neighborhood have been out sleighing in our driveway. lol Remember doing that as a kid. Brrr! No way could you get me out there now. lol

This will be one of shortest blogs, but I wanted to wish all of you a healthy and Happy New Year.

For some good news, my book, Addiction, received a wonderful review from BK Books, and I'm absolutely thrilled with the five stars they gave me.
Review by BK Walker - Addiction by Sandra K. Marshall is one of the best books I've come across this year! A must read for those that love a true murder and mystery.

If you wish to read more of the review you may go to this link:

Thank you to all who have visited my blog this year. Even to those who didn't leave a comment. Wink! I know you are there. Smile.

Happy New Year! Stay safe and may there be peace even if it's just in our little corner of the world.

Next week, I'll post the winners of my contests.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Favorite Childhood Christmas Traditions

Hello Everyone,

Today, I'm going to tell you about my favorite childhood Christmas traditions. On Christmas Eve, I loved going to church because all of the children enacted the nativity scene that night to celebrate the birth of Christ. At the end of the services as we streamed out of the church wishing everyone a Merry Christmas we were handed a string bag with candy and nuts in it before we walked out into a winter wonderland to see snow falling and the glow of streetlights.

That wasn't the end of the evening. After church, we drove just a few blocks to Grandma and Grandpa's house. The Christmas tree sitting in front of their picture window brightly lit welcomed us and the excitement built in my cousins, sister, brother and me knowing what was inside. Grandma had hot chocolate and cookies ready for us when we went through the door. One look at all the gloriously wrapped gifts and the ones that weren't wrapped drove that from our minds.

Of course, we always got to unwrap gifts first, then we had the hot chocolate and cookies before leaving sleepily to go to our own homes. It was a lovely tradition and one I have missed. It was a time when families were close no matter what issues they might have with one another.

There were other Christmas traditions that I liked very much. We opened gifts at home on Christmas Day, and then we went to Grandma and Grandpa's to open more and for dinner. The whole day was spent cooking, eating, playing games, laughing and talking. I usually found time to sit in a corner reading the latest Trixie Belden or Nancy Drew book I had gotten for Christmas.

Another thing I liked about Christmas as a kid was the carolers who came to visit our house on a cold wintery night. We lived in the country and the snow was deep. Always, the carolers were invited in to warm themselves and drink a cup of chocolate while they sampled cookies. The carolers went to all the farms in our community. It was wonderful.

Remember January 1st, I'll be announcing the winners of my contest.

Thank you for visiting and feel free to tell your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah, or other religious traditions at this time of the year.

Merry Christmas Everyone!



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Interview With Villain

Hi Everyone,

It's Sunday, and I'm blogging. Smile. Okay, I'm doing something a bit different today. My heroine, Jolene, is going to interview the villain of my story, ADDICTION. Yay! Just beware though, that the hero might just pop in at any time. There's no stopping that man.

Jolene: Why do you kill women?

Villain: They are evil bitches.

Jolene: Huh! Why do you say that?

Villain: They are never there for you. They are supposed to protect their kids.

Hero: Humph. He's evil, not women. I should amend that, not all women.

Jolene: Why do you say women should protect their kids? Don't they usually?

Villain: The old witch who was my mother didn't. She deserved to die.

Jolene: Gasp! Did you kill your mother?

Hero: That was probably his first kill, that's where it started.

Jolene: Oh no. How horrible!

Villain: Turning to hero. You think you know it all, but you don't know me. Not at all.

Hero: I know your type. I've seen your profile. If you are not stopped, you'll continue to
kill innocent women.

Villain: Ha! None of these women are innocent.

Jolene: Why do you say that? What did they do that was so bad.

Villain: Um, uh. They allowed their children to be abused.

Jolene: Your crazy. All of the women you've killed have been single.

Villain: Sneering, I've seen their type. I saved their children from being abused in the

Jolene: You don't know that they would allow that to happen. Why do you want to kill
me? I haven't done anything to you.

Villain: You! You're the worse of all. You're an alcoholic, he said, contempt dripping
from his tone.

Jolene: I've quit, she said tearfully.

Villain: Yeah right. That's what she said.

Jolene: I want to live. Don't I deserve some happiness?

Villain: Hell no! He sprang forward, his hands reaching for her. You never showed me
any happy times.

Hero: Hey, wait just a moment. He stepped behind the man, wrapped his arm around
his chest. This chat is over.

Jolene: She stared into space hoping that it could really end like it had in her
imagination. Would she live to find love? She hoped so.

Okay, folks, don't forget the contest that started December 1st. The details are on my November 29th post. Also, the contest that started December 6th is an easy one, all you have to do is leave the most comments for the month of December.

Vicki Wurgler is the winner of my Author Island contest at and she won a big basket full of goodies. Among them is a DVD of casino games, candles, lotion, etc.

That's all until next Sunday. Keep warm and safe.

Buy link for Addiction:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Help for Those in Need

Hi Everyone,

I have decided to have another contest before the first one is finished. lol This one is going to be for the rest of the month, and it's going to be easier. All you have to do is make the most comments for the rest of the month of December starting today. Easy. Right! We'll see.

Once again, I'm not telling you the prize. It's going to be another surprise. Wink!

Before I close today, I want to remind you of pet shelters, nursing homes, children, food banks, Salvation Army, and homeless shelters that need our help. This is the season for giving, so please help where ever you can. I know everyone is needing something and none of us can do everything, but just one present to a person in a nursing home or to a child can make a huge difference in their lives. One dollar in a Salvation Army kettle can do so much.

Thank you. Until next Sunday.