Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Birthday Contest and a Book Review for Carla Cassidy's, Harlequin Intrigue, ENIGMA

Yep, I'll be having another birthday soon and to celebrate I'm having a contest. All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment today and become a follower. For those who are already followers your comment will be enough to enter.

To entice you, I am going to tell you the prize so if it doesn't interest you won't want to waste your time. lol The winner will receive a collection of Japanese Cherry Blossom products from Bath and Body Works. The winner will be announced next Sunday, May 30th.

As a writer, I don't have a lot of time to read but lately I've been making the time to do something I enjoy very much--reading. Nearly everyone I know has read a Harlequin book. My very first Harlequin romance was a sweet romance by Janet Daily and from there I read many other authors including Nora Roberts.

One of my favorite Harlequin authors these days is Carla Cassidy. I read her latest Harlequin Intrigue, ENIGMA, in one setting. It's a page turner.

Here is a brief bio about the author:

Carla Cassidy is an award-winning author who has written more than fifty novels (that number is low since she has written over a hundred but not all of them for HQ--smile) for Harlequin Books. In 1995, she won Best Silhouette Romance from RT Book Reviews for Anything for Danny. In 1998, she also won a Career Achievement Award for Best Innovative Series from RT Book Reviews.

Blurb on back cover of ENIGMA:

Test Subject: Jared Maddox
Ability: Mental Telepathy
Weakness: Willa Tyler, the only person he was able to communicate with while in a coma.

From the moment he came out of a coma, Jared Maddox knew his whereabouts had been compromised and that only one person could help him escape: trauma nurse Willa Tyler. Although he was reluctant to put Willa's life in danger, she refused to abandon him, insisting she help him reconnect with his mysterious past...and his identical twin. Using the abilities some saw as a gift, Jared sensed the moment they closed in on the truth. And the moment he started considering a future with the strong and beautiful woman who'd faithfully stood by his side. But was her healing touch enough to weather what they uncovered deep in the mountains?


"There is one last thing you can do for me, Willa. Kiss me."
Before she could reply his arms tightened around her and pulled her closer; and his mouth descended to hers. She wouldn't have thought it possible, but it was better than her dream.
Unfortunately, the window nearest them crashed inward and the kiss ended with his gasp and her outcry. Hissing smoke quickly filled the room and burned Willa's eyes and the back of her throat.
The smoke grew so thick so fast she lost sight of Jared and cried out his name in fear: She felt his hand grab hers as her head spun.
She had no time to wonder what was happening or who was responsible. She only had a moment to recognize that whoever was after Jared had somehow found him here, and now they were in deep trouble.
Willa. She heard his frantic voice calling out her name just before a profound darkness rushed up to grab her.

If this doesn't grab your attention nothing will. There are surprises in here galore. Being a writer nothing much surprises me but there were a few in ENIGMA.
To learn more about Carla Cassidy visit her website, and her blog,

Remember next Sunday I'll announce the winner of my contest so until then have a great week.



Linda Henderson said...

Happy Birthday, whenever it is. I am a follower of your blog already. This is a wonderful giveaway, I love Bath & Body Works and this is one of my favorite fragrances. Thank you for the chance to win a set.

Cheri LaClaire said...

I miss reading too! I don't do nearly as much as I used to. Someone once said you need to read to 'refill your words.' I think that's true--we unconsciously pick up on new phrases and fresh ways of looking at things when we read.

Sandy said...

Thank you for coming by, Linda.

Sandy said...

You're so right, Cheri. To me it's almost like freeing my mind so I can write again.

Thanks for your comment.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Hope your birthday is all you want it to be! :) Great hook for Carla's book.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Stacey.

I thought Carla had a great hook, too.

debbie said...

I am a follower. Happy Birthday, I hope it is good.

Sandy said...

Thanks, Debbie. It will be in June but not too far in. lol

I've added you to the drawing.

Jackie Wisherd said...

Have a Happy Birthday....mine is coming up in early June and right now I'm trying to think of something interesting and unusual to get for my sister since it is her birthday too. Any ideas?

Jill James said...

Happy Birthday Sandy. I love Carla's books and this one sounds particularly 'intriguing'. LOL

Sandy said...

Hi Jill,

So glad to see you here. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I'll have to tell Carla what you said about her books. Yay, Carla.

Thanks for stopping by.

Heather said...

Happy happy birthday! You have a lovely blog!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Sandy said...

Hi Jackie,

If it's not too crass, I'll recommend my ebook, Addiction, which can be found on Amazon. Also, if you win my contest prize it would be a great gift. Smile.

Thanks for coming by. Happy Birthday to you and your sister. Are you twins?

Sandy said...


So glad you like my blog. I try to write about things that people other than authors like to hear about.

SiNn said...

Happy Birthday! i Love the sound of that book andd i have to say I lovee Harliquin books for sure I do love your blog its fun and fresh im a lazy blogger may have to try to blog more

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Your book sounds like it will be really good. I have to check it out.
I just became a follower.

April Ash said...

Wonderful blog! Carla Cassidy is a terrific author who is gracious enough to share her knowledge with others. Those in groups with her know of her beautiful spirit and willingness to help others.

robynl said...

I am a follower for some time now.

May you have a great Birthday day, Sandy;

I love the Japanese Cherry Blossom line.

LuAnn said...

Happy Birthday! How wonderful that you're giving gifts for your special day instead of the other way around.

reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

Sandy said...

Thank you, SiNn. I'm so glad you love my blog.

Since you like Harlequin books be sure to try one of Carla's starting with Enigma.

Sandy said...


Thanks for becoming a follower.

Enigma is a good fast-paced book, Patsy.

Sandy said...

Thanks, April.

You're right on with your comment. We're lucky to have her in our group.

Sandy said...

Hi RobynL,

Oh yes, you're one of my most loyal followers, my dear. Thank you.

Sandy said...

LOL I actually find it more fun to give gifts than to receive them.

Thanks for coming by, LuAnn.

Kristie said...

Hello Sandy,
I don't know if you remember me, but we had lunch together with some other ex-TWAers, My husband and I have moved to Tulsa now. That's the greatest thing about the Internet - it doesn't matter where you are (well, almost!). Happy Birthday to you. When I turned 45 my three kids made a treasure hunt for me. They had 45 of my favorite candies (chocolate, of course) and attached to each one was a clue to where the next one was. Best of all, they also wrote 45 reasons they love me. It was so special. I hope you are shown love like that...and not just on your birthday!
Kristie Mead

Anonymous said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Sandy! Being several hours ahead usually means I'm behind on catching up. I agree with Cheri. I don't have nearly enough time to read, but when I do it does open my mind. Sometimes it even challenges me to work harder, write smarter, to be better.

Wishing you all the best!

Donna Marie Rogers said...

Happy Birthday, Sandy - great excerpt, Carla!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance, Sandy! I've never read one of Carla's books, and Im always looking for authors Ive not read before ---this one of hers sounds absolutely great!

Ahh, for the time to read all I want to! Considering Im a professed "Book-a-Holic" and buy constantly --I really do need to find more time to read! LOL!

Great Blog! Joining yours today!

Sandy said...

Oh, Kristie, of course, I remember you. I'm so sorry you've moved. Why did you move to Tulsa? Is it because of hubby's job? How is doing now? I hope he's not suffering as much.

So good to hear from you. Write to me on email.

Thanks for coming by.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Isis.

Your trip to Italy sounds wonderful.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Donna. It's a few days away yet. lol

Sandy said...

Thank you, Kari.

Even bookaholics don't have time to read. Now, that's a crying shame. lol Life is just too busy. There are times I would like to crawl in a hole so I can just relax. lol

Carla is a wonderful author and she is so helpful to newbies.

Thank you for the early birthday wishes.

Linda LaRoque said...

Happy Birthday, Sandy! How fun that you're celebrating by having a contest.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Linda. My birthday is still a few days away yet but not too far off.

Historical Writer/Editor said...

You have me intrigued! Happy birthday, by the way. I hope you have a great one. -Laura