Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day and a Chance to Win Books

Hello Everyone,

We are celebrating our Labor Day weekend here in the States. This nationwide holiday is a tribute to the American worker. There is a dispute over who the founder of Labor Day is, but at this time many believe Peter J. McGuire was first in suggesting the idea. Recent research supports that Matthew Maguire proposed the idea. I know it is important to historians to know who actually started the campaign for Labor Day, but I'm not going to focus on the founder here.

We as Americans have come a very long way, and I believe Labor Day is a celebration of what we have accomplished. Today, we celebrate the American worker.


Now, I want to talk about a trip I took to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Specifically, I want to tell you about the return trip.

When we left the U.S. Virgin Islands we had engine problems and had to land in St. Croix (another island in the U.S. Virgin Islands) for repairs. We were told to stay onboard because there was unrest on the island and people were being killed. Right before we were to leave a young woman came rushing on the plane, and she sat beside me. She was crying.

This was back in the late 60's or early 70's when there was a lot of racial tension. The young girl was a teacher, and she'd just gotten out of the hospital after surgery, and she was afraid to go back to her apartment. She was afraid she was next to be killed. She'd seen a friend of hers killed, and she was terrified so she'd left everything behind in order to return to her family in Florida.

We were on an Eastern flight (a small plane not a jet) over the Caribbean and lightening was striking our plane. Everyone was crying and praying. My mother sat across the aisle from me, and I wanted to talk to her but I was listening and trying to calm this young woman down who had just escaped one terror for another. I did manage to hold my mother's hand once and tell her I loved her but the rest of the time I spent reassuring the young teacher that we would be okay.

Rebecca Royce, a friend and author is also blogging today. For a chance to win a copy of her new stories, Screw Superman or Banging Batman go to her blog at you have to answer this question: What did I eat for dinner when I saw La Cage Aux Folles? To find the answer go to

On Ms. Royce's site you'll find the question you'll need to win either an ebook or a print copy of Addiction in celebration of the release of my new book, The Deceived on September 10th.

Have a great Labor Day.

See you next week.



K.T. Bishop said...

Aren't we a little late?
steak,crabmeat salad, lobster ravioli, and five choice cheese plate.

Sandy said...

Yes, I am, but it was planned.

Thanks for coming by, K. T.

Rebecca Royce said...

Did your books come to you all at once or did one develop in your mind after another?


MiaMarlowe said...

If adversity reveals character, I'd say you and your mother passed with flying colors. Kudos for helping others in a crisis.

J Hali said...

You guys are awesome setting this up. I've read both blogs and I'm just here to say congratulations to a great author, Sandy.

Sandy said...

Hey, Rebecca, what a question. lol When I wrote the first book I realized a couple of secondary characters their stories told.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Mia.

We made it, but we didn't we were going to for a bit. It was the worse experience I ever had flying.

Sandy said...

Thank you, J. Hali. Great, huh? I like that. Smile.

Paris said...


You sound like the perfect traveler and I'm glad you were there for the young woman who'd escaped one terrifying ordeal only to land in the middle of another. I think you were supposed to be there:-)

Sandy said...

Thank you, Paris.

I agree that I was supposed to be there.

Linda Henderson said...

I believe she ate crabmeat salad, lobster ravioli, sirloin steak, cheese plate and red wine.

Cathy M said...

Very fun contest, ladies.

Rebecca enjoyed a crabmeat salad, followed by a lobster ravioli, sirloin steak and a five choice cheese plate.

Sounds delicious.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Sandy said...

Thanks, Linda and Cathy. Sounds good to me, too, Kathy.

SiNn said...

great contest

Rebecca enjoyed steak,crabmeat salad, lobster ravioli, and five choice cheese plate.

crosse smy fingers and congrats on the releases!

susan said...

The food was steak, lobster ravioli, crabmeat salad and cheese plate. susan L.

Sandy said...

Thanks, SiNn and Susan. Great job.

Linda LaRoque said...

You've had some exciting experiences, Sandy. I can't imagine what it'd be like to have to run from your home in fear for your life. We are so fortunate here in America.

Sandy said...

Thanks, Linda.