Sent From Heaven (The Tucker’s Book 1) by Dee Dee M. Scott

Best-selling romance author Maya Smith’s life is far different from the characters she creates in her novels. Left to raise a baby without the assistance of the married father, she has given up on finding a prince on a white horse to rescue her.
Enter Cardiologist and single father, Ford Tucker. Dr. Tucker is all work and no play. He has dedicated his life to work and raising his daughter. When Ford becomes Maya’s Cardiologist, he is instantly smitten with her.
Sparks fly and the passion’s hot as ever between the two. But just when Ford thinks he has finally found Ms. Right, and Maya thinks she’s found her prince, a devastating secret is revealed that will rock the core of their relationship. Will their bond survive the terrible secret? Or will Ford end up alone and Maya prince less?

Targeted Audience: 20 50 women

Author Bio:
Best-selling author, playwright and entrepreneur Dee Dee M. Scott’s motto is “The sky is not the limit; the limit is higher than the sky” and with her extensive resume of creative works, she is certainly doing her part to live up to that motto.

Born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, Scott exploded onto the scene in 2009 with her debut novel, My Husband’s Woman, a tale of love and deception which Scott later adapted into a stage play that toured South Carolina and continues to successfully tour to this day. The play earned Scott The Golden Pen Playwright Award, and the Columbia Theater Review named her Playwright to Watch in 2013.

Scott’s follow-up novel, Sent From Heaven, was released in 2013, and she recently served as supervising producer for the horror movie Lake House, a psychological thriller that will hit select theaters soon. (www.lakehousefilm.com)

When Scott isn’t writing, she runs Awesome Scott PR Firm & Talent Agency with her husband and heads her non-profit, Joseph & Kathy Gregg’s Child, which provides theater and acting classes for children, teens and adults.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Years ago, while vacationing with my family, the idea for the story popped into my head. It stayed on my mind for the remainder of the trip. I couldn’t wait to get home to write out my thoughts. I wrote the first book and had no intention of writing about them after that, but the characters continued speaking and before I realized it, I had a story for each family member.

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Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole

A9RED1A.tmp.pdfNoah Hartman, eighty years old, lies sick in a hospital bed recounting his life of love and loss to Josh, a wise and compassionate orderly who stopped in to bring him dinner. As Noah’s loved ones arrive one by one to see him, they listen in on his story, and we’re transported back in time to Noah’s younger years.

Though outwardly seeming to have it all, Noah, now thirty-five, is actually an empty, lost, and broken man running on automatic pilot. He has no true identity due to having allowed his powerful, wealthy parents to manipulate, control, and brainwash him from a young age. With the threat of disinheritance and withholding love and approval if he doesn’t comply with the plan they have for his life, Noah is lured in by the reward of great wealth and the illusion of running the family business empire some day. Enter Robin, twenty-five years old, who — in direct contrast to Noah — is a vivacious, free spirit. Full of life and always living in the moment, Robin’s love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and live his own life at all costs, reclaiming his true self.

While snorkeling in the Caribbean, the captain of the boat warns them not to disturb anything in the sea. Ignoring the exhortation, Noah dives down and snags a sand dollar from the ocean floor, whereupon it explodes in his hand. With the fragile sand dollar taking on new significance, Robin inexplicably leaves Noah shortly after returning from their vacation. Like a passing breeze, she disappears out of his life without a trace, seemingly forever.

Years pass, and Noah still can’t get her out of his mind and out of his heart. After all, she’d always be the one who got away, the one he loved the most. That’s when he finds out about her hidden secret, the underlying condition responsible for her departure. Noah has no choice but to move on with his life without her, meeting Sarah at the premiere of SAND DOLLAR, the movie he wrote about his time with Robin.

Years later, it’s Noah and Sarah’s wedding day, and Robin discovers a clue that Noah had surreptitiously inserted into the movie, inspiring her to race to the wedding to try to stop it. With the wedding in shambles, the scene jumps back to present day, with both Robin and Sarah placed in Noah’s hospital room. But which one did he choose?

As Noah wraps up his story, we are brought up to present day, where Noah discovers a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. Things are definitely not as they appear as the pieces of a shattered love are put back together in the remarkable final chapter of Noah’s life.

Targeted Audience: Adult women

Author Bio:
Born and raised in New England, Sebastian Cole joined his family’s business after graduating from Brown University in the 80s. A true romantic, his life is defined by following his heart and pursuing his dreams, which is why he has become a novelist. Sebastian writes from the heart, believing in true love, love at first sight, and finding that one person in life you’re meant to be with.

Cole’s debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, reflects over forty years of personal life experiences. Sand Dollar has won numerous awards, including being the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award, the bronze winner of ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year Award , a finalist in the International Book Awards, and a finalist in ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition. With a rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon, the book has received rave reviews, many of which compare Cole to his favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. Whether or not he ever achieves that kind of success, touching the lives of others through his writing has been the single most gratifying thing he has ever done.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The concept for Sand Dollar is based on an experience I once had while snorkeling with my soul mate in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Ignoring the captain’s warning not to touch anything in the sea, I dove down to pick up a lone sand dollar at rest on the ocean floor. As I held it out to her, the sand dollar exploded in my hand, disappearing in the water around me. Shortly after returning home from paradise, our relationship came to an abrupt end, as she disappeared from my life, seemingly forever.

I wrote the book because I wanted the world to look at sand dollars through my eyes. For me, the sand dollar has come to represent life, and how fragile life is. Just like the sand dollar, life holds no promises. Seemingly solid and secure in our hands, the blessings we have in our lives today are easily shattered tomorrow. The lesson learned: never take your loved ones for granted. And if you’re ever lucky enough to find that one person in life who makes you love more than any other person could possibly make you love, you treat every day together as if it were your last. You cherish every moment.

My guess is that most of us could probably tell our own version of Sand Dollar. That’s because we’ve all experienced love and loss in our lives. And for far too many of us, and for whatever circumstances, the one we loved the most was “the one who got away.” I’ve had one, and chances are, you’ve had one too! Sand Dollar tells of such a love – a love gained, a love lost, and through it all, a love that just won’t die.

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