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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sandra Ardoin novel


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by Sandra Ardoin

Sandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody. A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler.


Welcome, Sandra. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
My husband and I prefer the mountains to the beach. We spent our honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains. We like trees and a landscape that isn’t flat. We’ll often head to the Blue Ridge Mountains (a couple hours away) for a day trip. We also like to go to the North Carolina Sandhills area on a day trip or overnight.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
When I’m not reading at night I’m watching TV with my husband. I love football and NASCAR Sundays. I used to do much more gardening than I do now.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have two favorites (technically, three). The first, for encouragement, is Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV): “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV): For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” If that doesn’t keep a person humble, I don’t know what will.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Writing is an acceptable outlet for releasing all the people and situations trampling through my mind. (No, I’m not schizophrenic.) I love being able to use my imagination to create people, places, and emotional experiences that provide others with entertainment and, hopefully, minister to them in some way.

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
Before my husband retired, I wrote in the formal

living room. Although it was off the beaten path, it attracted unexpected company regularly. Now, I write
at my desk in our guest room. All the furniture makes
the small room a bit crowded, but (mostly) private. (Shh! When my child leaves the nest, I’m taking over her room and making it my office.) Here are a couple of my writing buddies.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Here are a few suggestions:
These days a book needs reviews. After you read A Reluctant Melody, I would be grateful for an honest review on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble and Goodreads. The best is simply a sentence or two that tells others what you liked about the book. 

When you meet people who enjoy Christian fiction, please suggest the book to them and tell them a little about it. 

Ask your library (church and/or public) to order it.

Take a photo of yourself with the book cover (print or shown on an e-reader). Put it on social media and tag me. You’ll find my links below. Send me the image with your permission to put it on my website.

Add the cover to a Pinterest board of favorite reads.

With so many books out there and not enough time to read them all, it can be difficult for any writer to gain attention for her stories. I’m truly thankful for whatever someone does to help my title become one others want to spend their precious time reading.

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Reluctant Melody.
A Reluctant Melody is a story of redemption and second chances. It asks the question, “Are we ever too bad to receive God’s forgiveness if we seek it through Christ?”

Kit Barnes’ alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past.

Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life.

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?

Where can readers find you online?

Seriously Write blog
Join my email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story.

Where can readers purchase A Reluctant Melody?
A Reluctant Melody is available in both print and e-book on Amazon and my publisher’s website.

Any parting comment?
I want to thank you, Jo, for letting me tell your readers about my new book, and I appreciate your support for both my releases!

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Readers, I’d love to know how you choose a book to read. Cover? Backcover summary? Word-of-mouth recommendation? Social Media posts?

Sandra, thank you for visiting with my readers and me and for offering an eBook copy of A Reluctant Melody that one of the commenters to this blog post will win.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of An American Gothic by Alice K. Arenz is Kim. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thanks for reading my blog! My next novel in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it in the spring.


  1. Thank you for letting me share a little about myself and my work, Jo! :)

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  3. All of the above. Cover first then back page description and social media posts. By the way I have been looking at this book and it looks and sounds awesome.

    1. Stella, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  4. I appreciate your answer, Stella. That's pretty much how my interest is piqued, too.

    I'm glad you find A Reluctant Melody intriguing! I've been very happy with the feedback and reviews it has garnered. :)

  5. I am so glad yo featured Sandra on your blog. I have seen this book featured on other blogs and am hoping I am able to read it soon. I choose a book by all of the above options, I go for an eye catching or unusual cover first then the back cover I read . t also helps to see a book featured on blogs and social media. I follow Jo's blog. This book sounds wonderful !

    Deanne P.
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

    1. Hi Deanne! I hope you get an opportunity to read A Reluctant Melody too! :)

      It's good to know that you like reading about books on various blogs and use that as another resource for your decisions. I do reviews on Tuesdays on my blog and run a list of new releases the first Tuesday of each month. I hope you'll stop by and check out some of the books I review.

    2. Deanne, glad you enjoyed Sandra's visit. I appreciate you following my blog and leaving your comment!

  6. The cover grabs me first, then I read the back.

    I'm a follower!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

    1. Melody, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog!

  7. Sandra is a new author to me. Yay! The cover is beautiful.

    1. Karen, glad you found a new-to-you author here. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  8. The books I look at first are the ones with the attractive covers and titles that look interesting. Then I read the back of the book to see the subject content.