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“Lily looked over her shoulder and, seeing no one, began to relax. It was just her imagination. It had to be, didn’t it? She could not remember a time when she did not feel as though someone was watching her.”


Live for Today

Spring Island Trilogy #2

Sandra Steiner

Lily looked over her shoulder and, seeing no one, began to relax. It was just her imagination. It had to be, didn’t it? She could not remember a time when she did not feel as though someone was watching her.

Sitting on the beach watching the calm water always seemed to help to ease the panic. The waves were gently lapping against the driftwood on the beach. The sound of the seagulls was soothing. The smell of the salty ocean air was comforting. So why couldn’t she just relax? Today, it did not seem to be working.

Last night the dreams had kept her awake through most of the night. If only she knew what they meant. She was so tired of them. They had plagued her for her entire life, as long as she could remember anyhow. Today was a day filled with questions, and she just wanted answers. All her life she had worked at blocking memories.

Maybe it was time for her to lay her past to rest. The idea of it terrified her, and she really wasn’t sure why. She wanted to move forward in her life; it was time.

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Excerpt 

Lily made the drive out to the ferry’s loading area. There were ferries that went every couple of hours or so. As she waited in line for the ferry to take her to the mainland, her mind drifted to her dreams. She pulled out her dream journal and began to make notes about what she knew about her past. It was difficult at first to think about it. But it was necessary. She knew that now. She had been keeping the journal for a while now; the counsellor had suggested that it might highlight some of the recurring events and make things easier to figure out.

Her mother’s name: Andrea Gail Hayes Her father’s name: Tyson John Hayes The town she was born in: Rollingway Birthday: 28 August 1980

Birth name: Corina Lily Hayes; now uses Lily Gordon (adoptive family name)

Vague memories of: Forest?
 Roses
.  Hiding in dark cupboard

She couldn’t remember much more, not yet at least.

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TEN FUN FACTS

1.      Sandra went to the bar for the first time (legally) at the grand old age of 41.

2.      Sandra has two beautiful grandchildren.

3.      Sandra loves quotes!

4.      Sandra believes that by encouraging others to do their best, everyone succeeds.

5.      Sandra has three more novels in progress!

6.      Sandra loves to read all genres from erotica to young adult!

7.      Sandra believes in angels.

8.      Sandra loves connecting with readers, bloggers, and other authors.  Communication is very important to her.

9.      Sandra and her husband love long walks, and enjoy going to the movies!

10.  Sandra loves the beach and the ocean.

Meet the Cast

Live For Today Review

First off, I just wanted to congratulate whoever came up with and designed the cover, however many people that might be.  It’s a beautiful piece of art and so lovely to look at, yet it does a great job of intriguing us readers into looking at the blurb!

Second, holy freaking wow!!  Storyline wise, this was such a plot-twisting masterpiece!  I mean seriously.  The little hints kept you guessing throughout the entire book and the outcomes were a complete surprise to me.  I am truly in awe over the ability to do that.  Even some of the big-named authors have a hard time surprising me and Sandra Steiner did a masterful job of it!  I’m pleasantly shocked!  See, book lovers, this is why reading indies is such a passion of mine.

Character wise, I liked Lily.  I really felt connected to her throughout the story and that was very well done.  The less important characters were very well thought out and portrayed, although I’m not sure I felt anything so deep as I did for Lily.  It could have been a tad better in engaging my emotions for or against them.  However, other than that, the character development was spot on.

Overall, the entire story kept me entertained and wanting to find out what happens next.  It was a ‘just one more chapter’ type of book.  Kept me up way too late the other night, even.  So nice job.  4 stars!

Cherish the Past (Spring Trilogy Book #1)

Excerpt

Angie sighed. A small smile began to form as she recalled the moments that led up to this incredible feeling. Life was good-no, life was amazing. It hadn’t always been, but today at forty-six, it sure was. She had reached a good space in her life. She was content, in love, at peace with her past, and excited about her future. Tomorrow she was marrying her soul mate. She had nearly given up hoping she would find him.

He had actually prayed that she would find him before his birthday. Or so he said, and she had no reason not to believe him. As she sat on the beach watching the waves roll in, the memories of a lifetime came crashing in, reminding her to cherish the past . . .

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 Cherish the Past Review

I just wanted to say, I’m not much of an inspirational novel reader, but this first book in the series was amazing.  I wasn’t sure what I expected, but the range of the dark, powerful emotions of Angie’s past was not it.  That poor woman.  I felt for her for the entire novel and I’m extremely happy at how it ended.  It was a near-perfect ending.  Truly a good novel that will make you feel for the main character in ways a good novel should.  I was nicely surprised at how this all worked out.

As far as character development goes, the story did a nice job at almost every aspect of Angie’s past.  I felt a little more could have been expressed during certain deep moments I won’t name for fear of spoilers, but other than that, it was nicely done.  You truly felt anger and even hatred for Alex; you truly felt sympathy and pain for Angie, and you were truly happy she found love.

The entire story kept me up later than I wanted, and it definitely kept me engaged.  As any good novel should.  It’s shocking that an inspirational kept me engaged so well.  At least to me.  So I’m so thrilled to give this installment a solid 4 stars.

About the Author

Sandra Steiner relocated to Vancouver Island in 2010 to pursue a dream of living near the ocean.  She met her soul mate Cory in the spring of 2013 and a short six months later they were married. They combined lives, homes, children, and fur babies to create a life they both love.  They are both creative individuals and as Sandra writes, Cory composes music for an upcoming CD.

There are parallels in Sandra’s writing and real life, that’s true. However, the motive for writing her novels is to inspire her readers to be strong, independent women. Sandra believes if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. The novels are suitable for teen through adult readers. Both of Sandra’s novels have been well received, and Cherish the Past has recently been awarded the gold seal of literary excellence!

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