Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Turning Thirty-Twelve ~ Write Touch Finalist!!

I'm pleased to announce that Turning Thirty-Twelve is a mainstream finalist in the Write Touch Readers Choice Awards!! This book also won the Aspen Readers Choice Award for best contemporary romance and finaled in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence!!

Turning Thirty-Twelve

By: Sandy James | Other books by Sandy James
Categories: Mainstream Romance, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Word Count: 72,000
Heat Level: STEAMY
Published By: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.

Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined.

When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be "blind." He's the father of one of her students.

Widower Mark Brennan isn't looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he's quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he's "abandoning" his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie. When Mark's daughter begins to date Jackie's son, things become more complicated.

Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love? And how will a surprise pregnancy affect all their lives?

"Forty should never be considered 'over-the-hill.' When I passed that milestone, I decided to write a strong, sexy forty-something heroine who broke the stereotypical romance mold. Jackie Delgado lives life out loud, refusing to surrender her vitality and passion simply because of a number. And for a dynamic character like Jackie, I just had to create equally passionate hero, Mark Brennan." ~Sandy~

A BookStrand Mainstream Romance

18 Ratings
Avg - 4.8
Turning Thirty-Twelve
Turning Thirty-Twelve

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Professional Reviews

Winner, Best Contemporary, Aspen Gold Readers' Choice

2009 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist for Mainstream Romance

Best Book: "Ms. James did an outstanding job writing Turning Thirty-Twelve. I most definitely did not see the twists and turns coming. This book grabbed a hold of my heart and did not let go until the very last page. I still find myself thinking of this book and the characters who made this book so special. I highly recommend Turning Thirty-Twelve to anyone who enjoys a laugh out loud, exceptionally written book that will keep you coming back for more. I would love to see this book either have a sequel or become a series so I can see where my favorite characters are today and how they are faring. Turning Thirty-Twelve was simply an amazing book that I would read many times over which is why I would like to give it the LASR Best Book Rating! I will most certainly be keeping my eye on Ms. James for any books she may have coming out." -- Violet, Long and Short Reviews

5 HEARTS: "Ms. James did a fabulous job creating this storyline and she developed characters that you just can't help but fall in love with, quirks and all. I found this story to be a little bit sweet with a whole lot of hot and sexy mixed throughout. I loved Ms. James' sense of humor that she sprinkled throughout the pages and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times as I was reading. I would highly recommend this story to others and it's a definite keeper in my library. Don't pass this one up!" -- Diana Coyle, Night Owl Reviews

5 CUPS: "This story is full of the emotions, courage, insecurity and humor of a real woman. Jackie is not a perky young ingenue and is definitely more likeable and sympathetic because of it. Her marriage and divorce have really killed her self esteem and I loved how Mark makes her see herself differently. He is a wonderful and sexy man with the patience to see just how great Jackie is. Their romance is by no means an easy one and both of them have issues that are addressed and very well. This story is a real gem. The characters are wonderfully drawn and real, the plot is riveting, and the love scenes are very hot, showing the reader that love lives do not end at thirty." -- Maura, Coffee Time Romance Reviews

5 KISSES: "Turning Thirty-Twelve is a sweet read that kept a smile on my face the entire time. Sandy James does an amazing job of making me feel like I've known Jacqueline and Mark for years. When you want a read that makes you smile and believe that true love does really exist you want Turning Thirty-Twelve." -- Tina, Two Lips Reviews

4.5 HEARTS: "Ms. Sandy James has written a good book about second chances and the problems with blending two families. The entire cast was plagued with difficulties. The more they tried to merge the families, the harder it became. The children, as well as Jackie's ex-husband, threw all sorts of crises into the mix. At times the obstacles seemed insurmountable. Ms. James's personalities were strong and so typically shown that it was impossible not to find the story intriguing. The two main individuals were attracted to each other. However, "life" just kept interfering. The storyline was poignant and I shed tears. It was true-to-life and easy to delve into. The ending was a total surprise to me. I had no idea it would take the twists and turns it did. I was totally engrossed in the book. I recommend that, especially if you love sentimentality, you read this book. You will be glad to have read it. It's the type of book that stays with you even after the last page." -- Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio

4 STARS: "Snappy dialogue, plot twists and endearing characters enhance this wonderful story of middle-aged angst. There are laugh-out-loud moments and tearful ones too, generally caused by Jackie and Mark's children from their former marriages." -- Donna M. Brown, Romantic Times

4 STARS: "Sandy James offers readers a touching romance. I like the characters in Turning Thirty Twelve. Love does not stop when a woman's hair turns gray. The plot of this book is very realistic. James demonstrates the trials of parents everywhere. Fans of romance will enjoy Turning Thirty Twelve." -- Anne Boling, ReviewYourBook

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