Friday, November 1, 2019

Thankful Author- Sadira Stone

Thank you, Angela, for this chance to meet your readers and share some November gratitude.

Of course, I’m grateful for my family, my health, my good fortune, the usual stuff. It’s only by pure, dumb luck that I was born into a middle-class family in the U.S. and not an environment where women aren’t valued as fully human, where children die of preventable diseases, or where folks endure backbreaking labor just to survive.

In 2019, I’m especially grateful for the writing community. Way back in 2012-ish, when I first began writing for publication, a writer told me that writer friends will keep you motivated, celebrate your successes, and comfort you when a project flounders or tanks. He was so right!

Only two published books into my career, I’m still a baby author—okay, perhaps a toddler. And I’m oh so grateful to those ahead of me on the path who’ve extended a helping hand, and to those newbies who’ve banded together to lift each other up. My local (Olympia, Washington) RWA chapter, the RWA PAN loop, my fellow Wild Rose Press authors, and various online writing groups (shout-out to the Insecure Writers Support Group) all offer networking opportunities. We’ve all heard the old saw: “A rising tide lifts all boats.” In the writing world, that’s so true!

In 2019, after the publication of my second book, I dipped my toes into the world of live book/author events and discovered I actually enjoy them! Shout out to King’s Books in Tacoma, Washington, site of my first-ever book signing.  Owner sweet pea Flaherty (that’s how he writes his name) organized a marvelous Bookstore Romance Day event last August.

Thanks to Pam Binder, President of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, I got table at the PNWA’s autograph party in Seatac, Washington, where I met several of my fellow authors from The Wild Rose Press and had a fangirl moment when I bumped into bestselling thriller author Robert Dugoni!

Other events included the Columbia Gorge Book Festival in The Dalles, Oregon, and the Passport to Romance Reader Event at the Emerald City Writers’ Conference last month, sponsored by the Greater Seattle RWA. Tomorrow, I’m participating in an author panel at the library in Chehalis, Washington, where we’ll talk to folks doing NANOWRIMO.

These chances to connect directly with readers are great fun, and I never would’ve had these opportunities without the helping hands of my writing community. As I move forward in my career, I try to be that helping hand as well.

Once again, thanks to Angela Hayes, our hostess with the mostest, for welcoming me to her blog today.

And now, I’d like to tell you about Book Two in the Book Nirvana Series, Runaway Love Story

Fierce passion or long-cherished dreams...she can't hang onto both.

Chasing a big-city art gallery job, Laurel detours to Eugene, Oregon to help her spitfire great aunt into assisted living. While on a run, she’s harassed by a group of teens until a tall, broad-shouldered hottie rescues her by pretending to be her boyfriend--with a kiss that makes her wish it were true. But she's only passing through.

Their fierce chemistry burns up the sheets—and the couch, the shower, the woods...but falling in love could cost Laurel more than she’s willing to sacrifice. She can't stay in Eugene, and he can’t leave. His only hope is to convince her those big-city lights have nothing on her inner sparkle.

               “I’m sorry she called you the S word.”
                She laughed. “Yeah. That’s a curse word, as far as I’m concerned.” She leaned her head on his shoulder. 
                “I’ll strike it from my vocabulary. Your S word is sparkle.” He traced her jawline with a feather-light touch. “Look at you, Laurel. You’re blinding.” His twilight-blue gaze made her heart dance—a steamy tango with swirls and dangerous dips. He kissed her, and, for a moment, she forgot all about caution, about cutting things off before they became too serious, about San Francisco. Her focus narrowed to his lips on hers, his nearness heating her whole body, opening her like a blossom, soft and willing. Ripe for the plucking.
                “God, I’ve missed you.” He scooped her legs across his lap. One hand cradling her nape, the other gripping her thigh, he kissed her senseless. His velvet tongue teased her lips apart. He tasted of sugary coffee. The world around them faded—just two bodies, calling and answering, breathing in sync, their pulses beating the same rhythm.

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About the Author

Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, belly dances, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books. Visit Sadira at

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  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Angela! I hope your Halloween was fun.

  2. Sadira - great to know you as a WRP sistah!! I'm thankful for that!! heehee

  3. Sadira, a wonderful reminder that we should appreciate those who are around us every day. So easy to overlook them, but where would we be without them? Loved the post.

  4. Great post! Going to events must be so much fun!

  5. Wonderful post, Sadira! I remember my first book signing. I was a basket of nervous energy--will they like me? What do I say? Ha! Not anymore. As writers, we need to get out of our caves to speak with "real" people. It's refreshing, not only to be around other authors, but readers, too. I'm hoping to make it up north to the Emerald City Conference next year and would love to meet you! Happy Holidays!

  6. I enjoyed your post! You're very brave to attend the book signings. I envy you. I find them challenging to say the least. Congratulations on your successful career.

  7. Delightful post, Sadira! Books signings can definitely be fun, especially if you enjoy talking with people!

  8. Hi Sadira,
    Wishing you continued success. I'm really loving your books. I also envy your ability to do signings. Not my strong suit!

  9. I agree, it was wonderful luck to be picked up by TWRP! Besy of luck on your book!