Monday, November 19, 2018

Thankful Author 2018- Sadira Stone

Thanks so much, Angela, for the opportunity to meet your readers today. 


If spicy contemporary romance lights your fire, pop over to my website Sign up for my monthly email newsletter (in the side bar, scroll down) and qualify for a free copy of Through the Red Door. I’ll pick two winners at random as soon as I roll out of bed on November 20th. Everyone who signs up will receive A Peek Behind the Red Door: Historical Erotica that Inspired the Book Nirvana Series.

Time to give thanks. 

I’m incredibly grateful for the support of my fellow writers. Whether it’s The Wild Rose Press authors, Romance Writers of America, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Insecure Writers Support Group, or my local critique group, I’ve received so much generosity—help with promotion, cheers over milestones and triumphs, and consolation when the words get tangled and the future looks bleak. My writer peeps have spent hours critiquing and are always on hand with writerly wisdom and technical know-how. 

Writing can be like juggling a half-dozen flaming chainsaws. In a cave. In the dark. I thank Erato (Muse of lyric and love poetry, so I figure she watches out for romance authors) for these kind souls. 

Available November 14, 2018 from The Wild Rose Press

Letting him inside could be her salvation…or her undoing.


Clara Martelli clings to Book Nirvana, the Oregon bookshop she and her late husband Jared built together. When rising rents and corporate competition threaten its survival, her best hope is their extensive erotica collection, locked behind a red door. In dreams and signs, her dead husband tells her it's time to open that door and move on. When a dark and handsome stranger's powerful magnetism jolts her back to life and he wants a look at the treasures of that secret room, she can't help but want to show him more. 

Professor Nick Papadopoulos is looking for historical erotica. Book Nirvana's collection surpasses his wildest dreams, and so does its lovely owner. A widower, he understands Clara's battle with guilt, but their searing chemistry is too strong to resist. Besides, he will only be in town for two weeks, not long enough for her to see beyond the scandal that haunts his past. 


The amber flecks in his eyes danced in the candlelight. Their glow drew the truth out of her like a magnet tugging metal. Deep breath. Just ask. He won’t bite. 

“Nick, how did you know when it was time?”


“To move on. To let someone in.”

He shifted away, but the saggy sofa cushion slid him back against her thigh. “Can’t fight gravity.” He chuckled and draped his arm across her shoulders. “Honestly, my body was ready before my heart was. Even if the heart is withered, nearly dead, the body goes on—eating, breathing, feeling, wanting.” He fingered a strand of her hair, his gaze far away. “A friend saw how closed off I’d become, and she…helped me.”


“By seducing me. There was wine involved, and music. She wouldn’t take no for an answer.” He cupped her shoulder. “And I’m so glad she didn’t.”

Avoiding his penetrating gaze, Clara focused on the flickering candles. “Did you love her?”

“Not really. And yet—yes, very much.”


“You see, I’ll never love anyone the way I loved Diana. She was unique in all the world. But she wouldn’t want me to spend the rest of my life pining for her, miserable, alone. My friend helped me see it’s okay to enjoy my life. She helped me realize that one day I might even love again. She told me it’s not something you can rush, but it will come in time if you relax and open your heart.”

Buy links 


The Wild Rose Press

Barnes and Noble

About the Author 

Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. But it wasn’t until her 50s that she 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, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books. 

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  1. Love the support from fellow authors. They understand us in ways our loved ones cannot.

  2. So true, Angela! Thanks for hosting me today.

  3. Your post is so true, Sadira. We need to support each other in this challenging business. Best of luck with your writing career.

  4. I've learned so much from my fellow authors too. Congratulations on your release and Happy Thanksgiving Sadira!

  5. Support from other authors is essential. Glad you've found it.