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Favorite Blogs of Petit Fours and Hot Tamales – Today Highlighting Sandra Elzie/Sandra McGregor

by Maxine Davis

I am delighted to refresh your memory of a favorite post by my friend, Sandra Elzie.   It is called, “Stealing The Scene,” and involves her introducing five-year-old Kelsey in the book, The Diplomatic Tutor.  Her editor fell in love with this sweet, loveable little girl that was full of mischief. You will, too, when you read it. You will love the character, but it is important to me because as loveable as she is, she does not overtake the book from the hero and heroine.

Stealing The Scene

    by  Sandra Elzie

 I’m currently taking a writing class with Nancy Knight entitled Well Begun Is Half Done.  Maybe that’s the reason I dreamed about her last night.  (Can you imagine???)

In the dream, she was handing out an assignment, telling us to write about children or animals.  She said that we were to write the scene so that the child or the animal “stole” the scene from the hero and/or the heroine.

The dream seemed so real as my brain started churning and churning…trying to come up with a way that a child could accomplish this.  Well, in reality, I know it’s not all that hard.  Just make them cute, cuddly and irresistible.

In fact, the first book I sold, The Diplomatic Tutor, now available on Kindle e-books, Chelsea Gilmore (my editor at that time) told me she bought the book because of my precocious five-year old…and how I had the little darling hesitate for a moment, glance around to be sure no one was watching and then hike her leg over a banister and slide down to the bottom of the stairs.

Now, I realize Shelby wasn’t “stealing” a scene from the hero or heroine when she took her quick trip down to bump into the newel post, BUT that scene gives you an example of how the little girl faced life throughout the book.   In need of a suitcase for her Barbie doll clothes???  Simple to remedy….just dump all of Dad’s things on the floor and use his briefcase.  Problem solved!

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Sandra Elzie also writes as Sandra McGregor and has produced the following books:

Duty Calls,

Duty Bound,

Duty Free,

Pennies on the Dollar,

and Wrangler for Hire, all of which can be found on

Enjoy Sandra Elzie/Sandra McGregor and HAPPY READING, EVERYONE

Pam Asberry - December 3, 2013 - 12:17 am

So cute! I bought “The Diplomatic Tutor” in hardcover from Amazon a while back. I see I need to read it! Thanks, Maxine and Sandy! December love to both of you!

Marilyn Baron - December 3, 2013 - 12:31 am

A nice look back at Sandy’s accomplishments. She is the most dynamic, positive person and she makes everyone around her try harder to accomplish their goals.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - December 3, 2013 - 4:31 am

Maxine, you picked a fun post from Sandy. Thanks for the smile.

Connie Gillam - December 3, 2013 - 10:24 am

Thanks for posting the best of Sandy Elzie. I missed this post when it originally appeared. A very charming look into Sandy’s writing.

Maxine - December 3, 2013 - 10:26 am

Pam, Glad you bought the book. Do read it. Sandy tells a great story!

Anonymous - December 3, 2013 - 10:27 am

Marilyn, Yes, she does, and so do you! Sandy has many books. In particular, I enjoyed Wrangler For Hire. I do like cowboys-even modern ones.

Maxine - December 3, 2013 - 10:29 am

Connie, thank you from me and Sandy. She has always had great posts. It was hard to pick one, but I like what I learned in this one.

Sandy Elzie - December 3, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I thoroughly enjoyed writing The Diplomatic Tutor…the child was so much fun to write. All of my hearth & home books sport darling children…and sometimes a critter or two.

Maxine, Thanks for featuring my article today and I look forward to your day.

Sandy Elzie - December 3, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Oh, and Marilyn, thank you so much for the compliment. I hope everyone sees me as encouraging since that’s one of the things I try to do. We all need a pat on the back and an atta girl occasionally. :)

Susan Carlisle - December 3, 2013 - 10:34 pm

I enjoyed The Diplomatic Tutor. I could just see the little girl doing everything she did. Thanks for the reminder of what a good book it is.

Maxine Davis - December 4, 2013 - 9:02 am

Carol, I enjoyed going back and rereading many of Sandy’s blogs. It was hard to select just one.

Maxine Davis - December 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

Susan, So glad you liked it Susan. I thoroughly enjoy your books, too!

Debbie Kaufman - December 4, 2013 - 9:47 am

Hey Maxine. I loved Kelsey in The Diplomatic Tutor. Sandy writes children so well.

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