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New Releases !! AMANDA and DAD NEXT DOOR


By Sandra McGregor


I was raised for the first dozen years in a small town in North Carolina…a town where everyone knew everyone else…and everyone knew as much about their neighbor’s personal business as they did about their own.But all-in-all, that wasn’t such a bad thing. Folks knew when you needed help…and they were right there to lend a hand.

I’ve tried my hand at contemporary family friendly (The Diplomatic Tutor and In Daddy’s Shoes…written as Sandra Elzie…and The Duty Series...written as Sandra McGregor); women’s fiction (Pennies On the Dollar); a contemporary western (Wrangler For Hire) and even a time travel (Into My Dreams). Even though I enjoyed writing every one of them, my favorite genre is hearth and home-type family-friendly, happily-ever-after romance. My mother used to call it “good old-fashioned love stories.”


My newest releases fall into this category. The first one, Dad Next Door,???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

is about a single mother of two energetic boys (ages eight & ten) who, after two years of begging, convince their mother to fulfill their deceased father’s last promise. Despite her fear of spiders, snakes, bears and mountain lions, she agrees to take them camping…and…(shudder)…fishing. Well, you can probably imagine who ends up teaching them to fish, right? Yep, you’re right…not mom. As a matter of fact, it ends up being the handsome guy staying in the cabin next to theirs. But, just like in real life, the road to true love is less than smooth.


The second July release is Amanda, the first book in the Georgia Heart series,

a_002Amanda Templeton, twenty-nine, has just returned home for her father’s funeral. A decade has passed since she last saw her former fiancée…the boy she was going to elope with…the boy who left town without a word and without her.

Amanda is now a Family Law attorney, but she is no longer convinced she is making a difference in people’s lives. She has seen too many families torn apart and too many children hurt in their parent’s struggle to “win” in the divorce settlement. Small wonder she has been unable to find a man she wanted to date more than a few times.

James, on the other hand, is a widowed father of a precocious four-year-old daughter, Savannah. He owes Amanda an explanation and apology, but doubts she will believe his reason for deserting her. He also doubts she’ll believe that he still cares about her and would like a second chance, but he must try…for himself and for his daughter who has grown to love Amanda.

Well, there you have it…but don’t think success comes easily to either of my heroes. Nope, I run them through the mill, even putting their lives in danger, but I guarantee you’ll hear wedding bells at the end. After all, like I said in the beginning, I love a happily-ever-after ending. How about you? Ever live in a small town? Or maybe in a larger town, but where people cared about each other?  Share your experiences with us.


In honor of releasing two books this month, two names will be drawn and each of the two winners will have his/her choice of either Dad Next Door or Amanda...Book One in the Georgia Hearts series. So leave a comment! Also, if you Tweet or Facebook this contest, your name will go into the drawing an additional time…once for each Tweet or Facebook notification.

Oh, but hold on just a moment longer !!   In addition to the book give-away on Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, I’m running a month-long contest on my blog site...Life, Love and A Good Book. Click on the link and leave a comment on my site to be in the drawing at the end of the month for a Starry Night Amulet.Blog-Starry Night-2


In Amanda, she inherits a locket necklace that first belonged to Grandma Templeton…the woman who devoted her life to raising her three young grandchildren after the death of their mother. The locket can hold a lock of hair or a photo.


Good Luck !!!


Dad Next Door and Amanda are available on Amazon and Smashwords




Sandra McGregor (awa Sandra Elzie) is married to the most patient man on the face of the earth.  When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, read and recently started making jewelry.  Sandra accepted a challenge from her husband about fourteen years ago to not wait until retirement to write the books running around in her head and since she could never refuse a challenge, she started writing and sold her first book in 2008.


You can contact Sandra at her website….

Marilyn Baron - July 9, 2014 - 7:22 am

Congratulations on the new releases and all your exciting future plans. And I LOVE the amulet. What a great promotion. Best of luck with your new series.

Pam Asberry - July 9, 2014 - 8:58 am

Sandy, congratulations on your latest venture and continued success. You inspire me! I can’t wait to get started on “Dad Next Door.” :-)

Piper - July 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Theses stories look wonderful Sandy! I love family stories (not to mention the name of Amanda, the name of heroine in one of my stories). Congratulations on the double release! And the contest is a very good idea as well. Keep up the great work!

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 10:02 am

Hi Marilyn,
Thanks so much and the amulet is very pretty in person. I plan to have a give-away for the next two books in the series…Book 2, Jessie is a writer, so her promotional item is a beautiful studded memory stick and Book 3, Katie drinks hot tea, so hers will be a beautiful rose teapot/cup/lid combo with a dessert plate. It’s so pretty that I actually thought about keeping it for myself, but……….

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 10:03 am

I hope you enjoy the story and come on girl…I know you can do it and I can’t wait to read your first story. If you ever want a beta reader, I’m your gal.

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 10:04 am

Thanks much. Yes, Amanda was a good friend of mine in school, so I used her name. (And I also knew a Jessie and a Katie, so now you know where I get names for my heroines…lol )

Maxine Davis - July 9, 2014 - 10:52 am

Hi Sandy, Can’t wait to read Dad Next Door and Amanda. I do enjoy your writing! I wish you much continued success!

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 11:02 am

Hi Maxine,
Hey girl…hope you’re feeling better. Thanks for the kind words and I hope you enjoy the stories.

Dianna Love - July 9, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Hi Sandy-

Woohoo on your latest releases! Love the sound of both of these stories. Congratulations on getting two books out in one month!

Carol Burnside - July 9, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Sandy, congrats on your new releases. The books sound great. I peeked at your website and noticed you’ve got a busy publishing schedule for the rest of the year. Go, you!

Sia Huff - July 9, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Both books sound wonderful, Sandy. You know how to tug at the heartstrings. Good luck with your new releases and the rest of your Georgia Heart series. wishing you many sales.

Trudy - July 9, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Congratulations on your new releases – they sound great! Just wondering, is it true that the hardest part of writing is the opening sentence of the story? Keep up the good work.

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Hi Diana,
Thanks so much! We all sure miss you. Hope all is well for you and we get to see you soon. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Yes, Carol, I bit off a huge bite of publishing cookie…and with a bit of luck, I’ll be able to swallow it. :) Along with everything else, I’m already writing for next year’s release(s).

It’s not a job…it’s not a job…it’s not a job. (sigh)

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Hi Sia,
Thanks for the positive carma words about good sales. But, of course, working at the lake cabin helps keeps the writing juices flowing.

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Hi Trudy,
Some say the first line is the hardest, some say the first chapter. I think, at least for me, the hardest parts are finding the right place to start the story and having to delete things that I decide later don’t fit. (Those words are like my babies and I’m tossing them out!!!!!)

Thanks for dropping by.

Connie Gillam - July 9, 2014 - 8:47 pm

You’ve been busy! Congratulations on the two new releases.

Sandy Elzie - July 9, 2014 - 10:17 pm

Thanks, Connie. My grandmother used to say that idle hands were the devil’s workshop. Can’t have that, so guess it’s a good thing that I keep busy writing. :)

Debbie Kaufman - July 10, 2014 - 9:34 am

Sorry I missed this yesterday! My eyeballs were under the control of the retina doc for most of the day. So proud of you girl. Way to go!

Sandy Elzie - July 10, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Thanks Deb. Glad your eyes are doing okay.

Sandy Elzie - July 13, 2014 - 5:23 am

Good Morning,
The two winners of downloads are Trudy and Piper. Ladies, just let me know which book you’d like a copy of !!!

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