Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday's Special is...Heart of Stone

HEART OF STONE by Sandra Kay

A marriage in name only. A secret past. Can love be found amid the tangle of distrust and betrayal? HEART OF STONE is a contemporary romance taking place in the Hill Country of Texas. It is a story of love and betrayal, with elements that will resonate with today’s readers.


For me, Heart of Stone was the perfect read. The author, Sandra Kay, does not waste any time drawing you into the story . From the git-go you know who the main characters are and what is really on their minds despite the fact they are both determined never to trust or love again. I was totally captivated by the entire Brandon family and their sense of "family" and what it really means. Before it was all over I was ready to be adopted by them.

When I finished reading Heart of Stone, I was a little disappointed, I wanted more. I was happy to discover that the Brandon Family will live on in a series of books by Sandra Kay. I will be keeping my eyes open.

To buy Heart of Stone from The Wild Rose Press, CLICK HERE

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Excerpt from HEART OF STONE

“Amber?” he yelled as soon as he threw the front door open.

“Stone, help me.”

The weak, panicked voice stopped his heart.

“Amber, where are you? What’s wrong?” Stone’s heart lurched to a start again, but thudded into his throat.

“I’m up here… ”

Her voice trailed off into a scream that bounced off the walls in the empty house.

He ran toward the sound, boots pounding on the wood floor, joining her scream in the echoing cavern of the vacant rooms. Fear gripped him when he reached the stairwell to find her collapsed on the landing, her back against a wall. As he neared, her face contorted and she cried out in pain.

She’s in labor!

He bounded up the steps three at a time, and dropped to his knees.

“The baby’s...coming,” she gasped.

Her hazel eyes seemed too large for her face, and he heard the fear in her voice.

“Its okay, Amber. I’m gonna take you to the hospital. Don’t worry. Everything will be all right.”

Stay calm, cowboy. Don’t let her know she’s scaring the hell out of you.


Please answer the following question for a chance to win a free copy of HEART OF STONE. Or, pop in and chat with Sandra!!
What would you name Stone and Amber's twins?

I’ve been writing contemporary romance for about 9 years, and have belonged to the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America since 2000. I have been on the Board of Directors for 3 years, currently serving as Secretary. My husband, Bob, has been a wonderful source of encouragement and support for my writing—never losing faith in me. I have two daughters, a stepson, and 7 fantastic grandchildren.


Sarah Laurenson said...

Good Morning!

The grill's warming up. The coffee's perking. It's time to get down to the business of roasting.

Welcome Sandra!

Chris Eldin said...

Good Morning back at ya!

I always love the covers of romance books! Wonder if the models are for real....

Sounds like a fun read!!


Sarah Laurenson said...

He is quite the specimen, isn't he?

Mary Cunningham said...

Let's see. How about

Stam and Neber? :>)


Sarah Laurenson said...

Wow, Mary. That's an interesting guess. Now, if we can only squeeze an 'o' in there somewhere...

Welcome to the Roast, pull up a chair, grab a cuppa...

Mary Cunningham said...

Stam and Nṓeber?


Sarah Laurenson said...



Anonymous said...

Good Morning! It looks like I'm late, but it's 7:30 am here in California. I have my cup of coffee and I'm ready to chat.

Thank you, Sarah, for the warm welcome. I'm happy to be here.

Chris, doesn't the guy on the cover of Heart of Stone remind you of Kenny Chesney?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm! Mary, I'm repeating those names to see how well they roll of the tongue, or in this case off the keyboard. Stam and Neber!

Good guess....

Sarah Laurenson said...

Not sure I've ever seen Kenney with his shirt off...

Anonymous said...

I don't think I have either, but peple tell me he's buff! I don't know, but I think the face looks like Kenny. Maybe it's the hat???

Anonymous said...

Oops! I think I meant to say "people!"

Sarah Laurenson said...

We could ask Renee Zellwegger, yes? Didn't she marry him briefly? Or am I thinking of some other hunky country star?

I took a quick peek at your website and blog. Your book signing sounds like a blast. You might want to invite your fans to come and visit you here today.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book! I look forward to reading more of it.

Sarah Laurenson said...

What has been the best part of having your novel published?

Sarah Laurenson said...

Oops. Gotta run to work. And they're not kind enough to give me Blogger access. *sigh* Actually expecting me to work for a living.

Chris will be by at least at closing time to help wrap up the day before Blogger goes down for whatever maintenance they're doing today.

Have fun today and mind that dip. I think it's a bit strong on the jalapeno.

ladystorm said...

This really sounds like a cool book...and I just love the name of this blog..LOL


Anonymous said...

Yes, Sarah, Renee Zellwegger was married to Kenny Chesny very briefly. But even in the short time, she'd have to know what he looks like without a shirt! lol

Anonymous said...

Hey, everyone,

I'm excited to announce my next book signing on April 4th. It will be at my hair salon, The Vanity Room. The owner, Shelly Elliott, has been doing my hair for years, and offered to host the signing for me.

The address is:

The Vanity Room
21520 Yorba Linda Blvd. Ste D
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

In addition to my book signing, Shelly will host a client, who makes specialty chocolates (yummy) and another client, who sells jewelry. The salon is always busy and full of fun people, so if you're in the area, please come by to say "hi." I would love to chat in person.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris R and Stormi. I'm so happy you found me! I'd love for you to read Heart of Stone! Also, I'd love to hear feedback after you read it.

Anonymous said...

Darn, Sarah, I'm sorry you have to leave, but I know we all have to work for a living. Have a great day and thank again for roasting Heart of Stone today.

Miss Mae said...

Name of the twins? Nick and Nack? No? Don't like those? Hmm...

Loved the excerpt, Sandra, and the cover is so cool. :)

T. Anne said...

Hello Sandra! How about Rock and Elle short for Yellow?

Jackie B. said...

Welcome to the roast, Sandra.
What a great question! Let's see.. if they have two boys I would go with Luke and Duke; a boy and girl-
Kaitlyn and Waylan: two girls- Dolly and Reba! How's that for some cowboyish names?!

Charles Gramlich said...

Stone and Amber's twins?

Let's see:

Gem and Jewel

ddurance said...

How about Rocky and Crystal, if it's a boy and a girl.


Vicky said...

Oh, I just love a love story. Especially a love story with a cowboy. They are just so hunky. This story sounds like a great read. I can't wait to read it.


Anonymous said...

You guys are coming up with some really clever names for the twins. I love the way some of you have picked up on "Stone" and "Amber."

Lisa said...

Well if two boys Clay and Rocky
two girls Emerald and Ruby

This was fun.

Terrie said...

Sound like a good book to read. it has been sits in my list for while. Good blog ..

Anonymous said...

Have to run out to pick my grandson up from school. Be back in a bit....

Mary Ricksen said...

Congratulations on your new book Sandra, the best of luck to you.
Fun post ladies!

Chris Eldin said...

Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry to interrupt this roast with a Blogger message, but Blogger is scheduled for an outage in just over an hour.... So we will conclude the contest at 6:30 (NY time) and if Sandra is available between 6:30 and 7:00, she can announce the winner then (or after the outage).

Thanks so much to everyone for being here!!!

Book signings and chocolates? Now, that's a winning combination!

Anonymous said...

Whew! Did I make it back in time? Too much traffic, and then then car pool at the school was really backed up. But David and I are home and I'm ready to announce the winner.

First I want to thank the Book Roast for having me here today. And a big thank you to everyone who participated. This was fun!

I have to pick Charles Gramlich as the winner for his entry of Gem and Jewel. Not only do I love the take off on "Stone" and "Amber," but I had an Uncle Jim and Aunt Jewel. It just all fit!

Congratulations, Charles. If you don't enjoy reading romance, I'm sure you know someone who will enjoy Heart of Stone.

Julie Schoerke said...

How about Linda and Terry, after the most psychic twins in the history of the world? Wish I could come up with something better....(Jaimeson's) hmmm. wish the site wasn't closing and I had more time to think....

laughingwolf said...

welcome sandra... great excerpt, sarah :)

been acting as taxi service for my younger daughter, so i'm a tad late here

as for stone and amber's twins' names:

boys: chuck and clint

girls: rose and ruby

mixed bag: sam and janet, so you get samandjanet evening :O lol

laughingwolf said...

sandra, would love to attend a signing, but you're some 5000+ miles away :(

laughingwolf said...

i see i missed it all, rats!

grats, charles... and thx, sandra :)

Kathy Pratt Author said...

Hi Sandra,

How about Topaz and Jade? Keep the Stone theme going.

Kathy Pratt

LuAnn said...

I'd name them Harley and Davidson! That's assuming they are boys, of course!

squiresj said...

I would name the twins Darrynl and Charrynl

I enjoyed reading this blog. I always do.
God Bless
jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Sandra

Sorry, I'm coming in late as usual!
(All behind like a horse's tail!)

Just wanted to congratulate you on Hear of Stone - it looks great!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I love it that comments are still coming in. Thanks everyone. Charles, send me your info and I'll get a copy of Heart of Stone to you.