Monday, March 18, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Just pointing you in the direction of The Harlequin Desire Author's Blog today. I've posted the brand new cover art for Sunset Seduction...Luke's story and the entire (mostly) opening scene!! Run on over and take a peek!!Harlequin Desire Author's Blog
The night she'll never forget...is a night he can't remember
Audrey Thomas can't forget the night of passion she shared with Lucas Slade, the man she's loved for years. But it seems the sexy, superrich rancher has no clue who warmed his bed!
The mystery seductress at his Lake Tahoe retreat was Audrey? His best friend's off-limits kid sister? Now she's back at Sunset Ranch...and having his baby! Honor bound to do the right thing, Lucas never reckons she'll say I won't to his proposal-or that she'll settle for nothing less than all this cowboy has to give.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Happy New Year! I'm happy to start the year off right by announcing the winners of my Exclusive to my Mailing List Holiday Gift Contest.
To every single one of you who have joined my mailing list and have enjoyed my books... a BIG THANK YOU!
This decadent getaway into the world of the Sunset Ranch was a great read. I devoured it in about five hours in one go. It had me occasionally laughing, almost crying, and leaning forward, talking at the main characters in various degrees of urgency. It's going on my shelf because I'll probably want to read it again. If I could swoop online and buy the rest of the series I would, but they aren't out yet so I'll have to wait. In the meantime, I have 34 other romance novels from Ms Sands to choose from, thank goodness.
You can read the entire review HERE!
Now on to the winners. If your name is listed below, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you'd like an autographed copy and include your snail mail address or a $5.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to make your purchase. The book is officially on sale TODAY!
**If you'd like to post an Amazon Review of the book, it's a great way to support an author and it's much appreciated!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
There are so many good things about the holidays. Once you get past the stress, shopping and time crunch, you head into the good times!! IMHO
|Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!|
|Mickey Mouse has a place on our tree!|
So what's your favorite Holiday "Thing"? What do you enjoy the most? If you're on my newsletter/mailing list, your comment enters you into my 10 Holiday Gifts Contest, where you can win a signed copy of SUNSET SURRENDER or a $5.00 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
10 Winners will be announced on January 2nd.
If you're not on mailing list, you can join in the fun now at
www.charlenesands.com and you'll be entered when you post a comment.
Merry Holidays to all!!
Friday, November 30, 2012
It’s gift-giving time of year!! Shoppers are out in full force. The image portrayed on a TV commercial of a holiday shopper leaves you in a state of awe and wonder. She’s wearing a wool cap, gloves and matching plaid scarf strolling along an outside mall, sunshine reflecting on white fluffy mounds of snow in the background, as she clutches five shopping bags full of already wrapped gifts. Of course, her face beams with a broad smile, and holiday music plays in the background.
We all know holiday shopping isn’t like that in the real world.
Here are my 7 Holiday Shopping Survival Tips for the Faint of Heart:
Ask family and friends for a wish list…we this every year now at Thanksgiving. We ask for five “would be” gifts they desire…and some can be gift cards, but not necessarily. If you don’t want to ask friends for a wish list, then ask their spouse, children for ideas and keep your eyes and ears open for unintentional hints throughout the year. My husband did this last year with a gift for me. And he said afterward, “You see I really do pay attention.” Love that guy.
Plan your budget – and plan to go over a little. It’s a fact of life things tend to cost more than we think they do. So build that into your money management. Give yourself a 10% leeway on your budget. Then think smart. If you have gift cards to purchase, many stores offer a “free gift card” or cash allowance, if you buy your gift cards at their store. So say, you spend $100 in gift cards, the offer might be a “free” $20 gift card, as a bonus. This is a deal you can’t pass up.
Clip store and online coupons and KEEP them with you at all times. Having coupons handy, just in case you find a great bargain, even when you didn’t plan on shopping that day, can make a big difference. Can’t tell you how many times, I DIDN’T buy something because I’d left the coupon at home! Now, I keep a big envelope in my purse and try to go through them weekly, to keep them current.
In store… negotiate the price of an item. I’m not a pushy buyer, but I also won’t ever buy anything for the full price. If I have a coupon with me, I’ll always ask the cashier, if she has a better coupon for that day. One time my discount jumped from 15% to 30% off… a huge savings, just because I asked. Just yesterday at Macy’s, I had a coupon for 20% and I saw the woman in line ahead of me with 25% coupon. When I reached the counter, I simply asked the cashier where the shopper got the coupon, and she gave me the bigger discount as well. I saved a lot of money on those purchases! Motto: never hurts to ask.
Black Friday Secrets - There is all this hoopla about Black Friday shopping. Me? I’d never wait outside on a cold night for a store to open on Thanksgiving eve or in the wee hours of Friday morn for a sale. One, I cook for 18 on Thanksgiving and am bushed. And secondly, it’s not necessary. Yes, I might miss out on getting a Flat Screen TV or a Food Processor for half price, but if that wasn’t my initial goal, then I don’t need to brave the crowds and in some cases, risk my life and limbs, for a bargain.
A little known fact is, most of the Black Friday deals continue all day long (not talking big items with scant stock on hand here) and stores stay open late on that Friday night too. That’s when I’ve shopped and, oh BTW, no crowds, no trouble parking. This season, I went to Babies R US on Friday night at 8 pm and purchased a high chair for 50% off. I’d been tracking this item for a month and this was the VERY best deal in town. No hassles. Walk in, buy it, walk out. So if you’re one to say NEVER on Black Friday, reconsider shopping later in the day or in the evening.
Cyber Monday Deals – are great! Do your online research. Sign up with your favorite stores and they’ll automatically send you coupons, BOGO and other great deals. But don’t despair if you missed Cyber Monday…once you sign up, you’ll continue to get deals offered to you at great prices. This Monday, I bought a Baby Einstein piano priced in the stores, at over $50… but one site offered first time, NEW customers 40% off coupon... I grabbed that deal and the item was shipped free to me within 2 days. It’s here now, waiting to be wrapped.
Many stores extend their cyber deals for the entire week. Cyber Monday only starts the online shopping craze…IMHO. I’ve been getting great deals all week long from online stores.
*Another thing I stumbled upon, is that when I’ve gotten halfway through an item purchase on a Online Store site, and I change my mind, get knocked off, or simply got distracted and didn’t complete the sale, that store often sends me an email reminder with an EVEN BETTER deal, to get me to complete my transaction. Have any of you noticed this? Sometimes, it’s a price reduction and sometimes, it’s an offer for free shipping that wasn’t there originally. Usually, if the offer is good, I’ll finish the transaction.
If you’re a late shopper and missed out on all of the above, on December 17th, certain online stores have FREE SHIPPING DAY. Best Buy and L.L. BEAN for sure, while others like Kohl’s and Amazon plus oodles more, might have a minimum balance for free shipping, but they guarantee delivery before Christmas.
AND BONUS EIGHT:
Wrap as you go...you'll thank yourself for this insight! A few gifts a day...keeps the "wrapping frenzy" away. Then have yourself a sip of tea or a glass wine, to celebrate your shopping success!
Enjoy the holiday shopping season!!