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Sunday, September 30, 2012


Hello and happy October!  For the next 2 weeks it's WORTH THE RISK x 2 around here! Robin Bielman and I are teaming up to celebrate our same titled books and we're giving away $25 Gift Cards. ***** AND a chance to win an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes and Noble Nook.  See our Risky Release Party info below for our Contest WORTH entering!

Karma or Wacky Coincidence?

A few years ago I met a wonderful writer whom I mentored and we became good friends. Last year Robin sold her first book! I was thrilled for her, as she is a great storyteller. She was sweet enough to ask me to give her a quote for her book cover, which I was happy to do. But lately, we've both been wondering if we have good karma, or just a bunch of wacky coincidences?


"A smart,sassy, delightfully sexy romance from talented debut author Robin Bielman" -- quote from Charlene Sands

1. Without our knowledge, both of our books were titled exactly the same and we’re from different publishing houses. The evidence is right before you!

2. Both of our feisty heroines have the same name. Robin's heroine in her Worth the Risk is named Samantha Bennett. My heroine's name is Sammie Gold.

Okay, this is getting a little weird.

3. Robin's heroine is a spunky businesswoman trying to make it in the world of heritage protection and my heroine is a Boston transplant trying to make a success of her business, Boot Barrage in elite Scottsdale, Arizona.

4. Robin has a male editor. And I have a male editor. I don't know the ratio, but there aren't a whole lot of male editors in the romance business.

5. In the entire romance world of authors, Robin and I live within 10 miles of each other and both of us married our high school sweethearts!




Post a comment during the next 2 weeks on our blogs on MWF to be entered to win the gift cards!

Please spread the word about Worth the Risk.  Help us achieve our goal of ranking on Amazon or Barnes and Noble Top 1000 books and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do.  (We need to rank in triple digits) 


Mention our Risky Release Party on Facebook.

Tweet about Worth the Risk on Twitter

Post a review on Amazon, BN or Goodreads

Amazon for Robin's Book
Amazon for Charlene's Book

Like and Tag us on Amazon

Check out our books

Tell your friends about our books

Sample FB or Tweet:  

Don't miss @CharleneSands & @RobinBielman's Risky Release Party & you could win an e-Reader!

Contest Ends October 15th. 

Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Charlene and Robin  

P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who has already bought, read, reviewed, and/or added Worth the Risk to Goodreads. We're thankful for your support!!  

(Be sure to leave your full email addy when you post on the blogs and let us know how you've helped!) 

Be sure to post on Robin's Blog too.


Robin Bielman said...

I'm so excited to be celebrating with you, Charlene! Thanks for being so awesome! ~hugs!~

Cheryl said...

Happy Release Day! I bought Robin's book when it released. Will be purchasing yours too. What a fun celebration! I've posted on Facebook . . . good luck on making it into the Top 1000.

Carol L. said...

Congrats ladies .. I liked and tagged on Amazon. Will be buying these books as I think it's way to much for coincidence. :) How amazing is all that ? I now hope this Karma puts you both in the top 1,000 books with two amazingly successful books.
Thanks for the celebration.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

JC Jones said...

Great idea for a contest. I tweeted, tagged and liked on Amazon. Also checked out your books on Amazon. Here is my email address: jonesjnd at yahoo dot com

Lois said...

Just tweeted and posted on Facebook (Twitter - FB - Lois Merritt)

And that is an amazing coincidence!! :)


terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I posted on facebook - and I'll have to get them both and see how much you two write alike?!
terriavidreader at yahoo dot com

yvonne said...

Congrats. I do love your books
Thanks for the contest

Gail said...

Good Morning Charlene. I really enjoy all your books and I can't wait to read your newest and add Robin to my list of authors.

I've posted on Facebook and 'liked' both your books on Amazon.
MY FB name is Gail Ryley Siuba.

Thanks for the chance to win:)

traveler said...

What a wonderful celebration and two great books. I will be buying these special books for sure. Best wishes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

RoyalCheryl said...

What a fantastic thing to happen. Two great authors and two great books. I will be posting and spreading the word about both books. Best of luck to both of you.

HiDee said...

Perfect weird coincidences for October! Congratulations to both of you!

Wilma said...

Great contest, I'd love to win. All the books sound exciting.

erin said...

Congrats on the new releases!!!!! These books sound awesome! Thanks for the giveaways!

WhiteDragon said...

I can't wait to read what are sure to be great books.

petite said...

Congratulations on the release of your two books which sound so appealing and lovely. I am buying them both. Love the party. Wishing yu both much success. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kathleen O said...

Happy Release day to both you and Robin... You book goes auto on my tbr shelf and now Robins book will be there too...

Wishing you both a lots, and lots of sales of your books..


penney said...
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chey said...

Happy release day to you both!
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Laura said...

Congratulations, Ladies! Good Luck on making Amazon's Top 1000. I can't wait to read both of them.

GladysMP said...

It must be very rewarding to have someone you tutor to successfully have a book published.

Kim said...

Congratulations on the new release.


Janie Emaus said...

How fun that your books have the same title.

Christine Ashworth said...

Woo! I love happy endings! I'll be tweeting and such when I get home tonight - won't be able to dive into Charlene's book until the weekend, though. Too much work to do!

Hugs to both of you!

Samanthe Beck said...

Two of my favorite writers -- seemingly separated at birth! Loved Robin's "Worth the Risk" and can't wait to dig into Charlene's. Congrats on the new release!

Anonymous said...

Okay, this falls in the freaky category. Are you sure you weren't separated at birth or something? Same family tree dating back 300 years? I wish you both great success. Cheers!

Sue P.

Cathy P said...

Happy Release Day, Charlene! I think you and Robin are Karma. What a great contest! Thank you!

I liked both of you on Amazon and Facebook, shared on Facebook, and tweeted on Twitter. Here is my tweet on Twitter: RISKY RELEASE PARTY from Charlene Sands!

My name on Facebook is Cathy Estabrook Phillips.

Di said...

All those similarities can't be coincidence - must be fate!
Tweeted & shared on FB & Liked both books on Amazon as Diane Sallans

sallans d at yahoo dot com

nancy said...

Good luck to both of you and your books. I tend to lean toward the wacky option. What a great giveaway, count me in please.

Barbara E. said...

Congrats on the release of both books, sounds like a lot of wacky coincidences. :D
I Liked both books on Amazon.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

desitheblonde said...

well it on my sites
fb both page Desiree Reilly
twitter desitheblonde
goggle plus Desiree Reilly
ymy blog desi place
pinerset on authors Desiree Reilly
you said pass it on so i did and re do it again on wne and fir i all like the both book on amzon desi reilly

that is weird and then hey luck to
you both will do goood in the book dept

desitheblonde said...

hey guess what i am all ready getting hit up on your post wo ho it going net all ready

catslady said...

Seems like more than coincidence to me. I can only say I married my high school sweetheart too lol. I am going to post this on FB under jeanne sheats.


carole fiore said...

Congrats to you both! I read Worth the Risk and liked it alot! will write on amazon and the others later in the week, going to get Robin's book too!

Lynne Marshall said...

This seems to go farther than mere coincidence or karma. I think this might be a conspiracy theory. Will the real Charlene Sands please stand up?

Is Robin Bielman's nickname Charlene?

What do you think?

Stacy S said...

Congrats to both of you! I liked both on Amazon.

Anonymous said...

My stepdaughter and I have TONS of random things in common...

1.) We both had grandmothers named Violet, and both were born in May. 2.) Both of our grandfather's (the Violets' husbands) were born in TN, and moved and worked for GM in MI. 3.) Both men were 2nd husbands to the Violets. 4.) Both said grandfather's died of cancer (5.) both at one point had stomach cancer)--6.) mine on her birthday and her's on my birthday. 7.) We both had grand/great-grandmother's on our father's side with the name Mai. 8.) We are both daddy's girls. 9.) Our dad's middle names are both 'family' names. 10.) Both of our mom's moms were/are selfish women (that's just my personal observation ;-D).

Those are just the random family things. We also have the same taste musically, we both have the same general taste in clothes. She's WAY more like me than she is her mom, which I LOVE!!!! She's 26 now, but she started signing her last name with a loopy 'y' at the end of our last name like I do around a year ago. She always asks my opinion about the important things, including medical, which is funny 'cause she's currently living with her mom and stepdad while working to save up money to get another apartment (she just bought a new car, so she has no money saved up now). Her mom is a medical assistant, while I'm a recreation therapist/physical therapy/sleep tech medical background gal. I helped her pick out her prom dresses and her homecoming court dress. And I know, whenever it happens, that I'll be the opinion she wants when she picks out her wedding dress.

JanD said...

Happy release day! It's a great coincidence!
Liked both novels on Amazon.
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

Pat Cochran said...

It's both wacky and weird, Ladies!


Pat Cochran

Trish Albright said...

Charlene, sounds like a great idea to partner with like-minded brilliance! Wishing you both the best on your releases and can't wait to make a risk comparison!

bn100 said...

Congratulations to you both!


June M. said...

What a wild coincidence! Congrats to both of you on your releases.

FB share:


manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

June M. said...

Forgot to say that I also liked & tagged both books on Amazon
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for a fantastic giveaway! I am trying to spread the word and i also will be posting my review of the book soon on GoodReads, and Thank you for this oportunity. x

Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk
*apologies not on Facebook or Twitter*

Dovile said...


I liked and tagged both books on Amazon. Thanks for the chance!

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

Catherine Lemanski said...

Congrats on your release. It is very strange to find two books with the same title, but I look forward to reading both soon.

Ingeborg said...

What a strange coincidence. Congrats on the release.