USA TODAY bestselling author
From friendship to passion…to forever?
Only if she doesn’t marry the wrong man first…
Lauren never got over her childhood crush on Cooper, but she’s grown up now and ready to settle down. She even agrees to plan her upcoming wedding at his ranch, but in close quarters, she’s second-guessing her groom and yearning for Cooper’s forbidden embrace… Then she discovers the rancher’s ulterior motive. Will she walk down the aisle with the wrong man?
About the Author
At some point, I got away from Indians. My mother blames boys. I discovered Victorian novels and didn't look back - not for almost two decades. I got a Bachelor's of Arts in English from Truman State University and a Master's of Arts in English from The Ohio State University.
And through it all, I knew I wanted to write novels. I just had no idea how to do it.
It took a caffeine-fueled car trip with my 92-year-old grandmother and two-year-old son in July of 2007 to awaken my Muse. That story would become my first book as I figured out how, exactly, one writes a novel.
Let's just say the learning curve was steep.
One character led to another, and before long, I found my characters out in South Dakota, among the Lakota Sioux tribe. Modern-day cowboys, who are the Indians - without planning it this way, I find myself writing about the people and places that held my imagination throughout my childhood.
In 2010, I sold my first novel, the award-winning Indian Princess, to Stacy Boyd of Harlequin Desire. The book will be released in 2012. Stay tuned for more updates!
I live in Illinois with my husband, son, Jake the Three-Legged Wonder Wiener dog, and Gater the Four-Legged Mutt. I am a writer and editor at Mark Twain Media, Inc., an educational publishing company. I am a member of Romance Writers of America, the Chicago-North RWA, Women Writing the West, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. When not chasing my son around or tweaking my books, I attempt to read, knit, and occasionally complete a home improvement project in my historical 1895 Queen Anne house.
Sarah loves to hear from readers via her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It’s been a year since the death of Copper Stone’s best friend, Tony Abbott, and he still blames himself for the accident that took his life. When Tony’s mother, Loretta, asks Cooper for help stopping her daughter Lauren, from marrying Tony’s corrupt business partner, Cooper agrees to help her. He will do anything for that family. Lauren has finally found true love and is in the process of planning her wedding when her mother realizes Roger isn’t being honest. She can’t let Lauren marry him. Loretta comes up a plan to get her out of the house and them both living at Cooper’s ranch where they can work together to keep Lauren from making a big mistake. Lauren has never gotten over her crush on Cooper and staying together brings up some confusing thoughts, especially as time gets closer to the wedding. Will Cooper be able to pull the plug on the wedding before it’s too late? This was a really good story. When I got near the end of the book, I had wondered how Lauren and Cooper would get their happily ever after because it sure looked like they wouldn’t be granted it. But, Lauren took care of Roger in the end, and boy did she do it in a memorable way.
4 1/2 STARS! Grief, deception and a hard-earned happily ever after! With the kick-off to a new duet about the Stone brothers, Charlene Sands brings us a story of a long-ago crush turning into forever! We’re quickly drawn into the heart of this story by the set up of what Cooper’s been going through in recent months. Once Lauren and her family are brought into the picture, we’re solidly on board with seeing this story through. The characters are very easy to like, the story line is easy to believe and entertaining, and the heartfelt writing throughout really has a way of pulling at a heartstring! Really good read! Cooper Stone was best friends with Lauren’s big brother for more years than he can count. He has a good bit of guilt riding on his shoulders these days and would do just about anything to make himself useful and to make sure Lauren is happy. Including hosting her wedding to a smarmy guy! Lauren Abbott had a childhood crush on Cooper back in the day, and when she’s put into close proximity to him again, she can’t believe some of those old feelings flare up so easily again. She’s engaged to another man and planning to marry him in a few short weeks. Only when she finds out some shady shady going ons, she just might be changing her mind!