Welcome to the World, MARI’S HOPE!


Grab your  party hats and noisemakers!
I’m not wound up from excessive sugar consumption.

No, but I AM experiencing a wild buzz from the reality of completing a trilogy- one that began with my hopes of writing a simple picture book based on stories that I heard while in Norway, decades ago. I could never have imagined arriving at today’s book release of MARI’S HOPE. If my journey from then to now is new to you, read back through previous blogs for the full scoop.

Meanwhile, I’m more than ready to celebrate. I’ll begin by thanking my friend, Rochelle Melander, for inviting me to respond to her interview questions on this special launch day. Rochelle is an award-winning blogger, a  published author, and a generous coach and supporter of other writers. It’s an honor to participate in her blog, and I hope you’ll take a peek at her post. (Here)

Next, I’m offering a giveaway to celebrate the publication of MARI’S HOPE and the conclusion of the trilogy. All you need to do to enter is to post a comment below. At midnight Thursday I’ll randomly select one name from among all those who comment between now and then. The winner will be contacted directly to receive a copy of Mari’s Hope (and a handful of related goodies!) 

I’m so grateful for the support of Rochelle and other kidlit bloggers. In coming days and weeks there will be more posts for my virtual “book tour”. I hope you’ll follow along. When you stop by these blog sites I encourage you to subscribe to their blogs, too. Here’s the schedule of posts, so far, with more to come:

9/5 Rochelle Melander- Author interview   http://writenowcoach.com/blog/

9/6/Rosemary Kiladitis Review https://momreadit.wordpress.com

Also on 9/6, Olivia, KidBookReviewer: www.kidbookreviewer.com

9/7 Trisha Perry  Mindjacked Blog

http://trishap00.blogspot.com

9/11 Jenni Enzor   jennienzor.blogspot.com   MMGM

9/12 Stephanie Lowden     GoLowd.com https://golowd.com

9/18 Suzanne Warr  Tales of the Raven 

9/20 Alex Baugh  The Children’s War https://thechildrenswar.blogspot.com

Feel free to share the news about the giveaway!

And the Giveaway Winner is… AMY!

Thank you to all who stopped by to comment, encourage, and celebrate with me. The following post will reveal the highly scientific and objective method used in the selection of the winner. I’ll be in touch, Amy, and get you package in the mail to you later today!

15 Comments on “Welcome to the World, MARI’S HOPE!

  1. Love it! Can’t wait to hold the book in my hands! Each time it has been a thrill!

  2. Can’t wait to read this, Sandy! I am beyond excited for you. I’ve always admired you for your dedication to teaching, your willingness to help others, your knowledge of books, and your passion for writing. It is a thrill to read your published work. Every time I read your books I have to remind myself “I know her”. Thanks for including all of us on your amazing journey!

    • Kim, Thanks so much for your support and such kind words. I can’t begin to thank you for sharing the journey and for reading the books. All the years that I would tell kids the books they read are written by real, regular people, it still feels strange to be one of those regular people with books on the shelves! I’m so grateful that all the work and love I pour into the writing finds its way into the hearts of welcoming readers and friends like you.

  3. Congratulations, Sandy. You popped out a third but I don’t even know your first two so I got the trilogy. Looking forward to reading it.

    • Thanks so much, Dai. I’d love to know what you think of them all after reading. Hope you enjoy them, of course. I never push people to buy them, and I’m equally excited when someone encourages a local library to carry them. Thanks for the support, and good luck with the giveaway!

  4. Congratulations, Sandy! Just ordered the first book in the trilogy as a birthday gift for our granddaughter who has a September birthday. Hoping to catch up with you to have it signed for her. Looking forward to reading all three!

    • Thank you, Linda! I’m honored that you’d want her to read it and I’d love to hear what she thinks of it afterward. I’ll be at the conference on Saturday only, but I hope to see you there!
      Thanks again for the good wishes and the support.

  5. These are truly wonderful books, Sandy. My heart will forever be touched by Mari!

    • And your heart and careful input helped to shape Mari’s story, so she’s connected to you, too. I’ll be forever grateful for your thorough early reading and notes- for helping me “keep it real”!

  6. Sandy, your tenacity, generous nature, and skills make you an inspiration and a wonderful role model. Wishing you and Mari all the best.

    • Amy, What a lovely thing to say! If you ask family, they might reword that as stubbornness and a bit of obsessiveness, but I’ll take your kind words any day!
      Thank you for the good wishes. Your writing and hard work inspire me, too! Don’t you love it when that happens?

  7. Congratulations Sandy! I’ve just been looking your books up on Amazon and they all sound amazing. I’m going to start with Odin’s Promise as I want to read them in order.

  8. Congratulations Sandy! I looked up your books on amazon early and they all look great! I want to start with Odin’s promise and read them in order.

    • Eleanor, thanks for checking out my author pages and finding the books! I really appreciate the interest and I look forward to hearing what you think of ODIN’S PROMISE, and if you want to read on… or not!

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