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If you admire clever women and unfailing love in a tropical wartime setting, you will be captivated by this one…
I am pleased to announce a cool book bundle offer by author Sally Brandle! You can grab the audio and ebook versions of her latest WWII romantic/exciting/inspirational (enhanced) memoir, now through April 8th!
Yay, that’s awesome! This is just in time for Women’s History Month.
Blurb for Sapphire Promise
Loyalty to family. Trusting instincts. The will to survive. These virtues are deeply embedded in a mature Dutch teenager, Annika Wolters. Her attributes prove useful as she navigates typical coming-of-age insecurities and a blossoming romance with a handsome lieutenant in 1939 Batavia, Java.
Nothing prepares her for the distress of Hitler’s attacks on European countries followed by Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor, toppling her idyllic life in the Dutch East Indies colonial society and separating her from the man she loves. Uplifting events from a true story showcase how determination, nursing basics, and language skills keep a young woman and her mother alive in the worst Japanese internment camp in the Pacific. If you admire clever women and unfailing love in a tropical wartime setting, you will be captivated by Sapphire Promise.
Available in print, eBook, and audio:
MORE ROMANTIC EXCERPT
Chatter from the birthday guests grew louder and more animated, a sign the liquor and champagne flowed freely—the usual at Mamma and Pappie’s parties. Her parents returned to the dance floor and smiled from love and from their delight at another successful celebration.
At least in their eyes. Annika spread her napkin on her barely touched hors d’oeuvres and set her cocktail plate beside empty glasses on a tray. Eating brought no joy with all her plans kapot. No way she’d turn to see if Emily and Phillip had continued to dance to the second song. Maybe he was what Americans called a cement mixer, someone whose feet appeared cemented to the floor. She hadn’t checked, but if he was, Emily could dodge shoes tonight.
The opening chords of an unfamiliar tune rang out from the musicians on the veranda. She tilted her head. Must be the new song Pappie had requested they learn to play for Mamma’s birthday. Soon enough, she’d be asked to dance by some old codger who took pity on her. Again. A nearby table held a punch bowl and various bottles of wine and liquor. She’d eaten enough to enjoy a flute of sweet Riesling. Mamma couldn’t nix that, at fourteen she’d been allowed one glass of wine per party.
A finger pressed gently into her shoulder. “Please allow me to introduce myself,” requested the deep, smooth, and very recognizable male voice from two days ago.
Phillip had found her! Annika’s heart skipped several beats. He sounded even better this close. “Of course.” She turned and lost herself in the dreamiest chocolate brown eyes on earth.
“I’m Lieutenant Phillip van Hoven, renting a room for a few weeks in this home. At your service and pleased to meet you, Juffrouw?” He’d changed from his military uniform to a white linen jacket and black trousers, fashionable, debonair, and without the restrictions on which dances he could enjoy.
“I’m Annika.” She blinked to bring her brain back to reality. “Juffrouw Annika Wolter, upstairs prisoner until today, due to the mumps.”
“And what a spectacular escape you made to freedom. The jailers didn’t stand a chance.” His eyes flicked to the hem of her short dress, then back to her face. “You danced superbly and interpreted each note with flowing movements. I’d have thought you were on break from the Amsterdam Ballet company.”
The blush began at her chest and rose to her hairline. “Thank you. I appreciate your review.” She fanned her face. “Should we get a cocktail?”
“First, I’d prefer a more casual mode of dance if you’d do me the honor. Bring on a jive, samba, or even a cha-cha.” He winked and she felt her blush darken.
Cement mixer or not, when he held out his arm, she placed her fingers on his sleeve with conviction. “I’m falling in love with someone,” crooned the voice of a band member in Bing Crosby’s mellow style. Annika’s eyes widened at the irony.
The audio + eBook edition for under $10 (March 8th – April 8th)
“This turbulent, complex and intense love story shifts from idyllic beginnings in Dutch-controlled Indonesia, pre-World War Two, through several years of brutal Japanese occupation, to possible new beginnings in an uncertain postwar era…Brandle paints a tapestry that vividly depicts the serenity of the region prior to occupation and the brutality of the aftereffects.” — Jon G. Bradley, Historical Novel Society
“This would make a fantastic read for a book club!” — Emerson Matthews, InD’tale Magazine
“This coming-of-age story occurs during a time of great turbulence. The author takes such care in reminding the reader about what it means to be human, love, care, survive, and heal.” — Jamie Stern, Member at Large, Director of Research, The Indo Project
These offers are very exciting for both authors and readers because we get to meet lots of new people! Sally’s promo is scheduled to last from now to April 8th. So, swing by and check it out if you can! 😀
In other news, the author is giving away five ebook copies of her romantic suspense and book one in the Emma Springs Series, The Hitman’s Mistake.
Wow, that’s fantastic! Let’s learn a little more about this title…
Sally is giving us a peek at a clean romantic suspense today…
This is the blurb for The Hitman’s Mistake:
After Miranda Whitley stops crooked cops from assassinating a prominent Seattle judge, she’s next on the hit list, and her survival depends on the buff FBI Agent she’s had one awkward encounter with. But can she find him in time?
The last person Grant Morley expects to discover on his annual supply run to a Montana mountain hermit is alluring Miranda Whitley, nearly dead from a bullet wound in her side. An accidental witness or the cold-blooded accomplice to would-be assassins?
Miranda must convince Grant of her innocence, evade the killers intent on preventing her testimony, and fight her unwanted attraction for the agent…an attraction which seems to be mutual. Fortunately, love thrives in Emma Springs. If you love sizzling chemistry, Montana’s mountain landscape, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Sally Brandle’s galloping thriller, The Hitman’s Mistake.
And here is an excerpt to tease you with.
[Setting: Our heroine’s pruning indoor plants in the lobby of Seattle’s Justice Building after hours. Her elderly friend, Judge Ike Gilson, was working in his chambers earlier.]
Soft taps came from a few feet behind her. She tilted her head.
Footsteps? From the stairwell? Miranda released her grip, and the tree limb sprang free. She swung her head and watched the branch skim the fly of the trousers on the man now towering over her right shoulder.
Not Ike. She froze.
“What in the hell? Oh, didn’t see you there—” he sidestepped, and her cup scrunched in protest under his big boot. The lid popped off and the double shot of Kona glugged into a mocha-scented pool.
He jumped to avoid the puddle. “Damn energy conservation put you in the shadows. Sorry, I nailed your coffee.” His swinging backpack missed her nose by inches.
She twisted her body and scooted her butt until her shoulder jammed against a carved pot.
“I didn’t mean to frighten you.”
“It’s okay,” she mumbled, keeping her head lowered to avoid further contact with the bag-wielding klutz wearing black trousers. Must’ve been him she’d glimpsed a few minutes ago, while the elevator doors had closed on the floor below Ike’s.
“I’ve never been attacked by a branch. Must say, you deployed it well,” the deep voice announced. He stopped directly in front of her.
His hiking boots made her size-nine high-tops appear dainty.
Not the shoes of a snobby lawyer or a lost, post-trial pimp trying to find his way out of the building. Still, the flailing branch served him right for sneaking up on her. “I didn’t hear you.”
“And I shouldn’t text and walk,” he said in a lighter, almost sexy tone. “I’m Grant.” He dropped his pack and stuck out his hand.
An FBI tag printed ‘GRANT MORLEY’ hung from the bag.
She peered from under her cap’s brim and gulped.
Agent of Interest. Her heart took off at a gallop.
Universal Reader link: https://books2read.com/u/brpxK7
Great! ♥♥♥ This looks like a riveting book as well!
Let’s see what people have to say about it…
“Sally Brandle has taken the worst of humanity and pitted that evil against the best of humanity, the ability to love and trust. A sweet, second chance, mature romance against all odds! Easy to read, filled with action, truly vile characters and characters that you cannot help but root for! Nothing graphic, this love story doesn’t need it!” — 5 Star Review by Tome Tender
NEW GIVEAWAY (to enter, click the image below)
Giveaway Link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3055b312198/
Thank you for telling us about your Amazon discount bundle and the romantic suspense giveaway, Sally! I know we all can’t wait to read these!
Readers, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the ebook/audiobook versions of Sapphire Promise on Amazon today through April 8th! All under $10! 😉
Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating women to trust their inner gifts.
Sally left a career as an industrial baking instructor to bring to life stories motivating readers to trust their inner gifts. Her rescue Aussie is her companion during long spells of writing, bouts of tormenting weeds in her garden, or afternoons spent riding on the wind with her twenty-eight year old Quarter Horse. Sign up for her newsletter at www.sallybrandle.com for freebies.
Blog posts by Sally: https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/author/sallygfrog/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Brandle/e/B07DNGP1N7/
Monthly writing tips column: www.writer-writer.com
Thanks again, Sally! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime.
Happy reading, everyone!