Sandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town where she grew up. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. Without the help of her wonderful husband, four children, and five grandchildren who have supported her dreams, it would be impossible for her to write. As a child Sandra accepted Jesus as her Savior and has depended on Him to guide her throughout her life. It is her prayer that God will use her words to plant seeds of hope in the lives of her readers. To find out more about Sandra and her books, visit her website and her blog.
What’s in a Name?
I never really thought that Sandra Robbins was a very common name. Wrong! Wrong! There are women with that name all across the country. I should have realized that when I couldn’t get the domain name I wanted for my website. An artist already had the .com, and I had to settle for .net which is really no big deal, but it did surprise me.
Then when people in my hometown found out I had started writing, I expected the question most of them asked. “Are you writing children’s books?” This seemed to be a logical question since everybody knew me as a long time teacher and principal in the local school system. What else would I write but children’s books?
I have to admit I enjoyed watching their expressions of unbelief when I gave them the answer. “No, I write murder mysteries and suspense for the inspirational market.” It’s probably the words murder and inspirational spoken in the same sentence that caused that look of uncertainty to flash across their faces. Could the woman they’d entrusted their children really have a mind that could dream up murder and mayhem?
However, it turned out that it wasn’t only the people in my community who thought I was a children’s book author. When my third book Mountain Peril set in North Carolina was released, I received an email from the librarian at a North Carolina University wanting to know if I was the same Sandra Robbins who wrote children’s books. She needed to catalog my book with that author’s books if we were the same. I had to give her a middle initial to use so the author names could be distinguished from each other.
In addition to an artist and an author, there are many real estate agents coast to coast who are also Sandra Robbins and probably hundreds I know nothing about. No matter who they are or where they live, they’re doing the same thing each day that I do—living their lives, working, and impacting those around them. I’m really thankful to share my name with women who I’ll never meet but with whom I share a connection. I pray that each of them is as proud of their last name as I was when I gained mine the day I married my wonderful husband.
God has blessed this Sandra Robbins greatly through the years, and I give Him praise. The peace that comes from knowing He’s guiding my life each day gives me strength to face whatever may come my way. He has orchestrated my writing journey and opened up doors that have resulted in published works that also now include a historical romance.
On December 7, my next romantic suspense Yuletide Defender will release. It’s the story of determined newspaper reporter Rachel Long, police detective Matt Franklin, and a threatening gang war that are all headed for a showdown—just in time for Christmas.
Even though this is my fifth book to release, I have to admit I still got a little teary eyed when I saw the name Sandra Robbins on the cover.
Is a vigilante responsible for the murders of Lake City gang members? According to reporter Rachel Long’s anonymous source, yes. The goal is to trigger a gang war—and her investigations lead Rachel to the heart of the battlegrounds. Which is where she finds handsome officer Matthew Franklin. The protective cop wants her out of harm’s way. But she needs the raise from a big story to secure care for her special-needs sister. Rachel won’t walk away, even though the vigilante is now aiming at a determined reporter—and a tailing cop—for a showdown just in time for Christmas.

Marketing Successfully on Amazon ~ Miralee Ferrell

Miralee Ferrell lives with her husband of 36 yrs on eleven acres in rural Washington state. They have two dogs, two cats, one horse, and a huge garden that they both enjoy working in, in the spring and summer. Reading, horseback riding with her daughter, sailing with her husband, and puttering in her flower beds are some of Miralee’s favorite pastimes. She has 3 books out now and another releasing in April, and started writing in the spring of 2005.
Marketing Successfully on Amazon
There are a number of different ways to market your book on Amazon, but today we’ll just look at one. First, let’s review some basic information on Amazon’s ranking system. Books are ranked according to category. There are over 8 million books listed, so yours will fall under the category of all books…then it could be broken down like this: Books, religious, historical, romance, depending on the genre.
If your book is ranked at #500,000, that means there are 499,999 books selling better than yours in that particular time period….but it’s also selling better than 7,500,000 other books. Let’s say it’s ranked #20,000 in overall ‘books’. It might be as low as #35 by the time it hits the romance category of historical religious books. Anyone looking at the top 50 selling historical romance (Christian fiction) books will see yours. Not bad, huh?
Obviously, the lower the number, the higher you are on the chart. So, how to move up in the ranking faster? One way is through a high number of good reviews—and not just any reviews, but preferably, ones by prominent Amazon reviewers. Many of these people have a following—readers who consistently watch their reviews and trust them—but it’s not always easy to convince a reviewer to read your book. Here’s a suggestion. It’s time consuming, but can pay off if done properly.
Go through the list of the top 500-1000 reviewers (or more). Many won’t have contact info, so you’ll have to narrow the list to those who do. Then, target the reviewers who might actually read your book. If you write Christian romance, there’s no sense in sending to someone who consistently reviews witchcraft, horror, or other hardcore books.
Once you compile your list, prepare a professional, courteous email. Ask the reviewer if they would consider reading your book if you send them a complimentary copy. Offer to sign it, and above all, do not insist that they do a review. Pushy authors will get their letters discarded, or very possibly get a poor review. Here’s a sample letter:
Dear Joe,
I got your contact information from your recent Amazon review of (name a book that’s similar to what you write—it shows the reviewer you have a logical reason for picking them) and thought you might be interested in my inspirational fiction book releasing soon, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon. I’d love to send you a copy and if you’re interested, I’d be grateful if you decide to post a review. I’ll send you a brief summary if you’d like, and if you send me your mailing address, I’ll drop a copy in the mail. Of course, there’s no obligation. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely…
Above all, be courteous and don’t assume they’ll jump at the chance to review your book. If they do, be sure to send a thank you note after the review has posted.
Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon

In the thriving 1902 lumber mill community of Bridal Veil, accidents happened. But nobody expected murder.

Against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls in a historic Oregon logging community, a schoolteacher finds herself torn between a past love and the man who could be her future. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she’s giving love a second chance with Andrew, a handsome logger, Nathaniel suddenly returns to town with a devastating secret. While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most, Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two troubled runaways who might be involved in the murder of a local man. As disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.