Gus, my Rescue Dog, crossed over The Rainbow Bridge April 2021 to join Bo-my other Maltese. Will I get another dog? The answer changes daily...
I've often said I get the love of books from my dad. One vivid memory I have of him is sitting in his recliner, reading. He jotted notes in a small notebook (which I still have) and instead of writing in cursive, he printed in a very uniform, neat style. And in his 70s, using only two fingers on an old Royal Typewriter her used in college, he could still type faster than me.
As an elementary school librarian, I am constantly searching for resources to recommend or read to my students. I was asked to preview “THE LIGHTHOUSE THAT WAS SAVED FROM THE SEA” by Sandi Underwood. My students enjoyed the facts surrounding this engineering feat while gaining an appreciation about a historical monument. I’ve also read other work by this author and feel she has the ability to tell a story that will both entertain and encourage while conveying important truths. I would recommend Sandi Underwood to both young and old. M. Huskey
Blood Money is an awesome book. Sandi’s writing makes you feel like you are there. Couldn’t put it down! Can’t wait to read more from this talented author. D. Rigney
2020 put a huge halt on everything, including book signings and there's no way of telling when that will open back up. To get a copy of my newest book ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN, contact me at email@example.com or find it at
A little bit of color regarding the book: Amanda Jo was the most-uncool kid in school. Even her parents were uncool. Heck, she lived over a funeral home. Friends? She didn't have any. The biggest part of every day was grading her boring life on a scale of one to ten...and it pretty much fell into the minus category. That was until Elle came to town.
Elle with the gorgeous mother and Hall of Fame good-looking dad. Elle who looked like neither one of them. Compared to Elle, Amanda Jo might have been pretty...if it wasn't for her frizzy hair and thunder thighs. Thanks, Mom!
The lesson Amanda Jo learns the hard way is not every family is as it seems...and it was a hard lesson to learn. It almost cost her her life!
The story of how my third book came to be is a bit unusual. I received an email from a Publisher asking if my current book listed on a submission website was still available. I checked that site and replied it was not - the one I had submitted to that Publisher was Blood Money, the first in The Baker Manor Series, published in 2018.
The Publisher answered back, "no, the story we're interested in is Mountain Laurel." I had not even submitted that story to this Publisher. Woo Hoo. Talk about Divine Intervention! I truly believe that was a God Wink and He deserves all praise!
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1. Which one of your books was your favorite?
SU: Oooh, that's a hard one. I like each for different reasons, but probably Mountain Laurel is my favorite because it has so many family stories included. Most of these stories I've heard forever, but the last two years of my Dad's life, he so enjoyed visiting Del Rio and I could always count on hearing him retell family history. I hope to pass those stories down to my grandchildren through Mountain Laurel.
2. What inspired your latest book?
SU: I had the story kicking around in my brain for a while. The plot went through many stages, twists and turns before the real story emerged. Bits and pieces of the original story may show up at a later date, but this version demanded to be told. ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN is like nothing I've ever written before and, while painful to write (and possibly to read, as well), the message is important.
3. Briefly describe the story.
SU: It's about coming of age, of sadness and triumph, and of hope. The truth is that all families have secrets--some are dark and painful--but there's always hope.
4. So it's a mystery?
SU: A gripping, sometimes on the edge of your chair, nail biting mystery. Not all books have a happy ending, but mine will leave you optimistic for better times coming. Throw in a love angle and growth...and encouragement...and promise...you've got ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN!