Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Author Q 'n' A: Sandi Perry

Author of the book, Love Doesn't Play by the Rules

Tell us a bit about your debut publication, Love Doesn't Play by the Rules:

This is a romance that takes place mostly in New York City. It's the classic good girl meets bad boy, complete with witty repartee and a, well-drawn cast of characters.

What message, if any, did you intend for your readers of Love Doesn't Play by the Rules?

Love is easy; but relationships take work.

What inspired the topic or theme to Love Doesn't Play by the Rules?

I think it's fun to watch a character's world get turned upside down and watch how they scramble to right it.

Sandi, when and why did you decide to become a romance novelist?

I guess I had these characters rolling around in my head for a while and then one day I just sat down and started. I stayed with it every day until it turned into a book.

Do you plan to publish in other genres?

That's a possibility.

How soon can your readers expect another book title on the bookshelf from you? And, of course, tell us all about it!

I am putting the finishing touches on my next book, Come Fly with Me, as we speak. This book also features a strong female lead. She deals with a sudden death of a close family member which sets off a chain of events. The book follows her as she comes to grips with a new reality. Naturally, she meets an interesting male sparring partner along the way.

Tell us a bit about Sandi, beyond writing -- family, friends, interests:

Sandi is married with four grown children. She enjoys creativity of all types and is an interior designer by trade.

What did Sandi, as a child, dream of being, becoming?

I wanted to be Samantha from Bewitched, and I guess that healthy dose of fantasy has carried through to romance novel writing.

What does Sandi, as an adult, dream of being, becoming?

A fulfilled and happy person.

What are your thoughts in regards to Traditional vs Self publishing?

I think self-publishing affords an author an outlet, but it lacks in the marketing and follow through needed for a successful outcome.

Are you a member of any writing organizations, online and offline, and, if so, please tell us about them?

I am part of Authors' Den, you can find me at

Who is your favorite author(s) and why?

I like Harper Lee and Ayn Rand.

What is Sandi currently reading?

A mystery thriller by Harlan Coben.

What are your suggestions for authors aspiring to see their work in print?

Just sit down and do it one day at a time. Looking at it as a big picture project is daunting.

Anything in particular you would like to say to your readers?

Allow yourself the time to get lost in the fantasy a good book provides.


As a Reviewer for I recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Sandi Perry's book. I've also posted the review here on my blog:

Book Review: Love Doesn't Play by the Rules

Book Review: Love Doesn't Play by the Rules

Love Doesn't Play by the Rules
In Love Doesn't Play by the Rules, author Sandi Perry parades Jonny and Cassie down the runway of the rich and famous.

Jonny Duponi, current bad boy of filmdom tabloids, felt it was time to make some changes in his life. To do so, he did what many of us often do: he moved back home, from West Coast to East amid a mid-winter chill; a journey of self-discovery culminating in romancing possibility when he found himself in the presence of Cassie Owens; rather, New York's high-society heiress, Cassandra Owens-Whitney.

Cassie had her own agenda where life and love were concerned. She was determined to stay the course at the top of the music industry as head of Avatar Records, which Grandfather Whitney had dropped in her lap on her 21st birthday. And she was focused on becoming a wife and mother long before her womanly time clock began ticking. Cassie was not about to be side-tracked by the alluring charms of Jonny the playboy movie star. She held Jonny at bay by laying the ground rules into play immediately -- Friendship is the name of her game.

Jonny seemed to be content with the rules set forth by Cassie. However, Perry leads her characters into what Renaissance English poet, John Lyly, knew long ago proven true: The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war. A battle is waged within as Cassie deals with her conflicting emotions in response to Jonny's never-ending enticements to draw her in to his grasp. Jonny is faced with the daunting task of proving himself a changed man, worthy of Cassie's affections on a higher plane -- Love is the name of his game.

Love Doesn't Play by the Rules follows the rules of the comtemporary romance genre in that Sandi Perry convincingly dates the theme of her novel to a time when current interest seems pointed to the hype and popularity of the status of stardom. On the runway of romance writing, Perry holds true to plot, developing her main characters from behind the scenes as they carry on in the waging war of love.


For your convenience a link to purchase this book through Amazon is included. If purchase is made via this link, said reviewer will receive a referral commission.

Love Doesn't Play by the Rules

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Reading

Here I sit roasting away on another hot day! The weatherman promises 98 degrees for tomorrow and I'm wishing I could grab a good book and head for the ocean.

I envision myself taking a walk along the cool sea foam on a sandy shore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USA. Then I see myself settling into a comfy lounge chair with a book to while away the heat of the summer day.

My choice of books would be one that's been sitting here on my bookshelf for a few weeks, just calling out to me with a "Darlin', I've got plenty inside these pages that'll cool your body off." And by the cover of author Ed Williams' book, ChristmaSin': A Juliette Christmas Epistle, I think it just might be right! Then again, that title sounds pretty hot, so I may just have to take a dip in the sea between the chapters.

So, come along with me, and as we make the drive, tell me what beach you're headed to and what book you'll be bringing along with you to help you through yet another sweltering summer day.