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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Come meet Sandra Orchard...And the winner is....Delores Topliff!!

I’m a happily married to a man who is very supportive of my writing, although he hasn’t actually read more than a few paragraphs of it. I’m the mother of three wonderful children that I thoroughly enjoyed homeschooling on our little hobby farm. My two youngest still live at home and my youngest daughter is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist so we have a lot of fun commiserating together when plots don’t work and celebrating when they do. My eldest daughter is married and I’ve now become one of those grandmothers. You know the kind I mean. The ones who have a gazillion pictures and shamelessly dote on them every chance they get.

I’ve been writing full-time since signing my first contract in 2010 and am currently drafting my tenth contracted novel. I write for Revell and Love Inspired Suspense, and do a bit of freelance content editing and speaking/teaching. I also do bookkeeping (since I did major in Math at university). And when it can’t be avoided any longer, I clean the house. Before I took up writing, most of my spare time was spent renovating our old farmhouse, so I’ve always had a good excuse for dust bunnies. 

What is your story about?
This is the second book in a three-part series, and although each book has a standalone mystery, the romance and a suspense arcs the three books, so I highly recommend reading them in order to avoid spoilers. In this novel, herbal researcher, Kate Adams returns, and caught inadvertently passing counterfeit money while buying groceries for her elderly neighbor, she lands in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker’s investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor’s innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation–and that strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world–and her budding romance with Tom–begin to crumble. To Kate, it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster’s secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?
Here’s what Booklist had to say in their review:

“Orchard infuses romance with suspense and keeps the excitement coming page after page.  Readers will love the ever-deepening mystery as Kate extends her investigation and finds herself and her long-dead father tangled up in an international corporate conspiracy.”

Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?

Yes, The opening scene. This is the second book in my Port Aster Secrets series and hero and heroine haven’t seen each other for a while. It was fun to write this “reunion” in which she’s been caught counterfeiting and he’s the officer called in. His reaction: “If you wanted to see me, you could have just called.”
Since the store security guard who made the call doesn’t know their history and believes she is a thief, I had a lot of fun with the subtext of their conversation throughout the scene.

Where did you get the inspiration for your story?
There is a lot of stuff happening in the story. One reviewer counted at least 4. But the opening mystery was inspired by a counterfeit $5 bill that turned up in the offering at my neighbor’s Ladies’ Missionary Meeting.

What are you working on now?
I’m finishing the edits on the final installment in the Port Aster Secrets series, Desperate Measures, which promises to finally uncover everyone’s secrets. I’m also writing my next Love Inspired Suspense, a paramedic story featuring the cousin of the heroes in Perilous Waters (April 2014) and Identity Withheld (Nov 2014).

Where can readers connect with you?
I’m active on Facebook at: http://www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard and would love it if you’d “like” my page!

And although I’m taking a break for the summer, I blog on Mondays at http://www.SandraOrchard.com/blog and a bit of nosing around on the site will provide lots of things of interest to both readers and writers, including bonus features for all of my novels.

Readers are also invited to subscribe to my newsletter at: http://bit.ly/OrchardNews for news of new releases, giveaways and subscriber exclusive short stories.

Where can readers buy your book?
You can ask for it at your favorite bookstore or find it online at all the major stores. At the moment it is on sale for an especially low price in E-format. The best prices I’ve found are at Amazon and CBD.com (for Epub format which works on Nook and Kobo).

Last but not least, apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
Since taking up writing, most of my former creative outlets, which included every kind of craft you could imagine from knitting and sewing to cross-stich and jewelry making and painting, have sat untouched. So probably my most creative outlet is keeping my young grandchildren entertained.  You knew I had to come back to them, didn’t you?

So, readers, what is your favorite creative outlet? Leave a comment for a chance to win Blind Trust.
Must reside in US or Canada and be at least 18 years old. Winner will be announced Monday, July 21st.


  1. Hello Patricia. Thanks for the interview with Sandra. Enjoyed it. Sandra, You think those grandkids are great , just wait for those greats of which I have 19. :)
    So my creative thing now is collecting pictures. Need to print some new ones to replace the ones on my great-grands wall. Most of what I use to do like sewing are behind me because of bad back and neck problems. Also used to embroider a lot. Now I collect books. Please put me in to win Sandra's book. I like the joining of mystery with romance. Thanks to you both and GOD bless.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  2. Oh, wow, Maxie, 19!!! That's awesome.

    Pat, thanks so much for having me. I see that an extra special sale on the Ebook has now gone live. For today only, it's under $3!

  3. I was an art major, so I still fiddle around with graphics when I'm not writing. Congratulations on your latest, Sandra! :)

  4. Great interview and sounds great. I enjoyed Sandra's last book and will look forward to this :)

  5. Wow, Sandra. 10 contracted novels so far? That's terrific. I love the premise of your novel.

    My creative therapy comes in the form of stamping and card making.

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I'm amazed you have time for creative outlets!

  6. I've had the privilege of reading the first book in the series, Deadly Devotion, and l♥ved it.
    I'm really looking forward to reading Blind Trust. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


    1. Blind Trust is great!! Thank you all for your comments. I so appreciate you all!!

    2. Ah, nice words for an author to hear before her head hits the pillow. :D Thank you Cindi and Pat!

  7. I love your books. Would love to win one. Thereadmaster@me.com

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  9. So this is great, right?! I'm havin fun :D thanks for the chance to win. Oh and I LOVE the covers to these two books - Intriguing!


    1. LOL, does that mean your creative outlet is visiting blogs? :D

    2. I so agree that Sandra's covers are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for stopping by.

    3. Hi Sandra and Pat,

      Loved the insight into your story world, Sandra, but I really appreciated your comment about your husband not reading the books. Mine doesn't either. He's been terrifically supportive of my writing, but he doesn't read it (I've never asked him to!). He's a non-fiction reader. I can't even imagine having him read my stuff.

    4. Ah, it's nice to know I'm not the only one! :)

    5. Oh, neither of you are by yourself. While I'm not married, the guy I've dated for almost 16 years doesn't read mine either. :-)

  10. Hi Sandra. I thought I'd surprise you by standing on the other side of the blog table. Great interview.

    As for creative outlets, I love taking nice long walks. They help to clear the mind and heart. And even better--the perfect opportunity to talk with God and to listen to what He has to say.

    1. Hi Elaine! Great to see you here. I love nice long walks, too. And it makes me my dog's favorite person. :)

    2. Hey Elaine! So glad you stopped by.