Monday, April 25, 2011

This Week's Special Guest - Sandra K. Marshall

This week at the AuthorIsland Tiki Hut, we welcome author Sandra K. Marshall as she talks about her story in the new anthology FOOL ME TWICE.

Sandra grew up in the mid-west in a small farming community where she belonged to 4-H. When she was thirteen, her family moved to, Lawrence, Kansas, the town where the University of Kansas thrived. After high school, she traveled to California to live with a friend and to find a job. She became very homesick and returned home.

She worked for a major airline for thirty-six years and during this period she furthered her education. It was a lovely time in her life working for a wonderful company. She traveled to many countries such as Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Australia, Egypt and Hong Kong just to name a few.

While at the airline, she started writing due to her husband's influence, and in 1999 she retired to write full time and worked seriously toward publication. In 2008, she had her first book published, and then her second one in 2009. Shortly after her publisher closed their doors, and she immediately moved to a new publisher. She is still with the publisher and has had three books and a short story published with them.

She's now working on another one hoping to finish it before the end of summer. It's a romantic suspense set at an airline maintenance overhaul base, and it's the one she was writing when she retired. She's doing a complete overhaul of this book and it's not the easiest thing she has ever done. :)


The book I want to tell you about is an anthology titled, Fool Me Twice. My story is A Fool's Fool. The blurb and excerpt are posted below.

Pranks are carried too far.

Kathy O'Reilly, a strong-willed woman doesn't allow men to walk over her or anyone else. When one of the co-owner's of Gagsters, Norm Jokes, is allowed to get away with playing pranks, she speaks up to her boss.

Jason Barrone, co-owner of Gagsters is attracted to his assistant and will not allow his best friend to cause him to lose her. Jason wants them to be friends because he doesn't want to have to make a choice of who goes and who stays.


Kathy O'Reilly walked softly behind Norm Jokes as he crept up the aisle between the cubicles, making sure he didn't know she was near. It was obvious he was planning to sneak up on someone to either scare or do something worse.

Norm was as obnoxious as any guy she'd ever met, but for some reason her friend, Allyson Metzl, thought the joker just needed attention.

Uh oh—Norm sped up, and she saw the reason why.

Allyson stood just a few feet away, waving her hands as she leaned in a cubicle to talk to a co-worker. Her friend’s back was to him; Allyson's long dark hair covered the derrière of her diminutive figure.

Her pal had just gone through a divorce, and was feeling frail. There was no way Kathy would let anyone hurt her friend again. Kathy called out, "Allyson."

Allyson wheeled around, her mouth opened in a big O when she almost smacked into Norm.

He put his hands on Allyson’s shoulders. “Don’t move so suddenly. You almost knocked me down, and I would’ve fell on top of you.” He glanced over his shoulder at Kathy.

With an inward laugh, she joined them. "Stopped you from being an obnoxious ass.” She watched him, knowing by his grin that he’d enjoyed himself. "You're going to get into big trouble one day." His right eye ticked knowing he'd been caught in the act. Too bad fellow.

"Did someone want me?" Allyson asked; her black lashes fluttered as she glanced between Kathy and Norm.

His face reddening, Norm stuttered, "I wanted to tell you how pretty you look in your outfit."

"Thank you for noticing, Norm." Allyson peeked up at him. "It's new."

The skunk, he hadn't even noticed her friend's lime green outfit until he needed to get his ass out of a jam. "Allyson, I wanted to talk to you a moment."

"Uh, I'll leave you two to it," Norm muttered.

Kathy glared after him as he slinked toward his office. He had nerve pretending to have noticed Allyson other than her butt. She hoped her friend didn't fall for his Mr. Nice Guy act.

Allyson's cherry red lips turned up, laughing she showed perfect white teeth and her milk chocolate gaze focused on Kathy. "The way you're scowling at Norm he must've been up to no good."

"He almost got you, but I managed to save you."

Allyson laughed, her eyes sparkling. She shook her head, her long straight hair swaying from side to side. "Thanks, but who knows? Maybe I would have liked it.”

Her friend hadn’t dated since her divorce, and she constantly defended Norm to the other girls in the building. Why? Kathy couldn’t understand unless Allyson secretly had a crush on him. Kathy hoped not, because in truth, the man terrorized all of them. They were afraid to say anything for fear of losing their jobs. Luckily, she wasn’t in the same circumstance since she worked for the head boss.

"Next time I’ll let him get you.” She grimaced. “You need to get out more if that guy interests you.” He almost pinched her friend’s bottom. He liked to pinch the other girls and play pranks on them.

“Now you’re just being mean.” Allyson’s perfect white teeth chewed her bottom lip. “I think he’s cute.”

"To each their own, but something has to be done to stop him from picking on all the women."

Allyson giggled. “I might be able to help. We could play a trick on him. April Fool’s Day will be here soon and it would be an appropriate time to do something to him.”

"Great. I would like nothing better than to get revenge on the skinny runt."

Her dark brows rose and Allyson asked, “Has he done anything to you?”

“He better not or I’ll make his life miserable.” If Norm ever pinched her, she would bring a harassment lawsuit against him and the company, Gagsters, Incorporated.

"You won't do anything to hurt his feelings, will you Kath?" Allyson’s brows knit together slightly.

Well, on second thought not against Gagsters, just Norm. She didn't want to hurt her boss, Jason Barrone. As his administrative assistant, Kathy was treated courteously and as an equal. Not only was he a perfect gentleman, he was a very handsome one. She liked his cleft chin and green brown-flecked eyes. Besides, he often told her he couldn't do without her— she was his right arm.

For some reason, she was drawn to Jason even though normally, she went for the tall, dark, and dangerous bad boys. Jason was the exact opposite with his light brown hair streaked blond from the sun. The one time she accidentally bumped into him he was solid as a rock and just as dependable.

A veil lifted from Allyson’s face and a light shone in her eyes. Her friend’s hound dog nose twitched on the scent of a mystery. She’d better say something quick.

"Feelings. I doubt if Norm has any, he's such a dope. His antics have to be stopped."

She leaned toward Allyson with her hands fisted, but at the widening of her friends eyes, Kathy drew back, took a deep breath, and relaxed her hands. "You know the other girls won't step out of their cubicles when he's around, and when they go to the lunchroom or bathroom they're constantly looking for him over their shoulders."

Allyson nodded. "I know. Some of the younger girls have even talked to me about it."

"Then you’re completely with me on this?"

“I have an idea of something we can do that would get the message across without hurting him.”

“What?” Kathy watched excitement build on her friend’s face.

“I’m an artist. I could make a poster to put in his office or hang overhead somewhere.”

Smiling, Kathy said, “Okay.”

"Later. My phone is ringing." Allyson hurried away to answer the call.

Kathy wondered what kind of drawing Ally would come up with. She hoped Norm could take a joke. After all, he dished out plenty of them. It was time for him to have some pranks pulled on him. Besides, it was going to be April Fool’s Day in a week.

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  1. Hi, Sandra.

    I read your book blurbs and they sound quite interesting; I look forward in reading them.

    I also like your book covers. How much influence do you have in creating them?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. I just finished A Fool's Fool, Sandy and loved it.

  3. Hi Sandy! Thanks so much for being our very special guest this week!

    This anthology seems like such a great couple of stories - can you tell us how you and Sandra Sookoo got together for this release?

    Tell us what else you're working on too.

    Enjoy your week at the Tiki Hut!

  4. Hi Sandra,
    I really look forward to reading this book. What made you choose to tackle the explosive issue of work bullying, harassment? I think it will be a great read!!
    thanks, ella

  5. The book looks really cool! I hope I get to check it out soon.

    elektrarawks at gmail dot com

  6. Thank you for having me here, DeNita. Special guest. Hmm. I like that. Smile.

    Both Sandra Sookoo and I were trying to write stories for April Fool's Day, but they didn't out to be funny. lol I don't really know how our publisher decided to pair us together.

    Right now, I'm reworking an old book I wrote years ago. The original title was The Beast Within, but now is being retitled Rumbles, Rumors and Lies, which is set in a airline maintenance facility.

    It's coming along fairly well right now. I have finished with 9 chapters and only have 7 chapters. lol I've done a lot of cutting.

  7. Hi Tracey D.

    Actually, we do get input into our covers. Not every publisher allows author input.

    We are sent a file asking for ideas of what we would like to see in our covers. The cover artist who has done my covers has done a terrific job every time.

  8. Thank you, Linda. I'm so glad you like it. I didn't know what to expect because it's nothing like what I usually write.

    I hope you read Sandra Sookoo's story, Remembering Andy, too. It has so much emotion in it. My heart went out to the characters.

  9. Thanks, Ella.

    LOL In answer to your question, I didn't start out to write about work bullying harrassment.

    This whole story came about from an incident that happened to our daughter when she was out dancing with a group friends. She came home and told her dad and me what happened. Her dad told her if it ever happened to her she should do what the heroine in my story did. Our daughter did it when it happened to her, and the guy followed her all over the place aplogizing to her. lol

  10. Connie, I hope you get to check it out soon, too.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Is it easier to write a book for an anthology?

    Do you have a set schedule for writing? I have talked to authors who get stressed by deadlines..and talk about things like making time or must do 3 hours a day, etc.

  12. Hi Miriama,

    I don't think either is easy. I have a difficult time writing short, and the anthology is shorter.

    It's difficult to set a schedule because of family. What I do is try to write every day even if it's only for fifteen minutes. Sometimes, I can't even do that, but I don't let that happen often.

  13. I'm not sure if I'm too late for the contest or not, but I have a question anyway! When you were traveling, was there a particular country or place that became your favorite? Why? Also, do you have a particular genre and author that you like to read? Why? Fool Me Twice sounds like a fun read and I will check it out further. And, I love the title of Rumbles, Rumors and Lies - I'll be waiting for it! Thanks!!!

  14. I don't believe you're too late, Karen, and thanks for coming by. This is difficult because I enjoyed every place I visited. I love to learn about the culture of the country I'm in.

    No place beats the USA, but if I were going to choose a second country to live in it would probably be Australia. But I love Portugal, Ireland, Hong Kong, Jamaica and I could go on an on. I, also, loved Canada.

    The genre I read is romantic supense, espionage, and mystery. One of my favorite authors is Lisa Scottoline, but there are so many more.

    I'm glad you like the title for my wip. Smile.