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Summer Hearts Blog Tour – Day 3 – Sarah Daley


Today we are going to focus on the next book in the compilation. 
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Drowning Sandy:
The water is calling…

and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back. 

Now about the crazy lady behind this book!
Sarah Daley

Sarah lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.  At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.

Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!

Links to find out what is coming next:

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“They revoked our mer-privileges without even asking us? I never knew there was a law. Why didn’t someone tell me there was a choice needing to be made? How can they do that?” Sandy went from scared to ticked-off in less than the flick of a crab’s tongue.


Sandy rolled her eyes. He talked tough and proud, but she could still see the self-doubt under the surface. He was still the same old dork, and still pining for Shelly who never gave a flip for him. “Aren’t you going to get in trouble for talking to me?” she asked, remembering why she was hiding in her grandparents’ house again.

“I’m a Ritno. I dare them.” He puffed out his chest, making the dark green band stretch to it’s max, though he did quickly look off to the side to check that no one was around. “By the way. What are you doing here?”


“You know, I could sneak you out of here.” He whispered, his face close to her’s as he whispered even softer.

Goosebumps erupted down her arms. Sandy shook her head so she could focus on what he was saying. “My dad would be blamed, and your parents…”


“Thanks, Pops.” Sandy smiled a little, wiping her pearly tears away; knowing if they were allowed to stay on the cushions Grandma would be after her for the stains.

Dad sighed, looking up at Grandpa. “I don’t know what to do, Dad.” He let his head fall back against the door frame. “I’ve two amazing daughters. One who is so headstrong she made it back into the lake after two years of my putting her off, and made a huge mess, and yet still her biggest regret is thinking she can’t reach her full potential to help this world which is ruining her life.”

“I know, son.” Grandfather nodded, his lips pinched together. “What do you think we should do, Mother?” Grandpa waved Grandmother in to come sit beside him. The bedroom was kind of small to start with, and it was getting cozier by the second.

Main character casting for Drowning Sandy:


Sarah2 Sandy Antori: Spunky, and yet quick to want to please others, she finds herself battling her inner wants and desires with the difficult decisions being an adult requires of her. Picking an actress to play Sandy is tough. When I wrote this book, I actually envisioned her looking like a friend of my sister. The next best second would have to be Shailene Woodley. Since, Shelly is Sandy’s twin, Shailene would have her work cut out for her not only being a mermaid, but being a twin too!Sarah1

Alardo Ritno: Not one to be pushed around either, poor Alardo has been nursing his secret crush for Sandy from when they were kids just learning to swim. Little does he know that Sandy had jumped to the conclusion he was completely hung up on her twin, Shelly. Jensen Ackles is PERFECT!!! Just needs the short cropped hair, and copper and gold scales … YUM!


Interview with Sandy and Alardo the main characters in Drowning Sandy

1. What is your favorite food?

Sandy: My mother’s lasagna, ooey-gooey and fresh from the oven. (Excuse me while I wipe off this drool.)
Alardo: I’ve got a hard-core sweet tooth. Chocolate, carmel, anything sweet really. Not suppose to eat sweets with the strict diet the guard is on, but what they don’t know won’t hurt them.

2. Do prefer to plan things, or be spontaneous?

Sandy: I’m a planner. I plan everything, and have lists of the lists that need to be made. I do not take change well at ALL.
Alardo: I like to think I’m the perfect mix of both. Not to be cocky, but I can be spontaneous when I need to be, and yet I don’t mind taking my time and planning things out when it comes to getting things right.

3. What one thing do you wish you could tell your past self?

Sandy: That’s a tough question. Maybe I’d tell myself to just breathe, but I don’t think I’d tell myself to do anything differently, because I’m pretty happy with the way things have ended up. It’s not perfect, but I feel like I’m where I was meant to be.
Alardo: O-o-oh that’s a tough one. I think I’d have to tell myself, to not hang with Shelly quite as much as I had. Who would have known  Sandy would take it so absolutely wrong. Ugh.

4. Did you struggle to tell your author anything?

Sandy: Actually in the beginning she wanted me to share this book with my twin. It took her like two drafts before she got the fact that this was MY book. I love my twin, but this … this was about my moment. Shelly’s will come, and I can’t wait for you to read it!
Alardo: Nah, Sands was plenty of vocal for me. I knew Shelly wasn’t meant to be a lead roll in this book. I just sat back and waited, because my side of the story was told pretty straight on.

5. What is your favorite part of your story?

Sandy: Honestly, this whole story is such a huge changing point in my life, it’s hard to pick just one moment. Maybe the first time Alardo kissed me. Wow, uh, did it get a little warm in here?
Alardo: That’s easy. My favorite moment was when I found out Sandy would be staying for good. If I’d been human, I would have collapsed and landed right on my well shaped behind. Mermen do not collapse though, so my parents will probably never know that for once in my life their ultra controlling, backwards thinking way of life actually did something right.

6. What inspired the title of your story?

Sandy: I should think that would be sort of obvious. Ha-ha-ha!
Alardo: Well, Sandy went through quite a bit in the story. I think it’s a fitting title since she drowned both emotionally and mentally and then she drowned again quite literally. It was horrible, but like I said, it’s kind of perfect.

7. Do you think that there is a specific message to your story, that you’d like your readers to learn?

Sandy: Definitely! I think my story is all about choices, and how vital they can be to your life. The tiniest of choices can start a ripple effect, so to speak, that can turn into a tidal wave of change in your life.
Alardo: and along with what Sands just said, I think it’s important to remember to go with the flow. (And that pun is totally intended, by the way.)

8. What is the origin of your name? Does it have a neat story?

Sandy: Funny story, my name may or may not have come from one of the author’s cousins. But it was a totally inspirational situation. I don’t have a whole lot in common with her.
Alardo: My name is an older Greek name, meaning courageous prince. Originally this story was going to be titled, Sandy’s prince. Lame right? He-he-he

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Visit each and every blog on our tour EVERY DAY and enter to win our fabulous beach-summer-themed prizes and Amazon gift cards!

Don’t forget to enter your name into our GIVEAWAY!!! 


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Book Tour Schedule:
You can check out posts that have been made during this tour here:
Don’t forget!
Each author in this tour will be featured once during the tour, and on her special day
there will be all kinds of fun facts to check
out about her and her book!
June 6th: 
Featuring Dreaming in California by Debbie Lee
June 7th: Featuring
A Summer of Stars by Lisa Watson
June 8th: Featuring
Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley
June 9th: Featuring
Summer Holiday by Carol Malone
June 10th: Featuring
Shark Boss by Kathy Bosman
June 11th: Featuring
The Best Place to Meet a Man by Robyn Echols
June 12th: Featuring
The Entire Compilation


Every Summer Has a Love Story!

Today we are going to focus on the first book in the compilation. 
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Dreaming in California:

In the summer of 1967, Hollywood actress, Lucinda Baker, appears to have  it all–fame, money, and an all too doting fiancé. Dark traits begin to emerge from the man she’s pledged to marry, and he threatens her. Lucinda must now lean on her best friend, celebrity photographer, George Creston to escape the clutches of the dangerous relationship. Together they are forced to summon courage, and trust each other in desperate circumstances. Will they find love in the process or lose everything they hold dear, including their lives.

Now about the fabulous lady behind this book!

 Debby Lee Author Bio:

Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home.

The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations Debby enjoys being a part of. Publications, thus far, include a series of short stories titled The Butterfly Fairytales Collection, and a novella with Barbour Publishing.

As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to 1960s folk music, Debby can’t help but feel like a hippie child who wasn’t born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in grass and on beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington.

During the football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She’s also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day. 

              You can get in touch with Debby at any of the following places:



Lucinda Baker aimed her sassiest smile at the camera even though her heart churned like the waves of the nearby Pacific Ocean. The photo shoot for her latest movie should have wrapped two days ago, and then she would have been off to New York to see her fiancé, Anzario. Delay after delay had pushed the end of the session back by more than a week, leaving a painful knot in her gut. She missed Anzario. His strong arms made her feel so safe . . . at least they used to.


Lucinda bolted to her car and dropped into the seat of her new Fiat. It was a quick little car, and had been an engagement gift from Anzario, courtesy of his Italian connections. She loved zipping around town in it. As she sped do on Sunset Boulevard, her thoughts raced as well.


“Look, I’ve tried to be nice about this, but I’m out of time. I’m in a bind and I can’t afford to get on my father’s bad side. He breathes down my neck as it is. He says if we don’t get married, he’s cutting me out of the will without a cent. You best believe we’re getting married, even if I have to drag you down the aisle to do it. Trust me, I’m not bluffing. Father has friends who’d marry us, even without you being fully coherent, so don’t test me . . .” Lucinda’s stomach dropped. She trembled. This was a side to Anzario she hadn’t seen before, or had she merely chosen not to see it?

Main character casting  (Feel free to pic your own pictures of the actors selected, or you are also welcome to use the ones I’ve grabbed.)

For a bit of flash back, Author Debby Lee has decided to go with people who actually lived back in 1967, the time of her book!DebbyLee1

DebbyLee2Raquel Welch for the part of Lucinda Baker, Hollywood actress, the main character

Troy Donahue for the part of George Creston, handsome celebrity photographer, Lucinda’s best friend, the one who comes to her rescue when Anzario’s creepy colors are shown.

Author Interview 

1. What is your favorite past time, or hobby?

I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are John Grisham, Ann Rule, and John Jakes. I love historical fiction, especially historical Inspirational romance, but if I’m desperate or something to read I’ll reach for a road atlas or a telephone book. At least if I peruse a phone book I can come up with character names.

2. Do prefer to plan things, or be spontaneous?

I like to plan things, to a certain extent, but I like to leave room for spontaneity, as well. I’ve been called impulsive or more than one occasion.

3. Who is your hero/heroine?

Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, and Corrie ten Boom are just a few people I admire.

4. What is your dream vacation?

A three-month trip around the world, beginning in Charleston South Carolina, then up to New York City, then across the Atlantic to Ireland, over to Copenhagen Denmark, south to Nice France and then over to Florence Italy. From there I’d head to Morocco, over to Tahiti and then onto sunny Los Angeles, where I’d walk along the white sandy beaches under the moonlight with the man I love … Oh I’m getting off track here. Back to the blog.

5. What inspired the title of your story?

I love the song California Dreaming by The Mama’s and the Papa’s. It was popular in 1967, when my story took place. I couldn’t use the exact title, so I put a spin on it and came up with Dreaming in California. I thought it would work as a temporary title, but it stuck.

Book Buy Links:

Don’t forget to get your name into our GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter to win great prizes during out Summer Hearts Blog Tour:

Amazon gift cards, Beach Boys’ music, beach mat with strap, special hand-made beach tote, summer toys, graceful scarf and hand-made jewelry – PLUS FREE eBOOK COPIES OF SUMMER HEARTS!


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Book Tour Schedule:

(You can check out posts that have been made during this tour here:
Don’t  forget!
Each author in this tour will be featured once during the tour,
and on her special day there will be all kinds of fun facts to check
out about her and her book!
June 6th: 
Featuring Dreaming in California by Debbie Lee
June 7th: 
Featuring A Summer of Stars by Lisa Watson
June 8th: Featuring
Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley
June 9th: Featuring Summer Holiday by Carol Malone
June 10th: Featuring Shark Boss by Kathy Bosman
June 11th: Featuring The Best Place to Meet a Man by Robyn Echols
June 12th: Featuring the entire compilation


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