Friday, June 15, 2012

Minder Contest

To celebrate the release of Minder, I'll be running a month long contest. The winner  gets:
A set of butterfly pins--on right
A Starbucks gift certificate
A book dedication
A download of Minder
To enter: Just leave a coment mentioning Minder and  include your email addie.


Among the northern tribes there is a legend passed down from generation to generation about shape-shifting Minders—guardians of the innocents—and how they came to be. 
It is said that nowadays only a handful of Minders exist, hunted to near extinction by a fearsome beast. Of the remaining Minders, only one wears a garnet-studded collar, the symbol of protection and royalty.  
Even when my aunt told me the story, and handed me an ancient garnet-studded band, I had no idea the tale applied to me.
After all, it’s only a legend…


“Try on the necklace.”
“There’s no clasp.” I held it between my fingers and studied it.
“Just slip it over your head.”
“I don’t think it will fit.”
The necklace widened easily as I slipped it over my hair then narrowed to embrace my throat. I straightened and lifted my chin.
I might be outdoorsy, and though I don’t obsess over them, I enjoy pretty things especially clothes and jewelry.  
But this was different. This piece of jewelry was an extension of me. I felt alive, regal, protected. I frowned. Protected? What an odd thought.
“It’s beautiful. It sets off your long swan-like neck to perfection. It belongs on you.” My aunt studied me her eyes alight with what looked like affirmation.
“Yes.” I touched it. “It feels like it was made for me.”
I felt the pull of an intent gaze and knew who would be staring. I turned my head. Our gazes collided. I could see his golden eyes dilate to black, his nostrils flare and strangest of all I could smell his heat.
His gaze locked with mine, he stood abruptly. The woman who sat beside him grabbed his arm and pulled him down. She glared at me.
Acutely aware of him, I broke eye contact and turned back to my aunt. “You said it was a gift from my mother?”
“She wore it. Do you remember?” Aunt leaned forward, her elbows on the table, her chin in her hands, her eyes intent.
I frowned and tried to recall. A forgotten memory surfaced. A young woman who looked like me turning in a circle laughing, butterflies fluttering around her, the necklace at her throat. I felt a thrill. Our features were nearly identical, her hair the same color, texture and sheen only longer.
“Yes, I do.” I smiled. The memory a gift I would cherish and hug close to my heart.


Anonymous said...

Minder sounds good!

Sandra Cox said...


bn100 said...

I'd like to read Minder. It sounds good. I like the Minder cover.


Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, appreciate it. I like the cover too:)

mcv said...

Minder sounds like a good read.
mcv111 at hotmail dot com

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, MCV:)

Mary Preston said...

MINDER does look like an amazing read!!


Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Marybelle. I appreciate the kind words.

Unknown said...

This sounds like an absolutely incrediable read!! Thank you so much for the giveaway and Congrads on the release!!

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. Minder sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


Gale Nelson said...

Minder is on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway! gale Nelson

Anonymous said...

I have a copy of "Minder" already to review on my blog but wanted to show you some Book Release love! The butterflies are beautiful!

saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

Tore923 said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

London Judge said...

The book sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Alicia said...

Minder sounds really interesting, I love that it involves a panther :) I've had a thing for panthers ever since I got the chance to hold a cub. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

I would like to read this book Minder