Posts tagged “Nicholas Sparks

If You Loved A HUNDRED SUMMERS, You’ll Surely Enjoy SAND DOLLAR

Posted on 11/14/13

Excerpt from the Book Gift Guide:

A Hundred SummersSand Dollar

Characteristics: Emotionally complex narrative that straddles the line between romance and women’s fiction. Friendship, dreams, and personal histories are woven together to create a truly wonderful tale. 

If your recipient loved A HUNDRED SUMMERS, chances are they’ll surely enjoy SAND DOLLAR, a story of life altering true love.


Authors Like Nicholas Sparks

Posted on August 16, 2013

Click here to check out this list on Ranker.com of “Authors Like Nicholas Sparks.” And while you’re at it, feel free to click on the blue thumbs-up icon next to my name, if you feel so inclined, that is. Just saying…

Sebastian Cole   :)

Sebastian Cole


“It is an amazing story about love, disappointment, and the human spirit.”

Posted on July 25, 2013

★★★★★  AN AMAZING LOVE STORY!

“This book was recommended to me by my husband who told me that Sabastian Cole was a local author who wrote in the style of one of my favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks. I read the book during my flight to Alaska and found it to be an amazing story about two people who found each other against incredible odds and were meant to be together. The undying love that Noah, the main character, had for his soul mate, Robin, was unfathomable. As I read the book, I kept thinking to myself that I would have given up and moved on with my life. However, as all great love stories are told, Noah never gave up. It is an amazing story about love, disappointment, and the human spirit. I found myself unable to put it down! This a a MUST READ!!!!!!!” – soulgirl


Sand Dollar is Kindle Nation Daily’s eBook of the Day

Posted on May 5, 2013

Kindle Nation Daily

Don’t miss today’s Kindle eBook of the Day:

Step Aside, Nicholas Sparks! 75 out of 81 Rave Reviews for Sebastian Cole’s Story of Undying Love

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook, Love Story, Love, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Tear jerker, Heart wrenching

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

by Sebastian Cole

4.6 stars – 81 reviews

Kindle Price:99 cents

Text-to-Speach and Lending: Enabled


Digital Book Today Recommends Sand Dollar

Posted on April 30, 2013

Like The Notebook with a Sixth Sense Twist

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is today’s featured book at Digital Book Today.

Digital Book TodayNicholas Sparks, The Notebook, Love Story, Love, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Tear jerker, Heart wrenching


“Being an avid Nicholas Sparks fan, I’m very particular about my romance novels, but Sebastian Cole did not disappoint!!”

Posted on April 07, 2013

★★★★★  GREAT READ

“I won this book! It’s really wonderful. I’ll cherish my copy and recommend it to my friends. Being an avid Nicholas Sparks fan, I’m very particular about my romance novels but Sebastian Cole did not disappoint!! It took me too long to read this book. Between a million things I had to do, I always found a time to read just a little bit until I finished. Then I re-read the whole thing! :)” – iclimbedatreetoseetheworld


Sand Dollar Book Review at Coffee Time Romance

Posted on March 30, 2013

“Noah Hartman is a man searching for a path in life that leads away from his rich, pampered existence as the only child of a wealthy family. Smothered by his loving, overprotective, Jewish parents, Noah longs for more. When he stumbles across a free spirited woman, Robin, he is stunned by the wide world of possibilities that opens before him.

Robin is searching for answers to questions that always seem to slip beyond her comprehension. She has a daughter to care for and more emotional baggage than she can lug around. When Noah appears in her life, she is immediately suspicious of something that looks far too good to be true.

Now eighty years old, Noah is looking back at his life with the clarity of age. Paths merge and split. Hearts are broken and mended. Still, he knows only one thing is an absolute truth. Love is the tie that binds, the glue that holds it all together, and the only thing you can take with you into forever.

A beautiful love story reminiscent of Mr. Sparks’ The Notebook, Sand Dollar plays upon the notion of the road not taken. Readers will be enchanted by the deep abiding love between two characters that seem peppered with insurmountable odds.”

Coffee Time Romance

Coffee Time Romance


Awesome book

Posted on February 10, 2013

★★★★★

“I loved this book. A very sweet love story that is hard to put down. The author writes very similar to Nicholas Sparks.” – Cindy Morse


“It was one of those ‘Oh my God, that can’t possibly be’ types of moments.”

Posted on February 10, 2013

The Stuff of Success

★★★★★  “Many reviewers have compared Sand Dollar by Sebastian Cole to Nicholas Sparks. To be fair I want you to know that I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book nor have I seen a related movie. I don’t ordinarily read books that are classified as romance but I was interested in Sand Dollar due to its fantasy romance genre.

For the first half of the book it seemed more like a lost love type of story and although that is interesting, I wasn’t quite sure what the fantasy aspect was. As I continued to read though, that became increasingly clear. From the beginning it is clear that Noah is a great person with a great desire to love and be loved. I have never been in a position where the person I am destined to be with – my soulmate – is just not someone it is possible to be with. But the premise is quite heartbreaking and I found myself wanting so much more for Noah. Robin is his soulmate. That is clear but for some reason it just never seems to work out. The reason it doesn’t work out is eventually made clear and then my heart broke for the two of them and how they had so much stacked against them and their relationship.

The fantasy becomes evident toward the end of the book, and it was one of those “Oh my God, that can’t possibly be” types of moments. I read most of this book in one day/sitting. That wasn’t my intent but once I made it past the first half of the book I really just could not find the perfect time to put it aside for another day. Every chapter’s conclusion was not a conclusion at all – it left me hanging for the next and I just couldn’t step away. I give this story a five-star rating and would definitely read future novels by Sebastian Cole.” The Stuff of Success

Sand Dollar Book giveaway ends February 17th. To enter, click here and scroll down to Rafflecopter.


“I have read every Nicholas Sparks book and I can tell you, this is right up there with them!”

Posted on January 26, 2013

★★★★★  Amazing love story

“Sebastian Cole did a wonderful job of capturing the joys and heartaches of being in love in this novel. He delves into the emotions of each character so very well…I read it one day, because the story just flowed and I could not wait to see what would happen next! I think every person can relate in some way to this book; the role family dynamics play out in our lives, versus our own belief systems… just a terrific love story! I have read every Nicholas Sparks book and I can tell you, this is right up there with them! I look forward to reading his future books!”Lori


Male Authors And Romance: Oxymoron or a Refreshingly New Perspective That Sheds Light on a Man’s Emotional World?

Posted on January 8, 2013

Sebastian Cole is on Mina’s Bookshelf to answer the question and give away an autographed copy of his debut novel SAND DOLLAR: A Story Of Undying Love. The giveaway is open to everyone, any country! Stop by the blog with a question/comment about the interview for a chance to win!

http://minadecaro.blogspot.com/2013/01/sand-dollar-story-of-undying-love-by.html


Masterful!

Posted on January 6, 2013

★★★★★

“I received a complimentary copy of Sand Dollar for read and review, but this did not affect my review.

I first wish to thank Mr. Cole for the opportunity to read this book. I feel privileged to even have the honor of sharing my thoughts on such a fantastic and masterful creation. I will not do what I normally do which is re-summarize the entire story, no…this is a story that you must read yourself. Then and only then will you have the incredible journey that Mr. Cole takes the reader on. I really do not have enough words in my arsenal to say how lovely, heart wrenchingly beautiful this book was, I am a sucker for romance, and moreso for the undying love element.
The pain, frustration and acceptance that the main character Noah experienced by loving Robin is I do not know…. soul wrenching….

But his perseverance was incredible, and how lucky and sad, I see the tragic figure Robin as, to have and not recognize, what many do not have, someone to love them wholeheartedly, undeserved and unconditionally…

Incredible….

Mr. Cole’s work is exceptional, well written and beautiful, to compare him to Nicholas Sparks is accurate, but I feel that Mr. Cole is and will continue to blaze his own path and leave his own mark as a writer.”Michelle C. Jordan


SAND DOLLAR Book Review in Miss A

Posted on January 3, 2013

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook, Love Story, Love, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Tear jerker, Heart wrenching

What a great way to start the year, with an amazing book review of SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love at an amazing website!! With over a million readers annually, Miss A is one of the largest and fastest growing online destinations for women.

Click here to check it out!


Marie Levie’s Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on December 10, 2012

★★★★★  Recommend this book for any Nicholas Sparks fan! Great love story! Get tissues!

“I just finished reading sand dollar! All I have to say is wow and I need a box of tissues! This book is amazing! I love Noah! I was so happy to see that he stood his ground and did what he wanted to do instead of listening to his parents! I did feel bad for Sarah but it wouldn’t have worked out anyways because of the love for Robin! I so can’t wait until another book comes out by Sebastian Cole! Definitely give this book five sand dollars!” — Marie Levie


Thanks For The Great Reviews Of Sand Dollar!

Posted on October 31, 2012

I’d like to thank everyone for their reviews of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. Many of you have expressed how much you loved the book, with some people even stating that it’s one of the best love stories they’ve ever read! Being a first-time author, that means a lot to me. Regardless of whether or not Sand Dollar ever makes it big, knowing that I have positively affected the lives of others makes me feel really proud. So once again, thanks.

Sebastian Cole
:)

 

Here’s what people are saying:

“This was probably the greatest love story I have ever read. Want to share this book with friends but not willing to part with my copy. This will be a book I keep and read over and over again.” — Adrienne

“When I was told that this was the next great love story I was cynical, but it is totally true.  Noah and Robin’s story is the greatest love story I have ever read. This is a story that will touch you to the depth of your heart.” — A Novel Review

“It was one of the greatest love stories ever told! I hope to see it in the movies because I will definitely go see it!” – Riau

“One of my all time favorites! I absolutely loved every part of it. He reminds me of Nicholas Sparks with his ability to play on your heart strings throughout the entire book. IT IS A MUST READ!!” – Kelani K

“The story of Noah and Robin had me from the prologue. Sand Dollar is now one of my all-time favorite books. I will read and reread it many more times over the years.” Elizabeth Ruggiero-Miele

“The best love story I have ever read. Could not put it down, especially at the end when it all came together for me.” — Diane Price

“This was one of the best love stories I have read this year. The writer did a amazing job on this book. I don’t cry very often when reading a book but this one I cryed like a baby.” – Sherrie

“The best Romance Fantasy ever that I read.” – Booktasticlovers

“I really enjoyed reading Sand Dollar. I think this is the second best Romance Fantasy I ever read.” – Ivy Zheng

“My Summer Read ~~ Pick #1. I loved this book- This one pulls at your heart strings and if it does not pull at yours~ you should have been searching for a new heart instead of a new book to read. Sand Dollar is my second favorite read for 2012.” — Reesa

“I’m trying to remember if there ever was a book like Sand Dollar that I read and as soon as I was done with it [I’m talking mere seconds after] that I just wanted to shout to the world and beg people to get it ASAP.” – bookworm2bookworm

“This was the best book I have read in a long time. Never have I seen a man love a woman so much.” – Jean Bracco

“There are very few books which will touch the very depths of your soul. This is truly one of those books. This is one of those stories I’m going to cherish forever.” – Kim “Read Your Writes Book Reviews”

“It touched my heart like no other book has ever done. The undying love of Noah is a love that everyone searches for and few ever find.” – Audrey

Sand Dollar – a very special novel. This is one of those books I will read and reread through the years. I highly, highly recommend Sand Dollar, this a novel not to be missed.” – Donna Marie Taylor

“I think I have a new favorite book. I absolutely loved this book. Thank you, Mr. Cole, for an incredible novel that moved me to tears in a very personal way. I will most definitely read this novel again, as I often do with my favorites, and recommend it to my friends.” – Donna

“The story that Noah told was really tugging at my warm heart feeling and it never stopped even after I turned the last page of the book. I will carry this story in my heart for a very long time to come.” – Terri

“This book is absolutely amazing. The best love story I think I have read in a long time. You will cry like a baby, I know that I did. This is truly a love story you will remember for years to come.” – Deb B

“This is a fabulous read for men and women alike. One of the best books I have read in a long time!” — Lisa

“The plot was very interesting and I was personally touched by the story. This was truly one of the best books I have read and I do read a lot.”  — Elaine

“FAN – FREAKING – TASTIC! Loved every second of reading it. Everyone should read this book.” – Jeny Robertson

“I absolutely loved this book. It was a beautifully written love story with a twist. Definintely a must read!” – Tara Brittain

“I started reading this book and I could not put it down. I can’t wait for Mr. Cole to write another novel! Loved this book!!!!!” – Karen Thaxton

“I loved this book! What a wonderful, romantic, heart warming story of undying love!” – Mandi Rusthton

“I’ll cherish my copy and recommend it to my friends.” – Jenea

“Upon finishing the book last night, my husband asked me what I thought of it. The best response I could come up with was, “It was like a plate of spaghetti and meatballs on a crisp fall day.” (And this is coming from an Italian girl!) – Pamela

“Really Great read, great love story!! I could not put the book down! I have definitely recomended to all my friends and book club to read.” – Valerie

“Marvellous book, it brought a smile to my face, and I would certainly love to see Sand Dollar become a movie as the author wishes, I have a feeling it would do very well :)” – Epic Book Quest

“The story is very touching. The writing amazing. I will be thinking of these characters for a long, long time. Would make a great movie!!” – Doris

“The ending was magnificent! I could not put the book down… I can only envision Mr.Cole’s book turning into a movie.” – Angie

“It was definitely my kind of book. Very Nicholas Sparks.” – Kiersten

“Excellent modern romance! It definitely was similar to Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans. Not only was it a great love story, but it was also suspenseful.”
— Amy Z Drew

 

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Amy Z Drew’s Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Published on October 30, 2012

★★★★

Modern Romance

“Excellent modern romance! It definitely was similar to Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans. Not only was it a great love story, but it was also suspenseful. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and how it was going to end. Couldn’t put it down and therefore read it very fast! Can’t wait for another book from Sebastian Cole!” – Amy Z Drew


The Blogging Book’s Review of Sand Dollar

Posted on October 30, 2012

“Wow! I definitely did not expect the book to end that way. It caught me off guard and I even teared up a little bit. It made the whole book that much more heart wrenching. 

In the beginning it was a little confusing for me. The way it goes back and forth from past to present, sometimes with no warning. I had to backtrack and reread a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

I understand the whole ‘you love who you love thing’, but if I was Noah and Robin treated me like that, I would kick her to the curb. So many times I wanted to reach into the book and slap her. Then other times my heart broke for her because of all she went through. 

Overall this is a great Romance. Any fan of Nicholas sparks will absolutely adore Sebastian Cole.”

The Blogging Book


Jeanne Miro’s Comments on Sand Dollar

Posted on October 24, 2012

“Most of all, books like both The Notebook and Sand Dollar help everyone to realize that time is passing and that we should always tell those we love how much joy they’ve brought us and that the difficult times made us stronger and the people we are today.” – Jeanne Miro


Bookworm2bookworm’s Review of Sand Dollar

Posted on October 24, 2012

“I’m trying to remember if there ever was a book like Sand Dollar that I read and as soon as I was done with it [I’m talking mere seconds after] that I just wanted to shout to the world and beg people to get it ASAP… come to think of it, it probably happened on one or two occasions, but right now I don’t have the time to ponder when or which book it was, BUT I do have the time to tell you why I think you should find the time to read this story.”

Click here to read the rest of bookworm2bookworm’s review


Similar to a Nicholas Sparks Novel, But Uniquely Different

Posted on October 16, 2012

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook, Love Story, Love, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Tear jerker, Heart wrenchingWith each new twist that’s woven into the plot comes a new revelation about the heroine’s past, an element of suspense that makes it difficult to put the book down. Similar to a Nicholas Sparks novel, but uniquely different, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is a thought-provoking, emotional read that, among other things, might even have you yelling at the main characters at times. Unlike your typical fairytale romance, the characters in Sand Dollar have real-life issues that must be dealt with. As in real life, things rarely go according to plan, and all too often it’s the ones we love the most who end up hurting us the most. A mixture of joy and heartache, this realistic portrayal of life is what sets Sand Dollar apart.

When the story opens, Noah, who is old and sick in a hospital bed, tells of his undying love for his soul mate, his one true love, Robin, who also happens to be the one who got away. The story is told from Noah’s point of view with two timelines: when he’s old and when he’s young. Eventually, these two timelines intersect with a surprising plot twist, and the story moves forward from there with the most beautiful of endings – an ending that you’ve just got to read for yourself.


Valerie’s Book Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on September 20, 2012

★★★★★

Like THE NOTEBOOK

“Really Great read, great love story!! I could not put the book down! I have definitely recommended to all my friends and book club to read.” — Valerie


“If you like Nicholas Sparks, here’s a book for you!”

Posted on September 19, 2012

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook, Love Story, Love, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Tear jerker, Heart wrenching

I am truly grateful for all of the wonderful reviews that SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love has received thus far; and I am humbled by the comparisons that have been made to an incredible author whom I greatly admire, Nicholas Sparks.

Here’s what people are saying:

“This smashing debut by Sebastian Cole reads like the best of Nicholas Sparks with just enough schmaltz. Moving and emotive, it’s every bit THE NOTEBOOK.” — Jon Land, best selling author of STRONG AT THE BREAK

“In the vein of THE NOTEBOOK and numerous other classics, SAND DOLLAR proves once again that true love never dies.”
 — Marsha Oglesby, Hollywood producer

“If you LOVED The Notebook, you will, with no doubt, LOVE Sand Dollar!” – Sara at Amazon

“I enjoyed this book very much, and would recommend it to any Nicholas Sparks’ fans out there, like myself. If you are debating whether to read this book, DO IT.” — Kiersten at Amazon

“Sebastian Cole did an AMAZING job with this book. It is a great love story with real life characters and real life problems. He reminds me of Nicholas Sparks with his ability to play on your heart strings throughout the entire book.” — Kelani at Amazon

“Like THE NOTEBOOK. Really Great read, great love story!! I could not put the book down! I have definitely recomended to all my friends and book club to read.”
— Valerie at Amazon

“Excellent modern romance! It definitely was similar to Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans. Not only was it a great love story, but it was also suspenseful.”
Amy Z Drew at Amazon

“Mr. Cole’s work is exceptional, well written and beautiful, to compare him to Nicholas Sparks is accurate, but I feel that Mr. Cole is and will continue to blaze his own path and leave his own mark as a writer.” — Michelle C. Jordan at Amazon

“Recommend this book for any Nicholas Sparks fan! Great love story! Get tissues!” — Mary Levie at Amazon

“I have read every Nicholas Sparks book and I can tell you, this is right up there with them! I look forward to reading his future books!” — Lori at Amazon

“Being an avid Nicholas Sparks fan, I’m very particular about my romance novels, but Sebastian Cole did not disappoint!!” – iclimbedatreetoseetheworld at Amazon

“Sebastian Cole says on his website that his story is a cross between THE NOTEBOOK and THE SIXTH SENSE, and that is a perfect description. If you are going into this story thinking it will be another cookie cutter story of undying love, you will not get that with this one. Cole twists and turns this plot (which is why I couldn’t put it down) to where you can’t assume anything about the ending. You HAVE to read it.” — Kate Patrick

“I highly recommend this to all avid readers of Modern Romance. If you like Nicholas Sparks, here’s a book for you!” — Book Addict

“This tale is not just for all you Nicholas Spark’s fans, but for all of us that at one time or another have let that ‘one, true and pure’ love get away.”
bookworm2bookworm

“SAND DOLLAR is a love story reminiscent of THE NOTEBOOK, as the author confesses, but still remains uniquely its own story.” — Epic Book Quest

“Overall this is a great Romance. Any fan of Nicholas Sparks will absolutely adore Sebastian Cole.” — The Blogging Book

“It is a heartbreaking love story that will stay with you even after you put it down. If you are a fan of The Notebook, then this is the book for you.”
Shut Up & Read

“In the tradition of Nicholas Sparks, whom Cole cites as his favorite author, SAND DOLLAR is a sentimental love story about finding and losing one’s soul mate. Cole metes out important information at a good pace, keeping the reader as baffled as Noah by Robin’s strange changes of heart, and carefully manipulates details to lead to a real surprise ending.” — Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“Most of all, books like both THE NOTEBOOK and SAND DOLLAR help everyone to realize that time is passing and that we should always tell those we love how much joy they’ve brought us and that the difficult times made us stronger and the people we are today.” – Jeanne Miro

“When I was told that this was the next great love story I was cynical, but it is totally true.  Noah and Robin’s story is the greatest love story I have ever read. This is a story that will touch you to the depth of your heart.” — A Novel Review

“It was one of the greatest love stories ever told! I hope to see it in the movies because I will definitely go see it!” — Riau

“A beautiful love story reminiscent of Mr. Sparks’ THE NOTEBOOK, SAND DOLLAR plays upon the notion of the road not taken. Readers will be enchanted by the deep abiding love between two characters that seem peppered with insurmountable odds.” — Coffee Time Romance


Book Addict’s Review of Sand Dollar

Posted on September 7, 2012

Click here to read the most colorful review by far…


Kiersten’s Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on August 29, 2012

★★★★

Reminds me of Nicholas Sparks

“I really, really liked this book. It was definitely my kind of book. Very Nicholas Sparks. I thought that maybe the plot sounded a little bit cheesy, but you know what, that’s what I love. I really liked the writing style of this book, and I just had a hard time putting it down whenever I picked it up.

Now, things really frustrated me in this book. The main things that just really irked me were Robin, and Noah’s parents. I JUST WANTED TO CHOKE THEM. Usually, by the end of a book, characters I really hate I end up liking, depending on what the author does with the character. By the end, I did like Robin, but I never quite liked Noah’s parents. But even though I was not Robin’s biggest fan throughout the book, I found myself wanting Robin and Noah to be together.

With that being said, my favorite character of course was Noah. How could it not be?

Just to sum things up, I enjoyed this book very much, and would recommend it to any Nicholas Sparks’ fans out there, like myself. If you are debating whether to read this book, DO IT.” — Kiersten


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