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Happy Valentine’s Day from Sebastian Cole

Posted on February 13, 2016

I’d like to wish all of my friends and family a Happy Valentine’s Day. Time to cuddle up with the ones we love.

Sebastian Cole ❤️

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Cover image by Deborah DeWit for Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love


Happy New Year from Sebastian Cole

Posted on December 31, 2015

“You want to know what happiness is? Simply having something to look forward to.”
— Tracy Morgan to Barbara Walters

I hope all of my friends and family have a year filled with health, happiness, and perhaps most of all… love. And may we all have those simple pleasures in life to look forward to, today and every day throughout the year.

Sebastian Cole ❤

Happy New Year!


SAND DOLLAR Ranked #49 on Amazon

Posted on April 02, 2015

I am so happy to see my debut novel, SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love, currently ranked #49 on Amazon’s Bestseller list (#19 for Romance and #1 for Fantasy Romance). It is also ranked #8 on Barnes & Noble’s Bestseller list. Thanks to BookBub for recommending it — I love you, Bookbub. And thanks to all of you for your support — I love you too!

Sebastian 🙂 ❤

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SAND DOLLAR by Sebastian Cole Now Only 99¢

Posted on April 2, 2015

SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love ebook is on sale for 99¢ (reg. $4.99) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes & Kobo. If you haven’t read it yet, now would be a good time to check it out! 

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SAND DOLLAR a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards

Posted on May 21, 2014

I am excited to report that my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, has been named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the Romance category. I am truly honored.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Sebastian Cole

Posted on 11/28/2013

SebastianCole2LowResCropSand DollarI’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you get to spend the day with those you cherish most. And if, for whatever reason, you’re apart, may they always know the place they hold within your heart.

And if you’re looking for a heart-wrenching love story to read on your Kindle over the holidays, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is on sale for just 99 cents on Amazon now through Sunday. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving,

— Sebastian Cole  🙂


Bruce Newbury’s Radio Interview with Sebastian Cole

Posted on 11/13/13

I had a great time speaking with Bruce Newbury this morning on his Talk of the Town radio show, WADK 1540 AM Newport, R.I. We talked about the effect of using real-life situations and emotions in my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. To listen in on the interview, click here.

Thanks, Bruce!!

— Sebastian Cole 🙂

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Sand Dollar eBook Climbs Up the Amazon Kindle Charts

Posted on September 09, 2013

I’m happy to report that Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is currently ranked at #133 on Amazon’s paid Kindle eBooks chart, and it’s ranked at #6 in Amazon’s Books / Romance / Fantasy category. I hope whoever buys the eBook fully enjoys it. Thanks for your support!

Sebastian Cole 🙂

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Peace and Tranquility

Posted on July 04, 2013

“Some people find it up on a roof, gazing at a billion stars on a crystal clear night. Some people find it up a mountain, with beautiful vistas of valleys below. Some people find it on a secluded pond, or a secret hiding spot, or maybe even in a special chair, one with special memories.

But for me, I find it out on the water, sailing on a boat. It’s where I find peace and tranquility. Where everything makes perfect sense, and all my troubles disappear. My soul surrenders to it. To put it simply, it’s where I find my God. Oh, I’m not talking about religion; I’m talking about spirit… something deep inside.

Out on the water, the gentle breeze caressing my face, the warmth of the sun kisses my skin, and my eyes are enchanted by thousands of sparkling diamonds, dancing on the water’s surface. Out on the water, the air is fresh and the sounds of the sea sing out loud. When I want to feel alive… when I want to feel free… I know exactly where to go to find it.” — Sebastian Cole, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

 


Kate’s Cute YouTube Video

Posted on July 03, 2013

It was my pleasure to send a copy of my debut novel, Sand Dollar, to Kate in EnglandIt must be karma, because when she opened the package that I sent her, she was so excited that she made this cute video. Click here to check it out! Thanks, Kate. You made my day!

Sebastian
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Sand Dollar is the Indie Book of The Day

Posted on June 17, 2013

It’s official! Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying love is the Indie Book Of The Day for June 17th.

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Sebastian Cole Reads for Third Grade Story Hour at Glen Hills Elementary

Posted on April 09, 2013

Many thanks to Glen Hills Elementary School and Lisa Davis for giving me the honor of reading to her third grade class today for story hour. What a bunch of sweethearts!! I read Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, followed by a short discussion with lots and lots of questions for me. Bookmarks were had by all. 🙂


Sebastian Cole’s Bio

Posted on April 03, 2013

Sebastian Cole

Sebastian Cole’s debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, reflects over forty years of personal life experiences. Born and raised in New England, Sebastian joined his family’s business after graduating from Brown University in the 80s. A true romantic, his life is defined by following his heart and pursuing his dreams, which is why he has become a novelist. Sebastian writes from the heart, believing in true love, love at first sight, and finding that one person in life you’re meant to be with.

Sand Dollar is currently a finalist for the 2012 Book Of The Year Award in the Romance category at ForeWord Reviews magazine, and it was also a finalist in the ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition for first-time authors. With a rating of 4.6 stars on Amazon, his book has been getting rave reviews, many of which compare him to his favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. Whether or not he ever achieves that kind of success, touching the lives of others through his writing has been the single most gratifying thing he’s ever done in his life.

    Sebastian Cole


Find Me Quote by Sebastian Cole Spreading Like Wildfire

Posted on March 20, 2013

Find Me

It’s so exciting to see my Find Me quote spreading like wildfire on the internet! It’s awesome to stumble upon three such posts that, when combined, have been liked or shared by over 800 people, and climbing!! If only they knew where it came from…

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The Most Beautiful Things In The World on Facebook
The Secrets of The Sea on Facebook

And that’s just the beginning. To check out the ever-growing list, click here.

“If someday you should ever think of me and miss me, know in your heart that I’d want you to find me once again. No matter how distant in time and space… FIND ME.” — Sebastian Cole, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love


Author Sebastian Cole on TalkStream Radio

Posted on March 16, 2013

I’d like to give a shout-out to Di and Shoshana. I had a lot of fun doing their Body & Soul radio show with them on TalkStream Radio. I was joined by fellow ARIA authors, Jeanine Duval Sparks and Julien Ayotte.

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Amazon Best Sellers Rank for Sand Dollar eBook Just Went Through The Roof

Posted on March 04, 2013

In case you haven’t looked at Sand Dollar’s selling page on Amazon in the last several hours, the Kindle edition of Sand Dollar has suddenly climbed all the way up the charts to a ranking of 397, overall! And just yesterday it started off the day ranked at 390,000, ha. Consequently, it’s currently #8 on the list under Kindle Store/Kindle eBooks/Literature & Fiction/General Fiction/Romance/Fantasy&Futuristic; and it’s #17 on the list under Books/Romance/Fantasy&Futuristic! Even though I’m sure this won’t last for long, it’s nice to revel in it, if only for the moment. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Ereader News Today for listing me on their website as one of their Bargain Books!


The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop

Posted on February 27, 2013

It’s a pleasure to be a part of The Next Big Thing — Blog Hop. The Blog Hop is a virtual blog version of a chain letter. Every week, an author answers ten questions and then gets five of his/her author friends to answer the same ten questions a week later. Thanks, Kate O’Reilly, author of It’s Nothing Personal, for including me in her blog hop last week. And today it’s my turn to answer those questions while passing it on to the next round of authors looking to participate.  So, ahem… if you happen to know any authors looking to participate, please let me know ASAP…

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

1.  What is the working title of your book?

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?

Nine years ago, while snorkeling on my honeymoon with my bride in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, I looked down and spotted a lone sand dollar sitting on the ocean floor. Ignoring the boat captain’s exhortation not to touch anything in the sea, I dove down to pick it up, whereupon it exploded in my hand, disappearing in the water around me. Shortly after returning home, my relationship with wife came to an end. And she disappeared from my life, seemingly forever.

For me, the sand dollar has come to represent how fragile life really is, for the blessings we have in our lives today are easily shattered tomorrow. I wanted the world to look at sand dollars differently, the way I do, though my eyes. And I thought the visual of a sand dollar exploding on the silver screen would make for an awesome opening scene in a movie. So I first wrote the story in the form of a movie treatment, and when I was done, I figured, why not novelize it into a book?

3.  What genre does your book come under?

Such a simple question… I’d love to say that the official genre is a love story, but no such BISAC genre exists. So I’ve classified Sand Dollar as a romantic fantasy.

HOWEVER, that description doesn’t quite do Sand Dollar justice for several reasons. First of all, the fantasy aspect in Sand Dollar doesn’t come into play until the end of the story, albeit along with a complexion-altering twist. In addition, there are strong elements of tragedy and contemporary romance. So in conclusion, perhaps the genre should be changed to contemporary romance tragedy fantasy or contemporary tragedy fantasy romance – something like that…

But before we complicate things too much, consider this: Is it at all possible that I’ve somehow invented an entirely new genre? One that heretofore has never existed in the annals of publishing? A genre that might have you screaming “What the heck” before you toss the book across the room, stomp on it a few times, and then pick it up to continue reading where you left off? A genre that I affectionately refer to as the W.T.H. genre? Nah… On second thought, let’s just label Sand Dollar as a romantic fantasy and call it a day. 🙂

4.  Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’m so glad you asked! Definitely Morgan Freeman as Josh. I wrote the part specifically with Morgan in mind. I’d like to see Emma Stone — a vivacious, young redhead — play the role of Robin, and perhaps Channing Tatum as Noah. Although, who wouldn’t want to see Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams reunited once again on the big screen? I certainly would!

5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A man on his deathbed describes his life of love and loss to a wise orderly, only to discover a far greater truth about the past, present, and future.

6.  Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is self-published. The paperback book is $9.99, and it’s available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The eBook is only 99 cents, available for Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, Sony Reader, and others. Click here to see the full list of retailers selling Sand Dollar.

7.  How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft took about five months to write. When I finished it, I thought it was the next best thing since Romeo and Juliet. However, I didn’t know it at the time, but my first draft sucked. Not until I had rewritten it time and time again for a period of 2 years was it any good. And now I think it’s great, ha. But don’t take my word for it — check out the reviews.

8.  What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

First, let me say that Sand Dollar is both a heart-wrenching and heart-warming love story about “the one who got away”. It’s not your typical fairytale romance, though. It’s more like this roller coaster ride that we call life, where things rarely go according to plan, and the ones we love the most are usually the ones who can hurt us the most.

That being said, the story is best compared to The Notebook, but with a Sixth Sense twist. For various reasons, it could also be compared to Water For Elephants, The English Patient, and Evening. However, Sand Dollar is uniquely different. You’ve got to read it to see why.

9.  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

After watching The Notebook about eight years ago in the movie theater, I thought to myself, I could do that. I could write a story like that. In fact, I think most of us probably could. That’s because we’ve all loved and lost at some point in time in our lives. And for far too many of us, and for whatever circumstances, the one we loved was “the one who got away”. I’ve had one, and chances are you’ve had one too. Sand Dollar tells of such a love – a love gained, a love lost, and through it all, a love that just won’t die.

10.  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Sand Dollar was a finalist in the ForeWord Firsts literary competition for first-time authors. Also, Sand Dollar has a rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5 stars) on Amazon with over 70 reviews. Several people have stated in their reviews that Sand Dollar was the best love story they have ever read, with many of them comparing me to Nicholas Sparks. However, more than any number or ranking, people have stated that my writing has touched their lives profoundly, which, to me, is the single most gratifying thing I have ever done in my life.

Thanks for checking out my answers to The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop. Have a great day!

Sebastian 🙂


Rhode Island Authors at The Big Book Club Getaway

Posted on February 04, 2013

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at The Big Book Club Getaway at Mohegan Sun this past weekend! Here’s a photo of just a few of us from A.R.I.A. (Association of Rhode Island Authors), a group of local authors who’ve banded together with a common goal: to help each other find success in a business that’s extremely difficult to break into — publishing. So can you guess which one is me?? Hint: I’ve never had a mustache…

Sebastian Cole, author of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

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Friday Favorites Book Group Recommends Sand Dollar by Sebastian Cole

Posted on January 23, 2013

Thanks, Friday Favorites Book Group, for recommending my debut novel, SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Lovefor your book club!


Enjoyable Book Talk with the Nice Folks at Tamarisk

Posted on January 23, 2013

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I’d like to thank all of the nice people who attended my book talk yesterday at Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence in Warwick, RI, in which I discussed my debut novel, SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love. I hope everyone had a good time!

Sebastian Cole
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Thanks for quoting me, Quote Library!

Posted on January 15, 2013

Thanks, Quote Library, for posting my Find Me quote on Tumblr. Since posting it 3 days ago, over 330 people have already either reposted it or “liked” it on Tumblr! And that staggering number is sure to climb in the days to come.

For a current list of people quoting me on their website pages, click here. To read more of my quotes, please visit my website, SebastianColeAuthor.com.

 

“If someday you should ever think of me and miss me, know in your heart that I’d want you to find me once again. No matter how distant in time or space… FIND ME.” — Sebastian Cole, author of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love


Great Author Chat at the Long Distance Book Club!

Posted on December 20, 2012

I’d like to thank everyone in the Long Distance Book Club on Facebook for an amazing author chat the other night. I had an awesome time! I’m looking forward to doing it again sometime after SAND DOLLAR makes it big.

Sebastian
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SAND DOLLAR Book Giveaway at The Romance Reviews

Posted on December 16, 2012

Win a signed copy of my debut novel, SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love at The Romance Reviews. The contest ends December 30th, so don’t miss out!

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To Santa from Sebastian Cole, Indie Author of SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love

Published on December 10, 2012

Dear Santa,

If you’re looking for a great stocking-stuffer idea for Mom, may I suggest SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love.

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

As I pen this letter, however, I realize that your elves must be working double-overtime, attempting to keep up with the outrageous demand for books at this time of year. And I’m sure the last guy they want to hear from is this obscure author, trying to make a name for himself out in little Rhode Island.

So I propose a compromise: let the elves do what they do best — I don’t want to stand in their way, and I’d hate to be responsible, otherwise. And in return, all I ask for Christmas is that you put in a good word for me with your friends at the traditional publishing houses, that’s all. You know, the nice ones — not the naughty ones. I’m sure if you were to explain the situation to them over a cup of eggnog, they’d realize what a tremendous gift SAND DOLLAR would make to the world. And if you’re not sure what to say, here are ten talking points given to me by Susan Rice (see Naughty list):

Santa is Making His List – on a Sand Dollar

1) With over 60 reviews on Amazon, SAND DOLLAR has an average rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5 stars). Click here

2) Some people who have reviewed SAND DOLLAR have even called it the best love story they’ve ever read, Click here

3) with many of them comparing me to Nicholas Sparks. Click here

4) What’s interesting is that people who’ve read SAND DOLLAR, especially those who have lost a loved one, feel that SAND DOLLAR was written just for them, as if the author expressed in words what they have always felt.

5) And what’s consistent throughout the reviews is that the surprise ending was amazing, it was well written, they couldn’t put the book down (because of the numerous twists and turns and reveals), you should keep a box of Kleenex handy (perhaps the book should be packaged with one), the cover is beautiful, and they can’t wait to read another book by the author.

6) In case you don’t already know, SAND DOLLAR is an epic, heart-wrenching love story about “the one who got away”. It’s a romantic fantasy, kind of like THE NOTEBOOK with a SIXTH SENSE twist. Similar to a Nicholas Sparks novel, but uniquely different, SAND DOLLAR is a suspenseful, thought-provoking, and emotional read that, among other things, might have you yelling at the main characters at times. Written by a man, the raw emotion expressed from the man’s point of view has great appeal to its female audience, who perhaps inwardly seeks such a man.

7) Also, an interesting phenomena is that people from around the world are starting to quote me on social media sites. Apparently, some of the words I’ve written have touched them profoundly. Click here

8) In addition, SAND DOLLAR was a finalist in the ForeWord Firsts literary competition. Click here

9) And people are starting to take notice. Click here for an article written about me in a local newspaper, and click here for a Q & A.

10) If all else fails, then look no further than the hearts and souls of those who’ve read SAND DOLLAR, lives forever touched by an unforgettable story of undying love. It’s where you’ll find all the words you’ll need to make the most convincing argument.

Sebastian Cole

SebastianColeAuthor.com

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