Posts tagged “Love stories

Winner of the SAND DOLLAR Photo Contest

Posted on December 15, 2013

Congratulations to Brenda for winning the Sand Dollar photo contest with a picture of her and her dogs! First prize is a Kindle Paperwhite. Second place was a tie between Renee Stewart being incognito and Beth on the Love train. Renee and Beth will each receive a $25 Kindle gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest! Great photos!


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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  🙂

Book Gift Guide

Posted on 11/14/13

Looking for great gift ideas for Christmas?

Give your loved ones the gift of imagination, the gift of a book. Check out this neat Book Gift Guide.

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Rave Reviews for Sand Dollar Continue to Pour In

Posted on October 19, 2013

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love now has over 300 reviews on Amazon. It’s hard to believe that only 3 weeks ago Sand Dollar had 200 reviews, and a few weeks before that it had 100. And Sand Dollar’s average rating is holding strong at 4.3 stars (out of 5 stars). I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to my success. Word of mouth is the key, and people are starting to take notice…

Sebastian 🙂 

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The Gift We Give to Others

Posted on October 07, 2013

“I wasn’t perfect, and I made mistakes, but I learned from them and became a better person for it. I always followed my heart. And most of all, I loved — with every ounce of my being. I guess you could say the greatest love story ever written isn’t confined to the pages of a book. It’s in our lives; and we’re the ones who write it. So that’s what life’s all about, isn’t it? Why we’re here. It has nothing to do with dollars. In fact, it’s totally free. Life’s greatest gift. And the best part is, the best part, this gift we give to others… we get it back. It’s what makes the journey so worthwhile… it’s LOVE.”

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

Amazon Prime Eligible Kindle Edition eBooks

Posted on October 6, 2013

I just stumbled upon Amazon’s list of Prime Eligible Kindle Edition eBooks, and was surprised to see my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Lovelisted at #7 (out of 431,478)! I have no idea what criteria Amazon is using to sort this list, but thanks, Amazon!

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Thanks for the Great Reviews on Amazon!

Posted on September 27, 2013

I read every review on Amazon for my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, and it warms my heart to know that I’ve profoundly touched the lives of others through my writing. And lately, the reviews on Amazon have been flying in at a rate of 10 per day, 70 in the last week, for a total of 200 reviews along with an average rating of 4.4 stars (out of 5 stars)! I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed a review. Every little bit helps when you’re trying to break in as a first-time author. And thanks to you, my dreams are becoming a reality.

— Sebastian Cole  🙂

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Sebastian Cole’s Amazon Author Rank

Posted on September 23, 2013

Having released my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, it’s cool to see that I now have an Amazon Author Rank: #73 in Books / Romance / Fantasy. Apparently, Amazon combines all of your books and ranks you as an author. I seem to be the only one on the page with just one book…

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Over 100,000 Sand Dollar eBooks Given Away on Amazon This Week!

Posted on September 22, 2013

I have no idea if this is any kind of Amazon record or not, but in the last 5 days I’ve given away 105,033 copies of the Kindle eBook version of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. Thanks to everyone who helped make this free book promotion more successful than my wildest dreams. If you enjoyed reading Sand Dollar, please spread the word. What a week!

— Sebastian Cole  🙂

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Sand Dollar Book Giveaway at Kindle Books and Tips

Posted on September 19, 2013

I’ll be giving away 10 autographed copies of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, at Kindle Books and Tips. Click here to enter to win. Winners will be announced Monday night. Good luck!

— Sebastian 🙂

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77,000 Copies of Sand Dollar Given Away on Amazon in 2 Days!

Posted on September 19, 2013

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole is FREE on Amazon through Saturday. In the last 2 days, 77,000 free eBook copies were given away! Click here to get your free copy. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle Reading Apps to read Sand Dollar on a computer. I’d love to giveaway 100,000 eBooks by the end of this promotion, so tell all of your friends!


Sand Dollar #1 at Amazon

Posted on September 18, 2013


Thanks to everyone who downloaded Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love yesterday at Amazon. 62,000 copies were given away yesterday, making Sand Dollar the best selling FREE eBook at Amazon. And the free eBook promotion is running for another four days, through Saturday.

Get yours today by clicking here.

4.5 stars on Amazon with over 120 reviews
Beverly Hills Book Award winner
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award bronze winner
International Book Awards finalist
ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition finalist

Sand Dollar Free at Amazon Now Through Saturday

Posted on September 17, 2013

From now through Saturday, get Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love for FREE at Amazon in the Kindle store. Click here to get it.

Don’t have a Kindle? No worries. Just download the Kindle Reading App to read Kindle eBooks on any computer.


4.5 stars on Amazon with over 100 reviews

Beverly Hills Book Award winner

ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award bronze winner

International Book Awards finalist

ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition finalist

Sand Dollar Ad at Book Reporter

Posted on September 16, 2013

Check out my ad at Book Reporter, and enter to win a free book!


Sand Dollar Book Giveaway at Book Reporter

Posted on September 16, 2013


I’ll be giving away 30 autographed copies of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, at Book Reporter. Click here to enter to win. Good luck!

– Sebastian 🙂

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Love Truly Defined!

Posted on September 16, 2013


“My kind of romance story. God knows our hearts, and provides our needs. To have the kind of love written in this book / ebook, is probably not as rare as we think. For those who actually HAVE this kind of love… treasure it! Life is but a vapor and soon passes away, as Noah teaches us throughout his story, life and love, but also as fragile as a sand dollar.” — Deborah’s Kindle


“This book shows us how to never give up on love.”

Posted on September 16, 2013


“Great read. Love, faith and true happiness of self and others is the key to living a full and satisfied life. This book shows us how to never give up on love.”
Michelle Corpuz

“Sand Dollar is probably one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.”

Posted on September 15, 2013

★★★★★  Couldn’t put it down

“Sand Dollar is probably one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Life, love, mistakes, things that happen that make you who you are. I definitely recommend reading this book. Makes you stop and think about what’s really important in life. Read it, you won’t regret it.” — Amanda

Excellent Read

Posted on September 15, 2013


“Great Story line, very believable characters. And who can put put down a great story of love? I surely can’t!” — MrsAFJ

“I will continue to think about this novel for many days to come.”

Posted on 09/15/13

A9RED1A.tmp.pdf“The Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole is thought provoking. I will continue to think about this novel for many days to come. I never thought there were so many ways to think about romantic love.  What is love? What is  false love? Noah and Robin are the main characters. There is always something or someone who presents an obstacle to their fast growing attraction for one another. Finding out whether there love is true and can last a life time takes a long time.

So often family members can present a problem for those who want to love one another forever. Noah is Jewish. Robin is not Jewish. This was not a problem for Noah or Robin. They just loved one another without a thought about the what ifs of loving someone who grew up with different traditions. However, Mariam, the mother, goes absolutely nuts when she learns that Robin is not Jewish. I was glad that Noah had the kind of love which remains steadfast through thick and thin. Robin was the one who taught him that it is alright to think for yourself and to make your own decisions. Your life is not your parents’ life. Neither is your parents’ life your life. Since life is as fragile as a Sand Dollar, there is no time to live by the persuasions of other people.

I felt that Noah’s character grew far quicker than Robin’s character. At some points in the novel I didn’t like Robin. I felt she mistreated Noah. I felt she was terribly immature. I felt that she made Noah look and sound immature. I did not want Noah to love her. It is not easy to know whether Noah and Robin’s love will last forever or just fall away in the sand. This is why I began to see the intricacies of love. For example, if the one you love stops loving you, do you continue to love them or give up and settle for a  person you only love a little bit? When is it time to give up on love? When is it time to hold steady and wait for the one you really love?

Yes, this is a tear jerker. For every tissue you use there is a golden nugget of truth about romantic love wrapped in the tear. The tears are not wasted. The tears cried while reading this book are splashes of the meaning of genuine love in a time when the world is turning, growing, changing so rapidly. It is a love letter to those who wish to love someone more honestly and more deeply than ever before in their life.

There is also the questions about the end of life. What happen to our bodies? What happens to our souls? When is it time to let a love one pass to the other side? These deep questions and other questions were laid before me by the author, Sebastian Cole. I am so happy this book came into my hands. I feel that the book might have been sent by the angels.” — Tea and Inspiration

“Dreaming was the only way I kept him alive.”

Posted on September 12, 2013

★★★★★  Awesome in every way

“I read this book overnight as a birthday present to myself. I could relate to this story as I too like everyone else have that one true love that got away. For many years I dreamt of him, looking for him where I first met him in the old Sears building downtown Charlotte. I would see him and call him but he never responded. Dreaming was the only way I kept him alive.”


Award-winning author Sebastian Cole Talk and Book Signing at North Scituate Public Library

Posted on September 12, 2013

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North Scituate, RI — September 12. Award-winning author Sebastian Cole will be discussing his journey through writing and publishing his debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Loveon Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm as part of the 2013 Rhode Island Authors Series at the North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Rd, North Scituate, RI 02857. He’ll also be discussing what inspired him to write the novel, as well as the unexpected rewards derived from touching the lives of others through his writing. Joining him will be fellow RI author Julien Ayotte, author of Flower of Heaven.

Sebastian ColeCole’s novel has won numerous awards, including being the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award, the bronze winner of ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the International Book Awards, and a finalist in ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition. Sand Dollar has a rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5 stars) on Amazon with over 100 reviews, and the eBook version recently made the list of Amazon’s top 100 best selling paid eBooks in the fiction category.

Set in Rhode Island, Sand Dollar is about an elderly man’s deathbed encounter with a hospital orderly, in which he professes his undying love for his soul mate and one true love, Robin, who also happens to be “the one who got away.” As his family members arrive to bid him goodbye, Noah’s story takes on new life, and he discovers a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. Things are definitely not as they appear as the pieces of a shattered love are put back together in the remarkable final chapter of Noah’s life.

Although Sand Dollar is considered to be a romantic fantasy — a kind of cross between The Notebook and The Sixth Sense — the book distinguishes itself from other romance novels in its genre by its honest portrayal of life as a recurring tragedy — a roller coaster ride of sorts between joy and heartache — and the faith needed to overcome it. As a result, Sand Dollar is a thought-provoking, emotional read that, among other things, might even have you yelling at the main characters at times. And not only is it filled with plenty of twists and turns, but the surprise ending is a real shocker.

Sebastian Cole never intended on being a writer. He graduated from Brown University in the 80s, then worked briefly in New York before returning to Rhode Island to work in his family’s business. Nineteen years later, he took a leap of faith and left the company to pursue his dreams, which has led him to where he is now: a novelist of romantic fiction. Cole 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. Many have compared Cole to Nicholas Sparks, whom Cole cites as his favorite author and inspiration for becoming an author. 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 has ever done.

Sand Dollar and Other Bargains at Indie Book of the Day

Posted on September 11, 2013

Check out Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love and other bargains at Indie Book of the Day by clicking here.


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

Posted on September 09, 2013


“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.”

“We don’t choose love…love chooses us.”

If you LOVED The Notebook, you will, with no doubt, LOVE Sand Dollar! This book had me at page one and did not let me go. You hear the love story spanning 60+ years between Noah and Robin from Noah’s POV. The narration of this book is flawless!

The story opens with Noah at his wedding, and Robin shows up after many years. That first chapter is heart grabbing, emotional, tearful!

“I wanted to hate you so bad, but I couldn’t stop loving you long enough to hate you. If there were any way I could have erased your memory from my brain, I would have done it in a heartbeat. But not a chance of that…not with my heart refusing to let go. I would have given my left lung just to hold you in my arms for one more day, just one day. Thirteen years, and not a day gone by that I didn’t pray you’d come back, look into my eyes, and say the words that you just said to me.”

Noah was a born romantic. He always wanted a wife, a woman to love, a woman to love him, his soul mate! He believed in this and when he met Robin he knew he had found that perfect woman!

“For me, I guess it was kind of like trying on different pairs of shoes. You know…until you try them on and wear them for a while, you really don’t know if they’re going be a good fit. But I wasn’t looking for just any woman; I was searching for one in particular–my soul mate. I had no idea where to find her, but I knew one thing for sure: I’d know her when I see her.”

“No one else ever looked at me that way before–or after for that matter. The connection in our eyes, the window to our souls, couldn’t possibly be any stronger. Yeah, I had found my soul mate all right, and my life would never be the same.”

As you become engrossed with Robin and Noah’s love for one another, you will be cheering them on. You will become mad at Robin. You will become frustrated with Noah and all his “too nice” tactics. You will never stop fighting for them to make it.

“Why do you keep looking at me like that?” he asked.

“Because you give me butterflies.”

“I know what you mean. When I look at you looking back at me like that…I get them too.”
My heart ached, my heart healed, my heart pounded for joy. Their is huge amounts of emotional investment in this book and every damn word is worth it!!

“Stay…so every morning when I open my eyes, you’ll be the first thing I see. Stay…so everyday when I’m with you, I can show you all over again exactly how much you mean to me. And stay…so every night when you lay your head next to mine, you’ll know…you’ll know just how much you’re loved.”

Noah’s love for Robin never stopped and even though Robin had to fight some inner demons her true love for Noah never left.

“I guess what I’m really trying to tell you is…we loved each other’s souls, and as long as we had each other, we were happy. And in the end, that’s all that really matters.” — Sara