Posted on April 08, 2013
Warwick, RI – April 08, 2013. Rhode Island author Sebastian Cole will be doing a book signing for his debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 6 pm – 8 pm at Barnes & Noble, 1350-B Bald Hill Rd, Warwick, RI. Sebastian will be joined by a host of other local RI authors, including Steven Porter, Rebecca Maizel, Laura Backman, Wayne Souza, David Marrocco, Karen Petit, Cris Pfeil, Ana Arelys Cruz, Jackie Hennessey, Cynthia Barlow, and Rachel McClellan.
Sand Dollar is an epic, heart-wrenching love story about the “one who got away”. It is best described as 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 thought-provoking, emotional read with real life situations that might even have you yelling at the main characters at times. A mixture of joy and heartache, this realistic portrayal of life is what sets Sand Dollar apart from other romance novels.
When the story opens, Noah, who’s old and sick in a hospital bed, tells his story of undying love for his soul mate, his one true love, Robin, who also happens to be the one who got away. Told from Noah’s point of view, the story has two timelines: when he’s old and when he’s young. After plenty of twists and turns that make it hard to put the book down, the two timelines intersect with a surprising plot twist, and the story moves forward with the most beautiful of endings – an ending that you’ve just got to read for yourself!
Author Sebastian Cole is a native Rhode Islander and graduate of Brown University. Set in Rhode Island, Sand Dollar reflects over forty years of personal life experiences. 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.
Sebastian Cole’s novel is currently a finalist for the Book Of The Year Award in the Romance category at ForeWord Reviews magazine, and was also a finalist in the ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition for first-time authors. Sand Dollar has a rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5 stars) on Amazon with over 75 reviews, and was recently on the cover of the March 25th issue of Publishers Weekly. The book has been getting rave reviews, many of which compare Sebastian 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 has ever done in his life.
“Sand Dollar is one of those rare books that makes you feel, laugh and cry all at the same time. This smashing debut by Sebastian Cole reads like the best of Nicholas Sparks with just enough schmaltz.” – Jon Land, best selling author.
For more information, please visit SebastianColeAuthor.com
April 8, 2013 | Categories: Press Releases | Tags: Authors, Barnes & Noble, Barnes and Noble, Book signings, Books, events, fiction, For Immediate Release, love, Press Release, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Authors, Sebastian Cole | Leave a comment
Posted on April 02, 2013
Thursday April 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm, Barnes & Noble in Warwick, RI
Meet local Rhode Island authors, including Sebastian Cole, Rebecca Maizel, Laura Backman, Wayne Souza, David Marrocco, Karen Petit, Cris Pfeil, Ana Arelys Cruz, Steven Porter, Jackie Hennessey, Cynthia Barlow and Rachel McClellan.
April 2, 2013 | Categories: Appearances | Tags: A Story of Undying Love, Authors, Barnes & Noble, Barnes and Noble, Book signing, book signing event, Book signings, Books, events, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Authors, sand dollar, Sebastian Cole | Leave a comment
Posted on January 23, 2013
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!
Posted on January 11, 2013
This is a repost of Jennifer Massotti’s article, “Read Local”, published at OnlineRI on January 05, 2013
We avid readers wait, with bated breath, the release of the latest New York Times Best Sellers list to see what’s top of the charts this week. Or for the more cerebral type, the IndieNext Lists, which feature monthly selections of the best selling titles from independent bookstores across the nation. We get word-of-mouth recommendations from other booklovers as to what to read next, but when was the last time you picked up a recently released book by a local author? Where does one even go to find such books?
Local, oftentimes self-published, authors are the most impassioned, determined people around. They are not just going door-to-bookstore door to sell their wares, they are sharing their stories – their brainchildren that have been birthed and nurtured for months, if not years. These authors will do whatever it takes to get their books into the right hands to increase the awareness and appeal to the broader masses. Many an author has passed through our bookstore doors, and I am so grateful they have. By making the personal connections with these talented, and persistent, authors, I have been introduced to literary adventures that I otherwise would not have embarked upon.
While some of the more tech-savvy self-published authors have their titles available through a multitude of online resellers, most rely on the local, brick and mortar bookstores within their community for help with signings and promotional efforts. Many independent bookstores feature a great assortment of titles written by local authors, from poetry to fiction to cookbooks – most of the time they have signed copies available. But don’t take my word for it, next time you’re in your community bookstore, ask one of the booksellers, they’d be happy to share these local treasures.
Some new releases by local authors worth the read.
Drifting: Two Weeks on the Hudson by Mike Freeman (non-fiction)
As controversial as it is comforting, Freeman’s narrative makes us think in hard ways about America as the country itself drifts toward an uncertain future. But throughout, of course, is the magnificent Hudson, whose resilient beauty speaks well both to nature’s toughness and America’s greatest strength–the ability to redirect and change course when necessary.
“In an era when the political Left and Right, the back-to-the-Pleistocene ecological purist, and the `drill, baby, drill’ zealot are at a divide far wider than the Hudson itself, Freeman shows how close observation, not only of nature but also of parenthood, citizenship, nation, and history, can reveal truths that bind us not merely as Americans but as a species. We’d all do well to follow his model.”
— Sydney Lea, author of Hunting the Whole Way Home
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, by Sebastian Cole (fiction) is an epic, heart-wrenching love story about the one who got away. It is best described as a romantic fantasy, kind of like The Notebook with a splash of The Sixth Sense. Similar to a Nicholas Sparks novel, but uniquely different, Sand Dollar is a thought-provoking, emotional read with real life situations that 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 ending will knock your socks off!
“Sand Dollar is one of those rare books that makes you feel, laugh and cry all at the same time. 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 done up for summer.” – Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong At The Break
The 13th Apostle, an original work by author Raina C. Smith (adult fiction/thriller), readers are compelled to review the choices they’ve made in their own lives to discover the path they’ve chosen to follow thus far; all in an effort to measure the worth of the human race.
This masterful author takes her readers on a global journey to explore the true depth of the human spirit. Set at the Vatican, Tibet, Nebraska and in Rhode Island, the dynamic but intensely challenged characters of The 13th Apostle reveal to readers the triumphant nature of mankind as well as his decided plunge to self-ruin. The 13th Apostle introduces readers to characters who possess the purest of heart and others who bring new meaning to the word diabolical!
The Italian Way (cookbook) by Teresa Bert
Teresa and her husband John got the idea for their book while chatting at a wedding with friends who were about to open an Italian Restaurant. Musings on menu yielded such a wealth of recipe ideas, the couple decided to do a cookbook of their very own. The Italian Way: Recipes from the Old Country, contains 61 recipes inspired by Teresa’s family traditions and experiences with Italian cooking. Her husband John did all the beautiful food photography for the book.
January 11, 2013 | Categories: Articles | Tags: Barrington Books, Books, Bookstore, Jennifer Massotti, Local authors, novels, OnlineRI, Rhode Island, sand dollar, Sebastian Cole, Self-published authors | Leave a comment
Posted on December 12, 2012
Hey, everyone! Don’t forget to stop by Barrington Books on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 184 County Rd, Barrington, R.I. I’m having a book signing for my debut novel, SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love, and I’d love to see you there!
Posted on December 4, 2012
As part of National Novel Writing Month, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of talented, young aspiring authors this evening at Barnes & Noble in Warwick, R.I. I’m so proud of you guys! Remember to always follow your dreams. And as long as you give it your all and don’t give up, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. So keep on writing!
Posted on November 23, 2012
Please join me on Thursday, December 13th at Barrington Books, 184 County Road, Barrington, RI. I’ll be signing my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. I hope to see you there!
Posted on November 23, 2012
Please come visit me on Saturday, November 24th at Only In Rhode Island, 43 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, RI. I’ll be signing my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, starting at noon. I hope to see you there!
Posted on October 27, 2012
Thanks to everyone who stopped in to see me yesterday at Only In Rhode Island, a gift shop in Newport, RI. I sold a case of books, and was delighted at the turnout. I hope everyone who arrived on The Caribbean Princess makes it home safely, and I hope all of you enjoy reading Sand Dollar.
October 27, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: Book signing, Books, Caribbean Princess, Cruise Ship, fiction, love, newport, Rhode Island, romance, sand dollar, Sebastian Cole, Thanks | 2 Comments
Posted on October 23, 2012
Please join me on Thursday, December 6th at Symposium Books, 247 Main Street in East Greenwich, RI. I’ll be signing my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. I hope to see you there!