Posts tagged “Romantic novels

“One of the best books I have read in a long time!!”

Posted on June 07, 2013

★★★★★  AMAZING!!

“One of the best books I have read in a long time!! Would definitely give this book a try if you have not read it yet!!” — Steph


Reading Group Guide for Sand Dollar

Posted on June 06, 2013

If you happen to be in a monthly book club,

and a reading group guide for Sand Dollar happens to be exactly what you’re looking for,

then you’ve come to the right place! Click here for

Reading Group Guides

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Sand Dollar is Kindle Nation Daily’s Romance of the Week

Posted on May 24, 2013

“Sebastian Cole’s Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is KND Brand New Romance of The Week – Think The Notebook With a Sixth Sense Twist – Currently The Best Romance Deal on Kindle at Just 99 Cents!”
                                                                                                                                               — Kindle Nation

Kindle Nation Daily

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

by Sebastian Cole

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

4.6 stars – 83 Reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Don’t have a Kindle? Get yours here.

Remarkable Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on May 08, 2013

★★★★★  AWESOME!!!!!!

“OMG….I just read Sand Dollar……i was blown away……i love it……….and i just had to let you know…….i read about 12 books a week……..it’s my favorite past-time…….and the cover caught my eye…….i loved that too……i love love stories…..i read almost all the harlequin books each month………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…….as i do ………ACCIDENT AND SISTERS….BY DANIELLE STEEL ……THE SWITCH BY…..SANDRA BROWN……..AND A SUMMER I DARED BY BARBARA DELINSKY….AND NOW I CAN ADD THE SAND DOLLAR…thank you for a beautiful story…….hoping there will be many many more in the future……” — Elizabeth Ruggiero-Miele


THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, Sebastian Cole

Posted on May 08, 2013

The Frugal eReader recommends Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love.

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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


Book Goodies Recommends Sand Dollar

Posted on April24, 2013

Book Goodies

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

showcased at Book Goodies

plus author interview.


“This was the best book I have read in a long time.”

Posted on April 20, 2013

★★★★★  Sand Dollar

“This was the best book I have read in a long time. Each turn of the page brought some new twist or turn you never new which direction the book was going to take you. Love love loved it.” — Lois McGinty


“Sebastian Cole has written a beautiful story of love, loss and eternal happiness.”

Posted on April 08, 2013

★★★★★  Sebastian Cole has arrived!

“Sebastian Cole has written a beautiful story of love, loss and eternal happiness. As a hopeless romantic I found myself immersed in Noah and Robin’s lives. I truly believe in love at first sight, so it was easy for me to get caught up in their journey. I laughed, I cried (a lot) and I hurt right along with them. Mr. Cole makes you feel the pain of loving someone so much and the agonizing loss of that love never knowing if you will ever find it again. I loved the weaving of their lives, two people from different sides of the tracks coming together as one despite all the obstacles. This novel is a testament to true love and it shows us that no matter who we are or where we come from love knows no boundaries. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it. Summer is coming, pick up a copy!”
Rebecca


“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


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


“Never have I seen a man love a woman so much.”

Posted on April 02, 2013

★★★★★  Wonderful book

“This was the best book I have read in a long time. Suppose you could call it a chick book. It is made for anyone who has been in love. Never have I seen a man love a woman so much.” — Jean Bracco


Flurries of Words Book of the Day: Sand Dollar

April 01, 2013

Flurries of Words lists Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love as their Book Of The Day.

Click here for more information.


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.”

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Sand Dollar eBook Free at Copia

Posted on March 26, 2013

For a limited time only, get Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

for FREE at Copia

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Review of Sand Dollar

Posted on March 11, 2013

“A great story of undying, constant, ever-going, everlasting love – that will always win out. Check it out.”
— E. Lizard Breath Speaks


“Great book for a romantic at heart.”

Posted on March 07, 2013

★★★★★  Beautiful love story

“Just a gorgeous, fun & loving – love story. So good. I read it in a day – no power around the home – so it was great time to settle in & read away. Great book for a romantic at heart. I’ve always wanted to be an owner of a lighthouse. No matter what you have in life (money, possessions, no money, broke) – love will always win. Don’t forget your tissues. Romance story. Do check it out.” — Beth


“Great love story, great life lessons”

Posted on March 07, 2013

★★★★★  Awesome

“I read this book in two days, I really enjoyed it, great love story, great life lessons, great loss, very happy to have this in my library. Thank you Mr. Cole.”
C. Cooper


Bargain Books at Ereader News Today

Posted on March 04, 2013

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is one of today’s Bargain Books at Ereader News Today.

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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 🙂


Sand Dollar Book Free at Scribd

Posted on February 20, 2013

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

 

For a limited time only, you can read
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

for free at Scribd.

 

Happy reading from Sebastian Cole


Sand Dollar eBook Only 1¢ at eBookPie

Posted on February 19, 2013

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

For a limited time only, eBookPie is selling
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

for only 1¢

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Also, eBookMall is currently giving the eBook away for free!

Happy reading from Sebastian Cole!


Lisa’s Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on December 10, 2012

★★★★★  Great book for the romantic

“Mr Cole wrote a lovely sad bittersweet love story that you will not want to put down!!!! For anyone who has been in love with their forever soul mate. You cannot go wrong with this story.” — Lisa