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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 🙂

Listen To BlogTalkRadio Interview with Author Sebastian Cole

Posted on February 23, 2013

Thanks to everyone who called in, tried to call in, and listened in on my radio interview on BlogTalkRadio! I really appreciate your support and interest.  To listen to the broadcast, click here.


Interview with Author Sebastian Cole on BlogTalkRadio

Posted on February 22, 2013

Hey, guys. I’ll be doing my first radio interview to discuss my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, on Saturday, February 23rd at 12:00 p.m. E.S.T. on BlogTalkRadio. Please feel free to call in to speak with me and the hosts, Michelle Cornwell-Jordan and Jamie B. Musings. I look forward to speaking with you!

Sebastian Cole  🙂

Melanie Layton’s Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on October 30, 2012


A beautiful story

*I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads!*

“This is the story of Noah Hartman and his quest to find his soulmate. The story is told by 80 year old Noah as a reflection of his life, starting back in his late 30s. Noah h it all–a gorgeous home, a job with a huge salary, good looks and a fit body, and a fabulous car. He has already had failed marriage, but is ready to find true love now. His parents are very controlling, and have very specific ideas about what kind of girl is right for their son. Noah is less concerned about their criteria, and has created an elaborate system for ranking the women he is interested in from the online dating website he joined. After months of unsuccessful dating, Noah decides to go back to the old-fashioned way of meeting women–he heads to dance clubs.

It is at a dance club that Noah finally has the moment he has been waiting for–time slows down as he sets eyes on a beautiful red-head dancing. He makes his way over to her, and when their eyes met their souls connect. She is the one he has been looking for, and she feels the same connection with him. This woman, Robin, hides some dark secrets that will affect their future in ways Noah can never prepare himself for.

This was a very beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking and inspiring story. It was a unique perspective and very engrossing to read. Noah’s story shows that fighting for love, and protecting love when you find it, should be more important than anything else.” — Melanie Layton

Adrienne’s Book Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on October 2, 2012


Spectacular Read

“This was probably the greatest love story I have ever read. Although at times I wanted to shake both Robin and Noah it truly was an amazing read with a spectacular ending. 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. (Oh yeah….make sure you have a box of kleeenex nearby!!)”Adrienne

S. Sprinkle’s Review of Sand Dollar at Amazon

Posted on 9/2/12


Lots of twists and turns

“This is the first book I have received as a Goodreads giveaway. I must admit that I thought maybe the giveaway books were going to be lame and not worth reading, but this one certainly disproved that. I enjoyed reading about Noah and could certainly imagine myself in his place if my true love just up and walked out of my life. I liked the twists and turns this book has, and can’t wait to see what Sebastian Cole is going to be writing next.” –S. Sprinkle

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Posted on September 25, 2013

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Twenty-Second Chapter: The Perfect Storm

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Posted on June 18, 2012

Even the sky was gloomy as Noah sailed by the old, abandoned lighthouse on this cold, raw, November day. He was heavily bundled in a thick wool sweater, down jacket, wool hat, and wool gloves. The cold air added a drab shade of blue to a face reddened by the unforgiving wind. With no other boats out on the white-capped bay, Noah was utterly alone.


“It was as if the life had been sucked out of my body, and there was no happiness in the part of me that was left behind. I thought perhaps I could find God out there on the water, but he was nowhere to be found. I determined he must not exist… because it was just me… all alone.”

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Nineteenth Chapter: The Problem With Memories

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Posted on June 4, 2012

Tony had a kind of arrogance about him, gawking at Robin as she reclined in the chair in his office and straightened her blouse.

“So how was your honeymoon?” he asked, laying a picture frame on his desk face down.

“Perfect… like a fairy tale,” she replied. “Which reminds me, did you ever see Pretty Woman, the movie?”

Before he could answer, she continued, “Julia Roberts wanted the fairy tale, remember?”

Tony nodded.

“Well, that’s what I got — the fairy tale. The only problem is… it’s a frickin’ fairy tale. I mean… that stuff only happens in the movies, right?”

Tony opened his mouth, but Robin spoke first. “I keep thinking any minute the clock’s gonna strike twelve, and I’m gonna get tossed aside, sent back to where I came from, while Prince Charming over here rides off into the sunset with someone else on the back of his fancy white horse. I hate feeling insecure like this. It’s a terrible feeling…” she said, shaking her head, “expecting that someday everything is going to be taken away from me, ya know what I mean? And where does that leave me, huh?” she said, looking at Tony, waiting for an answer.

He paused to observe her body language, and figuring it was safe to speak, he started to talk.

“ABANDONED, that’s where !” she shouted. “I don’t know, what do you think? Is it really too good to be true?” she asked desperately.

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Let’s Talk Romance Reviews

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Seventeenth Chapter: Smooth Sailing

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Posted on May 28, 2012

June 10th, 1996 turned out to be a beautiful day for sailing, with hardly a cloud in the sky. A sleek, black helicopter was flying just above the Newport Bridge with its door wide open. Inside the helicopter, a videographer motioned for the pilot to fly lower so he could get a different angle on the sailboat he was filming, which was sailing briskly toward the expansive structure. The name on the transom read Rockin’ Robin.

Noah was at the helm with Robin tucked underneath his arm. She was wearing a white wedding gown and a big smile. Her long red hair was flowing freely in the breeze. Noah, Scott, Jerry, Zeke, Jake, and two other men were wearing black tuxedos. Julie, Sharon, and two other young women were wearing long lavender bridesmaids dresses. Miriam and Mary were also onboard, wearing elegant floral dresses. Brittany wore a pretty pink dress covered by a purple life preserver. Scott and Sharon’s two boys, David and Sam, were wearing orange life preservers as they sat on the port side hanging onto the railing, their feet dangling off the side. Unlike the others onboard who were smiling and enjoying the moment, Jerry and Miriam seemed to be just along for the ride.

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Sixteenth Chapter: A Shack In The Woods

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Posted on May 21, 2012

Forty-nine-year-old Brittany walks into my hospital room and joins Scott, Sharon, and Josh around my bed.

“Thanks for coming, Britt,” I say appreciatively.

This is little Brittany?” Josh exclaims, surprised. “Wow, she sure turned into a beautiful woman, didn’t she?”

Brittany places her hand gently on my face and looks deep into my eyes with her warm, loving eyes. I return the sentiment.

“How’s your mom doing?” Scott asks her.

“I just left her room,” she says, looking over at Scott. “Olivia’s still there with her now. When she and Noah arrived in the ambulance, she was hysterical. The doctor had to sedate her twice just to calm her down.”

“Is Robin okay? What happened?” I ask, concerned.

“She’s okay now,” Brittany says, moving my hair away from my eyes and mouthing the words I love you to me. “She’s resting comfortably. Besides, she’s much better off not knowing what’s about to happen to Noah,” she says, looking back at Scott.

“Britt, what are you talking about? What’s about to happen to me? Can’t I just go home?”

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Fourteenth Chapter: Destiny

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Posted on May 14, 2012

Light gusts of wind blew brown leaves in swirling patterns as Noah, rid of his beard, sat at his desk staring out the window, surprised to see a red robin sitting on the sill, waiting patiently for her mate to arrive with another twig. Like clockwork, the other red robin flew in, placed the twig in the nest, and flew away to go find another twig.

Diane sat at her desk watching him. “Noah, you okay? You gotta snap out of it and finish the profit projections that were due yesterday. Noah… Noah?”

“I can’t stop thinking about her. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

“Who? Cindy?”

“No… Robin. She was the one. I don’t understand what happened,” he said morosely. “Robin, I don’t understand,” he said softly to himself.

“Destiny’s funny that way. If it was meant to be, Robin will come back to you. If she doesn’t, then it was never meant to be. It’s like that saying, If you love something, set it free…”

Noah leaped up, grabbed his briefcase, and strode toward the door.

“Hey, where you going? What about the projections?”

Noah stopped and looked at her. “To pay a visit to destiny,” he said, dropping the completed budgets on her desk and disappearing down the hallway.

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Eleventh Chapter: The North Star

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Posted on April 30, 2012

“It was great sailing weather that summer, and I got to spend time with my two loves — Robin and Freedom. Now what could better than that?”

As long as you had a boat, there was always plenty to do on Narragansett Bay during the summer months in the Ocean State. Noah’s sailboat was one of a thousand boats anchored off the Quonset Point Air Force Base for the annual air show. Brittany was wearing a purple life preserver, trying to follow the dazzling display of aeronautics through a pair of oversized binoculars. Noah took a picture of Robin blowing a kiss to him just as The Blue Angels flew by with a thunderous roar.

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Eighth Chapter: Total Surrender

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Posted on April 23, 2012

Noah’s hair was riffled by the wind as he tacked his sixty-foot sailboat, her boom swinging across mid-ship as her sails filled with air. Majestic orange and red cliffs reflecting the setting sun welcomed her as she entered the mouth of Narragansett Bay into Newport Harbor. Gliding through the glistening water, seagulls squawked as they flew across her bow. The name on her transom read Freedom; Jamestown, RI.

As she lay on the teak bow, Robin looked back at Noah and smiled as they sailed by the abandoned lighthouse on the small private island, her red hair trailing in the breeze. Noah took a deep breath of the fresh air surrounding Freedom and smiled with contentment. He was living in the moment.

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Fifth Chapter: Life At First Sight

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Posted on April 5, 2012

While Y-M-C-A by The Village People was playing at the main dance floor inside the Mardi Gras complex in Cranston, people were lined up outside, waiting to pile into the club. Noah and Scott were handed bottles of Heineken by the pretty, young ponytailed bartender as they stood watching the DJ spin records inside the mirrored booth. Scott resembled his brother, only with glasses, a slightly receding hairline, and an extra fifteen pounds from all the years of his wife’s good home cooking. Scott looked tailored, lawyer-like as a matter of fact, with a navy pinstriped suit, white shirt with gold cufflinks, and blue tie. Noah, on the other hand, was dressed more casually, wearing a blue sport shirt and tan pants.

“Thanks for coming,” Noah said as they stepped away from the bar. “The last time I came to a place like this, it didn’t go so well. At least this time I have good moral support and a shoulder to cry on,” he said, laughing.

“Anything to help, Little Brother, but I can’t stay too long, or I’ll turn into a pumpkin. I promised Sharon I’d be back by midnight. I figure if she can have Girls’ Night Out once a week, I can have Brothers’ Night Out once in a blue moon, right?”

“Sounds good to me,” Noah agreed, clanking his Heineken to his brother’s.

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Third Chapter: Priorities

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Posted on March 22, 2012

“It was four years before that incident in Saint Barts with the sand dollar,” I tell Josh. “I had everything a man could possibly need — or so I thought. The year was 1992 and the place was Jamestown, Rhode Island…”

High on top of a hill rising up from a private, sandy beach sat a gray, shingled Nantucket-style house with six bedrooms, three balconies, and a large deck overlooking the mouth of Narragansett Bay. Scaffolding flanked the house on two sides. Thirty-five-year-old Noah stepped out onto the back deck wearing jogging shorts, a tank top, and running shoes, the sun just moments away from rising over the tranquil sea. He jogged down the numerous wooden steps leading to the beach below and along the vacant shoreline. Seagulls flew out of his way as small waves broke gently against an orange background.

The sun was shining as he made his way back to the house, running by a sand dollar sticking up in the sand, undetected.

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Second Chapter: FRAGILE: Handle With Care

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Posted on March 16, 2012

Look at me. Not too shabby for an eighty-year-old man, huh? I’m feeling pretty good, although I can’t seem to remember how I got here or how this bandage ended up on my forehead. I hope I get out of here soon; I’d like to go home. After all, today’s our anniversary.

I lean closer to the mirror, turning my head to the side and touching the edge of the white medical tape holding the square gauze to my forehead. Let me just pull the tape up a little bit over here and see what this looks like. I hear a knock at the door. Better get back in bed.

I scurry out of the bathroom and run back to my hospital bed, jumping in with relative ease. There’s a second knock, this time louder. “Come on in,” I say, pulling the white cotton sheet up over my hospital gown.

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First Chapter: Prologue

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Posted on March 16, 2012

Of all the guests congregated inside Touro Synagogue, no one was more delighted than Miriam Hartman, mother of the groom. She was sitting in the front row with tissues in hand, her husband to her right, the bride’s mother — a close friend — to her left. If only Noah had married a nice Jewish girl like Sarah all those years ago, Miriam thought, his life would have turned out perfect, just the way she had planned. Instead, his life was ruined by that shicksa Robin he had insisted on marrying against her wishes. She and Jerry tried to nip it in the bud before it was too late, but Noah was stubborn, some nonsense about butterflies and the way she looked at himFor the life of her, Miriam could not understand why Noah never listened to his mother, because after all, she only wanted what was best for him. And at this point in Noah’s middle-aged life, Miriam concluded, Sarah was best for him. With all the bad decisions he had made throughout his life, proposing to Sarah appeared to be the only redeeming one.

Relishing in subdued victory, there was no need for Miriam to ever take credit for the role she had played in getting the two of them together. For all Noah knew, running into Sarah at the premiere of Sand Dollar happened by chance, or perhaps even divine intervention — if you believe in that sort of thing. However, there was nothing divine about it — not that time anyway — because Miriam had secretly planted her there.

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