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Friday, August 29, 2014


When romantic suspense author Sandra Marshall needs to take a break from life, she likes to ride with her hubby on his Burgman 400 motor scooter. Nothing relieves stress, like traveling the winding back roads of Missouri. You leave your cares at home and let everything go while you ride through the countryside. Learn more about Sandra and her books at her website.  

Sandra is offering a free e-copy of All Bets Are Off to one lucky person who leaves a comment. If you'd like a chance to win, be sure to include your email address so she can contact you.

Before I tell you about my story, I want to tell you why I wrote All Bets Are Off. Years ago, riverboat casinos were trying to come into our area. There was a real fight for and against allowing them into this region.

I was in favor of them, believing they would be good for the economy by providing jobs and much needed taxes for our schools. Besides, I thought people should have the right to make their own choices whether to gamble or not.

I ended up writing three books called the Riverboat Mysteries, (The Catalyst, Addiction and The Deceived) which highlight my feelings on gambling during the progression from riverboats to grounded casinos. The series culminates with All Bets Are Off.

Even though these stories deal with the gambling industry they are about family. Family is important to me, but every family has secrets, and the Dubois/Madison family, which is the family portrayed in the Riverboat Mysteries, is no exception.

Before you read the blurb below, I must add, I still believe we don't have the right to make choices for everyone, but now I understand the dangers in allowing gambling into our area. We have six gambling casinos in close proximity to us. Would I have changed my vote? No! I still think the same way, and that is we should be allowed to make choices, wrong or right. We just live with the consequences of those choices.

All Bets Are Off
Can a recovering gambling addict bet on a second chance at love?

Ana Torres has dug herself out of her gambling debts and started a business to help others with the same problem. Now she wants to show her soul mate she has changed and win him back.

Jason Gibbs meets his wife at a party and realizes he still loves her even after all she cost him with her gambling addiction. He wants to find out if she has changed, and if she has, he will woo her back.

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Angela Adams said...

An intriguing, and unique, premise. Best wishes with your book, Sandra!

Sandy said...

Lois, thank you for inviting me to your blog. It is a lovely spot.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Angela. I usually write romantic suspense, but my editor suggested I try something shorter. I rather like short, and I'm working on another.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandra,
I don't know why politicians think gambling is the end all. I live in NJ and the Atlantic Casinos are closing faster than a dice can roll down the crap table and hit the backboard.

Nice post.

Richard Brawer

Sandy said...

Thank you for your comment, Richard. I think some of ours will close in the future.

You're right about the politicians thinking the casinos will provide for schools, pay more taxes, etc. When they don't make money the casinos don't pay as much.

Melissa Keir said...

Hi Sandy!
Michigan has it's share of casinos. Most are run by the Native American tribes. I do agree that people should be able to make their own choices. After all, I loved looking around Vegas but never spent a dime on a gamble or slot!

Sandy said...

Thanks for your comment, Melissa. I forgot about all the Indian casinos. lol