Thursday, February 7, 2019

When Love Inspires: Sandi's story

When Love Inspires: Sandi's story

I’ve always loved a good romance! Especially if it included adventure and excitement. I try to write what excites me, what I would want to read. So of course, I thought: Who could re
sist a book that opens with a shotgun wedding?

For me, coming up with ideas and inventing exhilarating scenes is what I love about writing. But what makes me most passionate about my stories is implementing the love of God between my pages. Having the opportunity to share the Lord with my readers in a way that “shows” His true character—rather than preaching to my readers—is what excites me the most! Jesus taught in parables, so clearly we can learn about God through stories, even romantic ones. God is the inventor of romance anyway.

Have you ever read Song of Solomon? That couple had similar issues as us today, and I believe that’s why it was written—so we can all thankfully realize we’re “normal.” Just one small example, Solomon’s lover is self-conscience about her looks in 1:6, “Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, for the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me caretaker of the vineyards, but I have not taken care of my own vineyard.” Her “own vineyard” is her “own body.” How many of us have felt that way? Too many, I dare say! But Solomon still adores her. Come now, release that huge sigh, “Aaaahhhh!” And say, “So … romantic!”

Most of my stories before Out of the Ashes have been deeper, heavier. Really, had it not been for the Lord and the many thousands of people who prayed me through cancer, Out of the Ashes never would have been written. If you’re one of the people who prayed for me, thank you. Mere words aren’t enough to express my gratitude.

Having emerged back onto the writing scene after the two-year battle, and feeling rather beat up after the long fight, I needed something with a happy ending. Like a fairytale. Think Cinderella. That’s what Out of the Ashes is, something light and cheerful. Just as I got my happy ending with cancer, I want to leave my readers with a happy ending that makes them sigh and wish for more.

I’m thankful to God that He’s given me the chance to write a story of adventure and fun, a story that I pray will put a smile on someone’s face. What a blessing it has been for me to have had the strength to write Nathaniel and Amelia’s story. 

Author Bio:
Sandi Rog is the founder and acquisitions editor of Tulpen Publishing, She has been editing since 1999 and believes her readers deserve stories that take them beyond the bookshelf of "ordinary." 

Sandi is also an international and award-winning author of The Master’s Wall, Yahshua’s Bridge (DeWard Publishing,, and Walks Alone (White Fire Publishing

Finally, Out of the Ashes was the First Place winner of the 2016 FHLRCA contest:

Sandi knows what it's like to want to lose oneself in a delightful story. She lived in Holland for thirteen years and now lives in Colorado with her husband, four children (one is married and living elsewhere now, sniff), a cat, and too many spiders.

You can learn more about Sandi Rog at her personal website, and her blog about her cancer story,

Blurb for Sandi's book, Out of the Ashes:

A stranger. A kiss. A shotgun wedding. 

NATHANIEL WARD, wealthy entrepreneur, needs a wife. But he’s not interested in the preening, high-society women who are offered to him on a silver platter. He wants one woman, and one woman alone: the girl who gave him all the money in her reticule years ago when the Great Chicago Fire left him destitute. He sets out to find this woman and discovers she’s unattached. There’s only one problem, a shotgun wedding may be able to bind them, but will he ever be able to win her heart? 

AMELIA E. TAYLOR blows a kiss to a street rat. Little did she know, years later that kiss would follow her to Green Pines Colorado. When a handsome stranger arrives in her hometown, she guards her heart from the stirrings this man ignites. Despite society’s disapproval of spinsterhood, she is determined not to marry, having witnessed first-hand the lack of love and horrors that accompany marriage. But will a shotgun wedding reveal blessings that arise out of the ashes?

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1 comment:

  1. The cover is beautiful and it really draws me in!!! Would love to read


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