Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sherri Sand's Blog Tour - Leave it to Chance

Sherri Sand is a wife and mother of four young children who keep her scrambling to stay ahead of the spilled milk. When she needs stress relief from wearing all the hats required to clothe, feed and ferry her rambunctious brood, you’ll find her sitting in a quiet corner of a bistro reading a book (and surrounded by chocolate). Then to elude that calorie consumption you might see her running on the trails throughout Eugene, a city considered to be the running capital of the world. Sherri is a member of The Writer’s View and American Christian Fiction Writers. She finds the most joy in writing when the characters take on a life of their own and she becomes the recorder of their stories. She holds a degree in psychology from the University of Oregon where she graduated cum laude.

New Release

Single mom of three, Sierra Montgomery is desperate to find a new job to keep from having to move back home and be smothered to death by her mother’s good intentions and overbearing love. So when Sierra inherits Chance, a quirky old gelding she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, she thinks her best bet may be to sell the horse to cover another month’s rent—a decision that devastates her children.

Enter Ross Morgan, a handsome landscaper who just happens to have an empty barn and fenced pasture…perfect for an old horse to live out his days as the pet of three wounded kids. Ross develops a soft spot for eldest child Braden…and he just might have one for Braden’s mother. But what he doesn’t have is time for distractions—he’s got a landscaping business to run.
But Sierra has a secret. She’s terrified of horses and—thanks to her past—wary of attractive men. Yet seeing the way her angry son idolizes Ross and adores that old horse forces Sierra to confront her fears. Will she remain distrustful and self-reliant, or will she seek help from God and those who love her?


How did you come up with the characters in your book?
They came to me. When I saw Sierra, I knew she was a mom who deeply loved her kids and wanted the best for them. Elise was so fun to write with her over-the-top ways. When she drove up to Sierra’s and pushed her ooga horn, I knew I was going to love her. And Sid is such a dear and reminds me so much of my father-in-law, Art. And Ross, how could you not love him?

Did the theme of forgiveness / unforgiveness that Sierra deals with come from your own life?
In a way it did, though I didn’t consciously implement it into the novel. Just like most of us living in this fallen world, there have been a couple significant events in my life that I had difficulty forgiving. I finally realized that if I waited until I felt like forgiving, it would never happen. And I desperately needed to forgive. The bitterness was choking the life out of me. So with God’s help and through His grace I made the choice to forgive and forgive and forgive. I wish I could say that there was instant peace and joy. Though I think that can happen for people when they forgive, I’d lived in unforgiveness for so long that I had to continually make a choice to forgive until the freedom came. And when that freedom came, it was a wow moment for me!

Thanks for stopping by Sherri Sand’s Leave it to Chance blog tour!

Here are the blogs featuring Sherri during her May 19-23 tour.

Amber Miller:

Blog Tour Spot:

Camy’s Loft:

Chatter Matters:

A Christian Romance Writer’s Journey:

Cliffy’s Mom’s Blog:


Flying Changes:

The Friendly Book Nook:

Horse Book Reviews:

I Don’t Wanna Blog:

In the Dailies:

Leap of Faith:


A Little Bit of Sunshine:

Margaret Daley:

Ma Space:

Musings on This, That & The Other Thing:

Mystery, Suspense and God, Oh My!:

Net’s Notes:

Novel Journey:

Penning Prose:

Portrait of a Writer . . . Interrupted:

Readin N Writing with Patricia:

Real Women Scrap:

Relevant Blog:

Sharon Hinck:

Sips ‘n Cups Cafeteria:

Smells Horsey:

Toni V Lee:

Writing by Faith:

The Writing

Sherri would love to hear from you. Please leave her a comment to be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of Leave it to Chance.

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  1. Leave it to Chance sounds like a wonderful book. I'm interested to see how forgiveness is implemented into the story.

  2. Thanks! It was bittersweet to finish their story as I loved the characters so much!

    I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Count me in


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  5. This sounds like a wonderful book I would enjoy reading.
    Theresa N.

  6. I love the cover of the book...I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!