Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Are Holidays Overrated? (and giveaway)

My newest heroine thinks so.

Hi Sandra Orchard here. In Canada, where today is a holiday.

A day off. Woohoo!

In my newest release, Emergency Reunion, Sherri Steele, the paramedic heroine resists taking time off even at her boss's urging, because she thinks half the mishaps that have happened on her shifts are the hazing of her male colleagues, while the other incidents, such as getting sideswiped by a speeding car or threatened with a knife are hazards of the job, and she refuses to let either break her.

Not when her last partner made her promise, with his dying breath, that she wouldn't quit.

Thankfully, Deputy Sheriff Cole Donovan is convinced otherwise and watching her back. It makes for much different fireworks than we will be seeing here tonight.

I learned so much interviewing paramedics while researching this book, and gained a deeper appreciation for their dedication in the face of dangerous situations. Not to mention the emotional toll of devastating accident scenes or losing a patient.

My heroine eventually learns that being open about what she's feeling helps not both her and her colleagues work through their emotional traumas and not let it eat away at them and lead to self-destructive behaviors to numb the pain.

Emergency Reunion will hit bookstore shelves within the next few days. It received a "Top Pick" designation from RT Book Reviews

and the reviewer Leslie McKee invited me to talk a bit about the book on her blog today, too, where...

we're also giving away a copy!

So please click Leslie's name above to pop over and leave a comment to be entered.'ll find a second giveaway and super fun character interview here:

I hope you enjoy Emergency Reunion!

Paramedic Sherri Steele refuses to believe someone’s out to get her—until she’s held at knifepoint in her own ambulance. It’ll take her high school crush to convince her she needs protection—and deputy sheriff Cole Donovan is as persuasive as he is handsome. But when his brother rises to the top of the suspects list, Cole’s torn between family duty and the woman he’s never forgotten. With every emergency call to the paramedics turning into an attack on Sherri’s life, Cole’s convinced Sherri has a stalker. Cole needs to know whether his brother is the culprit before things spiral out of control.

Survival—and a future with Sherri—depends on discovering who wants to cause trauma to this EMT.

Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense with Revell Publishing and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint. A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren. Subscribe to Sandra’s newsletter to receive a subscriber-exclusive mini-novella. Learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features, as well as writer helps, at or connect at

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  1. Thank you for the giveaway!

    alysap AT yahoo DOT com

  2. You're welcome, Jcp, but you need to go over to Leslie's blog to enter, okay.

  3. Hi Sandra,

    To answer your title question - I hope not!

    Congrats on the Top Pick!

  4. So fun Sandra! I hope you had a great holiday!

  5. Hey Sandra!
    Yep, I'm a day late (no surprise there, right?!) ;)
    As you already know, I am SOOO PROUD of you, and love the photo you included of you holding your award! Looking forward to reading many more of your books.
    Hugs, Patti Jo


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