Celebrate the Cowboy Giveaway!

Did you know that I LOVE giving away prizes.  It’s something instilled in me by my father.  He was a fun-loving Super Dad who always made a game out of everything!   One time, back in Brooklyn, where my sister and I grew up, my dad tossed a ball up in the air and told my sister, if you catch this ball, you’ll win $328 dollars and 27 cents.

That was my dad, all right.  That ball went so high up in the air, that no little 10 year old girl could ever catch it.  I watched in wonder as my sis positioned herself, kept her eye on the ball up in the clouds, and finally plummet down to land in her outstretched hands.  It was the catch of the century!  No one was more surprised than she was, except maybe my dad!  We jumped for joy and laughed our heads off, and you know what?   My dad, kept good on his promise.  He gave her the money.  Yes, all of it.   She’d earned it and it was just a good thing, dad didn’t spout out a number like 28,017 and 39 cents.   At least the three hundred dollar figure was doable!

So a very big part of me has that spirit.  I LOVE holding giveaways for fun!  And today my giveaway is to celebrate the first book in the Forever Texan Series, Taming the Texas Cowboy!  (If you read The Cowboy Contract, then you’ve read this book, minus the new tweaks I made)   The book is already garnering some great reviews!

The Celebrate The Cowboy Giveaway will land on my Facebook page and my FB Author Page  from Feb 24-Feb 28th.  If you’re not on FB, not to worry, simply leave me a comment here  and your name will be entered!

Here’s a list of fun items included:

A Tule Bookbag suitable for books or beach-going!

The Audio CD of Carrying the Rancher’s Heir by Charlene Sands!

A Signed Copy of Robin Bielman’s awesome book, Once Upon a Royal Christmas!

A Book Girl’s Rule tank top!

Orchid and Amber Body Lotion

Scrumptious dark chocolates!

Pens, magnets and other swag!

And if you’re so inclined, take a peek at Taming the Texas Cowboy!

Trey Walker – Hot-headed, hot-blooded, and heart-melting! 

After a disaster destroyed nearly everything Maddie Brooks owned, Trey Walker offered the petite redhead shelter at 2 Hope Ranch. A veterinarian, Maddie was smart, sexy, and good with animals… Impossible to resist, yet Trey is convinced he is cursed when it comes to women. 

The temporary arrangement Maddie made with Trey was supposed to be strictly business. Easy, since Maddie had tried and failed to catch the handsome cowboy’s eye for a year. She thought she was so over him…until he kissed her. 



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Posted February 21, 2017 / 3 Comments


California Readin’ Event? Do you know what it is?

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

I have to confess I’ve heard about the Barbara Vey Romance Reader Events for years, but never attended one. And this March will be my first time — I’ll be a Reader Event virgin.  So what is it actually?   Basically, it’s an event to connect readers with authors.  Imagine a room filled with 60 authors!   I’ll be hosting a table of eight readers at this event with awesome Harlequin Special Edition author, Christy Jeffries and here’s how she explains the event:

This is how it works: You buy a $5 ticket ahead of time to reserve your spot and pick the author you want to sit with for the event. It’s like an exclusive, backstage pass to Romancelandia. Then, you will get a $5 voucher for the onsite bookstore (so really, you’re ticket is FREE), fun tote bags with FREE swag and books, plus a FREE raffle ticket for some amazing gift baskets. Did you catch the “free” part? You’ll also get to schmooze with all the authors at the book signing.

Christy and I have themed our gift bag prizes as a pampering experience, GIRLS NIGHT IN!  Everyone at our table gets one!

I’ll also be signing two books, including Book One in my Forever Texan series titled, Taming the Texas Cowboy from Tule Publishing (cover to be revealed soon) and my Harlequin Desire, The Texan’s One-Night Standoff.   I can’t wait to meet the readers at my table as well as the many other readers and writers attending.  That’s it in a nutshell.  Will I see you there?



Posted January 13, 2017 / 1 Comment


Summer Sizzle – a collection of short stories by Los Angeles Romance Authors! LARA

Summer SizzleExcerpt for Charlene’s short story in The Shore Thing:

“And here he comes, right on schedule.” Evette Marigold’s best pal Phillip pointed to the guy making his way through the sand to her tiny beachfront thatched roof café, Shore Enough. Ian Sterling, of the cropped blonde hair and bone-melting blue-eyed hunk variety, stepped into her place, gracing her with his presence.

“Great, Phil. Just what I need today,” she mumbled.

“Hmm, today and every day, babe.” Phil backed away from the counter he’d been scrubbing, giving her a playful wink.

She glared at her BFF and number one employee. None of this was funny. She smacked the button on the blender and the machine roared to life. Mango, pineapple, berries with a twist of lime and ice pulsed together in a whirl that matched her muddled mind and drowned out the rapid beats of her heart. She had no use for Ian. Not that the man could take a hint.

He walked right up to the counter and took a seat. Her place only held a good thirty people during the rush and six of those seats were designated at the counter. Unfortunately those rushes were fewer and farther between. She wiped her hands on her apron and approached him, the only lunch customer in her place. Sure, she’d take his money, since he was hell-bent on destroying her only source of income.

“What’ll it be, Mr. Sterling?”

He removed his Ray-Bans, folded them and set them on the counter, which left her stunned by the brilliance of his bluer-than-blue eyes. “Mr. Sterling? That’s a new one, Evie.”

She refused to let the deep timbre of his voice get to her. The fit of his blue jeans and the classically wrinkled white linen shirt hanging off his shoulders were doing enough damage. The guy had surfer dude written all over him, but he was far from that.

“Yep, it’s a new one.” She focused on her notepad. “What’ll it be?”

“Same as I have every day. I want the Shore Thing. And I like it spicy.

Heat crawled up her neck. Underneath her dark hair, she began to sweat as memories flashed. She’d given in to her ego, believing he’d been coming to Shore Enough every day to see her, be with her. And she’d foolishly been his sure thing for one hot and spectacularly spicy night in the not-so-distant past. Goodness, she’d actually associated him with thoughts of the L word and gotten swoony and giddy when he’d come around. Until she found out his real intent.

“Spicy, right.” She pretended to write it down.

“I’ll have whatever it is you just mixed up in the blender too.”

“One Mango Tango. To go?”

He shook his head. “Not to go, Evette. You can’t get rid of me that easily. I’m not the devil.”

Could’ve fooled her. She stashed the pen in her apron pocket and leaned over the counter, facing him dead on. His eyes dipped down for a flicker of a second, fixing on the neon pink tank stretched across her healthy chest. Appreciation shone in his eyes. If only she wasn’t turned on by that look.

“You may not be the devil, Ian. But I’m not going to play Meg Ryan to your Tom Hanks.”

He blinked, his brows gathering. “What in hell does that mean?”

“Ever see You’ve Got Mail?”

He appeared totally clueless. “Is that a chick flick or something?”

“It’s the story of you and me, with an entirely different ending, buddy.”

Then she turned and sauntered away, sensing Ian’s gaze on her butt and wishing she hadn’t worn her denim cut-off shorts today.



Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HHNZOUI



Posted July 5, 2016 / 2 Comments


Blog Blitz Tour

Bachelor Auction Blog Tour Button  Come join our fun blog blitz with prize giveaways at all these locations starting today!

      Wednesday April 13th!

Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
The Lusty Literate
Read Your Writes Book Reviews
Tantos Livros Tão Pouco Tempo
Outrageous Heroes of Romance
Extreme Bookaholics
SOS Aloha
 Thursday April 14th
Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
The Reading Cafe
The SubClubBooks
pretty sassy cool
The Romance Dish
Romance Reviews Today Blog
Debbie’s World of Books
 Friday April 15th
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs
Eclectic Passions Reviews
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs
True Story Book Blog
Red hot books
Becky on Books


Posted April 13, 2016 / 0 Comments


Highlights From My Day at the LA Festival of Books

If you love books of any kind, you would’ve loved this Book Fest!  Held on the beautiful campus of USC, the threat of rain didn’t scare off the die hard book fans. They came out in droves to listen to speaker panels, browse the hundreds of booths, treat themselves to a delicious food truck meal, listen to live music, watch interviews of their favorite authors and simply take in everything that is books!   I was lucky enough to be asked to sign my latest Harlequin Desire, One Secret Night, One Secret Baby at The Southern California Chapters of Romance Writers of America booth.  Here’s a few pictures I’d love to share with you.



Harlequin was very generous in sending this stack of books for me to sign and give away.   I  also gave away book cover magnets and pens to my readers and friends!

USC FOB Fabio and me

Fabio even made an appearance!!USC FOB Brenda Novak and me


Part of the time I sat next to the fabulous and talented Brenda Novak!

USC FOB Lynne Marshall and me


My good friend, talented writer and plot buddy, Lynne Marshall stopped by to say hello and lend support!


Here are some of the talented authors I signed with today.  From Left to Right, Sylvie Fox, Linda Rice, Yours Truly and Mia Hopkins. And Fabio made another appearance too!   One thing can be said, writers are a rare breed that share the same obsession, passion, chaos and extreme hard work of putting our hearts out there, words on the page and praying to the book gods that readers will love our work!

Maine Lobster

Afterward, my wonderful hubby playing the role of my assistant today, brought me a wonderful Lobster Roll sandwich from Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck. (I had to support them, they were on Shark Tank, one of my favorite shows!) It was a wonderful way to end the day and the sandwich was delish!

Lobster Roll



Posted April 11, 2016 / 0 Comments


Exclusive to Charlene Sands’ Members….



Hi everyone!

I’m glad you found me!  What do you think of the new website?  I’m really proud of it!

And if you’re here because you received my newsletter, then you’ve come to the right place!

The random drawing winners I’m surprising today are:

Emma Elizabeth Brambly

Laura May Scott


Please contact me with your preferred email to receive your prize of a $10 Amazon G.C. at charlenesands@hotmail.com

If you’re not an exclusive member of my newsletter, you can sign up today!  It’s easy and maybe next time I post a surprise drawing, you’ll win!   Thanks for stopping by!!


Posted March 8, 2016 / 4 Comments


Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Drawing!!

One Secret Night, One Secret Baby


An unforgettable baby dilemma. Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands. 

During a city-wide power outage, Emma Bloom turns to her old friend Dylan McKay for help. The Hollywood heartthrob comes to her rescue, action-hero style, and sees her safely home. But what happened next? The details are blurry—because Emma was tipsy, and an on-set accident leaves Dylan’s memory of that night in tatters. 

But soon irrefutable evidence surfaces: Emma is pregnant. It’s hard enough sharing her secret with a man used to fending off scheming women. But Dylan does the right thing and proposes. And then, one day, his memory returns…


I’m celebrating the release of One Secret Night, One Secret Baby with this Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Giveaway!!  Simply post a comment here to answer this one question.  Have you ever been involved in a black-out, aka a power outage? Yes or no?  How do you suppose you would react if you were ever in one? Drawing held on Sunday, February 14th.  Come back to see if you’re the winner!

You could win this fabulous prize (Winner will be drawn on Sunday) of my Napa Valley Vows 3 in 1 book, a DVD, Love and Sunshine lotion and Hershey’s Sweet Messages chocolates!  Pretty cool prize right?  Talk to me…

Valentine's Day


Posted February 10, 2016 / 33 Comments