Author Archives: Sally Brandle

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.

Authors are told to write what they know. I need to research! (this post appeared for a few minutes by accident in January…)

How does a writer immerse a reader into their story? Whether the backdrop’s Victorian England or contemporary Montana, pathways arise through scenery details and responses specific to each character. Dialect, weather, cultural nuances, and tools or technologies expedite the journey. … Continue reading

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Memories Trim the Tree

A thick stand of trees needed thinning on our property. We used the top of one for our tree. I’m not the color coordinated/tinsel or bows kind of decorator. My tree brings fond memories of days gone by each time … Continue reading

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The pup needed a buddy and a job.

Maggie turned nine months old on October 13th. We adore her curiosity, fearlessness, and enthusiasm. The challenge of keeping her shepherd brain and energy in check frequently wears us out. This photo sums up her attitude. “If I’m bored, I’ll … Continue reading

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Fall fun and finding a treasure…

I believe a good dose of pumpkin or apples can do wonders for the soul this time of year. Here’s a couple of ideas from the October, 2020 Better Homes & Gardens Magazine. Yup, that’s a green bean for … Continue reading

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Uncaged Awards are Tuesday Night. Join the virtual fun!

The Hitman’s Mistake, the first book I wrote became contracted by Soulmate. It made the finals in the Mystery/Suspense category! I’m thrilled to be in the running with other well-known authors and look forward to hearing the winners announced. The … Continue reading

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Developing Courage in Yourself and Others

I recently attended a Zoom workshop featuring a video of Brene Brown (a research professor and NYT bestselling author) speaking to educators on the power and affects of courage, vulnerability, and shame. Her wisdom opened my eyes as to how … Continue reading

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Goodbye to an old friend and giving another pup a second chance.

I’m teary eyed writing this post, but Tallulah now walks without effort beside her canine buddies in heaven. You can see by her stance that she’s reached a point of discomfort, and our veterinarian agreed we’d made the right decision … Continue reading

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Friend Check. Are you okay?

More than ever, we need to pose that simple question. Phone, text, email, or write your friends/relatives who’ve gone silent and then listen. My ‘herd’ includes men and women who live alone. I remember feeling isolated when I first moved … Continue reading

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Send a note, spread cheer, take a breath.

Old-fashioned, written words bring a smile to my face. How about yours? I’m blessed with the luxury of a combined writing office and craft room. For special notes, I use my card making station, below. The calming lake view helps … Continue reading

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Subtle signs of spring.

Pussy willows were happy to absorb the twelve inches of rain delivered to the Seattle area in January. Interspersed with freezes, the month created havoc for rivers, landslide areas, and horse hooves. My nearly 30 year old gelding, Lance, is … Continue reading

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