Kim Sanders

Kim Sanders worked as a photojournalist, an editor and an attorney before writing her first novel. Sanders now writes what she loves to read—romantic fiction. Her 2011 debut novel, the romantic suspense Shades of Gray, climbed to number one on the Amazon paid contemporary romance best seller list. Her second novel, The Ex Lottery (2014), a romantic comedy set in Ireland, won first place in a contemporary romance contest. She is currently writing a sequel to Shades of Gray.

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"A light, uplifting romance that’s equal parts comedy, fairy tale and travelogue."

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ISBN: 978-1495291500
Page count: 334pp
Contemporary romance about a young woman who wins the lottery and travels to Ireland to buy a castle.

Sanders (Shades of Gray, 2011) has a sympathetic character in art teacher Tory Adams. Tory loves spending time with her young students in Savannah, Georgia, and she can’t wait to start a family of her own. Unfortunately, each time she fancies herself in love, the man in question dumps her more callously than the guy before him. On a whim, Tory buys a lottery ticket, choosing numbers based on the dates of her breakups. Amazingly, she hits the jackpot, winning over $600 million. She uses her winnings to travel to Ireland in hopes of purchasing the castle where her grandparents met. Unfortunately, Tory’s three ex-boyfriends learn about her winnings and chase after her with farcical declarations of undying love. As Tory tries to evade her exes, she also delights in learning more about Ireland, the country of her ancestors. Sanders deftly describes the majesty of Ireland’s natural landscape and historic architecture while providing rich detail about Irish culture. As Sanders seamlessly weaves into the story bits about food, custom and Irish lore, she also shows Tory meeting an enchanting Irishman named Shane, a handsome, mysterious man who happens to be incredibly well-informed about the castle Tory is trying to buy. He’s also utterly enamored with her. Tory is drawn to Shane but worries that he knows about her lottery money and is trying to pilfer her winnings. It turns out that Shane has some secrets of his own—but none like Tory expected. Through a series of misunderstandings and predictable near misses, Tory and Shane muddle their way toward a potentially sweet romance. Before long, the two are so enchanted by each other that they can only come clean about all they had hidden and hope that the other will be glad for the surprises.

A light, uplifting romance that’s equal parts comedy, fairy tale and travelogue.
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ISBN: 978-1463731274
Page count: 256pp

In Sanders’ debut novel, renowned photographer Samantha Jennings loves her camera and solitude, but when she’s accused of murdering her lover, only the man who broke her heart 10 years earlier can save her.

Sanders’ romantic thriller leans more to the romance side of this hybrid-genre story, but the strong characters and story make this an enjoyable read from beginning to end. Samantha “Sam” Jennings records the world around her in her photography, but retreats to her dog and secluded beach home in South Carolina whenever possible. After having been accused of murdering her lover—in a crime of passion no less—she’s managed to elude press and police. But she ventures out of hiding to tell her side of the story, to let the judge know it’s all a big mistake, that she’d never kill her best friend, Ben. Sam’s courtroom appearance brings the press and a past she’s been trying to avoid for over 10 years; Caleb broke 17-year-old Sam’s heart one summer, and she’s been running away from him, and love, ever since. Now, he’s a famous attorney on the fast track to a promising political career—and the only man who can save Sam. She resists his help at first, but puts aside her pride and anger when she realizes Caleb will defend her as no other man can. As they try to find the real murderer to clear Sam, their passion rekindles, but the real murderer may separate them forever. This story oozes all the necessary passion of any good romance novel, a blend of deep betrayal and sensuality. The author keeps the story moving and the sweltering Southern romance hot. A few bumps in the logical progression of the mystery make the story a little less believable, but as a romance, the book hits all the right moments. Sanders also strikes a nice balance between the mystery and romance. Sometimes the story reads like it’s moving through a romance genre checklist, but the story slides by quickly thanks to Sanders’ strong writing.

The romance enthusiast won’t be disappointed with this novel that never skimps on passion or story.