#LASR_Anniv Message in the Roses by Sandy Semerad

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A Message In The RosesCarrie Sue Justice finds her journal and revisits the past as a young and passionate newspaper reporter in 1986, covering a shooting death in her community:

She catches her husband with another woman inside the antebellum home she inherited from her parents. Then she falls in love with an unavailable man plagued with guilt. The man is none other than the irresistible owner of the Southern Journal where Carrie Sue works.

They begin a steamy love affair in a hostile environment as Carrie Sue tries to understand why three black teenagers were arrested for killing a white teen. One of the teens was wrongly accused, and she’s determined to help prove his innocence, regardless of the consequences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sandy Semerad has worked as a journalist, newspaper reporter, editor, model, makeup artist and acquisitions manager. She was raised in Geneva, Alabama, but earned her Journalism degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

She now lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with husband Larry, their spoiled Shih Tzu P-Nut and wayward cat Miss Kitty. She has two daughters, Rene and Andrea, and a grand daughter Cody. A Message in the Roses is her third novel. It is loosely based on a murder trial she covered in Atlanta. Her other novel are: Sex, Love & Murder (previously titled Mardi Gravestone) and Hurricane House.


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  1. Hi, how’s it going. Loved the book blurb. What is your favorite thing to do for research.

  2. Sounds good, and what a beautiful cover, thanks for sharing!

  3. Great post! Looks like a good book

  4. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  5. What a lovely cover, this looks like a wonderful book.

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