Top Five Books by Sandine Tomas – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Sandine Tomas who is celebrating the recent release of Santa’s Last Gift. See the giveaway information at the end of the post.


Hello, I’m Sandine Tomas and I appreciate the chance to introduce my new holiday novel, Santa’s Last Gift, and share a little about myself. Because lists are always fun I thought I’d tackle a ‘Top Five’. Keep reading for a giveaway offer at the end!

Top Five Books

I’m going to have to admit to cheating up front, because, of course, it’s nearly impossible to narrow down favorite books to just five. But these were among the first to pop to mind.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

There’s been buzz for Jane Austen’s work almost as long as literary buzz has existed. But her storytelling is timeless. Wrong first impressions, exasperating parents and relationships with sizzle – it’s as modern today as in her day.

2. Dune by Frank Herbert

I was in my twenties when I first read Dune and its subsequent sequels. I remember being in awe at the world building. Planets, societies, secret organizations and ancient religions, all tied into a space opera with gothic tones and sweeping scope.

3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The cleverness of the title character being a dead woman and the main character being nameless is a study in how to bring characters to life (even the dead ones).

4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Yes, all of them! I was like a kid reading these (although decidedly not kid-age) and devoured them year-after-year like a favorite bowl of ice cream. Rowling’s wit, plotting, and ability to create the best character names is second to none.

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This book is lesser known but, nonetheless, a real gem. It’s the story of a young man on the autism spectrum who has to navigate his first taste of freedom, blossoming sexuality, and what it means to navigate the ‘real world.’

Giveaway Offer: What’s your favorite book? Tell me in the comments and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free e-book copy of Santa’s Last Gift! Please provide contact information.

The greatest gift might be what they already have.

After years away building his career, event planner Sebastian Chesnut returns to his small hometown of Fir Falls to reconnect with his mother, sister, and young nieces before his job takes him to London.

He doesn’t expect to find his high school boyfriend, Matty, has become a virtual member of Seb’s family. Back then, Matty only offered a casual relationship, but Seb fell hard, and history is soon repeating itself. Seb’s afraid to hope for a second chance, no matter how much they’ve grown and despite the family they share. Instead, he focuses on creating a last perfect holiday, which won’t be easy with his sister’s ex planning to take the girls over Christmas.
Seb and Matty might not know what to do about their feelings for each other, but one thing’s for sure—it won’t be Christmas without the kids. Can these star-crossed lovers pull off a holiday miracle?

About the Author: Sandine Tomas grew up an unapologetic bookworm, making friends with characters from the ancient past to the farthest reaches of the universe. Her career as a marketing writer has given her insight into the divergence between what a person thinks they want and what they truly need. Relationships are at the heart of her writing, and she enjoys creating characters who become so real that their stories beg to be told. Writing allows her to explore people and ideas from all sides, spinning a notion around like a gem until its facets glisten.

Twisting the old adage about writing what you know into writing what you feel, Sandine doesn’t shy away from raw emotions, turbulent circumstances, and above all, deep passions, fueled by humor, honesty, and trust. She enjoys instilling her characters with the flaws, courage, and idiosyncrasies that brings them to life.

Sandine lives in New York with her husband, daughters and a Golden Retriever puppy named Noodle. An unabashed TV and film enthusiast, she happily binge watches her favorites until her eyes glaze over. Her other guilty pleasures include attending fandom conventions, sleeping in on weekends, and recharging solo by holing up with a caramel macchiato and an amazing book.

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  1. Debra K Guyette says

    I love the Harry potter series. They are my favorite

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