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Friday, 12 July 2013

Friday Feature, The Hourglass by Sharon Struth (@GoddessFish Blog Tour, Excerpt and GiveAway)

Today, I'd like to welcome both fiction and non-fiction author Sharon Struth to Beyond My Writing Space. Sharon Struth is the author of the multi-award finalist for her unpublished title Share the Moon. But today, my Friday Feature is the award winning The Hourglass, a novel which I am immensely enjoying right now! 

Sharon Struth is be awarding a $20.00 Amazon GiftCard to a randomly drawn commenter during her tour. So don't forget to leave your thoughts on this post.

The deets .... 

Can forgiveness survive lies and unspoken truths?
Until Brenda McAllister’s husband committed suicide, she appeared to have the ideal life: a thriving psychology practice, success as a self-help author, and a model family. But her guilt over her affair with Jack’s best friend prevents her from moving on. Did Jack learn of her infidelity? Was she the cause of his death?
The release of Brenda’s second book forces her into an unexpected assignment with arrogant celebrity author CJ Morrison, whose irritating and edgy exterior hides the torment of his own mistakes. But as she grows closer to CJ, Brenda learns she wasn’t the only one with secrets—Jack had secrets of his own, unsavory ones that may have led to his death. While CJ helps Brenda uncover the truth about her husband, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map.

Sneek Peek inside the pages

She’d jabbed him a little, but wasn’t sure why, since this type of egging on was usually reserved for those closer to her. She rose from the sofa and followed him to the kitchen. Leaning against the doorjamb, she crossed her arms.

He reached into the refrigerator.

He pulled out the bottles and glanced over. “I would have brought it to you.”
“I know. Listen, I’ve never done anything like this before. My role in this project is a little unclear to me.”
“We’ll figure this out.”
“What if we can’t? I tend to be direct. Maybe you’d rather find someone more accommodating. I sure don’t want to be added to your list of challenges.”
He moved toward her and stopped, just a little too close. Brenda couldn’t move, trapped by dark chestnut irises that silently commanded her attention. The room seemed to pulse around them. Brenda’s breath bottlenecked at her throat.
“You won’t.” His answer carried quiet confidence. The smooth baritone timbre of his voice grew soft. “Something tells me you’ll be on a list all your own. The way you are is fine. I’d like it if you’d stay.”
Brenda’s breath vanished. Who was this man? It certainly wasn’t the same CJ she had met at the conference. “All right,” she mumbled.
“Besides,” CJ continued, sporting a grin capable of making a nun reconsider her vows, “I climbed Mount Everest. I’m pretty sure I can handle you.”
He handed over a bottle of water. She wanted to twist off the cap and splash some on her face, just to be certain this new and improved version of CJ wasn’t a dream.


Here's you chance to enter the $20.00 Amazon GiftCard giveaway. Let the author know your thoughts, and follow the tour. The more comments you make the better your chances are.

The tour dates can be found here: 

Who is Sharon Struth? 

Novelist Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, received first place in the Dixie Cane Memorial Contest and second place in the Golden Heart. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit

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  1. That's my favorite excerpt so far. CJ would take my breath away I think.


    1. Hi Mary. Glad you liked it. At that moment in the book, I felt the same way.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks for hosting me on the blog today!

  3. You're welcome Sharon! I'm really enjoying The Hourglass :-)

    1. Sharon I finished it! What a fabulous novel. Completely unlike anything I've read before. I'll let you know when I post my review. :-)

  4. Thanks for the great review tour. I think the hardest person to forgive is yourself

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  5. I agree Shannon! In fact, I just wrote a blogpost on that for later this month for a stop at another site. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. Love the excerpt, thank you.


    1. You're welcome! Thanks for coming by!

  7. Well, it's the last day of the tour and I want to say I've enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Hi karen, the week has gone fast! Thanks for joining the tour!

  8. Thanks for the chance to win! This week has been a lot of fun and I've really enjoyed this tour!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Thanks for following the tour Andra!

  9. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!
    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

    1. You're welcome Kate. Thanks for joining me.

  10. Hi, Sharon! I've had fun this week. I wish you nothing but the best with your future novels, and can't wait to read your current ones!
    My best,


  11. Hi Chelsea. Thanks, I appreciate your kind words and am glad you followed the tour!

  12. Erin...I look forward to reading your review of The Hourglass. Who was the winner of your Tainted Love blog tour?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Catherine! I'm just waiting for confirmation from the winners that I can release their names. You'll be getting an email in the next few days.

  13. That was nice

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


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