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August 11, 2013 / Cheri

Episode 72 – Sandra Moran

Andy and I welcomed Sandra Moran to the show to talk about her debut novel, Letters Never Sent. Don’t worry, folks, it was a spoiler-free show. And it was SO hard to keep it that way.

Sandra was a lovely guest and I think you’ll agree that this was one interesting podcast. Made even more so by the delicious whiskey sours that Andy and I were enjoying. I’m including the recipe below so you can make one and enjoy while listening.

Sandra and the folks at Bedazzled Ink are so wonderful that they put together a special deal just for you, the listeners of Cocktail Hour. So if you’re a hardcore Amazon buyer, click here. Otherwise head over to The Bedazzled Book Peddler for a very special discount! You can order as many titles–ebooks, not paperbacks–as you want. Then go to the checkout page and enter “letters25” in the Redemption Code box to get 25% off the entire order. This is a one time use and it’s good anytime between now and this time next year. Is that awesome or what?!

If you’re interested in winning a copy, Sandra has offered up two copies to a couple of lucky listeners! If you want the ebook, she can get you that right quick. If you want a signed paperback, you’ll have to wait a few weeks but, in my somewhat humble opinion, it would be well worth it. To enter, just leave a comment on the post for this show no later than 8/23/13. Good luck!

Hope you enjoy the show!

Whiskey Sour
Pour 2oz of blended whiskey and the juice of a lemon into a shaker that has some ice in it. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of powdered sugar and shake the hell out of it. Pour all of that into a rocks glass with some ice, garnish with a lemon slice and toss in a maraschino cherry or 5. Mmmmm!

Andy's whiskey sour

Andy’s whiskey sour

Rev's whiskey sour

Rev’s whiskey sour


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  1. Stacie Valle / Aug 11 2013 4:17 pm

    I already bought/read the e-version, and it was great! All the more reason I would love to have a signed hard copy for display on my bookshelves!

    • Sandra / Aug 11 2013 11:57 pm

      I’m willing to bet we can make that happen, Stacie.

  2. Mercedes / Aug 11 2013 6:54 pm

    Signed hardcopy. Yeah.

    • Sandra / Aug 11 2013 11:58 pm

      September 1, Mercedes!

  3. marydeutcher / Aug 11 2013 7:47 pm

    Totally amazing show! I, of course, have read this book and know all of the spoilers and I will not release any of them. I will say this, don’t miss this book! It is great. Oh, and keep taking pics of the cat. Mad skills I tell you! Have a good one!


    • Sandra / Aug 11 2013 11:59 pm

      Thanks, Dutch! We tried to keep spoilers from sneaking out. It was kind of like a Seinfeld episode.

  4. onamarae / Aug 11 2013 7:50 pm

    Now I want to know all the spoilers, so I will have to beg to be put in the drawing for a copy! Great show!

    • Sandra / Aug 12 2013 12:02 am

      Thanks, onamarae! It was fun to do. Cheri and Andy made it super fun.

  5. Marion Dutton / Aug 11 2013 9:05 pm

    Love the show, Interesting and entertaining. Woo hoo, Waiting for the paperback or hardcopy. I wish now I would have called in a question, Who does Sandra most identify with most in her book?

    Marion Dutton

    • Sandra / Aug 12 2013 12:08 am

      Hey Marion: That’s a toughie. Kate is much more reticent and concerned about society’s perceptions of her actions, whereas Annie is so … in-your-face/take me or leave me. And then there is Joan who wants the life she imagined having instead of the reality … I would say there are bits of all of them with which I identify. How’s that for a non-answer?

      • Marion / Aug 11 2016 6:45 am

        You are so missed! Thank for understanding neon, pie, and so many more of them. Miss you. Miss you Miss you.

  6. nikkismalls28 / Aug 12 2013 11:00 am

    Damn good show! Frickin loved this book. I’d totally pick Annie, by the by…

    • sdmoran / Aug 12 2013 9:50 pm

      She was certainly a firecracker, Nikki.

      Thanks for the call and the sweet words.

      • Nikki / Aug 14 2013 8:25 am

        Love me some firecrackers!

        Thou art welcome!

  7. Cheri The Rev / Aug 12 2013 11:02 am

    Poor Kate…

    • nikkismalls28 / Aug 12 2013 11:08 am

      Oh she’d drive me crazy. Annie all the way.

  8. Carrie TheGooch / Aug 12 2013 1:43 pm

    I loved this show! Was laughing like ALL the way through! You did great on not giving any spoilers.

    Nikki your phone in was hilarious!

    And I can’t stand Doctor who! πŸ˜‰
    Also I’m a HUGE fan of call the Midwife! I have to read this book now! Would love a paper back copy, and I don’t mind waiting πŸ˜€

    • sdmoran / Aug 12 2013 9:52 pm

      Hey Carrie … Sept. 1. I can’t believe you don’t like The Doctor. Not even David Tennant?

      • Carrie TheGooch / Aug 13 2013 6:16 am

        Oh I like David Tennant! πŸ™‚ I just don’t like the show, and the last doctor, Matt Smith was so annoying! And his face is weird looking πŸ˜‰

        • Sandra / Aug 13 2013 2:03 pm

          I agree about Matt Smith. He is not at all my favorite.

  9. marydeutcher / Aug 13 2013 6:10 am

    Definitely Annie…..Dutch

    • sdmoran / Aug 15 2013 3:45 pm

      I hear she’s single, Dutch …

  10. Blu / Aug 14 2013 6:19 pm

    Rev, Andy and Sandra, I think you set a record: I don’t recall hearing so much laughter on the CH and you all were a fabulous catalyst for each other. Driving and listening to you all bounce ideas and images of each other was a hoot -made my commute to work a blast. Don’t wait until the new year to get another guffaw going, Sandra write faster, dammit!
    Question: what, if any, elements wanted to creep into your story that were not seeing appropriate?

  11. Blu / Aug 14 2013 6:21 pm

    I hate predictive text! Previous entry should end :
    “What, if any, elements wanted to creep into your story that were not setting appropriate?”

    • sdmoran / Aug 15 2013 4:03 pm

      Hey Blu:

      Sorry for the delayed response. I’ve been traveling around the southwest and Colorado. So … “What elements wanted to creep into the story that were not setting appropriate … ”

      Great question! I think there are couple of elements. There’s, of course, the obvious inclusion of things that weren’t appropriate to the time period — handkerchiefs instead of Kleenex, the types of drinks that weren’t around or accessible, and the music. (I have a playlist of music that I felt evoked the time, the setting and the characters.) But back to the aforementioned elements, I had to be careful of those things because I wanted each section of the story to be accurate to the period(s). Oh … and the Chicago World’s Fair. I wanted to REALLY go to town on my descriptions of what they would have seen and experienced, but that didn’t really push the story forward so I had to leave them out. Though, I watched a lot of video. Here are a couple of links if you’re interested: or Sally Rand’s Fan Dance:

      But there were also challenges in terms of the social constructs of the time. The 1930s and 40s were such a rich time in terms of what women were doing as they entered the workforce. I wanted to give Kate, Annie and Claire a lot more power than they would have had available to them.

      Does that answer your question? I’d be happy to elaborate further if you’d like to PM me.

  12. Angela Mula / Aug 17 2013 10:38 am

    Great book. Cant wait for more.

    • sdmoran / Aug 18 2013 8:06 pm

      Thanks, Angela!!! You were one of the first to get a copy at GCLS!

  13. Cole Armocida / Aug 18 2013 6:25 pm

    I’m all about a worldly glow coming from the crotch…..and Jack Daniels-Neat. If you prefer something with a real kick, try Booker’s 128 proof. πŸ˜‰ – Another fine episode!

    • sdmoran / Aug 18 2013 8:05 pm

      I’m a neat girl, myself, Cole. It was a fun show. I’ll check out Booker’s (if the state of Kansas can get it.)

  14. Lisa T. / Aug 19 2013 6:44 pm

    I enjoyed the show and hearing about Sandra’s research for Letters Never Sent. I’ll definitely have to read it. πŸ™‚

    • sdmoran / Aug 19 2013 8:39 pm

      Hey Lisa! Thanks for listening. It was fun to research and write. If you check out my blog, I’ve included some pictures of their boarding houses and the fairgrounds as they are today.

  15. Lori Janos / Aug 21 2013 9:36 pm

    I for one, am glad you did not reveal too much of the book. I have not read it, yet, and have bumped it high on my list. I read your blog on the research you did in the Chicago area and loved the depth you went to for accuracy. As an aside, my mom was raised in Chicago in the 30’s and always talked about standing in the shoe lines to get shoes. Just sayin….


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