Louisiana Author, Sandra De Taranto, Announces Release of Debut Novel

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November 9, 2004. Louisiana native, Sandra De Taranto, announces the release of her critically acclaimed and highly anticipated first novel, Crying In The Rain. The bookÂ?s official release date was November 8th, from Publish America LLLP. ISBN 1-4137-2316-0.

"Crying in the Rain" is a dark romance, set against the backdrop of the 80's, movie stars and rock-n-roll. De Taranto promises the experience will be “like nothing you’ve ever read”. It’s the story of Roxanne Simon, a successful actress and writer. And one impetuous decision to appear on America’s favorite talk show causes the accusations to fly. Insinuations are aired on national television that Frank Garrett, the lead singer of a popular rock band, is the father of her four-year-old son. And now it would seem that the secret she has tried so hard to hide from Frank—and the world—is about to be exposed at last.

As Roxanne is confronted by her past, she struggles to maintain her mental stability while sinking deeper and deeper into insanity. Matters are further complicated as Frank attempts to give her a little push along the way. Frank’s quest for revenge backfires and in the aftermath he’s faced with his worst nightmares coming true. And ultimately, he must dig deep within himself and bare his soul in an effort to right his wrongs…

De Taranto states that while she was born and raised in Louisiana, she spent her twenties in Florida and New York City, where she crafted her debut novel. The author has a special fondness for the state of Florida, particularly the Tampa area, where she sets the scene for the basis of the novel.

What Others Are Saying About the Book:

"Sandra De Taranto has written a fast-paced book, with interesting problems and issues that most people never face. She has however, brought reality to life for her characters, making them seem like people we all should know. This reviewer felt as if she were following Roxanne and Candy through the press, and truly reading about the lives of the rich and famous. This unusual novel is highly recommended for the reader who is tired of the same old plots. " Angie Dodson for LoveRomances.com.

"This story has all the suspense that readers will enjoy… " Louise Riveiro-Mitchell for The Romance Studio.

"Sandra has created a story full of passion, betrayal and deceit. You’ll get lost in her characters lives as she takes you on a journey of self-discovery and the willingness to forgive…" Nicole Getridge, author of “The Heart Series”.

" 'Crying in the Rain' is an excellent book. Through it you will encounter the highs and lows of living life in the world of music and entertainment. In places it will break your heart and in others you will fly high with the thrill of the romance between two complicated people, each trying to find their own way. Both the lead characters of Roxanne and Frank are hard headed and determined to ruin each other’s lives while being deeply in love. Their son Frankie, comes through the twist and curves of the plot with amazing resilience; while Candy, the levelheaded sister helps brings their family back together. I recommend this wonderful book that is more than a romance, but also a slice of life. " Robbie Britt, author of “Dead Men Don’t Deal”.

…Sandra De Taranto has truly written a heart-rending story. “Crying In The Rain” has unique characters and plot line that will keep you hooked to every single page. You will feel sorry for Roxanne but, this feeling soon shifts onto Frank and you will find yourself swapping between the two throughout the entire story. Can you love something or someone too much? Can you do something so bad that you will always regret until the day you die? The big twist in Sandra’s story is a must read. You will not expect it to creep up on you. You will learn one thing, the meaning of “What goes around comes around” This reviewer recommends “Crying In The Rain” as a must read…Veronica Lamont, author of “I’m Not Mad…I’m Special”

‘In Crying In The Rain’, Sandra De Taranto has created a wonderfully crafted, complex tale of love, deceit, revenge and rediscovery that will keep you guessing as to which direction the plot will take in the next chapter. Recently widowed Roxanne falls in love with Frank, one of the founders of a local rock and roll band. A series of misunderstandings and an episode of extremely bad judgment on Roxanne’s part cause a seemingly permanent break between the lovers. But, years later, after both have become famous, they get back together again...and that’s where the intrigue and duplicity begin De Taranto surprises us throughout the book, but the final twist will leave you stunned. If you like your romance novels with an edge, you will definitely enjoy ‘Crying In The Rain’… E. Lee Fisher, author of “Pendencia Creek: the Life and Times of a Texas Gunfighter”.

Sandra De Taranto’s novel CRYING IN THE RAIN is a fascinating novel. I found all of the characters to be real and life-like. Each of the characters interesting, believable, full of secrets and discoveries. This story will shock you and entertain you the whole reading. The twists and turns in this story will leave you breathless and entertained within every page of this 382 page novel. I won’t give away the secrets to CRYING IN THE RAIN, instead, I will leave it as the mystery that awaits your discovery. The plot and character developments are clearly defined and crafted into a well written story. This is one of the best books I’ve read all year and Ms. De Taranto has the ability to weave together an excellent story! Now I’m just waiting for the movie!…Renee Bagley, author “Tangled Web” and “Break The Chain”.

Also see De Taranto’s website at http://www.sandyslibrary.com to order autographed copies directly from the author. At the website you can read an excerpt from “Crying in the Rain”, as well as the author’s second book, “Fool’s Gold (An Enchanted Tale)”, also due out from Publish America in late 2005.

De Taranto is accepting orders for autographed copies via her website. “Crying in the Rain” will also be available directly from the publisher, or through any major on-line book retailer. Interested parties may also contact their local bookstore and have them order it.

Purchase Info:

Crying in the Rain

ISBN 1-4137-2316-0

Publisher: Publish America LLLP

Retail Price: $24.95

382 pages

Release Date: Nov 8th, 2004    

Contact Info:

Sandra De Taranto

P.O. Box 43

Eros, LA 71238



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