Readers will recognize Sandy Lender as the author of the 2007 fantasy novel "Choices Meant for Gods" from ArcheBooks Publishing, but the South Florida resident has been writing since she was knee high to a grasshopper. At the early age of about six, Sandy entertained the folks in her great grandmother's apartment building in Southern Illinois with ghost stories of squeaky spiders. Sandy won a first-place award with that imagination when she wrote a sequel to Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" during her school days in the St. Louis area before earning a degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. That led to a career in journalism where she's worked for a variety of publications the past 23 years.
Today she's the editorial director of two construction magazines and publisher of an avian publication. ArcheBooks has released the final of the "Choices" trilogy, and a number of her YA novels will get star treatment in 2016 and beyond. Sandy is also a sea turtle conservationist. She has companion parrots and turtles in her home who keep her hopping. It takes one ring on her cell phone to discover she's remained obsessed with Duran Duran since 1984. She's beaten cancer twice, but still battles the IRS. To begin 2016 properly, she welcomes readers to share in the conclusion of Chariss's epic story in "Choices Meant for All."
Latest Review for CMFA, by Michaela Novak
Official Apex Reviews Rating: 5 stars
As legions of deities rise to threaten both the throne and population of Onweald, the battles fan the gates of the dark spirit world, releasing demons of every species to aid the enemy. Emperor Nigel Taiman, however, soon brings Malachi's power to the Arcanan Army's camp, in hopes of tipping the war's tide in his bride's favor. To restore the geasa that will save the god she's sworn to protect, Amanda Chariss must escape the very Betrayer's grasp and make choices for the good of all--but does she have the will to sacrifice all she holds dear in the process?
The dynamic conclusion of the Choices trilogy, Choices Meant for All is a solid tale that would work equally well as a standalone. Once author Sandy Lender gets going--and that doesn't take long--she whisks the reader along at breakneck pace through more thrilling battles than the Lord Of The Rings series. Showing her chops as a master crafter of war and adventure, Lender channels Tolkien and Herbert in her own riveting personal take on the perpetual saga of good vs. evil. Rife with action, drama--and quite a few prophetic surprises--Choices Meant for All is a stunning literary treat. Highly recommended.