Sandra Balzo
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
About Me:
Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including eight books in two different mystery series--one set outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the other in the High Country of North Carolina. Balzo's books have garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, while being recommended to readers of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Harlan Coben, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron. A former member of the National Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America, Sandy and her fiancé, fellow crimewriter Jeremiah Healy, split their time between South Florida and North Carolina.
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Traditional mysteries and PI books--Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, Jeremiah Healy, etc. Barbara Michaels' AMMIE, COME HOME is my all-time favorite--so much so I wrote an essay about it in MYSTERY MUSES: 100 Classics That Inspire Today's Mystery Writers.

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Writing my new series

Just started the first book of my new series:

Annelise Griggs is working as a police reporter in the city when the phone call every adult child fears comes:…


Posted on March 5, 2010 at 6:52am

A Really Bad Self-publicist

Well, as usual, Anthony nominations have crept up on me and I, a publicist by trade, have done no publicity on my own book (a shoemaker's children have no shoes type of problem...).

I would LOVE to get my publisher and artist (Severn House and Piers Tilbury) a nomination for best cover art for BEAN THERE, DONE THAT (see my photos--the coffee beans are bullets). They've done SUCH beautiful covers for me and alot of Bcons don't have a Cover Art category.

Soo...anyone going… Continue

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 2:04am — 5 Comments

I should be writing...

I have a December deadline and ten pages written, so...what am I doing here, you might ask?

Procrastinating, of course. I've never blogged before, and I fear that the number of words I write here will be in inverse proportion to the ones I write for the new book, tentatively entitled BEAN THERE, DONE THAT. At least, that's what I want to call it. I have a feeling my editor will want the word "grounds" in the title to match the first two books in my…


Posted on August 16, 2007 at 3:52am — 4 Comments

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At 3:23pm on March 5, 2010, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Sandra,
Thanks for befriending me here. I don't think I could handle your book-every-six-months schedule!
At 10:10am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Sandra , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:05am on August 31, 2008, Michael Haskins said…
Sandy, always good seeing you and Jerry. Think Borders in Vero Beach may have me in to sign, a friend has a radio show there, so I get some free PR for the store. Maybe on the way up, or back, depending on the signing time, we can meet for a meal in your home turf? Windy is all, but the next one is scary the way it's threating to turn! Hope to see you again, soon.
At 11:16pm on December 18, 2007, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Sandra Glad to see the second book is out. Attended your signing in Sussex for the first one. I'll check your web site and try to catch up with you for a signed copy.
At 1:27am on November 24, 2007, Sandra Balzo said…
Hi, Sue! So glad the books arrived and you're enjoying Uncommon Grounds. Did you have a good Thanksgiving?
At 9:44am on November 22, 2007, Sue Dawson said…
Hey, I was told the first comment did not go through, so now you get three for the price of one.
At 9:43am on November 22, 2007, Sue Dawson said…
Books arrived safely, and I am almost to chapter 18 of UNCOMMONG GROUNDS. Maggy is a peach!
At 9:41am on November 22, 2007, Sue Dawson said…
Well, I am nearly to Chapter 18 in UNCOMMON GROUNDS and am loving it. As I sit here on my p.c. my self-cleaning oven has only about half an hour to finish.
The weather is picture perfect for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Your autographed books arrived a couple of days ago, and I started UG at the dentist's office. The books were worth the wait, and I am nowan admirer of Maggy. As you know, my first husband was a dentist, now retired, who left me for his hygienist whose husband committed suicide. Tomorrow would have been Jolly's and my 35th wedding anniversary, so I am feeling a bit blue. However, I can pop on a demo tape from his professional music days. How many widows can do that? ;-)
At 6:49am on November 5, 2007, Sue Dawson said…
eagerly awaiting purchased books-- Confirmed Order #1986-7635-6481
At 1:15pm on October 31, 2007, MysteryDawg said…
Welcome aboard and greetings from Southern California

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