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Old 07-21-2010, 11:08 AM   #1
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New Novella Release From Ruth Sims: Song on the Sand


Ruth Sims is a very diverse author, as shown through her titles that we've already published. She moves effortlessly from the comedic ("The Lawyer, The Ghost and The Cursed Chair") to the thrilling ("Mr. Newby's Revenge") to tales of family drama ("Burma Girl"). Her latest, "Song on the Sand," adds high emotional value and poignancy to her repetoire.

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Tony Dalby finds himself on the wrong end of his 80s, confined to a nursing home, with his days as a dancer a thing of the past. The appearance of Drew into his life brings a welcome distraction, as well as a bit of mystery as to why Drew constantly visits the wheelchair-bound, comatose Jesse. As secrets are revealed, Dalby finds he may have a renewed purpose for living after all.

Although many authors may explore the trials and tribulations of younger people and their lives, it's not often you see people tackling issues dealing with the older generation. We hope you find this work as moving as we did.

“Song on the Sand" is available through The Untreed Reads Store (GreenPass members save an additional 15%), at Amazon for the Kindle and at most of the retailers listed on the right side of our website at http://www.untreedreads.com.

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Thumbs up SONG ON THE SAND By Ruth Sims Earns Five Stars At Amazon

Song on the Sand, the latest novella release from author Ruth Sims, has earned five-stars from reviewer Martha Miller at Amazon. Here’s what Ms. Miller had to say:

One of my favorite stories is Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” I find myself drawn to it because of the unusual ending. In “Song of the Sand,” Ruth Sims pays homage to Hemingway’s haunting final scene, only instead of an African safari, readers are thrust down in the middle of Sunnyland Acres nursing home.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to drag queens when they get old, Sims gives us a plausible picture with the bittersweet (yet unsentimental) story of Tony Dalby. His dry wit eclipses deep feelings or pain and regret about the past, yet he doesn’t hide his anger about the present. The story begins with a resounding “No,” as he argues with the powers that be, “Big Butt and “Mean Aid,” while he is dressed. He looks forward to the daily confrontations, even though he always loses, because they make him feel alive. He makes his caregivers work hard to dress him, and then they wheel him to the sunroom and park him there. Little does he know that things are about to change. For all of us, transformation comes on a completely normal day and is often so subtle that it takes time to recognize it. On this day, Tony first sees a visitor who wears a red shirt and dark jeans, “and his hair [is] as fair as if Rumpelstiltskin had spun it that very morning.” Tony remembers of a time when a man like that would be waiting in his dressing room, when he had a dressing room.

Ruth Sims doesn’t go for the cliché. This is not a romance but a story of redemption that involves the reader by depth of character, humor and irony. The fair haired young man is Drew who visits his lover Jesse, a nursing home resident who has been unresponsive since he was hit by a car. Drew had to lie and commit fraud to keep his lover alive and be able to visit him, and he is torn by the injustice. Tony befriends Drew and Jesse and finds that by helping them his life takes on new significance.

In truth, aging is not for the faint of heart. Tony and Drew are the heroes in a drama that awaits many of us. The story will resonate with baby-boomers because it’s about the things that scare us all as we approach old age: that we’ll end up powerless, helpless, loveless and alone. As “A Song of Sand” comes to an end, we realize we always wanted the best for Tony, and as with Hemingway’s white hunter, the best comes.


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Old 09-13-2010, 02:40 PM   #3
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Thumbs up SONG ON THE SAND By Ruth Sims Receives Another Stellar Review

On behalf of Untreed Reads and author Ruth Sims, we’d like to thank Red Haircrow for their recent glowing review of Ruth Sims’ latest novella Song on the Sand. Here is part of what Haircrow had to say:

Brilliant was the first word that came to mind after reading Song on the Sand by Ruth Sims, then it took some moments for me to try to bring together exactly why, because so many elements of the story are outstanding: wry wit, believable conflict both internal and external, a sympathy with the characters, all of them presented, which grabs you from the first page and never leaves.

It was as if looking into the life and soul of another human being, quite conscious one is the observer but also empathetic to their emotions and feelings, their deepest fears and loves, their sorrows and guilt. Immediately you are touched by the plight, the frustrations of the main character, and the wistful nature of his dreams interlaced with thready anger at his own impotence.


To read the review in its entirety, please visit http://redhaircrow.com/2010/09/12/re...-by-ruth-sims/.

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Thumbs up SONG ON THE SAND Receives 4 1/2 Stars At Three Dollar Bill Reviews

Ruth Sims’ Song on the Sand has been consistent in its receiving of four and five stars from all reviewers, and is the most highly-praised release from Ruth and Untreed Reads. Now, the good folks over at Three Dollar Bill Reviews has weighed in with their opinion, awarding 4 1/2 stars to this terrific title. Here’s part of what they had to say:

One of the best things about the story is that gives a voice, life, and importance to an age group that is often forgotten. Rarely will a romance story feature an embittered older man, alone in late 80s waiting to die. Yet this is tempered with hope, honesty, and the complexity that shows each person is more than the sum of their qualities. Tony turns himself around to, giving his life meaning as he wants to help Jesse and Drew.

We feel that the reviewer, Kassa, has done an amazing job writing this review and clearly understood the story. We are extremely appreciative for the warm review. To read it in its entirety, please visit Three Dollar Bill Reviews.

About Song on the Sand:

Tony Dalby finds himself on the wrong end of his 80s, confined to a nursing home, with his days as a dancer a thing of the past. The appearance of Drew into his life brings a welcome distraction, as well as a bit of mystery as to why Drew constantly visits the wheelchair-bound, comatose Jesse. As secrets are revealed, Dalby finds he may have a renewed purpose for living after all.

How to Purchase Song on the Sand:

Song on the Sand is $2.99 and is available from The Untreed Reads Store and worldwide at most of the great ebook retailers you see on the right side of our website.
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Another Great Review for the Great Song on the Sand

Ruth Sims' powerful novella continues to be one of our most enduring titles. Jenre of Brief Encounters recently settled in for a read and emerged a true fan:

This is a story which makes you think and leaves you pondering long after you’ve finished the last page. It’s not often that a short story manages to effectively tackle such things as old age, tragedy, loss and ultimately hope but this one does in a way which was both sad and uplifting.

Be sure to check out the full review.


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Ruth Sims is a very diverse author, as shown through her titles that we've already published. She moves effortlessly from the comedic ("The Lawyer, The Ghost and The Cursed Chair") to the thrilling ("Mr. Newby's Revenge") to tales of family drama ("Burma Girl"). Her latest, "Song on the Sand," adds high emotional value and poignancy to her repetoire.

The Blurb:

Tony Dalby finds himself on the wrong end of his 80s, confined to a nursing home, with his days as a dancer a thing of the past. The appearance of Drew into his life brings a welcome distraction, as well as a bit of mystery as to why Drew constantly visits the wheelchair-bound, comatose Jesse. As secrets are revealed, Dalby finds he may have a renewed purpose for living after all.

Although many authors may explore the trials and tribulations of younger people and their lives, it's not often you see people tackling issues dealing with the older generation. We hope you find this work as moving as we did.

“Song on the Sand" is available through The Untreed Reads Store (GreenPass members save an additional 15%), at Amazon for the Kindle and at most of the retailers listed on the right side of our website at http://www.untreedreads.com.

Not seeing it at your favorite retailer on our list? It will be there shortly! It sometimes may take our distributors a week from release to post the title.

All Untreed Reads titles are available for every platform and device, including the iPad, nook and Kindle. All titles are compatible with all reading applications. Title selection at individual retailers may vary depending on what they choose to carry.
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