Sarah Butland

Biography

Sarah Butland was born in Ontario, the year was 1982. She was moved to New Brunswick for over 15 years and now resides at home in Nova Scotia, Canada. Butland has been married to her high school sweetheart and has a superstar son named William. Besides home schooling and working part time, Sarah finds time to follow her dream of being an author and teaching others that they can do the same.

Butland started creating while still learning to walk and in years to follow was able to put a writing utensil to paper to document her creations before they were completely lost. Of course, her first manuscripts were in dire need of editing but she didn’t seem to mind nor did her readers.

The first “big break” for Butland came when she was still a teenager feeling like she was unlike every other teenager she knew. She heard from a poetry contest that her poem “Wrong Shell” would be published in their anthology; would she kindly send them thousands of dollars to continue on in the finals. Butland’s parents refused. So began the struggle of discovering which awards were actually earned not bought.

Limiting herself to contest submissions from then on, Sarah Butland realized her career of writing would be a difficult struggle no matter the talent she held inside or was forced out. Many stories, attempts at novels and thousands of ideas later, Butland created BananaBoy and the Adventures of Sammy was born with Sending You Sammy, her first published children’s book. Then came Brain Tales – Volume One, a collection of short stories Arm Farm, her current literary pride and joy and Blood Day - the Short Story and the Novella.

Butland’s next accomplishment planned to be winning the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award which would then be mentioned among her most joyous literary accomplishments. Unfortunately she didn’t win the 2011 award but is now working on new and greater things.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

Where to find Sarah Butland online


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Books

Life Imitated
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
At twenty-three years old Asher was well on his way to being number one on the golf circuit when suddenly a careless drunk driver hit him, leaving him unable to move. Without use of his limbs there was no way he'd swing a golf club again and without that he was no one.
Cherish Your Treasures
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Are you a planner, filled with hopes and tracking goals to find a better tomorrow? We can consume ourselves with materialism, the grass being greener in our tomorrow and all that but if we do we'll be missing out on what is right now. Help discover your own treasure by understanding all that makes you sparkle.
Blood Day the Novella
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,290. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
I've always been told we all bleed red, take breaths, and die if poisoned so I often wondered why I wasn't dead yet. In this glimpse of the life of someone who just isn't what the books say she should be, we try to understand what it means to be human, a person and fit in with the expectations that surround us.
Being Grateful, Being Thankful: Appreciate Everything For Even The Rain Brings Rainbows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
Wherever you are in life, wherever you are right at this moment you have much to be thankful. You likely hear the words “Thank you” as much as you say and hear the words “I'm sorry” in a day, but it's important to listen to it and say it with meaning. To truly be grateful is to appreciate where you are and where you've been, so that you can know where you will be going and as well as how to get t
Blood Day: The Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,870. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Writers Federation of New Brunswick award winning short story for the children/ young adult category, Blood Day was created out of a looming deadline, a bit of encouragement and dedication to writing a story. In this glimpse of of someone who just isn't what the books say she should be, we try to understand what it means to be human, a person and fit in with the expectations that surround us.
A Sight to Sea
Price: Free! Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00)
Suffering with diapers, tradition and genes, Sea is content with her life and and her husband. Celebrating her own birthday becomes a little difficult when the hotel catches fire and she escapes to the sand. What else is going to rock her world. It may surprise you as much as it did her.
The Wolf Not Only Blew the Straw House Down
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Do-it-yourself / carpentry
Straw bale houses do stand up to traditionally built houses and you'd be very surprised to find how many humans have built them and continue living in them. Read some introductory details of building your next house for minimal costs.
Through the Eyes of a Teenager
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Poetry is emotion at it's rawest. When it's first felt, that jolt in your back when you love, lose and are betrayed. Through the Eyes of a Teenager is just a glimpse of what was and what has made me.
Fill In The Blank Letters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012. Categories: Essay » Literature
You've already gotten more than enough practice by filling in the blanks, now it's time for your efforts to pay off in letter format. Celebrate literacy and make someone's day with just a few minutes of your time.
Brain Tales - Volume One
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,870. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(3.00)
A mother with wrinkles, pride, faded memories and a daughter who is letting go and growing up. A kidnapping, mistaken identity and a comb. BBQ, poisoning and love. A constipated writer, mother and wife. Brain Tales has something for everyone and each story offers a quick read for a busy life but a lasting impression on its readers. What is your favourite?
Arm Farm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,370. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.67)
Natalie walks through the field of forensics with the intent of discovering who did her parents wrong. Natalie is on her way to becoming a success but finds herself dwelling on her past. Will she overcome what has been happening to be able to let go of it? It's a long road for this young girl but she chose the path the Arm Farm.

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  • Ties To The Blood Moon on Nov. 21, 2011

    I was fortunate enough to win a copy of TIES TO THE BLOOD MOON recently and although it's not my typical read of choice I am glad I was able to read it. Robin has a way with plot and making you wonder just what will be happening next; a perfect example is how she ends this book ensuring its readers will want to read the next one. TIES TO THE BLOOD MOON follows a teenage girl on the brink of graduation who suddenly loses her mother in a house fire and is forced to move in with her aunt. Not so bad if it wasn't in Alaska! As she gets used to a new school, making friends, the strange way days and nights work in Alaska, Gen suddenly discovers something else about herself she needs to get used to and straight hair is the least of it. Rumour has it a princess arrived in town the same time Gen did and they need to know who it is immediately. Thick with intriguing plot and suspense Ties to the Blood Moon had me anxious to read about a princess, werewolves and vampires which I normally avoid. Romance, action, mythical creatures - this story has it all. Although I was really eager to learn more about the characters the plot was magical enough to leave me wanting more. A new and original look at the turn of life a teenager goes through. If you love coming of werewolf stories you'll enjoy TIES TO THE BLOOD MOON. Thanks for reading, Sarah Butland
  • Deadly Secrets on Jan. 07, 2012

    Facebook has been an amazing way for me to meet and learn from new authors. Most recently, I connected with Terry Odell and am so very grateful for the opportunity. 2012 is my year for writing and making a name for myself so I’m honoured to start it off with my review of Terry Odell’s mystery novel – Deadly Secrets (Mapleton Mystery). Her first “true” mystery after many well-received romance novels, Deadly Secrets (Mapleton Mystery) tells the story of several characters in a beautiful way that doesn’t have the reader confused. Switching from Megan’s vacation and return home to Chief Gordon’s search for the criminal and then his feelings for Angie, Justin’s story is the one I actually connected with most. Mixed with all of them was Oma and Opa and their sordid past that they never discussed. My connection to Deadly Secrets (Mapleton Mystery) first came with the introduction of Oma and Opa as I have grandparents from Holland who went by that. Although this Oma and Opa came to America from Germany their stories were interesting, offering the same comfort as my own grandparents. But Justin went through some life changes, struggled with expectations and being the outcast but came out on top, or so it seems. His story of overcoming personal grievances and being accepted for what he had to offer made me root for him and his innocence but you’ll have to read it yourself to know who he actually turned out to be. A must read for any mystery fan! Thanks for reading, Sarah Butland author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm
  • Heart of Shell on Dec. 30, 2015

    This novel is a great example of foreshadowing and mastering the art of keeping the reader wanting more. An unusual story, taking on the world of mermaids in a fresh and unique way, Steen weaved a tale of romance, coming of age and self-discovery. Anya, the main character, doesn’t seem to fit into any cookie cut world and is typically ok with that. Only her parents want to follow tradition and have her matched with her mate at a very early age so they can settle down and put in roots… or… maybe seaweed in their case. Each character was easily related to and felt real enough to make me want to meet them while feeling like I already know them all. Set in Seabright, Nova Scotia, this novel takes us to Halifax as well as to Moncton for parts of the story. The local places mentioned adds an extra interest of this book for me and I love that the author, from the Maritimes herself, ensures her community is well represented. Following this young girl through the trials and tribulations of being an almost average high school student, we meet Merrick Price and his family who at first seem to be everything Anya needs but then something happens to mix everything up. Though there were a few bits of editing issues, they were not enough to take me away from the flow of the story so could be easily overlooked. The first of a series, Heart of Shell did an amazing job of leaving me begging for more and I bet you will, too! Thanks for reading, Sarah Butland