Sarah Spelbring

Publisher info

Sarah lives thirty-five miles northeast of Mitchell, South Dakota, in a place nobody's heart of except close friends and family. She lives on a farm with her family and animal friends. In her free time Sarah works at her day job, knits, reads, and sometimes finishes writing whatever she is currently working on.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural South Dakota in the 1980s, on a dairy farm. This has spawned a few story ideas by itself, which have yet to take shape, but for the most part the influences this made upon my writing was that it gave me free time to write details into my story ideas.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in college, when one of my English professors gave us an assignment to write a short story. From then I wrote several stories and started working on a couple longer works. However I did not seriously start writing until 2011 when I found NaNoWriMo.
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Where to find Sarah Spelbring online


Love Hearts
Price: Free! Words: 14,680. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Three romantic short stories all rolled into one! Karen’s work is stressful and her boyfriend is distracted. If only Karen knew The Simple Truth. Something strange is happening at Leanne's workplace, and a handsome police officer shows up to prove Love Wears a Uniform. Amy has found a new boyfriend, but what’s going on with Her Persistent Ex?
A Disturbing Affair
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,020. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Janice Porter lost her job as an accountant and is in danger of being tossed into the street when a promising position turns up at Meyer Publishing. Her potential new boss is friendly enough, almost too friendly. So why do all her co-workers call Deidre Horton the dragon lady?
Living & Dying
Series: Ghosts in the City, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
Detective David Rossi has his eye on partner Mason Fletcher's little sister. Mason reluctantly agrees to let David ask her out, but things go terribly awry... This is a short story prequel to After Life.
Haunted City
Series: Ghosts in the City, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,000. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Alice Green is a little girl with a big problem. Everyone is ignoring her, and the Pastor is claiming she'd dead. Only Uncle Patrick seems to react to her presence. Maybe... just maybe... Uncle can see her? This is a short story prequel to After Life.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,510. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Ever want to know what makes a serial killer? Adam Kennedy has been skipping work and missing dates with Lisa Stanley. His boss is threatening termination while his girlfriend is berating his behavior. Under pressure from both sides Adam nurtures a dark secret that alleviates the strain. Deep inside Adam an obsession is forming, a wild and unstopable force that will eventually drive him to murder
After Life
Series: Ghosts in the City, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,230. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mason Fletcher is an ordinary man, until he wakes up in an unfamiliar alley. With no memory and no idea where he is Mason takes to the streets and meets some unlikely friends. But the bodies keep piling up and Mason soon discovers that everyone he meets is connected in a heinous circle of death. Now it's a race to discover Mason's own identity before someone else winds up dead.

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Smashwords book reviews by Sarah Spelbring

  • Claimed on April 26, 2012

    A quick read, but still very good. I love fantasy romance stories and this is one of the best I've read in a long time.
  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on April 26, 2012

    An intelligently well written piece of fiction. I generally don't go for this type of story, but I was looking for a short story to read to pass the time; I wasn't disappointed.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on April 26, 2012

    Mark Coker knows what he's talking about. I've been around awhile and read lots of other articles, blogs, and ebooks about marketing. This one made it seem approachable and easy, rather than hard-work and time-consuming. A must for every writer.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on April 26, 2012

    Everything I ever wanted to know about formatting ebooks in one place. Thank you Mark Coker.
  • Jarring, Scarring, and Cold on April 26, 2012
    (no rating)
    Originally read this over at Feedbooks, I'm planing on writing a piece about the devil and wanted to see what other's had written. It follows the typical plot line of satanic encounters, but its well written and easy to read. I want to see what else Mr. Cruz comes up with.
  • Jarring, Scarring, and Cold on April 26, 2012

    I'm planing on writing a piece about the devil and wanted to see what other's had written. It follows the typical plot line of satanic encounters, but its well written and easy to read. I want to see what else Mr. Cruz comes up with.
  • Dead(ish) on April 26, 2012

    I wanted to see how other writers portrayed ghosts and the dead. This story puts a different twist on the after life and relationship problems. Definitely worth a read.
  • Unforgiven Pleasure on April 27, 2012

    A fast paced, but good read. Definitely too short.
  • Heart Spell on April 27, 2012

    I would love to know the back-story to this, wish it was longer so I could get a better feel for the environment.
  • The Sunflower That Roared on April 27, 2012

    I can never turn down a book with a character named Sarah. I'm proud to share my name with this one. I'd love to read it to my future children.
  • Hysteria on April 27, 2012

    Its a bit too graphic for me, even if the "treatments" are true. It gave me shivers as I read it, wonderful story-telling, I'm just not fond of the content.
  • The Silver Collar on May 02, 2012

    A lovely new fairy-tale!
  • His Robot Girlfriend on May 07, 2012

    A life story, comfortable but with a touch of drama in all the right places. I was expecting a little more erotica that it gives, but I'm glad it's not there. It would have been out of place with the pacing I think. Also, it's what kept me from reading the book in the first place. All in all it's worth a read, but I don't think I'll be reading the sequels.
  • Seven Deadly Mistakes To Avoid When Making An eBook on May 07, 2012

    More of a "writing for selling an idea" / nonfiction rather than something for us fiction writers. Having said that, there are a few things that apply. For fiction writers: read if you want to, but you aren't missing out on anything life changing.
  • Dollars and Deadlines' 10 Truths Every Writer Who Wants to Get Published Should Know on May 07, 2012
    (no rating)
    Cleverly written and covers a range of topics. I'll be reading it again.
  • So You Don't Have Time on May 07, 2012

    Very good introduction to writing short stories.
  • They Came, They Saw, They Took the Tinfoil on May 09, 2012

    I loved the imagery this conjured up while I was reading. A seven foot lobster with a perfume bottle? I never would have come up with that. Recommended to a friend who found it enjoyable as well.
  • Black Moon (Moon Trilogy Part I) on May 09, 2012

    Might be stretching reality a bit with that book, but the rest is quite good. Worth a read anyway.
  • Fall on May 09, 2012

    With the popularity of vampires and werewolves lately it's nice to see something different. The beginning was a little hard to comprehend, and I still don't know if this is meant to be on earth somewhere, but it's not bad.
  • Forged With Fire: Creativity and The Creative Spirit on May 10, 2012

    An in depth explanation of creativity, how to nurture it, and make it grow.
  • The Beast on May 31, 2012

    Even though fairy tales have been redone to death over the years I was happy to find this new twist on Beauty and the Beast. Very good, I want to read more from this author.
  • My Fair Donor on May 31, 2012

    There are a lot of vampire books, but this is the first one I've read that tackles the topic of curing vampirism. Made for a good, quick read.
  • Six Impossible Things on May 31, 2012

    I didn't enjoy all of these stories, though Kris was pretty darn entertaining. I especially liked the imaginary friend story. The cartoon character one...freaked me out a little as I was (and still) not prepared to think about them that way. Pretty good though, it was a nice way to spend my evening.
  • Demonsong on June 12, 2012

    Loved it. A well written fantasy adventure with everything one could want; friendship, mutiny, music, and a good old-fashioned street brawl.
  • The Thirteenth Unicorn on June 21, 2012

    I knew going in this was geared toward adolescents and not adults, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it anyway. I was originally attracted by the title as I adore anything with unicorns in. It's a fairly typical fantasy with wizards, witches, dwarves, elves, magic, and fairies. It makes for a lovely read, but don't expect anything groundbreaking.
  • The Princess' Dragon Lord on June 21, 2012

    Paranormal romance is a genre I've only recently come to appreciate, and this story is no exception. A different twist on dragons, some well-placed amnesia, and a usurping uncle all within a well-written love story.
  • My Demon Lover on June 21, 2012

    I loved the author's description of the demon, she made him sound sexy and dangerous at the same time. A great book, I want to see more like this.
  • Short Erotic Tales 1 on June 25, 2012

    Hoo boy. Well, it is written by a man, and the stories I think really are more for men than women. Though having said that my husband read a few pages over my shoulder and laughed, so maybe I don't know who this was written for? Plots were very thin on all of them, in fact they read a bit like a bad porno. No substance to any of them (except maybe the first one, but even that was graphic). I'm not sure how or why this is #2 on Smashwords... it really isn't that great.
  • Mortal Ghost on Jan. 28, 2018

    I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this ebook. Some reviewers on Smashwords didn't like it because they couldn't find a plot, or didn't resonate with the characters. As one of the secondary characters was named Sarah, I didn't have a problem resonating with that character. However, there isn't a plot with this story, not really. It's one of those novels that just follows along with the lives of the characters until a certain event occurs. It's a bit like a Danielle Steel novel, you move and grow with the characters until a certain point. For that reason and because this ebook had a supernatural/paranormal twist to it, I did like this ebook.
  • The Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Credential on Feb. 01, 2018

    I usually am a bit reserved with my book ratings, so when I rate an ebook as 5 star it means something. I have never read or come across anything like this before, and I really wish this ebook was around when I was a recent high school graduate trying to figure what I was going to do next. This is a wonderful resource and inspiration and motivation and whatever else you'd like to call it to get started or continue your online learning. There is so much free information online that it would be easy to learn enough to get a degree or certificate or something for all the information we process. This ebook gives you the tools to do just that. I haven't tried them out yet, but oh I want to. There are so many subjects and degrees I've been drawn to lately (even after just completing an associate's degree last year). And with all the reading I do (!) it's clear I've ingesting enough information that I should be doing something with it. Now I know I can, and with this book I can do something with it. I love this book.
  • The Mating: The Original Law of the Lycans Story on July 07, 2018

    I think I've mentioned it before, that if I really fall into a book, it doesn't take me long to read it, no matter how long it happens to be. I've had this little Smashwords book in my library for quite some time before finally reading it. If it's not apparent, this is a book about werewolves. The plot is fairly typical, in fact I could see what was coming long before the book even hinted that it was coming. In spite of that, I still enjoyed it, and even anticiapted how the characters would react. It's a supernatural romance that starts off a whole series of supernatural romances (I haven't read the sequels...yet). I'm not currently in the market to buy more books, but I would definitely put the next book in this series on my "to buy" list.
  • 7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them) on Sep. 07, 2018

    This is a short ebook about seven actions we do or don't take as writers that could make or break a story's success. Some things seem obvious, others not so much, but we're all guilty of one or the other from time to time. I know I am. This is a brief look into what writing is really about (not just the story), and some of things we writers forget about while we're busy writing or being inspired. I connected with the time management "mistake" since I have a constantly fluctuation day job (shift work) and my time management skills fluctuate day by day accordingly. There are a few tips to help this, and that's what I'm taking away and working on these days. It's a free, easy read, so take a look and see what "mistakes" you've been making.
  • Life Writer's Guide on Sep. 07, 2018

    Ok, so this is not the step-by-step walkthrough of how to write a memoir, biography, or autobiography, but this does get you thinking about all the ways to write about your life (or someone else's) and the legal technicalities you might approach. For instance, writing about someone famous may be difficult because you might need permission from them or their estate to even begin writing or researching them. writing about people you know can be tricky also, you'll need their permission in some instances, and then ethics come into play. How much about them can you actually write about? This ebook does get into the differences of writing each type of non-fiction biographic work, such as what makes a memoir different from a biography, and how not to make them boring to read. It really is a nice little ebook to have if you are thinking of writing such things. Even if all you want to do is keep track of your family's stories for the family tree, this ebook is very helpful.
  • Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero on Sep. 07, 2018

    I really liked the though processes behind the idea of this book. This is plot solver, or even story if you think about it hard enough. The basic idea thrown out in this little ebook by author Jaqi Girdner, is that there are Murders and Murder Victims for your story plots in everyday life. I'll give an example. Say that someone cuts you off badly in heavy traffic. That someone's an butthead, and now your murder victim. That's it in a very basic way, but you can take it further. Bullys, generic jerks you know in your life, or even something that's happened to friends or family when someone exclaims "I could have killed him!". The author obviously explains better how to take these situations and turn them into real life page turners, but it's still a really neat idea. I'm glad I read it.
  • NaNo for the New and the Insane on June 17, 2019

    This a book about National Novel Writing Month, something I had meant to read before last year's NaNoWriMo event but never got around to it. Basically is series of essays meant to help you stay on track and finish NaNoWriMo. There are sections on tackling plots, surviving the forums, and staying motivated to write 50,000 words in one month. I love that the main theme is that whatever happens, have fun. NaNoWriMo is meant to be a fun writing challenge so that even if you don't 'win' you still have a wonderful experience. I especially enjoyed the interview with Chris Baty, the creator of NaNoWriMo. Essays are also pulled from Vision, a writing ezine, and blog posts from the author. I did find this ebook inspiring and do have some new techniques to try out with my writing routine. Cross posted to: