Sandra Madera


Sandra Madera currently resides in New York and is a college graduate, obtaining her bachelor's degree in science. However, her true passion has always been reading and writing. She has been writing short stories since she was a child. Upon publishing a number of free short works, she published full-length YA works; the Restraint Trilogy and the Wicked Willow Series. She is currently working on her next novel. For free YA short story downloads and for information on upcoming novels visit and

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a preteen when my mother got me a typewriter. I also had a word processor which was the closest thing to a computer and printer at the time. I was about eleven when I sat down and wrote the first draft of Overboard. I never finished it. The problem I had back then was not a lack of ideas but that I never saw a project through to the end. At around fourteen, I began the first draft of Restraint which was called Legacy back then. My friends ate it up and kept asking me to write more chapters. So, although the theme was romantic and I wasn't keen on it, I knew I had something.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when a story comes together in my mind. I don't always have every detail planned and prefer to write more organically than most. So when I find that all the pieces fit and make perfect sense...I love it! I also love seeing a book completed, because I feel as if I accomplished something. Most of all though, I love the feedback from readers. Many people have written me directly and I get such joy from reading how they can't wait for the next book. I am always amazed when a person chooses to read my work.
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Where to buy in print


Wicked Willow Series
An epic fantasy series of multidimensional worlds that come together in conflict.
Wicked Magic
Price: $1.99 USD.
Wicked Love
Price: $2.99 USD.


Blackwood Manor
Price: Free! Words: 9,090. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Newly orphaned, Meliah is forced to move thousands of miles away to live with her grandfather in his neglected manor house. Soon after, things begin to get creepy. Locked doors opening on their own. Whispers down dark corridors. Is something sinister haunting Blackwood Manor? (A YA NOVELETTE).
Monsters of Men
Price: Free! Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Adeline is forced to fight for her life as her fortune makes her a target. (A YA SHORT STORY).
Price: Free! Words: 14,400. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
After surviving a traumatic event, Rebecca loses her memory of the night she was found wandering in the woods. When she returns home, she realizes that her life has changed forever and in order to regain normalcy, she needs to recover the memories she lost. Even if it costs her her life. (2015's YA Novelette)
Wicked Love
Series: Wicked Willow Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,260. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Waking up in a foreign land, Nalin ventures home only to find that it is not as he remembers it. His parents are dead and buried. His sister has been ruling in his place. He is wounded, and he dreams strange things...about a girl who calls out to him in the darkness. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
Malcontent: A Restraint Novel
Series: Restraint Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,210. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Before there was a Laura or Linda Carter, there was Louise May. Born to a family that owed its riches to a sovereign vampire clan, Louise May is caught between her obligations as a familiar and her heart. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
The Collector
Price: Free! Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Seeking fun and exploration, Kyleigh travels to Scotland on an invitation. However, unsettling dreams plague her on her stay at a castle on the Highlands, leading her to believe everything is not what it appears. (2014’s YA Novelette)
Price: Free! Words: 22,990. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
After a tragic accident, Miranda is devastated by the loss her twin sister. However, it isn’t long before she begins to wonder if her twins death was an accident at all. Now, she must find out who wanted her sister dead, because she is next. (2013's YA Novella)
Wicked Magic
Series: Wicked Willow Series, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 80,970. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
After a time of peace, Willow's world is turned on its side when Nalin is captured and taken into the Underworld. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
Lament: A Restraint Novel
Series: Restraint Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,850. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Stranded in a foreign land, two sisters, Linda and Laura are on a quest to regain their fortune and rebuild their once normal life. However, the past they fought so hard to flee has caught up with them and each must face the consequences of their actions. For Linda, the price may be too high. Something seeks her demise. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
Price: Free! Words: 16,820. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Brenna's summer vacation on a ship sailing to the Florida Keys turns deadly when her best friend goes missing... (2012's YA Novelette)
Restraint: A Novel
Series: Restraint Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,680. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tragic circumstances bring two sisters, Laura and Linda, to a foreign land where they are stripped of their fortune and are at the mercy of their estranged uncle. However, strange happenings force Laura to believe their current situation was no accident. Something is after her. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
Weeping Willow (Part Two)
Series: Weeping Willow Short Stories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 12,200. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Now that she knows her true identity, Willow has landed herself in a heap of trouble. Taken prisoner by Callan, King of the Dökkalfar, and jailed as an abomination to the Elven race, Willow struggles to gain her freedom in a world where she is hated. Time is running out for Willow. She must discover her true purpose, changing the fate of two kingdoms. (YA Two-Part Novelette)
Sangre Falls
Price: Free! Words: 7,100. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
(3.00 from 1 review)
Alexis Adeluna has a secret... She is a vampire. While exploring one of her favorite haunts, she finds a body and discovered a gift she never knew she had. She can see and hear the dead. Now, she can't rest until she finds the killer. (2011's YA Short Story)
Weeping Willow (Part One)
Series: Weeping Willow Short Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 12,600. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
Chloe Dennis always felt awkward in her own skin. Being teased at school has always left her feeling alone.... Until, she dreamed of another world.... Until, she dreamed of a handsome stranger. Chloe is about to discover who she really is and what is worth fighting for. (YA Two-Part Novelette)

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Smashwords book reviews by Sandra Madera

  • Insight: Web of Hearts and Souls #1 (Insight series 1) on May 02, 2014

    While I did enjoy the book, I just felt like there were a lot of confusing plot concepts. However, I enjoyed the dynamic between Willow, Landen, and Drake. The characters were so well written that it was easy to get into the story. I found it intriguing how Willow was drawn to Drake, hence making the love triangle complete. I loved the romance between Willow and Landen. It was sweet and made me green with envy. Landen is certainly worthy to be added to anyone's book boyfriend list. It was a little redundant with the picking up and dropping off of Willow's friends to the Earthly realm. The plot could have been more subtle. I felt like there were a lot of moments that Willow was placed in a position of fainting from being overwhelmed. The overdramatic elements, however, kept the story moving and were enjoyable as I was reading. This book can be information overload. There are so many concepts that are brought together it feels like a lot when you are reading it. Sometimes simpler is better in terms of the journey. This book was loaded with themes and concepts and kept going when it should have ended. There was enough in this book to make two novels, but overall, it is a book worth reading. I should add that there was no erotica in this book which was a plus. It is a true YA novel and all romance is fitting for the age level. - Sandra Madera
  • Yes... I Will Follow Him on Sep. 18, 2015

    How does one surrender to the Lord and find a greater happiness than they ever knew existed? Using biblical examples and life experiences, Author George Calleja offers an answer to the question. Ultimately, we are spiritual beings who are in a constant search for something greater than ourselves. What I got from this book is that taking a chance, getting out of that comfort zone, surrendering, and serving one can fill that hole in our hearts with the spirit, finding peace and increased faith in God and humanity. The public view of religion in this "modern" age is that it is restrictive and prohibits people from really living through passions, blocking pleasures. However, are we really living when we are driven by temporary pleasures? This book offers the point of view which is contrary to the world view, offering a view which is satisfying to the seat of the human experience... our soul. Imagine really living through saying "yes!" to Christ, living fully by being of service to God and His creation... humanity. The bible is filled with flawed human beings who said "yes!" to a journey of self sacrifice and true happiness, bringing the Truth to the world. Examples used include St. Paul and the Blessed Mother who honored where they were being called by the Lord and surrendered completely to His will and greater purpose. Although they were met with rejection and did so at great peril, these powerful witnesses are the inspiration to live a more fulfilling existence by unifying your path with that of God's vision for your life. It is a path of surrender, service, and ultimately love of humanity and the Lord. This is a great, easy read that seeks to inspire others to take action, offer service to our fellow man, and to be of service to God for His higher purpose and yours. Mr. Calleja speaks from a position of experience, spreading the gospel through action, love, and at great personal sacrifice, but the lessons learned, in terms of spiritual development, were invaluable.