About The Author: Sandra Rose Simmons’ debut novel, “Moon Glow” was published in 2016. Her short story “The Hobo Shack” won the 2017 Tempe Community Writing Contest for adult fiction and is featured in Tempe Writers Forum, Volume 3.
A former teacher, social worker, administrator, and consultant, Sandra is inspired by people and their struggles to not only survive but thrive and find meaning in life.
Her stories reflect her interests in nature, travel, hiking, dancing, and spirituality. Family and friendships have played a major role in her life and helped her maintain balance and perspective as she navigated the difficulties of being a working single mother and caregiver to her elderly parents and life partner.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Desert Sleuths chapter, Mesa Writers Guild, Society of Southwest Authors, and ALWAYS.
Title: Moon Glow
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Book Synopsis: Sara Flanagan has made great progress. After eight years of working in a Chicago bank, she has risen to Assistant Branch Manager. And now a promotion to run her own branch brings with it a move to the suburbs, a new condo, and a new life.
She has scarcely gotten settled when the trouble starts. Someone in the branch, possibly with an accomplice, has pillaged the bank’s cash, and top management has ordered an investigation even though Sara is right in the middle of finding and fixing the problem. Could a recent system change at her branch, initiated by the Assistant Manager, have created an opportunity for theft? Would a past affair with her former boss have a negative impact on her reputation and professional advancement or even threaten to end her career?
Meanwhile, significant changes in her personal life add to her stress and anxiety–concern about the health and safety of her aging parents mixed with guilt that they want more of her time than she can give. On top of that, she has just begun to make new friends and social connections, including a new man, Warren, whom she finds irresistibly attractive.
Uncertainty clouds every aspect of Sara’s life, at times leaving her almost beyond the ability to cope. Her days and nights are marked by worry and fear, relieved only by brief intervals of joy and emotional release. Her challenge is to find the way through—and out—to achieving the happy, meaningful life she’s always wanted.
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