EXCITING TIMES FOR “A Woman’s Prerogative”

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A Woman’s Prerogative is making steady inroads into the wild jungle of the adult novels marketplace. The book is drawing good reviews and testimonials from both women and men. It fits perfectly into these, our times, e.g. the issues, feelings, actions, and outcomes surrounding the recent Mid-Term Elections. And readers seem to become quickly engaged in the twists and turns of Greta and Alex’s relationship that are complicated by the risk-taking they each take on in their separate careers as they travel their 30’s seeking to prove themselves to themselves and others.  

Below is one testimonial from a professional book reviewer who reviewed the book this month, November 2018. In addition, there are a few more excerpts directly from the book.

Recent Testimonial:

“I found Alex, 34, and the two supporting men, Quid, 27, and Frank, 65, to be well-developed characters. I could easily conjure images of Alex as a handsome, hi-tech geologist and professor as well as a romantic; Frank, 65, a wizened but wise gold prospector with a big heart; and Quid, Alex’s reckless younger brother who was both funny and dangerous at times. I was less able to connect with wealthy Greta, 32, the primary woman in the story. While I appreciated Brandt’s focus on portraying her as a knowledgeable, assertive businesswoman with political ambitions, I felt she lacked depth and warmth. Despite my feelings about Greta, I appreciated the book’s realistic conclusion, which was satisfying and likely, given the page-turner subtleties of the story. Additionally, the book appears to have been professionally edited, as I only noted a few errors in Greta’s lively business-turnaround efforts and Alex, her lover’s, high-risk gold-seeking gamble. I recommend it to readers who enjoy romantic adventures and the relationship stresses and joys they can produce. I also think the actual historical roots of the characters and much of the content added authenticity to this work of fiction.” -Cecilia L., a professional reviewer for the OnlineBookClub of over half-million active members. Nov 2018

Excerpts from Book:

From Chapter 8

Greta remained as excited as the three prospectors as the weeks of June and July mushed together in a blur. She was less than a month into her new position as the Sadler Corporation Treasurer and finding it challenging as well as educational. Alex kept her in the loop as the preparations for the search for the long-lost gold mine proceeded. She asked him to do so and he was happy to have her as his “fourth prospector,” as he called her from time to time.

Excerpt from Chapter 11

“Señores, I am going to kill you one at a time, and we will bury you on Deadman Pass with your ancestors. “Two of the banditos twisted around without moving their feet. “Put your hands where I can see them,” came Quid’s calm voice again. All the two banditos could see was the campfire reflecting off the barrel of a large pistol aimed at them. Except for the lower arm, the holder of the pistol was out of sight in the protection of a large fir tree, in the dark.

“Now, you there with the shotgun in your arms…

Excerpt from another Chapter

She pulled Alex to her and put his arms around her neck. “Just love me,” she sighed. He pecked her closed lips slowly, left to right; she reciprocated going right to left on his. The firelight danced on the ceiling. His lips opened slightly and the tips of their tongues touched; a shudder passed through each. Then their tongues tangled together. Greta’s breathing increased and soon they were caressing each other’s bodies with their hands. Slowly they moved over hills and valleys as their kisses became deeper…deeper…

More Excerpts from “A Woman’s Prerogative”

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Hello again. Here are a few more excerpts for various chapters in my new novel, a Romantic Thriller with Historical Roots.

From an early chapter:

“I’ve known for three years this moment would arrive. It had to. Greta softly pushed him back to arm’s length and smoothed her skirt as she paused to pick her words. “Alex, please listen to me. I do have to prove myself, at least to myself. I’m not a goddess like you think. Only two people truly know my story, my father and me. I have waited to tell you my secrets; it’s been painful…and heavy on me.”  

From a later chapter:

Alex turned to Quid. “Quid, you cannot tell your girlfriends even one tiny thing about our plans. Not one! And the same goes for you, Frank. We don’t need your Dutch Flat lady friends showing up on Deadman Pass on horseback looking for you or seducing you at home for information between now and August.” Frank chuckled and grinned again.

From another later chapter:

“Will you marry me?” His thoughts had rewound back to the long minutes when he was alone, deserted. 
“Yes,” she answered softly. “I will.” She smiled and tilted her martini glass toward him.

Alex was seated on the floor and leaning against the sofa where she was partially stretched out. She tickled his neck with a bare, big toe.

“When?” he asked.
“Soon.“What does that mean”
“Before long,” she whispered, and she reached down and caressed his head with her left hand.


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This novel is classified as a Romantic Thriller with Historical Roots. I’ve been asked about the roots. Let me give you a short answer first: Read the Prologue (2+ pages) at the beginning of Chapter 1. As you complete the book, be sure to read the Endnote at THE END. These two relate to the contents of the book like roots to the contents of a tree.  

The long answer is just below: The actual PROLOGUE from the start of Chapter 1.


People named Sadler immigrated to America from Prussia in the ten years between the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the discovery of
the Comstock Lode of silver in northern Nevada in 1859. One of those who took the journey was a Reinhold Sadler. He made his way to Reno and adjacent Virginia City, Nevada near the Comstock mines.

At age 26 Reinhold married Louise Zadow in Hamilton, a silver boom town in central Nevada. In 1869 Hamilton reached its peak with an estimated 12,000 residents, 100 saloons, sixty general stores, theaters, dance halls, and a Miners’ Union Hall. By the mid-1870s Hamilton had declined to less than 3,000 residents and Reinhold had moved his family to nearby Eureka where he worked as a miner, merchant, and miller. Over time, he and his wife had six children. He was elected treasurer of Eureka County in 1880 and became the ninth Governor of Nevada from 1896–1903. He died in 1906.

Twenty-three years later a great-great-grandson was born and named Reinhold Sadler after the Governor. The second Reinhold Sadler is a character in the story that follows.


People named Mackenzie immigrated to America from Scotland and settled in New York City in the 1700s. In the years ahead, a number of Mackenzies became well-known American politicians and naval officers. Some of the Mackenzies from Scotland started in New York but went on to Montreal, Canada in 1778 during the American War of Independence with Britain. One was Alexander Mackenzie who became a Canadian hero at age 29 after he led a small, exploring party entirely across the raw continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans in 1793. They were the first Europeans to make the journey across North America and they preceded the more famous Lewis and Clark expedition across America that happened twelve years later in 1805. Sir Alexander Mackenzie was knighted by the British Empire and the second longest river in North America was named after him because he discovered it while searching for a way to the Pacific. He died in 1820, back in his native Scotland.

An American couple named Mackenzie living in Louisville, Kentucky had their first-born son in 1972. They had studied their ancestors and decided to name their son Alexander Mackenzie. In his late teens, Alex felt the call of the West and chose a college in Colorado where he studied geology. He continued west and achieved a Ph.D. in Geology and satellite technology at the University of California in Berkeley. It was there in 2003 he met Ms. Greta Sadler of Reno, Nevada.

Here is an Excerpt from Chapter 1 of A Woman’s Prerogative









Excerpt from Chapter 1     

Reinhold rearranged himself in his giant chair and stared into Alex’s eyes. Alex stared back. No blinking. He knew the gambit. Five seconds passed. Finally, Reinhold spoke.

“OK. I will make you a deal, Mackenzie. I will give you the High Sierra property you want for free… if you leave Greta, permanently.” He had played his high card, his Ace, his daughter.





A new novel is heading for your local bookstores and online book retailers around the end of August. Perfect for late-summer reading. Actually, it’s perfect any time of the year, as hope to entice you with excerpts and testimonials you in the weeks ahead. So tune in to  www.scbwords.com regularly.

The title of the new release is…