Sleeping with the Lights On--Out now from The Wild Rose Press
Sandra Holiday thinks she’s met the man to end her years of less than perfect choices; choices that not only derailed her travel-related career plans but also left her single and broke.
Carson Holiday, a Las Vegas country crooner with swoon-inducing good looks, spent his adult life pursuing a recording contract and love, never holding on to either. After eighteen years, he drops back into Sandra’s life, reigniting an attraction he can’t deny.
When Carson reappears, Sandra must choose again. Only this time, nothing’s as it seems. A secret admirer, a redheaded stalker, and an eccentric millionaire throw her on a dangerous path, with Carson her only truth.
As life confronts her with yet another turning point, will her decisions find her eternally sleeping with the lights on – or will she finally discover a way to turn them off?
Rating: 4 Stars, My Overstuffed Bookshelf, September 2010
The suspense was great…The romance was great. A new debut book from a wonderful author who I will definitely be looking out for in the future.
Rating: 4 Stars, Night Owl Romance, July 2010
I could immerse myself in the ambiance she created and the ending was a real surprise!!
RT Book Reviews, June 2010: Cheers to Whiteside for writing a heroine who exists outside of conventional romance novels in terms of age and marital status...novel is written with a pleasantly light sense of humor...
Ana Morgan, The Muse, June 2010 says "a page turner...characters come instantly alive, and their lives intertwine seamlessly in this fast paced romance...
Rating: 4 Cups, Coffee Time Romance & More, July 2010
Brenda Whiteside writes with a voice that keeps the reader coming back for more. I recommend Sleeping With the Lights On for the hair-raising suspense as well as the melt your heart romance.
Rating: 4 Stars, READERS FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWS, October 2012
"Sleeping with the Lights On" has lots of quirky characters: Wesley the rich sort of boyfriend, his tenant Eva and his ex-girlfriend Azalea each lends a new facet to the storyline. It was fun watching Sandra and Carson’s relationship develop. "Sleeping with the Lights On" is a wild ride that fans of romance will want to take.
“When do you go back to Vegas?”
Carson hesitated. “In a day or two.”
“You sound rather vague.” And still allusive. What could be the big secret about this charity gig he couldn’t divulge?
“I have a few more things to find out. I’ll be out of here as soon as I get all my questions answered. It’s complicated.”
We’d reached the edge of my apartment complex.
“Carson, honestly, how complicated can a gig—”
Pulling me around, we stopped, facing each other. My head said run like hell, but my legs wouldn’t respond. Mushy from wine or Carson and moonlight. I couldn’t be sure which.
“Have lunch with me tomorrow, darlin’.” His fingers slipped from mine to gingerly brush along my forearm. The moonlight caught in his eyes. “Another hour of your time with a long lost friend?”
“Yes.” My voice went all husky and come-hither. I wanted to kick myself for being so easy.
“Good.” Grasping my hand again, he led me toward the door. “What’s the address of your office?”
I struggled to shake off the moon shadows and to remember where I worked. Once inside the building, I took a scrap of paper from my purse and wrote the address.
“I’ll walk you to your door and say goodnight,” he said, tucking the scrap of paper in his pocket. “Unless you want to have me in for a goodnight drink.”
I didn’t answer. If he’d only known the extent of my uncertainty at that moment, a little persistence might have made me cave.
“Okay, then—” His mouth gaped.
I followed his bewildered look to my apartment door.