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 A hoodoo conjurer has kidnapped Leah Sullivan’s infant brother Elijah, born a caulbearer, with the intent to sell him into the New Orleans Voodoo underworld of Queen Marie Laveau. While chasing after the conjurer to save her brother, Leah falls for Marcus Quinn, a mysterious Civil War veteran whose kisses can almost make her forget about her betrothed, lost in the War. The revelation of Marcus's past threatens not only to doom their love but also Leah's rescue of Elijah before he is offered as a Day of the Dead sacrifice to Voodoo gods. 


​​​Winner  2014 Writers League of Texas  Manuscript Contest - Middle Grade (From Cradle to Grave)

Finalist 2014 Linda Howard Award of Excellent, Historical (Treacherous Hearts)

Finalist 2015 The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Single Title (Hide the False Heart)

​​Finalist 2015 YARWA Rosemary Contest - New Adult (Hide the False Heart)

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Finalist 2016 The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense (Murder at Second Sight)

SANDRA HAVRILUK has an AB in English and MFA in Creative Writing and teaches college English. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Young Adult Chapter of RWA (YARWA), Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA (KoD), Sisters in Crime (SiNC), and the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her short stories for children have been published in Highlights Magazine. TREACHEROUS HEARTS is her first novel, an historical Gothic romance set in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Sandra is available for writing workshops, classroom visits, and manuscript coaching.

Finalist 2015 Orange Rose Contest

2nd place - YA (Hide the False Heart)

Photo by Sonya Sones

​​​Finalist 2016 Utah Chapter RWA  Great Beginnings Contest  Romantic Suspense (Murder at Second Sight)

Winner 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction ("The Sign of the Cat" published November 2014 Highlights Magazine)

​​​Winner 2014 YA Fab 5 Wisconsin Romance(Treacherous Hearts)

​​Finalist 2014 Georgia Romance Writers Maggies for Romance with  Suspense Elements (Treacherous Hearts)

Sandra Havriluk


 Historical Gothic Romance