Literary / Coming of Age

She Was Lost, Now is Found. And Now Her Real Trouble Begins.

September 19, 2012
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When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked — not as much by her circumstances as by the fact Sophie is actually the almost-legendary Callidora, a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib and canonized in “missing” posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might look like now.

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Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

In Brenda Stanley‘s novel “The Color of Snow,” Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa shoots and injures a young man named Damien who is trying to rescue her.

Indie author Brenda Stanley

Unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed, and that he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas.

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The Indie Author Life

Indie authors tend to be multi-talented – and hungry! As you heard in our interview, Brenda is publishing a cookbook soon. Not only do her recipes look delectable, you’ll savor her stories, as well. Her culinary blog is called Tales of the Dinner Belle:

My husband complains that I sabotage his attempts at staying fit with my cookies and other treats he can’t resist. One of his favorites is an old family recipe called butter tarts. They are individual treats that are similar to a pecan pie. He told me about them when we were first dating and I contacted his mother via email to get the recipe and surprise him. She wrote back and along with the recipe, she included a short note about the weather and life. I printed out the entire email and placed it into my recipe file.

Two years ago she died. I miss her terribly and am grateful to have had her as my mother-in-law. Every time I make butter tarts, I get to read her sweet email and remember how lucky I was to have her in my life. Butter tarts are not just my husband’s favorite treat, but also a warm reminder of his sweet mother. I hope you’ll enjoy them too!

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And Brenda’s book website is

Also, watch this trailer for Brenda Stanley’s novel “I Am Nuchu.”

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One Response to She Was Lost, Now is Found. And Now Her Real Trouble Begins.

  1. September 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for featuring Brenda on the show!

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