It’s been 5 months since my first book “Always & Forever, Love” was published. Fortunately, it continues to be well received. As self-publishing goes, it takes time to get your title(s) out to the buying public, and at times it can be overwhelming and frustrating, but when good things are continually being said about your book it gives you the determination to stick with the marketing and promotional efforts.
In the beginning of this journey towards self-publishing. I had no idea the subject matter would garner the attention it has since it’s release. I’ve found I’m not the only one that has questions regarding what it takes to have and sustain a long lasting, successful, happy marriage.
This month here in the Image Gallery I’m sharing the thoughts and feelings that have moved a few of the people that have purchased my book to share with me, on Amazon.com and my website: Always & Forever, Love . There were also those people that were not inclined to write their feelings because they felt they could better communicate verbally.
Always & Forever, Love is now available as a Kindle download, $9.99
I’m including images of a few couples from the book.
Praises for Always & Forever, Love
I liked your book very much, especially the photography. In some way that I can’t quite describe, you capture what seems to be the essence of each couple. Although the shots are posed, there is no artifice about them, and the subjects seem to be comfortable with themselves and with each other. Partly that is no doubt a result of their long and happy marriages. I know that such naturalness in the subjects is possible only when the photographer, by both his personality and his techniques, puts them at ease. Very good work.
Dean Koontz–author of suspense thrillers, New York Times Best seller 14 times
“Occasionally a book comes along that has the unique ability to inspire, empower and encourage you…and the book Always And Forever Love is one of those books! Success secrets about creating lasting marriages from people across America of different backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. This is a fantastic book! Even though my wife and I have been married for over twenty years, we too are inspired by this outstanding book! And I am sure you will be inspired as well This is a book you will want to share with friends and family so get a few copies today!” Willie Jolley – Award Winning Speaker and Media Personality and Best Selling
Author of A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback and An Attitude of Excellence!
“Always and Forever shows the best side of love and marriage, from the inside out, as couples in long-standing marriages share their personal, intimate stories. Otis Sanders offers beautiful examples of love in motion over the long haul. You will be moved and touched.” Leonard Szymczak, MSW, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of The Roadmap
Home: Your GPS to Inner Peace
This is indeed a wonderful book!
Just the other day I was discussing with some friends that divorce seems to be trending and one of us pointed out that a lot of marriages are still going strong despite the stats. This book is a perfect example of this, and it is quite encouraging to know that these are real people like me, living everyday lives. All the stories and the marriage lessons from each couple are well perfectly distilled, and I loved the photography too. One thing about this book, I would often open it up to one couple or the other, the oldest couple are so cute! I will definitely be buying more as gifts for other people I know. Myne Whitman, Author of A Heart To Mend & A Love Rekindled
A must read for those considering marriage.
This is a lovely and inspiring book. It should be required reading for those who are considering marriage and, perhaps even more, for those who might be wary of it. “Always and Forever, Love” is beautifully crafted–both in the photos and the write-ups. If displayed on the coffee table, others won’t be able to resist picking it up and looking through it. Verla Saylor
A beautiful and refreshing reminder love is real and still exists!!!!
This is more than just a coffee table book or a book with pretty pictures that you look at once then toss in the corner. This book is a reminder to all of us singles AND those who are married, but may have lost their “spark”….that love IS real and it still exists! As a 42 year old woman, I often find myself wondering “if it’ll ever happen for me”, but after reading the extremely well-written and touching stories in this book, I have no doubt it will! If you’re thinking this is a book filled with cookie cutter romance stories of people who knew they were going to marry the other person the moment they saw them….you’re almost right! There are stories like that, but what I found most interesting were the stories of the couples who weren’t immediately attracted to each other and took years to realize how deeply they felt for the other person. Equally interesting were the stories of those couples who truly became friends before deepening their relationships or those who fell in love with and married other people before their paths crossed again, eventually leading to them falling in love and marrying. I found myself looking at every couple, smiling and imagining myself on those pages years from now. I recommend this book to anyone who needs to be reminded not to give up on love, but to patiently wait for the person who is right for you and vice versa. There is no magic wand to wave or a potion that we can all drink to make the “perfect” person magically appear. So, just rest in the comfort of knowing that it can and will happen to you, when and only when it’s meant to happen. But, when it does, be sure to share your experiences (both bad and good) with someone else who is where you may have already been.
Kudos to you, Otis Sanders, for creating such an awesome masterpiece! Always & ForEver, Love……the title itself is enough. – Kay T.
If you’re looking for inspiring stories about love, relationships and marriage plus breathtaking photography, grab this book! It’s definitely laid out with an artistic eye and written in a way that lets the story of each couple shine. If you’re concerned about this being a “so sweet it gives you a toothache” piece of romantic fluff, don’t worry one bit because the author has done an excellent job of capturing the truth behind what makes marriages last and, as you may have guessed, perfection isn’t part of the equation!:-) Shelby B.
Captivating and Inspiring
As someone who has witnessed many of her peers give up on the idea of romance in their TWENTIES, this well-written and visually impressive book gives me immense hope that love can last and is not a myth gone the way of the unicorn! A must-read for everyone: the romantically jaded, who need reminding that love still exists, & the starry-eyed lovers, who need reminding that marriages and relationships require work as well as passion to make it last.
Author Otis G. Sanders has made a remarkable testimony to the universal commitment of LOVE! In his newly released photographic exposition, couples from all walks of life share their true stories of love, trust, faith, and happiness. “Always & Forever, Love” has an international reach to embrace and be a witness to those newly in love, seasoned couples, and the mature 50 plus year marriages. Love never, ever, ever, dies! You must have a copy of this book! Y. Diamond Walker, Entrepreneur
I had to tell you just how much I enjoyed reading Always & Forever Love. I was very excited when the book arrived, because I wanted to look at the photographs, since you are such a terrific Photographer. However, I soon found out that the content was just as impressive as the images. I couldn’t put it down! I have been married 18 yrs. myself, and found the stories of the couples, both inspiring and very real. You did an excellent job of communicating each couples’ story. I am so proud of you and proud to know you. I can’t wait to see what your next endeavor will be! Sharon
Always and Forever Love Love over generations and time. Kindness, honesty, understanding, endurance and trust are a few of the many wonderful lessons described in the book Always and Forever Love written by Otis G Sanders. Stories of amazing love and strength coupled with differences are what make marriages work. This book is wonderful to read at every level in life. The stories flow very well and the photographs really capture the happiness of the couples in the essence of marriage. I had an opportunity to speak with the author and I continue to smile at his statement…Marriage works when you marry the right person for you. This book describes magnificent lessons about love forever, love for always, love and marriage.Trutina Maria Sowell PsyD Educational Psychologist
Thank you to all of you that were moved enough by what you read and saw in the book to take the time and effort and let me know by way of writing a review.