Resident Authors

Local Author Publishes New Book <em>Second Chances</em>

Sandra Givens

Sandra Givens, Sun Lakes resident and author, has just released her latest book, Second Chances, available on Amazon.

Young widow Claire McCann has decided it is time to move on with her life. To rediscover who she is without her husband, she sets out on an adventure alone. Will secrets from her past destroy her future?

Givens’ last book, Maui Christmas, was published in March, 2020, and Running Horse Ranch was published in 2018. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and the recipient of the prestigious IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) Award of Excellence. A native Californian, Givens has traveled extensively and now lives in Arizona.

Violetta Armour

Violetta Armour

Sun Lakes Resident Featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Violetta Armour

Violetta Armour, a Sun Lakes resident, has two stories published in recent editions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The first is in Christmas Is in the Air, 101 Stories About the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Her essay, “A Silver Lining,” is in the Treasured Traditions section. The second is in Age Is Just a Number, 101 Tales of Humor for Life After 60. It is in The New Normal section and entitled “Showing Up,” an essay about her love affair with pickleball.

Violetta has had other publications in Chicken Soup for the Soul through the years, and is also the author of four published books, including the award-winning, I’ll Always Be with You.

She has written a sequel, Still with You, and two mysteries: A Mahjongg Mystery and S’mores Can Be Deadly. All of the above books are available at

She is the former owner of Pages Book Store in Ahwatukee.

She currently writes book reviews for the Sun Lakes Splash and also on her blog at