SCOTT SANDSBERRY was an award-winning reporter and editor for six newspapers in Texas, Washington and California over a journalism career that spanned more than 35 years, during which he won nearly four dozen regional and national writing awards. he served as outdoors editor and sports reporter of the Yakima Herald-Republic from 2000 to June 2016, when a devastating stroke forced him into retirement. His first published novel is “A Difference in the Blood,” which since its publication in November has inspired binge-reading by readers across the country and was recently named runner-up in the Great Northwest Book festival, for which it was honored at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles. He was also writer-producer of the feature film, “Runaway Hearts,” which had its world premiere two years ago at Yakima’s Majestic Theater. Scott is a native Texan and lives in Yakima with his exponentially better half, Rhonda, a born-and-raised Yakima beauty.
A DIFFERENCE IN THE BLOOD: Tucker is angry at the world. Micah is largely afraid of it. Neither asked to be forced into the awkward torment of a shared childhood in which each became no longer the only son but, now, the other son.
For that they can blame their philandering father, Big Frank, the instrument of their blood and their bitterness.
Each enters manhood in the 1980s as a fighter – Tucker taking on all comers in the boxing ring or with bare fists, Micah becoming an ideological foot soldier in the timber wars of the Pacific Northwest. But each leaves a trail of victims that puts them both on the run.
As one finds love and the other uncovers a truth that may set him free, their troubled past closes in on them. After years of being at odds with one another, each brother realizes he’s the only person who can save the other. But when love and hate have shared same skin for so long, can either survive?