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Saturday, July 20, 2019

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Erin Lorence and Dove Strong!

Good Morning!

It always my pleasure to bring to your attention a new author, especially a fellow Pelican Book Group author so please welcome Erin Lorence with her book, Dove Strong (#1 in the Dove Strong trilogy) to our spotlight!

Erin Lorence lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with her husband, Brian, and their two daughters, Brooke and Savannah. Her lifelong love of reading, her gratitude to God, and her enjoyment of hiking in Central Oregon all inspired her to write the Dove Strong Trilogy.

Find out more by visiting Erin's Website and Blog or connecting with her on Facebook.


Dove Strong loves God. She loves standing chin up, fists clenched when facing Satan’s attacks. But there’s one thing she doesn’t love—other people. So when this spiritually-gifted, antisocial teenager is chosen to join other believers in a trek across Satan’s territory, rattlesnakes and evil-intentioned Heathen aren’t her biggest challenges. But failure isn’t an option. In a month, the Christian Councils will decide the Reclaim, a vote on whether there’ll be a war between Christ’s and Satan’s followers to take back America. It is up to Dove, God’s messenger for peace, to reach her Council in time. Because if she doesn’t, things could get bloody.

Excerpt:

My eyes lit on a few things I recognized. Things I knew from the junk piles back home—a chair with small wheels. Bunches of cardboard boxes on a table, one bright yellow with a picture of food on it. Things with snaky wires. Pictures. But so many I couldn’t name. What were their purposes?

I rubbed at the rush of goose bumps beneath my sleeves. December air. I glanced at Melody for her reaction to this unnatural, cluttered home.

Her dark orbs lost focus, her skin bloodless under its sunburn. Before I could move, she hit the fuzzy ground in what sounded like a painful flop.

“Oh no.” Jezebel rounded on her brother with a smack to his middle. “You killed her.”

Smack. Smack. Her hands rained against his skin. He dodged the next set and knelt next to Melody’s body.

I got in his way. “Don’t touch her.”

His outstretched hands whipped back. “What...I didn’t...”

“Get water.”

“Right.” He leaped to his feet. Then swung around. “To drink? Or dump on her?”

His sister flew to a nearby wall the color of tree sap and threw open a door. “In the shower! Put her in the shower!”

She disappeared into the space beyond, and a blast of light sprang from its rectangular opening. “I’ve seen this before on TV. Trust me. This is what you do.”

The sound of rain pounded down from inside the house. Indoor rain showers? Suspicious. But what was I supposed to do with this Brae girl if she died on me?

I dragged her dead weight forward...and almost dropped her.

What was this place?

A humongous, solid basin dominated the floor. Water drops poured into it from high up in the wall. Vapor clouds rose from the basin.

I shuddered. Everything in this room radiated the whiteness of new baby teeth. Creepy.
“Here.” Wolfe held out a clear jar of water.

I couldn’t hold Melody while pouring water into her mouth, so I lowered her to the floor. Her head lolled against the white wall.

Most of the liquid ran down her chin and neck, but a little must’ve made it into her mouth. She choked. Then coughed. Swallowed. And cracked open her eyes.

I shoved the empty jar at Wolfe.

“Rain?” Melody tried to focus on me.

“See? She wants to go in the shower.”

I shook my head at Jezebel.

“It’s raining.” Melody fingered the wet fur of her collar.

“No way.” I stayed firm. “You don’t want the indoor shower.”

I watched her mouth tug up at the corners.

“Yes. Please? No danger.”

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Wow, what an excellent excerpt! Thanks for sharing Erin. If you enjoyed the spotlight friends, get your copy of Dove Strong at Amazon (Kindle) and watch for book 2, Fanatic Surviving to be featured in our spotlight next month!

Until I see you again, take care and God Bless.
PamT

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#WednesdayWordswithFriends

Good Morning Friends!

Well, my guest today was unable to participate so you get to hear from me again. Since nothing much has happened in a week, I thought I'd share with you an article I wrote years ago for The Wordsmith Journal (now TWJ Mag) in my Pamela's Ponderings column....



The Quest

I’ve been on a spiritual journey since the day I recommitted my life to Christ in 1989. Back then I attended the Catholic Church. Although I love and respect the heart of the Mass, I always felt there is so much more to God and Christ than what can be found in doctrine and the traditions of organized religion. 

Scriptures that said “the same Spirit that raised Christ is in you” and “let the mind of Christ dwell richly in you” and “that you may know the fullness Christ” backed by Jesus’s claim that the works He did I should do also and more, sparked a burning desire to know Him more fully, more intimately and that the fullness of Christ be evident in my life.

Thus began my quest.

I listen to Christian music, watch and listen to various teachers of the Word on radio and television--absorbing their messages, and I read voraciously books by ministers and spiritual leaders of all denominations as well as some who profess no religious beliefs – only the true nature of God (of Love).

Sometimes I feel as if I’ve grown in the past thirty years, and yet, at other times I feel like a babe in the woods.

Alas, spiritual growth and maturity is a continual thing, an ongoing journey to my highest vision of God and the grandest version of who I am in Him.

Over the next few months (or years as God deems) I’d like to share with you some truths I’ve discovered about who God is to me and how those truths have illumined my mind, opened my heart and changed my life.

Some may be articles I’ve written for other publications, others may seem like random thoughts. Many of the things I share will resonate with you, others will seem whacky or far out or like ‘new age spiritualism’ or worse, heretical. But I assure you, at the heart of all these lessons and every question is to know Him, to be like Him and to reflect His teachings and His truths in my every thought, word and deed.

Hopefully these ponderings will make you think, question and search for your own truth about what God means to you, who He is in your life, and how you can become more like Him….more like Christ and more like the great spiritual leaders of all time whose message is, was and remains….God is love and he who dwells in Love, dwells in God.

Well, friends, I hope you enjoyed this post and that

Although I haven't contributed in quite a while, the column is still up at TWJ Magazine. I hope you'll check it out and that you'll join me later when I share more Pamela's Ponderings. And of course return weekly for Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time take care and God bless.
PamT

Saturday, July 13, 2019

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Stanley P Brown & Veiled Memory!

Good Morning and Welcome!

I pray that everyone in the path of TS Barry stay safe. We're just entering Hurricane season and hopefully this will be the worst we get. You never know, though so let's stay aware, be alert and pray for our friends and family who live in those most vulnerable areas.

THANKS!

Now let's get on to our spotlight.

Today's guest has visited us in May and June with two other novels, so let's turn the spotlight on him and another great book....

Thirty-eight year old Dr. Madeline Alleyn is a successful professor of Celtic History in upstate New York, but she is haunted by her past and the decision she made years ago to abandon her husband after learning of his strange heritage. When she discovers that she’s pregnant with triplets, she makes the decision to run to protect her children and, inexplicably, her husband also. Now, after nearly eighteen years of vigilance, the destiny from which Madeline has tried to escape catches up with her. As her daughters begin to develop psychokinetic powers, an attempt to murder them is made to negate an ancient prophecy. Escaping the murder attempt in the night, the triplets suspect their fate is tied to some ancient stones and their mysterious grandmother. But as they seek answers, they have to run for their lives. People are after them, some to finish the failed murderous act and others to protect them. Along the way, they seek to solve the riddle of the Stones of Sumer, a mystery with startling implications for humanity.


Excerpt

The technician made it to the observatory on Mount Fowlkes as the last vestiges of sunlight slipped past the western horizon. In the clear skies of southwest Texas, the usual starlit blackness could be so deep that earthbound objects seemed to fade into silhouettes, unchained, like wraiths.

Those were the times he liked best, but tonight was different. An unnatural haze suffused the region, blurring the usually bright stars. Confused, Ben gazed into the sky, scratching his head as though the answer to some cosmic mystery could be coaxed from his tangled mass of hair. “If that’s not the darnedest thing,” he whispered, still perplexed by a nagging feeling that something was off.

Twin white domes of neighboring Mount Locke sat like mute sentinels propped against a black sky that should have been full of star-speckled brilliance. Otherwise, nothing seemed out of place. A slight wind rustled the boughs of Emory and Western Gray Oak sprouting from the stony soil.

Still focused on the stars, Ben jumped when the giant telescope he stood next to creaked and groaned as it began rotating.

“You say something, son?”

Turning, he found his boss standing behind him. “Just wondering who’s manning the instruments?”

“A visiting professor. He could use some help calibrating.”

“Can’t. There’s a call up from New York. A student needs lunar ranging data. Routine stuff.”

The boss nodded and walked back inside. Ben craned his neck again. Pollution couldn’t have caused this haze, not in this unspoiled environment, but the puzzle would have to wait. He walked across the parking lot of the McDonald Observatory complex to a square metal building standing next to the laser station and called Joe Prather, an astrophysics graduate student at Columbia University

Nothing fascinates me like writing, creating stories, or sub-creating as JRR Tolkien referred to it. And, of course, to write and write well, one must read widely. It started early in my life and continues to this day. But, long before I began writing stories, I was working long hours as a college professor, squeezing in time whenever I could find the time to work my hobby—which I began in earnest almost 20 years ago.

Readers can find me at the following locations....

Twitter @StanleyPBrown, WebsiteAmazon Black Opal Books and
FaceBook


Veiled Memory can be found at B&NKobo and Smashwords and watch for The Ruby Ring, sequel to Veiled Memory coming this fall from Black Opal Books!

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and always, Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time take care and God bless.
PamT

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

#WednesdayWordswithFriends

Good Morning!

As I mentioned in my last post, I am hoping to be more consistent in sharing my thoughts with you.

Wednesday Words with Friends came about as a result of being too busy and too many authors unable to fulfill the Tuesday Treasures and/or Thursday Thoughts posts. I found that my time was stretched thinner than taffy. Narrowing my time posting and promoting my blog has helped tremendously.

I've actually been focusing on my writing career more consistently too.

I finished my manuscript My Heart Weeps and it is currently with a freelance editor. Excited and anxious to see what changes, comments and suggestion she makes. Also, which agents and/or publishers she recommends. I've entered The Visionary in Readers Favorite Annual Book Award Contest and just yesterday wrote and submitted a story to Woman's World magazine. Thoughts and Prayers Appreciated!

I've also found I have a knack and passion for personal interest stories. Last year I started writing for Lagniappe - a local publication. This opportunity actually came about when I sent them my story, Derby Dreams in which I recapped my experience visiting Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.
 

Since I've written several articles for them, but what I love most are those that involve interviewing people and telling their story! 

Like this one on a retired Mosquito Control Pilot and one on my son, a Choreographer and Coach.

I ended Dance of Dreams with.....The point of this story is not to brag on my son (although I am proud!) but to encourage others, especially the young people in our community that passion and ambition combined with opportunity can create miracles where dreams do come true. So, no matter what your dream ¬¬--whether it’s to be a dancer, artist, writer, salesman, chef, landscape artist¬¬, whatever! -- dance with it, live it, and never give up. Make it happen and…Never. Stop. Dancing.

Last night I sent in an article on my boss whose passion is the Civil War and today I'm interviewing the Rodeo Coach at our local university.

I love writing and although I'm not making enough money off of  my writing/editing/publishing endeavors to do that full time (yet), I guess I'm really following my own advice because this IS my dream!

I hope this post encourages you to follow your own dreams and whether or not that brings you national acclaim or tons of money, never stop dancing with it!

Until next time take care and God bless.
PamT

Saturday, July 6, 2019

#SaturdaySpotlight is on the band, Chicago

Yep, I went to see them in concert last night at The Golden Nugget casino and talk about a fantastic show!

My guest couldn't be here today so I thought I'd just post a couple of pictures from the show.


















Such a wonderful time listening to all those old songs.... Color my World, You're the Inspiration, Saturday in the Park...so many memories.

Other than being overcrowded (Nugget is bad for that! chairs so close together you can hardly breathe much less move) had a great time at a great show with a GREAT band!

Hope you have a wonderful (I was going to say great but figured I'd worn it out LOL!) rest of your weekend

PamT

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Smoky Mountain Christmas Blog Tour

Good Morning!

I pray your week has been and continues to be BLESSED.

This week we're doing a little something different on our Wednesday Words with Friends post. We're eavesdropping on a conversation with Melody and Lari from Smokey Mountain Christmas, a collection of four Christian Christmas stories centered around Granddaddy Buchanan's 80th birthday celebration!

We'll listen to what these two cousins have to chat about and find out about the women who created them.

Welcome ladies.....


Granddaddy Buchanan’s 80th birthday party is about to get started. The whole Buchanan family is gathered in the barn, which has been transformed into a winter/Christmas wonderland. Laramie (Lari) Buchanan arrives, along with her family and her fiancé, Evan. She skirts the crowd gathered around her cousin Gabbi who, someone hurries to inform them, has just said yes to Joseph Garrison’s proposal. Another cousin, Grace, waves from across the room, but doesn’t look likely to move far from the man at her side. Everyone is excited. So is Lari, but she wants some of Granny’s special-recipe Christmas punch before she starts mingling.
At the table, she finds her cousin Melody filling two cups with the delicious beverage.

Lari (grinning): “Hey, Mellie! Honey, I could have found you in the dark. You’re absolutely glowing. I take it you and Drew finally got together—and about time too. This should have happened years ago. Congratulations!”

Mellie (offering a sheepish smile): “Thank you! When I left home, I thought a life like this was destined to be stuck in my dreams. Drew hadn’t proposed, and life with the symphony was calling.” (Glancing across the room at her best friend and fiancé) “Guess I needed to leave so Drew could find his own path. I’m still surprised at how well he kept the secret of his career from me.” (Focuses her attention back on Lari. Shakes her head.) “But you know all about secrets, don’t you? Who would’ve thought Evan’s innocent little surprise for you would have backfired to such a horrible degree?”

Lari: “You know, honey, I guess it is a shame we lost the past three years, but God has His reasons. We both had things to learn, and I think we have. (Soft laughter) One of them is that sometimes the things we think we see… (Shaking her head) “…aren’t the real picture at all.”

Mellie: “Ain’t that the truth!” (Sipping punch) “I returned here pretty proud of myself for having found the success I always wanted, and the man of my dreams. I had to come back home to realize everything I ever wanted or needed was right here all along. My life in Colorado was a fairytale. This—” (Breaks off, her gaze dancing here and there around the barn) “This is the real deal!”

Lari (takes Mellie’s hand, gives it a squeeze): “Getting together for Granddaddy’s birthday made this year a turning point in all four of our lives. Granny and Granddaddy are pleased as this awesome punch.” (A mischievous grin. Wrinkles her nose.) “You think maybe next year Granny’ll give us her secret recipe?”

Mellie: “Never! Knowing Granny, she’ll find a way to make us prove we’re worthy of it.” (Lari giggles. Mellie shakes her head. Smiles.) “I’m so glad we all made it back home. You’re right, cousin—it’s been a definite turning point for us all. Now, come on…let’s get on with enjoying the celebration that brought us here.” (Laughing) “If Granny catches us hanging out around the punch bowl ‘like a couple o’ gossipin’ ol’ crows,’ she’ll eat that punch recipe, just to make sure it never gets in our hands!” (Links arms with Lari. The two young women leave the punch bowl behind and join their friends and family.)

(From Delia and Tiffany): To learn more about Lari and Mellie’s stories, pick up a copy of the collection or leave a comment below for a chance at a FREE copy of your own. Thanks for taking the time to join us on Pam’s Wild Rose Blog today! The other stops along the tour should be listed below. We hope to see you at each one. Remember, each blog you visit and comment on is another chance to win!

Do You See What I See? 
Delia Latham

Laramie Buchanan’s fiancé betrayed her on what should have been their wedding day. Evan Lassiter was jilted at the altar three years ago. Yesterday's heartbreak blinds them both to a surprising truth that could heal their hurting hearts. Will they see it in time to save their love?

Delia’s bio:
Delia Latham lives in East Texas with her husband and a spoiled Pomeranian named Kona. She writes inspirational romance and devotions. You’ll always find a touch of the divine in this author’s tales of sweet romance.
A former newspaper Staff Writer, Delia is now blessed to have twenty-seven published novels/novellas/novelettes, as well as short works in a number of devotional anthologies. She designs cover art and marketing materials, and offers freelance editing/proofreading services. Contact her about speaking at your upcoming event.

Hometown Melodies
Amber Stockton

Melody May Buchanan left Gatlinburg to pursue a life in the symphony. When a letter arrives asking her to return home for her granddaddy’s 80th birthday, she goes, but upon her arrival, she’s faced with everything she loved while growing up there…even her best friend, Drew. When her fiancé arrives, her two worlds collide, and she has a choice to make...but which option is the best?

Amber’s bio:
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those skills to become an award-winning and best-selling author and speaker who is also an advocate for literacy as an educational consultant with Usborne Books. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, along with their two children and three dogs in Colorado. She has sold twenty (21) books so far and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on Facebook and GoodReads.

Christmas in July blog tour schedule:

July 2 - All Betts Are Off (Delia Latham)

July 3 - Pam's Wild Rose Blog (joint post with Delia Latham & Tiffany Amber Stockton)

July 4 - Whispers in Purple (Delia Latham)

July 8 - All Betts Are Off (Tiffany Amber Stockton)

July 10 - Whispers in Purple (Tiffany Amber Stockton)

July 11 - Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud (Delia Latham)

July 12 - The World Can Wait (Delia Latham)

July 18 - The World Can Wait (Tiffany Amber Stockton)

July 22 - All Betts Are Off (Jeanie Smith Cash)

July 31 - Pam's Wild Rose Blog (joint post with Jeanie Smith Cash & Rose Allen McCauley)

Hope you enjoyed today's post friends and that you'll check back weekly for more Wednesday Words with Friends and another Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God Bless.
PamT

Saturday, June 29, 2019

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Judy Davis & Willie my Love!

Good Morning and Welcome to the LAST Saturday Spotlight of June 2019!

No, I can't believe this year is half over either, but I'm excited about all that's transpired and blessings yet to come.

I pray you are too.

Today's guest is no stranger to our blog. Judy has been in our spotlight before and has shared treasures and thoughts with us but today we get a peek into her newest release, Willie my Love!

Can two stubborn hearts find love under the tall white pines?

The year is 1856. White pine is king of the forest.
       The last thing Jonathan Wain wants to do is ride miles through Pennsylvania’s wilderness to help his father’s logging partner in the small settlement of Clearfield. His family owns clipper ships in the Chesapeake Bay that carry the coveted logs to the markets each spring, and they can’t afford a loss.
       The last thing Wilhelmina Wydcliffe wants is a handsome sea captain from Maryland meddling in her father’s logging operations under attack by unknown enemies. A feisty tomboy and better known as Willie to her crews, she has a dream to be the largest logging operator east of the Mississippi River.
       When both Willie’s and Jonathan’s lives are threatened, they are forced to work together to find their enemies before both of their companies are in shambles.
       But as their attraction to each other escalates, can they set aside their differences, unearth the truth and troublemakers, and discover contentment in each other’s arms?

EXCERPT:
Smiling, Jonathan took Willie’s proffered hand and shook it, without releasing it. “To show you I bargain in good faith, I offer your pistol as well.” With his free hand, he pulled her small, single shot, dueling pistol from his waistcoat and placed it in her open palm.
“But I have absolutely nothing to trade,” she said with a haughty theatrical voice.
“Ah, ha,” he whispered, pulling her close to him. “A kiss, perhaps?”
Her voice exploded as she tried to push him away. “Why you arrogant scoundrel, I ought to shoot you with this gun.”
His face moved closer. She gasped in surprise before his mouth swooped down on her lips. The kiss was brief, but soft and bewitching, and when he released her, she skidded safely backward.
“Now tell me,” he crooned in a velvet voice. “Why do you carry a loaded pistol?”
“For rattlesnakes.” Her hand fell to her side, the pistol enclosed in the folds of her dress.
“And the knife?”
“To cut off their rattles.”
He laughed, his hearty chuckles filling up the room and silence around them. “I'd rather sit naked with the rattlesnake than with you so heavily armed.”


Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines, and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. To date, she was written five novels, a collection of short stories, and a novella. Her works encompass romance, mystery, western, and paranormal in the historical as well as the contemporary arena. Her last novel, Four White Roses, was a finalist in the Book Excellence and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie awards.   

When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.

She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and lives in Central Pennsylvania.

VISIT HER ON:

Facebook: Judy Ann Davis Author
Twitter: @JudyAnnDavis4

Uh, oh Judy, you've got me hooked! What a wonderful scene. Thanks for sharing. We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with your new book.

Hope you enjoyed the spotlight friends. You can get a copy of Willie my Love at Amazon.

I pray blessings over you and yours and hope you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and, as always, Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God bless.
PamT

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

#WednesdayWordswithFriends with Tina Fausett

Good Morning!

Today we're visiting with a guest that has not appeared on our blog before so please welcome Tina Fausett who writes Erotic Paranormal books!

Thanks for having me. I'm Tina Fausett and I’m a writer. Life happens then I write. I’ve been very fortunate to have had so many wonderful adventures and to have lived in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and New Orleans, the place I love most (next to my front porch), and I incorporate them all in my books. I write about love, romance, heartbreak, erotica, family, friends, the government, the IRS, the users, losers and abusers…the haters, naysayers and people who want to suck the life right out of you. I try to get real. I write from experience. I write from life. I write about depression and elation, relationships and loneliness…the good, the bad, the ugly and the exquisite and beautiful. I even write about how life can be so “daily”.

I have two grown children, Autumn Abernathy and Zachary McCall. And there’s my granddaughter, Rhiannon Elizabeth, preparing for her last year of college. I am so proud of them and they are my life. I’ve owned an antique store, art gallery and pickle company that I use in my series 'A Shift in the Universe' (Swamp Witch Pickles). I’ve had battles and failures but have had to pick myself up and keep going. I've been married twice and twice divorced. I’ve traveled to amazing places. I’ve loved, I’ve been hurt, and my hearts been broken so many times, I often wonder if it can be made whole again, yet I’m always grateful. I’m no different from anyone else out there. Everyone's got a story, and I love to sit on my porch with friends and family and hear them. I am so often humbled and awed.

Now, I write books and I’m doing a blog to share stories, hopefully inspire and give hope.

I took a break from writing for a few months and one of my friends noticed a post about a book of mine on Facebook. She commented, "I see you're back to writing."

I responded, "Yes, I can only handle small breaks. It's like holding your breath as long as you can, but you finally have to let it out and start breathing again."

That's how I feel about writing.

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Wow, Tina! I do believe that's how most of us feel about writing and it is SO wonderful to get back to it after a break, isn't it?! Now please tell us a little about your book.

A jealous, malevolent wife hooked on prescription drugs, a husband caught between reality and carnal fantasies, and an angel cast from heaven, are all bound together by their hatred for one woman whose spells and manifestations catch them in a downward spiral towards hell...Gina Faulkner, thought to be a voodoo queen, owner of Swamp Witch Pickles in New Orleans, is the center of it all.

Bane Colton, dangerous and cocky, sees Gina at the French Market and the game is on. He makes up his mind he's going to break the feisty redhead with the infamous kinky reputation, body and soul. And Gina's ready to be a player, until Bane’s estranged and demented wife, Beverly, wants him back.

Enter enigmatic Darsh, known to many as the Angel of Death, who’s watched over Gina since she was fifteen and has loved her almost as much as he’s hated her. Now they would come face to face. He could save her from certain peril, but could never save her from herself. Would she destroy them all and remain an unbroken beauty? At the very least, a shift in the universe was coming.

Excerpt: 

He left the car and walked across the street. Running his hand over the wrought iron gate, he remembered how she’d called to him with her eyes, like a siren in Greek mythology, luring him in. Even at that tender age, she posed the threat of impending doom, standing in her pink, low-cut disco dress, her breasts pushed up to show an ample cleavage, without exposing the nipples. Her coppery-red hair was wild and tantalizing, her face innocent and sensuous all at the same time, the sprinkle of freckles across her nose and cheeks delectable, as she stood rocking on platform heels.

He looked up at the porch, and the original gas lamp was still flickering after all these years, just like it had the night they stood gazing into each other’s eyes. He took a deep breath of the air, filled with all the heady scents of laurel, gardenia, tuberose, ginger, orange blossoms, and dozens of other flowers, and was filled with sadness. He wished he could be that boy again, knowing what he knew now. If he could go back, he would whisk her into his arms and take her away…he would have saved her from herself. But God didn’t give do-overs.

He sighed and looked at the capitals of the columns, as he used to do and, suddenly, it hit him. One was slightly different than the other three. He hadn’t seen it before. Does age make us see more clearly? Shaking his head, he answered his own question. It couldn’t. When I looked at Gina today, I saw her just like I had back then, an unbroken beauty, who needs saving from certain peril.

Wow, sounds like an amazing story Gina! We certainly wish you good luck and God's blessings with it.

Hope you enjoyed this week's edition of Wednesday Words with Friends and that you'll check back weekly for more interesting visits with friends and of course, Saturday Spotlight.

Meanwhile, connect with Tina on her Blog, FB, Twitter @TinaFausett & FB Author Page  @tinafausettauthor and get your copy of Unbroken Beauty at Amazon.

Until next time take care and God Bless!
PamT

Saturday, June 22, 2019

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Katie Clark & Whispering Tower!

Good Morning!

I drove up to Toledo Bend on Thursday to spend the weekend camping and fishing. Really loving time out in nature and on the water. Hope YOUR weekend is as lovely!

Katie Clark is not new to our blog. She has shared thoughts and treasures and been in our spotlight before, but today we're getting a peek into her latest novel, Whispering Tower so please extend her a big 'ole Southern (or Northern/Eastern/Western)  W-E-L-C-O-M-E!!

Whispering Tower is book 2 in my Beguiled Series, which is a set of modern day stories with elements of mystery, the supernatural, and a little bit of romance. Each is a standalone, so you don’t have to read them in order! Shadowed Eden is #1.

Here’s a little more about Whispering Tower, and you can read a short excerpt below!

BLURB:

Stuck in London for one of her mom’s work trips, Skye Humphries can’t help holding a grudge when she ends up roped into a summer tour group with Philip-who-crushed-her-heart. But when Skye and Philip find themselves barreling through time after unsuspectingly opening the veil between the past and present, they’re thrust into a world where Skye’s very life is in danger. If she’d known her choices were between summering with Philip or being sacrificed to the god of the skies, Skye might have changed her attitude. Now she must figure out what’s most important to her—getting even for the past or having a future.

EXCERPT

Present Day
Skye

Skye stared at Big Ben in the distance, watched it tick away the time, taking her life with it. A few blocks from her hotel window, the London Eye Ferris wheel rose toward the sky. Tourists and locals mingled in the streets around it, preparing to start their day. Too bad she wouldn’t be starting hers down at the London Eye, instead of with breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
“You’re not ready yet?” Mom’s impatient voice came from the door between their plush hotel rooms.
Skye kept her mouth shut. She hated these trips, but she tried not to take it out on Mom. Most kids at school would kill for a parent who travelled the world and took their teen along, but long hours away from home, while Mom worked eighteen-hour days? Not fun. At least at home, she had the soup kitchen where she volunteered and the people who volunteered with her. The people who had become her friends.
Here? She was on her own. Dad had offered to let Skye stay with him, and she’d almost said yes. Almost.
“I’ll be ready.” She turned back to the window, her gaze going back to Big Ben.
“Still working on homework?” Mom moved into the room. She glanced over Skye’s shoulder. Skye looked at her laptop screen. She’d been working through a lesson on ancient Mesopotamia from Mr. Kilpatrick’s class. Now, that was something to smile about. The rituals of the ancient peoples fascinated her. She’d gone over the information a few dozen times with her history teacher. He was great about video chatting with her, delving deeper into the customs, languages, and religions used four thousand years ago. He’d even helped her narrow down the best college choices if she planned to pursue archeology. Someone had to help her, since Mom never had the time.
“I’m about halfway through.” Really, she should have been done hours ago. The time difference between Tennessee and London had jarred her, and she’d been awake forever. Besides, last time she’d slept was on the plane, and she’d had a bad dream she didn’t want to repeat. But Mom had mentioned breakfast with her business partner and his son, Philip Matthews, and Skye was hoping Mom would let her skip if she hadn’t finished her school work yet.
“You’ll have lots of time to finish it later,” Mom said. OK, not skipping breakfast. “Go get ready,” Mom called over her shoulder as she moved back to her own room.
Skye stayed put, her gaze going back to that clock. Big Ben, telling time for a hundred and fifty years. If only those fancy clock hands could wind backward. Back to a week ago, when Mom had announced the London trip. Back to just before she’d told Dad, and he’d invited her to stay with him and his new wife, Gloria. She’d asked Mom, and Mom had freaked. Yeah, she definitely would stop herself from asking that question.
Besides, Dad had only invited her out of pity. His eyes had been anything but welcoming. She winced at the painful memory and quickly turned back to her laptop. After saving her work and shutting down the computer, she moved to the bathroom for a shower. Thick, plush carpet softened every footstep, and floor to ceiling windows lined an entire wall of her room. Three different shower heads blasted steamy water against the fancy tiles, and Skye took a deep breath. She would make it through this breakfast. Make it through this trip. As always. She’d already contacted All Nations Church, for whom she’d done benevolence work on past London trips. Keeping busy was the best way to keep her mind off of things like Mom yanking her around, and Dad patronizing her. And staying on the same hotel floor as Philip Matthews—for an entire summer.
The hot water was good at burning away the bad feelings, allowing her body to relax and her mind to wander. Steam swirled through the bathroom, and Skye took another deep, cleansing breath. Everything would be fine. The billowing steam fogged up the mirror. It reminded her of something. Billowing sand? She frowned. The dream. She had been somewhere dry and dusty. Alone? No, not alone, but she couldn’t remember who had come. Mrs. Garrison, one of the women who frequented the soup kitchen where she helped out back home, would call Skye’s dream déjà vu. Skye always smiled along with Mrs. Garrison’s crazy beliefs, but she didn’t go for stuff like déjà vu. Seeing into the future--or past? A little too hard to believe.

KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes young adult speculative fiction, including her romantic fantasy novel, The Rejected Princess, a supernatural survival series including Shadowed Eden and Whispering Tower, AVAILABLE NOW, and her dystopian Enslaved Series. You can connect with her at her website, as well as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.


Wow, Katie, sounds like another GREAT book!

Good luck and God's blessings with it.

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight friends and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and another Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time take care and God bless.
PamT

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

#WednesdayWordswithFriends

Good Morning Friends!

As with my previous Tuesday Treasures and Thursday Thoughts posts, I try to share something with you on occasion. Looking back I only found a handful of times I actually posted something myself instead of for someone else. Although I LOVE sharing other authors' stories, treasures, thoughts and tips, I'm determined to be more active in visiting with  my reader's on a personal level.

So much has happened since I spent time with you in the Spotlight!

This year I've traveled to SC, the FL Keys!!!, OK (for a writing retreat!!) and TX (to visit my son) as well as to teach at TX Gulf Coast Writers Guild's 1 day conference in April and at their monthly meeting this past weekend.

I LOVE teaching what I've learned over the years as a writer/author/editor/publisher/promotions person.

I also love helping other authors get their work published. With that in mind, let me tell you about my most recent client and her book. Another client gave me Keyon's name and said she would be calling me. Lo and behold, before she did, we ran into each other at the gym! (Don't'cha just love how God works?!)  Anyway, she contacted me earlier this year and we got her book, Tucked in HIM: 9 Days of Prayer for Headship and Covering out this month. This is a BEAUTIFUL prayer book and I am truly honored and humbled to be a small part of it. The book is available on Kindle and in Print so if you love prayer books, check this one out!!


I hope to have Keyon as a guest here on the blog sometime later this year. We're pretty booked up for a while but I'll get her here with a peek into this wonderful title.

As I mentioned, in May I went to OK for a writing retreat. While there, I got my mojo back and have been working steadily on My Heart Weeps, a novel that takes us on Melina Ryker's journey through widowhood into new life as a full-fledged, gallery-worthy artist. I'm looking forward to finishing this book soon and working on something else. I've promised Tempered Truth for quite some time now, so that may be the next one to finish.

Speaking of the Tempered books, Tempered Hearts is now in Audio!

Yep! That's another thing I've been working on these past six months! I listed the book on ACX last fall but things feel through the cracks with Medicare AEP, injury to my arm and the holidays. So, in January I contacted the narrator again and we got busy. She finished recording at the end of March/early April. I had to review the files. After a couple rounds where she made corrections, the book went live last week!

For new visitors who don't know about this book, here's the Blurb: Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet.  Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel.  Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love.  Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them.  It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.

And an EXCERPT: Craig’s breath escaped with a moan as desire rocketed through him. Her shy, inexperienced passion affected him more than any expert touch he ever knew. “Oh, Lord,” he breathed. “You’ve presented me with the physical manifestation of temptation. Help me,” he groaned.

It was Tamera’s turn to grin. “Call on someone closer, Craig,” she teased.

He laughed. “Right. I don’t think He’d appreciate me consorting with a witch, and a seductive one at that.”

She wrinkled her nose at him. “If I were a witch, of any sort, I’d turn you into a frog. Just like that,” she snapped her fingers. “There’d be one less arrogant jerk for the world to put up with.”

His high-pitched voice, punctuated with frog-like croaks, reduced her to a helpless mass of giggles as he begged her to kiss him again and turn him back into her prince. She turned her nose up haughtily, ignoring his pleas until she could no longer resist. With the regality of a queen bestowing favors on a lowly knight, she lowered her lips to his cheek.

😏 💓 😍


I have a few audio copies to give away. In fact, I'm having a special giveaway for my Newsletter Subscribers only. So if you're not subscribed, do so today and then leave a comment on this blog post and I will send you the link to the contest.

If you prefer Print or Ebook, Tempered Hearts is available at Amazon (Kindle), B&N (Nook) and at Smashwords for other E-reader versions.

The first half of this year has been busy but, as a Medicare agent, I'm about to enter the craziest season at my day job. We've already begun setting up training for the 2020 Medicare changes and products.

Regardless, I hope to share personal posts with you on a regular (well maybe semi-regular) basis.

I'd LOVE to know what YOU'VE been up to these past six months!

Leave a comment and who knows? I just might give away an audio copy of Tempered Hearts right here today.

Until next time, good luck and God's blessings to EACH of YOU!
PamT

Saturday, June 15, 2019

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Stanley (S.P) Brown and The Legacy!

Good Morning!

Last month I introduced you to Stanley Brown when he gave us a peek into his novel Fallen Wizard. Today Stanley shares a peek into his novel, The Legacy so please give him a great, big o'le SWLA welcome!

Harry Black has a curse he doesn’t understand, or could it be a gift he can’t escape? He’s the last heir of a dying clan, but there’s a problem. To inherit, he must fulfill the only stipulation in the will—accept the Black family Legacy. After seven weeks of the same nightmare, Harry is desperate to see a psychologist to be “cured.” But instead of help at the hands of Dr. Virginia Rankin, Harry falls headlong into the legacy’s grip when he experiences an ecstatic utterance and inexplicably reveals information to her that he couldn’t possibly know.

Shocked that this stranger has knowledge of her family’s dark secret, Ginny makes a frantic call to her brother. The call makes the Minority Whip of the US Senate late for a meeting at a world economic summit in DC, delaying him long enough to avoid a terrorist bombing that kills two other senators and dozens more innocent people. By saving the life of Dr. Rankin’s famous brother, Harry has also sealed his own fate. Wanted or not, the Legacy has finally come to him.

The Legacy Excerpt

The air shimmered where the surf reached the zenith of its climb up the beach, as though a sudden blast of heat had radiated from the bowels of the earth. Arie Peeters materialized and checked the GPS in his watch to confirm his location. A stiff wind blowing in from the Gulf of Oman peppered his white shirt with spray. He didn’t care. He wouldn’t be stuck in this shithole very long.

The cry of gulls filled the air as Peeters got his bearings. He turned east and let his senses drift out. In a moment, his own working wafted to him as a combination of smell and touch. He threw his cigarette to the sand and lifted his head higher, arms spread and extended from his body. He couldn’t see them, but his contacts were there in the dark, waiting about a hundred meters off. The cigarette’s dying embers vanished as a flood of lights from several motor vehicles backlit the silhouettes of three men. More Jihadist bastards were near, just over the dunes to his right, but he didn’t need his special ability to know this. He expected nothing less of his three contacts. They would make sure he’d come alone. He chuckled, imagining the confusion of the watchers as they puzzled over how he had gotten ashore.

Peeters dropped the bag containing the cash just out of reach of the surf. The message was clear. He would go no farther. His three contacts gave each other sideways glances and started toward him at once. The money was a powerful draw, an inducement to get them here. It would give them something to inspect. The promise of ten million more would keep him safe from any treachery these three might hatch.

It had taken too long to piece this part of the operation together, almost a year of bribing and plying them with sex on the yacht, waiting for him far enough off shore to remain unseen. He’d convinced these three principals they would be needed, not their underlings. It had also taken a fair amount of aeromancy to pull it off, but he had managed it with his own power.

Sounds like another hit, Stanley! We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings!

Nothing fascinates me like writing, creating stories, or sub-creating as JRR Tolkien referred to it. And, of course, to write and write well, one must read widely. It started early in my life and continues to this day. But, long before I began writing stories, I was working long hours as a college professor, squeezing in time whenever I could find the time to work my hobby—which I began in earnest almost 20 years ago.

Readers can find me at the following locations....

Twitter @StanleyPBrown, WebsiteAmazon Black Opal Books and
FaceBook


The Legacy can be found at B&NKobo and Smashwords

Hope you enjoyed today's spotlight and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God bless.
PamT

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

#WednesdayWordswithFriends with Janet Elizabeth Lynn & Will Zeilinger

Good Morning!

I'm LOVING this weather here in SW LA! Cool mornings, hot afternoons. Enjoy opening up the windows and letting fresh air in when possible. This is my idea of perfect weather and I wish it would stay this way. All. The. Time.

Alas, perfection in any area doesn't last long. Life is always moving, always changing, always evolving and hopefully we're growing right along with it. I know, change isn't always easy and sometimes we're dragged into it kicking and screaming LOL!

Today our guests speak to us about Ending a Novel Series so please welcome Janet Elizabeth Lynn and Will Zeilinger!

Accomplishing the Final Book

My husband, Will Zeilinger and I co-write the Skylar Drake Mysteries, a hardboiled detective series that takes the reader to 1950s Los Angeles and other areas of the west. Our new book, GAME TOWN, is set in Hollywood and exposes a scandal that rocks the toy industry in Los Angeles. GAME TOWN is the fifth and final book of the series.

We knew that GAME TOWN was going to be the last book of the series. We also wanted to write this series as an episode series. That is, someone can pick up anyone of our books and enjoy the story instead of starting in the middle and getting confused. Also, we began writing the series keeping in mind what kind of endings we could use.

There were several things we wanted to accomplish with this final book. We wanted to:
- tie-up loose ends by taking care of the lingering questions throughout each book.
-re-orient our characters so the readers would know that they would be okay in their next phase of life.

Tying-up loose ends was easy since we kept notes on all our characters, their flaws and goals. However, after the joy ride of 1950s Hollywood, it was coming to an end. And re-orienting our characters was tough.

  Re-orienting our characters was difficult. We had been living with them for five years.  It was sad. Not because each character had sad endings, but because our relationship with them was coming to an end. It was like ending a relationship with dear friends or moving away.

We wanted to be sure our readers were happy that the  major question about the death of Skylar Drake's beautiful wife and sweet daughter was answered. And to be sure our characters did not have sad endings but that everything would work out okay, not necessarily happily ever after, but okay.

It was bittersweet  as we wrote the last chapter. Sadness swept over us when we held the finished manuscript in our hands for the first time. The realization that we would not be writing any more new adventures for them. And that we would not be moving the characters forward.

One of our readers asked,  "What about Fan Fiction?"

Sure, why not. Some of our fans have tried it and said it was fun. So it can be done. Remember,  just because we are not writing the story doesn't mean you need to stop the story.

Many have asked, "What are you going to do now?"

We will continue to write separately and together, more books and short stories as well as essays or articles as we come across them. And though we are not writing about Skylar Drake and his friends, the memory of the plots, sub plots and people in his life will be fond memories.


GAME TOWN is the fifth and final book in the series and yes...we are still married!

That's wonderful Janet & Will! Having written my Tempered Series, I can definitely identify! 

Published authors Will Zeilinger and Janet Elizabeth Lynn write individually until they got together and created the Skylar Drake Mystery Series. These hard-boiled tales are based in old Hollywood of 1956-57.  Janet has published seven mystery novels and Will has three plus a couple of short stories. Their world travels have sparked several ideas for murder and crime stories. This creative couple is married and live in Southern California.

The next Skylar Drake Mystery, GAME TOWN,  the fifth and final book in the series, will be available April 15, 2019 and yes...we are still married!


Find out  more about Janet and Will at the following locations...

e-mail: janet_lynn51@yahoo.com
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Contact info for Will:
Twitter:  @Will_Zeilinger

Get a sneak peek into Game Town on last month's Saturday Spotlight and check out Janet & Will's previous Tuesday TreasuresThursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight

Hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll check back weekly for more Saturday Spotlights and Wednesday Words with Friends!

Until next time, take care and God Bless.
PamT