As we go into the later weeks of August, it's my pleasure to have Gail Pallotta on Monthly Smiles.
She has a wonderful new book out that has created quiet a buzz.
I'd like to share a few reviews for Breaking Barriers.
Also, Gail is graciously offering to give away an eBook to one lucky commenter.
Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, and won Clash of the Titles in 2010 for her teen book, Stopped Cold.
Gail has published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Visit her website at http://www.gailpallotta.com
Breaking Barriers - Five Five-Star Reviews
Excellent Christian Novel with Suspense Throughout!
I highly recommend Breaking Barriers with a true to life suspenseful story line that held my attention from beginning to end! With inspiring Christian responses. I loved that the setting of the novel is in coastal Florida! And, that midway through the novel the key characters take a nice, refreshingly peaceful & tranquil Airboat ride through the Everglades, that came to life for me with Gail Pallotta’s excellent writing!! By Phyllis
Were Breaking the Barriers Worth the Price She Must Pay?
The first words gripped my heart and twisted hard, and Ms. Pallotta’s words didn’t release their strangle hold until the final sentence.
Her characters bloomed on each page, except for her antagonist—The Worm. He slithered and slimmed everything he touched. And Ann was his target. Ms. Pallotta’s twists and turns in the plot line had me screaming at Ann—“Nooo!” But convinced God called her for this moment, Ann plunges on, knowing every day might be her last. Was it worth the price she had to pay?
The final scenes caused my heart to pound. Great job! Timely story! Loved the book! Five Stars. By DiAne Gates
For a chance to win a copy of Breaking Barriers, leave a comment. Gail will draw one lucky winner Thursday, Aug 31.
Tracy, it's wonderful to have you on Monthly Smiles. I'm always interested in learning how a book got its beginning. Please, tell us a little about yourself, and share how your story came about.
I'm an avid reader and multi-published author. I've self-published 9 books in a variety of genres and have 2 books under contract with Pelican Book Group (the first due out late summer 2017 - be on the lookout!) I also enjoy speaking for both writers groups and women's groups. When I'm not reading, writing, or speaking, I'm taking care of or enjoying time with my perfect-for-me husband and four wonderful children.
Mary, thanks so much for having me on your blog and letting me share about my YA novel Riding the Wind. This book was a lot of fun to write because I find the voice of a teenager enjoyable. Not to mention, I got to use some of my own adolescent experiences in this book.
I, like most authors, put a little bit of myself or my story into each book I write. I usually don’t reveal which part is based on me, but in this case I’m willing. But first, I’d like to share my inspiration for Dana and Bo’s story. It started on an exceptionally beautiful day in May several years ago. Our air conditioning had gone out in April and we’d spent several weeks getting estimates. Since it was spring and not blazing yet, we took our time. On the day the company came to start the install my husband was home to oversee things. We had the windows up and he put on the radio. He only listens to country, so that’s the station that got picked that day. As we were going about our business, the song Rodeo by Garth Brooks came on. I was immediately taken back to the days I spent at the rodeo when I was in high school. I vividly remembered the smells, sights, and sounds being sung about.
From that brief 3 minutes, the idea for Riding the Wind was born. After months of labor, it finally became the tale of a young girl struggling with her faith, friendships, and her relationship with her boyfriend while trying to prove he wasn’t a murderer. It was great fun getting to know these characters and see how they grew through challenges. I hope their tale is inspiring, as well as entertaining, to others.
Now, for the promise of what part of this story is from my life. First, I really did date a bull rider when I was in high school. It wasn’t a long relationship, but long enough for me to get a behind the scenes look at the rodeo. The traveling, the excitement, the fear, the dust, the fried food. All of it, and so much more, makes up this life that many will never experience. Second, and related, is the accident that Bo’s brother has on a bull. My high school boyfriend’s brother had a similar accident. And as soon as he healed, he was back on.
Lastly, I also moved halfway across the country in the middle of high school, although Dana’s transition went much more smoothly than mine. That’s the benefit of fiction!
Thanks again for letting me come on and I hope you and your readers enjoy Riding the Wind. Although it’s YA, it’s a book not limited to young adults, but for all ages above as well.
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072MPXG8D/
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Would you like to win a PDF copy of Riding the Wind?
Comment below with your email address. Tracy will draw the name of one lucky winner on Aug. 14th.
As July fades into the hottest month of summer I'm happy to have Jennifer Slattery on Monthly Smiles. Her newest novel Healing Love, is sure to be a blessing to everyone.
Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.
Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com
What inspired you to write Healing Love?
The idea for this story came as I was flying home from a weeklong mission trip to El Salvador. At the time, all I had was a vague idea, but I knew the ending. Normally, that doesn’t happen. My stories usually start with a character that won’t leave me alone. I’ll know her struggle, her insecurities, her dreams, and soon, her arc. The plot points and endings usually evolve slowly.
How did you choose the title of your book?
It stems from the premise of the book—that no matter where we’re at, what we’re going through, or what we’ve experienced, God’s perfect and ever-reaching love heals us.
Jennifer, you’re so right. God is the strength that keeps me grounded. Please, tell us about your book.
A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
Is there a message in this novel, you want readers to grasp?
There’s two. First, God loves us deeply, and the more we learn to rest in and experience His love, the more healing we’ll experience. Also, God longs to love others through us so they too can be healed.
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073R1MY1C?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35380240-healing-love
Genre: Women’s fiction with a strong romantic thread
Dual setting—Southern California, and El Salvador
Jennifer, are you working on a new project you can tell us about ?
I feel I’m all over the place. I’m revising a small town romance that I hope to send to my agent soon. I’ll share the blurb here:
She’s trying to launch her future and reach her dreams; he’s trying to salvage the past.
When on of Texas’s historical painted churches is vandalized, glass blower Faith Nichols jumps on the chance to restore its once beautiful windows. She hopes the publicity will save her career but first she must learn to work with the small town, stubborn handyman—without falling for his cowboy charm.
Single father Drake Owns is determined to help save his parents’ farm and rebuild the church his family has attended for generations. His plans are complicated, however, when a city girl comes in with contradictory ideas and a playful nature that threatens to break through his strongest defenses.
Awesome. It sounds like another wonderful read. Jennifer, thank you for sharing your work in progress, and Healing Love with Monthly Smiles.
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