TRIVIA GAME–DAY 3

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Here’s the trivia questions for day 3.

QUESTION 1–‘Call me Ishmael’ is one of the most famous opening lines every written. What’s the name of the book and the author?

QUESTION 2-What’s the last book of the Old Testament?

QUESTION 3-Tell me one interesting thing about the town, city, or area you live in.

 

There you have it. Three days of trivia. I’ll put all the names of anyone who answered all three questions in a bowl and pick a winner of one of my books. If you answered all three days, you’ll have three entries. The answers must be left as a comment on the blog. Thanks and good luck! Winner will be posted on Friday!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

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Writer of the Day–Gail Palotta

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Gail Palotta is my writer of the day.  Let’s learn a bit more about her. Award-winning author Gail Pallotta is a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. Gail’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a 2013 Grace Awards finalist and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award winner. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at http//gailpallotta.com.

Her latest book is Hair Calamities and Hot Cash. Sounds like a fun book. Gail’s going to share a behind the scenes look at it today.

The Story Behind The Story

My mother’s beauty shop in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains inspired Hair Calamities and Hot Cash. While my mother rolled hair, she listened to as many troubles as the local psychologist and heard as much gossip as the area’s nosiest busybody. But the caring attitude of every customer who entered the shop etched a special memory on my heart for my mother’s business and the town where I grew up. It’s even more precious in our divided society now when the word community only means a place to live. I wanted to bring back the camaraderie, acceptance, and respect for others that existed then. And of course, in my mind every town needs romance, mystery and humor.

Blurb: New York stockbroker Philip Wells crashes his rental car into Eve Castleberry’s beauty shop in Triville, North Carolina. On the same day the young widow’s defective hair products cause wild hairdos. Philip’s attracted to the distraught top-notch hairstylist and asks her out. She starts dating him, but stops because she falls too hard for a wayfarer who’ll leave and break her heart. When there’s another catastrophe in the shop, Philip comes to Eve’s rescue and convinces her to go out as friends. Later he solicits her help to find the thieves who stole his client’s cash. Then they trail two of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals. Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

To celebrate the release of Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, she’s giving away a Kindle copy of Barely Above Water, a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Award Winner. To enter, leave a comment. Winner will be picked on August 22.

 

 

Buy Barely Above Water on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1W4fUXB 

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment, if you want to win!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

TRIVIA GAME–DAY 2

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Here’s the trivia questions for day 2.

QUESTION 1–Who wrote GREAT EXPECTATIONS?

QUESTION 2-What’s one of your favorite Bible verses? Give the reference and the verse, please.

QUESTION 3-On the TV show NCIS, what is Gibb’s full name?  Who was he named after? You only need to answer one of these questions.

Don’t forget you need to answer as a comment to be entered in the contest.

Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Let’s Play A Game!

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OK. I’ve been busy for the past few months with visiting family, a family wedding, my 45th class reunion, and then a camping trip but the summer’s slowing down. Nothing to do this week so….Let’s play a game!

How about a trivia game? Today, tomorrow and Thursday,  I’ll post three questions. Anyone who answers all the questions correctly gets entered to win. The prize? You can choose any e-book I’ve written (except for the Sisters by Choice trilogy). Notice I said e-book–not print. If you answer all the questions for all three days, you get three entries.  One question will be book-related, the second will be Bible-related, and the third will be an anything goes question!

You must post your answers here as a comment. If you post it on Facebook it won’t count. When you post the comment, it may not show up right away since I have to approve comments from people who haven’t posted before.

Are you ready?

QUESTION 1–Name 2 different locations used in GONE WITH THE WIND.

QUESTION 2-What Bible verse talks about God using all things for the good of those who love him?

QUESTION 3-What’s your favorite summer food?

Don’t forget you need to answer as a comment to be entered in the contest.

Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

BOOK REVIEW: The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

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The Edge of Over There is the second in the series with The Day The Angels Fell being the first. It’s classified as a YA book, young adult. After having read the book, I’m not sure I would recommend it for younger teens but I think 15 and above would find the story interesting.

Because I hadn’t read the first book, I think that put me at a disadvantage at the beginning of the story. I was more than a little confused. Eventually the fog of confusion lifted and I enjoyed the book. But getting to that point took longer than I would have preferred.

Having said that Mr. Smucker is an excellent writer and certainly knows how to spin a tale with both suspense and supernatural components. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian stories with a twist of the supernatural.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Writer of the Day–Alice K. Arenz

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AND A GIVEAWAY!

My writer of the day is  Alice K. Arenz.  Though she’s known for her cozy mysteries and romantic mystery/suspense novels, the Carol Award winning author has branched out with her newest release, The Wedding Barter, a romance that is both serious and funny. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Awards: cozy mysteries The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (a 2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (a 2011 finalist). These novels have been followed by An American Gothic, Portrait of Jenny, and short story, Home Cookin’.  Visit her at her website www.akawriter.com

 

Good news for you, Alice is going to giveaway an e-copy of her new book, The Wedding Barter. Keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway.  So let’s find out how a mystery/suspense writer came to write a romance in her own words. Alice K. Arenz:

 

Though romance—to some degree—has always been part of my books in the past, I hadn’t attempted one in…well, let’s just say too many years to count out. Let’s just leave it as being in the ancient times of the early 80s. It didn’t go very well. I was told my contributions were filled with too much comedy, too much mystery, and not enough sensual content—at which point I said “EW-www,” then promptly moved on.

Back to the story of how The Wedding Barter came to be part of the TRYING OUT FOR LOVE boxed set published by my incredibly awesome published Forget Me Not Romances. To be honest, the encouragement and confidence in my ability to write a romance sealed the deal. I was convinced it was the correct decision when, after a lot of prayer, the title for my “short novel” as well as the names of the lead characters were “given to me.” From there, it was a question of how to fulfill my commitment—which had suddenly become more difficult because of health issues. But, I’m a firm believer that God wouldn’t have given me the idea and details if He didn’t have the solution already worked out.

After stewing over the dilemma for about a month, my husband suggested that I dictate to him as he typed on his laptop. Um, seriously? Would that work. Really??? He was not only serious, but was dedicated to the project—even when absolutely nothing was happening! He tried to understand how “my process” had always involved me sitting at my desk, eyes closed, fingers on the keyboard while I prayed and waited for the “connection.” I can’t even begin to explain how much more difficult it was to find a way to verbally describe what I saw happening in my head! But, like my characters in Barter reminded themselves, all it takes is a mustard seed of faith. That’s what I sought, and the result is a 49,000 word short novel—a romance based in the same fictional town of Tarryton, Missouri where The Bouncing Grandma Mystery series is set. No murders, but a few twists and turns, and, I hope, some laughs as well.

 

THE WEDDING BARTER by Alice K. Arenz

Riley Carr has been best friends with Amy Lawton since they were toddlers.  While Amy awaits her discharge from the Army, Riley’s been left in charge of helping to arrange “a very small, intimate ceremony with no fanfare” for Amy and her fiancé. But, Riley has something else in mind.

With the aid of two other friends, Riley presents her “wedding barter” idea to groom, David Herron. He agrees, providing best man, Mike Todd, stays in the loop to keep things from getting out of hand.

It doesn’t help that the giant of a man is threatening, overbearing, and just doesn’t seem to like her or her ideas. But, when Todd gives Riley an ultimatum of producing results in three weeks or he’ll take over, she’s determined to prove him wrong. . .in more ways than one.

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To enter to win an e-copy of the Wedding Barter, leave a comment. Winner will be picked on July 16th. Thanks!

Thanks, Alice for sharing your story with us–both the book and how you came to write a romance. So, readers, do you prefer your favorite writers stick to one genre or are you willing to read something different from them?

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

God & His Goodness

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Romans 8: 28

And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to his purpose.

 

This verse is one of my two go-to verses during the past six years while struggling with brain tumors and side effects from the tumors as well as from the treatments. At my lowest points (physically) I would repeat this verse as often as I needed to remind me that God hadn’t forsaken me or forgotten me. That he was with me and watching over me and that he indeed would work this out for my good–even though I couldn’t imagine how.

One of the truly miraculous things during this time has been that I could still write my stories. At times, I had to crawl up the steps to my office because I was so weak and my balance was so bad. Then I would sit down at my computer and…the fog would lift and I would write. Sometimes it would only be for five or ten minutes before the fog rolled back. But those ten minutes became a published novel and then another and another.

As I grew closer to God during this time, my writing changed. I still love and write action-packed suspense and romantic suspense but I had other stories to tell as well. I call PUZZLE HOUSE the story I never wanted to write because it came about as a direct result of my brain tumors and a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). The main character, Rachel has the same brain tumors as a result of NF2 as I have.

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I would never have written PUZZLE HOUSE if I hadn’t developed the brain tumors and NF2 and that means Puzzle House would never be a finalist for The Carol Award! The Carol Award is the American Christian Fiction Writer’s award for excellence in Christian Fiction. Puzzle House is a finalist in the novella category. The winners won’t be announced until September, but as far as I’m concerned, being a finalist makes me a winner!

So you see God really does work all things out for the good of those who love Him!

PS.  Don’t forget, I also have a devotional that goes with the novel–DEVOTIONS FROM PUZZLE HOUSE.

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Until next time…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!