STOPPED COLD by Gail Pallotta

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GIVEAWAY ALERT! Read to the bottom to have a chance to win a review copy of STOPPED COLD or a Kindle copy of BARELY ABOVE WATER–winner’s choice. Barely Above Water is a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Award Winner! Now let’s find out a little more about Gail Pallotta and her new book, STOPPED COLD.

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. She’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a 2013 Grace Awards finalist for an earlier edition of Stopped Cold and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award winner. She’s published six 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 www.http//gailpallotta.com.

Things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina.

Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school swimming and hanging out with friends—until the day her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking steroids. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital.

Anger sets a fire for retribution inside her, and Margaret vows to make the criminals pay. Even the cop on the case can’t stop her from investigating. Looking for justice, she convinces two friends, Jimmy and Emily, to join her in a quest that takes them through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture they discover deep in the woods behind the school. Time and again they walk a treacherous path, and come face-to-face with danger.

All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

The high school in Stopped Cold, Meriwether Christian, has its own twitter page. Margaret would love to have you follow it at Meriwether Christian @ MeriwetherCS (https://twitter.com/MeriwetherCS/followers). What a fun idea!

 

The theme for Stopped Cold, you don’t have to be number one for God to love you, rattled around in my head for years. As a college student and later as a Mom I saw children, teens and young adults suffer heartache and sometimes, devastating results because they didn’t always excel. The results ranged from sadness over not winning a race, or making all As to suicide attempts and suicide in young adults. The more pain I witnessed, the more I wished these children, teens and young adults had believed they did not have to be the best, but do their best. Even though the drive seemed to originate from different sources – parents, siblings, peer pressure or within – I wanted to tell them that God had given each of them a gift or gifts to use for Him, and they didn’t need to be #1.

Over the years I’ve seen quite a few newspaper articles exploring this subject. In “A Young Athlete’s World of Pain and Where It Led,” published on June 22, 2016, in “The New York Times,” Tim Rohan tells the story of a young football player suffering from concussions. He didn’t mention it to anyone because he thought it wasn’t the manly thing to do. He ended up killing himself.

In today’s society the sports media lambasts us with their opinions of the best and worst players in a game. While accolades about the best and demeaning remarks about the worst may make good headlines, they’re anything but healthy for young people. They also fail to promote healthy competition, which is unfortunate because it’s a good thing. Healthy competition pushes us to do our best. We may achieve success beyond our goals, or not, but when the game or contest ends, we realize it was only a competition and doesn’t define our worth as a human being.

People compete in so many things, and it’s fun—everything from pie tasting, quilting and sports to writing contests, the list goes on and on, but neither the competition, nor the hoopla surrounding it, are the reason for our existence. The Westminster Catechism tells us our
chief end” is “to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”

Thanks for visiting us, Gail. This sounds like a great book to read.

Stopped Cold is available at most online book stores including Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

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GIVEAWAY ALERT! Thanks to Gail’s generosity, one  winner gets their choice of  a review copy of STOPPED COLD or a Kindle copy of BARELY ABOVE WATER. Barely Above Water is a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Award Winner! Now let’s find out a little more about Gail Pallotta and her new book, STOPPED COLD. To enter the giveaway leave a comment. Winner will be chosen June 10. 

 

 

 

 

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Writer of the Day–Gail Palotta

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BOOK GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the release of her new book, Gail’s giving away a copy of one of her books, Barely Above Water. To learn how to enter the giveaway read to the bottom of the post!

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! Winner will be chosen on November 15!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!