STOPPED COLD by Gail Pallotta


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//

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 ( 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.




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. 





My Friday Friend–GAIL PALOTTA


My friend on this Friday is award-winning author Gail Pallotta. She’s  a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor.

Wow! You are a busy woman, Gail. I’m getting tired just reading about it! Anyway…here’s Gail’s post:



Un-wrinkle without Ironing


Hmm. Something about me for my friend, Lillian.

I like good books, long walks on the beach, swimming, visiting with friends and family and wrinkle-free clothing. I’ll share the ways I deal with clothes that wrinkle. These tips are more helpful than inspirational, but they’ve allowed me extra time for things that are.

When I reached the age of ten, I started doing the family ironing. That makes an iron an antique, or at least an outdated tool. I’ve seen the steamers, and most of them look like aliens from other planets to me, so I’ve never bought one.

Over the years I’ve figured out other ways to avoid ironing in case an article of clothing that needs it accidentally ends up in my house. I realize some people like the task. One lady told me she likes ironing and does it to relax. I can think of better ways to unwind, but I go along with personal preference, realizing we’re all different. In case there may be others who think of the chore as slaving over an ironing board, and would prefer not to do it, I’ll share my secrets.

Sometimes it works to put the wrinkled article of clothing in the dryer and let it toss around a few times. It shakes out the creases. If it’s made from a fabric that absolutely can’t be put in the dryer, as soon as it comes out of the washing machine, stretch the material as far as possible without tearing it. First pull tightly on the torso or middle of the garment then the sleeves or legs. Afterward hang it up or lay it flat to dry. This technique works well, or I’m fooling myself, in which case my family and I are walking around unkempt.

Lastly, if possible only purchase wrinkle-free or wrinkle-resistant clothes. Many garments now are polyester or have the synthetic material added. I still remember the day I heard about the cloth, new at the time. I grew excited and wanted to throw away the iron. My mother insisted on a trial period for polyester attire. Then alas, she didn’t like the little balls that rolled up on it. Most Southerners scorned the new fabric, not only for the pills, but it also had an impact on the cotton raised here. Judging from the shirts, dresses, shorts and pants in the stores, I’d say today the two fabrics have made their peace. There’s nothing better than cotton with polyester added to keep it from wrinkling. Polyester garments are soft now too, and those producing it have done away with the pills.

I haven’t added up the hours I’ve saved not ironing, but I know it’s given me more time to take long walks on the beach, swim and visit with family and friends. That’s when I can sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy God’s blessings.


Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published short stories in “Splickety” magazine and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. Some of her published articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Gail loves to hear from readers. To learn more about her, visit her web site at 



With all Gail does, no wonder she doesn’t want to iron!! H