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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Looking in the Window: June Fun!

Hats, Horns, Discussions, PDF Giveaways and Prizes!
Celebrating My New Release, Stopped Cold!
Join the June Fun

Fun on The Book Club Network, June 10th -  July 7

Each week for a month I’ll ask a question in the teen room on The Book Club Network then choose one winner for that week from the comments. Each winner will get a PDF download of Stopped Cold and one of the following prizes:
Fancy Nights Perfume

A stuffed cow from a Chic-fil-A football bowl game

A leather purse


An Olympic jacket from the 1996 Olympic Games

Come over to and join us in the “teen” room, beginning on June 10.

Giveaways on Blogs
Monday, June 3rd - A guest on Infinite Characters. I'll give away a PDF download of Stopped Cold at
Tuesday, June 11th - A guest of Christa Allan. I'll give away a PDF download of Stopped Cold at
Friday, June 14th - A guest of Linda Weaver Clarke. I'll give away a PDF download of Stopped Cold at
Monday, June 17th - A guest of Regina Andrews. I'll give away a PDF download of Stopped Cold at
Wednesday, June 19th - Visiting the blog Life in an RV--The Traveling Writer. I'll give away a PDF download of Stopped Cold at

What People Are Saying about Stopped Cold
Stopped Cold is filled with emotion, strong characters, teenage romance, adventure, danger and the intricate workings of modern day high school studies and sports. Ms. Pallotta blends all this together for a convincing story. Our hearts are touched by a family's concern for Sean who lies in the hospital non responsive. We see the story from Sean's young sister, Margaret's viewpoint and the feelings she fights to keep bottled up and maintain her Christian principles. The author is obviously well versed in swimming competition. Supporting characters are well done and fuels the emotions between close friends. I highly recommend this novel. By Larry Hammersley, author of Change of Heart, Go to "Author Search" and click on "H" . Larry's short stories: Motorcycle Woman, Small Is Beautiful, Photo Beauty, Runners High, Larry's Wild Rose eBooks, Free Read - Ice Rink Romance

This is a great read. I recommend it for teens as well as adults alike. It certainly kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next when Margaret, Jimmy, and their friend Emily go out looking to stop dangerous drug dealers. There's plenty of action and emotion. Mildred Colvin author of The Preacher's Outlaw Bride, A New Life and Cora's Deception.

Pallotta's high school drama could take place anywhere. Pressure from all sides: parents, teachers, coaches, peers take their toll, no matter the size or type of school. Margaret McWhorter and her brother Sean attend the exclusive Meriwether School, one which is targeted by drug-trafficking creeps who have infiltrated the very place that's supposed to be a safe and supportive environment.
It's not enough to be talented in the world of high school athletics. Margaret and Sean's parents unwittingly push their son over the edge as new competition for Sean's quarterback position comes in and takes over. Sean is pressured into taking steroids and body-building, and suffers a stroke and subsequent coma. Even though the pressure for Margaret, a champion swimmer, is eased by Sean's condition and the resulting parental guilt, she can't stop her own consuming desire for vengeance against those who hurt her brother.
But Margaret is only a freshman. She's just learning about life in high school, what can she do to find the bad guys? And who are they? Who can she trust, besides her mother's faith that God will make everything right? And Dad--he was the one who pushed Sean too much to begin with.
Detective Garrett, the one assigned to the case, is moving way too slow for Margaret's taste. He won't figure things out until someone else gets hurt, and Margaret isn't about to let that happen. She finally confides in her best friend Emily, who agrees to keep her eyes and ears open around school and their fav hangout, The Grill. Life changes in many ways as Margaret is forced to learn who to trust and what to believe in. Emily is a Buddhist, and a boy Margaret secretly admires, Jimmy, wants to hang out and help find the people behind the drugs. Is Emily's faith stronger than Mom's? And what does Jimmy really want?
Find out in this great new read. Told in first person, follow Margaret's journey to discover the depth of true character and faith not only in school and friends, but family.
By Lisa J. Lickel, whose latest books are Meow Mayhem, Whimsical, The Last Bequest and The Map Quilt on Amazon, and Healing Grace: a novel, Muse It Up Publishing.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Winner of Regina's Gift...

It was difficult to choose. My daughter visited this week-end, so I had her help.

The winner of a PDF copy of EITHER Light of the Heart OR Angels of the Heart and the $10.00 gift certificate is...

Hats and Horns...

Congratulations to Rose Milligan!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Looking Out the Window: Read about the Inspirational Writing of Regina Andrews. She Shares Her Thoughts on Writing and Faith.

Regina will give away a $10.00 Amazon gift card and a PDF copy of EITHER Light of the Heart OR Angels of the Heart. See below for Regina's question to answer to enter to win. Then leave your comment with an email address.

Welcome, Regina.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Gail. I am thrilled to visit and happy to share my thoughts on writing with you and your readers. 

It’s wonderful to have you. Tell us about your latest book. I am very excited about my newest release. It is a reissue from Writer’s Exchange Publishing titled Angels of the Heart. This is book two in my Sterling Lakes series.

What inspired you to write this particular book? That’s an interesting question because usually I rely on my imagination for inspiration. This plot, however, has one particular element that actually happened to me. In the book, developers come into town and their plans for a strip mall require the destruction of the Townsend Barn, a beloved local landmark. In real life, I lived in a rural area where a developer swooped in and wanted to build a complex that would destroy much of the open space in our town. Almost overnight, we became activists. I am happy to report that we were successful and the open space is still preserved to this day.

Congratulations! And thank you for sharing your inspiration for it with us. What themes do you write about in general?

Mostly all about the different forms of love. Since my books are Inspirational romances, there is a sizzling romance between a man and a woman. Then there is a relationship with God. The romance and the love of God are intertwined in most of my plots.  Other themes are faith, courage and the past and the present. The road is never easy, but the ending is always happy.

I love happy endings. Your faith must affect your writing. Tell us how.

It is my belief that everything comes from God. We are here because of Him, to open our hearts to Him and really trust him. Not just by praying “Let me get this” or  “Give this to me”. We have to turn the table. Prayers such as “What do you want from me?” or “I trust you to carry me through this” are prayers that demonstrate a respect and awe for His power. His will is the ultimate truth; not how or what we want, but what He wants from us. So yes, absolutely, this faith, this outlook of mine colors everything I do, including my writing. I am constantly writing about good people who hit really hard times and have to find their way out. Always the answer comes from God. Not a lightening bolt, though. It could be a song they hear or something another character says to them. This is the Holy Spirit inspiring them – egging them on – to perceive God’s message. That moment of realizing His presence and His word is the beginning along the path of healing and rebirth. It is not instant joy, with rainbows and bluebirds. It takes effort and courage. But the end result is always joyful. 

What a beautiful force to have behind your writing. Your words make me think of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God…”

Do you put yourself in your books?

No. There’s a lot of my sister, however, in Patty O’Malley in the Sterling Lakes series.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes, I would say don’t ever, ever give up. Believe in yourself and your talent and express your message the best way you possibly can. Keep working. Keep reading. Ask everyone to read your work. Listen to feedback. Keep an open mind.  Most of all, toss your ego into the local landfill!

LOL. Good advice. Thanks so much.

Thanks for having me, Gail.

About Angels of the Heart

The life of a television journalist has been good to Maryanne Lynch. That is, until she learns of developer Travis Collimore's plans to destroy the Townsend Barn, a cherished Sterling Lakes landmark, and build a strip mall in its place. Will Maryanne's efforts to stop him be successful? Or will Travis' plans for the future prevail over her attachment to the past?

Brief excerpt from Angels of the Heart
"Thank  you  for  visiting  the  show  today."    
His brown  eyes  traveled  up  and  down  her  frame.  "No problem."   "Everyone is  all  worked  up  about  the  renovations  to  St.  Luke's  Church  and  the  new  face  of  Sterling  Lakes.  It's  a  hot  topic." 
 "It's good  the  town  folks  are  interested."  
"They  are  more  than  interested,  they  are  reborn.  This  is  the  new  lease  on  life  that  Sterling  Lakes  has  been  praying  for  so  very  long.  You  can't  imagine  what  it  means  to   us." 
"Heartwarming.  Now,  if  you'll  excuse  me?"   
Maryanne  had  done  enough  interviews  to  know  his  tone  of  voice  probably  meant   he  was  not  really  interested.  She  took  one  step  closer  to  him.  "There's  just  another   thing  to  clear  up.  If you  develop  St.  Luke's  the  way  you  explained  on  my  show,  it   means  you'll  have  to  raze  the  Townsend  Barn." 
"There is  a  structure-­-­"  
"Townsend  Barn."  
He nodded.  "There is  a  structure,  Townsend  Barn,  thank  you,  which  currently  stands  right  in  the  middle  of  the  land  that  will  house  the  rectory  and  youth  center.  To build the extension, the  barn  has  to  go." 
"That  can't  happen."  
"The  architect  has  designed  for  it  to  happen  that  way."  
"The  people  of  Sterling  Lakes  love  the  barn.  It  has  an  angel  weather  vane.  That's  very  rare,  you  know." 
 "I  don't  know  what  to  tell  you.  The  plans  have  been  drawn  up  and  approved."  
Maryanne arched one eyebrow.  "Really?  We all know plans are made to be broken."

About Light of the Heart, the first book in Regina's Sterling Lake Series

Stained-glass artist Cascade Preston has overcome a dark childhood, deeply shadowed by domestic violence, in the town of Sterling Lakes. When she is approached to design new windows for a refurbished church in Sterling Lakes, she ignores the request. But when the no-nonsense Project Manager Dan McQuay appears looking for the window plans, the project takes on a whole new light.
Will Cascade be able to keep the dark, protective cocoon she has built around herself intact, or will McQuay break through and shine new light into her heart? Is it possible that God's plan for Cascade will lead her to forgive the town that ignored the situation with her family?

Brief excerpt from Light of the Heart
Cascade watched the sun, dappled from the leafy trees nearby, play across the firm planes of his face. "Being back here, I don't feel like anything has changed."
"Does that surprise you?" he asked.
"The way things are going lately, everything is coming as a surprise. I'm just trying to process it all."
"Want to go into the church?"
"Sounds like a great idea." She looked over at him but could not read his expression. They walked past the dirt piles toward the front of the church. A songbird trilled in one of the rhododendron shrubs as they moved by. Sunbeams glinted off the colorful stained glass windows. At the top of the wooden staircase, Cascade held the brass handle to open the ornately carved door.
"Go on." Dan reached beyond her and held the door open for her.
She entered the vestibule, blinking her eyes as they adjusted to the darkness. Images of the past flooded her mind. Some of them good, some of them not so good. She turned to Dan. "Come with me."
"You got it. "
They walked together down the main aisle. Cascade inhaled the familiar scents of wood, candle, and incense. She stopped midway and turned to face the back of the church. "These windows are beautiful," she whispered, looking up at the large round West window. "This is where I was inspired to do what I do and to be who I am today."

Regina also has an inspirational romance, In Good Faith, available from Awe-struck Publishing at

Read more about Regina and her books at the following links:
I belong to a wonderful group of writers called the Jewels of the Quill. Check us out here:

Regina's Contest: Leave me a comment and tell me what you thought of this post. What theme do you find the most compelling as a reader? A winner will be drawn at random and will receive a $10 Amazon Gift card and a PDF copy of either Light of the Heart or Angels of the Heart. Good luck to everyone. Thank you and blessings, Gail. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Looking Out the Window: Nike Chillemi Talks about Burning Hearts, a Finalist in the 2011 Grace Awards. Now in Print.

Arson, Murder, Action all part of this sweet romance set right after World War II.

Can a sheltered young seamstress, disillusioned by the horrors of WWII, escape an arsonist/murderer who has killed her employer and mentor, while trying to decide if she can trust the dashing war hero who’s ridden into town on his Harley—who some say is the murderer?

Erica Brogna’s parents doted on her and taught her to think for herself. Many boys she grew up with had fallen in the WWII, shaking her childhood faith. In rides a handsome stranger, at the hour of her most desperate need. A woman who is her close friend and mentor is trapped in a burning house. After making an unsuccessful rescue attempt, Erica stands by as this man rushes into the inferno and carries her friend’s lifeless body out.

Lorne Kincade can’t out run his past on his Harley Davidson WLA, the civilian model of the motorcycle he rode in the war. He’s tried. He’s been a vagabond biker in the year since the war ended. His Uncle Ivar bequeathed him a ramshackle cottage in Sanctuary Point, on the Great South Bay of Long Island, NY and now he’d like to hope for a future again, repair the miniscule place, and settle down. The only problem is, a young woman with hair the color of mink is starting to get under his skin and that’s the last thing he needs.

Such a fascinating novel and time. I love the patriotism of our country just before, during and right after WWII. Why did you pick this era to write about?

I've been intrigued by that ear for quite a while and decided to put my hand to writing about it. It's a time when America came out of the pain and loss of a war that they hoped would end all wars. The nation pulled together, became a little wiser about evil in the world, and America rose up to even greater heights. I admire the America of that era and wanted to look back at it. Immigrants with little but the clothes on their backs were pouring into the country from Europe, particularly Eastern Europe. They were not always met with open arms. There were struggles and difficulties. Yet there was an American can do spirit. Americans of that time held themselves with a great deal of dignity and class.

Is there significance (symbolic or otherwise) connected to the Harley motor cycle?
Nike: I think the Harley Davidson is a romantic symbol in the classic sense of the word romantic. It's also an all-American symbol. The Harley was used in WWII. In fact hero Lorne Kincaid rides the civilian model which is a replica of the one he rode in the war where he was a courier going on missions under General Patton. 

Is there a personal connection to any part of the story? If so, what?
Nike: Erica Brogna, my heroine, is a bit like me. She wants to be a dress designer and I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in the bridal industry. She's independent and stubborn and it gets her into trouble. I'm independent and stubborn but it never got me into any trouble at all. Yeah, right. Something I didn't realize until the book was in edits is that Erica's mother is very similar to my Czechoslovak grandmother. Mrs B excels in the kitchen and has a great sense of humor. So did my grandmother. Mrs. B teases her children and is teased by them. I recall my grandmother swatting my dad with a kitchen towel. He'd laugh and hug her.

Nike's Bio:

Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started writing at a very young age. She still has the Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned (penciled might be more accurate) as a little girl about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chairman, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 and 2012 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. BURNING HEARTS, the first book in the crime wave that is sweeping the south shore of Long Island in The Sanctuary Point series, finaled in the Grace Awards 2011 in the Romance/Historical Romance category. GOODBYE NOEL, the second book in the series released in December, 2011 won the Grace Award 2011 in the Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller category. PERILOUS SHADOWS, third in the series released July, 2012, and DARKEST HOUR, the fourth in the series released in February, 2013.  She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning).

Purchase Links for Burning Hearts:
Amazon/Print and Kindle.
Also Available in Ebook at Barnes and Noble/Nook.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Looking in the Window: Happy Mothers' Day!

A very Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms!

May you have 
sweet kisses
and scrumptious dishes.

May you make
memories so dear
they bring a happy tear.

May you enjoy
surprises in store
and hugs galore.