Gail's Book Nook

Monday, November 25, 2013

Blog Tour

Thanks to Miss Mae at Feeling Nosey for referring me for this fun blog tour.

Here’s a little about my corner of the writing world.

What’s my latest book?  I’m excited about my newest release, Stopped Cold, a teen novel with a mystery, spiritual talk and a touch of romance. While it has a serious message: We don’t have to be number one for God to love us, it has a fun mystery to keep the pages turning.

It’s set in a small town in the North Carolina mountains, but things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville. Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.

Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.

Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

What are people saying about Stopped Cold?  Readers describe it as emotion packed, an important story, one that touches on tough subjects, makes you think and has plenty of action.

Here are a couple short reviews:
This is a great read. I recommend it for teens or 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. Connie C.

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. Larry Hammersley

With Christmas just around the corner, it makes a great gift for the teens in your life.

How does it differ from other works in its genre: It’s set in the real world with real problems teens face at school, in their peer groups and at home whereas many young people’s books are set in a make-believe society.  It shows the difference in being the best one can be and in always having to be number one, and illustrates in a powerful way the devastation that can result from always having to be the best. Readers learn why not to use steroids and why to use the gifts God gave them.

How does your writing process work? I usually see or experience something that makes an impression on me. It rattles around in my head for a while then either goes away or starts to nag me. Sometimes I write a page or two about it and that’s it. Other times my interest builds in the subject, and I ask what if? Then a plot and characters take over, changing and shaping my first impression into a story.

Look for these authors next week…
Multi-published author, Lisa Lickel, at
Inspirational romance novelist Regina Andrews at
Tracy Krauss; fiction on the edge without crossing the line –


Miss Mae said...
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I.B. Nosey said...

I think your teens were stopped cold because they ran out of Gum Drop Island chocolate bars, heh heh.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hello I.B.,

Good guess. That would stop most teens cold, but that wasn't it. You'll have to read the book now, and find out what it really was.

Tracy Krauss said...

Your new book sounds exciting! thanks for the invite for next week!

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Tracy,

Thank you! I'm so happy you're participating.