Monday, February 23, 2015

Dealing With Doubt

*This blog is a duplicate of my post on the GNFA blog today. I felt it so strongly I wanted to share it here.

I’ve been listening to the voices in my head, the ones that say, “Why bother? No one cares if you publish. You might as well give up.” Or, “Look at Miss Author over there, she has tons of fans who comment all the time, but yours never say anything. You’re mediocre. No one notices if you fail. You’re just not that important.”

Voices of negativity and doubt.




More than half of writing is the writer convincing themselves they know how to write. The rest is self-assurance that what they’ve written is exactly what it should be. Being a Christian writer ups the ante. Suddenly, it’s not just good enough to write something, but we must also write something moralistic.

Then, if we get past the misgivings, if we manage to shut off the voices, it seems like a reader misunderstands our intent, and suddenly everything we knew we did right, all the i’s we dotted and t’s we crossed are maybe a bit off. It could be we missed the boat, and what if he or she is correct?

Writing is full of what-ifs, and Christian writing has way more of them because there’s that standard again. Problem is, people adjust it for themselves. What’s good to one person is outside the perimeters with another. What I write, what you write, sometimes falls flat with a person who simply didn’t understand it. Or perhaps they wrote a completely fair review, but for some reason, all those doubts surface again because it could be if you’d pulled back here or pushed further there, it would have become better, more people pleasing. It could be the voices in your head are right.

I have soft places in my skin where occasionally the dart of public opinion has made its way through. I have scars in other locations that I protect lest anything hit me there again. Both feed into the doubts that never quite leave. But here’s the thing. I can use those same doubts to make me a better writer. They fuel my faith. They cause me to look harder at myself, which in the long run might be painful, but is a very good thing. They help me hold my head up high when a book wasn’t, for that one person, what they expected it to be. They push me forward.

I wish life was full of glowing five-star reviews, but if you’re a new writer, then I’m sad to say, it isn’t. For every five-star you receive, the one you’ll remember will be the three, the two, or the one. But instead of sitting down and giving up, instead of releasing the talent God’s given you, use that energy to keep writing.

So that reader didn’t like it. So you don’t have all the fan uproar other authors seem to generate. So your author ranking, yours sale numbers, don’t glow in the night. Don’t let that stop you from writing because one thing’s for sure, as soon as you do, you definitely won’t see success.

And here’s one final word from someone who’s been at the bottom. All the money and fame in the world won’t make you happy. People’s comments won’t make you happy. Good reviews are nice and fan praise is awesome. But if you can’t find that joy within yourself first, you’ll still fail.

I never imagined when I got into this business that people could be so awful to other people. But they are and I’ve learned to go back to who I was before I became a writer – a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, someone’s best friend. Who I am inside, who God has made me, is far more important than what John or Jane Doe have to say, and that girl, who loved books at age sixteen, more important to please.

We love him, because he first loved us. (1Jn 4:19)

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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Available for Pre-Order

Now available for pre-order (for delivery on March 6, 2015) Book 1 of 2 in the Cyborg Romance Series.

Only 99 cents for a limited time!


“For me,” she said, softly. “I want you to try for me. Because I don’t understand what’s happening, but know if you can’t, I’m going to cry.”

She raised her head again, and their eyes met. “Become human for me.”

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A secret organization seeks to control the future. Cyborg 653’s task is to protect an aged priest, whose life is at risk. But his emotionless, machine-like existence changes the minute he meets human, Lexie Hollis.

Feelings he’s never needed begin to form and with them comes knowledge. She encourages him to think on his own, form opinions, and most of all fall in love. With her.

But what begins as something full of promise soon becomes a dangerous game that just might silence him and all of his kind … forever.

A wild ride in the world of science-fiction by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.



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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Photographs

The weather is seasonably cool with nice, warm afternoons. Spring is happening everywhere, from the azaleas to this wild plum in my yard. For the full set of photos, visit my Photobucket album.

Enjoy!

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Mockingbird
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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Heal Our Land

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour (1Ti 2:1-3).

Are you praying for the government or are you complaining about it? This Scripture lists four actions we must take where our government is concerned, and none of them involve giving scathing public opinion. Instead, we are told to pray, intercede, even "give thanks."




Now, prayer for the government is not, "Dear God ..." I admit that's what I've heard myself saying all too often. It seems like the world is going to pot, everything sinful being painted as legal and right, and morality tossed out the window. But a "dear God" prayer accomplishes nothing.

We must go back to faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1)

The very foundation of faith is believing for what we do not see. We pray based on the Scripture's words about what our nation should be, not what we think it is.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2Chr 7:11).

Does the Bible say God will heal the land or doesn't it? And will He keep His word?




Absolutely. What God has said, He will do ... as long as we meet the conditions of the promise. We lift up our leaders in faith-filled prayer, asking for God to give them wisdom and right-thinking, then hand the responsibility of the providing the answer back to God. That's His department not ours.

Our job is to pray.
His job is to heal the land.

For we walk by faith, not by sight (2Cor 5:7).

We are visual beings. We see what's going on around us, and it's our reaction to fall into dismay, to grumble and gripe about how things are. But that's as pointless as worrying about them. A solution only comes, a cure to the world's evils, by believing God can and will work through our leaders toward godly purposes.

I know how hard that is to read and latch onto.

I think that's why our initial Scripture said to "give thanks" because we tend to see the problems instead of the answers. But there is always something to be thankful for, and if you look deep enough, you'll find it.

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place (Ex 13:3).

I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old (Ps 77:11).

And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer (Ps 78:35).

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth (Ps 105:5)

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion (Ps 11:4).

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Eph 2:11-13).



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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Monday, February 2, 2015

FREE February 2 & 3, 2015

My latest Civil War Romance novella, I'LL NEVER SAY GOODBYE, is FREE, for Kindle February 2nd & 3rd. Be sure to go over and download your copy.

If you enjoy it, please leave a review!



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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Story Saturdays

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Perfect for Valentine's Day!

* Suzanne Williams at her best!
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* What a man, what a man, what a man

She Loves Me Anyway

* Loved the book!!!!
* This sweet book could be for anyone.
* a wonderful short-story full of young love
* Best I have read from this author


99 Cent New Releases:


Peeping Tomboy

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Kickin' Hearts (Rodeo Girl Series) Book 1

GRAY 
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I'll Never Say  Goodbye
(Available also as Kindle Unlimited)


My Newest Release:

SOAPED is now available at Amazon only (and as Kindle Unlimited) for 99 Cents.


“Here’s what Noah wants to do. He wants to prove to you how very wonderful you are.” He lowered his face to hers. “He wants to give in and spend the night in here, not on the couch. But …” He lifted his gaze again. “But that’s not what Sloane deserves. Life is not a soap opera. It isn’t written and edited in a script for the Great Director in the sky to give us our cue. Instead, we stumble along, speaking out of turn, and He has to correct us again and again. Life is full of mistakes, and I can’t say if taking this part as Trace on the soap was one of those or not. It could be I compromised myself today, but if so, that’s what forgiveness is for. I admit it was wrong, and I move on.”

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Caught up in a world of make believe, soap opera star Sloane Krieger has forgotten who she really is. What the world sees in her television character, a lying, cheating, hateful woman, is what she’s become.

When up-and-coming actor, Noah Lee, is hired as her love interest, she finds in him, after hours, something she’s forgotten she could be – herself.

But the hardest part of her life is yet to come, and the one thing she needs to fall in love just might be the one thing she can’t quite accept. Forgiveness.

A story of the search for truth and redemption by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS. 


Revamped Series:

I am super excited to show the new book covers for The Florida Irish series. I believe they reflect both the storyline and my growth as a design artist. I hope, if you haven't read the series, you'll take the time to check them out.

As celebration, I'm lowering the price on Book 2, LIFE & DELIVERANCE to only 99 cents. Such a precious story of God's grace.

All three books are not available as Kindle Unlimited. For all the buy links visit my blog.




My latest projects:

Book 2 of The Rodeo Girl series is completed for release this summer. Book 3 is bout ninety percent complete. I've also completed the final book in the Western Girl Series (Heaven & Hell).

Currently, I'm working on edits for Maire's Song, book 4 in The Florida Irish Series.


New Series:

I have a couple new series in the works, a YA, and another time-travel romance, this one with a definite humorous twist.




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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Photographs

Here it is January 25th and last night it dipped down to 40 degrees. Too cold! Despite the sudden change, spring is pushing at the canvas. Ours peaks around March 1st. I've seen hints of flowers and insect activity in the garden.

Here's two from mine - a wild violet and a monarch caterpillar feeding on milkweed.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stay For A While

And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20)


When I was learning to drive, my mom would say if I drove too fast I'd leave my angels behind. From a spiritual standpoint, I don't know if that's true or not, but it came to me when thinking about the above Scripture.

How many times do we outpace God? He wants to sit with us and commune but we're too busy to give Him enough time to lay down His head.


And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat. (Ex 25:22)

That's His desire. We were created for fellowship. (1Jn 1:3) But talking to someone while they run away is fruitless. They're listening to the sound of their breathing, their pulse in their ears, their footsteps pounding the pavement, not what's being said. Eventually, the speaker becomes tired of trying to keep up.

Slowing down so God has a place to lay His head, is our responsibility. It won't happen until we make the choice to do it! We can continue to run ten steps ahead, or we can stop and stay for a while, clear our mind of the turmoil of our day, and listen.




I'd hate to think I'm cooking supper, washing the dog, writing a book ... while there in front of me stands my Savior wishing I'd sit down for a moment and just ... be.

Think of what I might miss - an instruction, a moment of prayer on behalf of a friend, or maybe He simply wants to say, "I love you." Those three words might change everything, give me hope and faith, strength, perhaps another dose of patience.

All because I was listening.



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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Photographs

This is the time of year when I love afternoons ... 72 degrees, sunny, cloud free ... but shiver at night. Okay, so you people up north are laughing at me being cold, but I've been told our cold is more penetrating due to the humidity. Then again, what does a Florida girl know?

Three pictures this week from round about the house. I'm not sure the orange is ripe yet. I look forward to finding out in the near future.


Climbing Rose 1-16-2015 photo 500-DSC_3758_zpsb6a21a0d.jpg

False Dandelion 1/16/2015 photo 500-DSC_3751_zpsbc7232f9.jpg

Orange 1-16-2015 photo 500-DSC_3754_zps0ec945d1.jpg





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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Story Saturdays

New Release for 99 cents:

*NEW! I'LL NEVER SAY GOODBYE - Amazon
PEEPING TOMBOY (YA) - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO
STEELE (Billionaire Boys Club) Book 2 - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO
GRAY (The Edge Books) - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO

On Sale for  99 cents:

SHE LOVES ME ANYWAY (YA) - Amazon

*"This sweet book could be for anyone. It shows, among other things, what a little bit of encouragement can do!"
*"A wonderful short-story full of young love."
*"Powerful despite it's small size and it's a story that if you let it, will stay with you long after you read it."




On Writing:

PEEPING TOMBOY is #1 in Teen and Young Adult Christian Relationships at Amazon, and I've decided to do it as an audiobook. So look for that in the near future.

I've been working exclusively on the Rodeo Girls series. Book 1, KICKIN' HEARTS is complete and has been edited, but is not slated for release yet. I've almost completed Book 2, to be released mid-summer, and then will work on Book 3. I hope to have all of them done by the end of January.


Excerpt:

His breath blew loudly in his ears, much like the huff and puff of the bronc as it tried to pitch its rider, and it came to him again, him and her both trying last until eight seconds, only time and distance and the spinning of their hearts were against it.

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Halston Kane, the second of three brothers, considers himself stuck in the middle, a feeling which magnifies after his mother’s death. Never on top and not able to get ahead, he’s constantly losing out.

Saddle bronc riding is something he’s good at, yet lately, even there he falls short. Others who shouldn’t ride well are passing him up, and his best simply isn’t good enough.

Then Destiny Mullens turns up at his door, a girl he shouldn’t go near because she belongs to someone else. Sparks fly between them, and it seems what they both want – each other – won’t happen until he sets his doubts aside and takes the biggest ride of his life, one for his heart.

Book 1 of 3 in the Rodeo Girls Series by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.



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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.