Saturday, May 19, 2018

Story Saturdays ~ My Next BIG Giveaway

My next giveaway will be May 31, 2018 at 7 a.m. In preparation for my next book release, Book 3 of the Grace & Cowboys series, I will give away both Book 1 & Book 2! This will be the ONLY place to get epub copies of these books.

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He had no right to be happy with someone else, someone innocent and sweet, a woman full of love for two little girls whose parents were miles away, a woman who made his pulse race, his palms sweat. His heart longed for the dream he’d given up, the one where he held the love of his life in his arms with no other thought but her.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, May 10, 2018

God-Light (Devotional)

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.” (John 3:19-21 MSG)

Around 7 a.m. most days, the rising sun shines through my living room window. The shadow it casts at that moment is always riddled with dust. I can see every grain on each table and chair. The floor is filthy. The TV, the cabinets and bookshelves, are coated in it.

Sometimes, I’ll get up and dust or sweep the floor, but my most earnest actions merely move the dust from whatever I’m polishing and into the air. It swirls around me, just waiting for things to calm so it can land again. There really isn’t any good way to get rid of it permanently, and in the end, I usually wait for the light to fade and hide the truth.

Photo by Sigrid Abalos from Pexels

I do this in my personal life as well, keeping my bad habits or sinful actions tucked away while God’s light is on. In the dark, I can pretend they don’t exist. Or even if a sudden ray of spiritual light hits me, shined from one of my friends, a sermon I’ve heard, or the words of a worship tune, I simply turn my good side outward and shield the rest.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10)

I’ve prayed this Scripture for years, asking God for right motives in what I do. But be careful what you wish for, because I’ve found in my life, which is far from perfect, that the person most guilt-ridden when things go wrong is me. I watch as others sweep the moment under the rug, while I struggle to put that argument . . . bad habit . . . incorrect behavior in its proper place. Whether it was mine personally or someone else’s that’s affecting me.

I’m not always successful and, along the way, have become a cynic. I watch the secular world sprint toward hell without a clue it exists, and I feel powerless to stop its downfall. Worse, I’m carried along on the wind of it. My good motives to overcome the thing I’m fighting seem fruitless amongst the criticisms of a displeased, offended age.

Or are they? What did Jesus say, recorded in the book of John?  

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)

Victory over sin and the sway of a godless, secular society . . . even stronger, having peace and cheer in its midst . . . comes with constantly bathing in the God-light. I seek out a word from heaven and faithfully apply it to me. Rather than duck into the shadows until it passes by, I face it and commit to change. Change comes slowly. That’s what Christians don’t understand. It’s walking every step, every day, in the light of Christ and allowing Him to alter our motives.

God is working in you to make you willing and able to obey him. (Php 2:13 CEV)

I look back and see how far I’ve come. This gives me hope for the future. And strength for today. God is with me, guiding me, even when I close my eyes, and I take courage in His presence. Because even when things are bad, whether in private or some public tragedy . . . at that minute, I know God’s been there already.

For my sake, He faced death and won.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. (Eph 5:8)

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Story Saturdays

If you missed April's FREE BOOK, there will be another at the end of May, and I think it's a biggie. You'll want to stay a part! If you aren't an email subscriber yet, join in. Visit the blog and look in the right-hand column or find me on Facebook.

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99 Cent Sale:

A KISS IN SEPTEMBER
~It all began with a little white lie.

EDEN
~A beautiful woman. A handsome teacher. A terrible secret.

These two books will be at this price only until May 15th. Be sure to download your copies!


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THE GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI (Coralee Chronicles) Book 1

HEAVEN & EARTH (Western Women) Book 1



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~ He's soft and warm and kind, everything a woman could want to hang onto.

~  Detective Irina Faussett's life just became far more complicated.

~ Justin Cahill's first homicide case walked in wearing a polka-dotted skirt.

~ Wrong place. Wrong time. Right woman.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Story Saturdays - New Sales & New Books

My next FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY will be on April 30, 2018. You must be an EMAIL SUBSCRIBER to receive the download link. This is often the ONLY way to get epub copies of my stories.

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Now Available!

I am privileged to have a story in this set with a group of wonderful ladies. If you like sweet, clean contemporary Christian romance, you will want to pick up a copy. Only 99 cents! 

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EDEN
~A beautiful woman. A handsome teacher. A terrible secret.

*Don't forget to visit the webpage and see what else is FREE and 99 cents! 

Now Available at Non-Amazon Sales Retailers:

~He's soft and warm and kind, everything a woman could want to hang onto.

My Next Release:

I was asked when Book 3 of GRACE & COWBOYS would be available. I plan to release this book sometime in May.

Here's a look at the cover and blurb:

Malcolm Stratton’s wife walked out on him years ago, and his perfect life collapsed. Left with the care of their independent-minded daughter and running his large Montana ranch, he’s given up any hope at happiness, much less finding love again.

Sierra Trask came to Montana to find quiet time and write a book. Yet the beauty of the land and the generosity of her host are marred by his depression and his constant fights with his daughter.

Taking it on herself to mediate a particularly loud battle, she volunteers to travel south with him to buy a cow. Yet, his reason for insisting on the trip and her reason for volunteering, add sparks to their already growing attraction, and when he meets with an unplanned accident, nothing, it seems, will stop them from falling in love.



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, April 12, 2018

All Things (Devotional)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Php 4:13)

We expect everything in our lives of faith to be dramatic. We’re on a constant uphill struggle, an endless battle, slashing at the enemy on every side. We must cross rivers and climb mountains, our lives in constant peril.





There’s some truth to that imagery, of course. But our days are full of much smaller moments, everyday decisions that require wisdom and understanding to perform. Look back at Philippians 4:13 again – I can do ALL THINGS. That includes seemingly silly tasks as well.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  (John 14:26)

We’re afraid to pray for those. But I can do all things because the Holy Spirit shall teach me all things. That’s profound . . . and comforting. When some new responsibility falls on my desk, even if I feel like I’m not smart enough, I know the One who is. This could be as simple as doing your taxes. Or maybe your teenage son or daughter needs help finding “x” on their algebra assignment. Maybe you promised to take a friend somewhere you aren’t sure you can find, GPS or not. Those are also “all things”.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2Co 9:8)

God cares about every part of our lives, no matter how trivial they may seem. He wants us to “abound” when we bake a cake for our mom’s birthday, when we call the cable company to straighten out our bill, when we take our car to be serviced and need to choose the right auto repair shop.

Sometimes it’s the small things that cripple us the most. We don our armor to fight giants, but take it off when it’s Uncle John asking for help to clear trees. Or to locate a baby gift for our cousin’s wife, who we don’t particularly get along with. Or the refrigerator needs replacing, but we have no idea what to buy.

I want to be sufficient in those tasks, too.

I’ve found, in my life, personally, that my need to shift responsibility onto others – a “you do it for me” attitude – never works out. Any time I think I can get him or her to take care of it, it’ll fall even harder on my shoulders, and those moments are when I pray, “I can do this through Christ.” I need supernatural strength to walk the dog some days, especially when it’s cold and windy and she’s decided to play.

I can do all things and have patience. I can do all things and understand how to fill out this form. I can do all things and find a perfect vacation rental within my budget. I can do all things and select the right doctor, hair salon, or lawn company.

All things includes all things.

And the Lord give thee understanding in all things. (2Ti 1:7)

Does a God who knows our soul, who saw us when we were made in secret, a God of such infinite detail to create the smallest part of us, abandon us when we need to change a flat tire? He’s only here for me when I’m slugging it out in some spiritual battle, but not when I’ve had an argument with my spouse? (Ps 139:14-16)

No, that’s when I need understanding the most. I know God is for me; therefore, who can be against me? Always. For everything. Even if today it’s as small as calling the electric company. God is with me for that, too.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Rm 8:31-32)

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Story Saturdays - A New Release & 2 New Paperback Editions

Now available in ebook at Amazon!

TOUGH AS TEXAS (Cowboys of the Double R) Book 3


 Also:

The two stories sold exclusively (as ebooks) in the set THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR are now in paperback as well.

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND

HIS & HERS CHRISTMAS

Look for Book 7 of The Florida Irish series, CHASE'S WIFE, to be in paperback within the next week. It has already been formatted and approved for sale.

99 Cent Sale:

A KISS IN SEPTEMBER

FREE at Barnes & Noble, itunes, KOBO, Scribd, & other websites:

THE GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI (Coralee Chronicles) Book 1

HEAVEN & EARTH (Western Women) Book 1

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My Next Giveaway will be at the end of April. Look for more information two weeks from now or on my Facebook and Twitter.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I Just Want To Read

I just want to read a book. Reading makes better writers, they say. But writing has made me a horrible reader.

I remember reading for the fun of it, losing my day amidst the pages of some novel . . . 200,000 words or more. Now, I can’t manage 1,000 without dissecting every sentence. I’m bothered by grammar and structure, by character names and plot lines. I’m changing the story to fit what I think is best.




I just want to read a book. Not edit it. I don’t mind editing for my friends when I can find the time. But when I’m reading something by someone I don’t know, I’m still editing. They missed a comma, misspelled a word. Their pronouns, apostrophes . . . something is off. I might get a laugh here and there, amused by the author’s cleverness, but then it happens again. I must correct the story.

I’d be so great to read a book . . . that I didn’t write. Don’t get me wrong. I love my stories. I love my characters. I’ve lived their lives vicariously in my head over and over. But sometimes I want to enjoy finding out what will happen without the stress of the ending coming from me. I don’t want to make choices or decisions about who will get with who, if she misunderstands him and walks away or not. I want someone else to do it . . . some other author to get the headache, to stay up late or get up early, to write in their car, on the bed stand. Wherever.

If only I could read a book . . . and not be involved in its creation. Not the formatting, the book cover, the marketing end. I don’t want to tweet or post on Facebook or Instagram. If only, I could go back in time and just READ. Back to the girl I was at age 16, curled up on my bed, lost in a war that happened hundreds of years ago. I want to learn from the story and come away wondering what it was like. Not be who I am now trying to decide if the author got the facts wrong or not. Was that object invented then? Is the female character dressed incorrectly? Would she really say that, or did Shakespeare invent the phrase?

Reading is my career, and as such, it has changed how I write. Writing is my profession, and it has changed how I read. The fact is I can’t ever go back. I can’t unbake the cake, unscramble the egg, etcetera. I can’t unwrite my stories and take away my ambition. I can’t be carefree and innocent within a book’s pages again. Those are facts.

Reading would make me a better writer, but writing stops me from opening books.

Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do, and really, at the heart of it, I don’t want to change anything. Except when it comes to reading. Because knowing how my head works keeps me from reading at all. I’m more apt to watch television. It’s far more mindless, especially since I’ve seen this episode three times already.

Didn’t the man’s wife burn the house down for the insurance money? Hit pause, for a moment, and let me turn my computer off . . . We’ll watch it together.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Story Saturdays - Don't Forget To Sign Up For This Month's Free Book!

Don't forget to sign up for this month's FREE BOOK, "Suit (Best Dressed Series) Book 1". You must be a subscriber by 7 a.m. 3/31/2018 to receive the download link. I will include both Kindle & epub versions.

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99 Cent Sale:

TO SWIM AT MIDNIGHT (The Edge Books)
 
A KISS IN SEPTEMBER
 
FREE at Barnes & Noble, itunes, KOBO, Scribd, & other websites:
 
THE GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI (Coralee Chronicles) Book 1
 
HEAVEN & EARTH (Western Women) Book 1
 
New Release:
 
CHASE'S WIFE (Florida Irish Series) Book 7
 
 
 
NOW IN PAPERBACK
 
 
WELCOME TO WONDERLAND
 
*The eversion of this book is available only in the set "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year". 
 
 LASTLY . . .
 
If you've ever wondered what books I like to read, then visit my Amazon Influencer page. These books include General fiction, Christian fiction, and Nonfiction. I'll be updating this page as time goes on to include movies and music as well. Enjoy!
 
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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA
 
 



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Aw, God, Do I Have To?

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? (22) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Mt 18:21-22)

I had a bad day. You know, one of those where even the dog doesn’t cooperate? Well, ‘round about 10 a.m., I exploded. I screamed at everyone within a two-mile vicinity. And regretted it afterward.

You know the drill. “I should never have … and now they will always think of me like …”

Regret is a good thing, though, because it got me thinking about forgiveness and repentance. “Lord,” I said, in a sort of prayer, “Seventy times seven is REALLY hard to do.”

It looks good on paper. As Christians, we should be all “turn the other cheek,” “love the unlovely,” etcetera. Except I’ve seen anger and offense creep into the church. Someone lit into me the other day over something trivial, and I was taken aback. But struck harder by the thought I was supposed to pray for them and move on.

And I don’t mean pray they’ll trip.




The Bible says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Rm 12:19) We love to quote that, picturing lightning bolts striking someone and God up there beating his chest, “Bwahaha!” Truth is, He’s more apt to show them mercy if they’ll receive it.

Fixing the other person is not our job.

I heard speaker, Joyce Meyer, say she spent years trying to fix her husband, Dave, only to realize it didn’t work and she was the only one who was miserable. This helped me with my own relationships. I am apt to blow up first then swim in my regret for several days. But if I let God handle the one who’s antagonizing me, if my prayer is, “Give me a clean heart, O God,” and not, “Let Sister So-and-so stump her toe,” I can place myself in the Holy Spirit’s control and overcome those awful moments.

Overcome them and defeat them. Because God’s instructions to us are tougher than simply not fighting back. God said to forgive “seventy times seven,” then He said to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Mt 5:44)

“Aw, God, do I have to?”

Yep. And notice, all of those things require ACTION on our part. To DO GOOD we must actually DO something. To BLESS someone, to PRAY for them, we must speak peaceful words. To show God’s love we must be the antithesis of everything our flesh and mind asks us to do. I heard a preacher say, “The nose doesn’t have to associate with the armpit,” referring to the body of Christ. So, take comfort that your prayer doesn’t mean you have to spend a day with Mr. Grumpy, it does mean we must seek to react differently. To actually crucify our flesh. (Gal 5:24)

And become like Jesus, who loved the least of men, but faced the devil in faith and power and won. We grow strong in Christ. Strong enough to love when, at that moment, it’s the last … the hardest thing we will ever do.



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Story Saturdays - This Month's Free Book & A New Release from Joy Ohagwu


This Month's FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY.

SUIT (Best-Dressed Series) Book 1

*Email subscribers only. You must be on my mailing list by 7 a.m., March 31, 2018, to receive the download link. Book will be provided as epub and Kindle versions. Emails powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam-free.



On Sale For 99 Cents:

ME & TIMOTHY COOPER
 
TO SWIM AT MIDNIGHT (The Edge Books)
 
FREE at Barnes & Noble, itunes, KOBO, Scribd, & other websites:
 
THE GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI (Coralee Chronicles) Book 1

What the latest readers are saying:  "The book was hilarious in parts. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so hard reading a story. I am not a teen . . . In fact, I am the grandmother of a teen, and I found the book delightful. I will most definitely have my granddaughter read this book as well." - LindaJax

Now available at other websites:

WINGS (Paranormal Romance) Book 1
Sales Link


New from Joy Ohagwu:


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Her courageous faith defied the odds. Her heroic design saved the world from a psychopath. Now an ancient family rivalry threatens it all...


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Story Saturdays - This Month's Free Book Giveaway

This month's FREE BOOK will be February 28th. You must be an email subscriber by 7 a.m. to receive the download link.

In honor of my current online sale, I will include the Kindle version of Book 1 of the Coralee Chronicles. The epub version is FREE at all other websites, including Barnes & Noble, itunes, Scribd, & KOBO, to name a few.

Due to Amazon rules, this is readers only chance to get the Kindle version FOR FREE.

I am throwing in Book 2 of this three-book series, as well. I hope you enjoy the stories and, if so, please leave me a kind review.

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Also, I am looking for reviewers for my Cyborg Romance scifi series. If  you are interested in reading these 2 books FOR FREE simply reply to this email.


On Sale For 99 Cents:

ME & TIMOTHY COOPER
 
TO SWIM AT MIDNIGHT (The Edge Books)

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Story Saturdays ~ My Next BIG Giveaway

My next giveaway will be May 31, 2018 at 7 a.m . In preparation for my next book release, Book 3 of the Grace & Cowboys series, I will g...