Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Blog About Nothing … Or Everything

*This was originally published on the Grace & Faith 4U blog.

I sat down to write, but the earth seemed to conspire against me. The phone rang. My older dog threw up. My younger one left me a gift on the carpet (she’s 8 weeks old). My husband arrived, mid-shift, looking for dinner. I am sidetracked, afterward, by a half-dozen mundane chores. By the time I have it all sorted, folded, and washed … walked, fed, and answered … my brain is as blank as a sheet of copy paper.

Again. Because the truth is I’ve been in this pattern for days. There’s gifts to buy, errands to run … my daughter needs to get to work or be picked up … decorations to hang, food to prepare. The never-ending cycle of my existence keeps stealing precious minutes, hours, from me. All of it counterproductive to my writing. All of it unavoidable.

What I’m left with at 8 p.m. on a December evening is, instead, a disparate selection of thoughts that I wished all hinged together somehow, but actually don’t. Things I’ve read bleed into stories I’ve seen or situations I’ve experienced. My brain oozes with conversations on social media and texts from my brother, my aunt, my mom and dad. Best friends.




This is not me. In my mind’s eye, I am organized, capable, and efficient. I meet or exceed my goals. In reality, I can’t remember my name … and it seems like there’s something I meant to do just now. What was that? For that matter, what day of the week is it? Wednesday? Wasn’t there something I planned for tomorrow?

Sometimes, all I can do successfully in the whirlwind of life is keep walking the pathway in front of me. I must set aside plotlines and sentences and characters and be a mom, a wife, an employee first. Some days, the best action I make is getting ready for bed, and the closest I come to my WIP is five minutes of muddled thought right before I nod off.

I make excuses saying tomorrow will be better. I’ll have hours of free time to play author again. I’ll finally make more progress than two paragraphs describing a dinner scene. I’ll get an idea where the book will end. Another notch in my belt, star in my crown, ring on my hand.

Then again, I must water my vegetable garden. I should sweep the front porch. I promised my daughter I’d take her to the store. Maybe, once the sun’s gone down, the dishes are washed, and I’ve taken my bath … Maybe I’ll write a blog article about nothing (or everything. Which is it?) while a dog sleeps on my chest, the TV plays on mute, and … oh, yeah, the phone just rang again. It’s my husband. He’s working late. I may or may not be awake when he gets here.


It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year for romance.
4 sweet Christmas stories for only 99 cents! 2 of them EXCLUSIVE to this set.

Inside of everyone are dreams with the power to spawn fairytales. (WELCOME TO WONDERLAND)
 



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Welcome To Story Saturdays

Welcome to all new subscribers via the Reader's Realm giveaway.

If you're not familiar with me, I've written over 100 romance novels & novellas in genres from Young Adult to Contemporary Adult, Historical Fiction, and even Sci-Fi. I hope you'll enjoy my newsletters, but as a way of introduction, each month I give away a free book or sneak peek at an upcoming release and sometimes more than one! This is a great way to get copies of my books not available in other formats, too.

For my regular subscribers, if you'd like to join the Reader's Realm giveaway, I'll include the link. Win 12 ebooks & a $20 gift card! Included is a copy of my novella, THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART. There are only 4 days left to enter.




TBR February 13th:

The 7th and final book in the Florida Irish Series, CHASE'S WIFE, will be available for purchase on February 13th, barring any interruption to my schedule.

Don't forget Book 1, LOVE & REDEMPTION, is FREE!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
All Other Websites 

Also FREE:

The Girl In The Pink Bikini (Coralee Chronicles) Book 1
Barnes & Noble
All Other Websites

This book is 99 cents at Amazon, due to Amazon rules.

All other sales this month are available on my SALES page. Included is my first YA novella, ME & TIMOTHY COOPER and a story I wrote for The Edge, TO SWIM AT MIDNIGHT. Both are only 99 cents.




Now Available At Other Websites:

The SUPERHUMAN series is now available at other sales channels like Barnes & Noble, itunes, KOBO, Scribd, etc. Visit my Science Fiction page for sales links.

A Heads Up:

I have scheduled several articles written for other blogs to be released here during February & March. For new subscribers, I try to not send more than one email a week or one every other week. I hope you'll enjoy these thoughts of mine and, if so, be sure to leave me a comment. I read everything said to me on the blog.

THIS MONTH'S GIVEAWAY:

I will have a subscriber-only giveaway this month on February 28th. The book title will be announced at a later date.



 
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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Story Saturdays

There are only a few days left to subscribe for this month's giveaway. Deadline 7 a.m. on January 31st. 

All email subscribers this month get a sneak peak at the first 2 chapters of the final book in the Florida Irish series, "Chase's Wife."


To join, visit www.feelgoodromance.com and look in the right-hand column or visit my author page on Facebook.

*Emails powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam free.

Now available at other websites:

Flight Risk (The Italian Series) Book 1
Barnes & Noble
All Other Websites

A Cowboy For A Lifetime
Barnes & Noble
All Other Websites

Tattooed
All Other Websites

*"All Other Websites" includes Barnes & Noble, KOBO, itunes, Scribd, Inktera, Playster, Overdrive, and Tolino

FREE at other websites:

The Girl In The Pink Bikini (Coralee Chronicles) Book 1
Barnes & Noble
All Other Websites

This is a limited time freebie, so download your copy!



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Story Saturdays

My 99 Cent Young Adult Sale will end January 31st, so pick up your copies while the prices last. These are Clean Romances with heroes parents can trust. Visit my Young Adult page for sales links.

Also 99 Cents, is my single title, "A Cowboy For A Lifetime." This story is FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED.

Don't miss the great deals with my two 99 Cent Collections. Both have stories EXCLUSIVE to the sets that you cannot find anywhere else!

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
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God, Girls, & Cowboys
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All of my available sets can be found on their own page on the blog!

What's Up Next:

My next release is the 7th and Final book in the Florida Iris series, entitled, "Chase's Wife." This book circles around to characters in Book 1, "Love & Redemption," which is FREE at all sales outlets.




FOR MY EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: Look for an ARC copy of the first two chapters in your inbox on January 31st!

Blurb:
Taken at gun point to a remote location, Chase Sawyer’s bachelorhood appears to end. Lena Jessup has chosen him as her husband, whether he’s willing or not. And he isn’t – there’s no love between them, after all. Yet, her desperation somehow grabs hold of his heart.

Lena doesn’t want to marry Arthur Blessing. He’s offensive and vile. Chase, on the other hand, is successful and kind and … a big man. That matters, since she’s so tall. She’s told a lie, fooling her three brothers, to get him here, though. They should realize a man of Chase’s caliber would never do the things she’s said.

Their forced marriage becomes a dangerous game on the ride home. Arthur isn’t ready to give up on her. His reason, however, unearths secrets that her family has tried to hide … a story of her past that, no matter how strong and smart Chase is, might prove to be too much for their already fragile future.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Story Of My Life

You know how we lived among you. You remember how you set yourselves to copy us, and through us, Christ himself. You remember how, although accepting the message meant bitter persecution, yet you experienced the joy of the Holy Spirit. You thus became examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. You have become a sort of sounding-board from which the Word of the Lord has rung out, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but everywhere where the story of your faith in God has become known. We find we don’t have to tell people about it. They tell us the story of our coming to you: how you turned from idols to serve the true living God, and how your whole lives now look forward to the coming of his Son from heaven—the Son Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, and who personally delivered us from the judgment which hung over our heads. (1Th 1:6-10 PHILLIPS)

I heard my mother tell the same story for the thousandth time and dismissed it as yet another retelling. Truth is, I’ve heard her tell many stories many times. They are like old hat to me now, so much I can recite them.

My mom is a Bible teacher, and for 17+ years I have edited her sermons for resale. You’d think hearing her speak would get old, especially since I know all the stories, but instead, it’s become my most enjoyable part of the week. I have my own office. I am, for most points, my own boss. If I need to know something, I walk out and just talk to Mom.

We have lunch together twice a week. We don’t talk about anything important, necessarily, but, looking back, it’s the togetherness that matters. It’s the fact I’ve spent so much time with her and Dad that I have all these memories, this comfortable “Thanksgiving” feeling that causes people to travel hundreds of miles, or perhaps only ten, to sit around a table each year.

Photo by Dawid Sobolewski on Unsplash

I know her well now, and I imagine, she knows me. Our two days together matters to me significantly, and the stories – the stories. It didn’t seem important to hear how some woman I’ve never met tolerated a situation and overcame it until it applied to me. I saw myself walking in her shoes in part, and I said, “I can do this. I can overcome.” I would have never known that without hearing that story.

Or another tale she routinely tells that also, one day, there I was and realized, “Hey, that’s me.” Those people, who lived their lives as best God gave them to live it, will never know that some girl from Auburndale who writes books found inspiration from their walk with Christ. And I may not realize how the example I strive to set influences others who see me.

Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us. (Php 3:17 CSB)

Someone, somewhere on this earth might change their behavior because of what I’ve overcome. That is a sobering thought that stands with me often and guides my reactions. After all, if I found comfort in an unknown woman’s example, then it stands to reason others could find comfort in mine. Or worse, I could lead them astray. I don’t want to be responsible for leading anyone away from the cross and the grace God has extended to all men.

This changes my behavior. Many times, I have an opinion. But what if my bad temper, my snappy response turns someone off to the gospel? Or what if, like those stories, a woman I’ve never met hears a story about me and says, “I can handle this. God and I, together, will overcome this situation in my life?” That fruit, years after it is sown, will abound to my account. (Php 4:17)

So, as I gather this holiday amongst the family that God has given me, I’ll be grateful for many things, greatest of all for surviving this tough year, but also for other people’s walk of faith whose stories, whose victories have changed mine.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA




Saturday, December 30, 2017

Story Saturdays

HUGE YA SALE!

All  Single Titles
99 Cents!


All my single Young Adult novellas are still at 99 cents, for a limited time! 

These titles include: New ~ Jersey, That Love Your Neighbor Thing, Me & Timothy Cooper, I Kissed The Boy Next Door, The Best Week Of My Life, Of All The Ways He Loves Me, Ichabod & Penelope, All About Romeo, Love In Lilac, A Kiss In September, She Loves Me Anyway, Give Me Chocolate & Jordan, Pick Me, Phenomenal, Pink, The Other Player, Take My Breath, Away, and Good Girl Jayne.

Sales links can be found on my Young Adult page.

Also, included are my 2 Christmas YA novellas:  Secret Admirer and A Miracle For Mari. You will find this on the Christmas Romances page.

These prices will go up in January 2018, so download now.

Also 99 cents:

A FAKE BOYFRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited

A COWBOY FOR A LIFETIME
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited

Don't Miss These Sets:

GOD, GIRLS, & COWBOYS
Amazon

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Amazon

Both sets have EXCLUSIVE stories unavailable anywhere else! And, of course, both are free on Kindle Unlimited. 

A Look Ahead:

My first release for 2018 will be the 7th and final book in the Florida Irish series, titled "Chase's Wife". This book will bring the story full circle and include characters from Book 1. If you haven't read it yet, Book 1 is FREE at all websites. Visit the blog for sales links to the series.

Regarding monthly giveaways, I will continue to do freebies for my email subscribers, but haven't decided on the intervals yet. They will be a mix of old and new with plenty of exclusive copies available nowhere else.

Lastly:

Thank you for being a subscriber this year, for reading my posts, buying my books, and supporting me in your prayers. I look forward to what will happen in 2018 and hope you'll stay with me. God bless!


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, December 14, 2017

True Repentance

When He arrives, He will uncover the sins of the world, expose unbelief as sin, and allow all to see their sins in the light of righteousness for the first time. (Jn 16:8 VOICE)

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (NKJV)

We wear our feelings on our sleeve and dare anyone to bump up against us. Instead of bandaging our wounded pride, we draw a target around it and wait for the first person to draw aim. Everything goes. Anything anyone wants to be, do, think, or anyway they want to behave is acceptable. We are, after all, “born this way.”




When did sin stop being sin? When did the “works of the flesh,” adultery, fornication, uncleanness, and etcetera become passé? (Gal 5:19-21) The Bible says the Word of God stands forever, but clearly, in the eyes of many, the things spoken in the Word are outdated. (Is 40:8) We avoid the subject of hell, not wanting to offend anyone. But the Truth is “no man” will see Father God without first accepting Jesus as Lord. He is the ONLY way to heaven and part of that process is repentance. (Jn 14:6)

So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin] (Mt 3:8 AMP).

Repentance implies our conviction of wrong-doing. The Greek word means “compunction (for guilt).” (G3341, Strong’s) People have a ready list of excuses for their misbehavior, but to show repentance, we will, first, feel guilty. We will be ashamed.

Both inside the church, as Christians, who are following Christ AND people outside the church, the unsaved must come to the point where they see sin as sin and feel the weight of that sin. Yes, God loves everyone, and Jesus died for “whosoever.” (Jn 3:16) Yes, we are told to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” (Gal 5:14) That thought, in itself, is profound and speaks of having humility.

But shame for wrongdoing serves a purpose.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life.” The fact there is a choice to make says one of those choices is wrong, and wrong choices lead to wrong destinations, outside of the will of God. Additionally, Romans 8:1 tell us there is no condemnation to those who walk in Christ. That means, there IS condemnation outside of Christ. However, you can walk outside of Christ’s instruction while going to church, while reading your Bible.

The apostle Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2Ti 4:7) He was also the first to admit he was the chief of sinners. (1Ti 1:15) How can he say both things? Because no matter who we are, how we’ve lived, or what we’ve done, true repentance leads to life and peace. (Rm 8:6) And once it is received, we never have to look back at the past again. We find freedom. (Rm 8:2)

But we cannot dismiss the power of conviction, of shame and guilt, in putting us in a position to receive that life.

The target we carry, our need to be defensive of our sin, our being so easily offended when anyone steps on our toes will prevent us from having God’s best, and without acceptance of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, it will send us to hell.

He’s provided the way out. He’s provided love and safety and blessings. It’s up to us to turn away from sin and take hold of it.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Story Saturdays

From The Author:

This year, I released 15 novels or novellas, with 6 of those as 2 complete sets. I also finished the Billionaire Boys Club series, which was a definite highlight. I have two new series to complete in 2018, and some ideas for others, cooking in my head. I am also working on the final book in the Florida Irish series. It has been a long time coming.

Thank you to my email subscribers, especially, for following along. I hope the books I provided in my giveaways gave a few minutes of entertainment. I will continue to provide free books next year, though I haven't firmed the schedule yet in my head.

Until then, look for price updates, and be sure to grab the sales items while you can!

Devotionals:

I have a new devotional in the Becky Combee Ministries, Inc. newsletter for November. There will be another in December. By subscribing to their email list, you will receive more information about both. Visit www.beckycombeeministries.com.

Also, my testimonial book, FEARLESS, is on sale right now at all sales websites for only 99 cents. Visit the ministry sales page for all links.

I post devotionals monthly on the Crossreads website as well. If you'd like to be notified of those, follow me on Facebook or Twitter or pay attention to this blog for links.


HUGE 99 CENT YA FICTION SALE!


All of my single young adult romance stories are only 99 cents at all websites from now until 2018. This includes "A Miracle for Mari" and "Secret Admirer". Look for sales links on my "Young Adult" or "Christmas Romance" sales pages.

Now Available:

IMPERFECT COWBOY is now available at other sales websites - Barnes & Noble, KOBO, itunes, Scribd, etc.

I am also making THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART available for other ereaders within the next couple weeks. Look for that sales link on the blog when it becomes viable.

Don't Miss These Sets:

GOD, GIRLS, & COWBOYS
Amazon

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Amazon

Both sets have EXCLUSIVE stories unavailable anywhere else! And, of course, both are free on Kindle Unlimited.

On Sale for 99 Cents:

A FAKE BOYFRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited

A COWBOY FOR A LIFETIME
Amazon
Free on Kindle Unlimited



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Story Saturdays


The BIG CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY is coming!

This means FREE BOOKS! Both Kindle and epub versions will be provided. This is the ONLY place to receive an epub version of some of these stories ... AND I guarantee you will receive some of my new stories in the bundle.

To take part, you must be an email subscriber. Visit www.feelgoodromance.com or find me on Facebook. Emails are powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam free. Deadline to join is 7 a.m. 11/30/2017.

Now available at other sales websites:
Including itunes, Barnes & Noble, KOBO, Scribd, & more.
 as well as Amazon.

 
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HUGE YOUNG ADULT FICTION SALE!

All my single stories are 99 cents at all sales websites, including "A Miracle for Mari" and "Secret Admirer". (For other sales links, visit the webpage.)

AGAIN, any stand alone YA story is only 99 cents!
  
 

Lastly, remember all sales prices have their own webpage, and now, so do sets! You won't want to miss what's on sale this holiday season!

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Story Saturdays



FREE to Email Subscribers

This month's free book is "A Cowboy For A Lifetime". The deadline to sign up as an email subscriber is short, though. You must join by 7 a.m. October 31st to receive the download link.

Next month's November giveaway is my annual big Christmas package. Stay tuned for the contents in the next couple weeks. You WILL NOT want to miss it.

For epub readers:

I love my epub readers. If there's a book you want to read that is unavailable as an epub (for instance, it is in the Kindle Select program), the best place to get your copy is by being a subscriber. And here's a HUGE HINT ... look for some of my new books in the November giveaway, where I always provide both Kindle (mobi) and epub copies.

99 Cent Sales:

A FAKE BOYFRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS
*contemporary fiction
Kindle Unlimited Book

GLASS
*romantic suspense / Halloween alternative

EIGHT TO ONE
*historical romance for young adults

All my sales are available in one place on the blog!

New Sets!

I have two new sets released. Both contain EXCLUSIVE stories, available only in the sets. Both sets are only 99 cents!



Kindle Unlimited Set
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Kindle Unlimited Book

Also ...

Book 1 and 2 of a 3 book series, "Grace & Cowboys" have been released at the same time. You will find Book 1 in the "God, Girls, & Cowboys" set. You won't want to miss Book 2, though!

AND all my sets now have their own spot on the blog, so you don't have to search for them.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Story Saturdays

A Brief Note:

Email subscribers can reply to any of my emails or blog posts from within their inbox. I receive all replies and will always respond.

Now On Sale:

*All books on sale for a limited time can be found on my sales page. The books listed here are not my only current sales.



99 Cents
Kindle Unlimited Book


Now Available:

The final book in the Barrow Bros. Brides series.




Upcoming:

Saddle up for a pleasant ride – all the boots and blue jeans a woman can take in four faith-filled stories. And ... Story #3, “Singing Cowboy:  Going Home” is EXCLUSIVE to this set. You won’t find it anywhere else!

Available in November!


Also Look For:

I will have a set of Christmas stories available in November, as well. Included are several exclusive to the set. Look for more information in the next few weeks!



This month's giveaway:

Lastly, there will be a FREE BOOK to email subscribers on October 31st. You have to be a subscriber to get it. Also, November's giveaway will be a biggie. You won't want to miss it!

To subscribe, visit my webpage and look in the right-hand column. All emails are powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam free.


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

A Blog About Nothing … Or Everything

*This was originally published on the Grace & Faith 4U blog . I sat down to write, but the earth seemed to conspire against me. The ph...