Saturday, October 25, 2014

Story Saturdays

Exciting things have happened in the last two weeks. I released two more stories and have a third ready for formatting. This makes 31 novels/novellas released this year, with number 32 on the horizon.

On Sale for 99 CENTS:

Ichabod & Penelope
Eden

99 CENT New Releases:

*All links below are Amazon links. For B&N and KOBO links, please visit the blog

Cops & Robbers
For Tonight
Merry Christmas From Florida
Heaven & Earth (Western Women) Book 1
What A Woman Needs

For Tonight and What A Woman Needs are both new releases since my last Story Saturdays post. My editor said For Tonight was some of my best writing. It's romantic suspense that will keep you guessing.





Also received an excellent review of Cops & Robbers. The reviewer called it "James Bond on the fast track."Awesome.

FREE BOOKS:

The Amanda Series
Christmas Angel

These are permanent free prices, so download and share the links.

NEWS:

Look for Pick Me to appear at Barnes & Noble and KOBO in the next couple weeks.

Also, Atlas is now a series, Billionaire Boys Club. There will be two more books and Atlas Bellamy will appear in both. Here's the cover for book 2. I'm super excited about this story!




To those who want to know, I am going to finish the last book in The Coralee Chronicles, Mommy Wears A Green Shirt, so just hang in there. I hope to complete it in time for Christmas.

Also, I finished writing book 1 of my 2nd sci-fi series, 653: Rise Of The Sun (Cyborg Romance Series). Yes, you read it right. Cyborgs.  Here's a sneak peak.




 “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 is sent in to protect an aged priest, whose life is at risk. But his emotionless, machine-like existence changes the minute he meets human, Lexie Hollis.

Knowledge and feelings he’s never needed begin to form. She encourages him to think on his own, form opinions, solve the mystery of the sun symbol, 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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This week's excerpt comes from my next release, Secret Admirer. This is a sweet story geared toward young adults filled with hope and romance at Christmas.




He couldn’t explain how it’d happened, at what point he’d begun to admire her. In her red coat, she’d stood out from the muted winter hues of everything else. That’d made it easy to spot her, easier still to follow her across the park. Her hair blowing around her face, she’d embrace anyone out there. He’d once seen her give the scarf around her neck.

Over time though, it’d become more than just her actions. She’d taken a place in his heart. He hadn’t told a soul, besides a few words to Ferris. How could he like someone he’d never met and knew nothing about?



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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, October 19, 2014

Sunday Photographs

The weather has turned cooler with our temperatures in the mid-60s (F) at night and a sunny 85 during the day. Blissful and dry.

I have two pics this Sunday, but first, be sure to jog over to Steve's Digicams and check out my latest article, "Gratitude."

Enjoy! And happy Sunday.


Water Lily
Water Lily 10-15-2014 photo 500-DSC_3329_zps16f9bdfd.jpg

Sunrise
Sunrise 10-16-2014 photo 500-DSC_3336_zps2e435a5f.jpg




*Note to email subscribers:  I have switched my email subscription service to one which should be more reliable. My previous service stopped delivering to Yahoo, Comcast, AOL, Hotmail, or AT&T addresses. My apologies for the sporadic deliveries. I hope in the next few weeks to get things up and running properly. You can, of course, catch up on anything you've missed at the blog link below.

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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, October 15, 2014

It's Your Fault!

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? (Jn 8:10)

The religious leaders of Jesus' day brought him a woman found having an adulterous affair and proceeded to accuse her of it in front of everyone. They were the gossips, the news broadcasters, and she was the headline.

IT'S HER FAULT!

But Jesus didn't even acknowledge they'd spoken. Instead, He knelt down and began writing in the sand, until every one of the people involved walked away. Then, in private, He forgave her. (Jn 8:10-11)

Bizarre. I mean, turn on the news, and we do the opposite every day. It's his fault or her fault or their fault. Look at what he did, and can you believe she had the nerve to do this or that? We talk about family members, friends, neighbors, celebrities, and a string of other people we haven't met without giving it another thought.

Especially when what they did turns out to be true. That justifies it. After all, we're allowed to talk about sin when it was actually sin. Aren't we?

Jesus didn't. He didn't blame her at all. In fact, He protected her. When was the last time you did that?




IT'S MY FAULT!

A list of "10 traits of an alpha male" caught my eye the other day, and I got stuck on number four - You Blame Others.

An alpha male takes responsibility for his own actions. He doesn't seek out excuses to make himself seem less culpable; he knows that his hard work and persistence will eventually turn the tide in his favor, so he doesn't sweat owning up to his mistakes.

In my head, blame is like driving your car into a telephone pole and blaming the telephone company for putting the pole there. They should have known on October 12, 2014, you'd drive your car that way and need the space.

Ridiculous.

Yet, once again, we do this all the time. We blame the woman taken in adultery, instead of leading her to Christ. We blame the homeless drunk, instead of finding out he served in Vietnam and saw too much death. We blame the unwed mother, the player, the cultural icon ... anyone but ourselves.

But Jesus has already set us an example of how to behave. Sometimes, we need to kneel down and start writing in the sand until the air's been let out of the situation. Then look the person or situation in the eye and say, "I forgive you."

Or even better, "I was wrong."


*COMING SOON*


In association withThe Edge Books.
theedgebooks.blogspot.com/


His gaze seemed made for her alone, the curve of his mouth fashioned solely to bring her enjoyment, and for a moment in time, she melted into it, lost to the war and the frayed edges of her life.

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Caught up in an adulterous love affair, Charlotte Lake can only blame herself for how miserable it’s become. After all, she chose to become the “other woman” and with that choice, betrayed everything holy about marriage.

When her secret threatens to emerge, however, she finds her only salvation in the kind, gentle hands of sailor, Nashville Jaeger. If she’ll trust him, he knows a way out.

But the biggest thing he brings into her life is perhaps the greatest gift of all – forgiveness – and with it, a piece of his heart.

A story of God’s willingness to heal any heart by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.




*Note to email subscribers:  I have switched my email subscription service to one which should be more reliable. My previous service stopped delivering to Yahoo, Comcast, AOL, Hotmail, or AT&T addresses. My apologies for the sporadic deliveries. I hope in the next few weeks to get things up and running properly. You can, of course, catch up on anything you've missed at the blog link below.

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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, October 12, 2014

Sunday Photographs

Here it is mid-October and the weather is still 85 (F). However, the rains have slowed, which is good because we've been unable to mow for a couple weeks.

Still lots of wildlife around in the yard, but fortunately, no more coyote sightings.

Enjoy!

Video - Northern Mockingbird



Goldenrod
Goldenrod 10/9/2014 photo 500-DSC_3304_zps9c58b823.jpg

Juvenile Cuban Tree Frog
Juvenile Cuban Tree Frog 10/9/2014 photo 500-DSC_3290_zps26ba6b48.jpg

Spiderweb
Spiderweb 10/9/2014 photo 500-DSC_3261_zps87a1047a.jpg

Spiderweb 10/9/2014 photo 500-DSC_3259_zps794fa2d0.jpg

Wildflower
Wildflower 10/9/2014 photo 500-DSC_3313_zpsae555ec7.jpg


To view the complete album of images, visit my Photobucket.


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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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Graphic Design 101: Layer Masking

I was sharing this technique with a friend and thought it worth outlining here on the blog. I will not reveal the full cover I was working on, but enough that you can see what I was trying to do.



Question:  How did I put the cowboy over the text and still fade it into the background image?

Answer:  That was a matter of creative layer masking.  Here's the final stack of layers.




I am blending two separate images into one. Notice the order of the layers (ignore my wrong layer numbers). Going from bottom to top:

Layer 1: Solid background
Layer 2: Background image
Layer 3: Text
Layer 4: Text
Layer 5: Cowboy
Layer 6: Dust Overlay

If you've worked with layer masking at all, using the Gradient tool on your layer mask always fades everything in the image. I didn't want this. I wanted the cowboy's arm and shoulders to be unaffected by any masking I did.

Here's how I protected that area:

1.) I made a selection of the background (the entire area above the cowboy). I saved this as a selection, in case I needed it again, then saved the file as a PSD.

2.) I inverted the selection and made my layer mask, thus excluding the background from my final image. (The cowboy should be inside the selection for this.)

3.) I inverted the selection again. (Now, the sky is once again inside the selection.) Leaving this selection active, I used the Gradient tool to fade the sky I had previously removed in step 2, back into the selection. The cowboy was not affected at all, but is protected by my selection.

Here's what my final layer mask looks like.



You can see the cowboy is a hard, precise edge. I can now put him over the text or any other object, but the area around the horse is faded softer into my other layers.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know.


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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, October 4, 2014

Story Saturdays

First, be sure to check out the blog for a new pre-made book cover added this past week!

I have two beautiful new reviews on The Florida Irish Series. To read the full reviews visit (link1) and (link2):

"Suzanne D. Williams continues to astound me at her depth of heart and the masterful level of her writing. She draws you in and then paints a breathtaking masterpiece all around you."

99 CENT SALE:

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLORIDA - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO
BLUSHED - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO
PHENOMENAL (YA) - Amazon
THE BRIDE WORE BLUE SNEAKERS (Coralee Chronicles) Book 2 - Amazon, Barnes & Noble

FREE:
The first fiction I ever wrote, originally featured on this blog, THE AMANDA SERIES, is now free at all sites, including some not listed on the blog. Amazon, Barnes & Noble This is a permanent price, so be sure to download your copy!

UPCOMING SALE:
GLASS has been temporarily delisted from all sites but Amazon. Look for it to be FREE October 22-23. These will be the ONLY days it will be free, so mark your calendars.

This story is an excellent Halloween alternative!

* a wonderful story that kept me reading until I finished the book when I should have been doing other things *  the ending is just fantastic * Old mansion, strange old women, half-truths, stormy weather, curses- and a beautiful young woman * all the elements of a cozy suspense * has an awesome spiritual theme *



NEW RELEASE:
COPS & ROBBERS. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO

Fast-paced Romantic Suspense!



“We’ll find her. If she’s as smart as you say she is, then she’s a survivor.”

But would they get there before whoever stole the paintings found out she was on their tail? Because he’d never forgive himself if they didn’t. Never. This had gone way beyond cops and robbers.

He half-smiled, then it faded. The light changed, and he hit the gas, surging ahead.

This was a man who needed a woman simply to breathe.

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Justin Cahill’s first case as a homicide detective walked into the middle of his promotion celebration wearing a very short, polka-dotted skirt and an amazing set of red heels.

Olivia Dircks. She said she’d found a body and wanted the police to know.

But when the body goes missing and she turns out to be the Commissioner’s niece as well as a professional art thief, everything changes. This case is deeper and more far-reaching than anything he expected.

Deep enough to alter the most valuable thing of all – his heart.


MY NEXT RELEASE:

I am in the process of formatting and edits on this one. This is Book 1 of a two book historical romance series entitled. "Western Women."



Here were Virgil’s vows. Here, where she could see them. With every stitch, every seam, he’d poured out his pledge, and no, she didn’t deserve it. But this wasn’t solely about her. He deserved to see his wishes fulfilled. He wanted this marriage. He wanted her, and she could give him that.

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Caught stealing from the local grocery dressed as a boy, Genevieve Nichols thought her days running had come to an end.

But then, Virgil Moses, the man responsible, says he’ll keep her secret. She’ll go home with him for now until he figures things out.

Yet her sordid past has taught her a painful lesson. No man can be trusted, not even one that, as the days pass, proves to have gentle hands and a big heart.



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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, October 1, 2014

Dare To Dream

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Hab 2:3)


When Joseph had his famous dream about greatness, the Scripture says he was seventeen years old and in a pretty good position in life. (Ge 37:2) His father loved him and his needs were supplied in abundance. (Ge 37:3)

But he did what we all do, he expected his dream to manifest immediately. He thought God's words would come to pass tomorrow and everyone around would see and marvel. It didn't work out that way. In fact, his brothers became so angry they threw him into a pit in the ground, taking his most prized possession, then changed their minds and sold him into slavery.




Life has a way of sending us backwards from the dream we have in our head. We thought we'd be successful by now, have everything God promised, without having to make much effort. Yet, like Joseph, what was given to us at seventeen was for an "appointed time" in our lives.

Joseph was thirty-seven when his dream was fulfilled.* That's twenty years where everything he thought would happen instantly, didn't. He was promoted as a slave, only to be tossed in jail. (Ge 39:9,20) It seemed he couldn't get ahead for falling down. But notice this, the dream still came true.

At seventeen, he didn't need greatness. He wasn't mature enough to handle it, as evidenced by his bragging to his brothers. (Ge 37:5,9) He had to grow up first and become the man God wanted him to become, at the time God needed him to be mature, in the place God planned for his dream to come to fulfillment.

Because the fact is, sometimes, instant isn't best for us.

I am much stronger for having exercised my faith to leave home without fear than I would ever have been had God simply made me well. Don't get me wrong. God does heal instantly. But had He done that for me, I would have continued in my previous behavior and not been grateful for the gift of mental strength I gained. I now know I am capable of facing fear and continuing to walk because I've already done so.

Let's be clear though. God at no time put me at the bottom in order to lift me up. God didn't want Joseph hated by his brothers, didn't desire for him to suffer for twenty years in Pharaoh's household. That is what happened, but if Joseph had kept silent about his dream and thought about it in his heart instead, it would have still come true.


We ask, "Why me, God?" or "Why not now?" or "How long before ...?" this or that happens. And, in the long run, may not always know the answer. The dream God gave us may seem miles, years, away. In fact, we've gone backwards instead of forwards. But God has a hand on us and knows exactly how to get us to that moment in time, as long as we dare to believe it.

That's the most important truth. Not giving up. Always walking by faith. And never looking at the troubles of life as an end to the dream, but instead, a bump in the road on the way to its completion.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  (Numbers 23:19)


*Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible, e-sword.net



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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, September 28, 2014

Sunday Photographs

An entire day of rain flooded the neighbor's cow field to the point one of the calves escaped into the adjacent field. Took almost an entire day to round it up and return it to its mother.

A day later, we were headed for bed when we heard coyotes howling from the corner of the property. I tell you, that will set your hair on edge!

Enjoy this week's photographs.

Sunset 9/21/2014 photo 500-DSC_3199_zps142ddc17.jpg

Dragonfly in flight
Dragonfly 9/27/2014 photo 500-DSC_3233_zps74a96515.jpg

Water lily
Water Lily 9/27/2014 photo 500-DSC_3229_zpsd3be2d77.jpg

Water Lily 9/27/2014 photo 500-DSC_3225_zpse1b7394b.jpg

Water Hyacinths
Water Hyacinths 9/27/2014 photo 500-DSC_3222_zps719489ec.jpg

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle 9/27/2014 photo 500-DSC_3213_zps7b813ec8.jpg

Bald Eagle 9/27/2014 photo 500-DSC_3210_zpsd31e5b66.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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Story

Windows to another age. Lives you haven't lived ...

Wander on over to the GNFA blog and take in my poetic look at THE STORY.

http://graceandfaith4u.com/posts/the-story-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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Story Saturdays

Newest Release:  MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM FLORIDA is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This sweet novella will put you in the mood for Christmas and maybe a little romance. Only 99 cents!

Also, the audiobook for GIVE ME CHOCOLATE (AND JORDAN) is now available for sale at Audible and Amazon. Only $6.95. Head on over and take a listen to the sample!



Book Cover News:  I have changed my custom book cover prices to reflect the difficulty of the work. If you are interested in inquiring, information is on the blog.

Also, I will sell a handful of premade book covers on the blog as well. These are $60 and will rotate as I make them available. To see what's currently offered, visit the above link.

What's in the works:  I am finishing up a Christmas YA entitled, SECRET ADMIRER, and (long range) the final book in the Coralee Chronicles, MOMMY WEARS A GREEN SHIRT. I warn you that story is funny! Even longer range: I am working on the final book in the WINGS series. I may or may not have that completed by Christmas.

My next releases will be SECRET ADMIRER and the first book in a historical western series, HEAVEN & EARTH.

Today's excerpt: Today's storyline comes from Wings2. In this scene, Sara Benedict is standing on the hospital roof speaking with an employee at the hospital.

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“Miss? Are you okay?”

Hearing a male voice, Sara pushed to her feet and dusted off her backside. She brought a smile to her face. “I’m fine.” Her eyes landed on the cigarette in the man’s hand. A thin stream of smoke purled upward. “You should quit.”

He laughed and took another puff. “That’s what my mother says.” He altered his voice. “‘Hampton, one day those things are gonna take you, for sure.’”

Sara focused on his face. “You’ll be thirty. You’ll leave behind a wife and two kids. Her name is Mary, and theirs are Mark and Peter. They’re five and six years old.”

His face paled, and he dropped the cigarette to the ground and crushed it. “How … how did you know all that?”

“I know many things,” she said. “You hate this job. It’s why you started smoking again. You wanted to move home to Virginia, but thought this would pay better. It doesn’t. You’re also worried about your wife. She hasn’t been feeling well, but God wants you to know it will pass. The danger instead is in your lungs.”

“What … what can I do?”

Sara raised her hands in front of her. “Do you believe in heaven?”

He nodded. “S-sure.”

“Do you believe there’s any sickness there?”

The man shook his head. “No. Why would there be? Is … is that where I’m going? Are you a psychic?”

She smiled wider. “I am a child of the Creator, filled with His light … There is no sickness in heaven. Therefore, the words of the Scripture are fulfilled. ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’” She reached her palms out and laid them on his brow, releasing the energy built in her form, and the man’s legs gave way. He slid to the ground in a heap.

She knelt at his side and prayed until he opened his eyes.

“What was that?” he asked.

“That was your salvation. Go home to Virginia,” she said. “Go back to church, and stop smoking.”

“I … I will.”

She helped him to his feet, and he scampered away, waving once before he went through the roof doorway.

Sara turned around and faced the edge again. “That was why I was here today,” she said to herself. “But I will be back … for someone else.”



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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.