Friday, March 27, 2015

Story Saturdays

 99 Cent Sale:

OF ALL THE WAYS HE LOVES ME
YA

*Safe, Cute, and Positive
*Yes.its.that.good!
*Awesome Book

653:  RISE OF THE SUN
Sci-Fi Romance

*This was a different type of book by one of my favorite authors. It did not disappoint!
*Wow! My Goodness. Let Me Just Say, I Can't Wait Till Book 2 Comes Out.


99 Cent New Release:

HEAVEN & HELL
Western Woman, Book 2

*Beautiful finish to this two book series.


Note:

The Florida Irish series and SOAPED are in the Kindle Unlimited program for a little while longer. Be sure to download your copy. (Links on the blog.)

Also, I am doing my best to put my Young  Adult stories up for sale at sites like itunes, Scribd, and Inktera. To keep up with what's available, check the blog and follow me on Facebook.


What I'm Working On:

Brigitte Pink's after-school tutoring of fellow senior Nelson Trader is a mutual secret. He doesn't want anyone to know he's spending time with her, nor the reason why, and she's willing to protect his reputation. But time spent together leads to feelings neither one is prepared for.

EXCERPT:
“You ever wear a dress?” he asked.

I choked, coughing to catch my breath. “A … a dress?”

He nodded. He looked past me at the closet. “Can I?” he asked.

Can he what? Look in my closet? I should have been weirded out, but Nelson, I’d discovered, could do about anything and I’d agree. I waved that direction.

He stuck his head inside and tugged a hanger from the rack. He extended it to me. “Would you put this on?”

“N-now? Now?” I repeated the question stronger. “You want me to put it on now?”

“Indulge me,” he said.

I stared at the dress. It was a frilly number, short light green skirt with a puffy crinoline and a v-neckline that tied behind my neck, a party dress I’d worn only twice. I took it from him, and he scooted from the room. But I didn’t put it on right away. Instead, I crumpled onto the bed and stared at it in my lap.

How had this happened? How had I ended up here with him doing this? Nelson was all the things I’d thought I wanted to be on the first day of school. Only time with him had proven I didn’t really want that at all, that I liked myself more than I’d realized, and that I was worth knowing for me. At the same time, I’d learned I was pliable where he was concerned, and I still wasn’t sure if I was okay with that.

Resigned, I changed into the dress, at the last minute pinning my hair up. I dug out a pair of heels. It felt funny walking around barefoot, after all. And I made my way down the hall, halting just outside the living room to breathe in deep. I stepped in, my nerves rattling, one hand mashed to my waist.

His gaze spread wide, he gave a long whistle. “Wow. You look … great.”

I worked up a jittery smile. “Doubtful,” I said.

Long lines formed on his face and his eyes took on a solemn light. He walked toward me, halting only a short distance away and raising his hands to my shoulders. “You don’t see what I do, a lovely girl with a sweet smile and captivating eyes.”

I guess I looked skeptical because he turned me around and steered me across the room toward the sliding glass doors. Standing there, I could see our reflection. He looked awesome, even bruised and banged up. I looked awkward.

“I feel … exposed,” I said.

The corners of his eyes crinkled. “I won’t tell anyone, and you can go back to being Pink tomorrow. But for tonight, be Brigitte.”

His using my first name surfed through me. I turned around. “Brigitte’s insecure, like Sarah Jane. She can’t believe Walter even noticed her.”

Nelson gazed at me, silent, then glanced over his shoulder. “Walter wants to dance. We need music.” He faced me again.

I trembled inside. Nelson wanted to dance with me? Nobody would ever know we’d danced, but I was dressed up and not stupid enough to refuse. I left his side, turning on the TV and switching to a music channel. Some Tony Bennett tune came on. Nelson took my hand, pulling me close, and dropped his other hand to the small of my back.

Staring at each other, we swayed, unable to look away for quite some time, and warmed together. Slowly, my head dipped toward his chest, I pressed my cheek there. “I’m dreaming,” I said. He laughed, the sound reverberating in my ears, and I peeled my face back. “Seriously. You do know I’ll never get to sleep tonight?”

“Me either,” he said, his smile lighting my mind.


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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, March 22, 2015

Sunday Photographs

The first day of spring past and the weather here averages 83 degrees Fahrenheit. The grass is green, spring flowers in full bloom, and all the insects I enjoy photographing have returned.

Enjoy this taste of the season!

Bee on Wildflower
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Damselfly
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Ladies Tresses Orchid
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Blackberry Blossom
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Wild Grasses
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Blue Dasher Dragonfly
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Orange Blossom
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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, March 18, 2015

The Devil In The Church

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write ... I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience ... Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee ... (Rev 2:1-4)

I made the remark the other day that you can't stick your toe in the water and it not get wet. Nevertheless, like the church at Ephesus, that is what the modern day church is doing. Several times in recent days, I've read statements by church-going Christians that are anti-Scripture and pro-sin.




But justifying the sin is not the way to win the soul of the sinner.

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:5)

God, in this passage, did not refuse to forgive. Instead, He required repentance. But as long as we cling to the sin, make the sin okay and acceptable, we haven't repented at all. Our job as the church is NEVER to make excuse for the sin.

"Suzanne, you keep saying 'sin', and that seems harsh."

I didn't call things sin. God did.

Therefore, put to death whatever is worldly in you: your sexual sin, perversion, passion, lust, and greed (which is the same thing as worshiping wealth). It is because of these sins that God's anger comes on those who refuse to obey him. You used to live that kind of sinful life. (Col 3:5-7 GW)

The very fact we want to shy away from the word "sin" is further proof of the softening of our minds. The greatest victory the devil can have in the church is for its people to accept and promote sin. If we, the representatives of Christ, allow sin into our midst, we, like the church at Ephesus, will have a price to pay.

But that is not God's best for us ... not individually, not in our homes, not in our churches. He would have us victorious and successful. However, to get there, we must walk the straight and narrow road because remember what it says? The wide way leads to destruction. (Mt 7:13-14)



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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, March 14, 2015

Story Saturdays



4 Day Sale:

In time for St. Patrick's Day, all three of my Irish books will be on sale at Amazon for 99 cents each Sunday, March 15 through Wednesday March 18th ONLY.

Mark your calendars and be sure to purchase them then as the price will go up.

Love & Redemption
Life & Deliverance
Faith & Forgiveness

All 3 books are in the KINDLE UNLIMITED program until April 29th.

99 Cent Sale:

Book 1 of the Western  Women Series, HEAVEN & EARTH is only 99 cents at Amazon until Book 2, HEAVEN & HELL is released on March 26th.

Heaven & Hell is on preorder for 99 cents. Be sure to get both books as the price will go up!


Of All The Ways He Loves Me
YA * Limited Time

*Safe, Cute, and Positive
*Yes.its.that.good!
*Awesome Book

Take Me Away

Sale ends March 20th!

*a fun, sweet read that will leave you smiling and believing in love all over again
*I enjoyed it.

99 cents New Releases:

653:  RISE OF THE SUN
Sci-Fi Romance

*This was a different type of book by one of my favorite authors. It did not disappoint!
*Wow! My Goodness. Let Me Just Say, I Can't Wait Till Book 2 Comes Out.



What I'm Working On:

I've been in a bit of a writing slump lately, something that happens to all authors. As a result, I've been concentrating on book covers and one story in particular, CLARA. I want to share the cover and an excerpt here with you today because the cover is so ... epic. One of the favorites I've ever done for myself.

This sweet, historical romance promises to be a delightful read. Clara Tooley is hired as a tutor for the crippled daughter of the Clement family. She travels south not knowing they have an older son and, when she meets him, unprepared for the impact he has on her heart.


EXCERPT:

Mrs. Clements nodded and continued. “We don’t stand on ceremony, so whatever you think you need for yourself or Layla or otherwise, you’ve only to ask. Any one of us, myself, Mr. Clements, or our son will acquire it for you.”

Clara’s brow wrinkled. Son? “I wasn’t aware you had other children, or rather, you never mentioned it.” Other children would complicate things. Suddenly, what she did for one might make the other envious. Competition between siblings could be fierce.

If Mrs. Clements was worried about this, however, she didn’t show it. “Yes, Jasper, he’s …” she began.

But, before she could finish her statement, the front door creaked, the lock clicking, and heavy, male footsteps crossed the foyer, unseen. A masculine shape appeared in the parlor opening – broad shoulders, thick-muscled arms, and eyes as black as midnight. Captured by his gaze, Clara couldn’t look away, and her vision strayed to the dampness of his shirt, the tight fit of his soiled pants across his hips. A buzz lit in her brain.

“Oh, good,” Mrs. Clements said, “let me introduce you.”

She waved him in, and he made a few steps, but halted a good distance away.

“Jasper, sweetheart,” she continued. “This is Layla’s new tutor, Clara Tooley. Clara, our son, Jasper Clements.”

“Miss Tooley …” His lips turned upward in greeting, and he gave a polished bow. “So good to meet you.”



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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, March 8, 2015

Sunday Photographs

Contrary to the rest of the country, our weather has been warm this past week. When my friend in NJ was complaining of 19 degrees (F), it was 83 here. :) Such is the joy of living in Florida.

Here's a few pictures. I was especially happy to see the Sandhill Crane chicks. Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane family
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Toadflax
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Amaryllis
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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
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Ginger
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Snapdragons
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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, February 28, 2015

Story Saturdays

On SALE for 99 cents:

(All 99 cents prices are for Amazon. For Barnes & Noble, KOBO, or other sales prices, visit the blog.)

Take Me Away

*a fun, sweet read that will leave you smiling and believing in love all over again
*a neat,sweet short romance with a bit of adventure and mystery

Kickin' Hearts (Rodeo Girls) Book 1

*A comfortable heartwarming read

Soaped

*This was a great story . It teaches that people are not what they seen from the outside.

Life & Deliverance (Florida Irish) Book 2

*felt like coming back home
*Raw, real gripping story




PREORDER for delivery March 6th:

99 cents. Limited Time.


What's Upcoming:

I hope to have the 2nd (and final) book in my Western Woman series out sometime late spring. I am working slowly on several projects, none of which I particularly want to reveal at this time. So I'll just say there are a couple historicals, one set in 1750 in Southern England, which is different for me, and a YA or two.

I've been on a book cover bonanza, meaning when I'm not writing I'm creating book covers. This frequently gets me out of my writing slumps. If I posted all the covers for unfinished stories, this blog would be very long.

If you missed my post on DEALING WITH DOUBT, be sure to check it out!

God bless.

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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 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.