Saturday, April 18, 2015

Story Saturdays


 99 Cent Sale Books:

Teen Romance
Kickin' Hearts (Rodeo Girl Series) Book 1

Preorder
Changin' Hearts (Rodeo Girl Series) Book 2
Release May 1




99 Cent New Releases:*

Teen Romance

Romantic Suspense

Western Historical
Heaven & Hell (Western Women) Book 2

*For all online sale outlets please visit the blog. All prices are as of the blog release date and are subject to change at any point in time.




 A Note On Unfinished Series:

I had an inquiry about the third and final book in the "Billionaire Boys Club" series, "Wolfe". I am working on this story and should release it well before the end of the year. It will have a new book cover that better fits the character I've created.

I also have "Wings2" in the process, but this story is mentally taxing and will take me into next year. It will be worth it when it's complete, however. Trust me.

I also have Book 2 of the "Cyborg Romance Series", "853:  Spawn" begun. This one is much later on my working list, but will be completed at some point in time.


A Note to Subscribers:

I am grateful for each of you. I know I provide a mixed bag of posts and hope you find that appealing. I am going to be doing some email subscriber only giveaways this year, so look for those in the upcoming weeks.


Today's excerpt comes from a historical fiction entitled, "CLARA".

Excerpt:

Jasper halted near a large oak tree, sprouted center of the field, and turned his eyes upward where a thousand points of light flickered. Clara followed suit. But in doing as he did, she dragged his gaze away to the curve of her cheek, the full pillow of her lips, the delicate slope of her shoulders.

“I’ve never seen it this beautiful,” she said, wonder in her voice. “Not since my girlhood. I’d forgotten what that was like.” She spread her arms as if embracing the atmosphere. “I ran away once …”

“You ran away?” he asked, his voice husky.

If she noticed, she didn’t remark on it. “I was eight. I became angry at my mother for refusing me a brooch for my dress. Silly of me … I see that now, but when you’re eight …”

She didn’t finish, but nor did she need to.

“They found me, of course. A girl of eight couldn’t get far without crying for her mother, but I remember, at one point, standing in a wide, open space like this and thinking there was so much above and not near as much beneath.” She revolved in place, her hands grasping the air, ending the movement facing him. “Jasper, how long’s it been?”

“Since what?” he asked.

“Since we met.” She made a step forward. “A year? It feels like a year. I’ve known you a year, and we’re here because we both want to pledge …” She paused. “I am too outspoken.”

She reversed, but he narrowed the gap again.

“It’s been a day,” he said. “You arrived yesterday.”

“A day.” She spoke it breathy, in a whisper. “Only a day.”

“A good day,” he continued. “The best day I’ve ever had.”

Her eyes lit. In them, she held all the secrets of the night, the reason the moon glowed, bright, overhead, and the constellations took their seasonal form. It was as if by looking close enough, hard enough, he’d know all he’d ever lacked and come away better for it.


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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, April 15, 2015

Good Things

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it [faith] the elders obtained a good report.  (Hebrews 11:1-2)

Verse one of this passage gives us the definition of faith. Verse two gives us the results.

Most believers have grasped hold of the thought that walking by faith requires calling for the promises of God, though we don't currently see them manifested. The dog analogy is commonly used in explanation - if the dog is at your feet, then you don't have to call it. Therefore, there's no faith involved.





We've missed an important key by skimming over verse 2, however - by faith the elders obtained a GOOD REPORT.

Good.
Good.
Good.

Good. adj. 1.  morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious 2.  satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree 3.  of high quality; excellent 4.  right; proper; fit 5.  well-behaved 6.  kind, beneficent, or friendly 7.  honorable or worthy; in good standing (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/good)

The elders didn't have a good report before they walked by faith, but walking by faith gave them a good report.

That meant they'd have enough of whatever they lacked in a high quality, that the situation they faced would be righteous and beneficial to all concerned, and the people they'd have to work with would be kind and friendly.

That's why God created the world and said, "It is good." He saw it by faith. (v3) That's why Abel offered sacrifice. He offered it in faith. (v4) That's why Enoch didn't see death. He walked in faith. (v5) Why Noah built a boat to save his house. He believed the good report they would survive. (v7) Why Abraham made a very long trip not knowing where he'd end up. He had faith in God's ability to lead him. (v8)

All of these, and the others listed in Hebrews 11, saw the GOOD REPORT of God's provision long before they ever had the actual answer. So the next time you find yourself in a difficult or distressing situation, get your head screwed on right first.

You're obtaining a GOOD REPORT so that you can follow the greatest example of faith ... Jesus Christ.

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:1-3)


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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, April 12, 2015

Sunday Photographs

The weather is warming up here. It's been in the upper 80s (F) all week. Lots to see if you go outdoors ... if I bring my camera to record it. I've been lackadaisical about that lately. As a result, only two pictures this week.

Enjoy!

Green Anole
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My dog, Ginger
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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, April 5, 2015

Sunday Photographs

Happy Easter. May you and your family celebrate Christ's Resurrection.

Amaryllis
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False Iris (Neomarica) 3/24/2015
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Sandhill Crane Chick
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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, April 1, 2015

God Thinks BIG

Image from: ©Mammifères marins de la Côte-Nord via Ocean Conservation Society

Sometimes God thinks BIG.

He saved a man and his family and two of every kind of creature from an earth-dissolving flood by enclosing them in a single boat. (Ge 8:1)

He split the entire Red Sea, 169,113 square miles of water, in order to cross some two and one-half million men, women and children to the other side  on dry land, then crushed the enemy army in one huge wave. (http://www.askelm.com/secrets/sec107.htm)

He resurrected a dead man who'd been gone for three days, healed another being let down through a roof. He touched blind eyes, made a leper whole, fed five thousand people with a handful of bread. (Jn 11:34;Mk 2:4;Mt 11:5;Mt 15:30;Mk 6:44)

God is god of BIG things. He can move mountains into the sea. (Mt 21:21;Mk 11:23) He'll make you the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. (Deu 28:13) There's nothing too big for Him to handle, no sickness too strong He cannot heal it, no person's life too large, He won't reach down and change it forever.

He is able. He is willing. He will do it. (Jn14:4;2Co 9:8;1Th 5:24)



But God is god of SMALL things, too.

He fed a prophet with a group of ravens.(1Ki 17:6)

He defeated an army of an estimated 135,000 soldiers with only three hundred men. (Jdg 6:5;Jdg 7:7;Jdg 8:10)

He killed a mighty Philistine using the slingshot of a boy. (1Sa 17:50)

He brought to earth the Savior of the world through the faith of a young girl. (Lk 1:34)

God sees the small things, knows their intricate nature, the finest thoughts in man's heart. He will provide for needs and desires we've given up on because we said, "God's too big for that." What we thought He ignored, He didn't. What we thought He didn't care about, He does. What we thought was too huge for Him was in actuality very, very small.

No sin, no sickness, no financial failure is out of His scope. The devil will never be stronger than God, smarter than God, and definitely not more powerful. This is, after all, The Almighty, The Great I Am, who can do everything from give light to the earth to comfort an adulteress fallen at His feet. (Jn 12:3)

God exists outside of time, outside of distance, outside of size. He never sleeps, never quits, never gives up. (Ps 121:3)

Comfort yourself with that.



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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, 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.