Saturday, July 7, 2018

Story Saturdays - How to get in on my latest FREE BOOKS.


Don't forget the SUMMER BOOK BAG giveaway!

You must be a subscriber to get in on these FREE BOOKS. Visit the blog for all the details. Deadline to join 7 a.m. 7/31/2018.

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FREE at all non-Amazon sales websites.


He had everything money could buy, except her.


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Christmas in July

A MIRACLE FOR MARI
Only 99 cents.

One girl's unexpected Christmas gift.
Perfect tie-in for the holiday season.
Clean YA.


And don't forget ...
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Only 99 cents. Or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Comes with 2 exclusive stories!



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These 2 exclusive stories, WELCOME TO WONDERLAND and HIS & HERS CHRISTMAS are available as paperbacks with all my other books. And ... if you're a paperback fan, I've LOWERED PRICES recently. You can find sales links on my webpage.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer Book Bag Giveaway


My next GIVEAWAY will be 7 a.m. on July 31st.

All email subscribers will receive the download links.

Included are:

The Romance of Summer (YA Collection)
Take Me Away
Talk Like A Pirate (A Man Through Time) Book 1


That's 6 FREE BOOKS simply for following along with me! Something for the entire family to enjoy! Both mobi (Kindle) and epub copies will be included. You don't want to miss out.

Also, don't forget to check out my current sales prices. These are limited time and will disappear soon!

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I Planted A Seed (Devotional)

And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?  (31)  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:  (32)  But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. (Mark 4:30-32) 

I plant seeds in my garden, expecting them to become so much more than they appear to be. Rolling them around in my palm, they don’t look like much, and, in fact, are easy to lose hold of. The wind or a sudden movement sometimes tosses one onto the ground amongst other tiny particles where it’s gone forever. But if I can just hang on long enough to place it where I want it to grow, I will, one day, reap abundant things.

My grandfather on his tractor.

There’s a process to planting. My grandfather was a farmer, and long before he dropped the seed in the ground, he prepared the soil to receive it. He had to take into account the land’s ability to retain moisture. In low spots, he’d make great hills and plant the seeds on top. He also had to consider the type of seed. Was he planting tomatoes or green beans or corn? Different seeds will have different requirements. You can plant beans close together, but corn needs space. Knowledge was involved.

He had to know how deep to plant the seed. Most of my flower seeds only need to be barely covered. I’ll dust them with soil and think to myself how flimsy it seems. Birds, rain, any number of things can disturb the seed before it has a chance to do anything. My front flowerbeds are partially beneath the eaves of my house and when it rains, water will pour off the roof and create ruts. I know not to plant seeds there because they will be washed away.

In the spring, when the sun starts to warm the earth in my part of Florida, we’ll find flowers sprouting in the lawn from last year’s plants. Black-eyed Susans pop up between Bahia grass and lawn weeds, oblivious to the fact they shouldn’t be there and might get mowed. Go out further and there are tiny orchids, a natural plant that sits hidden all year, only to appear in full force in April. Our footsteps, the scurry of other creatures, did nothing to keep them from sprouting.

My gladiolus garden

That’s the thing about seeds; they can’t NOT come up. Unless they are dead. I’ve purchased seed packets online and had none of them sprout before, despite the soil being right, the location being what that plant will need to grow and flourish. The seed itself was too old. That’s discouraging at first, but I never let it stop me from trying again. I plant again. I water. And I wait.

The biggest portion of growing things is in the waiting. On the surface, nothing looks different. I know I put the seed there. I know I’ve watered it, and the sun has done its job. But most of the “becoming” is up to the seed itself. Different plants take different amounts of time to sprout. Zinnias are pretty quick, but Black-eyed Susans will stay beneath the soil for a year sometimes, seeds cast from last year’s plants hiding during the colder months.

Faith says, “I planted the seed. I believe it will sprout.” Faith protects the seeds, fencing the area from foot traffic or pets. Sprouts, when they finally emerge are fragile, their tiny roots holding them upright in the barest amount of soil. They have potential to become something great, but to get there, I must keep tending the garden. Different plants need different types of fertilizer. A citrus tree has different requirements from cabbage plants. Different plants need more or less amounts of water and sunlight.

All of them need patience. Faith alone, my ability to plant the seed, to know what will make it grow to its best, isn’t enough. There’s that waiting again.

We do not want you to become lazy, but to be like those who believe and are patient, and so receive what God has promised. (Hebrews 6:12 GNT) 

I learned patience from my dog. I have two dogs, actually, but the young one tests my patience frequently. When I bought her, I thought I knew all there was to know about dogs, yet within a week’s time, I knew I was wrong. She’s difficult. She challenges me to slow down and wait. What has always worked for other puppies I’ve raised doesn’t work for her.

Isabelle

Seasons are like that. Some years, one thing grows better than another. I like the change. And the challenge of seeing what will do best this year. I like the success the most, late summer looking back and feeling accomplishment that my efforts at weeding, at caring for my small flower garden, brought me happiness. After all, that is the goal of whatever we face in life, that whatever the alternating challenges are, God brings it to success – if we’ll believe and stand in faith over the seeds in our hearts. If we’ll cultivate the garden, we’ll have a harvest when the time is right.

For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.  (29)  But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. (Mark 4:28-29) 

There’s no instant growth. I can buy potted plants, already at a certain height. They still need time to put down roots and establish themselves. They will still require the right amount of water and fertilizer. Weeds will still sprout around them if I don’t take the time to pull them out. But if I do, if I simply obey God’s Word, then that flower I long to see will, one day, be in full bloom.

That’s the way it works. God is faithful to keep His promise, every time. As long as I choose to believe and act and take one more walk around the yard with the dog, patiently waiting, what I’ve planted will become great things, and someone will see the photos and say, “How did you do that?”

Well, let me tell you … I planted a seed.

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Story Saturdays - New Sales Prices & A New Release

I'd like to extend a generous welcome to all my new subscribers. Story Saturdays is a bi-weekly look at my current sales prices, new release books, and what's upcoming. It's also where you'll hear about my next book giveaway. So, stay tuned for more info in the upcoming weeks!


Now only 99 cents.
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He closed his eyes, their lips finding each other, and allowed the moment to happen. It might blow up in his face. She might get her memory back and things would be awkward. But then again, it might change nothing at all because like she’d said, the strongest thing in the heart should be the one thing that never changed, the one thing you could always count on no matter what.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Story Saturdays ~ My Next BIG Giveaway

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

This is an EMAIL SUBSCRIBER ONLY giveaway. To join, visit the blog and look in the right-hand column or find me on Facebook. All emails are powered by FeedBlitz and guaranteed spam free.



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

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, May 10, 2018

God-Light (Devotional)

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

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

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

Photo by Sigrid Abalos from Pexels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For my sake, He faced death and won.

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

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Story Saturdays

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

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99 Cent Sale:

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

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

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


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

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

HEAVEN & EARTH (Western Women) Book 1



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

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

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

~ Wrong place. Wrong time. Right woman.


Don't forget my new set with New York Times best-selling authors:

BE STILL MY HEART
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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Story Saturdays - New Sales & New Books

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

To join, visit the blog and look in the right-hand column or find me on Facebook. All emails are powered by Feedblitz and guaranteed spam free.

Now Available!

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

Available at the following retailers:

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

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

Now Available at Non-Amazon Sales Retailers:

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

My Next Release:

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

Here's a look at the cover and blurb:

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

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

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



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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Thursday, April 12, 2018

All Things (Devotional)

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to be sufficient in those tasks, too.

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

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

All things includes all things.

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

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

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

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

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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Story Saturdays - A New Release & 2 New Paperback Editions

Now available in ebook at Amazon!

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


 Also:

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

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND

HIS & HERS CHRISTMAS

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

99 Cent Sale:

A KISS IN SEPTEMBER

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

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

HEAVEN & EARTH (Western Women) Book 1

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


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I Just Want To Read

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Suzanne D. Williams
Florida, USA

Story Saturdays - How to get in on my latest FREE BOOKS.

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