Sunday, May 27, 2012

MISSING (Book Trailer)

In honor of Memorial Day, I am releasing the book trailer for my upcoming book, MISSING. It tells three stories of one family all dealing with the loss of a loved one during time of war.

Look for the book to be released in print and digital form July 1, 2012.

I will be taking preorders for autographed copies in the near future, so look for that information!

Missing-FRONT

Here is the back cover blurb:
Missing.

For Adele Davis, the loss of her husband during the war in Vietnam leaves her with unanswered questions and a decision—whether to love again.

For Amos and Elizabeth Sanders, it is the absence of their precious son which brings sorrow and pain. Yet a twist of fate gives them something far greater.

For Molly and Doug Sanders, war brings too many secrets, secrets which all but destroy their marriage. Can they find their love again?

Three generations of one family tied together across time through the powerful forces of love and war.



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Suzanne
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.
Don't forget to purchase the 2nd story in the Amanda Series, Playing With Fire. Available at Smashwords and Amazon for only 99cents. And check out my BOGO deal! Buy this story at either location, then send me an email with the invoice number and date of purchase and I'll send you a free Smashwords coupon to download the 1st story in the series, It All Began With A Salad!

Sunday Photographs

More flowers are in bloom this week: purple gladiola, black-eyed susans, yellow hibiscus, cosmos. I also snagged a shot of a male blue dasher dragonfly poised on our fenceline. Enjoy!

Purple Gladiola and Black-eyed Susan

Cosmos

Red Gladiola and Black-eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans

Bee on Black-eyed Susans

Yellow Hibiscus

Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly

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Suzanne
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.
 
Don't forget to purchase the 2nd story in the Amanda Series, Playing With Fire. Available at Smashwords and Amazon for only 99cents. And check out my BOGO deal! Buy this story at either location, then send me an email with the invoice number and date of purchase and I'll send you a free Smashwords coupon to download the 1st story in the series, It All Began With A Salad!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Conversation With God - Safety

Whistling.

"Hey, Suzanne."

"Oh, hey, Sarah. What's up?"

"How can you just stand there?"

"Stand where? Here?"

"Yeah. Can't you see all the stuff going on around you?"

"Oh that. Yeah, but I'm not concerned about any of that."

"NOT CONCERNED? But the government, and the unemployment rate, and the national debt. And what about the ELECTION?? They said on the news ..."

"Those people on the news don't know anything. I have an inside source."

"An inside source? Who?"

"God."

"Seriously? God?"

"Yep. He and I were talking today, and He said it wouldn't come near me."

"Not come near you? But it's all around you, on every side! There's all this stuff that happened last night and there's more coming today."

"But He's put me up here on this Rock, and I'm safe."

"A Rock? How will that keep you safe? What about the flu? That's going around."

"I'm safe from that too."

"How can you be SO sure?"

"Well, for one thing God is REALLY big. He's way bigger than any of that stuff. And He's REALLY powerful too. Besides, all I have to do when I start to fear is crawl under his wings and He protects me."

"I wish I could be as strong as you. How'd you get so strong?"

"One step at a time. That's for sure. But with each step, I held onto His hand and He guided me. Plus, we talk a lot, everyday. I tell Him what's bothering me and He tells me He's taking care of it."

"Can ... can I do that?"

"Of course."

"I'm going to try. Hey, God? It's me, Sarah. Can we talk?"

"I'd love to, Sarah ..."

(Psalm 91:1-16)  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  (2)  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  (3)  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  (4)  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  (5)  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  (6)  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  (7)  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  (8)  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  (9)  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  (10)  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  (11)  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  (12)  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.  (13)  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.  (14)  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  (15)  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  (16)  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

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Suzanne
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, May 23, 2012

I Have Survived

My daughter graduated from high school last weekend, and as a homeschool mom her achievement is really mostly mine. (Tongue in cheek). So join with me now in a chorus of "I Have Survived" set to the disco tune of similar name and do a dance.

IMG_5788-CROP

The ceremony was a bit different from what is traditionally done-and thus rather entertaining.The Salutatorian gave a speech tying the economy to Beowolf and lost us all. The Valedictorian followed with the words, "'Sup?" Frankly, I liked his speech better. And then there were thousands (felt like) of baby pictures filtering by on the screen. Weren't they all so cute?

Yet what made the night for me were the recordings the parents had been asked to make. The idea was to say something inspiring to your child. Most parents settled for "Go get 'em" or "You've grown into a wonderful lady." (Groan.) There was the kid who crossed the stage set to the tune of Star Wars. I'm not kidding. And another with a chorus of "My Girl."

My problem was I didn't want to say anything at all. You see, I know my daughter and she wouldn't want me to say anything. Mom should never embarrass the teenager. However, my hand was forced, so I said a word of prayer and God gave me the words.

I share them here with you here in the hopes that you'll cry. I won't lie. But then rejoice. I am proud of her. Just please don't ask either of us what her plans are for the future. We haven't made it there yet. Instead, I think we'll both revel in the joys of the endless summer set before us.

Life will happen again. It always does. But why rush things? 

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Ashley,

When they asked me to write this, I didn’t know what to say. I know that you know it wasn’t because of an inability to write words or out of any lack of love for you. I have told you how much I love you often enough.

Instead, it was that to me such things are intensely private. Often, I have been forced to wear my life on my sleeve, so that everyone knows it. I don’t mind this…when it involves just me. Yet somehow, when they put you into the equation, it becomes too personal.

Yet looking back, what I treasure the most about our time together is that you have become my friend. Whether you realize it or not, that is what brings the greatest value.

It isn’t in the books or assignments. I disliked algebra as much as you did, and I couldn’t care less about Hamlet. It isn’t in failed science experiments or lengthy writing assignments. It isn’t in high test scores and percentiles.

No, the most important thing was chasing dragonflies at the park or photographing downtown Lakeland. It was stealing away to have lunch at Dairy Queen. It was looking into your eyes over ice cream and laughing at our stories. These are what I cherish.

I never doubted you would graduate. I never doubted you would become a wonderful person. I am blessed to have you and intensely proud to walk by your side through these years and see today the loving, kind person I always knew you would become.

I love you.

Mom

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Suzanne
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.
Don't forget to purchase the 2nd story in the Amanda Series, Playing With Fire. Available at Smashwords and Amazon for only 99cents. And check out my BOGO deal! Buy this story at either location, then send me an email with the invoice number and date of purchase and I'll send you a free Smashwords coupon to download the 1st story in the series, It All Began With A Salad!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Photographs

I have a few pictures of my house and garden to share this week. Enjoy!

My Garden

My Garden

My Garden

Black-Eyed Susans and Red Gladiola
Red Gladiola and Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans

Bulbine
Bulbine

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Suzanne
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.

Don't forget to purchase the 2nd story in the Amanda Series, Playing With Fire. Available at Smashwords and Amazon for only 99cents. And check out my BOGO deal! Buy this story at either location, then send me an email with the invoice number and date of purchase and I'll send you a free Smashwords coupon to download the 1st story in the series, It All Began With A Salad!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Conversation With God - Burdens

"Ooooooh. Ooooooh."

"Hey, Theresa. What's wrong?"

"Oh, Suzanne. This pack on my back is so heavy."

"Well, it's kinda big. What have you got in there anyway?"

"So much! There's bills. I don't know HOW I'll pay them. There's my daughter's illness. She's been awfully sick. And my husband has that big decision to make."

"Wow, that sounds like a lot. Why don't you let me carry some of it?"

"Oh, no. I couldn't do that. It's not your problem."

"But Theresa, together we could carry it to God."

"God?"

"Yeah, He and I have this running conversation going. I ask Him for things and He always answers."

"Oh Gosh, Suzanne, that sounds scary. I mean, He's God right?"

"Well, yes, He is. But He's a lot easier to get along with than people make Him out to be."

"I don't know. I'm not sure I believe you."

"I tell you what. You hold my hand and I'll approach first. How's that?"

"If you're sure ..."

"I am. Now give me some of that load ... Okay, now just follow my lead."

"Ok."

"God? You there?"

"Hello, Suzanne. How are you today?"

"I'm good today, God. Thanks for that."

"You're welcome."

"But Theresa here, she's not so good. She has all this burden she's carrying around, so I thought I'd help her out."

"Very Christ-like of you, Suzanne."

"It makes me happy to hear you say that, God. Theresa, she's a little frightened to speak to you, so I'm praying on her behalf. Would you reveal yourself to her?"

"All she has to do is ask and I'll be there."

"See, Theresa. He says just to ask. I told you!"

"Well, what do I say?"

"Just be yourself. He likes that."

"Okay. Here goes ... God? It's me Theresa. I can't see you, but Suzanne says You're there."

"I am here, Theresa."

"Wow! I heard Him. That was so cool!"

"I know right?"

"Now what do I say?"

"Well, ask him to carry the burden."

"Will He do that?"

"Of course He will. He loves you."

"Okay, I'll ask ... God? Since You're there, would You help me with this weight? I'm worried about so many things."

"Just give it to me."

"That's it? I just hand it to you and then what?"

"Rest."

"Rest?"

"Yes. Rest and trust Me. It's in My control."

"But what if ...?"

"With Me there are no what ifs."

"There aren't?"

"No, what I've said I will do, I will do."

"Here it is then. All of it. The bills. My daughter's sickness. My husband's big decision."

"I've got it."

"I feel so much lighter! This is amazing. You're sure I don't have to do anything else?"

"Yes. Just believe."

"I believe, Lord."

"Wow, Suzanne, I feel so amazing. To think I toted that around all this time for nothing."

"He IS the Creator, you know."

"You're such a great friend."

"Anytime, Theresa. Anytime."

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

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Suzanne
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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day Tribute

I was privileged to read a story I wrote about my mother, Becky, on May 9th, 2012, to her Bible Study group.Below is the audio of my reading. I pray you enjoy it!

http://www.beckycombeeministries.com/Suzanne-MothersDayTribute.mp3

This story is published in the book, Life Lessons From Moms, available at Amazon. 

Have you check out my BOGO deal for Playing With Fire, The Amanda Series (#2). Buy this story for 99cents at either Amazon or Smashwords and then email me your invoice number and date of purchase and I'll send you a Smashwords coupon for a free download of the first story in the series, It All Began With A Salad. Who doesn't like a BOGO deal?

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Suzanne
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, May 11, 2012

Conversation With God - Fear

"Pssst. Hey, God."

"What is it, Suzanne? "

"Can you hear me? I don't want to talk too loud."

"I can hear you just fine. But why are you whispering?"

"Well, because I'm afraid again."

"No need to be afraid."

"But there's something scary over there and it might get me."

 "Did you get dressed like I told you to?"

"Get dressed?"

"Yes, I left you that armor with a set of instructions."

"Oh, right! Yeah, I forgot about that. But God?"

"Yes, Suzanne?"

"What if those fiery darts come right at me?"

"They will."

"But ... but ... that's SCARY."

"Hold up your shield."

"Oh. Right."

"And use your sword."

"You mean this one?"

"That's the one. It's more powerful than what you're facing. That's why I gave it to you."

"Well, that makes sense. I'm sorry, God, that I set it down again. God?"

"Yes?"

"My head hurts. There's all this weight on it."

"That's worry. It never fits right, so take it off and put on your helmet instead, and Suzanne?"

"Yes?"

"Your shoes."

"Those over there?"

"Yes, you'd better put them on too."

"Oh yeah. I probably shouldn't have taken those off. But I was really mad at Joe."

"Maybe you should have prayed for Joe instead of getting angry."

"Yeah, You're right. You're always right. God?"

"Yes, Suzanne."

"Forgive me, and I pray for Joe. He's hurting right now. He didn't mean to yell at me."

"I know."

"God, you know what?"

"What, Suzanne?"

"It's not so scary with You here."

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Eph 6:16-18)

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Suzanne
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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Self-Publishing and Need Advice?

If you are thinking about writing a book or self-publishing, if you need a book trailer or book cover advice, contact me through my blog or via email. I have done all of these!

I offer free advice as well as services at a rate much lower than what you will find elsewhere.

ALSO, look for my first fiction book, MISSING, to be out sometime in the next few weeks!

MISSING by Suzanne D. Williams

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Suzanne
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, May 6, 2012

Sunday Photographs

I took a walk this week at the Circle B Reserve in Lakeland, Florida, and enjoyed the outdoors. Each time I go there, I see something different. This time it was a butterfly, a Black Swallowtail feeding on one of several very tall thistles. People speak badly of weeds, but often they are what attracts the insects the best.

Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly

I also spent time with a Tawny Emperor Butterfly which was puddling in the mud along the shore of nearby Lake Hancock. Puddling is what butterflies do to extract salt from the soil. Here is a view after it flew to the trunk of a tree.
Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

The squirrels there have gotten really friendly. We saw dozens and none of them were particularly bothered by us or my lens. Here's my favorite shot of them from the day.
Gray Squirrel

To see more images from my trip that day - visit my Webshots.

I do have a couple images from around the house. I had a Swallow-tailed Kite buzz my head when I was on the front porch. I missed that shot and had to settle for another with the bird further overhead. It's not the best picture in the world, but you can see the shape of the bird's tail feathers that give it the name.
Swallow-tailed Kite

My pink climbing rose is in full bloom! If you look in the center of the flower, you can see a Green Lynx Spider.
Pink Climbing Rose

I caught this capture of a male green anole just winning a battle with another male. The red portion of his neck is called his "dewlap." Male anoles will extend their dewlap to attract females and warn off other males.
Male Green Anole

Least of all I photographed was a tiny Cassius Blue butterfly. Photographing these tiny creatures is hard because they are constantly moving. The wings are probably the size of a dime. This one was laying eggs on my Plumbago plant.
Cassius Blue Butterfly

Finally, here's Saturday night's full moon. (This image has been cropped from the original.)
Full Moon

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Suzanne
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, May 4, 2012

Conversation With God - Listening

"Suzanne."

"Suzanne."

"OH, HEY, GOD. SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU. IT'S NOISY IN HERE."

"Why don't you turn some of that off?"

"WHAT?"

"I said, why don't you turn some of that off?"

"I'D TURN SOME OF THIS OFF, BUT THERE'S SO MUCH LEFT TO DO!"

"I'd really like to talk to you, Suzanne."

"WAIT, I THINK I CAN WRAP THIS UP IN A MINUTE. JUST ONE SEC!"

"Wow. Hey, God? You still there? I've got a minute now ... God?"

"Yes, Suzanne?"

"Oh, whew. I thought I'd lost you."

"I'm always right here."

"It was kinda hard to hear you over that racket."

"I could tell."

"What did you want to talk to me about?"

"I love you."

"Well, I love you too. Did you need something?"

"No, I just wanted to spend time together."

"Oh."

"I'd be glad to take care of that for you."

"Really?"

"Yes."

"Wow, that'll save me tons of time and effort. It was gettin' hard to control everything at once."

"Suzanne?"

"Yes, God?"

"You do remember my yoke is easy and my burden is light?"

"Oh, yeah. You said that. Didn't you?"

"Mmhmm."

"Does that mean I didn't need all that stuff?"

"That's exactly what it means."

"Gee, I'm sorry  God. Can you ever forgive me?"

"I always do."

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (1Ki 19:11-12)

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Suzanne
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.

A Note To My Readers

Dear Readers, I was in the path of Hurricane Irma. I still do not have power at home and so am living a bit like a refugee. I have ...