Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sunday Photographs

The summer pattern has set in. Heat. Rain. Heat. Rain. You get used to it growing up here and fall in love with your air-conditioning all over again.

Here's this week's pics (the few times I did go outdoors).

Hummingbird Moth
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Red Gladiolus
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Adult Grasshopper
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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
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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.

Story Saturdays

It's the half point in the year, so I've reassessed my goal for the year, as well as the direction I'm heading in. After releasing story number nineteen this year, I penned an article for the GNFA blog - FIVE TROUBLES OF BEING A PROLIFIC WRITER. I encourage you to go read it, as it contains some of my thoughts. But, along that same line, I've decided to concentrating on loving what I do.

I do love it, but I look at the number of unfinished stories sometimes and get discouraged. Weighing me down further are the book covers I've done (for unreleased stories) that I've seen inadvertently duplicated by other independent authors. Great minds think alike, I guess. We encounter the same stock photography and have the same ideas. But my point is ... I'm such a visual person, that I've found it hard to finish stories with covers like someone else's.

As I said in my recent devotional, I'm going to HMO, highlight and move on. The stories are all viable, and who knows what God will have me do with them in the future? All writing is good exercise, a verbal flexing of my craft.

My rambling done, I have a new series and an additional single story, I'm working on. These have taken precedence in my mind over the others. Also, don't forget the final book in The Italian Series has been released, PLAY IT FOR ME. All the characters return in some fashion. You won't want to miss it.

Links to my other new releases - GIVE ME CHOCOLATE (AND JORDAN), THE GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI, and IT DONT' RAIN IN TEXAS - as well as a slew of other stories from this year, can all be found on my blog.

This new series, so far in my head, is two books. It's historical fiction set in the late 1880s. Book 1 tells the story of Genevieve Nichols, a girl running from her past. Book 2 has the same characters, but introduces a girl who doesn't know she's beautiful.

In this scene, Genevieve, dressed like a boy, is trying to steal from the general store:


“No, now, I don’t know how your mama raised you, but mine taught me what the Good Book says about stealing. You owe Mrs. Dresslin one jar of preserves. I imagine she can find you some work …”

No sooner had the words left his lips, than the boy raised one foot, bringing the heel down on Virgil’s toe. An unbidden oath left his lips. His grasp tightening, he twisted around, slinging the boy against the back wall of the store, and in that moment, the boy’s hat fell off.

He stared wide-eyed at the vision before him.

A woman. This wasn’t a boy, but a beautiful, young woman. Blonde hair framed clear skin lightly dusted red from the sun. The woman lifted her chin and glared at him.

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THIS NEXT STORY, came to me in a dream. At least, chapter 1 did. It's a romantic suspense with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Detective Irina Fausett is trying to arrest a serial killer for good. Problem is, he has a good attorney - her father. Twist #1. Seeing said killer walk out of her precinct again sends her out for the evening to blow off some steam. But a bad decision and a lot of body heat turns into a one night stand that she thought would mean nothing, especially since she has no idea who the guy was. Except ... Twist #2 ... her unknown man walks back into the story in spectacular fashion.

In this scene, she's arguing with herself over giving in.



Her cop-side kicked in. He’d paid cash for the room, used the name John Smith, and she’d known that wasn’t true. In the heat of the moment, she hadn’t cared. She should have cared, should have stopped her behavior when he’d whispered the suggestion in her ear.

Let’s leave.

The piece of her brain still functioning had said no, but the rest of her had screamed yes. That easily, she’d thrown aside all the things she’d learned in church, all the reasons she’d been taught it was wrong, simply to forget Damon Levin.

She hadn’t forgotten him at all. He was still out there, plotting his next move, and now she’d have to live with the fact she’d slept with a guy she didn’t know his name and probably wouldn’t see again.

Definitely wouldn’t see again, because she wasn’t returning to that club. Ever. If he went back there, he wouldn’t find her. A one-night stand wasn’t a relationship and wouldn’t do anything for her in the future. It served only as a reminder of how low she could fall.

Plus, it had been incredibly dangerous. He could have been anyone. He could have been exactly like Levin, and she could be laying in a ditch somewhere, a corpse. She knew better.



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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, June 22, 2014

Sunday Photographs

The temperatures have soared this week. We're running 95F, 50% humidity, and with less rain, that means it's sweltering outside. The only time to really be out is early or late. Even the dog refuses to stay out there.

Here's this week's sample. Enjoy!

Sunflowers
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Sunflowers 6/21/2014 photo 500-DSC_1667_zps45a7ba0f.jpg

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Crepe Myrtle
Crepe Myrtle 6-21-2014 photo 500-DSC_1677_zpsdb55af4f.jpg

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Caterpillar 6/21/2014 photo 500-DSC_1694_zps06fec7b6.jpg

Powder Puff
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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, June 18, 2014

HMO: Highlight and Move On

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God (Ps 42:11).




I've asked myself that more than once."What has you so upset, Suzanne?" Usually the answer lies in some perceived insult. Somebody didn't like what I said or did and I took offense.

The fact is, there will always be disappointments. That is part of life. How you handle them controls your end result. Jesus gave the key.

In speaking to the disciples, He told them to, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils." (Mt 10: 8) That's a pretty huge assignment. I mean, He didn't say, "Go pass out tracts." He asked them to move in the same anointing, or power of God, that He moved in.That's strong stuff!

But He also knew not everyone they ministered to would receive what they had to say, and at that moment, when the person turns their back, they'd have a chance to be outraged and rant and rave. But if they did THEY'D REMAIN THERE.

Notice His words:

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet (Mt 10:14).

His first instruction was to DEPART. His second was to SHAKE OFF THE DUST.

My good author friend, Jersey, has a phrase she uses, and I've found it to be a powerful truth. Often in writing, you run up against a word or phrase you need more clarity on. It could be something geographical or historical. It could be the proper choice of words for that scene. But watever it is, you can waste a lot of time finding the answer and lose the flow of writing you've established, or you can do what she does, HMO - highlight and move on.

It's not that you ignore the problem. It's not that you don't seek a final solution. But you refuse to get stuck in a place of stumbling and setback.

Where real life is concerned, you can't highlight it, but you can pray about it. That's where you'll find your answer anyhow. In the meantime, you and God can be miles ahead of where you were, walking toward the blessing He has for you.

So shake the dust off your feet today and let God worry about that person or situation that threatens to have you sidelined. No matter what it is, He is big enough, strong enough, and willing enough to take care of 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.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday Photographs

The summer rains have begun, and as a result, every time I fill my bird feeders, they fill with water. Not so good for attracting birds. But all the rain has a great affect on the plants. The grass is green and the flowers are blooming.

Here's this week's selection.

Fairy Lilies (aka Rain Lilies)
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Cloudscape
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Sunflower
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Black-eyed Susans
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Brown Anole
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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, June 14, 2014

Story Saturdays

Received a very nice random review of TATTOOED this week. Those are, truthfully, the best kind - unasked for. Be sure to download your copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or KOBO. Only 99 cents!

★★★★★ "makes me want a man like Holden, post rock star. when I first came across this book and read the description I was skeptical, but something told me to read it and I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. God loves us all, no matter. Suzanne Williams did a great job with this one and I would definitely recommend this book to readers."

Also, received review #10 for LOVE & ROSES. $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and KOBO.

★★★★ "The characters and the dialogue are believable and the story is well written. Ian and Allison have both suffered tragic losses and deep hurt. What starts out as a safe friendship evolves and has the potential to become a deep, meaningful relationship. First, both Ian and Allison have to come to terms with the past, forgive themselves and their spouses and let go of the "what if's," "why's" and "if only's.""

Check out what people are saying about my other new book offerings:

IT DON'T RAIN IN TEXAS: ★★★★★ "This Book Was Awesome, This Is The Kind Of Book I Could Read Over And Over. And For All Of You Who Looks For A Good Clean Book To Read, Well .... Here You Go .... I Would Choose This One ...." ~ "It was a book that I found was hard to have to leave while doing other important duties in life!"

THE GIRL IN THE PINK BIKINI:  ★★★★★ "Very cute book with a humorous hero and heroine." ~ "This Book Made Me Laugh, And It's For All Ages." ~ "If you are in the mood for a fun, sweet and quick read, this is it." ~ "I loved these two characters by Suzanne. I have so many favorite characters but I think this one wedged it's way to my heart. They were funny, and oh-so cute!"

GIVE ME CHOCOLATE (AND JORDAN):  ★★★★★ "I love how this was a twist on the 'girl falls in love with brother's best friend' storyline. I must say, I did NOT see it coming." ~ "a wonderful, clean story with the perfect ending!" ~ "I chose to give this book five stars for such a great and nifty and creative teen story!"

GIVE ME CHOCOLATE (AND JORDAN) hit #1 in Amazon Best-sellers/Christian Short Stories this week! How fun!


All sales links for any of the above stories can be found on the Book Page of my blog.


ON THE WRITING FRONT:

I completed A COWBOY FOR A LIFETIME, so look for that in the near future. Also, uow available at Amazon is a sweet summer read, TAKE ME AWAY.



She gazed at him, unblinking, and made to turn, but his hand cupping her chin, stopped her. Never had she felt more small and insignificant than she did right then, as if the entire earth wasn’t big enough for Neil Sanborn. Never had she felt more feminine, like the finest lace sewed to a leather vest.

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Estelle Moore was sent to Mossy Bottoms to evaluate struggling Sanborn Farms for her boss’s next investment. But from day one, the sight of the owners’ son, Neil, on a cowboy pin-up calendar seemed to set the tone for the visit.

He was amazing, and she had no idea who she was dealing with.

Yet what he is on the outside hides his battle within, and, five days later, it looks like what little time they’ve had together is over for good.

Best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS, bring readers a story of love and courage that heals the heart.


HERE'S a sneak  peek at PLAY IT FOR ME (The Italian Series) Book 5, now available at Amazon. This is the last book in the series. You won't want to miss it!



He curled their values in his fist and tossed them away. They didn’t know what it was like to be him, to be forever sealed into a living tomb of his own making, to have here for a few days the most beautiful woman who would give him the solace he craved. They didn’t know what it’d be like to be held, to caress and embrace, and finally feel the freedom of it.

They were wrong. Their God, their beliefs, didn’t take any of that into account. They didn’t live in his head where sometimes the only words he knew were eighths and quarters and halves. They didn’t feel the torment of being unable to speak, unable to say exactly what was on his mind without limitation or reserve.

They didn’t understand darkness, how it cradled you sometimes, how it hid you others, but most of all, how it held you back. They didn’t understand, and so their opinions didn’t matter, nor the God of some woman who said prayer changes things. If that were true, then why was he still locked into this place? No, he’d set himself free.



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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, June 8, 2014

Sunday Photographs

Took three days off and went on a road trip. Below are my favorite pics. However, you can see the full set of mobile pics and camera pics at the Photobucket links provided.

I also have two videos:

Crescent City Beach

Devil's Millhopper

The Lightner Museum was my favorite stop of the trip. I'd go there again and take more time looking at the exhibits. They had everything from turn-of-the-century musical instruments, to historic clothing, even a toaster collection, to Indian artifacts, and the most amazing collection of historic china I've ever seen. I highly recommend it.

The Devil's Millhopper in Gainesville is worth seeing, though my visit there started my days off wrong, ruining my legs for walking. I was also annoyed by all the people using it for exercise. Nothing like sweaty people to ruin the flavor of a place.

Flagler College is across the street from the Museum. I would have liked to go inside as I've heard it's fabulous. Both the Museum and the College were originally built by oil tycoon, Henry Flager (see links).

Devil's Millhopper, Gainesville, Florida (For more on this site, visit Wikipedia)
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Flagler College (formerly Ponce de Leon Hotel. For more on this site, visit Wikipedia)
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Lightner Museum (formerly Hotel Alcazar. For more on this site, visit Wikipedia)
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Stained glass room inside the museum
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Ballroom upstairs inside the museum
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Dunes, Crescent City Beach, Florida
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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.

Story Saturdays

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