Wednesday, January 29, 2014

And God Smiled

And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. (1 Samuel 16:23) 

I watched the Grammy's for one hour, and I learned something - how truly frail and inept we, as humans, really are, how dependent we are on constant encouragement, and taking that thought one step further, on protecting our pride.

Photo credit:  http://www.sxc.hu/photo/945301

I've never considered myself a prude. There are truly talented artists who God has blessed with an amazing voice, and there are times when a love song is exactly what I need to hear. But watching artist after artist go up on flames in the space of one hour, I could only marvel that they missed the purpose of it all.

Grammy host LL Cool J said more than once, "The Grammys ... making history," or some such statement, but what kept rising in me was, "Not good history." And isn't that what we want? For our every breath to be productive, our thoughts to form within us a memory that every time we return to it we are rested and refreshed, becoming better people.

Those artists missed that. Well, most of them. And that's inordinately sad to me because what blessing they have isn't really theirs at all but belongs to the One who gave them the talent to start with. 

Singing isn't about you looking at me or him or that person with such a vocal gift (or in the case of that show, the lack thereof). Singing is about allowing the words of that song to change something inside of you for the better. 

Music is ordained by God for praise, for worship, to turn our eyes from the size of our problems onto the size of Him who supports and prospers us.

Music is about making God happy.

Suddenly, I'm not looking at myself or my circumstances or all the junk of the day, but I see the possibilities before me. Yes, I can overcome this. Yes, I'm loved. Yes, I'm healthy and at peace and life is good.

But especially, yes, God is here.

If I through my worship can make God smile then that is the greatest reward. Not that my name is huge, not that I am popular for something, not that I hold an award given to me by a group of people only out to pat each other on the back. 

But that the Creator heard my words and was pleased. Seems to me that's far more important.

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. (Jer 9:24)



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All I Ask by Meredith Andrews

Give me eyes to see when my heart is blind
That when I ask You'll give, that when I seek I'll find
Give me ears to hear when my way's confused
Let the uncertain road, still lead me back to You

All I ask, all I seek
Is You, is You
All I want, all I need
Is You

Give me melodies in the silence, Lord
And let the fire be where every song is forged
Give me faith to trust in Your promises
That You are truly good, that You are all You said You are


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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, January 26, 2014

Sunday Photographs

I have only one picture today, but it's of a lovely red cardinal at our bird feeder. We saw quite a few blue jays there this week as well and our resident mockingbird, who runs most of them off.
 

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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, January 25, 2014

Story Saturdays

My biggest news this week is ALL ABOUT ROMEO is now available for purchase at Audible in audiobook format. Be sure to skip on over and listen to the excerpt, then pick up a copy. Only $6.95! It will be available soon at Amazon and itunes as well.



I received several nice reviews this week. Also, LOVE & ROSES has climbed the chart to sit at #2 in Chrisitian/Short Stories!

ME & TIMOTHY COOPER (Purchase link)
★★★★★ "I think this book is wonderful. I loved it a lot and I would suggest that my older sister to read the book."

NEW JERSEY (Purchase link)
★★★★★ "Great clean read. Helps you realize the depths of others pain and that we all face difficult . Situations but GOD IS THERE TO forgive and help. I have really enjoyed every book I've read so far by Suzanne d. Williams. Highly recommend for teen readers who attend church ."

LOVE & ROSES (Purchase link)
★★★★★ “The story is well-written, nicely plotted, and contains a twist in the ending that wasn’t expected, but brings it to the most logical and workable solution possible. This isn’t a story where the characters just change their minds; it’s a story of grappling with emotion, see-sawing back and forth, taking it one day at a time, and finding enough courage to take one more baby step in the right direction." (To read the full review visit The Examiner)

★★★★★ "Love and Roses by Suzanne D. Williams is a great story that I could not put down until I had finished it in one sitting. On the title page Suzanne wrote that the book was a feel good romance and that is very true. When I finished reading the story, I had a smile on my face and was wishing that the story would continue." (To read this full review visit the reviewers blog.)

SUIT (Purchase link)
★★★★★ "I loved watching the characters develop in this book and how real love brings out the best in the other person. The conflicts were interesting with Kirsten handling herself with grace and Ludwig finding his softer side while standing up for his woman. Both have been in "love before" but in each other they both find out what real love is. Cozy book- great read for this winter! This book will warm your heart in spite of the cold outside."

Suit also has a press release at The Examiner. Check it out!

I have two new book covers to reveal. Both YA. I can't wait to write them. But am on a deadline to finish WINGS first.





Don't forget to nominate any of my books that you enjoyed last year in the GRACE AWARDS!

This week's excerpts come from last week's book cover reveal, TAKE ME AWAY, WINGS, and a book available for purchase, BLUE TO REMEMBER. Enjoy!



“Mr. Lawrence, your license. And Miss Boyle, yours as well.”

They rose in tandem, side by side claiming their respective licenses, then exited the building together. The January chill rose goosepimples on his arms.

“You really drive a truck?” she asked.

He jerked his chin toward the crew cab diesel parked center of the lot.

“You really giving me your number?” he returned.

Her face upturned, she moistened her lips, and he swallowed hard.

“If you’ll promise to take me away from all this. Somewhere sunny. Beach sand, ocean waves, me in a bikini.”

He raised his eyebrows. “I think that can be arranged.”




Angus turned the coin over in his palm, the ridges along its edge biting into his flesh. How had she done it? He compressed the sides in an attempt to push them closer together, but unsurprising, the metal didn’t budge. She was slender, delicate looking, yet he, a strong male couldn’t do the same thing? Made no sense.

He flipped the coin over and set it in the center of his desktop. It was in a perfect u, too. Not simply bent, but bent to an exact proportion.

“Mr. Finlay, care to share with the class what’s so fascinating to you?”

Angus’ hand snaked out and covered the coin. “Nothing, Mrs. Butler.”





KOBO
$1.99

Those were the best days of my life. Halcyon days, Mitchell says. He’s Polly’s husband – a funny little English fellow, but nice enough to talk to. I look back now and the ache in my heart that belongs to Beth returns just as strong as ever. I miss her. Every day I mourn her loss. Her place belongs at my side, not in the cold earth. I can’t think of her that way. She was energy and joy, zest and enthusiasm. She was everythin’ and all things to me.

In marital bliss, for days afterward we floated around on clouds made up of love, barely parting except to do what must be done. I wish it could have stayed that way. But life has a way of catchin’ up with you, and lovemakin’ often has consequences.



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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, January 22, 2014

How To Sell Books

Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. (Heb 11:1 VOICE)

Two things sell books. Obedience and Faith.

Obedience. I write what God gives me to write.

This isn't any different than preaching a sermon. The minister prepares by reading the Word and spending time in prayer. He also learns how to speak - the proper tone and volume to use, correct grammar, how to keep the people's interest.

But perhaps greatest of all, he listens to the Holy Spirit. More times have I heard a speaker say they had something ready, but God took them another direction.

I do Spirit writing.

"But, Suzanne, you write romance."

Especially since I write romance. Every word I write has to project the principles of the Word of God. It has to center around Christ yet at the same time keep the readers' interest. It's writing with rules - the highest rules of all - and at the same time, writing well.

Obedience sells books, but obedience alone won't do it. I also have to walk by faith.

Faith is not a nambypamby, maybe this will sell, maybe it won't, wishy-washy statement. Faith says, "Listen to me, Book, you will sell and sell well," and it rests in that.

That's rest, "relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs." (Dictionary.com)

When I release a book, I know it'll go somewhere, and I don't allow doubt to steal that from me. God gave me the book, and I listened to Him when I wrote it. Therefore, He's going to see it comes to success. (Jos 1:8)

This doesn't eliminate my responsibility. I still have to do marketing. But here's the key. God's marketing plan for me fits my personality.

God will never take a man with no legs and ask him to run. Instead, He will give him the legs first, make him strong, and train him up to be a runner before He turns him loose.

If I will obey and walk by faith, then all the circumstances around that book don't matter. Where it sits on the chart, how many copies I've sold today, my percentage of returns. I do watch the numbers. However, the numbers don't decide whether or not I'm a successful author.

Neither does genre, book selling site, current reading trends, or any of the dozens of ways I choose to promote my book.

What sells the book is God said, "Do this," and so I did. After all, He knows me, knows my readers, and is ultimately in total control. As long as I let Him and take the time to listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say specifically to me.


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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, January 19, 2014

Sunday Photographs

Another week's gone by. Seems like there have been a lot of birds in the yard the last few days. I guess they like the cooler temperatures more than I do.

Hope you enjoy the photographs.


Sunrise 1-15-2014
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Mini cakes
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Turkey Vulture
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Horse
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Red shouldered Hawk
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Tufted Titmouse
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Red bellied Woodpecker
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Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler 1-17-2014 photo 500-DSC_9985_zps9d695579.jpg

 
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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, January 18, 2014

Story Saturdays


I have a new book cover to share this week. No excerpt yet as I'm still thinking on the storyline. Also, I completed writing, NOT DONE LIVING, and have moved on to WINGS. 

Look for THE QUARTER to be available for sale within a couple weeks. I uploaded the paperback for proofing this week! 

The Grace Awards is taking nominations for this year's voting. If any of my books were your favorites, be sure to visit their site and download the voting form.



The worn furniture stared back at her, each piece in the same place it had always been. The couch, straight ahead, its faded cushions slightly askew; a square end table with weathered veneer to its left; the blue armchair, foot rest removed.

Her purse slipped from her fingers to the floor, and, knees bent, she crumpled. Colton Ryder. Alive and in Richland? Colton Ryder asking for her? Pictures flashed past again, and she closed her eyes, jumping in place at the touch of a small hand.




Her need for answers mounting, Sara shut her eyes and, hands stretched in front of her, took hold of the Light within. “Guide my hands,” she prayed in the ancient tongue, “to be an extension of Yours. Guide my heart to share Your presence. Guide my feet to walk after Your footsteps.”

She craned her head back toward the ceiling, her voice rising. “That the world might know that Your power is greater than that of the Enemy. That faith as small as the tiniest seed can change kingdoms and nations. That the power of Your Word is eternal and everlasting. That you can work through a boy or girl if they will only trust and believe.”

“I believe, Lord,” she called. “Consecrate me for such a time as this and I will turn aside from anything that would lessen Your gift in me.”



Casey lay in bed for another thirty minutes, the imprint of Mason Thornhill’s body in the bed sending a tingle up her spine. If she admitted it, he’d read her like a book, knew what she wanted and given it to her in fine style. But she wasn’t ready to admit it yet. She was still angry.

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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, January 15, 2014

God's Not Down With That


"Ladies and gentleman, if you'll look under your seats, each member of our audience has received a free ticket to ..."



Please, God is not Oprah. He's not sitting up there handing out freebies while you sit on your keister and live it up.

Don't get me wrong. He wants you to have quality of life, the best of the very best. Health. Prosperity. Success. Jesus died to provide full and complete salvation of body, mind, and soul. (G4991, Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionary, e-sword)

He didn't die so you can fill your barn simply to brag to your neighbor how big your barn is. Or build a new and bigger barn. (Lk 12:17-19) 

God isn't a status symbol. He's not a Rolex or Prada shoes. You can't parade him down the avenue with the bass turned up.

It's not look at me, but look at Him.

God gives things so that we can give things.
God heals our heart, so we can have compassion on someone who's hurting.
God fills us with peace in order to enable us to fill others with peace.

He blessed the evangelist with an airplane because he had a worldwide ministry and was willing to lay his life down to preach the gospel. (Mt 19:29)

He bought that single mom a house because she prayed and believed for ten years to get out of debt, all the while wisely using her money, working to pay her bills, and giving to those in need.

He provided that family with a meal because they have four small children.

He's a merciful God, who wants to see everyone living to their complete potential. But He isn't into the Bless-Me System.

There are times when He gives me things I don't deserve. But you know what? Afterward, I was thankful. I shared what Christ did for me, how God changed my life, how big and mighty and powerful He was. I didn't sit down and count my pocket change, all the while rubbing my success in someone's face. (Mt 6:1-3)

That, my friend, is pride, and it's a sure way to fall down on your backside.  (Pr 16:18)

So stand in faith for that need you have. God will do it. Believe to live above your circumstances, to walk blessed in a flawed world. God is all for that. You can have a new dress, a new car, a better job, a victorious life.

But not at the expense of others and not if all you're going to do it squander it in riotous living. (Lk 15:13) God's not down with that. 

Since you were brought back to life with Christ, focus on the things that are above-where Christ holds the highest position. Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things. (Col 3:1-2 GW)

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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, January 12, 2014

Sunday Photographs

A new year, new pictures. No project, but that leaves me to take shots I enjoy. Here's from last week. Enjoy!

Palm Warbler 
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Eastern Bluebird
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Winter in Florida
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Flaming Vine
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Eastern Phoebe
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Climbing Vine
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Wildflower
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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, January 11, 2014

Story Saturdays

I revamped a book cover this week and have decided to reveal it below with this weekend's storylines. LOOKIT WHATCHA will be in a series of books that take me back to my southern roots. Nothing is more fun to me than writing in dialect.

My two latest releases, LOVE & ROSES, and SUIT are now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and KOBO for only 99 cents until after Valentine's Day. Check the blog for sale links.

I've received some super nice reviews on both. Here's a sample:

LOVE & ROSES:

"Suzanne Williams has done it again! This sweet love story brought tears to my eyes more than once. Two people, broken by circumstances beyond their control, find healing in the friendship they share. This story was sweet and sincerely spoke to me."

"This book is more than a good read, it's a GREAT read! Easy, moved right along and was so relevant."

SUIT:

"I love Suzanne Williams' books, but this one was one of my very favorites! It took me about five pages in to figure out what was going on, and about twenty pages before I began to really like the book. By the middle of the book I was totally won over. By the end I found one of my very favorite characters ever in Ludwig Fabrinni. This story lingered with me long after I finished the last words!"





A slight breeze furled the flags strung across the tents below, bringing with it the sweet smell of fried dough and a vivid protest from the girl’s stomach. She ignored it and concentrated on the location sighted at the end of her rifle. Second tent, eastern view. Time, twelve fifteen. All was in place for the kill shot.




His gaze seemed made for her alone, the curve of his mouth fashioned solely to bring her enjoyment, and for a moment in time, she melted into it, lost to the war and the frayed edges of her life.

 

“Idjit’s done caught us a possum,” Pernita shouted from her awkward position hanging out the door. “An’ he’s gonna roast it up. I promised him onion gravy to dip it in.”

Hank stuck one finger in his Bible and lifted his gaze. Pernita’s grass green eyes sparkled back amidst a sea of freckles. “I wish you’d call him by his name,” he said. “Ron.”

She brought her lips into a firm pout. “He’s been Idjit ever since I could say Mom and Pop. I don’t get your need for change.” She stared down at the worn leather book in his lap. “Ain’t you read all that yet?”

“I ain’t read it all, and won’t ever know it all. God’s more powerful smart than us humans.”


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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, January 8, 2014

Oh, Grow Up

Seated in the pew, a smile on my face I prepared to tick off yet another Sunday sermon from my to-do list:

"Ten to twelve is church. Twelve-thirty to to two is lunch. Two to three is a nap. I have to rest and refresh. Then I might get some housework done before thinking about supper.

Except I hope I don't have to deal with HER during the service. She always blocks my view. Or that other one, who wears too much perfume. Gag. Doesn't she realize it stinks?

And why doesn't the preacher see some people hate to "sit forward" and don't want to "shake hands"? Not everyone's outgoing like him.

He really should speak more inspired, use less notes. He could be more unscripted, impromptu. I get he likes props and videos, but seriously? This is church, not a theater club.

Maybe my mood is because I don't feel good today. I have a headache, plus, my allergies are acting up. I hope I can hear what the preacher has to say in the first place. I'll probably drift off sometime midway. 

I get lots of things solved during church, having so much time to sit and think. Why I once figured out exactly what was wrong with the sink drain that way.

I hope, too, that my stomach doesn't growl. I didn't eat breakfast before I came, which means I'll be super hungry before it's all over. We could go out to lunch or pick something up. That'd save me having to make something to eat. Everyone always wants food so quickly afterward, and I end up standing there cooking while they breathe down my neck.

My neck kinda hurts. I think I slept wrong. Which reminds of of Lois. Oh, goodness, Lois is having such a hard time. Too bad her insurance won't pay for all her medical bills. Someone should step up and offer to help her.

Maybe Dr. Dan over there. He certainly has enough money. I've seen what he drives ... a new Lexus every other year. I wish. Ahem. Some of us work paycheck to paycheck. 

We can't take five vacations a year, not to call any names, Danielle. Must be nice to always fly off somewhere, post such nice pictures all the time ..."


Lots of people sit in the pews but never grow up. Growth requires effort. You have to do something. And here's a biggie ... you have to change.

To become a better person and do what God has asked, you have to stop listening to the thoughts roaming around in your head and instead, step back and admit you have a flaw.

Yeah, maybe you do gossip too much.

Maybe when someone is hurting, you hurry down the aisle and look the other way, hoping someone else will solve it.

Maybe when you don't feel well or finances are tight, you're more apt to complain than take it to God in prayer.

Maybe when you're squeezed between a rock and a hard place, what comes out is ungodly, unkind, and corrupt.

Maybe all you're doing in church is showing up to go home afterward and suck your thumb and cry, hoping someone older and wiser will fix it for you.

"Ouch, Suzanne, that hurts."

Growth hurts. Change hurts. Correction is usually painful.

But the reward on the other side is well worth the effort. You might walk out of the service with God's Word in your head instead of whether or not you're eating tacos or a sandwich for lunch, if the lawn needs mowing, or what you have to do at work tomorrow.

You might have a Scripture for someone in their time of need. A dollar or two to give them when they can't buy groceries. 

A prayer to a gracious, loving heavenly Father who you now know cares intimately about you.

So get rid of hatefulness and deception, of insincerity and jealousy and slander. 2 Be like newborn babies, crying out for spiritual milk that will help you grow into salvation 3 if you have tasted and found the Lord to be good. 4 Come to Him—the living stone—who was rejected by people but accepted by God as chosen and precious. 5 Like living stones, let yourselves be assembled into a spiritual house, a holy order of priests who offer up spiritual sacrifices that will be acceptable to God through Jesus the Anointed. (1Pe 2:1-5 VOICE)

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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, January 5, 2014

Sunday Photographs

My 365 Project has come to an end. I put my thoughts on the year in an article at Steve's Digicams. Be sure to take a trip over there and check it out.

Then visit the 365 Project 2013 album at Photobucket for a looksee. Feel free to leave me a comment. You can also see what other images I captured last year.

Below are the last three pics from 2013. Look for something fresh and new this year!


Day 363, Peregrine Falcon (Crop)
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Day 364, Warbler
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Day 365, Crepe Myrtle
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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, January 4, 2014

Story Saturdays

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to 2014, and I've set myself a goal/resolution. I don't usually do this, but this one I'd like to at least attempt to accomplish. I currently have 22 books released, of those 20 are in paperback, 3 of which were released in 2012. That makes 18 books (novels or novellas) I put out last year. I've set my goal this year at 25. People say I'm crazy, and maybe I am. But it gives me something to work toward and you, the reader, something to expect.

Personal Book Shelf
 
I received some great reviews on ME & TIMOTHY COOPER this week. 81 reviews later and Tim's still at #1 in Christian Short Stories. $1.99

★★★★★ "I really, really, REALLY liked this book. I thought it was sweet and I'm a sucker for romance books. But one of my most favorite parts was when Taylor wrote her paper about Tim's father and brother. It really touched my heart. And I loved the ending... The 'Two years and six months'. I'm really happy that I read this book!"

★★★★★ "This was a real good book and I Finished it in one day it was to good to put down. I laughed a lot and I cried once in one putty part I not want to say what part because I don't want to give anything way. Timothy and Taylor pull you in and you want to know more about them. What I didn't like WAS it was to sort but it END with know QUESTIONS. Some one who likes to laugh and feel good should read this book. I pick this book for the cover and so glad I did."

I also finished writing LOVE IN LILAC and have sent it to an editor. Look for that story (hopefully) before Valentine's Day. 

I have released both SUIT (Best-Dressed #1) and LOVE & ROSES  this week. They are available at Amazon and will be for sale at Barnes & Noble and KOBO without a week or two. Also, look for them in paperback soon! You can find all the buy links on my blog.

THE QUARTER, my third January release, is at the editor's.

Here are today's excerpts. Enjoy!


He nodded and continued on his way around the pool. No regrets. So there was a tale to be discovered about cute, little Liane Arnoult. Ordinarily he wouldn’t care why she was here, who she was with, or how long they’d stay. This business was his parents’ doing, and he’d learned to not ask questions. But—

He concentrated on completing the job then returned the broom to the pool equipment closet around the corner of the house. He spun around to find the girl at his side. He laid his hands on his hips.

“I’m ready now,” she said. “To be picked up. Just paste me to your chest.”

He raised an eyebrow. “Are you always so … aggressive?”




Then he knelt before her.

Flattening her palm to her forehead, she blinked twice. A dream. She must be having a dream. She did not climb out of his bed. She pulled the covers over her legs; not that there was anything wrong with him seeing her legs. She was fully clothed, but he was … was …

Wow.

“You okay?” he asked.

She blinked again. Blond hair, blue eyes. Adonis. She was in the bedroom of Adonis. She moistened her lips. “I’ve made a mess.”


He didn’t respond for a moment, then exhaled. “If you need a date, count me in.”

She widened her gaze. “R-really?”

“That was the deal. Wasn’t it?”

“Yeah, but I mean … I was all weepy and crying on you. Plus, they’re all going to stare and ask who you are. They are policemen.”

He paused, then angled her toward the machines. “Just so long as they’re not telling me my ex-wife’s out of jail, we’ll be good.”
 


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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, January 1, 2014

Communicate Grace

Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them. (Eph 4:29 VOICE)


No man has the right to say anything he wants.

Regardless of culture.
Upbringing.
Nationality.
Genetics.

Instead, our words should bring encouragement. They should build each other up. They should communicate grace.

What does that mean? It means through your words, you become the person people love to talk to because they never leave without receiving some benefit.

It means no matter what your opinion is about that person, you have something positive to say. You always treat them as if they are important. You bring calm and comfort regardless of their circumstances or any choices they've made.

And here's an additional thought ... Both to your closest friends and to that person you've only just met.

I think sometimes it's our family and friends who get the wrong side of us. We become to comfortable, complacent, and lose track of what we say.

"Well, they know me, so it's all right to be this way."

No, it isn't. There is no excuse for being rude.

I like what it says in Colossians 4:6. "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." Though this passage is talking specifically about people who aren't Christians, I believe it applies to everyone.

We SHOULD always speak to one another with grace, God's principles evident in the tone of our voice and in the wisdom that proceeds out of us.That's really what it all boils down to. Did what you say make that person think of Christ? Or did it send them running the other way?

Think about it, and become the salt and light that reflects Christ into every area you touch.

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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.

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