Saturday, February 28, 2015

Story Saturdays

On SALE for 99 cents:

(All 99 cents prices are for Amazon. For Barnes & Noble, KOBO, or other sales prices, visit the blog.)

Take Me Away

*a fun, sweet read that will leave you smiling and believing in love all over again
*a neat,sweet short romance with a bit of adventure and mystery

Kickin' Hearts (Rodeo Girls) Book 1

*A comfortable heartwarming read

Soaped

*This was a great story . It teaches that people are not what they seen from the outside.

Life & Deliverance (Florida Irish) Book 2

*felt like coming back home
*Raw, real gripping story




PREORDER for delivery March 6th:

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What's Upcoming:

I hope to have the 2nd (and final) book in my Western Woman series out sometime late spring. I am working slowly on several projects, none of which I particularly want to reveal at this time. So I'll just say there are a couple historicals, one set in 1750 in Southern England, which is different for me, and a YA or two.

I've been on a book cover bonanza, meaning when I'm not writing I'm creating book covers. This frequently gets me out of my writing slumps. If I posted all the covers for unfinished stories, this blog would be very long.

If you missed my post on DEALING WITH DOUBT, be sure to check it out!

God bless.

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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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dealing With Doubt

*This blog is a duplicate of my post on the GNFA blog today. I felt it so strongly I wanted to share it here.

I’ve been listening to the voices in my head, the ones that say, “Why bother? No one cares if you publish. You might as well give up.” Or, “Look at Miss Author over there, she has tons of fans who comment all the time, but yours never say anything. You’re mediocre. No one notices if you fail. You’re just not that important.”

Voices of negativity and doubt.




More than half of writing is the writer convincing themselves they know how to write. The rest is self-assurance that what they’ve written is exactly what it should be. Being a Christian writer ups the ante. Suddenly, it’s not just good enough to write something, but we must also write something moralistic.

Then, if we get past the misgivings, if we manage to shut off the voices, it seems like a reader misunderstands our intent, and suddenly everything we knew we did right, all the i’s we dotted and t’s we crossed are maybe a bit off. It could be we missed the boat, and what if he or she is correct?

Writing is full of what-ifs, and Christian writing has way more of them because there’s that standard again. Problem is, people adjust it for themselves. What’s good to one person is outside the perimeters with another. What I write, what you write, sometimes falls flat with a person who simply didn’t understand it. Or perhaps they wrote a completely fair review, but for some reason, all those doubts surface again because it could be if you’d pulled back here or pushed further there, it would have become better, more people pleasing. It could be the voices in your head are right.

I have soft places in my skin where occasionally the dart of public opinion has made its way through. I have scars in other locations that I protect lest anything hit me there again. Both feed into the doubts that never quite leave. But here’s the thing. I can use those same doubts to make me a better writer. They fuel my faith. They cause me to look harder at myself, which in the long run might be painful, but is a very good thing. They help me hold my head up high when a book wasn’t, for that one person, what they expected it to be. They push me forward.

I wish life was full of glowing five-star reviews, but if you’re a new writer, then I’m sad to say, it isn’t. For every five-star you receive, the one you’ll remember will be the three, the two, or the one. But instead of sitting down and giving up, instead of releasing the talent God’s given you, use that energy to keep writing.

So that reader didn’t like it. So you don’t have all the fan uproar other authors seem to generate. So your author ranking, yours sale numbers, don’t glow in the night. Don’t let that stop you from writing because one thing’s for sure, as soon as you do, you definitely won’t see success.

And here’s one final word from someone who’s been at the bottom. All the money and fame in the world won’t make you happy. People’s comments won’t make you happy. Good reviews are nice and fan praise is awesome. But if you can’t find that joy within yourself first, you’ll still fail.

I never imagined when I got into this business that people could be so awful to other people. But they are and I’ve learned to go back to who I was before I became a writer – a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, someone’s best friend. Who I am inside, who God has made me, is far more important than what John or Jane Doe have to say, and that girl, who loved books at age sixteen, more important to please.

We love him, because he first loved us. (1Jn 4:19)

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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography 
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Available for Pre-Order

Now available for pre-order (for delivery on March 6, 2015) Book 1 of 2 in the Cyborg Romance Series.

Only 99 cents for a limited time!


“For me,” she said, softly. “I want you to try for me. Because I don’t understand what’s happening, but know if you can’t, I’m going to cry.”

She raised her head again, and their eyes met. “Become human for me.”

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A secret organization seeks to control the future. Cyborg 653’s task is to protect an aged priest, whose life is at risk. But his emotionless, machine-like existence changes the minute he meets human, Lexie Hollis.

Feelings he’s never needed begin to form and with them comes knowledge. She encourages him to think on his own, form opinions, and most of all fall in love. With her.

But what begins as something full of promise soon becomes a dangerous game that just might silence him and all of his kind … forever.

A wild ride in the world of science-fiction by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.



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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, February 15, 2015

Sunday Photographs

The weather is seasonably cool with nice, warm afternoons. Spring is happening everywhere, from the azaleas to this wild plum in my yard. For the full set of photos, visit my Photobucket album.

Enjoy!

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Mockingbird
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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, February 11, 2015

Heal Our Land

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour (1Ti 2:1-3).

Are you praying for the government or are you complaining about it? This Scripture lists four actions we must take where our government is concerned, and none of them involve giving scathing public opinion. Instead, we are told to pray, intercede, even "give thanks."




Now, prayer for the government is not, "Dear God ..." I admit that's what I've heard myself saying all too often. It seems like the world is going to pot, everything sinful being painted as legal and right, and morality tossed out the window. But a "dear God" prayer accomplishes nothing.

We must go back to faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1)

The very foundation of faith is believing for what we do not see. We pray based on the Scripture's words about what our nation should be, not what we think it is.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2Chr 7:11).

Does the Bible say God will heal the land or doesn't it? And will He keep His word?




Absolutely. What God has said, He will do ... as long as we meet the conditions of the promise. We lift up our leaders in faith-filled prayer, asking for God to give them wisdom and right-thinking, then hand the responsibility of the providing the answer back to God. That's His department not ours.

Our job is to pray.
His job is to heal the land.

For we walk by faith, not by sight (2Cor 5:7).

We are visual beings. We see what's going on around us, and it's our reaction to fall into dismay, to grumble and gripe about how things are. But that's as pointless as worrying about them. A solution only comes, a cure to the world's evils, by believing God can and will work through our leaders toward godly purposes.

I know how hard that is to read and latch onto.

I think that's why our initial Scripture said to "give thanks" because we tend to see the problems instead of the answers. But there is always something to be thankful for, and if you look deep enough, you'll find it.

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place (Ex 13:3).

I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old (Ps 77:11).

And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer (Ps 78:35).

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth (Ps 105:5)

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion (Ps 11:4).

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Eph 2:11-13).



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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.

Monday, February 2, 2015

FREE February 2 & 3, 2015

My latest Civil War Romance novella, I'LL NEVER SAY GOODBYE, is FREE, for Kindle February 2nd & 3rd. Be sure to go over and download your copy.

If you enjoy it, please leave a review!



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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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