Welcome back, Pat. I love your new head shot. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I listen for God’s voice for each story’s messages redemption, overcoming, steadfast. My favorite Scripture for my characters is Jude 1:24
God can keep us from falling, and my characters want to be kept.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Book One, LEAN ON ME, in the Family is Forever series, which is about caregivers will be released January 7, 2020.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Because I’m into genealogy, I would like to meet my second great-grandmother Charlotte Jamieson, who is a fictional character in my Jamieson Legacy series. My second great grandmother, Charlotte, was enslaved by Robert Jamieson. A guest in his home, John Wilkinson, fathered 2 children with her, then married the slaveholder’s daughter, Artie. Charlotte lived to be 80 years old and died living in the backyard of one of the largest former slaveholders in Mississippi, the Caradines. I would like to know how she endured slavery.
Interesting. I understand why you would love to meet her. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Funny you ask that. I attended the annual Christian Book Lovers Retreat last week. There was one woman at a seminar who had received 7 in one day. After a group of us prayed for her, we all gave her encouraging words. I told her about my experience of getting a rejection letter for GUILTY OF LOVE on the same day it hit the shelves with another publisher. Also, I reminded her that God is the Master Chess player, and He moves people and situations around for our good, and He’s partnering her with the right editors and publishing houses.
Tell us about the featured book.
TAYE’S GIFT is Book 6 in the Small Town Christmas series. I guess you can say the stories are modeled after Hallmark movies. The gist of the plot is it’s a race against time to bless someone in need with $1500, in time for Christmas. My story has a different twist, because initially my character thinks the money is for her from a deceased friend. Soon, God shows her that by blessing others, she will get blessed. However, the task she embarks on requires help from two strangers who fast become friends to save two businesses during the holidays.
I love this cover. Please give us the first page of the book.
This is insane!
Only for her late friend Charity Hart would Taye Thomas endure the mass pandemonium at an airport on the Friday after Thanksgiving, yet here she was flying Southwest Airlines from Kansas City to Denver.
Had everyone flown into town for a quick hi before consuming hearty helpings of turkey and dressing just to make their exit the next day? This was the worse time to travel.
Taye shut out the chaos around her for a quiet moment of reflection. An old friend from high school had passed away. Taye’s eyes misted as the realization hit that Charity was gone. She sniffed as nearby chatter pulled her out of her reverie.
Although she wasn’t keen on eavesdropping, some travelers’ conversations were too entertaining to ignore. Taye craned her neck as she scanned the line for the person with the high-pitched voice.
“Yeah, I’m nervous. I hope it’s not a bumpy ride,” confessed a pretty girl who attempted to appear older, judging from the makeup artistically applied to highlight her youthful face.
“So, you’re traveling alone?” an older man asked too curiously for Taye’s taste. And was that a hint of pleasure in his tone at her admission?
Didn’t the teenager know her naiveté was making her vulnerable for prey? Taye huffed. Where was the girl’s parents or chaperone? Did anyone give this barely-more-than-a-child instructions about not talking to strangers?
“It’s a nonstop flight, and it should be smooth. We’ll be okay,” another woman assured the girl.
@2019 Pat Simmons
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Thank you, Pat, for sharing this new Christmas novel with my blog readers and me. We all love Christmas stories, and I love your writing.
Readers, here are links to the book.Taye's Gift (Small-Town Christmas Wishes Series) - Amazon Paperback
Taye's Gift (Small-Town Christmas Wishes Series Book 6) - Kindle
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