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I am happy to introduce you to another new-to-the-blog author today! Gail Pallotta is the author of Breaking Barriers, which is the eighth Love Is… book from Prism Book Group. Before we meet Gail, let’s take a quick look at the story.
In this action-packed thriller gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.
Welcome, Gail! What inspired you to write Breaking Barriers?
My inspiration for Breaking Barriers dates back to the early 1980’s when my daughter started grammar school. She was told she couldn’t wear a cross to class. Then one day she came home and said, “Mommy, school isn’t a place for God.”
My heart broke into a million pieces, and I started a manuscript about a faction in our country that hates Christianity. I probably wrote it more for myself than anyone else. I taught my daughter that people can’t put God in a particular place, or take him out of one. I told her He’s in our being. We can’t go anywhere without Him, and she could pray to him silently in school, and he would hear her. Then I shoved my half-finished book in a drawer.
When I learned that Prism Book Group wanted to publish a series taken from I Corinthians 13: 4 – 8, I wanted to be part of it, but wondered if I could write something worthy of the Scripture. How could I even choose? I kept reading the verses until finally “Love isn’t easily angered” reminded me of the manuscript I’d started many years ago. It seemed to suit the current times when many are speaking out against Christianity.
I created a heroine who loves her faith so much she’s willing to stand up against those seeking to destroy it—and her. Then I added a romance with a hero who shows her the difference in a consistent loving guy and an explosive, angry person like her father who says he loves her, but acts as though he doesn’t.
It became Book 8 in the Love Is…Series.
Our response to those who speak against us is so important… On a lighter note, we love to talk about sweets, although we haven’t for a little while now. What is your favorite dessert? Would you be interested in sharing the recipe?
My pecan pie tops my list of favorite desserts. I’m sharing the recipe with my secret ingredient.
A pastry crust
1/4 cup of butter
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tabsp. flour
1/4 cup Kahlua (the secret ingredient)
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup evaporated milk
Optional: Whipped cream for the top
Line a nine-inch pie pan with your favorite pastry recipe or use an already prepared crust.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla, flour. Mix well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in Kahlua, corn syrup, evaporated milk, pecans. Mix well and pour into the pie pan. Bake for ten minutes then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake until firm. Cool and garnish if desired.
That sounds yummy! Do you have a favorite life verse? Why is that one important to you?
Actually, I have two, Matthew 22: 37 – 39, “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself…”
These are my favorite verses because they tell us Christ’s Gospel of love in a few words.
Those are great verses to live by! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m enjoying writing a romantic, comedy series.
You’ve published a few books now. What do you feel is the most challenging part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
Marketing and promotion, hands down. I love to read about what has worked for others.
Authors now wear so many different hats! Thanks for taking time to visit with us today, Gail!
Your turn! This is likely a regional thing, but for fun… How do you say “pecan”? Is it pea’-con, pea’-can, peh-con’…?
Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.
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An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?
Things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina. Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.
Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.
Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.
‘Breaking Barriers’ Giveaway:
Gail has generously offered to give away an e-copy of Breaking Barriers, and a print copy of Stopped Cold. (There is one entry form. The first winner drawn will receive the e-copy of Breaking Barriers, and the second winner will receive a print copy of Stopped Cold.) Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.