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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
Saturday, January 2, 2016 by Patti Shene

TITLE OF BOOK: Messages: Poems and Short Stories to Live By

AUTHOR: Gail Pallotta

PUBLISHER: Create Space

GENRE: Literary poetry and fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: Stand alone gift book

TARGET AGE: 16 – 65+

GAIL IS ONE OF MY MANY CYBER AND WRITER FRIENDS! AS WE ENTER THE NEW YEAR, GAIL TALKS ABOUT SURPRISING DEVELOPMENTS SHE DIDN’T EXPECT IN 2015 AND SHARES PLANS FOR 2016.

 

GAIL IS OFFERING A KINDLE GIVEAWAY OF MESSAGES: POEMS AND SHORT STORIES TO LIVE BY. SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING.

 

Happy New Year everyone!

 

A new year gives us a fresh start and something to look forward to. It's no wonder many of us make New Year's resolutions. We share some of our good intentions with friends, and others rattle around in our heads unspoken. However, each brings its own hope for the next twelve months. Some come to fruition, and others end up lost in life's day to day hassles.

 

Sometimes, a new year gives us time for reflection. In making my New Year's resolutions, I'd like to stay as close to God as possible. In thinking back on 2015, I see not only accomplishments that fell flat, but also unexpected pleasures. I joined a church that didn't exist at the start of 2015! My daughter is engaged to a great guy we didn't know in January of 2015.

 

At the beginning of 2015, I had no idea I'd publish a book called Messages: Poems and Short Stories to Live By. I've been told not to say that God told me to write a book, because more than likely the publisher will tell me God didn't tell them to publish it.

 

In the case of Messages, I'll say that in spite of me and my shortcomings, God intervened.

 

I'm a computer klutz, so as much as I admire those who self-publish, it scares the daylights out of me. As a result, I don't generally have the Adobe program used for self-publishing. However, I needed it to edit a PDF manuscript and purchased it for one month. Being a person who hates to waste anything, I wondered what else I could do with it. For quite some time, I'd pondered organizing a short story anthology. Yet, I'd only finished some of the titles.

 

Over the years I'd written quite a few poems. I'd been told they were lovely poems, but the market for them was so small. I dismissed the idea of publishing anything, but the poems and stories I had completed kept popping in my head. I sent the poems to my writing partners, and they encouraged me to proceed. I took one step at a time, not sure how or if I'd take the next one. Finally, I compiled and formatted Messages.

 

Then, I found a picture I'd taken from a twelfth story balcony in Destin, Florida. I downloaded a program for creating covers, but something went askew in the process, and I couldn't access it. For several days I looked at stock photos and fretted. I almost ditched the idea of putting out the book, but I decided to send the photo I really wanted to use to my writing partners to see if it had enough pixels. I had no idea what I'd do if it did. Maybe I could find a way to access the program mocking me every time I clicked on it.

 

Well, Mildred Colvin sent back a cover. That did it. I had to publish the project.

 

The result is a gift book of short stories and poetry, including history, romantic love poems, the paranormal and day to day living.

 

I can't help but wonder what surprises wait for me in 2016, and I wish many wonderful surprises for all of you.

 

Blurb for Messages

Find inspiration for our hectic times in these straight-forward poems for happy and sad days.

Find history, warmth and a touch of the paranormal in three stories.

Getting the Goat peeks into the early 1900's when mountain life was tough. Does Mama's advice hold true today?

In Stitches in Love Rose's deep love for her grandmother motivates others to share their gifts. Does Rose reap her reward?

Robert Horner is tempted in The Stranger, but does he succumb to the lure?

 

Buy Messages on Amazon

 

DON’T FORGERT TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A KINDLE COPY OF MESSAGES: POEMS AND SHORT STORIES TO LIVE BY BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, JANUARY 15TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

 

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. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s been a best-selling author on All Romance eBooks. She’s published three books, poems, short stories, and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Connect with Gail:

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Comments

Gail Pallotta From Georgia At 1/12/2016 8:51:18 PM

Hi Paula, Thanks for stopping by to comment on Messages. I enjoyed writing the poems and short stories very much.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 1/12/2016 9:46:32 AM

Thank you for stopping by, Paula!

Paula Shane From Colorado At 1/12/2016 7:42:30 AM

I enjoyed reading about Messages, it looks interesting. Maybe I''ll have a chance to win it.

Patti Shene From At 1/2/2016 7:22:41 PM

Thank you for kicking off the New Year on Patti''s Porch, Gail!

Gail Pallotta From Georgia At 1/2/2016 2:02:26 PM

Hi Patti, Thanks for having me!

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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