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WELCOME AUTHOR PAT NICHOLS
Friday, April 27, 2018 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK: The Secret of Willow Falls

AUTHOR: Pat Nichols

PUBLISHER: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s

GENRE: Women’s Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: Series

TARGET AGE: 40 plus

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR PAT NICHOLS TO PATTI’S PORCH. JUST WHEN PAT THOGHT SHE HAD FULFILLED ALL OF HER RETIREMENT DREAMS, SHE LEARNED THERE WAS ONE MORE THING LEFT TO ACCOMPLISH.

 

 

AM I OLD?

 

 

by

 

 

Pat Nichols.

 

During a recent shopping trip, I stepped in front of two little girls sitting in a grocery cart to reach for toothpaste. The older child grinned and asked my name. I responded and returned the question. She hesitated a moment, tilted her head, and said, “Are you old?”

 

Her mother gasped and apologized profusely. To ease the woman’s embarrassment, I pretended I hadn’t heard the comment. While she scolded her daughter and scrambled to push the cart out of sight, I was laughing inside and wondering how to use the instance in a novel.

 

It’s funny how my perspective evolved after I retired thirteen years ago. At first, I enjoyed the change of pace and freedom from responsibilities and deadlines. My husband and I checked off every item on our travel bucket list. We finished decorating our retirement home, volunteered, and spent time with family and friends. My golden years seemed set. Until my desire to write grew from an obscure idea to a calling I couldn’t ignore.

 

When I floated the idea of writing a novel to my family, they were thrilled. Their encouragement gave me the impetus to launch a new career. For three years I studied the craft, learned about marketing, and wrote two manuscripts. Both were rejected by agents and publishers, for good reason. They were the work of a novice. I applied everything I learned and began writing book number three.

 

Now, I understand why many senior citizens pour their energies into meaningful activities. Whether it’s volunteering for worthwhile causes or launching second careers, it gives us the opportunity to continue using the skills we’ve developed and make lasting differences.

 

While it is true youth is filled with promise and opportunity, age has definite advantages. Topping the list is experience. The years I spent in the corporate world taught me discipline, patience, and the value of hard work. I learned to meet deadlines, achieve goals, and accept disappointment without giving in to defeat. Every lesson has enabled me to quickly adapt to the demanding world of a novelist. My new goal; continue writing and seeking publication for a minimum of ten more years.

 

Clearly, God had more for me to accomplish. In November, 2017, I signed a contract with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s. Five months later I signed a second contract with LPC for the sequel. My debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, is scheduled for release January 10, 2019. Book two of the Willow Falls series will debut in January, 2020.

 

The prospect of one day soon holding a novel with my name on the cover is both thrilling and humbling. I am blessed God has granted me with good health and a deep-seated desire to achieve. If another child asks if I’m old, perhaps I should say, “Honey, I’ve lived long enough know to have run a good race, but I’m still young enough to stay on the track.”

 

Although a cover for the first book in the series is not finalized, the back-story copy is complete:

Two women fighting for their dreams, one who fears losing hers, are united by a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, aspiring novelist Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother transform an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about the town’s mysterious history when tragedy and a returning felon threaten everything, including the town’s survival.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero and destroyed plans for a major economic renewal. She returned as a convicted and much hated felon. Desperate to find a new normal, she finds solace in the small-town café. The novelist who initially befriends her out of curiosity soon becomes her biggest advocate.

To appease her father, Rachel Streetman, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate-development firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she struggles to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily, Rachel, and Sadie on a collision course with destiny and truth.

 

Pat Nichols launched career number two as a novelist, proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Drawing on years of corporate experience working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life, she creates stories about women who face challenges in the pursuit of their dreams. She lives in an Atlanta suburb with her husband of fifty plus years, is the mother of two, and grandmother of three. She is grateful for God’s blessings and unfailing love through all of life’s peaks and valleys.

Connect with Pat online:

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Comments

Paula From Colorado At 5/3/2018 11:39:48 AM

I'm intrigued. Something you (Pat N.) said about retirement and having interests that help keep us active. Anyway, the back story looks interesting and in my retirement I volunteer in our museum library for fulfillment. Pat G. - I'm glad to see you continue this site. Go Girlfriend! paula s,

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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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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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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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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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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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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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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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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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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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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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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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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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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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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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