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THE PREEMPTIVE DO-OVER by Linda Sammaritan
3/1/2020 11:10:00 AM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Dancing Up a Storm: A Storming the Short Story Anthology

AUTHOR:  several, including Linda Sammaritan

PUBLISHER:  American Christian Fiction Writers, The Woodlands, Texas

GENRES:  romance, science fiction, contemporary fiction, fairytale, young adult

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone anthology

TARGET AGE:  15-90+

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR LINDA SAMMARITAN TO PATTI’S PORCH. LINDA SHOWS US HOW WE CAN HELP READERS AVOID COSTLY MISTAKES IN LIFE THROUGH THE CHOICES OUR CHARACTERS MAKE.

 

 

LINDA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT COPY OF DANCING UP A STORM.

 

 

THE PREEMPTIVE DO-OVER

 

 

by

 

 

Linda Sammaritan

 

 

Sharp thorns of regret from episodes in my own life often launch my fictional stories. What should I have done? What could I have done to obtain a better outcome?

 

 

If only God allowed do-overs.

Unfortunately, He doesn’t. The mistakes I make must be dealt with. My lack of action has consequences. I can try to mop up the mess, but stains will remain. Hurtful words can’t be erased from memory even after reconciliation. Scars remind me of the fateful choice to drive on icy roads.

 

 

But stories allow do-overs.

While I can’t change my own past, I can place my story character in the same situation, and she can make a different choice. A better choice. A fictional do-over. Now, what if God makes sure someone reads the story who is also in that situation? And the reader sees that my character ended up making a good choice. So she decides to follow the story’s example instead of the more destructive plan she’d been contemplating.

 

 

A Preemptive Do-over.

Because I wrote a story based on what I would have done if I could do it over, God has used it to prevent the same regret in someone else.

 

 

Save the Last Dance is one of my do-overs. Texas ACFW Chapter The Woodlands had put out a call for submissions in their Storming the Short Story Contest. In order to be selected for their anthology, dancing had to be integral to the story.

 

 

So dancing… I allowed thoughts to swirl and wander. Dancing at weddings? Dancing in praise? Dancing at the prom? The idea light bulb blinked on. Oh yeah, the prom. One of my many regrets.

 

 

What if I wrote about the heartache of that teen romance and gave it a happier ending? A do-over.

 

 

You need to understand God’s sense of humor here. I am not a romance writer. Any other romance I’ve tried to create has been awful, just ask my critique group buddies! The color of her eyes, the fluttering of her heart, his square jaw…I can’t pull it off. It morphs into corny comedy.

 

 

Despite my lack of ability, I knew this story was the right one. I hoped my rebellious character, Ashlee, would give other teens a chance to avoid the mistake I made that she didn’t. A preemptive do-over.

 

 

Not only did I write a satisfying young adult romance, Ashlee danced her way into the hearts of the judges, and they selected Save the Last Dance for their book, Dancing Up A Storm. The anthology contains twelve stories in a variety of genres. Each story contains a dance of some sort—a community dance, a school dance, a couple dancing in the privacy of their home, dance lessons, figurative dance, dancing at life’s celebrations, even dancing at the wedding of the Lamb. Proceeds from book sales are donated to the American Christian Fiction Writers Scholarship Fund.

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT COPY OF DANCING UP A STORM BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, MARCH 10TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

Linda Sammaritan assumed she’d teach middle-graders until school authorities presented her with a retirement wheelchair, but God cut those plans short by a couple of decades when He gave her a passion for writing fiction. After blowing goodbye kisses to her students, she now dedicates her work hours to learning the craft. Linda is currently working on a middle grade trilogy, World Without Sound, based on her own experiences growing up with a deaf sister.

Where Linda can be found on the web:

Website www.lindasammaritan.com

Book review contributor to www.scriblerians.com

Facebook  www.facebook.com/lindasammaritan

Twitter  twitter.com/LindaSammaritan

Instagram  www.instagram.com/lindasammaritan/

 

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Comments

Les From IL At 3/10/2020 4:31:03 PM

I wish you all the best with your book! I used my prom as a basis for a flash fiction story :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Les. Thank you for sharing. You are in the drawing.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 3/5/2020 7:42:48 PM

Linda, this was refreshing. Thanks for sharing about your "corny" romances...I can't seem to write them well either. The Woodlands book sounds GREAT!! I'm taking a short story class right now, and coming to the W.O.R.D. event in TX on March 21. Hope to meet you?

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us. Romance scenes may not be your forte, but you are a great writer for sure!

Bonnie Engstrom From AZ At 3/5/2020 5:19:22 PM

What a fascinating idea and subject, Linda. I think your prom story, especially, would be a hit with my teen granddaughters. Good luck with the book! Bonnie

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Bonnie! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Linda.

Dave From elijahblog.com At 3/2/2020 12:45:39 PM

So, turn my regrets into Elijah's satisfactions. Hmm... Thanks for this encouragement, Linda.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Glad you learned something from these words of wisdom, Dave!Thank you for stopping by.

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3/4/2016 10:22:23 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KARIN BEERY
2/24/2016 11:00:18 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA RUTH STRONG
2/6/2016 12:49:04 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
1/29/2016 11:52:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ELAINE STOCK
1/16/2016 12:57:46 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
1/2/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
12/26/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
12/13/2015 4:00:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
12/13/2015 3:51:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
11/29/2015 4:17:05 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
11/6/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PERSPECTIVE
11/1/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
10/23/2015 11:28:03 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
10/16/2015 10:21:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
10/9/2015 11:37:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
10/3/2015 5:04:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
9/11/2015 10:39:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
8/22/2015 10:18:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
8/9/2015 11:24:30 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
7/24/2015 11:37:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHY WE WAIT
7/11/2015 10:51:21 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
6/27/2015 10:51:06 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
6/13/2015 1:32:20 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
5/22/2015 10:51:09 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
5/9/2015 7:57:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
4/10/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
3/27/2015 11:19:26 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
3/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
2/27/2015 11:00:12 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
2/14/2015 8:01:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
1/24/2015 1:41:32 PM  by: Patti Shene

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
1/16/2015 10:59:08 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
1/10/2015 7:44:16 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
12/27/2014 11:17:48 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
12/20/2014 11:08:16 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
12/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
12/14/2014 3:45:38 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
12/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
12/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
11/29/2014 12:36:32 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
11/22/2014 6:55:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
11/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
11/8/2014 2:41:19 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
11/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
10/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
10/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
10/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
10/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
9/27/2014 9:25:12 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
9/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE NUMBERS
9/15/2014 2:24:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
9/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
8/30/2014 10:56:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
8/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SITTING IDLE
8/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene