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BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR by Gail Pallotta
Saturday, August 28, 2021 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Cooking up a Mystery

AUTHOR:  Gail Pallotta

PUBLISHER:  Pelican Book Group

GENRE:  Christian Cozy Mystery

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:  Adult

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA TO PATTI’S PORCH. GAIL SHARES SECRETS BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF AN ENTREPRENEUR.

 

 

 

GAIL IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN KINDLE COPY OFCOOKING UP A MYSTERY.

 

 

 

BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR

 

 

by

 

 

Gail Pallotta

 

 

 

Cooking up a Mystery resulted from a desire to write stories about women entrepreneurs overcoming obstacles to succeed in their businesses and personal lives. Laney, the heroine, takes over management of a tea house and catering service with no business background. Her mother planned to help with Laney’s Delectable Delights, but a drunk driver hit and killed Laney’s mother. Laney’s overwhelmed with grief and the magnitude of her responsibility, but George, her assistant, tells her she has him and God, who knows her needs. Then he adds, “You ... have your mom’s wonderful recipes and you whip them up like a pro.”

 

 

 

When I chose the food industry for Laney, I wrote what I know. I learned to cook at age ten. The reason, according to my father—I’d know how when I got married. I didn’t marry until I was thirty. By then, I’d received lots of instruction, so I knew how to prepare some pretty good dinners. My husband said, “You could start a restaurant.” I wanted to do other things instead, such as write, but I started one in this book.

 

 

 

 

 

My friend, Pam Nichols Griffin, who’s a staff writer at The Destin Log in Destin, Florida, and I had discussed working on a project together. Pam had recently authored a book of recipes, Heavenly Delights, as a fundraiser for Mission Love Seeds. The charity helps children throughout the world and responds locally after disasters to demonstrate God’s love. They’re online at missionloveseeds.org and on Facebook. The recipes in the back of Cooking up a Mystery in a section called Laney’s Chefs in the Making come from Pam’s book.

 

 

 

Each recipe title bears the name of a character from the story. Eve, the hairdresser from Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, my first book about a woman entrepreneur, makes an appearance in Cooking up a Mystery. Later she shares the following recipe.

 

Eve Castleberry’s Ambrosia Salad

Two eleven-oz. cans Mandarin oranges, chilled

One twenty-oz. can chunk pineapple, chilled

One cup mini marshmallows

One cup coconut

One cup sour cream, or to taste

Drain fruit well then mix with marshmallows and coconut. Add sour cream and mix well. Serve immediately.

Submitted by Sue Whittaker of Destin, Florida

 

 

The dish sounds yummy to me. I hope you will enjoy it.

 

 

 

Blurb for Cooking Up a Mystery:

Laney Eskridge worked to put her husband through dental school. Then he left with another woman. She's on edge from the emotional scars and her parents' deaths. Then she hears unexplained noises in her new tea house, and her anxiety is tripled. Add a budding romance with Eric—a guy with a fear of commitment—and it's all too much to handle. She cuts ties with Eric and plunges into making her business pay off.

When Eric discovers that Laney's in danger, he vows to protect her. But can he make a lasting promise? Will she trust him? . . .and when they overhear a threat that could cause national turmoil, will anyone believe them? There's more brewing than herbal tea in Cooking up a Mystery.

 

Buy on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3dfKATd

 

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A KINDLE COPY OF COOKING UP A MYSTERY BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH 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

 

 

 

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta is a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Finalist. She’s published six books, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Connect with Gail:

 

Newsletter - https://www.gailpallotta.com/mainphp.html

Website - https://www.gailpallotta.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsandMore

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gail-pallotta

 

 

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Comments

Gail Pallotta From GA At 9/1/2021 6:57:44 AM

Hi Natalya, Thanks for stopping by. One of the reviewers who recommended the book said the same thing about it making her hungry. (:

Natalya Lakhno From CA At 8/31/2021 1:40:19 PM

Made me hungry LOL

Reply by: Patti Shene

Natalya, I agree. The cover alone holds the promise of reference to delightful foods! Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed day!

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/30/2021 6:03:24 PM

Hi Carol, Thanks for stopping by. I thought the ambrosia sounded good too, especially for the hot days we're having right now.

Carol James From Georgia At 8/30/2021 4:27:58 PM

This sounds like a fun book. And I love the recipe for ambrosia. It sounds wonderful. Congrats to you, Gail.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Carol. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the discussion. Have a blessed day!

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/30/2021 3:57:55 PM

Hi Jean, Thanks for coming by and for you dangerous and delicious description for Cooking up a Mystery. (:

Jean Alfieri From CO At 8/30/2021 2:05:02 PM

What a wonderful premise for a story. Sounds dangerous and delicious!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jean. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining the conversation. Blessings!

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/30/2021 12:47:41 PM

Hi Barbara, Thank you for coming by and for your kind words.

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/30/2021 12:46:04 PM

Hi Carlene, Thank you for coming by, reading Cooking up a Mystery and sharing your thoughts with us.

Gail Pallotta From Georgia At 8/30/2021 12:40:47 PM

Hi Suzy, Thank you for coming by and for your kind words and encouragement.

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/30/2021 12:36:33 PM

Hi Pamela, Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words.

Pamela S Thibodeaux From LA At 8/30/2021 10:59:41 AM

What a lovely post and I applaud you and your friend for your charitable efforts! Good luck and God's blessings PamT

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Pam. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Gail. Have a blessed day!

Suzy Parish From Huntsville, AL At 8/30/2021 10:11:42 AM

I always love Gail's characters! They are cleverly written and the plot always moves along at a great pace. I know this one will be just as entertaining.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Suzy. Thank you for sharing your admiration for Gail's work. Blessings!

Carlene Havel From Texas At 8/30/2021 8:35:57 AM

I enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing without being scary.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Carlene. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us! Have a blessed day!

Barbara M. Britton From Wisconsin At 8/30/2021 7:47:56 AM

Hi Gail and Patti! I love to cook. What a fun mystery, Gail. Congratulations on another winner.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Barbara. Thank you so much for stopping by letting us know you were here. Blessings!

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/30/2021 7:09:16 AM

Hi Carol, Thank you for stopping by to read about Cooking up a Mystery. I had fun writing it.

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/30/2021 7:02:35 AM

Hi Paula, Thank you for stopping by. I will check with my publisher to see if the books are in the library. Thanks also for visiting the website.

Paula Shane From At 8/29/2021 8:55:38 AM

Ok, I look at Publisher, Genre, Series/Stand Alone, Age Group & will take a chance. I'll look for this book at our local libraries. Went to your website Gail, & also liked what I saw. Thank you both

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Paula. Wow, it's always exciting to see someone from "my town" come to the site! I'm glad the blogs are accomplishing their purpose of bringing readers' attention to my author friends. Have a blessed day!

Carol Ezovski From San Jose, CA At 8/29/2021 2:36:52 AM

This sounds like a fun book. I'd love to read it!

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Carol. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. You are entered in the drawing. Blessings!

Gail Pallotta From GA At 8/28/2021 3:30:19 PM

Hi Sonja, Thanks for stopping by to read about Cooking up a Mystery and for your kind words.

Sonja From UT At 8/28/2021 10:31:07 AM

What a cute book this must be! Love the characters having a recipe.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sonja. Thank you so much for stopping by and letting us know you were here. Have a blessed weekend!

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