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Monday, June 24, 2019

Gail Pallotta and Free Books!

Flirting, swimming, friendships—it all changes when Margaret’s brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking steroids.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Jesse's Hope, by Jennifer Hallmark, is:


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And now let's meet novelist Gail Pallotta, author of the teen sports mystery, Stopped Cold (Prism Imprint of Pelican Book Group, May 2019).

Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer, and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets, and getting together with friends and family. A regional Writer of the Year for American Christian Writers Association in 2004, she was a 2013 Grace Awards finalist and a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner.

Gail has published five books, poems, short stories, and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I have lots of good southern recipes handed down from my grandmother. There’s no telling how old some of them are, if they came from her mother, grandmother, etc.

How fun. I love the legacy aspect of that.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stopped Cold.

This story shows readers they’ve all been given a gift or gifts from God to use for him, and their lives are worthwhile.

Things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina. Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school swimming and hanging out with friends. Suddenly tragedy strikes when her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking steroids. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital, and anger drives Margaret to make the criminals pay. Even the cop on the case can't stop her from investigating.

Looking for justice, she convinces two friends, Jimmy and Emily, to join her in a quest through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture deep in the woods behind the school. Time and again they walk a treacherous path, and come face-to-face with danger. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

What is it about Margaret that will make your readers care about her?

Just the same as most teens, Margaret must deal with school and extra-curricular activities as she does the best she can to be a good daughter, sister and friend, but she’s doing it under extreme stress. There’s so much to like and admire about her. She takes it upon herself to identify the drug dealers who sold her brother steroids to win in swimming to uphold her father’s tradition of McWhorter winners. Even though her heart’s breaking, she pushes herself to visit Sean in the hospital. She misses her mother, but tries to help her through this sorrowful time by inviting her to come to the hospital chapel. She even manages to have fun with Emily and Jimmy.

What novel would you like to see brought to film?

City of Angels by Tracie Peterson and James Scott Bell.

Tagline: The courtrooms of 1903 Los Angeles are a man’s world––until Kit Shannon arrives.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl. I couldn’t put this book down. There’s a logical reason why several people are the killer, or UNSUB, as he’s called in the book. Just as I was convinced one guy did it, I read why it was another suspect instead. The book’s filled with twists, emotion and suspense that kept me devouring page after page. The characters are so fascinating and real, I felt as though I knew them, and I was on the case with them.

What are you working on now?

A romantic suspense.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to connect with readers. Visit my website at gailpallotta.com
Amazon author page

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What are you reading?

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Paula Shreckhise said...

I am reading Cameo Courtships by Barbour with four authors. Debra Marvin, Susanne Dietze, Jennifer Uhlarik and Kathleen Y’Barbo.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Paula,

Thanks for letting us know. Cameo romances sound like fun!

Licha said...

Hi, your book sounds intriguing and like a real true to now a days where teens are pressured into all sorts of things which are not so good at all unfortunately. I would love to read your book and I will add it to my to be read book list. Right now I am not reading anything, but am getting ready to read a book very soon. In enjoyed reading this interview and reading what your book is about. Thank you so much. God Bless you.

Gail H. said...

I’m reading The Number of Love. Just finished The Certain Hope.

Melanie Backus said...

I am reading More Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer.
mauback55 at gmail dot com

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Licha,

Thank you for coming by to read about Stopped Cold and adding it to your TBR list. I hope you will enjoy it.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Gail,

I see we share the same name, even spelled the same. I don't meet a lot of G-a-i-ls. Mine comes from the nurse in the delivery room. (: A Number of Love sounds interesting, makes me wonder if it's number of people dated, or if the heroine drew a number to meet someone.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Melanie, More Than Meets the Eye is a title that makes one want to read the book. I can't help but wonder what secrets might be in there. Thank you for coming by to read about Stopped Cold.

Trish Perry said...

Cool! I have a novella called More Than Meets the Eye! It's in the "In Love and War" collection, which is four novellas about adversaries who fall in love (written with authors Miralee Ferrell, Kimberly Rose Johnson, and Debby Mayne).

I'm reading Where the Crawdads Sing. I've bought so many books (I did the math and would have to live another 45 years to read them all, at the per-year rate I'm getting through them). So I don't allow myself to purchase books these days. I got Crawdads from the library for an upcoming book club meeting, and today the library took it back before I could finish and the waiting list is insane! Right at a pivotal moment in the story! I don't know if I can keep from buying it, lol.

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Trish,

I can see how Where the Crawdads Sing could attract a lot of attention. I hope you'll get to finish it. And,how neat a book and a novella named More Than Meet The Eye. Lots of fun for readers in these books!



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