It is such a pleasure to welcome award-winning author Gail Pallotta this week! Gail will hold a drawing and give away the winner's choice of either a review copy of "Stopped Cold" or a Kindle copy of "Barely Above Water". So be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win!
Welcome, Gail and thank you for being here with us. Tell us the story behind Stopped Cold.
As a college student then later as a young Mom, I knew of children, teens and young adults affected in a devastating way because they didn’t always excel. Even though the drive seemed to originate from different sources - parents, siblings, peer pressure or within - I wanted to tell them that God had given each of them a gift or gifts to use for Him, and they didn’t need to be #1. The theme rattled around in my head for years until finally I decided to put it in a book.
People compete in everything from baking pies to quilting and dog shows, but when I think of competition, the first thing that comes to mind is sports, so I wrote about athletes. Sean, who suffers a stroke from taking a steroid, plays football, and the heroine, Margaret’s, a competitive swimmer.
I wanted the book to be a fun read, so I added a mystery and a couple of odd-ball characters. Margaret and her friends, Emily and Jimmy, chase after the drug dealers to discover their identity and report them to the detective on the case.
The book required quite a bit of research. I not only studied facts about steroids and police work online, I also interviewed a policeman handling drug arrests and a detective.
About Stopped Cold
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—until the day her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking steroids. Now he's lying unconscious in a hospital.
Anger sets a fire for retribution inside her, and Margaret vows 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 that takes them through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture they discover 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 People are Saying
From a review by Donna
I loved this story. Took me only 1 1/2 days to read. The book contains romance, mystery, love of family and also family problems, drug abuse and peer pressure. Told from a teenager’s perspective and how she deals with a family crisis. She has a strong love for her brother and will stop at nothing to help him.
Well written and held my interest all the way. Good read for any age but especially for teenagers and parents.
A review from a teen site, Madi’s Musings
Stopped Cold captured my attention right from the start. Showing the dangers of drugs, Stopped Cold is a book that all teens should read.
The way the book is crafted makes it extremely easy to connect with the characters. I loved the way the suspense is built. And as for the ending, well, God often uses the bad to draw people closer to him, as Margaret discovers in this adrenaline building tale.
Comments from Stopped Cold’s 4th Place Finish in the 16th Annual Preditors and Editors Readers Poll
Very compelling with emotions and feelings that have been felt by everyone in their lives at one time or another. Everyone can relate to this book ! Great read for all, especially students and parents !
One of the best books recently published dealing with self-esteem, drugs and the drive to be #1 at any cost. A must-read for the young athlete and the family.
Stopped Cold is an extremely good book to help teens make right decisions in their life. It is also a very good mystery.
Buy links: Amazon short link - Amazon.com/dp/B07R7RHF5K
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Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=Stopped+Cold+by+Gail+Pallotta
Pelican Book Group - http://prismbookgroup.com/store/index.php?
Meriwether, the high school in Stopped Cold, has its own twitter site. Margaret would love to have you follow it at Meriwether Christian @ MeriwetherCS (https://twitter.com/MeriwetherCS/followers)
Barely Above Water is a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Award Winner.
Suzie Morris leaves behind a great job and the man she loved in North Carolina to become a kids’ swim coach in Florida. There is a doctor there who may finally be able to cure her of the mysterious disease that has ravaged her body. But in Gail Pallotta’s touching contemporary romance novel, Barely Above Water, Suzie’s search for physical healing leads her to discover something she didn’t expect. The kind of love that can also heal her wounded soul. Nancy Mehl – award winning author of the Kaely Quinn Profiler Books. www.nancymehl.com
Bio: 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. She’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a 2013 Grace Awards finalist for an earlier edition of Stopped Cold and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award winner. She’s published six books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at https://gailpallotta.com. and her Amazon author page at amazon.com/author/gailpallotta.