Friday, March 6, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Pat Bradley-Following God's Dreams



Today we welcome author: 
Pat Bradley

To win a copy
of Pat's new release:
A Promise to Protect


Scroll to the end of the post 
to see how to get your copy.


Mary Vee here. Pat and I learned a lot for the My Book Therapy. I met her there and enjoyed several classes with her.   

I asked Pat, who was one of those fabulous teachers, to join us and share how God has led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:


Following God's Dreams


Thank you so much, Mary, for letting me tell my story on your blog. It’s such a beautiful place to be, so homey and comfortable.

I am so happy to be able to host you, Pat!

In 1998 I attended my first writer’s conference in Titusville, Florida—the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference. This was before it moved to Leesburg. My husband had died the year before and writing had helped me through that difficult first year.

I had my favorite scripture verse from Psalm 37, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I had finished two books, had two short stories published in Woman’s World, and I was ready for the publishing world.

Or so I thought.

Especially after I laid my writing on God’s altar at that conference. I wanted to write in His power, not mine. I returned home with the intention of giving myself eighteen months to concentrate on nothing but writing. That was going to be my full-time job. It was what I thought God wanted me to do.

So you can imagine my surprise when the phone rang with the offer of a great job, but more than that, they needed me. Desperately. After praying about it, I agreed to take the job until a replacement could be found. Two years later I was still there. It was a low-stress job, so I was writing in the evenings and on weekends. I had even taken pottery lessons because I wanted to write a book about a potter.

I was also getting submissions back by return mail. At least it seemed that way to me. I attended more conferences, and by 2001, the rejections were getting more encouraging…if a rejection can be encouraging. I felt I was closer to my dream.

That same year, I was offered a job in the abstinence program in Mississippi. The director of the program in our area wanted someone to co-write an abstinence curriculum with her, and I felt God nudge me to say yes.

For the next six years I worked in the program, co-wrote the curriculum and a workbook and didn’t have a fiction thought to enter my head. Except when I read a really good book. Then that urge would be there, but God would whisper in my ear that I wasn’t through where He’d put me yet.”

It was as though God had removed anything that pertained to fiction and suspense from my brain. Besides that, I was too busy to write fiction. I really didn’t miss it…much.

I did question God about all the years I had spent writing in the past. Was that wasted time? As the abstinence program wound down, I cut back to part time. By this time I had become a pretty good potter and had actually taken the wheel into the schools for a visual demonstration of how students could start over when they made mistakes.

They loved it when I threw a ball of clay on the wheel and didn’t center it so, of course, it collapsed. Then I would take the clay and rework it into a ball again to show them how something beautiful could be made from messed up clay.

By the way, you haven’t lived until you’ve been introduced to a student’s dad as the Sex Lady. Never could get them to call me the Abstinence Lady.

One morning as I sat on my couch reading my Bible, a woman popped in my head. She was running because someone was after her. I started grinning from ear to ear. I had been obedient, I did what God asked me to do, and now He had given me my beloved murder stories back!

That morning I sat in awe as she told me her story that became the basis of Shadows of the Past.

Just like that, I was back to writing fiction, but it would be another five years before I received a publishing contract.

I believe if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. But it won’t be in our timing. I’ve since discovered the 7th verse in that Psalm. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”

God has a plan for our lives, and if we wait on Him, that plan will be bigger and better than anything we can dream up. I had in mind the one book—Shadows of the Past—but God had three in mind. 

So if you are frustrated in your quest to be published, I have two suggestions Learn the craft so you will be ready when He opens the door, then sit back and enjoy the journey.

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Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia's romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series-Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone Without a Trace. Her workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer's Conference in Collierville, NT. When she's not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

Contact Pat through her:

She loves to hear from her readers!

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Promise to Protect:
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn't heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn't mean he can get her--or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago--out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. When Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task--protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers. But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she's doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben's life forever?


Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect and Matthew’s Choice can be found at Pat Bradley's Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00FFR8T1U
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Gone Without A Trace

It's been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds's cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts Livy concerning a missing senator's daughter who was last seen in Logan Point, she notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. But with self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of Jennings, Livy is finding this investigation an uphill battle. With her future in law enforcement on the line, can she find a way to work with a man who is her polar opposite?




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Pat's  new release: 
"A Promise To Protect"
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Thank you, Pat, for Joining us This Weekend!


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24 comments:

  1. I would love to win this! Pat is on my TBR list. She sounds excellent!

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    1. Ooo, Kate, I hope you stop back! I see you are a follower and are eligible to win...BUT, I don't know your email address. If you prefer you can private message me if so I can notify you if you are the winner. My email is maryveewriter@gmail.com

      I am so glad you stopped by and chatted with me. I, too, am an early riser and love to talk over a cup of virtual hot coffee. The new pot is brewing, and almost done:)

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    2. Thanks for dropping in, Kate. And thanks for adding me toyour TBR list!

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  2. Good morning, I loved the interview, and Psalm 37 really struck me !!! and I thank you for that !!! :-) but then the 7th verse says it all "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." yes !! After reading about A Promise to Protect, I want to read it !!! oh .. a secret she is keeping from Ben !! :-) thank you for the chance to win a great prize !!! Rosemary rfoley@salemstate.edu

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    1. Good morning to you, too, Rosemary. Thank you so much for reminding us of verse 7. Yes, that, too is a great verse to keep posted in our homes and workplace.

      I'm excited about Pat's new book, too. I have become an avid reader of suspense and mystery, and this one definitely sparks my interest, too!

      Thanks for stopping by, today, Rosemary. Looking forward to your next visit.

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    2. Thank you for stopping by, Rosemary. I believe verse 7 is the key to the other two.

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  3. Thanks for the writing advice, Pat. I really love romantic suspense. This sounds like a good read. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

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    1. Good morning, Loraine.
      I'm so glad you stopped by today.
      It seems to me that one of the things I've learned most from the authors who visit here on Let's Talk is God first leads you to the place where He wants us to experience something--then armed with that knowledge and heart, He sets us on the path to write.

      Writing teachers often say, "Write what you know." Pat has followed the calling and now has wonderful books to show her faithfulness. Awesome, eh?

      Thanks for chatting with us today, Loraine.

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    2. Loraine and Mary, I believe God takes you through things to give you experience to help someone else, whether it's writing or comforting them. Thanks for stopping by Loraine.

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  4. Mary, thank you for hosting Patricia. Patricia, thank you so much for sharing your journey. It has brought me great encouragement to keep persevering during this wilderness season. Christian suspense is my favorite genre! :) I would love to read A Promise To Protect.

    I follow the blog and facebook.
    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi, Caryl!
      I'm so glad you came today. God blesses us with planting encouragement in the places we tend to go. I didn't know you were walking through a wilderness and will be praying for you. But for today, I'm so glad you were able to read Pat's words and find encouragement.

      Let me know if you have any specific requests, K?

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    2. Keep persevering. I would be mortally embarrassed if either of those books I took to the conference in 1998 had been published. Mortally. I wasn't ready. My writing wasn't ready. Although a few of the characters have made the journey with me and are in my books. :-)

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  5. I always love to read how God works in the lives of His children and how it is always in His perfect time and not ours. So glad that you are writing the novels you always thought you would.
    Blessings to both of you.
    Connie
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi, Connie!
      I totally agree. God's timing comes complete with understanding, kindness, protection, and a way of escape. We ARE blessed.
      Thanks for stopping by, Connie! I'm so glad you came today. See yah next time. :)

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  6. Thanks, Connie. God's path is always the best, we just don't always see it right away.
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  7. I'm always looking for another good mystery to read. Thanks for the great interview!

    andrea2russia (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Andrea!
      Yes, I think this will be a really good mystery for you to read. Pat's books are exciting page turners! I sure enjoyed chatting with you today!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by Andrea! And thank you Mary Vee for your endorsement!!

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  8. I love mystery books. I would absolutely love to read this book
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Good morning, Danie.
      Mystery is my favorite genre. I love the challenge in trying to figure out the whodunit, don't you? Thanks for stopping by today, it was fun seeing seeing you.

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    2. Danie, I love mysteries, too. I always try to leave enough clues so the reader can figure it out...

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  9. Sounds like a real page turner! I am definitely adding this to my to-read list. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I also get your posts via email.

    mo1202007@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Melissa,
      I hope you are having as wonderful of a Son/sunny day as I am. I thought the same thing when I read Pat's book blurb about A Promise to Protect. Then I started thinking her other books sound just as exciting. My TBR list is definitely growing!! :)
      I'm so glad you stopped by to visit today.

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    2. Thank you Melissa for stopping by. It's been so much fun to be on Mary Vee's blog!

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