I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1
Kudos for LEAN ONE ME. Publisher's Weekly is one reviewer that isn't always kind to authors. I praise God for favor. "Simmons (Taye’s Gift) charts an emotional course from horrible first impressions to budding romance in this poignant love story. Tabitha Knicely and her sisters agree to take turns caring for their elderly great-aunt Tweet, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Tabitha, a Pasadena Hill, Mo., pharmaceutical sales rep, has just started her six-month rotation of housing Aunt Tweet when Tweet wanders off and ends up on neighbor Marcus Whittington’s porch. Marcus initially accuses Tabitha of elder neglect and threatens to call 911, but as they continue to run into each other, he comes to understand the depth of Tabitha’s love for her aunt and the difficulty of caring for a woman with Alzheimer’s. Marcus develops a friendship with the Knicely women, joining them for meals and church outings, and romance simmers between Tabitha and Marcus as he becomes the person she leans on when juggling her career and her role as a caregiver becomes overwhelming. Simmons balances the sadness of Alzheimer’s with the heartwarming bonds of family and friendship, and the combination is sure to tug at readers’ heartstrings."--Publishers Weekly
“Pat Simmons tells a story that is as wonderful as a warm embrace while dealing with troubling real-life concerns. Caring for an elderly family member is incredibly noble. Lean On Me is a keeper, and so is its hero, Marcus!” --Tina DeSalvo, bestselling author
"Romantic, romantic, romantic--the chemistry between Tabitha and Marcus was real. Loved it. Also loved Aunt Tweet--the lovable woman whose memories are slipping but whose imagination keeps spinning. When Marcus and Tabitha first meet sparks fly but not the romantic kind. But their true characters shine as God puts them to the test. Great read, romance and story of family." LynCote, USA Today Bestselling Author
I'm back from Charlotte, North Carolina!
Fun times were had at the 4th annual Christian Book Lovers Retreat. God delivered attendees from strongholds, more than 150 ball caps were designed for breast cancer survivors, my genealogy workshop was well-attended, book sales were amazing, and the nightly parties were crazy fun. By the way, Grandma BB showed up at the pajama party. New socks, but the same two-tone Stacy Adams shoes. There were so many memorable moments, the funniest was when Kenyatta, Vanessa Riley and her daughter sidekick--Ellen--and I did a Walmart run at midnight. Surprisingly, author Rhonda McKnight was guiding her cart down the aisle while CBLR assistant Angela Anderson was somewhere lost in the store. We found Angela and minutes later, we were going live from Walmart in Charlotte. It was a hilarious moment. I'll let my 40+ October photos tell the story.
Next week, I'm returning to the Church of God in Christ Convocation (COGIC) in St. Louis. This time as a vendor, selling copies of my books and handcrafted and autographed ceramic coasters. Whether you are attending the convocation or live in the Metro area, come visit me in the vendor area. This is my last scheduled author event for 2019, but you know things are subject to change.
In addition to the convocation, the COGIC Women's Book Club has selected my second favorite book, In Defense of Love, as their November 11th pick. How exciting! Can't wait to get on the conference call with them.
Have you read?
Taye's Gift is Book 6 in the Small-Town Christmas series. It's a race against time to find someone who needs $1500 before Christmas.
In my story, Taye Thomas gets laid off before the holidays, so instead of Christmas shopping, she’s job hunting. More devastating news comes when an old high school friend passes away. Could God be answering Taye's prayers for help when she learns that Charity Hart left a $1500 check? The caveat is it’s more blessed to give than receive. Taye has 30 days to find someone else in need to bless. To complicate matters, she’s lives in Kansas City, which is more than eight hours away from Snowflake, Colorado, and she can’t do it alone. Keeping a secret has never been so much work.
If you're looking for an emotional inspirational story, make sure you pre-order book 1 today. Even if you've read MY ROCK, consider blessing a friend with a copy of LEAN ON ME. I hope you will support me with the new release and share your thoughts on the different versions.
I know many of you are waiting impatiently for Book 2 in the Family is Forever series (formerly Caregivers, which is slated for release in the fall of 2020). Currently, I'm working on Book 3.
Make this your FIRST conference in 2020. Meet me in the Music City--Nashville USA! If you're a bookaholic, don't miss this! Register now.
April 2020: Little Rock here I come for the Sistahs of Color Reading Group Anniversary Gala. This was one of the first book clubs to support me as a new author twelve years ago.
Here's Your November Inspiration.
When I worked at a local TV station, the comment was always made that the news only reports the bad stuff. My response, "The news reports what people do, the good, bad and ugly. People are the ones who make the news." For 10 years, I monitored 13 emergency scanners that were calls for help. Good things don't come across on those scanners. If you want to see more good news on your local newscast, call those tips in. We were always on the hunt for them.
Here's a feel good story--an act of kindness that made the news.
As always, thank you for catching up with me.
May God's presence continue to be over your life in Jesus' name. Amen.
Read, relax, and always post those reviews.
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