Gail Pallotta: More Than Treading Deep Waters


Everyone’s Story welcomes Gail Pallotta. I’ve “seen” Gail for years as the two of us have buzzed through the cyberspace of Twitter and Facebook and I’m thrilled Gail’s my guest this week! I’m seriously thinking that each one of us has either battled Lyme Disease or has a loved one who has. For me I’ve seen my father-in-law, God-child and her mom, a neighbor, numerous church members, and a co-worker… and Gail fight this illness that for many stays within your system. Gail has written a novel, Barely Above Water encircling Lyme disease, which she’s offering as a BookGiveaway. Do check out her excerpt on the bottom of her feature. Both Gail and I look forward to hearing from you.




Gail is offering 1 ebook version of Barely Above Water to 1  randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, October 7th between 5-6 PM EST.

** Please note regarding BookGiveaways: email contact information within comments are no longer required. However, if I have a question regarding yours I’ll leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.



Blurb from Barely Above Water:

An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?


He Always Hears by Gail Pallotta

The virus must have gotten worse. Chills and fever wracked my body, but in time my immune system would fight it off. I wouldn’t cancel the trip we’d waited years to take.

We took the journey, but the malady grew stronger, attacking me with unfamiliar symptoms. When we returned home, I visited a physician and started one month of testing. At my last visit he said, “We can’t diagnose what’s wrong with you, so we can’t treat you.” Then he left the room. Shocked, I remained seated on the table as though he might change his mind, return, and tell me something different. However, a nurse helped me out of the office, and I drove home.

Numb from the doctor’s words and terribly ill, I sat so stunned in a rocking chair in our bedroom, it didn’t occur to me to pray. I thought I’m going to die. The words see Dr. Lee swirled in my frozen brain. Who was he? The thought repeated. Why would I want to see someone named Dr. Lee? The phrase popped in my head again. A friend of mine had seen him ten years ago for a back problem. It was so weird I’d think about him now. The words flooded my brain over and over. Finally, I called my friend who had moved to a different city.


He turned out to be David G. Lee, D.C., Ph.D. C.A.D., a holistic doctor as well as a chiropractor. I contacted him, and he treated me immediately for a toxic substance. In a few months the bacteria for Chronic Lyme Disease showed up on a scan in his office.

Since then I’ve spoken with others who have Lyme disease or think they might have it. I’ve heard stories of people suffering with no one to turn to. In some instances, people have been told the symptoms are only in their heads. After talking with them, I yearned to help the way I’ve been helped. I wanted each of them to see Dr. Lee, but they are scattered across the country.

That’s why I wrote Barely Above Water. Even though the romance and fun children’s swim team are fictitious, the book details the real symptoms I had and the treatments I received. However, since the disease can affect people in different ways, I asked the experts who keep me on my feet if they would supply additional information for a section in the back of the book. In it Dr. Lee and one of the doctors who works with him, Raphael d’Angelo, M.D., help unravel the mystery of Lyme disease by mentioning more symptoms, explaining what people should watch for and discussing treatments that target the disease.

Because of God’s intervention and Dr. Lee’s help, I lead an active life. I hope in some way Barely Above Water will reach others and set them on a healthier path.

 Excerpt from Barely Above Water:

 Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta

The buzzing alarm clock jarred Matt from sleep, and he slapped at it. He missed, his hand sliding into the pinkish tint the sun made shining through his burgundy blinds. He sat up, shut off the noise, and bounded out of bed.

He showered, shaved, splashed on cologne, and puckered his mouth, whistling as he always did after his morning routine. The roses. He charged to the kitchen in his shorts.

The sun played off the crystal vase sitting on his otherwise empty counter. He stood back, sighed with relief, and admired the flowers. They looked—what was it the woman in the grocery said?—lovely. They looked lovely.

He returned to the bedroom long enough to tug on a pair of khaki pants and a yellow shirt then made tracks to the kitchen. Water sloshed from the container when he snatched up the flowers. He poured the rest of it out and headed to the car. Suzie was going to love these, but would they be enough to put him back in the swim of things with her? Would she understand roses meant he was sorry and still go to church with him?

He propped them up in the passenger’s seat and fastened the seat belt around them.

Within fifteen minutes, he parked at the Destin Community Center and checked them again. They still looked “lovely.” He unbuckled them and added fresh water at the fountain. Where would he put them until Suzie arrived? Ahh, no need to worry about that.

She pulled in and stepped out of her car. She looked so cute with her sunglasses holding back her long hair like a headband. The North Carolina State Championship swim shirt she wore swallowed her, but those state teams ordered their attire in one-size-fits-all. She still looked hot in it.

“Good morning,” he called out.

She waved. “Hi.”

He rushed over and held out the roses.

She tilted her head and stared at them. “Where are you taking the flowers?”

How could she not get it? “They’re for you.”

She took a step back and pulled her eyebrows together. “For me? Why?”

Matt’s emotions short-circuited like a cut live wire. “I-uh-uh. You know, like an actress.”

“What’s like an actress?” She looked at him like he had three eyes.

He wanted to hide in a hole. Why had he bought these flowers? Could he just toss them out on the parking lot? He peered down then looked up and let his eyes meet hers. “Don’t you like roses?”

“I love roses. Those are lovely. What are they for?”

Lovely. That was the magic word. “I hoped you’d forgive me.”

Suzie smiled and reached for the flowers. “You didn’t need to do that. Silly. I told you I forgive you. Don’t worry about it, but thank you. I’ll certainly enjoy these.” She started to her car with them. Then she turned. “What’s like an actress?”

Matt breathed a little easier. “You know how an actress receives flowers on opening night at a performance.”

Suzie’s eyes sparkled, but she still didn’t appear to understand. “Yes.”

“Last night, your first home meet with the Dolphins was—”

“I get it.” Her eyes softened. “How considerate. Thank you so much.”

“Then you’ll go out with me.”


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Author’s 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. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a bestseller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

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18 comments to Gail Pallotta: More Than Treading Deep Waters

  • Marilyn R

    Gail, thank you for sharing your struggle with Lyme Disease. I’m thankful God led you to Dr. Lee and the help you received. Barely Above Water sounds like a great read for all. I’ve known several with Lyme Disease and it is difficult to diagnosis with individuals just seeking answers for their symptoms and understanding from others. God bless and continue to use you, Gail, as you share your story. Elaine, thank you for this timing post with Lyme Disease on the rise and introducing this friend to another new author. Blessings and peace from our dear Heavenly Father be with you.

    • elaineadmin

      May His peace and love be with you as well, Marilyn 💗

      That was the trouble for my God-daughter–she had terrible symptoms before the disease could be properly diagnosed. I’m glad Gail has written about this through the medium of fiction since novels, based on truths, are popularly read.

  • Thank you so much for the information on Lyme disease. I have heard of it, but don’t know anyone with it–don’t think it happens as much around here as other places. It has to be so hard to deal with an illness and not know what it is. So thankful you finally got an answer. Looking forward to reading Barely Above Water.

    • elaineadmin

      Fascinating about the location, Pat. Here in the NE it’s practically epidemic-like. Maybe because of the amount of woods and deer we have?

      As always, it’s a pleasure to see you!!

  • Hi Marilyn,

    I’m so very grateful to God for leading me to Dr. Lee, and I hope the information in Barely Above Water will help others find the help they need. And of course, that they will enjoy the romance and swim team.

  • Hi Patricia,

    I, like you, had heard of Lyme disease, but didn’t know much about it. For quite some time I had no idea what was wrong. The first step was finding someone to treat the problem. It’s good that people are learning more about it, so they can be treated before it’s a big problem.

  • Gail’s story always shocks me no matter how many times I hear it. Lyme is one of those weird and fairly recent hard-to-diagnose illnesses caused by a definitive bacteria. But if you don’t know what it is, you can’t test for it. Thanks to her and others like her who persisted and eventually got the medical community to acknowledge and continue to learn more about this disease. It’s prevalent in WI, but I understand other states that don’t have a lot ticks would have a hard time figuring what the problem.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your interest. And yes, I hope the medical community will begin to acknowledge this disease more and more. I’m grateful for the help I’ve gotten and want others who need it to be able to have it.

  • Reading the comments, it occurred to me that some may be wondering why the people who first treated me couldn’t diagnose my problem. The Lyme disease bacteria is spiral-shaped and has the ability to burrow into body tissue. When it does that, it’s no longer in the bloodstream. If a blood test is administered to check for it, it doesn’t show up because it isn’t there. The experts who graciously answered questions about this disease address this as well as many more facts and myths about Lyme disease in the back of the book.

  • Hi Elaine,

    Yes, if the person can’t find the help they need. However, many people are taking an interest in what makes the disease “tick.” Pardon the pun. Actually, it can be spread by other insects too.

  • Hi Elaine,

    Thank you for having me. The two experts who supplied information about the difference in a bite, Lyme disease and Chronic Lyme disease in the back of the book have spent a major portion of their lives studying this disease. They share lots of facts about it.

  • elaineadmin

    While it’s sunny and unseasonably warm and so very delightful, I want to extend prayers to all those in the path of Hurricane Matthew… and any other physical or emotional storms you may encounter. Be well. Be happy. Be safe. Remember, God loves you.

    Another week wraps up on Everyone’s Story. Thanks so much, Gail Pallotta for guesting this past week. I hope this time has blessed you as much as you have encouraged others. I also hope that you’ve reached many who have struggled or are struggling with Lyme Disease and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy your health. May God bless you.

    And thanks for the BookGiveaway of Barely Above Water. And the winner is…

    Patricia B. Clapping loudly for you, Pat!! Happy reading. Both Gail and I will be in touch with you via direct emails.

    Blessings to all,


  • Hi Elaine,

    Thank you for hosting me. I also am praying for all of those in Matthew’s path.

    It’s wonderful if our discussion of Barely Above Water has helped someone.

    Congratulations to Patricia and warm wishes to everyone for a happy and blessed week-end.

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