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:
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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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The trees are turning here in the Northeast, coloring the countryside lovely.
It’s the perfect time to curl up with a book… and to think about the holiday season.
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Gail and I look forward to your comments.