Everyone’s Story welcomes back a sweetheart of a friend and awesome suspense author, Patricia Bradley. Finally, finally, I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia in person at this past ACFW conference in Nashville–one of the major reasons why I wanted to attend! Really! And now she’s back here for another visit … after a possible close call. Do read on for her explanation and say a prayer for her health and a cheer that she’s back for another week’s visit. Patricia offers a great Giveaway. We’re both looking forward to chatting with you.
Patricia is offering 1 print book of Silence In The Dark to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, October 21st 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.
Life Turns on a Dime by Patricia Bradley
So many times we go through life thinking we have a plan, and suddenly that plan is blown away. We are left to either go with the new plan or butt out heads against the wall, trying to hold to the old plan.
I know. I had this fall all planned out. On September 19th, I was supposed to have knee replacement surgery. With a proposal on a new book due the middle of October and a deadline in May of 2017, the September date was the only window of opportunity to take care of a very painful situation.
On the 18th, I sat on my deck, thinking the knee seemed to be better since I’d had a cortisone injection in it. So, I asked God to show me if I wasn’t supposed to have the surgery at this time, would He show me. And then I packed my suitcase for the Monday surgery.
Sunday morning pain in my jaw and my left arm woke me at five a.m. That has never happened to me before. Ever. I took my blood pressure and it was 214/109. I don’t have high blood pressure, either. I called a friend. He came with his blood pressure cuff and the reading was the same. When he suggested we go to the ER, my response was: But if I go, I can’t have my surgery.
That was me beating my head against the wall, trying to stay with the old plan. My plan. I’m like that. Very stubborn, always wanting my way. I like to call it being persistent.
The long and short of this story is, I went to the hospital and had a heart cath after an enzyme that indicates a heart attack was elevated. And I didn’t have surgery that Monday.
If I had, I very possibly could have had a heart attack on the table. And looking back, I don’t understand why I argued about going to the hospital. I plainly asked God to show me about the surgery, so why didn’t I see that immediately?
Because I didn’t want to give up my plan. I wanted to get the surgery over with and get back to writing. Isn’t that they way we usually are? We don’t like our plans to be upset. Instead of asking God what He wants us to do, we ask Him to bless what we’re doing.
I hope I’ve learned something from this. I hope I’ve learned that I need to listen when God tells me something.
Right now I’m wearing a heart monitor and the knee surgery has been put on the back burner. But I’m back to writing something new for me. A Cozy Mystery. Time will tell if it’s the right genre. And in the meantime, my last Logan Point book is out, Silence in the Dark.
And a new book will be out in February—Delayed Justice, A Memphis Cold Case Novel. It’s about a man sitting on death row facing execution in four days when he receives a letter stating he didn’t kill the person he was convicted of killing. And the letter writer has proof. Then the letter goes missing and the writer is murdered.
One last thing. My first book, Shadows of the Past, is a free digital book until the end of October. If you haven’t read it, be sure to download it.
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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, Gone Without a Trace, and Silence in the Dark. Her next release, Justice Delayed, is out in February 2017. She has written two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice and The Christmas Campaign, available on Amazon.
Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
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