Patricia Bradley: When Plans Hit a Bump


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.

Patricia’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

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Author’s Bio:

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.

Places to connect with Patricia:







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Patricia and I look forward to your comments.

32 comments to Patricia Bradley: When Plans Hit a Bump

  • Ann Ellison

    It’s very interesting how God answers our prayers and because it isn’t the way we expected it takes a little bit for us to realize what is going on is His answer. Enjoyed reading your post and would love to win a copy of your book. Will be praying for you.

    • elaineadmin

      Well said, Ann. It’s like we humanly want to do a double take, but then realize Who is really in control!

    • It is very interesting the way He answers us. And I’ve learned that it wasn’t all together for me that He prevented the surgery. If I’d had it, I would not have been able to have been with my sister in St. Louis the past week with my nephew who is critically ill. Thanks for stopping by, Ann!

  • Hi Patricia,

    I am sorry to have to welcome you to the cardiac crisis club. I’m a member too, having had my heart attack in December of 2010. I’m fully recovered now, and my heart is as strong as it was when I was eighteen. I pray that will be the case with you too!

    To paraphrase the old saying: That which does not kill us makes us … re-evaluate. In my case, it drove me to have fewer priorities, better attended to. And to appreciate how time is the most finite of assets, the most non-renewable of resources!

    I haven’t read your work before, but looking forward to exploring it. Be well, and God bless.

  • Deana Dick

    Sometimes God has to get our attention and disguises it in unusual ways. I’m so thankful you went to the hospital and are doing better. I really enjoyed reading about your journey. We sometimes ignore what God is trying to tell us, but He in His grace and mercy never gives up on us. Thank you for the chance to win your book. Also thank you for sharing your story with us.

  • His ways are not are ways as scripture says. I’ve been in your shoes, Patricia, as far as asking for God to show me
    something and not always listening when He does. I am so glad you went to the ER! Still learning to listen and
    obey here. Thank you for sharing.

    Thanks for posting such and important message, Elaine.

  • Thanks so much for having me on your blog. This not feeling well is new to me and it takes a little longer for me to respond! lol. This is such a lovely blog!

  • Marilyn R

    Patricia, I’ve been there where I asked God to direct my steps if it wasn’t His will but when doors started closing I questioned Him. Our human nature is prone to take over so often instead of letting our faith and trust remain in the Lord that He knows what He is doing with our lives. Thank you for sharing your story and the nice giveaway. Elaine, thank you for introducing me to Patricia that evening after CFRR. A right on time blog here on Everyone’s Story, Elaine. God bless all.

    • elaineadmin

      You know, Marilyn, it’s a joy for me to introduce my friends to each other… but a totally awesome blessing to have met you and Patricia face-to-face and heart-to-heart in Nashville. Soul sisters need to connect 😊

    • I’m so glad we got to meet in Nashville, Marilyn! And you aren’t the only one who questions God. I think we all have at one time or another. Blessings!

  • Ian

    Oh my, Patricia. I’m so sorry to hear of your heart troubles but so pleased the Lord did indeed answer your prayer. And that you didn’t have the surgery.

    And I am disappointed I didn’t meet you at ACFW. So many people, so many faces. Another time, I hope.

    Take care – go see the Dr if you’re worried about your medications. These things often take a little while to get right for each person (I’m a Dr’s son so I learnt this)…

    Elaine, always enjoy reading Patricia’s latest thoughts on the journey of life and writing.

    • elaineadmin

      As always, Ian, it’s a pleasure seeing you here. It is indeed amazing how close but still too far we conference attendees can be in regard to meeting each other… well, more than a quick hug 😏

  • Ian, I can’t believe we missed each other! Rats! Like you said, another time. And I’m trying a new medication tonight, hoping I don’t get another bad reaction. 🙂 Blessings!

  • Sorry for your health problems, Patricia, but I appreciate you sharing your story. I will be praying for you.

  • God is so good, isn’t He? I love that you shared this story with us, and that you are still here to share your stories. I look forward to reading another Logan Point mystery. Just love your books, Patricia. Thanks for hosting one of my favorite authors, Elaine.

  • Connie Saunders

    Patricia, i certainly wish you a speedy recovery and I pray that your knee surgery will go eel also. All of us are guilty of praying for God to give us an answer and then ignoring His answer when it isn’t what we thought it would be. He certainly was watching over you.
    I look forward to your cozy mystery but it will be hard to surpass the books you’ve already written!
    May God bless you.

    • elaineadmin

      Connie, nice words 💗 I appreciate your visit.

      Please not that I deleted your email address for the Giveaway because it’s automatically submitted to me “behind the scenes.” By doing so, spammers won’t hack onto your account.

    • Thank you, Connie, for the kind words about my stories! The cozy will be interesting to write. I hope if all goes well, to work on it next week

  • elaineadmin

    It’s been a stressful time for many these past few weeks and that’s why I’m so grateful for my little community of blog viewers who visit and share some support and prayers. Thank you, each one of you. I’ve been feeling those prayers this week indeed… the other day Patricia Bradley had some good news regarding her nephew and I’m trusting he’s still improving. I’m keeping both Patricia and her nephew in my prayers and hope you do as well.

    On that note, thanks so much Patricia for being my guest during this very demanding time of yours. I hope it has blessed you and also helped to offer a little joy and fun.

    Thanks too for your BookGiveaway of Silence In The Dark. And the winner of this novel is…

    Marilyn! Whoohoo, Marilyn!! Both Patrica and I will be in direct contact with you shortly.

    Blessings to all.

  • Thank you so much for having me here, Elaine! I love visiting your blog. You have the most wonderful followers and I cherish each and every prayer. So…til next time, Blessings!

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