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BLOGWORDS – Monday 6 April 2020 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-MONDAY – FEATURED BOOK– TROUBLE IN WILLOW FALLS by PAT NICHOLS

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-MONDAY – FEATURED BOOK – TROUBLE IN WILLOW FALLS by PAT NICHOLS

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Series: Willow Falls
Genre: Christian, Contemporary
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas LPC
Publication date: November 8, 2019

THE BLURB

Months after submitting her first novel to publishers, Emily Hayes receives one response—a rejection. When famous artist Naomi Jasper offers her much-needed cash to finish writing, then cast and direct a play about Willow Falls’ colorful history, Emily faces a difficult decision—postpone rewriting her novel or accept the offer. Aware the project has a high probability of failure she attempts to recruit the one person who has the experience she needs.

Rachel Streetman is one audition away from jump-starting her lackluster acting career. When an unexpected incident sends her fleeing to Willow Falls and reeling back into Charlie Bricker’s arms, she reluctantly accepts Emily’s offer. An invitation to audition for a play in Atlanta’s premiere theater forces her to choose between loyalty and her life-long dream.

If anyone understands broken hearts, it’s Willow Inn’s beloved innkeeper. Sadie Liles learned to live with the fact that love is the last thing she’ll ever find. Then he walks through Willow Inn’s front door.

When a scathing blogger review and a negative Atlanta television newscast threaten Willow Falls’ premiere as a North Georgia tourist destination, the town council invests the remainder of its annual budget to hire a PR firm to restore the town’s image. At a town-hall meeting, angry residents brainstorm ideas to address the problem. When a second Atlanta television station announces plans to film a segment for its Around Georgia series, residents dig deep to invest their time and limited resources to boost Willow Falls’ appeal.

As the town prepares for Redding Arms’ grand opening, five newcomers and one British tourist test the town’s quirky, lovable, argumentative residents. Dealing with the strife, bickering, and personal backstabbing challenges Willow Falls in ways the small town never imagined. Could it be that the trouble in Willow Falls is the very thing that reminds its residents that honesty, love, and loyalty to one another is what binds them together?

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THE AUTHOR

 

Retired from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, Pat Nichols draws on her experience in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women facing tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams. Her debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, Willow Falls series book one, released January, 2019. Book two, The Trouble in Willow Falls, releases November 4, 2019 and book three in 2020. Pat received a 2018 NGCWC Georgia Peach Awards for her short story, The Vet and Valentine’s Day, and a 2019 NGCWC Georgia Peach Award for Willow Falls series book three. She received the 2017 CRW Woman of the Year Award and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. She has been featured on WATC Television Atlanta Alive and in Voyager Magazine http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-pat-nichols-author-duluth/

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EXCERPT

Rachel Streetman stood on the sidewalk in downtown Atlanta and imagined living on the street. Sleeping in a doorway or on a bench in Centennial Park. Penniless. Alone. Men and women stepping around her as if she was nothing more than an obstacle blocking their paths. Children staring at her.

She tilted her head back and gazed at the top of the seventy-three-story circular Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Until a dizzy sensation threw her off balance and forced her focus back to ground level. She pressed her hand against a light pole. A week away from the most important audition in her life, she couldn’t risk passing out and breaking her arm or a tooth.

When the spinning stopped, she glanced at her watch. Fifteen minutes before lunch with her former assistant. She walked across the street and spotted a young man crouched on the sidewalk. His dog sprawled beside him. Brown hair brushed against his shirt collar. A scruffy beard covered the lower portion of his face. Was he the guy she’d befriended last year, before she resigned as vice president for her father’s company?

She moved closer and pushed her sunglasses to the top of her head. “Dennis Locke?”

His eyes widened. “Ms. Streetman?” He stood and wiped his hands on his jeans.

“It is you.”

He nodded.

“I’m sorry I haven’t been around in a while.”

“No need to apologize. I didn’t expect a fine lady like you to keep coming back.”

She swiped a layer of sweat from her lip. Should she give him money and walk away? Or do some audition pre-work for the role—Penelope, a homeless woman who finds a winning lottery ticket. She stepped beside Dennis, relieved he smelled of soap and shampoo. “Are you still staying at the homeless shelter?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

She leaned back against the wall. A man wearing expensive shoes and a three-piece suit tossed a handful of change toward the ball cap serving as Dennis’s collection plate. A quarter and three pennies missed the target and landed on the pavement. He moved past without making eye contact or uttering a word.

Heat crept up Rachel’s neck. “I guess he didn’t want those pesky coins rattling around in his pocket.”

“Don’t give him a hard time.”

“He could have said hello or at least nodded.”

Dennis shrugged. “Why would he?”

Rachel turned her attention to men and women rushing past without acknowledging their existence. “It’s like we’re invisible.”

“Easier for them.” He slid back to the pavement.

She sat beside him and imagined this was her spot, her cap poised for contributions. How would it feel to be hopeless and invisible, then suddenly have enough money to turn your life around? Frightening? Challenging? What if she had no place to go? No one to love?

She swallowed the lump in her throat as images of Charlie, Mama Sadie, Emily, and Willow Falls played in her mind. Her refuge. She glanced sideways at Dennis. Maybe he needed something … or someone to motivate him off the street. A bizarre idea bubbled up. “July Fourth is in a few days.”

He swatted a fly from his face and wiped sweat from his forehead.

Words tumbled off her tongue before she had time to think. “Why don’t you spend the holiday in Willow Falls with me and my family? Emily, my twin sister, owns a lovely inn. You can stay there.”

Silence.

What are you doing, Rachel? You don’t need responsibility for a homeless man days before your audition. She pulled her knees up and wrapped her arms around her shins. Should she withdraw the invitation? Treat him like everyone who passed him by? She couldn’t do that.

“Look, I know I’ve caught you off guard. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised myself. The invitation still stands. I’ll come by the shelter on the third and pick you up.” She opened her wallet, removed all the bills, and dropped them in his cap.

 

REVIEW

I reviewed this book last year in November. You can read it here:

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/blogwords-monday-11-november-2019-new-week-new-face-guest-post-pat-nichols/

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 11 November 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PAT NICHOLS

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – PAT NICHOLS

 

SETTING: FICTIONAL VS. REAL

 

In 2016 the idea for a story about Emily and Rachel—strangers drawn together by tragedy and a long-held secret—grew into a full-blown plan to write a series centered in a small town struggling to survive.  From the beginning, I knew the two women had to come from different backgrounds and lifestyles. If Emily was raised by middle-class parents living in a small town, Rachel had to be the daughter of a wealthy big-city business owner.

Because I live in Duluth, Georgia—a metro Atlanta suburb—selecting the city was easy. Not only had I visited Centennial Park and the Georgia Aquarium, my husband and I had dined at the Sun Dial Restaurant atop the circular Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Nearly every Atlanta site referenced in The Secret of Willow Inn exists. Including the high-rise building that houses Streetman Enterprise the fictional real-estate development firm owned by Rachel’s father. Using actual locations has advantages. Especially with the existence of Google Earth. I can’t count the number of times I zoomed in on downtown Atlanta to make sure Rachel could see the Skyview Ferris Wheel from her office window or Fox Theater from her father’s office. Or which direction she turned to walk to the park. Of course, as a writer I was also bound by reality.

When it came time to identify Emily’s hometown, I decided to create a setting I could conform to the story. A town on the brink of failure, populated by a cast of quirky, argumentative, lovable characters.

To get a sense of small-town vibe, my husband and I spent several weekends visiting north Georgia locations; tourist destinations—some dating back to the civil war—and quiet little villages off the beaten path. One of those treks occurred on Labor Day. Once we left Atlanta, we discovered an interesting situation. Small towns take the holiday seriously. Other than a few places to eat, stores were closed. Imagine that. No labor on Labor Day. A fact I used in Willow Falls series book three.

Every town we visited had a place to eat, some sort of general store, and at least one inn. Perfect for my story. Because the characters in my fictional town believed the only way to survive was to entice visitors, it needed a few existing attractions—a fifty-foot waterfall and a hundred-year-old general store. Add a colorful history, revealed in The Trouble in Willow Falls, and the town had a fighting chance to survive.

After mentally creating a fictional setting, I needed a visual to guide my scene descriptions and characters’ movements. So, I created an aerial view on a poster board, using a blue marker to pinpoint key locations; Willow Inn, the abandoned hotel, Hayes General Store, Pepper’s café, and Patsy’s Pastries and Pretties. As the story progressed, I added new sites. Recently I created a more professional looking view.

It’s funny how in time the fictional setting seems as real as the one that physically exists, thanks to readers’ ability to imagine and writers’ capacity to paint mental pictures. In some stories the setting serves as another character. During my research about fictional settings, I discovered Cabot Cove, the setting for the Murder She Wrote television series wasn’t real. Who knew?

As an author I’ve found it beneficial to use both fictional and real settings in the same novel. Real settings, especially those that are well known, give readers a sense of authenticity. Atlanta is a southern hub for ground and air travel. I can only guess how many millions have flown over the city or driven on the downtown connector as they pass through to their destinations. At the very least folks might have wondered what lay beyond the skyline.

On the other hand, a fictional setting gives writers tremendous latitude and readers’ the opportunity to let their imaginations soar. By the way, I prefer not to have characters’ faces on my covers, because I don’t want to limit readers imagination to picture the characters the way they want. The same can be said for setting.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pat Nichols is proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams. She draws on a twenty-seven-year corporate career working with amazing women from all walks of life to write emotionally charged stories about women who face tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs as they pursue their dreams. The Secret of Willow Inn introduces readers to Willow Falls, a small southern town on the brink of failure, populated by an opinionated, quirky, lovable, cast of characters. The Willow Falls series will appeal to Debbie Macomber, Ane Mulligan, and Jan Karon fans.

She was born in Illinois, grew up in Orlando and has called Georgia home since the eighties. Pat and Tim reside in Duluth and are active members of Gwinnett Church, a Northpoint Ministries Campus. Although they love dogs, especially black labs, their pets now consist of squirrels scampering across their deck and deer traipsing through their back yard. She is a member of ACFW and Word Weavers International. She was featured on WATC Television Atlanta Alive and in Voyager Magazine http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-pat-nichols-author-duluth/

Come on over for a visit on her website: www.patnicholsauthor.blog  or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 11 November 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE TROUBLE IN WILLOW FALLS by PAT NICHOLS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE TROUBLE IN WILLOW FALLS by PAT NICHOLS

 

THE BLURB

After a scathing blogger review and a negative Atlanta television newscast tarnish Willow Falls’ reputation as a secluded North Georgia tourist destination, the town council votes to use the remainder of its annual budget to hire a PR firm to restore the town’s image. At a town-hall meeting, angry residents brainstorm ideas to boost Willow Falls’ appeal. When a second Atlanta television station announces plans to film a segment for its Around Georgia series, residents invest their time and limited resources to spruce up Main Street’s appearance. Willow Post editor Emily Hayes can’t help but shake her head at her town’s desperate efforts.
For months, Emily has submitted her novel to numerous publishers but received only rejections. When famous artist Naomi Jasper offers Emily much-needed cash to finish writing, then cast and direct a play about Willow Falls’ colorful history, Emily faces a difficult decision—postpone the rewrite of her novel or accept the project. After convincing her sister, Rachel Streetman, to partner with her, Emily puts her dreams on hold and agrees to take on the play. Failure to deliver is not an option.
All her life Rachel has dreamed of becoming a stage actress, so when she receives an invitation to audition for a respected Broadway director, Rachel abandons her sister and the Willow Falls play. But an incident with the director sends her reeling back into the arms of Charlie Bricker, her one true love. Out of options, Rachel reluctantly accepts her part in the town play with the slim hope that her performance might kick-start her career.
If anyone understands broken hearts, it’s Willow Inn’s beloved innkeeper, Sadie Liles. Sadie has learned to live with the fact that love is the last thing she’ll ever find. Then he walks through the front door.
As the town prepares for Redding Arms’ grand opening, five newcomers and one British tourist test the town’s quirky, lovable, argumentative residents’ souls. Digging deep to deal with the strife, bickering, and personal backstabbing will test Willow Falls in ways the small town never imagined. Could it be that the trouble in Willow Falls is the very thing that reminds its residents that honesty, love, and loyalty to one another is what binds them together?

 

THE AUTHOR

Pat Nichols is proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

During the spring, summer, and early autumn of her life this side of heaven, she and her high-school-sweetheart husband struggled and triumphed through life’s peaks and valleys. They raised two children, welcomed four grandchildren—one is with the angels—bought a Corvette, and ticked off every item on their travel bucket list. Now approaching her winter years, she ignores the minor aches that come with age and is grateful she can still paint her own toenails and dance with her hubby.

Following twenty-five years in six different management positions with an international beauty company, Pat launched career number two as a novelist and freelance editor. She chose women’s fiction to honor her daughter’s strength in the face of significant health issues and the loss of a child. Her corporate experience, working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life, inspires her to create stories about women who confront challenges in the pursuit of their dreams.

Although she writes five days a week, she and Tim—her best friend and number one fan—continue to celebrate their fifty-plus-year marriage. They lead a small group, volunteer for church guest services, participate in two social organizations, and spend time with family and friends. She thanks God for the blessings that brought her joy and the challenges that continue to strengthen her faith, skills, and resolve.

Pat was born in Illinois, grew up in Orlando, and has called Georgia home since the eighties. She lives in an Atlanta suburb, is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers, Christian Pen, and Gwinnett Church (a campus of Northpoint Ministries).

CONNECT WITH PAT NICHOLS: website | Facebook | Twitter

 

MY REVIEW

I was so glad to spend time with these characters again. The theatre bit was a bonus for this actress!

Ms. Nichols brings her characters back for another whirlwind ride. One disaster is a fact of life; two disasters a crazy coincidence, but a third disaster is plain suspicious.

As the townspeople rally to recover from the derogatory blog post—disaster #1—they are divided in how best to save their town. The way they come together makes me wish I lived in a small town.

I was happy to see that Rachel and Emily have become so close, and how they teamed up to help save Willow Falls.  Ms. Nichols threw a couple of twists again, and a tearjerker surprise. Once again, I look forward to the next Willow Falls story.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Monday, #TRD, Book Review, The Trouble in Willow Falls, Pat Nichols

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 7 February 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – PAT NICHOLS

 

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – PAT NICHOLS

Writing … is an inherent ability. God planted the seed, but left it in my hands to embrace it and discover how to make it sprout and flourish.”

 

“The quality in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.”

 

Please welcome Pat Nichols to my little nest.

 

FAST FAVES

Cake or Cookies: Cake with buttercream frosting

Call or Text: Depends on the situation.

Dogs or Cats: Dogs

Eggs or Pancakes: Eggs

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook

Paperback or Kindle: Paperback, but I’m inching toward Kindle

Thornton or Darcy: Thorton

Yoga Pants or Jeans: Jeans

 

rem:  Hullo Pat. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

PAT:  My family moved from Illinois to Orlando, Florida when I was in third grade. It’s where I grew up, met my high-school-sweetheart husband and had two children. In 1982 my company moved our family to Georgia. Tim and I live in Duluth, a northern Atlanta suburb.

rem:  Hullo neighbor. Sorta. Not so terribly far from me. Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

PAT: 1. I was the editor of my high-school newspaper. 2. I bought a piano twenty-five years ago thinking I could teach myself how to play. I quickly found out I have no talent and should have chosen a player piano. 3. My husband and I love to dance. Our favorites are swing and rhumba.

rem:  What fun! I love swing dancing, too! What is your favourite quotation and why?

PAT:  Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. I began my second career as an author after I was eligible for social security. Now I’m proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams. How long will I write? Until God takes me home or I wake up one day and forget how to use my computer. I’m counting on the first happening before the second.

rem:  I love that about you, Pat! That’s powerful testimony right there! What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

PAT:  A battery and tiny screwdriver in my purse in case the battery in my key dies.

rem:  Well, now, that’s just plain smart, right there. If you could go back in time, what era would you choose and why?

PAT:  To the first century and experience what it was like to see Jesus after he was resurrected. It would also be fascinating to talk to the Apostle Paul.

rem:  Oh my, yes! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

PAT:  John 14: 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” This verse and the following three speak of God’s will for us to live our lives trusting in him and the eternity he has planned for us.

rem:  When we let go and let Him hold it all, there really is nothing to worry about! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

PAT:  Scarlet O’Hara, because she is a fascinating, complicated woman whose strength, determination, and passion brought her success and failure.

 

rem:  What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

PAT:  I’m a fan of subtle Christian fiction that has the potential to touch readers who aren’t grounded in the faith. I have come to a fuller understanding that Christ seeks us where we are and if we listen will set our feet on the path He wants us to take.

rem:  I so agree with you! When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

PAT:  The first chapter has to grab me and hold my interest. I like action and engaging dialogue. My pet peeve is slow moving stories.

rem:  Which is more important: plot or characters?

PAT:  It depends on the genre. My novels are more character driven, with lots of plot twists.

rem:  That makes sense. What would you do if you weren’t writing?

PAT:  Since I’m retired, I’d be doing a lot of volunteer work.

rem:  What are you reading right now?

PAT: Current books in line are: In Her Footsteps by Sherri Stewart, The Waiting by Carol James, Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock, Above the Fog by Karen Lynn Nolan, and David Baldacci’s latest book.

rem:  That’s an impressive list! What do you munch on while you write?

PAT:  For breakfast, toast and peanut butter.

 

rem:  Writing is a second career for you. What prompted the switch?

PAT:  The tragic death of a special young woman who had drifted in and out of our lives for more than thirty years prompted me to write a novel based on her life but with a happy ending.

rem:  Pat, I’m so sorry about your loss. I admire your dedication to honor her in your story. Tell us a little about your writing journey.

PAT:  Although that first book was filled with every mistake new writers make, it awakened a passion God had planted in my heart years ago. So, I got to work studying the craft, going to conferences, seeking feedback, and connecting with other authors. I rewrote the first book, implementing what I’d learned. While writing a second novel based on our daughter’s vision to revitalize poor neighborhoods, an idea for a series began to take shape. A story about two women, strangers drawn together by tragedy and a long-held secret. Emily, an aspiring writer who lives in Willow Falls, a town struggling to survive and Atlanta resident Rachel who abandoned her acting dream to follow in her father’s footsteps. My first two books were rejected by seven agents and publishers. Four years after first typing the words Chapter One, I was blessed with a contract from Guiding Light, a Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas imprint for book number three.

rem:  A rather jagged journey—but then again, so is it for most authors! What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

PAT:  I begin working on my goal to write 1000 words a day early in the morning after a few sips of coffee and quiet prayer time. My writing spot is a comfortable recliner in my living room with my computer on a laptop desk.

rem:  I don’t have a recliner, but I kick back in my living room, too, in what I call my “nest.” What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

PAT:  The biggest struggle is learning online technology. In my day, slide rules were still used, although I never got the hang of it. I handle it one of two ways. First, I dig in and try to figure things out. When that fails, I call my grandchildren.

rem:  Ah, yes, I remember those days… What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

PAT:  Two things; creating the story and interacting with other authors and readers.

rem:  Double YES!! What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

PAT:  Waiting a year for the novel to release was the hardest. The easiest was working with Jennifer Slattery, my amazing editor.

rem:  I love Jennifer! What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

PAT:  1. Write every day. 2. Study the craft. 3. Find dedicated beta readers who will provide honest feedback during the creative process. Not to do: 1. Become defensive over constructive feedback. 2. Let rejections discourage you. 3. Stop studying the craft.

rem:  How do you choose your characters’ names?

PAT:  First, I research names that were popular in the character’s birth years. Second, I select names that seem to fit their personalities and background. Third, I choose names that are easy to remember.

rem:  Ah, yes, hard to write a story if we can’t remember the characters’ names! LOL  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

PAT:  I write a chapter by chapter synopsis as a guide, yet remain flexible to let the story take me where it wants to go.

rem:  OY! That word scares me!! #synopsis  #pantseralltheway  Your debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, released January 10.

CONGRATULATIONS!!

What was your inspiration for your story?

PAT:  During my twenty-seven-year corporate career, I worked with hundreds of women from all walks of life. Those experiences inspired me to write about strong women who face challenges and victories as they pursue their dreams.

rem:  What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

PAT:  Two favorite parts are when Emily and Rachel meet for the first time and when the secret is revealed. Instead of me trying to say why people should read it, I’ll quote some reader comments.

  • “Well written with quite a story to tell.”
  • “Lot’s of different personalities, hurts, secrets, loss and love.”
  • “A story of longing, heart wrenching sorrow, forgiveness and restoration, all set in a small town you will love.”
  • “The story unfolds in a captivating manner and the surprises are most enjoyable.”

rem:  Readers say it best!! Tell us about why you wrote this book.

PAT:  I was motivated by Jan Karon’s Mitford series and Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs series to write an ongoing series.

rem:  Please give us the first page of the book.

PAT:

As far back as Emily Hayes could remember, her heart yearned for a sister. She directed her earliest requests to Santa Claus, which made Christmas mornings a confusing blend of excitement and disenchantment. Later she bargained with God. He disappointed her too. When she learned where babies came from, she petitioned her mom with promises to keep her room clean and be the best sister in the whole-wide world. Nothing worked. At some point the pleas stopped, but the lingering desire left a hole in her heart.

 

Thursday morning, she stepped outside the white-columned-home converted to a hospital and traced her ultrasound image with her finger. It wasn’t at all what she’d expected. She pressed her hand to her chest to ease the fluttering sensation, slipped the photo in her jeans pocket, and texted her husband. Have results. Meet me in the park in five.

A cool breeze nipped her cheeks and rustled the new crop of leaves on the mature willow-oaks lining Main Street. She dropped her phone in her purse, pulled her sweater tight, and crossed the two-lane road to the sidewalk fronting a grand estate. White columns extending from a railing supported the roof over the wide, front porch. The home was weeks away from final transformation to the Willow Inn, thanks to her parents’ first effort to save their town from a slow, painful death.

The second stood next door—an abandoned four-story brick hotel. All they needed to

 

rem:  What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

PAT:  It’s not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond.

rem:  So true. So many people forget that. Tell us a little about your next book? What is your current project?

PAT:  My next novel due to release January, 2020 is book two in the Willow Falls series. My current WIP is book three in the series.

rem:  Can’t wait to read them! Anything you’d like to add?

PAT:  I am humbled and appreciative when readers take the time to comment after reading an author’s book. Those comments are the best gift a reader can give to an author.

rem:  Oh yes, they surely are! Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

 

Pat Nichols is proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

 

 

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“Sometimes we have to stop and listen to hear God guide our thumbprints.”

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 5 February 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SECRET OF WILLOW INN by PAT NICHOLS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SECRET OF WILLOW INN by PAT NICHOLS

     

      

THE BLURB:

Two women fighting for their dreams, one who’s long lost hers, are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform the obscure Georgia setting into a tourist destination.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero. She returns as a despised felon and seeks solace in the town’s café. Emily struggles to unite the close-knit community and becomes Sadie’s biggest advocate. She strives to uncover the truth about the crime and save her town from dying.

To appease her father, Rachel, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate-development firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she vows to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Pat Nichols is proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

During the spring, summer, and early autumn of her life this side of heaven, she and her high-school-sweetheart husband struggled and triumphed through life’s peaks and valleys. They raised two children, welcomed four grandchildren—one is with the angels—bought a Corvette, and ticked off every item on their travel bucket list. Now approaching her winter years, she ignores the minor aches that come with age and is grateful she can still paint her own toenails and dance with her hubby.

Following twenty-five years in six different management positions with an international beauty company, Pat launched career number two as a novelist and freelance editor. She chose women’s fiction to honor her daughter’s strength in the face of significant health issues and the loss of a child. Her corporate experience, working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life, inspires her to create stories about women who confront challenges in the pursuit of their dreams.

Although she writes five days a week, she and Tim—her best friend and number one fan—continue to celebrate their fifty-plus-year marriage. They lead a small group, volunteer for church guest services, participate in two social organizations, and spend time with family and friends. She thanks God for the blessings that brought her joy and the challenges that continue to strengthen her faith, skills, and resolve.

Pat was born in Illinois, grew up in Orlando, and has called Georgia home since the eighties. She lives in an Atlanta suburb, is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers, Christian Pen, and Gwinnett Church (a campus of Northpoint Ministries).

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MY REVIEW:

I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!!

I love it when a plot twist takes me by surprise!!!

Ms. Nichols’ debut novel takes the reader for a whirlwind ride and doesn’t let up. The dialogue is crisp and real, characters deep and authentic. This reviewer lived under expectations to fill a parents’ unfulfilled dream, and I related all too well to Rachel—and cheered when she spoke out; that’s all I’ll say about that—no spoilers. I championed Emily as she struggled with personal tragedy, and making her parents’ dream come true. I especially felt for Sadie, feeling so undeserving and unworthy, and careful about letting anyone befriend her.

One of my favorite fiction devices is weaving two or more threads together, and Ms. Nichols has done a beautiful job of it. I appreciate the way Ms. Nichols blends Rachel and Emily’s stories into one wonderful tale. And sets the scene for more in the series…..  #waiting….

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

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