The Over 50 Writer

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
2/20/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

Title of book: Shadows of the Past

Author’s name: Patricia Bradley

Publisher: Revell/Baker Books

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Stand alone or series: It's a series, but it can stand alone

Target age: 25-60

PATRICIA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF SHADOWS OF THE PAST. CHECK BELOW TO SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

 

Author Patricia Bradley brings some words of encouragement about God's timing.

I’m definitely an Over 50s writer—my first book released six days after I turned 69. That was after 34 years of writing. Was it difficult to keep on writing all those years? Did I ever want to give up? Yes and no.

It was hard submitting manuscripts and getting them back with a note attached saying I’m sorry but this doesn’t meet our needs. But I never thought about giving up. I always believed I was on the path God put me on, and in His timing, my books would be published. When I got impatient, He gave me this tag line: I asked God to teach me patience, and He gave me a book to write.

About three years ago, God told me in my quiet time that He hadn’t brought me this far to snatch my dream away. With that assurance, I relaxed and started enjoying the journey. The next year I signed with an agent and finaled in the Genesis’ Romantic Suspense category. As I sat at the table in Dallas, waiting for the winner’s name to be read aloud, God whispered in my ear, “This isn’t in my plans for you.”

And it wasn’t. His plan was even better. I had hoped a publisher would buy one book, but God had a three-book deal in mind. He does so much more than we can ask or imagine. He also promised me that my mother would hold my book in her hands. At the time she was 92 and her health was failing. On January 13 of this year, my mom held Shadows of the Past in her hands. She passed away just 18 days later.

So if you’re writing and getting discouraged, give it to God. He’s got it. But it will be in His timing. Keep learning the craft so you can be where He wants you when He opens a door.

Back Cover Blurb:

Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve—the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife—a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Shadows of the Past is available at CBDAmazon, and B&N.

Leave a comment to be placed in the drawing to win a copy of Shadows of the Past between now and Wednesday, March 5th at midnight MST. Don’t forget to leave your contact email so you can be notified if you win! 

 

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 mini-mysteries have been published in Woman’s World, and her debut novel, Shadows of the Past, is the first of three set in Mississippi and released February 4, 2014. She will present a workshop, Writing 50,000 words in 30 days, at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN on March 8, 2014. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens. Find Patricia at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 2/24/2014 9:38:37 PM

Hi Jennifer. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad Patricia has encouraged you to keep working on that novel. I'm in the same place as you, been working on the same novel for way too long!

Jennifer Smith From Marble Falls, TX At 2/24/2014 9:06:38 PM

Thank you for sharing your story! I've been working on a novel for five years, and sometimes I think I will NEVER get the plot just right and then the story polished up well enough to start trying to submit it for publication. You have inspired me to keep trucking along. :)[email protected]

Patti Shene From Colorado At 2/23/2014 11:06:34 PM

Hi Joyce. Thank you for stopping by and for your words of encouragement to Patricia. God's timing is so very important.

Joyce Marble From Wisconsin At 2/23/2014 3:56:24 PM

Patricia, Congratulations on your new book! And thank you for the encouragement to keep writing. It is not for us to know the outcome, but to continue trusting our gracious Father. Thanks for this opportunity. I would love to read Shadows of the Past. Joyce

Patti Shene From Colorado At 2/21/2014 11:59:01 AM

Thanks for stopping by to encourage Patricia, ladies. I love to hear stories about writers who persevere for so long and achieve success.

Cindi Altman From Pennsylvania At 2/21/2014 11:40:07 AM

It's nice to see that you never gave up on writing. Congratulations on your new book.

Janet Sketchley From Nova Scotia At 2/21/2014 10:14:26 AM

Patricia, what a testimony to the value of perseverance and trusting God. I only waited 19 years. Thanks for sharing how God kept you writing. I'm not entering the draw because I already have a review copy, but I highly recommend Shadows of the Past. Worth the wait!

Marjorie Hill From Walterboro, SC At 2/21/2014 8:49:37 AM

Thanks for the information re: your book. Sounds like a great read!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 2/20/2014 4:08:51 PM

I'm excited to have you here, Patricia.

Patricia Bradley From Corinth, MS At 2/20/2014 1:53:58 PM

I am honored to be on the Over 50's Blog! Looking forward to a fun time.

The Over 50 Writer


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