Author Jo Huddleston

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 2, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a PDF copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.   

Stopped Cold
By Gail Pallotta

Our guest today is Gail Pallotta. We’ll be talking with her and about her new book, Stopped Cold.

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta has published articles, poems, short stories and books. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Her new book, Stopped Cold, is a best seller on All Romance eBooks.

JO: Welcome, Gail. Please tell us a little about yourself.

GAIL: I’m wife, Mom, writer, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. As a volunteer over the years I’ve been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and a literary instructor through the PTA. My husband says I’m the only person he knows who can go in the grocery store for a loaf of bread and come out with someone’s life story. I enjoy talking to people and learning their interests and accomplishments.

As a writer, I’ve published articles, poems, short stories and books. Some of my articles are in anthologies, but two historical pieces ended up in museums. I’m a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association and am a Clash of the Titles winner.

JO: What three fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

GAIL: I get a love of the shore from my mother and father. In my house I display conch shells and smaller seashells my mother picked up off beaches they visited over the years. The conch shells are on a shelf in my guest bathroom, and the seashells are in a clear, glass bowl in my foyer.

I don’t recognize one model car from another. To me, they’re red, black, gray or whatever color, so I don’t care what kind of car I drive as long as it gets me where I’m going and back. But I grew up in the mountains where people don’t slow down for curves, so I like to drive a small car that hugs them.

I enjoy different kinds of teas and coffee. I especially like Teeccino, a natural herbal coffee, made from carob, chicory root and other flavors. It’s caffeine free and improves digestion. 

JO: Where do you write?

GAIL: In a small space separated from the utility room by a door. I especially like that it has a window overlooking trees, grass and flowers and a bookcase and filing cabinet for storage. There’s a rack for drying clothes and an ironing board behind me that don’t fit in the utility room. It’s not a problem, because I don’t see them unless the washer or dryer dings. Then I have to get up to do something with the clothes and notice the utility area spilling into my office.

JO: Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?

GAIL: Actually, I rarely know them. With my current book, Stopped Cold, I associated the sports in the story with games and used a play on the word because I thought drug use might seem like a game to some people. I came up with A Deadly Game. Then I changed that to A Dangerous Game, but one day as I was re-writing parts of the book, it dawned on me that the young boy who took a steroid was stopped cold. I changed the title.

JO: Please tell us about Stopped Cold.

GAIL: It’s set in a small town in the North Carolina mountains, but things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, N.C.

Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.

Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.

Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

JO: What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

GAIL:  The book drives home the risks of taking steroids and illustrates the danger in living to be number one instead of using our God-given gifts to the best of our abilities. I hope those reading Stopped Cold will come away knowing that God has given each of them a gift or gifts to use for Him and that, not being number one, makes them worthwhile.

JO: What are you working on now?

GAIL: I just finished a romantic comedy with mystery and suspense and have started on a book about a woman with a mysterious illness.

JO: Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

GAIL: It’s available on Smashwords, Front Porch Romance, Amazon and All Romance eBooks.
Here are the links:

JO: Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

GAIL: My twitter handle is Hopefulwords @Gail Pallotta
My Authors and More Facebook page is!/AuthorsandMore

JO: Any Parting Comments?

GAIL: I was so excited a couple weeks ago to learn that Stopped Cold is a best seller on All Romance eBooks.

Also, I’d like to share information about my New Release Celebration in the “teen” room on The Book Club Network. It starts on June 10.  Each week for a month, I’ll ask a discussion question. At the end of the week, I’ll give away a PDF download of Stopped Cold and one prize. The prizes are a jacket from the 1996 Olympics, a stuffed cow from a Chic-fil-A football bowl game, a leather purse and a bottle of Fancy Nights perfume. To attend, on June 10, go to and join the “teen” group.
Thank you for having me on your lovely blog!

JO: Thank you for visiting with my readers. Thank you for graciously offering one of our commenters a PDF copy of Stopped Cold.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 2, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a PDF copy of Stopped Cold by Gail Pallotta. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Beautiful interview and I love the premise of this YA story. In today's world with so much emphasis on winning at sports, young people need to realize the dangers that such competition can lead to. Wonderful that this was a best seller on All Romance!

    1. Miss Mae, glad you enjoyed the interview with Gail. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Are you the Miss Mae who did a cover for me?


  2. Hi Miss Mae,

    Thank you for stopping by. Right, competition's good, but like many other things, when taken to the extreme, it can cause pain and heartache.

  3. I laughed and laughed when I read where your writing area is. It's a small space near the utility room and sometimes the utility area spills into your office? What a great description! I loved the interview. I, too, collect sea shells and conch shells. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us.

    1. Linda, glad you enjoyed Gail's interview. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.


  4. Hi Linda,

    Thanks so much for stopping by. The washing machine is grinding behind me as I write this. LOL

  5. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a follower.


    1. Deanna, you're welcome. I appreciate you being a loyal follower of my blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment

  6. Hi Deanna,

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your interest in Stopped Cold.