Monday, September 28, 2020

For the Love of Llamas

 My 5th novel released last week, and I am thrilled!   For the Love of Llamas is a contemporary romance set in Georgia, and features Claire, who learns she's inherited farmland in middle Georgia. She must decide if she should move from her upscale north Atlanta town of Fernwood to Peach Grove, a tiny, rural community two hours away.

The story also features Dexter, a wealthy realtor who is expected to take over his father's company in Fernwood upon his father's retirement. After Dexter attempts unsuccessfully to purchase Claire's land, he's still drawn

to the rural community of Peach Grove, which puzzles him--he's a city-dweller, not a country boy! 

When Dexter and Claire encounter each other repeatedly, an attraction develops and they soon begin dating. Yet Claire will be moving soon, so how could their relationship continue? Can she trust Dexter with her heart?

With trust and faith--and help from some adorable llamas--this story has a happy ending that I hope leaves my readers with a smile. 💚 

(My books are available on Amazon at Patti Jo Moore) 😍

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September Smiles

My family's "Birthday Month" has arrived! 😊 As I turned my calendar to the month of September this morning, I had to smile. So many sweet memories come with this month, for me personally. The birth of my first and third children, my late mother's birthday, and yes---my own special day. Of course, I try to ignore my birthday, but my family and friends will not let me! 😄 

The season of Fall arrives this month, too - - and Fall is my very favorite. So many reasons to smile in September, but yet there are always reasons to smile. Sometimes we just have to look for them, but they're plentiful. Although 2020 has been a very rough year in so many ways (for all of us), I am choosing to focus on the positive - - the blessings in each day - - whether a birthday is being celebrated or not! There are always reasons to smile. 💜    

                     A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.   Proverbs 17:22  

Sunday, July 19, 2020

CatMom Chats With Author J. Carol Nemeth

I am thrilled to chat with talented Author J. Carol Nemeth today! 😊 She's written lots of wonderful books that are available on Amazon, and she's also a very sweet lady. I recently finished reading MOUNTAIN OF PERIL and loved it! 

Welcome, Carol!  How long have you been writing?
CAROL:  Patti Jo, I started writing when I was in junior high school, but not seriously until after my son was born. Then I wrote an historical romantic suspense novel about the time my daughter was born in 1990. We were living in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England at the time. It took over 26 years and a lot of rejections and revisions before Winged Publications took a chance on me and published it in 2016. The title of that book is YORKSHIRE LASS. It's a stand-alone novel that takes place at the end of WWI England.

Where do you usually write?
CAROL:  I have a craft room in my house that also houses my writing space.

Do you have a regular writing schedule, or do you grab writing time whenever you can?
CAROL:  I try to take time each weekday to get in my writing, but it doesn't always happen. When it does, I start in the morning about 9 am and work until late afternoon when I stop to fix supper. Some days when I have errands to run (I try to save all my errands for one day) I don't get in as much writing. I grab the time I can get. 

When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
CAROL:  I enjoy crocheting, coloring adult color books, sewing, machine embroidery and quilting as well as reading. However, I don't get to do many of these since I was published.

Do you have any pets?
CAROL:  Yes, we have a black lab named Holly. She's 10 years old and when we had two German Shepherds, she was happy to be low girl on the totem pole. She was just happy to be with her buddies. Now that they have passed, she's alpha dog. By default, of course, but she doesn't care. She just loves being top girl now. 

Anything special you'd like readers to know about you? 😊 
CAROL:  My husband and I love to go RVing, as does Holly. I enjoy doing research for my books and we combine the two occasionally when I'm ready to do research. We went to Cape Hatteras a few years ago to research for two books, A BEACON OF LOVE, prequel to OCEAN OF FEAR, FAITH IN THE PARKS, Book 3 and then for OCEAN OF FEAR too. It was the year hurricane Maria hit the coast of NC. We had just come from the NC mountains and had only vaguely heard about the hurricane. We had to sit an hour inland for four days while Maria struck the NC coast. When we finally got the all clear to head to the campground near Hatteras, we found huge road equipment putting the sand dunes back where they belonged before Maria relocated them onto the roads. We hit the ground running to do research. Much of our research time had been used up waiting inland. But God blessed with meeting

the right people in the right places to send us to other right people to other right places. I came away with more information than I could use. He's good like that. 💜 

CATMOM:  I agree, Carol. He's so GOOD!  Thank you so much for chatting with me, and I encourage readers to look for Carol's books! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Always in Control

With all that's been happening in our country recently (and in much of the world), it's easy to feel down and at times, helpless. As Christians, we're heartbroken over all the lives lost due to the horrible virus pandemic, followed by much turmoil, protests, and violence involving citizens and police. If we watch television news reports, we are appalled and disheartened at the actions of many. I think it's important to be aware of what's happening in our communities and our world, but after a while, it's best to turn off the news and move our focus to something---or better yet---SOMEONE else. I know, as a follower of Christ, that He is still in control. He always has been, and always will be. Period. 

He is not surprised by the events in our world. But at times, I cannot help thinking that God must be shaking His head at how His children are acting. So what can I do, as only one person? First and foremost, pray. I have been and will continue praying for the safety and health of others---not only my loved ones and friends, but people I don't know. I pray for those I see on television to have softened hearts and turn to the Lord. 

We must also stand for what we know is right, asking the Lord to guide our words, thoughts, and actions. For me personally, reading my Bible regularly helps keep my mind (and as a result, my words and actions) in line with what God desires for my life. I am His child, after all. So as disease and turmoil may continue around us, we need to remember that SOMEONE greater than all the world is always in control. That's something that never, ever changes. 💙

      God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.   Psalm 46:1  

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Laughter Really IS the Best Medicine

Without boring you with the statistics from experts that detail the positive effects laughter has on our health, I will just say that I wholeheartedly agree. 😀 I'm certainly no scientist or researcher, but I know how much better I feel after a visit with friends (or family) when we've shared lots of laughs. I've even read that laughter burns calories. Who knew?

With the current state of our world--mainly the global pandemic--the news has offered the sobering statistics of those affected by the horrible Covid virus. Not to mention the fact that we all have had our lives impacted by this in a major way. So without dismissing the seriousness of what's
going on around us, I decided to do a post on laughter. 

When was the last time you heard a really funny joke and laughed so hard you had tears? Or maybe you viewed a silly video on your computer and almost tumbled out of your chair from laughing? If you haven't done that recently, then you're overdue! Even if you're a busy mom with young children, or a businessperson working from home, you still need time for laughter. We ALL do! 

So go ahead and give yourself permission to view a video of people trying to walk on icy surfaces. The ones I've seen are hilarious, and of course no one actually gets hurt (except for their pride!).  Or read some jokes that tickle your funny bone--whatever makes you laugh. Ideally you'd be able to gather with some friends and share funny stories, but with "social distancing" that might not be possible for a while. But you can phone a friend or two, and share a funny story with them. You might even make someone's day by inserting some laughter into their not-so-funny daily routine.  😏 

                   A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.  Proverbs 15:13

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Always Trusting


In the midst of a global pandemic, the world around us is a much different place in so many ways. Terms such as "social distancing" are being used on a daily basis, and many folks say they feel they're living in a fog. On social media posts, people joke about not knowing what day of the week it is, and dressing up to take out their garbage or check their mailbox. We don't just hop in our cars to run errands as we used to do, and countless businesses have sadly suffered, many going out of business. Strange, scary times.

Yet there are many who are trying to remain positive, and reminding everyone that this situation is temporary. Others wonder if things will ever return to "normal"---many people doubtful that it will. This has been a learning experience for us all, I'm sure we'd agree.

But through all of this - - I've tried to focus on trusting the Lord, because no matter how frightening this situation is, HE is still in control. He always has been and always will be. Now I'll admit that some days my trusting nature is stronger than other days. But if I can remain focused on WHO is truly in control, and trust HIM, then I'll keep a much better attitude about this entire situation. 

I hope that whatever your personal situation is like at the moment, you will be able to trust in the one true God, who loves you and watches over you.

And although much has changed in our world, how nice that some things remain the same. I go outside in my yard and the breeze still blows, the birds still sing, and the sun still shines. Reminders that the Lord is still in control. And that helps me to keep trusting.  

     Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 
Proverbs 3:5

Monday, March 16, 2020

Be Strong and Courageous

                                                BE  STRONG  AND  COURAGEOUS

With the horrible virus in the news right now, it seems everyone has been affected. News reports are warning that it will likely become worse before it slacks off; elderly folks and those with compromised immune systems and other health issues are being cautioned to stay home and not venture out. Stores have pretty much been wiped out of many items, and many churches have cancelled services and other activities. Some Christians have wondered if we're seeing the end times.

But with all of the uncertainty, bad news, and gloom and doom forecasts, we can be sure of certain truths. God is in control, and He always will be. Yes, this is a scary time for many of us, and we worry about our loved ones and the future. Yet as a Christian, I cling to the One I can depend on---no matter what happens. Jesus Christ is my Lord, and I know He is with me. 

 I've limited how much news I view on the television. Yes, it's important to be aware of what's going on, but eventually we need a break from the repetition of discouraging news and updates. For me personally, I love looking in my Bible for reminders that uplift me. My Bible has so many wonderful verses that offer comfort and hope, so I thought I'd list a few of them below. Take heart, my friends! This too, shall pass. Just cling to the hope that only our Lord can give.  

     Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
                                                                                                               Psalm 31:24

     Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.       Joshua 1:9  

     Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.   
                                                                                                                           Isaiah 41:10  💙