Once Upon A Time…

By Patricia Bradley

There was a princess. Now this was not an ordinary princess. No, this was a very princess-2modern and savvy young lady who knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She wanted to be a writer…a published writer, indeed.

She learned the craft and honed her skills, even joined My Book Therapy…She was taught by the best. She entered contests, and paid attention to the critiques, learned what worked and what didn’t.

She queried and went to conferences, made appointments and smiled and nodded, gave editors one-sheets and elevator pitches. She even fetched water and coffee and carried their boxes and boxes of books.


All to no avail.

Years passed. She fretted and frayed because no one wanted her book, her precious baby. They sent it back with words like Sorry this does not meet our editorial needs at this time…or loved the hero but your heroine simply didn’t do it for me.

They said her baby was ugly. But she continued to write and learn, made her heroine vulnerable and sassy and her hero noble and true.

After all her appointments and letters had failed, she had all but decided her writing ‘twas not meant to be. And low and behold a note dropped from the sky. ‘Twas from an editor she knew not from Adam, and certainly not an editor she’d queried.

Dear Princess,

Your story I must see for recommendation has come from on high….

She danced and frolicked, then quickly bundled her story and winged it the editor’s way. Oh joy, oh joy, the editor loved her hero…and heroine, too. Soon the princess held her book in her very own hands…

And the moral of this story is…

“Cease striving and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 NASB

Learn the craft, hone your skills, write the best story you know how for an audience of One. And pray. God did not give you a dream to snatch it away. Remember, it’s always in His timing. All we have to do is be ready.

Habakkuk 2:3- “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” TLB

Leave a comment and let me know what dream you have. As for dreams, my 5th book from Revell released January 31!

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It’s been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister’s sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn’t actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will’s cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week–including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

Available at: AmazonB&N, CBD




Would You Report These Crimes?

Today is the 4th day of the New Year. Already I’ve written 2016 when I meant to write 2017. It always takes me a week or so to adjust to the new year. How about you?

car-vehicle-driving-motion-medium-1I thought I’d start the year off with funny blotter reports. Three of the reports are true. One is not. Which one is it?

  1. Five p.m., police were called to Market Square for a report about a suspicious coin. Investigating officers reported it was a quarter.
  2. A woman reported Thursday that someone broke into her home on the 1200 block of Summer Street and switched hardware in her computer with identical hardware that doesn’t work. There are no leads.
  3.  1:33 p.m., Sonora—A man came to the Sheriff’s Department to “find out how to legally kill” a person who was harassing him.
  4. 7:00 a.m. A woman reported her husband missing. She said he does this about every seven years. She handed them a bag with his clothes and said that they could find him at the local all-night beer joint and would they kindly give him his clothes so he would be clean when he returned.

Which report do you think I made up? And be sure to check back next week for the answer.

And if you like cold cases…my first Memphis Cold Case novel–JUSTICE DELAYED — releases January 31! Preorder at Amazon, B&N, CBD.


Super Sleuth Wednesday-Can We Get Any Dumber

man-40134_1280Hello, Super Sleuths! Can you believe we are into December?? I have no idea where the year has gone. So let’s get right to this week’s Super Sleuth!

There’s been an uptick in bank robberies in the past few years. There’s also been an uptick in some of those bank robbers being really stupid. Here’s a great example:

A man successfully broke into a bank after hours but he was easily apprehended. Was it because:

  1. He left his iPhone on the floor where the safe deposit boxes are located and listed himself under the In-case-of-emergency number. When the police called, he readily claimed to be the owner.
  2.  He stole the bank’s video camera. While it was recording. Remotely. The police had a nice photo of him and quickly traced him by the camera’s location.
  3. He gave his girlfriend a diamond necklace from one of the safe deposit boxes. And she promptly took a selfie of the two of them and put it on Facebook. Which the drew the attention of the police…
  4. He bragged to a friend about his haul, and his friend turned him in when a $5,000 reward was posted for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who robbed the bank.

So, which one is it?

 And, here’s a recap and answer of the November 16th Super Sleuth:

Riddle me this: What did he steal?

A: A 24lb turkey (the legs for Tiny Tim).

B: 8 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing (You know, instead of potatoes).

C: A turkey fryer (Because it just wouldn’t quite fit in the French  Fryer).

And it’s….C. He stole a turkey fryer!

What Are You Thankful For?

Since Thankvintage-1772596_1280sgiving will be in exactly one week, I thought I’d do a post asking what we’re thankful for. But not the usual thankfuls. I’d like to know what you’re thankful for that someone else might look at you like WHAT?

I’ll go first. One Spring day I was driving to Atlanta and it was dark and stormy. 🙂 And I had to go through Birmingham, Alabama. And in fact, needed to stop at a particular place. That I had no idea of how to get to.

But I’m an intrepid traveler, bumbling my way around, often stopping to ask for directions. (This was before GPS became so popular.) Anyway, having gotten directions over the phone, I took the exit, keeping an eye on a line of storms just ahead. I took a left off the Interstate, like I’d been instructed, and drove into the heart of not-so-nice Birmingham. After driving around for fifteen minutes, I finally stopped at a convenience store (with iron bars on the front) and discovered I should have taken a right when I exited.

Anther ten minutes and I finally found my destination. I spent thirty minutes there, and as I was leaving, someone came in. “Did you hear about the line of tornadoes just east of here? Hit about fifteen minutes ago.”

If I hadn’t gotten lost, I would have been in the middle of the storms. So for once, I was very thankful that I’d lost my way.

How about you? Do you have any stories of unusual times you’ve been thankful? Let us know in the comment section.


Super Sleuth Wednesday

ID-100244022Do you ever wonder about some of the people who commit crimes? Lately, I’ve been reading about the stupid things criminals do to get caught and I can’t keep from laughing at some of their antics. But first the answer to last week’s Super Sleuth about the suspect the police were searching for.

It’s #2–He had attended an anti-crime event the day before and beaten several officers at a doughnut-eating contest. He claimed his prize and left before officers realized who he was.

Now for this week’s Super Sleuth. Below are four scenarios. Three are true and one is a fabrication of my mind. Which one is the fabrication?
  1. Two men tried to pull the front off a cash machine by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left the scene and drove home. With the chain still attached to the machine. With their bumper still attached to the chain. With their vehicle’s license plate still attached to the bumper.
  2. A fraternity made a raid on a sorority house and stole certain unmentionables. Even though they were able to conceal their identities, they couldn’t leave well enough alone. The men, with their faces concealed, posted photos on Instagram holding their prizes. And in the background was a sign with the name of the fraternity and was all the police needed to round up the criminals.
  3. A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut, and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.
  4. A man walked up to a cashier at a grocery store and demanded all the money in the register. When the cashier handed him the loot, he fled — leaving his wallet on the counter.

Leave your guess below for a chance to be this month’s Super Sleuth!

Romance is in the Air Along With Murder

owls in loveToday is Thursday and so it’s about ROMANCE. But first, here is the answer to last week’s Stupid Criminal story.(because I forgot to post it last Wednesday.) First of all, let’s recap:

Mr. Garcia had just been processed at the police station for drinking beer inside a grocery store. He had no ride home. If you were Mr. Garcia, how would you get home? Would you:

  1. Call your brother, who is wanted by the police and gets arrested when he picks you up?
  2. Steal an ambulance right outside the police station?
  3. Call your parole officer, who reports your conviction to the prison and you get sent back to jail?
  4. Call your mother, who comes to the Police Station and promptly starts whacking you over the head and she gets arrested for disorderly conduct?

It is…drumroll…#2. Here’s the rest of the story:

Mr. Garcia had just been processed at the police station for drinking beer inside a grocery store. He had no ride home and promptly decided to steal an ambulance. Where did he do that? Right outside the police station. The police met him at his home and arrested him again before he got into his house.

Now for Thursday’s Romance Post.

I’m starting a new book, a cozy where romance won’t be the big thing it is in my romantic suspense books. And since I’m hoping it will be a series, the romance will have to be slow in developing. I already have two suspects love interests. One is an assistant chef who has to endure CJ’s — Callie Jane — clumsy attempts in the kitchen. He can’t complain because CJ’s uncle is the top chef. The other is a US Coast Guard Intelligence Officer. He is investigating the murder–and CJ is his main suspect. Of course, she has to prove she’s not the murderer, so that give lots of room for conflict.

At this point, I’m not sure who will end up being the main love interest. Any thoughts on the subject? If so, please share in the comments block. I can use all the help I can get!


Music for your Villain


villainHere at Thoughts on Plot, we’ve had music posts for our hero and our heroines and romancy music, and I got to wondering if I was the only one who creates a playlist for the villain.

So…what kind of music do you think my villains listen to? The Phantom of the Opera?  or the theme from Batman when the Joker is reigning? No, that’s what I listen to when I’m creating  villains.

In my current book, my antagonist is talking on the phone to someone he plans to kill. And he’s listening to Alfie as he thinks about what he’s going to do.


Another time, he’s planning to murder the heroine and is listening to Percy Faith’s The First Time I ever saw your face.

Now, there’s just something really creepy about a person who can contemplate murder while listening to this song.

So, if you were creating a villain, what type playlist would you have him create?