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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall ~ Terry Overton

This book one of the Sabal Palms series.  This is a story of four women that are going through a hurricane and on survival mode. When they are all together waiting out the storm, they find themselves sharing life's experiences.   They are wondering and questioning about faith, family and love.  When they start to tell their stories, what do they all have in common?  What is this storm really mean about survival and life?  

If you want a book that is about women and how they are willing to share and compare, this is for you.  It is a book that seems to keep the reader interested by how one of these women could be the person reading.  

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About the Book

Book: Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall

Author: Terry Overton

Genre: Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Release date: April 5, 2022

Elaine Smith lived in the small coastal town of Sabal Palms long enough to know when to worry about a squall and when to simply close the windows and wait for it to pass. This one would be significant. It would be significant in terms of damage, but that was to be expected. What no one expected was the profound effect it would have on the lives of people from the Texas coast to New York City. Positive qualities of humanity are often displayed during times of natural disaster.
But a supernatural power had attached to this storm and subsequently worked within the hearts of the most needy, the most lonely, and the most sinister. The lives of four delightful women, a homeless teen, a rebellious son, a grieving lover who is at the bottom, a son who lost his faith, and a hired murderer, are all intertwined in the aftereffects of a Category 3 hurricane thanks to a few passages written by one determined woman.

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 About the Author

Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed.D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. Her university experiences included teaching at Longwood University in Virginia, the University of Texas-Brownsville, The University of Texas-Pan American, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Stephen F. Austin State University. She held positions as Dean and Department Chair during her tenure in higher education. Her areas of research included behavior disorders, learning disorders, autism, and research in higher education. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, blogging, and visiting with friends and family. Her books have been recognized and received awards from Firebird Book Awards, American Writing Awards, and have earned five stars from Readers Views and Readers Favorites. Her books have been recognized Finalist for the International and National Book Awards.

 More from Terry

This book will take the reader to the southern coast of Texas. In fact, this book happens at the very bottom tip of Texas. The reader will feel the warm sea breezes, view the coastal sunsets and sunrises, and experience the friendships of four close women friends. Here is a sample:

 The women gathered at the swimming pool and shed their cover-ups. Next, each lady
took out her favorite sunscreen lotions and creams and sprayed and squirted so much on, they all
looked almost as pasty as a bottle of glue. No one talked at all during this process of slathering
on thick coats of varying SPFs. It was a polite, unspoken agreement that no forbidden words
were ever mentioned when the ladies were in swimwear. Words like cellulite, wrinkles, fat, fatty
tissue, weight, weight loss, weight gain, age spots, and—the worst words ever—skin cancer were
completely and totally off limits.

 In times of crises, these four women always bind together and help each other. They have been friends for over twenty years. Here is an excerpt of one of their conversations during a pool party:

 What strangers might not understand is the banter back and forth was exactly the only way they could get along. They enjoyed it. They thrived on it.

 “Oh, fiddle-faddle, Bonnie, last week you told me you thought the salon was opening up
this week,” Mary jabbed. “It didn’t.”

 “I didn’t say that. I said I heard it might be opening next month.”

 “You said next week as sure as I am floating on this raft.”

 “Had your hearing checked lately?”

 “Right after you get yours checked.”

 And they both laughed. It was always entertaining.

 “Well, horsefeathers! I need to get this hair trimmed again. It is all cattywampus on the

 “What? You’ve got a cat in there?” Bonnie laughed.

 “Feels like it,” Mary retorted.


To celebrate her tour, Terry is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!