Monday, April 4, 2016

Gail Pallotta's "Barely above Water"

We're happy to have Gail Pallotta with us today talking about Barely above Water.

The Faith of a Mustard Seed: A Devotional
Matthew 17: 20, “...I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Ten years ago I grew quite ill. After a month of tests the doctor said, “We can’t diagnose your problem, so we can’t treat you.”
But God knew what was wrong and He knew the person who could help me. By divine intervention I was led to David Lee, D.C., Ph.D, C.Ad, who began treating me immediately for a toxic substance. 
Unable to eat, I’d lost twenty-two pounds in two weeks when I saw Dr. Lee. I couldn’t even take the supplements he prescribed, but he lasered them into my body to trick it into thinking I’d taken them, and I started to heal.
Uncertainty ruled my life. I didn’t know what had happened to me, what was happening when symptoms plagued me at any given moment or what might happen next. My husband kept telling me to take one day at a time, and I kept hearing that I should think positive. It all resonated, each kindness, each thoughtful suggestion, every single one helped me take a step toward overcoming the illness.
A friend of my daughter’s sent a small jar with a tiny mustard seed in it and suggested I keep it where I could see it. He said, “Tell her that’s all the faith she needs for God to cure her.”
The more I looked at it, the more I realized how important faith is. When we’re overwhelmed with a burden, a task, a heartache or pain so big we can’t even make a dent in it, we need more than good wishes and positive thinking. We need a power much bigger and stronger than us to take over.
Even though I still have some symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease, I lead an active life, and I still keep the jar and the mustard seed where I can see them. 

About Barely above Water
My book Barely above Water is about a young woman with Chronic Lyme disease. In it an illness
comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. She turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida, and takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer league swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but must overcome his fear of losing someone close then regain Suzie’s trust. She relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, financial burdens without permanent employment and heartbreak in this contemporary romance.

Endorsements for Barely above Water
From Nancy Mehl
“Suzie Morris leaves behind a great job and the man she loved in North Carolina to become a kids’ swim coach in Florida. There is a doctor there who may finally be able to cure her of the mysterious disease that has ravaged her body. But in Gail Pallotta’s touching contemporary romance novel, Barely above Water, Suzie’s search for physical healing leads her to discover something she didn’t expect. The kind of love that can also heal her wounded soul.”
Readers can find out more about Nancy at

From Loree Lough
The main theme in Gail Pallotta's Barely above Water is “overcoming incredible odds.” Readers will find themselves rooting for characters who face illness, unemployment, and heartbreak. I think you'll thoroughly enjoy this story about trust and faith! (Loree Lough, bestselling author of more than 100 award-winning books, including RT 4.5-star Top Pick, Saving Alyssa [Harlequin Heartwarming].)  

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  1. I'm so sorry you had to go through all of that, Gail, but thanking God that He led you to someone who could help you! I would love to read Barely Above Water b/c most of the time that's where I feel I am. I have an appointment with yet another specialist April 11th to see if he can find out what's causing my disturbing symptoms. Only there's nothing wrong with my appetite. Lol Thx for the giveaway opportunity!


  2. Hi Diana,
    Thanks for coming by. I'm sorry you're having undiagnosed symptoms. I hope this new appointment will resolve them.

    1. Thanks, Gail! Please keep me in your prayers for the 11th. And you too, please, K. Dawn. Blessings to you both.

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    3. Hi Diana, Saying a prayer right now for blessings for you on the 11th.

    4. Thank you so much. I appreciate it more than you know. Hugs!

  3. Hugs to you also! You're welcome!