Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Sebal Palms and the Southern Squall by Terry Overton

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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I have read several of Terry Overton's books and always enjoy them. I was very much looking forward to reading her newest book. Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall is Book 1 in her newest series, Sabal Palms.  

Elaine Smith has lived through many Coastal Squalls throughout her life, living on the Coast. The upcoming Squall is tending to be different from any other that she has experienced. The thing no one was expecting was how profound the Squall will change the lives of so many due to the writings of Elaine Smith. What do 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 all have in common? What are the profound changes that happen during and after the storm? 

WOW, this book certainly isn't what I thought it would be about. I thought I was reading more of a Christian Women's Fiction book, but it turned out to be so much more. I really LOVE the 4 main characters in the book, the 4 women taking shelter from the storm together. The conversations during the storm really show a wonderful side of people. The message in this book is amazing. I feel the message is "God's Plan is larger than our Plans." The entire book is encouraging and a nice sway from the "Traditional Women's Fiction" books. FANTASTIC BOOK! 

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.


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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.

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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! Click the link below to enter.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall sounds like a thrilling and captivating read for me, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Happily Managing a Household of Boys! Have a wonderful day!

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

I liked your review, thanks for sharing

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall, this sounds like a must read for me and I am looking forward to it

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I look forward to reading the conversations between the four friends.

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a very intriguing book and I'm really looking forward to reading it! Thank you for your review.

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm glad I live in Colorado where there are no hurricanes.

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