Marji Laine

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Priority: Patricia Bradley


work on laptopThe last couple of weeks, I’ve been chatting about priorities and what the Lord means by taking up my cross, daily, to follow Him. Last week, I shared that for me it meant giving up something I’d planned for and expected to do. And He used the time that opened up to be an unexpected blessing to my family and a friend in trouble. So enough about me. How do other authors make the daily walk? I asked a few to share their right-now priorities and how they have to “take up their own crosses.”

Cover photoFrom Patricia Bradley, author of A Promise to Protect and the Logan Point series:

My #1 Priority right now is getting the first draft of my 4th Logan Point book on paper. It’s not due until the first of April, but so is another book for Harlequin Heartwarming. I don’t quite know how I got myself into this mess…yes, I do. I signed contracts. That means I made commitments. Commitments I will honor, barring a trip to the hospital.

It also means I must be very serious about writing for the next four or five months…oh, better make that more like eight or nine months because I have another book due the first of October. And I’m not complaining. This problem is what I have dreamed of for more years than I can count. God has blessed me and He knows these deadlines loom—He gave them to me. And now my job is to write.

So what do you do when the story won’t come together? I don’t know about you, but I pray. A Lot. I’m praying now as I write this. But I also take time each morning to be in His word, to sit still in His presence. To ask to be His transcriber of the story He wants me to tell.

The words will come. But I have to be where I can hear them.

About Patricia:

Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect—and Matthew’s Choice a Heartwarming romance. Her workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

A Promise to Protect buy linkAn excerpt from A Promise to Protect, the second in the Logan’s Point series:

In a steamy small town riddled with broken promises, one woman’s secret could change everything.

Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her—or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago—out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task—protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it’s no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.


Sounds like an enticing story! I loved the first book in the Logan’s Point series. Looking forward to jumping into this one!

Your Turn: What is your priority right now? Is it different from yesterday’s priority?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

13 thoughts on “Priority: Patricia Bradley

  1. I appreciate this, and you! You beautifully model your wise advice. Thanks for caring about and encouraging committed writers.


  2. Marji, thanks for hosting one of my fave authors, and lovely friend, Pat.

    Pat, you’ve become my hero these past few years, setting before me lessons of faith, determination, and perseverance. Thank you! May you be blessed.


  3. “The words will come. But I have to be where I can hear them.” Great reminder, Pat!


  4. I find that my best writing and business procedures come to me after a walk with the creator of all things. Sometimes this means a deep walk into Proverbs. sometimes this means a literal walk, singing hymns along the way, ready to beat down the doors of darkness when I get back. This morning I was thrilled to remember an old hymn – Peace, be still, as I thought about those people too dependent on what this election day results are going to be. As for me, my hope and trust is in the Lord. How about you?


    • I LOVE that! Elections like this one can stimulate all sorts of stress and trepidation. While we all need to vote, I totally agree with you. The results are in the Lord’s hands after we do our part. And worrying over our future is futile anyway. I hadn’t thought about Peace, be still in as a need for today, but I love the thought and will make it my prayer. Thanks so much for sharing!