Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Author Pat Simmons Introduces Herself

I’m New to the Sweet Romance Reads Family 
by Pat Simmons
I’m excited to be part of a group of die-heart romantics. We get to make fairytales come true with every book we write. Who wouldn’t want a happy ending? My name is Pat Simmons, and I’m the author of almost 30 Christian romance titles. I’ve won awards and hit bestsellers lists, but one of my favorite passions is researching my roots. I’m a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth and once I find ancestors, I cast them as characters in my contemporary Guilty Jamieson Legacy series. That series is rich with African American/American history, strong family ties, handsome hunks and happy endings, a perfect blend in my inspirational stories.
I love to hear about people’s family history, and I’m always in awe at the discoveries on Finding Your Roots with Henry Lewis Gates, Jr., on PBS. In addition to that show, my husband has me hooked on Castle (that shouldn’t be a surprise) and Marvel’s Agent Carter; my favorite Monday night must-see Supergirl. Then, whenever it airs, Undercover Boss—see happy endings, well most of the time.
Below are my great-grandfather, great-great grandfather and great-great-great grandmother: William Wilkerson; John Adams Wilkinson; and Lucy Richardson Douthet Wilkinson
Oh, the stories I’ve uncovered and can tell. You got a minute?

My upcoming release is a novella, part of the Love at the Crossroads series

What are the qualities you look for in a mate? For Monica Wyatt, a praying man wasn’t at the top of her list until she needed one.
Unlike firefighters who run into danger, instincts tell businessman Tyson Graham to head the other way as fast as he can when he meets a certain damsel in distress.
Monica is a smart, independent, professional and unemployed. She doesn’t make a good first impression, and when she formally meets Tyson, he doesn’t want her to forget it. Miss Wyatt might possess the outwardly beauty and the brains on paper, but Tyson doesn’t trust her working for his company. Yet, something keeps pulling him into her firestorm during her panic attacks.
What Tyson doesn’t understand about her panic attacks makes him seek God for answers. But in order for him to get a prayer through, Tyson has some housekeeping issues of his own to address. Join the wait list for the March release.

Pat Simmons holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked in various positions in traditional radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years, and recently celebrated her 11th year anniversary with the RT Booklovers Convention.  She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatic husband of thirty-plus years into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and daughter.
Her November 2015 release, THE CONFESSION, has been nominated for the Best Inspirational Romance by the Romance Slam Jam committee. The winner will be announced in April.
Read more about Pat, her genealogy, and the other series at where you can get a free download by signing up for her monthly newsletter. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or LinkedIn; or by contacting her at authorpatsimmons(at)gmail(dot)com

So are you interested in family history? Have you researched anything about your genealogy?
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  1. I'm glad to be a part of the group, Lyn.

  2. So nice to have you here, Pat! I love genealogy too. One of my cousins is so into it he's publisheda book and sends us updates every year. It's wonderful because wherever any of us travel we look each other up, so we've made "cousin" connections all over and of course discovered such amazing stories! I hope you will share some of yours - those are great pictures!

  3. Welcome, Pat! I love genealogy. My cousin has begun to do DNA testing, which when you submit it to the database will tell you who in history you're related to - very fascinating!

  4. Hi, Pat! I'm so happy you've joined our group and I look forward to meeting you at RWA in San Diego.

  5. Pat!!! I love that you are "finding your family". I have done the same and met real life family who have researched even further back. I'm so glad you are here with us. Am looking forward to reading your books, too.

  6. It's so great to have you part of the Sweet Romance Reads group!!