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Stopped Cold Interview about 5 Minutes into Show

Stopped Cold's a Best Seller on All Romance e-Books

Teens solving real problems in the real world. A Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys style mystery with a touch of romance

Danger, Suspense, First Love, Spiritual Talk

Why don't we have to be number one for God to love us?

Why NOT to use steroids

About Stopped Cold:

Things are not what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina.

Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Wilmore, swimming and hanging out with friends--until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he's lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret's angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.

Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.

Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can't stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

 What people are saying

From Stopped Cold's Top Five Finish in the 16th Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll


Readers comments:

Very compelling with emotions and feelings that have been felt by everyone in their lives at one time or another. Everyone can relate to this book! Great read for all, especially students and parents!

One of the best books recently published dealing with self-esteem, drugs and the drive to be #1 at any cost. A must-read for the young athlete and the family.

Ms. Pallotta is an awesome writer. Stopped Cold is her best work yet.

Gail's stories are fresh and exciting.

Stopped Cold is an extremely good book to help teens make right decisions in their live. It is also a very good mystery.

I thought it was a great Book. I think all young people should read it. Opened my eyes.

This is an exceptional work and tells the truth of today.

Great story framed with a timeless, heartfelt message.

Reader Reviews:

Stopped Cold is filled with emotion, strong characters, teenage romance, adventure, danger and the intricate workings of modern day high school studies and sports. Ms. Pallotta blends all this together for a convincing story. Larry Hammersley

This is a great read. I recommend it for teens or adults alike. It certainly kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next when Margaret, Jimmy, and their friend Emily go out looking to stop dangerous drug dealers. Connie C.

Pallotta's high school drama could take place anywhere. Pressure from all sides: parents, teachers, coaches, peers take their toll, no matter the size or type of school. Margaret McWhorter and her brother Sean attend the exclusive Meriwether School, one which is targeted by drug-trafficking creeps who have infiltrated the very place that's supposed to be a safe and supportive environment.

It's not enough to be talented in the world of high school athletics. Margaret and Sean's parents unwittingly push their son over the edge as new competition for Sean's quarterback position comes in and takes over. Sean is pressured into taking steroids and body-building, and suffers a stroke and subsequent coma. Even though the pressure for Margaret, a champion swimmer, is eased by Sean's condition and the resulting parental guilt, she can't stop her own consuming desire for vengeance against those who hurt her brother.

But Margaret is only a freshman. She's just learning about life in high school, what can she do to find the bad guys? And who are they? Who can she trust, besides her mother's faith that God will make everything right? And Dad--he was the one who pushed Sean too much to begin with.

Detective Garrett, the one assigned to the case, is moving way too slow for Margaret's taste. He won't figure things out until someone else gets hurt, and Margaret isn't about to let that happen. She finally confides in her best friend Emily, who agrees to keep her eyes and ears open around school and their fav hangout, The Grill. Life changes in many ways as Margaret is forced to learn who to trust and what to believe in. Emily is a Buddhist, and a boy Margaret secretly admires, Jimmy, wants to hang out and help find the people behind the drugs. Is Emily's faith stronger than Mom's? And what does Jimmy really want?

Find out in this great new read. Told in first person, follow Margaret's journey to discover the depth of true character and faith not only in school and friends, but family. Reviewer and author, Lisa J. Lickel at
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Print copies available at:
Acworth Bookstore, 4857 Main Street, Acworth, Georgia
Sweet Spirit Parable Christian Book Store, 1205 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, Georgia



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