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About Pat Simmons
Pat is the multi-published author of more than thirty titles, and is a three-time recipient of Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.
As a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth, Pat is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life-altering experience. God is the Author who advances the stories she writes. Pat has a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pat has converted her sofa-strapped, sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and her administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter.
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First in an emotional African American Christian romance from acclaimed inspirational author Pat Simmons featuring a tender-hearted heroine who puts her family first and a misguided hero who needs a little nudge to realize that sometimes all you have to do is believe.
No one should have to go it alone...
Tabitha Knicely believes in family before everything. She may be overwhelmed caring for her beloved great-aunt, but she would never turn her back on the woman who raised her, even if Aunt Tweet's dementia is getting worse. Tabitha is sure she can do this on her own. But when Aunt Tweet ends up on her neighbor's front porch, and the man has the audacity to accuse Tabitha of elder abuse, things go from bad to awful.
Marcus Whittington feels a mountain of regret at causing problems for Tabitha and her great-aunt. How was he to know the frail older woman's niece was doing the best she could? As Marcus gets to know Aunt Tweet and sees how hard Tabitha is fighting to keep everything together, he can't walk away from the pair. Particularly when helping Tabitha care for her great-aunt leads the two of them on a spiritual journey of faith and surrender.
Emotional, poignant women's fiction from acclaimed inspirational romance author Pat Simmons featuring a hero and heroine who are better at taking care of other people than themselves, a dark moment that shakes their faith, and a profoundly satisfying happy ending.
Caregivers sometimes need a little TLC too.
Rachel Knicely's life has been on hold for six months while she takes care of her great aunt, who has Alzheimer's. Putting her aunt first was an easy decision—accepting that Aunt Tweet is nearing the end of her battle is far more difficult.
Nicholas Adams's ministry is bringing comfort to those who are sick and homebound. He responds to a request for help for an ailing woman but when he meets the Knicelys, he realizes Rachel is the one who needs support the most. Nicholas is charmed by and attracted to Rachel, but then devastating news brings both a crisis of faith and roadblocks to their budding relationship that neither could have anticipated.
Fans of Christian romance and inspirational stories will love this clean and wholesome romance exploring the challenges of family—and the rewards—when you open your heart to faith, hope, and love...
Praise for Lean On Me, Book 1 in the Family Is Forever series:
"As wonderful as a warm embrace... Simmons's cleverly crafted characters slip into your heart from the first page."—Tina DeSalvo, bestselling author
"Romantic, romantic, romantic—a great read, romance, and story of family."—Lyn Cote, USA Today bestselling author
"Reading a Pat Simmons novel is a treat. I loved this book."—Vanessa Riley, bestselling author
"The heartwarming bonds of family and friendship...[are] sure to tug at readers' heartstrings."—Publishers Weekly
When it comes to being a caregiver, Kym Knicely has been there and done that. Then she meets Charles "Chaz" Banks and soon learns that every caregiver situation is different. Chaz is older than Kym and a caregiver of his seven-year-old granddaughter, Chauncy, who is autistic. Although Kym's attraction to Chaz is strong, she has to decide whether a romantic relationship can survive and thrive between two people at different stages in life.
Chaz has been married and divorced, and is a proud grandpa of a little girl with special needs. Just as meeting Kym has him wondering if he's ready to take a second chance on love, he's needed to take on a bigger role in his granddaughter's life. Will he have to choose?
At thirty-six, Kym has never married and still wants someday to have a family. She was focused on her work, until Chaz burst into her life. But it's bad timing. Can she have both love and her career? Does love really conquer all her fears? It's a journey with a different set of rules that Kym has to play by if she and Chaz are to have their happily ever after and the family they envision.
Praise for the Family Is Forever series:
"As wonderful as a warm embrace."—Bestselling author Tina DeSalvo for Lean on Me
"Reading a Pat Simmons novel is a treat. I loved this book."—Bestselling author Vanessa Riley for Lean on Me
"Pat Simmons pulls at the heartstrings by focusing on love, faith, and family."—Naleighna Kai, USA Today bestselling author, for Here for You
"You will fall in love... A must-read story."—Bestselling author Vanessa Miller for Here for You
When the descendants of a royal African tribe on her father’s maternal side show up and show off at a family game night, Queen’s vanity is kicked up a notch. The Robnetts take royalty to a new level with their own Queen.
Evangelist Philip Dupree is on the hot seat as the trial pastor at Total Surrender Church. The deadline for the congregation to officially elect him as pastor is months away. The stalemate: He’s not married, and they want a family man to lead their flock.
The board’s ultimatum is enough to make him quit the ministry. But can a man of God walk away from his calling?
Can two people with different lifestyles and priorities cross paths and continue the journey as one? Who is going to be the first to surrender?
For months, Darcelle Price has suffered depression in silence. But things are about to change as she plans to celebrate Christmas Eve with family and share her journey. Darcelle invites them via group text, not knowing she had included her ex.
Evanston Giles is surprised to hear from the woman he loved after months following their breakup. Seeking closure, he shows up on her doorsteps for answers.
A lot can happen on Christmas Eve. Restoring family ties, building her faith in God, and falling in love again are just the beginning of the night of miracles.
Fashion consultant Sandra Nicholson catches the eye of pretty boy Raimond Mayfield whose priorities have evolved over the years to include God first, followed by his business and restoring broken relationships. As the pair get to know each other, they learn they have a lot in common—if only their adult children don’t stand in the way of their happiness and their past secrets don’t come back to haunt them.
This story brings back several beloved characters, including Grandma BB, who is up to usual her shenanigans.
While Karyn served four years in prison for an unthinkable crime, she embraced salvation through Crowns for Christ outreach ministry. After her release, Karyn stays strong and confident, despite the stigma society places on ex-offenders. Since Christ strengthens the underdog, Karyn refuses to sway away from the scripture, “He whom the Son has set free is free indeed.”
Levi Tolliver, for the most part, is a practicing Christian. One contradiction is he doesn’t believe in turning the other cheek. He’s steadfast there is a price to pay for every sin committed, especially after the untimely death of his wife during a robbery. Then Karyn enters Levi’s life. He is enthralled not only with her beauty but her sweet spirit until he learns about her incarceration. If Levi can accept that Christ paid Karyn’s debt in full, then a treasure awaits him.
Book 2: JET Back Story to LOVE LED BY THE SPIRIT (short story)
Book 3: LOVE LED BY THE SPIRIT
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rahn Maxwell had been coasting along in life until an attempted carjacking awakened him to the reality of his feeble faith. When a local television station lands an exclusive interview, Rahn shares his testimony and commits to getting right with God. Meeting a lovely news anchor named Shae, a committed Christian, further compels his quest to follow Christ—and to win Shae’s heart.
Just when Shae lets her guards down, another scandal rocks her world. This time, the stakes are higher, and she and Rahn aren’t immune to the aftershocks. For a second time, Shae’s heart is on the line, along with her professional credibility. Will she strike out at love again? Or will she hit a home run and give God the glory?
Drake Logan almost didn't come to the gala, but when he catches a glimpse of an exotic beauty in a dress that seemed made for her figure, he almost lost his mind. Sometimes a man only gets one shot to impress a woman, and taking advantage of the moment, Drake will do whatever it takes to capture Pepper's heart on the spot.
Her Dress is a romantic novella about a woman who soon learns there is no price tag on love.
Read book excerpts at PatSimmons.net.
On a professional level, Dr. Rainey Reynolds is a competent, highly sought-after orthodontist. Inwardly, he needs to be set free from the chaos of revelations that make him question if happiness is obtainable. His father, the upstanding OB/GYN socialite is currently serving prison time after admitting his guilt in an old crime. His older sister refuses to move past the betrayal and attempts to use Rainey as a crutch, but her bitterness is only keeping the family at odds as his twin sister, Cheney Reynolds Jamieson, tries to rebuild a damaged relationship caused by decisions she made in the past. To get away from the drama, Rainey is willing to leave the country under the guise of a mission trip with Dentist Without Borders. Will changing his surroundings really change him? If one woman can heal his wounds, then he will believe that there is really peace after the storm.
Ghanaian beauty Josephine Abena Yaa Amoah returns to Africa after completing her studies as an exchange student in St. Louis, Missouri. She’ll never forget the good friends she made while living there. She couldn’t count Rainey in that circle because she rejected his advances for good causes. Josephine didn’t believe in picking up the pieces as the rebound woman from an old relationship that Rainey seems to wear on his sleeve. Although her heart bleeds for his peace, she knows she must step back and pray for Rainey’s surrender to Christ in order for God to acquit him of his self-inflicted mental torture. In the Motherland of Ghana, Africa, Rainey not only visits the places of his ancestors, will he embrace the liberty that Christ’s Blood really does set every man free.