Patrice Wilton

About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website

Love Audio? Here is a behind the scene look at what work the narrator does to bring your story alive.

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Voicing Kayla and Paradise Cove

I fell in love with Kayla the moment I started reading Paradise Cove. She is a wonderful blend of being unassuming, stubborn, and sharp. It was a joy to get those nuances of her character and really grow with her as she comes into her own. She can be so stubborn and sexy at the same time. I won’t give anything away, but she makes a wonderful centerpiece for the story and a perfect way for the amazing Patrice Wilton to start her heartfelt series about these three different sisters.

People are always curious about my steps to voicing a novel. First, I block off time to get cozy and read the whole book to myself. Then, I read it again in a “work” frame of mind… making notes, highlighting the heck out of individual lines, and using about 100 sticky notes to flag certain sections. Plus, I always have questions about pronunciations of local spots… just to make certain I say things the way a local would. For Paradise Cove, Patrice was my guide to saying things like Islamorada! Once this process is done, I have a really well-rounded feel for each of the characters. For Kayla, I was able to understand her motivations, fears, and loyalties—and infuse them into her voice right from the start.

Now it gets really fun! You know how it is when you read to yourself and you can actually hear certain voices are in your head? I’m fortunate enough to be able to let those voices out! Contrary to what some people might think, reading the different parts really isn’t difficult. Each voice, whether it’s male, female, old, young, from different parts of the world can be varied by pace, tone, and accents. You never want the accents or pitches to get too crazy because then the listener will be just hearing you– and not the words. Subtle is best, even with variations in character. It’s the author’s words that are important… not the voiceover artist’s range of talent.

I read aloud several chapters a day, then I go back and edit where it’s needed and upload the chapter files so Patrice can hear them. She’ll catch errors or want me to re-do certain sentences that don’t sound quite right. As needed, I’ll go back and redo the sections and edit them back into the chapters and re-upload them. This is a great system so that the final product that you hear is free of flubs!

There’s always a sense of accomplishment, but also of wistfulness, when an audiobook is completed. I felt so connected to Kayla and her whole family. Fortunately, Hooked on You was right around the corner!

It’s a lot of detailed work, but as Kayla would tell you… hard work is always worth it in the end.

 

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Interesting alligator facts!

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It’s alligator mating season–nice, right?– so I thought as a Florida resident I’d pass on some important information regarding these prehistoric reptiles. The species has existed for 150 million years! They managed to avoid extinction 65 million years ago when their contemporaries, the dinosaurs died off.

They are Everywhere in FLORIDA!

I live in a gated Golf community in West Palm Beach, and I am surrounded by golfers and ‘gators. I can look out my window and watch them swim by. We co-exist alongside each other, but never do we get too comfortable in their vicinity. They are natural predators, and move extremely fast. We see them sun bathing on the edge of lakes, and trust me when the golf ball gets too close to one of them, a drop is better than a fight.

Here are some interesting facts taken from the internet.

There are about 1.3 million wild alligators in Florida, according to an estimate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. That’s more than 22 per square mile and about one for every 15 residents.

Alligators prefer fresh water lakes and slow-moving rivers and their wetlands, but can also be found in brackish, or slightly salty, water.

Locals have spotted the reptiles in swimming pools and even garages, and receive more than 15,000 alligator-related complaints a year on average. The residents of Ibis can attest to this! Someone found a small gator under their car!

HUMAN ATTACKS RARE

Alligators naturally fear humans, wildlife experts said. Only 23 people in Florida have died from unprovoked alligator attacks since 1948, as of April data from the commission. There have been 383 non-fatal bites reported in that time. While rare, alligator attacks are more likely to happen at night.

BECOMING A NUISANCE

The reptiles become a threat, or “nuisance alligators,” when people feed them. Florida law prohibits the feeding of alligators because that removes their innate fear of humans. People can receive a $500 fine for doing so. The commission allows some 7,000 nuisance alligators to be killed each year.

As terrifying as these reptiles are, it is safe to bring your families and vacation in Florida!  Obey the warning signs and Please Don’t feed the Gators.

 

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Academy Awards Ceremony – the good, the bad, the ugly!

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Millions of people were glued to the TV last night to watch the cream of Hollywood stroll down the runway in their designer dress and tuxes, and to celebrate their art, with all the glamour, the hype, the expectations, and rewards. Along with that comes crushing disappointment, and sometimes confusion and wounded pride.

Last night was brilliant right to the end. How in the world did the wrong envelope get into Warren Beatty’s hand? He seemed at a loss, checking the envelope more than once before announcing the best film winner. La La Land – a story itself about hope and longing, and never giving up on your dream. A worthwhile, beautiful film. But then it was taken away and to everyone’s shock Moonlight was declared the winner. I have not seen this, so can not comment. But the horror and embarrassment of being up on stage, handed the highest honor of achievement, Best Movie, only to have it snatched away, was painful to watch. 

 As writers we can identify with the Hollywood dream. Those who want to write a screenplay, those costume designers and everyone behind the scenes, the directors who want to bring out the best in each film, and the actors who are so driven they will do anything to pursue their dreams, while knowing most of them will not succeed.

Oh yes, writers know that well.  We write for years and face rejections everyday. It can come from editors, readers who don’t like the book, publishers who don’t think your story, or your writing, or your grandma is worthy. But we persevere and stubbornly don’t give up. That is our job. That is our love, and it is our passion.

So I’m raising an Oscar to each and every one of you! Celebrate each and every success, no matter how small, or how long it takes. Live the Dream. Believe in yourself and find your happiness.

I did, and I couldn’t be happier!

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February is American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and I thought it would be a good time to discuss what to do if it happens to you or a loved one. Here is some information I took from the internet.

PLEASE READ ON — IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

Know the Signs

Any of the symptoms below may be a sign you are having a heart episode:

• Uncomfortable pressure or pain in the chest

• Pain throughout the shoulders, neck, back and arms

• Chest pain accompanied by sweating, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, fatigue or an irregular pulse

• Extreme anxiousness or irritability

• Trouble sleeping

• Irregular heartbeat

What to Do

If you notice any of the above heart attack symptoms, immediately call 911. Then, take the following steps, if possible:

• Unlock the front door

• Keep your phone with you

• Take 1 adult (325 mg) or 4 low-dose (81 mg) aspirin (unless you are allergic)

• Sit in a comfortable position and stay as calm as you can while waiting for help to arrive.

*** Early detection of heart disease or a heart attack is key to having the best possible outcome. If this can save one life, it is worth reading and passing on.

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Images from the Strawberry Moon

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Last night you may have witnessed an astronomical event that hasn’t occurred in decades: the coinciding of the June solstice with a full moon.

This full moon is also rare for another reason: It marks the fourth of four full moons between the March 2016 equinox and the June 2016 solstice, EarthSky reports. Typically, there are only three full moons in that period. There will also be four full moons between the March 2035 equinox and the June 2035 solstice, 19 years from now, but the June solstice won’t coincide with a full moon again until Jun 21, 2062. 

The full moon for the month of June is known in the United States as the Full Strawberry Moon, because it alerted Algonquin tribes that it was time to gather ripe fruit. In Europe, where strawberries aren’t native, it’s been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Honey Moon.

In case you missed it — as I did, here are some lovely photos from around the world. I know I won’t be around for the next one!!

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AUDIO BOOK LOVERS –NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE!

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Being a member of so many author loops it was brought to my attention recently that in 2015 audio books jumped forty percent in sales. Now, I’m not a very smart cookie, but since I have 24 books on Amazon, it was a ding-dong to my head that perhaps I should get on this bandwagon, and potentially make a better living than what I do now. Like many Indie authors when Kindle Unlimited came along, people stopped buying out books and we took a big hit. It was a brainchild of Amazon’s to give our books away for $10 a month, and I, and many others, have been scrambling every since.

This is where YOU, the AUDIO LOVER comes in. A few months ago I wrote a post on whether the listener prefers a male or female voice in Romance, and the comments varied. I decided to use a female voice, as my readers are women, and my first audio book was a story with three sisters and their mother who inherited a small resort in the Florida Keys. PARADISE COVE is now available on Audio, and thanks to a BookBub ad the sales have been tremendous.

My next project is to get three Christmas stories out on audio by November, and my second book in my PARADISE COVE series, HOOKED ON YOU will be out at the end of the month.

Then what? Do readers enjoy Romantic Comedy? Series? I have several romantic comedies, individual stand-alone books that are in a series, and very popular — but I’m not sure how they would sound in audio? I’m afraid that they might appear silly. So far I have decided to use my Women Fiction novels, or contemporary Romance, but I would love to have many, many books in Audio within the next few years for my readers to enjoy.

How do YOU feel about the listening experience compared to reading a book? What engages you as a listener? I would love to hear from you. Please check out my new Paradise Cove series on Audible, and if you email me, I could send you a free code.

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Helpful hints about drinking water!

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EVERYONE KNOWS THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER, BUT HERE IS SOME THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW–like what times of the day is best to drink it!

You may not want to drink water before going to bed, hating waking up to take a bathroom leak. The reason for this is because gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you’re upright, so when you are in bed the lower body is level with the kidneys, which makes it easier for the kidneys to flush out the water.

A cardiologist recommends certain times to drink water to maximize the effectiveness, and rid your body of toxins.

Two glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs.

One glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.

One glass of water before a bath helps lower blood pressure.

One glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack, and can prevent leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp, and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

SO DRINK UP AND STAY HEALTHY!teflon_water_650

 

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Healthy recipes for leftover Ham

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Happy day after Easter everyone! You all wondering how to get rid of that huge ham you have in your refrigerator, after last night’s dinner? Here are a couple of easy, healthy recipes courtesy of Eatingwell.com that I pulled from the internet. Enjoy!!

Soup Beans: Ham adds a nice smoky, porky flavor to beans, and in most cases it is as easy as adding the ham with your onions and other aromatic vegetables. In our Soup Beans you simply add diced, leftover ham to a Dutch oven along with the rest of the ingredients to simmer away for hours. Cornbread and a French loaf goes great with this hearty soup.

  • 1 pound pinto, yellow-eyed or other dried beans, sorted and rinsed (2 1/2 cups)
  • 12 cups water
  • 8 ounces finely diced ham, (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
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Preparation

  1. Place beans, water, ham, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper in a large Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are very tender and beginning to burst, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. If necessary, add an additional 1/2 to 1 cup water while simmering to keep the beans just submerged in cooking liquid.
  2. Remove from the heat; discard the onion and garlic. Transfer 2 cups of the beans to a medium bowl and coarsely mash with a fork or potato masher. Return the mashed beans to the pot; stir to combine.

Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad: One of the best things about ham is that it is as good hot as it is room temperature and cold. So, it is a great and super-easy add-in to salads, including our Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad, a perfect spring picnic dish that is packed with fiber-rich broccoli, healthy whole-grain pasta and vitamin-C-rich red bell peppers in a creamy, low-fat dressing.

Ingredients

Creamy Herbed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion or dried chopped chives
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried tarragon or dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt or celery salt or 1/4 teaspoon of each
  • White pepper to taste

Salad

  • 3 cups cooked whole-wheat fusilli or similar pasta (about 6 ounces dry)
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets (about 1 1/2 large heads)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced ham (8 ounces), preferably reduced-sodium
  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper (or a combination), diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion, plus slices for garnish
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup torn radicchio leaves

Preparation

  1. To prepare dressing: Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, honey, onion (or chives), tarragon (or dill) and onion salt (and/or celery salt) in a bowl until well blended. Season with white pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired.
  2. To prepare salad: Combine pasta, broccoli, ham, bell pepper, diced onion and raisins in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss until evenly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate to blend the flavors for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
  3. Serve on a bed of spinach and radicchio, garnished with slices of red onion.

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