Welcome to Day 3 of #RRBC’s October #SpotlightAuthor #SpotlightAuthor @pat_garcia! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBCSA

I am pleased to have Pat Garcia on my site today. She is a very supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club; and so, I am asking you to join me in giving Pat a great big welcome,

Pat Garcia


I enjoy writing Flash Fiction as I do in this writing challenge that I participate in. It helps me tighten up my writing and grow my vocabulary. It took me some while to get my very first win. In fact, it was the middle of December 2016, and I was writing on my Mac when the email notification came in. I stared at it, thinking, what is this all about. I then opened the email.  I must have sat there at least twenty minutes not quite believing that it had happened. I had reached the first level.

I compare my life to walking up steps. Sometimes the steps are wide, and I stop and rest for a while, and learned something new so that I can continue to move further. Sometimes the steps are very narrow, and I have to keep moving because there’s nowhere to stop and rest. These are the stressful times. So, I had been competing in this challenge for at least three years and I was wavering, asking myself if I should continue. I didn’t think my writing was improving.  

The competition is always stiff. The writers who participate are authors who are self-published or belong to a traditional publishing house. Some of the authors are hybrid. So, the email notification shocked for me. I sat at my desk and cried. Then, I shared it with my husband.

Regardless of what I write The Woman and Her Dream and Turn The Light On will always be cherished because they were the first in the categories, Flash Fiction and Short Stories to be published.

Here is a snippet from A Woman and Her Dream and you may read the entire story on my author website: https://patgarciaauthor.com/flash-fiction/

The Woman and Her Dream by Pat Garcia

The ocean waves rippled under the woman‘s belly.  They tickled her stomach, gently.  The red rays in the heaven signalled the ending of the day. Though she couldn’t tell where the day began or where it ended. Unending was time. The reddish orange tint spread itself out upon the ocean. The width and breadth of its streams amazed her.

She lay on the atop of the ocean and observed the cold blooded mammals in the deep. Water drops touched her hair and ran down both of her temples. She gazed out into the vastness. Coming her way was a giant six-legged cirrata. Its arms splattering water as it moved toward her.

The strange singsong squawking of the eagle above her lulled her mind. Had she finally made it? She opened her eyes and turned over to watch the giant bird’s approach.  The roar of the waves became stronger. A blue-black fin sticking up out of the ocean was gliding in her direction. A smile crossed her face; she should have known this was the way it would be. Embedded in nature, surrounded by water, the inner peace she sought overtook her, and she sighed and stretched her legs.


Pat Garcia can’t remember a day when she didn’t desire to write. At the age of three, Pat wrote her first story. No one could understand it because she hadn’t learned to write. So, she read the scribble on her paper to whoever would listen. Born in Blythe, Georgia, (USA), she is also a musician, singer, and songwriter and has released five CDs.


Would you ever accept a dinner invitation to meet a stranger who never spoke one word to you during your time together? Would you accept that you could not even sit at the same table with them? How about, you don’t even know their name and you continue this “game” for months?

Meet Della Cartwright. A superstar at what she does professionally, but when the tall, mysterious, Italian stranger, Alessio Terracina, enters her world, she begins to question her judgment and everything about her.

In this short story which takes place over the course of one day, this otherwise savvy businesswoman is led into making decisions that could jeopardize her professional life and maybe even cost her her freedom. But the greatest danger…just might be to her fragile heart.


Author website – https://patgarciaauthor.com/

Facebook FanPage – https://www.facebook.com/patgarciaauthor

Twitter – @pat_garcia

Thanks for supporting the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S October Spotlight Author! To learn more about this author and all the wonderful perks she is receiving under this spotlight, please visit the RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR forum.

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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20 Responses to Welcome to Day 3 of #RRBC’s October #SpotlightAuthor #SpotlightAuthor @pat_garcia! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBCSA

  1. Rox Burkey says:

    Shirley, what a lovely post. You are right, Pat is great support for authors and RRBC. Thank for putting this information together.


  2. Your imagery is so beautiful, Pat! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read that you’ve written. So happy to see you getting the spotlight this month. Thanks for hosting today, Shirley! 🙂

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  3. PTLPerrin says:

    Thanks for hosting Pat, Shirley! Pat, I’ve enjoyed everything you’ve written, including this lovely piece. Congratulations on your well-deserved win!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. patgarcia says:

    My Dear Shirley,
    Thank you so much for opening up your blog to support me. You are a great trooper!
    I wish you the very best in writing career and with your family.
    Shalom aleichem

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  5. pdoggbiker says:

    Great piece, Pat. Enjoy the rest of your tour. Thank you, too, Shirley for hosting our fellow author and friend.

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    • patgarcia says:

      Hello John,
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope things are improving on your end. This story will always be a heart thing for me.
      Shalom aleichem


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      John, I’m so glad to see you. What a surprise! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and support Pat.

      Have a wonderful, restful, positive day.


  6. Thanks, Shirley, for hosting Pat. I always enjoy Pat’s writing, as well as her comments and questions during RRBC’s events. I can identify with her analogy of writing and steps. Sometimes as authors we need rest and sometimes we can sprint up those steps. If I could, I’d hop on a plane today and fly to Germany so that I could take Pat out to lunch!

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  7. Thank you, Shirley, for hosting Pat. I enjoy reading Pat’s writing, and this one is no exception. Thanks, Pat, for being such a supportive, exceptional member of RRBC. I always look forward to your thoughts and questions. If I could, I’d jump on a plane today and we’d have a great lunch!

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  8. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Hello Robbie. Thank you for your support of Pat.


  9. This is a very beautiful piece of writing, Pat. Thanks for sharing it here. A lovely post, Shirley, thanks for hosting Pat today.

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