Janice Lane Palko has been a professional writer for 20 years. The author of four novels, she recently released her newest romantic suspense, Most Highly Favored Daughter. During her career, she has written everything from greeting cards to web content and has taught several classes at the Allegheny County Community College from Building English skills to creative and memoir writing. She is currently on the staff of the website Popular Pittsburgh and has been the executive editor of Northern Connection and Pittsburgh 55+ magazines, where she also contributed to the editorial content, writing her own column and numerous features. Palko has also been a columnist with the North Hills News Record and regularly contributes articles to St. Anthony Messenger magazine. In addition, she has worked as a freelance writer for Krol Media, which was recently honored for being one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing businesses. She has written press releases, articles, profiles and marketing literature for a variety of clients from physicians to film producers to non-profits and hotel chains. Palko has had numerous articles published in publications such as The Reader’s Digest, Guideposts for Teens, Woman’s World, The Christian Science Monitor, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her works have been featured in the books A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers, and Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul. A graduate of Union Institute & University with a B.A. in Writing & Literature, Palko has won several awards for her writing including the prestigious Amy Foundation Award of Merit. Her writings have also garnered accolades at the The Kent State Writer's Conference, and she has been selected as Writer of the Month by Oatmeal Studio greeting cards. Her first novel, a romantic dramedy called St. Anne's Day, is set in Pittsburgh can be best described as Cheers meets The Taming of the Shrew. Her second novel, A Shepherd's Song, is a Christmas story that will fill your heart with Christmas cheer. Her third novel, Cape Cursed, is a romantic suspense, set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
A Shepherd's Songby Janice Lane Palko
Tom Shepherd is anything but a hero. A senior physics major at Three Rivers University in Pittsburgh, he just wants to make some easy cash. On the last Sunday in November, he arrives to sell the Christmas season’s hottest toy, So Big Sammy, for three times its retail price to a buyer, but a snafu lands him in the middle of a bone marrow drive benefiting
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Tom Shepherd is anything but a hero. A senior physics major at Three Rivers University in Pittsburgh, he just wants to make some easy cash. On the last Sunday in November, he arrives to sell the Christmas season’s hottest toy, So Big Sammy, for three times its retail price to a buyer, but a snafu lands him in the middle of a bone marrow drive benefiting four-year-old Christo Davidson, who has leukemia. When everyone there—including the media covering the event-assumes that Tom has come to give the toy to the sick boy, Tom has no choice but to give it away.
Lauded by the media as a hero and bestowed with the nickname The Good Shepherd, Tom finds himself an overnight celebrity. As a toy scalper and liar, he knows he’s unworthy of the honor, but when Gloria Davidson, a fellow student and Christo’s relative, seeks out Tom to thank him for being kind to her little cousin, Tom, bewitched by her beauty, embellishes his character and lies to further impress Gloria. Tom asks Gloria out, beginning a relationship that will lead him to examine everything he believes.
On Christmas Eve, Tom finds himself facing choices that will affect not only himself but also Gloria and Christo. Tom must choose between sacrifice and honor, love and loneliness, life and death.
A Christmas romance with the charm of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and the spirit of It’s a Wonderful Life, A Shepherd’s Song, will set your soul to singing.
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This is the 2nd book that I have read from this author, and again, I have thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a wonderful story of young love, secrets, flaws, and ultimately, redemption. A couple of times I laughed out loud as I could picture the characters in my mind in the situations they found themselves in. And, a couple of times I teared up as I could relate to the emotions and memories the characters shared. I have a teenage daughter that would love this story, as well as my older relatives. It was a fun, uplifting read for the Christmas season!