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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Monday's Motivation: Anything Is Possible.

"Anything is possible if you have...
The courage to Dream

The willingness to Learn

Dedication to Persevere

Commitment to
Follow Through
And you never give up!

Karlene Petitt

August, 2009, I made a huge investment of time and money to follow my dream of writing a book by attending the Hawaii Writers' Conference. Writing a book is something that I've dreamed about for thirty years. When I finally overcame the excuses of why I didn't have time, and made a commitment, I attended my first workshop with William Bernhardt.

I took classes, attended conferences, and read books on "how to," and I wrote. I wrote for 2 years and 4 months, while reading, studying, learning a new plane, joining a new company, blogging, babysitting, watching four grandchildren being born, traveling the world, and everything else that came up in my life... I didn't quit. There were many sleepless nights, but it's so exciting to see my book ready for publication.

In five days I'll be holding my book for a proof read.
If I've done these final steps well...

Flight For Control will be available January 17.

Busy? Yes.

But the secret to success is all about dreaming, dedication, perseverance, commitment, education, follow through, and never giving up. Along the way I met many wonderful people who have enriched my life in so many ways. This has been the greatest journey, and one that I will continue on. A special thanks to my critique sisters that I met at that Hawaii Conference: Linda Gray and Heather McCorkle. Visit us on Critique Sister's Corner

How do you think I became an airline pilot?
First I dreamed and then...
Yes... anything IS possible!

Thank you all for your support, encouragement, and putting up with me during my writing journey. I'm excited for you all to read Flight for Control. But now, please take the time to read what three of my favorite authors have to say about my book.


Flight For Control is a fascinating debut and a truly terrifying insider's take on the airline industry by an author who knows what she's talking about. You will not want to get on an airplane after reading Petitt's book.

Mike LawsonAuthor of The Political Thriller of the Year

House Divided, House Secrets and House Justice

“A strong debut with a complex plot that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.”

Robert DugoniLawyer and New York Times Bestselling Author of

The Jury Master, Cyanide Canary, and Damage Control

“Flight for Control is a powerhouse debut novel. Karlene Petitt combines her insider knowledge of the airline industry with her impressive writing skills to create a spellbinding thriller. Why did Flight 39 crash? Could there be more to these air disasters than meets the eye? And what can Kathryn do about it? I was hooked on the first page and never stopped reading till it was over.”

William BernhardtOver 10 million novels sold. Bestselling Author of

Capital Betrayal, Nemesis, and Hate Crime

Enjoy the Journey!

XOX Karlene


  1. This is great news. Exciting times indeed! Congratulations and looking forward to it :)

  2. Thank you Ramiel! I will let you know when it's up and running! Have a great day. Keep motivated.

  3. LOOKING SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FORWARD TO IT! You are one person to learn from on what 'dedication' seriously is! real example.. wish you all the luck for the super opening on 17th!

  4. I am so happy to hear this news!!I do proud of your dynamic dedications!I am also looking forward to reading,and I won't give up as well.
    Have a great day!!

  5. Congratulations, Karlene!!! You are a true inspiration. I'm looking forward to read your book. Can one receive it with your autograph, please? Thanks in advance. Caroline (Gipsy22 on Twitter) :)

  6. Whoo hoo!!! January 17 can't get here soon enough. (Can I get a signed copy???) Great cover, btw. :-)

  7. I Can't wait! I'm feeling like a child wanting a Candy! Hey... Do you think it's possible for you to give me an autograph? No problem if you can't, no worries! And very nice cover, it attracts me to read the book. ✈

  8. Oh, so close Karlene. You must be sitting on pins and needles. The 17th will be KARLELE DAY for your family and friends around the world.
    Is it possible to pre-order a copy? I'm looking forward to a captivating read. And... I hope that you've started your next book. Best wishes,

  9. I'm really excited for your book Karlene! I think it's great that you decided to do this and followed through with it!

  10. Congratulations!!

    I can't wait to read it, I'll order a copy the day it comes out!

  11. hi there karlene, im visiting you with smile from Philippines. :)

  12. Dipeet. Thank you so much. You've been such a support and keep me motivated!

  13. Thank you Jun! I hope your studying is going great. I know it is. Maybe I'll come and do a book signing at Flight Safety. Tonight I started my Instrument Ground school. Fun to go back to school.

  14. Caroline, Thank you so much! It would be my honor to autograph a book for you! Thank you! I'm a Gypsy too. :)

  15. Thanks Linda! Yes... you can! And thanks. This is exactly what I envisioned. The cool thing is..the plane wraps around the entire book. :)

  16. Thank you Alex! Yes... it would be my honor to autograph your book! Thank you for the comment on the cover too. My daughter made it for me.

  17. Thanks Craig! You don't have to can when it goes live. But, I'll be selling off my site too... autographed copies. We'll get you one. Thank you so much for the support. I get a day! :)

  18. Thanks Daniel! You can be my sales manager flying around the world. :) So glad you are moving to Seattle. :)

  19. Thank you Scote! I really appreciate your support. And, it will be exciting to hear reviews too!

  20. Thank you for the visit Spiky! I think you're having more sunshine down there than I am in Seattle. We're having lots of liquid sunshine today.


  22. Woohoo! I want my copy autographed......

  23. Congratulations Karlene! I'm so excited for you and I can hardly wait to hold this beauty in my hands. :)

  24. Thanks Christine!! Cirrus in the future!

  25. Thanks Heather. I can hardly wait too! Thanks!

  26. OMG.... I hope I can buy it :D

  27. Karlene I keep being amazed at your dedication and your incredible motivation! you truly deserve this life acheivement and reward for all your hard work! I can't wait to read it!

  28. Jean, Thank you so much. Your words mean so much to me! You know how much've lived it. But so worth it! Have a great day!

  29. Mima, Thank you so much! I hope you can too. :) Thanks for your comment and support!


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