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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Broken Heart







I sat in the hair salon when a woman handed me her IPad. She clicked on the video and I thought I was

watching fake news. There was a car speeding into a crowd, you heard the crash and then it went into

reverse. I saw what appeared to be a sneaker being dragged by the fender. In amazement it wasn't fake it

was real!

As the day unfolded and I looked at the news, social media, and listened to the stories my heart was broken.

I as a 52 year old African American woman, who grew up in Connecticut, to parents raised in the South.

I felt that what my relatives had endured to make a better life for myself and others was now threatened.

That the ignorance of others who don't know their true history is about to have our country go to war with

each other.Instead we should be uniting as a country because there is so much change taking place outside

of the United States that this is a distraction.  A dangerous distraction.

My heart is broken because men and women were hurt last Saturday in Virginia . A woman lost her life.

My brothers and sisters all shades of the spectrum are standing together holding pieces of hope. The real

history is that majority want to live in unity, respect one another and in peace.

We are not invisible!

As we watch this horror unfold

My heart is broken



About the Author


Self Published Author, Patricia A. Saunders was born and raised in Connecticut before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area nearly 23 years ago. She received her Master’s in Management from the University of Phoenix in 2011. After the passing of her mother who had Alzheimer’s, Patricia decided that all the words that she kept to herself were to be released.

Her work has been featured on a Coast to Coast Book Tour at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Toronto Word On The Street, Sacramento Black Book Fair, Tucson Book Festival, Miami International Festival of Books and AARP Life@50+ Spring Convention. Also on In the Company of Poet, Women Owned Business Club Magazine, and Alysha Live! Radio Show and Coach Deb Bailey Secret of Success Talk Radio. She performs locally at spoken word events and Capital Jazz SuperCruise Open Mic with Grammy Award Winner Eric Roberson.



Submitted by:
Patricia A. Saunders
Author , Poet, and Blogger
www.patriciaAsaunders.com

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beautiful makes a stop at Blessed & Curvy



Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard. The tour will run July 23-August 6, 2017.
Publication Date: July 7, 2017
Genre: Romance and Suspense
Paperback: 324 pages

About the Author
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Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.

Today, she has independently published over 40 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The Michigan Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”


About The Book
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Madison wanted more than anything to be beautiful and meeting a tall, handsome stranger was the answer to her prayers. Yet, was meeting the stranger all a ploy to steal her valuable research? Or did he really love her? She must discover the truth, but will she survive or lose herself and everything she has worked for. Find the answers wrapped around suspense, drama, and romance in Beautiful, Author Sylvia Hubbard’s 40th Novel. Read chapters 1-5 of Beautiful for free

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Submitted by
Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Poet and Blogger

Monday, June 26, 2017

Black Woman









For the Black Woman who said she had enough
Going through the motion of getting up every day for the job she hated. Something had changed this was the job that was her saving grace. She was about to give up and they called her. They needed her talent and she was excited but the game had changed. Making sure every hair was in place; splash of color on the lips and she checks in the mirror .She doesn’t see her but the image that they have painted on her. She says she is ready for whatever comes her way.  Pulls into the parking lot and her breath hasten. Walking into the building she is psyching herself up like she is the headliner for the show. She greets her coworkers and she walks to sit at her desk it comes over her.
As a Black Woman we are nurturers like a cloak it just happens. It naturally comes upon us and a few take heed.  I was one of the few. We fix the problems when they happen. Everyone comes to us and even if we don’t know the answer we are on a rampage to find it and get the praise that we saved the day. We have the creative gene to put together a luncheon to feed many with a nickel and dime. Going into a meeting we are often the one not heard. That’s right we are the first one to attend, listen to what is said, raised our hands and speak and the answer isn’t accepted. A few minutes later someone paraphrases our suggestion and it’s accepted.  Maybe someone will speak up and say that’s what she just said but you sit there. You start acknowledging that your ideas are going forth just not with you as the author.
You lean on other Black Women who mentor you, advise you to keep a list of your accomplishments, and add them to your resume. The resume is looking impressive to others it’s just your self esteem has been battered with thinking that you’re not good enough. Until!
One day your eyes are opened when you realize all that you have done for the company, the revenue that was brought in, the motivation that you poured into employees who were subpar and were now eating at the head table. You look at the management team and you see all the hoops that you had to go through, the credentials, the degrees, and the silver platter was being presented to someone who had nothing but was a part of the good boys club. When you speak you are now demanding to be heard. You aren’t afraid but you’re no longer invisible. They try to label you as the Angry Black Woman to which you reply that you’re confident in whom you are but Angry you are not!
One day you wake up and have a serendipity moment because you finally see yourself in the mirror. You see the value that you bring to the table. You decide that this particular table is not one you want to ever eat from. You exhale when open the door to leave for work. You come into the building and greet everyone. They say there is something different about you. You smile and you say thank you! As you gather your belonging from your desk you have a sense of peace that comes over you. You are from a lineage of strong Black Women who have gone before you and paved the way. You are a Shirley Chisholm, Madam C.J. Walker, Carol Moseley-Braun, and Ursula Burns. Today you are a Black Woman who had enough and walked into your purpose! 

Blessings!

Submitted by:
Patricia A. Saunders
Blogger, Author, Poet
www.patriciaAsaunders.com

Monday, June 12, 2017

Change




Change definitiion

change (chānj) v. changed, chang·ing, chang·es. v.tr. 1. a. To cause to be different: change the spelling of a word. b. To give a completely different form or ... 

They say change is good

I want to hold onto the past

In the past I had my Mother and Father still living

In the past there road trips to see family members who are now passed

In the past I was in love with my soul mate but I didn't know at the time he was the one

Change is supposed to be good

It should let you increase knowledge

It might mean  that you relocate

It could be advancement

Those that hold onto to the past and don't want change

They are classified as stuck

I don't know about you but it seems difficult to let go

Accept something new

The uncertainty

The fear

The chance to experience something new let it become part of the routine

Tuck the past away not to be forgotten

Let it be a reference in case you need it

Change

Ready set go!


Let me know your feelings about change


Stay Blessed,


Patricia A. Saunders







Author, Blogger, Poet
www.patriciaAsaunders.com



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

You're Invited



I am excited for the weekend coming up. Sunday especially I look forward to meeting readers . Stop by booth 334 where I will be doing a book signing.


From 10am -6pm

Civic Center Park, Berkley CA 


See you there!

Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Blogger, and Poet
 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why I hate Cancer!!!!



Coming from a large family is a blessing, tons of gatherings, laughs, and sharing history

I was going through pictures and seeing siblings, cousins, and friends who died from cancer

I realized that there is a history that we share. All forms of cancer from bone, prostate, breast, to lung caner.

I have had my own scares with biopsies for breast, uterus and tongue cancer.

I still have a marker in my body for them to track the size of the lump in my breast that they said isn't

cancerous.

Looking at my friends and family go from being healthy, not a care in the world and then BOOM the results!

We have so many dollars going to research

Supposed to be able to detect it sooner

Changing diets and exercise

Why does it still exist?

You want to pray it away

You want to comfort them through their treatments

You want to say it won't come back I promise

You want to be strong for them when they are weak

You know when you know someone so well that even though they don't tell you something is wrong

You know deep down something is changing

I was so impacted with  family members dying that I wrote a couple of poems: "C" I hate you, 5 - year sentence, and right now I am sitting here numb because she been keeping a secret from me but today she slipped. She said it she is not depressed because of the CANCER

The special gift my parents passed to me was to pray. Pray through the good and the bad.

Cancer is killing young and old. Doesn't discriminate.  Let those who represent your voice in Washington , DC know that you want money allocated to Cancer Research because there is one too many dying! We want a cure! If they can find a cure with animals why can't they with humans?




About the Author
Patricia A. Saunders resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Masters in Management from the University of Phoenix. After the passing of her mother who had Alzheimer's, Patricia decided that all the words she had kept to herself should be released. She became a self-published author, releasing her book of poems, Through the Fire (2012), Loving Me (2013) and Let It Rain (2014) and This Too Shall Pass (2016) . Patricia has collaborated with other authors from around the world on various books. She is a motivational speaker who travels the country sharing her story of being a caregiver, having faith, and surviving through her circumstances.  In her spare time, Patricia enjoys writing poetry, traveling, and wine tasting.
 


Blessings,
Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Poet, and Blogger
www.patriciaAsaunders.com




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guest Blogger M. C. Walker Debuts New Book at Blessed & Curvy





One More Thing
Authored by M. C. Walker
ISBN-13: 978-1544903019
ISBN-10: 1544903014
 BISAC: Fiction / Contemporary Women

 Free spirited, thirty something, dancer Monica Charles doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Anthony's come along. Handsome, funny, and attentive, Anthony. He could be her Mr. Right. Things are looking up for Monica… apart from one small problem, well a rather large and annoying problem...., District Attorney, devilishly handsome and charming, Chase Fitzpatrick, is back and ready to put a ring on it. Monica's happy with Anthony and nothing can come in between their love, right? Chase is not taking no for an answer and will do anything to get the woman of his dreams back into his life...forever. What happens when our past interrupts our future? Monica's about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and the future you imagined could slip right through your fingers. Discover one woman's search for happily ever after one more time.

Author's Q & A
Where did you get the idea for this book? The idea from the book came from a short story. It was a simple story that soon became complex when I thought of the characters past and how she imagined her future. Some people leave footprints on our hearts and others leave scars. I wanted to explore the scars that we presumed are healed when we leave a relationship. Those scars teach us lessons and prepare us for the perfect love. What happens when those scars are reopened?

2. What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character? I’m stubborn about what I want in life or about whom I love. When I set my mind to something, there is no negotiating with me. I’m going to get what I want by any means. In love, it’s all or nothing. I’m the resolver in the relationship. When I love you, it’s forever and always.

3. Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real-life experiences? Some of my real-life experiences inspired the book. I have stood on loves doorstep and confessed my
love. I have loved two people at once and I know what it’s like to pursue a dream and have no one to understand.

4. What made you decide to self-publish? Like most writers I eagerly wrote my first manuscript and went looking for an agent. After numerous rejection letters, I licked my wounds and went to figure out what was it that I was doing wrong. It was during that process that I learned more about the business. Self-publishing just felt like the most rewarding and humbling experience for my literary journey.

5. Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book? I’ve always been an avid reader and many authors have inspired me. Just to name a few, Eric Jerome Dickey, Julia Blues, Electa R. Parks, Victoria C. Murray, and many more. They are all powerful storytellers and I aspire to make them proud.

6. Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it? I have a few titles in mind. For May 2017, I have a love story about two sisters racing to the alter, titled Jumping The Broom.

7. What’s your book about? My book is about a young woman, Monica Charles that has big dreams for her life. Yet, she yearns for support from those around her especially in her family. She goes out for her dreams and meets the love of her life. They fall in love and things fall apart. She gets a second chance at love. She’s found the one. That is until, her past interrupts her future.

8. What’s your writing background? My writing background just comes from my love of reading. No degrees. Just trial and error. Reading vastly, attending workshops, and never giving up.

9. Why should someone want to read your book? Someone should read my book because it’s a relatable story that crosses gender and age. If you have ever had a dream and decided to go for it, this book is for you. If you ever loved someone and considered a second chance, this book is for you. If you believe in love and your dreams, this book is for you.

10. Who will like your book? If you are a new writer, it could be a good idea to name a few well-known writers who write in the same genre, ie “If you like emotional rollercoasters about love/relationships and the journey of self-love like Julia Blues, Lutishia Lovely, and Zuri Day you will probably enjoy my book.”

11. Where can a person find a copy of your book? Amazon or on my website

12. What do you have to say about your book/writing experience? There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou

Where can a reader find more information about you, the author? On my website, www.mcwalkerwrites.com



About The Author
Born and raised in Atlanta , GA. From an early age M.C. could be found nestled in a corner inside a book or at a local bookstore. With the passion of learning and reading pushing her forward, writing became a natural progression of becoming an author. M.C. Walker is a poet, blogger, independent freelancer/ghostwriter, publisher, and bestselling author featured in the hot anthology from Brown Girls Publishing The Dating Game. She has been writing creative fiction and poetry since childhood. M.C. Walker is an active member of The Georgia Writers Association, The Atlanta Writers Club, and Women's Fiction Association. She is currently working on her debut novel One More Thing. Available March 31, 2017. In between raising her two handsome sons Khamani and Terrance Jr. M.C. Walker is committed to pursuing her goals, growing personally, and professionally, and above all else living a life that glorifies Christ. It is through her spiritual relationship with Christ that the author has felt compelled to inspire, motivate, and transform the lives of those around her through her work in the literary industry.
Contact me : mcwalker@mcwalkerwrites.com (404) 447-5238
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Thank you M.C. Walker for being a Guest Blogger at Blessed & Curvy. Wishing you much success with the new release!


Blessings,
Patricia A. Saunders
Blogger, Author, Poet
www.patriciaAsaunders.com