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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sheryl I Am Scared Too!

We are in the age now where it seems the norm

News anchors are saying " This is a different one "

Another black man killed

Unarmed

He had a book in his lap

He was selling cigarettes

He was sitting in a car

We hear from the police "He had a gun" or "I was afraid for my safety "

He was big and scary

We are hearing more talk about driving while black

We have kids shot for having toy guns, bb guns, or worse they had a hoodie on

And it's doesn't matter if you're a heir to the Cosby dynasty, a celebrity or just a man waiting to pick his kids up from school black men are feeling like they are targeted by everyone.

For some reason there is an intimidation and the one who loses is the victim

Sheryl Underwood a well known comedian, actress and television host for the talk show The Real was in a discussion  on the show last week and the emotion overtook her. Her co hosts were giving their opinions and she interrupted them and stated that she feels that police everywhere need training, there are good cops and there are bad cops. She said that she is afraid to drive her car because if she is stopped and the officer doesn't recognize her she is a Black woman and she could be shot and killed. She said something that made some a little uncomfortable but Sheryl we got it. She looked them in the eyes with tears and said " You're White, you can get in your car and drive off".

It hit a cord with me because at her level of fame she is also scared.

African American males and females aren't all criminals. We live is all types of neighborhoods. We aren't all packing guns. Our voice should not be silenced.

Last week I posted a prayer on Facebook for my family because I am scared. I come from a large family predominately males. I cried because what if they are out late coming back from a party and are stopped,  what if they reach their hands up and are still shot. What if my great nephew who has autism doesn't understand the demand will he be shot? What if my nieces who are various ages are driving back to college with their friends will they be stopped, questioned, and shot? I refuse now to be out late, scared, and text friends and family of my arrival to my destination.

At an alarming rate the black male is becoming the endangered specie and we are scared. That is someone father, son, brother, uncle gone! We don't want history to repeat itself. We don't want to play Billy Holiday's Strange Fruit. We don't want to be scared. We want to wake up and live our lives as normal.  We don't want to look on the news or read the newspaper see someone who doesn't have the same skin color doing something horrendous and they just got  tased , shot but not killed, and we question why .


All I know is my wish is to see my family continue to grow and be here after I am gone! I don't want to be scared. I don't want to die!

Thank you Sheryl Underwood for speaking out


By Award Winning Author Patricia A. Saunders
www.patriciaAsaunders.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Walking in Purpose

Greetings from the desk of Author Patricia A. Saunders, I want to introduce you to our guest blogger Award Winning Author Paulette Harper. I asked her what is her purpose and her response will leave an impression on you.





Walking in Purpose

How can I live in my purpose? While it is important to define what purpose is, I believe purpose must start with God. When I began to recognize my purpose for living, I realized it was about producing a life that was fulfilling, complete, and satisfying. As a believer in Christ, I believe that I am in a place where I am fulfilling the purpose for which I was created.  
What I find most rewarding is making sure I’m doing what I believe the Lord will have me to do. I’m a strong believer in the fact that if God wanted me to do something else, I would be and if He wanted me to be somewhere else, I would.  True happiness comes when a person identifies his purpose and lives his dreams with God in the center of everything he or she does.  
Inside each of us is a yearning to know why we are created and for what reasons we exist. I don’t believe we will be satisfied in life or even enjoy the life we have been given apart from walking in our divine purpose.  Finding your purpose in life should be one of your greatest goals. For one to fulfill his role and assignment here on earth, one must be aware of his own skills, talents, passions and abilities. Once those qualities are identified it makes doing what we love easy.
Some of my life’s challenges and struggles lead me to God’s divine purpose and plan for my life.  I found that in my own personal struggles there were ideal and dreams that God had birth inside me that where pulled out when I went through the most challenging times in life.  I learned that God’s purpose and will in my troubles were being fulfilled through my life’s experiences.
I live by my own motto…”Intentionally Living Life on Purpose.”
About The Author
In addition to being an award winning author, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. She has a passion to coach aspiring authors and speak into the lives of women from every walk of life. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.
Paulette resides in Northern California.
To book a speaking engagement or learn more about Paulette, go to her website www.pauletteharper.com or connect on social media at www.facebook.com/authorpauletteharper  or info@pauletteharper.com





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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Guest Blogger Best Selling Author Suzzette Harrsion

Greetings please read a intimate interview held with the Author Suzette Harrison


Can you tell us something about your latest book Taffy?
Yes, ma’am, I can! But first, thank you for sharing this time with me.
So, about Taffy
Taffy is most definitely “blessed and curvy.” At five-feet-ten-inches of voluptuousness, she’s an above average heroine with an extraordinary story. Taffy is a gray-eyed, chocolate-skinned woman gifted with second sight. The only thing less than average in Taffy’s life is her unwanted union to a man twice her age. But, being young and bold, Taffy has plans: escaping this mess of a marriage her mother forced her into!    
Sounds simple? Think again.
Dissolution of marriage may be commonplace in our times, but it was akin to anathema in Taffy’s.
Wait, I didn’t tell you? Taffy takes place in 1935. That was an era when matrimony was meant for life! Still, Miss Taffy dares to defy the constructs of her time and live a free-woman’s life. What she didn’t anticipate was long-lost love resurrecting and playing a hand in her fate. How will Taffy manage coming face-to-face with Roam Ellis, the man she really meant to marry? Grab a copy of Taffy and come along for the ride!
If you couldn’t tell, I really enjoy Taffy. She falls in the genres of Historical Romance/Historical Fiction, and was released in February 2016. Taffy is a life- and love-story. Taffy is about choices and redemption, exoneration and restoration…with romance to heat those pages in between. If you enjoy a story spiced with mayhem, murder, family secrets and sensuality get ready for Taffy.
Being set in 1935 in a small, southern, all-Black town, Taffy is my first foray outside of contemporary fiction. Don’t tell my other books, but Taffy is my favorite to date! Taffy forced me down into the marrow of the matter. Taffy taught me to write!
What was your inspiration? 
An individual in my life has lived a great portion of their many decades angry at a parent for being unstable and (in their opinion) less than virtuous. I remember one day feeling greatly frustrated by this individual’s relentless anger and insistent lack of forgiveness. I started asking myself ‘what if’ questions. “What if the parent didn’t even do all she’s being accused of doing? What if she’s innocent? What if the parent figure you idolize is really the guilty party?” Those questions resulted in this shadowy figure rising in my mind.   
Taffy was a diaphanous response to my ‘what if’ questions. Over time Taffy developed until she was fully formed, becoming the protagonist of her own story. When you read it, you’ll see how those ‘what if’ questions drive Taffy’s storyline and are answered with an unanticipated climax.
As a woman first, wife, and mother how do you find time to write?

No such thing for me as “finding” writing time, Ms. Patricia. I have to “make” it happen or it won’t.  I’m married (27 years!) with two children (a middle- & high-schooler); and I work outside of the home. Writing after getting off from work is near to impossible. I’m exhausted. Folks are hungry. So…my alarm rings Monday-Friday at 5:00 a.m. for writing time.

From 2000-2014, I was a stay-at-home mom and—to a degree—mistress of my own time and schedule. I could do crazy things like write until midnight; or get up at 3:00 in the morning, writing. Not feasible now that I’m working. A sister needs her sleep! So, until I’m blessed to say ‘goodbye’ to external jobs and say ‘hello’ to full-time “authorpreneurship” my 5:00 A.M. alarm is going to ring.

Lastly, if you could share for someone reading your guest blog what is your mantra to keep going?
“As long as there is life in me, I have another opportunity.”
That’s my personal mantra. It reminds me that even if I haven’t arrived, I’m still here. Being here means another chance, another opportunity. Even when I feel stagnant, I still have God-given energy and mobility. This is about journey. God’s timing differs from my timing. His ways are higher than mine. I get frustrated, yes. I want to host pity parties and dance with despair when my plans don’t manifest fruit when I think they should, or in ways I think they can. But I can’t, you can’t, give up on a dream or destiny just because it doesn’t happen in our self-ordained, specified time. Yes, we’ve messed up some things, disappointed ourselves or others, and perhaps delayed some blessings. But this is right here, right now. And the past is behind. Dare to keep believing, and do differently. As long as I’m breathing I have life. As long as I have life I have chance. Through God, my hopes and dreams will manifest.
A TASTE OF TAFFY
“His lips were hot, soft, sweet. Taffy got lost savoring them and him. Oh my blessedness, Taffy inwardly purred, feeling a slow, unsanctioned melting. They’d shared quick, quaint kisses in adolescent sweetheart days. Never this. Never with man-to-woman savoir faire. Resuscitated passions exploded and multiplied. Taffy could barely breathe let alone think, so she followed love’s lead and held on for the ride.”
CONNECT WITH ME

I absolutely love hearing from and interacting with readers and book clubs in person or via Skype and Facetime. Let’s connect!

Facebook: Suzette Harrison -or- SDH Books
Goodreads: Suzette Harrison
Instagram: suzetteharrison2200
Pinterest: TAFFY, the novel
Twitter: SDH Books @Ariasu62

TASTE TAFFY
She’s available in both paperback and eReader
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bllxAK
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Nbl9mT
Nook: http://bit.ly/23gvAYd

Taste Taffy & Tell a Friend!

Blessings,
Suzette






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