Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lipstick Blog Tour with D. Michele Jackson

Greetings from the Desk of Patricia A. Saunders , Blessed and Curvy is a hosting Lipstick Blog Tour


 Ella D. Curry of Black Pearl Magazine sat with the author for an interview about her newly released book. 

Intimate Conversation with D. Michele Jackson

Donna M. Jackson is an African-American woman, a Philadelphia native, Tuskegee University alumna, and a Registered Nurse. Writing as D. Michele Jackson, she now adds writer, published, politically active nurse to her accolades. Her sociology studies at Tuskegee University and twenty-year nursing career enabled Donna to be prepared when the opportunity of Legal Nurse Consultant availed itself as she represented herself Pro Se in court. That experience allowed Donna to draft briefs during a historical time affording her a voice advocating for health. Donna submitted argument to Congress supporting amending the Nineteenth Amendment. Mission is to encourage, educate, and empower.

BPM: Could you tell us something about your most recent work?

People who know me will always have a story of me singing in some off beat. I finally hit the perfect note with “JOY”. It is the story of a woman’s divorce experience that afforded her a voice for wellness.

As a defendant representing herself Pro Se, the main character finds herself presenting argument explaining why she should not become homeless post-divorce. Scheduled to be heard last by the presiding judge allowed the defendant to use her nursing assessment skills as she listened to a divorce case. Honing in on health after hearing the judge’s verdict, the defendant was able to make a nursing diagnosis. The judicial system dropped the gavel against well-being, and it becomes the defendants quest to fight not only for herself, but an ailing nation as well. The book is available on Nook and Kindle.

BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?

The main character is the defendant. She takes us on a journey of the men she dated prior to marriage, and how each of the relationships offered facts for consideration in legal briefs forwarded to the Supreme Court of the state of origin, which led to the United States Supreme Court. It is the man she’s divorcing that allows a platform writing as a Legal Nurse Consultant. In hindsight, after failed relationships, the other characters enabled the defendant to form opinions on health. The once defendant, final brief is to Congress presenting argument supporting amending the Nineteenth Amendment. The experience could be considered the epitome of taking lemons and making lemon aid.

BPM: What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book? Why now?

The story started with me writing what I thought would be a good and entertaining read. Twice, I understood God to say, “That’s not the story.” I stopped writing. When I decided to begin writing again (after divorcing), the story had written itself. Now, that’s God!

Inspiration to me is always my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. The women who spoke into my spirit. The smirk on the man I divorced face at my most vulnerable point in life. My battered heart. The possibilities that await as a result of sharing my story. The book was written at the perfect time as history is on my side.

BPM: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

People often remember me as always wanting to be a nurse. What many don’t know, my motivation to go to nursing school was to have a career that would offer me a salary I could live off working part-time while attending law school. Later in my career I learned about Legal Nurse Consultants. The older I became, I had a peculiar interest in law. As difficult the journey has been, I find pleasure in the fact “JOY” took me to the halls of justice as a self-taught consultant practicing Constitutional Law.

BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven?

“Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us” is the first book of a trilogy. “JOY: Jesus on You” is the second book. Both “Amazing Grace” and “JOY” were divinely inspired. “Amazing Grace” is an introduction of me written in a memoir. I would have to say it is character driven. My second book comes across as plot-driven.

“JOY” is the mark I hope to leave on society. “JOY” is an extension of “Amazing Grace” in both stories you see a woman of faith. In “Amazing Grace” the woman is trying to find her way to proper positioning before God. In “JOY” the woman is being used by God to fulfill His plan and purpose in her life. Both are stories of change offering hope and liberation.

BPM: Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book? If so, discuss them.

As taught as a student attending Drexel University, School of Nursing, I presented to Congress as a politically active nurse advocating for health. I wrote to the 113th Congress, submitting bipartisan opportunity to holistically reform health and promote preventative care for: women, children, men, elderly, gay, poor, and rich. Globally, women are not progressing socially and economically as men. That fact is reflected in my own profession. “Men are more likely to be found in highly-paid nursing occupations. Among men and women in the same nursing occupations, men out earn women.” Retrieved January 28, 2016: http://blogs.census.gov/2013/02/25/men-in-nursing-occupations
I advocated for health from every perspective impeding well-being.

BPM: How does your book relate to your present situation or journey?

Currently I am staying with a friend and her family. I wrote the briefs from the homes of people in multiple states. Since divorce, my health suffered as a result of working understaffed as a nurse. Currently, my position has caused a reinjure. The home that I won fairly and was displaced from was my home office as well. I was working on a start-up business promoting health.

Prior to marriage, I was talking to my first boyfriend as he gave advice regarding my consideration of getting a second job. He advised, the answer is not getting a second job. You need to find one good job paying adequately. I divorced a man who suggested I should get a second job. My father concurred with the first advice received. The man I divorced signed papers allowing the business. I presented the document to the judge as one of my exhibits. He documented the proof submitted as “voluminous”.

I’m very humbled when it comes to my education, and my memoir explains why. My personality is one that tucks my intelligence away, and I prefer to exhibit my fun and loving characteristics when interacting with people. However, after being grossly disrespected through the divorce process, I had no problem with reaching into my pocket of knowledge, combined with endowed wisdom from God and show the dishonest rendering that God will use an unknown from the hood to address injustices.

I am grateful for my relationship with God. Without the Lord on my side, I would have crumbled and died.

BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?

I had to consider how strategic I was in approaching marriage. I asked what I thought to be all the right questions. Important to me was knowing if he was a believer of the resurrection of Christ. I was honest with who I was as a person, and that included the baggage I carried; my goals, ambitions, and desires as an individual and a wife. Although at this point, I only remember my discussions of me as an individual. I think that is because I never had a realistic opportunity of being a wife with the man I divorced, and unfortunately I learned that fact after becoming married.

My time as a single woman again has broadened my views on matrimony. A more telling line of questioning would have been related to can God trust you with my heart. Are you the man God has sent to relive me of the turmoil that lies within? Do you understand the importance of relationship with God and the role it plays as a husband who can cover his wife in prayer allowing her to become the help meet God created? Are you committed to the vows? I believe had these points been addressed, the issues that were discussed prior to marriage would have proven insignificant because we would have truly been on one accord. Subtly, I had been groomed for marriage my entire life; as excited I was about becoming engaged, I marveled at finally having my opportunity to love a man wholeheartedly as I have always known the holy state of matrimony is endearing to God.

I would have to say I learned how much God is on point in all that He does.

BPM: Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

The only “research” I had to do for the book was legal related. As a result, I was truly at the mercy of some people. I reached out to many people for help. I met kind and helpful law students. I met law students with sealed lips. I met honest attorneys. I met corrupt attorneys. I reached out to people who could care less. My favorite attorney was Attorney Johnny Cochran. After learning that I may have given the benefit of doubt too freely in many instances regarding attorneys, I never forwarded my request for help to his firm. I made that decision as a result of my experiences with requesting assistance. I didn’t want to risk having his name tarnished in my memory.

BPM: What were your goals and intentions in writing this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

First and foremost, to honor Jehovah. To offer the world His Son, Jesus – The coming Messiah. To reveal Him as a loving God that loves us all the same. Then, to honor the sacrifices of my mother. I also wanted to pay tribute to talented people, prominent figures, women who paved the way, and leaders who made a difference so that I would have opportunity to do the same for others. I’m proud to say I nailed my goals.

BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?
Inspired by the last ten years of my life which have been quite traumatic for me, I recall how this slippery slope began with me in a hospital with my mother waiting to go in the operating room. It was in that holding room I now understand that a promise for everlasting life was initiated and sealed with a kiss. I present as that vessel that offers what Abraham Maslow describes as fulfilling Self Actualization.

The Lipstick Movement is a vision of mine with a focus on upward mobility. Welcome to the Lipstick Blog Tour: http://thelipstickmovement.com

BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://www.dmichelejackson.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMicheleJackson
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dmichelejackson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chimingforchange
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DMicheleJackson
Order JOY – Jesus on You by D. Michele Jackson
Novel Based on a True Story
Travels of the Promises Trilogy (Book 2)

eBook Release Date: December 06, 2016

About the Author
Donna M. Jackson is an African-American woman, a Philadelphia native, Tuskegee University alumna, and a Registered Nurse. Writing as D. Michele Jackson, she now adds writer, published, politically active nurse to her accolades. Her sociology studies at Tuskegee University and twenty year nursing career enabled Donna to be prepared when the opportunity of Legal Nurse Consultant availed itself as she represented herself Pro Se in court. That experience allowed Donna to draft briefs during a historical time affording her a voice advocating for health. Donna submitted argument to Congress supporting amending the Nineteenth Amendment. Website: http://www.dmichelejackson.com

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Patricia A. Saunders
Blogger, Poet, and Author

Starting Over

Starting Over

As the year 2016 is coming to a close there is so much to ponder

Great Icons have passed David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher to name a few.

The first man to walk the moon has accepted his new assignment and is now in heaven

The most controversy over an election that I have witnessed in my 1/2 century is not over and more are frighten of what is to come

Children are disappearing off the streets leaving their homes to never return

You turn on the news and there is a bombing here, a shooting there at a mall, and another life lost

We look to our leaders for guidance and what I have heard on television, radio and witnessed it all are unsure

Some will tell you to stay focused we have gone through much worse

Others will be religious and tell you to trust God

I just want to start over!

I want to wake up to no wars here in the United States or abroad. You say what wars in the United States?

There is a war where there is killing taking place in the United States from all races men, women, children are being killed.

I want to have feel safe walking down the street or better yet driving on the highway

I want to look at my neighbor and feel that I don't have to worry about hate in his heart that will harm me

I want 2016 to be over and I want 2017 to usher in new beginnings

I want to know that though we have someone new in the oval office that he remembers that the world that he governs will have to be safe for his children, grandchildren and their children

I want to coexist in a peaceful world

As I sit and exhale as the time passing so fast

I want feel free to be me

So I ask what do you want?

Submitted by
Blogger, Author, Poet Patricia A. Saunders
Award Winning Author of This Too Shall Pass

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All


Patricia A. Saunders
Award Winning Author, Poet, and Blogger of Blessed and Curvy

Friday, December 16, 2016

Great Is Your Mercy (Live)

I had to sit back and look from where I came.

A little girl from Waterbury CT who had to overcome so many obstacles placed in front of her.

With writing my books of poetry I have exposed so much of myself, my inner thought process and received the blessing back from my readers.

For the little girl who was molested, bullied, and thought about giving up I stand here as a testament that it will get better and you will survive.

Faith is the core of who I am and at times I have doubted like most but I am a true believer that I am never alone, God will always provide, and I am so thankful.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's to all.

Wishing those who have loss a love one especially during the holidays it is rough I am wishing you peace and comfort.

Blessings to all

Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Blogger, and Poet

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

More Than A Tree

More Than A Tree

I sit here in the dark

Looking at the space that I want to have the tree placed

So many emotions are going through me that I have to just exhale

I have gone through thousands of pictures

Christmas was her favorite holiday

I got the confirmation by seeing the glimmer in her eyes

I can remember all the foods that she would slave over the stove to cook

Everything had to be just right for her family

Everyone would travel near and far to be home with her for Christmas

As she aged and got fragile I became the strong one

Christmas dinners were at my home, trying to replicate all the dishes that everyone ate

A artificial tree was erected and gifts were placed underneath

Taking pictures and seeing her laugh was priceless

Its been ten years since I put a tree up

She got sick two weeks before

The doctor promised that she would be home in time for Christmas

He lied!

My sister brought a small tree and decorated it in the hospital for her

I stayed in a recliner chair next to her bed Christmas Eve and held her hand

Looking into the most beautiful eyes that of my Mother as she slowly closed them and went to sleep

Praying that she would be okay and be home 

We all brought her gifts to the hospital

My friend invited me to dinner and it was nothing like the Christmas my family shared

Inside I was crying but I stayed away from the hospital that day because my sister thought it was best

It was the last Christmas and nobody knew

We were told afterward that Mother was dying

Not another tree went up in my home

Year after year I brought gifts and laid them in front of the fireplace

I decorated the dining room table with Christmas bulbs  and no one questioned where the tree was

This year I feel different as though she whispered in my ear while I slept it's okay to let go

I can  celebrate her favorite holiday

I can have the tree this time it will be a real live tree

I am going to decorate it special

I have a angel topper to place on top

Yes Momma I feel you in my spirit and I know

It's time to let go of the pain and live again