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Monday, November 27, 2017

Fatal Opposition Stops by Blessed and Curvy for Interview





Excerpt 3 - Chapter One

    James Parker yawned for the fourth time that evening. This wedding reception wasn't like the bachelor parties he'd been used to attending back in his college days, and that was not a good thing. The most exciting thing that had happened to him so far was playing counselor for his friend and fellow football player Braxton Denton, who seemed increasingly inebriated, regarding his problems with women. The game highlights on the big screen across the room were the only other entertainment available, and the whole situation had James certifiably bored out of his mind.
            Truth be told, he should have been studying. There was plenty of information he needed to review for a series of upcoming meetings, as well as checking he had the right attire for his new home in Virginia. Goodness knows he needed to be well-dressed for the interviews his coaches had apparently lined up now that they were in the off season. His lack of a definite contract so late into the season was playing on his mind. Beyond that, he was growing tired of playing counselor to his friend and just wanted to leave.
            Lifting his glass, James took another sip of iced tea and tried not to wince. The drink needed more sugar if it was going to come even close to the kind his adoptive mother, Georgia Parker, used to make. This bitter, too-lemony-tart version would have to do. He set the glass down on the bar with distaste.
            James couldn't just sneak off to find a nice warm bed in one of the hotel's many rooms, though, because he'd somehow been tapped - again - as the designated driver for the loud knuckleheads around him. The more sloshed he watched everyone get, the more crowded James knew his truck was going to be. Irritated, he picked up his phone and searched to see if there were any on-demand transit services in the area. Maybe, he thought, he could just grab a hotel room for the night until everyone was accounted for, then mete out coffee and showers to the sore-headed ones in the morning before then, and only then, handing them back their keys.
There was a time when James hadn't been the responsible one, but things change. He had witnessed tragedy and he had grown up. Fast.
            "Jay, I think we can work it out."
            "Yeah?" James was pulled back to listening with half an ear to the dragging conversation: an old standard with his pal Braxton, about love. He fumbled for his usual response. "Definitely try. I mean, you're getting older, time to settle down."
            "What's that, Jay? Now I'm old? What the heck, man?" James could almost see Braxton's hackles raise.
            "No man, come on..." James rolled his eyes at the drunken state of his teammate. The booze explained this tendency to get insulted easy and early.
            James took a deep breath and looked around the lounge area. Today's wedding had been nice enough, but now it was over. His friend Carl had gotten married to his longtime girlfriend Blakely. Now the happy couple were likely upstairs changing outfits while everyone else danced, stuffed their faces and waited for their reappearance.
            Yes, he thought, it was official: he was stuck there, with nothing to do but babysit two idiots that were still reigning supreme in bachelorhood. From his vantage point, their situation looked pretty depressing. He himself hadn't gotten married either, but unlike them, he told himself, he finally had his priorities straight for once. He would get married, went his mantra, and he swore he was ready to do so now. He was done with a life of partying and drinking.

Interview with the Author:

Have you always wanted to be an author?  
I had no idea stories were in me at all. The start of my journey starts with depression, flunking out of school, specifically community college math for liberal arts and an awful English teacher I did not like at all. In my college days, I just wasn't convinced I was going to make it and I remember one late night surfing on the computer, feeling down and I asked God for "something else". I wasn’t very specific but I was crying and just calling out to him to help me improve my grades or give me a good job without a degree. He delivered as He always does. I saw a contest hosted by a large publishing house and my dramatic crying and tears actually dried up as I tried to read the details about entering it. I would enter and later win the grand prize and that launched my writing career and changed my life. Everything in life improved, my grades, my outlook and I had a true passion and calling and I wrote that story (Family Affairs) faster than I wrote anything so I could meet the deadline and submit it. It was an awesome time. Before that, writing NEVER really occurred to me as something I would do. I had wonderful High School English teachers that said I wrote good essays but publication and multiple stories, no idea.
Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?  
I think the biggest influences on my writing are my parents, in a very (later discovered) kind of way. My Mom left Georgia recruited by the government when she was 17, and moved to Virginia. My dad left college and came up here to be with her and while I didn't realize the love story I had right here, I now am in awe of the love they shared. My father died in 2011 but they had forty long years together and were high school sweethearts. As a child, you see your parents show affection and all you think is “Ewe, gross. Don't embarrass me.” But till this day, my BFF still gushes and reminds me about my parents kissing and showing affection in front of us and mentions how this impacted her because she didn’t have it in her own home life. I recall how I used to feel about those PDA's prior to growing up. With actual writing and reading, Debbie Macomber was the first to really turn me on to romance. I LOVED her stories and later of course, popular authors like Sandra Brown, Barbara Delinsky and Brenda Jackson. Currently some of my favorites include Irene Hannon, Julie Lessman and Donna Hill but I read MANY new authors all the time some I've never heard about or read before.
Can you tell us what a typical writing day for you is like. 
I actually work in health and human service full time - so my writing life really only happens on the evenings and weekends. Writing my stories is almost a part of my mental health regimen and escape. As a Peer Counselor in my day job, the tragedies and atrocities people I see face are so real and even hurtful. I need escape. But I do try to get some writing in on my lunch break and sneak in a little time here and there. I do just about everything myself including arranging my own interviews and doing my own PR. I thank goodness for e-mail because it lets me get a lot done including when it's time to upload my book and get all the production stuff done. I try to write as much as I can because time is so short, and I have my own self-imposed deadlines that I try to meet and I try to arrange an event, signing, book event, or attend/teach at a writing conference workshop about 3 Saturdays out of the month so I have at least one Saturday to rest/write/plan and sleep in. But I go to a lot of conferences. I also teach at the community college 3 times a year - each time is an 8- week Write the Novel class and 3 times a year, on one Saturday, from 9 - 1:00 I do a Self Publishing Boot Camp, also at the community college. My writing has launched my platform for speaking and teaching and I wouldn't have those other outlets or streams of income if not for the books.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
The best piece of advice is two fold - If you write a book -really take time to sit down and plan (and I'm not talking about planning or plotting the book (because I'm a “Pantser”), but I'm talking about planning your writer life). Those that write one book never think that they have books 2 nor 5 more books in them. Believe me when I say you will have another book in you. So with that said, you should WAIT until 2 and 3 are done before you release number one.
This is advice I wish I would have gotten and the advice to gain clarity, let go of things and to write faster, AND to wait to release - I couldn't wait with the contest, obviously but I could have really focused and done more to keep the books coming. You'll fizzle out, life will happen, family will throw a monkey wrench, but sitting down and planning things out will first give you peace of mind and free your brain of clutter but also help you gain clarity sooner. I didn’t plan anything when I started and I didn’t seek any real counsel. Now I’m a planning fool. My plans have plans. So at the end of each year, I either revamp my plan, tweak it and I note what did and did not work or what excites me so I can keep doing something or cut something out and it simply makes me feel so good and at peace. Stopping for a minute and just breathing to really think out what it all means is key. I will also say that I give myself a pass. I’ve been in publishing a VERY LONG time and I won the contest at 23 and the book came out when I was 24. I’m now 40 so I realize that some of the planning I’ve learned has come with age.
As a writing teacher you meet many writers. What advice could you give aspiring writers on how to select an instructor or class?
Look for teachers that have some publishing credits. I think that it is difficult, because there are many GOOD instructors teaching that aren’t published. I think that they can still tell you how to do it, provide valuable instruction, but I believe they can be that much more helpful and forthcoming if they have had their work published a time or two.
It’s not just about story formatting and having great characters, it’s about the publishing game and how have you fared in it and that is so valuable to students, it goes beyond teaching skill and gets to the meat of how have you faired in the world of publishing. As a budding writer, I found people who went through the entire journey, that were much more helpful than someone who just told me about the story structure and format. I would and wanted to know, about the entire experience.
What are some of the reasons why talented writers don’t succeed in publishing?
I think that there is saturation.
I hate to say that because that’s like saying if it’s so saturated why don’t you stop writing and of course I won’t. But it’s hard to see one small fish when the area is full of fish. This is going to probably cause some controversy and maybe I can say this because I write slow but I would be willing to have a limit on books.
Isn’t that kind of sad? Let’s say at book 30 every writer has to take a 5 year hiatus. Almost like seats in an public office. But this would give editors time to discover new talent, and you better believe I’d be (and any other writer) writing my butt off in that
five year “vacation”. But that will never happen, that’s too restricting and I digress.
So saturation in the markets, they sometimes may lack development of the skill and notice the difference between skill and talent. I believe that EVERYONE has talent and that it really can be cultivated. I really and truly prayed for my writing when I thought I would flunk out of college and God supplied. Yes, I loved writing articles, commentaries, loved talking but that didn’t mean it could translate into good writing and story-telling. If you really want something, talent or not, you can LEARN to do it and master it. Just go ask Tiger Woods.
What techniques do you use when you hit a rough patch in your writing?
When I hit a rough patch, I believe that the issues are about fear of failure or success and
they are more about personal issues rather than the story itself. I once feared characters
would not do well when I was taking a new direction with my writing and so I wrote a
letter from the characters point of view to myself and they kind of allayed my fears or
just confirmed them. Confirming them isn’t terrible, but it lets you know that these are
the issues and you have to try to move on. Put all those cards on the table, both good and
bad when you hit a rough patch.

I also hate rewriting but I have done it before. Sometimes you’ve got to open a new,
blank document and just start over again. I’m always surprised about how similar what I
wrote, reflects in the new stuff but it’s still a rewrite even if there are similarities. You
can’t write the exact same thing and that’s a plus, but you can write, new, fresher stuff.







Thank you Tracee for stopping by

Everyone follow her the release on the 7th of December

Blessings,

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








Tuesday, November 14, 2017







"I look to the hills from whence my help cometh" Psalm 121:1-2

This is one of my favorite bible verses and it kept me when I was on the brink of giving up.

When I came to visit my family in California back in 1994, I saw all the hills and I spoke those words, and two months later I was relocating to California.

I find that as I have become accustomed to my new location over the years that whenever a situation has come up the words “I look to the hills from whence my help cometh” still resonates.  When my parents passed, changing jobs, life challenges, and looking for peace.

A lot of times when we are going through what we consider drama we forget to look up.  I know I am guilty of praying for something, getting it and then I stop. I get convicted in my spirit that I must pray through the good and the bad times.

We have so much going on in our society with turning on the television and seeing fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes.  We open the newspaper and read about healthcare for all being threaten, homeless and unemployment rates rising, and the uncertainty of knowing if we are going to go to war.  We as a people are hurting. We might not all feel it and some might feel that we’re fine. Communicate with your brothers and sisters because during this time of year especially there is pain. My response will be to all to “Look to the hills to whence my help cometh” because change is going to come!

Blogger:

 Patricia A. Saunders was born and raised in Waterbury, 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.
She released her first published book Through the Fire (March 2012) which covered situations, circumstances, and life lessons that have influenced her over her lifetime. Last year, the book was featured on a Coast to Coast Book Tour at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Tucson Book Festival, Miami International Festival of Books and AARP Life@50+ Spring Convention.
On a mission to complete a book a year she released her second book Loving Me which is was published and covers poetry on topics of self image, self esteem, bullying, and discovery of self-love by Author House Publishing.
Patricia A. Saunders beachHer work has been featured on In the Company of PoetWomen 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. Ms. Saunders was selected by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., to be panelist of authors for a discussion on Speak Out at the San Francisco Main Library.
Patricia has contributed to the book Sistah’s with Ink Voices which is a compilations of work from over 300 women authors around the world. Her work is also featured, with 25 other women authors, in Behind the Mask! The Many Faces of Bullying by Professional Woman Publishing.
She is a monthly guest blogger for Author House Author’s Digest Blog and writes for her own blog called Blessed & Curvy and Blessedpoet320 on Hubpages.
Saunders wrote her latest book of poetry called Let It Rain which spans life experiences and looking at circumstances from a different perspective. The outcome that the reader comes away with is there might be rough patches in life but to look for the good to come around the corner. She writes poems about aging, acceptance, sexuality and more. There is one poem in particular that is dedicated to Maya Angelou. The reviews state that the book will make you laugh, cry, and affirm that you're ready for the next chapter of life.
She works as a supervisor for a Christian Radio Station. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys writing poetry, traveling, spending time with family and wine tasting.
Her books are available at your local book retailers, at www.patriciaasaunders.com and www.amazon.comwww.barnesandnoble.com


Resources:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nirv/psalms/121.html


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/business/economy/jobs-report-unemployment.html

https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/state-of-homelessness-report/

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Preparing for the holidays




Greetings,

I know it has been a minute since I have blogged. I am preparing to release my fifth book There Is Sunshine After The Rain ,which should be release right before Christmas.


In preparing my manuscript I had to go back in my past, remembering so many memories from my childhood that surrounded food, family and love.

Thinking about my parents and the dishes that they made that were their favorites but also seeing now the different siblings who also loved the same dishes.  There was eggnog for Art, turnips for Linda, apple pie for Barbara , greens for Paulette and macaroni and cheese for Patty.

As I grew into adulthood and visited different friends and learned about their  traditions it made me appreciate how we can all come together.

Tamales, Chitterlings, Ham, Turkey, and the list can go on with all the various foods everyone is getting ready to enjoy.

Do you have any childhood memories that make you just smile? What about traditions that you carry on with your children and spouse? Share in the comments.

I am seeing friends posting on social media what they are thankful for because Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Can you name one thing you're thankful for?

I want to take this time to also recognize those who are grieving during the holidays because I know the feeling. Its like you're missing your love one and it's difficult to celebrate at the same time. I want to say that when that pain in your heart wells up to stay prayerful for comfort.


As the year is coming to close and we get into those joyous moods, making lists, and hopeful for 2018 just remember that warm feeling , the memories, the smells that float through the house of cinnamon, vanilla, apples . Let it marinate into your memory, don't forget, and journal it. Tell your love ones that you love them because tomorrow isn't promised.

Happy Holidays




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


Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Five Year Sentence









Excerpt from This Too Shall Pass

A 5-Year Sentence
You had the cancer scare
You had it cut out
You had treatments
You learned how to breathe again
You were exercising
Being healthy is what you always were
Doctor said you have a 10% chance it can come back
5 years is what they told you
Let’s count together 1-2-3
So as your friends were dying off
From different types of cancer
Your mortality was in question
You started saying you lived a good life
You needed to finish everything you put on your bucket list
You were scaring your spouse
Where was your faith?
A tear ran down your cheek
You said, “I have 5 years!”



Biography of Patricia A. Saunders

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.


She released her first self published book Through the Fire (March 2012) which covered emotions from situations, circumstances, and life lessons that have influenced her over her lifetime. On a mission to complete a book a year in case she inherits the ugly disease she released her second book Loving Me (2013) and third Let It Rain (2014) which is also self published and covers various topics from love, grief, self image, self esteem, bullying, and discovery of self love .Her fourth book (2016) This Too Shall Pass was released by AuthorHouse Publishing and readers have given it a five star rating. The book was inspired from three note cards she received after the passing of her mother when she felt like giving up on life, on the brink of losing her home and being unemployed that encouraged her to live for those who loved her. Her very latest book will be released this Fall by Book Baby Publishing (2017) There Is Sunshine After The Rain a non-fiction novel that includes poetry is birthed after the tenth anniversary of her Mother’s passing, the reality that with every lesson that she has experienced through life that there is a reason, there are tests that all are faced with, but it’s how you respond. Saunders chose poetry and nonfiction to let the readers know the thought process behind the poetry, tools to help others who may face the same circumstances, and it builds a relationship further between the author and those reading her words.
  www.patriciaasaunders.com

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