Monday, February 26, 2018

Get Me Through Virtual Book Tour Stops At Blessed and Curvy



Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one month book tour for Get Me Through by Cedric Nelms. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs March 5-30, 2018. Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.
ISBN-10: 1979321361
ISBN-13: 978-1979321365
Genre: Non Fiction

About The Author

Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from St. Bernard High in Playa Del Rey, CA. He attended Morehouse College, where he majored in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. Cedric has been in the ministry for 18 years and has been working in different areas of ministry, from youth ministry, men’s ministry, teaching, community development, social justice, and civic engagement. He was also the radio host of the Chosen Generation Ministry Radio Show, an internet program/podcast that deals with the intersection of culture, life, and faith. He is the lead pastor of Chosen Generation Fellowship Church, in Long Beach. In addition to that, he is the newly appointed Los Angeles City Director for World Impact, where he is actively working on being a bridge builder between Los Angeles and the Faith Based community. Cedric has been married to Karen, for 18 years and they have been together for 20 years. They have 5 beautiful children, Erika, Jonathan, and a set of triplets, Isaiah, Khalid, and Courtney. He loves to spend time with his family, reading, watching sports, traveling, going out to eat, writing, and just having a good time!
About The Book
Get Me Through....The Makeover of My Life is a book for all seasons of life. It will lead you through getting out of the places that you are stuck, picking up the pieces after disruption, and releasing yourself to dream again my the future. Get Me Through is path through life's most questionable moments.

The title of the book is purposely open-ended and ambiguous because most people are trying to get through. From Kindergarten to College, people are trying to get through school. Whether you are a high paid executive, entrepreneur, or occupying a cubicle, the daily grind of work and handling life issues is a reality. Still others are trying to get through the seasons of a relationship; the harsh winter or the warm summertime feel that relationships bring. 
On the other hand, the death of a loved one or the death of one’s self-esteem may seem like, to some, as trying to wade through a cloud of never-ending darkness. Ultimately, getting through is a part of the human experience. At some point, trying to get through is a part of everyone’s process, the only difference is each person’s process is tailor made. Even so, no matter what you are struggling to figure out, you are just trying to get through it with your character and sanity intact.

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Website: http://www.cjnministries.com



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Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Blogger, Poet


Friday, February 16, 2018

The Last Goodbye













The Last Goodbye
 
I can only image the parents and love ones of the 17 victims in Parkland, FL. I watched the videos popping up on Facebook. I see the news stations reporting about who they were. They were football coaches, athletes, idea students, husbands, daughters, and sons. My heart skipped a beat. I started thinking this is happening a day after Valentine’s Day.
Picture the parent dropping their child off to high school. It’s a normal day and they are rushing to the drop off curb. Normal conversation. You got your homework? Don’t forget I’ll be here to pick you up at 2:15pm!  Car stops and their child gets out. Hopefully the words were uttered “I Love You”.
On the other side of town, the spouses are getting ready for work. Giddy about the Valentine’s Day dinner, she is thanking him for the beautiful roses, and a kiss on the lips as he walks out the door to go to work at the high school. His little girl ran to the window to wave bye to her Daddy. The words trail off each of their lips “I Love You”.
The day is going normal until he gets out of the Uber car. I don’t think anyone uttered the words to him in a while “I Love You”. He is on a mission. One that within three minutes will change 17 people’s lives. One that will change 200 students and faculty forever.  One where bullets spray the schools and snuff out lives. Parents loss their babies. The apple of their eyes. Their legacies. The school is on a lockdown. Teachers are yelling for the students to get in the classrooms. Lock the doors. Get on the floor. Be quiet! He pulled the fire alarm so the doors opened. All you hear is the gun going off! Screams! Chaos! Turmoil!
As parents pull up to pick up their kids this is all unfolding! Children are calling their parents who feel helpless! Video camera start filming! Police are on their way! It’s too late! Everyone hoping that all are safe and no one is hurt. They got him! The list is read of those that are gone!
All are saying their last goodbye!


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Monday, February 12, 2018

I Would Have Freed More If Only They Knew- Book Excerpt from There Is Sunshine After The Rain









Looking into the eyes of my sisters
I see fear
I see that they have given up
Running away wasn’t an option
They were determined to stay
Take the abuse
Take the punishment
I see her and I nod my head in acknowledgement
Signaling that it’s okay to leave
You don’t have to stay
I have seen the makeup trying to cover the bruises
I have heard you thrown up against the walls
You might have tried to muffle the sound
I heard each one out loud
As you rush to work, dropping off the kids, and making sure your secret is kept
I noticed that during lunch you are sitting in your car, never with a bite to eat
Enjoying your solitude, I wonder where you are
My sister, you don’t have to endure this pain
I have an escape all planned out
You say that you love him
You can’t leave him
That I don’t understand
That he’s only being a man
I look at you with disbelief
I do understand more than you know
I received the call the next day that they found you
You got your wings
Gone too soon
He’s locked up
The kids are in the system
There was another way if you would have seen that you were free


(c) 2018 There Is Sunshine After The Rain by Patricia A. Saunders


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Love Don't Live Here Anymore













Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

That used to be my favorite song sitting in my car, driving with the window down, and repeating each word like it was written just for me. As Valentine’s Day is approaching and I realized that you’re gone.  Thinking about the cards, candy and flowers that I received each year.

Each year after you died unexpectedly I had to come to grips that I wouldn’t send you another card. I thought about the year I placed my order through ProFlower © for 3 dozen roses for my Mother.  I called her expecting to hear the excitement instead I heard disappointment because they were wilted. I placed another call for them to make it right and another 3 dozen arrived. She finally said send me the money and I will go to the grocery store because wherever you’re getting your roses they aren’t fresh.  Now I am disappointed and I place the third call this time I spoke with a supervisor and express my experience. They understood, showed empathy and this time this was the best three dozen roses my Mother ever received. In her small one bedroom apartment she was surrounded by all the roses. They were in the kitchen, bedroom, living room, and even the bathroom. I treasured that moment and tucked it into my memory.

I stopped sending my friends and family cards for Valentine’s Day for a moment and just started. I settled with not getting the recognition from my lover and started putting the wall up.  Love doesn’t live here anymore. It’s just a fantasy!
Until the ice wall that was protecting my heart was broken. The peace I was looking for landed at my door. I looked into the mirror and I saw the person looking back at me. I didn’t recognize the person I became. I was all about work, settling for treatment I didn’t deserve and realized that I wasn’t by myself. Speaking to both men and women who felt that they weren’t worthy and that it was too late. That love had missed their address and wasn’t going to knock on the door. I woke up and said it’s a new day!

So for those who are approaching this Valentine’s Day look at it as a day to
celebrate you! Love you!  Do something special for yourself.
1.  Buy your own flowers
2.  Take yourself to dinner
3.  Coordinate a dinner out with your friends and dress up
4.  Schedule that spa day
5.  Show someone else love
6.  Visit the elderly
7.  That special person you have a crush on don’t wait! Tell them.
8.  Love on the person who is most important! You!
I am wishing each of you a Happy Valentine’s Day because when all else fails, when they walk out the door, and you feel alone just remember someone loves you more. Just look up! Love lives inside of you

Blessings,
 Patricia A. Saunders
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