is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour and a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card for The Breaking Point with co-author Carolyn Coleman. The book tour will run from June 20-July 1, 2022.
Published by: Thy Word Publishing (April 14, 2022)
Genre: Nonfiction, Inspirational, Book Collaboration, Anthology
ABOUT THE CO-AUTHOR...
Carolyn Pickens Coleman is a daughter, wife, mother, sister, cousin, friend, and co-worker from Bessemer, Alabama. She has a B.S. in Nursing from Samford University and an M.A. in Health Service Administration from Strayer University. Carolyn is a member of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Inc., serving as the Chairperson of the Outreach committee, and is the current President of the Bessemer Public Library Trustee Board. She has a big heart and volunteers in her community.
Carolyn has more than 36 years of experience as a critical care nurse and spent five years as a nurse case manager. She worked with hospital administrators to establish plans regarding complex patient cases, concentrating on outcome management, utilizing best practices, and advocating for patients. She is also an adjunct instructor.
Carolyn is the author of four books a series about Gentry who faces her life choices, as we all do, Happiness Hurt Healing, The Re-Entry of Gentry, Gentry's Journey, and Gentry's Circle of Friends. For Carolyn, writing is cathartic. In addition, she enjoys reading and staying active by line dancing, walking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Carolyn joins a group of esteemed authors in The Breaking Point and hopes her chapter will give you the insight to find your passion and purpose for a meaningful life.
A Day in the life of Carolyn Coleman
I usually wake up around 6 in the morning, either by alarm or out of habit. I do my morning devotional. I start with a prayer, read a daily word and a chapter from the Bible, read and post a daily scripture and listen to a song of praise. Then, I shower, get dressed, prepare breakfast or run out and purchase breakfast. I like my kitchen clean, so I get it together and start working on my nursing job. I have the pleasure of working from home. I have worked remotely for several years. Many people think it is less stressful to work from home. Some days yes, some days, no. You have deadlines, meetings, and surprise meetings, and then you must complete your assignments.
While speaking to my members and teaching them about their health, I sometimes get ideas for my fiction. Either by using a part of their name or their backstories. Patients will tell you things they will not say to their doctors or families. In that, you have to be an open listener and offer support. Once I get on a roll of assessing and obtaining updates, I have a late lunch. By the end of my work day, I need to clear my head, so I either go for a walk, work out in the garage to some YouTube videos, dance, or do both. I enjoy pound fitness, line dancing, and aqua aerobics; I am no stranger to the local gym, so if my mornings permit it, there I go.
Dinner is either leftovers or what I have prepared between tasks. If there are no zoom meeting or library meetings, or Metaverse meeting, I am just thankful to be free to watch my favorite television shows, which comes under the genre of police procedural/legal drama and thriller mystery; such as Chicago PD, Law and order SVU, and NCIS, CSI Miami. If time permits, I will try to write at least a paragraph if I am working on a chapter or a book.
I end my day with prayer time.
The Breaking Point is Endorsed by Les Brown
Have you ever arrived at a place in life where
you knew you were created for more, and you were hungry for more?
You knew you possessed greatness, but the life you'd been living didn't mirror the life you desired or even deserved?
These authors, who share their stories in The Breaking Point, wanted more in life. Yes, they were broken, afraid, and flawed, but they decided to believe in themselves.
They wanted to live their whole purpose and potential and did what was required to obtain it.
They made the necessary turns and adjustments with solid conviction and passion because they wanted more from life.
This book will inspire you to bet on yourself and push forward, despite what you face, knowing that you have what it takes to steer the course of your life in the direction you deserve.
Speaker, Author, Trainer
The Breaking Point is stories by men and women about how they came to that turning point and were able to overcome adversity and reach their own personal breakthroughs in life.
Each story will encompass their unique struggle of how they overcame the challenges to find that they had the courage, the power, and the resolve to build their life again.
This book will serve as a potent reminder that everyone has the power to choose which direction they want for their own lives.
These twenty women and men, some first-time authors, said yes to the transformation, the stretching, and going back to those dark places that brought them pain. Because they knew what they experienced wasn't just for them, but it was for others who would come behind them, needing those words to pull them up and help them move to a place of wholeness. These authors are writing from a place of victory, a place where they are no longer the victim.
Guest Post: What inspired me to write my book?
The inspiration for my book came from a co-worker, Cassie is her name. She arrived to work one day saying she was now a published author. I congratulated her and told her I have always wanted to write, and she said do it, write, Ms. Carolyn write. I have always enjoyed reading, and since I was a young adult, I desired to write a book, often telling co-workers and friends, "I am going to write a book about this, or no one will believe this happens in our line of work. As they say, 'truth is stranger than fiction.' We all know life gets in the way.
I accepted the call to run for a local political position. I needed an outlet to let off some stream, to redirect some energy from days of campaigning. Anyone who has ever campaigned knows it is not for the faint of heart; it is work, going door to door, shaking hands, asking for votes, presenting at events, and just doing everything it takes to get your name noticed by the citizens.
Writing became cathartic; after a day of being in the community or strategizing, I needed a health release. So I begin writing my long-awaited book. I started with a thought and then went into a paragraph; it flowed for me. No, my work of fiction was not about campaigning. It was about healing from a broken heart. I held back some; I left the ending open just in case I decided to take the main character in a different direction.
We know everyone is not going to clap with you or for you. I was not deterred or offended by avoidance; oddly, I was amused. Working as a nurse gives one an odd sense of humor. One can say a protective shield. I did receive some very positive responses from that book. I was approached by several women (it is a girl flick on paper) informing me that they could relate to the story and wanted to read more about the main character.
Co-Author Chapter: Discovering My Strength
I was done with the party life that didn't satisfy me anymore. I had enough of being second to his friends and was done with feeling unappreciated. I had put everyone before my wants and desires, and dreams. Now, I was done with feeling like I was wasting my life and not accomplishing something I could be proud of. Enough of going through life unfulfilled and empty, catering to others. But what do I do? How will I survive? I have a child, no job, and my husband wants a divorce. Help me, Jesus. I don't know what to do?
Have you been there? Have you gone through something so devastating it forced you to dig deep within and pull on the strength you didn't even know you had? I did. It forced me to learn to focus, place blinders on, and move at my pace. Being stubborn can be an attribute; it can create resilience.
Besides, when you came to know the Lord, what was the happiest day in your life?
When I became a mother, I cannot describe it. I was overjoyed; it changed my life and comes with a great deal of responsibility, but it is a lifestyle change. A good lifestyle change. A sense of purpose.
How has being published changed your life?
Congratulations from family and friends; people are still asking for my book and being invited to interviews on various platforms. It has stretched me in directions and ways I never dreamed of. Being a best-selling author sounds good, and as a cousin told me, "keep up the stellar work and doing the family proud."
What would be your dream vacation?
Aruba or Anguilla, I love the beach and all-inclusive stays.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I have visited and truly enjoyed the sites, environment, and atmospheric vibe.
If you could spend an evening with one currently alive person, who would it be and why?
Oprah, she interviews so well; I love her story of perseverance
What three things about you would surprise readers?
I baked a good pound cake that I am a nurse and ran for a local political office.
What are your hobbies besides writing and reading?
Exercising, line dancing.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Keep writing, and never give up on your dream.
Is there one particular message or "moral of the story" you hope readers walk away with?
We all go through challenges, remember you are going through them; it is not a stopping point but a turning point; keep moving forward.
How do you see yourself in your character's story, if at all?
I envision myself laughing and/or getting angry at my character's antics in my fiction.
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Tour organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours