Straight from a Diva's Heart: Volume Two!

It has been a year since I published my little poetry book, Straight from a Diva's Heart: Volume One. It landed on the shortlist for Read Freely Best Indie Book 2017 and started 2018 on the Amazon Bestsellers list! Celebrate with me, as I prepare to release Volume Two! It is available for pre-order here! Join us for the online launch party this Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m., hosted by Hope-in-Christ Book Club here

Hope to see you there! 
Blessings, Michelle

Michelle Lynn Stephens is a poet and #1 Bestselling Author with Brown Girls Books. She has a heart for helping others through her writing, and assisting others in sharing their vision with the world. Visit anytime at


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Diva Love: Patricia A. Saunders

Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for There Is Sunshine After The Rain : Making It Through Life’s Struggles by Patricia A Saunders. The tour will run January 21-27, 2018.

Name: Patricia A. Saunders
Book Title: There Is Sunshine After The Rain : Making It Through Life’s Struggles
Release Date: December 20, 2017
Publisher: Book Baby
Genre: Non-Fiction
Page Count: 205
ASIN: B078J836Q3

What inspires you to write?
I always wrote to express myself as a child. Once my mother passed with Alzheimer’s I felt that I needed to have my legacy in my words.

Name three people who inspire you and explain why.
My mother, Rev. Betty L. Saunders, who lost her mother at the age 8 and accomplished so much against the odds, Oprah Winfrey who was raped as a child and overcame obstacles to be a mogul today, and Maya Angelou, my favorite author who had many passions that all came through her words.

How many books have you published to date?
7. Compilations and anthologies included.

Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?
My sister circle is a group of women who will  come to events, help set up, man my tables so I can attend workshops, and who hug me to celebrate each hurdle.

How do you deal with writer’s block?
I recently experienced it and I went back to my roots literally. I flew back to Connecticut to be around friends, family and I attempted to visit my mother’s gravesite. I came back to California on fire to finish my book and let the words flow with candles, music and wine.
Out of the books you have published, which is your favorite
and why?
My latest because I put it all out there so a reader understands who I am and what inspires me.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I have been a poet since I was a child and became a writer when I looked at the journal I kept to get through the grief in 2008. I started researching and the doors started opening.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what
would it have been and why?
I wish I could have been the author of Fifty Shades of Grey who also was self published. It took off and men and women gravitated to the behavior that made her a best seller.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up on writing. Read books to stay creative. Encourage yourself.

Who is your favorite author? Why?
Maya Angelou wrote poetry, cookbooks and was a storyteller. Growing up in a town where the majority didn’t look like me, I didn’t feel I was beautiful. So, reading her words made me appreciate myself. It is my wish that my words will have the same affect one day.

Do you have any other talents besides writing?
I sing, cook, sew and love to decorate.

 How does it make you feel when a reader tells you that they
enjoyed reading your book?

What is your goal as an author?
To touch one person that reads my words and says it was their situation, it was what they were thinking, or they know they came through the storm, too.

What inspired you to write your latest book?
Doing an inventory over my life when I reached 50, why I made the choices in relationships, listening to other men and women on how they handle circumstances, and then embracing the faith that brought me through.

About the Author

Self Published Author, Patricia A. Saunders was born and raised in Connecticut before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area nearly 24 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.

Saunders has released her fifth book an autobiography memoir infused with poetry (December 2017)  with BookBaby Publishing called There Is Sunshine After The Rain : Making It Through Life’s Struggles. The book will take the reader on a journey of a young child influences that shape her decisions as an adult. It is a must read that covers being raped multiple times,  a family that protects her,  how she wanted to die after the passing of her mother , and the people who would not give up on her!

Her work has been featured on a Coast to Coast Book Tour at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Toronto Word On The Street, Sacramento Black Book Fair, Tucson Book Festival, Miami International Festival of Books and AARP Life@50+ Spring Convention. Also on In the Company of Poet, Women 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.

She is a monthly blogger of her own blog Blessed & Curvy who covers today’s hot topics.

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.

In her spare time, Patricia enjoys writing poetry, traveling, spending time with family and wine tasting.


Sitting there with the pieces of your life around you, there seemed to be a pattern. There was faith, love, deceit, lust, and loss—in that order. You didn’t think you were deserving of love. That is why everything was being taken from you, and you were ready to give up on life.
Through your poetry, faith, and learning from your past, you can rewrite the story. It was after coming through all the experiences and being stronger, you realized there is always a new chapter.

The book will take you on the journey of a young girl growing up in Connecticut, who had to take some stumbles along the way to come into her own and realize instead of tearing herself down for the decisions she made, there is a lesson. Love is greater than anyone can imagine and can warm you like the sunshine after the rain.

You went from the beginning, the journey, the test, and the testimony to say, “There Is Sunshine after the Rain.”

Social Media Links:
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I truly hope you have enjoyed today's guest. Also, please feel free to check out my  upcoming release, Straight from a Diva's Heart: Volume Two, available for 
pre-order here!

See you next time!

Michelle Lynn Stephens is a poet and #1 Bestselling Author with Brown Girls Books. She has a heart for sharing the work of others and assisting them in sharing their vision with the world. Visit anytime at


Bestselling Anthology
Debut Novella
Straight from a Diva's Heart
Volume One