.. my name is patricia leudeman chiappa. i am the author of saras journey. i am hoping after you read this e mail you will find my life story interesting enough to write an article about me or interview me. i came from humble beginnings, i grew up on long island, new york. my parents audrey and bernie leudeman were hard working, fun loving, god fearing individuals. they taught my brother and i about how to serve your community, about putting in an honest days work, and that love makes a home. growning up i never knew that we were dirt poor, and didnt have the material possessions that other families had. i did not know what it was to want for things because the house i grew up in was always full of love, joy, and happiness. although my parents was on welfare my brother and i never knew what it was like to be poor because we were rich with support, from our parents and grandparents. my grandparents helen and fred leudeman taught my younger brother and i at an early age that jesus was our best friend. my fondest childhood memories was piling in the car with my parents and grandparents and driving on country roads with no destination in mind. when i began school i was taunted, bullied and picked on by both my peers and teachers. my teachers called me lazy, dumb, and stupid. i struggled to learn because i was undiagnosed with dyslexia. until at age fourteen a sweet caring english teacher had a parent teachers conference with my parents and told them i was dyslexic. for the first fourteen years of my life i could not read or write. it was that english teacher along with my parents and grandparents who encouraged me and taught me how to read and write. it was that same teacher that fueled my passion for writing when she encouraged me to write a poem for the school paper. that summer i began writing christien song lyrics, poems, and short stories. it was that same summer that my parents financial situation went from bad to worse and we were forced to move into what some may call a ghetto. the apartment where we lived was drug infested, crime ridden and dangerous. for seven years my brother and i were beaten up by gang members in and out of school. the little posessions that my parents had were robbed several times. the apartment where we lived was formally leased by a drug dealer and every night my mom and dad had to deal with people knocking on our door looking for drugs. when at times the person was so high they used to get mad when they couldnt get drugs and the next day while my brother and i waited for the school bus they would ambush us. we received many bodily injuries and witnessed many horrible things. in school things were no better for many of the same drug addicts were in our high school classes. during those seven years we grew closer as a family and relied on our faith to give us strength during those dark days. it was during those days that god who i once thought was just an unreachable guy in the sky became a real friend to me. i learned he cared about everything we were going through. it was during that period that i learned about jesus the man not just the savior. it was also during that time that my brother and i would hold nightly bible studies in our room to fill the emptiness. it was then that i got saved , and began dedicating everything i wrote to my savior, my best friend. since those days my family and i have faced many challanges, including losing fourteen members of our small family to cancer including my own father to brain cancer, losing four babies to miscarriages, many financial hardships, health problems, and many friends who turned there backs because they could not accept my deep relationship with god. why do i tell you all this? because god has seem me through it all and has made my dream come true with a publishing contract with tate publishing. my first book saras journey was released in august and i hope it will be the first in a series of twenty three. the book was written to inspire the human spirit and touch the soul. it follows a young woman named sara. she is inspired to be a great dancer. sara has a strong relationship with god, strong ties to her community of summervillie heights, georgia, grace, beauty, and the man of her dreams. saras life couldnt be any more perfect until one crisp autumn night it is tragically ripped away in a horrefic fire. with saras life in ruins her dream in ashes and a perfect love ripped in two. sara becomes a recluse giving up not only on herself and her dream but on the god that loves her and the community that was once the biggest part of her heart. that is until a man named turner thomas mysterically walkes into the lives of the towns people. turner seems to be a man sent from god to illuminate peace, and hope to the broken spirits of summervillie. can turner bring this town back to life? is he the map that will lead back to saras dream? you will just have to read the book to find out. i am doing book signings in new york, connecticut and massachusettes starting a week from today and i really would love the press to help me get the word out. i am not a typical author looking to make a big profit. i am a author on a mission. because my family and i have been so affected by a monster the world knows as cancer, i will be donating one dollar for each book i sell to the american cancer society. i would like to give you the following dates and locations as to where my book signings will be so i can raise as much money for the cancer society as possisble. i am sure with your help this can be accomplished.
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