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Book Blog Tour and Giveaway - Full Circle: A Memoir by Pamela Lombana

FULL CIRCLE: A MEMOIR
by
PAMELA LOMBANA

Genres: Memoir / Domestic Abuse / Forgiveness 
Publisher: Wordfall Publishing
Date of Publication: December 5, 2019
Number of Pages: 217

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Alcoholism and domestic abuse creep silently into people’s lives, shattering dreams. For Pamela Lombana, the excitement of marriage turned into paralyzing fear as alcohol became her husband’s best friend. Surviving the daily physical and emotional abuse was the norm for her and their children. Full Circle tells the story of how love and God’s abiding grace helped Pamela find the strength to leave her husband, Fernando. During this journey, healing and forgiveness allowed her and the children to be there for him when he needed them the most.


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Our Story—Mami’s Book
by Christina Lombana

January 23, 2016

This is my mom’s story. It is also my story. And my siblings’ stories. It is all our stories. It is a story of alcoholism, illness, fear, hatred, escape, love, and ultimately, forgiveness and death.

My father was not a good father. I do not believe that you can be a bad husband and a good father; the two roles go hand in hand, and part of being a good father is giving your children an example of true love. My dad adored my mom, but it wasn’t enough for him. He always had to have more: more money, more women, more love, more whiskey. Always more. Practicing moderation was not his strong suit, and it ultimately killed him.

Ever since I can remember, I was just a little afraid of my dad. My mom tells a story that took place early on in their marriage: One time, my father came home to a mess; there were toys all over the floor. We were two kids under two, and I’m sure it wasn’t easy keeping up with us. He started yelling at her, and I, at eighteen months, came up to him and started saying, “No, no, no, Papi, no.” However, I don’t remember that. I never felt that brave, not enough to stand up to him again—at least, not until many, many years later.

In my first memory of my dad, I was about three years old and crying. I don’t really know why; possibly, it was one of his practical jokes that had seemed funny to everyone except the victim of the joke, or perhaps he had raised his voice at me, and I got scared.

My dad was not a bad man, but he was a tormented one. All his life, he carried demons of the abuse he suffered at the hands of my grandmother. He never laid a finger on us because, in his eyes, then he, too, would have been the abuser. He could be the kindest, funniest person, but he could also be the most terrifying—all within a matter of minutes. He was mercurial and volatile. You could never quite be sure when the switch would flip, and it was incredibly stressful, particularly for a young child.

There are many people who remember my dad as a saint or as the life of the party—always ready to lend money or tell a joke. I also remember my dad that way, but he was so much more complex than most people ever knew.

Life is not just black and white; humans are not simply good or evil. In every person, there is the capacity for good and the capacity for evil. Our lives are defined by the choices we make. Some decisions are more harmless, like choosing cars or choosing a job, but other choices can start you down a path toward self-destruction.

My dad didn’t start down that path consciously. I know he had no intention of hurting the people he loved, of pushing away everyone who cared about him, or finally, of killing his body. He wanted to be a father and husband with the perfect family, but he also wanted to be the “fun” friend, the “rich” friend, the brilliant playboy to whom young boys looked up.

These were only a few of the many complex pieces that made up my dad. Ultimately, he made many, many choices that led him further and further away from the family man and closer to his young death.

This is the story of how we coped, how we survived, and how we were transformed.
Pamela Lombana grew up in Colombia, South America, and emigrated to the United States to attend university. In 1999, Pamela became a pediatric nurse practitioner and went on to run a pediatric clinic in Spring Branch, Texas. Pamela loves working with families and children and focuses on educating her patients and their families. Pamela values strong family ties and friendships. She has three children and four stepchildren. Writing is a passion that started in Pamela's teenage years. She enjoys being amongst nature and loves to go hiking with her husband, Mark.

Pamela is passionate about empowering women and providing them with tools to navigate life through her book, Full Circle: A Memoir, her blog, and Wordfall Publishing. Pamela wrote her memoir to offer hope and courage to women experiencing alcoholic and abusive situations.


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