Tuesday, September 27, 2022

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Welcome to Ms. Nelly's Sunday School Class by Chetoca Barfield

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for Ms. Nelly's Sunday School Class by Chetoca Barfield. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as some sage advice for those wanting to get into writing or to become a published author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Welcome to Ms. Nelly's Sunday School Class
Author: Chetoca Barfield
Publication Date: July 16th 2022
Print Length: 92 pages
Genre: Christian Children's Non-Fiction
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Join in on the fun as Ms. Nelly teaches her Sunday school class how to interact with God. Each story in this collection is ideal for reading aloud in just five minutes - a perfect fit for bedtime, story time, or anytime!

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EXCERPT:
Forgive Others as God Forgives

Victoria: Ms. Nelly, I have learned that forgiveness is hard to do.

Ms. Nelly: Yes, it is Victoria. Are you having a hard time forgiving someone?

Victoria: Yes, ma’am. I mean, it wasn’t even my fault.

Ms. Nelly: What wasn’t your fault?

Victoria: My sister and I argue all the time, but she has taken it too far this time.

Ms. Nelly: Ok. What happened?

Victoria: Our dad gave my sister and I a necklace. My sister loves this necklace. She wears it all the time except when she is playing sports or taking a shower.

Ms. Nelly: I see. Am I assuming your sister lost the necklace?

Victoria: No. The other day I went into my sister’s room while she was taking a shower. I saw her necklace on the dresser, and I wanted to try it on. When I picked up the necklace, I noticed it was broken.

Ms. Nelly: Oh dear, I’m guessing your sister is very upset with you?

Victoria: Yes, she is. This necklace is very special to my sister. This is the last piece of jewelry our father gave her before he passed away, but Ms. Nelly, I didn’t break the necklace; it was already broken.

Ms. Nelly: Did you explain that to your sister?

Victoria: I tried to, but she will not talk to me. When my sister walked into her room, she saw me holding the necklace and thought I broke it. She will not forgive me Ms. Nelly.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My name is Chetoca Barfield. I was born and raised in a small town located in Eastern North Carolina with my parents and 2 siblings; and older brother and younger sister. Growing up I had dreams of becoming a lawyer. There wasn’t anything that sparked this interest, but I knew early on in grade school that I loved to research and explain how things came to be.

Graduating from high school I knew that I would pursue criminal justice studies at Elizabeth City State University (i.e., ECSU) with hopes of having a career as a criminal prosecutor.

My freshman year in college I laid eyes on my dream guy who has been my husband for the last 19 years. I knew the moment I saw him walk out of the café I was going to marry him.

I know that may sound weird, but it’s the truth. Michael (my husband) and I didn’t begin dating until one year later. It’s funny how things happen, but that is a story for another day. In 2000 I graduated from ECSU and began working in corporate America a customer service representative. At the same time, I was studying to taking the LSAT to enter law school.

In 2003 Michael and I wed. Marriage was fun, enjoyable, and I didn’t want anything to interrupt our marital bliss 😊 except for the mini dachshund I adopted; his name is Baxter. Baxter was a welcomed interruption, but I thought that was all the interruption we needed. I made the decision to no longer pursue law school.

To be honest studying has never been my strong suit. Law school demands a lot of time and at that point in my life I wasn’t ready to commit. I enjoyed working in corporate America but knew staying in a customer service role wasn’t my “forever” career choice as I wanted to pursue a leadership role.

In 2006 I received my MBA degree from Strayer University. During this time my corporate career was starting to take off. I moved into a supervisory role and lead an operations team for a few years within the financial industry. In 2011, I was offered a higher-level leadership opportunity with a different financial institution.

It was the best decision I could have made for my career goals as I have thrived promotionally ever since. Leading teams for the last 15 years led me down an unexpected path; mentoring. I’ve mentored many colleagues and peers from a career development perspective. I must say this was an un-disclose passion that I didn’t know I had until I was knee deep in it.

As time progressed, mentoring evolved into to helping individuals, groups, etc. navigate life challenges. Growing up in my household my parents had a rule for my siblings and me. If we didn’t attend church on Sunday’s, we couldn’t go anywhere for the rest of the day. Every Sunday we were in church.

While I didn’t appreciate going to the church as much as I did at that time, I’m thankful that I did. It was through my Sunday school teacher that I learned how to develop a relationship with God. As I’ve grown in my walk with Christ this vital lesson has helped me through many difficult moments.

When COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 all our lives were altered. The daily routines that were once in place was replaced with social isolation, mental health challenges, social injustice, and doubting faith. The need of having a healthy support system was magnified and this need lead to the birth of Treasured Possession.

Treasured Possession is a mentoring community that I created to provide encouragement, support, and tools to equip the body of Christ to lead healthy lives in body, mind, and spirit. The name Treasured Possession comes from Deuteronomy 7:6 (ESV) “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

You & I are his most Treasured Possession.
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GUEST POST:
- What is your number one piece of advice for someone looking to break into writing and/or getting a book published?

Times have changed from the days of when you needed a publishing house, the right PR firm, and so on and so forth. Today, you can be a self publishing author, but in order to do that you have to BEGIN. I think the best advice I've ever received was from my husband. He would say, "Chetoca, you have the world at your fingertips. Use it." I pass that same advice on to others who are looking to write and be published. Don't over complicate the process. You are looking at someone who has never had a desire to write let alone become a published author. If I can do it you can do it...it really is as simple as BEGIN.
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GIVEAWAY:
Chetoca Barfield will be awarding a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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120 comments:

  1. cute cover, this sounds like a wonderful read

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  2. I enjoyed the guest post and I enjoyed the excerpt, Welcome to Ms. Nelly's Sunday School Class, sounds like a fantastic book for kids to read!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

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  3. I am working on encouraging my grand kids to read - alot! Your site is perfect!

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  4. This has a cute cover. Great that the stories are perfect for 5 minute read alouds

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    1. Thank you. I wanted something that was short but also left a positive impact on the reading the stories.

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  5. The excerpt was interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  6. This looks like a great book for kids. I like the cover art as well. Best of luck with the success of the publication.

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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    1. Thank you! The cover is definitely reflective of the characters personality.

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  8. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Yes, write what interest you. Your passion will come through which will be seen and felt by your readers. Remember readers want to feel part of the story and not just read the story.

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  11. This sounds like a fantastic book.

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  12. Thank you for telling me about this book

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  13. was it hard choosing a title for the book

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    1. Not at all. I knew the title before I wrote the stories.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. I think the grandkids will love the book. email> r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  16. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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    1. I'm not sure if I have a favorite place but I love boutiques and farmer markets...I love finding unique and seasonal items.

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  17. thanks this sounds like a wonderful read

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    1. Miguel Ruiz...read his book named The Four agreements...

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    1. Well that's sweet! Please make sure to check out my website and leave a comment regarding you thoughts on the book!

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  20. Have you ever been to a GLBT+ pride parade?

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  21. What's the worst weather you've ever been in?

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  22. I really like your book cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. I hope you have a productive week.

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  24. What will you dress up as for Halloween?

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  25. do you use the same cover designer all the time

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  26. thanks this sounds like a great read

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  27. What is your favorite holiday of the year?

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  28. Do you do all your grocery shopping at once?

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  29. Where do you do your best writing?

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  30. Do have a favorite fall activity?

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  31. do you celebrate when you have a book released

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  32. What is your favorite book genre?

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  33. Have you started another book yet?

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  34. Thank you for your story of life and Blessings to you and yours.

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  35. Have you ever met your favorite author?

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  36. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  37. This looks like a great read and one I would enjoy.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  38. hope the book tour is going great

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  39. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  40. do you have a special place you like to write?

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  41. How long does it take to write a book?

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  42. Ever broken the rules for any reason? How did it go?

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  43. I love the cocept of 5-minute stories, great before bedtime!

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  44. This sounds like a cute book. Thanks for the introduction.

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  45. The cover is awesome and sounds like a good read!

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  46. What was your favorite subject in high school ?

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