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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Sparkle King by Patrick A. Roland - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Patrick A. Roland and his new book, “The Sparkle King”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Patrick and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Sparkle King
by Patrick A. Roland


GENRE: Autobiography / Memoir



In 2014, Patrick lost his partner, Pack, suddenly and without warning. As he struggled to come to terms with this, he was faced with homophobic prejudice from his partner's family. In horrendous emotional pain and feeling desperately lonely and depressed, he started to use recreational drugs heavily and hit rock-bottom whilst on a trip to Las Vegas.

After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and getting clean from drugs and alcohol, Patrick thought his fight was over. However, this was not the case. Life had many other obstacles in store for him but this time, he knew how to be strong and he knew he had God on his side for support.

This inspiring and emotive true story shows how anyone can overcome the hurdles life presents them with, if they just have faith and focus on their inner strengths.



I’ve been sober for nearly four years now. It is here that I have stepped into the power of who I really am. I now allow myself to sparkle. It is in this space of love and light that I’ve fallen in love with the man I really am. And that means I protect myself from pain. Yes, it still finds me. Life is life. Life is hard. Pain is an unavoidable byproduct of it. But it is not allowed to ruin me anymore.

Because I now stand firm in the power and strength of my sparkle, I get to work on pain the minute I feel it start to seep into my body. I used to let it hang out, take over and basically encompass me. Now I let it in just enough to feel it. That way I am reminded that I need to heal it, so that I can move on and keep growing in the direction of my dreams. Pain gets in; light comes out.

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t get overwhelming. For a few weeks at the end of last year, it seemed like everything was falling apart: a dishonest publicist stole money from me and almost ended my literary career. But the power of my dream and my desire to share the gift of my sparkle overruled his act of sabotage. It just made me work harder.



What I’ve Become

I’m a survivor.

Writing those words still feels new to me because I spent 40 years being a victim.

When I made the decision to get sober at 40, I also made the decision to shift my perspective. Now that I see myself as a survivor, I see that life - no matter how difficult it can get - is actually beautiful.

I didn’t choose to be all the things I am - overweight, gay, bipolar, drug addict, widow, abuse survivor - but I did choose to lean into them and own them because when I do so, I take away the power all of those things used to have and give it back to myself.

The greatest lesson I have learned from this book and the two that came before it is that I am much stronger than I ever thought I was; and it is the pain we go through that creates an amazing, almost magical power that makes us become who we are really supposed to be. That’s why I will not run away from, shrink back from or hide from any of the things that I am. I choose to embrace them, because in doing so, I embrace myself. I stand in my truth, and I love the person that I am because of all these things that could be perceived as ugly. The ugly truth about me is that all my imperfections are perfect because they comprise my sparkle, and it is that light from within that I created from the darkness thst used to surround me that shaped a survivor.

This book came about just like my last one did: because of a storm. But what was really happening in that storm is that God was washing away what no longer served me. So the next time a friend dumps you, someone wrongs you financially, you get fired from a job, someone you love gets sick or when a hoped-for relationship doesn’t work out, remember it happened because it’s not supposed to. Remember something better is coming. Remember you deserve better. And always remember that it hurts - and it’s ok if you need to feel it because doing so actually heals it - but that pain is going to create new power that is occurring so you can level up and be more than you ever thought you could be. Because I believe in you and you are a survivor too.



Patrick A. Roland is a gay, bipolar, ex-drug addict, widowed abuse survivor and the author of three great books. His first, Unpacked Sparkle: a Story of Grief and Recovery, kicks off his journey of sobriety and self-love following the death of his partner, Pack, in January 2014. This book was published by Az Publishing and is available on Amazon.

His second book is a children’s book called Sparkle On! This book is about a gecko who is constantly constant bullied but chooses to fight this with love.

His new book, The Sparkle King, keeps the sparkle flowing as Patrick finds his way through several fear-inducing experiences by constantly choosing faith to overcome them in long-term sobriety.

Patrick lives in Phoenix, Az. He is a peer support at a mental health clinic, where he helps others just like himself. He’s also earning a Master’s in Addiction Counselling at Grand Canyon University and is taking care of his elderly, terminally ill parents. He wants you to know you can do anything you decide to do if you love yourself.





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  1. Who is your favorite literary charachter?

    1. Holden Caulfield or The Pigman - The Sparkle King

  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  3. Always fun to hear about another new great book. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I see a lot of myself in you.. I'm also a survivor of abuse. I am so sorry you went through that. We've both overcame it!! I love the sound of this book!! Sounds adorable!!

  5. I don't; but I didn't have plans for the first three either... so we shall see what happens. - The Sparkle King

  6. Thanks all for your support - The Sparkle King

  7. Beautiful cover and title. But more importantly your story sounds so inspirational!