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Three years into the conference game and RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is getting better and better at it!

Last year’s conference opened up such a wide window of opportunity for our members, as they got the chance to meet and mingle with fellow members they had never met before, and many of them went on to become closer colleagues during the past year.  Our books were introduced to a larger reading audience and our knowledge of the literary world, and all that it takes to become better in this field, increased ten-fold.  Now, almost a year later, we’re preparing to do it all again!

The theme of last year’s conference, “WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER, YOU PRODUCE BETTER,” could not have been tagged as anything else, as our members proved that they came, they listened, they learned, and then…they produced…better!  I know this because the growth of some of our members in their writing has been incredulous, to say the least.  So, we began to wonder how we could improve on what we offered in 2017.

Deciding to continue along the same path, it was clear that the theme of this year’s conference “RISING TO STAND AMONG THE VERY BEST,” would surely catapult our members even further into the realm of successful authorship!  The resources that will be offered and the knowledge that will be gained from this year’s conference, will serve as the catalyst to ensure that each person who attends, will be that much closer to their goal of either “aspiring writer” or “successful author.”

Continue reading all about it right here:  WELCOME TO #RRBC #WritersConference & #Book Expo! #WCBE

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Welcome, #histfic #author Joyce Shaughnessy, the #RRBCSpotlightAuthor for July!

Today we welcome Joyce Shaughnessy on Day 3 of her RRBC Spotlight Author blog tour!

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Indie Publishing

I have always self-published. I now have published five books. Barnes & Nobles won’t sell self-published books except for e-books on their website. I have become discouraged about that aspect of self-publishing. Of course, it doesn’t make any difference when asking for other chances at a book signing locally. There are many local merchants who are willing to sponsor a signing. And there is RRBC, which does more for promoting Indie authors, than anyone I have ever seen. It does more than the services who charge for advertising. And it is a great place to meet other authors!

A HEALING PLACE

A Healing Place is a story based in the 1930’s and 40’s, which emphasizes the power of love, sacrifice, courage, and prayer. The Milller family, Amos, Molly, and 3 daughters live the hardships of the Great Depression, moving finally to Texon, Texas. It was their healing place.

Then their son-in-law was caught in the Philippines during World War II where he had to walk the brutal “Bataan Death March.” Their examples of bravery in the face of the brutality of the war exist today, in the men and women who are put in “harm’s way.” It is through their sacrifices that we are able to enjoy the freedom that this country affords us.

The son-in-law found his healing place through the power of prayer when he was in the Death March and enemy camps.

This book was one of five Xlibris books that was chosen to be showcased at the World’s largest Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

Watch the book trailer: https://youtu.be/6jZOdJhRw94

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joyce Shaughnessy has published five books in the last seventeen years. The first three, A Healing Place, Blessed Are the Merciful, and The Unsurrendered, are romantic historical fiction based upon the Dust Bowl in the Great Depression and WWII in the Pacific. They reflect her love of history and historical fiction. She is also a certified editor, and has edited four anthologies and several novels. She loves editing almost as much as writing. She has two finished manuscripts on her desk. She hasn’t found the proper home for them yet, but will hopefully soon. She has lived with her husband in Midland, Texas for the last twenty-six years. They share a love of reading and own a very large collection gathered over the years.

 

Connect with Joyce online:

Joyce’s blog: http://joyceshaughnessy.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJoyceS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoyceShaughnessyAuthor/

 

 

#RRBCSpotlightAuthor for July – Joyce Shaughnessy #RRBC #historicalfiction

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Welcome to SPOTLIGHT Author’s Blog Tour, its first stop, here on my blog. Congratulations Joyce Shaughnessy! I’m happy and excited to be the first to host Joyce Shaughnessy, our Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT Author for July. I’m sure that many of you would love to get to know Joyce and her work better. You’ll enjoy the experience very much!

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Over to you Joyce:

When I Decided to Write a Book

I was watching a history channel production of “The American Dust Bowl.” It particularly interested me because I live in West Texas which is definitely a barren and dusty place. I remembered my parents telling stories about the time in the Twenties and Thirties when they lived on a family farm. Their stories were exactly what TV shows had portrayed. I was a literature major and had constantly read, so I was familiar with historical fiction literature. It was…

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#RRBC May Member on the Move! Author and #editor Susan Hughes @hughesedits4U #melanoma

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Our beautiful cover model for May, Mrs. Susan Hughes is a phenomenal supporter of RRBC and its members.  You can find her Twitter timeline overflowing with support for others.  She is a mom, wife and editor.  But, because May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and because Susan is a Melanoma survivor, we are going to share her personal story.  

Because I was in detective mode, I found a post that Susan shared last May on our dear Club Secretary’s blog.  Marlena nor Susan are aware of my little devious attempt of surprising them both, but, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.  If you hear shouting, it’ll be coming from Marlena, because dear, sweet Susan would never…

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Hello, bloggers!

Today, we’re getting away from the books, and discussing something we all need to be aware of.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and who better to learn from than a 

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Drop Dead Gorgeous: 19th Century #BeautyTips for the Aspiring Consumptive @DrtySexyHistory

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“Although having an active (rather than latent) case of consumption was all but a death sentence, it didn’t inspire the revulsion of other less attractive diseases until the end of the 19th century when its causes were better understood.”

Dirty, Sexy History

swoonPicture the ideal nineteenth century English beauty: pale, almost translucent skin, rosy cheeks, crimson lips, white teeth, and sparkling eyes. She’s waspishly thin with elegant collarbones. Perhaps she’s prone to fainting.

It shouldn’t be difficult to imagine; numerous depictions survive to this day, and the image is still held up as the gold standard for Caucasian women. At this point, it’s so embedded in the Western psyche as beauty that it doesn’t occur to us to question it. Of course that’s beautiful. Why wouldn’t it be?

By the nineteenth century, beauty standards in Britain had come a long way from the plucked hairlines of the late Middle Ages and the heavy ceruse of the Stuart period. Fashionable women wanted slimmer figures because physical fragility had become associated with intelligence and refinement. Flushed cheeks, bright eyes, and red lips had always been popular, particularly among sex workers (they suggested arousal), and women…

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Join me and #RRBCSpotlightAuthor @MarethMBotha on her Author Blog Tour! #RRBC #ChildrensBooks

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Join me in welcoming Maretha Botha, the RRBC Spotlight Author for the month of May!

Maretha Botha is an Italian National who grew up in South Africa. She now lives in the United Kingdom with her family. Her grandchildren are her worst critics and she often has to change or add a different bird of prey instead of the one she originally intended to use, because her grandson loves Peregrine Falcons.  So, the Tawny Eagles made way for a Peregrine Falcon in book 1, and he will also re-appear in Book 5, “The Bird Mission”.

Being a writer gives her the opportunity to daydream, to linger in the world of one of her characters, and then to manipulate things the way she wants them to be. Shutting out the noise and getting on with creating an unforgettable moment in time while simply sitting at her desk – or standing as the experts are encouraging us to do – is one of the things she enjoys about writing and illustrating.

Drinking a quick espresso also helps to keep the creative juices flowing.

She studied Library Science and Information Science as well as Bibliology (knowledge of books and libraries through the ages), English and Italian at the University of South Africa. She worked as a research librarian for an oil research facility, but the most satisfactory work came when working at a private school in Gaborone, Botswana. Teaching children aged 5-18 helped her to find her “inner-child personality” again.

Readers often ask her how she came to write “Fauna Park Tales”. The inspiration for the red-roofed farmhouse came from a painting of a lonely homestead in the Karroo (a thirst land in central South Africa) done by her younger daughter, Lionilde Claire when she was in Primary School. This house and the surrounding areas are the central focus of the Molodi valley.

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Some photographs from a real valley near the Mmokolodi Game Reserve, Gaborone, Botswana. Featured here: inspiration for the stubborn goat, Plump-Grump, who looks after things at the farm while Flame and his friends are on a quest to save the orphans.

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The stubborn goat, Plump-Grump

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Mmokolodi’s cattle walk on sand which is almost orange. Note the pylons in the background.  All this have been inspiration for Book 4, after Tall Leader and his gang of poachers kidnapped two orphans and stole most of the villagers’ cattle.  Flame and his friends are in hot pursuit to free their victims.

An excerpt from Book 4, “Trails and Trials: An African Adventure – Fauna Park Tales”, Chapter 9, “The Cattle Battle”.

MEANWHILE, TALL LEADER AND HIS gang had other things to worry about – most of them were still sleeping when the cattle began stampeding down the riverbed in the direction of the sunrise. For that moment, no one cared about Larita and Leru, or where they went. The lovely soft glow of the dawn was suddenly hidden by dust and small bits of sand – looking like an enormous whirlwind.

The cattle ran east, not looking to the left or the right, determined to follow their leader – the big bull, Mafuta – who bellowed, ‘Follow Flame and Bibi, all you cattle! Stick to the riverbed and go straight ahead. Forget about Tall Leader’s dogs or his horsemen.  Move your hoofs and don’t stop!’

On the other side of the dune, things were going according to Flame’s plan and the cattle made their escape down the riverbed. Solo the sandgrouse and his fellow fowls flew ahead of them, choop-chooping all the way. Nothing could stop them, not even the bad humans, their horses or their dogs.

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Flame and his furry and feathered friends lead the cattle away from their captors – Chapter 9

https://www.amazon.com/Trails-Trials-African-Adventure-Fauna-ebook/dp/B06ZYJ3VG1/

(eBook link)

https://www.amazon.com/Trails-Trials-African-Adventure-Fauna/dp/1910115762/

(Illustrated black and white paperback)

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Connect with Maretha online:

https://www.amazon.com/Maretha-Botha/e/B00MOORJAO/

https://twitter.com/MarethMBotha

https://twitter.com/FaunaParkTales

https://www.facebook.com/MarethMB

https://www.facebook.com/flameandhope.co.uk/

https://marethmbotha.wordpress.com/

https://marethabotha2013.com/ (child-friendly blog)

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/marethabotha/pins/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maretha-botha-976191b8/

THANK YOU SO MUCH RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB AND THE BLOG POST HOSTS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT AND THE PRIVILEGE TO BE THE SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR THIS MONTH!

 

#NewContest “What is the Gender of this Author?” Submit a #ShortStory of 500 hundred words or less … in ANY genre.

“Just how perceptive are you?” asks Suzanne Burke. It’s been quite a while since she came up with a contest here, and she does hope this one proves to be both challenging and entertaining. Continue reading here:

 

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

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You all know by now just how much pleasure I get from supporting my fellow authors.

It’s been quite a while since I came up with a contest here, and I do hope this one proves to be both challenging and entertaining.

I think it will be interesting for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is discovering just how diversely readers interpret what they read.

Just how perceptive are you?

So … what is this contest about?

The contest works in two parts.

 PART 1. I need authors to contribute a previously unpublished short story of 500 words or less in any genre of their choice.  Please include the title … and for my information and judging purposes only your name and indentifying gender.

Your short story will only be identified to the readers by a number allocated by myself. Your gender will not be…

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