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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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THE #RRBC PIPELINE MAGAZINE

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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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!

 

Discover #RRBC author Laura Libricz in this interview with @DianneAscroft @HFVBT THE SOLDIER’S RETURN blog tour

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Today, I’m over at Dianne Ascroft’s blog for an interview! Read more here:

Today I’ve invited Laura Libricz, author of The Soldier’s Return, the second book in the Heaven’s Pond trilogy to Ascroft, eh? to tell us about her latest novel.

Welcome Laura.

Thank you so much for having me over today, Dianne!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about your novel.

LL: The Heaven’s Pond Series is a three-part historical series set in Franconia, Germany, in the early 17thThe Soldier's Return covercentury during the Thirty Years War. These are the novels I have always wanted to read. Written in English and taking the German viewpoint of the war, the story is told by a young maid, a patrician, a Jesuit priest and a young Dutchman. The Master and the Maid is the first book in the series and begins the story in 1616. It’s about a young woman who loses her home, her job and her freedom. Harboring…

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Read LuAnn’s #review for #histfic novel THE SOLDIER’S RETURN @KentuckyGal @HFVBT

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Today I’d like to welcome LuAnn Braley and share her wonderful review of THE SOLDIER’S RETURN! Please take the time to visit her at Back Porchervations.

LuAnn’s Review:

The second book in Laura Libricz’s “Heaven’s Pond Trilogy”, The Soldier’s Return, pulls no punches when it comes to describing some of the more horrifying aspects of war in the early 1600s.  Granted, there were no air strikes or nukes, but plenty of damage was done to the countryside and the people living there nonetheless.

The whole Catholic vs Protestant issue was cooking on high heat and littlle bits of land would go back and forth from the control of one religion to the control of another.  And wo to the Catholic who found herself in a Protestant village, and vice versa.  It was as bad back then as it is these days between gangs in many areas.  And interactions could be just as deadly.

And Ralf, the Jesuit whom I grew to dislike intensely in the first book of the trilogy, The Master and the Maid, doubled down on his fanaticism when it came to ferreting out ‘witches’, which a rather disproportionate amount of the time were Protestant sympathizers.  If the suspect in question did not give an answer that Ralf wanted, he would apply various ‘methods of persuasion’ to ‘drive the devil out’ of said person.  I remember a vivid description of thumb screws…and he just got nasty from there.

Herr Tucher and Katarina (the titular master and maid of the first book) were still at Sichardtshof farm, trying to hold things together for the little group of people living and working there.  Not an easy job when army after army comes through.  In those times, the soldiers were not paid their promised wages very often, and scant if any rations were provided, so they took what they wanted from farmers and villagers – food, drink and women.  I am glad the author did not resort to the crass terminology that seems to be prevalent in some modern erotic romances, but the scenes are quite disturbing nonetheless.  That is not a criticixm, but an observation.

Pieter had gone back to Amsterdam shortly before his father passed away, ran into all kinds of trouble shortly after and after a stint in jail in the Spice Islands, returned but had to leave town fairly quickly again.  He wanted to go back to the farm (probably the closest thing to family he had left), and joined up with various military units on the way south to Sichardtshof.  He changed units as often as needed to suit his purposes.  Unfortunately, he did not resign or ask for re-assignment first…which tends to upset the commanders of said units.  Deserters faired no better, and probably much worse, than they do today.

Reading the book, which was difficult to stop, I felt like I was there – slogging through mud, feeling fear for the women and children on the farm when soldiers and ‘camp followers’ marauded through.

I do wonder about the title, a wee bit.  The story seemed to have as much or more to do with the goings on at Sichardtshof itself, than with Pieter’s return to the farm.  For me it’s one of those ‘it would be interesting to know someday’, but had no bearing on my enjoyment of the book.

The Soldier’s Return is not always an easy read.  Don’t get me wrong, the story is wonderful … but life for the people living in that area and at that time was not..  There was not a ‘HEA’ ending, but the core group of characters (Tucher, Katarina, Isobel, her father and Pieter) were still standing.  If you are a reader, The Soldier’s Return is a satisfying, filling read.

And now I’m really looking forward to the last installment of the trilogy, Ash and Rubble, to see how Isobel fulfills the White Witch’s predictions for her!