Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spotlight Author - Wendy Scott!

I am so happy to spotlight this fantastic author, Wendy Scott! I have several of her books on my TBR list and cannot wait to read them! Please join me in welcoming Wendy to my page!


Today, Wendy is going to share with us Lodestone, Book 1, Witch Hunt Series.


Lodestone (Witch-Hunt) review by author Aoife Marie Sheridan.

https://aoifesheri.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/review-of-witch-hunt/

"When I first started reading the book it felt like Harry Potter, a story written for a younger person, but I was given this book by the author for an honest review so I kept reading.

Wow. What a story, I cried so many times, not just a few tears, at one stage I had to stop reading because it became too much for me. The loss of a loved one in the book was so real and raw; that it felt as if the author's own experiences had been pasted in this book. It tore at me so much. Lauren was a woman cursed in a sense since birth, hardworking, loyal, and loving and what she was subjected to and suffered was heart wrenching, and her vengeance was understandable it was as powerful as her love.

The story is told mostly through the eyes of Sabrina a healer growing up in a world where witch craft is forbidden by the Order of Lauren. Sabrina is kind and shy, simple in ways living a protected life, with no knowledge of who she is. Until she discovers she is a relative of Lauren a women who is remembered incorrectly as being evil. As the story develops we see Sabrina conquer her fears, and she grows so much it’s like watching her transform into another person.  The story is fast paced and doesn’t slow down at all, the lands that the author creates are haunting at times, yet so breath-taking like the forest  or the city of Sha’ La’ Shang. The plot is thick with deceit, murder and greed.

The love story between Sabrina and Micah is there through the whole book, but it doesn’t over power the story at all, it alters the future for Sabrina, but I can’t wait to read the second book to see where they end up, and find out what exactly Sabrina will do now that her powers have fully ignited.
A wonderful story, one that I would highly recommend, I applaud the author for a tale that made me cry, squirm with unease, and made my heart pound with anticipation."


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Behind the scenes of Lodestone with Fantasy Author Wendy Scott.

One of my aims is to deliver a story with an emotional punch. In Lodestone, I explore the maternal bond between a mother and daughter.

Hell crash lands into Lauren’s world on a broomstick. She faces every mother’s worst nightmare when her daughter is abducted by the witches. Never one to stand idly by, Lauren retaliates and discovers an unquenchable thirst for vengeance.

The repercussions of Lauren’s actions still reverberate in Valloaria generations later. In the same circumstances, if it was your child, would you have done what Lauren did? Would you have raised the Lodestone?

Sabrina, Lauren’s last descendant, is the only one left who has the power to undo Lauren’s legacy, but it’s a suicide mission. Does she sacrifice her future to fix someone else’s mistakes from the past? Would you?



In the US, Amazon has 124 reviews and a 4.4* rating for this book!


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Dreaded Moment

The moment has come. Shortly after dreaming my characters into existence in 2010, I knew this scene was coming. It is finally here, and I don't want to write it. My fingers are throwing a tantrum and refusing to cooperate, almost as if my characters have each taken hold of a separate digit and are pulling against it with all his/her strength (and they are much stronger than I). They know, as well as I, that there is no alternate ending; this is the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't make it any less painful.

I have grown to love my characters, all of them. My antagonists aren't these purely evil characters who deserve to die, and my protagonists are not perfect, either. Death does not come only to those who have earned it. It cares not how you've lived your life; it stills your heart because it can. The war between the Diasodz and Raizyns has come, and war always brings death. It is inevitable. And I must write it.

But I don't want to. How do I say goodbye to some of these characters when I can empathize with their choices? How do I take them away from those who love them only to leave my other characters suffering with their loss? Why do the prophecies always have to be right?

I haven't written a single word of the scene, and already I am drained. It's playing on repeat in my head, and I'm trying to rewrite it so that I save a character or three, but it always comes back to the original scene. There is no point in procrastinating any longer. The end has come, and it must be written. I only hope that when it is over, my characters (and I) can find peace with the aftermath.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Author Spotlight - Harmony Kent



I am thrilled to share with you today this amazing author.  Indie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:  




Today we are celebrating her newest book, Moments!


Book Blurb:

Come.

Take a moment to delve into tales from the dark side, have fun with fantasy, dabble in dystopia, and court danger in a little science fiction.

These tales touch upon death, grieving, war, fresh starts, hope, courage, change, choices, and encouragement.

And then, after all that, you’ll find the poems.

From the lonely echoes of an empty house to the soaring heights of unexpected love and joy and learning to live as free as clouds and water.

For each of us, a moment encompasses a lifetime and, yet, passes in but the blink of an eye. In but a moment, everything can change. And in this very moment, life beckons in all its potentiality.

When the shadows fall, what will you do?

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As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony Kent also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services.   As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena.   She is always on the lookout for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. 

For all books available from her, check out her author pages at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Book Trailer videos: Harmony’s trailers.
Twitter: @harmony_kent https://twitter.com/harmony_kent

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This tour is sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

Monday, April 10, 2017

#RRBC 2017 Springtime Book and Blog Party - UPDATED



Thanks for partying with me over here in Miami, FL. I appreciate all of you who took the time to join me on my day of the RRBC Springtime Book and Blog Party! Here are my winners:

Today's Prizes - 04/11/17:

*an e-book copy of one of my novels (winner's choice) - 5 winners (KRISTY MODIA, MARETHA MENICHINI, C. S. BOYACK, JOAN HALL & CHARLES W. JONES)

* a signed copy of The One Discovered (continental US only) - 1 winner (MAE CLAIR)

* a signed copy of The One Enlightened (continental US only) - 1 winner (MAGGIE THOM)

* a signed copy of The One Betrayed (continental US only) - 1 winner (MIKE LYNES)

* a signed copy of The One Revealed (continental US only) - 1 winner  (SUZANNA BURKE)

* Author Spotlight on my blog - 1 winner (LARRY HYATT)

Total Winners: 10! :-)
I will be contacting all of my winners within the next couple of days to send you your prizes. Congratulations! :-)

If you did not win on my page, there are plenty of prizes still out there to win. Just go to: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/rrbc-2017-springtime-book-blog-block-party/ 

Let's get this party started!

In order to win a prize, you need to leave a comment at some point today (04/11/17).  You don't have to be a member of RRBC to win, but if you love reading and/or writing, RRBC is the place to be. That will enter you into the drawing.  That being said, you are more than welcome to share this post with others. :-)

With each of these #RRBC book and blog parties, I have told you about my Chronicles of the Diasodz series. You can see those posts here and here and here.  I am thrilled with the responses that I have received to each of my novels, and I thank each of you who have taken a chance on me and have read my series.  If you are new to my work, you can read about my series here and here.

Today, I want to do something a little different. I want to share with you something that I did not write.  This was written by my very talented sister, Kristy Modia.  She is a high school Language Arts teacher who sponsors a creative writing club called Writer's Ink.  Her students perform in spoken word competitions through the Jason Taylor's Louder Than a Bomb organization.  Recently, the coaches were asked to share a piece of their own writing, and the following piece is what my sister shared.  Enjoy! :-)

This is my 19th year of teaching.
So much has changed since I first started,
And as a mentor, I’m tired,
Tired of education being one–sided.
So listen to my side.
You know what I hear often?
"Miss, what can I do to pass?"
I feel like answering by saying,
“What you should have been doing
While you were engaged in your routine of puff, puff, pass.”
That’s how so many of you end up blind-sighted.
You don’t want to learn.
You want a get-out-of-jail free card,
But this isn’t monopoly.
Education isn’t a game
And it’s not my job to bail you out.
In fact, you’re the one who bails when I try to help,
But somehow I am supposed to care.
Most of the time when I am teaching
Half of you aren’t even mentally there.
You see, I’m in a battle,
Always fighting off the lure of social media.
I’m left competing for your attention, and
Well, that’s not right!
I ask you to face the book and
You pull out your phones and hop on Facebook.
I ask you to follow me in the chapter and
You wonder how many followers you have.
You’re more concerned with Tweeting,
And you’ve perfected the art of cheating.
Yes, you’ve cheated yourself out of an education,
Cheated yourself out of real social interaction,
Cheated yourself out of living in the moment,
Moments that you will unfortunately never get back,
And while you should be working on improving yourself,
You're too busy taking selfie after selfie,
Hoping to get as many likes and hearts as you can.
Truth is, you wouldn’t do this if you really liked yourself.
You need affirmation from friends who don’t even know you,
But you don’t care; you don’t even know yourself.
You know how to use those filters on your Snapchats,
But you don’t know yet how to filter in reality.
So long as you have a cute Instagram,
You’re happy…
So I can’t compete or even instill a gram of knowledge into your heads.
You are the generation of instant gratification,
But few of you are ever really satisfied.
Education partly died when the word text went from a book from which to gather knowledge
To an abbreviated version of English used for virtual communication.
Congratulations! Your phones are now truly smarter than you.
So, you ask me how you can pass?
I will answer by saying, "Stop passing."
Stop passing on opportunities that I give you,
Stop passing the time on mindless acts,
Stop passing by your classes and actually go inside,
Stop trying to hide - 
Hide from responsibilities,
Hide who you really are in favor of false appreciation,
Hide from the only gift you have - the present.
Learn to present yourself as a student.
This generation is connected to being disconnected,
So here I am, representing one of many tired educators
Because students continue to give us less
And their only true connections to life remain wireless.


Besides being an author, I am also a middle school Language Arts/Intensive Reading teacher, so this poem resonates with me, and I hope it impacts you as well.  Many of you are parents who can also connect with this poem.  Technology is both a blessing and a curse, and it takes strong will-power and character to know what role it should have in our lives.  Too many people have forgotten how to enjoy life and have become prisoners of their own devices.

My sister has written two novels, but she is a perfectionist, so she has yet to publish either one.  She's afraid that they aren't good enough, so she keeps them hidden from the world.  She almost didn't give me this poem because she "just wrote it on a whim for the LTAB presentation."  One day, I will convince her to publish her works, so remember her name. ;-)

Thank you for visiting me today. I share today's party with two other extremely talented authors, so please visit their sites as well.  You can find them on the #RRBC 2017 Springtime Book and Blog Party line-up.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Release and Author Spotlight - A.M. Manay

If you don't already know, I am a huge fan of author A.M. Manay and her November Snow series.  Although I have spotlighted her before, I am honored to be sharing her with you again today because her new novel, She Marches Through Fire, is finally available! :-)



The November Snow series follows November Snow, a girl who has visions of the future who gets mixed up with vampires and werewolves and faeries. I have read the entire series and LOVE it!  In the author's words, here is a little glimpse into two of the characters that you learn to love (and/or hate) from the series.


"Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places"
by A.M. Manay

I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between November and Luka as I wind up my November Snow Series with its final installment, SheMarches Through Fire.  Why is November drawn to Luka despite hating everything he has done or has tried to do?  Why can't she simply reject him altogether?
November and Luka have a complicated dynamic.  Her inability to disengage from him doesn’t arise only because power is seductive, though it is.  It's not solely due to vampire blood magic.  It's not just "Stockholm Syndrome.”  It's not simply an impulse toward self-destructive behavior, though that does play into things.  It’s also not just due to the fact that she has a savior complex, though she does certainly have a deep need to save people.

I think that the final factor that might not be immediately apparent to the casual reader is that November sees something familiar in Luka, as he does in her.  When it comes down to it, Luka may be the character who best understands November and her emotional motivations.  November and Luka are two sides of the same coin.  Both survived devastating and abusive childhoods.  November lost her father at a young age.  Her neglectful and abusive mother struggled unsuccessfully with addiction and was terrified of November's gift.  Luka's parents rejected him and left him for dead because he was born with a physical disability, and his surrogate vampire family enslaved and exploited him for years before giving him eternal life.  They both experienced significant trauma, but they reacted to that experience differently.

While November chooses to turn to the good while dealing with her pain, Luka chooses a more evil road in response to his own.  November's reaction is to seek safety and affection wherever she can find it.  She, both consciously and unconsciously, tries to get everyone she meets to love her and protect her the way her parents did not.  She, essentially, goes looking for love in all the wrong places.  Luka's response to similar trauma is to seek to control the world and everyone in it, especially those who mean anything to him.  His greed and his ruthlessness spring from the desperate emotional need to rule his universe and to prevent another abandonment.  Consequently, any event causing helplessness or loss affects him profoundly, as it does November.

My creation of November's connection to Luka, especially as it develops in SheMarches Through Fire, isn't meant to express approval of his crimes or of his abusive behavior, nor is it intended to be leading to a romance with some kind of "happily ever after."  Her actions with respect to Luka aren’t meant to be seen as particularly wise.  You’ll have to decide for yourself how you judge them both.

These two antagonists have a great deal more in common than I realized when I first began to write the series.  Isn't it funny how our characters somehow take on lives of their own?  What complexities do you see in November’s relationships with the other characters?


If you want to see how November and Luka’s dangerous dance comes to a close, order SheMarches Through Fire, available today at all major ebook retailers.




Series: November Snow
Author: A.M. Manay
Cover design: A.M. Manay
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Supernatural fantasy

Psychic vampire November Snow must battle grief, injury, and her own family as she fights evil on all sides. She seeks a cure for the poison sapping her strength and a fairy weapon as powerful as it is dangerous to wield. When it is time to save the innocent and gain justice for her maker, will she find the strength to march through the fire?

If you want a little bit more information, watch this book trailer: https://youtu.be/m9gxWk0Q1m8






Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Author Spotlight - Linda Mims


I am so excited to help you get to know this debut author.  Meet Linda Mims, a retired educator turned author.  That alone is reason for me to adore her. :-) Her novel will be the reason that you love her.  So, without further delay, here is a little information about Linda.


Linda Mims started creating tales in her head as a child. At age 12, she knew she was onto something when she sold a story to her grandmother for a quarter, but it was her dad’s more practical advice, to get a good education and find a real job, that she followed.
After retiring from her “real job” as an educator, Linda began her writing career as an indie author. The tale of The Neon Houses was born out of a careless comment that people had lost interest in reading. The joke was that decades from now we’d need to hold reading nights in neighborhood parks for citizens who wouldn’t be able to read.
Linda rolled that idea around in her head until it turned into a whole society of have-nots. Once the idea got rolling, she worked nonstop until she’d finished the first draft. Writing is now her real job!
LindaMims resides in a small suburban town 30 miles outside of Chicago, IL where she likes to cook, garden, and blog, sometimes simultaneously. She is married to her long-time love, has two grown daughters and one bossy, bichon-pom, Alexis.


I have downloaded The Neon Houses and can't wait to read it to review it for you all, but in the meantime, check out this review from another incredible author:


A Review for THE NEON HOUSES
By Mary Schmidt on January 26, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

By the middle of chapter one, I knew this book was different from mainstream futuristic novels. Mims’ wove a true unique read with an interesting plot and characters. I didn’t expect a chilling murder at the beginning, but this novel demands action and is quite gripping. A future Chicago and Gang Territory, those with money, and those who live in the ghetto – drug/crime lords, growing up on the street, and more makes this book believable, as I can visually see this entire novel in my brain. A book that garners this kind of a reaction from me garners five stars, especially when it is well-written. Mim’s characters spring to life in a futuristic socioeconomic environment and gave me pause to wonder just what Earth will be like in the late 2000’s. Well done Ms. Mims.

This book should be moved to the top of your list of TBRs. The cover alone is phenomenal! Here is the synopsis of the book:


Dr. Noel Kennedy hears screams inside her head, but the screams aren’t hers. While preparing for her annual end-of-summer barbecue, Noel hears her young friend—twenty-year-old Zarah Fisher—screaming for her life. However Zarah is miles away!
Noel knows the exact moment Zarah takes her last breath because Noel has a secret! It’s a secret that not even her husband Richard knows.
As the Deputy Chief of Schools of Gang Territory, Noel has perfected her life. She is a solid, middle-class citizen from New Chicago, Incorporated. New Chicago and Gang Territory have become vastly different societies since the early Urban Wars. Now, year 2087 finds New Chicago’s military-trained police determined to enforce laws that keep “gang people” out.
Harlem Pierce, a New Chicago police detective, has been warned to stay away from this case and he urges Noel to let it go. But a new killing involves Noel’s younger cousin and her boyfriend and links Noel to it in a startling way.
Who can Noel draw on? Must she turn to Warren Simpson—the menacing, treacherous boss of Gang Territory? Or … could he be the killer?
Check out this awesome book trailer for more information: https://youtu.be/_JrglVENUOs

While you are at it, follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/boom_lyn

The tour is sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Author Spotlight - Jan Sikes


Author Spotlight - Jan Sikes


Happy Valentine's Day! I can't think of a better way of spreading love on this day than by sharing my love of reading and writing with you.  So, for this Valentine's Day, I am sharing with you a fellow author who has written several different books.  She is a member of Rave Writers - International Society of Authors (RWISA).  Join me in welcoming this amazing author of several novels and learn more about her in my interview with her.


      How long have you been writing?   The first thing I remember writing was a gospel song around         the age of eight or nine.


How many books have you authored?  5  

Please give us up to 3 titles? Flowers and Stone, The Convict and the Rose, Home At Last

Do you have a writing schedule?  I wish! I have such a busy life that too often my writing goes to the back burner. But…once I am moved and settled in my new place, I intend to change that and work on my story in some form or fashion every day. Wish me luck!

You’re a member of RAVE WRITERS –INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (RWISA)Why do you think you were accepted into this exclusive group?  I’m an award-winning author and while  I’m proud of this recognition, I see tons of room for improvement in my writing. And, I think that is why I was accepted into RWISA – not because I have won awards for my writing, but because I hunger to continue to grow and learn the craft.

Modesty aside, what separates your writing from the millions of other writers in the world? We are all unique. And because of that, we each have a unique voice – way of expressing our thoughts with words. That is the one factor that separates any of us. I can’t tell a story like you and you wouldn’t be able to tell the story the way I do. I love this because it is what makes everything about the crazy world of writing so exciting, fresh and new!

If you could spend a day picking the brain of one author, who would that be? Taylor Caldwell Why? She wrote a historical novel in 1972 that totally changed the way I view world leaders, wars and the way decisions are made that affect countries. I would love to hear why she wrote this book, how she did her research and what it led her to discover.

Are you a die-hard INDIE writer who loves having complete control of your work, or, if you were offered a publishing contract today, would you sign on the dotted line? Although I love the freedom of being an Indie author, I would jump at a chance to sign a legitimate publishing contract. My sister is a traditionally published author (signed to a major publisher) and when I see all they do for her as far as marketing, I am envious. It would be nice to get paid, instead of having to pay for everything myself.

As an author, where do you see yourself in 5 years?  I know beyond any doubt, I’ll still be writing, but I also see myself getting more established as a teacher. I love presenting workshops to all levels of writers from children to adult. I learn so much that way.

What is the ONE tool that has been the most beneficial tool in the marketing of your books? Hands down, for me, public appearances. I sell more books by doing speaking engagements or through book signings. I love the one-on-one interaction with  potential readers.

Name one writer that you know of, member or non-member of RRBC, who you feel should be added to the RWISA Roster of elite members?  Mae Clair (in fact I am shocked to find that she isn’t already a member) Why? Her writing is superb, but as a person, she is one of the most supportive, encouraging and engaging RRBC members I’ve gotten to know.

What is the one piece of advice that you could share that would be most valuable for those aspiring to not only be writers, but those aspiring to be great writers? Never EVER think you’ve learned all there is to know about writing. It is an ongoing process and we should never stop learning!

Do you believe that writers who churn out several books a year are really putting out quality work?   It depends. I would say that answer could only be given on a book-by-book basis. I know some writers who put out three or four books per year and they are all amazing stories. On the other hand, I know some who are more interested in adding another title to their name than telling a great story or making sure it’s the best it can be.

If you had promised your fans a book by a certain date only to find that your book wasn’t the best it could be, would you go ahead and publish your book just to meet that self-imposed deadline and deliver as promised, or, would you disappoint your fans and shelve the book until it was absolutely ready? I would have to shelve the book.   No matter your reason, please explain why? To publish a book that wasn’t ready would only hurt me, not help. I would lose those reader fans quickly. Let me add, though, that I’d stay in contact with the readers and let them know the status of the book.

In your opinion, what makes a book “a great book?”  A character driven story that you can’t put down and that lingers with you long after you’ve read “The End.”

If you received a review of your book which stated that there were editing & proofing “issues,” what’s the first thing you would do?  First, I would contact the person who claimed there were editing and proofing issues to thank them for taking time to tell me and then I’d ask for specifics. And the second? If there were truly typos, errors or any other mistakes, I’d immediately pull the book down off the market, and go to work on the manuscript. 


Here is a little advice from Jan herself:


Don’t Fall in a Rut
We all have our own unique style of communicating, but as authors, do we let ourselves fall into a rut of using the same words over and over throughout our stories? I’d like to challenge all authors, new and old, to examine your wordage. Do you use “very, just, such, things or was/is/are/am” too often?
There are many reference books at our fingertips, and of course, a standard is the trusty Thesaurus. Isn’t it a wonderful handy tool to have right on your computer desktop? If you find a certain word or phrase that you get stuck using, do a search through the document and let your imagination and creativity explode by creating different and more descriptive ways of saying the same thing only better.
It is a constant goal to improve the quality, not quantity, of my writing. A well-written story that flows and draws the reader in is like stumbling upon a gold mine of emotion.  


Check out Jan Sike's latest book, which is currently FREE!

Home At Last by [Sikes, Jan]


Want to know more about her? Visit her here:

TWITTER HANDLE:  @rijanjks

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Authors Helping Authors

When I was growing up, I always thought of my favorite authors as hermits, people who hid away in a dark room with a single lamp illuminating the masterpiece that they were creating.  It was an image of romanticism, mysticism, and loneliness.  And though I am sure there are many authors who are introverted and prefer their solace, many of us are actually quite social creatures.  When we write, we need our solitude, but otherwise we tend to enjoy being among the living and breathing.

When I first started writing with the intent to complete a full novel, I felt alone in the process.  Sure, I had my family and a few friends supporting me, but I was mostly alone.  Finishing the novel enhanced my loneliness in the writer's world because I could not seem to find a publisher for my novel.  My first two novels went unpublished because of the amount of rejection I received.

So, when I wrote my third novel, I decided that I would self-publish. At first, the journey was scary and very lonely.  I had to teach myself the process and was lucky to come across a few resources that helped me.  And soon, I had a published novel.  And then...nothing happened.  I had some sales, mostly from my family and friends, but I was stuck.

Marketing is not my friend. I have always had difficulty seeking attention from others.  I am the wallflower in the crowd, and I am okay with that.  The problem is that you cannot be a wallflower in self-publishing...unless you plant yourself in a garden.  And I did!

I came across the Rave Reviews Book Club somehow.  I truly don't remember the moment, but I believe the Universe put this club on my path because she knew that I desperately needed a community of authors and readers.  RRBC, as the members lovingly call it, is for all readers and writers. It's a book club, but it's SO much more.  We have become a family, and family supports one another.

One of the many things that I love about RRBC is that the members will purchase my book, read it, and write a very honest review.  I also purchase and read other authors' books and then write very honest reviews (you can see my reviews here).  Many of the books are free at times or are on sale for $0.99.  I have read some incredible stories that I never would have been exposed to had it not been for this club.  I have also received some great feedback about my own writing which only further enhances my craft.

Another amazing trait of this club is the vast amount of support that is given.  And this is where I found my garden.  I have a hard time promoting myself, but I LOVE to promote other authors.  I share what I read with my followers and I promote novels from other authors because book lovers deserve to know about the wonderful books that are out there. In turn, the other members promote my books to their members, helping me to reach other readers who may not usually have come across my novels.  It's a win-win for everyone!

Social media is a godsend for this sort of thing, and Twitter is my main venue. I have a pinned promotion at the top, which allows other authors to retweet that promo to their followers.  When I want to promote an author, the first thing I do is see if they also have a pinned tweet.  I don't always have a lot of time to search through their feed to learn more about their works, so having that pinned tweet at the top makes a huge difference.

Some authors change their pinned tweet often, which allows me to easily share a new view on their works with my followers. I am guilty of leaving my pinned tweet for too long and definitely need to work on updating it more often.  Still, a pinned tweet is so beneficial to those who want to help promote your works.  So, if you are an author and don't have a pinned tweet, you may want to consider creating one.  It could be as simple as a list of author links or a picture of your books with a link to your web site.

Since joining RRBC, my list of followers has grown like wildflowers, and purchases and reviews keep coming.  I have met the most amazing people and have added a few more names to my list of favorite authors.  I know now that I will never be that writer who is stuck in a dark room writing by the glimmer of a lamp.  I am an author who is basking in the sunlight surrounded by a garden of wonder.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Become a better you!

Every new year, many people create resolutions that they try to uphold all year long. Some people meet their goals and others give up after just a few days.  Many of you know that I set a goal last year to embrace change.  Change has always been very difficult for me, so last year I decided that I was going to find a way to stop resisting change.  And the Universe decided to throw a whole lot of change my way. Lol! It wasn't always easy (in fact, it wasn't ever easy), but I managed to learn to accept change in my life.

This year, I have decided to embrace the happiness within me.  What exactly does that mean? Well, I recently read a book called The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. He talks about looking within and truly understanding who you really are.  In his book, he discusses how we are in control of our happiness. He says that we cannot find happiness in external objects.  So, this year, I am focusing on finding happiness within me instead of from external sources.  This is not going to be an easy task because it means shutting off the voice inside of me that is always trying to control situations, but I am empowered with enlightenment and will succeed. :-)

I've also begun a "movement" (I guess you can call it that) to help others embrace the beauty within them. I teach students in the tweens, and it saddens me to see how many of them have self-esteem issues.  So, I created Proud of my Beauty on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I will be sharing memes that I find that encourage people to embrace the beauty within them.  If I can help even one person to realize that they are beautiful just the way they are, then it will be worth it.

Finally, the Rave Reviews Book Club is challenging us all to become better versions of ourselves.  I have already taken the pledge, and I hope you will join me in doing so.  There is a lot of bad in this world, and we may not be able to fix it all, but we certainly can make sure that we are making the world a better place by improving the energy that we share with others. Join me in this challenge here!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year, New Books! :-)



Happy new year, beautiful people! It's an absolutely beautiful, sunny, warm day here in Miami, Florida! I could not have asked for a better way to start a new year. To make it even more wonderful, I am sharing with you several books that are either FREE or on SALE right now! You all know by now that I love to read, and I enjoy it even more when I don't have to pay much to do so. ;-)

So, while you start this beautiful new day of a happy new year, embrace your love for reading with these new books:


The One Enlightened, book two of the Chronicles of the Diasodz series, is just $0.99 right now. Many of you took advantage of getting The One Discovered, book one of the series, for FREE last week. So, here is an opportunity to get book two at a huge discount! The sale will end on January 7th, so get your copy now!


Crazy! Hot! And Living on the Edge! by Shirley Harris-Slaughter is FREE now until January 5th! I read this book and think it's something everyone should read (you can read my review for it here).  And since it's free, why not take a chance and download it?


Our Lady of Victory, also by Shirley Harris-Slaughter, is FREE now until January 3rd! Those of you who enjoy history, especially of our own country, will enjoy this book.  I've read this book as well and my review is here for you to read.


She Lights up the Dark by A.M. Manay is also $0.99 now through January 7th! I absolutely LOVE this series! She gave away the first book of the series, She Dies at the End, last week.  If you love vampires and fairies and werewolves, you will definitely want to read this. You can find my review here.

As I find out about more free/discounted books, I will let you know. In the meantime, check out my REVIEWS for other great books that you may want to add to your library. :-)