Today, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to welcome Guest Author Sherilyn Powers. Sherilyn is a wonderfully supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club and she is a native of Canada. After getting to know her a little bit I discovered that I would be hosting her and that made it that much more exciting. A plus is that I can personally relate to her story.  And now here she is…


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Discovering Your Allergies
Have you ever had someone, like a doctor or nutritionist, ask you what you had for breakfast and not be able to remember?

With our hectically frantic lives, many of us can’t remember what we were doing a short time ago, never mind some time before taking the kids to school and daycare, running back home to pick up a lunch someone forgot, the four meetings with your boss, clients, co-workers and the plumber who was called in to your house by the neighbours when your pipes bursting flooded their basement.

This is why when trying to discover what types of allergic symptoms may be affecting you and their causes can be practically impossible without keeping track physically. If we can’t think of what we had for breakfast this morning, how are we going to remember everything we encountered three days earlier?

Yes, three days. Delayed reactions can take up to 72 hours to show up and in the case of some substances (medical contrast dye) even up to seven days!

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In my book, I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic! I discuss journaling in more detail and why it is important to help you start finding your triggers. Even if you are able to go in for all the different allergy testing, journaling is still your best bet for confirming exactly what affects you and how.

Tracking daily routines, foods, environments and symptoms can seem rather daunting when you first start, but it is one of the things that helps me identify immediately when something is wrong and what it is. After you have established a safe daily routine that creates no reactions, make sure that if you want to stray that you only stray with one variable at a time. Ie. Eating at McDonalds. If that is unusual and you get sick, it’s pretty easy to pick apart what you ate and narrow down the possible culprits. If you are eating questionable items all the time, you will never pinpoint what is giving you issues.

I just read an article on, on a man who cured his allergies after 5 years of tracking everything! Yes, he was desperate. For him allergies were far worse to deal with than the keeping track of everything he came in contact with and how many times he sneezed! (See “Man cures his pollen allergy by tracking every sneeze for FIVE years and analysing what made his allergies worse” on

Luckily the man, Thomas Christiansen, was a software programmer and developed his own way to keep track. His app, Mymee app , helped him track a variety of things to help build his case on what he was reacting to and when.

We can’t all develop our own tracking software, and some of us can’t afford fancy gadgets, but pens and paper are available in most areas. Whatever method you use for tracking your symptoms and possible triggers, make sure to include dates, times, foods, environments (home, work, restaurant, farmer’s field), as well as things like mood, pain, sneezing, mucus production and general feeling of well-being – or not.

Tracking these things for a month or two may not give you any startling revelations, but as you do start to notice things you possibly react to and remove or limit them, the knowledge from journaling can snowball.

Sherilyn Powers
Author of I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic!

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THE BLOG TOUR – starring Author Gordon Bickerstaff

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Blog 6 The Best and Simplest Advice for New Aspiring Writers

If you aspired to be an electrician or a plumber then you would spend a few years learning your craft. If you aspire to be a writer then it is important to learn your craft, and to learn the writing craft you need to take off your reading for enjoyment hat, and put on your apprentice writer hat.

Learn from the experts. Read a book for enjoyment then read it again as an apprentice writer with a critical reviewer hat on. Discover how the writer held your interest. Learn the writer’s techniques in unfolding the story. Examine how the writer has revealed and described characters, and places. When I’ve read a good book, I may read it three times (not in succession) to understand the writer’s techniques. If I learn something, I make a note – maybe a paragraph…

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Since I didn’t write my own I am going to share yours Beem. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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So you’re an indie author. You’ve taken the time and effort to write that novel or book that’s been inside of you since as far back as you can recall. You’ve even paid a professional editor to comb through it to make sure it’s worthy to sell. It’s there on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a mere few dollars—unless you want the paperback. Nothing beats that feeling of holding your very own published work in your hands.


So what comes next? How do you, the author, get word to readers around the world that your work is available, ready to be read and reviewed? If you have deep pockets, you’ll have no worries. Just hire a team of marketers and let them go to work for you. They seem to know what they’re doing, right?

Okay. So maybe your pockets aren’t that deep. Perhaps you are like a million…

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Good Morning, Nonnie Jules! It’s Your Day!

Another Presentation from Rave Reviews Book Club. Congrats NJ!

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Hi friends and fellow Rave Reviewers! Thank you so much for this day of wonderful surprise(Jan. 18th 2016)! All this fuss is making me a little self-conscious and I just have to ‘Pay It Forward’. So, if you will indulge me, I’d like to send it back to Ms. Nonnie Jules!  THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING RAVE REVIEWS!!!

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How do you say “good morning” to a woman who single-handedly lassoed together a group of vigilante writers who were already bold enough and obstinate enough to say to the establishment, “Hell no, we won’t go”? Nonnie Jules coaxed them into a force to be reckoned with all in one place called Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC)!

As the President of RRBC, Nonnie has made it her mission to get her club members the attention, the reviews, and the respect they deserve. She guides the membership to tweet…

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GIVEAWAYS:  (2) book bundles – (1) paperback of THE PHOENIX PROJECT along with (1) paperback of her children’s book, SOREN!

To be eligible to win one of these sets, merely leave a comment on any stop along the tour, including this one and you could be one of our two lucky winners!!!

From the United Kingdom Let’s Welcome
D.M. Cain An Exciting New Author on her Much-Talked-About
Blog Tour
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D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.


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Thank you for stopping by and visiting this amazing author and don’t forget to leave your questions or comments below.

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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First Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card – JEFFREY VON GLAHN!

Second Prize: Autographed Paperback Copy of
Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! – NONNIE JULES!

Third Prize: RICHIE GERBER –  Crazy Hot Ebook




Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today for the fabulous Rave Reviews Book Club Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party which is running through the entire month of December 2015.

In this stop (December 26th) I am giving away 3 awesome prizes. If you would like a chance at winning one of them, all you have to do is click on the Crazy Hot trailer link below, “LIKE” the page, leave a comment and “share.” That’s it in order to qualify for a prize!


The trailer was produced by 4WillsPublishing.

Go to the Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party Line-Up to ride this train everyday for the month of December and win fabulous prizes.


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Congratulations Renee Hand on being my selection for RRBC’s “Pay It Forward” Week!

I am very pleased to introduce a very supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club – Renee Hand. She is an Award Winning Children’s Author and Book Reviewer. She has written a number of Children’s Books and interviewed many authors on her blog talk radio show including ‘yours truly.’



Renee Hand is a multi award-winning author and requested speaker on the topic of using fun fiction to teach science, geography and history. Let her show librarians, educators, and parents how using her books can not only challenge readers and the way they think about problems in real life, but she creates high interest topics that suck the reader into her stories encouraging them into wanting to know more about the settings, science, history, culture and people. Skills like reading comprehension, reasoning, deduction and observation come together in a myriad of ways. In her Crypto-Caper Series children get to solve puzzles and cryptograms that are woven strategically inside of the story for the reader to find and solve inside of the books. Each book provides the reader with what they will need to solve the case, providing them with the knowledge and new skills that will help them succeed. In her Joe-Joe Nut Series, Renee expertly combines the love of a good mystery with science using the topics of animal tracks, rocks and minerals, as well as weathering, erosion, and art. These books can supplement a curriculum in any classroom. The books also contain extra information like experiments, terminology of the topic, charts, and much more. All books are interactive and fun. Renee is a maverick in writing children’s interactive mysteries, combining elements while teaching children to believe in themselves and providing confidence to handle life’s challenges. Contact her today to participate in your event.

The Crypto-Capers Series
This series is an interactive adventure that includes the reader into the story. Books 1, 2, 3 & 4 are out. The Case of the Missing Sock, The Case of Red Rock Canyon, The Legend of the Golden Monkey and The Chest of Mystery. Recently released is a new lower elementary mystery series known as The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill in the Great Pie Catastrophe. This book is about animal detectives where children will learn about animal tracks and mystery solving.

Here is the summary for book 1 of the Crypto-Capers Series. For more information about all of my children’s books or if you would like to purchase the series, all books are available at Barnes and Nobles as well as Also available in all book stores and signed copies can be bought from me through my website at



Stories From Unknown Authors

Renee Hand is a blog talk show radio host and has interviewed a host of up and coming authors and members of Rave Reviews Book Club. She is very talented and focused on children’s issues but will interview for any worthwhile subject matter from up and coming authors.



Be sure to explore the links above for more in-depth information on Renee’s books, trailers, and where to buy.

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I’m glad you all stopped by to support Renee Hand during RRBC’s “Pay It Forward” Week. Be sure to check out all her books and her radio spots & share this blog.




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A New Zealand Author of stories about love, family and resilience with a dash of humor and a pinch of spice. Cheryl has written six (6) books all in a span of two years! Now that’s some writing.

As a young mother with three small children, Cheryl Phipps escaped the daily chaos of motherhood Cheryl Phipps, Authorthrough her beloved romance novels. She loved being whisked away from nappies and wiping noses to exotic locations filled with suave heroes and feisty heroines, and wonderful small towns with heart-warming tales of strong family ties and affirming true love.

Her bookshelves still hold those favorite authors – Nora Roberts, Marian Keyes and Cathy Kelly – plus new found favorites – Bella Andre and Marie Force – who write stories that echo Cheryl’s own values: family always comes first and life’s struggles and challenges are always surmountable through love.

Cheryl’s three children have now grown and have families of their own. She lives in a quiet suburb of New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, with her wonderful husband, who she married the moment she left school (yes, they were high school sweethearts). She now loves weaving sensual stories that celebrate the joy of love, family and resilience.

Cheryl loves talking with fellow romance readers and fans.

Published August, 2015

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Danvers understands what heartaches life can throw at a person and has worked hard to not have any more. Taking a job working for impossibly hot millionaire Jake Bridges tests that. Charlie realizes too late that he feels the sparks that fly between them, and wants to act on them. She also knows it would only ever be fun for him, but for her it would be so much more.

Up until now, Jake Bridges has lived life by his own strict rules.  Focus, control, and trusting no-one but himself, have kept him safe since childhood.  Sure, those rules keep people at a distance, but that doesn’t bother Jake. He’s not a candidate for any relationship, business or pleasure, that isn’t efficient and short. Until he meets Charlie, his head strong, sexy-as-hell, dog walker. With Charlie, for the first time in his life, Jake’s willing to take a risk on everything.  But convincing Charlie of that is going to be the biggest challenge of their lives.

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May 2015

Saving Stephanie – the third Novella in the Prossers Bay Series.

A doctors son, who has to return home when his dad becomes ill, has no intention of staying. The woman he loves will not leave. A compromise that they weren’t willing to make in the past is back to make trouble.


 Check out more of Cheryl’s books on her website and don’t forget to like her on her facebook page.

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Thank you for joining me today during RRBC’s “Pay It Forward” Week and thank you for supporting Cheryl Phipps. It is a pleasure to have her.

I am also celebrating my One Year Membership in Rave Reviews Book Club and proudly display the emblem below.


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(A WordPress Adventure)


As some of you may know, I hit that darn “Publish” button by accident and sent out a blog post before it was supposed to go live. I could have kicked myself for doing that. But “there is never an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good.” That’s because I learned something new about social media and scheduling a post.

I knew that I had to kill the tweet that had automatically gone out but what I didn’t know was that I had to also delete a facebook post that had gone up as well. Sure, I connected all my social media sites as I was editing the blog post but I didn’t really know what was going to happen with them.

I bet I know now!

After the post published an email went to all my followers and the tweet went out, and the facebook post published. So everything had to be taken down and I was so glad that I was alerted to the fact that the facebook post was up. That’s how I learned about all of it and what a wordpress blog will do to promote your post.

In order to kill the live post I had to re-schedule it for the date I want. That is tricky in itself. You can’t use regular time clock hours; you have to use a military type style of posting the hours. So I enlisted the help of my husband to understand how to count the hours to schedule the correct time. Example, if I want to schedule a date and time for midnight, it will look something like this:

10/26/15  00:01 – the post will start at midnight of the designated date
10/27/15  01:00 – the post will start at 1:00 A.M.
10/27/15  13:00 – the post will start at 1::00 P.M.

Once you count past the first twelve hours you keep counting what will represent your time up to 24 hours, then back to one (1) again. Now I didn’t try the midnight schedule for fear it wouldn’t work right. I did enough damage for one day and was fearful of inflicting more.
It’s all rather confusing but it makes sense once you understand the counting concept.

So anytime you schedule a blog for publishing keep this in mind. Once you click the “Publish” button, the world will know about it instantly. So you have to act fast to cancel everything. The main thing in all this is not to make that mistake in the first place, then you won’t have to concern yourself with all of this.

Another point to remember is that a shortlink is automatically created when you create a new blog in wordpress. You can copy it from the top of your editor manager page from a tab called “Get Shortlink” and use it to promote your post. Every post I create in Microsoft Word has a copy of the shortlink saved in that word document for referencing later.

I hope this is not confusing to you. Feel free to contact me if you need to and don’t hesitate to correct me if any of this is wrong.

Have a great day everybody!!

Oh! I’m celebrating my One Year Membership in Rave Reviews Book Club and got my badge today. And here it is…

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