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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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Twitter Handle:  @thecryptocaper
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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.

Here are Cheryl Phipps’ Contacts:
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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 the post 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 #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 the pendulum swings 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 edit a new post 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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Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author

It is a pleasure and honor to welcome to my blog a member of our club, T.C.Booth. Lets support her, share this page, and pick up a copy of her books. Congratulations on being selected as a Spotlight Author.


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TC Booth is a teacher in the small Northeast Ohio town where she was born and raised. She lives with her husband, her four children (ages13-23), her dog Sammy, and two cats, Sheldon and Sasha.
TC Booth views books as the best form of entertainment and her favorite escape from life’s stresses. She prefers reading to watching movies and would rather write than do most anything else. When TC is not busy attending her children’s sporting events or running them from place to place, you’ll find her writing on her laptop, iPad, or maybe jotting ideas on one of her phone apps.
A self-proclaimed young adult fiction addict, TC finds the passion in which young people experience life to be contagious. That passion is the driving force of her writing.

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My Writing Journey
By TC Booth

My journey in writing began at a young with the love of poetry. I won my first poetry contest in third grade and had my picture taken for the paper. It was a pretty big deal. Thinking back over my childhood, I realized that my mind was always geared to be a writer. My imagination stirred up interesting plots and characters even in play time.

As an adult, writing became my escape from reality. There’s nothing like getting lost in story I’m writing. I shared stories with my family and eventually began to write children’s stories for my class. I decided to give a try at publishing one of the children’s stories I wrote. It was published, and the feeling of seeing my characters come to life was unbelievable. Unfortunately, I was naïve in the world of publishing and didn’t have a positive experience.

Lesson learned, I did my homework when I decided to take the step into publishing of my young adult novella. I found a critique partner and paid someone to professionally edit it before I submitted it to small independent publisher, Clean Reads, former name Astraea Press. I was sent me book contract and Beyond Vica was published six months later.

Last November I took on the challenge of NaNoWrMo. A challenge it was! In order to try and reach the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month, I had to get up at four thirty each morning to write before school started. I didn’t make the goal by the end of the month, but managed to hammer out 43,000 words. I finished up the novel in December, had it edited and submitted it to Stephanie at Clean Reads in February. My first young adult novel, To Be Honest, came out in July of this year. I’m very grateful for Stephanie and all of the support at Clean Reads. Publishing with Clean Reads has been positive and professional in comparison to my first experience.

I publish my children’s story of Kindle after my contract was up with the first publisher and haven’t pursued anything further with children’s book writing. Right now, I feel my niche is young adult contemporary fiction. The topics I choose to center the stories around are relevant to young people today. I absolutely love to create the characters. There is nothing like seeing your work published and characters come to life. I’m truly blessed to be able to pursue my passion.

Beyond VicaTo Be Honest

To learn more about TC Booth or to purchase her books, please visit:
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Twitter handle: @BoothTammi

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The Writer’s Journey – Guest, Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

I think I’ll share with my followers. lol

Originally posted on Kim's Author Support Blog:

My next guest for THE WRITER’S JOURNEY is SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER. Photo2Welcome and Thank you, Shirley, for sharing your journey to publishing.

Kim it is a pleasure to be invited to your Writer’s Journey Blog. Thank you so much for your hospitality.

My Pen Name is Shirley Harris-Slaughter. My writing started in the year 2002 with a nagging dream of preserving our historical presence in the Catholic Church.  Here is my story.

I am the author of the book:  “Our Lady of Victory – The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community.”  This book evolved out of years of frustration at the total disregard and lack of respect for the contributions of Slaughter CoverImageBlack Catholics in the city of Detroit.  “We are not mentioned in the pages of history along with the other Catholic churches that sprung up during the World War II era, and that needed to be corrected.  You couldn’t…

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Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

I just have to share this post to all my followers. Its wonderful!

Originally posted on 4WillsPublishing Author Services:

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GIVEAWAYS – 4 Winners: 

(for Authors only)

1st prize:  FREE Book Trailer ($75 Value)

2nd prize:  FREE (7) Day Blog Tour ($45 Value)

3rd prize:  FREE (3) Day Weekend Blog Tour ($25 Value)

(for Authors & Readers)

4th prize:  Ebook copy of “RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL”

SPECIAL SURPRISE WINfor those who read all the way through.  That’s the only way to find the hidden treasure!!!

Welcome to 4WillsPublishing Author Services!  We are so excited to be apart of this magnificent blog tour event, RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY, but we’re even more excited to have you join us today!  C’mon in and turn up the music, while we give you a little company background.  (Get comfy, you just entered a HAPPY zone!  And if you leave without reading all the way through, you just might miss something…

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Today you got selected!

And so I am dedicating this day to you!

So Enjoy!

Linda Mims


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This notice epitomizes what Linda is all about, bringing recognition to issues that are near and dear to her heart. She tweets about everything. She is all about promoting baby boomers and women in particular. She even has a name for it – Boomacious! That’s going to be the new word in the English dictionary I betcha!. Her website, Boomacious says it all. Lifestyle’s For Today’s Baby Boomer Woman.

Here is an excerpt:

About Boomacious

Who is the Boomacious woman! It’s a woman who is so fabulously happy to transition into the second phase of her life that even God is excited for her. A Boomacious woman embraces her age, weight, marital status, and any perceived shortcomings and never allows them to stop her show. She doesn’t care what people think, or what they do. She has learned to live and let live. That is Boomacious!

“Boomacious”, the blog, is dedicated to this woman!

Boomacious women lead businesses! Are entrepreneurs! Care for elderly parents! Process decisions daily about housing, food, clothing, automobiles, investments, etc. for multi-generational families…


Anything that is important to Linda– she will try to keep up with it as she informs her followers. She pushes features that showcase the late Gilda Radner while telling us to take our Hats Off to Mom on Mother’s Day. She re-posted a piece for Grammy Nominated “Trust Me” by Richard Smallwood.

I was scanning a facebook page when I stumbled across a post by Linda –
Short Hair don’t care!

It’s a drawing of a beautiful brown woman with what else? Short hair!

Linda is a retired diva who lives in the Midwest Region of the USA. She is a motivational speaker, a tweeter and a blogger. And she is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

Please take a moment to leave a comment, or share this page with your followers. I’m sure Linda will get a boom out of this!

Twitter Handle: @boom_lyn
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Thank you so much for visiting my site today to support Linda Mims. This is called Paying It Forward. This is what we do at Rave Reviews Book Club.

Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author
Rave Reviews Book Club, Honorary Board Member

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Guest Post: RRBC “Spotlight Author” SARA HATHAWAY on Day After Disaster

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

This post is worthwhile sharing!!

Originally posted on Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes:

Today I am honored to have Sara Hathaway, author of The Day After Disasterand fellow RRBC member, as a guest on my blog. Sara is here to tell us a bit about the philosphy behind her book.


Day After Disaster Philosophy
One day, as a teenager, I was hanging out at the Middle Fork of the American River. I asked my girlfriends that I was with, what would happen if we lost all power tomorrow? I was absolutely horrified when they replied, “we wouldn’t have our curling irons or blow dryers.”

I have never been your typical “girl”. I just wasn’t raised that way. My mother was the middle child in a group of five girls and quickly became my grandfather’s masculine counterpart. She helped him with all the chores a boy would have and eventually became a very skilled upholsterer, working with her hands. She was as big…

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Gwen I’m really glad to have you as we have a thing or two in common. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and I am so grateful to have your support. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce you to my followers. Everyone please give Gwen a great big welcome by leaving a comment and supporting her on this fabulous Spotlight Tour.

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There is a reason writers write. For some of us, there is a message lodged in our heart that longs for expression. In my case, I wanted to share my journey in the hope that others might better understand their own.
When I began writing my book, I expected to simply tell my story. As the pages unfolded though, I realized that my story was everyone’s story. The details of my journey are unique to me of course, but the emotions accompanying those details are universal. We all know sorrow, fear, or regret; and, we all travel through life trying to make sense of it all.
Writing Letting Go Into Perfect Love was an integrative process for me. At times it tore open my heart, such that I could barely breathe. However, my tears and gasps came and went, because they could. As I accepted and honored these emotions, compassion emerged; and, it was this development that redirected my writing, and quite frankly, my life.
When we are not free to be ourselves, a vital part of us disappears under layers of numbness. It is this shell of a person that others see—not who we ultimately are. As I disentangled myself from an abusive marriage, I re-discovered who I am–and why I had hidden for so many years. I also realized that I needed to bridge the chasm separating past and present—for me and for others.
I wrote Letting Go into Perfect Love to help others realize that they can open the door behind which they hide, and when they take this action, an amazing life awaits them.

Author Bio:

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Gwendolyn M Plano spent her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in New York, Connecticut and California. She has multiple academic degrees, including one in Theology and one in Counseling. Recently Gwen retired, and she now devotes herself to writing, travel, volunteer work, and her beautiful grandchildren.

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Find Gwen online!
Twitter: @gmplano

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SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY – #RRBC STYLE “Posting The (Almost) Perfect Review” A Book Review Lesson

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

This is worth reblogging. lol

Originally posted on Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules:

Are you new to book reviewing?  Did you read something that was so incredibly good that you want to share it with the world?  Then, today I’m going to tell you how to post the (almost) perfect review.  Now, I am in no way saying that every review you post should be a 4 or 5 star one.  BUT, I am saying that even in the not-so-great reviews, there is still a process.  Below you will find 6 little tips on how to post reviews.  You all know I always like to interject my little two-cents in the most constructive of ways, so here goes:

1)  When you review a book, PLEASE don’t give any SPOILERS.  And don’t give any “SPOILER ALERTS” either, because just as soon as you type the words, the reader’s eyes have already moved across the line and read the SPOIL.  Don’t do that again.

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