#RRBC WELCOME!! #RRBCSpotlightAuthor JAN SIKES (@rijanjks)

Today we are kicking off our Spotlight Author Blog Tour with Guest Author Jan Sikes!

Jan’s story is similar to my own as far as becoming a writer. I couldn’t find anybody else to write my story either. So Jan, Welcome to my blog. I’m so happy to be hosting you today!



It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I say that a story begins with one word, one sentence, one paragraph.


I always thought someone would come along in life and write our story. In fact, I was sure of it as many people suggested it to us over the years.


But, I awoke one morning to the realization that no one else could write it because I was the only one there and would have to tell it myself. I’ll never forget the elation of attending that first Creative Writing class and how I was sure I could tell this story in a screenplay or one book.


Four books later, the story is now preserved. The screenplay is yet to come.


I never dreamed of being a writer. It was never my goal in life. That goal was my sister’s. I simply had a story that not only begged but, demanded to be told.


My initial approach was to tackle the story in first person. I quickly discovered that wasn’t possible for me. It was too personal, and I couldn’t separate enough from it to objectively relate it.


So, when a girlfriend suggested I create characters to tell the story through, a light came on. That was the perfect answer.


In creating my character, I’d heard the story many times in my life about how my mom had intended to name me Darlene when I was born. But, my older brother insisted that I be named Janice. Knowing that story, I resurrected Mom’s intended name and put a twist on it using Darlina. The last name Flowers simply flowed.


Luke Stone’s character name came from my favorite uncle growing up, Uncle Luke. So, using his name for Rick came easily.


The last names also fit our personalities. I was the soft naïve one while Rick was seasoned in life and hardened by his lifestyle.


And, so the journey began with that first word. If you open “Flowers and Stone,” you’ll find the first word of the first sentence is Darlina.


While becoming a writer was not my goal in life, it fits like a comfortable glove. Four biographical fiction books, five published short stories, a paranormal romance novel along with numerous songs and poems under my belt, I can’t imagine doing anything else.


I love this quote from Ernest Hemmingway, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”


I hope you enjoy this RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR tour and will join me on each stop!




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A Horrible Ending or a Beautiful Beginning…how do you see it? #RRBC #RWISA

Watch Nonnie Write!

Goodbye 2017

(I wrote this post in January but forgot to publish it.  Now, in May, you get to enjoy it).

Yesterday I spent a full two hours sitting in my husband’s recliner, watching television.  Now, although this may seem mundane to you, let me explain why it was amazing for me.

I never have time in my days to just sit and watch television anymore.  Although I’ve never been a huge ‘tuber,’ there are some shows that I just couldn’t live without…in my old life.

Lifetime Television was once my closest friend.  That’s not to say that I don’t have very dear friends, because I do, but, I would spend countless hours on the treadmill, watching back to back Lifetime movies.  There’s a rule in my home that I can’t watch television unless I’m exercising, and back then, I think I was exercising more, just to watch my shows.

Since the…

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The #RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop @VictoriaSAuthor

Greeting:  Welcome to the first ever “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Although there were maybe 3-4 winners who were previously on this list who are no longer with the club, now all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an amazing gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!




One empty bus seat. Two aching hearts. A future written by Fate…

When Raquelita Muro’s overbearing mother rips her and her little sister away from their beloved Papa, one tiny, rebellious corner of Raquelita’s heart is grateful that the bus is crowded, and the only seat left is out of Mama’s sight. Next to a handsome young man.

Matthew Buchanan’s beautiful traveling companion is more than something pretty to look at before he ships out for Viet Nam. Deep in her sad, whisky-colored eyes he glimpses a new dream to replace the ones he’s leaving behind. It breaks his heart to leave Raquelita in her tyrannical mother’s hands, but she gifts him with a token of love and a tender promise to exchange letters in secret.

But their first, shy “hello” has reached the ears of Fate. Fate is in the mood to see how far it can push two lonely hearts—to the brink of temptation, desperation, and despair—before they break. Perhaps beyond any hope of healing…

Author:  Victoria Saccenti

This blog hop sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing



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Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP! 
These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).  
We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review.  There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.  
Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!

Jerry Winslow is about to realize his entire life has been a lie. He never was a regular family man, living an ordinary existence in San Diego. His life was a deception crafted by his parents to keep him alive. But now, the Emperor of the Universe has discovered their hiding place and they must run for their lives.

The Emperor and his evil master are trying to achieve total dominion over the forty-five realms of the universe. First, they must kill the last Knights of Winterpast, including Jerry Winslow, his father and son. Once they are dead, nothing will stop evil from enslaving all life.

Whistlestop is a tale of friendship, family and faith; set in an eleven-dimension universe where fantastical beings and magical powers are commonplace. While dark and foreboding at times, it is ultimately a story about a family’s love for each other and their friends; and just perhaps saving the universe.


This blog hop sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing
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This is a look back down memory lane and my beginnings with Rave Reviews Book Club.

via Author, Shirley H. Slaughter

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For Black History.

GRACIE BRADFORD: Grandma Midnight Book Reviews - Sassy and Outspoken


You are one of those people who surf the net and becomes elated when you find a gem?  I get excited to the point of wanting to share my big discovery with everyone. Do you want to share in my excitement? Read on!


Rocks from Pinterest.com

Looking for new stories, I came across an interview that a blogger did with a college student from Tennessee State University. His name is Deontae Henderson. Immediately, I re-blogged his story to my page. I went to high school in Louisiana and grew up with tons of children with the last name of Henderson. Naturally, I  researched his social media sites to see if I knew him. Even though I did not find him in my family tree, the connection was there. He must be…

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Drillbooks – Meet Duncan Malone

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As I mentioned before, the main purpose of my doing these Drillboks blog posts is to push my brain past the writer’s block that’s been kicking my butt for the last 2 years. I don’t know why I’ve had SO much trouble finishing this book, but I have. I think a large part of it is that I’m afraid #Winter won’t live up to what #Shadow started. I don’t know. But whatever the reason, I’ve spent way too much time trying to finish this book and not enough time working on other projects.

But, since I’ve started doing these posts, I’ve actually gotten quite a bit done. It’s anyone’s guess if the book will actually be finished by the end of February but at least things are moving along.

You’ve already read some bits and pieces about the people and places in Decker’s world. Today, I’m going to introduce you…

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A Few Words With June the Prune!

The final stop on Gracie Bradford’s Spotlight Tour.

The Indie Spot!

I am thrilled to welcome #RRBC Spotlight Author Gracie Bradford’s June the Prune to The Indie Spot. June is the main character from Gracie’s book June the Prune & Lady Bird: Cancer Stinks. So, without further delay, take it away, June…


Interviewer: You have an interesting name. Do you know why you were named June?

June: My mother and her sisters were born in June. I was born in June. My mother probably could not think of another name.

Interviewer: Do you have any brothers or sisters?

June: Yes, I have one brother, Alex. I must take care of him because our Mom isn’t always available. I am younger than Alex. He should be taking care of me as my big brother. But, he is a little slow. I do what needs to be done around the house to keep the peace.


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#RRBC Spotlight Author Gracie Bradford talks about favorite sites and apps

There is some useful information here from Gracie Bradford…

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author


It is such a pleasure to introduce this “up and coming author,” Gracie Bradford, and her book about a child with brain cancer. The beagle, Lady Bird, takes on a leading role in this short story. Learn about the role of pet therapy in the healing process.

During her discovery journey and literary, educational adventure, Gracie relates that she stumbled upon software and websites that have proven to give a new meaning to work simplification. She used some of these in her business but discovered they could also be used with some of her writing projects. Most seasoned authors are already familiar with the apps and sites, but the “up and coming authors” may find some of these to be useful. She doesn’t use all, just those that she has the skill set to understand and can give a return on her investment…

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