The #RRBC Springtime Book & Blog Block Party is here!

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Partying in Louisiana, in the USA today! There will be one winner for today’s stop. DAILY GIVEAWAY: $10 Amazon Gift Card *** Today was not my scheduled day along this tour but we had…

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Welcome to “MOMENTS” by @Harmony_Kent #RRBC!

 

It is my honor and pleasure to introduce Harmony Kent, a most supportive member of Rave Reviews Book club. Take a look at her new release!!

 

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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Author Bio and Links:

 

Indie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:

 

  • The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved
  • The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree / New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015
  • Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)
  • Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015
  • Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)
  • Slices of Soul (Contemporary Poetry)
  • Interludes (Erotic Romance short stories)
  • Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)

 

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony 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 look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

 

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

 

Book Trailer videos: Harmony’s trailers.

My website: http://harmonykent.co.uk

Twitter: @harmony_kent https://twitter.com/harmony_kent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline

My 4Wills Author Page: https://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/our-authors/author-harmony-kent/

RWISA Author Page: https://ravewriters.wordpress.com/meet-the-authors/author-harmony-kent/

 

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The tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.

 

 

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Review – Crazy Hot! And Living on the Edge

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#RRBC 2017 SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY

HELLO ALL AND WELCOME TO THE

2017 SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

You Are Visiting Oak Park, Michigan USA!

Have A Wonderful Tour!!

HERE IS WHAT I AM GIVING AWAY TODAY!

1st PLACE WINNER:  $10 Amazon Gift Card

 2nd PLACE WINNER:  Autographed Hardcover Limited Edition, Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community

 3RD PLACE WINNER:  Autographed Paper Back Copy Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!!

Leave a comment and you could be a winner!!

Number of winners for this stop:  3

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OUR LADY OF VICTORY

OLV BOOK TRAILER

You all know how much I love history and old buildings with historic significance. That’ why I joined forces to help save our train station years before I thought about writing a book. I became the news after putting on a city-sponsored event to bring attention to this forgotten piece of history and in the process, discovered all the die-hard fans out there trying to save the station as well. The event was held in a replica train caboose on Belle Isle Park. Everybody was trying to get their 15 minutes of fame but the cameras were focused on me and what I was doing. I was on the TV stations and articles ran in the local newspapers. I gained a following and started the New Friends of the Michigan Central Depot. I also created a newsletter appropriately named, ON TRACK!

For all you old and new members, I want to focus a little bit on the nuns that taught me only because that was historic in and of itself. You see, their origins can be traced to several Haitian women refugees. A whole chapter from Our Lady of Victory was devoted to their story…

EXCERPT:

The Oblate Sisters of Providence

July 2, 2004, marked the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. A Mass and reception/dinner took place in downtown Baltimore. The motherhouse is at 701 Gun Road in Baltimore, Maryland. This historic black religious teaching order of nuns staffed Our Lady of Victory School, and this is their story.

Fr. James Joubert was a Sulpician teaching at St. Mary’s Seminary. He established St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, a catechetical school for young black children, with the aid of several young black women—San Dominican refugees. These four women eventually founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence through the support of Fr. Joubert. Elizabeth Lange, Marie Magdalene Bales, Rosine Baegue, and Theresa Duchemin Maxis formed the first religious community of black sisters in the United States, and probably in the world, on July 2, 1829. By 1962, the sisters staffed thirty schools in fifteen states. Their more than 300 members come from most of the fifty states and from seven Latin American countries. Their principal work is teaching, but the sisters also engage in sewing, catechetical work, lay retreats, and homes for the dependent children.16

Sr. Theresa Maxis was born of refugee parents from Santo Domingo. Many families fled Santo Domingo, Haiti, and other colonies of France and Spain in the nineteenth century. On their arrival here, they discovered a situation not all that much better than what they had left. Sr. Theresa was elected superior for what was to be the most difficult years of the order. It was not easy for a group of black Catholic women to move and live in a border state two decades before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Sr. Theresa Maxis left the Oblates in 1845, seeking to join a more established community. Instead, a Redemptorist priest from Michigan, Fr. Louis Gillet, convinced her to come with him to Monroe to work in a school at St. Mary’s Parish with another group of women. She was having some reservations about the fate of the Oblate Sisters, who were receiving so little support and welcomed the opportunity to move somewhere else where she found support.

Detroit Free Press columnist Desiree Cooper wrote that when Mother Theresa came to Monroe, Michigan, she left behind her black identity, as she was biracial and could very easily pass for white. She became the first superior of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM).

There was some controversy in her life after a move to establish the IHMs in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and she was banned from the order in later years, because she was considered a troublemaker by her Superiors. She lived sixteen years of her life in exile with the Grey Nuns in Ottawa, Canada. She had no contact with the IHMs during this time, as she was completely severed from them. When she did return, she went to Pennsylvania and was never allowed to return to the motherhouse in Monroe, Michigan again. Marygrove College in Detroit evolved from St. Mary Academy, which Mother Theresa established with forty students in 1846.17

Today, Marygrove has a Senior Citizen’s Complex that bears Mother Theresa Maxis’s name.18 Because of an attempt by the church to hide her racial identity and her membership in the all-black Oblates, there was not much information readily available on Mother Theresa Maxis. Thanks to the tenacity of Desiree Cooper for uncovering the mystery of Mother Theresa’s life. Mother Theresa may finally get the recognition she surely deserves. Her place in history with her role in the establishment of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and the IHMs will finally be recognized…

Claver Conference in Chicago, Ill 2009

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CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!

CRAZY HOT BOOK TRAILER 

When I made the decision to write this story, it was extremely difficult to do. I hadn’t written anything down over the years so dates and timelines were woven together. The manuscript was a mess so I had to hire someone to help me get it into some kind of order. Had I gotten better advice, I would have written it in a fiction format and then it would have been easier for me to pour out my heart.

As it turns out, I blocked a lot of the horror from my memory and so when it came time to put everything on paper, wads of the truth were left out. I was not true to myself and so I could not tell the story honestly and that I deeply regret.

This photograph is of my ex-husband on the far right and his siblings. My son got this from one of the cousins. As you can see, my ex and his family were what I use to call the “pretty people” because they were all so attractive. I fell head over heels and so did he. He kept after me until he won me over. We had an intense love affair. We were smitten with each other, but, in the end, it was over before it could get started. We produced a child which he had no thought to love or care for. No emphathy, no parental instincts, no legacy…nothing!

{Ex-Husband on extreme right}

My former father-in-law told my present husband that…

”I love you like a son because you are taking care of my grandson.”

Here I was, divorced from his son and yet he had the courage to say this to a stranger whose only connection was being the step-father. You can’t get a greater compliment than that under those circumstances.

Some folks did take away something that was useful to them from reading my story. I hope you get something from reading this book as well.


Please check out the rest of the tour here!

In order to qualify for prizes you must leave a comment below. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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OLV Remembered Blog: http://rememberourladyofvictory.com/

 Author Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ShirleyHarrisSlaughterAuthor/

Our Lady of Victory Facebook Page:  http://on.fb.me/1JmMi3r

Amazon Author Central Page: http://amzn.to/1ctIjTJ

https://twitter.com/sharrislaughter

sharrislaughter@gmail.com

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Our Lady of Victory: The Saga Of An African-American Catholic Community

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Kindness & Generosity on Full Display – #RRBC #AllergicToLife

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#RRBCSpotlightAuthor A Moment With Decker

Welcome to #RRBC Spotlight Author Blog Tour!

Today I am proud to introduce my good friend

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Author, RHANI D’CHAE!!

I’m so excited to have Rhani because I think this is my very first time hosting her and it was such a surprise that I was picked to do the honors. The last time we were together was on THE RELIGION, RAGE & W(R)ITING BLOG TOUR hosted by 4Wills Publishing and we had a fabulous time riding that train together along with Harmony Kent! And so it is with great pleasure that I accept the opportunity to host Rhani  today. Some people you just gravitate to and she is one of them. And now here she is giving us…

A Moment With Decker

I enjoy writing about Decker, the lead character in the Drill series. With 260 pounds of muscle packed onto a 6’5″ frame, he truly is larger-than-life. After failing to save someone close to him when he was 25, he built his body into a weapon and learned how to use it. Now, 15 years later, he tries to keep his streets as clean as possible while working as muscle for hire.

 

At this point, there are six books in the Drill series that have been outlined and are in various stages of completion. In each, Decker’s career as an enforcer puts him into difficult situations, and I get the fun of writing the details. It isn’t always easy, because Decker occasionally disagrees with my vision for him. But he does let me have my way more often than not, and I get to put my memories of Saturday morning serials to good use.

 

The following is an excerpt from Shadow of the Drill, after Decker had come face-to-face with the man who put him on the path to becoming the Drill. The outcome was not in Decker’s favor, resulting in our hero being tied to a chair in a burning building. I hope you enjoy this moment with Decker.

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The fire was gaining ground, and he knew that time was very short. He tried to stay calm, to ignore both the heat and the ache of his burned wrists, but the horror of his predicament momentarily overwhelmed him. Panic raged and he thrashed against the ropes, losing his balance and falling face first to the ground.

But the ropes held.

The fire was close enough for Decker to feel the heat on his face no matter which way he tilted his head. His struggle had winded him, and he panted cautiously, each ragged breath searing his lungs regardless of how carefully he inhaled. He could sense death hovering, just out of sight, but he was not done yet.

He inched his way across the floor, coughing and choking from the smoke that billowed around him in suffocating clouds. Breathing was torture, but he managed to keep going, his watery eye fixed on the dirty pane of glass.

I can do this. I can make it!

However, it soon became apparent that he could not. He did not have enough freedom of movement to propel himself along the floor with the necessary speed. He was going to die, alone and most likely screaming, but even though he acknowledged that fact, he continued to fight for his life.

His fingers dug into the floor as he tried to scoot along on his back. When that failed to accomplish much, he rolled onto his side, still trying to crawl. The window was barely visible, but he was not sure if it was the smoke or his own failing eyesight that obscured it.

His pants began to smolder, and he felt panic rise again. He was not sure how easily the denim would ignite, but if it did, he would be unable to put out the flames.

 

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BOOK BLURB:

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A brutal experience transforms an unproven young tough into a ruthless killing machine. For 15 years he waited, building his body into an unstoppable weapon so that vengeance would be had through the strength of his will and the power of his hands.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Rhani D’Chae is a visually impaired writer, reader, and lover of cats. She is currently working on the second book in the Drill series, about an unrepentant enforcer and the violent life that he leads.

 

Twitter – @rhanidchae

Facebook – https://goo.gl/UvY4YY

Website – rhanidchae.com

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I’m so glad you stopped by to support Rhani. And I promise you will enjoy Shadow Of The Drill as much as I did. Be sure to check out her Spotlight Author Month’s Schedule so you don’t miss what’s next in store for this dynamic author.

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The Caliber of One’s Character – #RRBC What’s Yours Saying…

A Word From the Top!

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JUST MY THOUGHTS…

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THE CALIBER OF ONE’S CHARACTER

The caliber of one’s character is a measure of one’s self.

How sad the man who cares not the thoughts of those who can propel him;

How sad the man who takes lightly the toll his words may have on another;

And, how sad the man whose tongue lies in wait to destroy the innocent.

What worth do you have on this earth if you are such a man?

Some get angry when they can’t have their way;

Some throw tantrums, just as a kid at the age of three, falling out in the market when his Mommy has said NO to ice cream for the tenth time.

Some walk away from discussions which should be had,

…only because the words they hear are not to their liking, yet the words are for their ears alone.

How old are we? Are…

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Feeling Dissed By Mainstream Reviewers?

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The Indie Spot!

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Should indie authors seek reviews from traditional mainstream sources? If we, as writers, opt for the self-published path, should we still consider sending copies of our work to The New York Times or Publishers Weekly?

Roger Sutton, the editor-in-chief of Horn Book magazine, a mainstream book review publication, recently published an open letter to “the indie author feeling dissed.”

In his open letter, Mr. Sutton does make some valid points. He says there are just too many self-published books flooding the market. Some estimates put the number at around 300,000 indie releases per year. To attempt to review even a portion of these works would prove daunting. Imagine being tasked with the responsibility of combing through that many books in search of just a handful of gems or potential gems?

Many self-published works are just plain awful, Mr. Sutton claims. This statement, unfortunately, holds some manner of truth. While…

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“THE NEON HOUSES” BLOG TOUR – #RRBC – @boom_lyn

Welcome to “THE NEON HOUSES” BLOG TOUR! Author, Linda Mims 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 …

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