All I can say is that I’ve met some phenomenal women in my lifetime. They weren’t world-famous. They were just ordinary people I call angels. They were there for me along life’s bumpy roads.
Joyce Winifred Burkes-Giles
That is my mother. She raised all eight of us single-handedly. We didn’t realize how tough it was because being a child you just don’t fully grasp what grownups are enduring on your behalf.
She was all of 4 feet, 11 inches tall and she was larger than life to me. She put us through school, managed to keep our tuition paid in full, made our clothes, had dinner ready every afternoon when we arrived home from school. And she was always there. She provided the security we needed. We didn’t get the things we wanted but we got what we needed.
I made sure she smelled the roses before she passed on. One Mother’s Day during the end of mass, I stood up in front of the members and told my mother how much I loved her and what she meant to me…that I know we have our mother/daughter conflicts — all the more reason to tell her how much I truly loved her. I think that was the best moment of her life.
Mary Elizabeth Robinson
She is like a second mother to me. She sponsored me during my Confirmation. She used to have my brother and sister and I over to her home for Sunday dinners. It was awesome and I never forgot her kindness to me and my family over the years. We grew closer and closer. After my own mother passed away, I started calling her mom. Today she is 93 years old and still going strong. She always set an example of living a good Christian life.
She is another phenomenal women I have met along life’s road. She stands out because she is the brainchild behind Rave Reviews Book Club. She started this club and made sure I became a part of it as well. She promoted my first book in a way I never seen done before.
As a client of 4WillsPublishing I received the following perks: a facebook re-launch party; My OLV Book Trailer ; Religion, Rage, and W(r)iting Tour and Author Page.
I gave and got loads of tweet support. Tweets are the backbone of the club and is where you stay connected. My royalty checks are still coming in and that is so exciting! NONNIE’S RAVE REVIEWS – I made the list and you can too! I could go on and on. I’ve never seen anything like it. The main thing is the conversation my book generated, which is what I always wanted.
And now I am invited out of town to speak on my book topic. I truly believe it is a fallout from my exposure in this club. Before Rave Reviews other than my first book launch which was wonderful, I had nothing going and no conversation whatsoever. Nothing, Notta, Zilch!
Here is what Rave Reviews Book Club has done – Profile, Promote and Propel its members in the following ways:
BOOK OF THE MONTH (BOM) – three new selections from three new genres are offered.
SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR – Every four weeks for one full week with a press release and 7-day blog tour sponsored by #RRBC. I was impressed with the press releases and the actual tours. I got so much attention.
WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES – members clamor for this coveted spot. This page remains exclusive forever! Great marketing tool.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH (MOM) – Each month a supportive member is selected
MEMBER OF THE WEEK – They are profiled in the Weekly Club Updates to hundreds of members.
#PUSHTUESDAY – Each Tuesday, a lucky member wakes to find that they have been randomly selected to serve as our #PUSHTUDESAY ((#PT) Winner for the day and are pushed heavily for 24 hours!
*PUSHWEEK – Two #PushTuesday Winners are selected every full first week of the month (Mondays and Fridays)
TWITTER SUPPORT (TST) – Everyday members are promoted on twitter and supported by the members.
Rave Reviews’ best feature is the support it provides the members. Each member gives support and the support comes back to that member. Nonnie Jules ran across my website and raved about how much she liked it. No one on twitter had ever so much as said hello, so to get that was just absolutely amazing to me. I’ve watched her grow this organization in one year up to 600 plus members. That is phenomenal!
She is a hard worker and that’s what you have to be to pull off something of this magnitude. She is changing the face of Indie Authors and that is what makes her a phenomenal woman.
She is the one to watch!
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Great post, Shirley!
Thank you so much Kim. You are the best!
Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
It’s always exciting to read through content from other writers and practice a little something from their web sites.
Hello spis firm. I appreciate that you got something out of this post. The poll is over though but the message remains relevant. Thanks for joining the conversation. We are part of Rave Reviews Book Club. If you like to be around supportive writers and readers, then join us by registering. This blog is just a sample of what goes on here.
Well, the issue has been resolved. It was a program that had attached itself to my browser. But I found the little sucker and zapped it away. All those ads, popup videos and hyperlinks are gone. I think it caused me to be locked out of some sites which, as I think about it, was a good thing. Good luck everybody!!
Fantastic post, Shirley! Thank you so much for sharing!
That was a lovely tribute to the special women in your life.
Great post, Shirley!!
Thanks to all of you. I am having a problem and Harmony, I couldn’t get on your site and there was another site I couldn’t get on. I’m beginning to think my system is infected with something and I’m talking to wordpress about it. So I will be away for awhile until I solve the issues I’m having. Thanks again everybody and somebody is going to win this.
Lovely post, Shirley!
Great post, Shirley! Good luck! 🙂
Lovely!! Good luck! 🙂
Nicely done, Shirley – I really enjoyed it! Good luck!
This was a relaxing post, Shirley. Nice job
Thank you so much Liz. I always see you around and that’s a good thing. lol
Congratulations on this beautiful post! 🙂
See you around.