#RRBCSpotlightAuthor Blog Tour #RRBC (@mbiermanauthor) Mark Bierman!!

It is my pleasure to welcome to my blog, a Member of Rave Reviews Book Club, Author Mark Bierman. He is in the spotlight today from the Spotlight Author Blog Tour. Here is his story…


Tell Your Story

Imagine, if you will, two scenarios. I will not delve into any more detail in this brief introduction, other than to say that both are set in a prison.

Here is the first:

Steven, the young correctional officer, raced after his fellow officers as they charged through the open doorway and onto the prison range. T Block had exploded into a battlefield. Fifty inmates were bent on sticking and slicing each other with shivs fashioned from the metal pins stolen from the exercise machines in the gym. The sharpened pins weren’t the only weapon of choice, for in the mix were toothbrushes with razor blades melted onto their handles, chunks of plexiglass, glass, and metal window trim. All with hair-splitting edges. Oh, inmates are a creative and stealthy lot. There are thousands of ways to die in prison.

Into that fracas, Steven ran. For him and the others, there was no other choice. Two of their fellow officers were trapped down there. The melee had broken out while the pair were conducting a routine patrol, and with only the defence of hands and wits, their situation had turned dire. The same applied to the Steven, others had grabbed the limited supply mace. No guns were allowed on the range, they were far too dangerous.

T Block was split into two levels. The upper tier, three feet wide, stretched over one-hundred feet in length, and was lined by open barred cells on one side, with a four-foot-high “safety” railing on the other.

The bloody skirmish was largely concentrated on the bottom level, and most of the troops, understandably, went in that direction. But blades were also swinging up stairs and several uniforms were interspersed among the prison blues worn by the clientele. Steven followed John, an experienced officer, onto the top tier, and into sheer madness.

For those on T Block that day, there was no sanctuary, no corner or nook was devoid of violence. The air was thick with hatred and fear, though not impermeable to the cries of agony and the sting of mace. Everywhere, weapons found their targets, blood spilled, and the century-old- limestone walls recorded every act.

A large inmate broke free of the others and had run upstairs. Steven watched the approaching inmate and knew he was in for a fight. The powerful man lived downstairs, so his intentions were obviously not good. The officer knew he couldn’t let the man pass.

“Get back downstairs!” Steven yelled several times

The orders went unheeded.

This was going to be a fight. But would the inmate choose his fists or a knife?

Now sandwiched between a pair of combating inmates, and the charging human moose, Steven had seconds to make a determination that could possibly kill him and others. He wished for time to at least slow down, as he prepared a defence. His old friend, the internal survival coach, the one who’d kept him alive in other incidents shouted a familiar warning. Watch his hands! No weapon yet! But if he reaches for his pocket or the waist band of his jeans . . .!

A scream, came from what seemed inches from behind Steven, it was followed by a heavy thud on the limestone floor, twelve feet below. Someone had been thrown over the railing, Steven knew it without even looking. Would he be next? Would he soon feel the blade or the point of a shiv as it penetrated him?  He wanted to turn around, but he couldn’t. Faith was needed. Enough to believe that his fellow officers would be there, that they would have his back. Danger was coming straight for him. The world became a tunnel that encompassed only the charging inmate.

This reaction too, was familiar. It was the body entering ‘fight’ mode. It was the body doing what it needed to survive.

Here is the second:

The two inmates squared off. From fifteen feet away, Janjak raced to close the distance. He tripped over soiled men and spilled waste buckets. The curses of fellow convicts were ignored. His vision morphed into a tunnel that encompassed only the combatants. Watch their hands! Almost there. Hands! Hands! Something flashed. Knife! The Haitian launched himself as Frantz pulled the weapon from his waistband. Shoulder met chest in a violent collision. Frantz cried out as he was tackled onto a stained mattress.

 

Notice any similarities? You might ask what books did I glean these excerpts from? Or perhaps you may think they are from the same one.

Well, to tell you the truth, the second scenario is from the first chapter of my novel, Vanished. The first is a page taken directly from my life. I changed my name to Steven, for this story.

Now, obviously I survived that experience and many others over the years, and while I personally am happy about that fact, that isn’t the point of this blog.

What I hope you will take away from this, is that you will be encouraged to tell your own. I hope you realize that all us have valuable life experiences that are unique. We can, and should, use them in our writing.

I don’t know about you, but there is no English Degree in my background. I am no expert in literature, or even everyday writing. One thing I do possess, what everyone has, is real life experiences. So, please don’t allow yourself to be convinced that you have nothing to offer readers. You have a life!

 

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VANISHED, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4CZHIO/

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Blurb:

Tragedy . . . heartache . . . how much more can Tyler Montgomery and John Webster take? This missions trip, the “healing” one, has only added fresh layers of pain. Construction of an orphanage in Haiti’s northwest . . . yes. But a doomed rescue operation, human traffickers, human anomalies, extreme personal danger . . . risk of death? They hadn’t signed up for those.

 

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Author Bio:

Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark’s childhood consisted of chores, horseback riding, snowmobile races, fishing trips to local lakes, and many other outdoor adventures. He was, and remains, an avid reader of many genres.

Transitioning into adulthood also meant moving from the farm into large urban areas that introduced this ‘country boy’ to ‘big city’ life.

Drawing on his many experiences as a private investigator, and later, a correctional officer, Mark combines his unique experiences and imagination to create stories and characters.

 

Follow Mark online!

Twitter:   @mbiermanauthor

Facebook: Facebook

Website:  markbierman.com

 

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 2 Mary Adler @MAAdlerWrites

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “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.  Oddly, 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 a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

 

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Author, Mary Adler

 

 

Book: IN THE SHADOW OF LIEShttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K7WYTSU/

 

In The Shadow of Lies by Mary Adler

Book Blurb: Richmond, California. World War II.  Marine Lieutenant Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career as a homicide detective is over.  But when an Italian Prisoner of War is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.

 

He and his canine partner Harley join forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I and uncover a common thread that connects the murder to earlier crimes.

 

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved.

 

 

Twitter: @MAAdlerWrites

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#RRBC 2018 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG HOP! Featuring Verwayne Greenhoe

I’d like to introduce you to #RWISA Verwayne Greenhoe Author #RRBC

“Writing everyday to escape the world but yet giving the world my stories”

I Remember Judy by Verwayne Greenhoe

Blurb:

A husband writes about his romance, marriage, honeymoon, and life with the woman of his dreams. Tender moments of love and intimacy build a strong relationship that can not be torn apart by her history of sexual abuse as a child, her slow decline into dementia and Alzheimer’s. Written by the author of the February 2018 Rave Review Book Club ‘Book of the Month’ selection, “The Totally Unnecessary Death of Amanda Dawn,” the reader gets to feel some of the joy, the love, the intimacy, the happiness, the pain, regret, and the sadness of this relationship over the course of forty plus years. From the shyness to the sadness, the author reveals it all. When his wife could no longer remember it, Verwayne Greenhoe remembers for her in “I Remember Judy – A Love Story. ”

Twitter: @VerwayneAuthor

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Welcome to the “PREY FOR THE DEAD” Blog Tour! @SusanneLeist @4WillsPub #RRBC

It is my pleasure to welcome

PREY FOR THE DEAD Blog Tour Starring Susanne Leist a #RRBC Member

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This is the last day of my blog tour. I hope everyone enjoyed my poetry and excerpts of PREY FOR THE DEAD. I added snippets of my life even though I hate writing about myself. What else can I share? Writing began as a hobby. It’s become a profession—one that doesn’t earn much money. I can share my new hobby. Poetry.

Over the course of the past four years, I’ve written 558 poems. Don’t worry, I will share a few.

SADNESS FOLLOWS ME

Source:mizakeuchiha-blog

Sadness follows me

wherever I go.

It haunts me

in all its forms.

There’s no escape

from its long arms.

I close my eyes

but feel its long shadow.

WELCOME THE NIGHT

Welcome the night
And its friend, the moon.
Don’t take flight
From the man in the moon.

Let the moon take over
From the sun’s bright reign.
Let the sun take cover
Without hesitation or pain.

A thick blanket will fall,
Covering the earth with security.
Darkness will cover all
With its grace and purity.

The stars will twinkle and shine.
For the sun, do not pine.
It will be back tomorrow morning
So no need for any worrying.

HARMONY OF THE SENSES


Source:mykukula

The rustle of the grass

as I make my way past.

The hard waves against the shore

echo memories and more.

The soft feel of the white sand

as I touch toes to the land.

The cries of the seagulls

as they dip to check holes.

A harmony of the senses.

A feast to cover all tenses.

Past, present, future converge

to bring pleasure to this splurge.

ARE WE ALONE?

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Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) – Faust’s Dream

ARE WE ALONE?

Friends and family.

Are they with us?

I can feel them.

A thickness in the air.

A soft touch.

A slight breeze.

Is my brother gone,

Or is he still with me?

I feel him beside me.

He chuckles at my blunders.

Laughs at my jokes.

Cries when I’m hurt.

He is with me.

Always.

Forever.

A BUD

A bud so sweet,

Enticing treat.

It throws off heat,

Dance to its beat.

Its scent draws me near,

Still not feeling fear.

It soon becomes clear,

I shouldn’t be here.

The buzzing becomes loud,

Near my face big and round.

I quickly hit the ground,

Hoping I won’t be found.

The birds are chirping,

And I’m not hurting.

The sun is shining,

My bud is smiling.That’s all, folks

SUSANNE LEIST BIO

I have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, Robert Ludlum, and many other authors filled my young imagination with intrigue and mystery. When I wasn’t reading late into the night, the TV shows—Murder She Wrote and Columbo—entertained me with tales of murder and suspense.

Over the years, my taste in TV expanded to include such shows as Supernatural and The Originals. I searched for paranormal, murder mysteries but found few at the library or bookstore. So, I wrote one.

A career in writing has been a big leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. Fellow authors helped me make my way through the competitive field. I write every day and even tried my hand at poetry. If someone tells you it’s too late in life to try something different, they are wrong. It is never too late to follow your heart.

The Dead Game is the first book in The Dead Game series. It brings fantasy and the surreal to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues. It offers vampires, vampire derivatives, and a touch of romance to give spice to the mix. Once you read The Dead Game, you will never look at a dead body the same way.

In Book Two, Prey for The Dead, the suspense continues as The Dead use an exclusive club in Disney World and infiltrate the rich and famous. The Dead grow in power, and not even the sun or the swamps of Florida can weaken them. Linda–my main character–and her friends join with the human vampires or hybrids to defeat the evil forces threatening to control their town.

I hope you enjoy my books. The third book of The Dead Game Series is waiting for me to write.

SUSANNE LEIST’S SOCIAL MEDIA & BOOK LINKS

Book trailer: 

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PB9KG4P/

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130732773?ean=2940161260111

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:h

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SusanneLeist

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/susanne.leist.98

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/susanne.leist/

BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/susanne-leist


To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  

Lastly, Susanne is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  

 

 

 

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#RRBC @Jinlobify SHORT STORY BOOK REVIEW

VAGARIES OF LIFE AND: GIRLS’ TALK

VAGARIES OF LIFE AND: GIRLS’ TALK by Joy Lo-Bamijoko

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


VAGARIES OF LIFE – A Different Kind of Life

It is a collection of short stories with a single theme running through them. Women are treated as second class citizens. The stories deal with the women’s responses to this unfair treatment and how they navigate their lives around it. It’s similar to countries all around the world and the mistreatment of women.

I give it 5 stars because of the topic and the author’s writing style. It is easy to follow even though English is not her first language.


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Welcome to the “FINDING BILLY BATTLES TRILOGY” Blog Tour – @JHawker69 #RRBC #RWISA

Watch Nonnie Write!

Hello, Lovies!

Today, I am proud to introduce to you a dear friend and Team mate of mine at RAVE REVIEWS BOOKS CLUB, Author, Ronald A. Yates!

Ron at Southcoast Winery

Ron will be speaking with us about THE RULES OF WRITING: There Are None!   This should be good so pull up a chair, let’s mute our cell phones and learn from one of the masters!

Ron, the floor is all yours!

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For writers and those who are struggling to be writers, there is no shortage of rules, guidelines, tenets, and imperatives all calculated to turn you into a bestselling author.

They are often daunting and overwhelming and in some cases a bit terrifying.

But mostly, they are unnecessary.

Yes, I said it. Rules of writing are gratuitous, redundant, and pointless.

“What is he saying?” You might be asking yourself. “Has he gone off his mental reservation? Did somebody steal his…

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Welcome to “THE BUTTON” Blog Tour! @DLFinnAuthor #4WillsPub #RWISA #RRBC

It is my honor to host D.L. Finn today. She is a wonderful friend and member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Please give her a warm welcome and support.

D.L. Finn Reading “The Button.”

I did my first video book reading thanks to an #RRBC event, Holiday Pop-up Books. I wanted to improve on that. So, after finding the right shirt, fixing my make-up, and hair–I got started. Four hours later after two catfights, barking dogs, the phone ringing, a book dropping, forgotten words, and other assorted issues I finally ended up with a recording that I didn’t completely hate.  I deleted all my mistakes, but I kind of wish I hadn’t–some were amusing. Maybe it’s time to start an author blooper video?

Note this video isn’t perfect, but it’s much better than my first attempt. In this new recording, I’m reading two excerpts from “The Button.” The first excerpt is from the beginning of the prologue and the second is from the end of chapter one:

D.L.FinnReadingTheButton

D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA.  She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.

D.L. Finn Links:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

D.L. Finn blog

Amazon

Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  

Lastly, D.L. is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC} and she’s also a member of the very elite, RAVE WRITERS -INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS {RWISA}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  

The Button Tour Giveaway:

2- “The Button” Kindle Format

$5 Amazon Gift Card

1-“The Button” Signed Paperback and Book Marker

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Welcome to “SONGS OF HEARTSTRINGS” Blog Tour! @MHurdle112 #4WillsPub #RRBC

Welcome, Miriam Hurdle, to my blog! It is so exciting getting to know you on your “Songs of Heartstrings” Blog Tour.

From the Author

This is Day 2 of “Songs of Heartstrings” Blog Tour. I want to thank 4WillsPublishing for setting up the tour and my host to have me here.

This poetry collection includes nine themes: Songs of Nature, Songs of Dissonance, Songs of Physical Healing, Songs of Marriage, Songs of Parenthood, Songs of Tribute, Songs of Reflections, Songs of Challenge, and Songs of Inspiration. Each of these themes covers various aspects of my life experience. Many poems are illustrated with my photos and watercolor paintings.

Songs of Heartstrings received a 5-Star review from Songs of Heartstrings received a 5-Star review from Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/songs-of-heartstrings?fbclid=IwAR092vCKbtTdbUea6kW90qdVvrvxYHpUdkpCueW7XtcUzKNMzukisBgVBfs

Other book reviews are available on Amazon: http://wwAmazon.com/dp/B07K1S47W9 

One Recent Amazon Review

“Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude” is a most enjoyable book of poetry. Told in the first person, Miriam Hurdle takes you along on her many journeys, in the ups and downs, of life. I particularly enjoyed the photos, placed before many of the poems. It brought me closer to what Miriam was relaying in her words.

My favorite poem is “Life’s Currents”. Here, the author reminds us we are never alone, no matter the hardships we might face in our time here on Earth. There is no doubt Miriam has a strong faith and relies on it for many of life’s obstacles.

The book is broken up into eight different sections, making it a very pleasant read. Miriam uses different styles of poetry, so you’re never just reading. She easily gets and keeps your attention throughout. If you are looking for a poetry book filled with inspiration, and thought-provoking passages, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this to any and everyone as I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude.”

– Dorinda Duclos

Highlighted poems from Songs of Dissonance: Life’s Currents and Punctured Wounds

Being trapped in a mentally and emotionally draining relationship, I felt anguished and powerless. My consideration of family value, cultural orientation and church expectation didn’t allow me to entertain the thought of dissolving the marriage. I bore the pain and held the false hope of improvement and a brighter future. As a wise man said, “It takes two to make a marriage.” After ten years of struggle, I concluded that only severance could keep my sanity.

Life’s Currents  

Life’s currents keep pushing,

I feel much like drowning.

One wave after another,

I can hardly keep my head

from going under.

A little kick with

my frantic feet,

Catch the thin air

with a squeak.

Overwhelming waves

give no hope.

With a fainting voice,

I softly cry,

Oh God, I’m tired.

This is the end of

my effort to try.

Am I going to die?

Peace be still,

my precious child!

I’m always here

when your tears

blinded your eyes.

You will not die.

I know how much

you can endure.

I have never been late to

come to your rescue.

Cease your struggle,

cease your fear.

Just remember that

I am here.

Relax your body and

let it float,

I will guide you where

you should go.

Punctured Wounds

Inconsiderate, merciless words that

rang around my ears,

punctured through

the mind, the heart

beyond what I could bear.

Insulted the intact intelligence,

the confidence I held so familiarly.

They bruised the inner emotion that

once was pleasant and joyous;

pierced through the flesh with a twist

worse than any knives that sheared.

Scars on the flesh faded as

the sound of clash

absorbed by the air.

Wounds in the heart buried so deep

inside the subconscious mind,

I needed the miracle to

lift the deceiving mask.

With courage and strength provided,

I accepted the graceful healing,

the unconditional love from above to

piece the brokenness together.

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Miriam Hurdle is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories and memoir. Her poems are included in Letters to Gaia, Whispers and Echoes Issue 2, Whispers and Echoes Issue 3, and Outcast and More Words.

She is passionate about poetry and her favorite poets are Robert Frost with his poems “The Road Not Taken,” and Linda Pastan with her poem “To a Daughter Leaving Home.”

She is a member of PoemHunter.com, and her poetry may be read on the websites.


Music has rooted in her life. Being a soloist as a teenager led her to taking voice lessons and to have ongoing singing engagements. She continues to sing soprano in choral groups. Lyrics have a major influence in the natural flow of her melodic writing. She writes memoir in the form of poetry.

Along with her brother, she took photos when the films were black and white. Photography is still her enjoyable hobby. Drawing and painting were fun activities as a child. Her favorite was to draw a Japanese girl with big eyes, long hair, small lips and chin. She resumed drawing and watercolor painting several years ago. In her poetry collection, photos and paintings are included to illustrate the poems.

She earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California.

Links to Purchase the Book:

Amazon Universal Link: http://smarturl.it/SongsofHeartstrings 

Amazon UK Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K1S47W9  

Amazon.com Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1S47W9 

Contact the Author:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Website: https://theshowersofblessings.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhurdle112

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miriam.hurdle.1

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Lastly, Miriam is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  

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Welcome to the SEASONS Blog Tour @ErnestineRose25 #4WillsPub #RRBC

Please welcome #RRBC Member Ernestine Rose!

Let’ get her take on Black History Month and how it came to be.

What Shall We Do with Black History Month?

It’s February and I could not let this month end without recognizing the importance of Black History Month and why we should continue to celebrate it. In case you didn’t know, Black History Week was founded by noted Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson. In 1925, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and Culture (ASNLC), an organization devoted to raising awareness of the contributions of African Americans to world civilization. The first Black History Week was observed during the second week of February in 1926, covering the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, (No, we were not assigned February because it was the shortest month!)

The observance was met with overwhelming response by schools and churches. Around the same time, James Weldon Johnson and his brother Rosamond wrote “Lift Every Voice and Sing” for a school program, and as former students continued to come back and revive the song and it eventually became the Negro National Anthem. It is still sung at Black History events today.

Fifty years later, schools and universities had broadened the celebration so that it could not be contained in seven days. So in 1976, it was expanded to Black History Month and recognized by the federal government. Many schools and churches use this month as a time to hold commemorative programs, promote speaking and writing contests for youth, disseminate important Black facts, and highlight African Americans from all walks of life, from entertainments, to scientists and authors. 1976 was also the Bicentennial, the celebration of America’s 200th birthday as a nation. The Smithsonian Institute celebrated the contributions of hundreds of nationalities that year with festivals, plays, and touring artists of every medium.

Now, there are some celebrities and professors who feel that Black history should be celebrated every day, not confined to one month of the year, like popular DJ Tom Joyner. There are others, like actor Morgan Freeman, who feel that Black history no longer needs to be addressed separately from other races, since Black History is American history. Whatever your position or your race, take some time to examine the contributions of people who were long ignored in history books and classrooms. You will find some fascinating stories from real life.

Here are ten books I recommend as authorities on Black history:

1. The Destruction of Black Civilization, by Chancellor Williams

2. Before the Mayflower, Lerone Bennett,

3. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass

4. The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois

5. From Slavery to Freedom, John Hope Franklin

6. The Miseducation of the Negro, Carter G. Woodson

7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X with Alex Haley

8. Roots, the Saga of an American Family, Alex Haley

9. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, Aldon Morris

10.The African American Century, Henry Louis Gates & Cornell West

Author Bio: 

Ernestine Rose grew up on the west side of Chicago during the turbulent 50’s and 60’s. Adopted by an older couple, she spent a great deal of time as a child reading and participating in dance and drama club activities in school. Bradley University and the University of Dallas prepared her for a successful career as a teacher of English, speech and theater in Peoria and Fort Worth, where she earned numerous educator awards.

As a retired public school teacher and mother of four sons, she made her debut as an author with the publication of three books: 7 Tips for A Successful Marriage, Raising the Roses, and Tales from the Family Tree, all in 2012.  She later produced a romance novel, Monday Morning Blues. Her most recent work reflects her experience as a caretaker and widow, Seasons: My Journey through Grief. Inspired by Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, her focus in both writing and theater is on the power of language, love, and family. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.

BONUS!!! The Author is also hosting a giveaway during each day of her blog tour. Simply comment on each stop to be entered. You can win a copy of one of her e-books or even a $10 Amazon Gift Card!! (There will be a total of 13 giveaways!!)

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  Thanks for supporting this author and her work!  

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Welcome to “THE SLEEPING ONE” Blog Tour! @KarlJMorgan #4WillsPub #RRBC

To my followers. Today I’d like to give a huge welcome to #RRBC Karl J. Morgan.

THE SLEEPING ONE BLOG TOUR!



Excerpt from Gadson’s Talent Checklist

Our hero discovers this book in a hidden storage area in the Gratia Dei Hall. The author was one of the first to chronicle the special abilities of the students at the two schools:

Carl opened the cover. The title sheet listed the name of the author as Antoine Marie Gadson. The year of publication was 1811. The next page was a table of contents. There were one hundred talents listed in alphabetic order. The last entry was Index. He turned there. The talents were now listed under the abilities. There was no listing for Sleeping One, awakening, hibernation, or sleep. He did find a listing for resurrection to be found on page 88. He turned to that page and read:

“Resurrection (Fantasy Level): True resurrection of the dead is a talent limited to God. Ancient texts reference a condition known as Viszreaagh, or The Sleeping One, but that has never been witnessed and is therefore likely a myth. The author does not intend to imply that the following is either true or untrue and lists only what has been previously written. It is said that the Sleeping One condition can only be imposed on another by either a person with the Sage Hand or Invisible Hand talents. The Sleeping One appears to be dead, with no sign of respiration, pulse, or heartbeat. The thought is that the spirit or soul of the afflicted is located away from the body. That spirit lives, but cannot move to recover its body because it is non-corporeal. Only a person with equal and opposite talents can reverse the effects by bringing the spirit back to the body.

“At this point, the translation of the texts begins to break down due to the inclusion of untranslatable phrases. This author’s best guess is that the one to afflict or cure the condition can do it only once in their lifetime. The text also implies that people of lesser talent who attempts to cure the afflicted will lose their talents permanently and may die as a result of their action. Without evidence of a Sleeping One or someone with that level of talent, no further discussion is warranted. The author has no reason to believe the foregoing is more than propaganda written to astound the masses.”

Carl closed the book and his eyes. He took a deep breath, opened his eyes again, and looked around the room. He peered out the window and saw Grace walking toward the door to the dormitory.  Opening the book at random, he read:

“Linguist (Highly Advanced Level): First verified and documented in 1127AD. Present at some level in 15% of students. Advanced in 2% of students.

“Low level: Students can read, speak, and write languages similar to their native tongue which they have never studied. Example 1: Student can speak, read, and write Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Example 2: Student and speak, read and write German, English, and Danish.

“Advanced level: Students can read, speak, and write any language, although the talent may emerge gradually. Exceptions remain for forgotten languages that cannot be linked to existing ones.

“Author’s note: The author possesses this talent at the lowest end of the advanced level, which has greatly aided the development of this tome and others.”

Karl Morgan Bio

With a long career in finance and as author of almost twenty books, I like to say that words and numbers are my life.

I have had a lifelong fascination with stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, whether it was the Tom Swift novels by Victor Appleton I read as a young boy, or television like Lost in Space and Star Trek. More recently, I have devoured film series like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. That fascination is combined with a keen interest in cosmology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and spirituality.

That quirky combination along with the fantasy genre allows me to craft stories that reinforce the importance of family, friendship, and love. The protagonists must overcome incredible danger and challenges to survive their journeys, but eventually end up on top. It goes without saying that as a finance guy, my life has been less action-packed than my characters (thank goodness).

With Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One, I ventured back to comfortable territory. Many of my stories reinforce our direct connection to the Divine. While that is an element of this story, the sequels feature that relationship to a much greater extent. That element in my stories is an homage to what I believe really matters in this life.

I am the son of an Air Force pilot and as such, I have lived in many places, never for more than four years at a time. Thankfully, as an adult, I have lived in Chula Vista, CA for the past thirty-seven years. I met and married Aida, the love of my life, thirty years ago. Our grown children have made us grandparents four times over. It is a blessing to be around such wonderful parents and children.

My new goal is life is my stories. I hope you can follow me on this new adventure.

Social Media and Contact Links:

Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L7HHNB3

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karlmorganauthor

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Karl-Morgan/e/B00A57RWPO

Website/Blog: http://www.karljmorgan.com

Twitter handle: @karljmorgan

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE

Lastly, Karl is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB #RRBC! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!
Thanks for supporting this author and his work! 

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#RRBCSpotlightAuthor #RRBC Mary Adler (@MAAdlerwrites)

It is my pleasure to welcome Mary Adler to my blog. Check out Mary’s book Shadowed By Death.” Lets give her our full support by following her tour.

PUPPIES AND COMPASSION AND WRITING

Follow your heart. See where it leads you. And start right there, wherever that may be. Set your compassion ablaze. Christi Camblor, DVM

I met Christi almost two years ago, when I accidentally adopted a puppy from Mexico through her rescue, Compassion without Borders. I didn’t want to raise a puppy and I really didn’t want a dog with issues, but life happened and our home that was filled with grief because of the loss of our AndyPandy suddenly knew moments of joy and laughter again.

I hoped that since Charlie was only weeks old when brought to the shelter, that she would have escaped the harshness of life on the streets in Mexico; that the warm supportive environment I would raise her in would result in an emotionally stable dog. I was wrong.

Charlie came out of the womb—literally out of the womb—terrified of the world. I learned from an animal behaviorist that a pregnant dog who lives in fear of human beings and other animals and has to scrounge for food and water and shelter will pass her stress on to her puppies in utero in varying degrees.

Compassion Without Borders brings dogs from poorer communities—Mexico and California’s central valley—to places where they have a better chance of being adopted.  They even ship small dogs east where they are desired and in short supply. In 2017, they rescued nearly 500 animals in the U.S. and provided access to veterinary care and spay/neuter to over 2,000 more.

Even so, the rescue has been criticized for going to Mexico to save dogs when there are so many dogs here that need help. Christi explains:

“The homeless dog here in the U.S. will, at the very least, have the chance of a humane death if there is no chance of rescue or adoption. In turn, the animal south of the border does not have that same guaranteed fate. He or she will either languish, starve, or suffer on the streets or, if they are rounded up and captured by animal control, they will be electrocuted—the most common method of killing unwanted animals in Mexico. The need is so great. The resources so few. The animals so precious. Why wouldn’t we help? The life of every dog is every bit as valuable as the life of any other. Plain and simple.”

And that brings me to the writing part. My stories are set against real issues of racial, ethnic, and gender inequality. I care about the stories of the people who lived during the war and suffered its social injustice. To care about what happens to others, one must first accept that, to paraphrase Christi, “The life of every human being is every bit as valuable as the life of any other. Plain and simple.”

Follow Mary online:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MAAdlerWrites

Facebook – https://maryadlerwrites.com/

Author Bio:

Mary Adler was an attorney and dean at CWRU School of Medicine. She escaped the ivory tower for the much gentler world of World War II and the adventures of homicide detective Oliver Wright and his German shepherd, Harley. She lives with her family in Sebastopol, California, where she creates garden habitats for birds and bees and butterflies. She is active in dog rescue and does canine scent work with her brilliant dogs — the brains of the team — and loves all things Italian.

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The Birth of a Wonder – The Short History of #RaveReviewsBookClub #RRBC

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB IS 5 YEARS OLD!

Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules

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On Sunday, December 8, 2013, I remember sitting at my dining room table and staring at my computer monitor…surfing thru my Twitter feed.

After having finished reading a book that had been tagged on Twitter as “#GreatRead!” and being sorely disappointed and wanting to then tag a more truthful review – “#WorstReadEver” (as it was poorly written, in need of a professional edit and proof and so much more), the wheels of my brain began to spin rapidly.

“I’m going to create a forum where I can post honest reviews of the books that I’ve read,”  I said, half out loud.

After creating the forum and giving more thought to how I could make an even greater contribution to the literary world by posting honest reviews of books, I decided that it would be a great idea to offer more under the umbrella of what I…

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