#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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My #RRBC October-ween block party winners

I WON!

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Last month, the Rave Reviews Book Club had a festive little block party that gave the attendees a fairly large group of blogs to visit, each with a wonderful post of the author’s choice.

Each stop had a giveaway, and I am excited to tell you who won mine! 😃

(1) $10 Amazon gift card – Beem Weeks

(1) ebook copy of ZOMBIE DAWN… – Karen Black

(1) ebook copy of MEGAMAX – Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I want to thank everyone who supported the October-ween Block Party! It was a lot of fun and I am already excited about next year’s event.

I especially want to thank those of you who stopped by during my day on the tour. I hope you enjoyed taking a small step behind the scenes of #ZombieDawn. It was such a fun story to right and I’m hoping I will be able to expand it into…

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#RRBC TODAY IS #PIF DAY! #RRBC_Community @NonnieJules & @BeemWeeks

#RWISA #RRBC_Community

MEET TWO OF OUR BEST IN THE WEST! ER NORTH AND SOUTH?

Let me re-introduce you to Beem Weeks.

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The first time I encountered Beem Weeks was on Twitter before and after I joined #RRBC. I noticed that he was using a word that was not familiar to me – Indie Authors. I think his Twitter page was The Voice of Indie even back then, but I could be wrong. All I know is that I was impressed with the word, while unbeknown to me was the fact that it fit my description as well. Beem caught my attention and I was so glad to meet him when I joined RRBC.

Beem has been a staple at #RaveReviewsBookClub since the clubs humble beginnings in 2014. He is the Producer for the Rave Waves Blog Talk Radio Shows, created by Nonnie Jules, Founder & President. He always support other authors on their blog tours. He is just a very dependable guy. He is a one-man show when it comes to Rave Waves.

Beems works are featured here: https://www.amazon.com/Beem-Weeks/e/B007XIDZYA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Beem’s Contacts:

Twitter: @BeemWeeks  @VoiceOfIndie

And saving the best for last here she is

NONNIE JULES!

Founder and Creative Brains behind The Rave Reviews Book Club.

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Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules is a forum created specifically for the purpose of introducing the world to some really good reads.  After having read so many books that had been given high marks, yet weren’t deserving of those marks, Nonnie wanted to offer a forum where readers could come and trust that the reviews of the books posted were truly HONEST.

This club has evolved into so much more. It cannot be listed on this page alone. Her focus is to support Indie Authors in every way she can think of.

Here is a write up I want to repeat that was published for the last Pay-It-Forward Day: https://shirleyslaughter.com/2019/07/19/rrbc-pif-paying-it-forward-to-president-nonnie-jules-nonniejules/

 

WHAT DOES AN INSPIRING BOSS DO?

She stays awake at night dreaming up new ways to make us happy? Or is it to make her happy?

She is always teaching us ways to care for each other. (I think that’s a hard one)

She has a keen sixth sense that lets her know what you are feeling.

She has a wonderful sense of humor.

She grows on you.

She loves her husband and her daughters.

She understands people in a way that most of us don’t.

She is definitely gifted and very creative.

Who is an inspiring boss?

NONNIE JULES!

From an admiring member of the club you created.

Nonnie’s Blogs and Other Things …

Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules

Watch Nonnie Write

www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

FaceBook

Twitter

Nonnie’s Books on Amazon

RWISA

 

Let’s all take the time to push Nonnie and Beem and PAY IT FORWARD!

 

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WELCOME DAY 6 #RRBC NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR, @DLFinnAuthor! #RWISA #RRBC_Community

AUTHOR D.L. FINN IS BLOGGING WITH US TODAY!

Welcome Author D.L. Finn! It is a pleasure to host you.

 

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Thank you for having me on your blog for day six of the Just Her Poetry Spotlight Tour!

 

Finn Facts:

  1. I live one-thousand feet above a small Gold Rush town, Nevada City, in the forest.
  2. I’m not a morning person, and sometimes I don’t fall asleep until the sun is rising.

 

Blurb:

Take a journey with D.L. Finn as she blends her love of nature with her deepest emotions. Sit with her on the forest floor observing its tranquil beauty, or stroll along the ocean’s shore admiring the vastness of its horizon. Here in these peaceful moments you’ll be able to experience her thoughts and feelings in the light—and in the darkness. This is a thought-provoking collection of poetry that invites the reader into all the seasons of a soul.

 

Excerpt from Just Her Poetry: FROM THE BOOK WORLD

ABUSE
(inspired by The Button and This Second Chance)

You’ve been called stupid and ugly many times—it still hurts.

The words wound you deeper than any hit or punch.

Each slicing remark cuts deep into your soul.

It disfigures you until you are as twisted as the abusers.

No one is there to tell you that you are loved.

That you are beautiful—you are wanted.

Instead, the ignorant utterances hit you faster than a fist.

Each day you have one less tear to cry…

Until one day the tears are finally gone.

Numbness replaces the pain and you’re locked safely inside.

Your walls thick and strong until one day…

Someone reaches out to you and you push them away.

They don’t leave. Instead they show you kindness.

Slowly you replace the numbness with pain, then healing…

With that caring someone who’ll accept your unshed tears.

This is what’s been missing in your past: love and acceptance.

They fill the hole left by abuse, leaving only your beauty.

Amazon Purchase Link

 

D.L. Finn Links:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

D.L. Finn blog


D. L. FINN BIO

 

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 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. 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, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include children’s books, adult fiction, a unique autobiography, and poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

  1. Twitter handle: @dlfinnauthor
  2. Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/d.l.finn.writer/?
  3. Website address: https://dlfinnauthor.com/

 

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/D-L-Finn/e/B00ZBGJ08Q?

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/D.+L.+Finn?

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mthobits


Please stay with us at each stop along D.L. Finn’s Spotlight Tour! #RRBC November Spotlight Author!

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Welcome to Part 2 of “THE MEREST LOSS” Blog Tour! @StevenNeil12 @4WillsPub #RRBC

From Steven Neil, the author of THE MEREST LOSS

A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris.

 

Marketing and selling your novel

 

I was told only recently, by a very well-established traditionally published author, that the idea that mainstream authors have a big marketing advantage over smaller publisher authors or independent authors is something of a myth. She assured me that once the launch party is arranged and a couple of weeks of advertising and promotion have elapsed, she is still left pretty much to her own devices. I believe her.

Sadly your fantastic novel, which all your friends and family really love, and which has several 5* reviews on Amazon, is not going to sell itself. You are going to have to put some work in! Here are a few thoughts about how you might go about marketing your novel.

Remember that marketing is the process of predisposing the buying public to buy your novel. Unless you are going to set up your own stall up, selling is what the retailers do and I would rather leave them to get on with it.

Marketing list

There has been a great deal of fuss about GDPR but I can’t see any problem with keeping a marketing list of people (friends and family) who you mail out (with permission) with updates. I’ve refined my list to make sure no-one is likely to complain about receiving an email from me and I always put a note saying I’m happy to remove names if they no longer want to hear from me. I mail out about four times a year with news (reviews, blogs, awards) and without directly asking for reviews I always mention how important they are! Invariably sales and reviews increase after a mailing.

Social media

Much as I fought against what I saw as an invasion of privacy, I have reluctantly accepted that I have to be on social media if I want to sell books. I am only registered on Facebook and Twitter. There are many others but I don’t want to spend my life on social media. Facebook seemed to be a good vehicle for getting the message out about my novel but I had an unhappy experience with the link between Facebook and Amazon. Early on, two people, who I had never met, bought my book, liked my book, put 5* reviews on Amazon and sent me Friend requests on Facebook. I was, naturally, rather flattered and accepted them. Next day the reviews had vanished. The reason: Amazon won’t accept reviews from Facebook Friends. I can see their point of view in a way but the consequence is that I unfriended all my Facebook Friends and rarely post any more. A shame. Twitter, by contrast, doesn’t have the same issue, is very user-friendly, is easy to grow followers and produces lots of retweets and likes from like minded people. I have no doubt that my Twitter presence has generated sales. If you only use one social media platform I would say make it Twitter.

Independent booksellers

Independent booksellers are, in my experience, more than willing to support local authors and have no issue with independently published authors, provided the production is to a good standard. OK, you are unlikely to generate volume sales but you can grow your following and you will earn a great deal more per copy sold than you will through Amazon. I am now supplying eight independent booksellers direct (with more to come as a I gradually extend out from my local area) and apart from their discount and the production cost, the rest is profit to me. I can also establish a relationship and a rapport with other people who share my enthusiasm for books. After all, the marketing process should be fun, not a chore.

Book clubs and events

Book clubs are great institutions. I love speaking to book clubs and reading groups. You are engaging with people who enjoy books and if they like your book they are highly likely to review and recommend. Not everyone likes to speak in public but it is not so difficult and the more you do it the better and more confident you will become. If you want to widen your scope, consider speaking at literary festivals in your local area. I’ve attended a few this year and I can say, with certainty, that they all generated sales.

Radio interviews

Listeners get to hear the person and the voice. If you speak articulately and with enthusiasm it will sell your novel better than anything apart from direct contact. Both my recent radio appearances produced small but noticeable spikes in Amazon sales for The Merest Loss.

Good luck with your marketing.

© Steven Neil

THE MEREST LOSS is available in paperback and eBook in the UK, US, France, Canada and Australia.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merest-Loss-Steven-Neil-ebook/dp/B077D9SHB5

https://www.amazon.com/Merest-Loss-Steven-Neil-ebook/dp/B077D9SHB5

https://www.amazon.fr/Merest-Loss-English-Steven-Neil-ebook/dp/B077D9SHB5

https://www.amazon.ca/Merest-Loss-Steven-Neil-ebook/dp/B077D9SHB5

https://www.amazon.com.au/Merest-Loss-Steven-Neil-ebook/dp/B077D9SHB5

Follow Steven Neil on https://twitter.com/stevenneil12 for information on how to purchase the paperback through an independent bookseller in the UK.


The Merest Loss by Steven Neil

ISBN: 1788039718

Blurb

‘A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris.

When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How did the English daughter of a Norfolk boot-maker meet the future Emperor? Who is the mysterious Nicholas Sly and what is his hold over Harriet?
Can Harriet meet her obligations and return to her former life and the man she left behind? What is her involvement with British Government secret services? Can Harriet’s friend, jockey Tom Olliver, help her son Martin solve his own mystery: the identity of his father?’

Genres

Historical Fiction and Victorian Historical Romance

Bio

Steven has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. He has been a bookmaker’s clerk, bloodstock agent, racehorse breeder and management consultant amongst other professions in his varied career. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire, England. The Merest Loss is his debut novel.

Twitter

@stevenneil12

IAN author page

https://www.independentauthornetwork.com/steven-neil.html

Email

stevenneil1@aol.com

Buy links

https://www.amazon.com/Merest-Loss-Steven-Neil-ebook/dp/B077D9SHB5

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merest-Loss-Steven-Neil-ebook/dp/B077D9SHB5


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.  
 
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The Empty Nest… #RRBC’s October-Ween Book, Blog & Trailer Block Party! @NonnieJules #Parents #Parenting #Kids

Ask The Good Mommy

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Hi, and welcome to the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S 2019 BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER Block Party!

Here’s what I’m giving away today and all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a COMMENT, LIKE the page and SHARE it on social media before you leave:

(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card

(1) paperback signed copy of THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS

TGMG on BN counter med

*EMPTY-NESTERS: 

parents whose children have reached adulthood and left home.

How many empty nesters do we have here today?  Well, I sadly pronounce that my hubby and I are now members of this class of parents – and, I must say, we are very reluctant participants of this group.

I can imagine that some of you were so very excited when your kids reached a certain age and moved away.  Many of you imagined your wonderful retirement years and had them…

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WELCOME TO THE #RRBC 2019 OCTOBER-WEEN BLOCK PARTY!

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE #RRBC 2019 OCTOBER-WEEN BLOCK PARTY!

HERE ARE THE LUCKY WINNERS …

Beem Weeks Won $5 Amazon Gift Card!

Ted Berner Won EBOOK “CRAZY!  HOT!  AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!” 

 Mary Adler Won EBOOK NEWSPAPER CHRONICLES

Congratulations Winners!

 

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Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! Kindle Edition

Crazy Hot Trailer


About the Author

I started out trying to write a decent enough manuscript but it was clear that my thoughts and memories were so scattered and so fragmented that it was almost next to impossible to write it all down so that it made sense. First mistake I made was in not documenting each occurrence as it happened. As a result a lot of situations were completely and utterly forgotten—until I was done and the book went to press; then the memories started flooding in. Obviously some of it was too traumatic and so I blocked it all out. I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten so much.

There was the stalker boyfriend who followed my every move and tried to isolate me from my family. I was divorced and trying to raise my son as a single parent. It had gotten so bad that it spilled over into the workplace. My girlfriends at work herded me through a side exit when they spotted him sitting in front of the building. I was mortified and scared.

And that’s as far as I’m going with that one. But it appears to be the start of another book doesn’t it?

I can’t believe where all the years have gone. You know how you hear the old folks say that no matter how old they are, they don’t feel it and are shocked when they look in the mirror. Well age has been kind to me because I look good compared to some of my friends. I forget how old I am until I look at them. I am very thankful for my health and wellness after all I’ve been through. Looking well is just a side bonus.


NEWSPAPER CHRONICLES

This story follows the fictional account of one character, Leslie Louise Allen, working at a major newspaper in Downtown Detroit. From her perspective on race; interactions of colleagues; circulation wars; new hires; layoffs and romantic encounters, she takes us on a harrowing journey thru the 70s and 80s when Detroit was a two-newspaper town.

 


CONNECT HERE…

Author Page: http://wp.me/P43s9i-1m

Email: sharrislaughter@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharrislaughter3

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sharrislaughter

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/historybuff


Thank you so much for stopping by. Please continue to follow along on the rest of this amazing #RRBC 2019 OCTOBER-WEEN BLOCK PARTY! for the month of October.

 

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Welcome to the “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” Blog Tour! @FRStepnowski @4WillsPub #RRBC

This is Blog Tour Day 3

Title: “Bounded by Chains” Tour

About the Book:

BOUND; The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men. Allow yourself to give in to your deepest fantasies, desires, and sensual dreams, BOUND is a collection of poetic works exploring the world of eroticism, romanticism, and fantasies of gay men of all ages. Walk through the mind inspired by fantasies, the hopes for romance, the desire to be swept off ones’ feet, and the longing to be touched through this anthology filled with lost romance and passionate memories. Escape into a world that allows you to be one with your desires, feel the heightened sensations and passion through random rendezvous and engagements.

 

Poetry Excerpt from Bound: The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men:

 

Questions We Cannot Answer

 

Have you ever run into a friend at the park or in a mall?

You noticed they are saddened and distraught about the world around them

Then they ask, “Do you believe in god?”

Dumbfounded and puzzled, you are only ably to reply with a quick and overly simplistic, “yes”

Of course, to make things more contemplative that very same friend has to go further with this question

I am trapped in the religiosity of my past and upbringing

You know what I mean when you are asked “How do you know?

Is there really a God?

And what do they look like?

Is it the great goddess of the moonlight, mother earth?

Is it the father Abraham and his son he almost sacrificed like a lamb in the fields waiting for a wolf to pounce and devour him?

Is it the Buddha we are told where you meditate for the hopes of enlightenment and in some cultures, rub the pseudo statue of Buddha himself striving to gain good luck?

Let’s say this friend is a homosexual

You know, gay, queer, lesbian, faggot, dyke, I’m sure you used these words to identify someone who was different natured once or twice in your lifetime

There is the question about “God’s Love” and all of its blessings and unconditional contentment

However, if you were plagued with “the gay”, most religious factions around the world, you have a different identity, you are a monster, deviant, non-human

What about the lost soul of someone with mental illness?

They look at you vacant and unable to catch the world that is seemingly spinning to fast from them

No matter how fast they run after their dreams or happiness, they say you are guaranteed, only if this world of make believe and…

And….

And……………………….

AND……

Ever look into their eyes and see darkness or pain and release tears behind a smile to mask their misery or reclusive spirit?

With a cryptic sigh, I watch the world crumble around us, but see a world that is ever changing with new light, hope, and healing energy

 

About the Author:

Forrest Robert Stepnowski is an advocate, a writer, a social worker, and a performance artist in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing poetic works and prose for most of his life. He realized how important is to share his work with others who have dealt with similar pathways of self-hate, self-deprecation, and self-loathing in the hopes they find they are not alone, as well as help them realize they are not deviants, nor are they against “human nature.” They are part of a collective of misfit toys on an island where being different is beautiful. We all have a voice, and the world should hear it. Forrest is a proud member of  Rave Reviews Book Club.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://www.forresttakesajourney.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/frstepnowski

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forreststepnowski

 

Amazon Purchase Links:

Paperback

https://www.amazon.com/BOUND-Lost-Romanticism-Eroticism-Gay/dp/1096882558/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

E-Book

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S1MLFGD/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1


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 his work!
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If You Voted For Him, Has He Gone Too Far Yet? @nonniejules

To my followers: Here is something to talk about…

Ask The Good Mommy

I know that I should be standing on the premise of “When they go low, we go high” (Thank you, PRESIDENT BARACK & MRS. OBAMA for always exuding the highest level of dignity and decency), but what I am hearing today, has me outraged…on another level.  And, for the record, I don’t have to have brown skin to feel this way, and the same applies to you.

Logged into my Twitter just now and this is what I find…

How sad was that?  So, I ask – if you voted for him, has he gone too far yet?  Has he gone far enough for YOU to vote for something different in the coming election?  If you don’t think that this person is inciting hate and spewing the worst kind of venom ever, you are either wearing blinders that are too tight OR you’re just like him, and he’s doing exactly…

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#RRBC #PIF Paying It Forward to President Nonnie Jules (@NonnieJules)

A Tribute to Our Founder Nonnie Jules on Pay It Forward Day!

 

She is the hardest worker, always giving back, making sure we are all lifted up. Lets shine the light on her today.

Check out her Author Page that she created to make her member’s lives easier. She is busy creating everybody else’s page.

Everyday Nonnie Jules is busy thinking of new ways to propel and promote the members of the Rave Reviews Book Club  —  on a Website that she built. Take a look and see for yourself what is going on in this club.

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This is one of several books Nonnie has published including Rave Soup for the Writers Soul Book Series with member’s works on full display. There are people out there trying to duplicate what she does but they can’t match her stamina, nor can they keep up with all the new ideas she comes up with.

There are so many wonderful things that she does that it is mind boggling just trying to keep up the pace with her. She is the hardest worker I have ever seen and this club is successful because of her work ethic.

She can never be surprised because she is the surprise.

Check her out on FACEBOOK

Be sure to check out Nonnie’s Author Page to find everything else you want to know.

 

This is her Seal of Approval for every book she’s read and there are many

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CONGRATULATIONS NONNIE JULES

YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOTLIGHTED ON PIF DAY TODAY!!

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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour With Wendy Scott! #RRBC #RWISA

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Today, it is my privilege to host #RWISA author, Wendy Scott. Please scroll down to read her featured piece, The Awakening.

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The Awakening by Wendy Scott

(An excerpt from ‘Prophecy and Pirates’ my unpublished first fantasy novel).

Evarna gazed at the tinker’s sleeping form and resisted the urge to trail her fingertips through Rick’s locks. For both their sakes she had to leave now before he awoke. They lived in contrasting worlds; he roamed the forest with a free spirit, but as an aristocrat’s bastard, she battled the protocols and restrictions of the Baron’s Court. As satisfying as this romantic interlude had been, she must be on her way.

The chill of the morning air vanquished the warmth she’d experienced in his arms as she eased out of the feather quilt. She untangled her discarded clothes from his and slipped into them. Last night…

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