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


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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

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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.  
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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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Welcome to the “THE CHOICE, the unexpected heroes” Blog Tour! @gmplano @4WillsPub #RRBC

Please give a great big welcome to Gwendolyn Plano!

The characters in THE CONTRACT reappear in THE CHOICE. After writing the first book, the characters clamored for attention and insisted that I listen because each one needed to tell the rest of their story. Their urgency became my mandate.

A cacophony of voices often haunted me in the middle of the night. I’d wonder, will I ever sleep again? It was not unusual for me to be writing by 3:00 AM. The characters fought for my attention as I tried to capture the scenes. Sometimes, I just outlined the scene because the information came too quickly.

Letting characters tell their story means they will take you into places you’ve never been, and mine did just that. I did not know the military world and needed to research everything I could about the bases, about titles and ranks, about common expressions and protocols. Even with family members in the military or having served, this was a world I did not know.  

In the book, one of the characters is distressed because she tried to go onto an air force base and was not permitted to do so. This was my experience. My sister and I drove to a base, thinking we could visit and walk around. We quickly learned that we needed sponsorship and clearance. Though I did not respond as my character did, I was distressed.

In this scene, Admiral Parker is traveling to Begert Air Force Base and stops at a local dive for coffee. There are only a few people in this establishment, one is a sobbing woman. He speaks to the waiter:

“Not to change the subject, but what’s with that woman with her head in her hands?”

“She might be a friend of Sarah’s. They wouldn’t let her onto the base, as far as I can tell.”

The admiral glances toward the woman and whispers, “I don’t think folks understand how tight the security is, especially at a place like Begert.”

The waiter shakes his head, “Civilians don’t get it.”

BIO:

Growing up in Southern California, Gwen Plano loved learning. She earned four degrees and taught and served in universities and colleges across the country and in Japan. Now retired, she is focused on writing. Gwen’s first book, Letting Go into Perfect Love, is a memoir. Her second book, The Contract, is a thriller co-authored by John W. Howell. Gwen lives in the Midwest with her husband, and when she is not writing, she is traveling, usually to see one of her four children and many grandchildren.  

Links:  

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Z3dUEm 

Website: https://gwenmplano.com/

Twitter: @gmplano

Facebook: @GwendolynMPlano

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, Gwen 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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What’s in A Name?

Good information Beem.

The Indie Spot!

Naming characters might not seem like a major aspect to writing fiction, but it’s one of the most important pieces of the writing puzzle.

Names, when well thought out, convey elements of that character’s personality, region of birth, ethnicity. A memorable name will also stay with your readers—even after they’ve finished reading your book. Names like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are much more memorable than, say, Dave Johnson and Bill Smith. Over the course of many books and several movies, we have a firm image of Han and Luke. Just hearing those names takes us on a journey into the future, into the deepest reaches of space. Bill and Dave, though part of a famous story, would not be easily recognizable in the name-dropping game of story fandom.

At times, I’ll come up with a name before I even have the story. There’s a personality within the name that…

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