By Yvette M Calleiro

The written word and I

Are cherished friends,

Embracing each other’s thoughts and emotions

Like kindred spirits,

Dancing on clouds.

Bosom buddies who gossip and giggle

And gasp at all the same moments.

She and I are equals,

More than that, really.

We are two parts of a whole,

Complementing and complimenting the other,

Perfect beings.

The spoken word and I

Skirt around each other’s social circles.

We stumble around awkward pauses,

Unable to pull the perfect word or phrase

From our filing cabinet of knowledge.

Ease and grace flee without a moment’s notice.

She is more skilled than I.

She whispers her intricately woven ideas into my mind,

But her delicate strength is no match for

The hills of anxiety and the mountains of insecurity

That obstruct her path to freedom.

Before her words can reach my tongue,

They unravel into shreds of confusion,

Left unspoken.

If only the written word and the spoken word

Could meet…

They would live in perfect harmony.

But alas…

It is not meant to be,

Neither willing to leave her domain,

Each content to dance alone,

And I…

I am stuck in the middle,

Pulled in both directions,

Reveling in the comfort of the written word,

Needing the spoken word to survive.

But still I dream

Of the day when my words will intermingle

And a new love affair can be born.


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I got a call the other day from an individual who had purchased my book Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community a few years ago. She was calling to tell me how much she enjoyed it and was trying to refresh my memory as to who she was. At that time, we had both attended a Radio/TV Broadcasting station in the general area.

The topic of one of the radio shows was “Where Are All the Black Catholics? Needless to say I had to attend and was fortunate to be selected as a guest on the show.

I also started going to classes being offered there on how to interpret and read the bible. And, of course, I sold a few books too.

Although the woman is Caucasian she told me she felt that we were so alike in so many ways. Then somehow she got off to another topic regarding our former president whom she didn’t like, sharing with me how she was responsible for getting a busload of people to Washington to protest his policies. It’s said that  you should never talk about politics and religion because they are toxic topics.

We were going back and forth with our own ideologies until finally agreeing to disagree. The one thing I got out of the conversation as it moved ‘out of the blue’ to the topic of socialism, is that we don’t really know the true meaning of the word.

She said to her it meant trying to make sure we all had the same exact cars in our driveways, the same ability to own a home, the same schools, jobs, everything. I was floored because that was not my idea of socialism.

I said: “No! No! No! That’s not what it means! Are you serious?”

It made me realize that we all have our own misconceptions of what socialism really means. We all seem to have differing viewpoints on the topic.

I said to her, my idea of socialism is…

  • Paying taxes to have decent infrastructure: Water, roads, and bridges; anything that separates us from third world countries;
  • Government-run school systems so everyone can have an equal chance at a good education;
  • Having a decent health care system that’s not run by insurance companies who look at us as as commodities for profits, and, in my opinion, are the true ‘death panels’ in this country;
  • Government-run health care that eliminates the profits and concentrates on quality health for all. Sweden is a good example of quality health care efficiently run by the government. At least that is what I have been told by my doctor.

Sure, our system would have to be fixed and we would have to train more good doctors, but it can be done.

Because there seems to be different interpretations of the word socialism, I decided to look it up. Here is what I found.

SOCIALISM is an economic system, a political movement, and a social theory. Most socialist believe that national or local governments, rather than individuals, should own a nation’s resources and control their use. Socialism calls for public ownership of land, factories, and other basic means of production.

Socialism and Communism once meant about the same thing. Communist Russia’s version meant pictures of long lines at the grocery store to get what meager supplies they had to offer; a poor health system that needed overhauling; no decent job that could sustain you; no freedom to be innovative; every thought coming from the government; no free press, and no private ownership of land and properties.

Somehow, in today’s toxic climate, I think the two versions got mixed up and that is the cause of all the confusion going on in the United States.

Canada’s health care system conjures up long lines and time waiting to see a doctor. But they negotiate for fair prescription prices…something the United States won’t do thanks to the drug industry’s grip on our government. Canada’s wages seem to be low compared to the cost of living and that is from my own observation having visited there frequently in years past. They are just across the Detroit River from downtown Detroit. I observed that Canada does take care of its citizens’ health and educational needs and it seems to be working for them.

In the United States, we have Capitalism and Socialism and they are in sync with each other except when they are not. This explains the economic meltdown we experienced in 2008. I am not a bleeding heart liberal, just a common sense moderate Democrat who thinks reasonably about the world.

Capitalism has been ripe with greed that brought down our entire economic system. I think getting back at the government for this fiasco is playing out right now across the country. We believe in the American Dream; owning our own home, land and car. Some of us believe in a fairer health care system without insurance companies deciding our fate or sending us to bankruptcy court. Some of us don’t want this at all. I think the insurance companies are part of that crowd, along with some of our wealthier citizens who are benefiting from the status quo.

But getting back to the lady that called me, she wants to arrange for me to speak to a group. Maybe I made a friend and maybe I didn’t. We will see how it plays out.

I know this topic is volatile but I gave you my opinion. You are free to give yours. This, after all, is America!




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 Writers and Readers! We had an amazing time last year. There will be so much to see and do and learn.


 These are the sessions’ various topics to be presented…

 Avoiding Plagiarism

Book Marketing 2.0 (beyond Social Media)

Book Marketing via Social Media

Crafting Believable Scenes

Grammarly and Why You Need It

How To Keep Your Blog Buzzing & Busy!

How to Show and Not Tell

Media Kit Creation

Most Effective Writing Tools for Authors

No Time to Write? What You Should Be Doing Until Your Next Big Release to Stay Relevant

Taking Your Author Platform to the Next Level

And much much more!

 It will be a virtual reality of information you won’t want to miss.

 So click on the links below for more information and how to register:

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Words of Wisdom From Author Kim Cox

I had to reblog this because I want to take a closer look at what you are discussing. Good luck Kim!

The Indie Spot!

Greetings, readers! Today I am welcoming author Kim Cox to The Indie Spot. Kim is sharing some of her experiences as a writer—in her own words! Take it away, Kim…

My Writing Style


Writing Techniques

I don’t think I have any writing techniques. I don’t do any of the things good writers should or are supposed to do. I don’t write every day, don’t set a certain time to write. If there is a certain time, it’s late at night. I seem to be more creative at night, and I’m not a morning person anyway. That may come from working third shift for a while when I was younger.

I don’t have a space where I write. I used to but my home office went away when we made it into a bedroom for my mother-in-law. I think we’d planned to put a smaller desk in my library but…

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#RRBCPIF MEET @KimCoxAuthor!


I am hosting Kim Cox, one of Rave Reviews Book Club’s most supportive member. Kim is a book agent’s dream. She really writes a lot! Congratulations Kim!!




An author of Romance, Mystery, Suspense and Paranormal, Kim Cox lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chainsaw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers, Scooter and Harley, and an adopted Yorkie/Maltese mix, Candi. She’s also a mother and grandmother.

Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles.  While firmly believing she can do anything she sets her mind to, Kim recently embarked on self-publishing with a new romantic suspense novel, All This Time, and two short stories, A Dream Come True and In His Arms in the Second Chances romance series, all available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, etc. The Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series includes Haunted Hearts, Get Out or Die, The Wedding Crasher, Christmas Cruise, Demi’s Serial Case and Haunted by Her Past. The first four were released in 2015.

Besides writing, cover design and publishing, Kim also works a full time job outside the home. She is a graduate of Writer’s Digest’s Writing to Sell Fiction and NRI’s Fiction Writing, and has associate degrees in the fields of Office Systems Technology and Web Technologies.

Sign up for Kim’s Readers List and visit her at the following sites.

Website: http://www.kimcoxauthor.com

Blogs: Kim’s Musings, Kim’s Author Support Page
Amazon Author Page


Social Media Contacts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimcoxauthor
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Gearing Up For the 2017 #RRBC Writers’ Conference and Book Expo!

Beem, I’m going to beam your thoughts to all my followers.

The Indie Spot!

2017 WC&BE

Once again, Rave Reviews Book Club is taking the lead on cutting edge ideas for promoting indie authors. Picking up where we left off last year, this year’s Writers’ Conference & Book Expo promises to be bigger and better! If you are an indie author and you’re still figuring out the marketing landscape, then this event is one you don’t want to miss.

Simply follow the links below for all the latest information you’ll need to know to be involved.

This is the year for bigger and better here at RRBC. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to reach a new audience while gaining new skill sets designed to help indie authors succeed.

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WENDY SCOTT – #RRBCSpotlightAuthor

It is my pleasure to introduce to you today WENDY SCOTT SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR!


Blog 3- Lodestone (Witch-Hunt): Is Vengeance Ever Justified?

Behind the scenes of Lodestone (Witch-Hunt) with fantasy author Wendy Scott

Another theme I explore in Lodestone is the repercussions of vengeance.

Lodestone, weaves a tale between Lauren and Sabrina, born hundreds of year apart, but linked by blood and magic. Sabrina is the only one who can right the wrongs unleashed by Lauren, but Sabrina will have to sacrifice her future to fix the past. Is the price too high?

Excerpt from Lodestone (Witch-Hunt): Lauren

He scrutinized me for a long time. “Your kind doesn’t belong here. You upset the natural balance. I can’t grant you peace, but … if you have the will, I can give you vengeance.”

Me ears pricked up like a fighting dog’s. “Vengeance?”

His next words insinuated themselves inside me like a burning cancer. “Wouldn’t you like revenge on the witches?”

Hunger for retribution overwhelmed me senses, and I couldn’t restrain the eagerness in me tone. I licked me lips and begged, “How?”

He extended a hoof to me. “If you want to know, then come with me.”

Later, I would wish I hadn’t done what I did next, but I reached out and took his hoof, vowing that if I couldn’t have Adorabelle back, then vengeance would do.

Utube book trailer Lodestone (Witch-Hunt):



Amazon US 124 reviews 4.4* rating

Amazon US Lodestone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AMQX7DO

Amazon UK Lodestone https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AMQX7DO

Connect with Wendy:

Twitter @WendyJayneScott

FB https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWendyScott

Author Profile Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Scott/e/B009B1N8NA/

Website http://www.wendyjscott.com/contact.html

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What Kind of Mom Are You Anyway? #RRBC

Ask The Good Mommy

I have a friend who is a staunch Republican (but I don’t hold that against her and I still love her very much, anyway!). She says, “No, I’m very Conservative,” but, I won’t bore you with the details of that argument.

Every morning that I open my eyes, I call or text her just to rile her up about Trump.  But, today was a different kind of day, and I found myself angered at the thought of any mom of daughters, being able to vote for this person.  (I could call him a Lunatic or a Mad-Man, but I like to choose my labels very carefully before I go applying them.  I mean, there could be better adjectives out there that I could use, right?)  Well, I’m saving them for later.


So, I posed these questions to her today via text:

“How can ANY Mother of daughters be OK with…

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

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

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