Jul 14

Guest Post – Rhani D. Chae

Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D. ChaeShadow of the Drill came after a friend gave me a (bad) idea for a character’s name that developed into an awesome idea for a book about an unapologetic enforcer by the name of Decker, whose precise and unyielding methods of conducting ‘business’  have earned him the nickname of “the Drill.” I used to joke that the book wrote itself, but the idea had burst into my head and flowed out onto my keyboard so easily that it did seem like the only thing I’d contributed was typing services. I wrote the book fairly quickly and self published it in paperback immediately because I couldn’t wait to grace the world with my brilliance. And I do mean SELF published. I found a friend who was willing to pose for the cover, bought Pagemaker to format the book, got a laserjet printer, and started to print.

 

Once the pages were printed, my roommate and my son helped me assemble the books on my living room floor and then we sent them up to Seattle to be perfectly bound. We printed 1,000 copies of Shadow in that first run, and by the time we were done the last thing I wanted to see was a computer. I sold the books online for a short period of time and then…I read one. And I was forced to admit that my earth-shaking work of literary genius was crap. It was crap with potential but…it was still crap. I immediately stopped selling Shadow and gave it an extensive rewrite that resulted in a second edition that I am incredibly proud of. Copies of the original version still pop up occasionally on eBay or Amazon, and they are quite often outrageously priced for a poorly written novel by an unknown author, which always gives me a good chuckle.

The characters in the updated Shadow are significantly more three dimensional than in the original version. I’m quite pleased with the added depth, which I think gives a reader greater insight into what makes them tick, as well as making them much easier to like/dislike. I also added a parking lot brawl to showcase the character of Rudy and take him out of Decker’s shadow for a minute or two.


Shadow of the Drill centers around a man whose life was destroyed by violence, who then embraced violence as a means to a very brutal end. It follows Decker and Rudy as they come face to face with their oldest enemies and attempt to close that chapter of their lives. The book contains graphic violence as well as sexual situations, and is not intended for young or easily offended readers. Shadow of the Drill is the first in the Drill series and the second book, Winter of the Drill, will hopefully be completed in the next month or two.

 

Thank you all so much for allowing me to share a bit of my journey with you today.  To follow the rest of my tour, please visit 4WillsPublishing.  Teri, you were a great host and thank you so much for having me!

 

BIO:

RHANI D’CHAE spent her teen years bouncing between WA, OR, and OK, but has lived her adult life in Tacoma, WA. She likes to read, though she doesn’t read as much as she used to due to diabetic vision loss, and is a fan of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Brian Lumley, and James Clavell. She loves The Walking Dead, and any zombie film with a high body count. Ms. D’Chae enjoys connecting with people on social networking sites, and loves getting feedback from those who have read her work, so please don’t leave without sharing your comments. 

 

 

 

PURCHASE LINKS:

“SHADOW OF THE DRILL” by Rhani D. Chae  www.amazon.com/dp/B00GBHQZZU

 

CONTACT INFO:

Twitter:  @rhanidchae

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/rhani.dchae

Google +:  http://google.com/+RhaniDChae

Website:  www.rhanidchae.com 

Review of Shadow of the Drill at NONNIE’S “RAVE” REVIEWS

***This tour was sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com  To book your own tour, please contact us.***

 

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Jun 04

A New Day At Rave Reviews Book Club

A NEW DAY AT RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!

Hello, and Welcome to a NEW day at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! If you’ve never heard of us, you

must not ever turn your computer on because we are the Virtual Book Club that everyone is buzzing about.

We’ve been around now for five (5) months and our membership has almost reached 500! Our website is

an extremely busy place…again, in five (5) months, it’s been viewed almost 43,000 times! Boy, there must

be a lot going on there for all that traffic, right? YOU can bet your bottom dollar there is!

 

We aren’t your typical book club. First, our membership is open to Authors and Readers. Our mission

is to PROFILE, PROMOTE & PROPEL INDIE AUTHORS via book sales, “honest” book reviews and

name recognition. That means, that if no one has ever heard of you before, if you’re an active member-
author at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, your name is probably on a lot of tongues now!; second, we are

here to foster an environment of positivity and support and we do an extremely good job of supporting our

members; and third, we offer so many perks and privileges to ALL members which include: BOOK OF THE

MONTH Winner, “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, #PUSHTUESDAY winner ,and we offer writing contests and

fun photo contests to help you earn some of these fabulous spots! If you’re a Reader, how would you like

your chance at winning Amazon gift cards just for referring new members who join? And what if you’re an

avid reader? How would you like to win a $50, $100 or even a $200 Amazon Gift Card for having read the

most member-author books during the year? These are just a few of the many perks we offer at RRBC.

Some of you reading this are already aware of the fabulous club we are, so let me tell you WHY there’s a

new day at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.

 

When we first formed, we accepted any and everyone who submitted an application. Then, we noticed that

some of the people who were aligning themselves with us, just weren’t the right “fit” for us, so we became a

bit more selective. {We do offer an overwhelmingly huge amount of support to all our members and

we do ENCOURAGE all of our members to support one another, but the ONLY real requirement of

RRBC is that each member purchases, reads and reviews a minimum of 4 books per year. Weekly,

many member-authors list their books at only $.99 and some for FREE! It has been shared with

us by some members that they have completed all four of their required reads for the club for only

$3.98! UNBELIEVABLE!}. Even with us becoming more selective, we still encountered those members

who would join for one second and then turn right around a week later to say something to the effect of: “I

realize my dog is going to be sick for the next two weeks so I’m going to have to cancel my membership.”

Really, some of the excuses we’ve received are so laughable and unbelievable, all you can do is stare in

disbelief!

 

So, because our board of 8 members work extremely hard at propelling our members and constantly

devising NEW plans to propel our members, we thought instead of just adding members to the roster, we’d

add a second step to the process. This little step merely asked the prospective member to return to our

site, to READ OUR FAQ page FULLY and after that, “let us know if you’re sure you want to become a

member.” We did this because it is a hassle to add members to our online roster, to our internal rosters,

to add and link their books to our online book catalog, to only turn around and have to remove it all.

Please believe me when I say in the voice of the very entertaining Youtube sensation, Sweet Brown,

“AINTNOBODYGOTTIMEFORTHAT!” We are much, much too busy! So, we implement yet another

step in the process…on May 18, we instated a 30 day probationary period. What this entailed was: new

members joining on or after this date, would not have their name OR their book(s) listed in our online

roster and catalog, but they would still be allotted all of the other perks and privileges of membership. If

after their 30 day probationary period they were still with us, we would then add their names and books to

the rosters for the world to see. During the first 10 days of this new policy, we received almost 50 NEW

member applications. See, even with a new stipulation to our membership in place, these new people

STILL wanted to join us because they’d heard the stories about how SUCCESSFUL we are in PROFILING,

PROMOTING & PROPELLING our indie author members. I know, you want me to hurry and get to the BIG

ANNOUNCEMENT….THE REASON THAT WE’RE REALLY HERE TODAY…THE NEW DAY AT RRBC!

Now that our membership is nearing 500 and to ensure that we are aligning ourselves with the BEST OF THE BEST and the MOST SERIOUS-MINDED INDIVIDUALS, who take what we do here seriously, we are implementing a NEW MEMBERSHIP FEE!

Beginning June 1, 2014,our annual membership fee is $25.00/per member. THIS FEE IS FOR *NEW* INCOMING MEMBERS WHO JOIN ON OR AFTER JUNE 1ST and current members will not be assessed a membership fee until their anniversary date. For most of you, that won’t begin until January, 2015 or one year after your join date (which is different for everyone).

*NEW* MEMBERS: Here is what your membership will entail:

*The listing of up to 3 of your books in our online catalog (right now, members are allotted only 1 listing for

now, with the ability to add one additional in the near future);

*The ability to add 2 book covers to 2 of your titles;

*FREE 3 months of One-on-One consultations via phone calls, email or e-chat with your very own Mentor;

a critique of your partially completed manuscript, which includes helpful hints and suggestions about what

could make the writing better. Right now, this service has a fee of $10 on its own;

*FREE entry into all our fee-based writing contests;

*For approved works, inclusion in our upcoming RRBC Anthology;

*Discounted rates to our future Writer’s Conferences and Book Expos;

*Our site receives upwards of 500 hits per day, and the majority of those hits are views to our Online

Catalog, where member-author books are being purchased, read and reviewed; GRAND EXPOSURE FOR

YOUR BOOK(S);

*Our Online Catalog is now about to be made available for download to libraries, booksellers/bookstores

and shared via regular press releases; MORE EXPOSURE FOR YOUR BOOK(S)

*The possibility of being selected as BOOK OF THE MONTH, “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR and

#PUSHTUESDAY winner has taken some of our member’s Amazon rankings from the 1 million plus mark,

down to #38, #35 and as low as #22 on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller’s List!

 

See what some of our members have to say about RRBC:

Member: LINDA MIMS: “RRBC is like a slice of Heaven in the humongous publishing world. Since being

accepted into this family of writers I have been welcomed and treated with respect and I have yet to

complete and publish my novel. My social media accounts have grown and I have a sense of fellowship

with a kindred community. I fully embrace Rave Reviews Book Club (blowing kisses to all of you)!”

Member: TLCKIDS4915: “Even if I never get a chance to be in the hot seat with RRBC, I will always be a

part of this club because of the awesome people I have connected with here. These authors are among the

most selfless, positive minded, and supportive people I have come across yet – from any author site I have

been a part of. My followers list on Twitter has increased majorly because of the support I have found at

RRBC. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing the books to return the favor!”

Member: KINDLE NINJA: “Being a ninja in a sea of talented authors, I sit and wonder what am I doing

here. I have no books to share, no tours to promote, and no manuscripts for editors to scrutinize. But I

have a book review blog with a cult following of 4 people (on a good day!). To support the RRBC, I added

a ‘Conversations over Milk & Cookies’ segment in my blog and featured the Board members. Episode 1

pulled my blog from utter obscurity, with over 500 page views in the first two hours of posting. It’s

astonishing! Thanks, Rave Reviews Book Club!”

Member: WENDY STORER: “I am still smiling from the effects of being the lucky recipient of yesterday’s

#PUSHTUESDAY initiative. I woke up to a deluge of tweets and book sales, and this continued throughout

the day. I felt very supported by other RRBC members, and sold more books on Amazon.com than I had

sold in months! Beyond this one day, I am looking forward to being connected to such a great bunch of

writers and having the opportunity to support them as they have supported me. Thanks, Rave Reviewers!”

 

I wish I could list all of the nice things members have to say about us, but you would get tired of reading so

feel free anytime to pop over to the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB site and check out our “WHAT RRBC

HAS DONE FOR ME” page.

We’re wrapping this up now, but not before we let you in on a very special offer: FOR a limited time only, we are offering our AWESOME membership package for only $15!!!! That’s it……15 little one dollar bills will get you aligned with the most illustrious member-authors and readers around. For what we do and how we do it, for the support we offer and the way we offer it, the price tag could not be afforded. But right now, you’re able to get in at the low, low cost of only $15! I encourage you to act now, as we don’t know when it might jump up to its original price of $25/yearly! By imposing this fee, we will be able to now weed out the junk and align ourselves with only the best! If you’re serious about support, if you’re serious about having the opportunity to be PROFILED, PROMOTED & PROPELLED in unimaginable ways, JOIN US NOW!

When you get there, be sure and tell ‘em Teri sent you!

“IT’S A NEW DAY AT RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB” and we welcome you into it!!!

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Apr 10

SOUL TIES, Guest Post by Angelia Vernon Menchan

WHAT IS A SOUL TIE and HOW ARE WE GENERATIONALLY CURSED?

Webster doesn’t offer much by way of definition, but a “Soul Tie” is a way of tying oneself to

another in myriad ways. It can be a familial tie, marital tie, sexual tie or a tie of friendship.

It can be positive or negative, however when negative it severely impacts our lives and how

we live and can resonate and dominate for generations. As such a Generational Curse is that

negative thing that is continually perpetuated because it is the way things have always been done.

Granddad and dad were alcoholics, so son and grandson continues the tradition…

 

Having sex and babies with multiple partners is how mama and them always did it, so the

daughters, nieces and cousins continue the curse by doing the same thing for generations…Angelia Vernon Menchan

 

These may seem like dumbed down generalities but they are real. Angelia Vernon Menchan has penned two novellas that are THE FICTIONALIZED TRUTH of how Soul Ties and Generational Curses are often female troubles and impact generations.

Delve into the pages of this mini-series and you are assured to see someone you know, knew or possibly was…

 

 

 

 

 

Soul Ties

 

SOUL TIES: Be Careful Who You Bed and Wed!

http://www.amazon.com/SOUL-TIES-Careful-Who-You-ebook/dp/B00GOYI1U2/ref=sr_1_6?

s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389635385&sr=1-6&keywords=menchan

 

GENERATIONAL CURSES: Female Troubles!!

http://www.amazon.com/GENERATIONAL-CURSES-Female-Troubles-Soul-ebook/dp/

B00HQ35LS0/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389635358&sr=1-2&keywords=menchan

 

 

Connect with Angelia: 

www.twitter.com/AngelMenchan

www.facebook.com/AngeliaM

http://acvermen.blogspot.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB & OTHER INDIE AUTHORS, VISIT:

www.RaveReviewsByNonnieJules.wordpress,com

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Mar 28

Writing & Illustrating a Picture Book by Bette A. Stevens

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Please welcome Rave Reviews Book Club “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Bette A. Stevens!

AMAZING MATILDA, Stevens’s second children’s book, self-published in 2012 won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and also placed #9 on the 2013 Gittle List for Self-published Children’s Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou,Maine.

Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book by Bette A. Stevens 

AMAZING MATILDA was so much fun to write and illustrate. It’s even more fun to interact with my young readers now that my book is published and in their hands. Here is a photo of the Thank You Letters sent to me from fourth grade students last fall and the letter that I wrote back to these amazing students:

November 12, 2013

Dear Mrs. Glynn & Fourth Graders,

I was thrilled to check my mailbox last week and find your wonderful Thank You Letters. They really made my day. Your notes and illustrations are fantastic. There is nothing that makes an author happier than hearing from her fans. I’m so glad that you enjoyed AMAZING MATILDA. I definitely enjoyed meeting all of you, reading my book and answering your thoughtful questions about writing and illustrating books. It was also wonderful to have the opportunity to discuss the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and its endangered habitat. I took a picture of your letters and thought you’d like to see it. So, here it is!

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Bette-A-Stevens-Official-
Fanpage/432247843452956

http://www.4writersandreaders.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MS. STEVENS OR RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, please visit: http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/

Buy AMAZING MATILDA

Check out Ms. Stevens’ other titles:

The Tanagram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!

And the prequel to he forthcoming debut novel:

PURE TRASH: THE STORY

 

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Mar 17

Nonnie Jules – Just My Two Cents

Hello, and welcome to day nine of my two week-long, “JUST MY TWO CENTS” Blog Tour and today

I’m here with my fellow board member and friend, Teri Garringer! Teri and I met via Twitter and were instantly taken by each other’s stances on support and parenting. We loved each other’s blogs! I’m sure by now you all have heard of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB…it’s all the “rave” with almost everyone in the Indie publishing arena and if you haven’t joined yet, you can do so by clicking the JOIN tab below!

http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/join-here/

Next month will mark the anniversary of my burst onto the social media scene and during that time, I have published three REALLY GOOD books and have learned so very much about the industry. Although I’ve been a writer for most of my life (actually, I was born one), I only just became a published author in 2013. Some might say, “In that short amount of time, what does she know?” Well, I’m here to tell you that “SHE” has learned a lot! “SHE” has taken the time to hone her skills in the writing department as well as her  knowledge. “SHE” has taken the bull by the horn and run full speed ahead in building her author platform and establishing herself in the writing industry. “SHE” is making her name KNOWN.

On each stop of my tour, I will give you my TWO-CENTS on a particular topic from the writing industry. I hope that what I am imparting, you will take, mull over, and then act on in the best interest of YOU.

With that being said, here is JUST MY TWO CENTS ON…

“SPOTLIGHTING” ONLY THE BEST

If you’ve been following this tour of mine, you know that I am being allotted only a few minutes to get my two-cents out there for you all to enjoy, so I say what needs to be said and I make no apologies for any of it. These are my opinions and of course, we’re all entitled.

I am a very different kind of character. I believe in working hard at everything you do so that you can become the BEST at everything you do. That being said, I take particular offense to those who just “skate thru” life and situations, instead of actually putting in the work. This even applies in writing. I find it to be a tad lazy to publish work that really isn’t publishable…work that isn’t ready to be profiled…work that isn’t yet suited for the eyes of the world. Have you ever noticed some Book Reviewers saying, “I will only post 4 and 5 star reviews”…? This says to me that said Reviewer only wants to “SPOTLIGHT” the best, and if your book doesn’t fall into that category, what does that say to you? OK, that Reviewer is only one opinion. But, what if Book Reviewer #2 has the same position as Book Reviewer #1, and she will only post 4 and 5 star reviews and once again, your book doesn’t fall into that category. Now, what should that say to you? This isn’t baseball, we don’t need 3 strikes here for you to get the message, do we? Who do you think gets selected to play in the Baseball and Basketball All-Star Games every year? ONLY THE BEST! (With the exception of the few fan-picks of the most popular guys on occasion, but they’re still considered the BEST). The baseball league and the basketball league during those games, only want to “SPOTLIGHT” their BEST players.

I’ve shared all of that just to say this: There are tons of places, companies, organizations and other entities in the world that only want to shine their light on the best, so why wouldn’t you want to make it a priority to always be your best and to always display your best? Would you like to be left watching the ALL-STAR Games or playing in the ALL-STAR Games? Do what needs to be done to put you in position to achieve that elite status. Be ready at all times for someone to shine their “SPOTLIGHT” on you, whether it be a request for an interview or a publisher interested in signing you to their agency. I’m always an ALL-STAR player and I hope that you’re one, too!

Thanks for allowing me to share my two-cents with you today and if you’d like to follow my tour, please do so at www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com and do share your thoughts!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

NONNIE Jules grew up loving books and everything about them. She has traveled the world, jumped out of planes and climbed many mountains, all thanks to the wonderful world of literature. She lives with her husband and two daughters on a very quiet strip of land in Louisiana, where red dirt roads and pick-up trucks go hand in hand. She is the Author of three great reads at present: “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love!; “Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend” (a novel); and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!” Nonnie is also Founder and President of the widely-known Rave Reviews Book Club, as well as being a sought-after book reviewer with a strong “eye” for perfection.

She continues to write from many different genres and hopes to teach and touch minds and hearts alike with her very unique style of writing. She loves positive feedback on her writing and personally responds to each and every email. Nonnie can be reached at nonniewrites@yahoo.com, on Twitter @nonniejules, and do follow her blogs WATCH NONNIE WRITE! www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com and ASK THE GOOD MOMMY http://askthegoodmommy.wordpress.com.

Nonnie’s feet are firmly planted in her two most important platforms: Parenting & Support, where she continually invites the masses to join her.

BUY LINKS:

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“THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST)

PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” 100 Tips On Raising Daughters

Everyone Can’t Help But Love! –

www.amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56

www.createspace.com/4355124

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“Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend” –

www.amazon.com/dp/B00GLM2VVM  

www.createspace.com/4386308

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“SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR

KIDS!” – www.amazon.com/dp/B00IRIA0I4

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Mar 01

Inside Room 913 – Bruce A. Borders

Bruce A Borders-AuthorRAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, Bruce A. Borders was born in 1967 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bruce’s childhood years were spent in a number of states, including Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
During his high school years, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams, involved in various non-athletic activities such as school yearbook production and photography, and won numerous awards for his artistic creations. Bruce graduated Valedictorian in 1984.
While in school, Bruce held three part-time jobs; a store clerk, a janitor, and a dental technician, working about 60-70 hours per week. After graduation, he became employed full time as a dental technician. Other jobs have included restaurant manager, carpenter, and grocery store cashier. For the past sixteen years, he has worked as a commercial truck driver, logging more than two million miles.
At the age of fifteen, Bruce decided to become a writer. He began by writing songs, news articles, and short stories. Eventually, books were added to the list. Over the years, he continued to write and currently has a catalog of more than 500 songs, numerous short stories and over a dozen completed books. He writes on a variety of subjects such as fictional novels of legal issues and westerns. Titles include: Inside Room 913, Over My Dead Body, Miscarriage Of Justice, The Journey, and in The Wynn Garrett Series – Mistaken Identity, Holy Terror, Remote Control, Judicial Review, Even Odds, and Safety Hazard.

 

Excerpt from Inside Room 913

 

Inside Room 913“I see we are on video,” Cynthia said, eyeing the camera mounted in the corner up near the ceiling.

“Oh, yeah,” Janet said with a dismissive wave of her hand. “The cameras are only on the first level. And there aren’t very many of them. Only four, I think. They watch the main doors and the lobby area. I never really think about them.”

The idea of being filmed while she worked was slightly unsettling to Cynthia. Not that she had anything to hide necessarily, she just felt awkward knowing someone could be watching. It was good to know the surveillance didn’t cover the entire building.

“You won’t even notice them after the first couple of days,” Janet predicted.

Cynthia wasn’t so sure and found herself continually glancing up at the ceiling, self-consciously straightening her hair and fixing her clothes any time she caught sight of one of the cameras. As if the tension of starting a new job wasn’t enough, now she had one more thing to worry about. And then there was the ever-talkative Janet, of course. The upside of that was, since Janet liked to talk so much; it should be easy to find out anything and everything about Room 913.

The slightly ditsy aide may have been a chatterbox, but she was right about one thing, the service elevators definitely were slow. Real slow. And a little scary. The jerky motion and periodic clinking noises reminded Cynthia of an old wooden roller coaster. The kind that was notorious for falling. She grimaced, hoping they didn’t suddenly start racing down some unseen track.

At least they didn’t ride too far at any one time, stopping on each floor with Janet going up and down the hall, blabbing away, rattling off the names of the tenants along with their room numbers.

“Should I be taking notes?” Cynthia asked with a half-worried frown.

“Nah,” Janet told her. “There’s really not that many people here. You’ll learn their names – eventually. Even if you forget, they will remember you. Most of them anyway,” she laughed. “There are a few who have trouble remembering their own name. But almost everyone here is normal – as sane as you and me.”

Deciding to reserve judgment on just how sane Janet was, or was not, Cynthia wisely kept silent.

Oddly, she noticed, many of the doors on the lower levels were open but as they moved on to the higher floors, most of the tenants’ doors were closed. She mentioned her observation.

“The upper stories are hotel residents who can pretty much manage on their own,” Janet explained. “While the lower floors are for the assisted living. They like to use us to run errands and other things. Nothing too strenuous. We might take out the garbage, vacuum, hang a picture on the wall, type a letter, find their meds, or anything else they have a problem with. We’ve even been known to help wash the dishes on occasion. So, you’ll spend most of your time on the first three floors. That’s the people we assist the most. Ha! I guess that’s why it’s called assisted living, huh?”

“Probably,” Cynthia agreed.

“Oh! Did they tell you,” Janet said, “about the guy in Room 913?”

“Sort of, but not really. Only that we were not to go inside – or talk to him.”

“It’s not so much that we’re not allowed,” Janet said. “We can’t. The door hasn’t been opened in years, and even if you try to talk, he won’t answer you.”

“So, you’ve tried?” Cynthia asked. Then she almost laughed out loud. Of course Janet had tried, the girl couldn’t stop talking.

“I’m not admitting to anything,” Janet said.

Cynthia grinned. “Seriously though, the guy never comes out?” Her inquisitive side was taking over.

“No. I heard he hasn’t been out of that room since the day he was put in there way back in the sixties.”

The sixties? Just how old is he, anyway?

“I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know he hasn’t been out since I came to work here.”

“Does the man have a name or is he just the guy in Room 913?”

“Oh, I’m sure he has a name,” Janet laughed. “But, I don’t know what it is. Come to think of it, I don’t even know if I’ve ever heard it or not. I don’t remember if I have.”

Probably too busy talking, Cynthia was thinking.

“Everybody just calls him the guy in Room 913. Even Mrs. Kirkwood. You’d think if anybody knew his real name, she’d would. She’s been here for longer than I’ve been alive, like twenty-five years or so. Actually, longer than that probably. I used to think she owned the place but I don’t really know.”

Cynthia held up her hand, trying to stop the incessant chatter long enough to get in another question. “If the guy, whoever he is, hasn’t been out of the room, and no one has seen or heard him in all these years, how do we know he’s even alive? I mean, how long can he survive without basic things like food, new clothes or,” she made a face, “soap?”

Janet was chomping at the bit, eager to answer, but strangely waited until Cynthia had finished. “He is alive. We deliver a tray of food every single day and it always gets eaten. We pick up the empty tray the next day. Come on,” she urged. “Let’s go up to the ninth floor and I’ll show you.”

As they headed back to the elevator, the girl continued her banter. “We also deliver other things he needs, like razors, stamps, and envelopes – all sorts of things. Oh, yeah,” she added, “and soap!”

“How do you know what he wants if no one is allowed to talk to the man?”

The elevator was making its slow ascent as Janet explained. “He leaves a note sometimes, with the empty tray.” She went on, relating more unimpressive details of mostly useless information.

At the risk of opening a verbal Pandora’s Box, but wanting to find out as much information as she could, Cynthia waited for Janet to take a breath. Quickly then, she asked, “So how did Mr. Man In Room 913 end up here? And who pays his rent? He can’t have a job. So, is he some rich guy? And isn’t someone, somewhere, missing him? Somebody out there must know who he is. No one ever visits him? Doesn’t he have any family?”

Janet gave her a sideways look and frowned. “You sure ask a lot of questions. You training to be a private eye or something?”

“No,” Cynthia said, wondering why Janet seemed so hesitant all of a sudden. “They are just normal questions that anybody would have, I would think. Aren’t you a little curious?”

“Well, no. Not really,” Janet said. “Most of what you asked I already know.”

“You could share some of your vast knowledge,” Cynthia said pointedly. The sudden tight-lipped behavior seemed totally out of character from what she had seen in the short time since meeting Janet.

 

Thank you Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!

 

Bruce A. Borders

 

Inside Room 913

 

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EZZOH2S

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inside-room-913-bruce-a-borders/1116894465 

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354707?ref=BruceABorders

Sony https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/bruce-a-borders/inside-room-913/_/R-400000000000001119674 

iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/inside-room-913/id705782049?mt=11&uo=4

Kobo http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Inside-Room-913/book-Gl7mhSHMlEaw344JW7YjaQ/page1.html?s=l47AMsNTcUurHRDYJUAVtQ&r=1

 

Connect with Bruce:

@BruceABorders

http://www.facebook.com/BruceABordersBooks

http://bruceabordersbooks.weebly.com

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752197.Bruce_A_Borders

 

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Feb 22

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB – “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR – BRUCE A. BORDERS

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My name is Bruce A. Borders, author of crime-fiction books. I guess you could call me a professional dreamer – or a schemer. Either one fits.

First, thank you to Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s Spotlight Author! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!

 

Bruce A. Borders was born in 1967 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bruce’s childhood years were spent in a number of states, including Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
During his high school years, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams, involved in various non-athletic activities such as school yearbook production and photography, and won numerous awards for his artistic creations. Bruce graduated Valedictorian in 1984.
While in school, Bruce held three part-time jobs; a store clerk, a janitor, and a dental technician, working about 60-70 hours per week. After graduation, he became employed full time as a dental technician. Other jobs have included restaurant manager, carpenter, and grocery store cashier. For the past sixteen years, he has worked as a commercial truck driver, logging more than two million miles.
At the age of fifteen, Bruce decided to become a writer. He began by writing songs, news articles, and short stories. Eventually, books were added to the list. Over the years, he continued to write and currently has a catalog of more than 500 songs, numerous short stories and over a dozen completed books. He writes on a variety of subjects such as fictional novels of legal issues and westerns. Titles include: Inside Room 913, Over My Dead Body, Miscarriage Of Justice, The Journey, and in The Wynn Garrett Series – Mistaken Identity, Holy Terror, Remote Control, Judicial Review, Even Odds, and Safety Hazard.

 

About his “SPOTLIGHT” novel: Over My Dead Body

How far will a man go to protect his family? When the director of Child Protective Services uses his position to Miscarriage of Justice1400exact a personal vendetta in removing three-year-old Ashley from the Blake’s home, Jeff Blake, a financial advisor, responds to the threats in the only way he feels he can – violently. By the end of the short encounter, three people are dead and Ashley, the daughter, is still taken and placed in temporary foster care, so the tragic fiasco gained Jeff nothing. Or, so it seems. Matters are further complicated when Amy, the wife and mother, winds up for a brief stay in a mental ward due to the trauma she witnessed in their home. It seems as though everything is against the Blakes. Understandably, the police, as well as the Courts, are not too concerned with the needs of the family. Complete with many twists of fate, the story looks at the common problems of a typical family caught between love and the law.

Over My Dead Body

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Over-My-Dead-Body-ebook/dp/B005N260Z4

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/over-my-dead-body-bruce-a-borders/1105621591

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/114607

Sony Reader http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/bruce-a-borders/over-my-dead-body/

iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/over-my-dead-body/id464857750?mt=11

Kobo  http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Over-My-Dead-Body/book-4nYOrXCtVUaz8IDhXcQYIw/page1.html?s=bIkOjlpZzkmFGU3AyfF4wg&r=6

 

Connect with Bruce:

Twitter handle: @BruceABorders

Facebook address: http://www.facebook.com/BruceABordersBooks

Website address: http://bruceabordersbooks.weebly.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752197.Bruce_A_Borders

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is pleased to announce a new Facebook “Question of the Day!” In an online Scavenger Hunt, participants will need to find the daily answer SOMEWHERE on the many Blog Tour Host sites! Please LIKE our FB page and play along:

https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Rave-Reviews-Book-Club/ 271290866357000?fref=ts

 

Bruce’s questions & answers on THIS site:

 

  1. RRBC: What has been the highlight of this journey?

B.B.: The moment I realized I’d gone from the “someday” dream of an aspiring writer to being considered “a writer” by people who do not even know me.

 

  1. 2.      RRBC: Rave Reviews Book Club has a mission to help Indie Authors get reviews. Why are reviews so important to an author?

B.B.:  Reviews increase visibility and reassure potential buyers the book will not be a waste of their time and money.

 

  1. 3.      RRBC: What would you like to see in the future for Indie Authors?

B.B.:  To lose the stigma that has been attached. To be viewed on the same level as Traditionally Published Authors – judged by their work and not how they published.

 

  1. 4.      RRBC: Any tips for someone considering going Indie vs Traditional Publishing? B.B.:  Be prepared for a LOT of work! You are the writer, the editor, publisher, marketer – everything!

 

  1. 5.      RRBC: What are your impressions of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB so far?

B.B.:  Being a part of the Governing Board, I may be a bit biased, but the vision and motivation I’ve seen from all TEAM members is quite impressive! All are working hard to make this venture a success.

 

  1. 6.      RRBC: How do you think RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB will benefit authors? B.B.:  As more members read the author’s books and leave reviews, the visibility for that author increases dramatically. And, the more involved an author is in the support of others, the more support they will receive.

 

  1. RRBC: Will you encourage your friends to join the club?

 

B.B.: Yes, Definitely.

 

THANK YOU for stopping by! To read different posts, including excerpts from “Over My Dead Body,”  please visit all Blog Tour Hosts as found on:

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Feb 09

Rave Reviews Book Club – “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Margo Bond Collins

Spotlight author logo2CONGRATULATIONS to Margo Bond Collins, Rave Reviews Book Club “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR of the week!

Margo’s recently released “Fairy, Texas” on February 4, 2014.

Check out the following synopsis AND a special “sneak peek” excerpt!

(Our RRBC interview questions with Margo can be found at the bottom of the page.)

 

 

 

Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn’t want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

Buy Fairy, Texas

Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Texas-Margo-Bond-Collins-ebook/dp/B00I7BTMJ4/

 

Excerpt:

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I was partnered with Mason Collier, the infamous football-playing, cute, but possibly black-magicky friend-of-Bartlef I’d heard about at lunch. I looked around and saw a guy waving at me from across the room. He was looking at me kind of like he was hungry and maybe I was breakfast. It worried me.

Still, at least I hadn’t been paired up with Kayla. It could have been much worse.

“Okay,” Carlson said. “Go ahead and meet with your partner and plan your strategy.”

Mason and I stood up at the same time and walked toward each other. I was so busy making sure I didn’t trip over any desks that I didn’t see Kayla headed toward me until she was right in front of me. And then she leaned in close to my face and hissed at me. “Don’t get too cozy. He’s way out of your league.”

I rolled my eyes and moved around her without responding. Three days. Three days I’d been in Fairy, and already I had an enemy. And I lived in her house. My life kept getting better and better.

Mason and I met in the middle of the room. Kayla and her friends huddled nearby, watching us.

“Hey,” Mason said.

“Hey.” Nice, neutral word, hey. Can mean almost anything. Or nothing.

“So,” he said, “where do you want to start?”

He was asking me? Where I wanted to start was away from here, where there weren’t any dead boys to trip over.

So much for that option.

 

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About the Author

 Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally 

MargoBondCollinsUndead (forthcoming in 2014). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

Connect with Margo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins

Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com

Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin  @MargoBondCollin

Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins

Facebook Novel Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waking-Up-Dead/502076076537575

Tumblr: http://vampirarchybooks.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/MargoBondCollins/

Be sure to add Fairy, Texas to your Goodreads bookshelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19502285-fairy-texas

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is pleased to announce a new Facebook “Question of the Day!” In an online Scavenger Hunt, participants will need to find the daily answer SOMEWHERE on the many Blog Tour Host sites! Please LIKE our FB page and play along:
Margo’s questions & answers on THIS site:
Rave Reviews Book Club:  How much research was involved in writing “Fairy, Texas”?
Margo Bond Collins: Relatively little. I’m a college professor in my other life, so most of my research energy goes into academic writing.
RRBC: How long did it take from idea to finished book?
M.B.C.: About two months to write it, a month to edit it, and three years to get around to sending it out to a publisher!
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Feb 02

Rave Reviews Book Club – “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Katie Hayoz

That Novel Will Never Be Perfect

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I’m not a perfectionist.  Little mistakes don’t bother me.  But when it comes to my writing, I take pride in what I do and I want what I put out there to be not just decent, but good.  I rewrote Untethered” at least eighteen times.  Literally.  And I’m talking full-on, rip-it-up and make do with the shreds kind of rewriting, not moving sentences around. What started as a five page story ended up (20 years later) to be a 340 page novel.  That novel went through so many critiquing sessions and beta readers that I was sure it would be perfection by the time it was published.

Ha.  Not quite.

Writing is art, and like all art there is a point where the person creating the work just has to stop. She just has to tell herself that particular piece is the best she can make it right then.  That’s the sticker: right then.  Because the truth is that you can always go back and make it better.  There will always be holes you missed or mistakes you made or words that paint a clearer picture.  But if you keep going back and going back and going back you never move on.  Never get on to the next book; the one that first one prepared you for.

My dad paints watercolor. I can’t tell you the number of times he’s looked at a picture of his, already framed and on the wall, and said, “Why did I think this was finished? This whole section could use reworking.”  My mom rolls her eyes.  I understand.  I totally do.

But there was a point when I just had to quit trying to make Untethered” perfect.   A point where my writing group and my family and friends said, “Stop already!”  So I did.  I’m proud of this novel — the characters, the world, the writing itself.  However, that didn’t keep me from face-palming myself after its publication.  There were things that I see now that I couldn’t see then.  It kills me.  And yet…

And yet I could go in, change it all and six months from now I’d be face-palming myself again.  So, I’ve left it as is.  I’ve moved onto another novel.  It’s finished; sort of.  I’ve done three drafts – three pick away the fleshy parts and gnaw on the bone drafts.  I’ll rewrite it one more time. Then I’ll need to tell myself, “Stop already!  That novel will never be perfect.”

But I’m hoping it will be damn good.

 

*Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, USA but ended up in Geneva, Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two fuzzy cats. She devours YA novels like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.

“Untethered” is a paranormal coming of age novel that follows 16-year-old Sylvie on a unique and slightly sinister websizejourney of self-acceptance. Sylvie has an ability to leave her physical body and astral project. While it could be akin to a superpower, she sees it as a curse.  That is, until the day she decides to play with its dark side. Sylvie then sets an evil plan in motion that she believes will change her life for the better.  But she does not count on it spiraling out of control.

Connect with Katie

On her website: www.katiehayoz.com

On Twitter: www.twitter.com/katiehayoz

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiehayoz.author

Buy “Untethered” on Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZH2qzY

(Thank you to Rave Reviews Book Club and all the members who so generously agreed to host me on their site!)

 

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is pleased to announce a new Facebook “Question of the Day!” In an online Scavenger Hunt, participants will need to find the daily answer SOMEWHERE on the many Blog Tour Host sites! Please LIKE our FB page and play along:
Katie’s questions & answers on THIS site:
Rave Reviews Book Club:  How long did it take from idea to finished book?
Katie Hayoz: Considering I got the idea for “Untethered” when I was 17… it took over 20 years.
RRBC: How do you like to connect with readers?
K.H.: I love Twitter and Facebook. But I’d be glad to hear from my readers anywhere!
RRBC: What do you hope readers take away from your book?
K.H.: A feeling of satisfaction, entertainment, of time well spent. For “Untethered,” I hope, too, they come away with a heightened sense of self.
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Nov 18

“WHAT IF…?” & the Creative Process

On the CBS weekend morning show they recently had a guest author who defined creativity as the ability to combine existing ideas in a new way, not just thinking of something totally new. Hmm.

At first I was all like “Whaaa?” minion

But then I really considered his theory. I have heard other authors say that writers need to take an idea and ask “What if…?” Fill in the blank with any possible variations.

So “what if” does play a part in the creative process.

That is what I went through when drafting my first (yet unpublished) YA Fantasy novel, THE LAST HEIR. The idea germinated from a tired road-trip stop at a Steak-N-Shake after driving more than 8 hours, with another 8 to go. As we sat in our booth, a pair of “rough-looking” men came in and sat in a corner table. My mind jumped to a scene with a young girl, absentmindedly shaking salt into a glass of water. The roughians pounced on her, since that simple gesture gave away her true identity: a mermaid.

From there I asked myself a myriad of questions:

What if she was sent to find someone of great value?

What if I reversed the typical order of things and had a girl rescue a guy?

What if that guy didn’t know he came from an undersea realm?

What if these creatures were created by God, before man, and have a different term they call themselves?

What if there is a deviant sect who wants to re-flood the Earth and take control?

On and on the “what ifs” played out until I had twisted and crafted my own unique spin on common myths and legends. (I even took 30 different languages words for Water and hid them into my aquatic characters names) Curious? Check here.

Through research I entwined science, myths, language, and culture into something I can call my own. So, in essence, my creativity DID TAKE existing notions and re-invent them.

And the salt shaker induced fight scene? It did end up in my book, but with a few new “What If…?” answered!

So if you aren’t struck by lightning with an amazing idea, don’t sweat it. Find something that exists and then ask… “WHAT IF?”

From there, the answers are endless.

I hope you will share some of your creative “what if” moments. Thanks for sharing in mine.

If you’d like to read THE LAST HEIR, the first 17 chapters are posted:

www.facebook.com/TeriGarringerauthor

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