Reader Questionnaire!

A Platform of Sorts

I feel like I spend so much time talking about my books and myself here on this blog.  I want to know more about all of you!  If you are reading this, please feel free to answer all of the questions, or perhaps just some of them.  Or none at all.  I’m not going to internet peer pressure you into anything.  I hate that.

Note: This isn’t a survey. I’m not doing research or anything of any kind. This is just for fun. If you want, you can even post the answers to your blog and send me a link.

1. What is your favorite book?

2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?

3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work. 

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

5. What was the last movie you saw…

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The Religion, Rage and w(R)iting Blog Tour

Hi, and welcome to The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Blog Tour for Authors, Shirley-Harris Slaughter, Rhani D’Chae and Harmony Kent. (Click on each author’s name to be taken directly to their Author Page at 4WillsPublishing, where you can learn more about them).

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These three authors are wonderful clients of 4WillsPublishing, a publishing House dedicated to helping authors put out the best written, and marketing products for their literary work, possible.

This tour is a surprise tour, which means the authors knew nothing about it until it started! This is our gift to them to show our appreciation of their work, their dedication to putting out the great written word, and also a big THANK YOU for allowing us to showcase and promote them.

This is a 3 Author/7 Day/40 Blog Tour! Yes, for 7 days, The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Blog Tour will sit on 40 blogs! And for 7 days, on 40 blogs, you will get a tiny tid-bit of something related to Religion, so that you never forget OUR LADY OF VICTORY, the rage of people, such as that displayed in SHADOW OF THE DRILL, and w(R)iting tips to help you POLISH YOUR PROSE! (Click on each book title to find out more about it.)

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This will be a fun tour, an inspirational tour, a delightful tour which has been designed to enlighten you, entertain you and help you overcome those feelings which bind us daily and keeps us from growing from point A to point B. Each day as you stop by each blog to find out what bit of inspiration is being shared, we ask that you take the time to leave a comment for the authors, visit their blogs, Follow them on Twitter and FB, and last but not least, please PICK UP A COPY OF THEIR BOOKS! They are all 5 star reads! And this tour wouldn’t be complete, if you didn’t check out The Religion, Rage & w(R)iting Book Trailer! (Please note: these bits and quotes were not taken from the author’s books).

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Before we forget, we’ve included another of our authors, Nonnie Jules. Although she’s a partner in our firm, she is STILL one of our clients! Her books, THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS, Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend and Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy & Pacifyin’ Is For Kids! are also very interesting and entertaining reads!

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On this stop, we want you to dwell on this:

“I have nothing to do with racism in America;  it was here when I got here.” ~ Paul Mooney.

“It’s time for us to stop holding an entire race hostage for what their forefathers were responsible for doing before they were even born.”  ~ Nonnie Jules

 

Thank you for joining us on this stop of our tour. We are grateful to our host for allowing us to share with this audience and we hope that we have left you wanting more! To follow this tour, please visit the 4WillsPublishing EVENTS page for the complete tour line-up and to also register to win a SURPRISE pack of books as well as a stint on WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES! Now, on to the next stop!!!!

Nonnie Jules: Just My Two Cents

Hello, and welcome to Day 13 of my two week-long, “JUST MY TWO CENTS” Blog Tour.  I’m here with my new very supportive pal, Ernesto San Giacomo who is also a Rave Reviews Book Club member, and I am personally so happy that he is.  I love people who know how and who are very willing to support others.  Ernesto is one such person.  If you’d like to know more about RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, visit us here www.RaveReviewsByNonnieJules.wordpress.com.

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 horns 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…

“ARE WE SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE?”

As I am wrapping up my JUST MY TWO-CENTS Blog Tour, I want to keep my two-cents brief today but although brief, the topic is still of great importance.

Being a good writer, you belong to a wonderful, very elite club of “minds.” And at times you may feel that this private club (of sorts) is really made up of just a bunch of regular Joes.  To be a writer, you HAVE to have a creative mind, otherwise, you are just like everyone else.  Everyone wasn’t born with a creative gene, so those of us who were, should feel blessed to be in such good company.  Having the ability to “create,” even with words, makes those of us who do it and do it well, MAGICIANS in my eyes.  We create magic with our words.  So why is it that quite often I feel as if I’m in a village of brothers and sisters, yet we’re all speaking a different language?

Some of us take our time to write and turn out the most awesome works of art.  But then, there are those who just put out words on paper.  Those words don’t have to make sense, they don’t have to be spelled correctly, and they don’t even have to be used in the proper context of sentences.  They were simply…put out.  When I see such work, I ask myself:  “Are they really calling themselves an author, putting out work like this?”  I could never give you guys anything but THE BEST, and so it’s foreign to me when others throw slovenly work out into the universe, hoping to just make a quick buck.  That’s when I know for sure that my brothers and sisters in my village are not speaking the same language as I am.

Those of us who take our creativity in the writing department extremely seriously, have to come face to face with those “writers” who have only come out to “play.” This is no play-date for me, this is real life, and I hope that one day it will evolve into the same for you.  I want you to speak my language and my language is “BEST FOOT FORWARD ALWAYS!”

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

Guest Blog from Bruce A. Borders

Over My Dead Body Web Display

Write What You Know – Maybe

By Bruce A. Borders

 

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!

What would you do if Child Protective Services showed up on your doorstep with an army of Sheriff’s deputies and tried to remove your three-year-old from your home? Knowing there’s no justification for their action and the court documents they presented are fabricated, would you stand by or fight to protect your child?

Over My Dead Body explores the deadly reaction and consequences when a protective father, Jeff Blake, tries to prevent the state from  taking his daughter. The director of Child Protective Services uses his position to exact a personal vendetta in removing three-year-old Ashley from the Blake’s home.

The situation quickly becomes violent as Jeff resorts to the only response he feels he has. By the end of the short encounter, three people are dead. Ironically, Ashley is still taken, so the tragic fiasco gained nothing.

Matters are further complicated when Amy, the wife and mother, winds up in a mental ward due to the trauma she witnessed in her home. Jeff and Amy’s daughter is placed in temporary foster care, while the family’s attorneys attempt to salvage what they can and re-unite the family. The police, as well as the Courts, understandably, are not too concerned with the needs of the family and it seems the entire justice system is against them. Complete with many twists of fate, the story looks at the common problems of a typical family caught between love and the law.

Being my first novel, Over My Dead Body, will always have special place for me.

Many first-time authors choose an event in their personal life to write about; something they know well and thus can relate in a believable manner. Write what you know, that’s the “rule.” For me, it wasn’t quite that simple.

No single real-life event sparked the creation of Over My Dead Body – at least in my life. Over the years, I’d heard of several news stories, which began similarly to this book – a corrupt official from the state shows up to remove a child from the home without cause. Having a weakness for defending the underdog or, someone who has been unjustly treated, the “without cause” always bothered me.

Every time I’d hear one of these stories, my initial thought was “I hope that never happens to me.” I know how I would react and it wouldn’t be good – not for anyone involved. I’m VERY protective of my children! However, I’m under no illusion as to the likely outcome of my actions. I decided to write a book describing what my response would be and what I’m sure would result from that response.

Although my children are now grown, as a parent, inserting myself into the role of the father in this story came easily. Yet, admittedly, I cannot fully imagine the helpless sense of desperation one must feel in such an instance. To be forced into the position of defending my family in my home, justifiably or not, would undoubtedly be a horror I’d rather not face. For me, the choice would be an easy one to make. But once that split-second decision is made, and executed, the aftermath of it all would be extremely complicated and stressful – for everyone concerned. While everyone else’s life goes on, the struggle to maintain any sort of sanity in the family would be challenging to say the least. And that, a family coping with the repercussions of choices made, is what this book is really about.

While the settings and events of this book may not be real – just an author imagining the way things might play out if such an event were to occur – the scenario is something that could happen. Something, as I’ve found since the release of Over My Dead Body, to which many parents can relate.

Over My Dead Body

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

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Connect with Bruce:

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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:

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Bruce’s questions & answers:

1.  RRBC: Who influences you the most?

B.B.:  That’s a hard question to answer. Several people influence me; some are authors, some are not. I suppose the best answer would be my family.

 

2.  RRBC: What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

B.B.:  Crime suspense, usually with some injustice as the starting point.

 

3.  RRBC: Which character you’ve created is your favorite? Why?

B.B.: Wynn Garrett from the Wynn Garrett Series books, because he is very straightforward, doesn’t waste a lot of energy on formalities or even being nice when it is not warranted – yet, he can be quite courteous and considerate. Ultimately, he is quite comfortable being himself and doesn’t feel compelled to do things to make people like him.

 

4.  RRBC: Do any of your life experiences worm their way into your books?

B.B.: Yes, all the time. I change the details though, to fit into the story.

 

5.  RRBC: How do you like to connect with readers?

B.B.: The many forms of social media work well.

 

6.  RRBC: What do you hope readers take away from your books?

B.B.: The enjoyment of having experienced a believable story to which they can relate. In addition, I like to make people think or give them a smile at times.

 

7.  RRBC: Who helps you with the critique and editing process?

B.B.: My wife, who is my worst critic – and I’m very fortunate in that regard. There would be absolutely no benefit in her telling me my writing is fine if it is not. It takes a confident woman to tell a guy that something he’s worked on for months is garbage! Okay, she doesn’t always say it’s garbage but she is very helpful in terms of providing honest feedback and giving me constructive criticism. The point is, she doesn’t feel obligated to say everything I’ve written is great simply because I wrote it.

 

8.  RRBC: Do you ever hate something you’ve written?

B.B.: Yes. Quite often, actually. But apparently, my opinion doesn’t count! For example, I didn’t like my book Miscarriage Of Justice at all, and waited to release it for more than a year after it was finished. It turned out to be my biggest selling book.

 

9.  RRBC: How do you overcome any nagging self-doubt that inevitably creeps in?

B.B.: Keep writing and editing until it goes away.

 

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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