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Monday, January 2, 2023

A DAY IN MY LIFE…Day 1 #RRBC

Monday, January 2, 2023

I’ve accepted the challenge of writing a blog post for the next 30 days to show you what I do and think. So buckle your seatbelts, this could be a wild ride or not. Today’s post will serve as the backstory of sorts.

The Ritual

My morning ritual is the same each day. I wake up around 5AM; sometimes by the alarm, but most of the time it’s Bella telling me it’s time to get up. I traipse downstairs and have a cup of coffee while watching, what I call, “fluff news.” After a bowl of cereal, I brush my teeth and shower as I contemplate what I’m going to wear that day. For those who don’t know, I began sewing again during the pandemic so I have a rather epic selection of shirts to wear. Once I’m dressed, I pack my lunch and head to work.

The shirts.

The Work

After almost two and half years of working from home, I was thrown back into going to the office (at least they gave a month warning). During the work from home stint, I changed positions at the company I’ve worked at for 23 years to something I absolutely love. The new position is managing internal websites used by customer service agents. In the short time I’ve been in the role, I’m on my third manager. This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced something like that in my time there; one month I went through six. My frustration with it is that each manager has a different point of view on what goals are and how to achieve them.

My Husband

Let me tell you about my husband of 24 years for a moment, so you don’t wonder who he is when I say Harold. He’s kind and passionate about everything he does. Harold has a different view of the world as me, which makes for some heated conversations at times. He does the majority of the cooking because he’s a retired chef. And because, well, I hate it and have no idea what to cook. I do know how, my mom made sure of that.

Writing, Reading, and Art

Since I obtained my goal of revising all my currently published works last week, I’m not currently writing. I am reading though and what I’m reading is amazing; The One Revealed (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 4) by Yvette M Calleiro. If you haven’t read this series, I suggest you get it on your to read list. I’ll Be Right Back by Maura Beth Brennan is next on the list. I’ll be posting reviews for both.

I read or write before sleep and at lunch. Besides creating the cover art for my books, I also create digital art. You can see the gallery on the Art. Be warned some of it is NSFW. I’ve also recently created a fabric design that I’ll show you when I get it.

Last day of vacation

Today was my last day of vacation and I’m not especially excited about returning to work tomorrow. I enjoy what I do but the interactions with others can be strenuous on my psyche. I’m a gay introvert in an extraverted world. As always, I will cope the best I can, which involves putting in my earbuds and streaming an array of tunes, which includes a lot of 80s New Wave and Pop, until the next required interaction arises.

I’ll be fine once I’m there, it’s just the anticipation. The observations are interesting. You’ll learn about my co-workers and the ones I consider friends. Of course, I won’t use their real names. Then there’s the “fire-drills” that include OMG as the greeting (in my mind that’s how they start).

Check back each day!

Don’t forget to come back each day (posts probably won’t be this early) to follow along with my adventures.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Join in the celebration of #RRBCAuthor @sharrislaughter, #RRBC's November "SPOTLIGHT" Author! #Author of #OurLadyOfVictory

Please welcome Shirley Harris-Slaughter today. She’s a great supporter of every RRBC Author and a wonderful person.

About Our Lady of Victory (Second Edition)

This is a second edition with updates on the state of this historic church. In the original publication, files were lost then resurfaced with content altered along with missing photos during transition from one publisher to another. Such is the fate of an Independent Author.

Our Lady of Victory by Shirley Harris SlaughterThis book evolved out of years of frustration at the total disregard and lack of respect for the contributions of Black Catholics in the city of Detroit. The author says, “We are not mentioned in the pages of history along with the other Catholic churches that sprung up during the World War II era, and that needed to be corrected.” The author did fulfill one dream since publication … that this church can now be found on the web even though it has merged with another church. It is now called Presentation-Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Shirley Harris SlaughterMy name is Shirley Harris-Slaughter and I’ve been a published author since 2007, although my life plans never included becoming a writer. I was urged to write when I realized there were things going on around me, threatening my community’s survival and yet it seemed no one was paying attention to the urgency of it all. I never dreamed that I would be the “chosen one” to take on the task, but I was, and so, after much research, sleepless nights and being shunned by those who didn’t want me to tell this story, “OUR LADY OF VICTORY: THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY” was born. Something that started out as just a timeline of events to honor the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community, turned into a full-blown narrative history.

Like most Indie authors, I was struggling to get even a little recognition in an already over-crowded field. Then, I happened upon the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB where I served for a short while on the Governing Board. This club is all about supporting and helping authors.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is the brainchild of Founder & President, Author, Nonnie Jules. She took the time to read my book and gave it an honest review. Since becoming a part of this awesome organization, I have been blessed with many opportunities which further profiled and brought recognition to my book. I have had such honors as being: the President’s Pick in the online Newsletter, a “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” Interview by Nonnie Jules, a #PUSHTUESDAY Winner, a week-long “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR BLOG TOUR,” Blogs and Trailer Block Parties, and I’ve held countless other seats, which are too great in number for me to list here.

Aside from being an active reader and writer, I am also a community-activist, and from time to time, I lend my name to petitions to stop something or another, or, I may even pick up the phone to call my elected Representatives, if that’s what it takes to get something accomplished.

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Through The Nethergate by @RobertaEaton17 #Review #RRBC

Through The Nethergate drew me in quickly and I was immersed in a wonderful story immersed in history. The perfect narrative provides a world that I wasn’t expecting that is dark and frightening (just the way I like them). As I read, I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know the next dreadful that was heading for Margaret, her grandfather, and the ghosts that she’s befriended along the way. The unexpectedness of Hugh Bigod’s desire turned into a super cool twist. The historical parts, while fictionalized, add a nice layer of realness to the story.

5 Stars

You need to read Through The Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle because I give it 5 out of 5 Stars.

About Through The Nethergate

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

Robbie CheadleAbout Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Roberta Eaton Cheadle has published nine children’s books under the name of Robbie Cheadle. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

For more about her and an excerpt from Through The Nethergate, check out my post from October 10, 2020.

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The One Enlightened by Yvette M Calleiro @YvetteMCalleiro #RRBC #YAFantasy

The One Enlightened (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 2) continues where The One Discovered left off with a little glimpse of the ending (thank the Goddess because it’s been a while since I read it). The story follows Sofia who is learning about being a Diasodz and her power.

This chapter in the Diasodz series isn’t as exciting as the first, but when it comes it is exceptional. Much of this book is about self-awareness and romance, which are integral elements to this story. Each page paints a beautiful picture of this world down and I felt like I had been transported there and can clearly see each detail through Sofia’s eyes.

4 Stars

I enjoyed The One Enlightened very much and you need to grab a copy if you haven’t already. Keep in mind though, if you haven’t read the first, you might be a little lost. I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.

About The One Enlightened

theoneenlightenedSofia has lost everything that was important to her: her mother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Even the belief that humans are the only beings in the world has been stripped away, but she has no time to dwell on her losses because she’s been transported to a new world to become the savior of the Diasodz. Sofia trusted Ar’ch and Angel to be there for her and to guide and protect her, but only Angel has held true to his word. Ar’ch has abandoned her, leaving her to feel tricked and betrayed.

Ar’ch brought Sofia home, fulfilling his mission to bring their savior safely to their world, but it didn’t come without a cost. Rafe, Sofia’s boyfriend, was killed, and Ar’ch believes Sofia blames him for it. Ar’ch’s sole focus becomes doing what is best for Sofia, and in his mind, that does not include him.

As Sofia deals with Ar’ch’s absence, she throws herself into learning about the Diasodz’s history. She grows stronger both emotionally and physically, and begins to accept her role in their world, but not everyone is convinced that she is the one whom the prophecy states will save them.

Beliefs will be challenged. Secrets will be revealed. Relationships will be shattered. And in the aftermath, evil will see its opportunity and strike. Will Sofia be able to handle it all? Or will the savior of the Diasodz lose her will to continue?

About Yvette M Calleiro

Yvette CalleiroYvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). She’s also been known to ride the stationary bike at her gym for hours while reading anything from paranormal to fantasy to suspenseful thrillers.

When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her beautiful son who enjoys paranormal and adventurous stories as well. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.

#RRBC's 6th Annual Writers' Conference & Book Expo

Hello, followers and friends!

Monday, August 9th, is the start of RRBC’s 6th Annual Writers’  Conference & Book Expo, and we’d like to invite you to drop by!

There will be games, prizes, surprises, and other goodies, so be sure to visit each Author Booth, take a look around, then leave a comment for your chance to win each Author Booth’s door prize!

There is a Scavenger Hunt Game to play, a 2 Truths & a Lie Game to play, and more!  In each Author Booth, you will find a clue, and if you find the correct answer to all the clues and are the first to submit your answers, you could be the winner of an awesome prize!

Of course, we’ll have our READING ROOM open and one of our members is going to blow you away showcasing their talent!

If you’re into BINGO, purchase your BINGO cards and join us for a game or two!

And what we all wait for every year – our RAFFLE!  Yes, each year we raffle off (7) $100 Amazon gift cards and this is open to the public so go on and snag your tickets today!  Raffle tickets are only $5!  How awesome would that prize be?  Some of them also include additional goodies like other gift certificates, ebooks, and more!  Enter for your chance to win one or more of these $100 Amazon gift card gift baskets.  The more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning.  (Please do not purchase more than 7 tickets).

This year for the first time ever, we’ve added our BEST BOOK COVER CONTEST!  This contest is open to the general public so go ahead and enter your book cover(s) now!  Share your comments with us and let us know which one you think is best!

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The venue opens at 5 PM CT on Monday, 8/9/21.  We hope to see you there!  In the event of minor time delays, please check the sidebar of the RRBC website for updates.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Edge of Fear by Maura Beth Brennan #RRBC #Thriller #Review

The Edge of Fear is about a couple who lose their child to revenge kidnapping because the kidnapper thinks he’s owed because she’s his ex-wife. I was captivated by the intensity of the emotions that Brennan conveyed. Each page was filled with scenes that felt real. At one point in the story, it stalled, which made what I was reading more real as I can expect that a parent that has lost a child to kidnapping would feel that their life had stalled as they waited for their child to walk through the door.

5 Stars

The Edge of Fear is well written and gripping and that is why I gave it 5 out of 5 Stars.

About Mara Beth

maura beth brennanMaura Beth lives in a small town in the pinelands of New Jersey. A lover of words and books since childhood, she found ways to incorporate writing into a variety of jobs, from editing an organizational newsletter to writing for the federal government. Now pursuing writing for pleasure, she is the author of two full-length novels, as well as a number of short stories. When not writing, she enjoys walking her dog, Ziggy, watching old movies, visiting the Jersey Shore, bargain hunting in thrift shops and, of course, reading. She has studied Reiki and is a believer in positive thinking, serendipity and second chances.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Welcome to Day 4 of the #RRBC March "SPOTLIGHT" Author Blog Tour! #JoyMLilley @JoyGerken @RRBC_Org #FigsVinesRoses #RRBC #RRBCSA

FIGS, VINES & ROSES by Author, Joy M. Lilley

Chapter 7 Snippet:

Figs, Vines & Roses by Joy M. LilleyClarence was extremely unhappy when he first arrived at Rugby School. It took him a long time to understand the principles of education there, and the high expectations demanded of the pupils.

The boys worked from seven in the morning until ten at night six days a week and studied the Bible equally hard on Sundays. Compared to his education at home, this new routine came as a huge shock. He had known relative freedom in his tutoring up until now, and the strict discipline of religious and moral principles, followed closely by the standards of gentlemanly conduct and the pressures of the academic requirements, all took their toll on him.

The students were from the same middle and upper-class background as Clarence, but he found it difficult to be away from home and he missed Isabella immensely. The worst experience he had to endure was being bullied. For the first time in his life, he wasn’t the leader of the pack, but the subservient one. In the past, his friends had relied upon him to make plans, and organise all events that were to happen each day during the school holidays.

One day, four boys from the class above his came over and started to push him and call him names. He asked them what he had done that caused them to pick on him.

“We don’t need a reason, Merryweather; we will do it because we can, and there is nothing that you can do about it.”

They were bigger and more confident than he was. Clarence was punched and kicked and shoved to the ground. He got up swiftly and lashed out at them with both his fists, trying in desperation to protect himself. He was then tormented by a Rugby initiation ritual, which consisted of him being dragged away into the undergrowth, his clothes ripped from his body, a ribbon tied around his penis, and his trousers and underpants confiscated. The humiliation of this ritual was horrendous, and although it seemed that every newcomer to the school had to go through the ghastly process, he never got over the ordeal. What hurt most of all, was that the friends he was with that day, boys he thought would stand by him, had made a hasty retreat so as not to become involved. They had been through the ritual, and in no way wanted to experience it again.

AUTHOR BIO:

Joy GerkenMy pen name is Joy M. Lilley (aka Joy Gerken). I am a writer and have been writing seriously since 2011 with seven books published to date. My previous career was as a trained nurse [R.G.N.] which I loved but it offered little time for me to write until my retirement.

I joined Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) almost 6 years ago and have been amazed by the friendship and support offered by all.

FIGS, VINES & ROSES was the first novel produced by me. I paid a considerable sum to have it edited at the time. This proved not to be adequate for a number of reasons. Several folks in RRBC commented about the need for further editing, and when that number reached three people, I felt it necessary to do something about it.

It was recently re-edited by 4WillsPublishing. Nonnie kindly offered to help me with the extra work at zero cost. It’s been re-released on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. If you took a stab at the first version, I would appreciate it if you would reach out to Amazon for the updated version and give it another go.

I promote my work via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I also pay for promotion. I am ever grateful for the amazing support given by the members of RRBC.

I enjoy audio recording short stories on my advanced home equipment, and I now offer voice-over work through Fiverr.

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Thank you for your support of this author. To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author page on the RRBC site!

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Short Story #Reviews No Pedigree @NonnieJules & Unwelcomed @pdoggbiker #RRBC

No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules

No Pedigree tells the tale of Baylee (no spoilers because you must read this). The way Nonnie wrote this story made it feel real as I walked along with Baylee. This short story is a must-read as it conveys how racial bias plays too strong of a role in the world.

5 Stars

I enjoyed No Pedigree and gave it 5 out of 5 Stars.

Unwelcomed by John Podlaski

Unwelcomed is a well-woven short that brings suspense I wasn’t expecting and that wasn’t the only emotion I felt by reading it. This story pulled me in with the first paragraph and kept me wondering what was going to happen next.
If you’re looking for a quick thriller this is the story for you.

5 Stars

I gave it 5 out of 5 Stars.

 

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Welcome to Day 4 of the CALLING ALL GRANDMAS Blog Tour featuring Author, Harriet Hodgson! @healthmn1 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

Today, I’m honored to host the amazing Harriet Hodgson and her book Calling All Grandmas!

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GIVEAWAY: (2) $5 Amazon gift cards

Adding Emotion to Nonfiction Writing

I’m a non-fiction author, yet my writing contains emotion. Sometimes my emotions are detailed in descriptive sentences. Other times they are expressed with dialogue. Writing about emotions takes extra effort. Why should you add emotions to nonfiction writing?

Emotion links the author and reader. Rob Parnell, in his website article, “How to Write About Emotion,” says emotions make us uniquely human. Life isn’t all about what happens, he continues, “it is the way we react to events and people and the things they say that defines our experience of the world.”

Emotion serves as a “hook.” Dialogue is one way to hook a reader, according to Mary Jaksch. She expands this point in her website article, “3 Things You Need to Know about Using Dialogue in Non-Fiction.” What makes dialogue a hook? Adding dialogue works because it creates a story.

Emotion stirs the reader. Steve Zousmer tells how an author may stir the reader in his “Writer’s Digest” article, “Evoke Emotions in Your Readers.” He thinks many biographers and memoir writers get caught up in chronology. However, the success of this writing depends on the author’s ability to see events as a story.

Emotion helps the reader remember facts. Psychologists like my younger daughter know people remember emotions more easily than facts. This is true of me. When I add emotion to my writing, I know I need to sound believable and sincere.

About Harriet Hodgson

Harriet HodgsonHarriet Hodgson has been making books since she was eight years old. In her 43-year career as a freelancer, she has written 44 books and thousands of print/internet articles. Major publishers, such as Warner Books, John Wiley & Sons, and Hazelden, have published her work. Harriet loves writing so much she writes in her sleep.

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Book Blurb For The Grandma Force

Becoming the grandmother of twins changed Harriet Hodgson and altered her life course. According to Hodgson, we live in a fast-paced, complex time, a time when too many grandchildren are victims of bullying, Internet scams, and sexual abuse. Hodgson believes that grandmothers are needed today more than any other time in history.

ACX Front Cover“Grandmas can’t be passive,” she declares. “Every grandma has the power to protect and guide her grandchildren and needs to tap this power.”

This narrative weaves Hodgson’s personal story with research findings. It’s packed with ideas for helping grandchildren. Hodgson’s age, child development degree, life experience, teaching experience, witness to history, and extensive research converge to make this an inspiring read. Working individually and together, grandmas are changing the world.

“The Grandma Force is about the power of love and the power of one,” Hodgson says. “One-by-one, grandmas are standing up for grandchildren and creating a hopeful future for them.”

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To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE. Thanks for supporting this author and her work!

Monday, February 7, 2022

Welcome to the WATCH RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology Release! "Life Is But A Rose Garden" @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

Introducing the WATCH RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology, “Life Is But A Rose Garden,” debuting on Amazon today for only $2.99! We invite you to take a look at the promo for this little gem below, and lastly, we ask for your support by purchasing a copy, as well as spreading the word of its release via your own social media!

Friends, thank you for dropping by today in support of this new release! We hope that what you find between the covers brings you much joy and pleasure as you read it, and we also hope that some of what you find here will give you pause – just a little pause, though, before you hop to your feet and spring into action! There are many calls to action in this little gem!

Thank you, again, for your support!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Welcome to Day 4 of Breakfield and Burkey's "SHORT STORIES" Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub

Please welcome back Breakfield and Burkey as they talk about some short stories.

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(7) ebook copies of “HOT CHOCOLATE”

Hot Chocolate by Breakfield and Burkey

Please leave the authors a comment anywhere along the tour for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes.

Zara appears in several stories of the Enigma Series. We created her as a Darknet hacker and one of our original characters readers love to hate. Like our readers, we both loved and despised her choices. She kept reminding us that part of her complexity as a character evolved from her rough beginnings and ill-treatment by despicable men. Her survival methods made her hard and cynical—focused only on her payday and next mark.

Buzz Buswald II is affectionately known as Buzz. He first appears in The Enigma Factor as Jacob Michael’s classmate from school. Buzz comes from wealth, well-educated, yet somewhat lazy. Along his journey, Buzz has made some bad choices with fortunate outcomes.

Both characters received lots of comments from readers through more than one book. In The Enigma Always, we decided to have their paths cross. We wanted to know if they were redeemable for the series or needed to vanish.

Yes, Zara is working for a Russian mobster. True, she engineered a diamond heist of €5 million, and yes, she never tells the truth even when love is at stake.

Buzz has a heart but lousy track record in picking women. His friends are limited, and his family distances themselves. His lazy attitude and using others delayed him from growing into a positive contributing adult.

When these two misfits vanish at the end of The Enigma Always, Burkey had readers asking what happened to these two people. We decided that the story of these two needed telling. The starting point came from this audible segment of the novel.

We knew these two are off to a shaky start because Buzz askes Jacob if they have any chance at all. We created the short story to focus on these two characters with an opportunity in a new place with no baggage from their prior associations. Love’s Enigma tracks the bumpy ride of these two extreme opposites in their quest to be ordinary lovers working on a dream.

About the Short Story

Love's Enigma by Breakfield and BurkeyHopelessly in love and desperately fearful!

Zara and Buzz are products of vastly different upbringings. Their chance meeting ignites attraction they must explore. Even with lies and omissions, they find themselves falling in love. For them, it’s a good thing that love is blind.

A defining incident offers the opportunity to explore a future together. They move away from everything for a fresh start. They optimize their experiences to build a life they never imagined in the Caribbean. Then their demons surface.

About Breakfield and Burkey

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Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield are co-authors for the Enigma Series. Our characters haunt us, demanding more of their stories get written. It began with a few heroes, then expanded to those with self-serving motives. We instigated this tour to provide insight and motivating factors on the shorts. We consider these fun standalone compliments to the series novels. Enjoy this tour, and please provide feedback.

Breakfield is a technology expert specifically in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II his¬tory, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles is also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.

Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who optimizes technology and business investments for global customers. She focuses on optimized customer experiences. Rox loves interviewing authors, writing white papers, reviewing books, and loves creating fiction.

Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with men and women, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today. They invite you to visit their newly revised website, look around and grab some free stuff https://www.EnigmaSeries.com.

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To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in a similar grand fashion, please click HERE. Thanks for supporting these authors and their work!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Enigma Factor by Charles V Breakfield & Roxanne E Burkey #RRBC #Book #Review

The Enigma Factor has been on my reading list for a while, and now that I’ve finally had the chance to read it, I wish I hadn’t. The reason for that statement is it got me thinking about my passwords and cyber security; is my encryption enough?

The story revolves around Jacob Michaels, who works in the cyber security world. As the story progresses, he is whisked away from his ordinary life into one filled with criminals and countries plotting against each other. There is a point in the story where the pieces come together, though he’s not as upset or freaked out about what he learns as I expected him to be.

While The Enigma Factor isn’t my usual genre to read, I found it well done and entertaining.

I gave it 4 out of 5 Stars.

About The Enigma Factor

A brilliant programmer is targeted by cyber predators!

Jacob Michaels, computer network security-tester extraordinaire, tries to settle into a quiet life of work to polish his cyber security skills after the death of his mother. Jacob is unaware that his growing reputation makes him a person of interest.

Cyber-criminals are hunting for new recruits. They target this brilliant programmer to seduce him into joining their cause. More people are hunting him than just the Russian cyber kingpin.

Jacob sets off to find those who are targeting him. He discovers he’s in the crosshairs of previously unknown global experts. Of course, having his identity erased puts him front and center above anything else.

Buzz, when looking for the easy way, makes a ghastly judgement error and inadvertently crosses the line to the darknet. He pleads to his best friend Jacob for help. Jacob, brilliant as he is, doesn’t have enough experience to help Buzz on his own.

Jacob battles against global cyber masterminds using his knowledge of programming, identity theft, and hacking. He is pulled up short when his security knowledge is dwarfed following his introduction to the distractingly beautiful encryptionist Petra.

Jacob’s challenge is how to keep ahead of the criminals and learn who to trust.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Amilcar: The Blythe Valley Chronicles Out Now! #RRBC #PromoteHorror

First, a huge thank you to everyone who preordered Amilcar: The Blythe Valley Chronicles and to my ARC Team. I greatly appreciate your support. To those who didn’t preorder, I’m happy to announce that you can now order it and start reading it immediately because Amilcar: The Blythe Valley Chronicles is now live.

About Amilcar: The Blythe Valley Chronicles

amilcar_duo04Blythe Valley has a secret that it wishes no one discovers. This collection of stories reveals what it wants to hide.

The night Atticus decided to take his life, a Fallen Angel came to him to help him with the grief he felt from losing his wife, giving him new hope for the future. Traveling across the country with his flock to find the promised land, his followers have no idea where some have gone. While Katrina is suspicious, she doesn’t speak of their leader’s strange actions until years later after he raped her and all but her and her husband, Griff, tragically perish.

Decades pass, and Heather and her friends hike into the woods to find the fabled town of Blythe, where she discovers a strange box that soon brings all of her dreams to life. Her husband, Shane, becomes unsure of her late-night escapades and begins to remember their past. When he discovers the diary that led them to Blythe years before, he learns an unexpected history.

Aletha and Pete live in her grandfather’s house, which seems to have more than them living in it. Strange dreams start to plague her after opening the old Steamer trunk that she found in the attic, and soon, their lives are turned upside down. When Amilcar shows himself to Aletha, and she discovers Pete’s corpse on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, the unease that she’s felt for months explodes, and she leaves the house to escape. A priest takes it upon himself to help her rid the home of the Fallen Angel to perish at its feet.

Ezra Thompson has had dealings with the Carrington Collective in the past. When he and his son, Eli, visit Waldgrave to investigate, they quickly learn that Amilcar has taken another to do its bidding. With little time to prepare, they face off with the Fallen Angel to save the town and its residents from its reign of terror.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Dead Game by Susanne Leist @SusanneLeist #RRBC #YA #Vampires

The world of vampires takes an unexpected twist in The Dead Game: Book One of the Dead Game Series.

deadgameWhen I started reading The Dead Game, I was shown a dark scene with a family trying to escape a house, then it fades to black and returns with Linda moving to Oasis to start a new life away from New York City. It’s quite obvious that something isn’t right in Oasis, though, I’m not sure what, and I’m drawn into this world of bizarre events that make me want to know more about what is happening.

There are some very frightening scenes in The Dead Game that reminded me of the SAW movies. On top of that, there’s some steamy romance happening that made the characters real with their attractions and interactions. The suspense with what was going to happen next kept me turning the pages.

If you are looking for a well-written, gripping vampire story, this is a must-read.

4 Stars

I give The Dead Game 4 out of 5 Stars.

About The Dead Game

Linda Bennett moves from New York to Florida to live a quieter life. Life is peaceful until the dead body washes up onshore. She learns that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are typical for the coastal town.

Linda and her friends receive an invitation to a party at End House, a deserted house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The group arrives, but no one is there to greet them. The house has a sinister life of its own where horror follows their every step. Traps, illusions, and revolving rooms add to their growing fear. A bloody skeleton sleeps in an upstairs’ bedroom, and body parts fall from the chimney into the living room’s fireplace. Wild animals escape their cages in the basement. The young residents flee for their lives.

They embark on a harrowing journey, not knowing whom to trust, to uncover the one controlling the evil game.

Who are The Dead?

Are they humans or vampires?

Will Linda lose her heart to Todd, who knows more than he admits?

Will her best friend, Shana, fall in love with Sheriff Sam?

The Dead Game has begun.

About Susanne Leist

Susanne LeistA career in writing has been a giant leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. Fellow authors helped me make my way through the competitive field. I write every day and even tried my hand at poetry. Don’t listen if someone tells you it’s too late to try something different. It is never too late to follow your heart.

I am working on my fourth book. A seaside town in Maine provides the backdrop for murder, mystery, and romance. Will this book become a series? I don’t know yet. But I’m eager to begin the journey.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Welcome to the GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE 1 Day/5 Blog Tour! @JanSikes3 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

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SEXUAL ADVANCES IN THE WORKPLACE

Hello, and welcome to one of the final stops on my Ghostly Interference blog tour! I am honored to be here today.

Sexual advances in the workplace is as common as a coffee pot in the break room. But we tend to think of them as being a man coming onto a woman.

In Ghostly Interference, Jag Peters is forced to deal with unwanted sexual advances from his boss Yvette (Yvette Calleiro this in NO way reflects on you). 🙂

His boss continually tries to corner him and it finally escalates to a breaking point.

I’ll share a short excerpt.

Within minutes, he pulled into the crowded parking

lot of the Glass Slipper. He’d make a few minutes of

polite talk with his co-workers, then excuse himself. He

liked the project Yvette had assigned him, and he

wanted to stay there. But he had limits as to how far

he’d go.

Crowds freaked him out and made his underarms

sweat. This place was packed. He squeezed through a

group near the door and scanned the room for what he

hoped were co-workers and not just Yvette.

He spotted her near the back and his heart sank.

She was alone. He stood frozen while he gathered his

nerve. Leave! That’s what he should do. Too late. She

was waving at him.

Inching his way through the crowd, he formed a

speech in his head.

When he reached her table, she stood and leaned

forward as if asking for a hug. He briefly patted her

shoulder.

“Oh, Jag, I knew you wouldn’t let me down.” She

motioned to the waitress.

“I’ll have a mineral water,” he instructed the

waitress. He turned back to Yvette. “Where is

everyone?”

“Why? Isn’t little ol’ me enough?” She pouted.

His eyes darted around the room hoping against

hope to spot someone, anyone he knew. Strangers’

faces stared back. He slumped into the seat next to hers.

“Of course, Yvette. I just didn’t think you’d be here

alone.”

A hand wandered to his knee. “That was my plan. I

swear you never catch on. I have to spell out

everything.”

He crossed his legs and leaned away, hoping that

would send a clear message. He couldn’t keep this up.

Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad getting banished to a shitty

project if it meant no more of her advances.

“No, Yvette, you don’t have to spell anything out. I

read you loud and clear, I don’t want to hurt your

feelings, but you can’t keep doing this.”

She pulled back. “Doing what? Inviting my

employees to join me for an occasional happy hour?”

“Of course, you can.” He sighed. “You own the

company. You can do whatever you want.”

“I’m so glad you realize that, Jag Peters.” She

swirled her Cosmo and brought it to her lips.

Once again, her hand found his leg and moved

smoothly up his thigh.

He clenched his teeth. “Please don’t. You’re a

married woman. I shouldn’t have to remind you.”

She purred, “Oh, don’t worry about that. He’s out

of the country until next week. He doesn’t care what I

do as long as I keep making him money.”

For a split second, Jag got a glimpse of a lost and

lonely little girl, looking for company in the only way

she knew how.

Could this day get any weirder?

“I have to be honest with you, Yvette. You’re an

attractive woman, but I’m not interested in you that

way. You’re my boss and I respect you, but I don’t

want to sleep with you. So, can we stop this craziness?”

“What? You thought I wanted you to sleep with

me? Well, I never.” She lifted her head haughtily.

“Stop with the games, Yvette,” Jag said softly.

She let her hand drop from his thigh and her voice

hardened. “Someday you’re going to regret this. Mark

my words.”

He stood. “I already do. I have to go now. My

mom is waiting.” While he paused for a group of

people to let him pass, he heard her last dig.

“Project Cyclone has a new vacancy. You better

think long and hard about what you’re doing.”

If words were barbs, he’d have them sticking in his

back about now. He forced his eyes to stay focused on

the door and inched his way through to sunlight and air.

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I’d love to chat. Have you ever had to deal with unwanted sexual advances in the workplace?

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Ghostly Interference by Jan Sikes

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Welcome to Day 6 of the "THROUGH THE NETHERGATE" Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @4WillsPub #RRBC

GIVEAWAY:  (3 winners) 
(1) e-book copy of “NIGHTMARELAND”, (1) e-book copy of “THROUGH THE NETHERGATE”, and (1) $25 Amazon gift card. (leave a comment to enter)

Who was Henry Scarle?

Henry Scarle is one of the ghosts from Through the Nethergate, who allies himself with Margaret. He becomes her love interest during the story.

Henry Scarle was employed by a wealthy businessman named Mathias Kerrison to look after ships transporting corn and other goods at Whitacre Burgh. Mathias Kerrison owned the Bungay Straithe navigation on the River Waverney.

Henry noticed that some of the goods were being stolen and stood guard one night to see if he could identify the thieves. He identified two local men and reported them to his master. The thieves learned of his actions before they could be caught and detained and they boarded the ship where he was working and beat him to death. His body was left floating in the river.

An extract from Through the Nethergate

“Two burly men approached the wherry. As Henry watched, they went over to the ship and started brazenly removing its cargo of corn. Piling the sacks up on the dock, they got them ready to be carried away.

Peering carefully around a barrel, the faces of the two thieves came into his range of vision. From his position behind the barrels, Henry carefully studied their features, committing them to memory so that he could provide them to the police in the morning.

Time for me to slip away. The men are completely absorbed in what they are doing and they won’t notice me in the shadows.

Piles of flour surrounded the barrels and, as he scuttled sideways like a crab towards the exit, his foot kicked up a cloud of the fine white powder. Clapping his hand over his mouth and nose, he felt a sneeze welling up.

“Atishoo!” The sneeze exploded out of his throat.

Rapid footsteps made their way in his direction and a heavy hand came down on his shoulder. A scream issued from his throat as he was pulled to his feet.

“What have we got here?” the man said softly.

“I … I was just out for a walk,” Henry stuttered.

The man chuckled as Henry shrank away from him. I can’t get away. God help me!

“I think you’re lying.” He pulled his arm back and hit Henry in the stomach, driving him back into the barrels. Henry doubled over, gasping for breath. The man jerked him back onto his feet, drew his arm back and hit him again. The blow struck him with great force, just above his right eyebrow, splitting the skin open.

Henry shrieked, as pain bloomed and warm blood trickled down his face and dripped onto the ground.

Once again, the man drew his arm back, ready to strike Henry. This time, Henry managed to duck down as the large fist came towards him.

“Get over here and hold him, Tom.”

“Coming, William.”

A few moments later, the man called Tom grabbed his arms and twisted them viciously behind his back. William disappeared briefly and reappeared with a thick branch of wood. Grinning, he stood in front of Henry, swinging the club back and forth, like a pendulum.

“You had better stop,” Henry cried, his eyes huge and glassy with fear. Blood had run into his right eye, making it blurry.

As William moved in on him, his weapon raised, Henry heard him say, “Or what? What are you going to do?”

The club hissed through the air. Henry tried to duck away, but Tom held him tightly. There was a meaty thud, followed by a crunch, as the club slammed into his ribs, breaking them. Pain exploded in his chest and he screamed, a high, thin sound. He would have slumped to his knees if Tom had not been holding him upright.

William swung the club again. Pain burst through Henry’s head again as his right cheek bone and jaw smashed under the impact of the heavy blow. Blood poured from his broken mouth and nose as he fell to the ground. Lying in the dirt, he could hear thudding sounds, as the two men kicked his inert body, and his own choking moans.”

 

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BOOK BLURB:

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

AUTHOR BIO:

Robbie CheadleHello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with seven published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about my mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.

I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.

I have participated in a number of anthologies:

Two short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Dark Visions, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Three short stories in Death Among Us, an anthology of murder mystery stories, edited by Stephen Bentley;
Three short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Nightmareland, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Two short stories in Whispers of the Past, an anthology of paranormal stories, edited by Kaye Lynne Booth; and
Two short stories in Spellbound, an anthology of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Robbie Cheadle

Website

https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Twitter

https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Website

https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog

https://wordpress.com/view/robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19631306.Roberta_Eaton_Cheadle

Twitter

https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/robertawrites/?modal=admin_todo_tour

AMAZON OR OTHER PURCHASE LINKS:

TSL Publications:

https://tslbooks.uk/product/through-the-nethergate-roberta-eaton-cheadle/

Lulu.com:

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Susanne Leist @SusanneLeist - #RRBC Spotlight Author #RRBCSA

Today, I welcome Susanne Leist, the RRBC Spotlight Author for September 2020.

HE HAS COME FOR ME – WRITTEN FOR PREY FOR THE DEAD

(Note about the poem from Susanne Leist.) Poetry began as a way to promote my books. Now, it is one of my passions. This poem describes Wolf’s love for Linda, a vampire who loves a human.

HE HAS COME FOR ME

He has come for me.
I’ll never be free.
He comes at night,
Fear at first sight.

He claims his love,
But he’s no dove.
He’s evil as can be,
Always searching for me.

I must hide until morning,
Or the town will be mourning.
The devil hides his face.
I know his deadly pace.

His footsteps ring hollow.
Steps quicken to follow.
He sings a sweet song.
I know I’m not wrong.

The devil is right behind me,
Even though his face, I can’t see.
He has me in his grasp.
I cry out with a gasp.

He kisses me with passion.
I know this is his fashion
To take what is not his
And make me into his.

THE DEAD AT HEART

William’s bite bonded Shana to him, but he didn’t ask her to mate with him for life. She isn’t ready for a lifetime commitment. Now, William excludes her from his vampire meetings. Shana understands he’s an original vampire with immense powers. For them to be a couple, he has to treat as an equal partner. If William doesn’t respect her, then what are their chances of finding happiness?

Shana speaks to Linda, her best friend, of her fears.

“Paradise is an illusion.” Shana’s face grows heated as her frustration mounts. “Oasis is a haven for vampires. I’m tired of their battles. The Watchers get rid of an evil group of vamps, and another group arrives and attacks. It’s a vicious cycle. Vampires are trouble.”

“We will have a happy ending.” Linda lifts her head. “Don’t lose faith. The Watchers will protect us, and Gregg has an elite force of original vampires.” She touches Shana’s arm. “William loves you; he won’t let something happen to you.”

“The vampires keep secrets from us.” Shana swallows the lump in her throat. “I don’t want to live with vamps anymore, and I need time to decide on my relationship with William. One minute, I’m suffocating, and then the next, I’m lost without him.”

As a new enemy descends on Oasis, Florida, Shana turns to Sheriff Sam, who broke her heart. Can she trust the human-vampire?

This begins Shana’s journey to fight vampires and werewolves with Sam at her side.

An explosion at Chateau Frontenac in Quebec doesn’t stop Shana and her friends from saving their town, and maybe even the world.

About Susanne Leist

Susanne LeistI have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, Robert Ludlum, and other authors filled my young imagination with intrigue and mystery. When I wasn’t reading late into the night, the TV shows such as Murder She Wrote and Columbo, entertained me with murder and suspense tales.

Over the years, my taste in TV expanded to include such shows as Supernatural and The Originals. I searched for paranormal, murder mysteries, but found few at the library or bookstore. So, I wrote one.

The Dead Game, Book One of The Dead Game series, brings fantasy and surrealism to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues. It offers vampires, vampire derivatives, and a touch of romance to spice the motley mix.

The story continues in Book Two, Prey for The Dead, as The Dead vampires use an exclusive club in Disney World to infiltrate the rich and famous. As The Dead grow in power, not even the bright sunshine of Florida can weaken them. Linda and her friends join forces with human vampires–known as hybrids–to defeat the evil threatening to control Oasis. A masquerade ball and a romp through the tunnels beneath the town lead to a showdown in southern Florida’s swamps.

The Dead At Heart is Shana’s love story. Will her love for William strengthen, or will Sam lead her on a different path? At Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, Shana and her fearless friends fight for Oasis and their lives.

A career in writing has been a giant leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. Fellow authors helped me make my way through the competitive field. I write every day and even tried my hand at poetry. If someone tells you it’s too late in life to try something different, they are wrong. It is never too late to follow your heart.

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