Thursday, April 23, 2015

Interview with Shirley Harris Slaughter for Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!

Come and join me as I talk with author Shirley Harris Slaughter about her book Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge! on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.

Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!

Imagine experiencing emotions that have you questioning your sanity. Your body gets overheated at the least bit of excitement and you scramble to find a fan or some air. Or you find yourself in the throes of a panic attack and can’t understand how to shut it off, so you are filled with anxiety wondering when the next one is coming. What if every time you take a drug you experience side-affects that you are warned about on the label? The title was conceived in my mind after I thought over all the situations I had found myself in, getting out of them, and the affect all of this had on my overall physical and mental well-being. Crazy! Hot! And Living On the Edge!! Is the True Story of My Upside Down Life!

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1508952507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1508952503

About the Author

Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s first book highlights her passion for history which led to her first published work, Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African American Catholic Community. But she wouldn’t have been able to write that book had she not had the presence of mind to conquer the health crisis she found herself in. She is an advocate for natural health and healing. Any problem that she had to face, she found her way out of it through sheer determination and a miracle. This led to her second book CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!! Harris-Slaughter saw a void that needed to be filled; and so she decided to share her experience. Harris-Slaughter has been active in her community by supporting candidates for elected office, and voting in every election. She served on the Oak Park School Board. She is an advocate for children and mentored four freshmen girls in the Winning Futures program. She is an active member in her church and she belongs to the Rave Reviews (Virtual) Book Club. She married her best friend Langston and they share a blended family. “We are as different as night and day and yet we are so much alike in many ways. We made it through thirty-two years!” Shirley Harris-Slaughter is available for speaking engagements. Contact Email Address: 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Some Great Reads In Various Genres

"Know yourself.  Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
~Ann Landers

Congrats to our MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Rebecca Reilly, author of HAUNTING MEGAN and DIARY OF A CHRISTIAN WOMAN!!
Rebecca Reilly

 Please check out our website to learn more about this talented RRBC Member!

Congrats to this week's MEMBER OF THE WEEK: Renee Hand, author of some awesome Children's books, like THE MYSTERY OF THE CIRCUS FOR HIRERenee is a very supportive member of other authors and she is appreciated for that support! 
Renee Hand
As Member Of The Week, Renee will get to choose a free book from the Kathryn C. Treat Book Giveaway Treasure Chest!!

Congrats to this week's #PUSHTUESDAY Winner: John Fioravanti!!
John Fioravanti
A huge THANK YOU to all those that supported him on his special day!!

Congrats to our BOOKS OF THE MONTH!!


Please show your support to these deserving members. You can do so by helping us promote them on social media, and also by purchasing/reviewing their books. Remember, those that give support will receive support!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Interview with Rodney Evans for The Flatulent Pumpkin

Come and join me as I talk with author Rodney Evans about his book The Flatulent Pumpkin on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.

The Flatulent Pumpkin

The Flatulent Pumpkin is not your ordinary story about someone or something passing gas, it is about a lesson in character. JJ is a boy in a boring cold town that is longing to have something amazing happen. Not much grows there, no flowers or bushes, yet here is a pumpkin that JJ had nurtured and cared for that grew to the size of a tree. Out of the ordinary, the people of the little town are scared and uncertain of what is going on, especially when they hear the pumpkin pass gas quite frequently, causing an orangish glow. The poor mayor constantly gets the blame for this, until JJ proves that his pumpkin is special. JJ, who is good at heart and is kind to others, makes a wish that the whole town can benefit from. When it comes true, the townspeople look at the pumpkin different, almost as a saving grace. The town needed a hero and one arose amongst the orange fog.

Children from all ages are going to like this 43 page short story. Unlike other books about flatulence, this story is not crude or disgusting. It actually brings about a good message while adding in some humor.  The author does a great job weaving them together and focusing on what is truly important.

About the author:

The Flatulent Pumpkin started as a dinner time story.  We were sitting around the table talking and I created a joke which made the family laugh.  I never imagined becoming an author.  I've spent my professional career writing reports, briefs, memos and emails.  However, my family insisted I write this story because a flatulent pumpkin caused a giggle fest in our home, and the children wanted me to share it.  So I followed the command and wrote this funny story about a magical flatulent pumpkin.

Unlike most stories with flatulence, I didn't write anything crude, offensive or disgusting.  After all, we all know that one trick pony. When I tell stories, I used the opportunity as a teaching moment to entertain, educate and enlighten children and adults.

The story demonstrates how people respond to an unknown situation, how people care for one another and how they are able to work together. This is one of life's greatest lessons; you must approach life with an open mind and a sense of humor. Life is meant for us to be happy and isn't laughter the best way to show an appreciation for those you loved.

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: DBA (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983989052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983989059

Book Description

Once upon a time a strange magical pumpkin appeared. Curiosity turned to excitement when the pumpkin goes POP! and a 10 year-old boy vanished! So who will help our ten-year-old and what will the pumpkin do next? Find out how he returns and learns the lesson of a lifetime. Check out other titles including The Flatulent Pumpkin's instant classic Gone with the Wind!

This story will warm your heart.  The newest, The Case of the Plucked Chicken, is the funniest character development story you will ever read. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Interview with Harmony Kent for Rave Soup For the Writer's Soul and Polishing Your Prose

Come and join me as I talk with author Harmony Kent about her book Polish Your Prose and Rave Reviews for the Writer's Soul and others on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.

Polish Your Prose is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors. Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a published novel. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style. Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript. Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential author reference, which offers so much more for so much less. Harmony Kent is an award winning author, and accomplished editor and proofreader. Her passion is helping Indie Authors to successfully achieve their goals and dreams.

RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER'S SOUL Anthology is a compilation of motivational, inspirational and humorous stories from some of the most talented writers of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. These stories and poems are meant to inspire you and lift you up at the exact moment you need it. We all know how soup warms our bodies, and there are so many different brands on the market to choose from, but for a writer, only RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER'S SOUL will do! So pick up your literary spoon and ENJOY!

Indie Author Harmony Kent has written a number of books. The Battle for Brisingamen, her first novel, is a work of fantasy fiction and was approved by Awesome Indies within weeks of its release. Her second book, The Glade shows her equally at home in the realms of mystery, suspense and thriller - with a dash of magical realism. This book has also been approved for the Awesome Indies List. The Glade was awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion in July 2014. Harmony's third book (Elemental Earth) is Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, and was published 31st July 2014. With more books already in progress, she is well on her way to being a firmly established multi genre author. As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal and beta reading services. As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. Harmony is 42 years old, single and currently lives in Cornwall, England. Read on for ten things Harmony thinks you should know about her ... Ten Things:

I was born in 2013 (at least, the author in me was) ... the rest of me is ... err ... just a LITTLE bit older than that.
I am really boring.
I have absolutely no sense of humour. At all.
I read. A lot.
I write. Even more.
I'm completely sane (in).
I don't have any children, but I am surrounded by loads of cute gremlins who claim to be my nieces and nephews. Stranger still: they seem to like me.
If you've read this far, you're probably as sane as I am.
If you still want to hang around, and if you're feeling brave ...
I'm online ... 
twitter: @harmony_kent 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Review of T-Bone's Traveling Circus by Janice Virant

Book Description

Defeat Bullying with Love, Laughter and Acceptance! In this imaginative sequel to "T-Bone the Flying Horse," meet Rita Bonita the young horse who is constantly the target of teasing and bullying. Her life is transformed in a wonderful way when she meets a girl and her colorful cast of misfit friends. The girl, inspired by her great friend T-Bone, has formed a circus to help the teased love themselves and stand up to bullying! Join Rita Bonita and her new circus friends as they share laughter and spark the imagination in this fantastical rhyming tale about love and acceptance.

About the Author

Janice Virant lives in Littleton, Colorado. She grew up on a farm in Chesterfield, Missouri. An avid horsewoman and animal lover, T-Bone and Rita Bonita are two adopted horses whose beauty and unconditional love inspired this story.
Product Details
  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478729619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478729617


T-Bone's Traveling Circus is a story about how to defeat bullying with friendship, love, and laughter.

Rita Bonita becomes a victim of bullying, an all too common problem. Why do people bully you ask? It's hard to tell. Is it because of the power one gets when humiliating someone else? Though they are the ones who actually look like the fool. Is it because the person has bullying problems at home and so they extend that out to their own lives and pass it on? In this case Rita is being bullied because of her appearance. Her ears are rather large compared to other horses. 

Ones appearance can easily be a cause for bullying. Whether someone is fat, has large ears, big nose, funky colored hair, attitude, or someones tastes in clothes. Teasing somone about their appearance can be hurtful. Rita experiences this first hand. But instead of wallowing about it in self pity, she ends up meeting some friends who are as unique in appearance as she. These new friends teach her of acceptance. People may tease but if we accept ourselves for our differences than no bullies words can hurt you. You must be proud of who you are, that comes first. Everyone is different, that is what makes us unique, we are not the same, so how we look or the things we like makes us who we are. Should we change ourselves because we don't conform to what everyone else likes and does, that's crazy.  

Rita's friends talk to her about what makes them unique and she realizes that she is not alone. These new friends accept each other and become friends who can share what they have learned with others.
A quibble would be that these friends are called a traveling circus. This makes one think that they show off their uniqueness to others like a freak show. That is certainly not the case. These friends actually go around talking about bullying and more. The title can give a misinterpretation of what this story is about. T-Bone's traveling friends would send a better message.

Children of all ages will enjoy the fun characters and great message the author instills in this 26 page picture book. Friendship, love, and laughter are great ways to overcome bullying. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Review for Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Saturn Surprise by Oneeka Williams M.D.

Book Description

 February 18, 2015  6-12
The rings of Saturn go round and round,
Disappeared one day and could not be found.
To put them back, just take a chance,
And join me in the Saturn Dance!
Meet Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo-
9-year-old girl Super Surgeon on the Go.

Born with supernatural powers from electrical energy, she jets around the Universe fixing problems with her gifted hands. Dr. Dee Dee’s, and cousin Lukas’s, visit to the Island of Positivity Planetarium is interrupted when Gordon the Gullible Globe sounds the alarm that Saturn’s rings have disappeared. Dr. Dee Dee is skeptical but mobilizes her team of assistants and instruments for a mission to Saturn. Oh boy! Is she SURPRISED when she arrives at Saturn!

About the Author

Dr. Oneeka Williams grew up in the Caribbean with her mother, a science teacher, and her father, a journalist. Her love for the sciences and for writing developed at an early age, as did her desire to become a doctor. When she first entered the operating room while attending Harvard Medical School, it was love at first sight. Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo embodies all of these elements and encourages kids to live a life without limits. This is Dr. Williams third book. Dr. Dee Dee Dynamos Mission to Pluto and Dr. Dee Dee Dynamos Meteorite Mission were the first two. She is a practicing surgeon and lives in Massachusetts with husband, Charles and son, Mark.

Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Saturn Surprise is a delightful story filled with great information about the planet Saturn. 
Dr. Dee Dee has supernatural powers which allows her to fly around in space and help the planets. In this story she helps Saturn fix it's rings because they have gone crazy. While reading the story children will learn about what a ring plane crossing is, as well about the Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft, Saturn's moons, and the names of Saturn's rings. There is a lot of alliteration in the story which will help readers remember the characters names. Readers will enjoy the nonfictional information included in the story. It is very informative and will help readers for reports and such. 
A few quibbles. At times the illustrations are confusing. When looking at the illustrations for ring plane crossings, the boxed pictures help the reader understand what is going. The other illustration is confusing to the reader since all the Saturn's virtually look the same. Dr. Dee Dee has supernatural powers but Kyle ad Lukas don't so technically they shouldn't leave Freeda, which is why she comes along on the ride, and yet those characters, at times, are outside in space. Kyle is also very negative and weighs down the story. Dr. Dee Dee sends positive messages to kids like don't give up, use your voice, be confident and assertive, yet here's a character who is whiny and negative. The last illustration on page 32 shows Dr. Dee Dee applauding, yet the story says that Saturn and the rings applauded. Given the fact that neither Saturn or it's rings have any hands in the illustration makes this part impossible, though they could shout with glee. These are small things but are none the less noticeable. Otherwise, the story is well developed with a great message for kids. Amazon says that this book is for 5-6 year olds but it is really meant for older children. Some of the vocabulary is for older children, younger won't get it. Though the author did add in a vocab section in the back of the book as well as a glossary of info talked about, questions and a resource guide.
Overall, this series is informative, well written with great educational story lines, and has great messages for kids who are 6-12 years of age.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Interview with John Fioravanti for Passion & Struggle

Come and join me as I talk with author John Fioravanti about his book Passion & Struggle  on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Fiora Books (October 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993655823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993655821

Book Description

October 13, 2014
Marco Rossini is a historian with no political aspirations, and no desire for power. However, he possesses unique knowledge that is about to change his life: he knows the human history of the planet Earth. The year is 2796 CE, and on the planet Genesis, human civilization looks very similar to the world it left behind. One difference dominates: a Church, created by the United Nations to compel peace, has ruled for seven centuries. Now, in the wake of a brutal war that aligned humanity with the new rulers of Earth, the old ways have been shattered, and Genesis needs a new, egalitarian government. Marco is the right man to help lead the change, but as the professor soon discovers, the battle between Church and state is far from over, and both sides are willing to spill blood. Struggling to remake his world, to find love, and to survive in troubled political waters, can Marco Rossini change history?

Author Bio:

I taught high school history for thirty-five years in just two schools in the Waterloo, Ontario region. My wife and business partner, Anne, and I have been married for 40 beautiful years. We have three adult children and three grandchildren. In 2002 I wrote an educational book for high school students about writing skills in the discipline of History. "Getting it Right In History Class" is available in Canadian and International editions at Wintertickle Press.

In 2006 Iceberg Publishing commissioned me to write an inspirational book about my years in the classroom. "A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching" was published in 2007. The book won a Bronze Medal at the IPPY International Awards in Los Angeles in May, 2008. I retired from teaching the next month.

My wife and I decided to strike off on our own and founded our own publishing company in December, 2013. We called it, Fiora Books. Our good friends at Iceberg Publishing turned my award winning book back over to us to publish under the Fiora Books imprint. The 2014 edition of "A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching will be available in May, 2014 on Amazon in paperback and eBook formats.

My next project is to launch a series of science fiction novels called "The Genesis Saga". The first title in the series is scheduled for publication in the fall of this year.