Meet RRBC Spotlight Author Sherilyn Powers

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Greetings, wonderful readers. It is my pleasure to share with you Rave Reviews Book Club’s April Spotlight Author Sherilyn Powers. Support this talented author where you can.

IMG_6811_pp (2)Sure I Have Celiac Disease, But A Small Bit Of Gluten Doesn’t Hurt…

By Sherilyn Powers


Oh the times I’ve heard that. And the times I have even thought it, thought myself paranoid because I was so diligent. And the times others have thought me overly cautious, including my own family.

I was lucky when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease.  I had a doctor who really understood the disease and helped me to understand how serious it actually was.

Because of his advice, I carefully checked out labels, learned about the dangers of maltodextrin and MSG being from sources containing gluten, checked for BHT in everything I went to put in my mouth, and learned that caramel could and usually did…

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What would you do if after 50 years of being told you have a “chemical imbalance” and depression, you found severe allergies were at the root of your problems – not mental illness?

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB “SPOTLIGHT” Author Sherilyn Powers explores the connection between allergies and depression in her book, I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic.

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Allergies, inflammation and depression

One of the main things I learned while researching my book, I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic, is that allergic reactions cause inflammation or swelling. It can be quite noticeable in the hands and feet/ankles, but elsewhere inflammation is harder to detect. But when you are experiencing a food or environmental reaction to allergies or sensitivities, where does that inflammation show up in your body?

Everywhere, and not just from the neck down.

This means there can be inflammation in the brain as well.  Symptoms of severe swelling of the brain include everything from headaches to seizures and loss of memory, vision and more.  Mostly we think of these in terms of head trauma. However, any type of inflammation on the brain can create problems.

Those extreme reactions aren’t necessarily going to be the case in allergies or sensitivities, but exactly how much swelling does it take to create some of these issues, even to a lesser degree?

People are not exact science. We all have our own idiosyncrasies.  What one person can handle with no visible issues, completely overwhelms others. So the answer is – no one knows exactly.

Another thing that is now being recognized by the medical community is that inflammation has a very strong correlation to depression. One of the examples used by Maria Almond, MD, MPH in her article Depression and inflammation: Examining the link is how there is a difference between the symptoms of a cold and what actually keeps you in bed when you have a cold ie. “the accompanying fatigue, inattentiveness, loss of appetite, change in sleep pattern, heightened perception of pain, and apathetic withdrawal” or as she terms it “sickness behavior”. This “sickness behavior” is extremely similar to depression and “depression frequently is comorbid with many inflammatory illnesses”.

Would it not be the same with an allergic reaction that includes generalized swelling? I am willing to guarantee that people having an anaphylactic reaction (which includes extreme swelling, particularly of the airway) will be anything but on top of the world emotionally or physically. If you asked, I’m sure they would be quite emotional, panicked, and even after the epinephrine calmed their physical reaction, they would still not feel all that great emotionally.

What about allergies or sensitivities that people go through for weeks at a time from exposure to pollens or mould? Would this not create “sickness behavior” as well, or depression?

Imagine having a severe cold or pneumonia for a long time, your mood would probably not be the greatest – and that is knowing what was wrong with you.

How about an unknown food allergy that you have had for say, over forty or fifty years? Constantly feeling like you should be in bed or at least not having any energy to do the daily life tasks… and not knowing when, if ever, you would feel better.  How depressing would that be?

Looking at it this way, it is easy to see how some people could easily be misdiagnosed with “just” depression when it could be something physical, not mental or emotional at all.

Reference: Depression and inflammation: Examining the link – Current Psychiatry 2013 June;12(6):24-32.  Maria Almond, MD, MPH, Clinical Director PsychOncology Clinic. University of Michigan

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Thank you so much for stopping by and supporting Sherilyn Power’s time in the SPOTLIGHT. Be sure to pick up a copy of her amazing book. I got mine!!!

Don’t forget to go to the blog tour site to keep up with her stops. Here is the link:

The Continuing Saga…

I have to tell you this story because it has been weighing heavily on my mind lately ever since  the strange conversation took place.

I was at mass a couple of months ago and there was a group of visiting seminarians in the main church of St. Scholastica. To refresh your memory, that’s the church that Presentation-Our Lady of Victory members now attend. We ended up in the back of the chapel and it is our new parish home. So we have not yet fully integrated with St. Scholastica, we are just occupying their building. I don’t think that’s going to last for long. But back to my thought of why I brought up the seminarians.

It made me think about the fact that never since I’ve been in the church has any of our altar boys ever been invited to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, where young men study to become priests. I became aware of this starting back when I was employed with Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the East Side of Detroit (1998-2005), where I was told by a dear friend, that the boys who were being invited to tour the grounds and contemplate the priesthood were usually of the Caucasian race. Now I hate having to bring up the topic of “race” but its inevitable-it’s the way our country was divided so its in the history.

I mentioned in my book “Our Lady of Victory” that we saw invitations to become priests in the Church Bulletin (with no name) but nothing actually targeting our young boys on a personal level to consider becoming priests.

So when St. Scholastica had eight seminarians visit for mass it got me to thinking again, why are there no Black Priests in any significant numbers in the Archdiocese of Detroit? So I spoke with the pastor after one of our masses. I told him that while I was happy for the young men who are studying to be priest, I wondered why our young boys were never ever invited to consider it with personal invitations too.

He responded by asking me had I ever attended their Religious Education classes in the evenings? I said no, but that I did attend classes in my church and actually brought in new members. He said, “why don’t you attend our evening classes?” I said, “I don’t like to come out that late.” He said, “we can arrange to pick you up.”

How in the world did we get to this conversation? How could he have looked me in the eye and change the topic so completely? I was astounded and speechless. That was his answer? That was all he had to say? Switch the topic so he doesn’t have to answer it? STUNNING!! UNBELIEVABLE!!

I guess I don’t have to wonder any longer why there are no black priest. The Church doesn’t get it and so the issue will never be addressed. I know because I also mentioned this to our own Monsignor. He had no real answers either. I do know that there was one recurring theme that got one priest I know into the priesthood. He was mentored! Someone took the time to spend with him and show him the possibilities. How in the world do you become a priest without someone bringing you in? It doesn’t always happen on its own, especially for black boys who are already unsure of themselves in the larger world just like any other young boy coming of age.

Ladies and Gentleman, need I say more?

I belong to the Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary Court 189 and I am the Treasurer. I’m just trying to fulfill my obligation and then I will re-think whether or not I even want to continue being a Catholic. Our race has dwindled so badly over the years with the policies coming out of the diocese that it is not conducive to growing an African American Catholic Community anymore. They’re making an effort to raise awareness to the problem but as they say, “It’s a day late and a dollar short.” We are way past the time to do something about it.

In order to explain how we arrived at where we are today, you need to know the history. Get a copy and get the lowdown on what really happened. Its a fascinating read.





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(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards
(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card
(2) e-book copies of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…”


Anyone who purchases a copy of THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDEDAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND or IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC and send to me a copy of the purchase receipt to, and also leave a comment along the tour, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! One entry for each book that is purchased, whether in e-book or paperback format. Purchases must take place between 2/14/16 – 2/29/16. If you’ve already purchased all of my books, then feel free to gift a friend, just for the chance to win!!! Spend a little, and you could win a lot!!!


It is always such a treat to host the infamous Nonnie Jules. She always has something exciting to say. Day 10 of her tour is a continuation of exciting things coming from her brain. Thank you Nonnie for gracing my blog post. And now here she is!!

Anyone who reads and posts a review of THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE… DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND or IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC and sends the link to their review to, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card! One entry for each book read and reviewed. Reviews must be posted between 2/16/16 – 3/15/16 to be placed into the drawing.

Q: WHO ARE YOU? You are one of a kind! Tell us a little about you and what it is you do on a personal level when you’re not dreaming up ways to promote the members?

A: I am a wife, a mom, a dog lover (although I have everything but cats in our home), a daughter, a sister and a really good friend! In my spare time (what spare time, who am I kidding?) Well, in the spare time I wish I had, I envision all the great books I could write to right the many wrongs of this world. Oh, and I love reality TV!

Q: I do remember those blog posts you used to put out at least once a week. There was always a lesson. Tell me, where were you born and do you live there now?

A: I was born in Texas but raised in Louisiana!

Q: I’m amazed at all that you do and how much time you commit to the club. Most often, you do act just like a REAL-LIFE wonder woman! How do you do it?

A: Shirley, there is a quote on my blog site ( that reads: “As a child no one ever told me I couldn’t, therefore, in all things I THINK I CAN!” I truly believe that I can do everything and anything I set my mind to doing. When I first started on this writing journey, one of my very first blog posts was about making a name for myself…and that I have. Although it might be true that we all have limitations, I guess I haven’t run into mine yet. I do this, because somebody has to. There was a great need to be filled and so I took on the challenge. RRBC is what we have to show for all that effort and it’s also proof, that if you envision it, you can be it!

Q: Now that was an Amazing answer. Are there any new releases in the works?

A: Oh, yes! This is the year of Nonnie, so get ready world! And don’t worry you guys, I’m really going to put that Fitness Guide out, just for you all!

Q: Last but not least, when are you going to invite us over?
A: Never, there are just too many of you!
This has been fun! Thanks for having me, Shirl!

ME: Oh drat!!

To follow Nonnie’s tour and to get more of your questions answered, please visit her Blog Tour Page on the 4WillsPub site. Thanks for stopping by today and good luck on winning some of these great prizes!


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Happy New Year 2016

Welcome to 2016 and the first Recruitment Day of the year for the International Literary Sensation, RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC)!  Now, if you’re an author, or a reader, or a parent, or a dog, or even a rock, if you haven’t heard of us by now…well, then you must be a rock, buried really deeply

Dog digging hole…because we’re the cat’s meow when it comes to all things LITERARY, all things FUN and absolutely everything centered around SUPPORT!  Not support of self, but support of others.

Image of people helping each otherOur goal is to Profile, Promote & Propel our members to unimaginable heights in everything we do, and we’re pretty sure we’re doing a really great job of that!   How do we go about such hefty tasks?  Well, let me name just a few of the awesome ways we lift and support our members:

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2015 in review

Dear followers, this is what wordpress did for my site for 2015. I think it is awesome! Take a look and tell me what you think…

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


LOCATION: Southeastern Michigan (USA) Surrounded by the Five Precious Great Lakes!


Maureen Howard Kovach Won First Prize!! $15 Amazon Gift Card
Ernestine Rose Won Second Prize!! Our Lady of Victory” Autographed Paperback  (US Residents Only)
Anna Alzic-Meir Won Third Prize!! 1 EBook, Rave Soup For The Writers Soul



Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today for the fabulous Rave Reviews Book Club Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party which is running through the entire month of December 2015.

In this stop I am giving away 3 awesome prizes. If you would like a chance at winning one of them, all you have to do is click on my trailer link below, “LIKE” the page and leave a comment. That’s it in order to qualify for a prize!

Rave Reviews Book Club will collect the names of each comment left on my YouTube trailer by midnight, and the lucky winners will be notified. Winners will be announced daily right here! Good Luck to you and don’t forget to share this on your facebook and twitter accounts if you have them; and on any other social media forums you are familiar with. Also, click on the “Share” buttons in this blog below. Again, you have until until midnight to check out the video and leave your comments. The contest closes after that.

Play daily by clicking The Block Party Lineup to get more awesome chances to win wonderful prizes. I will be showing up again on December 26, 2015 for my second book trailer.


This trailer was born out of my association with Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) founded by president, Nonnie Jules, whom I met on Twitter. That started the beginning of a very interesting and fruitful relationship. I couldn’t get much attention for my book and the best I could do was an initial book launch when first published in 2007, and republished in 2014 with a Facebook Re-launch Party. I had never seen or heard of such before and my book got so much attention and a bump in sales. It was unbelievable! Nonnie started 4WillsPublishing and wanted to make a trailer because she thought that the book was not getting the attention it deserved. She had one of her big ideas and was so excited about giving OLV extra attention. How lucky for me. I was so grateful that she loved the book having read and reviewed it. Imagine someone being that excited about your work? Well, I was so grateful for the attention that she could have done anything and I would have jumped hoops to let her.

We weren’t getting any attention from the big publishing houses as Indie Authors, a term borne out of the neglect that lone independent authors were experiencing. So Nonnie Jules’ answer was RRBC. I don’t think the big publishers are going to ignore us anymore. There are close to 500 members in this club and growing. And so many wonderful things are happening.


Here is a link to the book on Amazon


Rave Soup For The Writers Soul

**I wrote two winning entries for this beautiful anthology produced by Rave Reviews Book Club

Childhood Memories: A Walk Down Memory Lane
Love and Relationships: Go After What You Want

These excerpts can be found in the Anthology so just look for the titles. This has become a wonderful keepsake for me. I am so thrilled about winning in the first contest of its kind in 2014 and I am so happy to share it with you.


I would love to have all my family, friends and club members join in and listen to the trailer, and participate! This will increase your chances of winning a prize daily throughout this entire month. And who knows, you just might like the trailer. I know I do!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and again be sure to stop here each day. Good luck in the drawing.