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As an author, there is nothing more encouraging than receiving a rave review for one of your books.

But, reviewers must maintain credibility. And that is my topic today.

I am an avid reader. I love nothing more than to sink my teeth into a good story. And, I never hesitate to leave a review once I finish.

However, what happens when a reader picks up a book that leaves him lacking? Does that reviewer leave a false review to make the author feel better or tell the truth?

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I think the answer to that should be crystal clear. First of all, you are doing that author no favors by saying the book is better than it was. An honest but KIND review can help the author grow and get better at his craft.

We never stretch or reach for more, when we think we already have it. 

So, I…

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Welcome #RRBCSpotlightAuthor Suzanne Burke!

Spotlight Blog #8 Final Post

 

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It is my pleasure to introduce Spotlight Author Suzanne Burke to my followers. Suzanne is a proud member of our Rave Reviews Book Club Family where we support and propel each other.  If you like what you see, click on the “Join/Renew” tab to register and to learn more about this international virtual book club.

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And Now…Enjoy!

Interview with Sheila Harrington

Hello and a very big welcome to my final post for the tour. My heartfelt thanks for following along on my journey, and a special thank you to my host.

If you have read the tour post where I included an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Acts Beyond Redemption, the following imaginary interview may unsettle you just a little.

It’s between another character, namely CNN reporter Marissa Clarke and the woman nobody really knows, Sheila Harrington.

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CNN: Please welcome to ‘Marisa Speaks’ my very special guest today, Miss Sheila Harrington. Good Morning, Miss Harrington.

Sheila:  Oh, please, not Miss Harrington! Do I look like a schoolmarm to you? You may call me Sheila.

CNN:  Very well … Sheila. Thank you. May I ask why you agreed to this interview when so many others are vying for your attention?

Sheila:  I like your style. It’s really, just that simple.

CNN: Why, thank you. You have been recently, and very regularly, photographed in the company of our Governor, Damon Henderson. The word on the street is we can expect an important announcement about your relationship very soon.

Sheila: Some rumors can be entirely inaccurate. Can’t they, my dear?

 CNN: So the rumors of an impending engagement are false?

Sheila: I don’t believe that is what I said, my dear. I believe the custom is for the man to have asked me first, or of course, I could ask him. I haven’t done that.

CNN So you’re ruling it out?

Sheila. Don’t put words in my mouth, my dear. It’s irritating, and most unbecoming.

CNN: Let’s move on. What can you tell us about the very strong suggestions floating around both here and in Washington that the Governor is about to throw his hat in the ring for the upcoming Presidential Elections?

Sheila: Would he gain your vote, Miss Clarke?

CNN:  That wasn’t my question.

Sheila:  Your researcher should have informed you better, Miss Clarke. If you had bothered to check, you would have discovered that Governor Henderson has scheduled a press conference at 10.00 am tomorrow morning. I’ll see to it that you have a front row seat. Thank you. I believe that concludes our little chat. It’s been … enlightening.

CNN: But …

Sheila: Tomorrow, Miss Clarke.

Sheila stood and with a smile for the camera, she left the studio.

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I’m smiling away to myself here in Sydney.

Now THAT was fun!

And now if I may, on a personal note. My spirit has been renewed and uplifted because of you folks. All of you. Thank you for making the time in your busy day to join me on this joyous adventure.  Being a member of Rave Reviews Book Club has enriched my life.

I leave you with a Big Aussie hello and thanks.

I look forward to seeing you here being ‘Spotlighted’ in the near future.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Suzanne Burke lives, laughs, writes and enjoys her life in the beautiful harbor-side city of Sydney Australia.

She is a mother and grandmother, now in her sixties, and considers every moment of every day as a precious treasure to be valued and explored, and not simply endured.

Her non-fiction works are written under the pen-name of Stacey Danson.

They are both challenging and thought provoking works covering the earliest years of her life, the topic of child abuse and the PTSD that accompanied her into her later years  are not, by virtue of their subject matter an easy or comfortable read, yet so many have read them. She will be forever grateful that her readers have assisted in raising the awareness into this painful and enduring evil.

An awareness that is vital in any efforts to stem this tide of inhuman acts perpetrated on the most innocent of us all … the children.

She escapes into the world of fiction in her thriller and suspense novels, continually exploring other genres such as paranormal and dystopian, and always delighting in the magical escapism offered in the written word.

She is an avid reader and reviewer who enjoys sharing the works she explores.

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Follow Suzanne online:

Facebook – @StaceyandSuzie

Twitter handle – @pursoot

Website – https://sooozburkeauthor.wordpress.com/

Book Purchase:  AMAZON

 

 

 

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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WELCOME #RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR SHERILYN POWERS!

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:

http://www.currentpsychiatry.com/home/article/depression-and-inflammation-examining-the-link/b436332438ceca4baabe8be08701d6dc.html 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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Sherilyn Powers’ contact information:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/imnotcrazyimallergic

Twitter: @SPowersINCIA

Website:  http://imnotcrazyimallergic.com


HERE ARE THE BUY LINKS…

FriesenPress: http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000009092106

Amazon: (in most Amazon locations): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011WGZT10/?tag=friesenpressc-20

B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-not-crazy-im-allergic-sherilyn-powers/1122329150?ean=2940151145718

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/i-m-not-crazy-i-m-allergic-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/im-not-crazy…-im-allergic/id1022088586?mt=11


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: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/spotlight-authors/

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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MORE LINKS:

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The “100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES” Blog Tour

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

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #1:

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 nonniejules@gmail.com, 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!!!

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #2:

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 nonniejules@gmail.com, 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 (www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com) 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!

CONTACT NONNIE VIA:

Twitter: @nonniejules
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BooksByNonnie
Blogs: www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com , www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com & www.AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

BOOKS & TRAILERS:
THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS

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DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND

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SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS

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IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC

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