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Welcome #RRBCSpotlightAuthor Suzanne Burke!

Spotlight Blog #8 Final Post


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.


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.


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.




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.


Follow Suzanne online:

Facebook – @StaceyandSuzie

Twitter handle – @pursoot

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

Book Purchase:  AMAZON





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.




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1st place – Lisa Kirazian
(1) 10.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD!!

2nd place – Yvette M. Calleiro

3rd place – Beem Weeks
1 Autographed paperback copy of CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!

4th place – Lizzie Chantree


HERE ARE MY SELECTIONS: A little something about me, and a blurb to acquaint you to what the titles are about. 



I’ve been an Indie Author since 2007 when I came out with my very first book, Our Lady of Victory, The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community. I wrote it because I felt that our history was about to be lost forever and I had a strong urge, that I couldn’t shake, to make sure it didn’t happen. I re-published again under a different publisher and had a Facebook Re-Launch Party to introduce it through 4WillsPublishing. It has been an amazing journey.

Upon learning what these amazing pioneers did was a source of pride for me. We didn’t see much in our lives to be proud of and so any little found nugget was a delight. When I met Nonnie Jules on Twitter, it was the beginning of a wonderful relationship. She had a vision and my book was about to get some long overdue recognition. Plus she was a part of an elite few to give me an honest review. Before RRBC, people who did a review mostly wrote like they had to tell a story and do a lot of embellishment. You really have to know how to write a genuine review. And so I appreciated Nonnie so much for being so real. It started a conversation that I had been dying to have. Like most of us authors I was on my own, not realizing that in helping others I would help myself. Such a novel concept, but it works. I’m glad I found that out.BetterCoverImage



When we came of school age, my brother, sister, and I started attending George Washington Carver Elementary School. While living in Royal Oak Township we were not exposed to door to door evangelization. Here is how my mother found out about the church. For some time she had noticed a young boy walking, very early in the morning, past our two-story housing project unit at 10729 Hinsdale Court. He wore blue pants, a white shirt and a tie. She was so impressed with his appearance that she just had to find out where he was going. She stopped him one morning and asked. He told her that he was attending the new school affiliated with Our Lady of Victory Church. My parents immediately sought out this church and started taking instructions, because they wanted us enrolled in the school. Mother was doing just what the other parents were doing—looking for a good education for her children. The boy’s name was Frank Cryer, and we became classmates. Walking to school dressed in a uniform was a kind of evangelization, because it sure made an impression on our mother. As soon as the school doors opened, we were right there. Around this time my whole family started attending and preparing to become baptized Catholics…



My second book was created out of a need to share personal traumas experienced in a relationship gone bad; and life examples of the health problems that ensued from it. This book was never supposed to see the “light of day” but stranger things have happened.

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I recall one night, while preparing my baby son for bed, I sat down and laid him on my chest to rock him to sleep. Suddenly, I started to feel this tightness in my chest. It felt like I was being squeezed and it got worse and worse until I was writhing in agony and pain. I had difficulty breathing. I tried and tried but I just couldn’t get enough air in my lungs. My mother called for help, but when the police arrived and offered to take me down to Detroit Receiving Hospital, she exclaimed:  “Over my dead body! You are not taking my daughter downtown!” At that time, Receiving Hospital had a reputation for admitting a lot of violent criminals and crime victims and she didn’t want me in that environment. So the officers left. Fortunately, they returned with the decision to take me somewhere closer to my mother’s home. We rode to Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, right in our neighborhood. The doctors went through the normal line of questioning, including personal inquiries about my marital status. When I told them I was separated from my husband, they all looked at me with the same sympathetic but knowing expression on their faces…



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!



Rave Reviews Book Club put together this powerful anthology of the member’s works. I entered in two categories and WON!! I was so thrilled to have my work validated this way. Here are the winning entries…

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


The 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!

Excerpt from A Walk Down Memory Lane

I will never forget being introduced to my own father. I didn’t know him because he was gone more than he was there. So we didn’t get the chance to bond with him. He told us to call him daddy. I looked at mother and she nodded her head in approval. I couldn’t believe she did that nor did I believe that he was my father. But I had to do what I was told. So I called him daddy – reluctantly. I never forgot that moment because it was traumatic. He had no one to blame but himself for this predicament. He actually seemed a bit annoyed that we didn’t draw closer to him. He was a stranger! How do you forget something like that?


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Thank you so much for stopping by and joining the Party.  Do share your comments and do stop by again. Please share this post on your way out.

I’ll see you at the next stop of the #RRBC BOOK and BLOG BLOCK PARTY!   

Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author

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Shirley Harris-Slaughter


On a Sunday, a couple of weeks ago, I stood up at mass and asked the pastor, “Why has the Catholic Church not taken a stand against the Charleston 9 shootings? Why hasn’t the Church extolled the virtues of  the families of the victims, who forgave the murderer, that finally brought down the confederate flag?”

It was a lesson missed.

The Monsignor responded to my question by telling me of the communication that went out to the media and other outlets talking about this issue. He said they will be talking about race during “REVIVE DETROIT” coming  in August. The first of three evangelization initiatives called Amazing Grace, Overcoming Race will begin August 20th at St. Scholastica. The second initiative takes place at Presentation/Our Lady of Victory housed in St. Scholastica’s chapel.

That was not a satisfactory answer about an issue that has captured the country’s attention; and nothing he can say will ever justify a missed opportunity to teach a vital lesson to the masses. It’s like a dead silence has enveloped the church. How could they not say something? Because that is the way the Catholic Church is. When they should have spoken out against all the atrocities that have been committed over the years, they never spoke out against anything or stood out to take the lead in doing the right thing. They remained silent and became part of the problem.

At another time, the monsignor did take a stand against same-sex marriage at a Sunday mass. He told us in no uncertain terms that the Church stands for marriage between a man and a woman. I know this same stance was preached around the country. The Leaders of the Church made sure we understood this lesson.

When I wrote my book, Our Lady of Victory, The Saga of an African American Catholic Community I had no idea that I would be digging up racial hurt and pain; and I was surprised to learn things that I wasn’t supposed to know about. Imagine my disappointment in learning that the Church was sometimes the culprit in many transgressions that were committed. No wonder there are so few Blacks in the Catholic Church. You go where you are welcomed and cared for. Many Rave Reviews Book Club members stated that they never knew there were Blacks in the Catholic Church. Maybe they need to ask themselves, “Why?” To me it was a shocking revelation.

 It’s a real shame that I have doubts about the only Church I ever knew and I am one step away from leaving the Church altogether. I need help because my faith is really being tested now. All of this is very painful and hard to take.

My son has always been a responsible father and husband, and I worry about him constantly because of what is going on across the country with police brutality. I worry about all our daughters too. They just killed a woman days ago and her name has been added to the rallying cry. She was on her way to her new job and was stopped, slammed to the ground and found hanging in her cell dead. The police said she committed suicide. Her family and friends aren’t buying it. No one in the community is buying it either. This can happen to anyone – anywhere. Who is safe?

These atrocities are happening while the Church is silent and has remained silent when it should be speaking out and taking a stand as the moral authority.

It is another lesson missed.

Email: sharrislaughter@gmail.com
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