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Hi, and welcome to “Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules” and “RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!”

Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules is a site designed specifically for the purpose of introducing the world to some really good reads.  After having read so many books that had been given high marks, yet weren’t deserving of those marks, Nonnie wanted to offer a forum where readers could come and trust that the reviews of the books posted were truly HONEST.   If you would like to have your book(s) reviewed by her, please submit your request by clicking here.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is a virtual book club made up of authors and readers. The reviews of the Book Club members are not necessarily the same as the reviews of the author, Nonnie Jules, and vice versa.  We encourage each of you to JOIN, especially if you are an author, as we expect  (although we cannot guarantee) that the books we select, will be  profiled and hopefully propelled to new heights via the support of the club. The more members of the club, the more successful and stronger our collective voices will be.  For more info on the club, please visit our FAQ page.

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For those of you who are new to book clubs, here is how this one works:  Once the club has made selections (our selections are posted over to the right), members are encouraged to get their copy of the selected books, read and then post their reviews on Amazon, B&N.com or whatever  forum they use for reviews.  Then, once the club meets on it’s scheduled meeting date, all members are invited to join in the discussion.  When circumstances allow, the author will also be apart of the discussion for Q & A.  Please be mindful of the club’s selections, as it is our hope to support, and propel the awareness and sales of each author during their selection period.

{The Mission and goal of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is to Profile, Promote & Propel the careers of Indie authors.  The only way that WE can do that, is by supporting each of our authors with book sales and HONEST reviews.  If you are an individual who is in the habit of skimming through the FREE sample that is given by Amazon, and then “claiming” to have purchased and read, this may not be the club for you.  We encourage and hope that each of our members will run out and “PURCHASE” (either in e-book or paperback format) the selected author’s books AND when finished with the complete read, post an honest review.  When it is your turn and your book is in that wonderful seat of being Profiled, Promoted & Propelled, you will want the same courtesy extended to you.  We proudly work on the HONORS SYSTEM here at #RRBC}.

Our mantra at RRBC is those that are most supportive here, are the ones who are most supported here.  Those who are expecting to add their name to our roster and then just disappear without making any connections within the club, or without supporting any of their fellow members, probably won’t get out of it, what they are expecting.  What you put in here, is what you’ll get out here.

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  1. I don’t know if this is the place to do this, but I’d like to thank everyone for the hurrahs and pats on the back for the my Romance Category win in the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards for ONCE IN A LIFETIME. You are the greatest, and I am still flying around on cloud nine. If it’s a sunny day where you are, look up and wave!

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  2. I guess selling is the wrong word. How can they give it away?

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  3. I have a question. How can online websites sell my book for free? They are not authorized and how did they get a PDFs of my book? I have never even heard of these places.

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    1. Joy, if they are doing it without your permission. You should contact them, inform them you are the author and rights holder, and request them to cease. If they have a copy of your book bought or downloaded free, it is not hard to convert it to PDF. It is not unknown for crooks to sell copies and that will hurt sales of genuine books. If you see any other RBBC authors books if would be helpful to let those authors know.

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  4. I just reviewed Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge by Shirley Harris-Slaughter. Shirley has one heck of a story to tell. Enjoyed it very much. Here’s the link to the review:
    https://www.amazon.com/review/R3PZWBMRZXJQSC/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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    1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Thank you so much Richie for your thoughtful review. You know I remember you talking about your whole foods health store in your blog tour and want you to know that I have been shopping at Whole Foods for a lot of years because they offer nutritional choices that the main groceries do not.

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      1. Shirley…I found your book to be a big surprise, I did not expect you to go into the natural foods realm. You went in a direction I was not expecting. Your inspiring story is one of hope.
        I have been in the biz for decades from all sides of the register, organic farmer in Maine back in the 70s, health food store owner, health food restaurant owner, health talk radio host, Whole Foods Market VP, Nutrition Counselor, Natural & Organic Skin care line….and never get tired hearing miraculous stories like yours.
        Please keep up your important work.
        Thanks~
        richie

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      2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        Richie I’m glad you can appreciate my story as we do have something in common. You were way ahead of your time. There is a guy that I talk to all the time at Whole Foods and he bought the book and read it twice. He loved it! I’m beginning to think men appreciate it much more. My one concern is that Whole Foods may be dropping some of its standards. I will be watching. Oh and some of my experiences did border on being almost miraculous. But as you know, its just using common sense to learn what is happening to our bodies.

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  5. I’ve had something on my mind the past week or so since I released my second book (Book of Joel). I dislike it, and I have plans to put it on the shelf. It falls short of my caliber, and I know I can do better. I strayed from my realm (darkness) and believe BoJ just doesn’t rate my own seal of approval-I don’t expect my readers to accept mediocre work, so I’m going back to the notebook. Book of Joel is a prequel to my debut novel, and I think even with reading my first book, it disappoints. I’ve been hearing things about Nonnie’s brutal honesty, plus she is familiar with the area (New Orleans) where BoJ takes place. If the book doesn’t have my seal, it certainly won’t earn hers.
    I’ll be doing another freebie giveaway later this week of my first book (VooDoo Souls). I apologize to anyone who downloaded the other one. I had a promotion for Book of Joel some of you snagged, and although it was free, I cost you time, and for that I’m truly sorry.
    Lesson learned though, and BoJ wasn’t a complete loss-The practice it provided is worth more than the value of the book. I have one great book, and one practice/draft that’ll propel me to send the sequel to the stars.

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    1. That’s a good way of looking at it Ezkiel:-) – there’s always a way back, even if you hit the ‘put on sale’ button way too early.
      One of the best things about being an indie author is that you don’t HAVE to keep to anyone else’s schedule and, if the reason for missing a ‘magic’ deadline is for the sake of quality, then that only reflects well on you if you know that there are things wrong that need putting right:-)
      The other best thing about being an indie author who’s also an RRBC member is that there’s a deep well of experience and empathy on tap here, with people who know how you feel and may be able to help you with suggestions or advice – writing isn’t a lonely occupation when you join this community, so reach out like this and someone is bound to chime with some good solid help.😉

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      1. Well said Jan. I am happy you took the time to put this on it’s proper perspective. Ezekiel, you are an Indie writer, and you can always withdraw your work, re-write, and post again.We all did it at one time or the other. I know, I did.:).

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      2. It’s the proper thing to do. I even went back and polished my first book, which will be uploaded by the weekend. A majority of people who read it stated that it was REALLY good for a first book. This morning, I began to ensure that the words “for a first” will be dropped from future reviews. As far as book 2-It’s not horrible, but the beginning is confusing-especially without reading the 1st novel. I also dislike the ending, and the book isn’t dark enough, alienating fans of the first one.
        I’m glad I stumbled upon this club, as I see it is very active and supportive. I also like the fact that fair reviews are conducted, and honesty is praised. I’m also going to be checking up on the “how to” books here, especially marketing because I couldn’t sell an ice cream pop in the Sahara. I’m recluse, so it’s imperative that I deliver something that will get the masses talking.

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      3. My friends all raved about my first book, which was #Shadow, so I published it and began selling it. Then, about a year later I reread it and realized it was total crap. Had I been a member of #RRBC then, I don’t think it ever would have been published. I rewrote it and it turned out okay, fortunately. I have learned so much by being involved in this club, and it will come in very handy if I can ever find the time to get back to my second book. LOL

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      4. I’ll let readers be the judge…After reading my first book (again) Book of Joel isn’t bad, because the characters are all part of a bigger picture. My girlfriend likes BoJ, but it’s not dark enough for me. My other one (first novel) is free today-Monday, so hopefully I’ll have more input soon. I just wish Book of Joel was stand-alone enjoyable, but it’s geared more towards traditional series format. Regardless, I’m REALLY pleased with the way book 3 is coming along:-)

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    2. Allison Williford

      I’m doing the same thing with Waiting for You. As much as my novel is my baby, there are parts I’m not totally satisfied with. I’m going through and rewriting some scenes, updating some formatting, and also coming out with a new cover that’s less suggestive of Romance, more suggestive of Women’s Fiction (which is the genre my novel leans towards, anyway, although it’s a mix of both).

      I kind of felt like… I don’t k now. It’s like I felt bad about going through and rewriting things in Waiting for You after self-publishing it last year.

      Your comment and everyone’s replies have make me feel 100% better about it!

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      1. As you’ve seen Alli – lots of us go back in and make changes because that’s the beauty of eBooks especially, but also PoD books as well. I know I’ve updated with typos that escaped the edits and I definitely needed to change a glossary entry which I got hiccups with whilst editing and didn’t notice until I got the first ‘proper’ print copy… man was THAT embarrassing!
        Even bestselling veterans need to get in and make second or even third or more editions, so it’s no shame and all gain if you’re improving on the original!😉

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      2. I changed a few things, mostly the same stuff-Grammar, and a few misplaced apostrophes etc. that you’d probably find, but a big part was hyperlinks. There were probably hundreds of them, and if you didn’t navigate them correctly, you’d literally get lost in the book. I also added a link to a review from another book club right in the front, so as the potential reader is sampling, they can see it. I also added end matter with links to review the book, along with information on other work/website etc.
        I spent the past couple days on it, and tomorrow I’m starting a promo. The biggest gain I could get at this point is an honest review, or even a courteous email saying to give up writing. If I can’t finagle $3 off of someone for my work, then I’m doing this for nothing other than to see my name (pseudonym of course) in lights. I just hope my work isn’t so bad that I’m embarrassing myself, and if that’s so, I REALLY need to know so I could move on. I WILL stand by my first book and say it’s a gem…certainly in my eyes, and its definitely a testament to my talent (or lack there of). I need to know what I’m doing wrong, no matter how bad. THIS club is a God send, and I feel very strongly that I’m on the path I need to be, whether the news is good, or bad. Thanks guys, SO much! Ezekiel

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  6. I just joined, and I thank everybody here for the kind words and the mentions on Twitter. I can’t wait to see what else is in store at RRBC, and connecting with other authors and readers.

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    1. Welcome to #RRBC Ezekiel, welcome to our great club.:).

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    2. Welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club. I am sure you will enjoy being a member.

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    3. Allison Williford

      I like to consider everyone here my writerly family!❤ Lots of talented writers here!

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      1. Welcome here Allison. You are in good company.:)

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  7. I just reviewed Haunted Hearts by Kim Cox. What a fun, breezy mix of paranormal, detective fic and romance. It’s free on Amazon right now, so grab your copy for a “spirited” read:)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RKODW57QLTW17/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00V2NSKA6

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  8. I reviewed the Bloody Shoe Affair by Joy York. It really took me back to summers spent reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. Well worth a look.:)

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  9. Congratulations to Lori Soard for winning Push Tuesday award. I’ve pushed you forward on Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, Facebook Book Clubs (at least 15 of them) my blog and my writing group. I picked up your book; unfortunately, very timely.
    I have a few books to review first, but you’re on my reading list.

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  10. Thank you so much for choosing me to be Member of the Month. I am so excited, though I still can’t believe it. Thank you once again everyone.

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    1. Allison Williford

      Congrats on making Member of the Month!😀

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    2. Congratulations, Eileen! I’m so happy for you and will share the good news on Twitter.

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  11. Thank you so much for selecting The Bloody Shoe Affair as a Book of the Month! I am delighted and grateful for your support! Joining this club and being apart of its talented and encouraging group of authors has been amazing and so much more than I could have ever anticipated.

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    1. Congratulations, Joy! I am so happy for you and will share this wonderful news on Twitter.

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  12. thanks sooooo much for picking me for #PushTuesday … you guys rock… good luck to everyone on their wordage… see you guys later… I cant wait to support each of you when you reach one of the many RRBC milestones…

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  13. I want to thank all of you for your comments regarding sex and violence in my book. You guys and gals are the greatest. The comments were very helpful and made me feel much better about what I write. I do try to let everyone know that my book is rated R for sex and violence. If sex or violence might offend you, I want you to know up front that my book has it, and in detail. You have the choice to not read my book beforehand.

    There are no photos to offend and I do not advertise using offensive photos or language. And there are no F-bombs in my book. I don’t like those much either, and I don’t talk that way. If on the rare occasion I use an F-bomb, you will know it will be necessary to get a point across.

    With your reinforcing remarks, I will continue to write the way I want to write, but I am taking notes on the minor problems people have mentioned with my book. Most have loved it the way it is, but there will be improvements. There will be sex and violence, my stories will be long and detailed, but I will try to speed the story along a little more next time. Some didn’t like the cliffhanger and I will tidy up the ending in the sequel. The fact that the book ended with Reggie acting out of character made one gal mad, but she gave the book 5 stars because it made her angry. The sequel will certainly make some angry as well. The outline is done, the main characters are done and the fact that I cut out the last 3 chapters from Into Autumn, gave me a start to the sequel. The title will be “Into Spring” and will stir emotions across the spectrum. That’s how I write.

    Changing the subject, joining RRBC was the best decision I’ve made to date, and that is all because of YOU. Without exception, everyone has been so supportive and responsive. You guys and gals make me watery eyed from time to time by just how GREAT you are! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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    1. This is why I always bill RRBC recruitment tweets as ‘the BEST book community on the Planet!’ – because we are!
      For the record – all the best books, including, or even especially, fiction, reflect life honestly and authentically, wart’s an’ all! If the story call for sex, violence or cursing then it’s valid to include them – it’s why the Dollar movies changed Westerns where the heroes always wore white hats and their horses were always clean and shiny forever!😉

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    2. Please don’t change the cliffhanger just because someone didn’t like it! I LOVE cliffhangers!😀 In fact, my novels all end with cliffhangers. Sure, my readers hate me and wish me virtual diarrhea (lol!) but they LOVE fantasizing about what is going to happen in the next one. My book two also angered some of my readers, but I’m okay with that. It tells me that they are vested into my story for the long run. My series has five books in it, and I know the ending of book five (and no, it’s not a cliffhanger…lol!). Those who fall in love with my characters will finish the last book knowing that it was all worth it.

      I, too, read my reviews and critically go back and fix what needs fixing. I love when readers are brutally honest. One reviewer said my first book needed editing. At first, I was dumbfounded because I had had eight different people, including English teachers (who edit with “the red pen” for a living) and a professional editor look it over. Later, after writing book two and halfway through book three, I went back to read book one to make sure that I was staying consistent with the characters. I had remembered that review and decided to read book one with a careful eye, and I had to groan at some of the errors that I found. I immediately went back to book one and slowly went though it to find what needed fixing. It was a humbling experience, but if it hadn’t been for my honest reviews, I may not have given it much thought.

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  14. Thanks so much for making me Member of the Week! It was such a lovely surprise. If anyone wants to grab my book on sale. it’s $0.99 this week in gratitude for the honor.

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