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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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      1. Thanks, Gordon. I will try to contact them. If I find any other RRBC authors I’ll let everyone know. My publisher is Bookbaby and they are very professional and gave me access to most all name book sellers.

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    2. My contract it with legitimate book seller. It does include book whole sellers . My publisher said that is how bookstores are purchasing it and retailers like Target and Walmart are selling it online. What I’m worried about is someone copying it and giving it away and I don’t get the money or sales. Like Gordon said below, they may not be legitimate sales…crooks.

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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. 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. It 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. I apologize to anyone who downloaded the other one. I had a promotion for my book 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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  15. I have a question for my fellow #RRBC members. I talked with an acquaintance last night regarding her book club. She told me that while she didn’t mind a book with killing in it, her book club as a whole would not even consider a book in which someone was killed. My book has murder, killing and explicit sex. Her comment got me thinking about #RRBC. Do any of you have the same feelings? Please answer honestly. I will not blackball you for your answer. I do not read scary books as I am a nighttime dreamer and scary books give me nightmares. I can understand if you do not like the killing and sex. You do not need to have read my book to answer this post. Thank you for your honesty.

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    1. Love books with murder and killing. I also love spooky. My books are romantic suspense and paranormal mystery, but mine aren’t really scary although they do have ghosts. My husband doesn’t like scary either. He can watch it during the day but not at night when it’s the most fun.

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      1. Larry, I don’t mind a bit of blood, but I detest too much of it. About explicit sex, as long as it not all EROTICA. I don’t feel comfortable with it. As long as it is good literature, I will read and review any book.

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    2. Hi Larry. Killing and sex does not bother me. In my opinion, you need to remember one thing. You can’t please all the people all the time. For every one book club that may not accept your book, there are probably 10 out there that will. It’s good to have a general knowledge of what people want and like, but if you spend all of your time worrying about pleasing the masses with everything you write, you won’t have much time for writing. My suggestion is write what you are comfortable with. That is where your best work will come from.

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      1. Excellent advice, Marc.

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    3. My only issue is with promoting explicit pictures/wording and some of the violent ones on social media and that mostly because of children but it can be offensive and awkward to open your phone at a meeting and have explicit sex photos or verbage jumping out at you (had it happen to me! )

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    4. I agree with Marc. There is a great diversity of readers and you cannot write to suit every taste. Write what you want to write., and let the readers decide.

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    5. Hi Larry. I thought long and hard about whether or not to tone down the second book in my series so that it might reach more readers. I decided that if I did, it would not be giving an honest read to the people who like my boys the way that they are. Not everyone will like every book. Just write what you feel, and the right readers will find you.

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    6. One of my favorite authors is (non-member), and her books all have killing and sex, both of which are described in great detail at times. Only one of those books has disturbed me, and it was when the murder involved children (the character was also deeply disturbed by the event). I’ve read other books that mention a death/killing but don’t go into great detail. I think what I focus on is the depth of the story and how the scene ties into the plot.

      You write what you write. As others have commented, there are different people out there for everyone. Some people are more sensitive than others, and they will find books that appeal to their tastes. That being said, death is a part of life. And killings happen. I mean, even Disney has some intense deaths in its movies (Mufasa, anyone?). And if killings didn’t sell, why are horror books so popular (Stephen King just to name one)?

      Honor your friend in her book club’s choices, and honor yourself in writing what you write. There is plenty of space in this world for all of us.🙂

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    7. First and foremost I write thrillers but they do include explicit sex and violence. The books we read are a matter of personal taste and everyone is different so it would be very difficult to write a book that suited all tastes! I think most people love a good story with interesting characters and if it also includes some sex and violence that is okay because the reader is engaged with the book. I like to read gritty stories, which often include sex/violence but I don’t like bad stories that include sex /violence just because the author thinks it will sell books. Fortunately there are plenty of readers who love a good story and are not averse to some sex and violence.

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    8. My books have violence and some sexual content. I do warn people in my book description, because for some people it could be upsetting. But as others have said, you can’t necessarily please everyone with every book.

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      1. I read all genre A.M. , no matter how uncomfortable they make me, but I will complain if they are too explicit. :0.

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    9. In real life, there is sex, violence, and even murder. There is a dark side to life that makes the news every night. I personally have never visited the Island of Gumdrops and Unicorns. But I understand this is a real place for many people. They want nice, happy stories where characters never get hurt, never die, and they certainly never have sex.

      Those types of stories are fine. There is a market for them. I’ve even written a short story or two where it’s just a happy story getting told. But honestly, I prefer the stories that reflect real life. It’s a matter of personal preference. The really amazing thing about living in a free society is, we have that choice. We can choose to read the light and airy stories that put us in great moods. We can also choose to read–or write–those stories that leave us troubled, disturbed, angry, aroused, or feeling a little dirty. In one of my favorite reviews of Jazz Baby, the reviewer says she felt the need to take a long bath upon finishing the book. That’s a reaction!

      If a person is not comfortable reading something dark or edgy or violent or sexually explicit, then don’t buy that book. Don’t read it. Don’t review it. It really is that simple. As for a book club refusing such material, the head of any book club has that right of refusal. Period.

      I won’t write to another person’s taste. I won’t consider another person’s suggestion to change this or that in any story I write. Because then it would cease to be my own creation. It would be tainted.

      And for the record, I love a great feel-good story. I just won’t limit myself to that one genre.

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    10. Allison Williford

      I love murder mysteries! While I’m not a huge fan of total overkill on the gory scenes (pun somewhat intended), I do enjoy a good murder mystery. I think it’s good to leave some of it to the imagination. I agree with Bill and Beem — we can’t write to make everyone happy.

      On the train of thought in regards to sex, another question for y’all…

      While I do write Romance, I am actually not a fan of Erotica, nor do I write explicit sex scenes. Even if I *were* into writing erotica, all I could think would be, “Oh God, my mom might read this.” When I was working with beta readers on Waiting for You, one of them actually said she didn’t like that there was no explicit sex scenes; that because it is in the Romance genre, it SHOULD have at least one sex scene in it. Thoughts? When you decide to pick up a Romance novel, do you expect sex scenes?

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      1. Hey Allison,

        My girlfriend talked me into writing a romance and so I did some research on the different types they had. Some have no sex, some have only implied and some go quite a bit further. I think as Harlequin is a leader in the romance industry the fact that your book has no explicit sex scenes should be fine too! As others have said before, write what you are comfortable with. I find that once I go too far outside my comfort zone all of my characters go on strike and refuse to participate.🙂

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      2. Allison Williford

        When I set out writing Waiting for You, I actually had no intentions of it being a romance! It was originally intended to be just Women’s Fiction, a story about Kylie’s learning to grieve her mother’s death and overcome depression. Adam demanded to be in the story. Sex is implied just a few times. I wanted it to be more about the trials and obstacles they overcome in their relationship, rather than the physical aspects.

        I totally agree with you on writing in your comfort zone. Again, I don’t think I could write erotica. All I’d ever think is about my mother reading it. Haha. More power to those who do, though!

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      3. Hi Allison. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but when I read a romance novel I do not expect nor want explicit sex. I do like implied sex, and I really like R rated sex, but if I want anything x-rated I will read an erotic novel. Which I very rarely do. Lol I don’t know why, but to me romance is about everything leading up to sex. I am okay with sex in romance novels as long as its not too explicit. I do enjoy explicit sex scenes in other genres of novels, but in a romance book I prefer it to be alittle less graphic.

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      4. Allison Williford

        Same! I enjoy the emotional roller coaster in romances. Which is maybe why I like thrillers too…? lol

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      5. Allison, I think you’re right about thrillers. I love them and I think it is because of the wide range of emotions that a good thriller will bring out in me. 😃

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      6. The first draft of my first book was a mystery. I’d never heard of romantic suspense but it did have romance in it so I decided to switch the genre after reading a bunch of them. I never cared to read Harlequin books much. I started a few but lost interest. I used to love (book not listed in our catalog) and read a lot of (Non-Member Author’s) books. One of her books, over half of it took place in a closet during a hurricane. I was astonished how she pulled that off. I don’ t like writing sex scenes and my next romance won’t have any sex scenes.

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      7. Thrillers and romance go together like eggs and bacon because that roller coaster you both mention goes into sensory overdrive. Everything’s heightened and physical as the heart races through those chases and the adrenalin rush when it’s all over and your heroes ()or not) need something earthy to… pull them down to earth again!😉
        I agree with Rhani that ‘pure’ romance doesn’t need the blow by blow athletics, or even a little hint of it, but when there are spectacular thrills involved, you need to rev up the explosives on all fronts, including the passionate one!😉

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      8. Jan, you said that so well! 😃

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      9. The emotions are far more important to me than the sex! I personally don’t mind whether a romance has sex scenes or not, though I do skim when there are pages upon pages of it! That said, unless a romance is described as sweet, most readers will expect to find some sex scenes. I’ve had my own books given a lower rating because there wasn’t enough sex!

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      10. Allison Williford

        Yeah, I just got a not-so-great review because there were no sex scenes.😦

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      11. Allison, really? That sucks. Where are the readers/reviewers who like “clean” reads? You and I are opposites, ‘cuz I occasionally get dinged for having too much sex. Lol I guess it all boils down to writing what you write, and letting the readers who will like your work find you.

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      12. Allison, what is the name of your book? I looked at one that you had written, but the reviews were great! So maybe I was looking at the wrong one.

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      13. Allison Williford

        Waiting for You. The reviewer had posted it on her blog. I don’t think she’s posted it on Amazon yet.

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      14. Wow. Lol Well, at least she said some good stuff about it. Is the reviewer a writer also?

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      15. Allison Williford

        I don’t think so, as far as I know.

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      16. Allison, thanks so much for following my WordPress blog. I have followed yours also. I also liked your Facebook page. Given the way rhat the post read, I didn’t think she was a writer. I did notice that it wasn’t a lack of sex that she was complaining about, it was a lack of romance. So maybe there was something in that area that was missing for her. But she did say some pretty wonderful things, aside from that, so overall I would call it a good review.

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      17. I was thinking of your two bundles of trouble when I wrote it Rhani!😛

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      18. Bundles of trouble… Hmmm… I like that! 😃

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  16. Just wanted to say thanks for the Member of the Week honor!

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  17. Hi everyone. My book, Love’s Child, is free for TODAY only, 6/02/2916. Grab your copy here! Love’s Child by Lizzie Chantree http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B011236ZC0/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdo_qGGTwb0WP8BXD via @AmazonUK

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    1. Thank you Lizzie, I got my copy.🙂

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      1. That’s wonderful! Thank you. I hope you enjoy the read:)

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  18. Thank you RRBC and Nonnie Jules for this great honour. I am delighted, and greatly appreciated the support.

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  19. A friendly reminder to Maureen and Eileen AND ALL OUR MEMBERS on where to post your review news. You need to follow these guidelines below when posting your reviews, ELSE YOU MAY NOT GET CREDITED FOR THEM IF THEY GO ANYWHERE ELSE! as it’s our reception and general information page.

    PLEASE POST YOUR PURCHASES, READS AND REVIEWS ON THE MAIN ‘BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS FOR REVIEW PAGE’. THANK YOU!

    The reason for this is that our Catalog Co-ordinator Beem Weeks is spread pretty thin and, if you post away from the main catalog pages, he may not pick up that you’ve done the review and so you won’t get credited for it…

    ALSO BE SURE TO EMAIL BEEM at ravereviewsbookclub@gmail.com as well as sharing your reviews on the MAIN CATALOG page – that way your efforts definitely won’t be missed!😉

    THE CATALOG PAGES are for RRBC MEMBERS ONLY and cannot be accessed by non-members (which is why we have this page to use for inquiries and introductions) – the access code is given in your membership information when you join up, and thereafter is periodically updated in the WEEKLY CLUB UPDATE newsletter.
    If for any reason you cannot access the Catalog pages please NOTIFY MARLENA HAND by email (see the CONTACT US page in this tab) so this can by remedied.

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  20. Maureen K. Howard

    Recently, I read If Only There Was Music…The Poetry of Forbidden Love by Nonnie Jules and Giani Jordan. I spent a bit of time writing a thoughtful, honest review, and then…my computer froze and it disappeared! I was so mad that I haven’t yet gotten around to recomposing my thoughts, but I promise I will soon.
    I also read and reviewed Our Lady of Victory: The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community by Shirley Harris-Slaughter.
    I am proud to be a member of this wonderful club and must say I am stretching the bounds of my reading repertoire. The book trailer party introduced me to such a long list of must-read authors. I loved being a part of it!
    Next up-Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks.
    *My plan for the new year is to alternate between kindle and paper books. I’m doing several challenges, and so far have read 3 books (It’s only January 7, so I’m pumped for the rest of the year.
    Happy and Blessed New Year Everyone!

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  21. I have just purchased a copy of “KILL DEVIL: MYSTERY OF THE CANE” by P. J. ERICKSON. I hope to get a chance to read it very soon.

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  22. Just picked up a copy of Wizard of Dreams. Can’t wait to start reading.

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  23. Happy New Year everyone. It certainly is for me. So excited to be the first PUSH TUESDAY winner of 2016. Thanks to all for your wonderful support.

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    1. Welcome, PJ to Rave Reviews Book Club. Yes, you are right it is exciting to be the first #PushTuesday winner of the year. Congratulations!

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    2. I have just downloaded a copy your novel.🙂

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  24. Sorry all, major computer issues! Trying to get them fixed for promoting club members but nothing is working. Can’t attach pictures to tweets, or emails so I have no ability to make changes. Working with my anti-virus provider and an IT friend. Hope to be back soon!

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    1. I hate it when my PC goes rogue on me, Sherilyn – internet issues in particular, as I get withdrawal pangs from not being able to get to my fave haunts like RRBC so easily…. Hope your friend and the provider are able to sort you out very soon!😀

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      1. Thanks Jan! All fixed and back in business! Let the promoting begin!

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      2. Glad to have back with us Sherilyn😀

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  25. Happy New Year to you all! May 2016 be a great year.

    Also, if anyone is reading these messages today, could someone please explain how I can gift an ebook? I can’t find anywhere that allows me to add a different email or Kindle address. It only seems to show ‘Eileen’s Kindle’ It’s all so frustrating!! Thank you.

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    1. Happy New Year Eileen – I’m pasting your Kindle query over on the ‘Peer Support’ page as Amazon are pretty quirky on how you can gift specific eBooks (although I know that it can be done in the US, it’s dependent on which national Amazon site your account is with)…

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    2. Eileen, if you are in the Uk you cannot gift ebooks. It’s so frustrating. All you can do is send an Amazon gift card for the book amount.

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      1. Thank you, Jan. I am in the UK so am with Amazon.co.uk. Perhaps they don’t allow it over here. Not sure why they don’t, though, as I would be paying for the book so they wouldn’t be losing out.

        Anyway, thanks again for your help. Happy New Year x

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      2. Thank you, Michelleddiane. Just picked up your message when I replied to Jan and somehow my reply has gone into your box! Ha ha
        Yes it is very frustrating! Happy New Year! x

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    3. Hi Eileen,
      It is frustrating not to be able to gift books from the UK. I spoke to Amazon about it a while ago and they said they were trying to make this service available to UK authors, but it would take some time to put into action.

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    4. Hey Eileen,

      I just found out it is the same for Canada! There is a long convoluted way of doing it but I think I’m just going to get a good friend in the US to buy them for me and send them out to the people I need them to go to!

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  26. Wishing everyone a world of happiness, health, joy and success in 2016 – and Peace on Earth.

    Cheers and Happy New Year!!

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  27. Happy New Year to Rave Reviews Book club members. May the new year bring health, happiness, and lots of book sales to all!

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Rachel and all other Rave Review Book Club members. I found an appropriate quote today that I liked, “A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your choice to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year.” Unknown Author

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  28. IMPORTANT UPDATE************************************************************************************

    Please note that the Kindle formatting issues first brought to my attention by Nonnie then several others are currently being addressed.

    These items were not present in the 1st edition of my book – Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty – but unfortunately surfaced when some updates were added.

    Discussions with KDP have resulted in another “Kindle Conversion” through Createspace. Since the company does not offer an “expedite service” project completion is slated to be done by year end.

    I sincerely regret the distraction and inconvenience this brought to your reading pleasure.

    Please know I am dedicated to making all necessary and appropriate changes.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    1. “Kindle Conversion” was complete and uploaded 12/22/15, I am happy to report. Thanks for your consideration. Book is $2.99 on Kindle.

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  29. I just posted a review of Brain Injury by Alan J Cooper on amazon.com and GR, as well as on my blog and facebook. Will also tweet.

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  30. Just left 5 star for
    Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty Kindle Edition
    by Peggy Hattendorf. Son of My FATHER is a great read that captured my attention right from the start until the very end with a twist and thrill flavour. Recommend to read.
    Thanks
    Anna

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    1. I’m pleased you enjoyed my book. Thank you for your kind words and wonderful review.

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  31. Posted Amazon review for “Designing Samantha’s Love ” by author P.J. Fiala. Liked a story about “finding true love” in the second half of life.

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  32. Natalie Ducey, Congrats on being the lucky winner for #PUSHTUESDAY! I just posted to FB, and Twitter to show my support! Also added your book to my bookstore and will send out a book blog post for you as well. I will also share the links via FB and Twitter. Congrats again! and good luck with sales!
    Margaret D.

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  33. Just posted my 4 Star review of Kim Cox’s Haunted Hearts!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Haunted Hearts. You support is much appreciated.

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      1. And glad you liked Haunted Hearts.

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    2. Hi William🙂 Like I was saying to Lisa below, you need to follow these guidelines when posting your reviews, else you will not get credited for them if they go on this page, as it’s more about what the club does
      A reminder about where to keep us up to date with your reviewing activity…

      PLEASE POST YOUR PURCHASES, READS AND REVIEWS ON THE MAIN ‘BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS FOR REVIEW PAGE’. THANK YOU!

      The reason for this is that Beem’s spread pretty thin and if you post away from the main catalog pages he may not pick up that you’ve done the review and so you won’t get credited for it…

      ALSO BE SURE TO EMAIL BEEM at ravereviewsbookclub@gmail.com as well as sharing your reviews on the MAIN CATALOG page – that way your efforts won’t be missed!😉

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  34. Thanks so much Nonnie, for the Push Tuesday spot. Much appreciated!

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  35. I want to thank the Rave Review Book Club for selecting me last week as Member of the Week. The support I have received from the club and membership has been fantastic. I can’t express how much I appreciate the tweets, retweets and kind words. I highly recommend the club and am thankful to be a part of it!

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    1. Joy Y, you are so very welcome and so very deserving! Can’t wait to see you sit in an even grander seat! Keep up the great support!

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  36. Am reading ‘Beyond Vica’ Enjoying so far. Sorry to be behind with reviews.. Will get them posted as soon as..

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  37. Hi All: I’m reading Chuck Sambuchino’s book “Create Your Writer Platform.” Great advice to all indy authors. If anyone is interested in starting a conversation about platform, please e-mail me and I’ll start a group. All are welcome! pruchnra@rowan.edu

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  38. Sorry last link didn’t post properly.
    I have just posted a review for Finding Liam: Prossers Bay Series by Cheryl Phipps
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RW4WOASBU8RRD/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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    1. Hi Lizzie🙂 I think you may have posted these last comment here by mistake? If not then you need to follow these guidelines else you will not get credited for the reviews.
      A reminder about where to keep us up to date with your reviewing activity…

      PLEASE POST YOUR PURCHASES, READS AND REVIEWS ON THE MAIN ‘BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS FOR REVIEW PAGE’. THANK YOU!

      The reason for this is that Beem’s spread pretty thin and if you post away from the main catalog pages he may not pick up that you’ve done the review and so you won’t get credited for it…

      ALSO BE SURE TO EMAIL BEEM at ravereviewsbookclub@gmail.com as well as sharing your reviews on the MAIN CATALOG page – that way your efforts won’t be missed!😉

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    2. Thanks Jan. I think I must have posted these notices of my reviews in my sleep! I will post them on the correct page!

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  39. I have just posted a review for Finding Liam: Prossers Bay Series by Cheryl Phipps (Author)https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RW4WOASBU8RRD/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  40. Last night I began reading Beyond Vica. I didn’t stop until I read the whole book. It was such a beautiful story about deep friendships. I cared about the characters and could easily relate. I posted a 5 star review on Amazon for T.C. booth’s lovely story.

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    1. Hi Joy. Your comment intrigued me enough to check out Beyond Vica, & I ended up buying it. I’m looking forward to the read. Thanks for letting us know about this book. 😃

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      1. Your welcome! Have a great day! Enjoy!

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    2. Hi Joy🙂 I think you may have posted these last comments here by mistake? If not then you need to follow these guidelines below else you will not get credited for the reviews.
      A reminder about where to keep us up to date with your reviewing activity…

      PLEASE POST YOUR PURCHASES, READS AND REVIEWS ON THE MAIN ‘BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS FOR REVIEW PAGE’. THANK YOU!

      The reason for this is that Beem’s spread pretty thin and if you post away from the main catalog pages he may not pick up that you’ve done the review and so you won’t get credited for it…

      ALSO BE SURE TO EMAIL BEEM at ravereviewsbookclub@gmail.com as well as sharing your reviews on the MAIN CATALOG page – that way your efforts won’t be missed!😉

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      1. Thanks, Jan. I emailed Been. Have a great weekend.

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  41. Just left a 5 Star review on Amazon for Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy and Pacifyin’ Is For Kids by Nonnie Jules. Really enjoyed and very inspirational!

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  42. Hi there (again) new and not so new guys😀 A reminder about where to keep us up to date with your reviewing activity…

    PLEASE POST YOUR PURCHASES, READS AND REVIEWS ON THE MAIN ‘BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS FOR REVIEW PAGE’. THANK YOU!

    The reason for this is that Beem’s spread pretty thin and if you post away from the main catalog pages he may not pick up that you’ve done the review and so you won’t get credited for it…

    ALSO BE SURE TO EMAIL BEEM at ravereviewsbookclub@gmail.com as well as sharing your reviews on the MAIN CATALOG page – that way your efforts won’t be missed!😉

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  43. Just finished reading Chelo Diaz-Ludd’s book “The Second Crack.” Really enjoyed it. Amazon review posted.

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    1. Hi Rachel – please see my post above as there’s a chance that your review won’t get logged🙂

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  44. Purchased, read, and reviewed as “SUMMER” Beyond Vica by TC Booth http://www.amazon.com/review/R3QHLPISGQOXNM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm Have purchased and am reading Christa Nardi’s Murder at Cold Creek College next.

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    1. Hi Anna – please see my post above as there’s a chance that your review won’t get logged🙂

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  45. Downloaded Dragon Fireside Tales! Will be reading it very soon!

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    1. Hi Anna – please see my post above as there’s a chance that your review won’t get logged🙂

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  46. Have downloaded ‘Dragon Fireside Tales’ by Adam Boustead. Plus ‘Beyond Vica’ by T.C Booth. Two of the July Book Of Month titles. Am on holiday next week, so hope to try and get through my ginormous TBR list.
    Downloading Our books is the best way to show support for All our authors…

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    1. Couldn’t agree more with you Jean –😀
      Don’t forget to post your review in the BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS FOR REVIEW (Catalog) page and to email Beem Weeks when you’ve read our 2 lovely BoMs🙂

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  47. Have just reviewed ‘The Place we went to Yesterday’ by Lisa Mauro. An enjoyable read.
    Trying to catch up with my backlog.

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    1. Hi Jean – I know what you mean as I’m constantly playing ‘catch-up’ these days!
      However, please see my top post above as there’s a chance that your review won’t get logged unless you also emailed Beem🙂

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