JOY NWOSU LO-BAMIJOKO was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. She is the 5th of 7 children of her parents. Joy was born into a musical family.
Now retired, she was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome and she obtained her Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Michigan, USA.
Joy has written and published extensively in national and international scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.
Joy joined RRBC in early 2014 and has been an uber-supportive member since day one. She serves on the TWEET SUPPORT TEAM and is the 1st member in the club to reach 100 books, read and reviewed. She won the 2015 MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD as well as 1st place and a $200 Amazon Gift Card in our TOP REVIEWER category, also for 2015! Joy will now serve our membership as Recruitment Director!
Hello, I’m JOHN W. HOWELL and I’m currently living on Mustang Island, which is off the coast of South Texas, with my wife and our rescue pets. I’ve been here since wrapping up a career in business. My jobs have taken me to all three coasts, as well as several assignments in the Midwest. Having lived in so many places, I’ve been fortunate to experience the diversity of cultures our country has to offer. Once I was able to retire (when last child was out of college), I pursued my passion for writing full time. I have written four books in the last three years. Two have been published (MY GRL) and (HIS REVENGE) and the other two are in various stages of preparedness (OUR JUSTICE & CIRCUMSTANCES OF CHILDHOOD). Other than writing, my favorite thing to do is support my fellow members of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! I serve on the Tweet Support Team and also am Host of “SPOTLIGHT” HONORS, one of the club’s RAVE WAVES BlogTalk Radio segments. I am honored to serve as Co-Host to two of the other segments, ASPIRE TO INSPIRE as well as co-host of TAG TEAM 2*4*5. It is truly an honor to serve as part of the SPECIALIZED SUPPORT TEAM of RRBC, and I look forward to serving the membership.
Hi, I’m Amie O’Brien, your new host of the RAVE WAVES “BEHIND THE PEN” SHOW! Raised in the south with a dream of California, I somehow managed to trade it all for the land they call “Pure Michigan.” I spend most of my days tucked snugly into my home office where I work for an international development nonprofit. When not helping families living in hard-to-reach places, I sink into my writer’s trance, lovingly craft stories that take place in 19th century Ottoman Empire, and devour any books that pride themselves on first love and second chances.
Married for two decades now to an awesome man and dirt bike enthusiast, my passions are mostly travel, horseback riding, and spending time on the boat with our son and daughter.
To learn more about me and my writing, visit www.themerchantspearl.com where you can subscribe to my newsletter. Want to know me even better and practically travel around in my back pocket? Follow me on Twitter via @merchantspearl