Hi, I’m MICHELLE ABBOTT. I’ve lived all my life in the UK. I’m a mother to two awesome children who are now adults. My own mother regularly took me to the library as a child, so I’ve grown up with a love of reading. I’ve enjoyed writing ever since I was old enough to hold a pen. I remember winning a writing contest at school and being too nervous to go on stage to collect my prize; my father had to accept the prize on my behalf. I’m no longer so shy, but I’m still somewhat of an introvert. I’ve written three new adult romance books, my latest being JUST STAY, which I published in May. I’m currently working on my fourth book. I love the support we get from RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and I’m delighted to serve in the role of “HOSPITALITY” Co-ordinator!
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!
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.
Hi, I’m Ron Yates, host of Rave Waves Radio’s “SPOTLIGHT HONORS” show. I am an author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels. Before turning to historical fiction, I was a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor of Journalism at the University of Illinois where I was also the Dean of the College of Media.
My book, “The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles,” is the second in my “Finding Billy Battles” trilogy. I am honored to say it was the 2017 Grand Prize Gold Winner in the KCT International Literary Award. I recently finished the third book in the trilogy, The Lost Years of Billy Battles.
I am also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include three journalism textbooks. During my life as a foreign correspondent I covered wars in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Vietnam, including the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon. Additionally, I reported on revolutions and political upheavals in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Philippines, as well as the Tiananmen Square massacre in China.
Today, I am happy to spend my time writing about war and mayhem in my novels, rather than covering it. I live in the hills of Southern California’s wine country. You can learn more about me and my writing at https://ronaldyatesbooks.com/books/ or https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI/-/e/B00KQAYMA8/.
SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER is co-host of RATERS NOT HATERS! Shirley has been with the club almost since the inception and holds LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP STATUS within RRBC!
RHANI D’CHAE, RAVE WAVES Host
Hi, I’m Rhani, and I’m a co-host of the RAVE WAVES “RATERS NOT HATERS” show.
I was born in Tacoma, WA, and I’ve spent the majority of my life here in the Pacific Northwest. I am the author of two novels and a short story, with more on the way.
I’ve been a member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB for a few years, and it’s been a fantastic experience for me, both as a writer and on a personal level.