#RRBC MEMBER BOOK REVIEWS

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  1. Hi ! Reviewed Balroop Singh ma’am’s two poetry collections ‘Timeless Echoes’ & ‘Emerging from Shadows’ on Amazon.in & Amazon.com. Will be posting a detailed review of each book in separate posts on my blog insaneowl.com. Kudos to Balroop ma’am to a job well done ! Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC & RWISA this summer 2019 ! 😀

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  2. I have read and reviewed Strange Hwy: Short Stories by Beem Weeks, here is the Amazon link:
    https://www.amazon.com/review/RH3AMZBX7LIIY/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  3. This is my review of Shadow of the Drill by Rhani d’ Chae. I posted it on Amazon, they sent me a message that it was approved, but I don’t see it on Amazon yet. I hope it shows up soon. Mary

    5 Stars. A dark romance with an edge.

    The author takes us on a journey to a dark place where love means having to stitch up a friend’s wounds on your kitchen table.

    The protagonists, Decker and Rudy, are bound by a dark tragedy — one that has shaped their lives — prompting the reader to wonder who they might have become without that event. They live in a world foreign to most of us, a world of sleaze and violence and cruelty, and as much as they are a part of it, the love and loyalty that binds them to each other elevates them to a higher plane and makes the reader care about them more than I thought possible. Like Reacher, they adhere to a code that is beautifully shown when Rudy tries to defend himself without hurting his attackers to the extent he could have. We also see how he has equipped his surroundings, like a warrior, to provide him weapons when he needs them.

    One of the author’s greatest strengths — in addition to her ability to create detailed, realistic fight scenes — is her deft delineation of character. There is the self-deluded bar dancer who thinks only of herself, who sees other people’s difficulties only in the way they relate to her, and who is able to rationalize every selfish act as one that was necessary. And there is the woman in love with Decker who has no illusions about him and her feelings for him, but knows what she must do to protect herself.

    We see the young man who wants to be Decker. He realizes after a skirmish that he could never measure up to him, but as details of the skirmish fade, he convinces himself that he really could be Decker. Each of us has probably experienced something similar: the ability to persist in beliefs in the face of a contrary reality.

    Each character is swiftly made real to the reader because the author is so skilled in showing the layers and contradictions that make them who they are. And she makes us like characters who do terrible things, but only to people who deserve them.

    There is a darkness and yet an uplifting quality to the story that is rare. I found myself thinking about Decker and Rudy and the women in their lives, and wondering what was happening to them long after I finished the book.

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    1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Yes, Mary, Shadow of the Drill was one of the first books I read and reviewed from Author Rhani D’Chae. It was a harrowing experience. LOL

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  4. Here is my review of Suzanne Burke’s “Empty Chairs.”
    5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written anthem to a child’s will, intelligence, and bravery.
    May 18, 2019
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    “I heard someone crying. It sounded like an animal in pain. It reminded me of the way I cried, back when I still could.”

    I once heard a discussion about why some abused children overcome their past while others are destroyed by it. They said the difference was that the children who survived were resilient, that they accepted challenges as something to be overcome. Most resilient children have had some nurturing. Either at least one person in the world loved them, or they had a strong belief in something outside themselves.

    Stacey (as she calls herself) had neither of those things, but what she did have was a strong belief in herself and a will to overcome all the hardships inflicted on her. This book should have been unbearable to read, but Stacey’s voice and spirit lifted the narrative above being a tale of a child who had been horribly abused — beyond what most of us could ever imagine — and made it an anthem to her will and strength and intelligence. Most of all, I admired her integrity and her ability to be grateful for the people who helped her, however slightly or inadvertently. She doesn’t feel sorry for herself. She is curious and intelligent and resourceful. I can’t imagine a girl of eleven with almost no experience of the outside world, living on the street with all its dangers, going to the library to try to find out where Vietnam was. Stacey is remarkable.

    Read this book. You will be humbled by what a child survived, and maybe it will keep you from looking away the next time you see a child who clearly needs help but not the help the “system” provides.

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  5. I reviewed Timeless Echoes by Balroop Singh, and believe it will become a favorite of poetry enthusiasts. “Solace sailed away with you,” the author wrote, and with that line, I was hooked. This poetry collection is a beautifully written group of memories, dreams and desires that begs to be read over and over. I absolutely loved it. the link to my Amazon review is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1ERDX3B1EAX4L/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07F1VVJK7

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    1. Thank you so much Karen for your kind words, I am glad that you liked my poetry. Stay blessed.

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  6. On May 12 2019, I reviewed Guardian of the Deep, by Flossie Benton Rogers. A romance that includes a bit of erotica, Guardian of the Deep is a well-written tale of forbidden love. When Samael, the guardian, and a demonic succubus named Layla ignore the rules and pursue their passion, sinister forces will stop at nothing to drive them apart. Layla, however, will stop at nothing to keep them together. Grab your drink of choice, curl up on the sofa and spend a couple of hours enjoying this clever short story. The
    link to the review is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RHBBMZQ0JULM4/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B015P8FGY6

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  7. Here is my review of The Reclusive Writer & Reader of Bandra by Fiza Pathan:
    https://www.amazon.com/review/R1TTUB2Z4VV342/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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    1. Once again, a big hug & thank you to you Balroop ma’am for taking your chance on my book. Honored ! 😀 😀 🙂

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  8. Hi ! Just posted my detailed book review on Michael Reed’s book ‘Songs from Richmond Avenue’ on my blog insaneowl.com. Here is the link – https://www.insaneowl.com/2019/05/08/songs-from-richmond-avenue-by-michael-reed/
    Happy reading to everyone at RRBC ! 😀

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  9. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    I read and reviewed the following:
    Tequila Rose Virginity Blues: Contemporary Romance Short Story
    by Wendy Jayne on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R13XOQ72EU2O6B/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07F3L8MTV

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  10. Good Sunday to all in the #writingcommunity and #RRBC family. check our my 5-star book review of one of this months #RRBC Book’s of the Month, @BalroopShado Balroop Singh’s “Timeless Echoes”. It is truly breathtaking and a must read!
    https://www.forresttakesajourney.com/blog/book-review-timeless-echos-rrbc-book-of-the-month-author-the-mystical-balroop-singh

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  11. Hi ! Just reviewed ‘Songs from Richmond Avenue’ by Michael Reed. Reviewed the book on Amazon.com, Amazon.in & Barnes & Noble. Will post a detailed book review of Michael Reed’s book on my blog insaneowl.com shortly. Happy reading to you all !

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  12. Good morning #writerscommunity and #RRBC family,
    Please take a peek at my 5-Star review of #RWISA Suzanne Burke’s “The Alternative”. Grab your coffee, get relaxed and check our my review today. If you have not read her book yet, its a must read!
    https://www.forresttakesajourney.com/blog/book-review-the-alternative-by-the-incomparable-rrbc-and-rwisa-author-suzanne-burke

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  13. Here is my review of Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes, a passionate love story:
    https://www.amazon.com/review/R3UZNGUDR112TD/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  14. I’ve read and reviewed Guardians of the Deep by Flossie Benton Rogers. Here is the link for my review. It’s under Coffee in the Morning (my handle) April 29, 2019

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RVHRQN35XO367/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B015P8FGY6

    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    Although this book was very well crafted, I flinched at some of the erotica. It’s a love story, I get it. The author does a great job of creating spirits living in different dimensions, namely Samael and Layla. If you love erotica and love fantasy, you will enjoy this book. I would have loved more world building and less sexual content.

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  15. I read two books of poetry in April, “Just her Poetry” by D.L. Finn and “Songs of the Heartstrings” by Miriam Hurdle. They are both great reads and the thing I love about poetry is that you can read a little or a lot in one sitting. Taking the time to let the emotions sink in is a wonderful way to enjoy poetry! I gave both of these books rave reviews!

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  16. Hi ! I reviewed ‘Our Lady of Victory’ by Shirley Harris-Slaughter on Amazon.com, Amazon.in & Barnes & Noble. I have also penned a detailed book review in the form of a blog post on my blog. It was a wonderful read & I’m looking forward to reading & reviewing more books by Shirley Harris-Slaughter in the near future.

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  17. Here is my review of Initiation (A Harem Boy Saga #1) by Young, an incredibly honest, eye-opener book: https://www.amazon.com/review/R292230IVSP27M/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  18. Hi ! Just reviewed Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s book ‘Our Lady of Victory’ on Amazon.com & Amazon.in as well as on Barnes & Noble. It was an amazing read. Will post a detailed review/blog post about the same on my blog.

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  19. Please check out my 5-Star Review of “Just Her Poetry” by #RRBC
    & #RWISA author, D.L. Finn. Come meet the ultimate Earth mother and pick up her book today! https://t.co/cH6Fa66c5A

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  20. I am happy to introduce and welcome Karl Morgan on the 2018 WC&BC Sponsors Blog Hop! This is also my 5-STAR review of his incredible book, “2121: Twilight’s Last Gleaming.”Drop on by and say hello!
    and get to know @karljmorgan #RRBC https://t.co/TL4Um897pG https://t.co/3IOUlqaIXX

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  21. I posted a review of Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes on Amazon a few days ago. They sent me a confirmation and part of the review, but it has never shown up on Amazon. Here is my review. 4*
    A religiously protected Darlina emerges into stark reality as she strikes out on her own. From one extreme lifestyle to the other, she dances on stage in a club where she meets a popular musician, much older Luke Stone. The story shows us her naivete, her desire to find love and happiness, the white picket fence. I loved the story, but thought it read more like a journal or diary than fiction love story. I do realize this was based on true events which made it very compelling. I like Jan’s work and will read more!!

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