#RRBC MEMBER BOOK REVIEWS

Welcome to RRBC Member Reviews!  We know you’ve probably shared it on Amazon (or, maybe Amazon took your review down and are refusing to put it back up for whatever reason), but we’d love to know what you thought of the RRBC books you’ve read.  Please leave the title of your book, the author of the book and your review down below in the comments section.  Before you leave, we’d also appreciate you clicking the share buttons on this page and sending it to all your social media platforms!  Members who have had reviews removed from Amazon, will get credit if they share their reviews here.

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  1. I’ve just written my five star review of Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Son of The Serpent. I loved it. 🙂 https://mjmallon.com/2019/08/18/rrbc-book-review-son-of-the-serpent-vashti-quiroz-vega/

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  2. Hi, I have read and reviewd The Cracked Mirror, Reflections of an Appalachian Son, by Billy Ray Chitwood. I have included my review below and on my blog post. As Amazon no longer allows me to post reviews, I will be posting them everywhere else, including my blog.
    Prentice Paul Hiller is a deep thinker who has a strong opinion about everything. Aging and suffering from a hip injury, the man is forced to spend time recovering in a senior nursing complex. At first, he judges the staff he dubs, ‘the greenies,’ with a cynical mindset. He is plagued by painful memories and guilt over past mistakes, his view of life is pretty dim.

    That all begins to change after he meets Greta, a temporary resident and former clinical psychologist who encourages Prentice to talk and write about them. The story runs in a dual narrative style, each chapter alternates between the distant past and his current life in the nursing home. I appreciated this style, as it linked his life experiences as the possible cause for his mental and emotional anguish. An abusive father, the murder of a beloved uncle, a failed marriage, and a child who developes a drug addiction, are only a few of the ghosts that haunt this poor man.

    The reader cannot help but be drawn into the drama, joy, trauma, mischief, and heartbreak that makes up the life of Prentice. The personal growth and healing that takes place during his stay at the home is encouraging, and character growth is what makes a story great! He comes to an undertsanding, not only about himself, but others, as well. His abusive father had his own demons, and there is both dark and light in almost everyone and everyplace. He learns to forgive those who have trespassed against him, including himself. He sees the world with new eyes, including those meanie ‘greenies.’

    The only issue, and it might be just a personal pet peeve, is the frequent use of parenthesis in the writing. It’s just not my thing, so others may not be as opposed.

    Despite this one quirk, I highly recommend this book. If you are into interesting life stories where the main character comes to personal growth and understanding, this is a must-read.

    To purchase your copy, you can do so at Amazon.com

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  3. Hi ! I have read & reviewed Joy Lo-Bamijoko ma’am’s book ‘Vagaries of Life’ on Amazon.com & Amazon.in. I reviewed it yesterday but it still hasn’t shown up on either Amazon pages. Here is the review & I’ll inform you when it appears at least on Amazon.com :

    Review:

    This was an intriguing read. I loved the stories in this book as well as the additional ‘girl talk’ that is narrated through the stories of three young Nigerian women towards the end of the book. The book ‘Vagaries Of Life’ is a pleasant read based on suspenseful situations, mysterious, deadly encounters & failure of relationships. Most if not all the short stories are set in Nigeria. Lo-Bamijoko has done a brilliant job with her dialogues, character construction, the crafting of her stories & showing the real side of what it is like to be a woman in Nigeria. I applaud her for writing this brave & intense book. I especially loved the table-talk narrative that happens in ‘Girls’ Talk’. I’m a huge fan of table talk fiction myself, & Lo-Bamijoko has done a brilliant job with the three Nigerian young women narratives. Do support the author & read her book. Buy a copy of ‘Vagaries of Life’ today. Happy reading to all !

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  4. Red eyes in the darkness by D.L.Finn. 5 star review.

    This was an interesting read for me. I was unsure at first as to the reality of the tale or not.
    Delving further into the book, I enjoyed it for it’s purity of writing and the sense of unfair judgement. The golden oldies should have been enjoying their retirement, but instead suffered persecution and horror.
    An interesting read and a spine chilling short story.
    Thank you D.L.

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  5. Hi I have read and reviewed the following books and short stories:
    American Past Time by Len Joy
    Caste Metal by Fiza Pathan
    Red Eyes in the Darkness by D.L.Finn
    Compulsion by Verwayne Greenhoe
    My reviews are live at Amazon.
    Also, I just now posted the review of “A Mother’s Heart: Memoir of a Special Needs Parent” by Eichin Chang but it is awaiting approval.
    Thanks! Balroop Singh.

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  6. Good afternoon ! Just read & reviewed Verwayne Greenhoe sir’s book ‘Compulsion: The Neat Freak Murders’ on Amazon.com & Amazon.in. It has already appeared on Amazon.com & it will take a little while for it to appear on Amazon.in. The book was totally amazing & I just loved it – loved it – loved it ! 😀 😀 😀

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  7. Hi ! Just read & reviewed ‘The Totally Unnecessary Death of Amanda Dawn’ by Verwayne Greenhoe sir on Amazon.com. It will take a while for it to appear on Amazon.in. The book was amazing – amazing -AMAZING ! 😀 😀 😀

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  8. Hi I have read and reviewed Assaie’s Gift by D.E. Howard. My review is live at Amazon.

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  9. Hi all! I just finished D. L. Finn’s short story, “Bigfoot” and left my review on Amazon. What an interesting take on Bigfoot. I knew this was a short story going into it, but that didn’t stop me from wanting more. D.L. Finn puts a spin on Bigfoot that really makes one think. I hope there will be a follow up to this one!

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  10. I have read and reviewed ‘Lost and Found’ by Maretha Botha – a heart-breaking story of two sisters. My review is live at Amazon.

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  11. “Jazz Baby” Teagarden is playing on a slide – and she’s sliding down, down, down. (5* Review on Amazon)
    Beem Weeks has written a southern novel, even if he’s not from “the south.” He captures the poor southern lifestyle and draws crisp word pictures of the choices facing young “Baby” Teagarden. He makes her life so real you want to shout, “No, don’t do that,” each time she chooses fame, drugs, and liquor, sliding farther from her church choir beginnings. Each time redemption or rescue appears, she turns away until there is nowhere to turn. At the end, she is offered forgiveness from a source she’s often rejected, but will she take it this time?

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  12. My review for Captivated by the Winter King by Mistral Dawn has been posted on Amazon. After seven years of physical and emotional abuse by Erik, her fiance, Kate reaches her breaking point. A half-drowned cat is the catalyst for an accident that opens a portal to the Fairie world, where Kate meets Ankou, the Winter King. As Ankou introduces her to magic, pleasure and trust, Kate’s life is transformed. Although not without conflict, Kate learns that she has choices and she finds true love. If you enjoy romance, fantasy and explicit sex, this one is for you.

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  13. Hi ! Just did a detailed book review of ‘I am Soul’ by Yecheilyah Yasrayl ma’am on my blog insaneowl.com & here is the link to it. Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC & RWISA ! 🙂
    https://www.insaneowl.com/2019/07/26/i-am-soul-poetry-prose-by-yecheilyah-ysrayl/

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  14. Hi ! Just read & reviewed Verwayne Greenhoe sir’s beautiful & touching book ‘Things My Father Taught Me – Lessons In Life’ on Amazon.com. It will take a while for it to come on Amazon.in, it always does. Will let you know about the same. Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC & RWISA ! 😀

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  15. I’ve just finished “Strange HWY”by Beem Weeks. A very fun collection of short stories. Here is my 5 star review, which has been posted on Amazon.
    This is really a fun book. Mr. Weeks has put together several short stories about several real problems that plague society today. I travel a lot and picked this up to read on the airplane and the time literally flew by. This was my first experience with Mr. Weeks’ work and will not be my last. Great book!

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  16. Hi ! Read & reviewed Karen ma’am’s short story ‘Mountain Justice’ on Amazon.com. It was amazing. Hope to read more books by Karen ma’am in the near future. Kudos ! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for reading “Mountain Justice” and for such a lovely review! I am delighted that you enjoyed the story and truly appreciate your support.

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  17. Hi ! Just read & reviewed ‘BOUND: The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men’ by Forrest Robert Stepnowski on Amazon.com. The book was brilliant & full of raw emotions that made my heart ache. Kudos ! Happy reading & reviewing to everyone at RRBC seeing this. 😀 😀 🙂

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    1. Fiza, I just read your review! I am humbled by your rating. With everything I have been going through lately, and having to put everything on hold, your review made my cry happy tears. Thank you so very much.

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      1. Hi Forrest sir ! It was a book with a soul. I will pray that the problems you are going through will be resolved soon. I know how it feels & I truly empathize. May the peace be with you. Sending you some of my ‘peace vibes’ all the way from Mumbai, India. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  18. Hi ! Just read & reviewed ‘Megamax’ by Rhani D’Chae ma’am & ‘The Good Mommies’ Guide To Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters’ by Nonnie Jules ma’am on Amazon.com. Both were wonderful reads. Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC ! 😀

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  19. Greetings everyone! My review for Assaie’s Gift by D.E. Howard has been posted on Amazon. An easy-to-read fantasy with delightful characters, Assaie’s Gift is an entertaining story. The past meets the present and whether then or now, love triumphs, even though it isn’t easy when one partner is mortal and the other is not. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1KMDGV1S8AB50/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00TJ2Y4YI

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    1. I love your review, Karen! This book has been sitting on my Kindle way too long!

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      1. It’s a fast read and a nice way to spend a couple of hours.

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  20. Hi I have read and reviewed ‘Vasilisa the Terrible’ by April A. Taylor. My review is live at Amazon.

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  21. Hi,
    I have read and reviewd Jazz Baby, by Beem Weeks. I have attempted to put it on Amazon, but we shall see if they accept it. Nonetheless, I will post it on every other media I am able. Five stars, by the way! Great book!
    The review:
    When young Anne Elizabeth Teegarten puts her mind to something, there is very little that can stop her. It’s the 1920’s and she’s just a young teen from Rayford that is blessed with the voice of an angel. She is not content with singing gospel for those stuffy and self-righteous folks at her home church. Her dream is to sing Jazz on the big stage. Instead, she finds herself being manipulated and abused.
    Beem is a gifted writer. The flow of his story and his use of descriptive language is incredible! I was able to visualize every scene and could hear the saxophone bellowing out the melancholy notes. It truly is a vicarious visit to the era.
    Though the writing style was second to none, I had mixed feelings about what appeared to be the receptive nature of young Anne when it came to the advances of men. Unfortunately, this behavior can evolve as a result of environmental occurrences during early childhood. That is not to say that the child invites, or enjoys the experience, but may fear repercussion should he/she not comply. I have been a correctional officer for many years and have dealt with deviants who prey on the young. This is reality, unfortunately, and at least the writer does a good job of not going into too much detail about the acts.
    Overall, Jazz Baby is a well-written novel that holds your interest from beginning to the end. It is a great read if you are into historical fiction, the vocabulary and cultural idiosyncrasies are spot on. Well done, Beem!

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  22. Hi, I have read and reviewed Micro Fiction by Robin Leigh Morgan. My review is live at Amazon.

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  23. Hi ! Just read & reviewed Jan ma’am’s short story ‘A Soldier’s Children’ on Amazon.com. It was an emotional & suspenseful read. Kudos for a job well done ! 😀

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  24. And here is my review for the new WATCH RWISA WRITE Anthology Volume 1:
    5 stars
    This book is a compilation of incredible short stories from members of the Rave Writers International Society of Authors. From the first story, “Night Traipsing” by Beem Weeks to the final piece, “Words” by Yvette Calleiro, across the board, the writing is engaging, error free and compelling. I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. I loved the poetry from D.L. Finn, the personal story from Gwen Plano and the chilling “Denton’s Debby Dolls” by Laura Libricz. There are stories that address relevant social issues such as “Does My Life Matter” and “Prison Wives” by Nonnie Jules. There is historical fiction by Ron Yates and Marcha Fox. There are thrillers and fantasy, and even a little bit of romance. Regardless of a preferred genre of writing, everyone will find something in this eclectic collection of short stories from these hard-working authors! If you are a fan of really good writing, this book is for you!

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  25. Here is one of the reviews that Amazon has put a hold on:
    Visitors – A Short Story Mystery by W.J. Scott
    5 stars
    I loved, loved, loved this short story! Two boys sent away by their sickly mom to live with an eccentric aunt find more than just a strange place where people don’t seem to age and everything appears frozen in time. Being a curious young man, Brody is determined to find the source of the strange lights he sees from the bedroom window at night, and solve the mystery of an aged woman and dog who are not aged at all, but instead youthful and full of energy. Is it possibly that if he can solve the mystery, they can find help for their dying mother? I won’t give the story ending away with a spoiler, but I will say it had a super satisfying ending!

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  26. I have read several of the new short stories and enjoyed them immensely! Amazon has put a hold on two of the reviews, so don’t know if they’ll let them through. But, you can find my reviews for Caste Metal by Fiza Pathan, Megamax by Rhani D’Chae, Red Eyes in the Darkness by D.L. Finn, and Slimmer by Wendy Scott on Amazon!

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    1. Thank you so much Jan ma’am for the support & encouragement. Hope to do you & RRBC/RWISA proud with my work. You are an angel ! 🙂

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  27. I have read and reviewed:
    The Perilous Thirst by Rhani D’ Chae
    The Master and the Maid by Laura Libricz
    My reviews have been posted at Amazon.

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  28. Hi ! Just posted a detailed book review on Beem sir’s awesom book ‘Strange Hwy: Short Stories’ on my blog insaneowl.com. Here is the link to check it out – https://www.insaneowl.com/2019/07/10/strange-hwy-short-stories-by-beem-weeks/
    Happy reading & reviewing to all ! 😀

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  29. Hi ! Read & reviewed ‘I am Soul’ by Yecheilyah Ysrayl ma’am on Amazon.com & Amazon.In. The book was awesome. Hope to read more by Yecheilyah Ysrayl ma’am in the near future. Kudos to her ! 😀

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  30. Hi ! Read & reviewed ‘I am Soul: Poems & Prose’ by Yecheilyah Ysrayl on Amazon.com. I’ve also posted the review on Amazon.in, but it’s taking a while to appear on the review page. ‘I am Soul’ was an amazing read & will be posting a detailed book review about it on my blog shortly. Happy reading & reviewing to all ! 😀 😀 🙂

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  31. I read and reviewed “The Vagaries of Life” by the incomparable Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko. A beautifully written cultural experience. Please check out her book and my review today! See attached for full review:
    http://bit.ly/2xthtrX

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  32. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    I read and reviewed: Empty Chairs: Much more than a story about child abuse by Suzanne Burke on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/review/R1P4MM5OZ6G4NY/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  33. I have read and reviewed: The Choice: the Unexpected Heroes by Gwen Plano and
    The Newspaper Chronicles’ by Shirley Harris – Slaughter.
    My reviews have been posted at Amazon.com

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    1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      I appreciate your honest review. I was never into writing short stories and this is my first fiction. I think I want to turn it into a full novel. That way it will address all the points you made which I do agree with. Thank you balrrop2013 for taking the time to read it.

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      1. That is a wonderful idea Shirley. I am glad my review inspires you to turn this story into a novel. I would look forward to it. 🙂

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  34. I just finished reading The Virgin Cat: A Feline Fantasy, by Clive Lilwall. Told in the first person from the cat’s point of view, I was captivated. Happy tells his life story, what he loves, what he fears, why he does what he does and he beautifully describes his relationships with humans and other critters, the good times and the bad. This charming feline character interjects facts about cats, including some history, points out widespread myths. He is an educator, an autobiographer and even a philosopher. From his birth to his death, Happy’s story is an entertaining read that will take you through a gamut of emotions, particularly if you’ve ever been owned by a cat. I found the book delightful! The review is posted on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2IE35AS4LA7UA/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00GA51A6W

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  35. Reviewed Beem Week’s (Beem sir’s) awesome book ‘Strange Hwy: Sort Stories’ on Amazon.in & Amazon.com. Will be typing a detailed book review on my blog insaneowl.com shortly.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words regarding Strange Hwy, Fiza. I am truly grateful.

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