Here is her SA month’s schedule:

Blog Tour: 5/6/18 – 5/12/18

“Bring On The Spotlight” Radio Show: 5/17/18

“SPOTLIGHT” Support Day: 5/21/18

“Who’s On The Shelf?” Interview: 5/24/18


Maretha Botha – an Italian National – lives in Lancashire, where she writes and illustrates animal and bird adventure stories, based on her experiences while growing up in South Africa. Her love for the Southern African landscape, its environment, animals, birds and people shines through in her series of books which she entitled, “Fauna Park Tales.”

She and her family lived in Botswana for a few years before immigrating to the United Kingdom. The fourth book in the series, “Trails and Trials: An African Adventure” is set against this background. Many of the stories are based on fact – things which she observed while living on the outskirts of a game reserve, as well as the lives of her family’s pets – dogs, cats and birds – through the years.

Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a librarian, using these skills to do thorough research as far as the birds of prey, and smaller wild animals and birds mentioned in her stories. Her post as a librarian at a private school in Gaborone, convinced her that her series of books would be enjoyed, not only by children, but also adults who are interested in the environment around them, and who love smaller wild animals and birds.

Maretha Botha also writes poetry and “The Fisher Girl” was published in the 2016-2017 combined editions of the RRBC’s Rave Soup For The Writer’s Soul Anthology.

Besides writing and illustrating for children, she also writes short stories and has self-published “Lost Time: Family Ties 1” on Amazon. Her interests include gardening and bird-watching, hiking on the moors, occasionally enjoying a fruit-and-nut chocolate and drinking a good cup of espresso at any time of the day or night. Coffee “inspires creative thoughts.”


Trails and Trials by Maretha Botha


Four trails one destination, “Trails and Trials: An African Adventure,” “Fauna Park Tales” 4, is written from four different viewpoints, combining four smaller books into a complete book of 148 pages – each with its own title and subtitles, illustrations, descriptions and footnotes of foreign words – based on “African Adventures of Flame, Family, Furry and Feathered Friends.”

Life continues to take strange turns for Flame, a working dog on a free-range cattle farm. He and three of his furry friends follow the trail of Tall Leader and his gang of poachers into the desert, after they kidnapped their beloved orphans and stole all the villagers’ cattle. To follow their enemies’ trail, the brave friends jump on and off trains, sleep under the stars, and find friends and foes while on their dangerous mission. Their loyal feathered friends – a martial eagle and a female eagle owl – are their scouts, helping them whenever they get lost, which is often. All the characters – both human, and furry and feathered – strive to reach the last waterhole at the Tukani River as soon as possible. Here, a cattle stampede, heroic deeds, finding long-lost family and solving secrets happen in quick succession.

Hope’s Memories” – is a backstory summary of book three, “The Orphans’ Plight: An African Adventure” and gives the reasons why Flame and his friends are on this risky mission.

Young and old will enjoy reading more about the African desert, how to survive its harsh climate and appreciate the importance of friendship, especially when facing difficult challenges.


Maretha is our “SPOTLIGHT” Author for the entire month of May.

Here is the line-up of her blog tour:

Sunday, 5/6/18

Marcha Fox

Monday, 5/7/18

Nia Markos

Tuesday, 5/8/18

Patricia Guthrie

Wednesday, 5/9/18

Marlena Smith

 Thursday, 5/10/18

Laura Libricz

Friday, 5/11/18

M. E. Hembroff

Saturday, 5/12/18

Ron Yates



Twitter: @MarethMBotha

Facebook: MarethMB

Website: MarethMBotha.wordpress.com


 When you support MARETHA by visiting each stop of her tour, sharing your comments, etc., you also support our wonderful blog tour hosts, who were kind enough to serve on the tour.  They would also appreciate your comments, as well as your tweets and Facebook shares of the post.

Please support our “SPOTLIGHT” Author by picking up a copy of her book above!
See below to check out more of the wonderful support MARETHA is receiving during her month as our “SPOTLIGHT” Author!


If you are lucky enough to be chosen as a “SPOTLIGHT” Author, here is what you and your book will receive:

1)  A one-week long blog tour on several blogs, set up by us;

2) A press release which you can submit to your local hometown newspapers & radio (if you so choose);

3) A PDF flyer that you can print and post in local businesses and bookstores promoting your status as a “SPOTLIGHT” Author of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB;

4)  A “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” Interview hosted by our very own President, Nonnie Jules right here on the RRBC Bookshelf!  These are so much FUN and heavily promoted!

5)  A special “LIVE” BlogTalk Radio Interview via our RAVE WAVES/BRING ON THE SPOTLIGHT segment!

6)  A special day of Support for our Member Support Monday!

7)  Tweets and RTs promoting you and your book heavily during your “SPOTLIGHT” week from the RAVE REVIEWS Governing Board Members, the RAVE REVIEWS TWEET SUPPORT TEAM and other club members, as well as Facebook blasts on club member walls; Pinterest and Instagram posts, etc;

8)  A “SPOTLIGHT” here on our site, with your photo, book cover, blurb and buy links, directing and encouraging the masses to purchase/read and post reviews of your book;

9)  After your “SPOTLIGHT” week is over, you will get a listing on our Past “SPOTLIGHT” Authors page, IF you are in good standing with the club.

Now, I know you’re wondering how you can become one of our “SPOTLIGHT” Authors.  Well, have you joined yet?  Membership in our book club is the only way to the awesome title of   “SPOTLIGHT” Author!!!

“You Can’t Buy This Kind of Support!”


To find out who has previously sat in the SPOTLIGHT Author’s seat here at RRBC and to show your support of them, click here!


884 responses

  1. Congratulations on your Spotlight, Maretha! 🙂 Keep shining…

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Bette. Best wishes.


  2. Congratulations, Maretha, on your Spotlight. You make it shine brightly! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I can only shine because other awesome members of the Club make it possible. I appreciate your constant encouragement and support very much! I hope you have a fabulous time in New York!

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  3. Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for your support during my SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR week. I appreciate your interest and comments so much. Thank you Nonnie and the Team for your hard work on our behalf. 🤩

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  4. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Congratulations to Maretha Botha on your Spotlight Author Tour!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shirley. It’s a great honour.


  5. Congratulations Flossie. You’re up on my blog , twitter, fb. Hope you have a great month.


  6. Congratulations, Flossie! Wishing you a fabulous month in the Spotlight! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the good thoughts, Natalie!

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  7. Congrats Flossie – have a blast this month!


    1. Wendy, thanks for the well wishes and for being a fab radio hostess!


  8. How lovely to see you featured this month, Flossie! It’s such an exciting time. Congratulations.❣️

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  9. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Congratulations on your Spotlight Tour Flossie. You must be really excited!

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    1. I am floating on air. Thanks, Shirley!


  10. Congratulations Flossie! Enjoy your time in the spotlight.

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    1. I’m dazzled and discombobulated in a good way, Michelle!


  11. Woo hoo! Congrats, Flossie! Good luck with your new release!


  12. Congratulations, Flossie!! Enjoy your spotlight.

    Liked by 2 people

      1. I am reading “Mind Your Goddess” right now and oh my goodness! I just want to step out of life and all my commitments and find out what happens to Epona!

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        1. You’re so kind, Jan! Thank you for letting me know you’re reading it.🌹

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  13. Congratulations, Flossie! Enjoy your spotlight!

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    1. Laura, I appreciate your thoughtful comments!


  14. D.L Finn, Author | Reply

    Congrats Flossie:)

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  15. Congratulations, Flossie! It’s great to see you in the spotlight! Enjoy!

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      1. You’re welcome.

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  16. Gracie, I hope you have had a fabulous month in the RRBC Spotlight!

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    1. You have touched the hearts of many, Gracie. I’m so happy you are the selection of SPOTLIGHT. ♥


      1. Gracie Bradford | Reply

        Thank you, Gwen. I am so glad I found this book club. I have met so many wonderful and talented authors.

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    2. Gracie Bradford | Reply

      The month of February has been fabulous! Being in the spotlight brought new reviews for my book, new followers on my social media platforms, new purchases of my book (June the Prune and Lady Bird), new acquaintances and new experiences. I am more than humble for the support of #RRBC members and their followers. You inspired me to continue to give back what others have given to me. Thank you, Nonnie for selecting me for this honor. I have gotten so many comments from my friends about being ” On The Shelf with Nonnie.” I am looking forward to the upcoming virtual conference sponsored by Rave Review Book Club. On a personal note, I am getting ready to jet off to Paris, London, and Rome in June.

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  17. Enjoy your month, Gracie. I hope many new readers are introduced to your featured book.

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  18. peggyhattendorfcom | Reply

    Congratulations, Gracie on your “Spotlight Author” honors. I enjoyed “June the Prune & Lady Bird.” Have fun in the Spotlight for the month of February.

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  19. Congratulations, Gracie! Enjoy your time in the “Spotlight”! All the best! 😀 xx

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  20. Congratulations, Gracie! I’m looking forward to getting to know more about you and your work this month. Enjoy the spotlight!

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  21. Thank you Nonnie Jules! Being named Spotlight Author for February 2018 is such a moral booster for an up and coming author. I am so glad I found the #Rave Reviews Book Club. You, your staff, and members are very supportive.

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