JOY BAMIJOKO

JoyWelcome to Day 2 of Rave Reviews Book Club’s Bethany Turner Pay It Forward Week! Click on the link to learn more about BTPIF Week – since my name is in the title, I get all embarassed talking about the origins of the initiative! But just because I blush talking about why my name is included doesn’t mean I shy away from talking about what RRBC is doing! Right now, supportive authors all over the world (literally!) are putting aside their own self-promotion in order to promote one specific author for a day. I could not be happier to have the good fortune of being assigned Joy Bamijoko! Joy is SUCH a supportive member of RRBC, and every single time I have interacted with her, she has presented nothing but kindness. Currently her MIRROR OF OUR LIVES: VOICES OF FOUR IGBO WOMEN is a Rave Reviews Book Club Book of the Month, and I have heard wonderful things about the book from so many. (I’ll be reading it soon, Joy! And I can’t wait!)

Today, help me support Joy by making sure you are FOLLOWING HER ON TWITTERLIKING HER ON FACEBOOKVISITING HER SITE, and PURCHASING HER BOOK. (Click on those words to go straight to the sites where you can do all of those things!) As for me, all of my social media fire power is devoted to Joy today. What an honor – for me!

Maureen Kovach

Sunny Side UpToday is day one of the very first Rave Reviews Book Club Pay It Forward Week, and I am thrilled to feature Maureen Kovach on the blog today. Maureen is one half of a mother/daughter writing team, alongside her daughter Brigette Howard. Together they have published SUNNY SIDE UP as Maureen K. Howard. Take a moment to get to know Maureen, leave a note to say hi, visit the sites, and download SUNNY SIDE UP. I am doing all of those things today to show support and pay it forward to this fantastic member of RRBC!

Maureen K. Howard’s Books are humorous mysteries featuring best friends, drama professor, Francesca Egge, and journalist, Juniper Augusta. When the school year is over and the article deadlines have been met, these best friends ditch their business attire, grab their flip flops, and head to the lake to live out their favorite summertime dream: “Drink in one hand, credit card in the other, and everything else will sort itself out.”

Unfortunately, murder, suspicion, and investigations seem to always interfere with happy hour.

Grab your sunglasses, your favorite cocktail, a copy of Sunny Side Up, and head to the lake with us for an unforgettable weekend adventure.

CLICK BELOW TO…
Download SUNNY SIDE UP
Follow @Mhowardbooks
Like Maureen K. Howard on FB
Visit the Website

Marquee Monday – Bartram & Hill

TheStoryOfMyLifeThis week’s Marquee Monday is a bit different from others. Marquee Monday is all about paying it forward, taking the spotlight off of myself for a day, in the midst of this life of self-promotion, and shining it on the people who have helped me. Neil Bartram and Brian Hill have certainly helped me, but almost certainly in ways of which they aren’t even aware.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of reviews. Every single time I see that there is new review posted for one of my books, I click on it as if I’m watching a horror film – fingers over my eyes, peeking out just enough to know if it is safe to proceed… I live equally in fear of them and in giddy anticipation. Reviews are huge – particularly to indie authors like myself. Good, bad, indifferent…whatever. A review means someone cares. They care enough to tell the world how much they loved it or they care enough to make sure everyone knows they shouldn’t waste their time. But at least they care.

The first review I ever wrote on Amazon (or anywhere, as well as I can remember) was posted on July 8, 2009. I wasn’t a writer then – at least not a published one – and I didn’t understand the significance of reviews, but I knew that I cared about the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Story of My Life more than I had ever cared about any CD ever. I’ve been a Broadway fan for my entire life, and in 2009 I was hosting a theatre-focused radio show. I discovered The Story of My Life because I was (and if we’re being honest, still am) obsessed with everything Malcolm Gets does. And Malcolm Gets is amazing in the recording, as is Will Chase, but I was as surprised as anyone to discover that Neil Bartram’s score and lyrics and Brian Hill’s book were what made me care so much. I was inspired in ways that I honestly didn’t understand for a very long time. I was fortunate enough to get to talk with them and feature them on my radio show, and they are incredibly humble, nice guys who answered silly questions and made me laugh a lot (and even arranged for me to meet Malcolm Gets, but I gleefully digress…).

In many ways they also turned me into a writer. Through their work, I experienced the joy which comes from deeply connecting with a written work. I was made to think about the lasting impact a book can have. I was made to care.

Thank you for that, Neil and Brian.

Learn more about Bartram & Hill at bartramandhill.com

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Purchase or Sample The Story of My Life on Amazon

Purchase The Butterfly for Kindle

Click here to go beyond The Story of My Life

Marquee Monday – Jason Zandri

On Marquee Monday, I don’t self-promote at all. Whatever time and energy I have goes instead to another author to whom I want to say thanks. I’m genuinely excited to spend a day promoting today’s marquee author, and I hope you will help me raise him up a bit.

Just so you know, I decided on Saturday that Jason Zandri would be on the marquee this Monday. And then on Sunday, Rave Reviews Book Club named him Member of the Month. Why do I point this out? Because it just drives home the fact that everyone is taking note of the support Jason Zandri is giving to others! I’m not featuring him on Marquee Monday because he is the RRBC Member of the Month, but that fact does make me even more proud to send a little more attention his way.

Last week in a Rave Reviews Book Club online book chat, Jason was having some technical difficulties and had to leave the chat and come back in with a different identity. Only his first identity didn’t go away. So, when he reappeared with his second identity he made a remark to point out how funny it was that he appeared to be in the chat twice. But really, that’s just the way it seems lately! He is so quick with his support, so steadfast, so faithful that you almost can’t help but wonder if there are two of him.

So, Jason…thanks. Thank you for all of your awesome support. I’m thrilled that everyone is taking note. You deserve it.

Follow Jason Zandri on Twitter

Like Jason Zandri on Facebook

Visit Amazon’s Jason Zandri Page

Marquee Monday – Beem Weeks

“…one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

“An absolute gem…”

“…it is astonishingly well written.”

“I rarely give 5 stars unless I really love the book – there’s nothing you can’t love in this one.”

Reviews like these would be expected to accompany a New York Times bestseller. Author Beem Weeks is one of those indie authors who proves that good stuff comes from indie. In fact, sometimes the best stuff comes from indie. In this case, all of those reviews are for Beem’s Jazz Baby.

Not only is he an amazing indie author, he is an amazing supporter of indie authors. Today, he’s on the marquee. I hope you’ll help me give a little bit back to this awesome indie author who proves that independent doesn’t mean fewer skills or less talent. But in Beem’s case, it does mean increased generosity.

Follow Beem Weeks on Twitter
Visit Beem’s Blog
Download Jazz Baby
Download Slivers of Life

Rave Reviews Book Club – #onthemarquee

Today is the last day of Pay It Forward week, and I thought it fitting to end the week by placing Rave Reviews Book Club on the marquee.

If you have had many personal converations with me, or you follow my daily personal blog, The Year of Blogging Faithfully, you know that self-promotion is a struggle for me. I just don’t like doing it. I am a fairly confident person, extremely proud of my work, and I know that self-promotion is absolutely necessary for an indie author. And yet I hate it. I love promoting my friends. I love being someone else’s advocate. I love shining the spotlight on someone I believe in. I just love that! But that doesn’t sell books – at least not mine. That doesn’t bring awareness to my work.

Or does it?

Self-promotion is necessary. I know that. If only I could find a group of some kind – a book club, perhaps? – which allows authors to promote their own books, but even more importantly encourages you to support other authors. If only there were a book club like that which created opportunities to become advocates for others by letting you host them on your blog, or by shining the spotlight on them, or by offering contests and incentives which reward authors for supporting other authors…

Of course by now, everyone has hopefully realized that my tongue is planted firmly in my cheek, because such a group already exists.

Rave Reviews Book Club is more than 600 members strong, and growing all the time. I am in constant amazement at the talent which exists within RRBC.  There are bestselling authors, award-winning authors, top-rated bloggers, poets, novelists, biographers… The talent is overwhelming, but the kindness and generosity are why I’m paying it forward. When one of those talented authors wins an award, congratulations abound. When someone hits #1 on a best seller list, members of RRBC make sure the whole world knows.

This week I have tried to pay it forward to authors whose support has been incredibly impactful in my life. There are more, and I wish I could thank everyone in this way. I’ll be working on that as we move forward, but for now I want to give a special shout out to the Governing Board Members of Rave Reviews Book Club. Do me a favor…help me support them today. Click on their names and you will be taken to either their individual site or their author page on Amazon. Pick at least one book by one of these supportive individuals and download a book today. After you read their work, write a review. Follow them on Twitter. Or just drop by their websites or blogs or Facebook pages or Twitter feeds and thank them for their support, which is second to none. They spend so much time giving to others. Today, let’s give to them.

RRBC

President
NONNIE JULES
Vice President/Mentor Program Dir.
BRUCE A. BORDERS
Secretary/Blog Tour Host Coordinator
MARLENA HAND
Administrative Assistant 2
LIZ GAVIN
Administrative Asst. 1/TST Manager
HARMONY KENT
Membership/Incentives Director
JOHN FIORAVANTI
Reviews Coordinator
BEEM WEEKS
Social Media Director
NICHOLAS C. ROSSIS
“Spotlight” Coordinator
MICHELLE ABBOTT
Site Monitor/TST
JAN HAWKE

Author Nonnie Jules – #onthemarquee

Tomorrow, Rave Reviews Book Club will be on the marquee. Today, it’s Nonnie Jules, the creator of RRBC. I want to very clearly separate the two, though I’ll admit that is sometimes a challenge. Not because Nonnie doesn’t have her own identity as an author, because she most certainly does. But she is always promoting others, always offering support, always coming up with new ways to strengthen the community which is Rave Reviews Book Club. And that is the primary reason that it was important to me that I pay it forward to Nonnie individually.

I recently read Nonnie’s SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!: “Yes, I Said It!” and let me tell you…it was just what I needed at just the right time. In addition to SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY…, Nonnie is the author of THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS, which one reviewer called, “a refreshing take on modern motherhood.” DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND is her debut novel, and according to one reviewer, it is a debut which establishes Nonnie Jules as “a skilled storyteller of the first order.”

Nonnie often says that, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle,” and she doesn’t just talk the talk. In fact, I would go so far as to say that every time Nonnie Jules lights someone else’s candle, hers burns even brighter. Thank you, Nonnie, for all you have done and all you continue to do.

Here are just a few of the ways you can help me say “Thank you!” to Nonnie:

Follow Nonnie Jules on Twitter

Like Nonnie Jules on Facebook

Subscribe to Watch Nonnie Write!

Learn more about the published works of Nonnie Jules at Books By Nonnie