Monday, August 9th, is the start of RRBC’s 6th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, and we’d like to invite you to drop by! There will be games, prizes, surprises and other goodies, so be sure to visit each Author Booth, take a look around, then leave a comment for your chance to win each Author Booth’s door prize! There is a Scavenger Hunt Game to play, a 2 Truths & a Lie Game to play and more! In each Author Booth, you will find a clue, and if you find the correct answer to all the clues and are the first to submit your answers, you could be the winner of an awesome prize! Of course, we’ll have our READING ROOM open and one of our members is going to blow you away showcasing their talent! If you’re into BINGO, purchase your BINGO cards and join us for a game or two! And what we all wait for every year – our RAFFLE! Yes, each year we raffle off (7) $100 Amazon gift cards and this is open to the public so go on and snag your tickets today! Raffle tickets are only $5! How awesome would that prize be? Some of them also include additional goodies like other gift certificates, ebooks, and more! Enter for your chance to win one or more of these $100 Amazon gift card gift baskets. The more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning. (Please do not purchase more than 7 tickets). This year for the first time ever, we’ve added our BEST BOOK COVER CONTEST! This contest is open to the general public so go ahead and enter your book cover(s) now! Share your comments with us and let us know which one you think is best! Click for a full ITINERARY OF EVENTS! The venue opens at 5 PM CT on Monday, 8/9/21. We hope to see you there! In the event of minor time delays, please check the sidebar of the RRBC website for updates.
Anyone hungry for dessert? AND a great story? I’m thrilled to host author Robbie Cheadle and Day 4 of @4WillsPub’s Book Tour for…
Before we get to her post, may I just say that Robbie’s giveaways are really something!
(7) Paperback copies / 1 of ea book in the series
(2) $15 Amazon gift cards
Please leave Robbie a comment anywhere along the tour for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes.
Take it away, Robbie!
Sir Chocolate Books – Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook!!
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook tells the tale of the drying up of the condensed milk river, leaving the fish and water creatures suffering in the shallow pools that remain, and the villagers without a ‘water’ source.
Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet need to do something to save the village and the fish and other creatures. Who can help them? The trolls, of course. Another story that highlights the theme of acceptance of others regardless of their appearance.
How to make a cute cow out of fondant
Step 1 – Make the head by rolling an oval shape out of white fondant. Use your fingers to flatten the forehead and lengthen the snout. Use a small ball tool to make the eye sockets. Roll two eyes from small pieces of black fondant and glue them into the eye sockets using edible sugar glue.
Step 2 – Roll two small ovals of white fondant for the ears. Flatten them slightly by smoothing them with your fingers. Attach them on either side of the head using edible sugar glue.
Step 3 – Roll two triangular shapes from cream fondant. Use your fingers to shape them into a horn shape and attach them to the top of the head using edible sugar glue. Roll three narrow tubes of black fondant for the fringe and attach them to the forehead as per the picture.
Step 4 – Roll a large oval from white fondant for the body and set aside. Cut out a few thin black circles from rolled out fondant. Use cornflour to stop the fondant from sticking to the rolling pin. Gently pull the circles into slightly varied shapes and attach them to the body using edible sugar glue. Role a long, narrow but from white fondant and attach to the back of the body for the tail.
Step 6 – Roll four oblongs from white fondant for the legs. Make sure they are all the same length and width. Carefully insert a toothpick through the centre of each leg. If it loses its shape slightly, use your fingers to smooth it back into shape. Use a pair of wire cutters to snip the toothpick to approximately 1 centimetre remains sticking up. Roll four balls of black fondant and flatten them. Glue them to the bottom of the legs to form the hooves.
Step 7 – Using light pink fondant, roll an oval shape. Flatten it using your finger and squeeze the middle slightly to create a dent on the top and bottom of the snout. Use a small ball tool to make the nostrils. Attach to the front of the cow’s face using edible sugar glue.
Step 8 – Leave the constructed head, body, and legs to harden overnight. Attach the legs to the underside of the body using edible sugar glue. Attach the head to the front of the body and use a cup or other item to support the head until it dries. If you don’t do this, the heavy head will droop forward and tear a long rut in the top of the body.
The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Five lovely new recipes are also included.
Robbie Cheadle is a children’s author and poet.
The Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.
Robbie has also published books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE. Thanks for supporting this author and her work!
This month’s issue of The #RRBC Pipeline Magazine (https://therrbcpipeline.wordpress.com/browse-the-magazine/) has, like the many issues before it, is chock-full of advice, encouragement, opportunities, features and more. As I’ve posted elsewhere, the magazine itself is worth the entire annual RRBC membership fee! Actually, it’s hard to even put a price tag on the RRBC membership and experience because it’s THE GIFT FOR WRITERS THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.
There is so much to RRBC and its members, contents and insights. And just when you think you have it all down, they give you more, and more. Kind of like….some mothers! They give more than they ever expect to get in return. RRBC is truly a gift and we as members are still discovering and re-discovering anew, all that there is to be learned and gained from the organization — and from each other.
As I was looking at the magazine, I noticed that they were featuring my blog as well — something I did not expect and was so honored to discover. So, thank you for visiting! Truly, we could never reciprocate all that RRBC does for its members. But we can try!!
Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to all — and thank you all for all you give to RRBC, to your families and loved ones, and to the craft of writing! Onward!
Greetings fellow readers and writers! Here is to a fruitful 2021 in books and life!
My name is Lisa Kirazian and I am an author and playwright based in San Diego. My latest book, Cadenza, is the finale of the novel series, “The Music We Made.” The series follows three generations of the Driscoll family of musicians.
And I’m honored to share that I’m the Spotlight Author of the Month (February) for the Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC)! There are a number of exciting activities going on. For the week of Feb 8-15, I am thrilled to be hosted by seven other blogs/member writers of RRBC, featuring a post about my work on the book Cadenza, and the journey of writing the whole series. (And it has been quite a journey!)
Here is my RRBC Spotlight Author Page for all the latest info and links:
I’ll also be on the internet radio talk show Rave WavesBring on the Spotlight, Thursday, Feb 11, 2021, 12pm Central/10am Pacific. Check the above site for the link soon!
I have blogged about RRBC before, but if you are not familiar with them, here is the nutshell: RRBC is an online book club community of readers and writers who read and review each other’s work and participate in an array of activities and opportunities to grow as writers. For a small annual membership fee, your books (and book trailers) can be listed in their book catalog for others to read and review on Amazon and elsewhere. RRBC even has a social media/twitter support team to promote its member authors. They also publish anthologies of members’ work. And I have only scratched the surface!
But I cannot possibly articulate everything RRBC does here – its founder Nonnie Jules and her team do so much for RRBC members, who live around the world. Visit here to get the lowdown: https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/
What a reinvigorating conference this is each year! Seminars, networking, inspiration – it’s all here. RRBC offers an overwhelming number of resources, ideas and practical tips for writers at any level, as well as the camaraderie of other writers and readers who are passionate about the craft of writing.
This Week, Aug 12-18, The Rave Reviews Book Club holds its 4th Annual RRBC Writer’s Conference and Book Expo (#WCBE19). It’s an online conference where writers from around the world can encourage each other’s work as well as promote their own. There are also online courses, writing chats, a silent auction and other prize opportunities. I have learned of many writers and works I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. And seeing the challenges other writers face and overcome certainly has encouraged me to stay the course in my current writing projects!
Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP! These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).
We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review. There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.
Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!
The epic love story begins here!
A hot Texas summer, dim-lit honky-tonk bars, a young naïve fledgling go-go dancer and a wild rebel Texas musician set the stage for this story.
1970 in Abilene, Texas finds young Darlina Flowers trying to figure out how to fit into the world she is most attracted to – the nightlife, live music and go-go dancing. Luke Stone, a veteran Texas Musician believes he’s lost all reason to care about his music career, his health and most especially his heart. A chance meeting with Darlina changes everything. But, is it too late? Has fate already determined the outcome? Join Luke and Darlina on a passion-filled journey up and down Texas roads while Luke and his band entertain crowds along the way.Can Darlina Flowers ever hope to fit in to this strange new world and even more important, can she trust Luke Stone with her heart?
Luke Stone, a good man who has made a career of bad decisions, falls as completely in love with Darlina as she does with him. But is it too late?
Will their eternal unyielding love survive the test of time, distance and iron bars?
Hello, Friends! Quite a hiatus it has been due to family, community and writing obligations in this season. But as a result, much to share in the months ahead about writing and the creative life — while encouraging you to pursue your own work!
After a bit of a hiatus on my blog due to writing projects — and to life itself — I’m happy to report that this week I’ll be a participant in the inaugural RRBC Writer’s Conference and Book Expo — a virtual book fair Dec. 1-3, sponsored by the ever-innovative Rave Reviews Book Club (for more info on RRBC click here).
The live link will not be unveiled until late on Nov. 30, but come back to this post then to access the various “Author Booths” of fiction and nonfiction writers from around the world. Right before the holidays – a perfect time to find new “reads”! The conference will also feature “Vendor Booths” for those seeking professional services. There will be so many resources for writers, readers and more, all on virtual display from Dec. 1-3.
My Author Booth will feature more on my novel, Bravura, part one of The Music We Made novel series about three generations of the Driscoll family of musicians. My Vendor Booth will highlight my professional writing and editing services that are the culmiation of 25 years of high-end experience.