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Welcome to the  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB featuring “Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules!”

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is a virtual book club comprised of the most supportive authors and readers around the world!  In December of 2013, Author, Nonnie Jules created the forum, Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules, specifically for the purpose of introducing the world to some really great reads.  After having read so many books that had been given high marks, yet weren’t deserving of those marks, Nonnie wanted to offer a forum where readers could come and trust that the reviews of the books posted were truly honest.   After creating the forum, she began to think of the many ways that she could foster this environment on a grander scale.  It was then that RRBC was born.

As of December 2019, we are now in our 7th year of formation and we are so very proud of that!  Our longevity in this arena is due in large part to our loyal, supportive and active membership.  (It also doesn’t hurt to have a President and leader who works tirelessly to ensure that all who are part of our RRBC family, are the best in the literary arena while also always being at their humanly best).

We strongly encourage you to JOIN us, especially if you are an author, as the books listed in our catalog will be profiled, heavily promoted and propelled to new heights via the support of the club. The greater our membership numbers, the more successful and stronger our collective voices will be, as we forge ahead to impact positive change in the literary community.

In this new decade, we stand firm on the kinds of members we want on our roster.  We’re seeking fiercely loyal, highly supportive and extremely active members.  Members who embody these traits are the forces that will ensure the continued success and growth of our organization.  If you fall into these three categories, you belong on our roster.  But, if you’re looking to park your books in a catalog and just disappear, without having offered any support to your fellow members, we suggest that you join another club as RRBC is clearly not for you.  {For more info on the club, please visit our FAQ page.}

For those of you who are new to book clubs, here is how this one works:  Once the club has made selections for the month (our selections are posted on the right-hand side of each page of this site), members are encouraged to get their copy of the selected books, read and then post their reviews to Amazon, B&N.com or whatever forum they use for reviews.  (NOTE:  We do not recognize reviews left on the Goodreads forum}.  Then, once the club meets for its virtual monthly book club discussion, all members are invited to join in the Q & A session featuring the authors whose books were chosen as BOMS (Books of the Month).  Please be mindful of the club’s selections, as it is always our intention to support and propel the awareness and sales of each authors’  books during their month.

{The Mission and Goal of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB are to Profile, Promote & Propel the careers of Indie authors.  The only way that we can do that, is by supporting each of our authors with book sales and HONEST reviews.  If you are an individual who is in the habit of skimming through the FREE sample that is given by Amazon, and then “claiming” to have purchased and read, this may not be the club for you.  We encourage and hope that each of our members will run out and purchase (either in e-book or paperback format) the selected author’s books – then,  when finished with the complete read, post an honest review.  When it is your turn and your book is in that wonderful seat of being Profiled, Promoted & Propelled, you will want the same courtesy extended to you.  We proudly work on the HONORS SYSTEM here at #RRBC}.

Our mantra here at RRBC is those that are most supportive here, are the ones who are most supported here.  Those who are expecting to add their name to our roster and then just disappear without making any connections within the club, or without supporting any of their fellow members, probably won’t get out of it what they are expecting.  What you put in here, is what you’ll get out here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please support Indie authors and help us to bring books back to the important status they once held and encourage more reading.   Please re-tweet the pages of our catalog and our entire site on Twitter, share them on Facebook and to all your other social media sites.

We look forward to your support and your membership.  Do tell your friends about us!!!

{If you would like to have your book(s) reviewed by Nonnie, please submit your request by clicking here.}

Here are just a few forums you might be interested in visiting on our site:

(NOTE:  Some of these forums may be for MEMBERS ONLY):

*JOIN / RENEW

*FAQ

*CATALOG (Let us know what books you’ve read and reviewed)

*PEER SUPPORT (Got a literary question? Well, click here and ask your peers! Be sure to read through the comments already posted first as you may find your question has already been posted and answered)

*RECRUITMENT AFFILIATE PROGRAM

*CONTACT US

81 thoughts on “Welcome to the #RaveReviewsBookClub #RRBC @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA”

  1. My last review was Memories of Mom and it was featured on Raters Not Haters. I landed on this page from The Pipeline Magazine. Nice seeing you all over there. Have a great day!

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  2. Hi Everyone–Here’s my five-star review of Randy Overbeck’s “Scarlet at Crystal River.” I have posted it on Amazon but it hasn’t appeared yet.

    I read “Crimson at Cape May” by this author prior to reading this book, and I continue to be impressed with his writing.

    Darrell Henshaw and his new wife Erin decide to go on their honeymoon to Florida. He’s a teacher and coach while she’s a nurse. There’s only one problem: Darrell has a “gift”–or perhaps it’s a curse. He sees dead people, just as he did in “Crimson at Cape May,” in which ghosts ask him to intervene on their behalf to receive justice. He and Erin hope that their honeymoon will be “gift-free,” but no such luck. After they arrive at their destination, they discover an interesting artist, Jared Emerson (a real artist whose work is highlighted in this novel), and a unique painting featuring the portrait of two Latino children.

    What happens next is not the usual honeymoon fare. Rather, Instead of relaxing and enjoying each other’s company in the normal honeymoon manner, Erin and Darrell begin searching for what happened to these two children. The author explores the plight of migrant workers and “illegals” as well. He explains that the question of immigration is complex and cannot be easily answered. I applaud his courage for stating this through his writing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the way this plot is structured, the way suspense builds, the way cultures of the haves and have-nots clash, and the way supernatural forces come together to explain social injustice. This author is highly skilled in story and character development. His characters are real, believable and sympathetic.

    Anyone who enjoys an outstanding thriller will find “Scarlet at Crystal River” a most fascinating read.

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  3. Hi Everyone–I’ve posted a 5-star review of “Let His Banner Over Me Be Love,” by Pat Garcia on Amazon today, 1/12/22, at the following link: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ETT56SYHX2WU/

    The review is as follows:

    “Let his Banner Over Me Be Love” by Pat Garcia begins with a verse from “Song of Solomon” that speaks of sensual love as follows: “My beloved spoke and said to me, Arise my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.” The subsequent narrative of the story is lyrical and evocative as Chance, a middle-aged woman awaits the return of Gavino, her estranged husband almost half her age. The rich prose of the love story captures Chance’s anticipation as Gavino drives slowly inside a black SUV toward her. As their story continues, their longing for each other is expressed in heartfelt dialogue and sensory descriptions as they seek to reunite. The story ends with a verse from “Song of Solomon.”

    The love story by author Pat Garcia is moving and heartfelt, though there are erotic elements that may make some readers feel uncomfortable. However, for me, what stood out was the rich, lyrical narrative between a married couple who are deeply in love and trying to connect after being separated for almost three years. Their love expressed in dialogue and sensory descriptions evoke deep-felt emotions of two souls reaching out to each other, trying to make the pieces fit.

    I recommend “Let His Banner Over Me Be Love,” for readers who are open to reading an evocative, non-conventional love story between an older woman and young man which extols “… love is better than wine.”

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  4. Hi Everyone–I just posted a 4-star review of “Out of Poland” by Breakfield and Burky on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/review/R168FR9S9LQJN/

    “Out of Poland” by co-authors, Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey, is a riveting WWII historical suspense/thriller that provides the intriguing background of the family organization called the R-Group from the Technothriller “Enigma” series. However, this is a standalone novella set in the backdrop of the onslaught of the German military forces in Poland, a country that seems helpless to stop them. A bartender confides to Polish Diplomat Ferdek Watcowski, “They [the Polish] are brave people, Ferdek. But they cannot fight tanks with horses, or guns with swords.” However, the ambassador has a plan to win the war by stealing what is known as the Baby—the machine for encrypting German military secrets. Three daring resistance fighters risk their life, facing almost impossible obstacles transporting the Baby through the German and Russian enemy lines, with the directive to give it to the British Embassy in Switzerland.

    “Out of Poland” is a plot-driven WWII historical suspense/thriller with a myriad of unexpected twists. The historical background of the invasion is informative, especially the impact of invasions from Germany and Russia, both considered allies at the beginning of the war. The vivid descriptions set the mood and pending doom that Poland faces. An example is from Ferdek Watcowski’s point of view: “Heavy mist rising from the land coupled with a dark sky make his mood dreary … handful of men and women hurrying down the sidewalks with heads bowed against the chill. The wail of an approaching ambulance captures his attention from the people while it passes.”

    The co-authors skillfully piece the plot together like a puzzle, fitting in what seem to be irrelevant events and people into the grand scheme. The short story masterfully builds suspense and packs a wallop at the climactic end. The narrative is told from an omniscient point of view, keeping the reader distant from the characters but allowing insight into various sub-plots and points of view. Some of the dialogue came across as awkward but does not detract from the action-packed pacing.

    I recommended “Out of Poland” for readers who enjoy fast-paced, plot-driven stories propelled by suspense, political intrigue, and enemies lurking in every corner in the backdrop of WWII.

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  5. I posted a 3-star review of Time’s Pendulum Swings Again,” by Joy M. Lilly on Amazon. The full review can be found at https://www.amazon.com/review/R2I57RMBJU64XY/

    Author Joy M. Lilley wrote what promises to be a bittersweet tale of forbidden love, betrayal, and forgiveness. Although the novella has a promising start and a heartfelt ending, it is hampered with editorial issues and switches between first and third-person points of view. The story works best when in Jenny’s point of view because I could engage with her feelings. The scene in which Jenny lashes out at Sebastian after learning he is married is riveting. The ending is poignant with the theme of forgiveness. However, the switches from Jenny’s perspective to Sebastian’s first-person point of view and omniscient point of view, providing the back story, are jolting. If the story had remained in Jenny’s point of view, the story would have resonated with me.

    Time’s Pendulum Swings Again promises an in-depth exploration of the consequences of forbidden love and how forgiveness can free you from bitterness. But the story only scratches the surface of these powerful themes.

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  6. Hi Everyone: I left a 4-star review for “Empty Seats” by Wanda Fischer on Amazon today. As I read, “Empty Seats,” by Wanda Adams Fischer, I recalled the movies, “Bull Durham,” and “Field of Dreams,” in which baseball is a metaphor for the American dream that anyone can reach the pinnacle of success. This novel follows the journey of three different baseball players who play on the same minor league team, but each of them takes a different pathway. Jimmy Bailey is living his father’s dream of playing in the majors which his father could not fulfill because he had to support his family. Bud Prescott is from a well-to-do family from Athens, Georgia who had backup plans for a profession outside of baseball. Bobby Mangino comes from a single-family household in which his father deserted the family. Each young man, considered a star player in high school, must face the reality that only a few will ever make it to the major leagues. Each of their stories is told in parallel to highlight the different challenges that each young man faces playing baseball just out of high school.

    Author Wanda Fischer has written an engaging story of three young baseball players with her keen eye for the sport and culture. The story is told in the first-person perspective by Jimmy Bailey, but the other two players are told in third-person. The most engaging story is that for Bobby Mangino who has to overcome a rocky upbringing and debilitating accident that forces him out of baseball as a player but opens the door to other opportunities. The novel works best in the first half of the novel in which the young men’s family backgrounds are revealed and they adjust to playing on a Single-A minor league team in Jamestown, NY. In the latter part of the book, each of the stories felt more rushed and could have gone into more detail on how each player felt as they strive to overcome their challenges. Each of their stories had the potential to be a stand-alone novel.

    Overall, “Empty Seats,” is an enjoyable read and an eye-opener that most players don’t make it to the major leagues. I recommend this book to those who love the game of baseball and the stories of players trying to fulfill their lifetime dream of making it to the major leagues.

    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/review/RE3W299Y7GQ1V/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  7. Hi Everyone–Below is my 5 of 5 star review of “Breathless” by Yvette M. Calleiro (Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/review/RSUXK3Z5U3NKU/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv)

    “Breathless” by Yvette M. Callero is a modern-day fairy tale that teaches universal truths about unrequited love and the consequences of vengeance. The tale is about Silena, a widow who is a service worker. While working, she becomes enchanted with a charismatic young man half of her age. Unfortunately, he insults her, leaving her devasted. However, she has secret magic meant to help others. But, if she uses it for selfish purposes, it could have dire consequences. Nonetheless, she uses her hidden magic to make herself look younger and gorgeous to attract the young man. Her scheme works but with unexpected results of the magic turning on her.

    Author Yvette M. Callero has written a thought-provoking short story that centers on the greater truth that happiness derives from helping others. The tale is told primarily from the perspective of Silena, who misses her husband and tries to find a moment of joy with an arrogant young man who can have any woman at the snap of his fingers. However, when Silena wants to teach him a lesson by using her magic, the tables turn on her. The tale centers on the universal truth about the consequences of selfishness, arrogance, and vengeance.

    “Breathless” is a short story with unexpected twists and a thought-provoking lesson that readers who want a quick read will enjoy.
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  8. OUT OF POLAND, by Breakfield and Burkey, is a tense drama about Polish patriots who are willing to give their lives to save their country. Three soldiers on a mission to stop the German invasion risk everything in their quest to stop the German invasion of Poland. With information about the location of the solution to saving their country, the patriots find and steal Baby. But acquisition of the secret weapon is only the first step. With the help of countrymen sympathetic to their cause, they develop a plan to evade those pursing them and take Baby across the border to officials who can use the information to save their homeland. Obstacles meet them at every turn, including times they are forced to decide between devotion to family and love of country. OUT OF POLAND is the story of a fight for freedom against what many would deem impossible odds. Freedom isn’t free. With realistic dialogue and memorable characters, the authors succeed in describing the terrors of war, the bravery of patriots, and the ever present emotional toll it takes.

    I reviewed this five star novella on June 29th, but as of today, Amazon hasn’t posted my review, although I have posted it elsewhere. Sometimes Amazon is slow…

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  9. Hi Everyone–Here is my latest book review. It’s posted on Amazon.

    “Amulet’s Rapture” is the third installment in Linnea Tanner’s excellent series, “Curse of Clansmen and Kings.”
    My first advice to anyone thinking of reading THIS book is that it’s imperative that you read the first two books in the series. If instead you were to read one of these epic novels out of sequence, I believe you would lose many details and might be listen the story.

    In this volume, Princess Catrin has been held in slavery by Decimus. She has thought for the entire time she’d been in bondage that Decimus was an honest man, but was he? Was he conspiring with her arch enemy, her brother Marrock? Was he doing everything he could to keep her and her lover Marcellus apart? This is a classic story of conspiracy and lack of communication, and how those can lead to violence, war and carnage. Whom can anyone trust? Can Catrin even trust Marcellus? The only thing she can trust, it seems, is her raven.

    Decimus sells her to a slimy slave trader, who wants her to become a female gladiator. Because I don’t want to spoil the plot, I will stop here in revealing anything else. I will say, however, that the author’s description of the despicable conditions in which slaves were kept, the ways in which they were treated like chattel and property, the filth and inhumanity in which they lived comes alive through her words. Recently, an archaeology report revealed the discovery of a number of graves of slaves in what would have been Brittania in this book. The slaves had been beheaded with a swift blow to the head and their heads buried at their feet so that their souls would not be able to rejoin their bodies–or so the archaeologists hypothesized. This discovery fits right in with the sentiments of Linnea Tanner’s description of the times.

    If I were able to give this book 4.5 stars, I would. The battle scenes and some of the gore can be overwhelming in some ways, and I would not recommend this series to younger readers. However, I am impressed with the world this author has created, the historical research she has done, and how she has tied it all together. Her characters are believable and came alive through her writing. But again, I repeat that anyone reading these books should read them in order to catch all nuances and plot twists/conspiracies in the three volumes.

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  10. Hi Nonnie and Happy December to all! I am thankful to be part of this amazing diverse group of authors. When great personalities from all over the world come together, positive things happen.

    Nonnie, your vision of this group is awesome. Authors Breakfield and Burkey appreciate your highlighting our new releases. Likely we do not say thank you enough for your support. You are appreciative.

    Take care all.

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  11. Hi Nonnie, I’m a little late to comment on your new website but better late than never. I took a three months break from blogging due to illness. I totally love the new website. I love the Author Page and will register ASAP. Will I be able to add new books to the Author Page later when I have a new release? Currently, I have one book.

    Also, I try to sign up to host blog tours for 4WillPub, but my submission didn’t seem to go through. I’ll try again later.

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      1. Thank you so much, Nonnie! I’m only just catching up with everything – a bad habit I need to improve on, if not break altogether. 🙂 Thanks for all the new developments on RRBC. The new website is amazing. xx

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    1. Hi, Charles! I was surprised that it changed, as well. But, in hindsight, I should have changed it years ago when the club started to take over a greater presence than REVIEWS BY NONNIE JULES. With the new URL, it will be much easier for us to be found, although, it seems no one had an issue finding us before.

      Thanks for the Congrats! 7 years in this arena “is” a huge deal!

      Happy New Year, Charles!

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  12. All of you have shared that you like how the site looks, how much easier it is to navigate, etc. No one has mentioned the fact that we have a new URL – RaveReviewsBookClub.wordpress.com!

    I think this is a HUGE deal since I gave up my most precious RaveReviewsByNonnieJules.wordpress.com.

    😦

    But, it was for the best and the continued growth of our club 😉

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    1. Hi, Nonnie. Yes, you are right! It is a HUGE deal, but I think it is going to make the club much more visible and easier to find by anyone doing a Google search. I know it was hard to give up the old site, but this one is more streamlined and modern, and I absolutely LOVE the new logo with the Eagle soaring!

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    2. Hi, Nonnie. The new URL is not unnoticed, and is going to make it much easier for any author looking for us to find the site right away! It is a big deal and one that will reap rewards with new active and excited members! I applaud your visionary spirit!!

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  13. I love the new site! Not only professional, but twice as inviting! Makes you want to explore every category at your leisure! Enjoy it with a cup of coffee, and let it all soak in! Well done, Nonnie!

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      1. I am very active promoting RRBC and RWISA on Twitter Nonnie but this new site encourages me to get more involved here. It’s more user-friendly and a great step forwards. Your hard work and inspiration is much appreciated by us all.

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  14. Congratulations to us, Ron! In all honesty, I didn’t find the other site hard to navigate BUT, in the end, while organizing this one, I did realize that we had just too much. I’m streamlining things a bit better here and hopefully, we won’t turn into pack rats and keep adding more and more packages of unnecessary stuff.

    Thanks for dropping by, Ron!

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    1. Joy, it was hard thinking about giving up our old “home” but, in the end, realizing how long we have been around, I knew it was a leap that we needed to make. I couldn’t bear the thought of not ever seeing our old site again, so, although I knew it would be a huge, Huge, HUGE task, I decided to create an all-new one. One day, maybe I’ll revive the old one. How about that?

      By the way, Joy, this was a labor of love!

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    1. Hi, Jan! Our old site was professional…but, I can see how you feel that with the absence of the “color” that we had on the old site how this one does bear a bit more professional appearance.

      Thanks for your kind words and support always, Jan!

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  15. I’m happy that you like our new home, Gwen! As far as ALL who worked on it? Well, this was a Nonnie job – party of one. I do appreciate John F. checking on things to ensure that I hadn’t made any hiccups! Thanks, John F.!

    Happy New Year!

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