Happy belated Christmas, RRBC-ians and friends! The following post is personal but since it’s related to RRBC and also includes a peek at the newest release of one of our most awesomely supportive members, I thought I’d place it here on the RRBC site where it would get maximum exposure.
The RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is, as of 12/13/20, moving into its 8th year of formation. We started out as a small community of literary like-minds and quickly morphed into the huge family of writers and readers you see blanketing the airwaves of social media.
We hear quite often that we are unlike any community ever seen before. We love hearing that, but, if we never hear the words spoken, it is something we already know.
When I formed this amazing community, standing out in an already crowded arena of literary clubs was part of my plan, and it was clear from day one, that we would be that community where you would find more than just a place to list and discuss books. RRBC has always been more than just a book club; it started out as, and remains today, in a class all by itself.
We are a family (not the dysfunctional kind, by the way) and that shines through with: every bit of support given via social media, supportive book purchases, reviews posted, relationships formed, and every shoulder extended when one of us is riding the waves of a “personal” storm. What you find here, you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Why is that? Well, although many have attempted to model their clubs/groups after us, there is so much more that they need to even remotely resemble who we are. I don’t need to say it – we all know what those special ingredients are, and we ain’t going anywhere. We, the most loyal and dedicated members of RRBC, who strive to ensure that our organization is the most unique, and also the best there ever was, we are staunchly planted right here, proudly and joyfully roaming the halls of RRBC. What we bring to this smooth sailing vessel is a spirit of giving, decency, loyalty, dedication to the service of others, and oneness – that strong feeling of closeness that you miss when you’re away from it for too long, which none of us ever are.
It should come as no surprise that during this season of continual service to others and giving, that I’d be blessed with the amazing gift below!
It’s so beautiful, isn’t it? Designed in the shape of a heart, it embodies all the special and unique avenues RRBC & RWISA implements to push our members along on their constant journey to success. It was too beautiful for me not to share with you. As a matter of fact, I believe it was designed for all of us!
The beautiful, Jan Sikes, placed this underneath my tree this Christmas, and before I sent my huge THANK YOU over to her, I wanted you to take in this special gift, which I will proudly display in my very own “RRBC Treasures” display case that I am having built. This beautiful monument of all things RRBC & RWISA, will house your books that you’ve sent to me, your coffee mugs that you’ve gifted me (because you know I collect coffee mugs), and all those extra special treasures you’ve lovingly sent my way – yes, they’ll all be on display in my home-office very soon. I’ve received some beautiful gifts from you all throughout the years, and one day, when I decide it’s time to hang up my RRBC/RWISA handbag, I’ll get to enjoy this beautiful display of treasures, with memories you helped create. (And when you become rich and famous, I’ll already have my very own copy of your autographed book, to show off when I’m boasting how we’re such old friends!)
I’ve received many special “gifts” this Christmas from my wonderful members, but I was moved most by your words of gratitude and simply knowing you care. Your kind messages brought tears to my eyes, and in one moment, I stood and said aloud, “It’s just so nice to feel appreciated.” It truly is the most special feeling there is, second to knowing you’re loved. So, thank you Phil Stephens, Maura Beth Brennan, Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Peggy Hattendorf, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, Robbie Cheadle (who was also my VIP Lounge Secret Santa this year), Jan Sikes, Wendy Scott, PTL Perrin, Sam Polakoff, Linda Mims, Karl Morgan, Pat Garcia, Heather Kindt, Eichin Chang-Lim, Linnea Tanner, Randall Krzak, John Podlaski, John Fioravanti, Bette A. Stevens, Robert Fear, Yvette M. Calleiro, Guy Worthey, Rox Burkey, Joy Gerken, Susanne Leist and Marian Beaman. At the end of a most difficult year, each of you made it so much better, and there are no words to truly express the depth of my gratitude for you.
Before I go, I’d like to also share two other very special gifts that Jan sneaked under my tree…
Jan, thank you so much for the beautiful coffee mug…
…and I’m elated that it’s been added to my collection!
If you haven’t picked up a copy of Jan’s latest release, GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE, you can find it on Amazon now!
Every night before bed, when I get on my knees to pray, I ask God to bless my RRBC family and to keep them safe from harm – the same prayer that I pray for my own family here. This year, I also prayed that every member of the RRBC family would have a joyous holiday, in spite of all that 2020 had thrown at us. We’re a resilient bunch for sure, and if anyone can turn lemons into the most delicious lemonade ever, it’s our fabulous bunch of RRBC family members! (So, before you go, please share with us how good your Christmas lemonade was!)
Thanks for allowing me to share my gratitude publicly and to go on and on about our this club that brings me, and so many of you, pure joy. RRBC is more than just a book club, and if you haven’t joined, you’re really missing out on a lot!