WELCOME TO THE #RRBC FAMILY “HOLIDAY” NEWSLETTER! @RRBC_Org @NonnieJules @RRBC_RWISA

This year has been a strange and sad one, to say the least.  The world around us changed and because of the Coronavirus, we will never be the same.  We’ve lost friends, colleagues, family members – and in some places, we’ve even lost hope.  But, today, the RRBC family is here to share their 2020 in hopes that you will feel less alone and more connected to the world around you – the world that belongs to us all.  2020 didn’t happen to only you, it happened to me and it happened to us.  Take a look at how RRBC got through it all and how we plan to make 2021 even better!

*LINNEA TANNER

“I anticipate that Skull’s Vengeance (Book 4 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) will be released in 2021. Although I had already drafted this book, I’ve rewritten major sections of it as a result of reflecting about the USA political climate and injustice that has come to the foreground this year. Although we can learn from history, we often repeat the same mistakes. Political corruption, climate of hate, and misinformation can bring down powerful empires and great nations. Democracy is fragile. We must remain on guard not to lose our voice in elections.

The most important lesson I’ve learned this year is to grasp every moment of joy, particularly with your family, and etch them into your memory.  We have more in common with other people if only we keep our minds open and reach out to them.”

*MATT JACKSON

“Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happier New Year next year. 

Big goal for the coming year is a new series about Desert Shield/Storm. The second goal is to work with the Screenwriter on the production of Undaunted Valor. The helicopter community is putting a lot of support behind the effort.”

*NONNIE JULES

“Well, a kitten lives in my home now.  It’s a very long story, but, she is the FIRST and still the ONLY cat that I can look at, and, she’s kind of cute, actually.  She’s not mine – she belongs to my baby since our precious fur-heart, whom we’d loved for almost 20 years, passed away three months ago.  I allowed the kitten because I knew it would help my baby’s broken heart heal a bit quicker.  Although we miss our fur-heart more than words can say, this fur ball of ‘cattiness’ is here for now, or, at least until my baby returns to school in the fall.  I live to annoy the kitten/cat daily.  She hates me (and with very good reason). 

RRBC is even more amazing than ever!  I think back to the (ex)member who, earlier this year, was offended when she shared that she felt we should shut RRBC down at the beginning of the pandemic, and I shared with her, that was not going to happen.  RRBC has proven to be such a lifeline for our membership during these trying times and I’m so grateful to our beautiful members for supporting one another the way they have this year.  So, here we are, still going and going and GROWING … stronger than ever!

I’m going to start with my thorn for 2020.  Most of you who know me know that I stand firmly in the belief that every human being should live in the most decent, honorable, and honest manner possible.  Those who work closely with me, also know that I feel blessed when my eyes are opened to the true nature of a person – I love it when true selves are revealed, because there are some I refuse to allow the honor of living in my circle of decency and integrity.  So, my thorn was the brief annoyance of ugly that attempted (and failed) to derail our amazing club earlier this year.  We’re all about growth and becoming better here at RRBC, and you can’t grow and you can’t become a better person, when your focus is on trying to block someone else’s blessing that God has intended only for them.  FYI, I am blessed with a shield of armor to protect me from all {would-be} blessing-blockers.

My rose? That those thorns are no longer on my roster.   Thank, God!  There’s always room here for those with positive purpose and who’ve no time for the nonsense.

Only decency, honor  and professionalism are welcome here at RRBC, and as hard as I work to ensure that we are on equal footing with the traditionally published community, I want that effort and hard work to be in service of those professionals, who in my eyes, are decent and honorable.

The Coronavirus changed a lot for us all this year, but what it didn’t change, was that RRBC-spirit that sustained us when we needed it most.

Fingers crossed, there will be some awesome new NJ books published in the new year.  I am committed to taking time to do what I love most, and that is to write and publish work that the world wants to read.

Happy Holidays, RRBC!  You all rock!

“Judge me {not by my friends, but} by the enemies I have made.”  ~ Franklin Roosevelt

*PAULA J. (Administrative Asst. to Nonnie Jules)

“Although I’m not a member of RRBC, I want you all to know that I greatly appreciate your kind daily comments and your generosity.  I am honored to work for Nonnie and this organization that she loves and gives so much of herself to.  I am also honored to serve each of you.  It has been my greatest pleasure to answer every question, no matter how many times they came through, and to guide every issue in the proper direction.

Have a great holiday and I look forward to assisting you even more in any way that I can in 2021.”

*SAM POLAKOFF

“For many, 2020 was a stinker of a year. Our family certainly concurs but we did have some really great highlights, the best of which was our daughter’s wedding, held at our home in a safe and socially distant manner in October. Original plans for 170 people along the South River near Annapolis, almost two years in the making, were scrapped due to the virus and the entire event was reworked inside 90 days. Specialty vendors did an absolutely magical job of transforming our home into a wedding venue for a greatly reduced crowd. The wedding was live-streamed for those who couldn’t attend as planned. As a parent, nothing makes you happier than seeing your daughter so abundantly happy and smiling ear-to-ear from start to finish. All in all, it was a perfect day!

Before the pandemic hit the US, we were able to hold a surprise 60th birthday party for my wife, Denise at one of her favorite local restaurants. Shortly thereafter, we took a quick trip to Disney World and stayed at the Animal Kingdom where we saw majestic wildlife right off our balcony.

In between those events, we, like everyone else, hunkered down at home riding out the coronavirus pandemic. It was during this time, my father suffered a stroke. It was a serious event from which he rebounded very well. Shortly thereafter, my mother was hospitalized and required some follow-up surgery. Again, with the power of prayer, all has gone well.

Our year is wrapping up with our son, Ryan, being promoted to Chief Operating Officer of our 75 year old family business. He is the fourth generation of the Polakoff family to run the daily operation. We are very proud of our accomplished young man.

Also in the last year, we added three new furry people to the family. Holly, the tortoise shell kitty was Denise’s Christmas present last year and in the spring and fall, we adopted two barn kittens from a local farm. Their names are Gypsy and Lilly. They are all getting along nicely with Eli, the German Shephard mix who is five years old and Ziggy, the twelve-year old brown tabby cat.

I have been working diligently all year on my new novel, Escaping Mercy, which should be released in the latter half of 2021. The story is set in the year 2175 and features marine biologist, Dex Holzman who must unravel a mystery holding the key to the survival of the human race.

Oh, and one more fun fact from 2020…I began hosting a fun talk show for RRBC’s Rave Waves called BUY THE BOOK where I get to interview fabulously, talented RWISA authors.

And of course, as a third-generation Dodger fan, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the glorious World Series Championship earned for the first time in 32 years.

I sincerely hope that you have had a better year than most and, if not, that you coped better than most. Looking ahead, I wish for each of you the best 2021 has to offer…good health, happiness and much writing prosperity.”


*GRACIE BRADFORD

The year started with a dream of building wealth for my grandson. My days consist of two to three Webinars/Zoom meetings on building financial wealth, watching the depressing news on CNN and MSNBC, completing work with my professional associations, and my son even taught me how to find movies on Netflix. Homebound for eight months – insane!

I ventured into a home-based business of real estate investment, buying a distressed property, renovating, and selling it for enough profit to buy another property. Armed with renewed confidence, I purchased another house in Louisiana with the intent of it becoming a source of passive income. Curb ball – I loved the finished product so much that I decided it would be my vacation home for now on acres of land with a baby deer running through the front yard eating my beautiful plants. The fresh air, tall pine trees, and quiet neighborhood sealed the deal. The contrast between suburban living and country living is remarkable.

I accomplished two things: my fear of failing and my confidence in my ability as a Real Estate Investor/Redeveloper to buy and sell houses skyrocketed. Additionally, my son purchased his first home without help from his mother, and my grandson graduated from Trinity University. These were my proudest business and personal achievements of 2020.

I did not give up on writing. I have completed my first children’s picture book and am waiting on my editor to review it (a year-long project). I have rough drafts of two other children’s books. As soon as I finish building the deck on my vacation home, I feel my writing will take off again. Imagine sitting on the deck, a nice breeze blowing over the surroundings, birds humming beautiful love songs, flowers blooming in an array of beautiful colors, and yes, snakes occasionally paying an entire visit in the dark! Life cannot get any better than that for a writing environment (ha-ha-ha).

What can we expect from the Christmas holiday? COVID has taken control of my holiday planning. Since I am in the high-risk category, I have taken a back seat and allowed COVID to do the driving. Hence, I find myself enjoying my family’s best holiday tradition, eating pecans with peppermint candy and drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. We usually gather at one of the five sister’s houses to celebrate two family members each year, but this Christmas, we will share gifts on Zoom. My son, who lives in Houston, and niece, who lives in Dallas, are the recipients of all holiday gifts this year. We mail blessings from all family members to them, and they will open on Christmas day via Zoom with family members from all over the world tuning in for the festivities. So, I believe COVID contributed to the start of an alternate family tradition.

I am looking forward to the latter part of 2021 and excited that I may travel the world again. Mr. COVID disrupted my plan to visit the Seven Wonders of the World.

I’d like to close by sharing my “rose” for 2020. When I retired, I was unsure if I would continue to have an engaged life or a boring life. Happiness came unexpectedly. I transitioned from volunteering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to volunteering with Habitat-for-Humanity building houses for those who are in need. Becoming a volunteer with this group taught me skills that I needed in the Real Estate business. And seeing the family’s reaction to the finished home has been the rose of my year. Life brings on roses as well as thorns. My lowest point occurred when my child came home to announce that he had been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and had to quarantine for fourteen days. The waiting period was excruciating, stressful, and downright painful. A thorn takes you to places you have never gone before.  However, through it all, circumstances reacquainted me with resilience, patience, hope and prayer.”


*JAN SIKES

“I have a brand new book that I am super excited about – Ghostly Interference!  I’ll share the logline for the book: Jag Peters and Rena Jett are caught in a triangle of souls with the ghost of Sam Jett as the connecting factor leading them to love and redemption.

Since I live alone and in an apartment, I don’t have a Christmas Tree, but I do have a Christmas Angel that changes colors. I just love her!”


*PATRICIA GARCIA

Q:  WHAT IS ONE PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT YOU REACHED THIS YEAR?
A:  Contracting 4WillsPublishing to assist me in getting my first short story published.

Q:  DO YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK BABY COMING OUT NEXT YEAR?
A:  Yes.  TURN THE LIGHT ON will appear to the world on February 14, 2021.

Q:  DID YOU FOSTER/ADOPT/BIRTH A NEW CHILD?
A:  Yes, I started fostering 4 children in South Africa this year.

Q:  WHAT WAS THE BEST LESSON YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR?
A:  Perseverance –  to believe in your Purpose and to keep moving forward no matter what.

Q:  WHAT WAS THE BEST MOVIE YOU WATCHED THIS YEAR?
A:  The best movie for me was Hidden Figures. Yes, I know it came out in 2016 but it didn’t hit Netflix in Germany until the late half of 2019. Since then I’ve watched it at least thirty times. My best new song is Rattle by Elevation Church. It has a jazzy blues country rock sound and I love it.

Q:  WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY’S BEST HOLIDAY TRADITION?
A:  Going to church on Christmas Eve.

Q:  WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR NEXT YEAR?
A:  My book-baby, TURN THE LIGHT ON, hitting the market.

Q:  WHAT WAS YOUR ROSE THIS YEAR AND WHAT WAS YOUR THORN? 
A:  My rose was definitely discovering that I could self-publish and at such reasonable prices utilizing the services of 4WillsPublishing.  I must mention that my whole experience with RRBC, which is how I came to know about 4WillsPublishing, is also the best highlight of my year. I call it the RRBC Stimulant That Lights Up Your Life.  My thorn was realizing that because of the CORONAVIRUS, I will not see my family until 2022.

*PAMELA SCHLOESSER CANEPA

“Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Season’s Greetings, whatever holiday you celebrate! 2020 has been quite a year. I would say my proudest work accomplishment this year as a Middle School English teacher was putting a focus on Socio-Emotional Learning in my classroom – trying to learn what personally motivates my students with various learning abilities from standard, advanced, to gifted learners. I’m working on building community. One personal achievement I reached this year was maintaining a connection with my students during COVID lockdown in Florida from March to June. I would say that it was really rewarding during a time of uncertainty.

This year, I published one book titled Malachi, Ruse Master. It is not specifically sci-fi, but focuses on a character that connects to characters and events in my Detours in Time series. I really enjoyed writing this one, getting into my character’s head and writing about the struggles of finding your identity when you are a young adult.

COVID anxiety has been a struggle for me, but I’d say it comes and goes, and staying busy or exercising seems to really help. I struggled with anxiety even before COVID became a concern for the United States this year, so fortunately, I was already working on the problem before lockdown occurred and cases skyrocketed. I’ve read and studied many books on the subject and took a CBT course. I feel that knowledge and acceptance of our own flaws are both very important. One thing I do regret is my lack of focus, which resulted from COVID lockdown. I am able to focus on my work but cannot seem to focus also on writing a book. Never fear! I have an idea in the works, but it will take longer than my former books.

In my everyday life, I’ve been practicing not keeping things in and speaking my mind in a calm manner. I know there is a little risk involved there. So, appropriately, my favorite song of the year has been Caution by The Killers. The beat and the lyrics are so inspiring! So, I say, speak your mind, throw caution to the wind! Take a risk. I may not be able to travel, but I am going to grow.

Best wishes!”

*ROBBIE CHEADLE

Q:  WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST WORK ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS YEAR?
A: ​I received an award at the South African Dealmakers of the Year, 2019 event held in February 2020

Q:  WHAT IS ONE PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT YOU REACHED THIS YEAR?
A:  I managed to finish my South African based war novel, A Ghost and His Gold, which is 115,000 words after editing it six times. This is double the length of Through the Nethergate.  My other achievement is making a 60’s styled record payer cake for my mother’s 82nd birthday.  Her small family party was a great success.

Q:  DO YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING OUT NEXT YEAR? 
A: ​I published Sir Chocolate and the Ice cream Rainbow Fairies in March this year. I have run late with A Ghost and His Gold and am aiming for publication in late January 2021.

Q:  WHAT WAS THE BEST LESSON YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR?
A: ​I learned that nothing stays the same forever. COVID19 disrupted our lives and world in a way I had never imagined could happen in our modern world. I have realised that we need to be adaptable and open to change in all sorts of different ways.

Q:  WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY’S BEST HOLIDAY TRADITION?
A: ​ Every year, my son, Michael, helps me make a special baked item for Christmas. For the past few years, we have made and decorated Christmas cakes, but this year we are making a gingerbread and chocolate house village. We are having a lovely time with our preparations and creations. Every year, my older son, Gregory, and I make Christmas crackers for charity. This is a fun and meaningful undertaking.

Q:  WHAT WAS YOUR “ROSE” THIS YEAR AND WHAT WAS YOUR “THORN?”
A: ​ My rose this year would be expanding my author, writer and blogging circle of friends, through joining RRBC and meeting all sorts of lovely and like-minded people. I love people and enjoy learning all about them, so I am delighted to have all these wonderful opportunities.   My thorn this year would be having to homeschool my younger son from the end of March until the end of August. I found it difficult to keep him motivated and he became a bit despondent at home. He is a social child and really missed his friends and even his teachers. It is difficult to watch your children struggling through difficult patches in their lives.

*CJ ZAHNER

“My husband, Jeff, and I lived in our house in Erie, Pennsylvania for over thirty years. Born and raised in Erie, we donned our courage caps, tossed and purged half of our lives, packed up the remains, and jumped in the car with our fourteen-year-old puppy, Furgy. We left eighteen inches of snow behind to begin a new adventure in Wendell, North Carolina, where one of our children lives.

Caught in our own 2020 whirlwind, eight days later we boarded a plane for a long-planned visit to see my granddaughter in Los Angeles, California. While on the plane, Furgy became suddenly ill back in Wendell. Because I couldn’t get a quick return flight, my son in Philadelphia snagged a red-eye to North Carolina to be with his sister while our sweet puppy was put to sleep.

No words can express my loss. Furgy’s love and loyalty had been the medicine that sustained my lonely, empty-nesting heart. She sat beside me while all three of my children moved away from Erie for jobs and better lives. I wrote four novels with Furgy curled at my feet.

2020’s maelstrom wasn’t done. The pandemic hit California hard. Jeff and I had to stand in line at 5 am for food and disinfectant wipes. On March 18, after the San Francisco and Chicago airports shut down, we cut our trip short and flew back to our beautiful but very-empty, new home in North Carolina.

Ironically, on May 1st, I published my first ChickLit novel. The book is a “sort-of” memoir about the loss of friendship. Who knew my sweet Furgy, mentioned several times in the book, would be gone by release day?

I miss my girl every day, but I know my husband and I, three children, and granddaughter are the lucky ones. We are alive and well and patiently awaiting the close of 2020.

Adversity is humbling.”

*MARIAN BEAMAN

“This year was a banner year for me in spite of the pandemic. Why? Even though there were huge restrictions, online activity was still possible via all things digital: Zoom meets, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

This year I reached 533 weekly postings on a blog I began in 2013. Another one of my goals was 50 reviews of Mennonite Daughter on Amazon, almost all of which are 5-star. I am humbled and grateful for that accomplishment.

The most important achievement, in my opinion, was friendships fostered within writer groups. Most recently, it’s Rave Reviews Book Club. I’ve met new friends here, many of whom bought my book. Three members have read and reviewed my book on Amazon, and I have reciprocated with them and others.

I’ve birthed one book baby, but the output of other RRBC members inspires me to imagine another project. I kept a journal when I coped with two babies in a 26-foot travel trailer decades ago while my husband did art & music shows all over southeastern USA. Another memoir? Who knows!

My rose? Connection with other authors and having family living close by, though we can’t celebrate holidays like we used to. My thorn? Petty people who can’t overlook the small things. My focus word for 2021, I think now, will be BEYOND, as in moving beyond the ordinary to embrace what’s next. It will be grand, I’m sure!”

*YVETTE CALLEIRO

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST WORK ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS YEAR?
A: I successfully wrote and published my first short story, Breathless.

Q:  WHAT IS ONE PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT YOU REACHED THIS YEAR?
A:  I became more financially stable. I was able to refinance my home to get rid of a huge balloon payment at the end of my mortgage’s term.

Q:  DO YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING OUT NEXT YEAR? 
A: I will be releasing a new young adult contemporary novel next year. It’s actually a book I wrote a decade ago. I left it on the shelves to collect dust until this year. I’m really happy with it. I am also trying to write Drake’s story for The Chronicles of the Diasodz.

Q:  DID YOU WELCOME A NEW PET INTO YOUR HOME? 
A:  I’ve welcomed new saltwater fish to my 300-gallon fish tank.

Q:  WHAT WAS THE BEST LESSON YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR? 
A:  Self-care is vitally important.

Q:  WHAT WAS THE BEST MOVIE YOU WATCHED THIS YEAR?  TV SHOW? 
A:  I absolutely LOVE watching movies, but I cannot remember a single movie I’ve watched this year. I tried Googling 2020 movies, and none of them sound familiar to me. That blows my mind. Pre-COVID, my mom and I would go to the movies every month, sometimes twice a month. And now, I just don’t watch any. As for TV shows, I’m all about the Marvel shows. My son and I watch two episodes every night of one show until we are caught up and then we move to another one. Right now, we are watching Gotham. I’m not much of a music listener, but I am been enjoying the songs (and the journey) of Mat and Savanna Shaw.

Q:  WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY’S BEST HOLIDAY TRADITION?
A:  My family doesn’t really have many traditions, but my favorite holiday moments are from Noche Buena, the Cuban’s Christmas Eve. My parents, my sister and her husband and kids, and my son and I get together and play board games and eat dinner together. It’s just a nice time of family hanging out. Granted, we tend to see each other almost every Sunday, but Noche Buena just has a little extra specialness to it.

Q:  WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR NEXT YEAR? 
A:  Assuming the virus gets under control, I am most excited about my parents, my son, and I going on our summer road trip that was cancelled this year because of the virus.

Q:  WHAT WAS YOUR “ROSE” THIS YEAR AND WHAT WAS YOUR “THORN?” 
A:  My thorn was dealing with my anxiety and the feelings of isolation during this pandemic. My rose was spending a week with my sister and our kids while we enjoyed various Florida Springs.

*REGINA MORRIS

“Biggest work accomplishment is that I lost my job during the pandemic and was able to find another one quickly, all while publishing two novels this year. Personally, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary over the summer.”

*JOY NWOSU LO-BAMIJOKO

Q:  WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST WORK ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS YEAR? 
A:  I will say … my song (Chim Alugolum Olu Ebube), which I was finally able to edit and publish on YouTube this year.  The beautiful CD cover was designed by 4WillsPublishing.

Q:  WHAT IS ONE PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT YOU REACHED THIS YEAR? 
A:  I will still say my song. It took me twenty years after recording it, to finally publish it.

Q:  DO YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING OUT NEXT YEAR? 
A:  I have been churning out short stories.

Q:  DID YOU FOSTER/ADOPT/BIRTH A NEW CHILD? 
A:  No. But I am expecting my 4th grandchild.

Q:  DID YOU WELCOME A NEW PET INTO YOUR HOME?  
A:  Yes. My daughter brought home two adorable baby cats.

Q:  WHAT WAS THE BEST LESSON YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR? 
A: I learned patience.

Q:  WHAT WAS THE BEST MOVIE YOU WATCHED THIS YEAR? 
A:  I watched and enjoyed, Victoria.

Q:  WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY’S BEST HOLIDAY TRADITION? 
A:  For me, this is the season for sharing. I send money to my family, far and near for them to buy, cook and eat a Christmas feast.

Q:  WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR NEXT YEAR?
A:  I am looking forward to a better year. This year has been very stressful!

Q:  WHAT WAS YOUR “ROSE” THIS YEAR AND WHAT WAS YOUR “THORN?” 
A: My “rose” is that I thank God every day for keeping me and my family safe. My “thorn” is my fear of the uncertainties that surround us.

*PTL PERRIN

“What a year 2020 has been! For an introvert like me, Covid gave me permission to stay at home as long as I wanted to! I thought it would be fun, and I’d catch up on the gazillion projects that have piled up over the years. It had been a long time since I saw the carpet in our home office, hidden beneath our creative piling system, and so I started there.

It only took three months. Now that the carpet has been revealed, I’m ready to cover up the old stained thing again. Only I can’t now because other projects have taken over.

I switched from PCs to Macs, all because I like formatting books in Vellum, which is only available for Apple computers.

The national toilet paper shortage was only one of the big shocks of the Covid pandemic. Since the stores have stocked the treasure again, I buy one pack of TP and paper towels every time I shop. My husband has made pathways between the stacks in the garage just to move around in there, but my neighbors and I will NEVER lack for either of those paper goods again. It isn’t hoarding when it goes in one at a time, is it?

Several of our dearest loved ones moved from Earth into Heaven, where they’re celebrating the presence of the Lord. We miss them and grieve for the ones they’ve left behind for now, but we’ll all be changing addresses soon enough.

Get-togethers with family mostly take place outside these days. That isn’t hard in south Florida, where we wear shorts on a blustery winter day. Today we watched dolphin breech in the wild, saw and heard green parrots fight with grackles for space in a tree, gasped as an osprey caught a fish as big as itself, admired pelicans skimming the top of the choppy water, and sang Happy Birthday to a one-year-old. The baby’s great grandmother fished alongside her grandson who had just earned his boat captain’s license.

I’m working on a Teen/YA Fantasy series I hope to publish in 2021. Besides that, we look forward to traveling a lot after the pandemic. We have kids and grandkids scattered all over the eastern USA, and we hope to get to Europe again.

Life is good. No pandemic will stop us from living it. God is good all the time. Merry Christmas and may 2021 be full of blessings for you and your loved ones.”

*RANDY OVERBECK

“Even with the world stopped and millions of lives on hold in 2020, I persevered. In the middle of 2020, I released the second installment in my Haunted Shores Mysteries series, CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY. Though the pandemic threw a wrench into the national launch plans, the novel still managed to win a national award and five star reviews for national and international reviewers.”

*JOY M. LILLEY

“To you all, have a wonderful Christmas and a splendid, safe and healthy new year!”  

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As we close out this amazingly informative RRBC-family newsletter, I must give you what many of you have been waiting for – our very own version of ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” Around The World, RRBC-style!  I did not edit one bit of this video because I wanted you to get the pure, unfiltered enjoyment out of it, as I do, each and every time I look at it… and I can’t stop looking at it!

Many thanks to the awesomely talented RRBC crew who made this project possible and extremely entertaining (listed in order of appearance in the production) –

Me, Wendy S., Tena S., Pat G., Joy B., Jan S., Bette S., Linnea T., Patty P., Wanda F., Sam P., Joy G., Yvette C., Shirley S., Rox B., Charles B., Karl M., Phil S., Cyndie Z., Robbie C., Harriet H., Me, Karen B., Guy W., Lisa K., John F., Marian B., Charles J., John P., & Me.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, FROM OUR RRBC FAMILY TO YOURS! MAY EVERY JOY OF THE SEASON WEIGH HEAVILY UPON YOUR WORLD IN THE COMING YEAR!

Would you like to be part of this awesomeness?  Join us!  We don’t compete against each other here at RRBC, we lift and support each other personally and professionally, always!  2021 is going to be even greater than ever, here at RRBC, and because we’re already the best literary family around,  that’s saying an awful lot!  

$10 off any membership through 12/31/20!

33 thoughts on “WELCOME TO THE #RRBC FAMILY “HOLIDAY” NEWSLETTER! @RRBC_Org @NonnieJules @RRBC_RWISA”

  1. Thank you so much for so much inspiration shared, by Nonnie, as well as a few of our club members’ thoughts. I am especially grateful to Paula, who has been such an encouragement and help to me these past few months. All the best to you all and I hope your new W.I.P. will be as awesome as the completed works which I had the privilege to read.

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  2. This is an AWESOME newsletter! I so enjoyed getting to know everyone through your writings, and even bought a couple of books I wasn’t familiar with! And our rendition of T’Was the Night Before Christmas is a priceless treasure! You are all such a joy! Roses…all of you.

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    1. It was clear and beautiful here, Wanda! I walked next door to a church parking lot and saw the two planets. It was pretty awesome. Then a man showed up to look too and loaned me his binoculars! Pretty cool stuff!

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  3. It is great to learn a little bit more about these members of the RRBC family, some I know, and some quite new. I welcome the new members and hope to learn more about you in the future through tour books. Thank you, Nonnie, for putting this together. It is beautiful.

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  4. I loved this newsletter! We had so much fun doing the “Visit from St. Nicholas” video! What a great idea Nonnie had to put this together! I have been spending a lot of time listening to new holiday songs for my radio show. Many people have produced great holiday albums this year, mostly with the themes of hope and light. I think that while most of us have pandemic fatigue, we also have hope. I worry about all the children who may not receive food or gifts for Christmas or any other holidays, as well as those who may be evicted from their homes. I know the great people of RRBC will keep them in their hearts.

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    1. Wanda, although it’s not perfect, they have gotten a deal done that will hopefully at least feed some kids for the holidays and put some kind of smile on their faces. The news is that these stimulus payments will go out before Christmas (fingers crossed). Kids don’t understand when Santa doesn’t visit them, so it saddens me when there are some who have to go without at this time of the year especially.

      Thanks, Wanda 🙂

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    2. I am also saddened by the economic impact of the pandemic here in South Africa, Wanda. My sons and I have put together 110 goodie packets with some baked goods and chocolates to go to a local old age home. The residents haven’t had any visitors for 8 months.

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  5. This is beautiful, Nonnie. Everyone has such optimism and hope. It left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Thank you for putting this together and for allowing me to be a part of it!! Merry Christmas!

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  6. I guess I must have missed this memo too because I would have contributed to this newsletter. Its really nice hearing personal stories during this trying time.

    Be safe for the holidays!

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