Rave Reviews Book Club (#RRBC)
The Club that makes a writer, and a starter feel like a winner!
My meeting with the Rave Reviews Book Club started by chance. After publishing my first book, I relied solely on my friends and family to read, review, and post their reviews on the on-line stores where they bought their copies. I didn’t know what else to do beyond that.
Then I published my second book. This time, I decided to go looking for help in getting the words out. It was during this search that I came across the RRBC, and a couple of other sites of writers’ forums. Of all the ones I researched, RRBC was only one stood out. It was the answer I received from Nonnie, founder of the RRBC that peeked my interest.
My question for Nonnie was, “Do you charge for your reviews, and if you do, how much?”
The answer came back almost immediately. “No, we do not charge for our reviews. As a member, you read and review your co-member’s books, and they do the same with your books.” And she invited me to join and try it out. To tell the truth, I did not believe that such a thing existed, because all the other forums that answered my query had one twist or another about their service, you heard me, service.
I joined any way, and my first shock came the day after my joining. I was inundated with an outburst of welcomes, from people I didn’t know or ever met, who were simply happy that I joined their group. I ticked that, inwardly, as a plus. Then I started reading and reviewing, not much tweeting. I didn’t know how. It took me only one week as a member before I was taught how to engage with others on line. Thank you Nonnie Jules, Shirley Slaughter, and Harmony Kent for initiating me, first into the group, and then about how to navigate the group and the outside world.
Since then, I have experienced the most wonderful support that I never envisioned. I was looking for something small, just enough to get along, and I landed myself into something huge, that has launched me and my writing into a circle wider than my wildest dreams. Thank you my fellow RRBC members. You all are the best! Since joining, I have come across some extraordinary reads that can pass as “Best Sellers,” and have had conversations, and help from people I could never have met in my life. Thank you again RRBC authors.
I just want you all to know that to date, I have read and reviewed so many member books, and counting, mostly because I love reading, but also because these books are readily assessable. So, I fill my Kindle with them. I don’t let any promo pass me by!
So far, I have been profiled in all ways possible. My first was when I won a spot on the shelf. As if that was not enough, I won the book of the month spot after that, and a member of the week to follow. I have been on the WillsPublishing book tour twice, and bracing for more. You may want to know that WillsPublishing has many wonderful services, at really bottom prices, and they do good job. I have also appeared on the #RBCBeyond the Cover radio blog show. One day I was listening to the “Author Scoop” Radio Talk when I heard my book being profiled. I started tweeting like mad. That is one show at which anything can happen. All of the above did not happen in one day. It took me some time before I started seeing the result of my hard work. And when it started, it rained.
Guys, it is true! RRBC is the place to profile, support, and promote, and you will receive the same treatment a hundred times over. They say that while you are pointing one finger away from yourself, four others are pointing back at you. Never tire from promoting others. Just remember, the more you do, the more it comes back to you. I thank you all.
For those of you who are not familiar with my own books, you can find them here:
If you are not yet a member, please go here: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/join-here/, to find out all about it.
As an extension of my post yesterday I have decided to compile a list of services that are available to indie authors. Sometimes it can be really difficult, especially when you’re starting out, to know what you’re looking for. Even after you decide to do something it can still be tough to find those out there who can facilitate your project.
So I asked on Facebook for those who provided author services to share links so that I could make a list. Some of these service providers I have used some I have not. It’s up to you to use this list as a starting point. It’s a resource for your research. Some of the services offered will be free and others you will have to pay for, but you will have to create a contract with the provider before you commit to services.
So, check out the websites, do…
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Nigeria’s President Buhari Fires Heads of Military Defence Staff
Nigeria sacks four military chiefs
Nigerian President Buhari Replaces Top Military Chiefs Amid Boko Haram Violence
At last!!! Nigeria’s new head of state, Ret. Gen. Buhari has done what we have been asking to be done for month, since the abduction of the Chibok girls. The above screaming headlines that appeared on the news today, have brought some relief, and I am sure that many who have being following the events of Boko Haram in Nigeria must have also felt relief. Those top military brass and their counterparts in the other arms of the military deserved not only to be sacked. I hope they will also be probed. It will not be enough to sack them, and let them off that easy, maybe with full military benefits even, not minding the damage they have done to the country due to their indolence.
How could they ever explain the fact that, at their watch, Boko Haram laid waste to parts of the country, and continues to do so? How could they even think that it is okay to live it up in Abuja, while sending off to the battle front ill equipped soldiers to do their dirty job?
In Nigeria, anything goes!
It will never be okay that we have, or supposed to have a military that allowed Boko Haram to last this long in Nigeria, long enough to do so much damage to the people, and the image of Nigeria.
If this reshuffle, does not bring about the required change, which is the total annihilation of Boko Haram, the military should be completely reshuffled from down up. A probe committee should be set up immediately to begin to clean out corruption. It can be done.
Buhari’s (Nearly) Bare Cabinet
About Buhari’s nearly bare cabinet, for which he has been dubbed “Baba Go Slow.” The man should be left alone to take all the time he needs to come up with, who knows, a formula that will work. The important thing is that after all the waiting, he comes up with a viable and winning formula. Let him take all the time he needs.
Nigeria is a hard nut to crack!
When I read yesterday that he is taking a 50% pay cut, I smiled. As far as I am concerned, that is all for show. He doesn’t need to tell us. If he has taken a cut, we will know. We are watching!
U.S. to Nigeria: No Guns to Fight Boko Haram
For some time now, I have lost interest in commenting on the Nigerian government and her apparent failure in curbing excesses in the country, and especially excesses in the government it self. But when I read stories like the one with the heading above, written it seems to point fingers everywhere else other than at the real problem, I will comment.
First, I disagree with America, and the excuses they came up with in denying help to Nigeria with ousting Boko Haram. In refusing to help Nigeria in her moment of dare need, America has created rancor between herself and Nigeria. America may need Nigeria one day, and this could come up. What goes round, they say, comes round. No excuse by America can ever justify the damage that Boko Haram and those behind them have done to Nigeria and her people. In other words, when you see someone drowning, you save the person first before you judge the person. This is what I have come to learn as the spirit of the American justice. If afterwards you find this person guilty, punish the guilty.
Although corruption has eaten very deep into the Nigerian fabric, not all Nigerian are guilty of this. If you have followed my blog, you will see that I have always advocated a cure for the corruption in high places in Nigeria. So far, the government has not dismissed any top military commander for the failures of the military with Boko Haram, why? Because the military is corrupt. Same goes for all heads of department in the ministries where corruption is rampant.
We cannot continue to run the government with the same corrupt people at the helm. With a new president coming in, let’s hope that he will be able to deals with this cankerworm and root it out. He should start by finding and delivering those Chibok girls.
LEGEND OF THE WALKING DEAD: IGBO MYTHOLOGIES
(Has Been Re-Mastered, upgraded, and Improved)
By Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
LEGEND OF THE WALKING DEAD: IGBO MYTHOLOGIES
Nigerian Death Legends
Come Alive in ‘the Walking Dead’
The world of the traditional Igbo society of Nigeria is one in which the dead visit and interact easily with the living. It is also a world in which most of the time the living are at the mercy of the gods.
When 15-year-old Osondu goes missing, his mother searches for her son and faces the same fate. Now they are both missing. There is a thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist. Sometimes in the story, it is difficult to differentiate between the living and the dead. Both have bodies, with the living existing within their bodies, while the dead use borrowed bodies.
Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies is an enthralling journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos. The book draws readers into the Igbo people’s ancient and traditional beliefs. The journey is well worth the read!
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April 14, 2015
The Mystery Surrounding the Chibok Girls Deepens
About this time, a year ago, 270 girls were rudely and violently awakened from their sleep and abducted by the Boko Haram blood thirsty group. Since then, we have been made to understand that 50 of the girls succeeded in escaping, leaving another 215 or about that number, still in captivity. It is not known how this murderous group succeeded in hiding these girls. I, personally don’t believe that they still have those girls intact, or in small groups, as some people seem to believe. If those girls are around, and still in Nigeria, they would have been found. The fact that no one knows their whereabouts shows that something dreadful, unspeakable must have happened to them.
I strongly believe that the continued captivity of those girls caused the downfall of the former President Jonathan. Their continued captivity will test this new president, although I have said it many times over before that the North raised Boko Haram to harass the South, but particularly to ensure Jonathan’s failure as president, and to take over rulership. We also know that, at a certain point, the sponsors of Boko Haram lost control of the group. It is our hope now, that as they have succeeded in regaining power, they should restrain Boko Haram, and obliterate them completely, if not, they will soon come to know that what goes round, comes round.
They should find and free those girls, or tell us their fate. Nothing less will be acceptable.