Blog post courtesy of #RWISA Author Jan Sikes - Writing & Music Blog
Wow! It’s almost time for this fabulous Writers’ Conference to kickoff and it promises to be one for the books! Literally!
What better way to enhance your writing skills, interact with other authors, find new books to read, play games, win prizes and all from the comfort of your home!!
Five years ago, when Nonnie Jules, created this conference. there were few, if any, virtual conferences taking place. We were all still enjoying getting out and attending physical events. But now, in the midst of this pandemic, virtual conferences are the new normal. I say this just to demonstrate the innovative thinking of our fearless leader!
The RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is an international book club dedicated to reading and giving honest reviews. But it is SO much more. It is a community of writers who develop friendships, encourage each other, uplift each other, and support each other in so many ways.
This conference is one of the highlights of the year for this community!
Take a Peek at our 2020 Sessions and Workshops!
You’re a writer. You realize that there is a lot for you to learn to become a great writer…heck, even a good writer. You’ve heard about writers’ conferences but you’ve no time to attend, you’ve no money to spare, and most of them are just too darned far. You’ve heard that they are wonderful, though, and you’d really like to see what they’re all about, so, what do you do?
Well, there is such a thing as a virtual writing conference, and below I’m going to share with you some of the benefits of attending an RRBC writers’ conference & book expo.
*A virtual conference allows you to attend from the comfort of any place of your choosing (living room, bedroom, bathroom, your car trunk, Starbucks, etc…). Writers’ conferences and book expos come a dime a dozen as we say down South. I mean…just like churches and liquor stores, there’s practically one on every corner. But, with the busy lives that we lead, we often find it difficult to get away to visit or participate in one, so the next best thing is to find one online. No need to worry about the cost of travel fare (car, bus or plane), no need to worry about hotel accommodations (you get to sleep at home), or, the cost of eating away from home…you get all that you need, when you need it, right where you are. #BENEFIT
*Resources you will use forever. When you attend a virtual writers’ conference, you have the ability to revisit much of the information that is shared because it is all online. The sessions and workshops presented at an RRBC writers’ conference, are all created with the purpose of educating attendees. Our sessions and workshops are on carefully selected topics that we know authors need in order to grow in their writing careers. The handouts that you receive (virtually), are invaluable along your journey as a writer. No matter the format utilized to present these sessions, attendees leave our sessions and workshops enlightened and with a renewed sense of having learned something that will make them a better writer and stronger marketer for their books. #BENEFIT
*Payment Plans. Have you priced writers’ conferences and book expos lately? Well, I have and who can afford them without skipping a mortgage payment? Geez! There again lies the beauty of a virtual conference (at least an RRBC one). Not only are the prices lower than any others we’ve found, but, we also have payment plans to make it easier to afford an author booth to promote your books, a vendor booth to introduce and sell your wares, and all the sessions and workshops your amazing brain can handle! #BENEFIT
*Community. The RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB popped onto the scene over 7 years ago and has offered to writers something never heard of before: a community of support that truly cares about the success of its members, and a community of like-minded individuals who care about the success of their fellow members just as much as they care about their own. There’s no competition here. We’re all trying to get to the same place, and we’re gladly sharing the load so that we all get there quicker! This community (or family as we like to call it), is there through the good times and the bad; there to lift you up when you’re feeling low and need the encouragement to write another page; there with advice on how to handle certain situations involving your writing, tips on how you should write, what literary services you should utilize, and so much more. We purchase, read and review each other’s books, we give our honest opinions on those books, we promote one another via our blogs and social media forums, and during the conference, we all get to commune to further our careers and friendships even more. #BENEFIT
*Friendships. Many RRBC members are surprised at the bonds of friendship they form once they immerse themselves within the club. The World Wide Web is known to be a cesspool of ‘crazies’, stalkers and any other negative label that you can attach to someone who you should be wary of on the net. But, not so in RRBC. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some that I’m sure you should be leery of, but, I can assure you they are not within the realm of our core members…the professionals who work hard to protect and maintain their reputations as authors. We are a global organization with members around the world, which means, when you find those to call ‘friend’, you’re never without a place to rest your head along your travels. #BENEFIT
*Find great new books. Since the inception of RRBC, we hear on a daily basis how readers were introduced to amazing books they might never have found had it not been for RRBC. The traditionally published have their work plastered all over the place, and sometimes, our Indie awesomeness is a little hidden…you have to dig deep to find it. That’s not the case within RRBC. We have amazing talent in our midst and their books speak for them. If you’re looking for great reads, look no further than our catalog. The conference & expo is THE place for our members to introduce their latest work and you don’t want to miss out on any of it! #BENEFIT
So, there you have it… the most important benefits of attending a virtual writers’ conference & book expo hosted by RRBC. What you will walk away with will far outweigh the pennies you will spend to take part in it. And, because 2020 is our year of being judged on the skill with which we write, we hope that all our members care enough about their writing and their reputations as writers, to take part in this awesome event, which can only serve to further their writing growth.
Last year’s event was amazing and it was our 4th year putting it on. With the past few years under our belt, can you imagine the things that we’re going to do this year? I don’t think you can!
Everything about this event is geared towards your success. If you haven’t registered yet, we invite you to do so today. Don’t be the lone wolf standing on the sidelines of this wonderful event, wishing after the fact that you had been part of it. Jump right on board our rocket to the stars. We certainly have enough room for ya!
See you at the conference!
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There you have it! There’s still time to jump in and participate in any of the workshops that interest you!PLEASE NOTE: the conference site will go offline at some point over the weekend, but will re-open on Monday at 10 AM CT, in the event that you get an error msg saying the site is private when you visit.
Welcome to Day 2 of the "SIR CHOCOLATE AND THE ICE CREAM RAINBOW FAIRIES" Blog Tour! @bakeandwrite @4WillsPub #RRBC.
I'm delighted to host author Robbie Cheadle.
GIVEAWAY: (7 winners) Each will win a copy of her Sir Chocolate Story and Cookbooks. For your chance to win, please leave a comment below
Welcome to part 2 of the fondant cat parade
The fondant cat parade tells the story in limericks of Dinah the Kitten, daughter of Daddy Grey and Mommy Cat, who likes to sleep and escape to Wonderland in her dreams. While in Wonderland, Dinah meets a variety of brightly coloured and fun fantasy kittens. The fondant cat parade illustrates some of the wonderful fondant art that appears in all the Sir Chocolate books.
Today, you will learn about the fondant family dynamics.
Look out for part III of the fondant cat parade tomorrow when you will learn about Dinah the Kitten. You can download the full illustrative PDF of the fondant cat parade here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/dinah-in-wonderland-fondant-cat-parade/.
How to make a bacon and cheese quiche (feeds 8 people)
Ingredients - dough
I use a lovely shortcrust pastry dough recipe. You can learn how to make it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WLXUBCWDF0
Ingredients – filling (use half for a smaller quiche)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups (250 ml per cup) grated cheddar cheese
1 packet bacon, cut into pieces and friend in a little oil
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll out your short crust pasty on a lightly floured surface. Fit to a lightly oiled baking tin as per the first picture on the left-hand side above.
Break 12 eggs into a bowl, add 1 cup of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Beat with a whisk.
Place the layer the cheese on top of the dough layer and then add the bacon. Pour the egg and milk mixture over the other layers and put in the oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the egg is set and the pastry is golden brown.
Join Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet on a fun adventure to discover why the milkshake rain is pale and white.
Contains five recipes that children can make under adult supervision
Hello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with seven published children's picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about my mother's life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children's book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.
I also have a book of poetry called Open a new door, with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.
I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children's books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.
I have participated in a number of anthologies:
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Roberta Eaton Cheadle
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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!
Creative Kids Series - Blank Lined Notebooks
Do you enjoy writing, creating stories, or playing with ideas?
Your imagination is limitless!
Carry a journal in your bag, keep one handy on your desk, or place beside your bed so it’s handy when inspiration strikes.
Designed by award-winning author, WJ Scott, these stunning blank lined journals in the Creative Kids Journal Series, make excellent gifts for budding writers (of all ages).
WJ Scott writes short stories, fantasy and children’s novels, under three different pen names.
Her books have won multiple awards.
One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!
Write your own spooky story!
13 Spooky Writing Prompts to ignite your imagination.
Bats and cats, owls and howls, trick-or-treat, hosts and ghosts.
Kids, have fun this Halloween by creating spooky stories to scare your family and friends.
Please share your creations - I'd love to see your ideas!
#Kids #Writing Prompt #Princess #Listen to award-winning author, WJ Scott, read from this #activity #book.
Princess Writing Prompts
Listen to award-winning author WJ Scott read out one of her writing prompts.
31 Princess Writing Prompts to ignite your child’s imagination. Have fun creating princess stories to share with your family and friends.
I'd love to see what ideas you come up with -
please share in the comments.
Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?
Gold Medal Winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2015 9-12 years.
Silver Medal Winner 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Children's/Preteen.
Blue Treat Award Rave Reviews Book Club 2017.
“Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?”
13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power.
Can TC help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; to unearth enough evidence to prove Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?
“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”
An enthralling archaeological mystery, mixing the supernatural with humour and suspense.
The first of TC’s adventures - an archaeological mystery for junior readers and above.
Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.
Wendy writes fantasy and children’s novels.
One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!
Gold Medal Winner: The Wishing Shelf Book Awards UK 2015
Silver Medal Winner: International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2016
Blue Treat Award: RRBC KCT International Literary Book Awards 2017, 2018, & 2019
Finalist: The Wishing Shelf Book Awards UK 2016, 2017, & 2018
Gold Quality Marks: BooksGoSocial 2017
Finalist: Book Excellence Awards 2018
Finalist: Top Shelf Book Awards 2019
Nominee: Top Shelf Book Awards 2020
Please visit www.wendyjscott.com to learn more, read Wendy’s blog, sign up for her newsletter, or to leave her a message. She loves hearing from readers.
Fantasy ~ Wendy Scott
Children’s ~ WJ Scott
Other (Romance/Paranormal) ~ Wendy Jayne
Keep the fun of Christmas alive with these fun writing activities!
Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas.
A fun stocking-stuffer and/or holiday activity book with 12 creative activities for kids.
Christmas Writing Prompts encourages children’s imaginations.
Create fun Christmas stories to share with your family and friends.
Available eBook & Print.
Hi and “WELCOME” to
Rave Reviews Book Club’s BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY
Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:
$5 Amazon Gift Card x 2
eBook Halloween Writing Prompts x 2
eBook Tails x 1
eBook Hieroglyph x 1
eBook Fairy Dust x 1
eBook Magic Writing Prompts x 1
# of Winners for this stop: 8
Just leave a comment to be in to win!
Let's play a Halloween game using one of my writing prompts …
In the comments below write a short paragraph - let's see how creative you are!!!
It’s trick-or-treat time and your best friend has dared you to knock on the door of the haunted house. No one lives there, but when you creep through the overgrown oak trees you spy a light flickering in an upstairs’ window. Who answers the door?
The Aspiring Author Series by WJ Scott
Other Award-winning Books by WJ Scott
Once again, thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of this post. Good luck on winning my giveaways! I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome BLOCK PARTY!
And the winners are:
(2) $5 Amazon gift cards - D. L. Finn & Susanne Leist
(2) ebook copies of HALLOWEEN PROMPTS - Charles Jones & John Howell
(1) ebook copy of TAILS - Bernard Foong
(1) ebook copy of FAIRY DUST - Shirley Harris-Slaughter
(1) ebook copy of HIEROGLYPH - Jan Sikes
(1) ebook copy of MAGIC WRITING PROMPTS - Yvette Calleiro
Please Welcome #RWISA Author Harriet Hodgson
Make a Review Handout
Good reviews sell books. I’ve found it helpful to make a review handout. The handout includes the book cover, selected reviews, my website address, and ordering information. This review for The Grandma Force is posted on NetGalley. It was written by a librarian and NetGalley reviewer.
Rating: Five out of Five Stars
I chose this book to review because I am a new grandma and I wanted to learn how to be a good one. I found the book very informative and useful. Lots of information is shared in a personal way, making it easy to understand and to read. I learned that there is no one way to be a good grandma. Each grandma is different but as long as they love their grandchild and keep the guidelines of this book in mind, such as following the parents directives unless they are harmful to the child, a grandmother can be a wonderous addition to a child’s life. Highly recommended.
When you read reviews of your book you may spot some English errors. Tempted as you may be to correct these errors, don’t do it. The reviewer’s words are their own and you don’t have the legal right to change them.
Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 38 years, is the author of thousands of print/online articles, and 37 books. Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She has appeared on more than 185 radio talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband, John.
Please visit www.harriethodgson.com for more information about this busy wife, mother, grandmother, caregiver, speaker, and author.
Amazon paperback https://amzn.to/31Kklgs
Amazon eBook https://amzn.to/31FoUt5
Barnes and Noble paperback http://bit.ly/2N28jLY
Barnes and Noble eBook http://bit.ly/31GeWaj
IndieBound paperback http://bit.ly.2TBRpol
Twelve-year-old Brody, and his kid brother, are sent to stay with their reclusive Aunt Sally, when their mom falls seriously ill. But, they soon discover things are not as they appear, and a strange phenomenon is happening in the small retro town.
What mystery is Tucker’s Mountain hiding?
Unsure of who or what they can trust, the boys embark on a hunt for answers that reveals more than they bargained for.
WJ Scott shares books, photos and thoughts from NZ.
Click on Cronkite (the bird) below, to download, Gypsy Wishes, a companion scene for Tails.