Shining a Spotlight on RAVE REVIEWS’ “SPOTLIGHT” Chats

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

This is something worth sharing.

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Written by Danica Cornell

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, there’s a pretty good chance at least some of you are familiar with Rave Reviews Book Club’s (RRBC) “SPOTLIGHT” Chats.  But, for those who don’t yet know about these chats or why they’re so beneficial for authors, then this post is for you.

“SPOTLIGHT” Chats, (also referred to as Twitter Chats, Twitterviews and Live Tweet Chats) are an exciting new program we’ve designed at RRBC as yet another way to Profile, Promote & Propel the careers of our indie author members!  Simply put, these chats are live Twitter interviews, (conducted by yours truly) which are designed to drive the conversation around the author’s brand – and they do so in a manner that’s both fun and effective!

Here’s How it Works

With “SPOTLIGHT” Chats, folks can join the conversation by directly tweeting their own questions…

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Book Release: Elemental Earth by Harmony Kent

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:


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Book Release: Elemental Earth by Harmony KentJoin us for an exciting week, celebrating the Release of YA Fantasy Fiction Novel “ELEMENTAL EARTH” by Author Harmony Kent.

Let’s hear about it in her own words…

Harmony Kent

I just published my third Novel, and what a whirlwind ride it’s been! A couple of years ago, I couldn’t have seen myself writing at all. Which just goes to show, none of us know what’s around the corner. How did I end up here?

My life began (again) at forty. What a scary time that was. Nevertheless, so worth it. I would like to take you on my journey with me, so you can see how I got to where I am today.

I’ve always wanted to write, but didn’t always have the confidence or know how. I remember the first ‘long’ story I wrote; I was eleven. School had run a writing competition and I filled a whole…

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I have been a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club almost since its inception. The experience has been nothing but positive considering I was just about to leave the literary world after going it alone for too long as we Indie Authors tend to do. I served on the board and was the Newsletter Co-ordinator for RRBC. My support of this organization has been equally matched by its support of me. That’s how it works. You give and you get back.

Doesn’t this photo tug at your heart? A dog seeking warmth and shelter in a manger — finds it! It sums up who we are!!


You can find it too–right here at Rave Reviews Book Club. IT’S LIKE COMING HOME!!!
There are perks and then there are perks: #PUSHTUESDAY, SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR, BOOK OF THE MONTH, WRITING CONTESTS, GIVEAWAYS, SURPRISE PROMOTIONS; and just attention and interaction from other Indie Authors. And you discover so many wonderful books to read and enjoy. It has definitely re-ignited my desire to read.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the newsletter which is posted each Sunday on the Rave Reviews Book Club website. Any and all information you ever want to know can be found in REVIEWS IN THE NEWS.

But the “Icing on the Cake” is seeing your book sales shoot up, your book reviews increase in numbers, and your rank going down. Now that’s the bottom line isn’t it?

Again I cannot stress enough the support I have received in promoting my book since I joined. I got featured “On the Shelf” and was A Spotlight Author which was absolutely AWESOME!!! And now I’ve gone one step further by joining the 4 Wills Publishing family and taking my book to newer heights–offered at RRBC.

You can have the same support and attention yourself. Just click here to learn more.

This club is for people who want to support and interact with other authors. The mission is to Support, Promote and Propel our members to imaginable heights! Be a part of it.




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Alien Teachers! by Danica Cornell

I want everybody to welcome my wonderful friend Danica Cornell. I love her like a sister so please pay attention and leave your comments. Give her your undivided attention because she really has something to tell you.


Before I begin, I’d like to thank my dear friend, Shirley Slaughter, for inviting me to appear as a guest on her blog. Shirley and I met several months ago through Rave Reviews Book Club, and I can honestly say she’s one of the kindest and most supportive author-friends I’ve come across to date. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s a talented writer! Many thanks, Shirley. I’m truly honored to be here today.



For those of you who don’t know me, I’m both a writer and long-time fan of science fiction—not just because of its sexy, futuristic technologies, but also because of its exploration into the really hard questions, like, why are we here and are we alone? In fact, it’s been through my immersion in this genre’s boundary-pushing plots that I’ve come to understand something which first glance, may seem counterintuitive. And yes, as you may have surmised by the title of this post, it has to do with aliens.

So here it is—the unvarnished truth. You know all those stories about humans coming into contact with aliens? Well, I’m here to tell you, they’re actually more about us than them. I know it sounds a little crazy. Or maybe even a lot crazy. But from my perspective, these larger-than-life extraterrestrials—the ones who light up our imaginations—are actually carefully crafted teachers with important messages for each and every one of us.

Allow me to explain…

Bad Aliens

When you think about it, malevolent extraterrestrials, (i.e., The Bad Guys), such as the one depicted in the post-apocalyptic film, Oblivion (2013), remind us of the inherent darkness in human greed and corruption. Why? Because in a sense, alien characters who invade our planet and harm the masses, can be thought of as metaphors for unchecked human greed. Expanding on this, it could even be suggested that some of today’s behemoth corporate entities behave like ill-intentioned aliens. How so? In the way they “invade” the lives and consciousness of people through resource acquisition and advertising, while simultaneously “killing” others through downsizing, outsourcing, and unethical, (although legal) tax practices.

Having said this, with Oblivion’s global alien overlord and rampant use of drone technology, there’s little doubt many see this movie as a politically-motivated. I personally view it as a sociopolitical allegorical tale, but either way, one thing’s for certain. Such stories have the power to rattle and awaken us—but only after their hidden messages are revealed to us, in a way we as individuals understand to be true. Of course such films may have more obvious messages as well, but it’s in peeling back the layers and considering the time in history each screenplay (or novel) is written and consumed, that we really begin to get at the heart of the alien-teacher matter.

Of course, not all extraterrestrials have been portrayed as enemies of humanity, which brings me to my next point.

Good Aliens

I believe it’s been through science fiction’s benevolent alien characters, (i.e., The Good Guys), that we’ve been given opportunities to see things about ourselves which we might otherwise want to forget. For example, behaviors like no longer questioning authority or losing our sense of wonder amidst a sea of adult responsibilities, were the themes explored in the Hollywood blockbuster, E.T. (1982). You remember that one, right? Where the friendly alien wanted to “phone home”? I was pretty young when that movie came out, but even then, it was clear the adult characters in this story had lost touch with their own sense of wonder.

The E.T. character was extraordinarily kind and gentle and posed no threat to humankind. As such, he taught me not to alienate others simply because they are different. In his unique way, he nudged me in the direction of remaining open-minded, divergent-thinking, caring, and truth-seeking. But perhaps most significantly, E.T. reminded me that all of sci-fi’s aliens are really teachers with profound messages for each and every one of us.

I wonder if the same is true about the real extraterrestrials.



Danica Cornell

Danica Cornell is the author of the forthcoming DARK STAR Sci-fi/Fantasy Series, soon to be published by Cool Geek Books. To learn more about Danica’s work, her love of dogs, and her support of UNICEF, please visit her website at

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Shirley Harris-Slaughter




Growing up in Royal Oak Township, in Metro-Detroit, Shirley, at an early age loved old buildings and vintage clothing.  When she realized that the Catholic church she had grown up in was going to be shut down, she wanted to record it’s history and try to save at least some part of her community, so she wrote a book!  OUR LADY OF VICTORY:  THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY is a must read for all.  And if you’re a history buff, that’s just a bonus!




Shirley recently stepped down as Newsletter Co-Ordinator here at RRBC, as she is embarking on a new journey…she has more stories to tell.  She now sits among the vast number of members we have and she continues to serve, but in another capacity…she is a Tweet Support Team Member and we’re glad to have her in any capacity she chooses to serve in. She is one uber-supportive member and we appreciate the time she gave us in our news room, and we will continue to appreciate her service on the TST!

We hope that you will support Shirley by visiting each stop on her blog tour, sharing your comments and thoughts, following her on Twitter @SHarrislaughter, befriending her on Facebook, and most importantly, supporting her awesome book!


Shirley is our “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for the week of 6/8/14 thru 6/14/14 & 6/15 thru 6/21/14

Here is the line-up of her Blog Tour:

Sunday, 6/8/14: Rebecca Nolen –  Things We Cannot Control!!

Monday, 6/9/14: Harmony Kent – Culture Shock!

Tuesday, 6/10/14: Jo Jenner – Ethnic Injustice or Intimidation?

Wednesday, 6/11/14: Loren Weaver – Dear Pope Francis

Thursday, 6/12/14: WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” w/yours truly, NONNIE JULES (In-depth Interview)

Friday, 6/13/14: Michelle Abbott – Preserving History Against the Odds!

Saturday, 6/14/14: Jenny Sherwin – DEJA VU!

Sunday, 6/15/14:  Bruce Border #1 and Bruce Border#2

Monday, 6/16/14:  Kindle Ninja –  “The Legacy

Tuesday, 6/17/14:    Nicholas C. Rossis – OLV The Saga

Wednesday, 6/18/14:  Marlena Hand – She Hid Her Racial Identity

Thursday, 6/19/14:  Who’s On the Shelf?

Friday, 6/20/14:  Wendy Storer – A Celebrity in the Midst

Saturday, 6/21/14: Joy Lo-Bamijokko – YOU ARE THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!


When you support Shirley by visiting each stop of her tour, you also support our wonderful blog tour hosts, who were kind enough to serve on the tour.  They would also appreciate your comments, as well as your tweets and Facebook shares of the post.


Please support our “SPOTLIGHT” Author by picking up a copy of her book “OUR LADY OF VICTORY:  THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY“


See below to check out more of the wonderful SUPPORT  Shirley is receiving as a “SPOTLIGHT” Author!


If you are lucky enough to be chosen as a “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, here is what you and your book will receive:

1)  A one week long blog tour on several blogs, set up by us;

2) Press releases sent to your local hometown newspapers (if you so choose);

3) A PDF flyer that you can print and post in local businesses and book stores promoting your status as a “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR of Rave Reviews Book Club;

4)  A “SPOTLIGHT” Interview hosted by our very own President, Nonnie Jules right here on the Rave Reviews Bookshelf!  This will be so much FUN and heavily promoted!

5)  A “Twitterview” LIVE Interview/chat w/RRBC PR & Marketing Director, Danica Cornell;

6)  Tweets and RTs promoting you and your book heavily during your “SPOTLIGHT” week from the RAVE REVIEWS BOARD MEMBERS, the RAVE REVIEWS Tweet Support Team and other club members, as well as Facebook blasts on club member walls; Pinterest and Instagram posts, etc;

7)  A “SPOTLIGHT” here on our site, with your photo, book cover, blurb and buy links, directing and encouraging the masses to purchase/read and post reviews of your book;

8)  After your “SPOTLIGHT” week is over, the link to your blog or website will be listed below.

Now, I know you’re wondering how you can become one of our “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHORS.  Well, have you joined yet?  Membership in our book club is the only way to the awesome title of   “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR!!!  Book selections are about to begin and they will be coming from ourBOOK CLUB SELECTIONS FOR REVIEW page.

“You Can’t Buy This Kind of Support!”

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Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

I want to share this with my blog followers who missed it on twitter.

Originally posted on Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules:

Hello and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules!  Since we are a book club, we had to offer something that included a book shelf.  A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories.  Here on this “SHELF,”  we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask.  We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but no one has dared to cover them.  WE get personal!  Because when you sit on the RRBC “SHELF”, YOU are an open book!

Today I have with me on the “SHELF” our Current “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Mrs. Shirley Harris Slaughter!


NJ:  Welcome, Shirley and before we really get started, how does the “SHELF” feel to you?  Is it comfy?

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