BETTER PARENTING, BETTER KIDS

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a dear friend of mine. She is an exceptional, and phenomenal woman. Nonnie Jules, President of Rave Reviews Book Club and Author, is gracing us with her presence today.  Her life is dedicated to making children’s lives safer and meaningful. She has raised two beautiful daughters and writes about how she did it in her first published book, The Good Mommies’ Guide To Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters. She is the founder of Rave Reviews Book Club. It is an honor to welcome Ms. Nonnie Jules!

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Hello, and welcome to the 6th day of my BETTER PARENTING, BETTER KIDS Blog Tour!  I’m so happy to be here today with my dear friend, Shirley and all her friends!  I so appreciate you allowing me to share a bit of my parenting expertise with you!

 

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Today I want to share one of my favorite tips from my book,  “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”  I hope that someone can take something from this message and apply it in the lives of their own daughter:

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TEACH THEM HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE A GOOD, TRUST WORTHY FRIEND.  The Bible (Proverbs 11:13) says:  “Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered,” and The Bible (John 15:13) says:  “Greater love has no one than this:  to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Good friends are hard to come by and sometimes, if you have not been given the tools, it’s even harder to BE a good friend to others.  In the beginning, I taught my daughters to always share their toys.  As they got older, I taught them the importance of being loyal and if someone confided a secret to them, to take that secret to the grave, unless someone was being hurt or abused.  They were taught that if someone had something negative to say about another person, to either dismiss the conversation, letting the offending party know they did not wish to engage in such conversation, or by removing themselves from the conversation altogether.

My daughters are viewed as such great friends, that they are the ones that their friends come to for advice.  They are the ones pegged as good listeners, with the best shoulders to lean on, and they are the “GO-TO” gals when you’re looking for a good, trust-worthy friend.  Equip your daughters early on with the proper tools so that they will know how to receive good friendships, as well as know how to give of themselves in that same department.

Make it a great day, people.  The choice is always yours.

Thanks again, Shirley!

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Do the world a favor and pick up your very own copy of  “THE GOOD MOMMIE’S GUIDE TO RAISING ALMOST (PERFECT) DAUGHTERS.” If your kids are grown and gone, gift it to them for their kids.  If you don’t have kids, gift it to the young mom next door or down the hall who could use the wisdom between the covers of this life-changing little book.  And, if you’re just in the mood for a really good read, I can guarantee, this one is a joy!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT AND MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE!

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AUTHOR BIO:

Nonnie Jules is the mother of two beautifully kind daughters, who along with the help of her husband, have turned out to be two of the greatest assets to this world.  THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS is her first published piece of work and two weeks after publication, it hit Amazon’s Top 100 list, where it reached the #7 mark.  With all the violence which is being exhibited by some children today, it is her vision and goal to get THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…into the hands of everyone who breathes around a child.  She feels the only way we can make this happen, is if we are all working from a common blueprint.  Ms. Jules strongly believes that every opportunity we are given with a child, should be a teaching one for us and a learning one for them.

So far, Nonnie has authored two other books:  a novel which she released in November of 2013, entitled “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!” where she shares her no-holds-barred style of teaching us all about support and social media.  Her second parenting guide {THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO BULLY-PROOF KIDS} is due for release the beginning of January, 2015 and the sequel to her debut novel, DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, shortly after.  (Both have been delayed due to her extensive workload with RRBC).

She is a fan of the well-written word, and so along with 3 partners, she started 4WillsPublishing Co. in November, 2013 to assist other writers in putting out their best work ever.  By December, 2013, she had founded the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB where in less than a year, the membership has rapidly grown to well over 500.  If you’re not a member yet, this is your personal invitation to JOIN US!

As you can see, she is an Author on the move and if you’re interested in keeping up with her, here is her contact info (and a good pair of running shoes would help as well):

 

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Twitter:  @nonniejules

Facebook:  Nonnie Jules, Author

Blogs/Websites:

4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

NonnieWrites.wordpress.com

AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

Introducing Michelle Abbott

Here is Michelle Abbott a dear friend I have had the pleasure of getting to know. She is the author of a new release  “Just Stay.” Michelle comes to us from the UK and it is my honor to host her and give her a warm welcome. Here is a piece that she wishes to share with you.

 

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I thought I’d share some flash fiction I wrote ages ago. It’s not my usual style because it’s written in 3rd person, and it’s not romance 

Suzanne washed her hands with the antibacterial soap, and used her elbows to turn off the tap. She dusted her hands with talc, and snapped on her latex gloves. Finally, she covered her mouth and nose with her surgical mask, and walked into the operating theatre.
She gazed at the body lying on her operating table, taking in his buzz cut and the defined muscles beneath his smooth skin. He looked like a military man, just as her dad had once been. She pondered the horrors he must have seen in battle. He was young, too young to die, but this man was lucky, she was the best surgeon in the hospital. Today, he would survive. The anaesthetist had done her job, he would feel no pain. She checked the monitor; his heartbeat was slow and steady.
“Scalpel, please nurse.” She gripped the instrument, reassured by the feel of the cold, hard metal against her palm. Droplets of blood formed on the man’s pale skin as she made the incision from the tip of his breast bone to the bottom of his ribcage. She was calm and collected, her movements precise; she’d performed this surgery many times before.
The operating theatre was silent except for the steady beat of the heart monitor. Unlike other surgeons she’d observed, who listened to classical music while they worked, Suzanne preferred to work without any distractions.
Her nurse adjusted the camera. She studied the image that had appeared on the screen. While the nurse kept a check on the man’s vitals, Suzanne quickly repaired the damage to his organ.
She fought back her need to sneeze as she began to close her incision, and took a moment to admire her stiches, which were small and neat. Her patient wouldn’t appreciate her artwork of course, nor would he know that she enjoyed sewing in her spare time.
She paused. His heart beat was erratic. Beads of sweat began to form on her forehead. He was going into cardiac arrest. She worked deftly but as she finished closing the wound his heart flat lined. “Nurse. Defibulator.” The nurse stepped back as Suzanne held the metal plates against the man’s chest. The monitor was emitting a continuous beep. This was not happening. She was not going to lose her patient. He survived through wars, she was determined he would survive her operating table.
She froze in shock as a pair of hands grabbed the man’s legs and yanked him from her table. “It’s my turn, you’re supposed to share,” Thomas screamed at her, his face red. With the action man held tightly in his little fist, Thomas skipped across the classroom making pwow, pwow noises.

 

Michelle’s Sites:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelleAbbott4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleAbbottRomanceAuthor
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Abbott/e/B00C7N1AQ6/
Website: http://www.michelleabbott.com
Blog: http://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/

 

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Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person. She’s a self-published author who loves to write new adult romance about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl. She’s an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits :-) She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral.

 

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Shining a Spotlight on RAVE REVIEWS’ “SPOTLIGHT” Chats

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

This is something worth sharing.

Originally posted on Blog of Author Danica Cornell:

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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:

HARMONY CONGRATULATIONS AND MEET MY FRIENDS!!

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

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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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

COME ON OVER TO RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB

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!!

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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.

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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.

 

Alien

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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 www.danicacornell.com.

CONNECT WITH DANICA:
Danica’s Website: http://www.danicacornell.com
Danica’s Blog: http://danica-cornell.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanicaCornell
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanicaCornell
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DanicaCornellChannel/

 

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