Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 7 @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Nonnie Jules closes out Women’s History Month by honoring one of my favorite authors and a great supporter of others, Linnea Tanner. I enjoyed her interview, and know you will too.

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AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER

NJ:  Hi, Linnea!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Linnea:  February 14

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Linnea:  4th

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Linnea:  2010

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Linnea:  Since childhood, I’ve had characters live in my head, in part to help me through my own challenges in life. When I semi-retired, I wrote my first novel in three months to tell their stories, but soon discovered that I needed to learn the craftsmanship of writing to make my stories resonate.

NJ:  Please put these…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 6 @HealthMN1 @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Nonnie Jules has recognized a Woman of Excellence whom I greatly admire! Harriet Hodgson has poured her heart into her family, first raising twin grandchildren and then caring for her beloved husband, all while being actively involved in bettering her community and writing excellent books. Harriet, you so deserve this!

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AUTHOR, HARRIET HODGSON

NJ:  Hi, Harriet!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Harriet:  September 27th

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Harriet:  Second

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Harriet:  8 years old

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Harriet:  Seemed like a good thing to do

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Harriet:  1. Family 2. Faith 3. Honesty 4. Loyalty

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Harriet:  Talented

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 5 @YvetteMCalleiro @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

What a joy to share in celebrating my friend Yvette Calleiro as a Woman of Excellence today. I’m not lying when I say, as a friend of her mother’s, I knew her before she was born, and it’s a privilege to be her friend today. Thank you Nonnie, for honoring such an excellent woman!

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AUTHOR, YVETTE M. CALLEIRO

NJ:  Hi, Yvette!  Thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Yvette:  March 7.

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Yvette:  I’m first for my parents but third for my dad (he has two children from a previous marriage).

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Yvette:  I started writing stories and poems at 12 years old. I began writing with the intent to publish in 2010, I believe.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Yvette:  As a tween, I began writing to express my thoughts and emotions. My middle school Language…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 4 @RobertaEaton17 @bakeandwrite @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org #RRBC

I’m so proud to be associated with excellent women like Robbie Cheadle! I’m sure you’ll love her giving heart as much as I do!

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AUTHOR, ROBBIE CHEADLE

NJ: Hi, Robbie! Thanks for joining me today! First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you. I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one. First question… when is your birthday?

Robbie: February 22

NJ:If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Robbie: First

NJ: When did you begin writing?

Robbie: I have been writing about different things, on and off, since I was 12 years old.

NJ: Why did you begin writing?

Robbie: As a youngster, I wrote because I wanted to capture beautiful sights with lovely imagery. At work, I started writing non-fiction publications to share knowledge and opinions. In 2015, I started writing poetry and descriptive passages again and in 2018 I wrote my first…

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 3 @Sharrislaughter @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Shirley Harris-Slaughter is, indeed, a Woman of Excellence, and I’m thrilled to share her wonderful interview with Nonnie Jules today.

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AUTHOR, SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER

NJ:  Hi, Shirley, thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Shirley:   November 28

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Shirley:  Second

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Shirley:  Adult

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Shirley:  Trying to address issues.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Shirley:  (1) Faith, (2) Family, (3) Honesty, (4) Friends, (5) Loyalty 

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Shirley:  Trustworthy

NJ:

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 2 @PTLPerrin @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

I woke up this morning to the sweet scent of flowers and discovered THIS! I’m deeply moved that Nonnie Jules selected me for this honor.

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AUTHOR, PTL PERRIN

NJ:  Hi, Patty, thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Patty:  October 9

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Patty:  First

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Patty:  My first article was published in 2008, but I wrote for fun long before that.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Patty:  I’ve always loved to write, but never thought I was good enough. My husband encouraged me to take a course called Writing to Publish. Seeing my article in print was exciting enough to make me want to publish more.

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Celebrating Women of Excellence #IntlWomensHistoryMonth, Day 1 @EmptySeatsNovel @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

One of the many reasons I love being part of the Rave Reviews Book Club is the dedication and generosity of our founder Nonnie Jules who, today, is honoring a great author, an amazing woman, and one of our fellow RRBC and RWISA members, Wanda A. Fischer. Congratulations, Wanda!

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My friend once sent me a beautiful portrait that she had commissioned of my family.  Along with that priceless gift, she sent me a text with the link to an old gospel song that contained the following lyrics: 

“Give me my flowers right now. If you feel like I deserve anything, don’t wait until I’m dead and gone.  If I’ve been nice to you or done something to make you happy along the way, then give me my flowers now while I can still see the beauty that they bring.” 

She said to me that she wanted to gift me with something beautiful because I was the most generous and thoughtful person she’d ever met.  She said she wanted me to know how much she appreciated me before one of us left this earth.  I’ve never forgotten that generous gift, nor the fact that someone viewed me in such a…

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WRITING BOOK BLURBS

If you’ve ever written a blurb, or tried to, you know how difficult it is to boil your book down to a couple hundred, reader-attracting words. Prolific author D.L. Finn has some pointers you need to read!

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Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about writing a book blurb. I’m in the final stages of editing my current book, and my thoughts are turning to create the dreaded blurb. It can almost be harder to write than the book.

Instead of writing my blurb, I wondered where the term originated. Here’s what I found: “The wordblurbwas coined in 1907 by American humoristGelett Burgess(1866–1951).[2]His short 1906 bookAre You a Bromide?was presented in a limited edition to an annual trade association dinner.”— Wikipedia

With that out of the way, I refreshed my skills by researching what makes a good blurb.

Length

I stay between 100 and 200 words. I’ve seen plenty of shorter and longer ones. Shorter blurbs might not pull the reader in, while longer ones might give too much information.

Content

When approaching writing a blurb, I do it from…

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