Book REVIEW Video “Empty Chairs” by Suzanne Burke writing as Stacey Danson. Reviewed by Gwen Plano. #RRBC

Thank you, Gwen! You have the most amazing way of conveying the depths of emotions which come through in this book. I’m reblogging this review, which is a must hear and see for everyone. Thanks Suzanna for having such courage to write about such painful events.

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How marvelous it is to have my book reviewed in this way. I am so honored to have  Gwen Plano feel strongly about my work. Please, pop over to the YouTube site and leave a comment on her video.

Thank you for dropping by.

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Rave Reviews Book Club – “Book of the Month” Wow! Factor

Thank you so much to Nonnie Jules and her team for this opportunity to have “Flame and Hope: An African Adventure” chosen as one of Rave Reviews Book Club’s three BOOKS OF THE MONTH. This is how I see this awesome opportunity.

About Fauna Park Tales

From time to time, I ask myself why I took so long before joining Rave Reviews Book Club.  For almost a year before joining the club, I occasionally read WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES, liking posts here and there, without realising that I needed support – I often felt isolated here in Lancashire, United Kingdom –  I was a recent immigrant from Southern Africa and still battled to find my way about Cyber Space.

This badge is part of my recent history and one of a few  I’ve acquired this past year. I’m very proud of this one!1YearBadge RRBC

Today, I’m not writing about the workings of a book club such as this one – reading, supporting, critiquing literary works – very important features; rather I’m giving the link to a previous post where I  gave more detail about the functions, opportunities, services offered and general information to do…

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#FlashFictionforAspiringWriters. I Took the Fall.

Flash fiction by Pamela Schloesser Canepa at its best! Pamela is also one of our RAVE REVIEWS Book Club BOOK OF THE MONTH Jule, winners.

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I headed back to the yard with my garden hoe.  I hate killing living things, but this bugger looked poisonous.  He was further back in the brush.

“Sure, you keep your distance now.”  I sat on the ground, sweating.

“You would too, Missssssssss.” His tongue darted out.

I jumped.  “What?”

“Yesssss.  It’ssss me.  Come on, I am alwaysss judged by my outer cover, my ssscales sssso to sssspeak.  It’sss not fair.  All because of Hisssstory, mythology, whatever.”

“I’m sorry.”  I looked at him through new eyes.  It had to be a he, though who could tell?

“Yessss.  Imagine what it’sss like.   Way back when, Armadillo sslipped up.  You know he’s a good candidate to stand for evil.  But no, I defended him.  I took the fall for him.”

He actually looked sad.

It seemed he’d started to trust me.  He’d slithered out from the bush…

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6 Words That Can Ruin Your Sentence – #RRBC

This post by Nonnie Jules reminds me to watch which words I tend to overuse.

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Here at 4WillsPublishing, we’re all about sharing info that can only help you to become a better writer.  What better info to share than 6 words that can ruin your sentence.  So, let’s jump right into it:

*ACTUALLY:  Crutch words are words that we slip into sentences in order to give ourselves more time to think, or to emphasize a statement. Over time, they become unconscious verbal tics. Most often, crutch words do not add meaning of a statement. Actually is the perfect example of a crutch word. It is meant to signify something that exists in reality, but it is more often used as a way to add punch to a statement (as in, “I actually have no idea”). The next word is one of the most chronically misused crutch words in English…

*LITERALLY:  This adverb should be used to describe an action that…

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Day 1.  Exploring Bratislava

These exotic places from Little Miss Traveller are surely worth putting on a bucket list. I hope you enjoy these glimpses as much as I did.

Love Travelling

On noticing that Ryanair had introduced weekly flights to Bratislava from Leeds Bradford Airport we were tempted into a weekend break in the Slovakian capital.  Dragging ourselves out of bed at 3.15 am to reach the airport in time for our early 6.45 am departure wasn’t great but the upside was that we would be touching down in a new destination at 10.10 am giving us a full day to explore the city.

image Old town, Bratislava

Arriving into Bratislava’s modern terminal building ten minutes ahead of schedule we bought a 7 day travel pass from an automated machine.  At first it was hard to figure out what we needed as there was only an option for single tickets or day passes, but a second try at tapping on the day ticket option revealed a further selection, one of which being a 7 day ticket costing €11.40 each.  We actually only…

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Waiting for Writing Success? Here’s Some Encouragement!

Thanks to Linda Mims for this encouraging post. I do believe it does one the world of good to be reminded that many big names were also rejected first, once upon a time!

The Long and Short Stories of Life

Results, Now! is a book by education writer, Mike Schmoker. The title was intended to motivate and encourage educators of diverse learners. The title, however, is applicableto my subject today because Results, Now!is how so many of us feel about our blogs and our books.

We’ve put in a lot of work and we want results, now! Aren’t hours and hours of input supposed to yieldgood results? We’ve been good. We’ve followed the rules. Now, where are the fans, the followers, and the reviews?

I know that most of you blog and create because it’s second nature to you, so be confident that you’re not wasting your time. In fact, I’ve come to offer encouragement while you’re waiting for success.

First, developing your craft will be time well spent. You’ll be honing your skills in a field that is overrun with figurative mountains of bad writing that is overflowing…

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RHS Harlow Carr Garden

Thank you for giving us a tour with you through this lovely garden! I am reblogging it as a reminder to myself that this is a place to visit should I ever be in Harrogate. I think Bettys’ Cafe will be my final stop there. 💐😄💐

Love Travelling

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Harlow Carr Gardenis one of four public gardens run by the RHS and is located one and a half miles from the centre of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We arrived by car, with ample free parking available. On a previous visit we walked from the town centre which is a lovely way to arrive on a sunny day. This walk starts from the town’s Valley Gardens and continues up through the Pine Woods taking approximately 45 minutes to reach Harlow Carr.

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The main purpose for establishing this garden was to set up plant trials to assess the suitability of growing certain plants in a northern climate. Adult admission to the gardens is £11 and as the society is a registered charity all profits are used to maintain and improve the gardens and facilities. The entrance pavilion is bright and airy…

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No Clapping

I love reading author Jane Bwye’s comments about Africa and specifically her writing career. I hope you’ll read this post which gives much insight into the obstacles which need to be addressed and successfully handled.

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There was no clapping at the end of my “Afternoon with Jane” talk on Monday at St. Wilfrid’s Church, Broad Road. Was that a bad thing – or a good thing? I noticed – but didn’t mind, really.

I talked about how my life experiences were revealed in my three novels, and I interspersed the story with readings.

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While I answered questions afterwards, the tea ladies got up to put the kettle on, and the room hummed with warm conversation. People drifted towards the table bearing my books, and friends came up to enthuse, saying it was good to learn new things about me.

“I could have listened to you all day!” said one.

“You should do an audio of your books,” said another.

“I agree with what you said about the dangers of Government-to-Government Aid in Africa,” said yet another.

She was one of three or four people…

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