Monthly Archives: August 2014


Congratulations Kristy for your opportunity to sit on the shelf.

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 we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us. Kristy is the winner of one of the “Comment Contests” that was recently held by one of our members.  Yes, I said “Comment Contest.”  All…

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Welcome Shirley Harris Slaughter

I would like to introduce you to Shirley Harris Slaughter, a dear friend and fellow member of Rave Reviews Book Club.  Shirley did what some of us have only dreamed of doing. She wrote a factual account of history.  I learned so many things from reading her book. Grab a cup of tea and let Shirley tell you how she filled in the Gaps in History.


Hello and welcome to the final day of my 7 day blog tour!  Thank you so much for allowing me to share with you today.  The main reason I was inspired to write my book {OUR LADY OF VICTORY:  THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY}, was to fill a glaring omission of history. Working at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in a second career, opened my eyes to the fact that there was just not a lot of black people represented at various levels of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s catholic hierarchy. And if they were, they were not even Catholic. I found that to be quite interesting when I think about how I was raised…in a black community and Catholic Church. It didn’t allow me any room to understand that my race was not the only race represented in the scheme of things. It was like a culture shock, which I discuss in greater detail in my book.

I also learned that there was a lot of hurt out there by folks who attended the Catholic schools but didn’t necessarily become Catholics; and some who were Catholic came away with bad experiences. Fortunately for me, my experiences were minimal compared to others who grew up with me. But I discuss my pains and hurts while trying not to knock the Catholic Church, which was pretty darn hard to do.

I was on a mission to stake claim to our rightful place in history, including being able to find something about our community on the internet, because when I started out, there was nothing, and I do mean absolutely nothing. Now you can do a search under my name and “Our Lady of Victory, Detroit” will come up and you won’t just get OLV in Novi which is what was coming up when I got started on this project. Our church started in 1943 and Novi’s came alone in the fifties I believe. Same name-different cities and definitely a different ethnic makeup.

The point is, that OLV Novi came much later than OUR LADY OF VICTORY, yet it still got the support needed to survive. Our church didn’t get that support and even worse didn’t even get a permanent priest throughout its entire history. We had a revolving door of priests who were assigned to our church, with the understanding that they would not be there very long. How is that for saving souls?

So, you can see why I am so rabid about what comes up on the internet. There is still room for improvement on what comes up but it’s a start.

My pet peeves were the internet omission; the revolving door of administrators (not pastors); and a slight mention in the anniversary book, “Make Straight the Path”; calling OLV a mission church when in fact that label was no longer valid; and being listed as established in 1975 instead of 1943 – the true establishment date. That alone sprang me into action. Too many slights and too many omissions turned me into a first-time author.
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Shirley Harris-Slaughter is a Michigan native. She is a community activist having been a school board trustee in the Oak Park School District.  She also served as Mentor to four freshmen girls in the Winning Futures Program.  Her interest also lies in politics and helping to elect candidates running for public office. She studies the issues and votes! Shirley loves trains, vintage clothes, and old buildings with historic significance. So it was a natural that she would write about growing up in historic Royal Oak Twp. and keep alive a catholic community that was about to lose its history and identity. It seems that everything she loved, had been closed down and she was not about to let any of it be forgotten.

Shirley joined Rave Reviews Book Club because she recognized the need to support fellow authors in order to move forward in her own endeavors. She already had a thriving relationship with like twitter followers. “We all had the same goals so it was a natural fit.”

The culmination of all these experiences pushed her in the direction of becoming a first-time author. Unlike most authors who have a passion to write from early on, she was pushed into becoming an author out of necessity.

Book title:  Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community.

Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author


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I’m Hosting Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author of Our Lady of Victory:The Saga of an African American Catholic Community

Thank you Mary for hosting Shirley. This story brings tears to my eyes.


Our Lady of Victory

Since writing In My Mother’s Words, I have had the opportunity to meet many other authors, and one of them is Nonnie Jules whose books Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend and The Good Mommies’ Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughter’s have become hits with a wide range of readers.

This vivacious and generous lady is also the president of Rave Reviews Book Club, a wonderful place of support for independent authors.

When Nonnie asked me to introduce Shirley Slaughter on my blog this week so readers could get to know her, I was honored.

Author Shirley Harris-Slaughter wrote a compelling story of a growing Black Catholic parish, Our Lady of Victory, founded in 1943 in Detroit, MI. She highlights both the joys and struggles of  parish school and church during a difficult time.

This book gives insight into the journey of the parishioners in this community who persevered in their…

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A Tribute to a Fallen Soldier

What a wonderful tribute to a loved brother.

Life As I Know It

Good morning, bloggers!!

I have another treat for you today! Please welcome this dear lady from my #RRBC family.  🙂  *Shirley Slaughter*


He’s my brother and I miss him terribly, especially around the holidays; in particular Memorial Day. This past holiday had me in a depression again because there was never any closure. So I found myself writing my congressman a FB letter. Here is the gist of it…

Dear Congressman Peters:

Today is Memorial Day and it pains me once again, that I never hear anything about what happened to my brother killed in the line of duty on August 24, 1965. There were 75 men aboard a plane that exploded over the Hong Kong River and Ronald’s remains were never found. There was a military funeral without a body which was the most horrific experience of my life. Only a dog…

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Shining a Spotlight on RAVE REVIEWS’ “SPOTLIGHT” Chats

I had the opportunity to do a chat with Danica during my Spotlight Author time at Rave Reviews Book Club. It was so much fun connecting with members in real time.

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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 for Harmony Kent

Are you following Harmony on her blog tour? If not, be sure to click the 4WillsPUblishing link to see the entire schedule.

Life As I Know It

Hello, bloggers!!

Today, I have a very special guest……Harmony Kent. She is the author of three awesome books and is on an exciting blog tour through 4WillsPublishing. I have the pleasure of her company today and I think you will thoroughly enjoy her visit.

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Hi there! Well, today is the sixth day on my seven day blog tour. If you want to catch my other stops, you can find links to them on my 4WillsPublishing Author Page.

Today, I would like to tell you about my online journey. This has had its ups and downs!

The most difficult thing for me to get to grips with, was how on earth to make a blog, and what to put on it. I started out on a WordPress platform, which was a basic blogroll page. Slowly, bit by bit, I learned how to add other ‘static’ pages. Eventually…

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Book Release: Elemental Earth by Harmony Kent

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3D-Book cover Elemental EarthToday is the fourth stop of the exciting blog tour week for the release of “Elemental Earth” by Harmony Kent. Take it away Harmony!


On the first and second days of this blog tour, I shared my journey with you, and how I overcame trauma and life-changing injury to become the writer I am today.

On the third day of the tour, I showed some of my writing process, and how my first book ‘The Battle for Brisingamen’ was born.

In today’s post, I would like to continue the insight into my writing journey with an inside look at ‘The Glade’ and how I grew as a writer.

For links to my other blog stops, please check out my author page at 4Wills Author Page.

It took me eight months to write and publish ‘The Battle for Brisingamen’, and six months to write and publish ‘The Glade’…

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