#RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY EXTENDED!

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Because you were promised one extra stop later in the evening, I just had to get one done.  And, this is a very special stop, with several very important messages.

# of winners for this stop:  3

GIVEAWAYS:  

(1) $10 Amazon gift card

(1) 1-Day Multi-Blog Book Blast (courtesy of 4WillsPub)

(1) 6-book bundle (winner’s choice) from the Kathryn C. Treat Treasure Chest (if Marlena approves)

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The RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB was founded in 2013 and it was founded on the premise of strong support of others.  You give it, you’ll get it back, ten-fold.  Then, respect of others, especially in our forum, was the 2nd premise on which we were founded.  Negativity of any kind would not be allowed to breathe within the realm of RRBC.  So, it is with those two things in mind, that I bring you this very important message, which will cover a plethora of topics.

Let me begin with our GOVERNING BOARD Members and our SPECIALIZED SUPPORT TEAM.  We ask that members are always respectful of each other in (and out) of the RRBC forum.  But, we ask that members are especially respectful in their communication with our TEAM members, as not only are these members considered uber-supporters of our membership, these TEAM members serve you all without compensation and without complaint.  That means, they work for you for FREE.

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With the exception of a few bits of communication from our Reviews Dept., I approve every bit of communication that goes out of the RRBC offices, and I am also copied on every bit of communication that comes in.  Since rudeness is not allowed to live here, either, if you receive a response which you perceive as rude, I assure you it is not.  Please know and receive, that what you are reading is just factual, professional information, and depending on the way you sent in your concern or issue, you just might be met with a response in kind.  That could either be with a smile, or a bit of no-nonsense (Nonnie-approved) stern-ness.

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Yes, at times, a bit of the latter is necessary.

We do have those members who think that throwing tantrums will get them far here at RRBC;  again, I assure you, tantrums are not allowed to live here, either.  We are all ADULTS and we should, at ALL TIMES, behave in a manner that says “ADULT ON BOARD.” Whatever the issue or concern that you might have, we always want to work to resolve it and make you a happy camper, but, that being said, please remember that the old adage, “You get more bees with honey,” rings true every time, in all situations.

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Now, for those members who register for our events and promotions without fully reading and understanding the rules of participation, this is especially for you.

Let’s use our recent block party as an example.  We give instructions for each and every one of our events.  And, when we give those instructions, we expect that they are read all the way thru, down to the last period and fully understood, BEFORE you register for the events.  If you have questions, we expect that you’ll reach out to us BEFORE you register for the events.  Once any event begins, it is not our responsibility to ensure that what we have asked to be done, is done. (Have you heard me say we are all ADULTS here enough times yet?  OK, good, because I may have to repeat it again, somewhere down the line).

Some members get very upset and send us (extreme) sharply worded email messages when they don’t follow directions for participation, as they have been asked to do.  Why are we responsible for you not reading the instructions all the way thru?  FYI, we’re not.  Sending us messages letting us know how mad you are, that’s OK, we all get a little upset at times.  But, repeatedly sending us messages that get more heated each and every time you hit the SEND button, well, that’s a horse of a different color…

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…and, those are the times that I step in, as my TEAM members are not here to serve as punching bags for those who behave poorly at times. (And, for those of you who don’t know already, I have zero tolerance for poor behavior from children all the way up to older folks.  Simply put, I HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR POOR BEHAVIOR PERIOD).  I don’t want my TEAM to be subjected to that kind of behavior ever, especially when I am built to handle these situations without batting an eye, and even in my sleep (which is how I effectively work, most often, anyway).  Listen, here at RRBC, calm gets the job done and there are no hurt feelings in the end.

If you have a question or concern, that clearly deserves a response from the GOVERNING BOARD, please do not leave that issue or concern on the RRBC site.  Drop us a line (or two, or three or four, we don’t mind at all) to RRBCInfo@gmail.com, or use the CONTACT US form on the site.  You’ll get a faster response and you’ll also get a more accurate response than you might get from a fellow member.  Believe it or not, some of our members are extremely appreciative of what we do here, and are just as protective of our board members, and you just might get a response from them, that, although it may sound nice, it might just mean…“Stop leaving these kinds of darned comments here and send an email directly to the board!”

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Well, we warned ya!  So please, be careful what you post on the site.  We do look forward to receiving your concerns, but in the appropriate place, please.

In every WEEKLY CLUB UPDATES (WCU), we mention that members are responsible for ensuring that they remain compliant and that their books are in the RRBC catalog.  If your books are removed from the catalog due to non-compliance, you will be offered a COMPLIANCE PLAN to get you caught up on your reviews, and you must pay a $5/per title re-listing fee to have your book(s) returned to the catalog.  It’s  hard work updating our huge catalog, so hopefully, this re-listing fee will serve as a deterrent and keep members from becoming non-compliant in the first place.  (What an ugly title that is anyway, don’t you think?)

Lastly, we need to reiterate our stance on support.  Members who are selected to sit in our “hot seats” are typically and most often selected based on their level of support.  If you are not purchasing, reading and reviewing your fellow member-author books, then we are not going to put you up as a BOOK OF THE MONTH (BOM), “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, or a RAVE WAVES guest, asking our members to purchase, read and review your books.  Do you really think that’s fair?  Well, we don’t, and that’s why we don’t and won’t do it.

The same goes for our block parties.  The instructions clearly state that if you are not supporting your fellow member’s blogs, then your blog will not be allowed to be promoted, and if you’ve already had your run, your blog will be removed from the tour line-up page.  Again, why would we ask our members to visit, support with comments, book purchases and blog follows, when you haven’t bothered to support any of theirs?  Do you all see where I’m going with this?  At RRBC, when you give support, you get support…ten-fold. Don’t be one of those members who only show up when there’s something in it for them.  (Those kinds of people irk me, don’t they irk you, too?)

I hope that this post has been a real eye-opener for everyone. If you’re doing all that you know you should be doing to help us grow here in RRBC, then major KUDOS to you!

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But, if you fall into that class of people who need to step up their game, stop thinking only about themselves, and realize that we are all about giving support, then get on it in 2017.  RRBC is constantly evolving, and you never know what NEW rule might pop up next!

Believe it or not, many of our members love us because of the rules that we have in place to ensure that there is no negativity or chaos here.  We do hope that you are one of those members.

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your comments below, and may the luckiest people win the goodies above!

If you haven’t joined RRBC, we invite you to start your May off right and do so NOW!

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75 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Room With Books and commented:
    Wonderful words from the President and Founder of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, Nonnie Jules. Be prepared to hear the truth!

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  2. Thank you, Nonnie for the reminders. I love RRBC and try and keep up as much as I can. As I work and am also trying to write I give as much attention as I can. I do appreciate all the work that the team puts in. I have met some lovely people and authors through the club. Thank you

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  3. Dear Nonnie and Team, Thanks for the reminders – a good thing, I certainly don’t have a perfect memory and let’s face it, there’s a lot going on at RRBC, so the only way I can even begin to keep up to date with everything, or trying to, I should say, is to read as much as I can whenever I can about the latest and greatest events, and authors (even though I only read The Pipeline half-way through April – another thing I want to improve), but I want to say that I love all the comments here, especially Larry Landgraf’s comment about his ‘only regret’ being that he didn’t join sooner. Enjoy your week, everyone!

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  4. Gracie Bradford

    Every time I read something from RRBC, I am amazed at all the things that somehow escaped my attention. I do enjoy the Radio Show and chats with the hosts. I have discovered some excellent books to read through the tweets from club members. I love the picture of the baby; hate the bugs; adore the purple horse (one of my favorite colors). The information associated with each picture spoke volumes. A 2017 culminating block party to remember for many years to come. Thanks for the open fireside chat with your crew.

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    • HI, Gracie! I love that adorable baby, too! I was so lucky to come across that photo. I loved that purple horse, and those bees…well, they freaked me out, too, but I was going for dramatic effect.

      Thanks for being amazing and dropping by with your support!

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  5. This group is comprised of great authors. I hope to part of it for years to come.

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  6. Thank you for extending the block party and re-stating the rules for the more ignorant of us to remember (I’m one of them). Thank you for putting up with me. I’ll try to do better!

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    • Oh, Joyce, you’re just fine! We don’t have to put up with you, we enjoy having you!

      Just for clarity, the issue is not with the members who make mistakes, we all do, but the ones who make mistakes then complain to us about their mistakes or blame us for the things they failed to do. Now, that is unacceptable.

      Thanks for dropping by, today!

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  7. A huge THANK YOU to the fabulous folks at RRBC for throwing another awesome Blog Party! You rock! It’s a fantastic way to connect with fellow members and learn more about each other. And oh my gosh…my TBR list is huge. And that’s just awesome! 🙂

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  8. Thanks for the update on the block party, Nonnie….and the no-nonsense,yes, we’re all adults post! I presume that’s directed at those of us who are entering our second childhood as well? LOL.

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  9. Restatement of rules is what my granddad would call a tap on the backside–just to refresh your sense of common decency. I appreciate this reminder, as we all have to deal with those who want to (or need to) argue and be at odds. Legitimate complaints are always welcome, just keep it legitimate.

    Thanks for extending the amazing Block Party.

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  10. A fantastic post, Non! And some wonderful comments, too! Sometimes, a little *refresher* is nice and necessary. RRBC is an amazing organization, where a lot of us feel like a really big family. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?!? 🙂

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  11. annemargaretmanay

    Thanks to you and the board for your hard work. Folks ought to know how to behave without being told, but somehow that isn’t always the case.

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    • You’re right, A. M…most often, not the case at all. And just for the record, until two weeks ago, I had an amazing grandmother who, for almost 90 years of her life, spoke softly and regarded everyone she met with a very gentle kindness. Since I abhor poor behavior in ANYONE, I hold everyone to a standard of decency my grandmother exhibited.

      People often use the excuse of their age for misbehaving and acting poorly, saying things like “I’m set in my ways and too old to change.” Well, if my grandmother (at her age) could remain decent, I expect the same from any and everyone, less than her, in age.

      So, there…in case you were wondering, now you all know my stance on behaving poorly and I can assure you, it won’t ever change.

      Thanks for dropping in, A. M.!

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      • annemargaretmanay

        I’m so sorry for your loss. I was very close to my grandmother, and she had similar thoughts on what is proper. Hugs from California.

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  12. Thank you for the wonderful party and extra stop. Rules often need to be repeated due to the fact its human nature to forget.

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  13. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Well Nonnie, sometimes the rules do have to be repeated, unfortunately. What bothers me is those people who have been lurking around for over a year without doing anything and then scream the loudest when they think their issues are what’s important. They are usually the ones not paying attention to details and that’s what gets them into trouble. Thank you for repeating again what we should already know. And keep up the awesome job you are doing. You are a phenomenal woman!

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    • Shirley, you are one of my favorite people, do I ever tell you that? I think I do, when I stop yelling at you for something you’ve done wrong! LOL….I’m just teasing. Love you, dearly!

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  14. Thank you, Nonnie, for all that you do, and for reminding us of the rules! And thank you for jumping in here and adding this blog – it is very appreciated! Thanks for the wonderful party – it’s really been fun, and I am so glad that I am part of this! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Lynn! I’m so glad to see that you have become so involved in the club and are now one of our most amazingly supportive members. Keep up the great work! Kudos!

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  15. Restatement of rules much appreciated! Everyone has been so nice to this new member. Also, that purple horse is da bomb.

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    • That’s what we like to hear, Flossie! Thanks for jumping right in and making yourself at home!

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  16. Hi Nonnie, thank you for the wonderful Party! Your post is a good reminder. I have only one complaint about #RRBC and that is that I didn’t find it sooner. I have never seen such a wonderful and supportive group of people ANYWHERE! This is particularly true of each and every member of your staff, but also all the members who I interact with on an almost daily basis. I feel very fortunate to have found your club, and the club is what it is in large part to your rules. I know I don’t thank the members personally often enough who have been so supportive of me, but I hope my RTs show how I feel about you guys and gals. THANK YOU one and all!

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    • Larry, I absolutely love the complaint you have against RRBC! Would you share it, please?

      Thanks!

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  17. Great post 🙂 It always amazes me what the RRBC staff manage to offer the members on a daily basis – and we should all be so grateful for it 🙂

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  18. Thank you Nonnie. One always needs a good refresher on rules.

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  20. Hi Nonnie and everyone. Thank you for hosting this wonderful block party and for all that you and the club supporters do to make this the best club out there. And, RRBC is. I’ve been to many other book clubs and none hold a candle to RRBC. I hope not too many members are nasty and rude to the people whose hard work make this happen. That would be totally unfair. I’m glad you’re extending this block party. I’m checking back to see if I’ve forgotten anyone. Hope not. I’m also glad you explained the rules–we all (probably most human beings) need reminding once in a while (or more often) Thanks again to everyone.

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    • Thanks, Pat. We do have more sweethearts here than we do non….and in defense of those that might have a momentary lapse in “attitude,” some of them do come around and in the end, we’re all buddies! LOL!

      FYI…I’d prefer that we don’t have to take that long route to get to buddy-ship, though! 🙂

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  21. I agree with John. Hope the ones who need to “hear” the message get it.

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  22. Hi Nonnie, these reminders can never be over emphasized. Some of us don”t really read instructions, so don’t mind drumming it in whenever it is necessary. Have a great day.

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  23. Well said, Nonnie. I hope this isn’t a case where you’re just preaching to the choir.

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  24. The blog hop was awesome! and thanks to you, the staff and everyone who makes RRBC the success that it is.

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  25. Teamwork makes the dream work! Thanks to the Board, the members, and to all the writers who go out of their way to answer questions and support each other. Thank you, Ms. Jules, for your time and talent!

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  26. An RRBC Blog Party Leap day! How nice! Thanks for extending the party NJ – best to all – MikeL

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  27. Always good to restate the principles that guide us. Thanks, Nonnie.

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  28. Wow, Nonnie, if anyone ever doubted what RRBC was all about, they have no reason to question if they read your post. Well-said and well-received. This club is so much more than a book club. It’s a community…it’s family. So proud to be a member!!

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    • Jan, I strive for pure clarity so that there is no room for doubt or misunderstanding. Thanks for your kind words!

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  29. This sounds like a virtual, Algonquin Round Table, but better! ❤

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  30. Reblogged this on Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules.

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  31. This club really is a mutual support group. It’s wonderful and I really appreciate the hardworking team behind the scenes. I enjoy helping out fellow members and am fascinated to find out what they are writing next. There is so much talent to discover here!

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  32. Gwen Plano

    For me, RRBC is an extended family of writers. The support – offered and shared – is phenomenal. Members are independent and creative folks, who can be a bit unruly at times – thus the need for the guidance that rules offer. Thank you for reminding us! 🙂

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  33. karenringalls

    I believe that you always post the rules very clearly and appreciate that very fact. I am sorry that there are those (I hope a very few) that are demanding and rude. No one deserves that. I personally thank you, Nonnie and each board member who so freely give their time and energy to RRBC.

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    • That was very sweet of you to say, Karen. You are so appreciated 🙂

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  34. And having writ, the hand moved on… 😀 Every organisation needs rules. RRBC’s are clear and impartial – for everyone! 😎 Really enjoyed every moment of our month-long block party, Nonnie! ❤

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  35. I was brought up with the saying, “You always get more bees with honey.” Even when one has a complaint, doing so with kindness and respect always has better outcomes. I’ve loved your straight-forward approach, and ya’ll ALWAYS give very detailed instructions. Whenever I’ve reached out to the governing board with a question, I always get an answer back that provides me with clarity. I can only imagine how many hours all of you put into making this the most amazing ever PROFESSIONAL book club there is, so thank you! 🙂

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    • Our TEAM members work their hineys off here, Yvette…and I can’t peg their hours, only my own. GOD knows there isn’t even a clock made yet to log my hours with club work so, I do appreciate patience and kind words when they come thru. The good thing is, my TEAM gets to go to bed and rest at night. I’ve not been blessed with that luxury since the club started (but hey, I’m not complaining!)

      Thanks for dropping in with your kindness, Yvette! We really appreciate members who share your attitude!

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  36. Hi Nonnie, Thanks for clearly outlining the expected behaviours within our writing community. I’ve meet so many wonderful people through RRBC and treasure the friends I’ve made here. Let’s make 2017 RRBC rock!

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    • Thanks, Wendy! I’m sure many have found a wonderful friend in you, as well. Except for that troll-stalker you have, who shall remain nameless. #YouKnow

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      • I’m still chuckling over that! Always a bright side – BOTS trended on Twitter!

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  37. Excellent post, Nonnie!

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  38. Great post, Nonnie. And very much an eye ooener.

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  39. dlfinnauthor

    Thank you for extending the party. Always good to restate the club rules. I know I appreciate the club and support I have received.

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