Books, Life


Hello friends, fellow bloggers, book clubbers, family…

I am absolutely blown away by the incredible support I have received this month, as RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author. Now, I know that my book club family is AMAZING at supporting one another, but seriously… My heart is overflowing with love for each of you.

It all began with a blog tour of seven fantastic hosts. (THANK YOU!!!) That was such an exciting week, where I felt very exposed. I opened up to everyone about me and my writing and my debut novel, THE POWER OF LOVE. The support was epic!!

The next event was being interviewed on BRING ON THE SPOTLIGHT (via BlogTalkRadio) with fab host, Beem Weeks. This was a blast and I am forever grateful for the generosity and kindness bestowed upon me by the host. (I was SO nervous beforehand. I can now say I know how MY radio guests feel!  lol)

Then came the “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” Interview with RRBC President, Nonnie Jules. As always, Non was a riot!! Entertaining, hilarious, enlightening… Another incredible experience.

The final stop on this journey of all journeys was the “SPOTLIGHT” Author Support Day. I was overwhelmed before with all the social media love, but this day… This day broke records!!!  (For me anyways!) Tweet after tweet after tweet. They didn’t stop and I couldn’t keep up!! If I counted correctly, there were about 100 tweets in the one day of epic-ness. That doesn’t include all those retweets! Those, I definitely couldn’t keep up with.

There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude. Instead, I will close with one of my SA blog posts. This post was used on my final day of the blog tour, where I chose to shine the light on those around me.


… If you have been following along my blog tour, you know that writing has always been a big part of my life. Words have been my passion from a very young age. It has been in the recent years that I decided to take my writing to the next level.

The biggest step came in February, 2014. Only a short time after RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB was formed, I was invited to take on the role as Secretary. I had already developed a Twitter-ship with Nonnie Jules, the President of RRBC. With her encouragement (and impossible-to-refuse offer), I accepted the “job.” Little did I know then that I would gain a new family.

Trust me when I say that this is a one-of-a-kind organization. The members are incredible! The Board is amazing! And there’s a great deal that goes on behind the scenes… time, hard work, sweat, and tears. Our hearts go into this club, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

During my time in this book club, I have received the most incredible support and encouragement for my writing. Because of that support, I finally put my words out there. In December, the same year as that first step, I became a published Author in RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology. (RRBC’s members made this book. It’s incredible and a must read!) Three poems are in this book… poems where I spill my heart, where I offer encouragement, where I speak my words.

Fast forward a couple of years… I now have the most wonderful family in RRBC, and I’m not just referring to the Governing Board. Yes, the Board is a family on its own and I absolutely adore my Board Family, BUT, this book club is such a big part of my life, such an important part of my life, that they can’t be anything but family. RRBC is the most supportive, most encouraging, most awesome-tastic family in the world!

With all of that being said, I owe many, many thanks to the people of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, including this blog tour. Seriously… being selected as a “SPOTLIGHT” Author is a HUGE honor and I am beyond touched for the opportunity.

Even more than that, I owe thanks to Nonnie Jules, for she’s the reason I took that first initial step. I firmly believe that she’s the reason I am now a published author. She was the push I needed when I didn’t know I needed a push.

Since that first step in December, 2014, my life has been forever changed. I owe a lot to this woman because she has been my mentor, my friend, my “other mother.” She inspires me daily, makes me want to be a better person, and encourages me like no other. I am truly blessed to have her in my life and I could never find the proper words, or enough words, to show her the appreciation that she so deserves.

Thank you to my RRBC family. I adore each of you, more than you know.

Until next time, fabulous people………Blessings & Love to you all!

24 thoughts on “I AM SPEECHLESS!!!”

  1. Mar, I so enjoyed following your tour, and you certainly deserve the accolades of a Spotlight Author for all you do for the club. I loved hearing about how you and Nonnie connected. You’ve got a great friendship there. This was a lovely post!

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  2. My little Mar-baby (Marlena Diane Pamela-Sue Davis Smith!), now I’m going to cry…how sweet this was! Awww…let me go and wipe away these tears of joy before anyone sees me. Wouldn’t want them to think my hard-ass attitude was just a facade.

    Thank you, babe. This really did make my day. I love you, dearly, and for all who wonder, this isn’t an internet love…Mar is my other daughter and there is none other that I trust as much as I trust her.

    Good post, honey!

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  3. I enjoyed each of your blog tour stops and learned so much about you as a person aside from knowing you through RRBC. I wish you the utmost success with your new book!


  4. What a sweet tribute to our awesome president. We don’t really know the full extent of what NJ does for this club. To put it mildly, she is this club. Without her brains there would be no Rave Reviews Book Club. So I don’t doubt, Marlena, that she has mentored you and encouraged you to be all that you can be. That’s who she is. Congratulations on your debut as a soon-to-be published author!

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  5. Marlena, you deserve hundredfold the support that you give every day to all of us in #RRBC. I only hope we gave back as much as you give! This is also a beautiful tribute to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and our beloved President, Nonnie Jules. Thank you, Marlena, for everything!

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  6. Marlena, you are such a wonderful human being, it is easy to support you. We are all so very proud of your accomplishments in getting your debut novel out to readers. I wish you only the very best going forward.

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  7. A fitting and moving tribute to both Rave Reviews Book Club and your ‘other mother’ and mentor Nonnie Jules. My personal thank you to you, Marlena, your patience and marvelous support in my seven short months with the club has been so appreciated and valued. Congratulations on a most enjoyable tour. ‘The Power of Love’ deserves to do well. I so look forward to reading it.


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