Monthly Archives: February 2016

Pre-Sale Now Open

You can be among the first to pre-order your very own copy of The High Road, the new memoir from Country Music Hall of Fame drummer Mark Herndon. Just visit to place your order.

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Find Mark Herndon on:


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Mark Herndon Website


Have You Met … Jenny & David?

Jenny Hinsman

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She is the author of a past Book of the Month selection entitled:  ANGEL OF DEATH and another title: SOULS: A NOVEL.  Jenny graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in business. She currently resides in Michigan with her husband, two sons, a furry son (pet dog) and a furry daughter (pet cat). Jenny is an avid reader and loves to escape with a great book. She is a huge animal lover and supports rescue organizations that help save all kinds of four-legged family members and more. All of her family pets have been rescues.


Jennifer is an extremely supportive member of RRBC and you will find her most often visiting everyone’s blog tour, AND leaving her signature stamp behind…a comment. Now, how many of us can say that we usually take the time to perform that little selfless gesture of support?  Well, Jennifer does!  It should come as no surprise to anyone that her Twitter feed is filled with support of her fellow members.  If you’re not following this treat, you better hurry, as she is one of the best of the best! (@JennyHinsman1 and on FaceBook). Do pick up a copy of one of her books and stop by theANGEL OF DEATH trailer on YouTube.  Once you visit the trailer, I assure you, you’ll want to run out and get your copy of “that” book!


David Calder

Well, if you’re from New Zealand, you just might be his relative because that’s where he was born.  He was educated at Auckland University, as a visiting scholar at Princeton, and at Pasadena City College.  He’s a keen outdoorsman and lover of nature, music, family, history, politics and good writing (now that’s my kind of guy!).  David served in the NZ army during the Vietnam era, he has been a member of pop and rock’n roll bands, and has had careers in the US car and software industries.  He has resided in New Jersey, the Netherlands, UK, California and Washington State through the 70’s and 80’s.  Since 1995, he has divided his time between NZ and Los Angeles as a full-time novelist, poet and short-story teller.  This is one busy (traveling) guy!


David writes about action and adventure, Israel and Israeli politics, the Middle Eastern conflict and terrorism in all its different shades of evil.  He has authored a few books:   “THE CHILDREN OF THE NAKBA,” and “REDEMPTION COVE.”  He’d love it if you’d pick up one of his titles, and share your opinions of his writing via a review on Amazon.


David has been a member of RRBC since January, 2016, and already he has gotten off to a great start!  He’s uber-supportive of his fellow members.  He recently sent Nonnie a message to say that“the site and everyone I’ve met, have been great!”  Just what we like to hear, David!


Please follow him on Twitter @DavidKiwiWriter and on his website!

Spotlight Author Jan Hawke

Hello again, dear readers. It is my privilege to host Rave Reviews Book Club’Spotlight Author. This incredible honor goes to indie author Jan Hawke.  Take it away, Jan…

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The future is prehistoric

Well, it is in my work in progress, book 1 of Tomes of the HavenLands: Storm Shadow. Though set well into a murky galactic future, the fantasy is archaic in that it’s loosely derived from Arthurian legend, with romantic focus on the Arthur-Morgause dynamic and their relationship with Merlin. All three main characters are supernaturally gifted with various magical powers such as seeing into the future, controlling animals, and, in the lady’s case, the ability to shape-shift…


The adolescent she-lionpard* stood motionless at the edge of Dergpwll, the moonlit cloud shadows falling darkest blue over blood-soaked predator and her slain prey, the dry wind soughing through the boulders and the high dunes around them.

Feyæth let the dream unroll as always. It was pointless trying to evade it, for this night she must sleep and so she kept the tortuous vigil for Nuithen’s father as she had on that night, so long ago. She shivered in her sleep inside the wisent hide cone-lodge, invaded by the cold night air of Ardtarn even as she had done out in that desert, despite the soft mottled golden fur she had worn then for the very first time, as her dream traced the beast’s numbed, murderous stride into the glinting, silent waterhole.

Again she felt the cool of the waters wash away the blood and flesh from her gaping maw and fangs, soaking the lionpard’s hide to her shoulders until she had completely submerged herself. Only then did she allow herself to float without stirring a muscle, barely trying to keep her nostrils out of the water. Wanting to drown away the memory of what she had just done and her life with it…

Had she really started to drown, or was it just the dream? She felt she was choking, her lungs burning, her head throbbing with pain as a great light seemed to sear her insides and then to seep out of her skin in a long, drawn out, excruciating sigh, as she had diminished and then struggled for air, the taste of bile strong in her mouth. Her human mouth once more.

The dream went on and she allowed it, though she could hear herself sobbing far off, whether it was in that night-cold desert or beside the icy moorland lake. It didn’t matter whether her face was wet with water or tears, as her younger self slowly staggered naked from the water to look down on the man she had once thought was her father. Her eyes went first to where she had ripped out his throat. The ruins of torn flesh, the blood no longer spurting, though it pooled all around his head and chest, not yet congealed as the sands cooled in the night wind. Her fingers, pale and trembling, reached out for his face, but then flinched away from the great lacerations made by her panic-stricken nails, that had lengthened and curled into vicious black claws as the metamorphosis had carried her away into fury, then madness, as she had savaged his visage. Ripping out those blazing, hate-filled eyes that had finally gaped in terror at the hellish transformation he had deliberately provoked – inflicted upon her, as he drove her into the horrifying maelstrom of extremis…


A lionpard is a ‘retro-gelf’ animal, in appearance like a super-sized lion but with leopard-like rosettes and heavily furred for the cold desert climate of the Wastes of Great Hafn which, like our Gobi Desert, has extremes of heat and cold so it has snow on the dunes at times (ever wondered why Bactrian Camels have such shaggy coats?). Nuithen is Feyæth’s brother if you need to know…


Jan Hawke is the author of

Milele Safari – An Eternal Journey

Available on Amazon

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Follow Jan Hawke on Social Media


Twitter handle: @JanHawke



Country Music Hall of Fame Drummer Set to Release Memoir


“THE HIGH ROAD: Memories from a Long Trip”
Legendary Drummer Shares Life Story With Personal Memoirs
From Fresh Ink Group

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 4, 2016) – Music industry veteran and legendary drummer Mark Herndon is poised to introduce his autobiography entitled
“The High Road: Memories from a Long Trip” * (published by Fresh Ink Group, Roanoke, TX). The intimate collection of personal memoirs–spotlighting the highlights and lowlights of his life journey and music career–will be available April 1, 2016.

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Having spent more than two decades on the road, entertaining before millions, with one of the world’s most well known super groups (ALABAMA), Mark Herndon has become an iconic member of the country music sector. His extraordinary talents earned him a Commendation of Excellence for “long and outstanding contribution to the world of American music” (BMI) and recognition as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame (2005).

A lifetime in the making, “The High Road” offers recollections and insight into Mark’s childhood as a military brat, parental bonds, his romantic and marital relationships, travels around the world as an aviator and entertainer, and everything in between.

“I began writing this book as a collection of my life memories to share with my daughter. I had longingly wished that my dad shared his stories with me, and I didn’t want my daughter to live with that same regret,” Herndon said. “Sure enough, after putting pen to paper, recollections flowed and I had enough copy to make a manuscript. I became confident enough in my story and with positive encouragement and inquiry from loyal fans, I decided to share the story of my life on written page.”

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A combination of iron determination and old-fashioned luck, The High Road” reveals Herndon’s life chapters including excerpts from his childhood, living and creating havoc on the many bases where he resided during his youth, his first female encounter, his military flight training, the birth of his daughter, breaking into the business and the break from his wife, and his life on the road to become an integral dimension of a four-part country music phenomenon.

With chapter titles such as “Unsung Heroes,” “Livin’ on the Edge,” “The Music Mill” and “Looks Like ‘We’ Made It,” Herndon illuminates the mystery behind the “most awarded band in country music history,” its cultivation and his conclusion.

The author’s wit, humor and candor sets the pace for a seamlessly delightful read as Herndon speaks of his struggle to find acceptance, to overcome addiction, to discover his place and worth in his existence, and, ultimately, surrendering to redemption with forgiveness.

“The High Road: Memories from a Long Trip” will be available in print and digital ebook editions via all major online retail outlets beginning Friday, April 1, 2016.  As a special “Thank You” to the fans, Herndon is hosting a “limited time/limited quantity” pre-sale offer beginning, Monday, February 15, 2016.  Enthusiastic readers can be the first to purchase a personalized, autographed soft copy or digital version via PRE-SALE: Personalized-autographed soft copy: $12.99 (incl. shipping*)/digital copy: $5.99.  (*Includes shipping to the continental United States only. International shipping fees will apply.)

Mark will personally introduce the publication as part of his participation in Country Radio Semnar-2016 in Nashville (Feb. 8-10).

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I’m Not Crazy … I’m Allergic! (Blog Tour)

Hello, readers. I am pleased to welcome author Sherilyn Powers to Beem’s Blog today. Her post is both informative and entertaining. So take it away, Sherilyn…

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I Don’t Have Allergies (Anymore)

Our bodies are miraculously adaptive.  We all know, if you were to put sugar in your car’s gas tank, it would die. Quickly.

Sugar isn’t that good for the human vehicle either, and yet according to the USDA according to “Do you know how much sugar you’re eating?” ( we use a whopping “One hundred and fifty-six pounds” per person per year.

And yet we still expect our bodies to keep going, with lots of stress and adding caffeine and not eating properly and not ever cleaning our ‘vehicles’ out with high octane ‘gas’ or giving it vitamins.

The crazy thing is, for most people, their bodies do go on like this for years! They adapt and continue to adapt until they just can’t adapt anymore and the person ends up with a stroke, heart failure, diabetes or a ton of other debilitating conditions.

So is it any wonder that a miracle machine like our bodies could “adapt” to other perceived poisons/toxins and instead of the classic sneezing, itchy eyes or asthma that we once got as children, our physical allergy symptoms morph into other reactions that aren’t quite so noticeable or at least we don’t attribute them to an allergy?

I have talked to hundreds of people who tell me that they used to have allergies but they outgrew them. They think they are really lucky, until we talk a little more and they tell me they have unexplained bouts of coughing, even though they don’t have a cold and all these mysterious sinus headaches that come and go without warning, or even migraines.  And let’s not forget the angry red patch on the side of their neck that’s “oh, just a rash I get once in a while”.

These may not be the reactions we had as youngsters but that doesn’t mean that our bodies aren’t still struggling with the same things.  As we get older, our taste buds change, our sense of humour changes, our taste in music changes, and our bodies’ abilities to adapt to or deal with illness/injury change as well.

One thing I noticed with “Julie”, from my book I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic!, is that she would start sneezing when she was first exposed to an allergen and then would very quickly stop. The rest of her symptoms (inflammation, pain, headache, fibromyalgia pain, mood swings, depression, crying) would continue to get worse until she either took an antihistamine or rode it out for a few days.  If she took the antihistamine we could see the symptoms subsiding a little quicker and they would go in reverse of the  order they had come on. When she would start sneezing again she knew she was almost better and just about over the reaction. Sneezing was her first and last sign, and her body seemed unable to sneeze when she was really overwhelmed with a reaction.

So if you used to have allergies as a kid, and you outgrew them, but now you are having issues with tiredness, headaches, migraines, rashes, psoriasis, pain that comes and goes for no reason, anxiety, or depression that is long term and unexplained, it wouldn’t hurt to see if those allergies really are gone! Reducing the allergens/sensitivities your body is dealing with, at the very least will give it more energy and adaptability to deal with all the other things you have going on in your life!

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Find Sherilyn Powers on social media:
Twitter:  @SPowersINCIA
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