#RRBC Spotlight Author, @MarethMBotha

Greetings, friends!

Today, I am welcoming this month’s #RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR, Maretha Botha. Please help me show her support today and all this month!


Maretha Botha is an Italian National who grew up in South Africa. She now lives in the United Kingdom with her family. Her grandchildren are her worst critics and she often has to change or add a different bird of prey instead of the one she originally intended to use, because her grandson loves Peregrine Falcons.  So, the Tawny Eagles made way for a Peregrine Falcon in book 1, and he will also re-appear in Book 5, “The Bird Mission”.

Being a writer gives her the opportunity to daydream, to linger in the world of one of her characters, and then to manipulate things the way she wants them to be. Shutting out the noise and getting on with creating an unforgettable moment in time while simply sitting at her desk – or standing as the experts are encouraging us to do – is one of the things she enjoys about writing and illustrating.

Drinking a quick espresso also helps to keep the creative juices flowing.

She studied Library Science and Information Science as well as Bibliology (knowledge of books and libraries through the ages), English and Italian at the University of South Africa. She worked as a research librarian for an oil research facility, but the most satisfactory work came when working at a private school in Gaborone, Botswana. Teaching children aged 5-18 helped her to find her “inner-child personality” again.

Readers often ask her how she came to write “Fauna Park Tales”. The inspiration for the red-roofed farmhouse came from a painting of a lonely homestead in the Karroo (a thirst land in central South Africa) done by her younger daughter, Lionilde Claire when she was in Primary School. This house and the surrounding areas are the central focus of the Molodi valley.


Some photographs from a real valley near the Mmokolodi Game Reserve, Gaborone, Botswana. Featured here: inspiration for the stubborn goat, Plump-Grump, who looks after things at the farm while Flame and his friends are on a quest to save the orphans.



Mmokolodi’s cattle walk on sand which is almost orange. Note the pylons in the background.  All this have been inspiration for Book 4, after Tall Leader and his gang of poachers kidnapped two orphans and stole most of the villagers’ cattle.  Flame and his friends are in hot pursuit to free their victims.

An excerpt from Book 4, “Trails and Trials: An African Adventure – Fauna Park Tales”, Chapter 9, “The Cattle Battle”.

MEANWHILE, TALL LEADER AND HIS gang had other things to worry about – most of them were still sleeping when the cattle began stampeding down the riverbed in the direction of the sunrise. For that moment, no one cared about Larita and Leru, or where they went. The lovely soft glow of the dawn was suddenly hidden by dust and small bits of sand – looking like an enormous whirlwind.

The cattle ran east, not looking to the left or the right, determined to follow their leader – the big bull, Mafuta – who bellowed, ‘Follow Flame and Bibi, all you cattle! Stick to the riverbed and go straight ahead. Forget about Tall Leader’s dogs or his horsemen.  Move your hoofs and don’t stop!’

On the other side of the dune, things were going according to Flame’s plan and the cattle made their escape down the riverbed. Solo the sandgrouse and his fellow fowls flew ahead of them, choop-chooping all the way. Nothing could stop them, not even the bad humans, their horses or their dogs.



Flame and his furry and feathered friends lead the cattle away from their captors –

Chapter 9









https://marethabotha2013.com/ (child-friendly blog)





The #RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Although there were maybe 3-4 winners who were previously on this list who are no longer with the club, now all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an amazing gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!

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“Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?”

13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power.

Can TC help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; to unearth enough evidence to prove Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?

“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”

An enthralling archaeological mystery, mixing the supernatural with humour and suspense.

The first of TC’s adventures – an archaeological mystery for junior readers and above.

Family friendly.

Author:  Wendy Scott

Wendy Scott

This blog hop sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Please help me in supporting all of the awesome authors during this blog hop by visiting the above link.

Until next time……………………… Stay Creative!!


Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP!  These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 Conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their books.

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review.  There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!


Finding Billy Battles by Ron Yates

When a great-grandson inherits two aging trunks and a stack of meticulously detailed journals penned by his great-grandfather, he sets out to fulfill his great-grandfather’s last request: to tell the story of an incredible life replete with adventure, violence, and tragedy. The great-grandfather’s name is Billy Battles–a man often trapped and overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control.

For much of his 100-year-long life Billy is a man missing and largely unknown to his descendants. His great-grandson is about to change that. As he works his way through the aging journals and the other possessions he finds in the battered trunks he uncovers the truth about his mysterious great-grandfather–a man whose deeds and misdeeds propelled him on an extraordinary and perilous journey from the untamed American West to the inscrutable Far East, Latin America and Europe.

As he flips through the pages of the handwritten journals he learns of Billy’s surprising connections to the Spanish-American War, French Indochina, and revolutions in Mexico and other Latin American countries. But most of all he learns that in finding Billy Battles he has also found a long lost and astonishing link to the past.

Ron Yates


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This blog hop sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing.

The Authors behind the Paige Maddison Series – @bicematheson

Hello, bloggers!

Happy Spring to you! I’m excited to welcome a new guest to my site today, Lee Bice-Matheson. BUT, there’s an added treat for you. Not only has Lee authored books solo, but she also co-authors books with her son. Kind of an awesome writing team, I think.  :)

Allow me to turn it over to today’s stars…

J.R. and me in Orillia TodayBIO:

Lee: I began my writing career as a storyteller, often weaving tales for our son, J.R. Matheson. My stories parlayed into a writing career that was united with J.R.’s creative imagination, as a mom-son writing team. It is my dream come true! I am proud to say we have coauthored Destiny’s Gate, Book Two, and Shine Your Light, Book Three. I am also the author of Wake Me Up Inside, Book One, in the Paige Maddison Series. It was the recipient of the Literacy Award from the Readers’ Advisory Panel, Orillia Public Library, and the Paige Maddison Series continues to be included in the Battle of the Books, Simcoe County. I am passionate about family, friendships, spirituality, and all it encompasses. I love spending time in nature and canoeing and portaging into Algonquin Park with my husband. My degrees are in Honours History, Master of Library & Information Science, both from Western University. I’ve worked in public, medical, and corporate libraries, and now I work proudly with my husband, Kevin, in our Chiropractic Clinic.

J.R.: I’ve been writing fantasy and horror since I was old enough to hold a pen. Collaborating on the Paige Maddison Series has reignited my passion for creative writing. When I’m not weaving tales with mom and coauthor, Lee Bice-Matheson, I can be found drowning in scientific publications and talking incessantly about my research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, where I’m a pharmacology PhD student. Some may claim that science and the creative arts are at odds, but I feel they are one and the same.

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Paige Maddison is only 17 years old, but many know her spirit is ageless. She holds the gift of seeing beyond the layers of our reality, the courage to battle the evils that threaten to tear those layers apart, and the key to an ancient mystery that will decide the fate of the spirit realm, and our own, for another century.

In Shine Your Light, the third book of the Paige Maddison series, Paige finds herself precariously balanced between the mortal and spiritual realms, even while being haunted by events of the past. Surrounded by powerful allies, old and new, she discovers the true power of friendship―and the impact of its betrayal―as she faces her greatest challenge: the Prince of Darkness himself. The Ultimate Evil.

When a black moon looms over All Hallows’ Eve, and the battle for control of an ancient Grimoire threatens to destroy the world as we know it, Paige will be put to the test. Will love and goodness win the day? Will the strength and magic of her Celtic ancestry, the First Nations People, her Spirit Wolf family, or even divine intervention be enough to help her prevail?

Paige’s visions tell her that she is the Chosen One―chosen by fate, God, or perhaps the universe itself … but is she worthy? The ultimate battle between fallen angels, humanity, and the upperworld is about to be fought on Earth’s battlefield.

What if they’ve made the wrong choice?



Stephenie Meyer

As Seen on ‘Live’ TV: Daytime Simcoe, Barrie, Canada Host: Melissa Neuen January 13, 2017

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Shine Your Light is a delightful and insightful novel… It beautifully describes the incredible adventures of the youthful Paige Maddison…wise beyond her years … she communes with the spirits of Archangels Michael and Raphael, King Solomon, Grey Owl, and even the dreaded Beelzebul! Paige is a well-rounded…the Nancy Drew of the realm of high spirits and dreams and visions. In my opinion, it is “a keeper.” John Robert Colombo, Author and Anthologist of over 200 books, Canada’s Master Gatherer

Shine Your Light is a unique blend of Biblical quest and supernatural adventure, as Paige Maddison experiences her spiritual awakening and joins forces with angels and shape-shifters to fight the most important battle of her life. A very enjoyable and deeply spiritual addition to the Paige Maddison series.  Philip Henry, Author and Film-maker

One of our Amazon Reviewers exemplifies our message in the novel:

“This inspiring story highlights how easy it can be to feel overwhelmed and succumb to negativity when we feel alone. The authors gracefully remind us that asking for guidance and support is not a weakness, but more importantly, takes courage and can help us stay grounded and truly let our LIGHT SHINE. I highly recommend this read!” 5*

AMAZON REVIEWER, KATY, SAYS: Where do I start? This book was so exciting and detailed from beginning to end! In Shine Your Light, authors Lee Bice-Matheson and J.R. Matheson pose the question: what would happen if one does not fulfill their destiny and allows darkness to prevail? This novel is electrifying, fast-paced and full of genuine emotion as it transcends matters such as self-doubt and evil. The authors explore and expose details from various sources allowing the reader to learn and grow alongside the heroine. We meet new characters who are gratifyingly developed, namely the villain who aided the plot in becoming the most thrilling and inspiring novel of the trilogy. Paige is transformed throughout her explorations and conquers all with the help of her gifts, angels, respected mentors, family and friends. I definitely had the chills in a few spots. The authors wrote from such a place of love and that jumped right off the page! They leave us with a final notion that we must trust our own instincts and ultimately come from a place of love. 5* October, 2016

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Snowflakes danced and swirled beyond the windowpane, capturing the sun’s rays, glistening like diamonds as they drifted, mesmerizing me as I stood by and watched without a care in the world. Mother Nature had trapped me tight within her grasp. I was drawn into her beauty and magnetic, overpowering energy. Snowflakes accumulated, forming small mounds and snow drifts, and I viewed the scene as if through the lens of time-lapse photography. I sensed danger was near, yet felt warm and peaceful inside. And then I sensed nothing at all.

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My instincts snapped me into a state of high alert as I searched carefully inside a dimly lit room, arms outstretched, hoping I wouldn’t bump into something and wound myself.

I blinked my eyes repeatedly and as my vision returned, images penetrated my consciousness. Eyesight sharpened, I spied a shimmering, oval, mahogany table with twelve handsomely crafted wooden chairs with etched frames and deep-cushioned red-velvet seats. The table caught the sunlight peeking in from beyond the dining room, through the kitchen window with its tiny panes of glass and lattice framing. It was of a time long ago.

I approached the back door and peeked out through a tall, narrow side window. I gasped as I spied a dense forest filled with 100-year-old pine, birch, oak, and black walnut trees all coexisting as one, their branches intertwined. Something seemed familiar about this place. I found my courage and it urged me to continue exploring my new surroundings. I passed through a low-set hallway and noticed two bedrooms across from one another. Each room contained twin beds, and I assumed the children’s room was the one with colourful quilts adorned with patches of birds and animals.

There were carvings in that particular room which drew me in. One carving was of a beaver, another was of a moose, and the third a wolf’s head. It was much larger than the others, and it captured my attention, as the wolf was a kindred spirit to me. I ran my fingers along its nose and felt the etching on its face, wondering who had created this beautiful work of art.

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Packet and Times on J.R. and Lee Xmas 2016

PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHORS:  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our supporters and book buying readers of the Paige Maddison Series. We wouldn’t be continuing this journey if it wasn’t for you. Also to our new readers, we hope you enjoy Paige’s spiritual awakening. We want people to ‘shine their light’ in the world we live in and we’ve been told our books help many to see ‘the light.’ Please leave honest and constructive reviews for any of your favourite authors on Goodreads, Amazon, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, or any online bookstore. It is one of the main ways to give feedback to help authors understand how their work is being received or how it could be tweaked to make it better.


Website: http://leebicematheson.ca/
Twitter: @bicematheson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leebicematheson/






and more than 38,000 online retailers including Adlibris, Booktopia, Waterstones

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Thank you so much for visiting with us today. Please help me in supporting today’s guests with likes, share, and comments! Also, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of one (or more!) of their books.

Until next time………………………Stay Creative!!

Share with us…

Hello, bloggers!

I hope you are having a fabulous day! We, in the crazy state of Alabama, are preparing for our first severe weather of Spring. We’re talking tornadoes and hail this size of baseballs. My fingers are crossed that it passes over us, though. For anyone in the path of the storms, I’m sending you positive thoughts of safety.  :)

Now, onto the reason for this post…

Many of you awesome peeps are authors, writers, bloggers, and so forth. So I want to hear from you. We all do! After all, we’re in this together, aren’t we?


Today is all about what you have to share. Your experience, your know-how. Share with us and connect with each other. Let’s talk tips, advice, suggestions, and whatever else you can think of. The sky is the limit! Just use the comments section below.

Can’t wait to hear from you!!

Until next time………………………………… Stay Creative!!

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… with Author Emily Williams

Hello, bloggers!

I am pleased to welcome back Author Emily Williams. Some time ago, just a little over a year ago actually, Emily visited to tell us about her debut book, LETTERS TO ELOISE. Today, I am excited to help her announce the release of her first young adult book, RAFFERTY LINCOLN LOVES…

image1About Rafferty Lincoln Loves…

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… is my first young adult novel, after the release of my debut adult novel, Letters to Eloise, last year. I wrote Rafferty Lincoln Loves… as I have always wanted to write a novel involving horses and ponies since childhood when I first started scrawling stories. I read many horse and pony stories as a child, but have found that there are very few to read as a young adult/adult so I wanted to fill this void. My childhood favourites were the Jinny stories by Patricia Leitch and the Jill series by Ruby Ferguson, amongst many others.

I have been around horses from a very early age and spent many years saving to afford my own horse. Finally, aged twenty-one, I bought her; my beautiful American Quarter horse mare, Bella. Sadly, due to a road accident and then a fall of a horse, I can no longer ride. However, my passion and love for equines hasn’t diminished. Due to arm injuries from the accidents, I have had to dictate the novel, Rafferty Lincoln Loves… and am donating the proceeds of the novel to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre – a charity I have supported since childhood.

Many thanks for supporting the novel and I do hope you enjoy it!

Emily x

IMG_5202Chapter Ten


‘This is a ridiculous idea,’ mumbled Dexter. Although grumbling, he’d done as I had asked. Spearmint was standing in front of us with his head collar and lead rope on. He shook his head then rubbed it up and down Dexter’s shoulder, sending him almost flying into the canal. Fine red hairs stuck to the arm of Dexter’s jumper. Dexter pushed the horse’s nose back. ‘Oi, stop that, Minty.’

‘How do I do it?’ I asked.

‘Thought you were the expert?’

‘The books only taught me so much,’ I grinned. ‘The rest is meant to be obvious. Hopefully it’ll come naturally.’

‘I’ll move him over so you can stand on the deck.’

‘Is it high enough?’ I frowned at the side of the canal boat. The side wasn’t far from the towpath ground. Minty looked very big up close.

Dexter swung Minty around and backed him against the side of the boat, so his body ran along the side of the wooden edging of the deck. His round belly pushed up against the side and he pawed at the ground. Dust clouded up from his hooves, the ground dry after weeks without rain. For May it was unusually dry. I put my hand up onto the horse’s shoulder, like the photograph in the book.

‘He’s the wrong way around,’ I said.

‘Who is?’

‘Who do you think? Turn him.’

Dexter rolled his eyes, but led Minty forward and spun him around.

‘Better,’ I said. I thought the boat shifted under my weight. I leant forward against Minty’s warm body to steady myself and moved my feet along the edge to regain balance. Minty’s hair was smooth and gleamed chestnut in the sun; like Tallie’s eyes. Dexter must have been brushing him.

‘You going to get on then?’ Dexter asked.

‘Yeah, give me a second.’

‘A second for what?’

‘Just a second, be patient, will you?’

‘Come on, Minty’s getting bored.’ The horse was thrashing his head around, Dexter struggling not to be pushed over.

‘Okay, ready.’ I leant against the horse again but couldn’t get the momentum to jump up. I stretched up again but it was no use, the deck was too low. ‘I need something higher.’

‘Over there?’ suggested Dexter pointing to the stile, now cleared of the overhanging nettles. ‘You want me to go first?’

‘No, I can do this.’

‘Liberty won’t like you any better even if you do get on the horse.’

I ignored him.

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The blurb of Rafferty Lincoln Loves…

Rafferty Lincoln doesn’t like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn, pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no?

Except this isn’t any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profits Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling consequences.

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About the charity ‘The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre’


The proceeds from the novel ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’ will be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

BTRC is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired race horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure that our Thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended.

Each year thousands of horses leave racing, some because they reach the natural end of their career and others through injury or lack of ability. Established in 1991, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to ex-racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life.

‘It is fantastic to see a contemporary novel for young adults embracing passion and love for horses, as well as advocating for their welfare. Emily’s fast-paced novel not only explores the relationship and incredible bond between horse and rider but also delves into darker aspects relevant to today’s challenging world of growing up. Rafferty Lincoln Loves… deserves to be celebrated for bringing an important cause to the forefront of today’s young adults.’ Frankie Dettori MBE

I am thrilled to have written this novel for the BTRC and to be donating the proceeds to such an important and dedicated charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.’ Emily Williams

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IMG_3086Author Bio

Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… is her first YA novel after the success of her debut adult novel, Letters to Eloise, released in 2017.

Learn more about Emily by visiting her on Twitter or her blog.

Thank you so much for visiting with us today. Please help me celebrate Emily with likes, shares and comments. And don’t forget to pick up your copy of RAFFERTY LINCOLN LOVES.

Until next time………………………… Stay Creative!