Rave Reviews Book Club “Springtime Book and Block Party!

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Welcome to my blog on this wonderful Rave Reviews Book Club ‘Springtime’ Book and Blog Block party tour! Coming to you today from my latest location; the beautiful rural township of Bathurst, in New South Wales: Australia.


Please leave a comment below today, April 21st, to be entered in the drawing to win one of these prizes!

1 (Ebook copy) of “Empty Chairs” (Standing Tall and Fighting Back) Book 1. #Memoir

1 (Ebook copy) of “Faint Echoes Of Laughter” (Standing Tall and Fighting Back) Book 2. #Memoir

1 (Ebook copy) of “Acts Beyond Redemption” (Unintended Consequences) Book 1 #Thriller #Suspense.

1 (Ebook copy) of “Acts Of Betrayal” (Unintended Consequences) Book 2. #Thriller #Suspense.

Total Prizes I’m gifting today = 4.

I do love a party! So, let’s have some party-time fun! I know just the woman to add a little ‘spice’ to the proceedings.  Meet Sheila Harrington one of the pivotal characters in my Thriller Suspense Novels “Acts Beyond Redemption” and “Acts Of Betrayal”

Lets’ dress my little monster for the party … and we’ll make it formal, shall we?

Sheila ballgown by Michael costello


Ah, yes of course, we need a stunning location. What better setting than this  ballroom?  The occasion? The highly publicized Charity event of the season …The ‘Governors’ Black and White Ball’. Thrown with his accustomed panache by New York Governor (And Presidential Candidate) Damon Henderson. Sheila Harrington is as always his date.

Blog Black and White Ball 2

Sheila is tall for a woman, and the elegant Jimmi Choo shoes boost her height to just over six feet. She is both beautiful … and deadly. She adds more than just a mans’ heart to her little bag of collectables … she evicerates his spirit, and destroys his soul without hesitation, or remorse.

Love her or loathe her? Now that is the question. Whatever the decision, you may not forget her in a hurry.

Now relax,  kick your shoes off, and listen in to an (imaginary) conversation between the beautiful Sheila and her unseen ‘guest’… Let me see, what shall we name him? Ah, yes … Mr D Evil, will do nicely.


“You look bored, Mon bebe.” The voice was husky, inviting, deeply-timbered. Sheila shivered delightedly, then smiled.

” To what do I owe the pleasure of your company?” She whispered.

“I grew bored, and there are brief moments when you actually manage to entertain me, Mon bébé. I’m loving the dress. Black becomes you.”

“Yes … it does.”

“Have you chosen your plaything for this evening as yet?”

Plaything? An interesting choice of word. That implies that I would gain some sort of pleasure from any interaction I pursue.”

“Do you not?”

“Only the fleeting recognition that any predator enjoys. It’s all in the game. Pleasure in and of itself is not something I actively seek.”

“Only because you have yet to experience it, Mon bebe. You have had ample time to select.  Does nothing here interest you?”

Sheila  surveyed the glittering, brittle, breakable, crowd, before answering. “There may be one that could conceivably brighten up my evening for a brief while.”

Her companion followed her gaze, “The overdressed woman with the irritatingly piercing voice, now holding court with your date?”

Sheila laughed, well aware that heads would turn, drawn by the infectious warmth of the sound. “Too easy! Clarissa Mainwearing was born ugly, and no matter what amount of her ‘old’ money she throws at it, or how distinguished her pedigree; that type of ugly just won’t go away. My beauty would make her a lap dog inside ten-minutes. Besides, Damon is undeniably mine to control.” She sighed,  “So … no. Guess again.”

Her companion settled back, smiling contentedly to himself.

“I could of course force you to choose the one I desire.”

“That would rob you of surprise.”

 He favored her with his cold smile, “Who then?”

Sheila again surveyed the room. Then having made her decision, and without needing to point, she began, “Tall, well defined muscles, even the Armani threads can’t disguise the fact that he has a wonderful body. He has the confidence to wear his hair long and in a ponytail. He has not had his back to a door or window all evening. His stance is loose, and non-threatening. He surveys the crowd without making eye contact, or conversing with anyone. He is trained. How well trained remains to be seen.”

“Hm … interesting choice. I’m pleased. How will you proceed?”

“I’ll dismantle his detachment.”

Her unseen companion surveyed the subject of the discussion again, more slowly. “I don’t believe you can do it as easily as you may think, ma petite.”

“Is that the sound of a gauntlet hitting the floor?”

“Consider it so.”

“Wonderful! Watch me.”


Sheila missed the comment, already walking slowly across the crowded room, and as always parting the crowd in her wake. The women not graced with beauty of their own gazed at her retreating back with envy, the men, with unbridled lust.

She approached, glancing at the handsome, disinterested face; then shuddered briefly as his gaze met her own. She stood next to him now, still silent, sipping her cocktail and observing the room. She waited for longer than most would find comfortable, before, finally, he spoke.

“Is there something you require?”

She slid her eyes slowly over his body; it was more the studied look of an artist recognizing a fine piece of artwork, than a simple flicker of flirtation, “Require? That’s doubtful. Perhaps I’m simply curious as to what type of gun is tucked into your waist band?”

His reaction pleased her, for only the momentary dilation of his pupils gave any indication that her remark had even been heard.

“Probably the same type you are carrying in your clutch-purse, Miss Harrington.” He smiled, gave a brief dismissive nod and turning his back on her, he walked away.

Sheila smiled, and her blue eyes flashed fire. ‘Touche.’

Mr D Evil smiled at the exchange. ‘You have now entered the eye of the cyclone, mes enfants. Now … do you enjoy … or destroy? The evening ahead took on a new color … and the color was red. ‘Game on.’  He was well pleased.


Now that was fun. Sheila Harrington is a complex woman. This little interaction barely touches on that complexity. But I sure hope that you enjoyed it.

Acts Beyond Redemption (Unintended Consequences Book 1)



Acts Beyond Redemption takes you on a twisted, deadly, journey.

Mike Matheson is head of a Special Task Force set up by the F.B.I to track down and apprehend the serial killers responsible for 18 brutal murders.

His team are exhausted, frustrated, and ready to burn out after almost five years and no leads.
Their nightmares are stripping them to the bone.

Finally, a break in the case hands them a suspect!

Sheila Harrington appears to have confessed to the horrific murders.

Sheila Harrington also looks set to become the wife of The Governor of New York, Damon Henderson; the man strongly favored to become the next President of The United States of America.

Eminent forensic psychologist Nigel Cantrell is called in to assist the team.

Yet nothing and no one could prepare them for what is to come.
Someone on the inside is deflecting their weary eyes away from an incomprehensible and shattering truth.

Who will be buried in the shattered remains of a country where freedom and honor are treasured above all things?

Just how far will those elected to protect and defend go, to keep the American dream alive?

Purchase ‘Acts Beyond Redemption’ on Amazon.com


Acts of Betrayal (Unintended Consequences Book 2)




In this powerful sequel to Acts Beyond Redemption Nigel Cantrell is back, and he’s out for blood.

One of his team holds on precariously to life, with no guarantees of recovery.

Can those responsible drag him into a nightmare he will struggle to contain?

In a complex dual where oaths taken are forsaken, and promises made are broken beyond repair; he must seek the help of the only people he can trust, people who revere him … and, those that despise him.

Cantrell is efficient and deadly, but even he has ghosts in his past, demons that must be exorcised. And nothing is more demonic than the peril he must now face, as a one man’s maniacal thirst for revenge is uncovered.
A man so enormously powerful, with a hatred so intense, so extreme, that the possible demise of his own species means nothing to him.

He will dispense his revenge as his diseased mind sees fit.

Nigel Cantrell and his team do not have failure as an option.
The fate of their country and beyond now rests in their hands.
Can they prevent the final acts of betrayal?

Purchase ‘Acts Of Betrayal’ on Amazon.com

My non-fiction books are available as follows.

“Empty Chairs” (Standing Tall and Fighting Back) Book 1.

Empty Chairs available on Amazon.com

“Faint Echoes of Laughter” (Standing Tall and Fighting Back) Book 2.

“Faint Echoes of Laughter” on Amazon.com

“Still Sassy at Sixty” (Standing Tall and Fighting Back) Book 3. DUE FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 2017.

A very quick personal note. I have been hospitalized this week and just wanted to say a big thank you to the lovely folks that have taken a moment of their precious time and sent me such kind wishes for a speedy recovery. It endorses everything I’ve said about Rave Reviews Book Club being a family. Don’t be concerned my friends, it is a known health issue that caused my trip to ICU. I’m home now and will be back to my cantankerous ol’ self in no time. Hugs to you all. Soooz xo

 Don’t forget to stop in and check out the other tour stops at https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/rrbc-2017-springtime-book-blog-block-party/as the party goes on all month long!

Kangaroo they went thataway









99 thoughts on “Rave Reviews Book Club “Springtime Book and Block Party!

  1. I love the approach you use to introduce your books. I have read several. Being a guest at your block party was fun filled and fantastic! The picture of the Opera House brought back fond memories of my vacation there several years ago. Glad to hear that you are recovering and getting back to writing great novels.

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    1. Hello, Gracie and thanks so much for your very kind words. I’m so delighted you had the chance to see my much loved city of Sydney. I must admit I miss her at times, yet the serenity of our rural setting is so precious. How lucky I am to be having yet another adventure. 😊

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  2. Australia is one of the top five places that I want to see in my lifetime! (In no particular order, they are Australia, Alaska, Colorado, Greece, and Ireland.) I loved your peek into your main character. I have to admit, I couldn’t help but feel that she was a vampire. I guess that is my inner book lover telling me that I need to add another vampire story to my TBR. lol! I’ve been reading so many different genres lately, but some of my fave authors of vampire stories have new releases, so I guess they are calling me back to them. lol! I really look forward to reading your book once I get my anxiety under control (hopefully by this summer). That little clip was amazing! 🙂

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    1. Hi, Yvette! Australia is an amazing country and I have had the opportunity to explore her many many times and still have so much yet to see. As for ‘Sheila Harrington’ no … not a vampire. nor a psychopath, although I agree she certainly presents as evil incarnate. Sheila appears to be devoid of a conscience, however attempting to place her in a category presents its own unique problems …lol. Anxiety is such a debilitating illness, Yvette. I hope that you have it under control soon. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the post. 😊


  3. Glad you’re home and feeling better, Sooz. Australia is on my list of places to see. Nice getting to know a little more about your books. They sound intriguing. Have fun on the tour today!

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  4. Dear Suzanne, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve not been well, so an extra ‘thank you’ for finding the time and energy to put together your lovely blog! I think Sheila Harrington is going to be a most fascinating character to get to know. I love the way you showed her – I would’ve expected nothing less.Every now and then, I seem to have my TBR LISTin a manageable size and then BOOM! Our next great party with all its resultant goodies has arrived. 😱I wish you all the best for today, as well as a speedy recovery.

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    1. Hello, Maretha! I’m so pleased that I prepared my post well ahead of time, as the trip to hospital was so unexpected. Sheila is a delight to write, and she evolves further with each book. As for that TBR list … sigh … I know the feeling, but I do love the fact that my entire list is made up of so many works I’m itching to read. Thanks so much for stopping by. 😊


    1. Hiya, Michelle! Thank you so much, I’m a little weary now, but I’m thinking that’s par for the course. Sheila is certainly intriguing…lol. I do hope you enjoy my work.😊


  5. Whoa, Soooz. I love the picture of your new location. I hope you’ll be happy there. Your blurb and setting of Acts Beyond Redemption have me drooling to get started (Yes, I bought it, and it is on my Kindle. Next up on the TBR). Here’s hoping you have a fantastic party and wishing you all the best.

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    1. Hiya, John! I’m so delighted that you are soon to begin reading Acts Beyond Redemption. I hope you enjoy it. My new location is so serene after the bustle of Sydney. I believe it will be a perfect location for my daughter and small grandson to grow and explore in.Thanks so much for stopping by.😊

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    1. How lovely of you to reblogg my post. I’m so delighted you enjoyed this little presentation it was a joy to create.Thank you again! I’m certainly smiling today!😊

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    1. Hi, Staci! I am feeling more like my old self today (Scary thought) Thanks for stopping by, and I’m delighted you enjoyed the imaginary ‘conversation’ at the ball.😊


  6. Hi Soooz.
    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. I hope you are feeling much better now?

    I loved your blog post and it was thrilling to get to know some of your characters. I can’t wait to read more!

    You are such a supportive member of RRBC, I hope that everyone joins your blog to find out more about your writing.

    Have a fantastic party today.

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    1. Hi, Lizzie! I’m waving frantically from down here … lol. I am feeling much better thank you, my friend. The support I offer on RRBC comes back at me many times over. The club has bought me joy. Thanks again for your sweet words. 😊

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  7. Suzanne, I didn’t know you were ill. Praying that your recovery is speedy. You have an intriguing blog and your characters come alive with interest. That’s because you write as if your mind is always in overdrive. Good luck on your tour.

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    1. Hello, Shirley! Thanks so much for your kind wishes. The health issues are long-term, but I’m here and I’m one heck of a fighter. As for writing as if my mind is always on overdrive … what an apt description, it IS indeed. I can never quite manage to shut it down. lol.Thanks again for stopping by.😊

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      1. I’ve had health issues which could have become long-term were it not for the fact that I’m a fighter too. I decided to write about it which you are probably familiar with. I wanted to share what I found and tell my story in the hopes that it could help someone else.

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      2. Hi, Shirley. I am familiar with your work, my friend, and it’s rapidly heading towards the top of my TBR list. My non-fiction books were written and continue to be written in the hope that people will come to understand the long-term affects of Child sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The PTSD continues to this day.❤️️

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  8. Another gem, Soooz! Another gem. 🙂
    I can’t wait to be able to just sit and read book two. I’m falling behind on so many things lately. I know once I start I won’t be able to put it down. You’re such a gifted! I hope many readers treat themselves to this series. A highly recommended, 5 star read!
    Hope you’re feeling better soon. The landscape of your new home is so tranquil. I love the sight of rolling fields. So peaceful. Hugs from across the miles. XO

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    1. Hello, my lovely! I so loved your review of Acts Beyond Redemption The new book certainly presents some new challenges for the gang. (And then some) lol …The serenity of our new location is so perfect for writing. My daughter and little grandson are positively blooming in this environment. Hugs back atcha, my friend. xo 😊


    1. Hiya, Noelle! Thanks for the good wishes. I adored that black dress, it’s just soooo Sheila! We do have a reputation for partying hard Down Under and its well deserved. Thanks for stopping by!😊


  9. Gosh, Soooz, I didn’t know that you were ill, but I’m so happy you are feeling better. You’re an incredible writer – Empty Chairs is one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read. Take care of yourself…and enjoy the party! ♥

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    1. Hello, Gwen. Your review of Empty Chairs touched me deeply, my friend. The ill health is long-term and a pain in the ass, but I refuse to allow it to dominate my world. I will take care, and I’m loving the party; thanks so much for your kind words of support.❤️️


  10. Fancy meeting you again, Suzanne. I replied to your reply on my site only minutes ago. Because of your note moments ago, you’re my first stop for today and what a wonderful stop it is. I like reading about strong female characters. I read Yvette’s comment about Sheila H. maybe being a vampire. Of course you’re not going to verify that. I’ve got to read the book, right? Another book on my TBR list! I’m getting strong feelings about your sassy style of writing and maybe a vampire story might be too tame for Sheila’s character. Happy to see you’re back home and recovering. The rural setting has to help with that. Thank you for a wonderful post from an energetic supporter of club members, me included. Get well and thank you for a great start to my day.

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    1. Hiya, Larry! I’m waving frantically from way down here! I have no problem with Vampires and am a huge Anne Rice fan, BUT I have no problem confirming that Sheila is NOT a Vampire! You’re absolutely correct in assuming that would be (er-hem) WAY too tame. I had to smile when I read the line about my ‘sassy’ style of writing…’Sassy-Girl’ was actually my ‘street-name’ many long years ago when the streets of Sydney became my home for an intense and memorable six years. (But that’s a whole other book) 😊 I’m delighted you stopped by, and even more delighted that you enjoyed the post so much! 😊😊


  11. Well, Soooz, your female characters are not only strong-willed but deadly! I remember Sam of “Ranch Hand Wanted.” A no-nonsense girl! I look forward to reading “Act Beyond Redemption,” which is on my Kindle. 🙂 Enjoy your party.

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    1. Hi, Joy! You are the only person I know that has read and reviewed ‘Ranch Hand Wanted’ and Sam and Sheila Harrington share that deadly intent! lol… I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Acts Beyond Redemption … I guess Sheila Harrington is like ‘Sam Mannix’ on steroids! lol… Thanks so much for stopping by.😊


  12. Hi Sooz! I adore the picture of where you’ve moved to, and I hope you’ll be so happy there. Love your post, and look forward to reading your books. You take care, and best wishes with everything 🙂

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    1. Hi, Harmony! I have to admit the lifestyle here is so much more serene, and my daughter and young grandson are so very happy here as well. I’m glad we made the move, Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the good wishes, honey. I appreciate it.❤️️


    1. Hello, Maggie! Sheila is quite a piece of work isn’t she? I had so much fun writing this post, and creating the memes is something I’m learning to do as I go. I’m so glad you stopped by, and that you enjoyed the post.😊

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  13. Wow – I loved seeing an image of Sheila Harrington, as I have recently read Acts Beyond Redemption. What an intense, horrifying thriller that was (and I gave you a great review on Amazon). I have not yet gotten the next one – but I will. Great scene you shared – I can feel it all. You sure have a way with words! Hope you are feeling much better and recover fast and completely! Great blog post, really glad I stopped by! 🙂

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    1. Hi, Lynn! I’m waving frantically from Down Under! I loved the review, thank you so very much. I’m delighted you enjoyed the book. The scene here is an imaginary one, and I had great fun creating it. Sheila is an evil little minx. I’m feeling a tad weary now, but you can’t keep a bad woman down for long … lol.😊 I’m so glad you stopped by.


  14. Hello my friend! Sorry to read of you not feeling well! Couldn’t tell it from the magnificent post! Love the pics of your hometowns, the gorgeous Sheila Harrington, and the “stunning” party location! I’d like to see what you do when you’re feeling 100%. You website is awesome too! Enjoy your party today!

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    1. Hiya, honey! Oh, hell … me at 100%? Run for your lives! lol… This was a little something I put together and finished a week early … phew! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, and this party has been an absolute blast!❤️️

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  15. What a fun blog! I always enjoy hearing more from Shelia! I loved “Acts Beyond Redemption” and can not wait to continue the journey with your amazing characters. Hope you are feeling better:)

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    1. Hi, my friend! I’m feeling a little weary but otherwise doing fine, thank you. I am anxious to hear what you think about Acts of Betrayal. Sheila is as deadly as ever.😊 Thanks so much for stopping by.❤️️

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  16. Hi Sooz, great blog. I just love the beauty of Australia. Loved the excerpt too. You know I have Acts of Redemption, creeping up my TBR read list–getting closer and I can’t wait.Have a wonderful day on your side of the world.

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    1. Micki, you are such a lovely person. When reading Acts Beyond Redemption you may want to buckle up, one way and another its one hell of a ride.😈


  17. Hello Sooz….I’m late to the party, but I really like your blog and the descriptions of your books. I will be picking them up on my Kindle asap. Always wanted to go to Austrailia. I lived almost 17 years in Asia, but never got to the Australian continent. someday, perhaps……

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    1. Still not midnight in the northern hemisphere, my friend, so you’re not late. I hope you do make it down here, and when you do, let me know in advance; so I can roll out the country welcome mat and put on a pot of good coffee. I love meeting my online friends face to face and have had a few lovely friends visit over the past few years. Thanks so much for stopping by.😊


  18. What a wonderfully creative blog. I love your talent. I have read three of your books and loved them all. Your new location in New South Wales looks beautiful. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

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    1. Hello, my lovely friend. Our new location is serenely beautiful, and as Autumn progresses the wonderful colors in the trees is inspiring my creative juices … (UH-OH) I am utterly delighted that a writer with your talent has read and enjoyed three of my books. What a marvelous compliment, thank you, Karen❤️️


  19. Hi Sooz,

    Sorry to hear you are ill. Many wishes for a speedy recovery. I read Acts of Redemption. Have to read the second installment. Sheila Harrington is deliciously evil. Love the photos and the descriptions as to how they relate to the book. Good job on all of this. Hope you’re enjoying the blog tour.


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    1. Now the other post makes sense. Sorry, Pat, I got the other message first, and I recognized the name. I’m such a fan of your work. Acts of Betrayal picks up only two hours after Acts Beyond Redemption ends. Sheila is as always, quite devastating. lol Thanks so much for stopping by.❤️️


    1. Hiya, Kim! Hugs back atcha, my friend. I understand so well about the TBR thing! I’ll just have to re-invent the 24 hour day … let’s see now how many hours do we need? Nyah … even I can’t stay awake THAT long! Thanks so much for stopping by!😊

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    1. Hi, Wendy! I’m so pleased you stopped by. I’m feeling a little better each day, thank you, my friend, and thank you for your kind recommendation of my books, it is so much appreciated.❤️️


    1. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the post, Flossie. If you ever get the opportunity to see my amazing Australia don’t miss it. You won’t be disappointed. I do soooo love my country.🐨

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