RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB—Support For Indy Authors!

The Long and Short Stories of Life

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Writing is a solitary activity, but when you’re finished writing, where do you turn  to market, promote, and get reviews for your work? Your book is finally published, yet the only salesyou’ve made have been on Amazon’s free give-away days. Those free sales haven’t garnered you any reviews.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is one of a handful of groups that the indie community can count on to push us and our work. RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (#RRBC) provides support, but it also offers perks to its members on a daily basis!

RRBC motivates and celebrates independent authors by pushing old and new releases.  Author/members participate in reciprocal practices like tweeting and retweeting each other on Twitter. We sponsor members on blog tours and in return, members sponsor us.

We all love to read, right? If you leave an honest review for a member author, more than likely, they’ll leave one…

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25 Random Facts About Me and …

25 Random Facts About Me and …

(I did this on Facebook sometime ago, so I suppose I shouldn’t post this on WordPress — but just in case some people like lists, here’s mine)

 

1) First book I wrote, “Sally The Snow Girl” (second grade):

https://maureentwomey.wordpress.com/old-book/

2) The first kiss I got: He had braces in is mouth (I had them too). BUT he also had Oreo cookies in his mouth. Not good.

3) No really — the kiss was awful.

4) I was a Communication major at UCLA. I had good grades, but not honors. Lisa (also Communication) went to a party (we were all wearing robes for graduation). Almost everyone else had special robes on. Lisa and I realized that we were the dumbest ones in Communication.

(Kassie said, “Hello! You graduated from UCLA – you are smart!!” … Okay.)

5) I watch the “Real World” on MTV, Season 1. (1993 or 1994 I think)
I loved it, so I mailed my form for the next one (in L.A.) to MTV.
I had to write and tape (thank you Steve C.), why I should be in it.
Sadly, I didn’t make it. Oh well.

6) I’m good friends with U2 … Then I woke up, and it was only a dream — I don’t no them. 😦

7) Does someone know U2? If so, please let me know.

8) My hair: I did have it longer, but the hair lady said “You don’t have the face for long hair”.
So I finally gave in, and now I have the same hair again.

9) June 5, 2000: Had a great time seeing a concert, Elliott Smith

10) June 6/7 2000, I had a stroke: Couldn’t walk at all; couldn’t speak at all; couldn’t read or write at all … AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

11) Hospital: Good people; bad food.

12) First words I said: Someone was telling a joke, but someone else was also butting in. So I said,
“BUTT OUT!”

13) Writing: The first word I wrote was “rav” (ravioli).

14) June 7, 2000, I was in a wheel-chair.
I finally walked … alone, September 3, 2000.
😀

15) I still have a brace on my right leg, so I couldn’t wear my shoes (the brace can’t fit in my shoes). I gave the shoes to other friends and also donated them.

16) Maybe someday I will not have to wear the brace. So I’ll call the people who have my shoes and say “I WANT THE SHOES BACK!!”
😉

17) If I don’t turn my head right, it is NOT because I don’t like you; but now I can not see on the right.
BUT …

18) Now I have special glasses with prisms (right eye). So I can see much more … so now I have my license back! Beep Beep!

19) When driving, I use my left leg. So the brake is on the right, and the gas is on the left.

20) I liked wine, but now I don’t have the taste for it. So I have ice cream instead.

21) My family are all good or great cooks; I’m the only one who is not as good.

22) Please hold, your call is important …………………. Please hold, your call is important …………………… Please hold, your call is important …………………… Please hold, your call is important ……………………

(Note after: I was almost out of thinks to say, so I put this at number 22)

23) Yea for President Barack Obama!!!!!! (Note: I wrote this when President Obama was still the president)

24) Hopefully I will finish my book soon …

25) Yea, I’m done.
(Not done with my book, only the list.)

 

UPDATE: My book is done of course 🙂  Check it out:

https://maureentwomey.wordpress.com/befor-afdre-and-after/

🙂

I got accepted to Harvard!

Actually, I already went to college. But Harvard Library has my book: Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

😉

2018 Before, Afdre, and After

“When Maureen Twomey was only thirty-three years old, she experienced a massive stroke-one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak (AAAAAAAHHH!!). Well, she wasn’t about to go down without a fight. In Before, Afdre and After, Twomey offers a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, and ultimately inspiring glimpse at what it is to lose everything when you’re supposed to be in the prime of your life-and what it takes to get it back, piece by tiny piece.”

 

 

Harvard Library:

http://lms01.harvard.edu/F/Q2D7HRPEVUCN4AVKGP6952TF5YRS9VT6JLXNKMAAM93C3B5SQ3-00001?func=find-b&find_code=kon&request=ocn910258391

 

… You can also get my book at:

 

Before, Afdre, and After

https://maureentwomey.wordpress.com/befor-afdre-and-after/

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25480204-before-afdre-and-after?from_search=true

 

Amazon:

 

etc.  🙂

 

An Amazing, Uplifting Story of Recovery

Before, Afdre, and After (My Stroke…oh, what fun)

“… I am so glad that she took the time and effort to write up her story for a multitude of reasons. It has brought me true appreciation for my own health while showing how bad things can really get. It has provided me with an increased appreciation for therapists and their valuable work. And it has increased my faith in the human spirit and the body’s ability to heal, especially when commanded to do so through work and positive thinking. This story is amazing and something everyone needs to read to expand their awareness to those with handicaps of all kinds. Maureen Twomey is nothing short of a miracle …”

🙂

Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

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Review of

“Before, Afdre, and After (My Stroke…oh, what fun)”

by Maureen Twomey

This is the true story of a woman who had a massive, extremely debilitating stroke at the young age of 33 which caused significant brain damage. The book recounts, step by step, her very difficult journey back to functionality. It truly illustrates the principle that heroes (and heroines) are ordinary people plunged into exceptional circumstances. I was totally blown away by this book for so many reasons. First of all, that someone could be so entirely debilitated and survive, much less want to, given the immediate effects left her abilities so compromised. She had to learn to read and write again as well as speak, since it was the left side of her brain which was damaged, which governs these abilities. Walking was likewise something she had to learn again, given the resulting paralysis.

The support of…

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