The Rave Awards! #RRBC

The limousine pulled into a row of other limos. Lisa Burton* sat across from me in the back. A four-hundred pound man sat next to me in a tux. “Why is he here again?”

“Don’t worry about him,” Lisa said. “He’s from Harry Winston, and he comes with the diamonds. I have to give them all back after the program.”

“That’s too bad. They look really nice.” We pulled forward a few car lengths, and I asked him to let me out.

“What are you doing? You’ll miss the red carpet.”

“That’s the idea. I’m slipping in the back, grabbing a beer, and meeting you at our table. You’re the spokesmodel. It’s your job to take this bullet for me.”

“You’re such a baby. Don’t worry, I’ve got this.”

I wound my way to our table and sat where my name card indicated. The room filled up as Lisa wound her way over. She paused to pose for selfies, and sign some autographs.

The show started and we applauded when Jan Sikes won for most creative tweets. Lisa grabbed my arm, “Her character appeared on Lisa Burton Radio, and she included you in her presentation on promotion. So excited for her.”

“I agree, she’s a talented lady.

Rea Nolan Martin’s, The Ansesthesia Game won for best cover, and Beem Week’s, Jazz Baby won for best book trailer. We applauded their victories. I started chewing my nails.

The award for best blog site was called. “In third place, Entertaining Stories, by C. S. Boyack.” The crowd applauded and I waived. The cameras were mostly focused on Lisa though. “In second place, Fiction Favorites, by John Howell.” We applauded again.

Lisa grabbed my forearm. “John’s so nice. I’ve been to his house, and his characters appeared on my radio show a couple of times too.”

“And the Blog of the Year goes to, Nonnie Jules for Watch Nonnie Write.” The crowd went crazy. Nonnie is one of the hardest working people I know, and deserves all the awards she can take home.

Nonnie also won the award for Most Giving Hands. The Most Supportive Member of 2016 is Wendy Scott. Jan Hawk won for Member of the Year, and Lisa reminded me that Jan’s characters have appeared on her show too.

Karen Ingalls is the Top Reviewer of 2016. Stephanie Collins is the Top Recruiter of 2016. I took my napkin and dabbed it across my forehead.

“For Book of the Year, in third place, The Playground by C. S. Boyack.” I waved once more, and Lisa attracted camera flashes. “In second place, She Dies at the End, by A. M. Manay. And the Book of the Year, for 2016, goes to Type and Cross by Staci Troilo.” The crowd went wild. The Book of the Year competition was tough, and all the entries were good. Lisa grabbed me once more and reminded me that Max the dog appeared on her show.

I shook hands with those around me, and slipped quietly to the lobby. The bar was only a few steps further, so I went inside. John Howell was already there. I offered my hand. “Congratulations, John.”

He waived down the waitress and she slid me a dark frothy beer. “Congratulations yourself. Where’s Lisa? Is she joining us?”

“Hardly. She went to the Governors Ball. I think she wants to recruit characters for her radio show.”

“How does she rate? She isn’t even a nominee.”

“That doesn’t matter. Velvet ropes just move aside for her.”

“I can see that. I heard they have an upgraded bar at the ball. Wanna check it out?”

“Why didn’t you say so sooner, John.” I dropped a twenty on the bar and we headed across the street.


*Lisa Burton is my personal assistant, and the spokesmodel for Entertaining Stories. She’s also a robot, and makes regular appearances here.


You might guess that we have a lot of fun in the Rave Reviews Book Club. It’s all about supporting each other, and climbing that ladder together. The Rave Awards are only one fun event, and there are a couple of blog parties and some writing contests that are worth checking out. In December they held an online convention that was very popular.

If you think this club might have something to offer you, please check us out at this link.


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86 responses to “The Rave Awards! #RRBC

  1. N. N. Light

    Congratulations to you and Lisa, Craig! Congrats to John as well. 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    A fun post about the RRBC awards announcement. I have to say it is a fun time and Craig and Lisa made the most of the evening. I was very happy to be included. Congratulations, Craig and thanks for the memories.

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  3. Congratulations! I will now go to bed dreaming of diamonds! 🙂

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  4. Congratulations everyone! Very well deserved.

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  5. Gwen Plano

    What a fun posting, Craig! Congratulations to all the winners – each so deserving!

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  6. Great post, Cold Hand, Very entertaining. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  7. Congrats and I love the Lisa art. Curious to know what an upgraded bar has that’s different from the basic ones.

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  8. Congratulations, Craig!!

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  9. Reblogged this on Writing and Music and commented:
    #RRBC Award winners announced!! Congrats to all of the winners.

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  10. Well done all of you, great post Craig! Has Lisa returned home yet?

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  11. OMG, I’m just catching up on stuff. I’m so excited for you! Congrats on those awards. Sounds like you and Lisa had a fun night at the Awards Event!

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  12. Someday, I hope to have a spot however minuscule it may be.

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  13. Congratulations, Craig – well-deserved!

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  14. ~Mar

    Awesome post, Craig! Congrats to you and all the Winners! 🙂

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  15. Craig, I planned on writing my own post today, but you did such an amazing job with this one, I know I can’t possibly do anything that comes close.

    Lisa looked stunning (as always), and you took home two awards. Kudos to you! Two well-deserved honors, indeed.

    Thanks for the shout out for Type and Cross. And I was so tickled that Lisa remembered hosting Max on her show. He and I both had a great time that day.

    Congratulations again to you, and to all the RRBC winners.

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  16. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Doing well for re-blogs today – here’s one for RRBC about the Rave Awards from fellow nominee and winner (for his blog) C.S.Boyack! Congrats Craig (and Lisa od course!) 😀

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  17. Fun post – congratulations Criag.

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  18. Wow! It looks like I’ve missed some good fun here! This is a great post Craig! I haven’t seen the results yet, but I think the line-up of winners is great! Congrats to all of you winners, and thank you for the great show Craig. 😀

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  19. PHS

    Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Congratulations to all the RRBC award winners!

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  20. Reblogged this on Room With Books and commented:
    And the RAVE AWARDS go to . . .

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  21. Congratulations! And this is a wonderful blog post! I had to reblog it! Thanks, Patricia

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  22. What a delightfully entertaining report! Leave to that wonderfully creative mind of yours to keep us informed. Pure brilliance. Sorry I missed the event. I’ve been busy on the home front lately and barley keeping up with email. As a new RRBC member, it exciting to see all the support here. Congrats to all the winners and especially to all the participants, there are no real losers here.

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  23. Reblogged this on S.K. Nicholls and commented:
    C.S. Boyack offers us a delightfully entertaining report on the Rave Reviews Book Club Awards. Come by and meet some terrific authors and bloggers, readers and writers.

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  24. Way to go. Exciting and titillating. What’s next. o_O 😀 😀

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  25. Congrats to all the winners, well deserved, and to all the wonderfully talented members of RRBC.

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  26. What a night. Congratulations on both your awards!!!!!!

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  27. Congrats, Craig! LOVED the interaction with John!

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