Dear Readers,

I appreciate your loyalty over the past two years in following Words To Captivate. I have created a new author website at:

I decided that I would simplify my presence on the Web by consolidating my blog with the new FIORA BOOKS website. I moved all the blog posts from this site over to the new one.

From now on, I’ll not be posting anything here. Today, I published a new post “I BELIEVE IN…” on the FIORA BOOKS site. Please click on the title and find this new blog post. While you’re there, I’d appreciate if you click the blue follow button for the new website and take a look around.



Good People Doing Good Things — Big & Little

My friend, Jill Dennison, has provided us with several wonderful stories of ordinary people doing loving things for others. Please read on and allow Jill to lift your spirit with evidence that humanity is not beyond redemption.

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Guess what I found?  I found good people!

Generosity times 100 …

Alec Sprague lives in Jacksonville, Florida.  A few days ago, he went to his local Costco store to buy a generator, and I imagine his jaw dropped when he saw a man buying not one, not two, but 100 generators!  At $450 each, that is no small feat!  About $45,000 by my reckoning … one could buy a brand new car for that and still have money left over!

Now, I don’t think Alec got the man’s name, but he did speak to him and found that the man was buying not only 100 generators, but also a large stash of food to send to the Bahamas for those who, in the wake of Hurricane Dorian last week, are left without electricity or supplies, many without homes.  Add to that $45,000 tab another $4,285.70 for a variety of…

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#RRBC’s Spotlight Author for September – @JohnJFioravanti #RWISA

This is Day 5 of my “Spotlight” Author tour sponsored by Rave Reviews Book Club. I’m grateful to Jan Sikes, a friend and RRBC colleague, for generously hosting this blog.

Writing and Music

Hello, and welcome to the next stop on the RRBC Spotlight Author Blog Tour for the amazing author, John Fioravanti!

It is an honor to introduce you to John and his work!


I’m grateful to my host of this fifth post of the REFLECTIONS TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules
and the #RRBC Team who arranged it all!

Reflection 26 – Love Yourself – You’re Worth It!

“You can search throughout the
entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection
than yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as
much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”

~ Buddha

Buddhism is based upon the teachings of Gautama Buddha who
taught in eastern India over twenty-fivecenturies ago. His philosophy
sought a middle way between unbridled sensuality and a-self discipline that denied
any sensual…

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Welcome, #RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for September @JohnJFioravanti! #RWISA

Yesterday, I began my week-long “Spotlight” Author blog tour to share my latest book “Reflections”. I’d like to thank President and Author, Nonnie Jules, who also penned the introduction to this book and Rave Reviews Book Club for shining this spotlight on me and my work this month. Nonnie is hosting this first blog post.

Watch Nonnie Write!

Hello, all!  I’m here today to welcome back Author, John J. Fioravanti, RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for the month of September.

John was one of the first members of RRBC to hold this illustrious seat and today begins the first day of his SA tour.  I am so honored to host him and introduce his latest piece of work, “REFLECTIONS:  Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations.”

Reflections by John F

Take it away, John!

I’m grateful to Nonnie for opening up my tour today and also for arranging this special month in my honor!  I am a LifeTime Member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and although I took a sabbatical from the club a couple of years ago, I have returned and reprised my role as MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR.  I’ve dropped by Nonnie’s blog to share a bit about my book, REFLECTIONS.  

Why did I write a book like this?

The first thing that…

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Welcome to the “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” Blog Tour! @FRStepnowski @4WillsPub #RRBC

Please help me give Author, Forrest Stepnowski, a warm welcome here at Words To Captivate. Forrest is a fellow member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB  which I featured in a recent blog: A GREAT LITERARY COMMUNITY: #RRBC #RWISA. Forrest is on a blog tour with his book “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” which is one of the ways that #T

Head shot of Author, Forrest Stepnowski

About the Book:

BOUND; The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men. Allow yourself to give in to your deepest fantasies, desires, and sensual dreams, BOUND is a collection of poetic works exploring the world of eroticism, romanticism, and fantasies of gay men of all ages. Walk through the mind inspired by fantasies, the hopes for romance, the desire to be swept off ones’ feet, and the longing to be touched through this anthology filled with lost romance and passionate memories. Escape into a world that allows you to be one with your desires, feel the heightened sensations and passion through random rendezvous and engagements.


Poetry Excerpt from Bound: The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men:

In the beginning…

I stare in the mirror for hours

looking at my aging face, my graying hair

Alone, lost in a world where I no longer fit in, nor am I desired

I live in the memory of what was once a handsome face

A beautiful body, a real sexual being

It started when I was the age of seventeen

The not quite so legal but young, dumb, and full…

You get the picture

I lived through endless sexual encounters

A sensual but conservative body, but unhinged in the sheets

Amidst the blue-green skies under a palm tree I lay

A soldier sat next to me and attempted to graze my leg

Confused and aroused

The life of a teen entrapped in a confused state of being

An innocent being, trapped in an adult world of unexplored seduction

I stare in the mirror for hours

looking at my aging face, my graying hair

Reduced to only the memories of my conquests and seductions

The temple of manhood with an internally trapped siren singing songs that lure the hungry and feed the thirsty

But now a relic trapped into the history of older gay men who remain silent in their insecurities


About the Author:

Forrest Robert Stepnowski is an advocate, a writer, a social worker, and a performance artist in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing poetic works and prose for most of his life. He realized how important is to share his work with others who have dealt with similar pathways of self-hate, self-deprecation, and self-loathing in the hopes they find they are not alone, as well as help them realize they are not deviants, nor are they against “human nature.” They are part of a collective of misfit toys on an island where being different is beautiful. We all have a voice, and the world should hear it. Forrest is a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club.


Social Media Links:





"BOUND" Book Cover 

Amazon Purchase Links:




To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  
Thanks for supporting this author and his work!

Good People Doing Good Things — Everyday People

Jill Dennison has posted about several ordinary folks reaching out to help others in need. I’m grateful to my friend Jill for reminding us amid all the ugliness that monopolizes our daily headlines that there are good people doing good things!

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Today’s good people are just average, ordinary people who see a need and step in to help another.  Small things, everyday sort of things, but things that mean so much …

In October, Milwaukee bus driver Natalie Barnes started talking with a passenger named Richard, who told her he has been homeless for a week, since the place where he had been living was condemned. When he asked if he could ride along for the night to stay out of the cold, she agreed.

“At some point in our lives, everybody needs help. I wanted to do what I could to help Richard in some way.”

At one point during her shift, she took a break at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and offered to get her passenger a bite to eat.  “Now I don’t know what to say but to say thank you,” he said to Barnes and promised to pay…

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Dear readers, I have not lived up to my resolution, made at the end of June, to post on this blog once or twice a week. This begs the question, “So what have you been up to?” The quick answer is that I’ve not been idle.

I have rejoined Rave Reviews Book Club,  which is a great literary community that I originally joined in July 2014. After serving on the Governing Board for a few years, I experienced burnout and retired for a couple of years. Bored out of my mind, I rejoined recently and was invited to resume my old Board position as Membership Director. The administration protocols of the club changed while I was away and I’ve been spending a lot of time acclimatizing and catching up.

I chose the words in the title of this post purposely. RRBC is more than a book club and therein lies its greatness. Author, Nonnie Jules, is the founder, President, and the resident visionary of the club. Her vision provides the underlying philosophy of the club – which has transformed an online book club into a literary community. She dreamed of a literary community of authors and readers whose first priority would be to serve others.

Service is at the heart of thriving communities. Through social media, blogging, book purchases, honest reviews (even if they are bad), club events, and socializing on the club site and on WhatsApp, members support each other. For example, a truly supportive RRBC member will post most of their tweets on Twitter in support of other members’ books and blogs, rather than in support of their own. Nonnie’s vision was that of a group of people who cared for each other’s well-being and success – an altruistic philosophy.

You don’t have to be an author to join this community. Many of us are readers who are dedicated to this philosophy and enjoy being supportive of other members’ books and blogs. Throughout the year, RRBC hosts many events and contests where prizes are up for grabs and members get opportunities to interact with each other. Each month, the most supportive members are awarded the club’s Hot Seats and receive online concentrated and powerful support from the community. One example is the designation as Spotlight Author for a month. This person is heavily supported on several social media platforms throughout the month, is the honoured guest on the monthly BlogTalkRadio show, Bring On The Spotlight, receives a free RRBC blog tour, and is featured on Nonnie’s On the Shelf Interview.

Whether you are an author, an aspiring author, or just a lover of books, the community created by Author, Nonnie Jules could be the home you’ve been looking for. I invite you to click on the links provided above to take a look at this great literary community. If you decide to join… I’d have the privilege of officially welcoming you to the hallowed halls of Rave Reviews Book Club!