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Happy New Year, PIPELINE readers! I love New Year’s Eve. An evening for remembering the events of the ending year, or sometimes deciding to forget a few, it is the perfect time to open a bottle of champagne and celebrate a new beginning. There is something magical about a brand-new year waiting to be filled with events that create memories for reflection at year end. I wish each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, filled with many more good times than bad.

Speaking of good times, or good people, Dr. Martin Luther King was certainly one of the good guys. Born on January 15, 1929, he was a Baptist Minister, a leader and eloquent spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement, who believed in non-violent protest. Tragically, Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the law that created MLK Day, a federal holiday that falls on the Monday between January 15 and January 21st and which commemorates his legacy.

Changes have come to THE PIPELINE! Rather than being published monthly, THE PIPELINE has been reduced to six issues in 2022.  Maybe you noticed this issue tagged above and on the cover as the January/February issue, which is why below you’ll notice my referencing what’s coming up in February.  While you won’t see as many issues, you will see expanded articles and more subject matter to keep you entertained and informed.

Happy Valentines Day! With hearts and flowers and hugs and kisses, did you know that Valentines Day was originally a Christian celebration to honor Saint Valentine? Born almost two-thousand years ago, St. Valentine was a priest in the Roman Empire. He is considered the patron saint of epilepsy, beekeepers and the Italian city of Terni, which is known as the “City of Lovers.” History can be incredibly interesting.

There is even more history to be investigated in February, since it is Black History Month. Originally observed in the United States, a celebration of Black history began in 1926, as “Negro History Week.” The second week of February was chosen, by its creator, Carter G. Woodson, so that it occurred during the same week as the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. An entire month dedicated to Black history originated in the United States and it is now also observed in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Speaking of that extra content you’ll see in each edition of the magazine, we’ve added a Special Feature section in this month’s issue. I’m kicking it off with a flash fiction story that I hope will make you smile. In this section, anything goes. If you have an article, a story, or poetry that you would like to have considered for publication, please contact me or Pat Garcia at RRBCInfo@gmail.com and we’ll submit it to THE PIPELINE team for review.  We’re excited for our March/April issue when RRBC member, Eichin Chang-Lim will be sharing a special feature there with us.  C’mon, get your pieces into us so we can add you to the calendar to feature your writing.

We have another new feature being added this year called A PRESIDENT’S THOUGHTSOur President tends to have lots on her mind, and now we’re giving her the space to share those thoughts with us.  Get ready!

Be sure and stop by Author, Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s beautifully designed, easy to navigate blog. It is our Blog of the Month.

If you haven’t read it yet, you really should read …AND THE MUSIC PLAYED, a short story, by Author, Nonnie Jules.

Do you like ducks? I do. In perfect symmetry, they navigate the sky as they fly from place to place. And it amazes me how Momma duck keeps her babies all in a row. Stop by the Writers’ Corner for some ideas from Pat Garcia, about keeping your own ducks in a row with your writing. Quack, Quack!

Joy York is our RRBC January Member of the Month and THE PIPELINE’s Author on the Move. Have you read her latest novel, GENUINE DECEIT?  It sounds like a good one!

There is more good reading to be found in our Books of the Month section. Pick up a copy of Yvette M.  Callerio’s HYPE and Wanda Adams Fischer’s HANDPRINTSI’ve read both of these short stories and they are excellent.

We invite you to check back in February for some updates to THE PIPELINE, such as our “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR” section and our TRAILER OF THE MONTH!

I hope that you enjoy this issue of THE PIPELINE. Until next time, happy reading and writing!

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~Karen Black



That’s all I have for this issue of THE PIPELINE!  I’m so glad you took the time to check it out and I hope that you’ll enjoy each section of the magazine.  If you’re looking for great reads, inspiration, or even awesome blogs and book trailers, you’ll be introduced to some real winners in this issue!  

Join us in March for another jam-packed issue filled with RRBC member-author books, and other news that you can use!  By the way, have you JOINED RRBC?  Why not?  Hurry!  It’s a great time to do so and it’s the best literary community one could belong to!


A REQUEST:   If you should find a typo or any kind of “hiccup” within the pages of this publication, please don’t hesitate to let our TEAM know.  We’d greatly appreciate it!  RRBCInfo@gmail.com.


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  1. Karen, thank you for all you do with the Pipeline. It’s a ton of responsibility and I’m never disappointed after reading an issue. Happy New Year and a prosperous 2022!


  2. Karen, I so look forward to your Editor’s Message in each publication. They soothe me and they excite me at the same time, getting me ready for what I’m going to find between the pages of this awesome magazine!

    Thank you for brightening our days!


  3. Hi Karen, this is a lovely post to kick off the new year and thank you for taking on the role of Editor-in-Chief for 2022. I know this sort of endeavor requires time and dedication and I am grateful to Nonnie, you, and the team for all you do. I have a lot of books on my TBR and am trying to get through them. I also have some reviews to write up for books I have already read and I am aiming to get that done asap.


  4. Good morning Karen, what a great note. I enjoyed every speech I heard from Martin Luther King in the 60s and when segments are posted. I always felt his heart led him as well as God, But that’s me. Everyone took his words in their own way. One of my favorite sayings that I recall was his, If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Hype and Handprints I agree were excellent. Genuine Deceit is on my wish list at present. I am still catching up on reading all my winter event purchases. Thank you for pulling it all together. Enjoy all the events through February.

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    • Thank you for the encouraging comments, Rox!

      I agree with your thoughts about Dr. King. He was an incredible leader and those who knew him, or knew of him, will continue to keep his memory alive. We shall “keep moving forward.”


  5. Karen, I love your holiday message! The holidays are certainly a special time of year, with a unique flavor and feel. When I discovered the power of gratitude, it changed my life! We have so much to be thankful to the Lord for, and as we acknowledge His goodness in our lives, He increases it! Blessings to you in the new year!

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  6. Karen, the holidays are very special. May we get some peace back into our lives and our hearts. It was so kind of you to call out Hot Chocolate. Thank you. Blessings to all.

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  7. I do enjoy October and participating virtually in the USA Halloween celebrations which we don’t have here. I have grabbed one of Charles’ stories to try, I’m a little behind on reading with all the year end school activities and examinations.


  8. My son is 15, so we don’t trick-or-treat anymore. I’ll leave a bucket of candy outside for the little ones who pass by, though. I’ve read a couple of Charles’ stories, and they are wickedly fun. I hope people pick up a few of his stories. And Linnea’s and Shirley’s stories are great as well. Great message, Karen! 🙂


  9. Karen, I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your Editor’s Messages each month. #TRUTH! They are just so lovely! Now you have me geared up for those little goblins… yep, I’m just waiting for darkness to fall on October 31 so that I can turn my porch light off! No candy here, Kiddos! (I’m the person who believes Scrooge should have been a Halloween character).

    Hehehehe (my wicked witch laugh)

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  10. I went out on errands today and I saw Halloween decorations up in people’s yards. I had to laugh because some were so over the top but in a good way. This is a community made up of Jews, Arabs, chaldean, black and white diverse populations. Most activities are held in the community center. I stopped doing door-to-door treats years ago.

    This post is so appropriate for Charles Jones and his horror stories.

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  11. Ladies this edition is filled with lots of interesting articles. Thank you for adding in Nowhere But Up. This is a bit of a backstory of two villains who first appeared in The Enigma Source. I look forward to browsing every page.

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  12. Thank you Nonnie, for your heartfelt Mother’s Day message and “Until next time” transfer from your wonderful President’s Messages to Karen’s Editor’s Messages. You’ve assembled some amazing team members! I’ve enjoyed every part of the Pipeline!

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  13. Thank you Mrs. President for your Mother’s Day message.

    Congratulations to the three newest members of the Pipeline team — Karen Black, Pat Garcia, Harriet Hodgson!

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