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SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

Mother’s Day starts tomorrow, Sunday, May 14, 2023. 

Hello Everyone and Welcome to the first day of my Blog Tour …

Day 1 Giveaway

Free Ebook Download 


Joyce Winifred Harris-Burkes: HOW I REMEMBER MY MAMA


(2) $5 Amazon Gift Cards

(5) Tickets into RRBC’s WC&BE Raffle for (7) $100 Amazon Gift Card Gift Baskets 


Joyce Winifred Harris-Burkes: HOW I REMEMBER MY MAMA


The contents of this book include my recollections of growing up with an amazing woman, my mama. Included, you will find a collection of short stories and poems written by my mama, which shares her thoughts on the social problems of those times. She talks about her pain in dealing with her own mortality during an unexpected illness, and she offers her perspective and reflection on life in general. 

Aside from writing, part of my mama’s legacy includes her grandchildren and their children. What is depicted is the section entitled, THE APPLE. 

Joyce Winifred Harris-Burkes was born in Depew, Oklahoma, May 26, 1925. She completed her high school education and two years of training at Lewis Business College. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory/Presentation Court 189, while a member of Our Lady of Victory Church. She passed away on August 30, 1991.

This book is a dedication to her memory and a tribute to her creativity as a writer, poet, speaker, amazing storyteller, and more than anything else, loving mother. 

I have always had the idea to write a story about my mama, but I never got around to it. Being a member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is what gave me the push to get it done. My mama was 67 years old when she passed, and it was too soon for her to go. She never got to finish living out her dreams, so I am doing it for her.

            “Mama, this book is dedicated to you. Farewell, and I will see you soon.”

~Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Please leave a comment below and don’t forget to visit the other blog tours. Thank you so much for stopping by today.


Mama could tell a joke. Next thing you know, you are rolling on the floor from one of them. She loved to play the lottery and religiously purchased tickets every chance she got. If you fail to buy her tickets when she asks you, she will tell you that was the winning number … “If you had done what I asked, I would have won.” It was classic!

She was just as passionate about her faith and could quote passages from the bible all day long, which she did. She was a good mother and made huge sacrifices for her children.

She was the woman who wanted to be an actress but never got the chance. She was the woman who worked at a naval air base in Alameda County, California, screwing rivets in wings of airplanes. They were called “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II.

She was the constant in our lives.

This is how I remember my mama!


Shirley Harris-Slaughter is the author of Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community which was written to address a need to preserve Catholic history in her local community. She mentored four freshman girls at the local middle school in the Winning Futures Mentor Program. She is active in her church and Rave Reviews Book Club a virtual book club community where she has added another biography and fiction to her repertoire. She is married to Langston and is a Michigan Native.

And now, Slaughter has written a memoir about her mother, Joyce Winifred Harris-Burkes: How I Remember My Mama. It talks about memories regarding her life, and her works. The theme is about how the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Slaughter is an activist just like her mother.

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Twitter:  @sharrislaughter

Facebook:  Shirley Slaughter

Amazon Author Central Page


Shirley Harris-Slaughter
Remember Our Lady of Victory


Joyce Winifred Harris-Burkes: HOW I REMEMBER MY MAMA

Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community 

Ronald L. Powell: Missing in Action

Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! 

Newspaper Chronicles

A CITIZEN’S GROUP IN ACTION: Saving a Train Station

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 schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting this author and her work!

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    22 replies to "Welcome to Day 1 of Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s “MOTHER’S DAY AND OTHER FAVORITE THINGS” Blog Tour! @sharrislaughter @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub."

    • Shirley Harris Slaughter

      Hi Rox! The first day and you are hosting my blog. Thank you and I’ll see you on the next tour.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Shirley thank you for stopping in. Love this book. So loving.

    • pdoggbiker

      Shirley, a wonderful tribute. Good luck on your blog tour.
      PS Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow.

      • RoxBurkey

        Hi John, so nice to see you on the tour. I hope all is well for you. Take care.

      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        John thank you so much for being here. It will be a quiet Mother’s Day for me and relaxing.

    • Yvette M Calleiro

      This was such a great story, Shirley! I loved how you included your mother’s writing within it. 4Wills Publishing did such a great job with your trailer. Thanks for hosting, Rox!

      Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

      • RoxBurkey

        Yvette, so nice to see you here. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Happy Mother’s Day

      • Shirley Harris Slaughter

        Happy Mother’s Day Yvette! I’m glad you stopped by..

        • RoxBurkey

          Me too, Shirley.

          • Shirley Harris Slaughter


    • Linnea Tanner

      Thank you, Rox, for hosting the blog tour for Shirley Harris-Slaughter. Shirley, thank you for sharing your heartfelt memories of your mother. The book trailer for her is moving and memorable.

      • RoxBurkey

        Thank you Linnea for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the thoughts from Shirley. Happy Mother’s Day.

      • Shirley Harris Slaughter

        Thank you so much Linnea.

    • NJ

      Hi, Shirley! It was wonderful of you to write this book about your mom. I know she is smiling down from Heaven, proud of all that you have done in your life and proud that you are keeping her memory alive. The trailer made me tear up. What amazing memories!

      Rox, thank you so much for hosting!

      • RoxBurkey

        GM Nonnie, thank you for stopping by. The trailer was perfect. I am delighted I had a chance to support Shirley.

      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        Hi Nonnie. That trailer was a tearjerker. You created it.

        Thank you for helping me with this tremendous project.

    • Patty Perrin

      Hi, Shirley,

      I’m starting this late due to my recent travels, but I’m enjoying it very much. The trailer is beautiful and certainly brought tears to my eyes. Loved the photos of your family! Your book, with your Mama’s writings, is a wonderful tribute to her.

      Hi, Rox! Thank you for hosting Shirley!


      • RoxBurkey

        Hi Patty, delighted you stopped by. I so agree with you on the trailer. Take care.

      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        Patty, here you are again. Its ok to be late just as long as you get here. Traveling can be hectic and there’s no relaxing unless you make time to do it.

        Thank you for taking the time to visit me on tour.

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Rox, for your information, I have been trying to subscribe to your website but there is some sort of error.

    • Pat Garcia

      Hi Shirley,
      What can I say other than this is a beautiful tribute to your mother. Keep writing.
      I love this book.

      Hi Rox,
      Many thanks for hosting Shirley.

      All the best to both of you.
      Shalom shalom

      • Shirley Harris Slaughter

        Thank you so much Pat for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, which are always so appreciated.

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