SHATTERED DAYDREAMS: Blog Tour with Nonnie Jules

 

I am privileged today to host a good friend who is a great author, and the founder and President of the Rave Reviews Book Club. Nonnie Jules is no stranger to the Fiora Books site, and I hope to have her back soon! Okay, Nonnie, the floor is yours!

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Hi and welcome to Day 4 day of my SHATTERED DAYDREAMS Blog Tour!

Before I get started, let me give you a little background on me first. My most important job is being a Mom! It is the hardest and yet the most rewarding job one could ever hope to have. (Men, so sorry you will never get to experience what I’m talking about). After having produced two of the most special daughters in all the land, I knew that I would somehow become an advisor to other parents, so becoming an author of Parenting Guides, was almost a given. That was my niche but I also wanted to tell another kind of story. It was still going to be about children, but it would have a darker side to it, while still conveying a message that I wanted to bring attention to.

In November, 2013, I published my debut novel “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND.” Now, I know most of the novels you probably read are romance and fantasy, light, airy tales, but this one was going to take you to a place that some of you had never been, and unfortunately, some of you have. This story was going to pull you down before it brought you up. It intentionally was meant to make you cry before it made you smile.

We all have a purpose here on earth, even child molesters, murderers and the other monsters who offer nothing but horrid havoc to our society. And although I don’t know for sure WHAT their purpose could possibly be, it is my belief that GOD makes no mistakes, so in my mind, they are here to teach us lessons…to keep us on our toes, to remind us to be more mindful of our children and loved ones.

The mother in DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND, missed the mark on all of the above counts. She was truly one sad excuse for a parent. Actually, I count her among those monsters mentioned, and from this point on, you have my permission to refer to her as anything other than a MOTHER.

Below is an EXCERPT from the book which shows the signs of a young girl, a good girl, headed down the wrong path. She is on this downward spiral because of the traumatic experiences she’s suffered at the hands of her step-father and her own mother. Many times this is the true typical behavior of a child who’s being abused in some way. They act out, they hang with the “bad” crowds that they wouln’t normally associate with, they do things totally out of character. But, it is their pain that guides them and drives them to these dark places. Some of you may be reading this, shaking your head in disbelief or even shock that the reasons I’ve presented could be the driving force behind an out-of-control child. Wake up people, it’s an ugly world we live in and if things don’t get better, we can look forward to much worse. Take a peek:

Starting a new school in high school was extremely hard. Being the new kid on the block brought along a new set of challenges for Maiya. No longer surrounded by the familiar teachers and kids she had grown up with, thrust into a new environment, AND being the new girl, terrified her more than living in a house with her stepfather and her mom.

Kashmere High School was in a really bad part of town, yet it was comfortable to Maiya because it was all she’d ever known. This new school, Sterling High, had turned out some notable alumni…gospel great, Yolanda Adams, retired Hall-of-Fame NBA star, Clyde Drexler, and retired tennis player, Zina Garrison, were just a few. So, in Maiya’s mind, it had to be better than her old school. She just needed to give it a chance. She felt so different and out of place, though. She now lived with her grandparents on the Southeast side of town and the kids there were just…different. All Maiya hoped for was a really good friend so she wouldn’t have to be so lonely anymore.

She made her way through the first day of classes. Her first period was Math and as soon as she walked into the room, chaos abounded. There was no teacher inside, the kids were sitting on top of desks, some were dancing around the room, others throwing things at each other, and the rest were sleeping. ‘This is going to be interesting,’ she thought.

She had been in honors classes all her life until this past year, when things had gotten so crazy at home that she wasn’t able to focus on school the way she should have. Because of that, she had been put into regular classes at this school until, as the counselor put it, “she proved she could handle the load and the pace of the advanced classes.” That would have been fine with Maiya except she didn’t expect to be put in a class with clowns and thugs.

Javar was the first person who spoke to her in the entire school that first day. The desk next to his was the only one vacant so she made her way thru the mayhem and sat in it. He looked over at her, thru hazy-drug-induced vision.

“Hey, what’s your name, girly?”

Maiya, taken aback by the fact that he was openly under the influence of some kind of substance AND speaking to her, responded, “Maiya James.”

“Welcome to Math 101. My name’s Javar. That’s Cecil, that’s Edward, and the dude over there snoring is my pal Zeke.”

Maiya found it extremely amusing that all the other drug-induced looking fellows that he mentioned, coincidentally, were his buddies. She smiled as he pointed each of them out.

From that day on, Maiya and Javar were inseparable. Wherever he went, she went and wherever she went, there he was. You couldn’t really call them a “couple” because there was nothing romantic about them. Yes, they were having sex together, but it was only a comfort thing, nothing serious. Javar was also the one who had introduced her to drinking and even smoking every now and then.

Her grandmother had noticed the change in Maiya and one day, very blatantly asked if she was doing drugs.

“No, Dea, I’m not doing drugs! I wouldn’t do that!”

Although she was lying, Maiya tried to sound convincing because her grandmother was a pretty good judge of character, among other things.

“You’ve been acting really strange lately, so I know you’re into something. If it’s not drugs, then what is it?”

Maiya was surprised at how stern her grandmother was being with her.

“You worry too much, Dea. I’m just really tired lately. School is getting more hectic every day and I’m just trying to keep up…to keep my head above water, you know?”

Dea wanted nothing more than to believe Maiya, but after having raised 5 girls of her own, she knew when something was amiss.

“Maiya, I want to trust you, so please, don’t disappoint me with this. I don’t want you heading down the same road as your mother. She was wild and reckless at your age and that’s why she has all those kids over there now and not a single dad to take care of either of them. I want better for you, do you understand? That’s why you’re here with us now. Stay away from any negative influences and that boy Javar, I’m not too sure about him. Watch yourself because he seems like trouble.”

Dea looked over the top of her glasses as if to say, ‘I know what you’re doing, but I’m giving you the chance to right it all after that speech I just gave you.’

Maiya knew that Dea only had her best interest at heart and she was also very aware of how many problems her own mother had caused Dea when she was a teenager. And although she felt she needed to do the things she was doing to mask the enormous amount of pain she was constantly in, she did not want to be a burden on her grandparents. She loved them way too much. But even after that speech had been given, she still chose to continue drinking, she kept smoking and she certainly couldn’t see herself without Javar as a friend. She would just have to be more careful around Dea.

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I thank you so much for allowing me to share with you today. I ask that you follow each leg of my tour (click HERE for the line-up) as each day I will offer a bit more insight into the lives of children who are abused, as well as the mothers who sit back and allow it to happen, or are the culprits themselves. I will also share excerpts from the book for your reading pleasure. Ladies and Gents, this week, you’re invited to partake of SHATTERED DAYDREAMS, as shared through the eyes of my main character, Maiya James.

If the EXCERPT above piqued your curiosity for more, please pick up your very own copy of “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND.” The content inside is enough to put you on the right track if you even remotely resemble (God forbid), this kind of mother. But if you’re just in the mood for a really good read, I guarantee, you won’t go wrong with this one!

From this day forward, let’s do our best to ensure that all the Maiya’s of the world are taken care of, loved and protected. Thanks so much for inviting me to share with you and your guests, John! Your guests were simply great. But I knew you all would be, because of your awesome Host! Please share your comments below.NJ Cover Design-1

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AUTHOR BIO:

Nonnie Jules is the mother of two beautifully kind daughters, who along with the help of her husband, have turned out to be two of the greatest assets to this world. THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS is her first published piece of work and two weeks after publication, it hit Amazon’s Top 100 list, where it reached the #7 mark. With all the violence which is being exhibited by some children today, it is her vision and goal to get THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…into the hands of everyone who breathes around a child. She feels the only way we can make this happen, is if we are all working from a common blueprint. Ms. Jules strongly believes that every opportunity we are given with a child, should be a teaching one for us and a learning one for them.

So far, Nonnie has authored two other books: a novel which she released in November of 2013, entitled “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!” where she shares her no-holds-barred style of teaching us all about support and social media. Her second parenting guide {THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO BULLY-PROOF KIDS} is due for release the beginning of January, 2015 and the sequel to her debut novel, DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, shortly after. (Both have been delayed due to her extensive workload with Rave Reviews Book Club).

She is a fan of the well-written word, and so along with 3 partners, she started 4WillsPublishing Co. in November, 2013 to assist other writers in putting out their best work ever. By December, 2013, she had founded the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB where in less than a year, the membership has rapidly grown to well over 500. If you’re not a member yet, this is your personal invitation to JOIN US!

As you can see, she is an Author on the move and if you’re interested in keeping up with her, here is her contact info:

Twitter: @nonniejules

Facebook: Nonnie Jules, Author

Blogs/Websites:

4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

NonnieWrites.wordpress.com

AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

Nonnie Jules & Co.

Just like the Wheels on a car, our strong Wills keep you moving forward!

 

About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

22 thoughts on “SHATTERED DAYDREAMS: Blog Tour with Nonnie Jules

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    Mike Nach

    October 5, 2014 at 8:32am

    Thank you John for hosting Nonnie on her Shattered Dreams Blog Tour. Nonnie’s an awesome writer!

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      John Fioravanti

      October 5, 2014 at 9:05am

      My great pleasure, Mike – I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for stopping by and visit again soon!

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    Nicholas C. Rossis

    October 4, 2014 at 6:23am

    Having read the books, I have to say that Nonnie doesn’t pull her punches, or mince her words. Reading Daydream was a heart-wrenching experience and quite the journey.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Rhani D'Chae

    October 1, 2014 at 9:17pm

    Hi Nonnie. Great excerpt from the book. It’s a tough subject but your book handles it well. Now I’m going to try to get caught up on your past tour stops. 🙂

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    Michelle Abbott

    October 1, 2014 at 6:01pm

    This was a 5 star read for me, Nonnie. Child abuse breaks my heart, so any book that raises awareness of that is a good thing. Thanks for hosting Nonnie, John.

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      John Fioravanti

      October 1, 2014 at 6:21pm

      Unfortunately, it’s an issue close to my heart as well. Nonnie does everyone a favour by raising awareness! Thanks for coming by, Michelle – always a pleasure to see you!

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    john howell

    October 1, 2014 at 4:31pm

    Beautiful stop on the tour Nonnie. Thanks John for the gracious hosting.

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    Kathryn Chastain Treat

    October 1, 2014 at 4:29pm

    Thank you John for hosting Nonnie on her Shattered Dreams Blog Tour.

    Nonnie, again a lovely post. I loved this book even though I didn’t love the topic. Keep bringing awareness in the way only you can.

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      John Fioravanti

      October 1, 2014 at 4:32pm

      Always a pleasure to host Nonnie, who works so hard to improve our society. Thanks for visiting, Kathryn!

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    Harmony Kent

    October 1, 2014 at 3:30pm

    Nonnie, you are not only an awesome writer, but an awesome lady too! I wish you every success on your tour and with your writing!

    John, thank you for hosting Nonnie, today! This is such a lovely blog 🙂

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      John Fioravanti

      October 1, 2014 at 3:32pm

      Thank you, Harmony! I agree, our Nonnie is a very special lady, and we’re lucky to have her. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Traci Sanders

    October 1, 2014 at 2:24pm

    Exciting excerpt, Nonnie! I hadn’t even gotten to that part of your book yet lol.
    Thanks for hosting, John:) I love the name of your site – “fiorabooks” – very sophisticated:)

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      John Fioravanti

      October 1, 2014 at 2:28pm

      Thanks, Traci. I’ll have to tell you how we came up with the Fiora Books name sometime!

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    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    October 1, 2014 at 2:08pm

    Hi John, we meet again supporting our own Nonnie Jules. I bought the book and it is a riveting account of sexual abuse and incest. It’s an issue that is not being dealt with in my opinion and this book is a timely reminder of what this country still has to do to make our children safe. Good luck on the message Nonnie!

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      John Fioravanti

      October 1, 2014 at 2:29pm

      Great having you back, Shirley! You’re right on the mark with your opinion. We have some work to do up here in Canada as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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        Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        October 4, 2014 at 2:40pm

        John, Canada used to be my old stompin grounds. I used to hang out over in Windsor all the time because I was dating someone who lived there. I am just across the Detroit River from Windsor so I can just go through the tunnel or bridge to get over there. We’re practically neighbors. A lot of Canadians work in downtown Detroit. Oh, and you’re going to love Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend and the ending is something else altogether. I can’t wait for the sequel.

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          John Fioravanti

          October 4, 2014 at 2:50pm

          Thanks for visiting, Shirley. I had a very close friend, recently deceased, who was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. Through the years, since our University days at University of Waterloo, I visited Baltimore on several occasions. Those memories came flooding back as I read the section of your book describing the nuns who originated from there. I’ve been to Windsor and Detroit a few times. As a kid, I played on an all-star hockey team and we went to play a team in Royal Oak – we got killed! Those guys were a few years older and much bigger than us! After the game, the family that graciously gave me a place to stay, took me on a tour – I even got to see Gordie Howe standing in front of his living room picture window in a bathrobe! Wow! Great memories! I’m so looking forward to reading Nonnie’s books – and to finishing yours! Apologies, dear friend. But the EPub file for my novel is almost ready!

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    October 1, 2014 at 12:23pm

    This is a heart rending story of a girl who did not ask to be born, and a mother from hell.
    Thank you John for hosting Nonnie. If you haven’t read this story, hurry up and do so.

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