#RRBC 2016 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!!

Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s Back-To-School Book & Blog Block Party at Fiora Books!

Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada!

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Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

2 x $10 Amazon Gift Cards [Pat Garcia! & Beem Weeks!]

1 x ebook copy: Passion & Struggle (Book 1: The Genesis Saga) [Tara Fairfield!]

1 x ebook copy: Treachery & Triumph (Book 2: The Genesis Saga) [Patricia M. Jackson!]

1 x ebook copy: A Personal Journey To The Heart Of Teaching [Neil O’Donnell!]

BONUS DRAW: 1 x $10 Amazon Gift Card (Winner will be drawn from those visitors today who subscribe to follow Fiora Books!) [Nonnie Jules!]

# of Winners for this stop: 6

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I’d like to present to you a “GENESIS CHRONICLES” post that has been created to introduce readers to s0me of the characters in “Passion & Struggle”, Book One of my sci-fi series “The Genesis Saga”. Other posts in this series of Nonnie Jules Interviews can be found in The Genesis Lounge. Please enjoy!

 

#1. ENCOUNTER IN ARCANGEL PARK

 

 

In the fall of 2014, Author, John Fioravanti published his first novel, Passion & Struggle, as Book One of his science fiction series, The Genesis Saga. This post-apocalyptic story takes place some seven hundred years into the future on a habitable planet many light years from Earth. In fact, it took the original human refugees almost a century to get there!

John’s book came to the attention of Nonnie Jules, founder and President of the Rave Reviews Book Club, of which, John is a member. It is January, 2015, and he has arrived at the book club’s office to discuss a proposal with Nonnie, who is very well known for her skills as an interviewer. The “Who’s on the Shelf with Nonnie Jules?” series of interviews has proven very helpful for authors lucky enough to have sat upon Nonnie’s shelf.

In the weeks prior to this meeting, Fioravanti discovered that he has been blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a remarkable power. He cannot explain its origins, or how it actually works, but he decided to use it to create a most unusual series of interviews conducted by a world-class interviewer – hence, this visit to the office of Nonnie Jules.

Upon his arrival, Jules apologizes and waves him to a chair on the opposite side of her beautiful oak desk, while she puts the finishing touches on the Weekly Club Updates document. John doesn’t mind waiting and he lets his gaze wander to the bookcase behind her desk. So many books, so impressively arranged… he muses, but his thoughts are interrupted.

“John, I’m sorry to keep y’all waiting,” Nonnie’s tone was genuine and her smile disarming. She followed John’s gaze to her book collection and the smile reached her eyes.

“Oh, good morning, Nonnie!” John is startled back to the business at hand. “That is an impressive arrangement of books!” Nonnie nods in appreciation and raises her eyebrows in askance.

John clears his throat and sits straighter in his chair, “I have a proposition for you.”

A smile begins to form on her lips, “Oh, really? Do tell!”

He returns her smile, his eyes locking on hers, “Would you be interested in conducting a series of interviews with the most prominent characters in my series, The Genesis Saga?”

Holding his gaze, Jules cocks an eyebrow, “Oh, you mean a series of virtual interviews that would be posted online?” Shrugging as Fioravanti’s smile grows, “I suppose that might be interesting.”

Her visitor doesn’t reply right away, but his smile increases gradually until he is almost grinning. Shaking his head slightly, from side to side, he springs his proposal. “No, not virtual interviews. What I have in mind is you interviewing these personalities face to face – in the flesh.”

“What? Are you serious, John? Tell me that you’re yanking my chain.”

Fioravanti shakes his head once more, but says nothing for a few moments. “I’m being perfectly serious, Nonnie. I want to take you on a tour of planet Genesis in the year 2796 and meet the descendants of the people who escaped planet Earth in 2086,” he asserts earnestly.

Jules is very fond of the science fiction author sitting in the opposite chair, and she respects his writing prowess, but this proposal has her floored. He must be losing it… interviewing fictitious characters in person! Y’all must be crazy, she thinks as her mind races to find a way to humor him.

“Well, John, I don’t see anyone here but you, and we’re both in my office in the year 2016, so I’ll start my interviews with… you! How about that!” He nods his head forward in agreement, so she begins. “You told me that the people in charge of this planet decided to make big changes in their society. Why? What’s wrong with it?”

The visiting author leans forward in his chair, “It’s kinda complicated, but in a nutshell, after more than 700 years of acrimony between the ruling Churcher class and the irreligious Naval class, big changes are needed to stave off mass violence and the ultimate destruction of human civilization on the planet.”

Nonnie cocks an eyebrow and replies pensively, “Sounds grim. What changes do they want to make, and who’s directing traffic there?”

Fioravanti smiles at her choice of words, “For now, High Chancellor Harvey Bingham is, ummm… directing traffic. Throughout the four-year war that just ended, he brought in measures to begin the desegregation of the urban centers…”

Jules gasps in dismay and glares at John, “They segregate the races there?”

“Why, why no!” John blinks twice at her sudden vehemence. “The discrimination there is based on religious differences. At the moment, the High Chancellor is supervising the planet’s first democratic election.”

“Democracy! Really!” Jules explodes incredulously. “Y’all are telling me that a religious dictator is setting up a democracy?” John nods in the affirmative. “John, this is unbelievable! I really want to talk to this man!”

Fioravanti rises from his chair, walks around the desk to stand beside her, touches her arm, closes his eyes in concentration, and… the two are instantly transported through space and time, finding themselves seated together upon a bench in a beautiful, lush park.

“Your wish is my command, Non!” Grinning, he gestures to the natural beauty that surrounds them.

Panic-stricken, Jules stands up, quickly takes in her surroundings, spins around and glares accusingly at her companion.

“What… what have you done? John, this is not funny! Oh my God…”

Looking up at his distraught friend, he tries for a consoling tone, “Calm yourself, dear lady. We’re in ArcAngel Park in Genesis City, and the year is 2796. You said that you wished to speak with the High Chancellor.”

Jules’ jaw drops, but words fail her. Her companion continues, “Look to your right; here he comes now.”

She spins around once more and spots a balding, middle-aged man, dressed in a crimson business suit, approaching along the intricately-designed stone walk. John rises from the bench and takes her arm to steady her. Bingham reaches them and extends his hand to Fioravanti, who responds with a warm handshake.

“Good day, High Chancellor!” He greets the cleric brightly. “Allow me to present my friend, Nonnie Jules.”

Bingham bows respectfully to Jules and addresses her in a tone that was accustomed to command. “Welcome, Ms. Jules, to my favorite refuge, ArcAngel Park! You know, it was built so the faithful can enjoy the natural gifts of the Gods in peaceful splendor.”

Put at ease by this charming cleric, Jules feels herself calming down and her mind begins formulating questions as she looks from one man to the other. It is clear they are well-acquainted. What the… how can this be? She mulls over the mystery for a few moments before turning back to the High Chancellor.

“Excuse me, uh… Reverend, how do you know my friend, John?”

Bingham smiles at her use of the word, Reverend. “Madam, this man is known to us as ‘Dr. John’, a respected expert in human history from 21st Century Earth. Is that where you’re from as well?” He leans in close to her ear and whispers conspiringly, “Our dear Dr. John is either delusional, or he’s in possession of powerful technology. Either way, he’s a good soul, so we welcome him.”

Feeling suddenly tired from her ordeal, Jules looks at the bench. “I need to sit down!” She does just that and the two men sit on either side of her.

Jules turns to Fioravanti with a glare, “We’ll talk later!” Pasting a pleasant expression on her face, she turns back to Bingham. “Dr. John tells me you’re having an election here. Why? Y’all have absolute control of the government now. You can do anything you like! Now, why mess with that?”

Bingham blesses her with a warm smile, “Madam, I find you delightfully refreshing! Simply put, I believe it is the will of the Gods as revealed to me through the Earthers.”

She throws Fioravanti a glance and then locks eyes with the cleric. “Alright, I won’t question your beliefs, but tell me, why do you think democracy will work to save your society from mayhem?”

Bingham raises his eyebrows at her speech, “Mayhem…” He pauses and frowns thoughtfully. “That’s an apt word to use. To be honest, Ms. Jules, I tire of governing alone – and dealing with the opponents of reform has been frustrating. I need a strong leader, chosen by the people and blessed by the Gods, to help me finish the job.”

“I don’t suppose y’all have anyone in mind for that job…”

“But of course, Madam!” The cleric interrupts with great vigor. “ArcGeneral Liz Hastings is the only person I’d trust with this sacred task!”

“Really? A woman?” Jules blurts as she glances at Fioravanti with an astonished look before resuming eye contact with the High Chancellor. “I was told that your church doesn’t approve of women in leadership roles.”

Harvey Bingham nods his head in agreement. “True, true, dear lady, but Elizabeth Hastings is no ordinary woman… she is my candidate for President!”

Jules beams approvingly at the cleric. “Well, I just have to meet this woman!”

Hearing his cue, Dr. John stands, thanks the High Chancellor for taking the time to meet with them, invites Jules to say her goodbyes and walk with him along the stone path. Within moments, they round a bend and are out of sight of Harvey Bingham.

Bingham walks back the way he had come with a smile. They are such unique people, he mused, and I’m glad, crazy or not, that they are here.

Fioravanti stops walking. Jules eyes him suspiciously.

“Okay, John, what are you up to now? Is it time to go home? I don’t want to be gone too long!”

“Trust me, Nonnie.” He takes her hand in his own, closes his eyes in concentration until… they disappear once more!

Also, I’d like to introduce you to my three books. One is a non-fiction award winner, two are sci-fi novels and all three are very good reads. I do hope you’ll take the time to check them out. I’ve included a short blurb for each to help you with your next book selection:

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A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF TEACHING

Personal Journey to the Heart of TeachingNonnie Jules' Seal of Approval for this book.

AWARD WINNER | 2008 IPPY BRONZE MEDAL

Blurb:

“This is a story about decency, family politics, family, fear, and triumph.

Teaching is the canvas but the portrait is so much richer and more colourful. This book will capture and absorb you. Fear of failure is a powerful motivator and as John Fioravanti battles and defeats his demons you will find yourself cheering for him as if he were contesting a sporting event.

Teaching is not a discipline confined to schools, and the lessons in this book about planning, listening, empathizing and sympathizing have applicability to all professions and walks of life − from a police lieutenant training officers to a sales manager teaching sales representatives and everything else in between.

John Fioravanti shaped, elevated, and improved the lives thousands of young people. After you’ve read this short story, you’ll be fulfilled and uplifted.”

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PASSION & STRUGGLE

THE GENESIS SAGA – BOOK ONE

Passion & Struggle book cover

Blurb:

Marco Rossini is a historian with no political aspirations, and no desire for power.

However, he possesses unique knowledge that is about to change his life: he knows the human history of the planet Earth.

The year is 2796 CE, and on the planet Genesis, human civilization looks very similar to the world it left behind.

One difference dominates: a Church, created by the United Nations to compel peace, has ruled for seven centuries. Now, in the wake of a brutal war that aligned humanity with the new rulers of Earth, the old ways have been shattered, and Genesis needs a new, egalitarian government.

Marco is the right man to help lead the change, but as the professor soon discovers, the battle between Church and state is far from over, and both sides are willing to spill blood.

Struggling to remake his world, to find love, and to survive in troubled political waters, can Marco Rossini change history?

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TREACHERY & TRIUMPH

THE GENESIS SAGA – BOOK TWO

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Blurb:

Marco Rossini is the Vice President of Genesis, and the civilian commander of the elite Alpha Corps special forces. His skills and courage are about to be tested in ways he could not have foreseen.

It is 2797 CE, and after centuries fractured along religious and social lines, planet Genesis is inching painfully toward unity. The civilian and Churcher executives of a new, hybrid government are convinced that without reform their society will not survive… but they are beset by challenges from fanatics who are determined to destroy all initiatives that might lead to positive change.

Marco’s close brush with death and his miraculous recovery with the help of the Earthers has steeled his resolve to fight for an egalitarian society… but can this academic-turned-political leader vanquish his enemies, save his love, and still preserve his own humanity?

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Once again, thank you for visiting Fiora Books today. I’m looking forward to reading your comments below! Oh, good luck on winning my giveaways!!

See you at the next stop of this AWESOME Block Party!!

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!

114 thoughts on “#RRBC 2016 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!!

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    SJ Francis

    August 11, 2016 at 5:03pm

    hello there John! Nice to “meet you”. I know I’m late and not eligible for a prize, but wanted to stop by anyway and offer my support! Better late than never, I always say. Cheers! S.J. Francis

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    KJ Waters

    August 10, 2016 at 4:26pm

    So fun to see your post and learn more about you John. I also write Sci Fi. Best of luck with your books and other endeavors. Please feel free to connect with me it’s always nice to have fellow scifi authors to bounce ideas off of. @kamajowa

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      John Fioravanti

      August 10, 2016 at 4:42pm

      Thanks for stopping by, KJ. Good to meet another Sci Fi writer. I’ll be sure to drop by and check out your books! I appreciate your support!

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    Laurie Lewis

    August 10, 2016 at 12:55am

    Creative post, John. Great way to get a feel for your writing style. Your series sounds great!

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    Mary

    August 10, 2016 at 12:53am

    Again , this has been one of my favorite blog stops.

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    Miranda L.

    August 10, 2016 at 12:27am

    Such a great interview! Great blog post!!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 10, 2016 at 6:06am

      Thank you very much for the compliments – I appreciate your support, Miranda!

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    Nonnie Jules

    August 10, 2016 at 12:06am

    This was the best post yet! Maybe because it was about that awesome Nonnie Jules! LOL! THANKS, John! That was kind of you to include me on the journey!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 10, 2016 at 6:10am

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out your trip to Genesis, Nonnie! Glad there were no ill-effects!

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    Kim Cox

    August 9, 2016 at 11:03pm

    Hey John! I enjoyed your posts. I picked up both books in your Genesis series back in June and look forward to reading them. I love these interviews you’ve done with Nonnie. I think I would’ve freaked out in her shoes.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 10, 2016 at 6:11am

      Thanks for your ongoing support, Kim – I hope you enjoy the series once you get into it.

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    Joe Stephens

    August 9, 2016 at 7:38pm

    What a fascinating story! Your books are definitely on my TBR list now.

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    Karen Ingalls

    August 9, 2016 at 6:18pm

    Wow! What an interview. So creative and mesmerizing. Great job, John. Now I am intrigued to read The Genesis Saga.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 6:29pm

      Thank you very much for your kind comments, Karen! I hope you enjoy The Genesis Saga when you read it. I appreciate your support!

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    Brent Griffiths

    August 9, 2016 at 6:14pm

    I loved the interview and the trailers. Very entertaining. I will be adding the Genesis Saga to my TBR list.

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    Patricia M Jackson

    August 9, 2016 at 6:01pm

    You never cease to amuse me, John. You and Nonnie are the new Abbott and Costello? Nah … not sure who would be who. Today’s post is a lovely introduction to your works. See, I didn’t know you were a teacher! You can tell just from listening to your warm, patient and understanding voice. So, to my fellow teacher, let me say: You’ve carried the burdens and triumphs and done well. Rest in the knowledge that you’ve touched many lives more than you can ever imagine!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 6:26pm

      Hi, Patricia! Happy to entertain! Thanks for all of your kind words and for coming out today to support me.

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    Cassidy Salem

    August 9, 2016 at 5:26pm

    Entertaining interview!

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    Patricia Green

    August 9, 2016 at 5:08pm

    Hello, John! I love the time travel you’ve done with Nonnie Jules (President of RRBC). I am absolutely intrigued and will spend some time snooping through your interviews with Nonnie! Introducing me to your books this way has me wanting to read them and I’m not normally a reader of sci-fi! Thank you and I’m very glad to stop and see you during the RRBC Book & Blog Block Party!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 5:25pm

      Thank you, Patricia – I have 13 interviews posted in the Genesis Lounge and 8 more to post yet. I hope you enjoy my books.

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    Anonymous

    August 9, 2016 at 4:43pm

    Just added “Journey to the Heart of Teaching” to my Amazon wish list, which serves as my “to be read” list. As a high-school teacher, I feel like this will be a great read. And I watched your book trailer–wow! From the priesthood to teaching–what a journey. Can’t wait to read it!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 5:28pm

      Thank you – I wish I knew your name. I hope you enjoy my journey through a 35 year career in the classroom. Please let me know what you think!

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    Janelle Jalbert

    August 9, 2016 at 4:35pm

    Thank you for a wonderful time out in a hectic day. I can definitely see the teacher coming out in the approach =) Though post apocalyptic isn’t usually my cup of tea (or glass of wine), you intrigued me. Party on!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 5:26pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment, Janelle. I hope you pick up a copy of Passion & Struggle and let me know what you think.

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    Beem Weeks

    August 9, 2016 at 3:06pm

    Another fun and interesting post, John. You are on a roll, sir. I wish you only the best!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 3:10pm

      Hey, Beem, thanks for dropping in today! I really appreciate your ongoing support!

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    Micki Peluso

    August 9, 2016 at 3:02pm

    Hi John, this was one of the most interesting stops so far. Great video,and innovative interview to say the least. I did that with non-fiction characters once for a script proposal and one for an interview. it really takes interviews up a few marks lol. Tell John Howel I said thanks for cramming down all the snacks as i feel a low blood sugar attack coming on. Ah well, maybe on my next stop there will be a few crumbs left. Your books sound interesting, especially using Religion in science fiction–strange bedfellows–have to check these two books out and I do want to read your non-fiction.Have a great tour!!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 3:09pm

      Hi Micki, thank you for your words of praise – but give full marks to 4Wills Publishing for creating those two book trailers! They are truly wonderful. I really enjoyed the challenge of writing these interviews and I’m grateful to Nonnie for giving me her blessing to write them. I’ll get the last 8 posted in The Genesis Lounge soon. Sorry about the snacks! I hope you’ll pick up one of my books and give it a try. Thanks for your support today!

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    Natalie Ducey

    August 9, 2016 at 2:00pm

    Super fun post, John! I really enjoyed following your blog tour and Nonnie’s interviews. Such a creative way to introduce your work. Hope you enjoy an awesome day. It’s always a joy to visit your site. Cheers! 🙂

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 2:36pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by and supporting me today, Natalie! I’m glad you like the post. Have a great day!

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    Jan Hawke

    August 9, 2016 at 1:16pm

    Lovely to reprise the Nonnie/Genesis interviews – I can see this party is going with a swing and no wonder. Enjoy your day John – you deserve it. 😀

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    Christian Boustead

    August 9, 2016 at 1:14pm

    Thanks, a really interesting way of introducing your book!!

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    Rhani D'Chae

    August 9, 2016 at 12:57pm

    Hi John. That was such a fun post! I love author and character interviews, and being interviewed by Nonnie was a great choice. I’m so glad that you hosted a stop on this year’s tour. I hope you have a great day. *Hugs*

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 1:11pm

      Thanks so much for blessing us with a visit today, Rhani! I so appreciate your support. Hugs back to you too!

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    August 9, 2016 at 12:54pm

    Hi John, sorry I’m coming in a bit late. I had you in mind all the time I was at my doctor’s. I can see that this place is crowding up really fast. Congratulations! I don’t know about the others, but apart from the fact that you are most favorite person, you are a great writer. I have read all your books so far. Your last Genesis teaser was so good I can’t wait to read the rest of it. 😀 Enjoy your party!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 1:09pm

      Hi, Joy, aren’t you so sweet! (Don’t tell anyone I paid you to say these nice things, Lol!) I feel so honoured by your praise and blessed by your friendship. Thanks for making my day a lot brighter!

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    Lincoln Cole

    August 9, 2016 at 12:53pm

    Great post! Your books sound awesome and I’m really excited about looking further into them. Congratulations on the IPPY bronze medal! Sounds like they really liked your book! Really enjoyed the excerpt! Keep at it and best of luck with everything!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 1:06pm

      Thank you very much, Lincoln. I appreciate that you took time to drop in and check out my books. Good luck with your books too!

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    Dawn

    August 9, 2016 at 12:48pm

    That was a lot of fun – quite a talent there 😉

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    Pat Garcia

    August 9, 2016 at 12:41pm

    Hi,
    This is my first time reading an interview with a character, and it makes sense because I am almost half way through Passion & Struggle. This book alone stretches my imagination, and to be quite honest, I am somewhere in the book of Revelations when I read it.
    Nonnie Jules shock at being transported into the future into another world is so believable. It is like waking up from a dream where you realize that you were somewhere else instead of your present day reality.
    An engaging interview, and I enjoyed it.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 12:59pm

      Hi, Pat – so good of you to stop by and support me today! I’m pleased you enjoyed the interview and I hope you check out twelve more I have posed in The Genesis Lounge under “Nonnie Jules Interviews”. I still have eight more to post there. Peace to you!

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    Linda Mims @boom_lyn

    August 9, 2016 at 12:23pm

    Hi John! I enjoyed your writing as always. From “My Inspiration” to “The Genesis Saga” you are the Ultimate Creative! I’ll bet your classes were enthralling! My best teachers were those who made history and anthropology sound like stories! Have fun today and I wish you a plethora of book sales! I, too, want to say thanks for supporting me. I am always pleased and stunned when you take time to comment on my tiny blog! Hugs!!!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 12:44pm

      Hi, Linda! So happy you could drop in for a visit! You are too kind (but I’m loving it!) don’t stop! Please! LOL! I hope your book comes out in time for our Writers’ Conference in December! Hugs right back at ya!

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    P. H. Solomon

    August 9, 2016 at 12:11pm

    You certainly surprised Nonnie there, John! An interesting book that I need to get to as soon as possible! Have a great day hosting the party. BTW, where are the drinks and snacks? I think I’ve gotten turned around here..

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 12:47pm

      Thanks, P.H. for stopping by to check out the snacks and drinks. Unfortunately, John Howell arrived very early this morning and, well… he cleaned me out! Yes, Nonnie certainly didn’t see that one coming! I hope you’ll enjoy my books.

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    Jo Ann Wentzel

    August 9, 2016 at 12:05pm

    The face to face in the flesh interviews are such a wonderful concept. The books look amazing and I really need to add them to the list. Will look forward to discovering your style and I already know you are an author I will learn from when I get to read you.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 12:40pm

      Hi, Jo Ann, I really had fun writing this series of interviews. I’m glad you liked the first offering. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you enjoy my books!

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    Adam Boustead

    August 9, 2016 at 11:57am

    Great post
    Wish I had your powers.
    Thanks for all your hard work
    Will get the books when I can.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 12:50pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Adam. I love my powers – I can get into all kinds of mischief! I really appreciate your kind words and your support!

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    Lori Soard

    August 9, 2016 at 11:52am

    Hi John,

    I really enjoyed the book trailer for “The Heart of Teaching”. The theme of overcoming fear sounds really intriguing. I’m going to join your list, too. Hope your stop today is very successful for you.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 12:52pm

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts, Lori. I appreciate your support!

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    Stephanie Collins

    August 9, 2016 at 11:42am

    Hi John! I thoroughly enjoyed your interview, and thank you for the neat introduction to your work! I also like the trailers; I always shake my head in awe when I think of the challenge of teaching – especially now, when so very much is asked of our teachers. Virtual hugs to you for your great service to our kids! If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go poke around the rest of your site. Take care and enjoy your day! 🙂 ~Stephanie

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 12:38pm

      Hi, Stephanie, thank you for your kind comments and your virtual hugs. I hope you enjoy poking around the site. Have a great day too!

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    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    August 9, 2016 at 11:37am

    i just love those interviews John. It makes for an entertaining reading experience. Nice prizes too! Hope I win. lol

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    Robert Kimbrell

    August 9, 2016 at 11:24am

    Great Stop along the Blog Tour, John. Unique writing to me and very interesting…

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 11:31am

      Thank you very much, Robert. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of one of my books and let me know what you think.

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    Maretha Botha

    August 9, 2016 at 11:20am

    Thanks for a lovely interview and especially for introducing us to your Genesis saga books. I will definitely become better acquainted with your work in the nearby future. i hope you have a great blog tour. Kind regards!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 11:30am

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us today, Maretha. I hope you will enjoy my books in the not too-distant future!

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    tracey clark

    August 9, 2016 at 11:09am

    excellent post… I also want to throw in my thanks for all the retweets you take the time to pass along… thanks for helping your RRBC fam to get the word out… esp when you have to be busy with your own wordage… good luck on your block party stop today…

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 11:28am

      Thanks for your kind words, Tracey. I’m happy to help out by supporting my RRBC family! Have a great day!

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    Neil O'Donnell

    August 9, 2016 at 11:01am

    Love to hear stories from teachers!

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    Michael Lynes

    August 9, 2016 at 10:32am

    Hi John,
    Great way to couch your character interviews, very entertaining! I want to thank you as well for the support, tweets etc you’ve given to so many RRBC members, myself included. The task of being a published author is difficult enough, combining that with the time spent organizing and promoting other authors and you have a full time job in truth!
    Thanks again John – and have fun on your Back to School Blog Block Party day – MikeL

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 10:43am

      Thanks for your support today and your kind words, Mike! I wish you every success, sir!

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    Lizzie Chantree

    August 9, 2016 at 10:21am

    What a fresh and innovative way to introduce us to your work John. Makes me want to run and find a copy of Genesis saga! Thanks for hosting a great party.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 10:31am

      Thanks for your kind words, Lizzie – I hope you’ll pick up a copy and give it a try.

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    Staci Troilo

    August 9, 2016 at 10:12am

    Well, John, that was quite an interview! I enjoy writing, reading, and participating in character interviews, but I’ve never seen one with authors and reviewers traveling through time and space. How inventive! Great job; I’m suitably intrigued.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 10:26am

      I’m glad you liked the interview, Staci. I had great fun creating this series of 21 interview that includes characters from the first two books of The Genesis Saga, and I’m glad you enjoyed this first instalment. Enjoy your day!

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    Susan Joyce

    August 9, 2016 at 9:54am

    Fun way to present your series. I enjoyed your comment on being “a lifelong learner” and a work in progress.” Aren’t we all. Your book on teaching sounds like a great read. Thanks!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 10:06am

      Thank you for your kind remarks, Susan. Accepting that I’m a lifelong learner and a work in progress, brings me a great sense of inner peace in that there is hope for better tomorrows. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of “A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching”. Have a great day!

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    Mary Schmidt

    August 9, 2016 at 9:35am

    You have compelled me in a deep desire to read The Genesis Saga! Your interview was tantalizing and I am in awe of the concepts you have used in this blog post.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:51am

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Mary. You had me at “compelled”… I was a goner at “tantalizing”! Thanks for making my day and taking the time to visit Fiora Books.

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    Yvette M Calleiro

    August 9, 2016 at 8:51am

    I’ve read both of the books in The Genesis Saga, and I loved them! I cannot wait until you finish writing the third book. Oh, and you have just got to share with us when Nonnie meets the Earthers in person (giggles)! Her reaction will be priceless! 😉

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:04am

      Thanks for stopping by today, Yvette – I’m so happy you’re enjoying my work! Yes, Nonnie and the Earthers – a terrific episode to be sure!

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    John Howell

    August 9, 2016 at 8:22am

    Fabulous introduction, John. Always enjoy your encounters with your characters. I’m glad I got book one and can’t wait to get to it. Have a great day.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 8:53am

      Thank you very much for your kind words, John, and your support. I hope you enjoy Passion & Struggle!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:08am

      Thanks for visiting today, Rebecca! I know the feeling – your book is on my Kindle too! The TBR list may be daunting, but we’re never without great reading material!

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    Craig

    August 9, 2016 at 7:41am

    Great way to present your Genesis Saga. Have a great day, John.

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    Gwen Plano

    August 9, 2016 at 7:13am

    What a fun way to introduce partygoers to your books! I loved Heart of Teaching, and Passion and Struggle awaits me on my Kindle. Your blog posts are always an alluring departure into the future, where they consistently prompt me to reconsider what is valuable in life. Thank you for that! Enjoy the Party. 🙂

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 8:56am

      Thank you so much, Gwen… I should hire you as my publicist! Wow! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my work. I appreciate your ongoing support!

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    Michelle Abbott

    August 9, 2016 at 6:50am

    Hi John. I love the interview, and your trailers. Have a great day at the party!

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    Mae Clair

    August 9, 2016 at 6:45am

    What a clever interview and a clever way to introduce your books, John. I already have book one of the Genesis saga on my Kindle and am looking forward to reading it. I always enjoy stopping by Fiora Books and wish you an awesome day at the party!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 8:58am

      Thank you for your kind words, Mae, it’s always a pleasure having you visit. I hope you enjoy Passion & Struggle when you get to it! Enjoy your day!

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    Carmen Stefanescu

    August 9, 2016 at 5:34am

    Hi, John! I’m also a retired secondary school educator, but overseas, Europe. The approach of this interview is something different. More insightful.
    Powerful book trailers, too. I look forward to reading your books. Thank you for sharing! Best of luck with your writing!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:12am

      Hi Carmen, thanks so much for your kind words. I’m very fortunate that Nonnie allowed me to write her in as the main character in this series of interviews. There are 21 of these interviews that span the first two books of The Genesis Saga series. They were lots of fun to write and I’m glad you enjoyed this first one. The good folks at 4WillsPublishing made both of my trailers – I highly recommend them!

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    Harmony Kent

    August 9, 2016 at 5:19am

    Hey John! This is an entertaining interview, and great book trailers. I have all your books to date, and wish you all the best in everything 🙂

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:00am

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Harmony, always a pleasure to have you as a guest here at Fiora Books. Thanks for your support – I have several of your books on my Kindle that I hope to get to very soon!

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    Wendy Scott

    August 9, 2016 at 3:46am

    Inventive interview – love being transported away by stories. Certainly gives an insight into your imagination.
    Best wishes,
    Wendy

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:02am

      Thanks, Wendy, so happy to have you here today. I loved doing this series of interviews – there are 21 altogether and I have almost 2/3 of them posted here in the Genesis Lounge!

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    D.L. Finn

    August 9, 2016 at 3:29am

    I love a good science fiction book and yours sounds intriguing. I loved the interview which included time traveling. Your book is waiting on my kindle to be read in the very soon future. Enjoyed your page!

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:15am

      Thanks for stopping by, D.L., I hope you enjoy “Passion & Struggle” enough to get the sequel, “Treachery & Triumph”. I appreciate your kind words and your support!

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    Suzanne Burke

    August 9, 2016 at 3:20am

    That was possibly the best “Interview” with a character I have seen for quite a long time. lol … Refreshingly humorous. The details of ‘The Genesis Saga’ books 1 and 2 have lured me in. Great post, and an enjoyable stop on the Party link.

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      John Fioravanti

      August 9, 2016 at 9:20am

      Thank you very much for your lovely support, Suzanne. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this series of interviews, so I’m glad you enjoyed this first offering. I hope you enjoy The Genesis Saga!

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