Nonnie Jules, founder and President of Rave Reviews Book Club is a dynamic woman who unabashedly proclaims that she lives her life out loud! For many people, Nonnie is an enigma… a known quantity… yet very mysterious too. Join her today, the first day of her current tour, and find out… who is the real Nonnie Jules?
(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards
(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card
(2) ebook copies of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…”
ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #1:
Anyone who purchases a copy of “The Good Mommies’ Guide,” “Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend” or “If Only There Was Music” and sends to me a copy of the purchase receipt to email@example.com, and leaves a comment along the tour, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card! One entry for each book that is purchased, whether in ebook or in paperback format. Purchases must take place between 2/14 – 2/29/2016. If you’ve already purchased one of the books, then please feel free to gift a friend, just for the chance to win!! Spend a little, and you could win a lot!!!
ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #2
Anyone who reads and posts a review of “The Good Mommies’ Guide,” “Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend” or “If Only There Was Music” and sends the link to their review to firstname.lastname@example.org, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon Gift Card! One entry for each book read and reviewed. Reviews must be posted between 2/16 – 3/15/2016 to be placed into the drawing!
My Questions For Nonnie
1) Some of the governing board members have actually seen you and, respectfully, you are drop-dead gorgeous! Why don’t you share your picture on the internet?
First off, John, thank you so much for kicking off my tour! Now, on to your question and thank you for that wonderful compliment, by the way. The internet, when used improperly, is a horrible place. Not only do I not display my picture here within the club, I don’t display it anywhere on the net. Outside of work, and this is work, I don’t even utilize social media. I mean, my life is much too busy to be able to “post” constantly about random things (the food I’m eating or photos of food, what I’m wearing, what store I might be shopping in at the moment, etc.). I have seen people do horrible things with photos of others, such as placing someone’s face on another’s body and that’s all non-sense and just too much for me. I choose to retain my power in this way, and therefore, I remain an enigma to most, wrapped in a brain 🙂
2) I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering what the real story is behind your book“If Only There Was Music: The Poetry of Forbidden Love”which you co-authored. Some reviewers say they find it hard to believe that two people who’ve never met can write intensely romantic poems about each other. What do you say to that?
To that, I say, I will leave others to believe what they choose to believe. It is not my job to try and convince others to change their minds. But, I will give you the real story, which is also located in the front of the book. A fellow author reached out to me, as he was looking for someone whom he felt could write well enough to capture the essence of his love, once he had described her and their relationship in great detail. He had read some of my poetry in places and felt that I would be the perfect fit. He sent me pieces of his writing, as I wouldn’t just agree to collaborate with just anyone, and I enjoyed his writing and so I agreed. We collaborated across the water, sight unseen, but with many phone conversations and email communication…from that, that beautiful poetry was born. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you must see it below as it is simply beautiful! It was also voted “BEST TRAILER” in RRBC’s 2015 RAVE AWARDS!
3) A lot of people who haven’t seen you live or seen your picture, believe that you are African American because you authored the book,“Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend”– your debut novel, with a woman of color on the cover. Yet in the trailer for this book you used a picture of a Caucasian and an African American woman. Would you care to clear up the mystery?
Really? People think that? WOW! That’s funny, because I know tons of authors who write books with models on the cover, who are not from their same background. I think that’s talented to do so! Just as I think Author, Beem Weeks is one amazing writer because he wrote a book in the voice of a young, teenage girl. So, are they also assuming that just because there is a girl on the cover of JAZZ BABY, that Beem is a woman? Hmmm, interesting. I used that cover intentionally for a couple of reasons: 1) I knew that people would “assume” that I was African-American and 2) my character was African American. I used the two faces in the trailer because I wanted everyone to wonder which the character truly was. Are we all so closed-minded that we are resigned to writing only about those from our same background? But, to clear up this mystery of what my ethnic background is, I will leave it at just this: I AM NOT African-American, but I am American (meaning I’m not from your neck of the woods, John!) My race: the human race. And in the end, that all boils down to the fact that we all bleed red! So there you have it! Mystery as clear as it will be!
4) You have published four books and have received 171 reviews combined. Of those, only 2 reviewers rated one book at 1 star. A whopping 97.7% of the 171 reviews are 4 and 5 stars! It is clear that you have received very few negative reviews of your books, so how do you really feel when you get one of those?
John, many have heard me use the phrase: “When you know what you know, what you know you know,” and when you know, you’re not bothered by those kinds of things. What this means is this, if you know that you are a good writer, you don’t need validation from anyone. You don’t need someone to tell you what you already know, at least, I don’t. I speak of this need for validation quite often but I will not apologize for being one of those who never sought validation from others. I know who I am, I know what I am, and I know whose I am, and when you live in that knowledge, it’s just like waking up each morning surrounded by mirrors…you don’t need anyone to tell you, because you already know. I’m not the greatest writer, but I can assure that I know how to tell a good story. I’m also not going to dummy myself down just to make others feel better about themselves, that, too, is not my job. But, I must be honest, that first one star review started out as a 3 star review and then the reviewer, an ex-book club member, got upset (I won’t say why, because I’m not here to embarrass anyone) so we’ll just say that she didn’t like the way I took my breaths or something, and so she returned and turned it into a 1 star. I laugh every time I think of this because I really thought only children behaved like that. Guess I was wrong…again 🙁 LOL
5) RRBC is a large international literary community whose numbers are swiftly closing in on the 400 mark. We have members all over North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Tell us, please, what is your biggest pet peeve about members of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB?
To follow Nonnie’s tour to get more of your questions answered, please visit the 4WillsPub home page and click on CURRENT EVENTS tab, which will take you directly to Nonnie’s blog tour page! Thanks for stopping by today!
Nonnie’s Books & Trailers