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THE “100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES” BLOG TOUR

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?

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GIVEAWAYS:

(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards

(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card

(2) ebook copies of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…”

 

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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 nonniejules@gmail.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 nonniejules@gmail.com, 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?

Isn’t it awesome that we have friends (members) all over the world?!  So, let’s see, my biggest pet peeve…I don’t know, John, because we have some of the best among us.  I will say this, though…there are some who have gotten upset because their books were never purchased or reviewed, or they never held a seat in the RRBC house, and they blame us.  IT’S NOT OUR FAULT, PEOPLE!  These are the very people who joined, placed their book in our catalog, never supported a fellow member, never purchased, read or reviewed anyone else’s book, we actually never hear from them again until they are sent notice that their membership is coming up for renewal.  Boy, do we hear from them then!  They write us and tell us how we did absolutely nothing for them, how no one ever bought their book, how they never received one review and how they never held one seat.  OMG!  Seriously?  Folks, you have to understand that what you get out of RRBC is what you put in.  Those that hold the fabulous seats in the house and those that are having their books purchased, read and reviewed, are the same ones you see on Twitter, with a timeline filled with support of others (and not themselves), the ones who are on the RRBC forum, interacting with other members, etc.  Those are the ones you want to mimic, instead of being a follower to those who continually complain the loudest, yet offer absolutely nothing in the way of support to anyone else.  So, there!  I hope I answered that one effectively.

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!

CONTACT VIA:

Twitter: @nonniejules

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BooksByNonnie/

Blogs:nonniewrites.wordpress.com & BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

 

Nonnie’s Books & Trailers

 

GoodMommiesGuide

 

Book Trailer:

 

“THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”

 

 

DD:NF

 

Book Trailer:

 

“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”

 

 

SugarCoatin

 

Book Trailer:

 

SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS”

 

 

IfOnlyThereWasMusic

 

Book Trailer:

 

“IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC”

 

 

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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!

65 thoughts on “THE “100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES” BLOG TOUR

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    reviewsbynonnie

    April 18, 2016 at 6:47pm

    You awesome folks of RRBC, are the most supportive people I know! Thanks to all of you for your support of my tour! John, thank you for being an amazing host and greeting each and every one of our visitors. 🙂

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    Blaire Sharpe

    February 22, 2016 at 2:46pm

    First stop as I run to catch up on Nonnie’s blog tour! (I do have a good excuse, I was on the other side of the pond playing soccer mom without a laptop for a week!). Anyway, great start to the tour! Can’t wait to continue reading! LOVE the story about the 1 star (fka 3 star) review. As I told my daughter when she was 12 or 13 and had some nasty teacher behave horribly to her: We’d all like to believe that adults are mature people, but really, they’re just children in bigger bodies much of the time!!! Cheers!!

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      John Fioravanti

      February 22, 2016 at 2:48pm

      Thanks for stopping by to support Nonnie’s tour Blaire! I can’t argue – some “adults” never grow up!

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    Wendy Scott

    February 19, 2016 at 5:04am

    Sorry I’m late – I was away at a book launch on Valentine’s Day. So I’m catching up on Nonnie’s 100 list now. Sure makes for interesting reading.

  4. […] I witnessed an answer to a question about race that illustrates my point very well. In the blog “The 100 Things We All Wonder about Nonnie Jules” Blog Tour that appears on this site, Nonnie was asked if she is African-American. Her […]

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    Robin Gregory

    February 17, 2016 at 7:10pm

    Wonderful interview John and Nonnie! Happy belated Valentine’s Day to you, too! John, I love that you ask different questions, and Nonnie, I love your answers! No need to enter me in the contest. My support is free!

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    Linda Mims

    February 16, 2016 at 9:58am

    Thanks John! I KNEW, sight unseen, that Nonnie would be drop-dead gorgeous! 😀

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      John Fioravanti

      February 16, 2016 at 10:11am

      She certainly is, Linda – and as we all know, Nonnie is much, much more than that! Thanks for dropping by to support her tour!!

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    John Howell

    February 16, 2016 at 8:49am

    Great interview Nonnie. I like your view on negative reviews. Terrific hosting John

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    Kim Cox

    February 15, 2016 at 10:29pm

    Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day, Nonnie! I totally agree that you get what you give to RRBC. Give first without expecting in return, and you will receive an abundance. 🙂

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    Michelle Abbott

    February 15, 2016 at 7:16pm

    When people leave revenge reviews it says far more about them than it does about your book!
    Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend was a 5 star read for me. Enjoy your tour, Nonnie!

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      John Fioravanti

      February 15, 2016 at 8:35pm

      Right, Michelle – that book was a 5 star read for most reviewers. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Kim Taylor

    February 15, 2016 at 6:46pm

    What a great interview! I happened to LOVE Day Dreams Daughter and have been waiting on a sequel. The book pulled a lot of emotions out of me and it left me wanting more.

    One of the things I have learned in life is this; you get out what you put in. If a member did not get what they thought they should have from RRBC, they need to do a self examination of their participation level. It’s just as simple as that.

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      John Fioravanti

      February 15, 2016 at 6:50pm

      I agree, Kim, there’s a lot of us who hope to see that sequel to Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend very soon. Thanks for stopping by to lend your support!

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    Marlena

    February 15, 2016 at 4:53pm

    What a wonderful way to start your tour, Non! And your answers… LOVED THEM!!! I’m looking forward to the remainder of your tour, as we get to know the REAL Nonnie Jules. 😉
    John, thank you so much for hosting Nonnie and getting her tour kicked off!!

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    Nonnie Jules

    February 15, 2016 at 4:18pm

    In response to Joy (and by the way, John F., I see no way on my end to reply or respond to individual comments here), it is my firm belief that when you share THAT MUCH with others, especially others that are really unknown to you, we live in a day and age where that is giving those strangers too much power over you. I refuse to give anyone that kind of power over me, and you know what, it works.

    In my world, less is definitely more! See how intrigued you all are to get to this interview? LOL

    Take care, Joy! You’re one of my true treasures!

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    Rhani D'Chae

    February 15, 2016 at 11:13am

    Oh, I can already tell this is going to be a fun tour! What a great idea, to answer questions along the way. John, thank you so much for hosting this kick off stop.

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      John Fioravanti

      February 15, 2016 at 11:53am

      Indeed, Rhani – it was a brilliant idea for a tour! It was my honour to host – thanks for your support!

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    Jason Zandri

    February 15, 2016 at 9:36am

    Playing a little catch up on your first two days out. I did get the chance to read “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS” but I must (horrifyingly) admit, it’s the only title I finished.

    I have the rest on my back logged TRB list (we all have that and it’s all backlogged – right?).

    Great launch to the tour – looking forward to more

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    February 15, 2016 at 8:51am

    Great questions John! I too have voiced the same question, especially about the one of her identity. Do I like the response? Not completely, but I understand her need to remain an enigma. Just like a trade mark. It’s good! I wish I have thought of doing the same. Like hide behind a mask. :D. Why didn’t I think of that?! :S Well Nonnie, you are a winner with that, and I respect that. Thank you John for hosting her.

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      John Fioravanti

      February 15, 2016 at 9:12am

      Joy, you are a wise and insightful person. Thank you so much for stopping by to support Nonnie’s tour stop here at Fiora Books!

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    Gordon Bickerstaff

    February 15, 2016 at 4:53am

    Great idea for a blog tour. Well done. Re Q5. As someone relatively new, I can say that the message comes over clearly from various corners of the club – that to receive support you must give support – so any member feeling short-changed on support received come renewal time, might do well to reflect on the support given.

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    Beem Weeks

    February 15, 2016 at 12:26am

    Fantastic interview, Nonnie! Funny you should mention the notion that JAZZ BABY having a girl on the cover might lead some might assume the author is a woman. An LL Book Reviewer said this: “The author of this novel, Beem Weeks, obviously is not a 13-year-old girl either, but he sure narrates convincingly as one.” I tweeted that line back when the review first came out. My sister, teasingly, tweeted that I am indeed a thirteen year old girl! Ha! Talk about confusing my followers! Best wishes to you on the rest of your tour.

    John, thanks for hosting. You are one of the greatest supporters of indie authors in cyberspace.

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      John Fioravanti

      February 15, 2016 at 8:47am

      Thanks for the insight about JAZZ BABY – which is a fabulous read! Thank you for the kind compliment from one of the greatest Indie supporters I know! I appreciate you stopping by to support Nonnie on her tour.

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    A.M Manay

    February 14, 2016 at 11:11pm

    I don’t understand why someone would join a group like this and not support fellow members. That’s what makes it fun! Have a great blog tour!

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    Rebecca Reilly

    February 14, 2016 at 10:37pm

    Great questions and fabulous answers! This was a lot of fun, Nonnie and John! I’m looking forward to the rest of your tour!

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    Sherilyn

    February 14, 2016 at 9:36pm

    Your energy comes through in everything you do, Nonnie, and this interview is no exception! I don’t think I could drink enough coffee to match your level of intensity. 😉 My question is, do you EVER get tired?! I’m glad the 1 star review didn’t phase you. I find most people that leave a 1 have some sort of sore spot that has nothing to do with the book. They tend to make me want to read the book more!

    A great start to a great tour! Thanks for a wonderful job of hosting, John!

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      John Fioravanti

      February 14, 2016 at 11:28pm

      Hey, Sherilyn – this is why we call this human dynamo… Wonderwoman! Thanks for your support!

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    Natalie Ducey

    February 14, 2016 at 6:07pm

    Fantastic blog post, Nonnie and John! What a wonderful kickoff for the tour. Cheers! 🙂

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    Nonnie Jules

    February 14, 2016 at 3:41pm

    You guys are simply amazing! I mean, what more can I say? You all make me feel like a million (although a billion could be better…LOL, just teasing!) I appreciate all the thoughts, all the warm sentiment that you all have shared. Just know, that to be truthful with others, you have to begin by being truthful with yourself. It all begins inside.

    John F., thanks so much for kicking off my tour! You guys are great!

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    Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    February 14, 2016 at 1:55pm

    I must say, I had to read this post from one end to the other. looking for a clever answer to the mystery of Nonnie Jules. All I can say is, she did answer the questions. It is up to us to accept it. Case closed! I read Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend and and although the topic is not my “cup of tea” I was drawn into the story because it is a heavy topic and Nonnie’s writing brought me to a better understanding of the main character’s mind. I was loving her and hating her for all the decisions (right or wrong) she made. A good writer can draw all these emotions out of you.

    Thanks John for hosting our awesome president and keeping it real. Nonnie, you are one of a kind and I love you for being you.

    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYBODY!!

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      John Fioravanti

      February 14, 2016 at 3:24pm

      I agree, Shirley, Nonnie is an awesome writer. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us today!

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    Craig

    February 14, 2016 at 1:01pm

    Great post. I’m looking forward to seeing these pop up across the Internet this week.

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    Karen Ingalls

    February 14, 2016 at 11:54am

    I love Nonnie’s answer about the photo…I now have even more respect for her AND I learned a lesson which is always good. You asked very interesting questions, John. The longer I am a member of RRBC and the more involved I am, I meet such fascinating people and am challenged to read out of my traditional genres. My thanks to Nonnie for providing these opportunities. I look forward to hosting her on Feb. 27th.

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    Bill Ward

    February 14, 2016 at 11:18am

    It’s funny because I had never previously really given any thought to how Nonnie looked but now I am intrigued!! Have a great tour and I look forward to reading more of your answers.
    Best wishes
    Bill

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      John Fioravanti

      February 14, 2016 at 1:52pm

      I’m sure this will be a very intriguing tour, Bill. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Jan Hawke

    February 14, 2016 at 7:19am

    Just had to comment on question 4 regarding that STUPID 1 STAR RATING that was originally a 3 star… When I purchased Daydream’s Daughter (I generally have a glance at the reviews as well before I hit BUY NOW) I saw that the lowest rating was a lonely 3 star amongst all the 4s and 5s and knew I was going to have a great reading experience. By the time I’d finished that 3 star review (which by then I’d thought was fair, but perhaps over-critical) had been lowered to 1 star…

    I WAS GOB-SMACKED! That action says much more about the reviewer than it does about the book. For the record I gave a good 4 stars for Daydream’s Daughter and stated why I thought I couldn’t go to 5 because, good as it was, it didn’t strike all the right notes with me. That paltry, vengeful 1 star review is firmly labelled as vindictive in my mind AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOOK! In fact I commented to that effect on the review itself to say that I felt the marking down was unfair and undeserved.
    Nonnie – you have exactly the right attitude on negative/abusive reviews! They’re merely someone’s opinion (not always their honest opinion either) and we can’t expect everyone to enjoy what we’ve written. With such a successful book most sensible people will be able to work out for themselves what a treat they’re in for, and so, unless a ‘bad’ review is making a valid point, there’s no point in fretting over them – the book just wasn’t for them for whatever reason.

    I wish you bon voyage for the rest of your tour – I’m looking forward to the answers to the other 95 questions with huge anticipation! 😀

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    Gwen Plano

    February 14, 2016 at 6:36am

    What a wonderful beginning to Valentine’s Day! Thank you for the great blog post; and thank you, John, for hosting Nonnie. I love the question/answer format; they reveal amazing strength and the courage or imperative for honesty — both traits so beautifully captured in the book club Nonnie created: Rave Reviews Book Club. #RRBC

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      John Fioravanti

      February 14, 2016 at 10:29am

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Gwen – thanks for supporting Nonnie today!

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    Lizzie Chantree

    February 14, 2016 at 3:22am

    Great blog post. I love the questions and such honest answers as they leave us wanting to know more! I’m hosting Nonnie on my blog on Tuesday and have asked for a photo, but know I won’t receive one now! #RRBC is a great book club to be part of and showing support of so many talented authors is no hardship. If you haven’t done it before, place a few tweets or Facebook posts and let the authors know where to find them, they are a lovely group of people and want to show their support back. Not only is this a good way to discover some new reads you might have missed, but it’s a huge boost to the indie writing community. Lizziechantree.com

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      John Fioravanti

      February 14, 2016 at 10:31am

      Thanks for stopping by, Lizzie, and for your great support for Nonnie and RRBC!

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    John Fioravanti

    February 14, 2016 at 1:07am

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Nonnie. Thanks for the honour of hosting the first day of this great tour!

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