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Winners in the #RRBC 2019 #WC&BE!

Let me begin by saying that those who participated in the 2019 WC&BE are all winners so CONGRATS to us!  We realize that it is only by keeping our books in the public eye and participating in promotional events such as this, that our work remains relevant and in the forefront of the minds of our audience.  Our books, old and new, were introduced to a larger and very diverse audience.  Books were sold, interests were piqued, connections were made and friendships blossomed like never before.

This year, visitor participation and traffic to the (virtual) venue was at an all-time high and broke the record of all previous conferences.  I am proud to say that you all were on fire!  A super-grand time was had by all and if you didn’t stop in this year, boy, did you miss out!

Here are the door prize and gift basket raffle winners from this year’s WC&BE.  Listed first is the name of each author’s booth and below it will be the giveaways and the winners.

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IN MEMORY OF KATHRYN TREAT & JAN HAWKE
$5 Amazon Gift Card & 7 Day Blog Tour
Beem Weeks

BEEM WEEK:
(3) $10.00 Amazon Gift Cards
Jan Sikes
KTTaylor415
Shirley Harris-Slaughter

D. L. FINN:
$10 Amazon Gift Card – Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
(1) eBook Copy of The Button – Beem Weeks
(1) eBook Copy of This Second Chance – Fiza Pathan
(1) eBook Copy of Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul – Linnea Tanner
(1) eBook Copy of A Long Walk Home: A Christmas Novelette – Larry Landgraf
(1) eBook Copy of Bigfoot: A Short Story – Frank Kelso
(1) eBook Copy of Red Eyes in the Darkness: A Short Story – John Fioravanti
(2) Print Copies of Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul signed by the author – Susanne Leist & Guy Worthey

EICHIN CHANG-LIM:
(1) e-book of each of her titles listed here (5 Winners)
Joy M. Lilley
Ron Yates
Karl Morgan
Vashti Q.
Mary Adler

FIZA PATHAN:
(8) e-book copies of THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME
D. L. Finn
Nonnie Jules
Lisa Kirazian
Beem Weeks
Miranda L.
Gwen Plano
D. E. Howard
Karen Ingalls

FLOSSIE BENTON ROGERS:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Eichin Chang-Lim

FORREST ROBERT STEPNOWSKI:
(1) $20 Amazon Gift Card – John Fioravanti
(1) e-book copy of Journey To The Rainbow’s End – Balroop Singh
(1) e-book copy of Bound – Randall Krzak
(1) e-book copy of My Journey To The Rainbow’s End – Ron Yates

FRANK KELSO:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Karl Morgan

GUY WORTHEY:
(4) e-book copies of Ace Carroway Around The World
Jan Sikes
Mary Adler
Yvette M. Calleiro
Linnea Tanner

GWEN PLANO:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
D. L. Finn

HARRIET HODGSON:
(1) Copy of Affirmations for Family Caregivers
Guy Worthey

JAN SIKES:
(2) e-book copies of VooDoo or Destiny – Beem Weeks & Lisa Kirazian
(2) e-book copies of A Soldier’s Children – Nonnie Jules & Susanne Leist
(2) e-book copies of Jewel – Fiza Pathan & Frank Kelso
(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards – Wendy Scott & Miranda L.

JOHN FIORAVANTI:
(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card – Flossie Benton-Rogers
(4) e-book copies of ea of my books
Forrest Stepnowski
Mary Adler
Linda Mims
Jan Sikes

JOY M. LILLEY:
(1) $20 Amazon Gift Card – Fiza Pathan
(1) Autographed copy of Strawberry Moon – Ron Yates

JOY NWOSU LO-BAMIJOKO:
(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card – Nonnie Jules
(4) e-book copies of either of her books
D. L. Finn
John Fioravanti
Miranda L.
Gwen Plano

KAREN INGALLS:
(2) $10.00 Amazon Gift Cards
Shirley Harris-Slaughter
Susanne Leist

KARL MORGAN:
(1) $50 Amazon gift card – Fiza Pathan
(1) $25 Amazon gift card – Forrest Stepnowski

LINNEA TANNER:
(1) Amazon gift card $10 – Karl Morgan
(1) USA gift code e-book Apollo’s Raven – Yvette Calleiro
(1) USA gift code e-book Dagger’s Destiny – Frank Kelso
(1) UK audiobook code Dagger’s Destiny – Karen Ingalls

LISA KIRAZIAN:
(1) copy of “Appassionato” (Amazon hard copy or Kindle) – Larry Landgraf
(1) copy of “Bravura” (Amazon hard copy or Kindle) – John Fioravanti

MARY ADLER:
(1) e-book copy of IN THE SHADOW OF LIES – D. E. Howard
(1) e-book copy of SHADOWED BY DEATH – Lisa Kirazian

NONNIE JULES:
(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card – Forrest Stepnowski
(1) 7-Day Blog Tour (courtesy of 4WillsPublishing) – Balroop Singh

PATRICIA GUTHRIE:
(1) e-book copy of Waterlilies Over My Grave – Eichin Chang-Lim
(1) e-book copy of Collection: Short Stories – Gwen Plano

PEGGY HATTENDORF:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Karen Ingalls

RANDALL KRZAK:
(1) e-book copy of Dangerous Alliance – Mary Adler
(1) e-book copy of The Kurdish Connection – Frank Kelso

RON YATES:
(1) All three signed softcover books of the award-winning Finding Billy Battles Trilogy (Value: $51.00)
Linnea Tanner

SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Gwen Plano

SUSANNE LEIST:
(5) Kindle gift copies of PREY FOR THE DEAD
Forrest Stepnowski
Vashti Q
Larry Landgraf
Beem Weeks
Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

WENDY SCOTT:
(10) copies of either of her e-books (Winner’s choice)
Michael Lynes
Eichin Chang-Lim
Kim Taylor
John Fioravanti
Frank Kelso
D. E. Howard
Flossie Benton Rogers
Jan Sikes
Fiza Pathan
Susanne Leist

YVETTE CALLEIRO:
(1) Spotlight promotion on my author blog – Beem Weeks
(1) e-book – Guy Worthey
(1) An audiobook of The One Discovered – Joy Lilley

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CONGRATS

GIFT BASKET WINNERS!

Karl Morgan

K. MacCowan

Guy Worthey

Mike Erv

Marlena Smith

Forrest Stepnowski

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

PRIZES WILL BE DELIVERED VIA EMAIL THROUGH TUESDAY, 8/27/19.

WINNER OF THE FACT OR FICTION “LIVE” GAME WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, 8/28/19.

Karl Morgan in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” w/@Nonnie Jules – #RRBC @KarlJMorgan

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!

Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, RRBC member, KARL MORGAN! We have been celebrating him for the last full month and today, he gets to sit on the shelf with me!

Karl Morgan shelf photo

NJ:  Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf, Karl?  We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working.  Are you comfy?

Karl:  It’s super comfy on the shelf and thanks for asking.

NJ:  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name:

Karl:  My real name.

NJ:  Tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Karl:  As an Air Force brat, I was born at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, but now live in Chula Vista, California, which is a suburb of San Diego.

NJ:  Oh, WOW!  I live in Louisiana, Karl, raised here, although I was born a Texan.  So, are you married or single?  We have some single ladies who’d like to know.  🙂

Karl:  Divorced (sigh).

NJ:  Ladies, the door is open and you may come a’courtin Mr. Karl! Any single ladies?

Karl, any kids?  What kind? Do you like them?

Karl: One of each. Both have long ago fled the nest and have given me four grandchildren. I love them both, although they don’t communicate with me much.

NJ:  Well, Karl…that makes me sad to hear.  I wish for you more communication with your kids.  Now, since you shared that, I’m afraid to ask this question but Wendy insisted that I did.  🙂  If you’re not there already, when you’re old and cranky, which one will keep you at home to care for you themselves, and which one started seeking out the A PLACE FOR MOM & DAD franchise facility in your area when they were 9?

Karl:  Well, I am old and cranky, but still working full-time. I’m not counting on either to take me in, unless their inheritance depends on it (which it might).

NJ:  If the threat of withholding the inheritance works, then I say use it!  Any pets?  What kind?  They act like kids, too, so I have to ask the same question…do you like them?

Karl:  I have a toy poodle named Chachis, who is thirteen years old, and my best friend. We’re like an old married couple now.

What confused dog

NJ:  Uh, oh.  All you single ladies, Beyonce especially – back away from the Karl. I opened the door before I knew the full circumstances surrounding his single-dom.  Now that that situation is clear, Karl, what’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?

Karl:  Double doubles from In-n-Out Burgers. I don’t eat them very often though.

NJ:  I’ve never eaten them but boy, you have put me in a burger mood now!  I need to move away from this conversation in a hurry.  What’s your favorite color:

Karl:  Green (like money)

NJ:  Well, OK!  Good color.  How about your favorite sport…

Karl:  NFL Football

NJ:  Favorite TV Show…

Karl:  It was “The Big Bang Theory” but it just ended. Probably “The Greg Gutfeld Show” on Fox. Comedy is my thing.

NJ:  (I sure hope it’s Wendy’s thing) Favorite Actress/Actor…

Karl:  Liam Neeson in action flicks.

NJ:  Oh, yes,  Liam and I go wayyyyyyy back.  I’ll tell him you’re a fan the next time we brunch?  Do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?

Karl:  I need to do more (like most folks), but dog walks are my main exercise nowadays.

NJ:  Well, the good thing about dog walks is they never hurt anybody and they always make for happier dogs!

Smiling dog

What’s your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest, so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads.  Hey, just being honest.  It’s the only way I roll).

Karl:  The driver of the car in front of me at the stoplight looking at their phone rather than the lights.

NJ:  Karl, was that you honking at me on Pine Hill Rd. this morning?  Gee wiz!  Some of you are just so impatient!  If I drive and text, you folks aren’t happy.  If I sit at the green light and text, you still aren’t happy.  So, are you neat or messy?  And, which one makes you happy, darn it?

Karl:  I am de-cluttering my life now. I tend to be a bit messy, but have less and less stuff to make a mess.

NJ:  Sounds like you’re working on a good plan.  Are you nice or mean?  Is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?

Karl:  I think I’m nice, although I cannot know what people say behind my back. Many people tell me I’m nice, but they could be lying…

NJ:  Karl, I think you’re awesome-tastic!  And God knows I’m telling the truth!  Facebook or Twitter?

Karl:  Facebook to keep up with family and friends. Twitter for my literary works and especially for the Rave Reviews Book Club.

NJ:  Well, that’s nice to hear!  Karl, we’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships.  Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?

Karl:  I’ve reconnected with several former coworkers who share my political and social beliefs. But I am not an outgoing person, which makes it more difficult.

NJ:  Awwww, Karl.  You can be my BFF.  How does that work for ya?  Who is the one person that you’ve met online who makes you laugh the hardest?

Karl:  I didn’t meet her online, but my ex is always sharing videos and posts she receives (all in Spanish). In Latin countries, political correctness does not exist, thank goodness. Being silly is a good thing.

NJ:  Are you in a Latin country?

English bulldog funny face

NJ:  We all know that Wonder Woman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not.  In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place?  You can be honest here, too.

Karl:  I have to admit that as a young man, I did have a crush on Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. Plus, the opportunity to fly in an invisible plane would be awesome! However, unlike the actress, Wonder Woman is fiction. Nonnie is real and your hard work to create and build our club is making a difference in my life in the real world. Nonnie wins, hands down!

Big belly wonder woman

NJ:  So, glad I’m you’re favorite!  ONE good INDIE book you’ve read written by an RRBC member that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:

Karl:  Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

(Visit Joy’s Author Page to learn more about this book)

NJ:  What was so great about it?

Karl:  I have a fair amount of international experience, and have always enjoyed learning about the culture and world view of people from other places. Joy’s story explained so much of the Nigerian cultural experience that I was blown away. Understanding other people’s background and world view is the key to getting along.

NJ:  I’m sure Joy will love that you mentioned her book!  After you read books, do you post reviews?

Karl:  Almost always. If I read something awful, I might not write a review. I once read a very long book by a Spanish author. She had the book translated into English, and the translator did a terrible job. I reached out to the author and explained the situation. She was outraged of course. I thought it would be wrong to slam the writer when the translator was to blame. Of course, none of that happens with RRBC authors.

NJ:  That’s why her book is probably still sitting, not being purchased, read and reviewed.  Karl, what do you think readers should base their reviews on?

Karl:  Books are more about an impression than a series of chapters. How the book made me think or consider different points of view. If I enjoy it, that’s half the battle. If my attention is held to the end, and I feel good, it’s going to be a great review.

NJ:  Are you one of those who are afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

Karl:  I try to be honest. I have personally had horrible and fabulous reviews on the same book I wrote. Well, folks are different. I never argue with reviewers. They are entitled to opinions (no matter how much I want to punch them). When I get positive reviews, I will “like” them.

NJ:  I know.  A true mark of a professional in this industry is to not respond to reader reviews.  No matter how bad it is, merely thank them for reading.  I’m all for punching these haters or poor reviewers, by the way, Karl – just so you know which end of the spectrum I’m on.   Read any poorly written books lately?

Karl:  The book by the Spanish author I noted was the last one. Now, I primarily read RRBC books, and have not yet come across something poorly written.

NJ:  How many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews when you knew they were horrible reads?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

Karl:  I would never do that. The most I’ll do is not review it. I know authors dream about getting reviews, any reviews. Being snarky only adds to their review count.

NJ:  Are you an author?  Are you a good one?  C’mon, we love honesty here.

Karl:  I am an author, and I think a good one. My editor recently said I was a great storyteller. That made me feel good, but I realize I pay her to work for me.

NJ:  Right.  How long have you been writing?

Karl:  My first book was originally written (but not published) 30 years ago. I have been actively writing since 2012.

NJ:  Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?

Karl:  I have received a snarky review or two, so I would say yes. Constructive reviews are great, but I also know everyone likes different things. If I am criticized for grammar, I can take that. If someone just hates it, “I say okay, what’s next?”

NJ:  Name two books that you’ve written?

Karl:

Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One

Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One by Karl Morgan

Carl Prescott and the Demon Queen

Carl Prescott and the Demon Queen by Karl J. Morgan

(Visit Karl’s Author Page to learn more about these books)

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

Karl:  I always think the most recent story is the best, so I’d have to say Demon Queen. The love story twist and cosmology were fun to write about.

NJ:  OK.  Do you have a blog or website?  I love GREAT blogs, so would you say that yours is written well enough for harsh critics like me to enjoy?

Karl:  Yes, it’s www.karljmorgan.com. I can’t say it’s great, but I do what I can.

NJ:  Well, Karl, if you can’t say that it’s great, I’m going to need you to lend some heavy focus to it until it is.  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

Karl:  Clearly the Rave Reviews Book Club.

NJ:  How has RRBC helped you?

Karl:  I’ve read a number of stories about how authors need a tribe. While I work to develop a tribe of readers, RRBC is my real tribe. I love to support other authors and read their books. Of course, the support and kinship I receive in return is awesome. I feel at home in the club.

NJ:  That’s exactly how we want you to feel, Karl – like you’re surrounded by family that you actually like.  Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, any other thoughts about the club?

Karl:  This club is the best! There are so many forums to participate in. I enjoy being part of the Tweet Support Team. Hosting guest blog posts helps me learn about my fellow members. We all need a place to belong, and RRBC is where I belong.

NJ:  Have you come across any other online entities like it?

Karl:  I have found other online entities, but they are not like RRBC. While people can share their works and progress, that’s about it. At RRBC, you join a family of new friends who love and support your work. RRBC is the bomb!

NJ:  RRBC is the bomb.com, Karl, and I’m always happy when others recognize what I’ve always known.  Would you recommend it to your friends and family?

Karl:  Yes. Unfortunately, my family members aren’t big readers (not even my books). But I love to shout out to the online universe about the club.

NJ:  It’s not uncommon for the great majority of our readers to come from outside our blood-families but that’s OK.  That’s why we’re here!  What’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC?  (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expos, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)

Karl:  I love the Rave Waves Shows, but often can’t be on them at work (our Internet isn’t that great). I try always to participate in the Books of the Month discussions. I also like to support the Conference and Book Expo to help make sure everyone has a good time.

NJ:  Well, Karl, we certainly appreciate supporting the way you do to ensure that everyone has a good time.  You are one of our most awesome supporters!

This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words for our listening audience today?

Karl:  It’s been a great honor to share the shelf with you today, Nonnie. Thank you for the invitation and especially for your hard work and dedication to the Rave Reviews Book Club. You are the best!

NJ:  Karl, thank you so much for joining me here today and thank you for being such a supportive member, the route that landed you in this beautiful hot seat this month.

To my guests, please pick up a copy of either of Karl’s books. Please be sure to visit his AUTHOR PAGE and leave him a comment or just strike up a conversation.  We need to make him more out-going like the rest of us!

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And, since Karl was on the “SHELF” today, tell them he sent you.

Until next time, take care.  We’ll see you in September, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING GUEST!!

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DISCLAIMER:  RRBC does not alter the writing of any guest who has participated in our interviews.  We post material exactly as it is submitted to us.

KT in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” w/@Nonnie Jules – #RRBC @watchn4fun

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!

Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, RRBC member, KT! She is an extra-special guest today because she is the first guest who has joined me on the shelf who IS NOT an author!  She is one of our most fabulous member-readers and I am so pleased to introduce her to you today!

Kim Taylor's image

NJ:  Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf?  We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working.  Are you comfy?

KT:  Absolutely! This is amazing. I’m so honored to be up here!

NJ:  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name.

KT:  Well, I am not an author but a long-standing, day one member. I’d like to refer to myself as an RRBC4Lifer.

NJ:  You are a LIFETIME MEMBER so that reference to yourself would be most accurate.  Tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

KT:  I was born and raised in Maryland and Maryland is still my home.

NJ:  Married or single?

KT:  I’ve been married exactly 11 years. I’ve known my husband since my Senior year of high school.

NJ:  Great!  Any kids? If so, what kind and do you like them?

KT:  Yes, I have 5 sons and 1 daughter. I have a LARGE blended family. I have 2 biological children (adult daughter and adult son) but MOST importantly, I have grandbabies!!! I have 3 grandsons, ages 3 years, 18 months and 14 months old. I love them so much!! I’ve always heard that the love for a grandchild is amazing and I can absolutely attest to that.

Do I like them?  Let’s see…well, for my children, sometimes. LOL. They are a very interesting group of young adults who are trying to figure their way through life;  “Adulting” as they call it. As parents, we like to assist with this process because we only want the best for them. As we all know, they have a mind of their own and so my husband and I are letting them figure it out. With a little guidance, which they really do not listen to, and a LOT of prayers, I am certain they will get it all right.

As for the grands – I love sending them home. LOL! They can be a handful. Boys are so very active and I don’t sleep at all when they’re with us overnight.

NJ:  If you’re not there already, when you’re old and cranky, which one will keep you at home to care for you themselves, and which one started seeking out the A PLACE FOR MOM franchise facility in your area when they were 9?

KT:  Both of my biologicals will absolutely take care of me. There’s no doubt about that. Now, if you ask me about the quality of that care, that might be questionable LOL.

NJ:  Oh, my!  That is too funny (and then kind of sad all at the same time).

Crying pug dog

KT, do you have any pets?  If so, what kind?  They act like kids, too, so I have to ask the same question…do you like them?

KT:  No pets. My dad and my husband’s father were both of the same mindset, “If the dog can’t hunt down a rabbit or a squirrel, we don’t need him.” So we both grew up in pet-free homes. LOL.

NJ:  Well, OK.  What’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?  (I hope it’s not rabbit or squirrel.)

KT:  Anything with crab meat or shrimp. I am a true Marylander and Blue Crab is my LOVE!!! I am a HUGE seafood fan.

NJ:  So, am I!!!  Living here in Louisiana means that I have to love all things Creole and in my mind, all things creole equates to all things seafood!  KT, what’s your favorite color?

KT:  All shades of blue.

NJ:  Nice.  How about your favorite sport?

KT:  Basketball and boxing.

NJ:  I like basketball these days, too.  Now, your favorite TV Show…

KT:  The Handmaids Tale, Greys Anatomy and anything with dancing in it.

NJ:  I guess that makes you a fan of DANCING WITH THE STARS, then.  How about your favorite Actress/Actor?

KT:  This is very hard for me to answer. My favorite actors I would have to say would be Denzel Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio.  I typically love anything they are in. As for an actress—hmmm (thinking).  I really don’t think I have a favorite actress.

NJ:  OK.  Your male choices were really good, so we’re still walking away satisfied.  KT, do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?

KT:  I do exercise. I love taking Zumba or anything that incorporates dance as a form of cardio. I love to dance and I’m pretty good at it, even though I’ve never been formally trained.

NJ:  Well, good for you!  Please share with us your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest, so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads.  Hey, just being honest.  It’s the only way I roll).

KT:  BEING IGNORED!!! Growing up (and she still does it to this day) if I ask my Mom a question that she does not want to say yes to, she will flat out not answer me. THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!! My husband tends to do this, as well. But you can’t change people, you can only change your response to their actions. So I try to let things roll off my back and not allow them to disrupt my energy.

NJ:  Great attitude, KT. So, are you neat or messy?

KT:   Is there a word in-between both of those? Whatever that word is, that’s what I am!! LOL.  I can let some things go, but I will get to a point where I can’t take it anymore and start cleaning it all up. There are certain things I am VERY neat about – for instance, my car. You will never get to my car and I have to move stuff around for you to get in. You will not find my mail, or a week’s worth of shoes, or empty water bottles rolling around on the floor. My desk at work has to be completely cleared before I leave work every day.

NJ:  OK, then I will only banish you to that island of messy people for a very short while.  Moving right along, are you nice or mean?  Is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?

KT:  I am very nice and mild-mannered. My husband is the only person that really sees the other side of me. He says that I have people fooled. I don’t have enough vested in other people to allow them to get me to that point. But HIM on the other hand, he can really take me to that place.  You all know what place I’m referring to.  It takes a lot, though.  I can let some things roll off my back. I have learned through my spiritual studies that everything doesn’t warrant a response, so I choose my battles.

NJ:  And I think you are everything you say you are.  I can just feel your energy here.  So, which is your fave – Facebook or Twitter?

KT:  Instagram (IG)! I have Facebook and Twitter accounts but Instagram is my THING!! I LOVE IG and am on it every chance that I get. I can be a bit obsessive when it comes to looking at IG.

NJ:  I’m not on IG but I hear that it can be a bit addictive.  That may be why I’m not on it.  I’m addicted to my work – no room for any more addictions right now.   KT, we’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships.  Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?

KT:  I do have an internet BFF but I’ll keep that to myself.  We’ve known each other over 11 years, we’ve practically raised our kids together, we celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and even “just because” days.  She is MY TRUE PERSON!  The bond between us withstands the MILES and MILES that separate us.

NJ:  That’s fair.  It’s best that we not give away too much of ourselves online.  Now, we all know that WonderWoman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not.  In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place?  You can be honest here.

KT:  Nonnie Jules, no question. There is a reason your book is entitled “Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy ….” 

Sugarcoatin Is For Candy cover

You give it straight with no chasers. You have to respect a person who lives their life that way, practicing what they preach.  If you can’t take it, then you might as well go someplace else because Nonnie Jules, you are the Real Deal.  You are consistently the same with EVERYONE!!!

NJ:  Well, thank you so much for those kind words and for recognizing that,  KT.  Now, can you name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read by RRBC members?

KT:  ALLERGIC TO LIFE: My Battle for Survival, Courage and Hope by Kathryn C. Treat

Allergic To Life

…is absolutely one of my favorites. I could not put that book down. I am so very happy I was able to express my delight in reading her book to her before she made her transition. That book was captivating because I had never heard of such before and her story was extremely interesting to hear all that she had gone through. It saddens me that she is no longer with us.

My second favorite, which I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to, is DayDreams Daughter, Nightmares Friend.

NJ:  I’m sure Kathryn is smiling down on you right now and so grateful for your kind words of her work.  She was an amazing lady and all of us who knew and loved her, feel the same way that you do.  We miss her all the time.  I promise to get DD, NF back on the shelves before the end of this year and the sequel will follow soon after.  Now, how about sharing with us ONE good INDIE book you’ve read, written by an RRBC member, that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…

KT:  Allergic to Life. This book shows strength and tenacity. You never know someone else’s story or journey. We all think our life is so hard because we always feel that we need more than what we have. There are people struggling daily with real-life challenges and they have to go through extremes, just to live. Kathryn couldn’t do the simple things that we take for granted. She was the real-life WonderWoman. Fortunately, she was able to get her story out before she lost the battle with life. Her book deserves to be a movie on Lifetime, Netflix, or Hulu or something!

NJ:  That’s why we keep her work alive here in RRBC.   KT, after you read books, do you post reviews?

KT:  I do try to post reviews but I can’t say that I have done it consistently. I think I mainly post reviews for books that I have really enjoyed.

NJ:  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

KT:  The quality of the work. How well it was written. Also, if the book was impactful in any way. I guess it all depends on what type of book it is, but the writing quality is pertinent no matter the genre.

NJ:  Good answer, KT!  Are you one of those who are afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

KT:  Honesty is the best policy. You are offering your opinion to others who may be trying to decide if they want to read it or not. So, if you are taking the time to write a review it should be completely honest.

NJ:  Well said.  Have you read any poorly written books lately?

KT:  Yes I have. It was not written by an RRBC author, though.

NJ:  How many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews when you knew they were horrible reads?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

KT:  This has never happened.

NJ:  Oh, I love that response! I wish more of our members had your attitude but it seems, they are falling short of reviewing on the premise of honesty.  They are working from a place of fear (under the guise of just being kind).  Whatever their motivation, they should know that I am now working on a plan to stop this practice here in RRBC.  It goes against everything I believe in and why this club was created.  So, those of you who are finding it hard to be honest in your reviews, I would change that practice quickly.  KT, are you an author?

KT:  I am not an author. I am just a reader.

NJ:  Just a reader?  Readers are what keeps us writing, so you’re not JUST a reader.  You’re the most important part of an author’s success.   Do you have a blog or website?  I love GREAT blogs.

KT:  No blogs or websites. I am a knitter and that takes up ALL of my free time.

NJ:  KT, since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, so what do you think of the club?

KT:  I think the club is amazing. There have been some fantastic events that have been hosted by RRBC and look at the longevity of this club??? It’s mind-blowing! This is an amazing and supportive organization. I’ve never seen anything like it.

NJ:  Such wonderful praise! Thank you!  Have you come across any other online entities like RRBC?

KT:  Never!

NJ:  Would you recommend it to your friends and family?

KT:  Well, I have a cousin who writes Adult Content novels and I have thought of inviting her to the club but her genre of books are (cough) – well, let’s just say the type of books she writes have never been promoted here at RRBC. LOL.

NJ:  We are going to have to thank you for passing on that invite to your cousin.  KT, what’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC?  (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES Shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)

KT:  I love the On The Shelf interviews, which is why I was so excited to be invited here. The interviews allow me to get to know the authors and other members better. Plus, you ask some great questions. You’re a tough cookie, Nonnie Jules.

NJ:  Well, thank you for saying that.  KT, this shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words for our listening audience today?

KT:  I have a little bit of padding on my hiney so I can sit here all day. LOL!!! But seriously,  thank you so much for having me on the shelf. This has been such a joy getting to chat with you. What a pleasure!

NJ:  Well, thank you for joining us! It was a pleasure to have you here as our first member-reader.  I think we’ll have more of our readers on the shelf going forward. KT, your interview has been delightful.  Not once did I feel that shelf moving.  As you know, we’ve had quite a few near-misses up here.

To my guests, I invite you to follow KT on Twitter @Watchn4fun.  She’s a really supportive member so you definitely want to get better acquainted with her.

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And, since KT was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you.

Until next time, take care.  We’ll see you next month, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING and VERY SPECIAL GUEST!!

Charles Jones in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” w/@Nonnie Jules – #RRBC @ChuckWesJ

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!

Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, RRBC member and “SPOTLIGHT” Author for the month of May, CHARLES JONES! We have been celebrating him for the past full month and today, he gets to sit on the shelf with me!

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NJ:  Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf?  We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working.  Are you comfy?

Charles:  I like it, it’s easy to see who’s been here.

NJ:  It is?  Well, let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name? 

Charles:  Charles W. Jones is my birth name. I always wished my middle name was something like Winthrop or Winston, but it’s Wesley.

NJ:  Tell us where you were born? Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Charles:  I was born and raised in Shoshoni, WY.  I haven’t lived there since 1992.   I moved to the Denver metro area in 1997 and currently live in Aurora, CO.

NJ:  Married or single?

Charles:  I am married.

NJ:  Any kids?  What kind? Do you like them?

Charles:  Fur-babies! Cats. I love them.  My husband and I have three fur-babies (cats); Bella, Melanie and Patrick. We have ten Crested Geckos (if anyone wants one, let me know), and one saltwater fish tank. I love animals, though sometimes it feels like I live in a zoo.

Angry dog

(“I’d like to meet his cats.”)

NJ:  If you’re not there already when you’re old and cranky, which one will keep you at home to care for you themselves, and which one started seeking out the A PLACE FOR MOM franchise facility in your area when they were 9?

Charles:  Even though they are fur-babies, I’m gonna say that Melanie is ready for me to go to a home. I’m afraid some nights that she’s gonna pack all my things and put them on the street. Bella will be the caregiver, she already makes sure that my hands and feet are clean; she loves to groom everyone.

NJ:  What’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?

Charles:  That’s an awesome question since my answer is Fruit Loops. I love them with orange juice instead of milk.

NJ:  Oh, my!  OK.  What’s your favorite color?

Charles:  I’m still residing in my blue period. I try other colors, but I keep coming back to blue.

NJ:  Favorite sport… 

Charles:  Is channel surfing a sport?

NJ:  Let me get back to you on that one.  So, your favorite TV Show… 

Charles:  Well all time favorite is the Mary Tyler-Moore Show, but the current favorite is Happy.

NJ:  Never heard of a show called “HAPPY” but I sure like the title.  How about your favorite Actress/Actor…

Charles:  Vincent Price. The man was amazing to watch. His facial expressions are unmatched and his dramatic style is unlike anyone else.

NJ:  WOW!  That’s a blast from the past.  Charles, do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?

Charles:  I pretend that the beer belly doesn’t exist, even though I should probably do something about it before it becomes a keg.

NJ:  Good idea.  What’s your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest, so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads.  Hey, just being honest.  It’s the only way I roll).

Charles:  People who think everything is Defcon 1. Just chill out, no reason to get bent over your perceived emergency.

NJ:  I must be older than I think.  What the heck is Defcon 1?  Oh, nevermind.  Forget that I asked.  So, are you neat or messy?

Charles:  I like to think I’m neat, then I look at the dust-bunny breeding grounds behind my monitor at work. Wait, does my work desk count? I don’t technically own it.

NJ:  I think it counts, Charles.  Are you nice or mean?  And, is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?

Charles:  I’m probably nice…so this is interesting, I have a coworker who was afraid of me for a year until he sat near me. He told me that I was fierce and intimidating, but now that he sat in the next desk he thought I was funny. I don’t understand it. I had 1000 PEZ dispensers at my desk, how is that intimidating?

NJ:  Facebook or Twitter?

Charles:  Both are driving me crazy lately, but if I had to chose one, I’d go with Twitter.

NJ:  We’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships.  Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?

Charles:  @dlfinnauthor, we don’t talk tons, but when we do, it makes my day great.

NJ:  We all know that WonderWoman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not.  In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place?  You can be honest here.

Charles:  Nonnie of course, she can never lose her superpower of truth, unlike WonderWoman who can lose her lasso.

NJ:  Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read by RRBC members.

Charles:  She Dies At The End by A.M. Manay and This Second Chance by D.L. Finn

NJ:  ONE good INDIE book you’ve read, written by an RRBC member that was so good, you wish the entire world would read it…

Charles:  In The Shadow of Lies by M.A. Adler

NJ:  What was so great about it?

Charles:  The feelings that were conveyed in the words, from the first sentence I was pulled into the book. It isn’t a book in my genre (horror), but it was remarkable.

NJ:  After you read books, do you post reviews?

Charles:  Yes. That’s the only way people know what to read is if I tell them it’s good. 😊

NJ:  Oh!  Are you sure that’s the only way people will know what to read is if you tell them?  Hmmmm….OK.  So, Charles, what do you think readers should base their reviews on?

Charles:  What I think they should do is irrelevant, but I’ll tell you how I review (this goes for my movie reviews, too). I think of the story as a whole and how the journey was for me, and I talk about those things, while trying not to put in any spoilers. I try to keep a positive spin on my reviews or at least put some humor in it if I’m not a fan; is that passive/aggressive? If parts of the story didn’t work for me, I’ll mention it.

NJ:  Are you one of those who are afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

Charles:  I’m honest, no matter what. I’ve had authors contact me even when I gave them a great review and rating, wanting me to clarify something I said in the review. I want to say, “Seriously, I gave you 5 Stars, why are you complaining?” But I don’t.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

Charles:  I am currently reading one now. The story is good, but it’s a bit out of control and needs some polishing.

NJ:  How many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews, when you knew they were horrible reads?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

Charles:  None. I promise. It’s not fair to me or the author to write a review if it’s not the truth.

NJ:  Are you an author?  Are you a good one?  C’mon, we love honesty here.

Charles:  I am an author, and I think I’m a good one, and I believe I am getting better every day.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

Charles:  I published my first book in 2011, but I’ve been writing short stories for as long as I can remember. The first I wrote was a magical story about my grandmother coming to visit that made my first-grade teacher cry. I never told her it was a lie.

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NJ:  Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?

Charles:  Yes. If the person is being honest and not being a troll, then I’m good with anything anyone says. I copy and paste anything that’s posted about my books into my website.

NJ:  Name two books that you’ve written…

Charles:  Circus Tarot 

Circus Tarol by Charles Jones

and Home

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NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

Charles:  That’s like asking if I’d rather lose a toe or a finger. They share no similarities, but are equally amazing in my mind. In Circus Tarot, I created a Wonderland, and in Home I told the story of a Fallen Angel wanting an audience with God. Even playing Rock, Paper, Scissors, it’s a draw.

NJ:  Interesting.  Do you have a blog or website, Charles?  I love GREAT blogs, so would you say that yours is written well enough for harsh critics like me to enjoy?

Charles:  I have an amazing WordPress site (https://charleswjonesauthor.com). Stop by sometime and check out my horror movie and book (all genre) reviews. I also do some hosting for blog tours.

NJ:  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

Charles:  RRBC has been integral in helping me with cross promoting. I’m not trying to suck up or anything, but it has to be the best thing I’ve found online. 

NJ:  Charles, I would never have thought that you were sucking up in your response.  It sounds like pure truth to me.  So, tell us, how have you been helped by RRBC?

Charles:  Cross promoting.

NJ:  Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, so what do you think of the club?

Charles:  I’ve been with the club going on three years now, and I’m very impressed with the support from other authors and how it’s like a big family spanning the world.

NJ:  I love that response, Charles, and CONGRATS on your tenure with the club!  “Big family spanning the world,” huh?  That’s exactly what we are!  Have you come across any other online entities like the big family we have here?

Charles:  Yes, it was a few years ago, before I found RRBC. I don’t remember the name of the community, I just know that it isn’t around any longer, which I believe is because of the lack of leadership to take it anywhere.

NJ:  The right leadership is definitely key in the survival of any entity, especially one online.  Would you recommend RRBC to your friends and family?

Charles:  I do already.

NJ:  What’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC?  (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES Shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)

Charles:  I love the Books of the Month discussions with live chat, it’s so cool to learn about the different books and authors. I don’t get to join as often as I like because of work, but when I can I’m always impressed.

NJ:  Charles, this shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words for our listening audience today?

Charles:  Thanks for having me, I’m honored.

NJ:  Well, thank you for joining us!  Your interview has been delightful and tickled me in a few places, as well.   (I’ll never tell what parts of it, though!  But, you are humorous, for sure).

To my guests, I invite you to pick up copies of the books above written by our dear Charles and do leave a review after you’ve completed the reads.

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And, since Charles was on the “SHELF” today, tell them he sent you.

Until next time, take care.  We’ll see you next month, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING and VERY SPECIAL GUEST!!

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#RRBC 2018 WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO #SPONSORS BLOG HOP!

Please join us (for the next 9 days) in promoting these wonderful and generous members of our club, the SPONSORS of our 2018 WC&BE!

We invite you to follow along on this BLOG HOP, leaving comments as you go!  After the “hop” has ended, one lucky winner will be awarded a $20 Amazon gift card, just for leaving a comment along the tour!

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BLOG HOP LINE-UP

Monday, 4/22/19:

IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC by RWISA Author, Nonnie Jules 

THIS SECOND CHANCE by RWISA Author, D. L. Finn

LEGEND OF THE WALKING DEAD by RWISA Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

I REMEMBER JUDY – A LOVE STORY by Author, Verwayne Greenhoe

2121: TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING by Author, Karl Morgan

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Tuesday, 4/23/19:

FLOWERS AND STONE by RWISA Author, Jan Sikes (RRBC 2019 BOOK OF THE YEAR!)

DETOURS IN TIME by Author, Pamela Canepa

THE ONE DISCOVERED by RWISA AUTHOR, Yvette Calleiro

WHEN THE EYE SEES ITSELF by RWISA Author, Eric Borgerson

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Wednesday, 4/24/19:

CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!! by Author, Shirley Harris-Slaughter

ACE CARROWAY AND THE GREAT WAR by Author, Guy Worthey

DAVIDA by RWISA Author, Karen Ingalls

LODESTONE by RWISA Author, Wendy Scott

VANISHED by Author, Mark Bierman

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Thursday, 4/25/19:

JAZZ BABY by RWISA Author, Beem Weeks

IN THE SHADOW OF LIES by RWISA AUTHOR, Mary Adler

DEMONIC by Author, Karl Morgan

SHADOW OF THE DRILL by RWISA AUTHOR, Rhani D’Chae

FANTASY WRITING PROMPTS by RWISA AUTHOR, W. J. Scott

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Friday, 4/26/19:

BEFORE, AFDRE AND AFTER (MY STROKE…OH, WHAT FUN) by Author, Maureen Twomey

THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS by RWISA Author, Nonnie Jules

THINGS ON A TREE by RWISA Author, D. L. Finn

THE CONVICT AND THE ROSE by RWISA Author, Jan Sikes

FINDING BILLY BATTLES by RWISA AUTHOR, Ron Yates

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Saturday, 4/27/19:

PREGNANT FUTURE by RWISA Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

SHADOWED BY DEATH by RWISA Author, Mary Adler

ELIZABETH’S WAR by RWISA AUTHOR, D. L. Finn

OUR LADY OF VICTORY by Author, Shirley Harris-Slaughter

THE OLD HOUSE by Author, Karl  J. Morgan

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Sunday, 4/28/19:

SUGARCOATIN’  IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS by RWISA Author, Nonnie Jules

TAILS by RWISA Author, W. J. Scott

MIRROR OF OUR LIVES by RWISA Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

WHISTLESTOP by Author Karl Morgan

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Monday, 4/29/19:

HIEROGLYPH by RWISA Author, Wendy Scott

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Let me introduce you to an amazing read by RWISA Author, Nonnie Jules!

“…AND THE MUSIC PLAYED”

And the Music Played

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This book is the sequel and the final chapter in the love story between Giani and Christine. The first book, “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…The Poetry of Forbidden Love” (a co-authored project), was a love story told thru the eyes of two lovers…but written for the hearts of many.

Across oceans and thru many barriers, two hearts try to connect – but with the distance between them, will their love survive? And, with the forces-that-be against them coming in the form of murder plots and domestic abuse, the bigger question is…will they?

TRAILER:

AUTHOR CONTACT:

Twitter:  @NonnieJules

Facebook:  Nonnie Jules, Author

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Bernard Foong in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” w/@Nonnie Jules – #RRBC #RWISA @MAADlerWrites

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!

Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, RRBC & RWISA member and our 2nd “SPOTLIGHT” Author of the year, BERNARD FOONG! We have been celebrating him for the past full month and today, he gets to sit on the shelf with me!

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NJ:  Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf?  We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working.  Are you comfy?

Bernard:  Yes, I am comfy, Nonnie. Thanks for having me on “WHO’S ON THE SHELF. 

NJ:  OK, good.  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name:

Bernard:  My author’s name, Young, is a pen name.

NJ:  Young, please tell us where you were born?

Bernard:  I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

NJ:  Do you still live there now?

Bernard:  No, I left Malaysia when I was 13 years old and went to an exclusive boarding school in England. I am British and the United Kingdom is my adopted country.

NJ:  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Bernard: I currently live on the island of Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A.

NJ:  Bernard, are you married or single?

Bernard:  I’ve been married for a little over a year to my longtime partner of 23 years.

NJ:  Any kids?  What kind? Do you like them?

Bernard:  No kids.

NJ:  Any pets?  What kind?  They act like kids, too, so I have to ask the question…do you like them?

Bernard:  I love cats.

NJ:  What’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?

Bernard:  The tremendous variety of Malaysian cuisine. I miss it very much.

NJ:  What’s your favorite color:

Bernard:  I don’t have a favorite color. I wear every shade under the sun. LOL!

NJ:  Favorite sport:

Bernard:  If you can call ballet a sport, then ballet is my favorite sport. 😊

NJ:  Favorite TV Show:

Bernard:  Currently, I’m into VICTORIA (PBS series). I love most of the shows on PBS.

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor:

Bernard:  I don’t have a favorite actress or actor. My favorite actress/actor changes on the performance of their role in each individual movie.

NJ:  Do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?

Bernard:  I am an exercise aficionado. I do several fitness classes per week. From Barre, Abs Solution, Zumba, Weights workouts to long distance walking.

NJ:  Biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest, so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads.  Hey, just being honest.  It’s the only way I roll).

Bernard:  My modus operandi is the 3Ps – Perseverance, Patience, and Persistence. Therefore, my pet peeve would be those who demand and believe that things should be handed to them without working for it.

NJ:  So, are you neat or messy?

Bernard:  A neat freak. LOL!

NJ:  Somehow, I could tell that about you, Bernard!  Birds of a feather, you know….  Bernard, are you nice or mean?  And, is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?

Bernard:  Nice. That is the perception of me and others. 😊

NJ:  Well, good!  Facebook or Twitter?

Bernard:  Twitter.

NJ:  We’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships.  Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?

Bernard:  For me, a BFF or bosom buddy is someone who I can have a face to face personal relationship. Although the internet offers budding friendships, I wouldn’t consider any of my internet friends a BFF or bosom buddy.

NJ:  OK, but I did say your “internet” BFF or buddy.  So, is there one person that you’ve met online who makes you laugh the hardest?

Bernard:  None thus far.

NJ:  Who do you favor most:  Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman? Be honest

Bernard:  LOL! Since I don’t know WonderWoman at all, my choice will be Nonnie Jules.

NJ:  Thanks, Bernard.  I don’t know how I feel about winning by default, but, OK.

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Now, we all know that WonderWoman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not.  In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place?  You can be honest here, too.

Bernard:  Well, WonderWoman is a fictional character and her “truths” are in make-believe films/movies/comic books. Therefore, in my opinion, Nonnie Jules does a better job of making the world a better place since she is a real person doing what she does best. 😊

NJ:  Now, that kind of flattery I can live with.  Thank you! Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read by RRBC members:

Bernard:  A Perilous Thirst by Rhani D’ Chae and Journey to the Rainbow’s End by Forrest Robert Stepnowski.

NJ:  ONE good INDIE book you’ve read written by an RRBC member that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:

Bernard:  “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!”  by Nonnie Jules.

NJ:  WOW!  What a compliment!  So glad you enjoyed it.  Now I must take it down and make it perfect.  OK, so tell us, what was so great about “SUGARCOATIN’…?

Bernard:  Because it is a no-nonsense book.

NJ:  Well, since I wrote it, I guess I would have to agree with you.  Thanks, again!  Let’s move on.  After you read books, do you post reviews?

Bernard:  Yes.

NJ:  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

Bernard:  In my opinion, my reviews are based on the plot/storyline and how well the author’s writing stirs the reader’s personal emotions to identify with the characters in the book.  

NJ:  Are you one of those who is afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

Bernard:  Honesty is the best policy.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

Bernard:  Yes.

NJ:  How many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews when you knew they were horrible reads?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

Bernard:  A few and I had given them 2 or 3-star reviews.

NJ:  So glad that you’re able to be honest in your reviews.   Bernard, are you an author?  Are you a good one?  C’mon, we love honesty here.

Bernard:  Yes, I am an author and over the eight years I’ve been writing, my penmanship has improved by leaps and bounds.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

Bernard:  Coming to nine years. I started my first book – A Harem Boy’s Saga – I – Initiation; a memoir by Young in the Spring of 2011.

NJ:  Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?

Bernard:  I believe so.

NJ:  Give us the name of two books that you’ve written, please…

 Bernard:  A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young (this is a 5-book series) 

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NJ:  Which one do you think is the best out of the series?

Bernard:  These books are a part of my autobiography. It is difficult to pinpoint which is better than the other since it’s a continuation of my young life. But if I have to choose, I would say A Harem Boy’s Saga – V – Metanoia; a memoir by Young because it is a tear-jerker ending to an epic love story.

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website? I love GREAT blogs, so would you say that yours is written well enough for harsh critics like me to enjoy?

Bernard:  Take a look and let me know what you think. 

Blog: http://bernardfoong.typepad.com/in_the_harem (my blog site is mainly a book promotion site for authors).

Website: http://aharemboysaga.com/wp/ (this site is solely for A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young – book series).

NJ:  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

Bernard:  Most definitely: Rave Reviews Book Club.

NJ:  Great!  How has the club helped you?

Bernard:  Through the support and encouragement from fellow authors/members in the RRBC family.

NJ:  Well, I’m glad to hear that, Bernard.  Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, so what do you think of the club?

Bernard: I have benefited greatly from my 4 years of being a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

NJ:  Have you come across any other online entities like it?

Bernard:  No.

NJ:  Would you recommend it to your friends and family?

Bernard:  Of course!

NJ:  What’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC?  (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES Shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)

Bernard:  Writers’ Conferences & Book Expos.

NJ:  This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words for our listening audience today?

Bernard:  Join Rave Reviews Book Club now.  You’ll not regret your decision to be a part of this supportive family.  I didn’t.

NJ:  Bernard, thank you so much for joining me here today and thank you for being such a supportive member, the route that landed you in this beautiful hot seat this month.

I don’t know if our guests will be as highly entertained by this wonderful interview as they have been by many in the past.  Typically the responses from my guests tend to raise my brows a bit and ruffle my feathers a tad and sometimes, well, it gets a little dangerous on this shelf (for the guests).  You answered almost all of your questions just perfectly, so, there’s no drama for them to see here, and you know how some of these folks thrive off of shelf-drama.  But, we’ll see.

To my guests, please pick up a copy of either of Bernard’s books.  He’s a really good writer so I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And, since Bernard was on the “SHELF” today, tell them he sent you.

Until next time, take care.  We’ll see you next month, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING GUEST!!

Mary Adler in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” w/@Nonnie Jules – #RRBC #RWISA @MAADlerWrites

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!

Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, RRBC member and RWISA Secretary, and also our first “SPOTLIGHT” Author of the year, MARY ADLER! We have been celebrating her all month long and today, she gets to sit on the shelf with me!

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NJ:  Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf?  We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working.  Are you comfy, Ms. Mary-on-the-swing?

Mary:  “You can’t recall”? My trained legal mind notes that you did not say there have been no accidents lately. Just that you can’t recall any. Remember those congressional hearings? I don’t know how I can get comfy after that statement. Isn’t there a seat belt?

NJ:  Seatbelt?  Where would the fun be in having those around?  I mean, I didn’t build this 30-shelf bookshelf for nothing!  So, let’s get into this interview which is starting a bit late because our dear guest wasn’t properly attired.  Mary, will you start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name:

Mary:  Mary Adler is not a pen name. Nor is it my birth name. (It is my birth first name and married last name.)

NJ:  Well, that’s nice to know,  So, tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Mary:  I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I live in Sebastopol, northern California, and love it. Sometimes we go into San Francisco to see “real” people because Sebastopol is a bit counterculture and rooted in the sixties and we have to remind ourselves that not everyone everywhere wears tie-dye and Birkenstocks. Although lately San Francisco has become a bit strange with the influx of Silicon Valley tech workers who are changing the beautiful, diverse culture of old San Francisco as they push out less affluent people.

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{Huh?}

NJ:  Mary, are you married or single?  (…And, have you driven him to start drinking yet?)

Mary:  I am married to a wonderful man who encourages me to write and supports my writing career even though it probably soaks up more financial resources that a sailboat would.  (For non-sailors, a sailboat is a hole in the water surrounded by wood into which you throw money.)

NJ:  OK.  Do you and this wonderful man who encourages you to write, have any kids?  What kind? And, do you like them?

Mary:  Three kids. All human. They are wonderful people, so, yes, I like them (as well as love them, which we know isn’t always the case with kids.)

NJ:  Really?  We don’t always love our kids?  I thought it was the other way around…you know, sometimes you don’t like them, but Mary, since I don’t want you to be in any legal trouble, I think it’s against the law to not love them all the time.  FYI.  Now,  if you’re not there already – when you’re old and cranky, which one will keep you at home to care for you themselves, and which one started seeking out the A PLACE FOR MOM franchise facility in your area when they were 9?

Mary:  Nonnie, I’m way past old enough to be cranky.  I’m old enough to tell younger people to appreciate their knees while they have them.  They have no idea what I’m talking about or what the future has in store for their nimble selves. Back to your question: After a dear friend had to put his mother into a home, I asked my 14-year old son if he would put me in a home when I was old. He answered, without missing a beat, “That depends on how you get along with my wife.” I immediately answered, “I love her!!”  I think our daughter who is a principal at a school for autistic children has the patience and skills to deal with me when I’m old. Maybe. Besides, I’m not going anywhere without my dogs.

NJ:  Well, aren’t you sharp in the wit department with that swift response to your son’s bold statement?    Mary, do you guys have any pets?  If so, what kind?  And since they tend to act like kids, too, I have to ask the same question…do you like them?

Mary:  At the moment, we have Lily, a 12-year old Rottweiler with serious health issues, and Charley, a 25-pound mixed breed affectionately known as a “Mexi-Mutt” by the rescue organization that goes to Mexico to save these dogs from horrible lives. I love them both but do wish Charley would stop closing my laptop on my hands. Ouch!

NJ:  Well, that’s not very nice, Charley,  but moving right along…Mary, what’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?

Mary:  I hear the siren song of caramel-pecan turtles in my dreams, on walks, while cleaning the house … you get the picture. That said, if I had to eat only one kind of food for the rest of my life, it would be pasta.

NJ:  Really?  Pasta?  Not pizza?  WOW!  So, what’s your favorite color?

Mary:  Blue.

NJ:  Favorite sport…

Mary:  Canine Nosework which my husband says is as exciting as watching paint dry, but the feeling of teamwork with my dog as I support him while he does all the work with his extraordinary nose is deeply satisfying. My least favorite aspect of all sports on television is overtime.

NJ:  Hahaha!  Would that be overtime in anything?  LOL.  OK, your favorite TV Show…

Mary:  Commissario Montalbano, an Italian detective series starring Luca Zingaretti — that’s my pounding heart shaking the shelf, Nonnie.

NJ:  OK.  Never heard of that.  Who’s your favorite Actress/Actor…

Mary:  See above for tv actor. I loved Raoul Julia, too. Favorite actress: Audrey Hepburn for her elegance, the way she caressed the English language, and for her dedication to helping children in war-torn countries.

NJ:  She’s one of my favorites, too.  Mary, do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?

Mary:  I don’t drink beer (unlike Elizabeth Warren) so I don’t have a beer belly. However, remember my answer about the caramel-pecan turtles?  Walking is my only exercise. It takes too long for me to get back up off the floor for me to do exercises. Half the day would be shot!

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NJ:  We’re going to take that as a NO.  OK.  What’s your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest, so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads.  Hey, just being honest.  It’s the only way I roll).

Mary:  Do I have to pick just one?

NJ:  Yes.

Mary:  I suppose it’s people who won’t accept responsibility for their own happiness. I learned a long time ago that we can “give up our suffering.” It seems to be impossible for some people to do that, and they go around whingeing about their first world problems instead of doing something to help people with real problems, like homelessness or hunger. Of course, I can’t tell you what I want to do to people who abuse animals or children.

NJ:  Good.  I already feel as though I should have an attorney on stand-by when you leave my shelf.  Are you neat or messy?

Mary:  Both. It depends on which one of me is in charge that day.

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{She is freaking me the hell out right now}

NJ:  I’m almost afraid to ask this but Mary, are you nice or mean?  And would your response be your perception of you, or what others think of you?

Mary:  People think I am nicer than I am. (You probably know about that.) But I am kind and would never intentionally hurt anyone. Except those people who abuse animals or children or anyone too weak to stick up for themselves.

NJ:  I know you better than most here.  You are nice and sweet but I also know better than to get on that other side of you, too. I mean, in a WonderWoman to WonderWoman catfight…you just might be able to get “a” punch in.  {Notice I only gave you one}. Now, which do you prefer…Facebook or Twitter?

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Mary:  Oh, dear. I am completely incompetent where both are concerned, but because of RRBC I do use Twitter more.

NJ:  {Snarky laugh}  Hahaha, oh look, you mentioned little ‘ole RRBC.

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Mary, we’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships.  Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?

Mary:  When my first Rottweiler was diagnosed with bone cancer, I found an online group — BoneCancerDogs– that had more helpful information than the vet did. Because of them, my Emma had a good life for a full year post diagnosis.  (She had been given six weeks.) I formed online friendships that have lasted twenty years and I have been lucky enough to meet some of my buds at actual real-life reunions. There are four of us who are there for each other no matter what. I treasure them.

NJ:  That’s awesome that you found the type of support you needed, at just the right time.  Good for you for doing your research.  Mary, who’s the one person that you’ve met online who makes you laugh the hardest?

Mary:  Denise Fenzi, a marvelous dog trainer, whose dog takes over her Facebook page. I suppose I should say Denise Fenzi’s dog. (Not really a person.)

NJ:  Who do you favor most:  Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman? Be honest

Mary:  You mean they are not the same person?

NJ:  Do you think that they are?  We all know that WonderWoman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not.  In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place?  You can be honest here, as well.

Mary:  WonderWoman and Nonnie really aren’t the same person?

NJ:  Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read by RRBC members:

Mary:  I loved Harriet Hodgson’s book, The Family Caregiver’s Guide. I have bought and given away multiple copies because I think everyone who is being cared for or is a caregiver would benefit from Harriet’s plain speaking commonsense and wisdom. I have a copy for my children because I want to be treated with the respect and dignity Harriet advocates, and I want them to take care of themselves, too, and her book explains how to do that.

I also loved The Alternative, by Suzanne Burke, A Heaven for Toasters, by Nicholas Rossis, and Finding Billy Battles,  by Ron Yates.

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{Here goes another one who can’t count…1, 2…STOP!  It ain’t rocket science, people}   

NJ:  ONE, ONE, ONE, ONE good INDIE book you’ve read written by an RRBC member that was so good you wish the entire world would read it…

Mary:  Once again, Harriet’s The Family Caregiver’s Guide.

NJ:  What was so great about that book, Mary, that you were moved to buy copies for other people…even your own children?

Mary:  It is a blueprint for compassionate care for loved ones.

NJ:  {Yeah, I don’t like those kinds of books…I’m joshing} After you read books, do you post reviews?

Mary:  Usually, now that I understand how much authors need them.

NJ:  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

Mary:  First, the quality of the storytelling and writing. Second, whether the book exposes the reader to new ideas, new ways of seeing the world.

NJ:  OK.  Are you one of those afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

Mary:  I am honest in my reviews, but I don’t review everything.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

Mary:  Yes, but not all the way through. Life’s too short.

NJ:  How many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews when you knew they were horrible reads?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

Mary:  I don’t review poorly written books. If I think the authors would be receptive, I will write them a note in the hope that it will help them.

NJ:  There are some INDIE authors who have come onto the scene and have given our literary playing field a new look.  Can you name two INDIE authors who have done this in your eyes?  And, how have they changed the field for us?

Mary:  I can name a woman who sometimes thinks she is WonderWoman who has changed the literary playing field by encouraging writers to support each other and strive for their best. She has also created a  number of forums for people to interact and learn in. Maybe I won’t name her. Her head might swell and knock me right off the shelf.

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{Whoever could you be speaking of, Mary Adler?}

NJ:  Are you an author?

Mary:  Yes.

NJ:  Well, since we’re being honest (and big-headed here) are you a good one?

Mary:  Absolutely!

NJ:  {Now, I could take that response and run with it one of two ways….but what the heck, I’m running with it both ways!}

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{I can’t hear you, I’m busy blasting my quads…} AND

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{I’m too wasted to care that she just said that}

Well, okey dokey!  Mary, how long have you been writing?

Mary:  It seems I have been writing my whole life, but much of what I wrote was nonfiction.

NJ:  Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?

Mary:  With the emphasis on constructive, yes. I welcome criticism from people who know what they are talking about.

NJ:  Well, let me criticize you just a little here, Missy!  Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot my mic was still on.  Anyway, share the name of two books that you’ve written?

Mary: 

In the Shadow of Lies: An Oliver Wright WWII Mystery (Book One)

In The Shadow of Lies by Mary Adler

Shadowed by Death: An Oliver Wright WWII Mystery (Book Two)  

Shadowed by Death by Mary Adler

’18 KCT ILA Top Finalist – Blue “Treat” Award

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

Mary:  I learned a lot about craft while writing In the Shadow of Lies,  and I listened to what some readers said about its complexity. So after I wrote Shadowed by Death,  I revised the first book. Oliver now tells the story in first person, and I simplified some of the plot complexity. I also resurrected a character I regretted killing.  Yay! I love both books for different reasons.

NJ:  I’m sure you do.  They are good books.  Mary, do you have a blog or website?  I love GREAT blogs, so would you say that yours is written well enough for harsh critics like me to enjoy?

Mary:  I have a website, but I don’t write on it regularly. However, what is there is GREAT and written well enough for even harsh critics like Nonnie to enjoy.

NJ:  Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, so what do you think of the club?

Mary:  I love being part of RRBC. I feel as if I have found a wonderful community of friends who are also writers and readers.

NJ:  Have you come across any other online entities like it?

Mary:  Absolutely not. It is unique.

NJ:  Would you recommend it to your friends and family?

Mary:  Yes.

NJ:  Mary, what’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC?  (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES Shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)

Mary:  I love Rave Waves shows. It’s great to hear people’s voices and listen to them talk about writing and their books. I appreciate that they are archived because I sometimes can’t make the live broadcast. I also love the Writers’ Conference & Book Expo because I “met” people, discovered their books, and learned many things about writing.

NJ:  This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words for our listening audience today?

Mary:  I have loved being Spotlight Author this month. I want to thank you, Nonnie, for creating it and for choosing me. I also want to thank each and every member who commented on the blog tour and responded to the Rave Waves show. We have wonderfully compassionate and articulate members and I loved getting to know many of them better this month.

Whoops, I seem to be slipping off the shelf. Whip out that magic lasso WonderWoman!

NJ:  Mary, thank you so much for joining me here today and thank you for being such a supportive member, the route that landed you in this beautiful hot seat this month.

To my guests, please pick up a copy of either of Mary’s books.  I assure you, you will enjoy both.

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And, since Mary was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you.

Until next time, take care.  We’ll see you next month, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING GUEST!!

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