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John Fioravanti in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

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 book shelf.  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 the RRBC “SHELF,” YOU are an open book!

Today I have with me on the “SHELF” our Current “SPOTLIGHT” Author, John Fioravanti!!! As you can see, John likes to dance and he is boogying to one of my favorite tunes, PRETTY WOMAN!  (Actually, I call it my theme song because as you know, every STRONG, GORGEOUS LADY NEEDS ONE!)  John is also the newest, and most welcome addition to our Governing Board here at RRBC!  He has joined our membership dept. and serves as our Membership/Incentives Director.  You wanna join us?  See John.  You wanna give us something?  See John.  Watch John Work!  He enjoys it, and that’s exactly the kind of energy we need on our TEAM!

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NJ:  Since John chose his own music today, I have to tell you my story behind this particular song.  I am in love with Julia Roberts!  Anything she’s ever done, I’ve seen it!  A real beauty, inside and out, that one is.  Now, Pretty Woman (the movie), is my all time favorite.  Loved it so much, that when I visited Cali for the first time back in 2008, I had to find that hotel that the movie was shot out of and I had to wear a black and white ensemble/dress w/matching hat, as she wore in the movie (you should see me standing over a vent on the ground, with my dress being blown up like Marilyn Monroe’s in that famous pic of hers).  The only thing that was missing the day I wore the Julia Robert’s black and white ensemble, was the shop on Rodeo Drive with the nasty, snobby store clerks.  I so desperately wanted to go into one and ask if they worked on commission, so I could spew that famous line of Julia’s:  “Big mistake!  Huge!  Well, I gotta go shopping now!”  So, enough about me and my girl-crush, Julia R.  Before we get started, how does the “shelf” feel to you, John?  Is it comfy?

John:  I’m usually not good with heights, but having your company on this shelf helps a lot!

NJ:  {John got himself into a little hot water with me a couple of days ago, so friends, get ready for a lot of brown-nosing on his part today}.  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?

John:  Yes, John Fioravanti is my birth 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?

John:  I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When I was four, my parents moved to the small town of Dundas, Ontario (on the west end of Hamilton), where I grew up. I’ve lived in Waterloo, Ontario, since 1973.

NJ:  Married or single?

John:  I’m married to Anne for 41 years now.

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NJ:  Awwww, look at dear, sweet Anne.  She’s such a sweet heart, you can tell from the photo.  Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

John:  We have 3 kids: 1 daughter, 2 sons.

NJ:  Favorite child (and be honest…I’m sure they’re not reading this interview).

John:  I’ll take the 5th on that one – even though I’m a Canadian!

NJ:  John, if you wanna go stealing our laws and rules, you have got to become American! I will let you “slide” this time, but don’t do it again. This is not Bravo Television’s game “I Plead The 5th!”  This is Nonnie’s game:  “You Sit Your Hiney On This Shelf You Sing Like A Bird/ or Spill Your Guts,” whichever you’re most comfortable with.  Any pets?  If so, what kind?

John:  None now. We’ve had two Cocker Spaniels, one Cockapoo, and a Maltese Terrier over the years.

NJ:  Favorite food…

John:  Steak!

NJ:  Favorite color…

John:  Royal blue

NJ:  Nooooo!   That is my favorite color!  It was the color of my wedding!!!!!  Wow!  I feel my anger for you dissipating a little.  Just a little, don’t get to comfy way up here.  What’s your favorite sport?

John:  Hockey (what else!)

NJ:  Uhhhhhh, I don’t know.  Hide & Seek, maybe? -________-  Your favorite TV Show…

John:  NCIS

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor…

John:  Mark Harmon, Julie Roberts

NJ:  Like Mark Harmon, LOVE Julia Roberts!!!!  Good answer!  Couch potato or workout nut? Be honest.

John:  Converted couch potato. Now I have a personal trainer who works me hard three times a week!

NJ:  Good!  Biggest pet peeve that makes you want to stomach-punch somebody?: (For the record, NJ does not condone violence but she does believe in being honest so she has to admit that there are times when she feels like some friendly stomach-punching is a little necessary).

John:  I have a hard time with bad, discourteous drivers!

NJ:  That’s all you got?  Bad, discourteous drivers?  Really, John?  They’re light weights.  I have them as snacks.  I expected you to say something like TERRORISTS, or something!  Well, moving on…are you neat or messy?

John:  Neat Freak!

NJ:  I knew there was some reason I loved you, Fio!  #NeatFreaksUnite!  Everyone else on that island!  Facebook or Twitter?

John:  Facebook is my comfort zone. I’m still trying to get comfy on Twitter – mainly because of RRBC.

NJ:  See, I’m not a FB fan, I like easy and for me, Twitter is easiest. OK, well, to each his own.  Now, name two of the most supportive people you’ve met on either Facebook or Twitter? Hurry and tell us so we can become their friend.

John:  On Facebook: Kenneth Tam; on Twitter: the folks of RRBC.

NJ:  Oh, don’t wanna upset anyone, huh?  So you generalize it…we’re all your favorites, huh?  -_________-  Okie Dokie then. Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest

John:  Nonnie Jules… you’re the real deal! Wonder…who?

NJ:  Nice comeback.  Everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor..

John:  I don’t know many. Kenneth Tam & Jacqui Tam

NJ:  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

John:  I love Kenneth’s Sci-Fi novels and his alternate history novels. He is also a very good friend. Jacqui (his mother) is an accomplished author in her own rite. She wrote a very moving non-fiction account of her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

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

John:  The Human Equation and Standing Tall.

NJ:  ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…

John:  Standing Tall by Jacqui Tam.

NJ:  What was so great about it?

John:  It was very well-written, informative, emotionally moving, authentic.

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

John:  No – not until I joined RRBC recently.

NJ:  Well, first I will say I’m glad that your joining us impressed upon you the importance of “reviewing,” and secondly, I think that was the same for a lot of us.  I didn’t post “book” reviews  before RRBC, and look at me now! What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

John:  The book’s writing style – was it hard to put down? Did it measure up to the accepted standards of the book’s genre?

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?

John:  That is a tough question. Yes, I find it hard because I want to be supportive. So far I haven’t had to write a review for a book I thought was terrible.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

John:  No, I haven’t. I have read books I didn’t like because of the subject matter.

NJ:  Are you an author?

John:  Yes I am.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

John:  I’ve been writing for a long time – over 30 years – for my students at the beginning.

NJ:  What books have you written?

Getting It Right in History Class (2002)

A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching (2007, 2008, 2010, 2014)

A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching by John Fioravanti

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

John:  I think “Journey” is the best. It is my story, written as an inspirational piece, aimed at young teachers and anyone else who would enjoy an inspirational story. It won an IPPY Bronze in 2008.

NJ:  I just put it on my TBR list. Sounds like my kind of read!  Do you have a blog or website?

John:  My wife and I started our own publishing company in December, 2013, called Fiora Books. Our blog is on this website – they are called Fiora Posts.

NJ:  Name three great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to…

John:  Rave Reviews Book Club; GR; and LinkedIn author groups

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

John:  For helpful information: LinkedIn author groups. For support and inspiration: RRBC

NJ:  How were you helped by them?

John:  I met Chris Ward from the UK on LinkedIn – he helped me with marketing strategies + he’s the one who introduced me to RRBC.  What can I say about RRBC? I ’ve learned so much about supporting fellow members, slowly getting to know some, receiving support every single day!

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?

John:  I am so impressed! I enjoy the online relationships with members I’ve met, and wish I could meet these folks in person! I think every Indie author/publisher would benefit from the club, and I think readers get to meet some quality authors and be steered towards some excellent books.

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

John:  No I haven’t. RRBC and Nonnie Jules are very unique.

NJ:  Why, thanks, Fio…would you recommend us to your friends and family?

John:  Indeed – already have!

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

John:  Cherish the Written Word!

NJ:  John, typically I try to look my best for my guests and I would have to say I do a pretty good job of it.  You, my dear, based on your behavior this week, didn’t deserve me at my best, so I decided to have a few twinkies, cookes, ice cream, cake and a little too much watermelon…you know, junk food.  I also chose to not work out before you came, so you enjoy the best me you’re going to get today, Mister!…

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John, you have made our interview on the SHELF today, a most pleasant one!  To my guests, please support John by picking up a copy of his newest release,

You can also support John by visiting his blog stops on his tour which ends on Saturday.  You can find the tour line up here.  

Have you joined Rave Reviews Book Club yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And since John aka “Fio”  was on the “SHELF” today, tell them he sent you.  Make it a great day, my friends.  We’ll see you next week, right here on the SHELF” with another interesting guest!!

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Ronesa Aveela in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

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 book shelf.  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 the RRBC “SHELF,” YOU are an open book!

Today I have with me on the “SHELF” our Current “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Ronesa Aveela!!! 

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NJ:  Before we get started, how does the “shelf” feel to you?  Is it comfy?

Rebecca:  Yes, but it’s a little scary sitting here for the world to see.

NJ:  Really?  Oh, honey, I love being way up here for the world to see!!  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?  I mean, if you’re not too uncomfortable to answer -__________-

Rebecca:  It’s a pen name, but Rebecca is what my mother wanted to name me. There’s a story behind why she didn’t get to, but I won’t bore you with that, but I will tell you that neither Rebecca OR Ronesa are my birth names!

NJ:  Huh?  Guys, please ask R&R that question after the show.  We only have an hour here.   Tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Rebecca: I was born in New Hampshire. The old hospital where I was  born, Emerson Hospital, is now part of Keene State College.  Guess that’s why I like learning. I don’t live in the same home town that I grew up in, but it’s in the same county. I’m still in NH, the only state with no state income tax or sales tax.

NJ:  Married or single?

Rebecca: Happily single. Never married.

NJ:  Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

Rebecca:  No children. My youngest sister lived with me for quite a while, so I had her children around. They were plenty fun. I didn’t need my own.

NJ:  So, which of your niece and nephews, was your favorite? (And be honest…I’m sure they’re not reading this interview):

Rebecca: In regards to my niece/nephews. The oldest boy was probably my favorite, mainly because his mother had him when she was quite young. I practically was his mother at times.

NJ:  Pets?  What kind?

Rebecca: Currently no pets. I live on a busy highway. But my family had plenty of pets while I was growing up. Cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, birds, a turtle, and even a white rat.

NJ:  What’s your favorite food?

Rebecca: Turkey soup.

NJ:  What’s your favorite color?

Rebecca: Blue.

NJ:  Favorite sport?

Rebecca: I’m not a sports fan, but when I was younger, my mother and I would watch the Red Sox (baseball).

NJ:  Favorite TV Show?

Rebecca: I have three that I watch. Once Upon a Time. Vampire Diaries, and its spinoff, The Originals.

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor?

Rebecca: Bette Davis. She was just so sassy!

NJ:  Oh, I loved Bette, too!  She was phenomenal!  When that woman played Baby Jane, I could have died and gone to heaven, she was so good at it!  OK, couch potato or workout nut? Be honest.

Rebecca: Couch potato. Or computer potato. All I do these days is sit at my computer, both for work and writing-related activities.

NJ:  Biggest pet peeve that makes you want to stomach-punch somebody?: (For the record, NJ does not condone violence but she does believe in being honest so she has to admit that there are times when she feels like some friendly stomach-punching is a little necessary).

Rebecca:  Arrogant know-it-alls who enjoying making others squirm when they do or say something wrong.

NJ:  Oh, you met her, too, huh?  Hahaha.  OK, so tell us, are you neat or messy?

Rebecca: Definitely messy. I like to clean up my work space after a project has been completed, though.

NJ:  Glad you said you liked to clean up, though.  I was about to suggest you be banned to that island!  Have you heard of it?  The one for all the messy folks?  Yes, if you should ever end up there, say hi to my hubby and oldest daughter.  Facebook or Twitter?

Rebecca: I understand Twitter better, but I think Facebook offers more depth to anything you want to push out to your fans/friends.

NJ:  Hmmm, interesting.  I tend to favor Twitter more.  Name two of the most supportive people you’ve met on either Facebook or Twitter? Hurry and tell us so we can become their friend.

Rebecca:  Nonnie and her team, and Alex Cabal (owner of Scribophile).

NJ:  Well, that was the sweetest thing to say!  Thanks, Ronesa!  Now, here’s the life or death question, meaning, if you answer incorrectly, you could be met with an untimely “accidental”/potentially fatal fall from this very high shelf. -________-  Nonnie Jules or Wonder Woman? Be honest.

Rebecca: Wonder Woman has had her 15 minutes of fame; she’s old news. Nonnie Jules is the new trend.

NJ:  Whew!  You hesitated too long, you had me worried there for a minute.  That’s why I kept inching closer and closer to you.  Didn’t mean to frighten you (as I scoot back down on the shelf).  So, everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor:

Rebecca: RRBC’s, Harmony Kent is one. And another one I discovered on GR {we don’t say the full name of this entity here} is Lasa Limpin.

NJ:  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

Rebecca: I like stories that are different from plots you’ve read before. Both of these authors have unique tales to tell and a distinctive voice, and great descriptions.

NJ: I’m sure Harmony will be happy to hear this from you.  She is a gem, you know.  Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read:

Rebecca: Well, I guess the books from the above authors: The Glade (Harmony) and Uplanded (Lasa).

NJ:  ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…

Rebecca: I’d like them to read mine, but I probably can’t say that, so let me look at my list. I’ve read so many great stories lately. There’s a book that’s still being written that I find intriguing. It’s called “McGuffy’s Law.”

NJ:  Uh, Ronesa, if it’s still being written, how did you read it?  (NJ:  Might she be a mind-book reader?)  But, OK, tell us what was so great about it?

Rebecca:  It’s a spiritual tale about puppies and God’s warriors. The puppies choose their owners. It’s not your typical fast-paced novel, but it shows how the puppies help their chosen owners.

NJ:  OK, sounds odd, but hey, different strokes for different folks, right?  After you read books, do you post reviews?

Rebecca:  Always.

NJ:  That’s awesome to hear!  Good for you!  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

Rebecca:  If you’re a writer yourself, I think you should write a review looking at the book as both a writer AND a reader. With the writer’s eye, you are looking at the structure of the story, grammatical errors, punctuation problems, POV, and other issues. But first and foremost, you should look at it as non-writers look at it, people who are looking for good stories. Is it interesting? Is it a story worth telling? But, I find I cannot give someone five stars if their book has an overabundance of errors or is poorly written, no matter how great the story is.

NJ:  I’m with you there.  Poorly written and too many typos, which I call hiccups, makes for an uncomfortable read as well as a not-so-easy read.  I want my reads to be enjoyable and I want them to flow smoothly.  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?

Rebecca: I try to be honest, but also kind, although recipients who receive any negative feedback may not think so. It’s not that I’m afraid they’ll be upset with me but I don’t want to trash anyone’s hard work. There is always something nice you can say. But if you don’t point out problems, too, you won’t be credible as a reviewer and the author can’t grow. But as an author myself, I also now know how much work goes into writing, so I don’t always point out things that I would have if I were critiquing the novel. I would expect people to be honest reviewing mine, too. It may not be a book everyone will enjoy.

NJ:  Ronesa, have you read any poorly written books lately?

Rebecca: I started one or two that I couldn’t finish.

NJ:  Where’s your review so I can go and check it out?  LOL,  No, seriously.

Rebecca: If I ever DID make it through terrible books, I don’t think I would post a review. If I could contact the author, I might make some suggestions for places he or she could go to make improvements.

NJ:  Oh, so you’re not telling?  OK.  Are you an author, Ronesa?

Rebecca: Yes! First book was published in July of this year. So exciting.

NJ:  Which personality published?  Rebecca or Ronesa?  LOL, I’m just teasing…but the more that I think about it, I’m not. -_________-  How long have you been writing?

Rebecca: I wrote my first story in high school, many years ago. I have one that I’ve dabbled with off and on, but I didn’t really get into writing seriously until about two years ago when my friend asked me to help her with her story.

NJ:  What books have you written?

Rebecca:  “Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey” is the first book in a series of three (and maybe even a couple prequels), but each can be read as a separate story. I hate to leave the reader hanging. Only the first chapter of the second is written. We took a break and started writing a non-fiction one about the rituals and customs in “Mystical Emona,” digging deeper into the ancient Thracian origins. That one will be out around December.

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website?

Rebecca: Yes: http://mysticalemona.com/

NJ:  Name three great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to:

Rebecca: In order of when I came across them. 1) Scribophile.com is a writer’s group. I found this after a publisher kindly rejected “Mystical Emona” and provided feedback from their readers. They suggested finding other readers, so I came across this group. It changed my life as a writer. I put “Mystical Emona” through three major rewrites from the suggestions people gave me, and I’ve made the most wonderful friends for life. (Look me up if you join!) 2) Rave Reviews Book Club!  I found this when we were close to publishing. (Thank you, Kathryn Treat, for the invitation!) You need reviews, right? Well, then I found out it was more than just getting reviews. Great support here, too!  3) GR. Another place you can get reviews, and also a way to get your novel visible to others.

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

Rebecca:  As far as helping with my writing, I have to say Scribophile, but I also see how supportive RRBC  is.

{Sounds of woman screaming for help} woman-falling-down

NJ:  OH, RONESA!  I’M SO SORRY! I’VE NO IDEA HOW THAT HAPPENED!  HERE, LET ME HELP YOU UP.  Are you OK?  Good, well let’s continue.   How were you helped by that OTHER organization?  {NJ mutters under her breath:  You know the one that almost got you killed a moment ago  -__________-}

Rebecca:  Scribophile really helped me hone my writing skills—all those subtle POV slips you are unaware of, what filters are and how to eliminate them, action vs. dialog tags, and so much more. Now, the great support continues here at RRBC. Taking me under your wing and shouting out to the world.

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?

Rebecca:  Like writing, it’s a lot of work. But pleasant work. You all are such busy little ants preparing for success. You all work together great as a team.

NJ:  Ronesa, you are so right on all counts.  We are as busy as an army of ants, although our army (Governing Board) is a lot smaller.  Have you come across any other online entities like RRBC?

Rebecca: No. And I was looking for a while for a place to cuddle up and get comfortable.

NJ:  And then you found us?  How sweet.  Would you recommend RRBC to your friends and family?

Rebecca: Yes. Well. Most of my family and friends don’t read and write (novels). But I’ve met plenty of people in the writing world who I’ve encouraged to join.

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

Rebecca: I just want to let you know how honored I am to have been selected. You have a lot of supportive people out there.

NJ:  Thank you so much for joining us here today, Ronesa!  That was an enjoyable interview until your little mishap?  Are you sure you’re OK?  {NJ doesn’t want any lawsuits or anything like that.  Her shelf isn’t fully insured yet}.  You have made our interview on the SHELF today, a quick one, but a most pleasant one!  To my guests, please support Ronesa by picking up a copy of her book, MYSTICAL EMONA:  SOUL’S JOURNEY, with its brand new cover!  You can also support Ronesa  by visiting her blog stops on her tour which ends on Saturday.  You can find the tour line up here.  Lastly, I’m sorry for the confusion.  Ronesa asked to be called  Ronesa, then she referred to herself as Rebecca the entire interview. {Shaking my head}.  Just know, Ronesa and Rebecca are one and the same.  

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Have you joined Rave Reviews Book Club yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And since Ronesa was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you.  Make it a great day, my friends.  We’ll see you next week, right here on the SHELF”!!

Nonnie Jules in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

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 book shelf.  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 the RRBC “SHELF,” YOU are an open book!  {WARNING:  SIT ON THIS SHELF AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!}

Today I thought I’d invite myself to sit ON THE SHELF.  I mean, I know how much you all want to know more about the person who writes such confrontational books as “SUGARCOATIN’…YES, I SAID IT!”

{In the background the sultry voice of Ms. Alicia Keys is playing, and she is belting out “GIRL IS ON FIRE! and what an appropriate song for our very own, Nonnie Jules!}

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NJ-Host: Before we get started, how does the “shelf” feel to you?  Is it comfy?

NJ-Guest:  This is the most comfortable shelf I’ve ever sat on, and let me tell you, I’ve sat on some shelves in my day.  And of course it’s comfortable!  I picked it out!

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

NJ-Guest:  It’s both.  That’s all I’m going to say.  Next question…

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

NJ-Guest:  I was born in TX but when I was around 3 yrs old, my parents packed up and moved the family to Shreveport, Louisiana and I’ve been here ever since.

NJ-Host:  Married or single?

NJ-Guest:  I’m happily married.  Notice, I didn’t say he was happily married.  I am only speaking for myself.  He might be wishing himself happily single.  I’m not easy to live with, you know.  Well, you do know.   -________-

NJ-Host:  Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

NJ-Guest:  We have two awesome daughters together and I have one step-daughter, and I’d advise you not to ask me too many questions about them as when I get started, I don’t know when, or where to stop.  They’re just that fabulous!

NJ-Host:  Favorite child and be honest…I’m sure your children are not reading this interview

NJ-Guest:  I have three favorite children and you’re right, they could give two hoots about anything I’m doing or saying, as long as I am not embarrassing them in front of their friends, which I get a kick out of doing most days.

NJ-Host:  Pets?  What kind?

NJ-Guest:  We have so many pets (I mean, I live on a farm almost), I’m not going to even begin to name them, BUT they all come in the form of dogs, horses, turtles, frogs, etc.  But, just so you know, we do dress them all alike and they typically look like this…

Wonder Woman Dog Costume

NJ-Host:  Favorite food?

NJ-Guest:  Gumbo, of course, I’m from Louisiana.

NJ-Host:  Favorite color?

NJ-Guest:  My, you are nosey, aren’t you?  But if you must know, it’s Sage Green

NJ-Host:  Favorite sport?

NJ-Guest:  I don’t have one.  Not a sporty girl, I’m a real girly girl, don’t like to get dirty or sweat.  I don’t even like to see dirt or sweat. Actually, I’m starting to itch because I’ve said dirty and sweat.

NJ-Host:  Favorite TV Show?

NJ-Guest:  If we’re talking soap operas, Y&R hands down.  If we’re talking television (as if I have time to watch), I am a die-hard “anything on Bravo,” any Housewives-of-anything kinda fan!

NJ-Host:  Favorite Actress/Actor…

NJ-Guest:  Favorite Actress of all time is Julia Roberts (she can do no wrong in my book), but lately I’ve fallen in love with funny lady, Melissa McCarthy.  She literally has me on the floor rolling, crying, screaming with laughter every time she breathes!

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NJ-Host:  Couch potato or workout nut? Be honest

NJ-Guest:  I read your interviews so I know that a few of your other guests have responded in the same manner which I’m about to, but I guess it just goes to prove, it’s TRUE.  BEFORE I became a published author (which was just last year), I was a workout nut.  I am very health conscience and do work out every day, even now, but before this writing gig, I was crazy about it.  Now, some days, it’s a chore to get started because I have so many other things going on, that I need to get done and at times, I don’t see exercise as the priority, but once I do get started, I FEEL SO GOOD!  It really makes me feel great afterwards and I highly recommend that you all get off your tush and do it!

NJ-Host:  Biggest pet peeve that makes you want to stomach-punch somebody? (For the record, NJ does not condone violence but she does believe in being honest so she has to admit that there are times when she feels like some friendly stomach-punching is a little necessary).

NJ-Guest:  Well, let me tick off a few things and then I will give you my numero uno pet peeve.  I detest dishonesty, bullying, rudeness, “messy” (and I don’t mean the opposite of neat) adult women and people who don’t verbalize what they need to, but instead resort to behaving like children.  My numero uno pet peeve, I’m sorry, but any of the above will get someone stomach-punched with a vengeance by me!

NJ-Host:  WOW!  You’re a tad bit violent, aren’t you?  I’m almost afraid to ask this next question.  Are…you…NeatOrMessy? {NJ-Host ducks when she gets out the last word}

NJ-Guest:  I AM A NEAT FREAK!!!  Any kind of mess inside my home drives me up a wall, literally!  Mess inside other people’s homes drives me batty, too, so, if there’s mess, invite me over when it’s all be cleaned up.

NJ-Host:  Facebook or Twitter?

NJ-Guest:  Definitely Twitter.  Haven’t gotten the hang of Facebook, probably because I really don’t want the hang of it.  I’ve heard about the drama and bad things that sometimes get posted over there and the drama that brews, etc. so, I’m there periodically, only promoting.

NJ-Host:  Name two of the most supportive people you’ve met on either Facebook or Twitter? Hurry and tell us so we can become their friend.

NJ-Guest:  WOW!  There are just soooooo many, especially my board members.  I mean, you ask, they do. That’s supportive and that’s how we are with each other!  But, there are so many others, please let me name just a few:  John Fioravanti is a new fave of mine, John Howell because he likes to plow his friends with liquor and I’m all for that, Traci Sanders, Carol Marrs Phipps, almost everyone in the VIP Lounge (boy, do we have fun in there!) but let me stop, I can’t go on, because I’m leaving some wonderful folks out, so I will just say there are just too many for me to name.  I LOVE YOU ALL!

NJ-Host:  Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest

NJ-Guest:  Whose picture is at the entrance?  That’s right, Nonnie Jules (oh, but even I keep forgetting that Nonnie Jules IS Wonder Woman!)

NJ-Host:  Everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King, but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor…

NJ-Guest:  Again, there are so many but I’m going to stick to your script on this one and give you two:  Nicholas Rossis and Danica Cornell.

NJ-Host:  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

NJ-Guest:  They are both just so genuinely kind and giving and sweet.  They almost make you want to be a better person because of the way they are. And they are both, extremely talented writers!

NJ-Host:  Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read

NJ-Guest:  Now, you’re going to have to forgive me on this one, because I’ve read some really good ones, and I’m surprised to say that because when I first began reading Indie, I was coming across some rough pieces of work, but now, I’m reading some amazing stuff!  So take your pick of any book that’s now listed under NONNIE’S “RAVE” REVIEWS and definitely check back, because there are more that I haven’t even added yet!

NJ-Host:  ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it?

NJ-Guest:  SHADOW OF THE DRILL by Rhani D’Chae had me on the edge of my seat.  This book was probably #3 on my Top 10 that I’ve read this year.  I won’t mention my #1 and #2, as I really don’t like giving much attention to those that I don’t find to be very supportive of others, so I will keep that info to myself.  I don’t think it would be fair to all of the other supportive authors that we have in our midst for me to go giving public kudos to those.

NJ-Host:  What was so great about it?

NJ-Guest:  It made me feel as if I was sitting in a movie theatre, in the middle of all the action… it was just so well-written!

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

NJ-Guest:  I most certainly do!

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

NJ-Guest:  I think readers should base their reviews on whether or not the story was written well.  A few typos and minor hiccups that don’t detract from the story are fine with me, because we’re all human, even our editors.  But what drives me crazy about some reviewers is to hear them say:  “There were too many capitalized words.”  You, know, I don’t know when capital letters became criminals…oh, wait, yes I do.  When some genius created the internet, another genius came along and said “Let’s come up with some silliness that they will all fall for.”  And that’s how reading a book with too many capital letters became a bothersome crime for some of you. -______-

NJ-Host:  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? {NJ-Host, cannot believe she just asked this confrontational NJ-Guest if she was “afraid?”}

NJ-Guest:  Obviously, you’ve not followed anything I’ve done because if you had, you would know that the only thing I fear is God Almighty.  If I have something to say, I say it!  I write my reviews honestly, just as I try to live my life.  If someone doesn’t like the way that I review, then they shouldn’t read them.

NJ-Host:  Read any poorly written books lately?

NJ-Guest:  I have peeked into some that weren’t up to par, and read thru to the end of others that needed some major work but not many lately, I will have to say.  I’ve had to send out some personal notes here and there, and pass on a couple of reviews.

NJ-Host:  Where’s your bad review so we can go and check it out?  LOL.  No, seriously.

NJ-Guest:  The only time that I will post a review about a really horrible book, is if I have reached out to the author personally and privately and instead of listening, accepting the kind advice I’m offering, they defend every MAJOR hiccup that’s in their book and then they go on to say that they’re not going to correct it.  At that point, I feel an obligation to let readers know what they will find when they open that book.  Good authors listen and take advice and continually strive to perfect their work.  You tell me you’ve found ONE typo in my book and the entire book is coming down from Amazon until that ONE error is found and corrected.  Two of you have been kind enough to point a thing or two out to me in the past and I’m so appreciative.

NJ-Host:  Are you an author?

NJ-Guest:  Of course, I’m an author, Nonnie!  What kind of question is that?

NJ-Host:  Well, I’m sorry, Nonnie,  I didn’t mean to offend you.  I ask all my guests that very same question.  Moving on,  how long have you been writing?  Oh, OK, I see you giving me “the” look, I guess I better not ask that question either.  I should know the answer, huh?

{At this point, NJ the Host, pulls NJ the Guest over to the side to have a private chat:  “Listen, Nonnie.  If you’re going to sit on this shelf and be my guest, then you must co-operate like all the other guests, got it?!”  NJ-Guest:  “Got it? Are you threatening me, Nonnie?”  NJ-Host:  “No, I’m not.  I’m merely suggesting you, of all people, should be a better guest to me.”}  We hear a brief scuffle and then:

NJ-Guest:  “Just untie me and I promise to be on my best behavior thru-out the rest of the interview,” which she says with a slight smirk on her face.

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NJ-Host:  “Are you sure? Because I’m just doing my job here. OK, now let’s get back to the interview.”

Wonder Woman in Blue Dress and glasses

NJ-Host:  What books have you written?

NJ-Guest:  They are, in order of publication:

*”THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love!” 

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*DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND (A Novel)

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*”Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy & Pacifyin’ Is For Kids” 

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NJ-Host:  Which one do you think is the best?

NJ-Guest:  Honestly, I think all three of them are really and truly GREAT reads! But, I will tell you the one that means the most to me:  THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE… this book can change the world.  It can change the lives of children for the better and it is THE PERFECT tool for parents to produce the most awesome kids!  I’ve lived it and am living proof that it works! If you decide to pick up one book of mine, I would hope that it would be this one. It is my mission to leave a legacy of a world filled with (almost) perfect daughters and sons behind, so that all our kids and grandkids, nieces and nephews, can live in a safer world.

NJ-Host:  Gee, Nonnie, I didn’t know you were that profound.  WOW!  I’m a little impressed…I think.  Do you have a blog or website?

NJ-Guest:  Yes, here are my blogs and sites:

WATCH NONNIE WRITE!

BOOKS BY NONNIE

ASK THE GOOD MOMMY

NJ-Host:  Name three great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to.

NJ-Guest:  Honestly, I spend so much time here, buried in coming up with ideas to better Profile, Promote and Propel our members, that Rave Reviews Book Club is the only one I can think of.

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

NJ-Guest:  Are you seriously asking me that?

NJ-Host:  Nonnie, you promised!

NJ-Guest:  OK, OK…RRBC has been the online resource that has helped me the most! Sheeez!

NJ-Host:  How were you helped by them?

NJ-Guest:  I was the first Book of the Month the club had, because at that time, we only had about 7 members and the majority voted my book in…that may have been 3 people along with myself.  My novel had 1 review when this club started and now it has 68 reviews in a few short months.  Lately though, my books are not being promoted as heavily as they should be because I’m so busy promoting the club and working/helping to make the written work of other authors better, so my work has taken a back seat to all of that.  I’m on this tour this week (and NO, I am NOT a Spotlight Author…my tour is being sponsored by 4WillsPublishing) hoping to get a little support and exposure for my books as well.  You know, it seems that there are some who believe that just because I am the Founder and President of Rave Reviews, that I don’t deserve any support at all.  Well, that’s sad that some would think that way, especially when I work as hard as I do, trying to make this club the best it can be for ALL our members.  I live what I preach, I walk my talk…I DEFINITELY GIVE MORE THAN I TAKE and I definitely give more than I receive.  I do hear from our uber-supportive members how appreciative they are for what I do, and that lightens the load and does my heart good, but for the other parties who are all about “SELF,” I say to you, “You will never get what you feel you deserve until you stop trying to hinder the progress of others. Yes, I Said It!”

NJ-Host:  WOW, Nonnie!  That was powerful and very moving.  Thanks for sharing that with us.  I had no idea.  I’m amazed that some think you deserve to get nothing from this wonderful organization that you’ve created.  Simply amazed!  That just goes to show how truly selfish and ugly some people’s hearts are.  Let’s move on and not dwell on that ugly.  So, we all know you’re the President of the club, what do you really think of the club? Your unbiased opinion, please.

NJ-Guest:  I think Rave Reviews Book Club is the most fabulous thing since brown rice!

NJ-Host:  Brown rice?  {NJ-Host mumbles:  “What’s so good about brown rice?“}  Well, OOOOOOOK then…have you come across any other online entities like it?

NJ-Guest:  Nope, but I keep hearing about all these imposters and impersonators that might be popping up.  I say bring it, because I have secret weapons that are truly hard to find.  Their names are:  Marlena, Harmz, Kathryn, Danica, MiMi, Beem, Nicholas and Bruce.

NJ-Host:  Who is your right hand person at Rave Reviews Book Club?  The one you couldn’t get along without?

NJ-Guest:  Well, honestly, I can’t get along without any of them, but Marlena Hand (@mlh42812) is my right hand!  She is truly the glue that keeps us all together.  She took a weeks’ vacation a few weeks ago and I almost cried that she wasn’t going to be here because she KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CLUB.  Where every file is, every paper clip, where the bodies are buried…she IS Rave Reviews Book Club.  But, lucky for me, even on her vacation she was working and helping me.  I love her so much!

NJ-Host:  Well, kudos to Marlena for helping you out the way she does!  So, which department there at RRBC is the busiest?

NJ-Guest:  By far, our Reviews Dept.  We had a board meeting on yesterday, and let me tell you, we are always thanking Beem (@BeemWeeks) our Reviews Co-ordinator for all that he does.  He is on top of his department!  Can you imagine having to log all those reviews from all those books our members are reading?  He’s awesome!  Get his book, JAZZ BABY!  It was recently a Book of the Month Selection (and you know you can only sit in that seat if your book is good!)

NJ-Host:  Would you recommend the club to your friends and family?

NJ-Guest:  Of course!  But, I spend a great deal more time recommending it to strangers!

NJ-Host:  This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words?

NJ-Guest:  Yes, I’d like to thank my awesome TEAM at RRBC for all that they do…

Harmony Kent is quickly moving into the role of being my left hand!  She is diligent and on point, and also one who is on top of things; Kathryn Treat, Michelle Abbott, Danica Cornell, Bruce A. Borders and Nicholas Rossis are all adored by me.  They are the hardest working team in all the world and I’m so blessed to get to work with them every day.  Please, check out their written work, if you can.  Shirley Harris-Slaughter is an honorary board member and Leader of the Tweet Support Team and she is so appreciated for what she does in that role.

Thank you to all our UBER-SUPPORTIVE members, who also give more than they get here!  You don’t know just how appreciated you are!  We adore you and are so glad to have you with us!!!  You know who you are!

Check out our Board Member Book Blitz Trailer!

  Also, please LIKE my page before you leave!  Thanks in advance!

Here’s an archive of my 9/28-104/14 blog tour lineup!!!

Have you joined Rave Reviews Book Club yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And since I was on the “SHELF” today, tell them I sent you.  Make it a great day, my friends.  We’ll see you next week, right here on the SHELF” with another VERY INTERESTING GUEST!!  Oh, and don’t forget to check out one of Nonnie’s books today.  She definitely deserves our support! Wouldn’t you agree?

Kristy F. Gillespie in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

Hello and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules!  Since we are a book club, we had to offer something that included a book shelf.  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 the RRBC“SHELF”, YOU are an open book!

Today we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us. Kristy is the winner of one of the “Comment Contests” that was recently held by one of our members.  Yes, I said “Comment Contest.”  All she had to do was stop by one of the stops on the tour and leave a comment and that landed her here!  With me!!!

{THIS INTERVIEW IS SPONSORED BY: 4WILLSPUBLISHING}

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NJ:  Welcome, Kristy and before we really get started, how does the “SHELF” feel to you?  Is it comfy?

Kristy: As comfortable as a church pew without a cushion… JK! I really appreciate the chance to perch on your shelf!

NJ:  So, how about we start by confirming whether or not the name we know you as, is your birth name or a pen name?

Kristy:  Birth name. (Even though I was teased in school, specifically “cheeseburger,” I had trouble parting with Feltenberger, my maiden name, so I kept it as a second middle name).

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

Kristy:  Born in Johnstown, PA, which is known for several horrific floods including The Great Flood of 1889.  I’ve lived in Virginia since 2003 and currently live in Warrenton, VA, which is surrounded by vineyards and horse farms and is a 45 minute drive from DC. I love Warrenton!

NJ:  Wow!  You sound excited about Warrenton!  Good for you.  Married or single?

Kristy:  Patrick and I recently celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary!

NJ:  Well, I guess “Patrick”  means you’re married?  -_____-  Do you have kids?  If so, how many?  Sons or daughters?  Who’s your favorite?  (C’mon, you can tell us)…

Kristy:  No kids…yet!

NJ:  Ooooook, you sound excited about that, too.  -_______-  Any pets running around?  If so, what kind?

Kristy:  My pets are like my kids & Sammie, our youngest dachshund, is probably my favorite but of course I love them all.  We have 3 dachshunds (Gustav, Sammie, and Mopar) and 2 cats (Ross and Phoebe).

NJ:  OK, so we’d like to know your favorite food

Kristy:  Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream

NJ:  So, let us dig a little deeper here, I feel as if we’ve only scratched the surface…what is your favorite color?

Kristy:  Green

NJ:  Mint chocolate and green, so folks we have a GREEN girl on the SHELF with us today. Tell us your favorite sport?

Kristy:  Football – Pittsburgh Steelers & San Francisco 49ers

NJ:  Favorite TV Show

Kristy:  Currently The Bridge, starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor

Kristy: Jennifer Lawrence and Leo Dicaprio

NJ:  I like both of them, too!  So, are you a couch potato or a workout nut?  Be honest…

Kristy:  Couch potato!

NJ:  So, here’s my favorite question:   What’s your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to stomach-punch somebody?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence but she does believe in being honest so she has to admit that there are times when she feels like some friendly stomach-punching is a little necessary.  She also feels she is not alone in these feelings).

Kristy:  While there’s many, I’d say one of my top pet peeves is unnecessary small talk!

NJ:  Really?  You’re my kinda interview then!  (You know, they don’t pay me enough to do these long interviews.  And some of these guests, let me tell you…they have more to say than I care to hear).  So, are you neat or messy?

Kristy:  Neat

NJ:  (WOW!  She really doesn’t like unnecessary small talk.  A woman of few words).  Me, too!  Thanks for not bringing any food and drink in here.  I could start on some past guests in that regards, but I won’t.  Facebook or Twitter, Kristy?

Kristy:  Both, but I’m a bit burnt out from social media. Check out this video for a laugh… (WARNING:  this YouTube video is a bit graphic in its’ use of the F-word.  DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YRS OF AGE!  If you are easily offended, please do not click the link!!!  I mean it!  Don’t click this link if you’re offended by the F-word!  Don’t email me to tell me you were offended, don’t tweet me to tell me you were offended, or you just might hear me dropping a few F-bombs, because YOU WERE WARNED!!!! This link will be removed in 24 hours) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYZUWi2jbN8

NJ:  -_________- Uh, well we can see that you have a great sense of humor there, Kristy.  Name two of the most supportive people you’ve met on either Facebook or Twitter? Hurry and tell us so we can become their friend.

Kristy:  Katie Cross and Karen

NJ:  Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman?  You can be honest…

Kristy:  I thought Nonnie Jules was WonderWoman!

NJ:  Everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor…

Kristy:  Katie Cross and Mary Chris Escobar

NJ:  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

Kristy: They’re amazing writers as well as amazing women!

NJ:  OK, name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read…

Kristy:  Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross and Neverending Beginnings by Mary Chris Escobar

NJ:  ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…

Kristy:  The entire House of Crimson and Clover series by Sarah M. Cradit

NJ:  What was so great about it?

Kristy:  The series is incredibly captivating!

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

Kristy:  Yes, I post on my blog, Amazon, and Goodreads

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

Kristy:  Writing ability and style, the “un-put-downable” factor…

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?

Kristy:  I try to be as honest as possible but I also tend to point out the positives.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

Kristy:  Thankfully, no!

NJ:  Yayyyyyy!  Maybe folks are starting to listen to all the griping we’re doing about putting out only the best!  Are you an author?

Kristy:  Yes, Young Adult Fiction and Short Stories (There goes her take on un-necessary chatter.  Now, did anyone hear me ask her what genre she wrote under?)

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

Kristy:  I’ve written poems and stories since elementary school.

NJ:  Well, hello there fellow Poet!  Poetry is my first love above all else.  What books have you written?

Kristy:  Jaded, a Young Adult Thriller & Even In Death, A Short Story Collection

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

Kristy:  Probably Even In Death because I really enjoy writing short stories.  

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website?

Kristy:  Yes, Keep Calm and Write On: http://kristyfgillespie.com/

NJ:  I love the title of your blog!  I guess sometimes we have to remind ourselves that it’s not all that serious.  Name three great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to

Kristy:  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, James River Writers, and GR.

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

Kristy:  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!

NJ:  OK, there goes that excitement again!  But, we’re glad to know that our members are excited about their club.  It is truly a wonderful place to belong, and I’m not just saying that because my name’s on the door.  I’m saying it because it’s fact!  So, tell us, how has belonging here helped you?

Kristy: I really appreciate the author support from RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, especially via Twitter.

NJ:  Funny you say that, Kristy because we hear from so many members who say that we have taught them so much about Twitter, and now we’re starting to hear the same thing in regards to Facebook… and that’s stemming from some of our members partying over there (LOL).  Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a Rave Reviews Book Club member, so what do you think of the club?

Kristy:  I love it!

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

Kristy: No!

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

Kristy:  Of course!

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

Kristy:  Keep Calm and Write On!

NJ:  Thank you so much, Kristy!  That was an awesome interview…not as wordy as some of the others (and if you’ve joined in on some of the others, you’d know what and “whom” I was referring to). You have made this interview on the SHELF, a most pleasant one!  To my guests, please support Kristy by picking up a copy of her book  “Jaded”  or “Even In Death” below and by visiting her blog.  Have you joined Rave Reviews Book Club yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And since Kristy was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you! Make it a great day, my friends.  We’ll see you next week, right here on the “SHELF”!!

“Jaded”

Jaded by Kristy Gillespie

“Even In Death”

Even in Death by Kristy Gillespie

Harmony Kent in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

Hello and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules!  Since we are a book club, we had to offer something that included a book shelf.  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 the RRBC“SHELF”, YOU are an open book!

Today I have with me on the “SHELF” RRBC’s  ADMINISTRATIVE ASSTAuthor, HARMONY KENT!!!

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NJ:    Welcome, Harmony!  Or, shall I say HARMZ?  Because that’s what we call her on our board.  But, before we really get started, how does the “SHELF” feel to you?  Is it comfy?

HARMZ:  It’s very comfy, thanks. And CLEAN—and the best thing is . . . No spiders! Lol.  It’s a bit high though (did I mention I don’t like heights? Ah well, it’s a good thing my philosophy in life is to feel the fear and do it anyway! Maybe I’ll get real brave in a minute, and DANCE on the shelf!).

NJ:  Uh, OK…Just no dancing up here.  I don’t have insurance on this place yet.   So, how about we start by confirming whether or not the name we know you as, is your birth name or a pen name?

HARMZ:  Pen name. Harmony is the English translation of my first name, which is Japanese in origin. My surname I took from the county I was calling home at the point I published my first book. Although I no longer live in Kent, my pen name ‘Harmony Kent’ has become my brand name, so I don’t really want to change it at this point.

NJ:  Good, because we like you as Harmony Kent.  I mean, how would you look as a Smarden Kent, or Crundale Kent or even Reading Street Kent?  Hey, wait a minute…that last one could have worked!  Oh, well…if you ever want to change your brand, that last one is a go! 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?

HARMZ:  I was born in Catterick, in the North of England. But I never lived there. There’s quite a story behind that one! Do you want to hear it?

NJ:  (Pretends to look at her watch which isn’t even set to the correct time) Oh, no, HARMZ…I wish we had the time but I’m a little rushed today.  I have another appointment after we’re done here.  So, are you Married or single?

HARMZ:  I was supposed to be one baby boy, born in September. The reality was two baby girls born in July. My dad was in the army, and my mum was registered at the family accommodation at the barracks in Catterick. At the time she went into premature labour, she was staying with her parents in Leeds. Instead of the ambulance taking her to Leeds infirmary (about a half hour journey, tops), there was some mix up, and they took her all the way to Catterick! (About three hours away.) They had to pull over twice on the way, as they thought mum was going to give birth there and then. I’m glad she managed to hang on, as my sister and I probably wouldn’t have made it otherwise.  You heard it here, on the shelf, first. An online exclusive! A never-told-before-now story.

NJ:  (Am I crazy, or did I just tell her I didn’t want to hear that story? Another one!  Does Marlena not vet this people?) What an incredible story!  You’re a twin! OOOOOOK, well, moving on (again), are you married or single?  (If she answers single, I will know why.  She’s a mighty presumptious one and she talks entirely too much.  This is going to be a looooong interview!)

HARMZ:  Single, but I’m still hoping!

NJ:  (Mutters under her breath, Yea, well you keep hope alive, Ms. TalksALot) Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

HARMZ:  No kids. Just lots of cute gremlins who claim to be my nieces and nephews.

NJ:  Whew!  For a minute there I thought you were gonna say Leprechauns!  Skerred me silly.  Inside joke on this one, y’all. (We all must thank Aoife Sheridan for my constant state of terror at the mere mention of critters, creatures, etc, now.).  Any pets?  If so, what kind?

HARMZ:  No pets. I would love a dog, but with my physical limitations it wouldn’t be fair on the dog. I couldn’t look after it well enough, or take it for long walks, etc.

NJ:  Physical limitations?  (Hmmmmm, I would like to know more about that but if you give this woman a foot, she goes 10 miles…so forget about it!) HARMZ, share with us your favorite food? (There goes  my mouth-water again, every time I hear the word FOOD.  Now, I want Wendy’s.  I hate Wendy’s!  That’s probably because Nicholas  has been going on and on about there not being a Wendy’s in Greece anymore.  Now he’s tapped into my sub-con).

HARMZ:  Pizza! I am definitely the Pizza Queen. I have to exert great self-discipline not to eat it every day!

NJ:  Yes, who could not love Pizza?  I think GOD should put everyone who doesn’t like pizza, on an island, with no boats, so they can’t get off.  It’s downright sacriligious to not like PIZZA!!!! So, what’s your favorite color?

HARMZ:  Umm, now, that depends on what mood I’m in! Sometimes blue, other times brown, and then at others… purple. I’m a pretty eclectic personality. (I’m just glad there’s not a bigger story behind this).

NJ:  You look like a purple girl.  Yea, I like to give people colors.  So, give us your favorite sport, if you have one.

HARMZ:  I don’t play sports, and never enjoyed P.E. at all. I used to love walking, and would drive up to Scotland during vacations, and just walk. These days the only thing I can do, whether I’m able to wear my prosthetic limb or am in the wheelchair, is swim. I like to watch tennis on T.V., as well as rugby or the Grand Prix.

NJ:  Favorite TV show…

HARMZ:  Ooh, it would have to be the Game of Thrones. Pretty hard to beat.

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor…

HARMZ:  Don’t really have one.

NJ:  You don’t?  I thought everyone had those.  Oh well… So are you a couch potato or workout nut?  Be honest…

HARMZ:  Couch potato. I used to be very active and always on the go. These days, I’ve had to find activities I can do sitting down. Which is how I got into writing in the first place! So, some good came out of my injury.

NJ:  HARMZ, what’s your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to stomach-punch somebody?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence but she does believe in being honest so she has to admit that there are times when she feels like some friendly stomach-punching is a little necessary.  She also feels she is not alone in these feelings).

HARMZ:  Rudeness. In any way, shape or form. I have met rudeness online, but that never gets me as much as when I encounter it in a face to face situation. There is just no excuse. But really, the person such rude folks hurt the most, is themselves. Sadder still, they don’t see it. When I’m done being annoyed, I end up feeling sorry for them, and their miserable lives.

NJ:  Better to encounter the rudeness face-to-face.  That way, one of two things will happen:  *You might have the opportunity to practice your restraint OR *You might have the opportunity to use that stomach-punch technique, I love so much!  Are you neat or messy?

HARMZ:  I used to be a neat freak. Not anymore. I still have a place for everything, but the cleaning doesn’t get done anywhere near as much as I would like. I get there eventually. I’ve learned to find a compromise. Because sometimes, no matter how much I want to take care of a little job here and there, my mobility and/or pain levels just won’t let me. I have no choice but to accept it and let it go. I’ve had to learn how not to be busy.

NJ:  Facebook or Twitter?

HARMZ:  Twitter. I love the brevity of the tweets, and the immediacy of it. I feel a bit daunted by the whole FaceBook thing. I don’t know why, I just do.

NJ:  I love Twitter the most, too.  Probably because I’m old and it’s the easiest for me.  HARMZ, name two of the most supportive people you’ve met on either Facebook or Twitter.  Hurry and tell us so we can become their friend.

HARMZ:  Well, apart from you and the club, I would have to name Monica (@authorqspades) who founded and manages The Review Board, and Jazz (@YCorreaFB) who founded and manages the All Authors Magazine. These two ladies have been with me from the very beginning of my online life, and have been so uber supportive I don’t think I could ever repay them! Well, here’s my chance to perhaps give a little something back: Thanks, ladies!

NJ:  That was sweet of you to say, about me and the club, that is.  I don’t know those other people. So here’s your chance to continue on that sweet-streak…Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman?  Be honest (but don’t get kicked off the shelf)  -______-

HARMZ:  Is there a difference? I can’t tell!

NJ:  Why, that’s the most perfect response!  Everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor.

HARMZ:  Bette A. Stevens and Zoe Cannon.

NJ:  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

HARMZ:  Bette A. Stevens (Member) writes lovely children’s books, and novels for older folks, too. She is such a supportive lady, and I admire her greatly. (It was actually one of her posts that led me to discover Rave Reviews Book Club).   Zoe Cannon writes brilliant YA Dystopian novels, and is a nice person too. Her books ask important questions, and really make the reader THINK.

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

HARMZ:  The whole ‘Torturer’s Daughter’ series by Zoe Cannon and Alan McDermot’s ‘Tom Gray’ Series.

NJ:  ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…

HARMZ:  That would have to be White Chalk, by Pavarti K Tyler.

NJ:  What was so great about it?

HARMZ:  It is a hard hitting book, that deals with some difficult issues, and doesn’t pull any punches at the end. Very well written, and well worth a read. But, beware, it’s not light entertainment.

NJ:  HARMZ, after you read books, do you post reviews?

HARMZ:  Yes, always. They are the lifeblood of an author, and very important to prospective readers. I always check out reviews, as well as a book’s sample, before I make a purchase. I am saddened to find that less than 10% of people who buy a book, will leave a review.

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

HARMZ:  The quality of the writing. Definitely not on how the book made them feel! I recently saw a book marked down because it scared the reader! What??? It was obviously well written enough to elicit such a response. The written review was positive, but they gave 2 stars. This makes no sense to me!

I look at a number of factors:

The enjoyment and ‘flow’ of the reading.

The number of errors, typos, etc. Has the book been well proofread?

The quality of the editing, if any. Is the writing passive? Are the plot, pacing and character development well done? Is the ending well rounded?

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??

HARMZ:  I always leave an honest review, and refuse to be bullied into doing anything otherwise. I once received a revenge review (1 Star) from an author who hasn’t even read my book, because I dared to leave him a 3 Star review, within my role as an Awesome Indies reviewer. I reported it to GoodReads, but they chose to do nothing, and the review still stands. Which is a shame, because—having so few reviews to start with—it really brings down the book’s rating. Still, if people bother to compare it to the other reviews, they are bound to see that it doesn’t match up to the others at all.

I decided that no response was the best response. I alerted Awesome Indies to the situation, and they changed their policy, so that all their reviewers are now anonymous under the AI umbrella. It is such a shame that this can happen. The same author also engaged in abusive emails with the president of AI, so all in all not a great guy!

Such unprofessional behavior saddens me deeply. BUT, I will NEVER be coerced into giving a less than honest review. I always try to remain objective in the reviews I give, and always look for something positive to say, no matter how poorly the book might be written. I will certainly never attack the author, or just be plain nasty. It’s not in my nature.

I also try to make comments that the author can use to learn from. I have learnt and grown so much since I first published The Battle for Brisingamen. And it is thanks to honest reviewers! I wouldn’t have known there was a problem without them.

NJ:  Some people just act like children, don’t they?  (Some are just plain crazy!) So, have you read any poorly written books lately?

HARMZ:  Way too many, unfortunately. There have been some books that would have been brilliant if only for some proofreading and editing. I review for a couple of organisations, as well as trying to read as many as I can from the Rave Reviews catalogue, so I see a LOT of books. I am always amazed when I read a book that has two or more typos a page. It’s like: did the author READ their book at all?

NJ:  Are you an author yourself?

HARMZ:  I am!

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

HARMZ:  I started writing in September 2012, after a major life change. My first book was published in May 2013, and there has been no stopping me since.

NJ:  What’s the title of your book(s) so we can all run out and get a copy?

HARMZ:  The Battle for Brisingamen, a Fantasy Fiction Novel. Published May 2013.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GNQVPOK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GNQVPOK

The Glade, a Thriller, Mystery, Suspense Novel, Published November 2013, and IndieBRAG Medallion honoree!

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CNUQCXO?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CNUQCXO

Elemental Earth, A Young Adult Fantasy Ficiton Novel, published 31st July 2014.

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

HARMZ:  While The Glade will always have a special place in my heart, I would have to say that my latest book is my best. My writing is much tighter, and my voice stronger. I have learned such a lot since I started out, and I feel all of this has come to fruition in Elemental Earth.

NJ:  Do you have a blog?

HARMZ:  I do. You can find me at http://harmonykent.co.uk. Please come along and say “hi”—I’d love to see you!

NJ:  Name three great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to.

HARMZ:

*Rave Reviews Book Club.

*Some kind of Social Media (twitter has worked really well for me).

*Deviant Art. Not so obvious at first, but invaluable if you make your own book covers. Actually, it’s also great for finding artists who can make them for you. Always be sure to check the copyright and usage terms, and always credit the artist.

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

HARMZ:  Rave Reviews Book Club! Honestly.

NJ:  How has RRBC helped you exactly, HARMZ?

HARMZ:  There is so much support given to each and every member. I feel I have met some good friends as well. I haven’t found anywhere near so much support anywhere else on the web. It is also a great forum for me to continue to help fellow authors, which is something I started doing as soon as I’d published my first book and identified the need to help fellow indies.

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?

HARMZ:  Awesome! I can’t think where I would be without it!

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

HARMZ:  None whatsoever.

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

HARMZ:  Thanks so much for allowing me to sit up here with you, it’s been fun. Even though you have been so nosey! (Just kidding).   I know it takes a lot of time and effort to keep your shelf clean and well stocked, and I really appreciate having the opportunity to climb up here and enjoy the sunshine for a while.

NJ:  Thank you so much, HARMZ!  That was an awesome interview (you were a little long-winded like your friends Mrs. Slaughter & Mrs. Treat, but that’s OK…hehehehe).  You have made our time on the SHELF, a most pleasant one! Finding out about your physical limitations makes us appreciate who you are even more, because you are truly an inspiration!  You’re always upbeat and encouraging to others, it’s a little hard to fathom that there is anything that could be slowing you down, so thank you…we are truly honored to have you in our midst at RRBC. To my guests, please support Harmony by picking up a copy of either of her 3 books.  You can find them all listed on her Author Page at 4WillsPublishing and by visiting her blog stops on her tour which ends on Saturday.  You can find the complete tour line up here.  Have you joined Rave Reviews Book Club or signed or used any of the services at 4WillsPublishing yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  Book your own blog tour here and get your chance to sit on the shelf with yours truly.  It really is an awesome place to be, but remember, to sit here, you have to be a member of RRBC!  And since Harmony was on the “SHELF” today, if you join RRBC after reading her interview here, please tell them she sent you.   Make it a great day, my friends.  We’ll see you next week, right here on the “SHELF”!!

{NOTE:  Harmony is NOT the current “SPOTLIGHT” Author.  This tour is sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing}

The Battle For Brisingamen by Harmony KentThe Glade by Harmony Kent3D-Book cover Elemental Earth

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