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Marlena Hand in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules!

It’s the interview everyone holds their breath on!  Where guests sometimes have to do a balancing act just to hang on!

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{Designed and gifted by the late, Author, Kathryn C. Treat}

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 very own Club Secretary, Marlena Hand!!! To those of us who know just how long her responsibility list is with the club, she’s also known as Superwoman

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

MH:  Of course!! It couldn’t be any nicer!

NJ:  Of course, you’d say that, Mar.  {Mar is a total mini-me}.  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?

MH:  My author name and birth name are one and the same.  When I finally publish my first novel, I will definitely use my God-given name. I owe that to my parents.  🙂

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?

MH:  Born, raised and still a resident of Cullman, Alabama.

NJ:  Married or single?

MH:  Married

NJ:  OK, well, don’t sound so happy about it,  -_______-  Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

MH:  Only a four-legged fur baby.

NJ:  Thank, Goodness!  Oh, I’m sorry…for those of you who don’t know, I consistently pray over Marlena’s tubes, because if she were to have a baby right now, while RRBC is growing so fast, we’d have to shut down every time she had morning sickness.  Not only that, we’d ALL have to go on maternity leave while she is on maternity leave because this organization CAN NOT function without Marlena Hand.  Believe me when I say, you all would get by without ME just fine, but Marlena…well, I say we all start praying over her tubes together, right now!  She has agreed to let me know when she’s ready to be a mom to a two-legged baby, at which time (per our contract), I will cease praying over her tubes.   So, Mar, what’s the four-legged baby’s name?

MH:  Harli

NJ:  Nice name.  What’s your favorite food?

MH:  Italian

NJ:  Favorite color…

MH:  Blue

NJ:  Favorite sport…

MH:  Favorite sport to watch?  Baseball.  Favorite sport to play?  Volleyball.

NJ:  You didn’t tell me you loved volleyball!  You know how much I love volleyball…to watch, that is, not to play.  Favorite TV Show…

MH:  The crime shows, like CSI or NCIS.

NJ:  Ahhhh, yes, the shows that turn you into a little detective…and we know how much you like to research, don’t we?

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So, who’s your favorite Actress/Actor?

MH: Julia Roberts & Bradley Cooper

NJ:  Julia Roberts is mine, too!  (I told y’all she is a total mini-me!).  Couch potato or workout nut? Be honest, Mar -_____-

MH: Neither. I don’t workout as often as I should, but I am not one to just lounge around. I’m always working on something!

NJ:  Yes, you are always moving and on the go, which is a good thing, exercise-wise.   I think I’m going to get you one of those pedometers that track your steps so that you will ensure you’re getting in at least 10,000 a day.  I wear mine faithfully and love it!  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…and sometimes not-so-friendly stomach-punching).

MH: Betrayal

NJ:  THAT IS THE WORST!  My hand almost (accidentally) hit you sitting across from me, simply because you said the word, betrayal!   That’s just how much my stomach-punching radar loathes people who betray other’s trust.  Thank goodness, I’m calming down now.  I would NEVER want to accidentally punch my Mar!  Let’s get off that subject quickly!  So, are you neat or messy?

MH: I’m borderline OCD

NJ:  Oh my goodness…I think I gave birth to Marlena.  This child is too much like ME!  #Scary but #Awesome at the same time. Facebook or Twitter, my child?

MH:  Depends on the purpose! Facebook is my connection to high school friends & family. Twitter is my connection to some AMAZING authors.

NJ:  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.

MH:  Nonnie, you are a HUGE supporter on Twitter. I think everyone can agree to that!  And actually, my biggest supporters on Twitter are all members of RRBC!

NJ:  Do you hear that world?  THE MOST AWESOME SUPPORTERS ARE MEMBERS OF RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!  Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest.

MH:  Nonnie and Wonder Woman are one and the same, right?

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…

MH: Since I can only name two, I’ll go outside RRBC … Emily Greenwood & Joyce Schneider. (Maybe they’ll see this and join!)

NJ:  {Marlena, don’t think I love you so much that you can’t have an accident up on this shelf.)  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

MH:  Emily writes historical romance and her books are very well-written and you are immediately pulled into the characters’ worlds. She also writes about strong, independent women, which I love.

Joyce introduced me to my first medical crime thriller and, like Emily, immediately pulled me in. I find the crime scene world rather fascinating. And I love to be put on the edge of my seat, anxious to see what happens next. Joyce does that easily.

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

MH: It’s SO hard to think of only two when I’ve read so many awesome ones. First ones that come to mind would be Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks & A Little Night Mischief by Emily Greenwood.

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

MH:  Sugarcoatin’ is for Candy & Pacifyin’ is for Kids … hands down!!

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NJ:  (WOW! And I didn’t even have to pay her to say that!  Hopefully, I don’t get billed later.) Thanks, Mar!  I’m happy you enjoyed it that much!  What was so great about it?

MH:  What wasn’t?! The writing, the message, the quotes…

NJ:  …oh, and don’t forget the FIVE errors that have since been corrected. -_________-  Mar, after you read books, do you post reviews?

MH:  I do.

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

MH:  First and foremost, book reviews should be honest, without being harsh. My method is to give a brief description of the book, followed by my thoughts on different elements of the book – writing, the flow, the character development, etc.

NJ:  Sounds like you’re a pretty good reviewer!  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?

MH:  When I review a book, I try to be honest. I will admit, though, that I reflect more on the positive elements of the book.

NJ:  OK.  Read any poorly written books lately?

MH:  I have not. The last several books I’ve read have been great!

NJ:  You know what, Mar?  Honestly, I have to agree with you.  When I first got into the reviewing biz, oh my goodness, all kinds of literary trash was being dumped over my head, but lately, the Indie world is delivering the goods!

(LITERARY TRASH defined by Nonnie Jules:  A written piece of work that should have had MORE work put into it before it was released, AND when the errors are pointed out to the author, the author makes excuses, instead of rushing to remove and correct/perfect.  “Yes, I Said It!”)   So, Mar, are you an author?

MH:  I am aspiring to publish my own book, but yes, I am a published author.  Right now you can find some of my published work in the Rave Reviews Book Club’s first Anthology:  RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL.

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NJ:  How long have you been writing?

MH:  For as long as I can remember! My first memory comes from 2nd grade, when I was selected to attend a local Young Authors Conference.

NJ:  What books are you working on?

MH:  My WIP is titled (for now!) A Momentary Glance.

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website?

MH:  I do! I have my blog (mylife428.wordpress.com).

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

MH:  Well, obviously, I think everyone that loves to read/write should belong to Rave Reviews Book Club. It truly is a wonderful organization that offers one-of-a-kind support.  I enjoy visiting the Writer’s Digest website for tips and advice, and Twitter is an excellent way to network with fellow writers.

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

MH:  I would have to say Twitter. Mainly because it connected me to the peeps of RRBC.

Dog rolling his eyes

NJ:  “Really, Mar?  Twitter?

NJ:  OK, then…how did TWITTER help you?

MH:  Twitter has helped me connect with some amazing and inspiring people, including fellow writers. If you pay attention, you can learn a lot through Twitter: marketing/promoting techniques, publishing dos & don’ts, etc. And, as I said, if it weren’t for Twitter, I wouldn’t have met YOU and been introduced to this awesome club.

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NJ:  Oh, shucks, you’re making me blush.  Stop it!  As a Rave Reviews Book Club member, what do you really think of the club?

MH:  Rave Reviews is filled with the most amazing people — talented writers, tremendous supporters. It can’t get much better than RRBC. I truly feel blessed that I am able to serve on a Board of some of the best people I know.

NJ:  Well, thank you, again!  You’re singing our praises today, aren’t cha?  Whatdoyawant?  Huh?  It has to be something big!  Let’s move on (while you’re thinking of how to respond to that last question of mine) …have you come across any other online entities like RRBC?

MH: Definitely not!

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

MH:  Oh, I do! Quite often!

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

MH:  I thoroughly enjoyed the interview, Nonnie, and am so grateful for the opportunity to join you on this shelf.

NJ:  Oh, I enjoyed you, too, sweetie.  Hurry and get a book with the author listed as only Marlena Hand, so we can all run out and buy it!  To our guests today, if you’re not following Marlena on her blog or on Twitter, you’re missing out on some grand support!  @mlh42812.  We’ll see you next week with another awesome interview!!! 

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Rhani D’Chae 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” one of our fabulously supportive members,  Author, Rhani D’Chae!!! She comes in doing a James Brown skip dance, to the theme song of STARSKY & HUTCH.

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

Rhani:  It’s not bad. It’s no feather bed, either, but…it’s not bad.

NJ:  -___________-  {No, she didn’t!… This is surely a woo-saaaaa moment. Calm down, Nonnie.} Well, OK, let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name.

Rhani:  It’s neither. I’ve used several identities over the years, and since this is the name I had when I wrote Shadow of the Drill, it’s the one you see on the cover.

NJ:  {Is she being a little snippey with me?  I don’t think I like her tone at all.  Hmmmm…let the scooching begin.}  Tell us where you were born.   Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Rhani:  I’m not sure what state I was born in. I am adopted and my parents and the information on my birth certificate reflects that. They never wanted to talk about my birth mother, or my life before they got me. I traveled a bit in my younger days, but I  currently live in Tacoma, WA.

NJ:  {Note to self:  chip on shoulder because of childhood, maybe}.  Interesting, so are you married or single?

Rhani:  I was married once, at the ripe old age of 16, but it was a case of being young and stupid, (I was young, he was stupid) so it didn’t last long. I’ve had some LTRs, but have never remarried.

NJ:  LTRs?  I will assume that means Long Term Relationships.  {Why can’t people just spell stuff out?} *Sigh*  Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

Rhani:  I have given birth to two children, although I only claim my seeing eye son, who currently lives with me. I also have a daughter, who I gave up for adoption. I was too young to be a parent, and thought she would do better in a more stable environment. I am also the head of a festive performance family, and consider them to be my kids as well. Family is so much more than DNA.

NJ:  I will agree with you there.  You don’t have to answer this favorite child question if you don’t want to.  But, seeing as though you have “other” children, why not humor us?

Rhani:  My favorite child is my son, James, although my heathen child, Ann Kershul-D’Chae, is a very close second.

NJ:  Heathen child?  We’ll talk later.  Do you have any pets?  If so, what kind?

Rhani:  I’m a cat person, and am currently staff to nine furry little dictators. Two of them, Spencer Ali and Seeley Booth, are strays that we feed, but the others are indoor cats and rule the house with little iron paws. Two of my cats are on Twitter, which is a constant source of entertainment for us.

NJ:  {Another note to self:  This is why we got off on the wrong foot.  I don’t like cats;  she’s a cat-lady.  Actually, I’m not too fond of cat-people, either.} So, here comes the fun questions…what’s your favorite food?

Rhani:  Lobster

NJ:  Favorite color…

Rhani:  Black

NJ:  Favorite sport…

Rhani:  Football

NJ:  Favorite TV Show…

Rhani:  The Walking Dead is probably my favorite, although I like several others. I write best while watching TV so…

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor…

Rhani:  Currently, my favorite actress is Melissa McCarthy. She’s so talented and is one of the best comedic actresses I’ve seen in a long time. My favorite actor is Paul Michael Glaser, absolutely. He’s a wonderful actor, yes, but he also had the courage to be part of a unique team in a breakthrough role that was long overdue. That series, and that team, became the foundation for my boys. Because of that, he’ll probably always be my favorite.

NJ:  {Bingo!  We have something in common!}  Rhani, Melissa is one of my faves, too!  You’ve got good taste in acting!  Couch potato or workout nut? Be honest.

Rhani:  I’m a mixture of the two. I’m not and never will be a workout nut, but I walk two miles a day, and have a few machines that I use. This is mainly to keep my sugar level down, but I’m also trying to lose some weight.

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).

Rhani:  I absolutely hate it when I speak to someone and they don’t acknowledge that I said anything. I don’t mean asking a question as much as I mean a statement. Most people know that a question requires an answer, but if I say that it’s a hot day, I’d like some kind of response so that I know you heard me. Even an “Uh-huh” would be acceptable. I don’t think that’s asking too much.

NJ:  I’m the same way!  When I am in the market (or anywhere) and I have spoken to someone, and I KNOW they heard me…I could have passed them on by, after having spoken to them, but if they don’t respond, I turn around and go back and look them in their face (closely) and repeat:  “GOOD MORNING!”  That’s just rude of folks!  That’s when I want to stomach-punch and slap somebody at the same time.  (oops, NJ lost her cool for a moment.  Had a flashback and thought she was in Walmart and someone didn’t speak back).  Let’s move on from that topic, Rhani. So, are you neat or messy?

Rhani:  I’m not a clean freak, nor a slob. I guess I’m kind of in the middle.  “Organized clutter” works well for me, although I do tend to go on strike when I don’t get help around the house.

NJ:  Facebook or Twitter?

Rhani:  Twitter by far! Facebook has it’s good points but it moves too slowly for me.

NJ:  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.

Rhani:  Patrick J Russell (@patrussellbooka). He is probably the most indie supportive person I know on either site. He’s also writing with very low vision, and has recently been dealing wih some pretty drastic personal issues, so I find him to be an inspiration. He’s an amazing man, and indie, heart and soul.  Nonnie, I have to say that you are the other one.

NJ:  Awwwww, well Rhani, that was so sweet of you to say.  I feel the same way about you.  (Nonnie scootches back down the shelf, away from Rhani, as she no longer feels the need to “accidentally” shove her).  Who’s your fave…Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest, now.

Rhani:  Nonnie Jules, no question there. Wonderwoman has yet to read my book, and NJ not only read it, she actually liked it!

NJ:  I sure did read it, and not only liked it, I LOVED IT!  And make no mistake about it, I loved SHADOW OF THE DRILL because it was an awesome read and so very-well written!  I should be thanking you for such enjoyment.  So, we all know the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor:

Rhani:  Oh my goodness, only two? I’ve met several, especially since joining Rave Reviews Book Club. Okay, since I can only pick two – the first one is James Weatherford, author of The Last Soldier; Nature Of The Beast. The other is Beem Weeks, author of the amazing Jazz Baby. .

NJ:  Wasn’t Jazz Baby awesome?  What is it about these authors that you’ve come to like?

Rhani:  Beem is ultra-supportive, and one heck of a writer, and Jim is just a sweet man. He was one of my first friends on Twitter, and has been incredibly supportive..

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

Rhani:  I’m currently working my way through Jazz Baby, and I’m really enjoying it. I also liked Only The Dead by M. W. Duncan.

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

Rhani:  Allergic To Life, by Kathryn Chastain Treat.

NJ:  One of my favorites, as well!  What did you find so great about it?

Rhani:  There are a lot of people who live with physical issues that negatively affect, even dictate, their lives. So I think the message of that book is one that a lot of us can relate to.

NJ:  I agree.  Kathryn is an inspiration to many with all that she has had to live through.  Although, for someone who suffers the way she does, she surely gets around the internet! Have you noticed?  That Kathryn is ALL over the place!  LOL!!  (I just put a target on my back.  Kathryn’s going to get me).  After you read books, Rhani, do you post reviews?

Rhani:  I do if I like the book enough to finish it.

NJ:  I know, some books are so horrible, you just can’t make yourself finish it.  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

Rhani:  I base mine on what I did or did not like about the book. When I read reviews for a book I’m considering, I just want to know if it’s a good, well written book. I don’t care about the technical crap. So when I write a review, the focus is on how much I did or did not enjoy the read, and why. However, if spelling or continuity errors are too glaring, I will probably 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?

Rhani:  I try to find something nice to say in a review, even if the book doesn’t really do it for me. The fact that I didn’t like it doesn’t mean that it’s not a good book. I try to step out of my comfort zone and read new things, so if the only reason I don’t like it is because it’s not my genre of choice, I won’t hold that against he book. As for being honest, I call it like I see it. I will always look for the positive, and try to handle the negative with a little bit of tact, but I don’t worry much about upsetting people. Never have, never will.

NJ:  I love your attitude about that!  Way to go, Rhani!  Speaking like someone who read “SUGARCOATIN’  IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!”  Have you “tried” reading any poorly written books lately?

Rhani:  Only one, and it was a total frightmare. I met the author on Twitter, and it was his first book. It sounded like it would be right up my alley, so I got it and tried my best to read it. It was definitely the worst piece of crap I’ve ever seen between two covers. I wanted to gouge out my eyes with a butter knife.

NJ:  Where’s your review so I can go and check it out?  No, seriously, why are you laughing?

Rhani:  I didn’t write one, but not out of kindness or sympathy for the author. It was because the words to adequately describe a train wreck of that magnitude have yet to be discovered.

NJ:  And people think I’m brutal!  -_________-  Are you an author?

Rhani:  Yes.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

Rhani:  Since I was very young.

NJ:  What books have you written?

Rhani:  Shadow of the Drill is my only published novel at this point, although I have others that are awaiting publication.

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NJ:  Out of your published work and what you’re working on now, which would you say is the best?

Rhani:  I think Shadow is the best, followed by my YA novel, The Last Storm.

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website?

Rhani:  Yes, I do have a new blog, thanks to 4WillsPublishing. I’m new to blogging but I’ve found some pretty interesting things to blog about.  Stop by and visit!

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

Rhani:  Rave Reviews Book Club and Self Publisher’s Showcase are the only two that I have personal knowledge of. Oh, and GR, but I’m not familiar with it and have yet to really use it.

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

Rhani:  That would be Rave Reviews Book Club!

NJ:  How were you helped by them?

Rhani:  They are very supportive, and have given me a great deal of encouragement. Also, my involvement in #RRBC led me to 4WillsPublishing, and that was a very good thing!

NJ:  Rhani, since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a Rave Reviews Book Club member, so what do you think of the club?

Rhani:   think it’s an amazing group of talented authors, and anyone who reads or writes books should make it a point to get involved as soon as they can.

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

Rhani:  No, but to be honest, I haven’t really looked.

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

Rhani:  I tell my friends about it on a regular basis.

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

Rhani:  Life is a dance, and though music and partners may change, we only get one whirl around the floor. Make it count in the ways that matter to you, and don’t be afraid to stand alone and boogie to the songs that only you can hear. Be who you need to be, and if you’re lucky, be who you want to be. Most of all, be who you are. I want to thank Pat Russell, Paul Martin from Self Publisher’s Showcase, and the members of Rave Reviews Book Club for being so gracious to someone who was just starting out. I especially want to thank those who were brave enough to read my book and meet my boys.

NJ:  Thank you so much for joining us here today, Rhani!  We are so thankful for the “kind” of member you are that we wanted you to serve as our THANKSGIVING GIFT to all who stop by!  That was an enjoyable interview (well, once we got past the rough spots).   You have made our interview on the SHELF today, a most pleasant one!  To my guests, please support Rhani by picking up a copy of her book, SHADOW OF THE DRILL, with its brand new cover!  You can also support Rhani  by visiting her blog as well as her Author Page at 4WillsPublishing 

Since SHADOW OF THE DRILL was one of my TOP reads this year, please check out the book trailer!  While you’re there, if you like it, please hit the LIKE and SHARE buttons!

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…

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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!   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, 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.  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…

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 9/28-10/14 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?

Day 8 of the “JUST MY TWO-CENTS” Blog Tour!

Hello, and welcome to day eight of my two week-long, “JUST MY TWO CENTS” Blog Tour  and  today I’ve decided to stop by the most awesome book club in cyber-land!   I’m sure by now you all have heard of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB…it’s all the “rave” with almost everyone in the Indie publishing arena and if you haven’t joined yet, you can do so by clicking the JOIN tab above!

Next month will mark the anniversary of my burst onto the social media scene and during that time, I have published three REALLY GOOD books and have learned so very much about the industry.  Although I’ve been a writer for most of my life (actually, I was born one), I only just became a published author in 2013.  Some might say, “In that short amount of time, what does she know?” Well, I’m here to tell you that “SHE” has learned a lot!  “SHE” has taken the time to hone her skills in the writing department as well as her knowledge.  “SHE” has taken the bull by the horn and run full speed ahead in building her author platform and establishing herself in the writing industry.  “SHE” is making her name KNOWN.

On each stop of my tour, I will give you my TWO-CENTS on a particular topic from the writing industry.  I hope that what I am imparting, you will take, mull over, and then act on in the best interest of YOU.

With that being said, here is JUST MY TWO CENTS ON…

ALWAYS BEING WILLING TO MAKE IT BETTER AND BETTER

To date, I am a published author with 3 (really good) books under my belt.  As a new author, back in the early part of 2013, it took me only 17 days to pen “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS!” and I was so excited about it, I went back and forth over it with a fine tooth comb.  Then, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could write a novel.  See (in my mind), the only way to prove that you are a REALLY good writer, is to try your hand at Fiction because that’s where the real creativity comes into play.  Well, I did write a novel, and it was pretty good, if I must say so myself (but you don’t have to take my word for it, check out “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” on Amazon).  I’m sure if you’re an author, it will not surprise you to know that it took me more than 17 days to write this novel.  Oh no, it took me months and months of research, days away from my family travelling to the city which my story was set out of, and it took a lot of my blood, sweat and tears.   I wrote this book while I was fully awake and sometimes I was writing it in my sleep.  So in writing it in my sleep, why was I shocked to find that AFTER I had hit the publish button on KDP that my debut novel, my beautiful new baby, was greatly flawed?  It was flawed because since the book held 71 Chapters and almost 400 pages, I was fully aware that there had been many times, in trying to get it finished, that I was sleep-writing and I was also aware of the amount of time that it would take me to proof it again and again.  But, I was committed to having only the best of my work on display.

Incrementally, I revised and proofed “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER…” bit by bit.  I took that book down and put it back up so many times, I thought that Amazon was going to somehow flag me and say, “Hey, ENOUGH!” But, they didn’t, thank goodness.  They allowed me to continually improve on my work and because of that, it’s one of the reasons I’m glad to be a self-published author as we are given the ability to improve and make corrections or changes in our work, which I know some traditionally published authors who aren’t afforded this luxury.  With me, this is a must-have in our field.

I am a stickler for (almost) perfect writing and right now I hear some of you saying “but there’s NO such thing.”  Wait a second, I said (ALMOST) PERFECT WRITING.  No one is perfect, I’m aware of that, but let me tell you, I strive for it in everything I do.  And when you strive for that which some say is unattainable (I beg to differ), you set yourself apart from the others who would be just like the masses…regular.  I don’t ever want to be known as just “regular.” I always want to stand out, be known for the un-norm, because why would you want to be just like everyone else?  Where’s the fun in that?

If you are a follower of mine, you know that I speak (a lot) about this market of ours being flooded with “junk.” Well, let me tell you where junk comes from.  Junk comes from the writers who publish work that needs MAJOR WORK, yet they still put it out there anyway.  I have come across tons of these kinds of writers;  some who I have even taken the time to share that it would be in their very best interest to take their work down and to clean it up a bit, OR to even start over from scratch.  Some have taken this advice and have “cleaned” up their mess and turned that mess into something worth me spending my hard-earned money on and something worth reading.  Others, NOT SO MUCH!  These are the ones who don’t take critiques (help) very well and will defend their “junk” to the end.  And to those I say, “Why don’t we talk about the weather” as I refuse to spend my time trying to convince someone that they are truly flooding the market, if you know what I mean.  (I try not to use the “J” word too often, but sometimes it can’t be helped).

Always being willing to make your work better and better and always looking for ways to improve on your writing is what will separate you from the masses.  If you want to be just like everyone else, “average” or sometimes even worse than that, then go on and hit publish and send your junk out into the airwaves and hope that someone will “accidentally” buy it.  BUT, if you want to be taken seriously as a writer and if you want to be known for putting out the BEST WRITTEN WORK, then always be willing to listen, heed the advice of those who are qualified to advise you in this area, and never sit back on your laurels and just “wait” and “hope.” See, I don’t write for me.  I write for the world, in hopes that my books will forever grace the book shelves of the masses who collect and appreciate the classics and “good,” strong writing.

After many a “take-down” and “put back up” of my books, if someone shares with me today that they found one comma out of place (and please do tell me if you find such horror in one of my books) I would take it down again in a heartbeat just to make it better for you, my readers.

So, there you have my two-cents on ALWAYS BEING WILLING TO MAKE IT BETTER AND BETTER.   You can take my advice or you can leave it, but don’t expect me to run out and purchase your work if you don’t care enough about me as a reader to want to continually improve upon it.  Again, that’s just my two-cents!

Thank you guys for stopping by and allowing me to share with you today.  If you’d like to follow my tour, please do so at www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com and do share your thoughts with us!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:                                                                     

 NONNIE Jules grew up loving books and everything about them.  She has traveled the world, jumped out of planes and climbed many mountains, all thanks to the wonderful world of literature.  She lives with her husband and two daughters on a very quiet strip of land in Louisiana, where red dirt roads and pick-up trucks go hand in hand.  She is the Author of three great reads at present:  “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love!; “Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend” (a novel);  and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!” Nonnie is also Founder and President of the widely-known Rave Reviews Book Club, as well as being a sought-after book reviewer with a strong “eye” for perfection. 

She continues to write from many different genres and hopes to teach and touch minds and hearts alike with her very unique style of writing.  She loves positive feedback on her writing and personally responds to each and every email.  Nonnie can be reached at nonniewrites@yahoo.com, on Twitter @nonniejules, and do follow her blogs WATCH NONNIE WRITE! {www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com} and ASK THE GOOD MOMMY {http://askthegoodmommy.wordpress.com}.

Nonnie’s feet are firmly planted in her two most important platforms:  Parenting & Support, where she continually invites the masses to join her.

BUY LINKS:

“THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love!www.amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56;   www.createspace.com/4355124

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“Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend”www.amazon.com/dp/B00GLM2VVM;   www.createspace.com/4386308

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“SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!”www.amazon.com/dp/B00IRIA0I4

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