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#RRBC DAY 30 @RRBC_RWISA @nonniejules – “RWISA”

Hi!  Welcome to RAVE WRITERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA  {pronounced RISA or rice-uh, with a silent ‘W’}, a division of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB! (#RRBC)

 

RWISA, the latest brain-child of Author, Nonnie Jules, was founded for the sole purpose of introducing the literary world to some of the top INDIE Authors!  These writers are consummate Professionals, dedicated, committed and driven to continually excel at producing the best written works possible.  Are they perfect?  No, but none of us are.  What separates them from the rest, is their ultimate goal of giving readers what they are paying for…great, polished reads and writing!

The members of this community have penned works that have garnered high marks and praise for creativity, and their dedication to the excellence of the craft of writing.  But, it doesn’t stop there!  Their desire to be the BEST in their writing, is evident in the little things, as well, such as their websites and blogs, their well-written book blurbs and even their Author bios on Amazon.  These writers care about perfection in their writing and it shows across the board!

RWISA is home to some of the most talented INDIE authors around the world!  We invite you to take a look around, visiting each author’s page, as well as their showcases.  If you are an author, and think that you have what it takes to have your name placed on the roster of our ELITE members, we invite you to submit a request for membership.

You can’t belong to RWISA simply because you want to.  This community of ELITE writers is not open to the general public.  Although submitting a REQUEST  for possible membership is required, actual membership into the society is by invitation only!  Once it has been determined that your written work, your attention to detail, and your commitment to continually improve and excel as an Author is genuine, it will be an honor to add your name to our roster of other ELITE writers.

On the other side of that coin, if you are a member of RRBC (because we do have lots of great talent there) and your name is not listed here yet, that could simply mean that you are on a list of authors waiting to be vetted, but feel free to submit a request for membership, just to be safe.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page and any of the other informative pages on the site.

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#RRBC DAY 29 CONGRATULATIONS @nonniejules & @AskTheGoodMommy – “DOES MY LIFE MATTER”

Because of the division that’s going on in our world right now, the hate that’s being stirred up and spewed by these White Supremacist groups, we felt it appropriate and extremely necessary that we share a piece from our President, Nonnie Jules, that needs to be wide-spread.

 

 

 

“DOES MY LIFE MATTER?”

 

I am a black woman, and because of the shade of my skin and coarseness of my hair, because of the fullness of my hips, my lips and the bold colors I wear…some don’t find me as attractive as my fairer counterparts.  You see, I’m no longer your house-maid or here for your sexual pleasure; no longer Mamie to your children, I’m now someone’s Mother…a treasure.  But, does my life matter?

 

I am a black man, and because of my dark skin and the boldness of my stance, because of the kinky in my hair, the anger in my stare, and the wear and tear shown on my hands…some still don’t see me as a man.  You see, I’m no longer your field property or your whipping post.  I’ve freedom papers and own land now, maybe, more than most.  You build cages to hold me, guilty or not; where you should build institutions of higher learning, you lock me away for little things, then leave me there to rot.  Do you forever see my bed as a cot?  But, does my life matter?

 

I am a white woman, and because of my milk dove skin and cute, pinched nose, thin ruby red lips and fair skin that glows…with my pearly whites and prominent chin…some still look at me and despise the skin I’m in.  I was never privy to the pain that was caused.  I was born into that hatred…those God-awful laws.  So, does my life still matter?

 

I am a white man, born into privilege and wealth, easy life, perfect health, yet…I’m still persecuted and referred to as “the man.”  I, too, hate the ways of the Ku Klux Klan.  My neighbors are black, white, green and red…still, I haven’t fled.  To be where everyone looks more like me, is not where I want to be.  I, too, would like to one day be FREE. Yes, FREE!  It also applies to me! FREE of the labels that bind because of the color of my skin; I’ve never owned any human or degraded any man. But, does my life still matter?

 

I am a brown-skinned woman and because of my accented words, you think I should be silent…quiet and not heard.  I can do more, than clean your windows and floors.  Just ask me what I’m capable of, you’d be surprised, I’m sure.  I may have come here via the back of a truck, or even the legal route, if I was blessed with such luck.  Maybe I was born here, and my parents, too.  In your eyes, would that still make me less American than you?  Does my life matter?

 

I am a brown-skinned man and though maybe a bit stocky, I’m no less in appearance, than your brawn and cocky.  I’m not a rapist, a thief or thug…but a man like you, with kids to hug.  I’m not ashamed to tend your lawns and trees, but Executive, also a title I wear with ease; whatever it takes…my family to feed. Don’t dismiss, or overlook my face; I may not have been born here, but I’m here to stay.  And, with that said, does my life still matter?

 

With all that’s going on, there’s much racial unrest.  It’s time to put differences aside and put real LOVE to the test.  We can’t keep fighting each other, when there are real wars going on.  We must come together in love, heal and stand strong.  There are real enemies among us, and their names we know not.  We must stand on the front lines, together and talk.

The differences between us are fewer than those in our heads; and in the end, until we draw our last breath,  we all still bleed red.  Yes, that small matter is what makes us brothers, and binds us tighter than any other.

That stream of red flowing thru our veins, is what should force us to…
release all blame,
stop the pain,
forge ahead,
no more blood we’ll shed.


Thank you for supporting this member along the WATCH RWISAWRITE Showcase Tour today!  We ask that if you have enjoyed this member’s writing, to please visit their Author Page on the RWISA site, where you can find more of their writing, along with their contact and social media links, if they’ve turned you into a fan.  WE ask that you also check out their books in the RWISA or RRBC catalogs.  Thanks, again for your support and we hope that you will follow each member along this amazing tour of talent!  Don’t forget to click the link below to learn more about this author:

 

Nonnie Jules RWISA Author Page

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The “100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES” Blog Tour

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GIVEAWAYS:
(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards
(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card
(2) e-book copies of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…”

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #1:

Anyone who purchases a copy of THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDEDAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND or IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC and send to me a copy of the purchase receipt to nonniejules@gmail.com, and also leave a comment along the tour, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! One entry for each book that is purchased, whether in e-book or paperback format. Purchases must take place between 2/14/16 – 2/29/16. If you’ve already purchased all of my books, then feel free to gift a friend, just for the chance to win!!! Spend a little, and you could win a lot!!!

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #2:

It is always such a treat to host the infamous Nonnie Jules. She always has something exciting to say. Day 10 of her tour is a continuation of exciting things coming from her brain. Thank you Nonnie for gracing my blog post. And now here she is!!

Anyone who reads and posts a review of THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE… DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND or IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC and sends the link to their review to nonniejules@gmail.com, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card! One entry for each book read and reviewed. Reviews must be posted between 2/16/16 – 3/15/16 to be placed into the drawing.

Q: WHO ARE YOU? You are one of a kind! Tell us a little about you and what it is you do on a personal level when you’re not dreaming up ways to promote the members?

A: I am a wife, a mom, a dog lover (although I have everything but cats in our home), a daughter, a sister and a really good friend! In my spare time (what spare time, who am I kidding?) Well, in the spare time I wish I had, I envision all the great books I could write to right the many wrongs of this world. Oh, and I love reality TV!

Q: I do remember those blog posts you used to put out at least once a week. There was always a lesson. Tell me, where were you born and do you live there now?

A: I was born in Texas but raised in Louisiana!

Q: I’m amazed at all that you do and how much time you commit to the club. Most often, you do act just like a REAL-LIFE wonder woman! How do you do it?

A: Shirley, there is a quote on my blog site (www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com) that reads: “As a child no one ever told me I couldn’t, therefore, in all things I THINK I CAN!” I truly believe that I can do everything and anything I set my mind to doing. When I first started on this writing journey, one of my very first blog posts was about making a name for myself…and that I have. Although it might be true that we all have limitations, I guess I haven’t run into mine yet. I do this, because somebody has to. There was a great need to be filled and so I took on the challenge. RRBC is what we have to show for all that effort and it’s also proof, that if you envision it, you can be it!

Q: Now that was an Amazing answer. Are there any new releases in the works?

A: Oh, yes! This is the year of Nonnie, so get ready world! And don’t worry you guys, I’m really going to put that Fitness Guide out, just for you all!

Q: Last but not least, when are you going to invite us over?
A: Never, there are just too many of you!
This has been fun! Thanks for having me, Shirl!

ME: Oh drat!!

To follow Nonnie’s tour and to get more of your questions answered, please visit her Blog Tour Page on the 4WillsPub site. Thanks for stopping by today and good luck on winning some of these great prizes!

CONTACT NONNIE VIA:

Twitter: @nonniejules
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BooksByNonnie
Blogs: www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com , www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com & www.AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

BOOKS & TRAILERS:
THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS

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DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND

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SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS

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IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC

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#RRBC BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!!

WELCOME TO RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

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HOSTED BY “OUR LADY OF VICTORY REMEMBERED”

LOCATED IN SOUTHEAST, MI SURROUNDED BY THE FIVE GREAT LAKES!! 

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AND HERE ARE THE WINNERS!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

1st place – Lisa Kirazian
(1) 10.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD!!

2nd place – Yvette M. Calleiro
1 Autographed Paperback copy of OUR LADY OF VICTORY, THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

3rd place – Beem Weeks
1 Autographed paperback copy of CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!

4th place – Lizzie Chantree
1 Ebook Copy of RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITERS SOUL 2014

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HERE ARE MY SELECTIONS: A little something about me, and a blurb to acquaint you to what the titles are about. 

 

OUR LADY OF VICTORY, THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

I’ve been an Indie Author since 2007 when I came out with my very first book, Our Lady of Victory, The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community. I wrote it because I felt that our history was about to be lost forever and I had a strong urge, that I couldn’t shake, to make sure it didn’t happen. I re-published again under a different publisher and had a Facebook Re-Launch Party to introduce it through 4WillsPublishing. It has been an amazing journey.

Upon learning what these amazing pioneers did was a source of pride for me. We didn’t see much in our lives to be proud of and so any little found nugget was a delight. When I met Nonnie Jules on Twitter, it was the beginning of a wonderful relationship. She had a vision and my book was about to get some long overdue recognition. Plus she was a part of an elite few to give me an honest review. Before RRBC, people who did a review mostly wrote like they had to tell a story and do a lot of embellishment. You really have to know how to write a genuine review. And so I appreciated Nonnie so much for being so real. It started a conversation that I had been dying to have. Like most of us authors I was on my own, not realizing that in helping others I would help myself. Such a novel concept, but it works. I’m glad I found that out.BetterCoverImage

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EXCERPT:

When we came of school age, my brother, sister, and I started attending George Washington Carver Elementary School. While living in Royal Oak Township we were not exposed to door to door evangelization. Here is how my mother found out about the church. For some time she had noticed a young boy walking, very early in the morning, past our two-story housing project unit at 10729 Hinsdale Court. He wore blue pants, a white shirt and a tie. She was so impressed with his appearance that she just had to find out where he was going. She stopped him one morning and asked. He told her that he was attending the new school affiliated with Our Lady of Victory Church. My parents immediately sought out this church and started taking instructions, because they wanted us enrolled in the school. Mother was doing just what the other parents were doing—looking for a good education for her children. The boy’s name was Frank Cryer, and we became classmates. Walking to school dressed in a uniform was a kind of evangelization, because it sure made an impression on our mother. As soon as the school doors opened, we were right there. Around this time my whole family started attending and preparing to become baptized Catholics…

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CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!

My second book was created out of a need to share personal traumas experienced in a relationship gone bad; and life examples of the health problems that ensued from it. This book was never supposed to see the “light of day” but stranger things have happened.

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EXCERPT:

I recall one night, while preparing my baby son for bed, I sat down and laid him on my chest to rock him to sleep. Suddenly, I started to feel this tightness in my chest. It felt like I was being squeezed and it got worse and worse until I was writhing in agony and pain. I had difficulty breathing. I tried and tried but I just couldn’t get enough air in my lungs. My mother called for help, but when the police arrived and offered to take me down to Detroit Receiving Hospital, she exclaimed:  “Over my dead body! You are not taking my daughter downtown!” At that time, Receiving Hospital had a reputation for admitting a lot of violent criminals and crime victims and she didn’t want me in that environment. So the officers left. Fortunately, they returned with the decision to take me somewhere closer to my mother’s home. We rode to Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, right in our neighborhood. The doctors went through the normal line of questioning, including personal inquiries about my marital status. When I told them I was separated from my husband, they all looked at me with the same sympathetic but knowing expression on their faces…

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BOOK BLURB:

Imagine experiencing emotions that have you questioning your sanity. Your body gets overheated at the least bit of excitement and you scramble to find a fan or some air. Or you find yourself in the throes of a panic attack and can’t understand how to shut it off, so you are filled with anxiety wondering when the next one is coming. What if every time you take a drug you experience side-affects that you are warned about on the label?

The title was conceived in my mind after I thought over all the situations I had found myself in, getting out of them, and the affect all of this had on my overall physical and mental well-being.

Crazy! Hot! And Living On the Edge!! Is the True Story of My Upside Down Life!

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RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITERS SOUL 2014

Rave Reviews Book Club put together this powerful anthology of the member’s works. I entered in two categories and WON!! I was so thrilled to have my work validated this way. Here are the winning entries…

Childhood Memories: A Walk Down Memory Lane
Love & Relationships: Go After What You Want

BOOK BLURB:

The RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology is a compilation of motivational, inspirational and humorous stories from some of the most talented writers of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. These stories and poems are meant to inspire you and lift you up at the exact moment you need it. We all know how soup warms our bodies, and there are so many different brands on the market to choose from, but for a writer, only RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL will do! So pick up your literary spoon and ENJOY!


Excerpt from A Walk Down Memory Lane

I will never forget being introduced to my own father. I didn’t know him because he was gone more than he was there. So we didn’t get the chance to bond with him. He told us to call him daddy. I looked at mother and she nodded her head in approval. I couldn’t believe she did that nor did I believe that he was my father. But I had to do what I was told. So I called him daddy – reluctantly. I never forgot that moment because it was traumatic. He had no one to blame but himself for this predicament. He actually seemed a bit annoyed that we didn’t draw closer to him. He was a stranger! How do you forget something like that?

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MEET THE CHARACTERS OF DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND

NONNIE JULES was born in TX but when she was a little toddler her family relocated to Shreveport, LA for reasons unbeknownst to her.  She still lives there today with her husband and two wonderful daughters on a strip of land which she likes to refer to as THE FARM.  She lives a very peaceful existence (aside from the many animals her daughters have amassed) and this existence allows her to do what she loves most, and that is to create life thru words in written form.  Her first published work is “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”, 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love! is doing very well, especially in paperback format.  You are invited to check it out here on  amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56.  (Feel free to also view the book trailer at http://youtu.be/zg15rptFN2g).
 Nonnie writes from many different genres including fiction and non, poetry, short stories, you name it.  She’d love for you to keep in touch by following her on Twitter @nonniejules and you’re also invited to follow her blog WATCH NONNIE WRITE! at nonniewrites.wordpress.com.
This is the second stop on her 7 day “MEET THE CHARACTERS OF DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” Blog Tour and you can follow the entire tour here at http://wp.me/p3sUCq-rv.
And now, I’d like to introduce the character interview of AURELIA “DAYDREAM” JAMES.
QHello Aurelia “Daydream” James!  Is Daydream your given name or a nick-name, AND how did you come by it?
A:  Well, seeing as though I’m well over the age of 22 when young parents were handing out those silly names like Mercedes, Porscha and Beautiful, it should be obvious that it’s a nickname.  My brother gave me the name and you will have to read the book to find out why.
QWhich would you prefer to be called during this interview?
A:  My name is Aurelia.  I’m a tad bit too old to be called Daydream, although some of my family members and friends that I’ve known since childhood all still call me Daydream.
Q:  What is your role in “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND?”
A:  I am Maiya’s (the main character) mother, unfortunately.
Q:  Unfortunately?  Why would you say that and I guess I need to go a step further and ask what kind of mother would say something like that about their own child?
A:  I say that because IT IS UNFORTUNATE that I am her mother and you want to know what kind of mother says something like that?  Try a mother who’s fed up with the antics and the lies from that child.
QI read an interview that Maiya did recently and it seems she had similar feelings about you.  How sad is that and why is there such animosity between the two of you?  I mean, she’s only a child.
A:  I read that freaking interview she did.  She’s pure evil, nothing but evil! (Aurelia now has a scowl on her face as she leans in to me).  Maiya is the only child out of the seven that I have that has ever given me problems.  She has been problematic for me since she was born!  If you don’t believe me, she was even a breach baby, and that ought to tell you a lot!  The only one I had that came out feet first.  I knew then that she was different, in a bad way, you know?
QAurelia, you speak very harshly about your 16 year old daughter but you’re not giving me any concrete reasons as to why you obviously despise her.  She, in her own words said YOU DIDN’T LIKE HER AT ALL.  What do you say to that?  It has to be hard to hear.
A:  You want me to tell you why I feel the way I do about that girl?  OK, then I’ll tell you.  She seduced my own husband, in my own house.  That’s why I can’t stand her!  You say she’s a child?  Well, she sure as hell, excuse my french, doesn’t act like a child.  My other children, they ALL act like children.  They’re angelic almost, but this one…Ms. Maiya…running around here giving interviews about me, making me look bad to people.  I can’t stand her and if I never lay eyes on her again, that would be too soon for me!
Q I’m sorry my questions are upsetting to you, but you do know that we’re on tour because this book, which carries your namesake, is about to be published?  Why do you think your name is in the title?
A:  You will have to ask the author who wrote it.  What’s her name…Noonie?  Nottie?  Nollie?  Hell, I don’t know her name.  Whatever it is, I’m sure you can ask her this question.  I’m just in the book.  And I would have appreciated being left out of the book, not having my business put out into the street like this.  This was all Maiya’s doing.  I know it.  I told you…she’s pure evil!
QI hate to keep bringing up Maiya, but she mentioned in her interview that you and your husband abused her repeatedly.  Would you like to offer a response in your defense?
A:  I don’t need to defend myself against anything that girl has told you or anyone else.  My husband, her stepfather, has done nothing but take care of her since he came into our lives.  He has been good to her and the things she has accused him of, only the devil would make up such lies on an innocent man.
Q:  Aurelia, if you don’t mind my asking, what did Maiya accuse your husband of specifically?  And she also accused you of abuse.  What has she accused you of?
A:  Read the book.  I’m not justifying anymore of that b/s with responses.  Do y’all have any beer here?  My throat is very dry answering all these nosey questions.
Q:  I’m sorry, Aurelia.  The only thing we have here is bottled water.  Would you like some?
A:  This interview is over.  The next time you want me to come answer your damned questions, make sure you have something I like to drink.
(She storms away mumbling:  “What kind of mess is this where you don’t even accommodate your guests properly?  They should have asked me before I showed up here what kind of beer I drank.  What the hell would I do with some bottled water?  And what kind of operation are they running here anyway?  It was supposed to be classy!”)
INTERVIEWER:  “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”, after having two previous release dates that were both re-scheduled, will finally be released on Amazon October 31, 2013.  That’s Halloween and some will find this a story perfectly suited to tie in with the occasion.  You can view the trailer here athttp://youtu/be.qbUK3XQ5-dA and read an excerpt from the book here http://wp.me/P3sUCq-gj.
Thank all of you who stopped by to meet this character and don’t forget that everyone who leaves a comment above for Aurelia “Daydream” James will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card!
Please follow the rest of the tour and good luck on winning!
Nonnie Jules, Author
“…and her words breathe life onto paper”