Welcome Nonnie Jules, President of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers–International Society of Authors

Hoy, boy! Do I have a special guest for you today, gang! I am honored to be hosting Nonnie Jules, the woman whose vision became Rave Reviews Book Club. Please welcome the president of RRBC and the founding member/president of the Rave Writers International Society of Authors! I’m thrilled to have her here today for an awesome Q&A and personal post!

Banner logo for author Nonnie Julies, president of Rave Reviews Book Club

How long have you been writing?
This will sound cliché, but I really have been writing all my life, at least since the 3rd grade.  I became a published author in 2012.

How many books have you authored? Please share the titles of up to three.
I have authored 3 books, and co-authored one.  The titles are “THE GOOD MOMMIES’  GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND,” and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS.”  I can’t list the co-authored title because the question asks that I list only 3, but I’m sure you can find it…it is one of my favorites.

Do you have a writing schedule?
Yes, in my mind and in my dreams. Running an organization as streamlined and professional as RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, consumes so much of my time, that none of you could even imagine my life. It is so extremely important to me that we succeed here, and also, that we do it in a manner conducive to the way that I live my life.  I spend truly almost my every waking moment devoted to this club and the success of our members, and because of that, my own writing time has suffered. That being said, this year I have vowed to adhere to a strict writing schedule and so far so good.  I won’t share it yet, though.  Let’s see how it goes.

You’re a member of RAVE WRITERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (RWISA). Why do you think you were accepted into this exclusive group? 
Well, if you want honesty, I was accepted because I created it.  BUT, if I had not been the founder of this amazing group, I would hope that my acceptance was based purely on my dedication to the perfection of writing, in all areas.

Modesty aside, what separates your writing from the millions of other writers in the world?
Believe me, I have no problem being honest about who I am, and my abilities, as everyone else should feel. I’m not sure that I can answer that question right now, so let me think on it. I do know that I can tell the pants off of a story.  In plain English, I’m a good story-teller, but I can’t say that separates me from the other good story-tellers out there. I mean, I’m in awe of so many of our members and their writing, that sometimes they can make me feel as if I don’t belong alongside them.  Gwen Plano, Peggy Hattendorf, Rhani D’Chae, John F., Beem Weeks, Wendy Scott, Rea Nolan Martin…and there are so many others that I have yet to read, that I just feel deep in my heart their work is going to be so enjoyable for me, too.  I can’t wait to sink my teeth into some Jan Sikes, Mae Clair, John Howell, A. M. Manay, Yvette Calleiro, Natalie Ducey, Ron Yates, and even more that I haven’t listed (so please don’t be offended if I missed your name…I still want to dig into your work!) Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s first book was so detailed, I was blown away, and Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, has me wanting to live inside her head, because of her book LEGENDS.  I mean, these people leave me awe-struck!

If you could spend a day picking the brain of one author, who would that be?
If I could spend the day picking an author’s brain, it would have to be RHANI D’CHAE’S.  Why? Rhani leaves me speechless with her story-lines!  I read her books and I’m left wondering, “Now who could think of something like that?”  She also works with a deficit in that her eye-sight is slowly leaving her, yet her writing in her books, is almost impeccable.

Are you a die-hard INDIE writer who loves having complete control of your work, or, if you were offered a publishing contract today, would you sign on the dotted line?
I am such a control-freak (I’m sure none of you have ever noticed this), that I just can’t imagine giving up control of my work.  Now, as most of my peers have responded, it would have to be a darned good contract, but I’m going a step further in saying, I’d still have to be in control of my writing, my covers, etc.  It’s not about the money with me.

As an author, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself spending all my waking moments in my writing room, after having found THE MOST PERFECT and THE MOST EFFICIENT person to run RRBC and all its affiliates.  Let’s all pray on that for me.

What is the ONE tool that has been the most beneficial tool in the marketing of your books?
How else can I answer this other than to say the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB has been IT for me!  There is no way that my books would have been read and reviewed as they have been, or garnered the attention that they have, without the support of this organization behind them.  I’m shocked that so many others didn’t credit the club for the same reason.  C’mon, let’s give credit where credit is due.

Name one writer that you know of, member or non-member of RRBC, who you feel should be added to the RWISA Roster of elite members? Why?
D.L. Finn is high on my list right now, and I think she will be there soon. Her writing, just in one of her books that I’ve seen…can anyone say “flawless?”

What is the one piece of advice that you could share that would be most valuable for those aspiring to not only be writers, but those aspiring to be great writers?
READ, READ, READ and stop believing all the hype! If you can’t or won’t read, then I don’t trust that you can write. AND, I’ve said quite often, some of us are so quick to believe every “good” review we’re given, and then we’re shocked when an honest one rolls around.  We get upset and the truth stings. Learn to discern which reviews you should take to heart and those that should be thrown out with the trash.  Believe it or not, more people are telling you that your book is good (when it’s not) because they’re afraid of sharing their honest opinion publicly, for many reasons.  Rest assured, I am not one of those people.  Ask around.

Do you believe that writers who churn out several books a year are really putting out quality work?
Unless it is all they’re doing, eating, sleeping, drinking, and peeing words, no, I don’t believe that it is quality that’s being churned.  I have noticed some that put out books so quickly, simply because they’d like to be able to profess that “I’ve written 15 books, etc.”  In their minds, they think having several books published, makes them more credible as a writer. Again, people, stop believing the hype. I’m sure of their reason, because every time they speak, they’re quick to share with you that magic number.

If you had promised your fans a book by a certain date only to find that your book wasn’t the best it could be, would you go ahead and publish your book just to meet that self-imposed deadline and deliver as promised, or, would you disappoint your fans and shelve the book until it was absolutely ready? No matter your reason, please explain why?
You know, I once wrote a poem called “We Live, We Learn, We Grow.”  When I published my first novel, I was trying to meet a deadline…I failed at meeting that first deadline, but I came pretty close to the second one. I didn’t know any better at the time, but let me share this, I am re-editing that book as we speak, and will be replacing it shortly with the un-rushed version. I got it. I took my own advice that I’m always sharing, and I’m big enough to say that since I first published, I’ve Lived, I’ve Learned and I’ve Grown…immensely!  Mind you, if I weren’t presiding over this extremely busy book club, these things would have definitely been done a lot sooner.  So, you see, I’m so busy making everyone else’s books grand, that I’ve forgotten I need to take the time to do the same for my own.

In your opinion, what makes a book “a great book?”
To me, a great book is one with a storyline so good, so well-written and so well-told, that I want to see it on the big screen!  Notice I’ve highlighted the so well-written part of this.

If you received a review of your book which stated that there were editing & proofing “issues,” what’s the first thing you would do? And the second?
Let me give you all the steps.  The first thing I’d do, would be to thank the person who was sharing this info with me, then immediately head to find some of their published work, to ensure that they were credible. Remember, I always say, there are some you should take to heart, and there are some you should ignore. Reason being, if you can’t write and all of your published work is a mess, you can’t critique anyone else’s work. I’ve seen some horrible reviews given to some books and the reviewer couldn’t write to save his/her on life. Do you think I’m taking to heart their opinion of my work? NO!  Moving on, the next thing I’d do, would be to head to re-read my own book, from start to finish. IF I did find that there was some validity to their claim, I would begin the work of the re-edit. IF the hiccups that were pointed out were so bad that they might affect the enjoyment of the read for another, I would pull it immediately until it was completely ready. As I said, I’m a MUCH BETTER WRITER now than I was when I first published and am not at all ashamed to say, that I’m going thru some re-edits as we speak.

~ooOOoo~
Book cover of If Only There Was Music by Nonnie Jules shows a musical notes at an angle

I hope you enjoyed Nonnie’s interview and post. I encourage you to check out her  books:

IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC

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

SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS…YES I SAID IT!  

 


Connect with Nonnie on Twitter (@NonnieJules)
Or her blogs:
Watch Nonnie Write
Books by Nonnie

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114 thoughts on “Welcome Nonnie Jules, President of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers–International Society of Authors

  1. Enjoyed learning more about you, Nonnie. I appreciate what you said about quality over quantity. It’s hard to hold a full-time job and churn out numerous books in a year. Good advice about the editing/rewriting, but most importantly, checking the validity of the reviewer.

    I joined RRBC in December and still learning my way around, but thanks for your dedication to this wonderful group of writers.

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    • Joan, thank you so much for dropping by today! Yes, always quality over quantity. And, some think that the quality is limited to just their books, but how wrong they are. I want quality shown in ALL of my writing: my books, my blogs, my comments left on blogs…right down to my tweets. That’s when the “caliber” of who you truly are in this writing world, shines thru! When you notice that a writer cares this much, trust what they might have to share with you about your work. Glad to have you as part of the RRBC family!

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  2. Awesome interview. Thank you Mae for offering me the opportunity to know someone from the club you belong to!
    Hi Nonnie! Though I’m not a member -I wish I were – but can’t simply because I’m living in another part of the world where things aren’t as easy as some think, I enjoyed reading useful pieces of advice on writing and reviews. I am totally with you on this statement:
    “If you can’t or won’t read, then I don’t trust that you can write.”
    Best of luck with your writing and finding new fans!
    Carmen

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    • Carmen, it’s always wonderful to have you visit my blog. I am so glad you had a moment to pop in and say hello to Nonnie. I know you frequently hear me mentioning RRBC, so I’m glad you had the opportunity to meet the woman who started it all! 🙂

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    • Carmen, so glad you dropped by! Feel free to visit our site at http://www.wp.me/P49Fi9-8X anytime where you will find more amazing authors!

      On a serious note, when I hear that a writer doesn’t like to read, OR even when there are those writers who say “That was too much for me to read…” let me tell you just how far I stay away from their writing.

      Hopefully you’ll get to join us soon, Carmen!

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  3. Great interview! I love learning more about the “woman behind the curtain”, and especially learning more about RRBC (which I will join). Love your philosophy on reading and writing, Nonnie. I took a break from reading for a short time, and now I’m back in. Didn’t realize how much I missed it! I can’t imagine the energy it takes to run the club AND write–kudos to you for doing both!
    Looking forward to joining the club 😀

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    • Yay! Julie, you are going to love RRBC! I’m so glad you’re going to take the plunge and become part of the awesome group Nonnie created. The support is amazing (as is our fabulous leader!). Yes, I have no clue how she does it all either, I’m just happy she does 😀
      And I’m with you both on reading. I rarely pass a day without having my nose in a book.
      Thanks for welcoming Nonnie to my blog!

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    • Julie, we’d love to have you at RRBC, especially if you enjoy reading!

      The time and energy it takes to run this club? You’re right, you couldn’t even imagine how much…heck, sometimes when I stop to think about all the work and the energy it takes to maintain, my mind begins to call the fool crazy who does all this…it eventually dawns on me that I’m that fool I’m speaking of.

      Take care, Julie!

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  4. Great interview and wonderful to get to know you, Nonnie. We share so many ideas about the value of the editing process and having that book be the best it can be before hitting the market. Running RRBC is like a full-time job, in and of itself. That fact that you also writing amazes me. I worked on the Community Story Board for months and know how distracting a huge second project can be. Plus, there’s real life, right?

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    • Hi, Susan. I’m glad you enjoyed Nonnie’s interview. It’s great to see what makes others tick, especially when you appreciate all they do. I couldn’t imagine running RRBC (and now RWISA) PLUS fitting in writing and reading time. That tells me Nonnie loves what she does. Thanks for welcoming her today!

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    • “Like” a full-time job? Nope, RRBC IS a full-time job. There needs to be 4 more of me to handle my duties on this “full-time” job. But, you know what, S.K…there is a nice place waiting for me above, where I will have beautiful rest one day. This earthly rest is highly over-rated anyway! Sleep? Who needs it? LOL

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Nonnie amazes me, and this interview offers glimpses of why I am often left speechless when viewing her work. She is a consummate professional. Thank you for graciously hosting, Mae.

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  6. Oh, guys…I found 3 “hiccups” above and have asked Mae to PLEASE correct them immediately. My apologies…working from a new keyboard and of course, my fingers working faster than my scatterbrain.. would be the blame. Thank you all for stopping by with your comments and support. I’ll sit here, biting my nails with horrible anxiety until Mae gets my SOS! 😉

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  7. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:

    I’ve got a wonderful guest on my blog today. Nonnie Jules is an amazing woman who started, and is president of, the Rave Reviews Book Club–a fabulous organization for writers. I can’t say enough about how much this fabulous group has done in getting my books noticed. Nonnie is also the founding member of Rave Writers–International Society of Authors. I’d love if you’d pop over and check out her post today!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing, Nonnie; it’s nice to get to know you a bit better! Should your schedule ever free up a bit, I look forward to maybe reading a future book by you, entitled “Creating and Leading A Successful Book Club ~ A How-To Guide”. Take care and have yourself a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂 ~Stephanie

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  9. Hi, Nonnie, congratulations on your great day! With your schedule, I am wondering when you will find the time to write another book, seen that I’ve read all the ones you have written. I suggest you take a writing break if there is any such thing. 😀 However, enjoy your day!

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  10. Another fab interview on the RWISA tour!! I so enjoy getting into the minds of all of these writers. Thanks so much, Mae, for hosting Nonnie today and allowing her to share with us. 🙂

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    • Hi, Cynthia, and welcome to my blog.

      “Nonnie is a force of nature.” That is a great description. I know I have benefited greatly since joining RRBC. As you said, the encouragement is beyond compare.

      Thanks for stopping to support Nonnie today. Support is what RRBC is all about!

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    • Hi, Jan! It’s always a delight to have you visit.

      Nonnie is truly an inspiration. Her interview makes me stop and appreciate all the wonderful friends I have made through RRBC due to her hard work and generosity–you among them!

      Thanks for sharing in her spotlight today!

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  11. Hi, Nonnie! I miss being part of Rave Reviews Book Club and reading all your fun posts. You have a wonderful sense of humor. If not for my falling down on the job, I’d still be a member of your highly successful, online group.

    Happy to see you here on Mae’s blog. An enjoyable interview!

    Best wishes,
    Linda 🙂

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    • Linda, many thanks for popping in to support Nonnie today. RRBC is indeed a wonderful organization. I don’t know what the circumstances are, but perhaps you should consider rejoining. I’m so glad I found this wonderful group!

      In any event, many thanks for visiting and commenting!

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    • Spoken like the true voracious reader you are, Teri! I’m in agreement with that statement too 🙂 And as much as you read, I think you would love RRBC and all it does for it’s authors.

      Thanks so much for visiting and saying hello to Nonnie! 🙂

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  13. Wonderful interview, Nonnie! As a proud and grateful member of RRBC, I can say your dedication and commitment to profile, promote, and propel fellow authors never goes unnoticed. Thanks for all that you do! And many thanks for sharing this with us today. 🙂
    Thanks for the warm welcome, Mae, as always!

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  14. Hi Nonnie,
    The Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) you’ve created is a haven for writers, and I urge any non-members to join (say Wendy Scott sent you). Joining RRBC is one of the highlights of my writing journey, and now I’m part of a dynamic global writing community. Thanks Nonnie!
    I love that you are a ‘tough’ reviewer, and I cherish my “Nonnie seal”. Chuffed you included me in your list above- thanks.
    I can testify to the quality of Nonnie’s books – she is a perfectionist, so please do yourself a literary favour and pick up one (or two, or four) of Nonnie’s titles.
    Mae, thanks for hosting.

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    • Hi, Wendy. Thanks for chiming in to support Nonnie. I have only been a member of RRBC a little over a year but I am amazed at her dedication to promoting other authors. Although I have not had Nonnie review any of my books yet, I know I can count on honest feedback when she does. Thanks for sharing in her spotlight today!

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    • I am delighted to host, Lynn. That you for visiting. I enjoyed your interview on Harmony’s blog yesterday but was unable to leave a comment. I tried in two separate browsers but kept getting error messages. Just wanted to say thanks for supporting Nonnie and to send best wishes for your own successes! 🙂

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  15. Nonnie, that was such a great post! I love it when you talk about the business of writing, because I learn so much. I’m honored to be included among the people that you consider to be good writers, and absolutely amazed that it’s my brain you would want to pick. Lol Like so many others in #RRBC, I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today as a writer had it not been for you, and the incredible support and encouragement that you give. Our success is your success, and I hope that you are aware of how much you are appreciated.
    Mae, thank you so much for hosting Nonnie today. It was fun to visit your blog and look around a little bit. 😃

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    • Hi, Rhani! I’m glad you enjoyed the look-see around my blog and, of course, I can’t add anything to your wonderful accolades for Nonnie. She truly does so much to promote others. I’m so glad I found RRBC!

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  16. Nonnie, there is no doubt you spend every waking moment devoted to Rave Reviews Book Club and the success of our members. The club is the best marketing tool for Indie authors.

    Nice to learn a little more about the lady at the helm of three organizations – RRBC, RWISA and 4Wills Publishing. Even in this interview with the FOCUS on “Nonnie” you mentioned a number of other talented members. Your support is overwhelming and awesome and I thank you.

    Mae, great job hosting the most challenging of all guests, the Founder/President of RRBC.

    Thanks, ladies.

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    • It’s a delight to have you visit my blog today in support of Nonnie, Peggy. I am so delighted to host her and have so many share in her interview. As someone who has only been a member of RRBC for a little over a year, I’m honored to have her as a guest. She is truly Wonder Woman to all of us at RRBC. Many thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  17. Hi, Mae Clair, and thanks so much for allowing us the pleasure of learning a little more of why ‘Nonnie Jules ‘Rules’! Her passion and her unflinching drive to help Indie authors to not only succeed, but succeed with the satisfaction of knowing they are the best they can be, is inspirational. Joining #RRBC has been the most amazingly productive times on my journey thus far.

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    • Hi, Soooz. Joining RRBC has been an amazing part of my author journey too. I am so excited to have Nonnie as my guest and even more to have such an amazing show of support for her. She deserves that and so much more. Thank you for being part of her visit today!

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  18. Good evening, Mae Clair! It’s such a pleasure to visit you here at YOUR home! Thank you for hosting the inimitable Nonnie Jules and letting her, once again, tell it all just like she sees it!

    Thank you, Nonnie, for never fearing to be honest! You are such a breath, or maybe a tornado, of fresh air! I do enjoy your writing so!

    Patricia Green

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    • Hi, Patricia! It is truly lovely to see you here! You are such an amazing supporter of RRBC. Thanks for for sharing in Nonnie’s spotlight. I like your reference to “tornado.” With all she does, she is surely that.:)

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    • Flossie, RRBC is always welcoming new members. I’ve done several blogs about the club in the past, but feel free to check out my RRBC page here on the site (in the navigation above). They are an amazing group! You have my email should you like to ask me any questions but I can’t recommend them highly enough. I’m so glad you enjoyed Nonnie’s post. She truly is one-of-a-kind!

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      • Thank you, Zane. I have read your intriguing posts about the group and was pleased at the sincere tone she set. Once I get my house in order, it’s on my list to pursue. I wasn’t sure if there was a max number of members involved.

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  19. I have enjoyed learning more about you, Nonnie! You have put together an amazing group that is a writing family. I have learned a lot in the last year being a member, and have read some amazing books in the process! I have to admit, I was surprised to see my name here, and it brought tears to my eyes–which is a hard thing to do, trust me! Thank you.

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    • Hi, Yvette! Thanks for popping in to support Nonnie. I have Sugarcoatin’ on my Kindle and TBR as well as If Only There Was Music, and look forward to discovering Nonnie as an author.

      Thanks too for the compliment on the blog background. I love that photo myself! 🙂

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  20. Great interview! Always impressed to hear from Nonnie Jules, a fantastic writer and indie-innovator who’s not afraid to tell it like it is–even when it comes to her own writing. Grateful to be a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and proud to support our members. Thanks for sharing, Mae and Nonnie. I’m sharing too… 🙂 xo

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  21. I’m sorry I’m so late getting over here as I would never want to miss a post by Ms. NJ. That said, when I joined RRBC at NJ’s invitation at the beginning, I never would have thought that my first book would get her so excited to the point that it would be one of the first to get a book trailer created through 4WillsPublishing. I was blown away about how she got the gist of the story (because she actually read the book) where others who tried to do PR and a trailer failed (because they had not read the book). I became a believer and will follow NJ anywhere. She believed in my work and help me to propel and promote it. I will love her forever for giving me a platform to showcase my work.

    NJ you are one of a kind and unique for what you bring to the world. Many may try to duplicate you but they will never succeed because they are missing one ingredient — passion and truth.

    Thank you N.J. for sharing your story with us and thank you Mae Clair for hosting her.

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    • Shirley, that is a fabulous story about how you connected with Nonnie and RRBC . Thank you so much for stopping and sharing with the rest of us. Yet another testimonial of how Nonnie has made an impact with her attentiveness and care for an author’s brand. Lovely to see you here!

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  22. I made a couple of errors – She believed in my work and help — should be “helped.
    .and “missing one ingredient” should have been ‘two ingredients’

    NJ I know you are a stickler for the written word so you know I had to correct it. Love you. lol

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    • Many thanks for visiting and checking out the interview, Teagan. It’s always a pleasure to have you drop by, and Nonnie’s post was an excellent one to spend some time with 🙂
      Hugs!

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  23. Great interview Mae. I did post a comment whilst travelling, but I’ve just discovered it didn’t send. I will reblog for you on lizziechantree.com to share this lovely interview with Nonnie. She works so hard to support everyone else! Thank you for all that you do for other authors too, Mae.

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    • That’s wonderful of you to share, Lizzie. I’m sorry the comment didn’t go through the first time. I wonder if it got snagged on your end or mine. WordPress is usually pretty good about knowing good comments versus bots, but I’ll check my spam folder. Thank you for the reblog!

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