Welcome to the #RRBC “ROCKIN’ 2020 AWAY” BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER Block Party! @JohnJFioravanti #Giveaways

Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY at Fiora Books!

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

ONE $10 Amazon Gift Card

# of Winners for this stop:  1

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a fun blog I wrote about our intrepid leader, Nonnie Jules. At the end, I will provide you with a link to introduce by books and their trailers.

Encounter at ArcAngel Park

The first in a series of character interviews conducted by Nonnie Jules, President of Rave Reviews Book Club who has been magically transported 700 years into the future to the planet Genesis, accompanied by author, John Fioravanti.

Nonnie Jules is the founder and President of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, as well as interviewer of RRBC authors in the famed, “Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie?” interviews. Her interviewing skills are legendary and she decided to accompany Author, John Fioravanti, through space and time to another galaxy 700 years into the future. Nonnie’s goal is to meet the key personalities on planet Genesis featured in Fioravanti’s series, The Genesis Saga, and utilize her formidable skills to find out something more about these characters. This scene is the first of many, which will follow.

Setting: Nonnie and John are seated comfortably in her office at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.

John:     “Thank you, Nonnie for inviting me to join you here today!”

Nonnie:     “You’re welcome!” (Thinking: where are these people I’m supposed to interview?) “I’d like to know how this is going to work… I don’t see anybody else around here to talk to…” (John smiles politely, Nonnie shakes her head) “… alright, I’ll start with you, John! Why did the people of Genesis have to make big changes in their society?”

John:     “After more than 700 years of acrimony between the ruling Churcher class and the Naval class, big  changes were needed to stave off violence and the ultimate destruction of human civilization on Genesis.”

Nonnie:     “Sounds grim… what changes do they want to make… and WHO’s directing traffic?”

John:     “For now, High Chancellor Harvey Bingham is, umm… ‘directing traffic’. During the war of the last four years, he brought in measures to begin the desegregation of the urban centers…” 

Nonnie:     (interrupting and glaring at John)  “They segregate the races there?”

John:     “Actually… no. The discrimination is based on religious differences. Right now, the High Chancellor is  running the planet’s first democratic election!”

Nonnie:     (incredulously) “Democracy!! A religious dictator is setting up a democracy? John, this is unbelievable – I wish I could talk to this man!”

John:     (Nods gravely, reaches out and places his left hand upon her arm, closes his eyes in concentration… and the two find themselves sitting on a bench in a beautiful park.) “Your wish is my command!” (He gestures to the beautiful shrubbery that surrounds them.)

Nonnie:     (Nonnie stands up and takes a step away, then spins around and glares accusingly at her guest)  “John, where are we?”

John:     “Calm yourself, dear lady. We’re in ArcAngel Park in Genesis City, and the year is 2796. You said you wanted to talk to High Chancellor Bingham.” (Nonnie’s jaw drops, but she’s speechless.) “Look to your right, here he comes now.” (Nonnie spins around and sees a balding, middle-aged man dressed in a crimson suit approaching along the stone walk. John stands and takes her arm to steady her. Bingham reaches them and holds out his hand to John who takes it in a warm handshake.) “Good day, High Chancellor! Allow me to present a good friend, Nonnie Jules.”

Bingham:     (Bows respectfully to Nonnie) “Welcome to my favourite refuge, ArcAngel Park! You know, it was built so the faithful could enjoy the natural gifts of the Gods in peaceful splendour.”

Nonnie:     (Nonnie is beginning to calm down, and looks from one man to the other, then addresses the cleric.) “Excuse me, Reverend, how do you know my friend John?”

Bingham:     (Bingham smiles at John, then addresses Nonnie, kindly.) “Madam, this man beside you is known to us here as Doctor John – an expert in human history from twenty-first century Earth. Is that where you’re from as well?” (Smiles kindly at John) “He’s either delusional, or in possession of great technology. Either way, he is a good soul, so we welcome him.”

Nonnie:      “I need to sit down!” (She resumes her seat on the bench and both men sit on either side of her. She looks at John sternly) “We’ll talk later!” (She turns to Bingham) “Doctor John tells me you’re having an election here. Why? You have absolute control of the government now – you can do anything you want! Why mess with that?”

Bingham:     (Bingham smiles at her brash speech.) “Madam, I find you delightfully refreshing! Simply put, I believe it is the will of the Gods as revealed to me through the Earthers.”

Nonnie:     (Pauses, glances at John, and then locks eyes with Bingham) “Alright, I won’t question your beliefs, but tell me, why do you think this democracy will work to save your society from mayhem?”

Bingham:     “Mayhem…” (pauses and frowns thoughtfully) “that’s an apt word to use. First, I tire of governing alone and dealing with the opponents of reform. I need a strong leader, chosen by the people and blessed by the Gods, to help me finish the job.”

Nonnie:     “I don’t suppose you have anyone in mind for that job…”

Bingham:     “But of course, Madam! ArcGeneral Liz Hastings is the only person for this sacred task!”

Nonnie:     “A woman! Really?” (Nonnie glances at John with an astonished look before turning back to Harvey Bingham)  “I was told that your church doesn’t approve of women in leadership roles.”

Bingham:     “Elizabeth Hastings is no ordinary woman… she is my candidate for President!”

Nonnie:     (Looks at the cleric with approval in her eyes) “Well, I just have to meet this woman. John, do you…

John:     (Lays his left hand on Nonnie’s arm) “As you wish…”

I wrote this piece of fiction with Nonnie’s permission and she enjoyed the finished product. I went on to pen twenty more of these interviews on planet Genesis. I hope you enjoyed it too!

Thank you for visiting us at Fiora Books today! Before you leave (and don’t forget to leave a comment that will give you a chance at the $10 Amazon gift card up for grabs), please check out my books and their trailers at:  https://fiorabooksbyjohnfioravanti.home.blog/reflections-inspirational-quotes-and-interpretations/

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

41 thoughts on “Welcome to the #RRBC “ROCKIN’ 2020 AWAY” BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER Block Party! @JohnJFioravanti #Giveaways”

  1. This is terrific, John. Why do I have Dr. John’s song, “I Was in the Right Place” (but it must have been the wrong song) going through my head while reading this? Thanks for resurrecting it for those of us who missed it the first time!

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  2. John, I remember reading this before, and I liked it just as much the second time. It’s extraordinary how you managed to capture Nonnie’s personality and mannerisms – l laughed out loud several times and seeing her “look” in my imagination. Wonderful website, I’m glad to have visited. Enjoy the rest of your tour, John.

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  3. Hi John, very imaginative interview with Nonnie – well done. I’d not seen this before. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  4. I feel the need to be transported today. The planet Genesis seems as good a place to land as any. Thanks for the introduction to your saga. I see we also share an interest in education. Like you, I have spent many decades in education, the last 20+ in college teaching.

    The interview with Nonnie was enjoyable. You are a creative soul, John, and not afraid to ask the question “What if?”

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  5. I loved the interviews John in this land of yours. It is deliciously creative. It was new to me so I read it a couple of times and chuckled. So when Nonnie spoke to you later as she promised with her stern look, did she box your ears too! The picture up on top is stunning. I enjoyed my visit to your world.

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    1. Hi, Rox, thanks for stopping by! I loved writing those adventures with Nonnie in the world of Genesis. No, Nonnie would not box my ears – the look was quite sufficient. I fell off my chair laughing after I wrote that! It’s what I enjoy most about writing fiction – I can have fun with it!

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  6. Hi John,
    I remember the first three or four of these interviews with Nonnie. They were fantastic and I did enjoy the ones I read. I also have two of your books. Both, I have enjoyed tremendously and I have purchased your recent book on Reflections and Inspirational quotes, which I will read slowly, maybe one reflection a week to let them soak in.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. Thanks, Yvette. I honestly miss writing about Genesis – it is a great escape for me to a world with a different set of problems where I can direct traffic. I’m not a control person, but our world today leaves many of us feeling so helpless. I appreciate your encouragement. Stay safe!

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  7. Doctor John, your story had me enthralled. You have a keen imagination and a good eye for detail. I like this place you called Genesis. The story reminds me of some of my favorite TV shows, like Supernatural and Haven, where people are transported through time and space. I could use a machine like that right now. Keep on writing and your stories flowing.

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    1. Thank you, Susanne, I’m so pleased you enjoyed this. Also, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. It was fun to write and that’s what I enjoy about writing fiction – making up the details and driving the stories where the good guys win in the end!

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