Welcome to Day 1 of the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISAWRW

The Journey

 

Dear self,

 

Oh, the journey we have had…

Its ups and downs and sideway twists,

The moments of exhilaration,

The quickened pulse and caught breath,

The scenes that left lingering loops of trauma,

The journey we have had.

 

And the journey we are on…

Getting to know you

With no boundaries or judgment,

With love and kindness,

Living one new moment at a time,

The journey we are on.

 

Ah, the journey before us…

Awareness and acceptance all around,

Gratitude grounding us,

Pausing to make peace with whatever may come,

Living to learn from experience,

Trusting where I am is

Where I need to be,

Embracing curiosity and a zest for life,

Sharing loving- kindness with each path crossing mine,

The journey before us.

 

The journey we have had built our resiliency.

The journey we are on builds our strength.

The journey before us will make us whole.

 

I wish you well, my friend.

 

Yvette M Calleiro

 

 

 

For the 2020 Watch “RWISA” Write Showcase Tour, I decided to write this poem. This year has been difficult for many of us, but it’s especially challenging for those with anxiety and other mental disorders. As a person who lives with an anxiety disorder, I have spent many years finding ways to manage my anxiety. I have found that a combination of neurofeedback, therapy sessions, meditation, and mindfulness have worked well for me.

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention where a computer program helps retrain the brain to stay within a normal parameter for response to stimuli. Imagine two horizontal bars with a space between them. A “normal” brain would show brainwaves that stay within the high and low bar with few outliers. A brain with certain conditions would show brainwaves that jump higher or lower than the horizontal bars. Neurofeedback retrains the brain to stay within those bars.

 

In my case, my neurofeedback takes place while I watch a movie at my psychologist’s office. The staff connects electrodes to various spots on my head. Those electrodes connect to a computer that monitors my brain waves. That computer is connected to a program that links to whatever movie I am watching. As I watch the movie, it registers my brain waves. So long as my brain waves stay within the normal parameter, I can see and hear the movie. When my waves jump outside the normal parameter, the volume will lower and/or the screen with get smaller or fade out. Once my brain waves return with the normal limits, the picture and volume return. In this manner, my brain learns it is rewarded when it stays within the normal limits.

 

It sounds like crazy sci-fi stuff, and I’ll admit I didn’t really believe it would work. It took me getting to the point where my health was suffering to get me to finally try it. At first, I went every week for a few months. It wasn’t a miracle overnight fix, but one day I realized I was sleeping better and not freaking out as much. My energy was returning to me. My sessions were reduced to every other week, and now, I go once a month just for a tune-up. I am not a fan of man-made medicines, so this has been a wonderful alternative to taking pills to reduce my anxiety.

 

Another thing that has helped me has been therapy sessions. I meet with a psychologist once or twice a month either in person (pre-COVID) or via teleconference. I am a strong believer that every person should meet with a therapist at some point in his/her life. Some days, we just review my days and see what comes up. Other days, I bring something I want to speak about to the “table.” She helps me restructure how I perceive information and process it. It has helped me to understand and accept events in my past and to have more compassion for experiences I have now.

 

I started meditating as a way to silence my mind. I have a very loud inner voice. For many years, that inner voice was absolutely toxic. I had all the love in the world for everyone around me, but my inner voice made it clear there was no love left for me. It took me a long time to realize that this inner voice was not me, and I could silence her toxicity. Meditation helped me to do that.

 

It also showed me how to embrace a loving-kindness mentality toward myself. Those who know me casually will find this information a bit shocking because I always present myself as calm and kind and relaxed, but a cover doesn’t always reveal the inner layers within the book. It took me years to be kind to myself, and it is a journey I am still experiencing.

 

My meditation journey led me to mindfulness. I think of meditation and mindfulness as sisters in the same family. They are similar but distinct. Meditation is a practice where one uses a technique to train himself to become more aware or improve his attention. Mindfulness is the quality of awareness that one attains simply by purposefully paying attention without judgement. This is a great article to better understand them: https://positivepsychology.com/differences-between-mindfulness-meditation/.

Meditation helped me to silence the toxicity of my inner voice. Mindfulness helped me to become more aware of the patterns in my thoughts, see them, accept them, and let them pass through without permanence or judgment. I treasure the layer of peace it has brought me.

When I think back to the person I was six years ago, I can share loving-kindness with her and embrace the trials and tribulations she/I went through. Had I known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have suffered for so many years without seeking help. I now focus on today’s journey, knowing time is fluid and the only moment that exists is this one. I practice focusing on the here and now. It isn’t always easy, but this journey is about practice and awareness. We, as humans, will never reach perfection, and I find a certain beauty in that. We are, and always will be, a living work of heart. 😊

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/

Welcome to Day 3 of the #RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour for @BalroopShado #RRBCSA #RRBC_Community

Please welcome my esteemed colleague in #RaveReviewsBook Club, Balroop Singh, to Fiora Books today. Balroop is this month’s very deserving “Spotlight” Author.

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How My Love For Words Led Me…

My love for words dates back to those crazy days of playing word games in school when we perused our pocket dictionaries to accomplish the challenge of finding new words and guessing the meanings. Despite those word-challenging games, my vocabulary remained so insignificant that I had to look up simple words like ‘gaunt’ to give the exact meaning to my students.

Can you believe that I have been accused of using difficult words in my poems by one of the reviewers? Can you fathom my elation at such a compliment? It is indeed a compliment for a person who has always struggled with words, who was not that blessed to be surrounded by books a child, who was always eager to borrow books from the library but had to return them half-read!

My early poetry was very simple. I had written few lines for my outgoing class:

Wish you love, wish you joy
Wish you all that you try
Guiding you was my goal
Avoiding advice was your role.

Shall I ever forget your faces!
Naughty but calm in all cases
Sometimes pleasant, sometimes killing
Sometimes obstinate, sometimes willing.

That laughter, that mirth
Those tears, those fears
All those hours that we shared
Those moments when you dared
To disagree and disobey
Always with me, they’ll stay.
© Balroop Singh, 1997

I was told that it seemed like some child had composed those lines. The snub steeled my resolve to keep writing.

I dived into the sea of emotions
Floundering around I met poetry
She smiled at my naivety
But her song soothed my nerves.
 
Warbling wistful notes of manumitting
Embracing her all-pervasive freedom
Effacing nonchalant, noxious attitudes
Of those who scoffed at my words
I felt an ebullient moment of accomplishment!

Undeterred, I write, keeping in mind the words of one of my favorite ghazals, written by Nida Fazli…

“Duniya jise kehte hain jadoo ka khillona hai, mil jaye to mitti hai, kho jaye to sona hai” (Urdu) – What we call this world is a mystical toy, as useless as dust if you have it but as precious as gold if you lose it. (Translated from Urdu)

The enigma of poetry through the wonder of words is thrilling beyond imagination. I keep landing in new worlds, where horizons keep widening and new mysteries keep unfolding. The quest to know more words continues with the encouragement of all of you, dear readers.

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Welcome to Day 6 of the #RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! #RRBC @RhaniDChae #RWISARevolutionTour

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Welcome to Day 6 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! We’d like to introduce you to an amazing supporter and RWISA member, Author, Rhani D’Chae.

We ask that you click on the author’s RWISA Profile below and visit all of her profile pages – some offering more insight into the member and others showcasing the author’s talent.

Lastly, we ask that you support this member as well as the host of this blog, by sharing this page and the author’s profile pages across all your social media platforms.

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What Rhani has to say about RWISA

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Rhani has a book she’d like to introduce you to:

“SHADOW OF THE DRILL” 

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Now, we’d like to give you a chance at some of this awesome promotion for yourself!

Have you written that book or short story you want the whole world to know about? Are you looking for a great way to promote your creative endeavours? Perhaps you’re seeking to add some prestige to your body of work! If this sounds like you, we invite you to come on over to RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA.

At RWISA, we invite and accept into membership only the very best writers the Indie community has to offer.

If your work is exemplary and speaks for itself, stop by the RWISA website today at RaveWriters.wordpress.com and find out how you can submit your sample of writing for consideration.

We’re an exclusive bunch but we’d love to have you join us!

NOTE: If you’re looking to improve your writing while taking another route to membership into RWISA, while you’re at the site, visit RWISA UNIVERSITY!

Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to leave us a comment and a “LIKE” below!

IT’S OCTOBER-WEEN BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY!

Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s OCTOBER-WEEN 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: ONE

The lucky winner is Jennie Fitzkee!

My name is John Fioravanti and I am a writer – among other things! I am also a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club and RWISA. To date, my wife, Anne, and I have self-published four of my books through our publishing company that we named Fiora Books. What follows is a showcase of my first offering to the literary world.

Partners in love and in business.

My First Book: A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching

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Back Cover Blurb:

This is a story about decency, family politics, family, fear, and triumph.

Teaching is the canvas but the portrait is so much richer and more colourful. This book will capture and absorb you. Fear of failure is a powerful motivator and as John Fioravanti battles and defeats his demons you will find yourself cheering for him as if he were contesting a sporting event.

Teaching is not a discipline confined to schools, and the lessons in this book about planning, listening, empathizing and sympathizing have applicability to all professions and walks of life − from a police lieutenant training officers to a sales manager teaching sales representatives and everything else in between.

John Fioravanti shaped, elevated, and improved the lives of thousands of young people. After you’ve read this short story, you’ll be fulfilled and uplifted.

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Signing a book for my Mom. I was so happy to have her there for the launch of my first book!
Background Story:

Near the end of my teaching career, Kenneth Tam, a former student and friend, visited me at St. David Catholic Secondary School at the end of the school day. He and his parents had created their own company to publish his novels and those of his mother. Kenneth asked me to author an inspirational book for them about my career in the classroom. I felt honoured to be asked yet perplexed as to how to approach this project.

After some soul searching, I proposed that I write honestly about my journey in struggling to become the teacher I wanted to be when I decided to enter the profession. Thus, the project became autobiographical in nature as I talked about growing up and identifying the factors that led me to the momentous decision to teach. The story follows the ups and downs I experienced and reveals the demons that drove me on for thirty-five years.

John Fioravanti reading an excerpt from "Journey" at the book launch.
Reading an excerpt the night of the book launch in the library of St. David Catholic Secondary School where I taught

After the book was launched, one of my colleagues shared with me that he thought the book was very personal – in a tone that expressed surprise and perhaps some disapproval. I smiled and pointed out that this was the purpose of the book and that’s why we inserted the word “personal” in the title.

Among my intended audiences were people thinking about entering the profession and those who were in preparatory studies, as well as rookie teachers. I hoped the book would give them the courage to pursue a great vocation. It wasn’t long before one of these people gave me her feedback.

I was walking along a hallway in our school heading for the Staff Room when I was stopped by a young lady who was supply teaching at our school that day. She had a copy of my book on top of the stack of books she carried in her arms in front of her. She thanked me profusely for writing the book and claimed that it was just what she needed to quell the panic she felt every day in the classroom. Then she hurried off to her next class. I felt so humbled by this experience. Even if no one else read this book, I could retire a happy man!

Available at:

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Welcome, #RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for September @JohnJFioravanti! #RWISA

Yesterday, I began my week-long “Spotlight” Author blog tour to share my latest book “Reflections”. I’d like to thank President and Author, Nonnie Jules, who also penned the introduction to this book and Rave Reviews Book Club for shining this spotlight on me and my work this month. Nonnie is hosting this first blog post.

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Hello, all!  I’m here today to welcome back Author, John J. Fioravanti, RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for the month of September.

John was one of the first members of RRBC to hold this illustrious seat and today begins the first day of his SA tour.  I am so honored to host him and introduce his latest piece of work, “REFLECTIONS:  Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations.”

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Take it away, John!

I’m grateful to Nonnie for opening up my tour today and also for arranging this special month in my honor!  I am a LifeTime Member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and although I took a sabbatical from the club a couple of years ago, I have returned and reprised my role as MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR.  I’ve dropped by Nonnie’s blog to share a bit about my book, REFLECTIONS.  

Why did I write a book like this?

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Welcome to the “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” Blog Tour! @FRStepnowski @4WillsPub #RRBC

Please help me give Author, Forrest Stepnowski, a warm welcome here at Words To Captivate. Forrest is a fellow member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB  which I featured in a recent blog: A GREAT LITERARY COMMUNITY: #RRBC #RWISA. Forrest is on a blog tour with his book “BOUND’ED BY CHAINS” which is one of the ways that #T

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About the Book:

BOUND; The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men. Allow yourself to give in to your deepest fantasies, desires, and sensual dreams, BOUND is a collection of poetic works exploring the world of eroticism, romanticism, and fantasies of gay men of all ages. Walk through the mind inspired by fantasies, the hopes for romance, the desire to be swept off ones’ feet, and the longing to be touched through this anthology filled with lost romance and passionate memories. Escape into a world that allows you to be one with your desires, feel the heightened sensations and passion through random rendezvous and engagements.

 

Poetry Excerpt from Bound: The Lost Romanticism and Eroticism of Gay Men:

In the beginning…

I stare in the mirror for hours

looking at my aging face, my graying hair

Alone, lost in a world where I no longer fit in, nor am I desired

I live in the memory of what was once a handsome face

A beautiful body, a real sexual being

It started when I was the age of seventeen

The not quite so legal but young, dumb, and full…

You get the picture

I lived through endless sexual encounters

A sensual but conservative body, but unhinged in the sheets

Amidst the blue-green skies under a palm tree I lay

A soldier sat next to me and attempted to graze my leg

Confused and aroused

The life of a teen entrapped in a confused state of being

An innocent being, trapped in an adult world of unexplored seduction

I stare in the mirror for hours

looking at my aging face, my graying hair

Reduced to only the memories of my conquests and seductions

The temple of manhood with an internally trapped siren singing songs that lure the hungry and feed the thirsty

But now a relic trapped into the history of older gay men who remain silent in their insecurities

 

About the Author:

Forrest Robert Stepnowski is an advocate, a writer, a social worker, and a performance artist in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing poetic works and prose for most of his life. He realized how important is to share his work with others who have dealt with similar pathways of self-hate, self-deprecation, and self-loathing in the hopes they find they are not alone, as well as help them realize they are not deviants, nor are they against “human nature.” They are part of a collective of misfit toys on an island where being different is beautiful. We all have a voice, and the world should hear it. Forrest is a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://www.forresttakesajourney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forrestrobertstepnowski

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frstepnowski

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forreststepnowski

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Amazon Purchase Links:

Paperback

https://www.amazon.com/BOUND-Lost-Romanticism-Eroticism-Gay/dp/1096882558/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

E-Book

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S1MLFGD/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  
Thanks for supporting this author and his work!

Following my passion and paying it forward! ~ Rave Reviews Book Club’s Blog Party! #RRBC

Natalie Ducey, one of my favourite poets, presents a wonderful initiative called “Peace By Piece Puzzles” to combat the devastating effects of PTSD, dementia and other mental illnesses. Please, read on…

Welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s Blog Party!

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Today, I’ll be giving away three prizes. For a chance to win one of the three prizes all you have to do is read my post and leave a comment. Yup, it’s that easy!

1. $5.00 Amazon Gift Card

2.  $5.00 Amazon Gift Card

3. $5.00 Amazon Gift Card

Total prizes on this stop: 3

I’m so very grateful for you taking the time to stop by my blog today. To my RRBC family, I offer my sincere gratitude for the kindness and inspiration you have granted me over the past 1 ½ years.

Many of you know that I published my first book of poetry The Heart’s Journey Home in 2015. That endeavour brought me miles outside of my comfort zone. But it also, by chance or grand design, lead me here today, to be among you and feel at home…

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2017 Block Party Post: Nonnie Interviews Marco Rossini

Welcome to our RRBC Spring Book & Blog Block Party! I’m so pleased to welcome you to my blog site, Words To Captivate, today!

There are two prizes for lucky visitors today:

The first prize is a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

The second prize is a signed paperback copy of my newest non-fiction release, Reflections (to a winner residing in Canada or the USA. If the winner resides elsewhere I will gift that person with any two of my four publications by way of Kindle Gift Cards.)

# of Winners on this stop: 2 

I have two published novels in my science fiction series, The Genesis Saga, Book 1 is Passion & Struggle, and Book 2 is Treachery & Triumph. Humanity abandoned Earth in the late 21st Century and travelled for 95 years to found a new civilisation on the tropical planet, Genesis. My books pick up their story some 600 years after they arrived at Genesis.

With her permission, I wrote a series of 21 character interviews featuring our club President, Nonnie Jules, as the main interviewer. Possessing great powers (who says I can’t write fantasy!) I whisked the two of us from planet Earth to Genesis, 700 years into the future. Nonnie met the main characters of the first two books of The Genesis Saga on their own turf. Yes, she found the trips a bit unsettling (who wouldn’t?) but she adapted well and earned the respect of each character she met. What follows below is the 21st and final episode originally titled: How Far Will You Go To Fulfil Your Duty? Nonnie is interviewing the main character, Vice President, Marco Rossini. The other interviews can be found here. Please enjoy!

In our last episode, Dr John introduced Author, Nonnie Jules to the big Irishman, ArcGeneral Pat Conroy, who grew up with Marco Rossini in Darymanis City. The two hit it off immediately and enjoyed chatting about Marco’s return from a near-fatal injury. Today, Nonnie finishes up her Treachery & Triumph Tour on Genesis with a visit to Vice President Marco Rossini’s home on the University of Genesis City campus. They have met before and established a warm rapport. She needs to know how he plans to carry out his duty.

(Nonnie and John appear at Marco’s front door where they are greeted by Agent, James Drury. Nonnie has made it clear to John that she must get home after she sees Marco.)

Drury: (Approaches them from behind as they stand before the front door.) “Good afternoon, do you have business here… ” (They turn to face him, and he immediately recognises John) “Hello, Dr John! Does the Vice President know you’re visiting today?”

John: “Good to see you, James. No, but he did ask me to bring Mrs Jules by for a visit the next time she was in town.”

Drury: (Smiles and nods respectfully to Nonnie, and then speaks into his comm unit.) “He asked me to show you inside. Please follow me – I’ll take you to the living room where you can make yourself at home.”

(Once inside, Nonnie and John take seats in two comfortable chairs surrounding a coffee table, and Drury excuses himself.)

Nonnie: (Eyes John carefully.) “You know, the people around here – well, everybody knows you and clearly hold you in great respect… how did you manage that?”

(John winks at her but his reply is cut off as Marco strides into the room with delight written all over his face. He goes to Nonnie first and gives her a warm hug when she stands to greet him. They exchange pleasantries for a moment and then Marco greets John warmly as well. Marco takes a seat in the lone empty chair in the setting.)

Marco: “This is such a delightful surprise! I finished at the office early today to come home and work out with Ted… but I’d rather chat with you two for a while.”

Nonnie: “You look better than ever after your tragic injuries. How do you feel?”

Marco: “Nonnie, you’re too kind. Physically, I’ve never felt better in my life…”

Nonnie: “Please forgive me for interrupting, Marco, but I’m not being kind. I don’t sugarcoat my truth and I don’t pull any punches…”

Marco: (holding up his hands grinning) “Okay, okay… you have the job. You can start on my security team tomorrow!”

Nonnie: (Smiles and nods to John) “You’re quick, Marco, and I just love smart men! However, I do have a family to look after…” (Sends John a stern look) “You returned to Genesis to find that the Rouge terrorists had launched a few unsuccessful attempts to kill some people on their list. How did you feel about that?”

Marco: (Nodding his head thoughtfully.) “I was appalled, but not surprised, nor did I feel panicked. I had more than one chat with Setter Caine who convinced me that I had to tap into the warrior spirit within me. I also had a lot of time on Earth to think about my life, who I am, and the resources I have around me. So… I came back here ready to do battle – to fight for our way of life and for the people I love.”

Nonnie: (Looks into his eyes intently) “I see. Just how far are you willing to go?”

Marco: “The Rouge aren’t going to go quietly. They’re fanatics and won’t listen to reason. They believe they have a holy mission ordained by the Gods. I command the Alpha Corps. These highly trained men and women might need backup from the Marine Corps and the Navy. These warriors and their officers who advise me will be all the weaponry I’ll need to eliminate them.”

Nonnie: “Do you mean you’ll kill them, Marco?”

Marco: “We’ll hunt them down to arrest them. When they resist, they’ll be treated with extreme prejudice.”

Nonnie: (Sits quietly and reflects on his words and his tone.)“Will you be able to live with that, Marco? To order the deaths of people? Do you think it will change you?”

Marco: “My dear, I’ve already changed. This isn’t a political debate – the Rouge have declared war on this administration and made threats against the woman I love. Because of my position, I have a duty to protect this government and the citizens at large. I will carry out that duty to the best of my ability, even if it means that at the end of the day, I have blood on my hands.”

(Marco pauses, then resumes eye contact with Nonnie.)

“Tell me, Nonnie. Will my actions make me less of a man?”

Nonnie: “Marco, I don’t know what that course of action will do to you. I believe you are a caring and sensitive man, and I’d hate to see that destroyed by this “war”, as you put it. I admire the personal traits of strength and personal resolve – and you have both. If anyone can fight this war and emerge with their humanity intact, it’s Marco Rossini. I will pray for you.”

(Nonnie rises and extends her arms to Marco. He steps to her and gives her a hug.)

Marco: “Thank you so much for visiting today – both of you. I’m grateful for your love and support.”

Nonnie: “Fine! You and Marie can name your first daughter after me! Just kidding! Okay, Dr John, I need to get home to my babies, and my reality shows – in that order!”

(After bidding them farewell, Marco sees them to the door and is startled when they vanish. Within seconds they reappear in Nonnie’s office.)

Nonnie: “John, I can’t believe we were gone all day – look at the time… whaaat? That clock must be wrong. It says only 45 minutes have passed!”

(She turns back to John, but he’s gone. She smiles and shakes her head)

“These Canadians… what am I going to do with that man?”

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Dazzled by the ‘Spotlight’ on Rave Reviews Book Club!

Suzanne Burke is a talented writer and supportive Indie author. She was “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR for Rave Reviews Book Club in February and this is her remarkable report!

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

I love to share the special Highlights of my life! My month long featured tour as The Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR” for February 2017 ranks among the most memorable times thus far in my journey as an Indie Author!

WHY?

Let me give you just a glimpse!

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If you are expecting a “Rave” that’s precisely what you are going to get! BUT, I like to back up my rhetoric with some statistics. So let’s take a look at a few, shall we?

My “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR TOUR” commenced on February 1st 2017.

My visitors to this site for the entire month of January 2017 numbered = 91.

My visitors to this site for the duration of the “SPOTLIGHT TOUR” February 1st/February 28th =181. Yes! My visitors doubled!

My visitors’ country …

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The rest of the world contributed a further 20 visitors! Considering the fact that I’m an Australian…

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