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Welcome to the #RRBC “Rockin’ 2020 Away” Book, Blog & Trailer Block Party! #RWISA @nonniejules @RRBC_Org

Welcome to RRBC’s “ROCKIN’ 2020 AWAY” BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY at Books By Nonnie! 

Today at my stop I’m giving away…

(2) $5 Amazon Gift Cards

(1) ebook copy of OPEN, SHUT 

BLURB

Darcy Lynn has a few problems.  Her sister, Lola, killed by a drunk driver, leaves her with an eerie message right before her death; her parents are atheists; her father drinks a little too much, and her brother, Bud, is just annoying. But, her most pressing issue is that things are mysteriously opening and closing around her and she hasn’t a clue as to why…or how.

In this short “sad but uplifting story with a wonderful message,” as one reader tags it, Author, Nonnie Jules flexes her writing chops once again, by introducing her readers to a normal, everyday family, whose lives are altered, not once, but twice by unexpected and unusual circumstances.

If you came into this story only believing in things seen with your own two eyes, and things heard with your own two ears, you walk away with a new and refreshing added sense…the ability and the courage to change, based on where your heart leads you.

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EXCERPT

February 12, 2001:

The weather is so horrible out, I’m not sure why it makes sense that we go to school today, but, Mom is insistent.  More-so because Lola just got home from the hospital a few days ago, and she’s anxious to get back to school.  Of course, if she wants to go, we all have to go.  Bobby and I want to be upset with Lola, but, we can’t;  she’s our favorite.

“Have a great day today, Kiddos.” Dad rustles by, mussing Bobby’s hair.

I smile.  It’s forced, but, it’s the right thing to do.

“You do the same, Dad,” Lola chimes in.  Now, her smile is genuine.  It should be, though, she’s the only one happy about today.

“Hurry and finish your breakfast, kids.  You don’t want to be late.” This is Mom’s Monday through Friday spiel, and like a desperate call center agent, she gives it without fail.

“I don’t mind being late at all,” I respond.  I’m being honest.

Moving at full speed, mom comes to a screeching halt in front of me and I swear her hands are moving towards my throat.

“You are the most pugnacious ten-year-old-child in the world!”  The dishcloth being twisted in her hands looks eerily like a noose being prepared to outfit a certain ten-year-old neck.

I’ve no idea what that word means, but coming from my mom – and directed at me – it can’t be good…

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TRAILER

Thank you for dropping by my blog.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my little share, but more than anything, I hope that it enticed you to want to read more of it.  Before you go, please leave a comment, LIKE the post, share it, and hit the FOLLOW button on my blog!

OPEN, SHUT

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38 responses »

  1. This is a beautiful story, Nonnie. A lovely stop on the tour.

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  2. Great blurb, Nonnie! Got your book on my must-read list!

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  3. Hi, Nonnie. I read “Open Shut.” It is a good story and the ending is perfect. Best wishes!

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  4. This is an appealing excerpt that draws us right in! Thanks for an entertaining tour stop. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Block Party.

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  5. I thoroughly enjoyed Open/Shut, Nonnie and posted a 5-star review on Amazon! I highly recommend this thought-provoking read.

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  6. This looks great, Nonnie. My reading list is getting longer and longer. (And for once, WordPress didn’t change your name to Bonnie!)

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    • Wanda, Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde – my favorite story of all time so you and your auto-correct can call me Bonnie anytime! But, you’ll have to have a Clyde in tow when you do!

      Thanks for dropping by, Wanda! You’re simply the best!

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  7. Hi Nonnie, I love this post. I am glad you chose Open Shut as a focus. I learned something new again! Thank you for your efforts and creating a great tour for us to enjoy.

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  8. On my kindle! Great party post, Nonnie.. 🎉

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  9. Hi, Nonnie! I love the trailer and the excerpt for Open Shut. It’s one story I can’t wait to read! Grabbing my copy now! Great blog post!

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  10. It sounds like you have another bestseller on your hands. I have another book to read!

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  11. Great blog page Nonnie!!

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  12. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hi Nonnie! You have a nice display and I love the background cream color (brown). I chose this color for my master bathroom. Its absolutely beautiful. I also have all of your books. Its amazing that you found the time to write with so much coming out of that brain. LOL

    You created this tour, so enjoy it!

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  13. Nonnie, I have two of your books on my Kindle now, and if I stop rockin’ and rollin’ long enough I could get start reading – ha!

    The trailer is excellent and the excerpt shows how well you handle dialogue, which I have struggled with. By the way, I have responded to all the authors during this blog party because I know how much it means to be supported.

    Thanks for all you and Paula do to showcase authors and their books. Brava!

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    • Hi, Marian! I imagine how “real” people speak when I’m writing dialogue and it tends to just flow at that point. I’m a people-watcher and also a people-listener, so, there you have it! I’ll bet you handle it just fine, as well!

      Thanks for supporting! RRBC is unlike other organizations that just allow folks to “sit” on their rosters. We always “strongly” encourage support. It’s what separates us from the regular “joes.” Wink, Wink!

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  14. Nonnie, I thoroughly enjoyed OPEN/SHUT and many of your other short stories, all leaving a wonderful message to readers. Great trailer, too. Enjoy the rest of the tour WONDER WOMAN!

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  15. Hi, Nonnie. I’m back from my trip and playing catch-up. I love this post and “Open-Shut” was a GREAT read! I highly recommend it. It is one of those stories that makes you stop and think…and that is good!

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    • Thanks, Jan! I try to write those stories and poetry that causes readers to think – it’s always my intent to also lead the reader into an ending that will hold them long after they’ve closed the book.

      Hope your away time was awesome, Jan! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Hi Nonnie, sounds like a fascinating read. Will grab a copy. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  17. Hello Nonnie. Open Shut sounds like a great read. I will add it to my list. Have a phenomenal day.

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  18. This was a great short story, Nonnie! The character’s voice is so well-created. 🙂

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  19. Hi,

    Open Shut is one book on my TBR that I look forward to reading. If the soulful music being played is an introduction to what happens in the story, then I know now that I will enjoy it.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • Hi, Pat! I wrote it and I could read it over and over again. I think the blurb is probably the best one I’ve written that so accurately depicts the entire story – I enjoy reading it over and over again, as well.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  20. I hope every visitor grabs a copy!

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