Welcome, THE GENESIS SAGA Blog Tour & John Fioravanti!!!!
Hi, and thank you all for stopping by today to support one of my favorite authors in all the world! John “Fio” Fioravanti has visited us here before but never in the manner in which he will grace us with his presence today! John is on a 7 day/2blog a day tour and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a tour! I’ve seen only the first blog post and that’s the one you are about to see below, and from that little interview between John and I, I have been anxiously awaiting more. So, every single day, we will be on an adventure, and we want you to come along! This will be one of THE best rides you’ve ever taken on a blog tour, you have my word on that, and you don’t want to miss out on one stop along this tour! So, are you ready? Buckle up, because this is where our journey begins…
I’m grateful to Nonnie Jules for hosting this first post of THE GENESIS SAGA BLOGTOUR, and also to 4WillsPublishing for sponsoring it all! The full lineup for this tour can be found on my personal Blog Tour page at 4WillsPublishing.
My purpose, is to give readers a greater familiarity with planet Genesis – within the Equations universe created by author and friend, Kenneth Tam.
To this end, we will begin a series of interviews of some key players in Book One of The Genesis Saga: PASSION & STRUGGLE. Nonnie Jules of the famed interviews, ‘Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie Jules?’ has agreed to lend her formidable skills to this process. She gave me the nickname “Fio” a while back – so keep that in mind in case she opts to use it! Nonnie and I are sitting comfortably in her office at 4WillsPublishing.
JF: Thank you, Nonnie for inviting me to join you here today!
NJ: You’re welcome! (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… (JF smiles politely, Nonnie shakes her head)… alright, I’ll start with you, Fio! Why did the people of Genesis have to make big changes in their society?
JF: 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.
NJ: Sounds grim, Fio… what changes do they want to make… and WHO’s directing traffic?
JF: 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…
NJ: (interrupting and glaring at Fio) They segregate the races there?
JF: Actually… no. The discrimination is based on religious differences. Right now, the High Chancellor is running the planet’s first democratic election!
NJ: (incredulously) DEMOCRACY!! A religious dictator is setting up a democracy? Fio, this is unbelievable – I wish I could talk to this man!
JF: (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 park bench in a beautiful park.)
Your wish is my command! (He gestures to the beautiful shrubbery that surrounds them.)
NJ: (Nonnie stands up and takes a step away, then spins around and glares accusingly at her guest) Fio, WHERE ARE WE?
JF: 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 beside her and takes Nonnie’s 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.
HB: (Bows respectfully to Nonnie) Welcome to my favorite refuge, ArcAngel Park! You know, it was built so the faithful could enjoy the natural gifts of the Gods in peaceful splendor.
NJ: (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 Fio?
HB: (Bingham smiles at Fio, then addresses Nonnie, kindly.) Madam, I don’t know anyone called Fio. 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.
NJ: I need to sit down! (She resumes her seat on the bench and both men sit on either side of her.)
(Looks at Fio sternly) We’ll talk LATER! (She turns to Bingham) Fio… erm… 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?
HB: (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.
NJ: (Pauses, glances at Fio, 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?
HB: 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.
NJ: I don’t suppose you have anyone in mind for that job…
HB: But of course, Madam! ArcGeneral Liz Hastings is the ONLY person for this sacred task!
NJ: A woman! REALLY! (Nonnie glances at Fio with an astonished look before turning back to Harvey Bingham)
I was told that your church doesn’t approve of women in leadership roles.
HB: Elizabeth Hastings is no ordinary woman… she is my candidate for President!
NJ: (Looks at the cleric with approval in her eyes) Well, I just HAVE to meet this woman. Fio, do you…
JF: (Lays his left hand on Nonnie’s arm) As you wish…
Join us for Nonnie’s next adventure on Genesis…
If you miss a stop, you can pick it up here!
John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008.
Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.
John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life!
At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books.
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Blog Tour Links:
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Fantastic post, John! I wish you the very best in this project! Thanks for hosting, Nonnie!
Thank you very much, Beem! I appreciate your visit today!
Well, you have me hooked, John!! What a fabulous way to start off your awesome tour!! Congrats to you!!
Thank you, Marlena! I so appreciate your support, and hope you enjoy the rest of the tour!
I really like how you and Nonnie are bringing the story alive. I read Passion & Struggle so I get what you are talking about. Good luck John and Congratulations on your tour.
Hi Shirley – so happy you could join us on the tour! Thanks for your kind words and your ongoing support! Hope to see you on the other stops!
Great interview! I just finished reading Passion & Struggle, and it’s great to find out more about it here 🙂 Hope you have a great tour, John! 🙂
Thank you very much, Harmony – you’ll probably get more out of this tour than most folks! Have fun and thanks for stopping by!
Thanks, Nick! I’m just glad that Nonnie let me use her in these interviews. Glad you’re enjoying the tour!
An interview with the cast – what a great idea! I’m looking forward to reading more of those!
Interesting interview – good luck on the blog tour, Fio.
Hi Peggy! Thanks for joining us on the tour – glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you on the rest of our stops in Genesis!
Hi, John! Great start for your tour. I won’t miss any stop. 🙂
Nonnie, thank you for hosting this.
Thanks, Liz – glad you stopped by! Looking forward to seeing you again!
What a unique way to do an interview. I look forward to following along in future posts.
Thanks, Mims – I was trying to do something new and fresh. Glad you were able to visit!
Kudos. AWESOME iNTERVIEW! Shared on FB & Twitter.
Hi Bette! Thank you very much – for your kind words and for the shares! Please visit us again this week!
Reblogged this on rhanidchae and commented:
I loved this interview & thought you might get a kick out of it too. 😊
Thank you, good friend! I appreciate the re-blog!!
John & Nonnie, that was absolutely AWESOME! What a fun interview! Must reblog. Lol
Why thank you, Rhani! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by – join us for the next adventure!
What a ‘novel’ approach for a blog tour! Well done John and Nonnie 😀
Thanks, Jan! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Hope to see you again!
Wow! An absolutely delightful fantasy interview! I vote for more of those. Best wishes on your blog tour, John.
John touches Jenny’s arm lightly, closes his eyes in concentration, nods and says, “As you wish, Jenny…” Thanks I appreciate your kind words! Glad you stopped by! Hope to see you again, Jenny!
This tour is certainly off to an interesting start:) Congrats, John! I am still reading ‘Genesis’; hopefully this tour will help me better understand the dynamic better as the week continues:)
Thanks for stopping by, Traci! I hope you enjoy the trips to Genesis. I enjoyed writing them!
What a fun way of doing this.
Thank you very much for stopping by! It was a lot of fun to write.
Wonderful interaction and promise of a Genesis tour for Nonnie. Well done.
Thanks, John! I hope you’ll enjoy the ride too!
The beginning of this tour is already looking good. If it goes on like this, I am sure we’ll have a blast. Well, congratulations John for another exciting tour, and I can see Nonnie sitting right beside you on the ride. Well, I will not be left out. I am also right behind you.
Thank you, Joy! I hope you enjoy the rest of it – I had a blast writing it. Glad to have you aboard the Genesis Express!
this sounds GREAT, john (FIO)! thanks to nonnie for bringing us there!
Thanks for stopping by, Rea – great seeing you here! I hope you can join us for more adventures on Genesis!
Thank you for the very warm welcome here today, Nonnie! I hope you’ll be enjoying the tour I’ll be conducting for you on Genesis this week!
Oh, I know I’ll enjoy it! This post hooked me! Thanks for stopping by!