Welcome to Day 14 of the ’20 #RRBC WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @pdoggbiker @nonniejules

Hello, friends, and welcome to the 14th day of RRBC’S 2020 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR!  As you probably are aware by now, each year, the wonderful members of the club donate to this event to ensure that we are able to offer our $100 Amazon Gift Card Gift Basket raffle and we want to show them just how much we appreciate their kindness and generosity.

I am so honored to host one of my new favorites, Author, John Podlaski!  What a talent he is!  I’m so happy to share his book, “CHERRIES” with you today at WATCH NONNIE WRITE (although, we’ll be watching John write today!)

Cherries by John Podlaski


In 1970, John Kowalski is one of many young, naive teenage soldiers sent to Vietnam to fight in an unpopular war. Dubbed “Cherries” by their more seasoned peers, these newbies suddenly found themselves thrust into the middle of a terrible nightmare. On-the-job-training is intense, however, most of these teenagers were hardly ready to absorb the harsh mental, emotional, and physical stress of war. When coming under enemy fire and witnessing death first-hand, a life changing transition begins…one that can’t be reversed.

The author is an excellent story teller, readers testify that they’re right there with the characters, and joining them in their quest for survival; sharing the fear, awe, drama, and sorrow, witnessing bravery, and sometimes, even laughing at their humor.

“Cherries” tells it like it is and when finished, readers will have a much better understanding of what these young men had to endure for an entire year. It’s a story that is hard to put down.

“CHERRIES” audiobook sample

About, Author, John Podlaski…


John served in Vietnam during 1970 and 1971 as an infantryman with both the Wolfhounds of the 25th Division and the 501st Infantry Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He has spent the years since Vietnam working in various management positions within the automotive industry and has recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. John is a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 and lives with his wife, Janice, in Sterling Heights, Michigan. They own a 1997 Harley Davidson Heritage and are both members of the Great Lakes Chapter of South East Michigan Harley Owner’s Group. Both retired in 2013 and enjoy not working anymore. John has authored and published four books on Amazon: “Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel”, “When Can I Stop Running?”, “Unhinged”, and “Unwelcomed”. He is currently working on the sequel to “When Can I Stop Running?” with an expected 2021 Summer release.

Follow the author on…

Twitter:  @pdoggbiker



Friends, thanks for popping in to support John today!  Be sure to leave him a comment below to ensure that you’re entered into the drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.  Follow along each day of the tour, leave a comment at each stop, and get more entries into this drawing!  

Until next time … show your kindness, show your decency, and please, if you’re an author, always, always, always, no matter the circumstance, exhibit only professionalism!

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  1. Hi John and Nonnie! Great trailer for Cherries. Sounds like an awesome read!

    • Hi Bette. Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

  2. Hi Nonnie, thanks for sharing John’s book.

    • Charles, thanks for dropping by to support, John!

    • Charles, thanks for popping in and checking out my book on Nonnie’s blog.

  3. Back atcha, Nonnie!

  4. All the best to you and your work, John – and Nonnie!

  5. Hi, John and Nonnie! Great to see so many visitors and comments, today. I’m buying a copy of “Cherries” because of the recommendations here and to better understand why my husband and uncles don’t want to talk about their experiences. Thanks for your support of the RRBC conference last year!

    • Thank you, Linda, for visiting and for supporting me on my tour. I’m confident you’ll enjoy Cherries and learn more about what your husband and uncles may have experienced.

    • Sounds like a great idea, Linda! WE never can have too many resources to enlighten us, now can we? Thanks for supporting John!

  6. Hi, John. It is nice to see you this afternoon!

    Nonnie, thank you for so many great recommendations.

    Enjoy the tour.

    • Hi, Karen! You’re very welcome! Thanks for dropping by to support John P!

    • Hi Karen, thanks for dropping by during this blog tour. I do appreciate your visit.

  7. Nonnie, your blog introduction of John was great! John, your trailer is fabulous! You really occupy a special niche and have a (well deserved) dedicated audience. Wishing you much success on your leg of the tour!

    • Thank you, Maurabeth for visiting…I’m looking to expand that audience.

    • Maura Beth, well, John is special! Thanks for dropping by to support him!

  8. Hi John–As I was a teen during the Vietnam War, I remember the horrific images of the war and the toll on the servicemen and the country as a whole. I’ve ordered your book, “Cherries,” and have put it on my to-read list. The trailers definitely spurred my interest in the book.

    Hi Nonnie–Thank you for sharing the post about John Podlaski’s book, “Cherries”, and for spearheading the blog tour. It’s given me a chance to learn more about the talented RRBC authors.

    • Linnea, thank you so much for your support. I’m confident you’ll enjoy Cherries and I look forward to your feedback. Nonnie is the architect for the trailer…I just gave her the wording. BTW, I’m halfway through your first book in the series “…Raven” and enjoying it immensely.

    • Hi, Linnea! it was my honor to spotlight John P. here today. Thanks for supporting him!

  9. petespringerauthor

    I enjoy books such as John’s that help us who didn’t serve know what it was like. I was unfamiliar with the term “cherries” in this context. The book trailer was engaging and well done.

    • Thank you for visiting, Pete. I do agree that Nonnie did a great job on the trailer – a task that I was sure would blow me away.

    • Thanks, Pete! Once John P. gave me the foundation, it was easy for 4WillsPub to build the trailer from there! It is our job to make our authors and their books look good! John P. was pleased, therefore, I was pleased.

      Thanks for dropping by with your support! Do pick up a copy of John’s book!

  10. Hi Nonnie, lovely to see John featured here with this book. It sounds very interesting and a most worthwhile read. I am very interested in books about wars.

    • Thank you, Robbie, for visiting and offering your comments. I’m confident you’ll enjoy Cherries and find the storytelling to be no different than those of mine you already read. Enjoy the rest of the tour. Thank you, again, for all your support!

    • That’s great to hear, Robbie! I’m sure John P. will be excited to know what you thought about his dear “CHERRIES!”

  11. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hi John. Thank you for your service to our country. I’m glad you made it back home safe and sound. If you don’t tell the true story, who else will or can. You take us there in a way that no one else can. Congratulations!

    • Shirley, thank you so much for your kindness and support since I’ve joined RRBC. If you read Cherries, I’m certain it will offer you some insight as to what your brother might have experienced while he was in Vietnam. Although I wasn’t in the Marines, much of what we experienced was the same. Thanks again for visiting. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        John, I just purchased Cherries and will add it to my TBR list.

    • Thanks for dropping in to support, John P., Shirley!

  12. roxburkey

    Hi Nonnie. No doubt you are hosting a fine author and valued American.

    Hi John. Thank you so very much for your valued service to our country. Your sacrifices are appreciated. Hope you and HOG pack are enjoying the beautiful winding roads. Your books are ones I am glad I discovered. Your writing is crisp, compelling, and emotional. Thank you for not holding back in your writing. Take care and looking for your next release, please share.

    • Thank you, Rox, for your kind words and support. There is no “high tech” in Cherries, but I’m confident you’ll still enjoy reading and possibly learning about what it was like for teenage soldiers to go to war. I have also enjoyed a couple of your books and plan to get into the series soon.

    • A fine author, John P., is – I agree with you, Rox! Thanks for supporting his day!

  13. I love this book trailer, John! I’ve read several stories from you and have enjoyed each one. I have no doubt I will enjoy this one as well. Have an awesome day today! Thanks for hosting, Nonnie! 🙂

    • Thank you, Yvette, for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my other stories – I’m certain you’ll also enjoy Cherries. Enjoy the tour and upcoming vacation.

    • Yvette, so glad you enjoyed John’s trailer! Thanks for supporting!

  14. Hi John! Your stories about the Viet Nam war are far more detailed than any journalistic account I’ve ever read. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you, Phil. I’m glad you’re enjoying my stories and able to garner some insight as to what it was light for these young teenagers to be sent to war. Writing styles have not changed and I’m confident you’ll enjoy this one, too. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

    • Phil, John really is that window for those of us who have never served, to know what it was really like. I appreciate his stories greatly!

      Thanks for supporting!

  15. Hi John, Hi Nonnie,
    John, I do enjoy your writing style. It is realistic and it convinces. It draws the reader into your story. It is very nice seeing you here. It is nice reading your books as you present what many people really don’t understand or know about ––the comradeship of buddyhood. When you’ve been in situations like you have experienced, having a buddy becomes sacred and cherished. Wishing you the very best in your future writing career. I am so glad that I met you, buddy.

    Nonnie, thank you so much for hosting John on your blog.

    Have a great day to the both of you.

    Shalom aleichem

    • My Buddyhood Comrade and Sister in Arms, Pat, thank you for your kind words and for stopping by to visit. You are correct about the camaraderie that exists between combat veterans…in many cases, the love shared can be greater than that for family. That common bond is strong and can’t be broken. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

    • Thanks, Pat!

  16. Have fun today, my friend!

    • Nonnie, thank you so much for what you do! I have learned from you, not only about writing and reviewing but also about daily life and how one should treat others. You are selfless and full of surprises, it’s a wonder you have any time left for yourself. I look forward to your words of wisdom, training sessions, and continued support as we all grow and move along together into the future. Thank you so much for hosting me during this tour.

      • John, thank you for being such an awesome member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB/RWISA and making what I do so enjoyable and worthwhile. You belong to an elite class – that of talented writers! Most of all, thanks for being such an amazing human being and one I’m glad to call my friend!


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