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12 Days of Authors John Podlaski (1)


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On the 12th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…


Author bio:

I served in Vietnam in 1970 and received numerous military recognitions including (Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry).  After my military service, I spent 45+ years working in management positions within the automotive supplier sector. My wife, Janice, and I retired in 2013 and live in Sterling Heights, MI. During our retirement, we’re happily watching our only grandchild, 3-year-old Scarlett, while daughter, Nicole Patrick, works. What a joy seeing her grow both physically and mentally every day. I’ve authored two books about my Vietnam experience (a sequel will be published in June) and two well-received short stories. 

NJ:  And on the 12th day of the series, I get to hang out with one of my two favorite Johns!  I saved you for this day especially… it’s Memorial Day, and we’d like to honor you for your service to our country, Sir! So tell us, is your author name a pen name or your birth name?

John:  Birth name

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

John:  All through my management career, I’ve had to write reports, summaries, and business plans which were quite formal. I must credit my wife for edging me on to write. Here is the story on how it happened:

Forty-five years ago, my mother gifted us with a shoe box containing every letter I had written home while serving in the Vietnam War and my personal diary.  We read through the many letters and diary – my wife, intrigued by it all, had a hundred questions.  She suggested that I make a short outline based upon the letters and diary and then try to flesh it out so her questions could be answered.  I started this project on a manual typewriter and carbon paper, intending to write something no longer than a term paper.  However, as more questions and requests for clarification came, the “term paper” grew.  Editing, during this time, required an entire chapter to be retyped to maintain proper structure.  In early 1980, Atari came out with a game console that offered a word processor, the ability to store data on floppy disks and a dot matrix printer.  Purchasing this, I spent the next three months duplicating all the keystrokes of the paper into this new computer, then finding it much easier to edit and add to the story.

The manuscript was completed in 1986 and then shopped around to various publishers and entered contests at various colleges; the story was a finalist at Washington State University’s International Literary Awards.  I finally located a publisher who was willing to take a chance on my story providing it was rewritten to a third person perspective.  

Six months later, the rewrite was half complete and already exceeded the length of the original.  I began working a lot of overtime on my job and found that there wasn’t time available to continue my project – this continued for the next year.  At that point, I lost interest in the project all together – boxing everything up and moving them to the garage, where they sat for the next twenty years.

In 2009, my wife and I attended our 40th high school reunion – the school was small, and we only had sixty students in the graduating class…at least two thirds of them attended.  The last reunion attended was the 20th, and I had forgotten that I donated two copies of my original manuscript for them to read and pass around.  So, I was quite surprised when they asked about the status of that manuscript from long ago.  When I responded that I gave up shortly after that last reunion, they were relentless in their efforts to get me to pick it back up.  This persistence continued for the next two or three weeks before I gave in.

The 8-bit floppy disks could not be converted to Microsoft Word without spending quite a sum of money.  My daughter, Nicole, said that if I could print out everything saved, she would get it all into Word.  Six weeks later, she handed me a memory stick with both versions.

Nine months later, April 20, 2010, “Cherries” was born as an e-book on Smashwords.com and later as POD on Amazon.com and other platforms.     

NJ:  I understand that CHERRIES is your favorite.  Please tell us why. 

John:  This book exposes my innermost secrets and shows others what many of us in the Baby Boom Generation had to contend with while growing up. The Vietnam War affected everyone living at the time. My tour in the war changed my life drastically – for the good – and made me what I am today. I am thrilled when others learn from my work and state that it helps family members understand why their soldier was changed when he came home. The soldiers thank me for putting into words what they couldn’t talk about.

CHERRIES – A Vietnam War Novel

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 with only six months of training. 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.

“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.

NJ:  John, where can readers purchase your book and how much is it?

John:  Cherries is available on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Cherries-Vietnam-Novel-John-Podlaski-ebook/dp/B003R4Z5U6

The Kindle ebook version is $4.99, Paperback $11.99, and audiobook $14.99

An ebook version can also be purchased from Smaswords for Apple and other type of electronic readers:    Smashwords – Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel – Revised Edition – a book by John Podlaski  for $4.99.

NJ:  Awesome!  I have been in this business long enough to know that quite a few readers have a purchase price point and will only spend so much on an e-book. How do you price your books and what is your logic behind the pricing? 

John:  In most cases, Amazon dictates what the “lowest” price can be based upon their profit level; authors must comply with the amount they set. In my case, I’m just trying to recoup my expenses for ads, etc. during the year. I have given books away for free online in certain situations, but that’s only for a short period of time. It burns me up how these “well-known authors” sell their ebooks for outrageous prices as compared to us Indie authors. As a result, I had to give them up and have read strictly Indie books during the last few years. As a guide, I try to price mine the same as the majority of other books within my Amazon categories.

NJ:  All true.  We do what we have to do to stay in the game.  John, I got on Twitter many years ago because my social media manager at the time, told me that I needed to be on Twitter. He did not give me an actual reason as to why (I had to learn my “why” on my own), just that I needed to be there.  What was your main reason for getting on Twitter?  What other social media platforms do you use to market your books?

John:  I have been using Facebook, LinkedIn, and email primarily to push my books and website, and a couple of years ago, I decided to ‘learn’ Twitter and join in the conversations. I was surprised to find that most of my website hits were now coming from Twitter as compared to others. Since joining up with RRBC for Twitter OJT, I’m finding much more of my time being spent there and getting much more bang for the buck both for support and fun.

I am not spending much time at all on Instagram and finding my Facebook support waning (I have both a personal page and a business page). Lately, LinkedIn and Twitter are providing most of the comments, retreats, and shares.

NJ:  Supporting others is a huge part of my identity. I believe that when you invest your time and support in others, you find that your circle grows by leaps and bounds of others giving the same to you. When I first got involved heavily on Twitter, I was pushing others more than I was pushing myself – I continue to do so. Do you support others on social media?  If so, how?

John:  Yes, more so on Twitter. It’s easy enough to do as most posts I see share the same interests. RRBC posts automatically get retweeted, then when I’m done, I visit the RRBC, RWISA pages to do the same thing. I also personally thank all those who retreat my posts. I haven’t learned yet how to retweet a post that I’ve already retweeted and look forward to learning that secret.

NJ:  Twitter can’t let you have all their secrets at one time, John.  You’ll have to wait your turn!  LOL! Do you actually take the time to read tweets from others before you retweet them, or do you just hit “retweet” without ever engaging in the tweet?

John:  Oh no, I read them first and  click on links when they are present to see what is being shared.

NJ:  Good for you!  I always look for tweets with substance.  I don’t tweet out the first tweet I find on someone’s timeline.  I want it to mean something to the folks I’m sharing with so I take my time, and find just that.  So, if you could map out the perfect way that you would want others to support you on social media, how would you ask your followers to support you? Just imagine that everyone who reads this interview will run out and follow you.  How could they best support you?  What would you have them do?

John:  My biggest passion today is in promoting my website. There are almost 500 articles, dozens of videos, pictures galore, and music of the time. My ‘job’ is to continue the legacy of the Vietnam War and its Warriors. Back then, as a result of the politics, demonstrations, and perceptions of the civilian population, we vets were painted with an unfavorable brush. One that made us out to be baby killers, dope addicts, uncivilized, dangerous, unpredictable, and undependable. We were alienated and nobody wanted to hire us. This caused gaps in resumes and omissions in social circles. Only now is there positive recognition and the majority of the public have learned to separate the War from the Warrior.  Schools don’t teach students about the Vietnam War, and we are becoming a dying breed. I post new photos to social media three different times every day with links back to a relating story on my website. However, there are many who are still unaware of its existence. If visitors enjoy the articles, they can link to my books to read about my personal experiences or vice versa. Still need help getting the word out.

NJ:  I love your site, John!  It does contain a wealth of information and some awesome stories, to boot!  We all learn something new almost every day while on social media and I like sharing what I have learned with other authors, in hopes that it will benefit them in some way.  Authors are always seeking good formatting services. Who do you use to format your books, and would you recommend them?

John:  I have learned to do my own via Derek Murphy. His site also includes free templates for writers.

NJ:  Can you share with our audience 2 or 3 of the top methods you use to market your books?

John:  I have a subscription to “SocialJukebox” and use it to schedule daily posts every day on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Then I respond to all posted comments.

Drawing people to my website also helps with the articles I post.

I also accept requests for interviews to get the word out. I’ve recently completed three and will post them as they are published (such as this one).

NJ:  Yes, John.  Some authors don’t realize how important it is to accept requests to be interviewed on other sites. It’s an awesome way to be introduced to readers who might not otherwise know anything about you. What is the one bit of writing advice you would give to any author, experienced or newbie?

John:  Go to sleep with a notepad next to your bed. Many ideas come to you while sleeping and you quickly forget unless making note of it. Don’t edit while writing…continue putting your thoughts on paper and begin editing when you are completely finished.

NJ:  Is your reputation as a writer important to you, OR might we look up one day and find that you are in a Twitter brawl with someone?

John:  I do keep my emotions in check on the internet and don’t respond to sexual or political type posts. I have not and will never participate in a shouting match on social media or my website. I have also learned over time that at least 10% of those people who read your posts and view your actions will disagree with you. You can’t just appease everyone and I take that into consideration.

NJ:  In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between the writers you see today around social media, versus the writers of old? (Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, even Stephen King)

John:  Today’s writers can receive feedback to their books or work in progress on social media almost instantaneous. The internet is also a great place to get ideas for future work. This wasn’t available back then, feedback from the public took a while, and close friends and family were probably biased.

NJ:  And authors of today don’t have family and friends posting reviews of their books… leaving glowing reviews of works they probably haven’t even read?  Of course they do!  Hahaha.  I know one who has a relative who is the first to post a glowing review every time they release a new book.  And they are definitely biased reviews as I’ve read a bit from the writer before and I’m being generous when I say the writing skill is at a 2 star level.  John, do you value professionalism in the literary arena and worry that the lack thereof makes it harder for those of us who wish to be taken seriously in this business? Or, does the unprofessional behavior of some around social media not bother you at all?

John:  I value professionalism. Unprofessional behavior does not benefit anyone and usually sheds that person in a bad light. If writers allow those kinds of comments on their page or website, they are at risk of losing those people who frequent him. Usually, the banter involves comments that are absolutely false and have nothing to do with the conversation, a big distraction. Introducing religion or politics into an unrelated discussion is a good example. I do end up blocking those folks.

NJ:  You’re like me, John.  I’ve no time for nonsense on social media and am a very skilled professional blocker.  If you have ever received any, how do you handle not-so-flattering reviews of your book(s)?

John:  Some reviewers are just plain evil and purposely give bad reviews while promoting a different author or book. Nothing I can do about them, but readers who have read the book will overlook those comments. If they are constructive, I will investigate the claim and see if I can correct the issue.

NJ:  Those evil folks are called “trolls,” John.  Some people live these little sad lives and get satisfaction out of trying to steal the happiness and joy of others.  But you know what?  Man didn’t give me my joy and man can’t take it away.  Troll on!  Do you appreciate honesty regarding your writing because you know that only honest feedback allows you to grow as a writer, or are you one of those who would prefer that others lie to you and tell you only what they know you want to hear?

John:  Every writer wants to hear positive comments about his work. However, the lack of honest reviews which highlight errors or inconsistencies which were missed might be repeated in the authors next book and eventually turn off readers to future works.

NJ:  You’re right, John.  But, we both know there are those who love being told those sweet little lies.  I’m so happy we don’t fall in that category of writers. 

Well, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to promote you on this special day!  You’ve closed out the May series in grand style!  



  • Indie
  • Genres are primarily Vietnam War related; two short stories could qualify as partial memoirs
  • 4 books published to date, with a 5th coming within the next quarter / CHERRIES is favorite



Twitter:  @pdoggbiker





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  1. Jacob, thank you for your support. I also love the trailer as it surpassed my expectations

  2. Thank you for all your writings about Vietnam. I really enjoy reading everything. I am a 2 tour 100% disabled Vietnam Vet.. Agent Orange is really getting me. I can relate to very many of the things you write about. I was a Combat Engineer. Thanks again.

    • Thank you for dropping in and leaving a comment. I’m glad you are enjoying my articles. Hang in there, troop!

  3. William Corley

    John, I always enjoy reading about your in country adventures and congratulations on being chosen one of the twelve writers.

    • Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment, William. I’m glad you enjoy my work.

  4. Hi, Linda! I’m so happy you dropped by to support, John! Vietnam was a really bad one, wasn’t it? So many young people lost their lives then. We’re happy to have John still here with us to share his stories. I learn so much from them. Asking the right questions is always what I aim to do.

    Enjoy your hump day!

  5. jacob mical

    Hey John! Loved the interview! Thanks for your service! Your novel seems intense but also enlightening and I loved your trailer! Best of luck to you!

    • Hi, Jacob! Thanks for dropping by to support John! I love his trailer, too! 🙂

    • Jacob, thank you for your support. I also love the trailer as it surpassed my expectations

  6. Wow, John! What a story you have shared about how “Cherries” came into being. Kudos to your wife for pushing you to write the memories!! Congrats on being featured on Memorial Day, and THANK YOU for your service! Thanks for hosting, Nonnie!

    • Hi, Jan! It was only fitting that I promote John on Memorial Day, don’t you think? Cherries was an interesting story, and we have John’s sweet wife to thank for pushing him into putting it all on paper. Thanks for dropping by to support my blog and John and following along with my series!

      Have a great one!

  7. Thank you Sir! Thank you for this brilliant interview! It’s hard to write about past trauma, to re-experience painful memories. But to grow, the world needs such testimony! In so doing, you share your experience and enriches our societies! It is not just writing: it’s educating, contributing to improve the community! Yes, thank you very much Sir xoxox

    • Hi, Kacey! John is definitely educating me for sure! He is a treasure. Thanks for dropping by to support him!

    • Thank you Kellcey for stopping by. I’m humbled by your words and will continue to educate others about the greatest event of my generation.

  8. My Uncle also served in Viet Nam, and I remember the stories he told my mom when I was hiding in the hallway because I was curious why she told my brother and I to go play in our room. Thank you for your service as difficult as it was.

    • Charles, conversations like that I’m pretty sure, parents felt were much too heavy for kids to take part in or even hear.

      Thanks for dropping by to support John!

    • Thanks for visiting and supporting me. Back then it was us vets hiding from the public. If you weren’t there it is difficult to understand what we had to endure.

  9. Reblogged this on CherriesWriter – Vietnam War website and commented:
    Check out my latest author interview about my books.

  10. John, how wonderful to see you featured on Memorial Day! I enjoyed learning about how your novels came to be, and that your wife and former classmates encouraged you. We are so glad they did! That time in our history was truly unique and deserves to be remembered and taught so that today’s young people can learn from it. The way our veterans were treated was a disgrace. I loved seeing your trailer with the personal pictures. Thank you for your service and for keeping the memory of that time alive. Nonnie, an outstanding interview!

    • Thank you, Maura Beth for your kind words. I guess I could call that persistence a ‘Labor of Love”. I’m glad you enjoyed my interview and book trailer. Thanks again for visiting.

    • Hi, Maura Beth! You’re right – even today I don’t feel that veterans are getting all the services and support they have so rightly earned because of what they gave to our country.

      Thanks for dropping by to support one of my two favorite Johns!

  11. Hi John,
    First, thank you for your service in Vietnam.
    As I read your interview, I smiled because your wife knew you were a writer before you did That is a nice togetherness that gives you both a joy.
    I value professionalism also, and I sleep with my iPad and telephone right by my bedside. I usually wake up between four and five in the morning with a scene for a story in my head.
    Wishing you all the best, John. Keep writing. Your stories are needed.

    Hi Nonnie, I thank you for presenting John on this platform. It was indeed engaging.

    Shalom aleichem

    • Thank you, Pat. Thankfully, I’m able to sleep the night all the way through, and some. Thank you, VA! My wife is still a great part of my writing. She’s a sounding board and reads everything I write and enjoys finding errors which often leads to goading. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    • Hi, Pat! I’m so glad you enjoyed John’s interview! Thanks for supporting him!

  12. kathleen Harryman

    Your interview is really powerful, I was completely gripped. It must have taken a lot of courage to revisit your experiences in Vietnam. Thank you so much for sharing. It is the perfect interview to end the series with.

    • Thank you, Kathleen, for visiting and leaving such kind words.

    • Thanks for dropping by to support John, Kathleen!

  13. Thanks for writing Cherries John, and for sticking up for the Vietnam veterans. My husband was a Vietnam veteran and commander of the hospital in Pleiku. Though he didn’t talk much about his experiences, he felt a bond with other Vietnam veterans.

    • Thanks for visiting, Harriet. I didn’t know that about your husband and would have enjoyed hearing his stories. May he rest in peace! That bond is special and one that will never be broken between veterans.

    • Thanks for dropping by to support, John, Harriet! I always say that God knows what he’s doing. I feel as if I didn’t get a serviceman because God knew that I’d ask too many questions – and what I’ve learned, is that some really don’t want to talk about their experiences because it’s too painful.

  14. Nonnie, you did an incredible job with all the author interviews!

    • Thanks so much, Phil! It was a very nice series! ON to the next!

  15. It is very interesting to read how Cherries came to be written and published. I know a few authors that took lengthily periods to write their first book and I understand it. Writing is time consuming and it is difficult to find time for complex writing projects when you are working and raising a family. Well done, John, on this achievement.

    • Thanks Robbie. Even today, watching our granddaughter daily requires constant attention. Why are we more conscious “guarding” grandkids than we were with our own kids? Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

      • I think the world has changed a lot, John, and there are a lot of dangers out there that didn’t exist before the internet.

    • Robbie, thanks so much for dropping by to support John today!

  16. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Reblogged this on Shirley Harris-Slaughter and commented:
    Hello followers. Here is a piece for Memorial Day. Enjoy!

  17. Randy Overbeck

    First of all, John, a long overdue thank you for your service. And I agree with an earlier comment, a great choice for Memorial Day. I’m in the same demographic as you and I have a special appreciation for your work to educate all about the misunderstood war. I did not serve, but had several friends that did and even one who died there. FYI: a visit to the Vietnam Memorial was really moving experience. Also, as a long term educator, I know that we seldom cover the Vietnam War adequately in history classes–which only makes more people lose any real understanding of this time. Thanks for all your work.

    • Thank you, Randy for the kind words. I’ve given presentations to high school kids who are in awe of the information I share with them. The boys freak when I tell them that I was only six months older at TY he time

    • Well said, Randy! There should be a stronger focus on teaching this part of our history.

      Thanks for dropping by to support John!

  18. John, I enjoyed your interview and enjoy your phenomenal website. It is great to see you here on Memorial Day. Best wishes, and once again, thank you for your service.

    Nonnie, thank you for an enlightening twelve days!

    • Thank you, Karen, for stopping by and for your kind words. I’m most appreciative!

    • Hi, Karen! So glad you enjoyed it!

  19. I enjoyed reading your interview, John. It’s a tribute to you that you educate readers about the Viet Nam War, which was divisive for the country. It was a tumultuous time when returning soldiers, who were often boys just out of high school, sometimes took the brunt of the hostility. It’s great that you can interview some of the veterans and provide a platform for them. Thank you, Nonnie, for highlighting the various authors in the series.

    • Thank you, Linnea! I have worked hard over the last 11 yrs. to keep the legacy of our Vietnam Veterans going. Thank you for recognizing what I am doing. I do appreciate your kind words.

    • Thanks for being part of the series, Linnea!

  20. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hello John. Like I said before, if you don’t tell it, nobody will. Your interview gives us more of what you are about. I have Cherries and looking forward to reading it.

    Nice interview Nonnie. You got a lot out of our war hero. So fitting for Memorial Day today.

    • Shirley, I’m not a war hero…Ronald was a war hero, God rest his soul. I will continue the quest until I’m no longer able. Thank you for visiting fellow Michigander!

  21. Reblogged this on Apollo's Raven and commented:
    The following is a reblog of Day 12, the last day of Nonnie Jules’s blog tour: NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! The featured author on Day 12 is John Podlaski, a Viet Nam War veteran who has written books using the war as a backdrop to his stories. If you leave a comment at Nonnie’s website, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card.

    There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors each day, and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Click on the link to check out each featured author: https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/

  22. I love seeing John featured here today. I love the story of how Cherries came about. I remember my Apple IIC computer. We’ve come a long way since then. LOL! I’ve read one of his books and two of his short stories. He’s a great writer. I hope your readers grab his books. 🙂

    • Thank you, Yvette. You are too young to remember the days before computers. I’m most appreciative of your support. Too bad we weren’t able to ‘hook up’ during our vacation, maybe next year. Have fun on your trip to the northern cities, need photos.

      • My single digit years were without computers. I used to go into the woods and play cops and robbers with my friends. We would also roller skate in our carport. Most of my childhood was spent outdoors, unlike today’s generation. :-/

        I will definitely share pics from my trip. I am a photo-addict, so I will have plenty to share. Lol! 🙂

  23. Thank you Tonya!

  24. roxburkey

    Hi John. It is awesome to find you featured in this array of talented authors. Your stories, including Cherries, are among the most memorable in my kindle. The extra information is definitely a bonus.

    Nonnie, great tour. Lovely you save one of the best for last. Thank you for your efforts in making this tour come alive.

    • Aww, thanks Rox! I am humbled by your kind words. Thank you again for your support!

  25. John provides an extremely unique perspective on the Viet Nam war that I have not seen anywhere else. His works are a must read!

    • roxburkey

      I concur Phil.

    • Thank you for your kind words and support, Phil.

  26. Enjoyed learning more about you and your writing, John. I look forward to reading your books. Great interview with Nonnie! Sharing…

    • Thank you, Bette, for stopping to visit. I appreciate you comment.

  27. Thank you for sharing John’s in-depth interview today, on Memorial Day, Nonnie! John, you have a way of presenting the reality, the truth, of the Vietnam war in a way that helps us feel and understand the humanity, the grit, and often the ingenuity of the young soldiers who found themselves in a different world full of danger and horrors. Many of my high school friends either lost their lives there, or returned to face a hostile nation they had done all they could to survive for. As an Army brat, I was still overseas when it ended. I remember how my teenaged heart ached as I watched news clips, including those of the despicable treatment of the returnees. I’m glad you mentioned that, and also glad that you mentioned how things have changed since then. We MUST remember, or we’re doomed to repeat it, as is the case with all history — even the shameful. Your website is dynamic, endlessly interesting, and vital. Thank you for your service, both then and now. Thank you for your honesty and willingness to open up those memories. You’re a treasure.

    • Thank you so much Patty. I am humbled by your comment and appreciate your kind words. Thanks too, for all your support.

    • Thank you so much Patty. I am humbled by your comment and appreciate your kind words. Thanks too, for all your support.

  28. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    Having just watched an amazing play where the single actor portrayed eleven characters in such a way you felt like you were there in Vietnam with them, John Podlaski’s interview drew me straight to his wonderful website. His book CHERRIES is next on my TBR list. We rarely hear the truth from those who’d been there. On this Memorial Day, don’t we owe it to ourselves?

    • Thanks again Patty. My website will keep you busy for weeks…enjoy!

  29. Thank you, Nonnie, for including me in you special 12 Days of Authors. It’s great to be featured on this special day in May and closing out the month. Looking forward to next month and the special authors you will feature. Have a wonderful day.j

  30. Tonya

    Enjoyed the interview! 😀😀

    On Mon, May 31, 2021 at 2:36 PM Watch Nonnie Write! wrote:

    > RaveReviewsbyNJ posted: ” GIVEAWAY: At the end of this series, 1 lucky > visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of > each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card! Simply leave a > comment below to be entered into the drawing! *** On the 12th” >

  31. We’re closing out May’s series in style! Thanks, John! Have fun here today!

    • roxburkey

      Well done, Nonnie.

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