Greetings and welcome to The Indie Spot! Today I have the incredible honor and pleasure of hosting Nonnie Jules, the president and founder of Rave Reviews Book Club and RWISA, on my blog. June is board member appreciation month at RRBC, and this month finds our leader standing in the spotlight. And so, I give to you Nonnie Jules.
“OPEN, SHUT” by Nonnie Jules
February 12, 2001
The weather is horrible out, so 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 up 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 going to school 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 delivers 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.
“Thanks!” I offer in my most chipper voice, followed by a wicked smile. We’ve been taught to respond this way even when people say mean things to us, but, of course, I’m just trying to get at Mom for making me walk to school on such an ugly, rainy day.
“Darcy Lynn…not today!” Mom’s tone quickly changes and although I’m only ten, I’m smart enough to realize, that is my cue to take my smart-alecky pants off. Done.
The usual neighborhood school walkers are already ahead of us. Lola rushes out the door as if there is a fiery blaze chasing after her, while Bobby and I stroll behind at the pace of two dead men walking. The school bus is our normal mode of transportation, but, because Lola has been cooped up in a stuffy hospital room for weeks, amid the mild rain and the grey sky, she’s still excited about walking today. Bobby and I are her designated ‘attendants.’
Approaching the corner of our street at 6th and Waco, the blaring music from the blue sedan could be heard from miles away. I see it rounding the corner with increasing speed, swerving from lane to lane. As if in slow motion, I turn to see Lola step off the curb, at the exact moment the car reaches the stop sign where we are to cross the street. In those few seconds that felt like an eternity, my heart, hurled up into my throat – rests and stifles my screams…and, my tears, commingling with the light falling rain, blinds me from all that happens after.
Nonnie Jules, Founder & President of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (#RRBC), partner in 4WillsPublishing Author Services and wrangler of a very busy family, is often referred to as an enigma. Nonnie prefers to take that label up a notch as she does with everything in her life. “An enigma wrapped in a brain,” is the label that fits her best. That brain is what keeps all the moving parts of the ever-fluid RRBC in constant motion. Managing these successful entities along with her home life, keeps her busy from dawn until dusk…literally.
Nonnie has authored several books in various categories such as SELF-HELP, NOVELS, POETRY and SHORT STORY. She refuses to be placed in a box as a writer of only one genre of literature. She feels that she can skillfully cover it all.
One of her desires is to become a best-selling author – not because all of her family and friends purchases her books, but, because her books are so good, everyone can’t help but spread the word about them.
Twitter: @ NonnieJules
Website: Books By Nonnie
Blog: Watch Nonnie Write!
BOOKS BY NONNIE:
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To follow along with the rest of Nonnie’s tour, please drop by the RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author page!