It is with excitement and pleasure that I bring to you a most favored and creative friend, JOHN FIORAVANTI! I can’t begin to express to you how excited I was to host John. And when I was asked it was a no-brainer. He is the most supportive go-to guy in Rave Reviews Book Club. There would be a huge hole left without him. It is members like him that make RRBC the wonderful place to be. And he’s close to Nonnie so he can’t go anywhere but up. I can’t say enough about my friendship with John so I will stop here and let him do the talking.


Nonnie Returns To Genesis – Episode

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 Episode 5

Several months ago, renowned interviewer and author, Nonnie Jules, accompanied author, John Fioravanti to planet Genesis seven centuries into the future. Dr. John, as he’s called on Genesis, possesses unusual teleportation powers, which he uses to travel through time and space. He can travel with another person just by laying his hand upon them.

When we last saw our intrepid pair, Nonnie and John, they had just left The Mansion after chatting with Marie Brooklyn and Annie Pinto. It sounded like they were off to visit the Rouge strategist, Shawn O’Dell. Sounds a bit dangerous to me – I hope John cooked up a good cover story. Let’s find out…

(John and Nonnie appear on the sidewalk in front of the building that houses the residence of Rouge leader Brian Irving. John knows that Irving is using his own place to meet with the lieutenants who command the other Rouge cells spread across the planet. Of course, their chief strategist, Shawn O’Dell is in the area as well. Within seconds O’Dell himself exits the building and appears to be looking for someone across the street. Not looking where he was going, he almost collides with Nonnie.)

O’Dell: “A thousand pardons, honey. I hope I didn’t frighten you.”

Nonnie: “I don’t scare easily, young man. And I’m not your honey! We’re looking for Mr. Shawn O’Dell, perhaps you can help us.”

(He suddenly becomes guarded and looks suspiciously at John. His eyes widen in surprise as he recognizes the famous professor)

O’Dell: “Aren’t you that researcher and historian named Dr. John? I read about you and saw your picture in that Genesis Free Press interview by reporter Marie Brooklyn during the election last year.”

Nonnie: (Assertively)“Yes he is, and I’m his writer friend, Nonnie Jules. You haven’t answered my question, sir.”

O’Dell: (Grinning at her) “Allow me to remedy that, immediately, Mrs. Jules. Shawn O’Dell is the name, strategy is my game! You certainly are a firecracker.”

Nonnie: “I live my life out loud and I don’t apologize for it. May we have a few minutes of your time?”

O’Dell: (looks from one to the other as he weighs his options, then shrugs)

“Yeah, why not. I got a few hours to kill and this might be entertaining!” (He winks at Nonnie.)

(Nonnie is about to give him a piece of her mind about disrespecting a lady, but John’s hand on her shoulder stays her anger. He then leads the way across the street to a small restaurant, where they are seated in a corner booth where there are no other patrons. O’Dell sits alone on the side of the booth where he can see the door.)

O’Dell: “Ok, you asked for this meeting, Mrs. Jules, how about you spring for a beer? Is my time worth a drink to you?”

(John orders two beers and a water for Nonnie. She turns and gives him a disapproving look.)

Nonnie: “That’s poison, Dr. John, and it’ll kill you one day.”

O’Dell: “You two are very entertaining… now what do you want from me?”

Nonnie: “My friend here tells me that you’re mixed up with a group that wants to stop the reforms put forward by President Hastings and the High Chancellor…”

O’Dell: (lips curl into a snarl) “Stopping that bitch is now my life’s purpose! Count on it!”

Nonnie: (in a strong, measured tone) “Perhaps you’d like to rephrase, Mr. O’Dell… you really don’t want to take me to that party, because only one of us is going to have a good time… and it won’t be you!”

(Surprised, O’Dell glances at Dr. John who is nodding his head gravely. The Rouge strategist locks eyes with Nonnie and makes a decision.)

O’Dell: “Alright, Mrs. Jules, I apologize. I am disgusted with everything about that administration. The Gods are offended that a woman has shrouded herself in the mantle of President, as are all the faithful on Genesis. Therefore, these godless reforms must be stopped.”

Nonnie: “Better, sir. Why would the Gods be offended by Liz Hastings? She is a highly respected leader to many people on Genesis.”

O’Dell: “Only to the Naval class scum… er… citizens. They are not faithful to the Gods or to the teachings of the holy Church. The High Chancellor has betrayed the Gods and his holy office. They both have to go! (He takes a long pull on his beer)

Nonnie: “As a strategist, how do you think this might happen?”

O’Dell: “Hypothetically? The best way to derail this government is to… eliminate it.”

Nonnie: (Eyes narrowed) “Assassination? How?”

O’Dell: (smiling) “You seem pretty blood-thirsty, Mrs. Jules… how would you do it?”

Nonnie: (sitting back and locking eyes with O’Dell)

“Flattery will get you nowhere… please quit dodging the question and give me a straight answer.”

O’Dell: (Sighs heavily) “I’m talking to you as a courtesy, so I’ll speak hypothetically. Violence is the best option with leaders who are totally committed to their policies. If you remove the head, the body has no direction. Problem solved.”

Nonnie: “Perhaps you’re not aware that an Earther battleship is docked to Genesis One. As well, Ambassador Ursla, formerly Admiral Ursla, led the forces that forced the Krogg home world to surrender. And Liz Hastings is a close friend of hers… so do you think striking out at the President would be prudent?”

O’Dell: “The heathen Earthers follow rules. That means they’re bound to maintain their diplomatic posture – which pretty much neutralizes any threat from them. So I like our chances.”

Nonnie: “You must have a secret weapon of some sort… do you?”

O’Dell: (Grinning) “Well, Mrs. Jules, stick around these parts and you just might find out! You might not have fun at that party! Good Day to both of you, and thanks for the beer!”

(O’Dell leaves the booth and swaggers out the door onto the sidewalk.)

Nonnie: “John, that man is so slimy, I need to take a shower. I’d like to meet a real Irishman after this interview.” (She shudders in disgust.)

John: (Rubs his chin as he thinks) “How about we pay ArcGeneral Pat Conroy a visit?”

Nonnie: (Suddenly energized) “He grew up with Marco, didn’t he?”

(John smiles and nods. Nonnie puts her hand on his arm, and… they vanish!)

Be sure to join us tomorrow for the next episode!


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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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  1. claudia m says:

    Thank you for sharing!


  2. jinlobify says:

    These adventures keep getting better and better. I hope they are not spoilers for the book, which I will embark on shortly. Please John tell me they are not spoilers for the book. :). Thank you Shirley for hosting John F. today.


  3. Another awesome episode! Still chuckling… 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  4. beemweeks says:

    So much fun, these tour stops! Thanks for hosting, Shirley. You are so amazing with your support!


  5. Gwen Plano says:

    This was a fun read, I couldn’t help but chuckle–AND, I can’t wait to read your next entry. Thank you, John for perking up my day…and thank you Shirley for hosting!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Giggles with this one! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks, Shirley, for hosting. 🙂


  7. Jan Hawke says:

    Yuck – he’s vile! 😦 But at least Nonnie got him to be less of a potty mouth >< Looking forward to meeting Pat again tomorrow 😀
    Thanks for hosting John and Nonnie, Shirley 🙂


  8. My favorite segment so far! That Nonnie sure is one bold, crazy woman! Dr. John better be careful…she’s going to get him killed!


  9. A.M. Manay says:

    Sounds like adventure is afoot. 🙂


  10. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Hello John F. & everybody here today. My computer is doing something crazy so I am on my smartphone for now. Just feel free to make yourselves at home here. I’m loving this post!


  11. Shirley, I am very moved by your very warm welcome here today. You are the very first guest author that I hosted on my website, so I’m just tickled to pay you a visit here. Thanks for hosting me, and thanks for your friendship – which I treasure!


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      I didn’t realize I was your first guest. I do remember you had some problems with your site and you were so apologetic about it and offered to host me again. We were all going through some growing pains then, just learning how to create a website. Thank goodness WordPress made it so easy, at least for me. John I was thrilled to host you because you are special to me and I love your series. (You guessed it, I got my computer back up thanks to my partner)


  12. I had to laugh out loud at this piece of dialog John.
    O’Dell: (smiling) “You seem pretty blood-thirsty, Mrs. Jules… how would you do it?”
    Nonnie: (sitting back and locking eyes with O’Dell)
    “Flattery will get you nowhere… please quit dodging the question and give me a straight answer.”

    Good job and thanks to Shirley for hosting.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. hinsmanj says:

    Looking forward to the next episode!
    Hi Shirley!
    Have a wonderful day!

    Liked by 2 people

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