Celebrating Poetry as Love with Nonnie Jules

It is my great pleasure and honour to host Nonnie Jules on my blog today! Please give her a huge, warm welcome … 🙂

1If Only There Was Music book cover

Thank you all for allowing me to celebrate INTERNATIONAL POETRY MONTH with you by sharing excerpts from my first co-authored poetry book,  “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” The Poetry of Forbidden Love.  Here is a bit of the book’s introduction below:

“Ever read poetry that was so soothing, so mellow, and just so perfectly sweet, you felt it should have been a love song?  “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” is just that kind of poetry…but it’s also poetry written about forbidden love.

Back in the summer of 2014, I was approached by an up-and-coming author by the name of Giani Jordan.  Giani said that he had been following my writing for over a year and was extremely impressed.  He was reaching out to me because he wanted to collaborate on a poetry book.  Well, since I didn’t know Giani and wouldn’t attach my name or my writing with just anyone, I asked if he would send me a few samples of his work, and he did.  I was blown away by the intensity and the depth of this man’s writing, and wanted to know more about this person he clearly was in love with and was writing so fervently about.”  

In summation, Giani was in love with a woman {Christine}, who belonged to another, and to make this situation even more complicated, he, himself was also involved in a relationship.

The “snippet” of poetry which you are about to read below, is one where Giani is sharing the pain of the distant love he shares with Christine and the fears that they both fret about each day. Take a peek:


We are distant in miles

Not in our hearts

We long for each other, yearning, relentless as the waves…

It is a heartache.

“What is she doing now,” he asks.

“Is it a smile she wears, or a frown?”

Is this a heartache?

“Will he leave me?” she wonders

“Will he walk away from the hardship, the frustrations?”

She fears for her heart.

It is a heartache.

In the snippet below, the feelings of Christine are shared as she speaks about the reality of their “forbidden love.” Take a peek:


Late night phone calls

Early morning wishes

For an empty house to hide in

To steal forbidden kisses.

Secret messages shared

Via email day and night

Wanting to stop this train wreck

Knowing it’s just not right.

But the heart loves who it wants

And the heart knows what it feels

It knows if it’s faux pas

And it knows when it’s real…


If you’d like to read the balance of these particular pieces, I invite you to pick up your own copy of “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” The Poetry of Forbidden Love on Amazon.  I’d also like to invite you to follow this tour in its entirety as each day, at each stop, you will find more and more of these love songs without music, and even more reasons to fall in love with your lover, and Poetry, again. If you aren’t in love when you start reading this book, you will go seeking a love afterwards.

Please visit my complete tour line-up HERE, and at each stop that you leave a comment (including this one), your name will be entered that number of times, into a random drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Thanks to my awesome host for today and thanks for stopping by, dear Guests. I hope to see you every day throughout this amazing tour to help keep Poetry alive!!!  Always remember, that Love IS Poetry…they’re truly one in/and the same.

Author Bio:

Nonnie Jules is a mom, a wife, an author and also President of Rave Reviews Book Club. Her passion is children and her advocacy lies in supporting others and encouraging others to do the same. She has authored other fine books such as: “The Good Mommies’ Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters,” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND (A Novel),” and “Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy & Pacifyin’ Is For Kids!”

Although Poetry should be celebrated every day of the year, the month of April has been set aside specifically to lift it up , and so this is why Nonnie has embarked on this blog tour to keep it alive and bring awareness to the fact that Poetry is a great medium for release and expressions of all kinds.








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I loved this book! My FIVE star review for it is below. Seriously, you must go out and buy this book! 

There is little I can say about this book … it speaks for itself. The title of the book says, “If Only There Was Music” … well, it makes its own music, and does so beautifully. It needs no instruments, as it has its own rhythm and percussion. I had read right through to the end before I even knew it. But I did know how it left me feeling. I noticed the goosebumps on my arms, and the hairs raised at the nape of my neck. I didn’t read this book … I felt it. Even if you think you don’t have a romantic bone in your body, this poetry will resonate with you at a blood and bones level. As soon as the paperback comes out, I’m buying that too, as this is one of those books I have to have on my shelves. It is difficult to believe that the two authors have not shared a “forbidden love”, but that is indeed the case. They have collaborated magnificently to bring you the joys and pitfalls of long-distance love from both “Her” perspective and “His.”

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Beem Weeks

Congratulations on the new poetry project, Nonnie.

Harmony, thanks for hosting.

Nicholas Rossis

Although I’m hardly a poetry expert, I have already read Jules’ poetry collection, and loved it. Thanks for sharing her and Jordan’s wonderful work!

Nonnie Jules

You guys are the most awesome people in all the world! Thanks to all my RRBC family members and to others who are joining in the support of this tour. Let’s keep Poetry alive!

Liz Gavin

Harmz, what a treat it is to visit your blog. Thanks for hosting and giving me the perfect excuse!! LoL

Nonnie, this title reminded of an old great song by Bonnie Tyler. I loved this tune when I was a teen so thanks for the trip down memory lane. 😀

Jennifer Hinsman

Best of luck with tour!

Michelle Abbott

I haven’t read your book yet, Nonnie, but I’m going to. I’m enjoying following your tour. Harmz, thanks for hosting!

Congratulations Nonnie on your poetry collaboration! The two of you better stay out of trouble. lol

Carol Marrs Phipps


I have yet to read your book, but the more I hear about it, the more enticing it sounds. It is now on my (immediate) TBR list. Best of luck with your blog tour!

Harmony, thanks for hosting this amazing lady! 🙂

Joy Lo-Bamijoko

Me too. I have read it, and these were the type of poetry I understand. They made poetry look it is easy to write. Than you Harmony for hosting Nonnie today.

John Fioravanti

I too, have read and love this book, Nonnie – every page is packed with emotion. Good luck with your tour! Thanks for hosting, Harmony!

Nonnie Jules

Harmz, thanks so much for hosting me today, especially under the last minute circumstances. You are a life-saver. To all your guests, thanks for taking the time to spend just a quick moment with me today, to celebrate this wonderful month and this very special genre! Poetry may be on a slow move these days, but it’s not going any where. It is here to stay! Make it a great day, guys!