WHO’S ON THE SHELF w/Nonnie Jules? @EnigmaSeries #RRBC #RRBC_Community

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to, on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!

Today, we have very special guests on the SHELF with us – RRBC members and a fabulous writing “team.”  We have been celebrating them for the entire month of May and today, they get to sit on the shelf with me!

Rox and Charles

NJ:  Before we get started, how do you all like the design and feel of my new shelf?  We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working.  Are you both comfy?

B&B:  Nonnie, thank you for asking. It is delightful and comfy.

NJ:  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author names are your birth names or pen names…

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey is the pen name that Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey write under.

NJ:  That sounds interesting.  So, tell us where you were born.  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

B&B:  Breakfield – I was born in Austin Texas and now reside in Dallas Texas. A native Texan. Burkey – I was born in Chicago Illinois and now resides in Dallas Texas. A naturalized Texan,

NJ:  Now here’s something a lot of RRBC members would like to know.  Are you both married or single?

B&B:  Breakfield – I am married to Sandra who is also our editor. Burkey – I am single.

NJ:  Any kids?  What kind? Do you like them?

B&B:  Breakfield – I have two amazing daughters, whom I adore most of the time. I miss them now that they are grown and moved away. But they are never so far away not to call and ask for money. My favorite routine is to text them while I’m on holiday to say “I’m spending your inheritance.” They like to text back “oh I guess we need to look at a cheaper retirement clinic for you.”

Burkey – I have two amazing sons, who live in Texas with their families. All grown up and doing the adult thing which I am very proud of.

NJ:  If you’re not there already, when you’re old and cranky, which one will keep you at home to care for you themselves, and which one started seeking out the A PLACE FOR MOM franchise facility in your area when they were 9?

B&B:  Breakfield – Wow I hope that I can retire to an undisclosed destination where they won’t tell me what to do. And it better have an open bar.

Burkey – I did that for my Mom and told the boys I would disinherit them if they tried keeping me with either of them.  I think Breakfield is onto something.  Need to think about that.

NJ:  How funny!  I think…

adult black pug
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Any pets?  What kind?  They act like kids, too, so I have to ask the same question…do you like them?

B&B:  Breakfield – I have the 3 grand-dogs my daughter 2 lets me babysit now and again.  I like them when they aren’t digging holes for me to fill back in.

Burkey – I have 1 dog Simone who is wonderful, until there is a squirrel or gecko in sight.

NJ:  What’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?

B&B:  Breakfield – I must admit I have a fondness for Cherry Garcia Ice Cream. It is not just for breakfast anymore!

Burkey – I have a fondness for chips and hot sauce. I will arm wrestle for them and buy them only on special occasions.

NJ:  Wasn’t expecting those responses, but, OK! It’s coffee for me.  I wake up just to drink it (even though I’m not supposed to have it…ssssshhhhhh).  So, what are your favorite colors?

B&B:  Breakfield – Blue

Burkey – Purple

NJ:  Favorite sports…

B&B:  Breakfield – motorcycle riding

close up photo of man and dog riding motorcycle
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Burkey – baseball if the kids are playing

NJ:  Looking good, Breakfield!  Looking good!  What would be your favorite TV shows?

B&B:  Breakfield – None

Burkey – Ditto

NJ:  {Gulps}  You people don’t like television?  What’s wrong with ya?  Are you aliens or something? 

OK, moving on from the shock of you not mentioning Bravo as a TV fave … who’s your Favorite Actress or Actor?

B&B:  Breakfield – Sean Connery

Burkey – Robert Redford

NJ:  Whew!  Thought those would be a negative, too.  You guys were on your way to a little accident up here.  So, do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?

B&B:  Breakfield – I enjoy exercise and try to avoid the beer belly. In fact I don’t even drink that stuff.

Burkey – Daily workouts are a must.

NJ:  Good to hear.  I’m a fitness trainer by other trade and fit is definitely it! For me, moreso for the health benefits as opposed to the vanity of it, so I definitely like to hear that folks are staying active.  I’m one of those strange folks who actually love to exercise.  Now, what’s your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest, so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads.  Hey, just being honest.  It’s the only way I roll).

B&B:   Breakfield – People who are liars, cheats, and frankly dishonorable. Example, people who drive up on the easy side of traffic then cut in at the last possible instant to get ahead of the line of cars. This should be a federal offense punishable by a complete transmission failure in rush hour traffic with a dead cell phone battery.

Burkey – People who drive or walk anywhere and throw out their trash. Like their moms never taught them to pick up after themselves.

NJ:  Rox, maybe their moms didn’t teach them to pick up after themselves.  Yep, I learned long ago, every mom isn’t the kind of mom that I am, so, now I just wonder if they were raised by coyotes.  So, are you guys neat or messy?

B&B:  Breakfield – I am very tidy and organized and have been known to go a bit crazy if things are not returned to the proper place. Oops! Just spilled my wine, be right back.

Burkey – I am fairly neat, though I did stop labeling the shelves when the boys left home.

NJ:  OK, good so far.  I don’t feel the need to banish either of you to that island of messy folks, but, Charles did spill wine…

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Guys, here’s a good question – one of my favorites.  Are you nice or mean?  And, is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?

B&B:  Breakfield – I perceive myself as being a good listener and mentor to my kids and coworkers. I am only mean if provoked. Hey close the door! Can’t you see I’m on a call?

Burkey – I am a nice person. I was recently told I was scary which hurt my feelings as I don’t see myself that way. The comment was amended to stronger than most.

NJ:  Rox, I really didn’t understand your last comment about the comment being amended.  Moving on … Facebook or Twitter?

B&B:  Breakfield – I am not a social media fan, more of an analytical kind of guy. I do like to learn so what does a Twitter taste like?

Burkey – I like Twitter better than Facebook for creation because of the small sound bytes.

NJ:  Charles, FYI, a Twitter tastes like chicken and you can’t go wrong with that!  Guys, we’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships.  Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?

B&B:  Breakfield – I have several relationships on LinkedIn who I connect with routinely but no BFF. If we are friends you get to be on my humor email list. {NJ: I can’t stand those lists – so glad he doesn’t call me friend. Now, I must hide my face in shame for being honest out loud…hehehe}

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Burkey – I too have a lot of professional connections, but I think as far as a BFF goes it would be the lady who helped me develop our joint twitter account Suzanne Jameson.

NJ:  Who’s the one person that you’ve met online who makes you laugh the hardest?

B&B:  Breakfield – I get humor from a group of guys from all over the world via email. Most of it is funny and I sometimes share with Burkey.

Burkey – Agatha Chocolats on twitter with her crazy photos and six words to describe them.  What a hoot.

NJ:  Who do you favor most:  Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman? Be honest.

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Tough question, Nonnie. WonderWoman has all that made-up superpower, where you have the hard work superpower you share with authors everywhere. We’re going with Nonnie Jules…

NJ:  Thank you!

Dancing Dog

We all know that WonderWoman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not.  In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place?  You can be honest here, too.

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – We would be honest even without the invite. You are a real person doing a real effort. You change as the world changes, whereas WonderWoman can only use the script the writers gave her. We would take the real thing warts and all.

NJ:  {Uh, I keep my Zoom cam off, so, how do you know about my warts, Rox?} ONE good INDIE book you’ve read written by an RRBC member that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – A Candle in the Darkness by Karen Black is one I think can provide hope for many people.

NJ:  What was so great about Karen’t book?  She’s one of my favorites, by the way.   

B&B:  Karen had a way of taking a situation filled with loss and hopelessness then found a way to help the heroine move forward unexpectedly. It is a heart touching story that can force a person to see beyond their pain.

NJ:  OK.  After you read books, do you post reviews?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Yes on Amazon and getting better about putting them on RRBC.

NJ:  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Reviews should be based on what one learned, how one enjoyed the story for the emotions it raised and how much you truly think someone else should read it. This is true for fiction or non-fiction and any genre.  We both read a lot of books.

NJ:  Are you one of those who are afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – No. Honestly is easier. As Breakfield would say if you tell the truth then you don’t have to remember the lies.

NJ:  Have you all read any poorly written books lately?

B&B:  Yes. I tried in the review to point out the good aspects and how to make it better. Every book is not for every reader.  People have different frames of reference and passions which affects how they receive the content of a book.

NJ:  Yep, but, you can never beat a well-written, error-free book! So, tell me, how many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews when you knew they were horrible reads?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Honestly none. I have returned a book to a person and told them I would not review it until they fixed it. I am hoping they will send it back.

NJ:  There are some INDIE authors who have come onto the scene and have given our literary playing field a new look.  Can you name two INDIE authors who have done this in your eyes?  And, how have they changed the field for us?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – One who struck Burkey was Christopher Paolini for Eragon. His age and history of how he wrote was very impressive. The world he created for young adults who love fantasy was and is amazing.

Another author who took history in Texas and created a captivating story as an Indie Author is Ernie Lee. He wrote two books on the subject the first being Aquasaurus. The character development and story plausibility were spell binding.

These two and authors like them prove that Indie Authors can write equal to or better than those of the traditional publishing houses. There are many who have made that trail easier for authors like us to follow. It is important that books are written from the heart.

NJ:  Are you both authors?  Are you good ones?  C’mon, we love honesty here.

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – We are authors who enjoy great storytelling. We believe we tell good stories and have a few awards that make us believe others like us. Can we do better? Yes of course we can.  Which is why last year we decided to take a look at the earlier books in the series and see if we could make them better. Heck we have learned a bunch since we started The Enigma Series. We released the 2nd edition of The Enigma Factor in January 2020 and plan the 2nd edition of The Enigma Rising June 2020.  The content in both of these was revised and edited again to make certain they are better. Our mantra for these is, do it and do it until we make it our best.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – We both started writing in high school. As business professional we wrote technical documented and published a couple of non-fictional technology books around 14 years ago. We find fiction much more fun and started on the series, nine years ago using our knowledge of technology, our travel experiences and added the crazy people we have crossed paths with to make our stories relevant.

NJ:  Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Yes. Burkey will cry but she takes it well after a glass of wine. For Breakfield, he needs to be talked back in off the ledge and promised comfort food like Cherry Garcia ice cream.

NJ:  Well, Okie dokie, then!  Aren’t you two a pair?  We know that you’ve written a ton of books so why not give us the name of two of those? 

The Enigma Rising 2nd Edition

The Enigma Rising by Breakfield & Burkey

The Enigma Beyond (Book 11) 

The Enigma Beyond by Breakfield and Burkey

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

B&B:  Breakfield – Nonnie after being laid off and six months of unemployment I had to sit down with the family and say I’m sorry but we are going to have to let one of you go. Can I have recommendations? Nonnie are you serious? Which one of my children do I think is better? Well as it turns out it’s the one most pleasing so I recommend you read both then tell me.

NJ:  Hahaha!  You had me for a minute there!  So, do you have a blog or website?  I love GREAT blogs, so would you say that yours is written well enough for harsh critics like me to enjoy?

B&B:  Breakfield – We have one on the series website that discusses different aspect of the books and why we wrote different portions of the books. It is enjoyable as it provides those insights to the reader and other authors. https://www.enigmabookseries.com/enigma-series-blog/

Burkey does one as well on RoxBurkey.com where she does book reviews, interview people and also hosts blog tours. https://roxburkey.com/a-soldiers-children/

NJ:  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Over the years there are a few that really stand out for us and  RaveReviewsBookClub is one of them.

NJ:  How were you helped by them?

B&B: Breakfield and Burkey – Each of these groups allow us to network of like-minded authors and expand our POV. They have provided tools for blogging, award entry, book polishing, learning, and ways to give back to other authors. You can see influences from each of them across the work and branding we have. A recent example was your suggesting to publish a short story even out of our comfort zone genre which we released May 1st. Stretching the pages of our story.

NJ:  Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB members, so what do you think of the club?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – To be honest, as nothing else matters, it has been very good for us. Early on we feared that we would not fit in and there was so much to learn about the club and the best ways to interact. We are still learning but we are loving it. Sitting on the SHELF with you is an honor and we hope to contribute more to this wonderful evolving organization.

NJ:  We look forward to your contributions, as well!  We like to support those who like to support!  Have you come across any other online entities like RRBC?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – This is unique in the myriad of ways support is provided. We have just begun to scratch the surface of what is available for us here. Heck we just entered the short story challenge and are committed to creating a fantastic story. We’ll check back after it is released for your opinion.

NJ:  Let me tell you … I can’t wait to read your short story!  Now, would you recommend RRBC to your friends and family?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Yes, most definitely. We signed up as an affiliate and we are looking forward to encouraging others to join RRBC!

NJ:  What’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC?  (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES Shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Burkey is really fond of the RAVE WAVES EYES ON THE BOOK show and we like the discussions like Book of the Month as we get a face and name with other authors. Some of the authors we have met remind us of more books we need to read.

NJ:  Rox is fond of the EOTB show?  Could it be because she’s the awesome host of that show?  LOL!  You guys are registered for the 5th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo coming up in August – I’m sure that will be your new favorite after it’s over!  Anyway, this shelf is getting hard on my hiney so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words for our reading audience today?

B&B:  Breakfield and Burkey – Just a warm thank you for having us up here with you. We do need to see about adding some pillows and maybe a blanket if it gets chilly. Come visit our author page on RRBC as we add new things and we will be visiting around to other authors as well. You are wonderful supporter of authors and great mentor of this amazing club. Be safe out there, and wash your hands on the way out. 

{NJ:  Wash my hands on the way out?  Hey, this is my shelf – I’m not leaving, you are!}

NJ:  It was my pleasure to have you two with me today!

To my guests, please pick up a copy of either of  BREAKFIELD & BURKEY’S books above or in the RRBC catalog. Please be sure to leave them a comment below as they would love to chat and answer all your questions!  

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And, since the writing team of BREAKFIELD & BURKEY were my guests on the “SHELF” today, tell them they sent you.

We’ll see you next month, right here on the “SHELF” as I hear the guest is very special!

Until next time…take care!


DISCLAIMER:  RRBC does not alter the writing of any guest who has participated in our interviews.  We post material exactly as it is submitted to us.

9 thoughts on “WHO’S ON THE SHELF w/Nonnie Jules? @EnigmaSeries #RRBC #RRBC_Community”

  1. An entertaining post, Nonnie. I always enjoy learning more about other authors and their lives. My mother says I am a people collector because I collect relationships with unusual people who I become very invested in. I am looking forward to the writing conference and hope to learn a lot from the sessions I will be attending.


  2. This is one of the most entertaining interviews we’ve had so far. These two crack me up! I can attest to the fact that Charles does like his wine. 🙂 Wonderful answers and it’s so great to learn more about Breakfield and Burkey! Thanks, Nonnie!

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  3. As I was enjoying the delightful banter on the shelf, I was given a surprise when one of my short stories was mentioned during the interview. Thank you, Breakfield & Burkey for your recommendation, and thank you, Nonnie, for the kind words.

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