Tuesday, October 13, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Rose by PD Alleva

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for The Rose by PD Alleva. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt and a great author interview. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Rose
Author: PD Alleva
Publisher: Quill and Birch Publishing
Publication Date: October 7th 2020
Print Length: 316 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller
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A masterful, dystopian science fiction thriller of underground genetic experiments, telepathic evil greys, mysterious rebellion, conspiracy, martial arts, and Alien Vampires.

Sandy Cox believed WW3 was over. But for those Alien Vampires, War Has Just Begun.

Forty-eight hours after a World War III treaty is signed Sandy Cox awakens in an underground compound unable to move. Tied to machines she screams for help but no one answers. At least NO ONE HUMAN.

And they’ve taken her unborn child.

Enter Phil, a rebel freedom fighter who has had more than his share of Alien Vampires. Armed with THE BLADES, a sacred alien martial art, he enters the compound on a mission to find Sandy. But as he battles his way through the compound, Phil discovers Sandy has her own agenda. Finding her stolen child is all that matters.

But the vampires have their own plan and Sandy’s baby is at the heart of their diabolical plot. Joined by a crew of rogue soldiers, they must navigate the underground compound, battling genetically mutated humans, aliens and monsters.

When battling Alien Vampires, one thing is certain…Get Ready To Bleed!

Fans of The Hunger Games, George RR Martin, VE Schwab, Star Wars, and Ancient Aliens will be fascinated by this high-powered, intelligent, edge of your seat dystopian sci-fi action thriller.

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EXCERPT:
Dr. Blum escorted an alien vampire, a Drac, down the pristine hallway. This Drac was tall, standing well above six feet. He wore thick black armor that shined under the light, covering his torso, neck to navel, all the way down his arms, locked at the wrists. Standard armor for Drac soldiers. His skin was pale, at least as pale as a scaly brownish auburn flesh could allow. His skull was smooth and large, and his neck bones stood on his shoulders protruding from the skin and skull like two thick stints up to the top of his head. The bones swelled then retracted, in unison with his breathing. The skin beneath his eyes was a pale red circling dry yellowish eyeballs with emerald pupils. His fingers were long and thick with sharp nails. Part of the Drac species, he wore his people's badge of honor proud on his sleeve.

“He’s the first to receive the new pills,” Dr. Blum explained. “He’s still coherent though, seems his strength and adrenaline are fighting off the effects, but at least he’s calm. Shock to the system if you know what I mean, Sanos?”

“Indeed,” replied Sanos, his voice a thick and heavy baritone. “He’s had all the necessary tests completed?”

“Of course,” Dr. Blum replied.

“Good…I’m starved.”

Dr. Blum bowed. “Of course.”

They stopped in front of the door leading to Ben’s chamber.

“This is it,” said Dr. Blum, sliding a panel from the small window. He looked inside seeing Ben sitting on the floor, his back against the wall. Ben’s pupils circled beneath half closed eyelids. His body jerked. The back of his head smacked against the wall. “Hmm, see, much more calm.”

“Delightful,” breathed Sanos. “May I?”

“Naturally.”

Sanos commanded perfection in his food. His eyes widened, delighted in observing Ben.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PD Alleva is an alternative fiction author. His novels cross genres, blending mystery, conspiracy, psychology, and action with horror and dystopian science fiction. Alternative fiction is PD's attempt at describing what readers uncover in any one of his books, a new discovery towards mainstream storytelling. He's been writing since childhood, creating and developing stories with brash and impactful concepts that he would describe are metaphors for the shifting energies that exist in the universe. PD exists inside of his own universe, working diligently on The Rose Vol. II and exceptional horror novels. Be prepared for Golem, PD’s upcoming horror thriller.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
- What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Hands down Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. Banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts. Mmm, sounds good.

- Which mythological creature are you most like?
Depends on which personality you’re talking too. I could be a dragon (fierce, powerful, and in your face), or a Fae (completely mythical and mysterious, sarcastic and cerebral), or a Golem (brought from another realm to wreak havoc on the world). My upcoming horror thriller is titled Golem, but he’s a completely out of his mind demonic anarchist, so, I think I’ll go with the dragon, but a good dragon.

- First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
I’m reaching back into the memory vault on this one. I believe it is Frankenstein, however, I read Mary Shelley’s classic in my High School Junior year, and although Frankenstein continues to be my favorite novel, there’s more back there in the perimeter of the mind. Could be Shakespeare’s Hamlet and that would be ninth grade if memory serves me correctly, but that is still too old. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume comes to mind, which was read in, well, fourth grade but no, although I enjoyed the book and that part when the dad drops the brother’s food over his head while in the bathtub “If he won’t eat it he’ll wear it,” was classic and pops into my head every time one of my kids refuse to eat. But no, with all this being said I’ll have to choose Washington Irvin’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which would have been read in middle school but maybe fifth grade too.

I was raised in Westchester County New York not far from Sleepy Hollow, taking visits to Washington Irving’s home in Tarrytown, NY (which, if you don’t know was a part of Sleepy Hollow for a long time until the town broke off from the Sleepy Headless Horseman). If you’re looking for a place to visit during Halloween, I’d recommend Sleepy Hollow or Tarrytown, the haunted hayrides and exhibits are great to see, plus the history is always fun to learn. Also great to witness is the Headless Horseman riding around the haunted sites with a bit of nostalgia. I lived in Tarrytown for a while too, so the book has a special place in my heart and memory. I even wrote a reimagining of the story a few years ago titled, Knickerbocker, which is the featured story in Twisted Tales of Deceit, book one of the Beyond the Chamber Door series. Original title was “The Continuing Hymn of the Original Knickerbocker.” A strange and long title, however, there is an explanation. Washington Irving’s first book, A History of New York, was written under the pseudonym, Diedrich Knickerbocker. Irving came up with the name Knickerbocker based on the Dutch settlers of New York whose formal attire were referred to as knickerbockers, or knickers if you want, which are pants rolled up to the knees that are worn with high socks. After Irving’s novel received critical acclaim and success, the name Knickerbocker stuck and became a well-known reference to New Yorkers (at least at that time). This is also the reason why New York’s basketball team is called the Knicks, which is short for the New York Knickerbockers.

- How do you develop your plot and characters?
Over time. Once the idea drops into conscious thought (usually as a theme or circumstance) I start to take notes and send emails. More often than not the ending is one of the first to manifest. Characters begin to develop at this point, which I refer to as setting up a chessboard. Simultaneously the plot develops, usually with particular scenes and chapters that I know I’ll have a great time writing.

- Describe your writing space.
I purchased an Ernest Hemingway English Style Writing Desk by Thomasville many years ago. I love my desk it fits me perfectly. Have my writing hats (a collection of Fedoras) in the corner, a gas lamp, a few trophies from karate and soccer from my twin boys, an American Flag that was given to my grandfather when he passed away in 1987. He was a World War II fighter pilot. And my Empire Strikes Back Yoda puppet is always looking at me. There’s also a few pictures of my four kids and an old school corn Cobb tobacco pipe sitting in an ashtray. My writing chair is black leather and looks like the chair Morpheus is sitting on when he first meets Neo in The Matrix. Obvious name of the chair, The Morpheus Chair. Other than these items the office is a bit empty. I’m not into hanging pictures because I enjoy the bare white walls. Kind of a blank slate every time I walk in.
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GIVEAWAY:
One randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon or a Barnes & Noble gift card. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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152 comments:

  1. I appreciate getting to read about your book. With sisters and daughters who love to read, this helps so thank you.

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    1. you're welcome James, thank you for dropping by.

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    1. nice, thank you Rita. Enjoy those alien vampires, they are a pesky bunch of characters. Kind of blood thirsty too, but that's what we can expect from vampires. enjoy your day, PD

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  3. Good morning, hope all is well with everyone. Thank you All the ups and Downs for hosting, your support is greatly appreciated. Hello readers and book lovers, welcome to today's book tour stop for The Rose. Enjoy the excerpt and good luck on the giveaway. I'll be stopping in throughout the day to reply to comments and answer any questions you all may have, so feel free to ask away. As always, have an awesome Tuesday, thank you for stopping by, PD

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  4. This sounds like an exciting and thrilling book.

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    1. you're welcome, thank you for dropping by Victoria.

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  6. Great cover, very intriguing.

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    1. thank you Lisa, glad I could turn you on to some alien vampires. enjoy the book, thank you dropping by, PD

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    1. Nothing better than a new book. Thank you Deborah

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  8. congrats on the release, this sounds good

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  9. I like the cover. It has great artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. I love the red on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. you are welcome, good luck too. thank you for dropping by.

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  11. Sounds like a great book! I like the cover.

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    1. cool beans, thank you for stopping by Susan. enjoy the book

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  12. Great interview, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

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  13. This soundslike such a good book!

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    1. thank you, enjoy the book, it is a wild ride

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  14. Excellent tour, interesting thriller!

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    1. thank you for stopping by Deb, good luck on the giveaway

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  16. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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  17. Looks like a very interesting read, and I like the cover.

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  18. Whoa, this sounds like an intense read!

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  19. Whoa! This sounds like a very intense read!

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    1. Indeed it is, intense is definitely a good way to describe the story. thank you for dropping by

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  20. this looks like a great read!

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  21. This has such a cool cover. Perfect for this genre. I enjoyed reading the excerpt

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  22. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. It sounds interesting.

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  23. The cover really caught my attention..

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    1. thank you, we all went through hell and back trying to get that cover right, but it all came together in the end, the designer hit the nail on the head. Thank you for stopping by Michele

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  24. This book sounds amazing love to read it and i like the cover too.

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    1. awesome, thank you for stopping by Laurie, enjoy those alien vampires.

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    1. thank you, if you pick up a copy, enjoy the ride and thank you for stopping by

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  26. Thanks for the chance. Very nice cover.

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  27. Wow! This is quite the storyline! How did you come up with the idea?

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    1. Multiple sources. the idea spawned from three separate novel ideas that were running through my head at the time, but mostly from interests in mythology, vampires, and alien lore and theories, concepts that I've found intriguing from an early age. If vampires could be real maybe, just maybe, they are from a different planet, a different species. If not, well, alien vampires, at least IMO are a really cool new mythology to explore and it's the mythology behind them that I had the most fun developing. I hope the readers all agree. Thank you for stopping by.

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  28. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. nice, thank you Victoria, thank you for stopping by

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  30. Sounds like a great book and cool cover too😀

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  31. thank you Deborah, I love your wonderful day days, keep em coming. thank you

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  32. Very intense cover!

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    1. thank you Janice. the hardest part about that cover was coming up with what we believed resembled alien vampire hands holding the rose, we went through numerous different hands and finally the designer hit the nail on the head. Definitely satisfied with how the cover came out. Thank you for stopping by, PD

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  33. I do not see my comment.
    I love the title subject and cover for this amazing read!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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    1. you are welcome, thank you for stopping by. Glad I can turn you on to some alien vampires, enjoy the book, PD

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    1. thank you Deborah, same to you. Rainy day down here in my neck of the woods but its perfect for writing.

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  35. Sounds like a gripping read! Cool cover!

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  36. you too Deborah, Happy Thursday!

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  37. What draws you to writing in this genre?

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    1. Result of an overactive imagination really. I've always had my head in the clouds, traveling to destinations unknown where you never know what's coming around the corner. I find the unknown exciting, and crossing those lines helps to push the imagination. Could be light, could be dark. could be alien vampires or mythological gods, one never knows. yeah, I like those clouds lol. great question, thank you Caryl.

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    1. Awesome, thank you. I just listed it as on sale on Amazon. Nothing better than a good deal on a great book. As a reader I know this all too well. Thank you for stopping by, PD

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  39. That cover is really awesome! Very intriguing.

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    1. Thank you. I do love that cover too, the designer really did do a fantastic job. Enjoy your day David, thank you for stopping by.

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    1. thank you Kayla, glad you stopped by. I love the cover too, the designer got it perfect. Enjoy the book, currently on sale through the holidays. Enjoy your weekend, PD

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    1. awesome. thank you for the feedback Lisa. Enjoy your day.

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  42. Great cover! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. thank you for stopping by Suzany. Good luck on the giveaway.

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  43. Great cover, sounds like a great book

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    1. Thank you Christina. Enjoy the book. Its a great read for a Sunday!

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  44. Love to read it sounds so interesting.

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    1. Thank you for the feedback Laurie. Enjoy the book.

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  45. What was your best success as a writer?

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    1. To date hitting number 1 for the best new release in the science fiction category. That was a proud day. Thank you Jamie, enjoy the holidays.

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    2. Congratulations! Happy Holidays to you as well.

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    3. Thank you Jamie. Enjoy your day.

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    1. Christmas has been great. We just finished opening those traditional red man Santa presents. Always great to see the excitement when a kid opens those presents. How was yours? Hope it has been great. Thank you Jamie.

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  47. What was your best Christmas memory?

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    1. About ten years ago I bought my then 8 year old daughter one of those mechanical horses. It was huge and heavy and I just had back surgery so I needed help setting it up which meant I'd have to play the big red man a little before Christmas morning. That night we spent Christmas Eve at my cousins house and on the way home we were listening to the radio and the DJ came on and said she had a report that Santa was seen in Florida, so I told my daughter "Wouldn't it be awesome if we got home and Santa already left all your presents for you?" She was one excited little girl at the time. Of course she got all her presents when we got home and my concern that getting her presents a little early may cause some unwanted inquiries completely vanished. She had a great Christmas and remembers that night until today. (she's 18 now). Great Christmas. At the time I was a single full time dad so giving my kids (I had two at that time) a great Christmas was a little more important than usual. Thank you Jamie.

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  48. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. Thank you for the feedback Siehan. Good luck on the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you Leela. Enjoy those alien vampires. Thank you for stopping by.

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    1. Awesome, thank you for the feedback Laurie. Its the perfect weekend read. Enjoy your day.

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  51. Do you have a specific writing spot?

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    1. Yes. I purchased an English style writing desk a few years back. Part of the Ernest Hemingway collection. Hemingway in my youth was my favorite writer so as you can imagine I love my desk. It's my sanctuary.

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  52. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

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    1. can come from anywhere really. Old movies, songs, books, memories, a streamlined consciousness derived from an event that steamrolled into an emotion that snowballed into a concept, plot, or character with a story that required telling. So, basically anywhere. I like to keep my eyes and ears open, one never knows when another story will unfold in the mind. Thank you Victoria.

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  53. sounds like a fun one

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    1. Sunday mornings I wake up early early, about 4am and write to my hearts desire while listening to some classic rock (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones) and letting all those characters jump out of my head. Its quite a good time. Thank you Jamie

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  55. Sounds like a interesting read

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    1. Thank you Tammy, good to have you here. Enjoy the book and Happy New Year to you.

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  56. I can't wait to read this book. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Nice, enjoy the book and those alien vampires, they are a rowdy bunch. Happy New Year to you Erin, thank you for stopping by.

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    1. Ok so as crazy as this year has been its had a few good days too, one of which was the morning The Rose was released and I saw that orange tag on Amazon for the best new release in science fiction. That was really cool, never got that before so yeah it was a good day. Thank you Jamie, Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  58. What are some tips for writer's block?

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    1. Ha, I'm not only a writer, I'm also a hypnotist and psychotherapist. I wrote this blog a few years ago but added it to my website: Mindfulness Techniques to Combat Writers Block. Works like a charm. Heres' the link: https://pdalleva.com/blog/mindfulness-techniques-to-combat-writers-block

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    1. Well, my wife and I were going to a 70's disco club to ring in the new year, but plans have changed. My in laws were going to watch our little ones but we weren't able to get the boys tested in time for covid so that plan will have to wait. Unfortunately there's not much happening this year for kids, usually there's a lot happening but covid strikes again. So, we are going to go out to dinner then head home and watch the ball drop, which will definitely be fun too. I love my boys. But the switch is also good because just after midnight I need to make a few adjustments to my website because I'm implementing a major giveaway and contest on January 1st with over $1k in prizes. Pretty cool if you ask me, so I'll spend the first few hours of 2021 posting the contest. How about you? Any fun plans? Happy New Year to you and your family. Be safe and healthy.

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  60. I enjoyed the excerpt. Happy New Year!

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    1. Nice, thank you for the feedback Debbi. Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for stopping by

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  61. Hello Fellow Readers and Book Lovers, Happy New Year to all of you, thank you for stopping in on The Rose Book tour. This page has been a great success and since the tour and $50 Gift Card Raffle ends tonight, I'd like to extend an invitation on a new contest and giveaway I launched today. I'm attempting to start 2021 with a bang and make the new year a great one. I put together a giveaway and contest page on my website with over $1k in prizes. Open to US and International readers. Prizes include a $300 Amazon gift card as a grand prize and a brand new Kindle Paperwhite 2nd prize. it's going to be an awesome giveaway and contest. Feel free to check out all the details at the link below. Happy New Year to all of you and best wishes to you and your families. Thank you to All the Ups and Downs for being a part of the book tour and to Goddessfish Promotions for all their help with promotions and arranging the book tour, its been an awesome success. Be bold, be brilliant, and be extraordinary, PD Alleva. Here's the link: https://pdalleva.com/the-rose-contest-and-giveaway

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  62. What are your writing resolutions?

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    1. I have two books I'm publishing in 2021, The Rose Vol. 2 and a horror thriller titled Golem. I also have plans for a novella series, which will feature two storylines and occasionally an extra short story, although I may turn this into a monthly magazine kind of like weird tales. Thank you Jamie, happy new year to you.

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  63. I like the cover. It has great artwork.

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    1. thank you Susan. Agreed, I really did get lucky finding the right cover designer, she hit the nail on the head. Thank you for stopping by.

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  64. Creepy cover! Sounds like a scary read

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    1. Thank you Julie. Yes, there are definitely some scary scenes in the book, alien vampires tend to be a bit primal and blood thirsty, although the telekinetic grey aliens come out of left field with their skull splitting ways. Enjoy the book, thank you for stopping by.

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