Thursday, August 5, 2021

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Song of the King's Heart by Nicole Sallak Anderson

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for the Song of the King's Heart trilogy by Nicole Sallak Anderson. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I'm focusing on the first book in the trilogy with an excerpt from that book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content and more info about each book in the series. Enjoy!
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Title: Origins
Series: Song of the King's Heart #1
Author: Nicole Sallak Anderson
Publication Date: October 1st 2019
Print Length: 233 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
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This is the lost story of Lord Ankhwenefer, known to the Greeks as Chaonnophris the Rebel, the last native Egyptian Pharaoh. The brilliance and heartache of his rebellion weave a tale that history has forgotten.

Until now.

In the year 205 B.C., after centuries of Persian and Macedonian occupation, a rebel king rises from the south to take ancient Egypt back unto native hands. He will battle the Ptolemy line for twenty years, and rule almost eighty percent of Egypt, yet in the end, history will never mention his name.

Born Prince Ankhmakis, the last in a line of native Egyptian kings, he is raised with one purpose—to help his father reclaim Egypt from the Macedonian occupiers and return their country to dynastic greatness. Fate, however, has its own plans. For lies and deceit live in the hearts of all involved, from his family to the priesthood, and the Greeks aren’t the only ones who seek to destroy him.

Natasa is in training to become the High Priestess of the temple of Isis. Her task is to strengthen the royal family with the magic of the goddess through love and pleasure. She never thought the connection between her and Ankhmakis could be so strong, or carry a power coveted by those lurking in the shadows. Nor did she know that the child they would create would have her own great destiny to fulfill.

Together, Ankhmakis and Natasa must defend the potential of their love from those who would seek to use it for their own gain. Theirs is a world of magic, power, riches, and lust, and there are those within the court who would do anything to keep Ankhmakis and Natasa apart. Between mystical forces, murder, and illicit schemes--only the gods know if they’ll survive.

**All the eBooks in the trilogy are only $0.99 each!**

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EXCERPT:
Before sunrise on the final morning of their journey, Natasa woke to the sound of gentle music. She slipped away from her snoring father, who was, of course, sleeping beside her and made her way up to the deck. There she found Iu-Amon standing in the shadows. He was watching Ankhmakis, who stood at the bow playing his pandura, unaware he had an audience. Natasa smiled at how beautiful and noble the prince looked, singing to the rising Sun God, Ra.

“What’s he doing?” she asked Iu-Amon.

“He’s played this song every morning since Alexandria,” Iu-Amon whispered.

“It’s beautiful,” she sighed.

The sky turned purple, and streaks of pink and gold paled the horizon.

“Why does he do it?”

“Well,” Iu-Amon said, smiling as bright as Ra himself, “it’s been my experience that only one thing compels a young man to sing to the sunrise.”

“What?” she asked.

“I think the prince is in love.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Sallak Anderson is Computer Science graduate from Purdue University, and former CTO for a small Silicon Valley startup, turned novelist, speaker, and blogger, focusing on the intersection of technology and consciousness. Her essays range from AI and Zen to direct democracy to the loneliness of modern parenting — featured as a top twenty story on Medium. In addition, her work on Universal Basic Income has been included on 2020 presidential candidate, Andrew Yang’s, website.

Her latest project, The Song of the King’s Heart Trilogy, is a series about the last native Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and his quest to take back his ancestral kingdom from the Ptolemaic Empire. The first two installments, Origins and Blood and Chaos, are available on Amazon. The last novel in the series, Civilization’s End, will be released October 2021. You can keep up with all her latest writing on her website or by following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,  and Medium. Feel free to contact her, she almost always answers to any query or comment!

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GUEST POST:
Ten Things Most People Don’t Know About Me
by Nicole Sallak Anderson


I feel like I’m an open book to anyone who knows me, but there are some things even my best friends might not know about me.

1) I don’t know which direction is north. It’s impossible for me to navigate anywhere. I know which way is up and as a former gymnast my position relative to the earth is quite clear; I can twist and flip my way to my feet under most conditions. But I can’t tell you how to get out of a forest, ever.

2) I don’t know how fast an object is coming toward me. This is a problem when driving, I know. It means I’m that person who waits forever to turn left across traffic. I also hate playing all ball sports for the same reason.

3) I don’t like the feel of dirt on my fingers and toes. Especially mud. Not because I don’t like the soil, but because I’m afraid of the yucky bugs and leeches that live in the dirt.

4) My fingers constantly dance on the steering wheel when I’m listening to music while driving. Life is one big choreography to me.

5) I have a crush on the Witcher. And Denis Morton, my favorite Peloton instructor.

6) I don’t consider myself a romantic, but every novel I’ve written is a love story, albeit tragic ones.

7) I’ve always wanted to be an old woman and am so happy to be approaching the age of fifty. I still feel like I’m too young, but it’s closer than I’ve ever been.

8) I have to wear heels when I write. Beautiful shoes are my fetish.

9) I’m afraid of deep water where I can’t see the bottom. I know there are monsters down there, and you know I’m right.

10) My favorite ballroom dance is the tango. I’ve even written a novel in its honor.
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GIVEAWAY:
Nicole Sallak Anderson will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
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256 comments:

  1. Looks like interesting books.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I love historical reads especially involving the Egyptians. sounds like a great read.

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  4. Sounds like a very good book.

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  5. Thank you so much for hosting me today. I'm so excited to share this story with all of you. I've loved ancient Egypt since childhood and writing this trilogy was a dream come true. I hope you enjoy Natasa and Ankhmakis's story.

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  6. Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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  7. Sounds like a great book. I like the excerpt and cover.

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  8. Lovely virtual book tour, cheers.

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  9. Thank you for the chance! Love studying the ancient egyptians!

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  10. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  11. I love Historical Fantasy Romance all in one. Good work.

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  12. very nice cover, congrats on the release

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  13. The book sounds interesting, thanks.

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  14. This sounds really interesting!

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  15. Author, how do you use social media to help you?

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  16. I love that this is set in ancient Egypt!

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  17. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. Is it difficult for you to think of a title and cover for your books?

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  19. I am so excited to read this book!

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  20. Which is harder the first or the last chapter to write of a book?

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  21. How long did it take you to finish this book?

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  22. How do you handle writer's block?

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  23. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  24. Do you have a favorite travel destination?

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  25. David HollingsworthAugust 10, 2021 at 5:09 PM

    How often do you write books?

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  26. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  27. How do you destress and clear your mind before writing?

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  28. What book are you currently reading?

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  29. Do you ever not been able to finish a book?

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  30. Do you write more or read more?

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  31. I would think it would be a challenge to find the right title and cover for your books.

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  32. David HollingsworthAugust 18, 2021 at 3:01 PM

    How do you proofread your work?

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  33. Where is your favorite place to escape to?

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  34. At what age did you start writing?

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  35. What is the most impactful book you've ever read?

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  36. David HollingsworthAugust 21, 2021 at 2:33 PM

    What's the most rewarding aspect of writing a book?

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  37. David HollingsworthAugust 23, 2021 at 7:36 PM

    What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

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  38. What author do you most like to read?

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  39. How do you handle writer's block?

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  40. What is your favorite book you ever wrote?

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  41. When do you start your next book?

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  42. How many pages do you try to write each day?

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  43. Sounds like a great read. Adding to my TBR list.

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  44. What inspires your book titles?

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  45. Did you always want to be a writer?
    Or did you consider other occupations?

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  46. What's your favorite childhood book?

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  47. What is your favorite genre of books to read?

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  48. Do you prefer ebooks or solid books?

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  49. David HollingsworthSeptember 4, 2021 at 7:04 PM

    How many books of your became bestsellers?

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  50. Do you do a lot of people watching?

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  51. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

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  52. David HollingsworthSeptember 5, 2021 at 2:51 PM

    What happens when two have too many ideas for a book?

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  53. Do you take holidays as time off from writing?

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  54. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?

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  55. Do you prefer writing in the cooler weather months?

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  56. Do you carry a notebook with you when you are out to jot down thoughts about the book you're writing?

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  57. How often do you come up with ideas for books?

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  58. Have you always wanted to be a writer & what helped you to decide on it?

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  59. What do you drink while you're writing?

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  60. Do you ever regret an idea you've had for a book?

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  61. What is your favorite season of the year?

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  62. What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

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  63. Do you take weekends off from writing?

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  64. How do you prepare for Fall?

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  65. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?

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  66. Do you write short stories too?

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  67. Are you a planner or a panster kind of writer?

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  68. What's your favourite keyboard shortcut?

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  69. How many ideas do you come up with on a daily basis?

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  70. What would be your best advice for someone who wants to become a writer?

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  71. Have you ever won a giveaway before?

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  72. Have you ever had moments of deja vu?

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  73. Do you take time off from writing?

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  74. Just saying Hello.

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  75. How much help have you received from other authors?

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  76. Tell me about the best day of your life.

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  77. What's the best dream you've ever had?

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  78. This so sounds like my kind of read.
    heather
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  79. What's your favorite character?

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  80. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  81. I tend to get in a rut reading the same authors.
    I am going to read one of your books so I get some variety.

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  82. Just saying Hello.

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  83. What do you want to be for Halloween?

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  84. What's your favorite thing to do for Halloween, if anything?

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  85. Do you use your local library for research?

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  86. Do you have a favorite type of cuisine?

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  87. how do you come up with the main story plot? thanks

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  88. Do you like writing mystery stories?

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  89. I like everything about this book - title genre & cover!
    Well done.

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  90. Happy Fall! What is your favorite season?

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  91. how do you settle on a plot twist? thanks

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  92. What's the furthest away you've ever been?

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  93. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  94. What's your favorite Fall activity?

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  95. What do you like to do in Fall?

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  96. What was your high school life?

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  97. Which do you prefer beach or mountains?

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  98. What did you do for your community this year?

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  99. Just saying Hello, again.

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  100. Just saying Hello.

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  101. What's your favourite urban legend?

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  102. What is the best piece of advice you have received?

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  103. looks like an interesting book - lots of work. thanks

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  104. What's your favorite season?

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  105. Have you ever been so stuck that you stopped writing a book?

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  106. Have you ever gotten rid of an idea that you regret afterwards?

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  107. What's your favorite color?

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  108. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  109. What's your favorite sound?

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  110. When do you do your best writing?

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  111. Nicole Sallak Anderson certainly has a valuable and interesting set of skills with her education and work background.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  112. David HollingsworthOctober 1, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Do you play any instruments?

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  113. I love the front cover illustration. It looks so authentic - like it just came out of a historic excavation dig.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  114. Have you ever had a Glitch in the Matrix moment?

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  115. David HollingsworthOctober 2, 2021 at 7:54 PM

    What's the best book you think you've ever written?

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  116. Do you have a set schedule for writing?

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  117. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  118. David HollingsworthOctober 3, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    How are doing these days?

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  119. Do you keep a notebook to jot down story ideas?

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  120. I think it is interesting that the last novel in the series, Civilization’s End, will be released October 2021.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  121. David HollingsworthOctober 4, 2021 at 7:54 PM

    What's your favorite pastime?

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  122. Do you have a favorite holiday?

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  123. Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

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  124. Do you write when you're on vacation?

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  125. David HollingsworthOctober 6, 2021 at 1:52 AM

    What do you do when you need some peace?

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  126. I think that the cover of this book is very attractive and will draw the reader into the book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  127. what kind of writing schedule do you have?

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  128. Do you have a favorite way to spend your down time?

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  129. I think that reading books of essays is fun and educational.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  130. What would you pawn on Pawn Stars?

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  131. David HollingsworthOctober 7, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Do you like horror movies?

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  132. Are the leaves turning where you live?

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  133. It sounds like this book would really be fascinating. It would take you back in ancient history, far from the modern world!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  134. David HollingsworthOctober 9, 2021 at 2:08 AM

    Has anyone ever said anything bad about one of your books?

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  135. While reading this book, people would be swept into another time and place!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  136. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

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  137. I think it is interesting that your books are a series about the last native Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  138. David HollingsworthOctober 10, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    How do you feel about cooler weather?

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  139. The ancient looking cover of your book looks like it is overlaid with the fine drifting dust and the gritty sands of ages past.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  140. What are your plans for Halloween?

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  141. I so admire your ability as a writer.

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  142. I think that the strong yet muted colors on the book cover help give it an ancient look and feel.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  143. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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  144. David HollingsworthOctober 13, 2021 at 3:24 AM

    Do you like Halloween?

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  145. Your book is the first time I have heard of Lord Ankhwenefer, known to the Greeks as Chaonnophris the Rebel, who was the last native Egyptian Pharaoh.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  146. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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  147. It sounds like this King had quite a busy life - battling the Ptolemy line for twenty years, and ruling almost eighty percent of Egypt!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  148. David HollingsworthOctober 14, 2021 at 8:39 PM

    What were you like in high school?

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  149. How many books do you read in a year?

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  150. The pretty colored necklace really makes the cover pop into attention!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  151. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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