Tuesday, September 14, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Swipe Right for Murder by Polly Harris

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Swipe Right for Murder by Polly Harris. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fascinating guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Swipe Right for Murder
Author: Polly Harris
Publication Date: September 14th 2021
Print Length: 205 pages
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Thriller
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DATING IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY IF THE GUY YOU LIKE MIGHT BE A SERIAL KILLER.

After a devastating heartbreak and a string of short-lived, failed relationships, college student Georgie Itoyama has now decided to approach dating in the same way that she approaches everything else: methodically, logically, and efficiently.

Georgie downloads countless dating apps, determined to find the love of her life as easily as she orders jeans online. And while her love-at-first-sight aspirations don’t exactly come true, she does find someone she likes. Quite a lot.

There’s only one problem. Girls are going missing at Georgie’s university, and all the signs are pointing to . . . him?

But that’s ridiculous. What are the chances that she’s dating an actual serial killer?

Then she matches with Nate. Mysterious, intelligent, and oddly fixated on solving the local disappearances. As Georgie’s relationships deepen with each of her guys, she unwittingly finds herself caught up in the mess that is murder, intrigue, and the nightmare of online dating.

**The eBook is on sale for $0.99 during this tour.**

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EXCERPT:
“They found her body in a ditch. She’d been there for a couple days or so.” Shannon almost drops her precariously tall pile of books upon delivering this news to me. She shakes her head and starts shelving.

“That’s awful,” I say from a few shelves away where I’m trying to alphabetize the children’s section. Kids are not very good at putting books back from where they found them.

I’d heard the news this morning back at the dorms. I’d been in the bathroom doing my makeup with a few of the other girls on my hall, when the RA had come in and told us about it. Gossip spreads like wildfire at a small school, especially when it involves murder. I’d had a surprisingly numb reaction to it. Much like my reaction now. I keep expecting it to hit me. For me to feel sad, upset, afraid—anything. I actually only feel relief. Horrifyingly enough.

Relief that it wasn’t me who found her. That someone else gets to carry that trauma and not me.

“That’s your school, isn’t it?” Shannon asks.

“Yeah.” I think back to finding Whitney in the stairwell. The image is strangely void in my mind—I remember walking down the stairs, discussing bacon flavored cupcakes with Olivia, I remember the heels of my sneakers squeaking against the linoleum. And then it’s blank. I do remember the feeling though. The denial. The blood rushing in my eardrums, my heartrate accelerating before I even understood why.

“So creepy,” Shannon comments, almost to herself.

With a jolt, I remember what Miles had said at the froyo place a few nights ago. How some girl from Altmar had gone missing. He didn’t mention a name, probably didn’t know it, but I have the feeling it’s this same girl.

A part of me wants to think like Amelia did when Miles first mentioned it. This girl was probably caught up in the wrong crowd. She probably knew some nasty people, was maybe even involved in something illegal. Anything to curb the nagging fear that’s rising up inside of me. The fear that this could happen to anyone. That I could be next.

But I think back to Shannon’s ramblings from a few minutes ago. She’d been such a sweetheart. Her parents said she never partied, never did drugs, was a perfect student. Who would murder such a girl? This perfect, sweet girl.

But none of us are actually as good as we seem, I think.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Polly Harris is the author of six YA novels and runs her own editorial company where she works on books just like this one. When Polly isn’t writing or editing, she can be found cuddling her cat (professionally known as her editorial assistant), crafting, or swiping through dating apps.



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GUEST POST:
True crime documentaries (like for most people) are one of my favorite things to watch. If there's a new mysterious murder mystery show on Netflix, you better believe I'm watching it immediately. And based on that, it's not surprising at all that I decided to WRITE my very own murder mystery.

But when it comes to unsolved true crime cases ... that's a whole different story.

Maybe it's because I'm an author and I love seeing things plotted out in extreme detail, but the whole "unsolved" aspect of many of these crimes just doesn't appeal to me.

Honestly, unsolved true crime cases drive me up the wall, lol! I can't handle them. I always go for true crime documentaries that tie everything up in the end in a perfect bow. I don't know why, but the idea of an unsolved mystery (especially something with murder or violence) is so creepy and scary to me! As long as any murder mystery show, documentary, or book ends with a solved case, I can go to sleep that night. Otherwise, I'm way too stressed out!

I think there's also another aspect that bugs me about these types of cases. And again, it probably has something to do with me being an author. The majority of my time is spent meticulously going through plot points, coming up with ideas, shooting ideas down, and ironing out the perfect plot. Even the perfect murder. That being said, when I sit down to read a book or watch a show, I don't want to do any of that work! Haha! I already do that all day every day. I don't want to figure out who the murderer is, wrack my brain for clues and loopholes. I want to be presented with a story, and presented with a finale. All tied up. Nice and easy to digest.

So, while I love true crime cases, I want true crime cases that are solved. 100% solved, throw the book away, everyone can go home now.

What about you? Do unsolved true crime cases drive you crazy like me? Or do you love the thrill of trying to figure it out yourself?
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GIVEAWAY:
Polly Harris will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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202 comments:

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

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  3. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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

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  5. Cool theme, sounds mysterious and scary.

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  6. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  7. The book sounds intriguing. I love the fun cover!

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  8. this sounds great I love murder mysteries

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  9. The book sounds fun and full of mystery.

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  10. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. this looks like a great book-thanks

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  12. Do you take time off from writing?

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

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

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

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  16. This sounds like a really good read.

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  17. Sounds like a scary one.
    Heather hgtempaddy

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  18. New Adult Contemporary Thriller - I would enjoy this read.
    And an eye catching cover.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  19. What's your favorite character?

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  20. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  21. 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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  22. What is your favorite movie genre?

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  23. What do you want to be for Halloween?

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  24. Do you use your local library for research?

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  25. Do you make an outline when you write your books?

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  26. Do you have a favorite type of cuisine?

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

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  28. Happy Fall! What is your favorite season?

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

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

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

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  32. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  33. What do you like to do in Fall?

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  34. Do you prefer beach or mountains?

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

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  36. What's your favourite urban legend?

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

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  38. looks like an interesting book. thanks

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  39. Where do you get ideas for a book-are any of them from your own experienace

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

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  41. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  42. What's your most frightening moment so far?

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  43. When do you do your best writing?

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  44. Swipe Right for Murder sounds like a light hearted and fun book!

    Nancy
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  45. From the Guest Post, I learned that I have something in common with author Polly Harris. True crime documentaries are one of my favorite things to watch too. I also love watching new mysterious murder mystery movies and shows on Netflix.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  47. Do you have a set schedule for writing?

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  48. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  49. Dating a supposed serial killer would have me looking over my shoulder worrying about how close we are getting physically and emotionally.

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

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  51. The character Georgie Itoyama sounds like she has a really interesting life!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  52. Do you have a favorite holiday?

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

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

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  55. When you were a child, did you have any favorite authors?

    Nancy
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  56. what kind of writing schedule do you have?

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

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  58. It is interesting that Polly Harris both writes and edits!

    Nancy
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  59. What would you pawn on Pawn Stars?

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  60. I love the catchy title: Swipe Right for Murder!

    Nancy
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  61. The article stated that you have a cat. What is your cat's name?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  63. I like shows like Cold Justice where they delve deep in the past to solve unsolved true crime cases and bring the guilty to justice, if possible. The extra information they find may help the friends and the family of the victim.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  64. Singles reading this book might be extra careful about online dating in the future!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. What are your plans for Halloween?

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  66. I so admire your ability as a writer.

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  67. This sounds like a book that might be a bit chilling in spots!

    Nancy
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  68. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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  69. Books about killers can send shivers down your spine!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  71. What authors or genres did you read as a child?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  73. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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  74. What was the very worst date you have ever been on?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  75. Do you still write when you're on vacation?

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  76. Do you have a favorite mystery writer whose books you enjoy reading?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  77. When did you last pull an all nighter?

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  78. how much editing do you usually have to do? thanks

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  79. Do you need to take classes to become a writer?

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  80. Do you always use a computer to write?

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  81. I never used a dating app. Did you ever use one, perhaps as research for your book?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  82. How old were most of your friends when they started dating?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  83. When did you get your first cell phone?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  84. Do you wear glasses? What do you frames look like>?

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  85. How do you decide on names for your characters?

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  86. What inspires you when you are in a writing slump?

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  87. Do you have a favorite book genre to read?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  88. Happy Friday. What do you generally do on weekends?

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  89. What is your favourite part of fall?

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  90. Most people have a favorite color. What is your favorite color?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  91. What is your favorite way observe self care?

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  92. Are you already planning your next book?

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  93. Do your have a favorite candy that you enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  94. I like the cute cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  95. In support of this book I tweeted -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1452346858190290951

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  96. Do you have a favorite beverage that you drink as you write?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  97. do you have others read your work before you submit it to your editor/publisher? thanks

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  98. Why did you decide to write YA novels?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  99. "DATING IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY IF THE GUY YOU LIKE MIGHT BE A SERIAL KILLER."

    No truer words have been spoken.

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  100. Do you still have your wisdom teeth/

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  101. What's your favorite book to re-read?

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  102. Do you have a favorite kind of candy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  103. What was your favorite costume when you were a child?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  104. Thank you for such an interesting excerpt - well done!

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  105. What do you like to watch on Youtube?

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  106. Do you like writing short stories?

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  107. Not everyone is who they appear to be online.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  108. Don't stay up too late reading tonight!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  109. This is going on my to read soon list.

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  110. What did you do for Halloween night?

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  111. Did you dress up for Halloween?

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  112. Do you back up your files daily?

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  113. "After a devastating heartbreak and a string of short-lived, failed relationships, college student Georgie Itoyama has now decided to approach dating in the same way that she approaches everything else: methodically, logically, and efficiently."

    I like this girl already.

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  114. "Georgie downloads countless dating apps, determined to find the love of her life as easily as she orders jeans online."

    I wonder how we met people before dating apps...

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  115. What's crazy court case you've ever heard of?

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  116. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  117. "And while her love-at-first-sight aspirations don’t exactly come true, she does find someone she likes. Quite a lot."

    Good for her.

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  118. About how many books do you write in a year?

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  119. Have you ever punched someone straight in the face?

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  120. "There’s only one problem."

    The plot thickens, lol.

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  121. What will you name your future children?

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  122. Do you like book signing events?

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  123. In the place where you live, is Daylight Savings Time in effect?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  124. How often do you use public transportation?

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  125. Do you usually write in one genre or several?

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  126. What was the best gift you've ever given?

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  127. "Girls are going missing at Georgie’s university, and all the signs are pointing to . . . him?"

    That does complicate things.

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  128. What kind of sauce do you like on your spaghetti? Tonight I had pesto sauce and it was very good!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  129. Swipe Right for Murder has a purple cover. Is purple one of your favorite colors?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  130. Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

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  131. What are your thoughts on ebooks?

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  132. Do you have a favorite snack that you enjoy eating?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  133. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too. How long did it take to write it?

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  134. Where's your favourite place to be?

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  135. Do you write more or read more?

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  136. Do you have a favorite ethnic cuisine that you especially enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  137. Do you enjoy watching classic movies? I just saw True Grit for the first time in many years.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  138. When the weather is cold, do you like to eat oatmeal for breakfast?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  139. I enjoy reading all of the excerpts.
    It helps me to find books I would enjoy.

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  140. Do you always take time to stop and eat when you're writing?

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  141. Where did you go on your last vacation?

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  142. Do you have a favorite or special kind of cookie that you really enjoy?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  143. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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