Tuesday, December 14, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Chandelier (Phantoms #2) by Michael Leon

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Chandelier by Michael Leon. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fantastic 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 book tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Chandelier
Series: Phantoms #2
Author: Michael Leon
Publication Date: Early 2022
Print Length: 365 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy Romance
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CHANDELIER is the genre-bending sci-fi/fantasy-romance novel follow up of Michael Leon’s 2019 fantasy-romance book, PHANTOMS.
 
A century has passed since the fabled Phantom ruled the Garnier Opera House. Technology has advanced, and AI has evolved beyond human knowledge. They reside in a virtual Earth, free from the ravages of an environmentally damaged Earth where humans and post-humans live under AI’s qualified governance.
 
CHANDELIER follows one AI sentient’s journey, Benny, whose loyalty for a famous opera singer, Madame D’Arenberg, sets him on a dangerous course, entangling him in The Phantom of the Opera’s deadly web.

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EXCERPT:
The twilight between tired revellers and early morning risers had become Erik’s refuge, a place where the pains of past and present could coalesce in his ritual of the macabre. He’d dreamt of his tormentors again, beasts controlled by masters who understood their canine's savagery as intimately as a mother knew her child and recurring nightly, taunting his mind.

Chilly breezes flowed down from the Lepontine Alps, carving patterns across Lake Como, so he drew his coat closer, protecting all but his face, but he wouldn't feel an arctic breeze there. He touched his pale cheeks, not to warm them for they were permanently cold, an immovable party mask. Instead, he felt the rough texture of the implanted skin, grafted to his face. Habitually, he reached into his coat pocket for a medicated ointment that soothed and camouflaged his face in equal measure.

A single boat predictably made its way toward the Bellagio port, the first for the day, in wait for the steady procession of commuters and tourists that would navigate the Lombardy region, Italy's foothills to the Swiss alps. The light from the slow-moving boat cast a darker than usual spotlight on the famous U-shaped lake, lit by its twin light, a crescent moon. It took Erik back to a dark past when he ruled the Garnier from the recesses of its famous lake chamber. His rule was cut short through carelessness, a mistake he would not repeat. He’d return to the jewel of the opera crown and rule that grand world again, but this time he'd lead it from the stage rather than Garnier’s hidden lake.

Were similar dark secrets contained in the black depths of Lake Como? The thought made him grimace, drawing pain. He held his mouth and cheeks, soothing the scar lines camouflaged beneath a thick beard. The scars, like his name, Erik, were all that remained of his past life, contingencies needed to protect him from those who’d seek to destroy him.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Leon is an explorer, writer and author of the new novel, Sentient. Professionally trained in international trade, Michael has spent the last decade reading and writing SFF novels about new worlds to be explored in the future. His latest work, Sentient, imagines Earth in the year 2120. His next novel, Chandelier, will be released in 2022. Michael has travelled extensively around Europe, walking the paths of his characters, from the famous European opera houses in Phantoms to the mountain tops of Switzerland in Emissary.

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GUEST POST:
World Build (Part One - 2121AD)
by Michael Leon


This week we look at the world of one of the characters from Chandelier. The storyline crosses two centuries, the 21st and 22nd. First, there is the world of Erik, the modern-day Phantom of the Opera (2021AD) and Benny's world, one hundred years in the future. Benny is a humanoid who finds himself drawn into the Phantom's realm as he tries to help the famous Diva, Madame D'Arenberg, whose life was fatefully entangled with the Phantom's a century earlier.

Today we examine Benny and the Diva's 22nd-century civilization, a future world I developed in a previous novel, Sentient.

Earth 2121AD

A century on and Earth's population has peaked at nine billion. The human species has been relegated to minority status as post-humans become the dominant race on Earth. A century of rampant, unchecked climate and technological change and subsequent catastrophic global pandemics has laid claim to the very young, accelerating post-human development. Humans are primarily assigned to repairing the environmental damage they perpetrated on Earth. Nearly all newborn are designated for post-human surgery as their only chance of long term survival. Post-humans possess superior technological and robotic enhancements affording them a 200-year life span. They are the dominant race on Earth and their key aim is to develop interplanetary and interstellar exploration and habitation.

In 2021, Artificial Intelligence has achieved singularity and was willingly handed governance over a troubled Earth. While they govern Earth, most AI sentients reside in a virtual Earth known as the sensorium. Still, a small number are assigned to android hosts on Earth, known as humanoids, human-looking, with sentient capabilities undetectable so that they can go about their assigned programs on Earth to better human/post-human/AI relations. Their intelligence is limited to particular skills, and most are purposely programmed to be unaware of their heritage and believe they are humans.

Benny is a humanoid, his specialist capability, music. He has worked the bars and nightclubs of Paris Super City for all of his programmed life until a post-human walks in on one of his performances. He's offered a job to develop music for the Diva's final performance at the Garnier, the opera house she ruled as the world's best opera singer a century earlier. Benny believes he has found his true calling as he assists the Diva. However, as events unfold, Benny is increasingly drawn into worlds he could never have imagined. Another humanoid, Flynn, shows him the true extent of his powers, exploring other dimensions and time itself, where he observes the Diva's life when she was the toast of France before falling under the spell of the Phantom of the Opera.

I enjoyed blurring the past with the future in this genre-bending tale, a challenging process, for as the current tech revolution was unimaginable to our forefathers, the next hundred years will be equally unbelievable, appearing more like a world filled with magic.
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GIVEAWAY:
Michael Leon will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

415 comments:

  1. Thanks to All the Ups and Downs for hosting this stop on my tour!

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  2. Looks like a interesting book.

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    1. Thanks for your support, Sherry! Good luck with the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, Leonie! I was happy with how it captured the science fiction element that I’ve introduced in this second book of the trilogy.

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  4. Looks like an amazing fantasy. Good work.

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Paige! Chandelier reimagines how the classic tale, Phantom of the Opera will be told, a hundred years into the future.

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    1. Thank you for supporting my tours, Rita! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  6. this sounds like an interesting book

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    1. Thanks WG! If you get the time to read it, I’d value your feed back. Chandelier will be released early 2022.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Peg! Chandelier will be released early next year.

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  8. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, Chandelier sounds like an excellent sequel to Phantoms and it sounds totally fascinating! The cover is very cool as well! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular holiday season!

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    1. Thanks for supporting my tours, Stormy! Happy holiday season!

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  9. Looks like a great book!! Happy Holidays!

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  10. David HollingsworthDecember 14, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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    1. Thanks, David! It’s the second book in what I want to be a trilogy.

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  11. The excerpt was interesting. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Glenda! Erik is an interesting and misunderstood phantom!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I will pass on your comment to my cover design person. Chandelier is a reimagining of the classic Phantom of the Opera and how it will be told a hundred years from now, so the ‘tech’ cover was important.

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  13. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I enjoy sharing excerpts from my book, on tours. The feedback means a lot, and encourages me to keep writing!

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    1. Thanks A! I enjoyed the writing challenge, blurring science fiction with romance fantasy!

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  16. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks Deb! Chandelier will be published early 2022!

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  17. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - well done!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Barbara. I appreciate your encouragement!

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

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. There will be more in the coming weeks of this tour. Hope you check out some more!

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    1. Thanks Zelda! How awesome of you to offer encouragement!

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  20. David HollingsworthDecember 15, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    I really like the cover!

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    1. Thanks, David! It’s definitely an eye catcher, with sci-fi atmospheric!

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

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    1. You’re welcome Slehan, good luck with the giveaway!

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  22. Thanks Siehan! Good luck with the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks A.I.! You’re initials are cool! Plenty of AI going on in Chandelier!

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  24. On a cold day like today there is nothing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book & a fuzzy blanket!
    The ultimate in self care.

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    1. So true, Barbara! I do enjoy a winter read. But it’s summer where I am, so it’s a read on the beach, in the shade of an umbrella!

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  25. Sounds like a fascinating book. Would really like to read.

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    1. Thanks, Dianne! Chandelier will be published early 2022!

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  26. I hope you are having a great day

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    1. Thanks, Zelda! Busy with last minute Christmas shopping!

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  27. David HollingsworthDecember 16, 2021 at 5:57 PM

    Sounds like a really great story.

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  28. Will you find time to write this month?

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    1. Hi Slehan! Most of my writing will revolve around final drafting of Chandelier before it is published.

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  29. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  30. David HollingsworthDecember 17, 2021 at 5:28 PM

    I hope you have a great holiday.

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  31. David HollingsworthDecember 18, 2021 at 8:24 PM

    Hope your night is going fine.

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  32. What is your favorite holiday cookie?

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    1. Hi Siehan! As a lover of all things French, I enjoy croissants! Does that count as a cookie?

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

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    1. Hi Barbara! One book per year is more than enough! I try to read a book every month or two.

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  34. David HollingsworthDecember 19, 2021 at 4:32 PM

    The cover is great!

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  35. I hope you had a great weekend

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  36. How long did it take to edit your book?

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  37. The cover is great! How did you come up with it?

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  38. The book sounds like a great read & I love the cover.

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  39. David HollingsworthDecember 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    I need to add this book to my reading list.

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  40. I love the striking design and colors of your new book Sentient. Cobalt blue is my favorite color. Sentient sounds like a fascinating book!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. This is an interesting book - sure to keep me reading.

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  42. Hope you're doing well and keeping warm.

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  43. Thanks to everyone for your feedback and well wishes! Good luck with the giveaway and have a wonderful and safe holiday!

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  44. David HollingsworthDecember 24, 2021 at 7:32 PM

    Happy Christmas Eve!

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  45. I usually comment on the author or book.
    Today I am going to say Merry Christmas!

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  46. David HollingsworthDecember 25, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Hope your Christmas is good.

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  47. Does your family do anything to celebrate Boxing Day?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. David HollingsworthDecember 26, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    I hope you had a great Christmas.

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  49. I hope your Christmas was fun :)

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  50. Sounds like a really interesting read.

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  51. Do you take time off from writing over the holidays?

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  52. Do you have a favorite soup that you like to make and/or eat when the weather is cold? I make a delicious and thrifty white bean soup with the Christmas ham bone!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  53. David HollingsworthDecember 27, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    How was your Christmas weekend?

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  54. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the excerpt.

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  55. Do you like after Christmas clearance shopping either in person or online or do you avoid it?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  56. It sounds like a really interesting book I would love to read

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  57. David HollingsworthDecember 28, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Did you write any books over Christmas?

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  58. Do you like having holiday food leftovers? I do. I bake a big ham, have leftover ham in entrees after Christmas, and put more ham in the freezer for later use.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  59. The colors of the book cover definitely grabbed my attention.

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  60. David HollingsworthDecember 29, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

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  61. Do you have any unique or special traditions for celebrating New Year's Eve?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. Do you read yourself & if so have a favorite author?

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  63. David HollingsworthDecember 30, 2021 at 9:48 PM

    Do you have plans for a new book?

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  64. I hope that you, your friends and your family and all of the readers here reading the blog have a happy, healthy and safe 2022!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. David HollingsworthDecember 31, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Happy New Year!

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  66. On New Year's Day, do you like to eat foods that are considered "lucky"?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  67. Do you have any plans for new books for 2022?

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  68. David HollingsworthJanuary 1, 2022 at 10:10 PM

    Hope your New Year's was good.

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  69. I hope today was relaxing for ya

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  70. David HollingsworthJanuary 2, 2022 at 7:13 PM

    How do you feel about this new year?

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  71. Did you have a good New Year's Eve?

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  72. At what age did you realize you wanted to be or were an author?

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  73. I hope you have a great night

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  74. David HollingsworthJanuary 3, 2022 at 7:39 PM

    What inspired you to become a writer?

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  75. Do you have a favorite soup that you enjoy? I am cooking a white bean with ham soup today. It is very good!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  76. David HollingsworthJanuary 4, 2022 at 8:30 PM

    How do you de-stress?

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  77. How long does it take you to write a book?

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  78. Sounds like an interesting book I would enjoy

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  79. Do you have a breakfast that you especially enjoy? I like an omelette with lots of vegetables, grits with butter, and a biscuit with jam.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  80. David HollingsworthJanuary 6, 2022 at 2:33 AM

    I hope your week is going good.

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  81. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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  82. The cover of your book is so colorful! Do you have a favorite color? Mine is cobalt blue.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  83. AI evolving beyond human knowledge is so scary to me! I bet this is a super interesting read.

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  84. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

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  85. thank you for a chance to win :)

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  86. David HollingsworthJanuary 7, 2022 at 9:01 PM

    What's your favorite color?

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  87. Does it snow where you live? We have had one snowy day this season.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  88. David HollingsworthJanuary 8, 2022 at 6:42 PM

    How did you come up with book?

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  89. What is your all time favorite book that you have read.

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  90. Do you enjoy eating oatmeal when the weather is cold? I like hot oatmeal with butter and brown sugar!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  91. I would so love to read this one this winter season.
    heather
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  92. Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement. It is so motivating for an emerging writer to continue writing. Once Chandelier is published, I plan to start writing my next book, Extinction, an imaginary tale revolving around the threat of global warming. The following year, I plan to finish the Phantoms trilogy. Wish me luck!

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  93. David HollingsworthJanuary 9, 2022 at 8:57 PM

    Hope your week will be good

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  94. David HollingsworthJanuary 10, 2022 at 7:26 PM

    Do you like math?

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  95. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  96. If you had a choice between oatmeal or grits for breakfast, which one would you select? I alternate between those 2 choices.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  97. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  98. David HollingsworthJanuary 12, 2022 at 1:38 AM

    What's your next book going to be about?

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  99. How do you like your bacon cooked - regular or extra crispy? I like very crispy bacon!

    Nancy

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  100. I hope your day is going awesome

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  101. Where do you get your ideas for writing?

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  102. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  103. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  104. Would you rather have a home made biscuit or toast with breakfast?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  105. David HollingsworthJanuary 13, 2022 at 10:29 PM

    Just saying hi.

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  106. David HollingsworthJanuary 14, 2022 at 9:27 PM

    I love the color of your book.

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  107. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  108. David HollingsworthJanuary 15, 2022 at 9:28 PM

    Just saying hi, again.

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  109. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  110. We had a big snow today. Do you get lots of ice and snow where you live?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  111. David HollingsworthJanuary 17, 2022 at 2:40 AM

    I hope your books does really well.

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  112. Have you ever gone sledding on a cold and snowy day?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  113. What inspires your ideas for your book plots?

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  114. Have you noticed that the days are getting longer?

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  115. Thanks to everyone for making this thread my longest and most interesting ever! I draw inspiration from your many and varied comments. Good luck to all with the giveaway!

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  116. David HollingsworthJanuary 18, 2022 at 9:12 PM

    How many books have you written?

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  117. At present is there snow and ice in your region? We have snowy conditions here.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  118. What’s the best way to market your books?

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  119. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  120. I love this books details sounds like a great read.

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  121. David HollingsworthJanuary 19, 2022 at 8:53 PM

    How do you deal with a migraine?

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  122. Do you take a daily walk to clear your head?

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  123. This sounds like an interesting book to read. I also like the cover.

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  124. When you were a young child, did you ever build a snowman?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  125. sounds like a super neat book!

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  126. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  127. This so sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover too.
    heather
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  128. David HollingsworthJanuary 20, 2022 at 8:42 PM

    What color do you think is the best?

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  129. What's your New Year's Resolution?

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  130. David HollingsworthJanuary 21, 2022 at 8:12 PM

    Do you like fruits and vegetables?

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  131. Chandelier in the series: Phantoms #2 by author Michael Leon has a cover that is colorful and highly detailed.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  132. We are having lots of snow and ice here. Have you ever gone ice skating?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  134. David HollingsworthJanuary 22, 2022 at 9:05 PM

    Ever been to New York?

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  135. How old were you when you had your first book published?

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  136. What is your favorite travel destination?

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