Monday, December 27, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: XNOR by Anand Purohit

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for XNOR by Anand Purohit. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book and an interesting guest post from the author about technology. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 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: XNOR
Author: Anand Purohit
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: September 7th 2021
Print Length: 539 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Science Fiction
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1759 was a defining year for the colonies that became Canada. It was also the year the British Empire rose to preeminence over other European nations and empires. All that changes when technology deployed in 2047 to shield Canadians from an escalating world conflict inadvertently teleports a group of scientists, engineers, teachers and medical people back to Nova Scotia, 1759. Despite their technological superiority, they, like many new settlers, struggle to establish a homestead, feed their community and deal with the constant threat from a violent world. Established empires with their large populations are not about to let a small group of upstarts interfere in their lucrative slave trade and subjugation of whomever they please.

**The author is participating in a Bookfunnel group promo for science fiction eBooks. Get your free eBook of XNOR as well as other sci-fi books for free until January 15th by clicking here.**

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EXCERPT:
Chan is uncharacteristically circumspective. “If you have truly developed a means to communicate with an intelligence, whatever its nature, and with the capability to cause a physical effect, this is monumental … and potentially dangerous. Very dangerous! My first decision is to lock down any communication of your research. Our contracts with our military prevent scientific publication of research such as this for one year until the military has time to evaluate its impact on their operations. I have no intention of revealing much to them at this time. I will move cautiously, as should you.”

“We have a multi-trillion-dollar technology in the making here,” Peggy interjects. “If we truly have control of it, the potential is unlimited. It will revolutionize all transportation, including travel to the stars. On the other hand, are we in control of it, or is it out to control us?”

Chan’s mind is racing. Is this technology scalable? Maybe it’s just an interesting lab phenomenon. “Have you experimented with other materials or object sizes?”

“We experimented with several sizes of steel and plastic balls and transfer distances,” Neil answers. “The same amount of AI processing is used. If we want to demo something really big, like a house, the problem will be in defining the volume to be teleported. How much of the earth beneath the house will also move? What will we destroy in the space where the house is moved to? Doing a large-scale demo on land will be tricky.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ANAND PUROHIT was born and raised in a Caucasian, Christian family. After several years of inexplicable experiences, he travelled as young man to India for insight. The shocking immersion, alone in a chaotic and foreign culture, forever changed him. Wandering among the slums, always on the edge of death and disease, his perception was shattered. He returned to Canada with a new name and legalized it to cement his commitment to a life of mindfulness.

While enlightenment proved elusive, the quest for greater understanding remained strong. Forty years of software design and business ownership did not quell the thirst. Constant study of history, logistics, physics and metaphysics watered the desire to weld a nexus between analyst and mystic.

The days of designing complex software systems have passed. A new door has opened.

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GUEST POST:
- Do you think too much technology is a bad thing? Why?

I think this is an excellent example of a biased question skewed towards certain answers.

First, the words ‘too much’ already indicate the level of technology is greater than appropriate; it’s ‘too much’ by definition before the answer has even been contemplated.

Second, ‘bad thing’ is an extremely broad context. Bad for who? Bad for how many? Bad for what % of the sample size? Bad for what purpose?

Structuring a question with a very broad context is not wrong. It opens a wider potential for responses. However, when paired with the previous ‘too much’, it further strengthens the bias toward certain answers by opening a broader set of examples where ‘too much’ can be imagined or rationalized.

A slightly better question in the same genre might be: Is there a level of technology that becomes socially negative if increased further? Why?

A possible answer to the question might be, yes, but the level of the technology is not the determining factor. Instead, it’s the ability of the people using the tech to understand it and use it wisely.

Here is a simple example. The progression from using a blunt, unmodified stick to defend oneself or attack an adversary to the use of a sharpened stick is an example of employing technology. Admittedly, it’s a very crude advance of technology but almost every technological advance we have made as a species has been a step from a previous, slightly less ingenious state.

Is a sharpened stick bad? Is a stick with a sharp, flint tip bad? It depends on the people using the tech at that moment, not the technology, its level of sophistication or width of deployment. If they use it to wipe out a neighbouring tribe, maybe that would be a bad thing. On the other hand, if the neighbouring tribe has been acting in the most aggressive manner in that area, injuring and enslaving the other tribes by throwing rocks, maybe a sharp stick up the butt would be a good thing.
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GIVEAWAY:
Anand Purohit will be awarding a $15 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.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

133 comments:

  1. I love the cover and think the book sounds good.

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  2. this sounds like an interesting book

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  3. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, Xnor sounds like an exciting read and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a happy & successful New Year!

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

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  5. Such a scenerio would change the course of history. Why Nova Scotia? Wouldn't it make more sense to have the colony in Newfoundland?

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

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  7. Awesome cover! Congrats to the author!!!

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  8. Do you enjoy the bargain shopper's "thrill of the hunt" of after Christmas clearance shopping either in person or online?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  9. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  10. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.
    And what a dramatic cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  11. I really like the cover and think the book sounds great to read.

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  12. Are you a fan of holiday leftovers? I am! I like to refrigerate some ham to use that week and then put more in the freezer for later use.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  15. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt! XNOR sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a happy & successful New Year!

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

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. Are you glad when a book is finished?

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

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  19. On New Year's Day, do you eat foods that are considered "lucky" in the South?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  21. Sounds almost impossible, would this not change the course of history?

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  22. Do you ever make New Year's Resolutions at the start of the new year?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. Do you ever hit road blocks when writing a book?

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  24. I hope you had a relaxing day

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

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  26. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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

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  28. Sounds like an interesting book I would enjoy

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  29. Do you have a breakfast that you especially enjoy? I like an omelette with bacon and lots of vegetables and a biscuit with jam.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  31. Do you have a color you especially like? My favorite color is cobalt blue.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  33. thank you for a chance to win :)

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  34. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.
    And what a dramatic cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  35. Does it snow in the region where you live? We have had one snow day this year.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  38. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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  39. This sounds like my kind of read.
    heather
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  40. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  41. If you had a choice between oatmeal or grits for breakfast, which one would you pick? I alternate between those two choices.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  42. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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

    Nancy

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  44. I hope your day is going amazing

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  45. Do you have characters living in your head?

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

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

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. thank you for a chance to win

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  49. Do you remember to get up and stretch when you're writing?

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

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

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  53. I am adding this book to my to be read soon list!

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  54. What inspires your main character ideas?

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

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  56. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  57. Is there snow and ice in your hometown this week? We have snowy conditions here.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  59. Do you have a favorite cuisine?

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  60. I love the book details sounds like a great read.

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

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

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  63. When you were in elementary school, did you ever build a snowman?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  64. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  65. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  66. This so sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover too.
    heather
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  67. What's your New Year's Resolution?

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  68. The storm tossed ship on the front cover of XNOR by author Anand Purohit looks so realistic that you almost have to have sea legs to look at it!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  69. I am wondering if the author of XNOR - Anand Purohit - has a hobby of sailing the sea?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  70. What is the best advice you have received?

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  71. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  72. Anand Purohit, have you ever been on a cruise?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  73. Do you think about your next book while writing the current one?

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  74. Do you have a favorite kind of sailing ship?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  75. How do you select the names of your characters?

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  76. Have you ever taken a tour on a glass bottomed boat?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  77. What kind of books do you read?

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  78. This sounds like a great read that I would really enjoy.

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  79. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

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  80. What is your favorite type of music?

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  81. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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  82. What is your favorite place to do your writing?

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  83. What do you do when you're stuck?

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  84. How do you handle writing slumps?

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

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  86. Where you live are you having a snowy weekend?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  87. Are you looking forward to Spring? I know I am.

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  88. What is the longest sailing voyage you have ever experienced?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  89. I think I would have a hard time putting this book down after starting to read it.

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  90. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  91. sounds like a fun one

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  92. Are you a fan of storms with big thunder and lightning or do you prefer soft and quiet rain storms?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  93. What's your drink of choice when you're writing?

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  94. We are getting ready for a snow storm. Do you get a lot of snow where you live?

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

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