Monday, January 24, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Raven and the Pig (Celwyn #2) by Lou Kemp

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for The Raven and the Pig by Lou Kemp. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card, a mug and pen, or a digital copy of the book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Raven and the Pig
Author: Lou Kemp
Publisher: Celwyn Publications
Publication Date: November 12th 2021
Print Length: 349 pages
Genre: Magical Realism
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As the music dies, the magician Celwyn is mortally wounded. His darker, immortal brother Pelaez brings him back, barely, with his magic. The party of protagonists travel on the Nautilus to the Cape Verde Islands and the healer of immortals. During the journey, Professor Kang and Bartholomew can not tell if Pelaez will keep his brother alive. Captain Nemo is ready to evict Pelaez forcibly, and keeping Celwyn alive is the only thing that restrains him.

After Celwyn is saved, the healer requests payment for his services. This sends the adventurers to the catacombs in Capuchin where their experience is one they will not forget. Before it is over, several of the protagonists question why it seems everyone from warlocks and vampires to witches, seem to be congregating in their world. Before it is over, some of them become surprising allies, and a few of their allies turn against them.

In part II, work on the new flying machine begins in earnest bringing attention from the Mafioso and a cherub-like warlock called Duncan. After a final battle with Duncan, the flying machine is destroyed and everyone at their compound is murdered by one of their own.

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BOOK TRAILER:
Watch the book trailer by clicking here or by watching below.

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EXCERPT:
Instead of trotting left down the hallway to the cabins, Kang detoured as quietly as possible into the study. As he feared, he found Pelaez standing over Celwyn; he was also sitting at the Captain’s dinner table. The man in front of him was the real one.

Pelaez had Celwyn’s arm in a vise-like grip, his voice too low to hear anything but the menace in it. Kang saw the pain on Celwyn’s face, and his wide-open eyes.

“Leave him alone!” Kang cried. “Get away from him!” the automat flew at Pelaez who laughed and backed up, literally into the air. Qing squawked from atop the library shelves.

Celwyn’s face relaxed, and he whispered, “Don’t…let him hurt Qing,” before closing his eyes.

Bartholomew arrived with the Captain close behind. Nemo’s face darkened when he saw the tableau.

“What is going on?” he barked as he stalked into the room.

A half-dozen of the crew thudded to a stop behind him.

Like a feather on an air draft, Pelaez drifted to the floor. “Nothing.”

Kang shouted, “He was twisting Jonas’ arm when I came in!”

Bartholomew lowered his head, and took a step toward Pelaez. Of a sudden a wall of flames surrounded him.

“Not on my ship ----” Captain Nemo gestured to his crew who drew their side arms.

The flames disappeared and Pelaez executed a short bow. “Please, this is a simple misunderstanding.” He leaned against the sofa, yawning.

“No, —it is not,” Kang ground out. Despite the threat of flames or worse, he came within inches of Pelaez, so close he could have smelled his breath. “I know what you want.” He tapped Pelaez’s chest. “In case you need an incentive to leave Jonas alone. You won’t get anything from us if you hurt him. And nothing anyhow: Bartholomew has made half of the flying machine so far, and keeps in it his memory ---- without a written copy. There is nothing to steal.” Kang pointed at his forehead. “I have the rest of it, and we will only give it to Captain Nemo.”

Bartholomew glared at Pelaez.

“I am not after your information.” Pelaez’s smile sent a cold hand up Kang’s back.

“Yes, you are!” Bartholomew’s outrage rattled the bottles on the bar.

“How can you abuse Nemo’s hospitality in this manner?” Kang stomped to the aquatic window and back, sparking with anger. He glanced at the guard Nemo had left in the room as he got to his feet and shook his head, seeming unaware of what had happened.

Nemo still clutched a dinner napkin in his hand. With a wave, he dismissed his crew and eyed Pelaez. In a voice full of menace and certainty, he said, “If you weren’t keeping Mr. Celwyn alive, you would be expendable, Sir.”

Pelaez opened his hands in supplication. “Again, this is a misunderstanding---”

Captain Nemo glared at him.

Bartholomew sighed. “It seems we’re all dependent upon each other.”

Pelaez had no limits on boldness, going from provocateur to questioning them.

“What do you receive from this besides the flying machine, Captain?” Pelaez asked, his voice casual, which raised another flag of suspicion in Kang.

“I am repaying a debt. And, I too, respect Mr. Celwyn.”

The automat suspected that if they saved Jonas, with Celwyn helping him, Nemo would have no problem dealing with his brother and his malicious magic. Until then, he had to wait. As they filed out of the room to return to the dining room, Pelaez asked Kang, as if it didn’t matter, “How did you know I wasn’t actually with you?”

The automat nearly laughed. Let him wonder.

He would remember to tell both Nemo and Bartholomew later what he’d surmised. Pelaez could disable the Nautilus just as easily as Celwyn, or he could do other things; he was playing with them, pretending to behave. There was something he wanted, and the Professor would bet it had just as much to do with Thales, as the flying machine.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Early work was horror and suspense, later work morphed into a combination of magical realism, mystery and adventure painted with a horrific element as needed.

I’m one of those writers who doesn’t plan ahead, no outlines, no clue, and I sometimes write myself into a corner. Atmospheric music in the background helps. Black by Pearl Jam especially.

I'd love to hear from you and what you think of Celwyn, Bartholomew, and Professor Xiau Kang.

Milestones:
2009 The anthology story Sherlock’s Opera appeared in Seattle Noir, edited by Curt Colbert, Akashic Books. Available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble online. Booklist published a favorable review of my contribution to the anthology.

2010 My story, In Memory of the Sibylline, was accepted into the best-selling MWA anthology Crimes by Moonlight, edited by Charlaine Harris. The immortal magician Celwyn makes his first appearance in print.

2018 The story, The Violins Played before Junstan is published in the MWA anthology Odd Partners, edited by Anne Perry. The Celwyn series begins.

Present The full length prequel, The Violins Played before Junstan, to the Celwyn book series is published on Kindle. The companion book, Farm Hall is also published where Pelaez, another immortal magician and Celwyn's brother, makes his first appearance. The remaining books in the series: Music Shall Untune the Sky, The Raven and the Pig, The Pirate Danced and the Automat Died, will be available beginning in August 2021.

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GUEST POST:
- If you were stuck in a fantasy world, which magical job/role would you like and why?

I would be Jonas Celwyn, the immortal magician. He has power, empathy, and attracts adventure and evil like a dog with fleas. The attraction is his magic also, it is unfettered, unpredictable, and always “artful” as he is fond of saying.
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GIVEAWAY:
Lou Kemp will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly drawn winner, a mug and pen with the book image to a second randomly drawn winner, and an eBook of The Raven and the Pig to a third randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility with this giveaway.)


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265 comments:

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

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  2. this sounds like a wonderful book

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  3. Wow this is such a unique read. I love the character names and look forward to going on this journey.

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    1. Hi Deborah, it was probably a month after I finished Music Shall Untune the Sky, which was the previous book. At that point, another 4-6 months in editing and getting the cover commissioned.

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  5. I enjoyed the guest post, the video and the excerpt and The Raven and the Pig sounds like a fascinating read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome week!

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

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  7. who thought of that wild title? ususally it's the cover that grabs me first, but that title puts a smile on my face and makes me curious
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  8. This one sounds interesting and one that I could so get in to reading.
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  9. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  10. David HollingsworthJanuary 24, 2022 at 7:21 PM

    I need to put this book on my reading list.

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  11. The cover of your book looks rather grim and foreboding.

    Nancy
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  12. David HollingsworthJanuary 25, 2022 at 7:44 PM

    I love how gritty this book sounds.

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  13. What kind of books do you read?

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

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  15. The book trailer makes me really want to read this.

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  16. David HollingsworthJanuary 26, 2022 at 6:39 PM

    The excerpt is really good, and it draws you into wanting more.

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  17. I enjoyed the guest post, the video and the excerpt, The Raven and the Pig sounds likes a fascinating read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome day!

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

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  19. David HollingsworthJanuary 28, 2022 at 1:34 AM

    How many books have you written?

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  20. How do you handle writing slumps?

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  21. Is this a weekend that is snowy in the area where you live?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  22. David HollingsworthJanuary 29, 2022 at 7:55 PM

    The books sounds great and nice contest!

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  23. Have you ever visited Cape Verde, an island nation, in person?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. David HollingsworthJanuary 30, 2022 at 6:55 PM

    How's the weather where you are?

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  25. Do you have a favorite outdoor sport that you like to watch?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. David HollingsworthJanuary 31, 2022 at 6:57 PM

    Do you ever read your own books?

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

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  28. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  29. David HollingsworthFebruary 1, 2022 at 7:37 PM

    Where do you go for inspiration?

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  30. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  31. David HollingsworthFebruary 2, 2022 at 9:12 PM

    Just saying Hi.

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  32. David HollingsworthFebruary 3, 2022 at 6:39 PM

    I like the cover.

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  33. How long did it take you write the book?

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  34. David HollingsworthFebruary 4, 2022 at 7:55 PM

    Have you ever come across any of your books in bookstores?

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  35. My question from yesterday doesn't seem to have posted - what's the furthest you've been from home?

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  36. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  37. Did you have anyone who you considered to be your role model when you were growing up?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  38. David HollingsworthFebruary 6, 2022 at 3:05 AM

    just saying hello.

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  39. Do you take time off from writing on the weekends?

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  40. When it is time for the Winter Olympics, do you like to watch the coverage of the different events?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. What was your favourite subject in school?

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  42. This looks interesting! I'm going to have to read the previous book!

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  43. David HollingsworthFebruary 8, 2022 at 2:57 AM

    What is your favorite song?

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  44. Do you like to make your own Valentine's Day cards?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  45. David HollingsworthFebruary 9, 2022 at 11:28 PM

    You sound a great writer!

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  46. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too.

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  47. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too.

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  48. Will you be watching the Super Bowl? I'll be reading a book.

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  49. How has your year been so far?

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  50. This sounds very interesting. Best of luck with the publication.

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  51. David HollingsworthFebruary 14, 2022 at 6:31 PM

    Do you believe in miracles?

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  52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

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  53. Did you buy any discounted Valentine's Day items today?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  54. David HollingsworthFebruary 15, 2022 at 6:07 PM

    What's something you're looking forward to?

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  55. David HollingsworthFebruary 16, 2022 at 5:49 PM

    What's your favorite genre of book?

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  56. David HollingsworthFebruary 17, 2022 at 8:30 PM

    How have you been these days?

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  57. Today's best quote: “Find joy in snow,” he said. “because if you don’t find joy in snow, you’ll be less happy and still have the same amount of snow.”

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  58. David HollingsworthFebruary 18, 2022 at 6:23 PM

    Who's your favorite filmmaker?

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  59. David HollingsworthFebruary 19, 2022 at 7:19 PM

    What's your favorite book genre?

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  60. David HollingsworthFebruary 20, 2022 at 4:10 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  61. Have you ever met someone from the internet?

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  62. David HollingsworthFebruary 21, 2022 at 6:12 PM

    Are you looking forward to Spring?

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  63. I hope you are somewhere warm. Current wind chill here is -10.

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  64. David HollingsworthFebruary 22, 2022 at 6:27 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  65. What was the best day of your life?

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  66. Do you write an outline before you start your book?

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  67. Do you travel often when working on a book?

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  68. I think that it is interesting that the full length prequel, The Violins Played before Junstan, to the Celwyn book series is published on Kindle.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  69. David HollingsworthFebruary 25, 2022 at 6:36 PM

    What's the best thing about being a writer?

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  70. David HollingsworthFebruary 26, 2022 at 7:22 PM

    Hope you Saturday is going good.

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  71. What was the one thing you did to ensure you got published?

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  72. David HollingsworthFebruary 27, 2022 at 6:32 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  73. David HollingsworthMarch 1, 2022 at 2:08 AM

    What's your favorite cookie?

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  74. David HollingsworthMarch 2, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    What's the best thing about being a writer?

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  75. Tell me about the craziest day that ever happened to you.

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  76. Are you having crazy weather? We are.

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  77. David HollingsworthMarch 4, 2022 at 1:24 AM

    Do you like Spring?

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  78. Thanks for the opportunity. Great excerpt

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  79. Do you prefer regular books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

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  80. David HollingsworthMarch 5, 2022 at 7:55 PM

    Do you ever take mental breaks?

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  81. Have you ever traveled abroad?

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  82. David HollingsworthMarch 6, 2022 at 7:21 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  83. What's the craziest thing that's ever happened to you?

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  84. What good deed are you doing this week?

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  85. David HollingsworthMarch 7, 2022 at 9:07 PM

    You seem like a wonderful writer.

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  86. Do you only write one book at a time?

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

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  88. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  89. David HollingsworthMarch 8, 2022 at 7:30 PM

    This book sounds very entertaining.

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  90. Tell me about your favourite piece of art in your house.

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  91. David HollingsworthMarch 9, 2022 at 7:31 PM

    What are your favorite hobbies to do when not writing?

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  92. Do you write more in good weather or in bad?

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  93. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  94. David HollingsworthMarch 10, 2022 at 8:35 PM

    Hope your March is going well.

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  95. What rewards have you given yourself this week?

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  96. Do you write an outline before you start a book?

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  97. Do you read Stephen King? If so, which was your favourite?

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  98. David HollingsworthMarch 12, 2022 at 10:23 PM

    What is your favorite drink?

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  99. How do you deal with online trolls?

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  100. David HollingsworthMarch 13, 2022 at 10:53 PM

    How many books do you write or read in a month?

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  101. How do you decide on a cover for your book?

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  102. What's your plans for the zombie apocalypse?

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  103. David HollingsworthMarch 15, 2022 at 3:37 AM

    Hope you write more books!

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  104. Does daylight savings throw your writing off?

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  105. What do you do when you're feeling sad?

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  106. David HollingsworthMarch 16, 2022 at 9:34 PM

    You seem like a great writer!

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  107. Wow! As a mother and a teacher I cannot explain how crucial reading is to anyone trying to understand this world of ours and anytime, I get the opportunity to learn about new authors and new writing styles I am so EXCITED!! Thanks for such a generous giveaway! (Nicole Bowers, nicole 2 inspect at yahoo dot com)

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  108. David HollingsworthMarch 17, 2022 at 8:19 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  109. David HollingsworthMarch 18, 2022 at 9:47 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  110. I enjoy finding new to me authors and exciting books! Thank you

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  111. David HollingsworthMarch 19, 2022 at 9:23 PM

    Have a good Saturday!

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  112. Do you have another book coming out?

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  113. What's your favourite type of cookie?

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  114. David HollingsworthMarch 20, 2022 at 8:10 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  115. David HollingsworthMarch 21, 2022 at 8:54 PM

    How do you prepare to write a book?

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  116. David HollingsworthMarch 22, 2022 at 6:23 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  117. David HollingsworthMarch 23, 2022 at 8:16 PM

    Great giveaway!

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

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  119. The Raven and the Pig by author Lou Kemp has an interesting and highly detailed cover.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  120. David HollingsworthMarch 24, 2022 at 9:35 PM

    Great giveaway!

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  121. David HollingsworthMarch 25, 2022 at 8:16 PM

    I need to add this to my reading list.

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  122. David HollingsworthMarch 26, 2022 at 8:49 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  123. Do you speak any other languages?

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  124. The Raven and the Pig by author Lou Kemp has a very unique cover.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  125. David HollingsworthMarch 28, 2022 at 8:17 PM

    Happy Monday!

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  126. What author do you most admire?

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  127. David HollingsworthMarch 29, 2022 at 8:28 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  128. Do you have a family, or plan on starting one?

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  129. David HollingsworthMarch 30, 2022 at 9:18 PM

    What inspired you to write this book?

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  130. David HollingsworthMarch 31, 2022 at 9:15 PM

    How do you unwind after a long hard day of work?

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  131. David HollingsworthApril 1, 2022 at 9:30 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  132. David HollingsworthApril 2, 2022 at 9:17 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  133. Do you watch March Madness basketball?

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  134. David HollingsworthApril 3, 2022 at 8:59 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  135. David HollingsworthApril 4, 2022 at 8:46 PM

    What are your greatest influences?

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  136. What book has had the most influence on your life?

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  137. David HollingsworthApril 6, 2022 at 12:43 AM

    Great book!

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  138. David HollingsworthApril 9, 2022 at 12:04 AM

    Hope you have a nice weekend!

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  139. David HollingsworthApril 10, 2022 at 9:44 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  140. Do you change your writing routine with the change of seasons?

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  141. The Raven and the Pig has a really interesting front cover design, I think!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  142. David HollingsworthApril 12, 2022 at 1:41 AM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  143. How do you decide on a title? Do you check to see if it is the same as another book?

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  144. David HollingsworthApril 13, 2022 at 9:28 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  145. David HollingsworthApril 14, 2022 at 8:27 PM

    Goodnight.

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  146. David HollingsworthApril 15, 2022 at 9:33 PM

    Hope your Easter will be safe and enjoyable.

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  147. Where in the world would you most like to visit?

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  148. David HollingsworthApril 17, 2022 at 3:13 AM

    Who is your biggest inspiration?

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  149. The cover and title are excellent!

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  150. Do you keep a thesaurus handy when you write?

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  151. “The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” – Toni Morrison

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  152. David HollingsworthApril 20, 2022 at 2:24 AM

    How did you come up with the story?

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  153. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth

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

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  155. David HollingsworthApril 21, 2022 at 3:06 AM

    Do you have ideas for a new book?

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  156. “The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  157. Any other authors in the family, your family that would be.

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