Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Widow Wore Plaid (The Widows' Club #6) by Jenna Jaxon

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Widow Wore Plaid by Jenna Jaxon. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 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: The Widow Wore Plaid
Series: The Widows' Club #6
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Publication Date: December 28th 2021
Print Length: 286 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
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The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart . . .

It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .

Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?

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EXCERPT:
Parched, Gareth headed for the refreshment table that had been set up sufficiently far from the dancing to be out of danger. Footmen were stationed at each end to help keep those who might have imbibed too much from crashing into the table. He grabbed a cup of ale and drank thirstily until the tankard was empty. Setting it back on the table, he then took a glass of rich, red wine and sipped more moderately before heading back to the dancing.

He skirted the dancing couples, where Lathbury was heying with Jane, who was now flagging a bit. Two sets of fast-paced Scottish dancing was hardly comparable to the more staid English country dances. One actually had time—and breath—to converse during those. The faster paced Scottish tempos demanded stamina and good wind.

A young couple ran laughing in front of him. Smiling at the gaiety of the pair, Gareth backed out of their way, toward the blazing bonfire, his gaze still on Jane’s entrancing form. She did cut a delightful figure when dancing.

A passerby jostled his elbow, but he managed to save most of his wine. He spun toward the ungraceful lout when someone else shoved him harder.

The jolt propelled Gareth, already off balance, backward, directly into the flames of the roaring bonfire.

Desperately windmilling his arms to regain his balance, Gareth fought the sickening, helpless feeling of falling backward. Searing heat on the back of his head and jacket grew greater with each passing second, telling him his efforts to right himself would be in vain. God help him, but this would be a fiery end.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that passion is timeless. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories.

She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets--including two vocal cats, one almost silent cat, two curious bunnies, and a Shar-pei beagle mix named Frenchie.

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GUEST POST:
- What do you love most about the historical genre?

I smiled when I read the topic because being a history major in college, my immediate answer is “Everything!” But there are reasons for that answer, and so that’s where I’ll start.

I have loved history ever since I can remember. When I was growing up I lived less than half a mile from the Petersburg National Battlefield. The park had automated tour guides where you pushed a button and it told you about that part of the battlefield. On a clear day I could stand on my front porch and listen to the description of the Battle of the Crater. So in a way, history seemed to always surround me. It was no wonder when I went to college I went as a history major.

It should have come as no surprise to anyone that when I started to write romance, I wrote in the historical genre. Although I’d read some romances throughout my life, I had actually gravitated toward Stephen Kin, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, and Dean Koontz for most of my reading during my adult life. However, when I read Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s Everlasting, it inspired me like nothing else and I sat down and started to write my first historical romance. It was like coming home.

What I really love most about the historical genre is the research you get to do. Yes, I said get to do, because I love to do research more than anything. And with historical romance, it is the bedrock of the author’s ability to build the world of the Regency, or 18th century England, or Medieval France. The devil is in the details, and a good researcher learns how to search them out so she can put her readers right into the ballroom with the hero and heroine as they fall in love. Two years ago, I traveled to Bath (another perk of doing research is research trips) and went to the Assembly Rooms and was literally gobsmacked by the sight of the place. Two nights before I’d been writing on my then WIP It Happened at Christmas, set in Bath, with a very important scene taking place in those very Assembly Rooms. It was like time traveling into Regency England and it took my breath away. I then could go back and give my work even more rich details in the setting, which pleases me to this day.

Many authors don’t like to do research, which puts them at a disadvantage, I think. I’m always so happy to open a book to look up coaching inns in Suffolk during the Georgian period, or click on a website to see how old a village or town is, or go to the stamp museum in Bath to see how a letter from the Regency actually looked so I can make my readers see it as well.

That is one of the great joys of my life and my favorite thing about the genre of historical romance.
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GIVEAWAY:
Jenna Jaxon will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

196 comments:

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

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    1. You're welcome, Slehan. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. :)

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  2. Love the cover so very pretty...

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    1. Thank you, Michele. I particularly love the color scheme of it. Very warm and romantic.

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    1. Thank you, Wghutton! The whole series has beautiful covers.

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  4. Thank you so much, All the Ups and Downs, for hosting me and my book today!

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful book.

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

    Nancy

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    1. I like it crispy also--to the point it crumbles when you pick it up!

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  7. I love the cover and the blurb.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! This cover is one of the prettiest in the series.

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  8. Gorgeous Cover! LOVE Historical Romance and this one sounds fantastic! Added to my TBR and wish list!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mick! I'd love to know what you think of The Widow Wore Plaid when you get to read it. :)

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    1. Thank you, Katie! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love your handle!

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  10. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt and The Widow Wore Plaid sounds like a great book for me to read and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

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  11. Thank you, Stormy! I hope you get to read it during the long, cold winter! You have a great day as well. :)

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  12. I enjoy reading Historical Romance. I like the cover!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! Good to meet another Historical Romance buff. :)

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  13. Nothing better than a historical romance & set in Scotland...swoon! My Poppy is from Scotland & we are proud Scots.

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    1. Fabulous, Meghan. I think I have Scottish ancestry on my mother's side. I need to do some research, but I would be so stoked if I do have Scottish blood!

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  14. Book looks amazing. Thanks. Linda May

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    1. Thank you, Linda May! I hope you get to read it!

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  15. David HollingsworthJanuary 12, 2022 at 6:55 PM

    Sounds like an entertaining read.

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  16. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Diana. And You're welcome! I'm glad you liked the excerpt. :)

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  17. Historical Romance - yes!
    And what a fitting cover.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. I've always adored Historical Romance! And thank you for your kind words about the cover. I think it does the book justice.

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  18. I definitely agree with the author, the devil is in the details. That's what makes good historical fiction.

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    1. Here, here! Without the accurate historical details, you have a mishmosh of periods that really detract from the story. Thank you, Autumn!

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  19. I love the book cover and this is my kind of story.

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  20. Where does the inspiration come from for your books?

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    1. All different places! I've been inspired by real events, by other romance books I've read, and this series was inspired by the Weather Girl's song "It's Raining Men!"

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

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

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

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    1. No, but that's a great idea! I'll have to do that with my next book!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  25. David HollingsworthJanuary 13, 2022 at 9:13 PM

    The cover is great.

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

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  27. What advice do you have for writers?

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    1. "You can fix crap; you can't fix nothing. Finish the damn book!"--my mentor, Judi McCoy

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  28. I love the cover. The colors are pretty.

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  29. David HollingsworthJanuary 15, 2022 at 8:28 PM

    This book sounds lovely.

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

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    1. No! Usually by the time I finish the page or chapter and stand up, I'm completely stiff and sometimes can hardly walk at first.

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

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  32. Is is snowy where you live? We got a big snow today.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. No, we didn't get snow until the end of the month. Then two snow storms two weekends in a row. Virginia doesn't get a lot where I live.

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  33. David HollingsworthJanuary 17, 2022 at 1:23 AM

    Do you like when it snows?

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    1. I do! Especially if I don't have to go out in it! I like to stay in and cook.

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  34. Have you ever gone out sledding on an icy and snowy day?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Not since I was about 14! LOL My husband always took our girls out sledding.

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

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  36. What inspires your book plots?

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    1. All sorts of things, but especially songs it seems. The Widow's Club series was inspired by a song.

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

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    1. Just barely. But now, where I am, it's light until almost 6:00pm.

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

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    1. Thomisina, by Paul Gallico. It's about a cat!

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  39. David HollingsworthJanuary 18, 2022 at 7:05 PM

    Do you collect books and things?

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    1. I have series of books I've collected. I have all but 5 Agatha Christie titles, including the British versions.

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  40. This week is there snow and ice where you live? We have snowy conditions here.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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    1. I think Bookbub email ads are the best. They get your discounted title out in front of (for Historical Romance) over a million people.

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  42. What is your favorite childhood book?

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    1. Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books.

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

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  44. David HollingsworthJanuary 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM

    I need to put this on my reading list.

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

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    1. No, not currently. Because of the cold. If I need a break I usually sit down and watch an episode of a series I know, like Supernatural or ER. That helps me relaz and refresh.

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

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  47. When you were little, did you ever build a snowman?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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    1. I've published 25 books at the moment (others are out of print and I'm working on my 26th one now). My favorite is a toss up: Time Enough to Love or Only Scandal Will Do.

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  49. I'm excited to read this so if I don't win, I will be buying it!

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    1. That is great to hear, Meghan! I hope you enjoy it!

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  50. sounds like a super neat book!

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  51. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  52. This so sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover too.
    heather
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  53. David HollingsworthJanuary 20, 2022 at 6:53 PM

    Do you like holidays?

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    1. Yes, because I get to have my daughters at home again. But it's always so busy I'm glad when they are over and life gets back to semi-normal.

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

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    1. To start walking more...and then it snowed.

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  55. David HollingsworthJanuary 21, 2022 at 7:26 PM

    Do you like horror movies?

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    1. I used to love them. Now I'm more easily startled. But I love to read horror. Stephen King is my favorite writer.

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  56. The Widow Wore Plaid in the series: The Widows' Club #6 by author Jenna Jaxon has an attractive and engaging front cover.

    Nancy
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    1. I do! That's my favorite way to write a first draft because it gives me permission to write anything, because I'm not worried about it being perfect because I have to type it and revise it anyway. Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of the time it takes to do it often.

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  58. Here's a question for Jenna Jaxon: What is your favorite Scottish plaid?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Vaughan. I have Scottish ancestry on my mother's side.

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  59. What is the best piece of advice you received?

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  60. David HollingsworthJanuary 22, 2022 at 7:46 PM

    I'm not going to win this contest, but I still want to read this book.

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  61. How do you decide name of characters?

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  62. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  63. Do you have a favorite style of music that you like?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  64. David HollingsworthJanuary 23, 2022 at 6:58 PM

    Do you have a guilty pleasure?

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

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  66. Do you have a favorite male person from Scottish history?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  68. David HollingsworthJanuary 24, 2022 at 9:25 PM

    Do you like ice cream?

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  69. Do you have a color that you really love? I like cobalt blue.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  70. How long have you been a writer?

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  71. David HollingsworthJanuary 25, 2022 at 8:27 PM

    What would you be if you weren't a writer?

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  72. What kind of books do you read?

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

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

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  75. What is your favorite type of music?

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  76. David HollingsworthJanuary 26, 2022 at 7:05 PM

    Do you like taking walks?

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

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

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  79. David HollingsworthJanuary 28, 2022 at 1:51 AM

    How many books have you written and read?

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  80. How do you handle writing slumps?

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  81. How do you think of the different characters?

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

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  83. Is this a snowy weekend where you live?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  84. The cover is lovely. Best of luck with the book.

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  85. David HollingsworthJanuary 29, 2022 at 8:29 PM

    How many books have you written?

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

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

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  88. What is your very favorite city in lovely Scotland?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  89. David HollingsworthJanuary 30, 2022 at 7:10 PM

    Do you like the cold weather?

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  90. Did you have any favorite authors when you were a child?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  91. David HollingsworthJanuary 31, 2022 at 7:15 PM

    Do you ever read your own books?

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

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

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  94. David HollingsworthFebruary 1, 2022 at 7:27 PM

    Where do you go for inspiration?

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  95. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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

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  97. David HollingsworthFebruary 2, 2022 at 9:18 PM

    Just saying Hi.

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  98. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  99. sounds like a fun one

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  100. Even if I don't win, I will be buying this!

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  101. I so so so love the cover of this one!
    heather
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  102. David HollingsworthFebruary 3, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    I like the cover.

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

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  104. Love the cover! Very sexy and sounds like they will definitely love each other and have passion!

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  105. What is your favorite way to relax?

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  106. This is the type of read I can really get into. Wonderful!

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  107. David HollingsworthFebruary 4, 2022 at 7:59 PM

    Have you ever seen your books in bookstores?

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

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