Thursday, January 27, 2022

Virtual NBtM Tour - Honorable Profession: A Novel of American Politics by Andy Kutler

Welcome to my stop on the virtual NBtM tour for Honorable Profession: A Novel of American Politics by Andy Kutler. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an insightful interview with 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 rest of the stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Honorable Profession
Author: Andy Kutler
Publication Date: December 30th 2021
Print Length: 370 pages
Genre: Contemporary Political Drama
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Honorable Profession: A Novel of American Politics is a compelling, hopeful story of a cynical former Secret Service agent and his idealistic daughter as they follow a longshot candidate into the perilous arena of presidential politics.

After resigning from his agency under an ethical cloud, 46-year-old Dan Cahill commits himself to rebuilding his relationship with Megan, the college-aged daughter in Las Vegas he has long neglected. She persuades a reluctant Cahill to join the student-led campaign of a popular professor competing in the Nevada presidential primary against impossible odds. As they face powerful forces conspiring to clear the field, Cahill's deep-seated disdain for electoral politics collides with Megan's higher ideals. Each of their faiths are tested by political allies and adversaries, all desperate for victory, no matter the costs.

Crafted by award-winning author Andy Kutler, Honorable Profession is an absorbing, modern-day political drama filled with authentic and indelible characters, each struggling with their own loyalties and principles as they duel with unscrupulous rivals and the meaning of public service.

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EXCERPT:
A waiter removed the unfinished salads and set down their main courses. Tilapia for him, penne pasta in arrabbiata sauce for her. Neither reached for a fork, and Anna sat expressionless, her eyes burning into him. Finally, she moved her plate aside and rested her chin again on her folded hands.

“Forty minutes now, we’ve known each other. Every political instinct in my body is telling me to laugh off your question. Tell you you’re misreading things and assure you I’m going to Washington because I believe I can do more good there, and better serve the people of my state.”

It was like he hit a nerve. “I didn’t mean to suggest you don’t care about people. You have—”

“I’m far from perfect, Dan, and I have my share of shortcomings. But dishonesty isn’t one of them. I’m going to Washington because I believe I can do far more good there, and for far more people.”

She paused, taking a long sip from her wine as she contemplated her next words.

“And yes, you’re right, there’s more to the story. But sharing that with a stranger would be more than reckless. Just like it’s unwise, if not self-destructive, to continue this conversation.”

“And yet we’re still talking.”

“And yet we’re still talking.”

“Vic is a phone call away.”

Anna leaned forward again, her eyes exploring his. “What is this between you and me? Or do you not have any idea what I’m talking about?”

He knew exactly what she was talking about. “I – I don’t know.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andy Kutler is a writer and author of two award-winning novels, The Batter’s Box and The Other Side of Life. Andy has also written extensively for The Huffington Post and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Over a 28-year professional career, he has worked in the United States Senate, the U.S. Secret Service, and the national security community. A Wisconsin native, Andy lives with his wife and two children in Arlington, Virginia.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
- Tell us about your publishing journey.
How much time do you have? It’s been a long road, as I’m sure it has been for many writers. I’ve been very fortunate – three for three on publishing contracts, with some very nice awards along the way. But publishing is a tough business – you have to have thick skin and infinite patience. I’m zero for two on that score.

- What's the funniest thing to happen to you along your road to publication and what was the most exciting?
Not sure there has been anything all that comedic, but nothing beats the exhilaration of receiving that first publishing offer. Knowing the numbers – how many people are out there pitching manuscripts versus how many are actually offered contracts – there is this incredible sense of accomplishment and validation. And a huge sigh of relief that you didn’t just waste two years of your life at the keyboard.

- What has been the most challenging thing related to publishing you've had to deal with on your journey?
Non-responsiveness from prospective agents and publishers. I get it, they are drowning in literally hundreds of queries every single week, and no professional could possibly get through that much materials on a timely basis, no matter how many interns and robots are sifting through it. But even with that understanding, it doesn’t make the weeks and months that you’re waiting for an answer go by any faster.

- Who is your favorite author, and what are you currently reading?
Historical fiction is my wheelhouse, and I’m a big fan of Jeff Shaara and his unique storytelling style that alternatives perspectives. I’m currently re-reading “The Corps” series by W.E.B. Griffin, an exhaustive narrative of the Marine Corps during World War II. First read the dozen or so books more than a decade ago, and am taking a second pass now. I’m a sucker for virtually any novel set against the Second World War.

- If your novel was made into a movie, who would play the role of your hero and heroine?
For “Honorable Profession,” I’m going with Tom Hardy and Eva Longoria. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
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GIVEAWAY:
Andy Kutler will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one 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 for this giveaway.)

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271 comments:

  1. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  2. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

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  3. A very timely book. Good work.

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  4. I enjoyed the excerpt and the interview and Honorable Profession soudns like a book my day will enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome day!

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  5. Sounds like an interesting book. Looking forward to reading it.

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

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

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

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    1. Thanks for the question. I usually take a break, watch baseball, or do anything else where I'm not dwelling on my story. Need to come at it again with a fresh perspective!

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

    How many books have you written?

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    1. Hi David - this is my third. First two were historical fiction; "The Other Side of Life" and the more recent "The Batter's Box" about a returning WWII soldier with psychological trauma.

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  10. Is it a snowy weekend in the region where you live?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  12. This book is a must read for me-thanks

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  13. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  14. David HollingsworthJanuary 29, 2022 at 7:47 PM

    Nice contest and the book sounds great.

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

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  16. Is there a city in the United States that you enjoy traveling to and visiting?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. David HollingsworthJanuary 30, 2022 at 6:08 PM

    How's the weather where you are?

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  18. What made you choose this subject for your book

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  19. Do you have an outdoor sport that you especially like to watch?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. David HollingsworthJanuary 31, 2022 at 6:29 PM

    Do you read any of your own books?

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

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  22. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  23. David HollingsworthFebruary 1, 2022 at 7:18 PM

    What's your next book going to be about?

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

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  25. This sounds like an amazing book and I so love the cover.
    heather
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  26. David HollingsworthFebruary 3, 2022 at 6:36 PM

    I do like the cover.

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

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  28. What is your favorite way to relax?

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  29. David HollingsworthFebruary 4, 2022 at 7:53 PM

    Have you seen your book in bookstores?

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

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  31. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  32. As you were growing up, who did you consider to be your role models?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  33. David HollingsworthFebruary 6, 2022 at 3:01 AM

    Just saying hello.

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

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  35. When the Winter Olympics are being held, do you like to watch the different events?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  36. What was your favourite subject in school?

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  37. David HollingsworthFebruary 8, 2022 at 2:53 AM

    What is your favorite TV show?

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  38. Have you ever made your own Valentine's Day cards?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  39. David HollingsworthFebruary 9, 2022 at 11:32 PM

    The excerpt is really good!

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

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  41. David HollingsworthFebruary 12, 2022 at 2:04 AM

    Do you ever go to the movies?

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

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

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  44. I hope you enoy the super bowl tonight :)

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  45. How has your year been so far?

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  46. Did you always want to be an author?

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  47. David HollingsworthFebruary 14, 2022 at 6:28 PM

    Do you believe in miracles?

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  48. Do you believe in love at first sight?

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  49. I hope you are having a great day!

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  50. Are you buying any discounted Valentine's Day things today?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  51. David HollingsworthFebruary 15, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    What's something you're looking forward to?

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  52. David HollingsworthFebruary 16, 2022 at 5:44 PM

    What's your favorite genre of book?

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  53. David HollingsworthFebruary 17, 2022 at 8:31 PM

    How have you been these days?

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  54. 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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  55. Have you ever danced in the rain?

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  56. David HollingsworthFebruary 18, 2022 at 6:22 PM

    Who's your favorite filmmaker?

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  57. I'd also like to read Andy Kutler's two award-winning novels, The Batter’s Box and The Other Side of Life.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  58. David HollingsworthFebruary 19, 2022 at 7:17 PM

    What's your favorite book genre?

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  59. David HollingsworthFebruary 20, 2022 at 4:09 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  60. Have you ever met someone from the internet?

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  61. David HollingsworthFebruary 21, 2022 at 6:10 PM

    What's the best advice you ever received writing?

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

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  63. David HollingsworthFebruary 22, 2022 at 6:25 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  64. What was the best day of your life?

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

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  66. David HollingsworthFebruary 24, 2022 at 3:33 AM

    What's your next book going to be about?

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

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  68. I think I would like to read your book Honorable Profession.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  69. David HollingsworthFebruary 25, 2022 at 6:38 PM

    What's the best thing about being a writer?

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  70. You are such a great writer!!!

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  71. David HollingsworthFebruary 26, 2022 at 7:21 PM

    Hope you Saturday is going good.

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

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  73. David HollingsworthFebruary 27, 2022 at 6:33 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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

    What's your favorite cookie?

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  75. David HollingsworthMarch 2, 2022 at 5:15 PM

    What's the best thing about being a writer?

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

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  77. Are you having crazy weather? We are.

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  78. David HollingsworthMarch 4, 2022 at 1:25 AM

    Do you sunsets?

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  79. Thank you again for a chance to win

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

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  81. David HollingsworthMarch 5, 2022 at 7:54 PM

    Do you ever take mental breaks?

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  82. Have you ever traveled abroad?

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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 9:05 PM

    You seem like a great 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. You are so creative and amazing

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  90. David HollingsworthMarch 8, 2022 at 7:29 PM

    I see many awards in your future.

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

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  92. I hope you have a great night

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  93. David HollingsworthMarch 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM

    What are your favorite hobbies to do when not writing?

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

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  95. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  96. David HollingsworthMarch 10, 2022 at 8:36 PM

    Hope your March is going well.

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  97. I hope you have a great night!

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  98. David HollingsworthMarch 11, 2022 at 7:47 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  99. What rewards have you given yourself this week?

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

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

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  102. David HollingsworthMarch 12, 2022 at 10:24 PM

    What is your favorite drink?

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  103. How do you deal with online trolls?

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  104. David HollingsworthMarch 13, 2022 at 10:52 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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  108. David HollingsworthMarch 15, 2022 at 3:38 AM

    Hope you write more books!

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  109. Does daylight savings throw your writing off?

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

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  111. Have you ever had a supernatural experience?

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  112. I hope you have a great night!

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

    You seem like a great writer!

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  114. 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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  115. 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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  116. Looks like a very great read!

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

    Happy Thursday!

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  118. David HollingsworthMarch 18, 2022 at 9:46 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  119. Happy to find a new to me author and their book(s). Thanks

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  120. David HollingsworthMarch 19, 2022 at 9:24 PM

    Have a good Saturday!

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  121. Do you have another book coming out?

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  122. What's your favourite type of cookie?

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  123. David HollingsworthMarch 20, 2022 at 8:11 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  124. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  125. David HollingsworthMarch 21, 2022 at 8:56 PM

    How do you prepare to write a book?

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