Wednesday, March 30, 2022

NBTM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Descent into Darkness (The Chronicles of Deneb #2) by Zanne Raby

Welcome to my stop on the NBTM virtual book tour for Descent into Darkness by Zanne Raby. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post about The Time Machine by HG Wells. 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: Descent into Darkness
Series: The Chronicles of Deneb #2
Author: Zanne Raby
Publication Date: November 1st 2021
Print Length: 388 pages
Genre: Space Opera Science Fiction
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Descent into Darkness: Mayhem follows the Mayflower in the second book of The Chronicles of Deneb series. Journey along with the crew of the Space Ark Mayflower as they adapt to their new home on the planet Deneb. But along with their struggle to integrate into an alien culture, a new battle sweeps across the planet with the arrival of the human-transmitted Chimera bactovirus, bringing war and fanning the flames of racial intolerance. With a bloody conflict raging across the planet, the crew of the Mayflower is split between the two factions and embroiled in the chaos and destruction. Descend with the crew into darkness, where the only survivors of a global war will be on the right side of the border.

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EXCERPT:
“But sabotage? Pallav, we’ve only arrived on Deneb, and there’s a wealth of knowledge that you and I are missing. Sometimes I wonder if Gomalan gave you this assignment because we’re both dispensable – humans, undesirables.” Pulling away from her husband, Tara glanced out the crystallite windows to stare vacantly at the alien landscape. The morning rays of the star Deneb dazzled and danced in bursts of brilliance on the glass-walled buildings while off in the distance, the sluggish waters of the River Panni snaked slowly through the capital city. And far below their aerie perch, she could see Wessels zip along the perfectly straight autowalks on their way to work. It seemed like any other morning, but today a new danger had wormed its way into the lives of the K√≥bor family.

“Now why would you think that?” Pallav’s brows furrowed in confusion. “This is a golden opportunity. Gomalan trusts me, and I get results. It’s as simple as that. And Tara? It’s like I told you - the only people who despise us humans are the Geiten. Just think of that bastard Redlan and how he treated the others.” Tara lowered her head in shame, remembering how her crew mates were eking out an existence in Geitenia while she and her family were housed in luxury in Styria. How the Geiten of Aessen had abused her and Fynn’s wife Erica, and how the young pilot had been brutally attacked – it filled her with revulsion. “The whole thing’s still so raw,” she started. “My time in Urkyn…you know, it was horrific.” Tara shivered as she thought of Daniel and the love she had left behind before looking once more at the bustling capital city that sprawled as far as the eye could see. “Thank God Wesselan’s a world apart.”

Pallav shook his head. “But it’s not. The Geiten have been living here for centuries - intermarrying, working, studying. But always maintaining their distinct identity and trying to impose their ways here. If my hunch is right, then the attacks on Wesselan are being coordinated by an underground Geiten faction that somehow managed to infiltrate our military installations. Maybe even the government. I don’t know how deep this goes. We all need to be cautious Tara.”

Glancing at the archaic wrist watch that Pallav still insisted on wearing, he clasped a hand on Tara’s shoulder. “I’ve got to get going. But everything you need to know’s on the list inside the medicine cabinet.” On tiptoes, Tara stretched up to throw her arms around Pallav’s neck, and as their lips touched, worry thread its way into her thoughts, unable as she was to close her mind to the dangerous storm through which her husband must travel.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Since the days of the Napoleonic War, there has always been a member of Zanne Raby's family in uniform. Choosing to follow in the footsteps of her ancestors, Zanne joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1980, and was selected to attend the Royal Military College of Canada – the first year that women were accepted into that prestigious academy of learning. After graduation, she studied to become a Transportation and Movements Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

During a career spanning 38 years, some of the most memorable experiences involved command of 8 Mission Support Squadron as part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan, leading a study on support to the Canadian Arctic involving several trips to Northern Canada, including Canadian Forces Station Alert (the most northern settlement in the world), a three–year tour with NATO at Joint Force Command Brunssum, a deployment as the NATO Liaison Officer to United States Central Command, and finally a nomination as the Deputy Commander for the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group.

After hanging up the uniform and putting away the combat boots, Zanne bought a small acreage in Central Ontario and designed her own house. With an office overlooking the picturesque shores of Georgian Bay, surrounded by maps and images of alien worlds, she is pursuing her life-long ambition to become an author. Enough of the reports and returns that littered her desk over her career, now she could turn her attention to unleashing the creativity that had taken a back seat to the analytical world of logistics. The time had come to shake the dust off and begin a new career. The winds of change had called.

Zanne is currently crafting The Chronicles of Deneb, a sci-fi series that will take the reader from a dystopian earth on a voyage across the galaxy in search of a safe haven. But the planets the team discover provide anything but the sanctuary they sought. In her spare time, Zanne enjoys travel, photography, hiking, and gardening. And always, a good story to pass the time.

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GUEST POST:
The Time Machine by HG Wells

So you like science fiction? Or maybe you know someone who’s a big sci-fi fan. Well, what’s one sci-fi novel that’s got to be on your list? Well, it seems to me that if you enjoy something, you should be curious and dig to uncover its origins. That holds true for almost everything, from the simple arithmetic Grace Hopper learned as a child before she earned a PhD in mathematics in 1934, to Agatha Christie learning her first A B C’s before she wrote some of the best loved detectives stories of all times.

You have got to start where it all began. For those who hold a deep appreciation of science fiction, acknowledging the roots of this genre allows writers to build upon the framework set down by the earliest authors. These pioneers dove into unknown waters, merging the science of the day within a fictional structure to craft believable and enjoyable literature.

Let’s travel back in time to the late nineteenth century where a young author was curious enough to embrace technology and science. May I introduce to you H.G. Wells, writer of The Time Machine. Now this novel has been adapted several times for the silver screen and most of us are familiar with it from watching it at the cinema, but it’s the slender novel that I recommend as essential reading for all sci-fi fans.

The Time Machine is a classic work of speculative science fiction and the grandfather of all time travel novels. Wells artfully blends science, philosophy, and sociology into a rip roaring adventure where the protagonist makes a dizzying journey through time in a home-made time machine and lands in the year 802,107 CE. There he enters into a world which he initially viewed as a utopia, peopled by the Eloi: frail, graceful humans with the mental acuity of pre-schoolers. Indolent and uninquisitive, they live communally and carefree. Here Wells’s time traveller applies the scientific method to hypothesize that these genderless creatures prove that humanity has triumphed over nature. He couldn’t have been more wrong, for another race of hominin also lurks in every dark corner: the Morlocks, subterranean dwellers who provide for the Eloi, just like farmers do to their cattle. And that’s about what the Eloi are to the Morlock. It is a dark tale, both imaginative and terrifying and one that casts a shroud over the future of humanity.

Written in the Victorian Era, The Time Machine dissects the social structures of the day. The child-like Eloi, representing the rich capitalists, live in comfort and beauty and the Morlocks, the working class, who abide and toil in the darkest, most foul subterranean caverns. Today we see a similar dichotomy between the prosperous nations and those states struggling with poverty. Never has this been more apparent than during the COVID pandemic where this inequality spelled death for many impoverished countries. Wells forces us to ask ourselves the question: do we who live in luxury and safety view the downtrodden as fellow humans or Morlocks?

One of the first dystopian novels, The Time Machine also deals with the impermanence of life itself. After escaping from the Morlocks, the time traveller continues to race through time until the dying sun flashes over a desolate, barren planet. He reflects that not only will humanity crumble into the dust of time, but Earth itself will cease to exist. Wells is reminding the reader of how fragile our existence is, something that humanity needs to be mindful of today, when climate emergencies are the result of global heating.

Wells’s novel also provides a timely commentary on the dual nature of technology. The traveller opens his audience’s eyes to science and technology as being a double edged sword that can be wielded for good or can cause great danger. Although the book uses fire and the time machine itself in this role, this is utterly relatable in modern times. We see the damage that has been caused to our planet by the burning of fossil fuels, by transportation, mass consumerism, and human arrogance. The Time Machine cautions us on an over-reliance on technology without respect and balance.

So much packed in such a slender novel! Not only is The Time Machine a thrilling science-fiction adventure, but it provides modern readers with many messages that resonate in contemporary times. It’s a must read for science-fiction fans, so pick up the book, suspend disbelief and enter into the realm of the distant future with H.G. Wells.
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GIVEAWAY:
Zanne Raby will be awarding a $15 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.)

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151 comments:

  1. Looks like a interesting book.

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  2. great cover, this sounds interesting

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  3. Space Opera Science Fiction - I am not sure of what that means.
    I would like to check it out!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  5. The book sounds very interesting. Great cover!

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  6. Looks like a fantastic book!

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  7. Thank you for sharing the author's guest post, bio and book details, I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt and am looking forward to reading this story

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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

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  10. The book sounds interesting, nice book cover. :)

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  11. Zanne Raby weaves a tale of discovery, adventure and intrigue. She opens up our minds and imaginations as to what space travel and life on a distant planet might be like in our very own not-too-distant future. Exciting times ahead!

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  12. How did you decide on the cover for this book?

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  13. How did you decide on the cover for this book?

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    1. Hello Barbara, I apologize for not responding to you. I was just going through old book tours (since I'm working on a new novel) and came across your question. I worked on the cover myself. Since the theme is that the characters in the book are delving into dangers and darkness, I used a background that I believe is dark and foreboding. The spacecraft is something that one of the characters flies, and he undergoes a traumatic event that plunges him into a dark place. I hope that this answers your question.

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  14. Do you watch March Madness basketball?

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  15. How many hours a day do you write?

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

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  17. Thank you for a chance to win

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

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

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

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  21. Wow! This is the first time I have heard of Space Opera Science Fiction as a book genre! That's very interesting.

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

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  23. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

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  24. Have a great Easter weekend!

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  25. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

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

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    1. Hello and apologies for the tardy response. I've visited so many places in my life so that's a hard question to respond to. I lived in Europe for 9 years and loved every moment of the experience. Something new though, I would be interested in visiting South Africa and Ghana one day. I have never been to Africa, other than the Seychelle Islands.

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  27. What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?

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  28. What inspired the idea for your book?

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    1. Thank you so much. That is really a great compliment since I am the designer of the cover.

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

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

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

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

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  35. Are there any other authors in your family?

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  36. Are you have crazy weather where you live? We are.

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  37. Great guest post and excerpt, Descent into Darkness sounds like an exciting, edge of your seat read that I will enjoy and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a sunshiny day!

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  38. “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” — Stephen King

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

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  40. I’m adding this to my to read soon list.

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  41. This sounds like a great read and I love the cover too.
    heather
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  42. “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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    1. Hello Barbara, the hardest part of the book was writing the parts where my fighter pilot character is flying his warbird. I watched a lot of various movies and chatted with some of my military pilot friends to try to get this right (even though it's sci-fi so I took some liberties).

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  44. Do you have a plan for your next book?

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  45. “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see, and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” – Joan Didion

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  46. I Hope you have a great night :)

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  47. I hope you have a great night

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  48. Interesting cloud color on the cover.

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

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  50. “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” – Gustav Flaubert

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  51. “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and look at it, until it shines.” – Emily Dickinson

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  52. I can not wait to check this out.

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  53. Fans of Space Opera Science Fiction will enjoy Descent into Darkness by author Zanne Raby.

    Nancy
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  54. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  55. What is a small annoyance you deal with daily?

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  56. I hope you have a great day

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  57. What's your favourite country song?

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  58. When did you discover you have the gift of writing?

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  59. “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

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  60. May the fourth be with you!

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  61. What are your plans for this summer?

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  62. Do you still have any friends from high school?

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  63. Luv finding new interesting books / authors, Thank you

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  64. Do you have a secret addiction?

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  65. I hope you had a great day

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  66. Where do you get your ideas for writing?

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  67. What was your favourite vacation?

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  68. I hope you had a great day!

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  69. Do you reward yourself with something special when finishing a book?

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  70. Did you get a lot of encouragement when you decided to become an author?

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  71. Where do you like to shop the most?

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  72. Have you ever started a book that you decided not to finish?

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  73. Most positive thing about writing and most negative thing about writing -- what are they?

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

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  75. Where do you live, and what's something fun to do there?

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

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

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  78. Descent into Darkness by author Zanne Raby has a colorful and eye catching front cover.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  79. When you go to your happy place, where is it?

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  80. sounds like a fun one

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  81. Do you have a favorite author and/or genre?

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  82. I also enjoyed reading the books written by H G Wells.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  83. Do you have a favorite place to write?

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  84. How do you "flesh out" your characters?

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  85. Descent into Darkness in the series The Chronicles of Deneb #2 by author Zanne Raby sounds like a fascinating book for lovers of science fiction.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  86. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

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    1. Haha, No piercings or tatoos, but I do have some scars from being dumb as a kid.

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  87. This is a genre that I was not familiar with but sounds very interesting to read. Space opera science fiction was new to me.

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  88. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  89. Did you have any writing schooling?

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  90. I wish you much success with the publication of the book. Thank you for the chance to win.

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