Wednesday, June 29, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - God's Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind by Kenneth B. Little and Helen Davies

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for God's Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind by Kenneth B. Little and Helen Davies. 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 one of the authors. 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: God's Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind
Authors: Kenneth B. Little & Helen Davies
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: April 29th 2022
Print Length: 698 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Humans are on the brink of disaster...

In the United States, President Samuel Cummings has taken the reins of a deeply divided country at a time when nuclear, chemical, biological and cyberthreats loom.

Things look bleak until God's emissary Sarah, a composite of 40 million female souls from Heaven, arrives on Earth with the message that God is intervening in human affairs to save the human race from itself. God, she explains, is the life force of the universe, the only intelligent form of energy. People who help others grow their own life force will join God in Heaven. However, many humans are more inclined toward hatred, intolerance and greed and so God is intervening to course-correct them.

The first thing Sarah does is to announce God's edict of 'thou shalt not kill' to the world. Anyone who tries to kill another person—or who enables someone to do so—will die instead. As commander-in-chief, Cummings must call back his military troops or risk his life. He must then deal with both the fallout and benefits of the dissolution of America's military-industrial complex.

Sarah's mission is to establish a new world order that is kinder, better and united. As she guides the world through this evolution, President Cummings begins to notice a depth in his own soul that makes him both a better man and a better leader.

Sarah remains on Earth for one year to help the world come together, and leaves behind a legacy of hope—a second chance for humankind.

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EXCERPT:
Immediately on alert, and with as much bravado as he could muster, he stuttered, “What in the hell are you doing here . . . ?” He punched a button on his desk and yelped, “Security!” as loudly as he could, expecting his personal bodyguard, Don Taylor, to rush into the room and usher this intruder out posthaste . . . but Don didn’t come.

Instead, the woman continued to stand in front of him as bright as a satellite in space. Glowing, it seemed.

“You must leave immediately!” he shouted at her, but she appeared unperturbed by his anxiety and did not move. “Now!” he yelled again, this time with more fervor as he pointed toward the door.

When she did not react, he slowly glanced around the room and noted an unnatural stillness. The usual electronic sounds that were part and parcel of day-to-day life—like lights buzzing and clocks ticking—were absent. It was like he was in a vacuum of some sort. He started to realize that he was alone with this woman and that no one was going to save him.

Don’t panic, he told himself, and he calmed down a little. He glanced quickly at her and had the uncomfortable sensation that she was flitting around the room. He looked away, at the door behind her, still hoping Taylor would bust through and usher her out, but nothing happened.

Finally, he managed to muster the words, “Where did you come from . . . ?” and then his tongue tied itself into a knot, and further speech failed him as he felt the full power of her presence.

This was no ordinary woman. She seemed to suck the oxygen from the room, leaving him light-headed, and oddly light-hearted as well. As he felt himself being somehow drawn to her, he could hear his heart beating as if in anticipation of something delightful, though his rational mind told him it was probably just due to surprise and shock. He fought to hide his odd mix of feelings from her by reminding himself that she was an intruder. The truth of the matter, he told himself sternly, is that this woman breached White House security in order to threaten me in the Oval Office.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Kenneth B. Little is a 72-year-old retired business executive who is unhappy about how the state of the world has deteriorated during his lifetime.

The human population has ballooned from one billion to nearly eight billion, and people have moved off the land into massive cities where they have no ability to survive on their own. Instead, we rely on massive electrical grids energized by power plants largely burning fossil fuel; we’ve developed industrial complexes and global transportation systems that also rely on fossil fuel; we’ve created corporate farms that promote animal cruelty and destroy the soil by overusing chemicals; we’ve decimated our ocean marine life by dragging the ocean floor; we’ve created plastics that pollute land, rivers, lakes and oceans; and, of course, we’ve created nuclear, chemical, biological and cyber weapons that are now in the hands of unstable countries and terrorist organizations.

In short, we are racing headlong into a series of mass extinction events.

At seventy-two, Ken felt motivated to try to create a better world for his grandchildren by writing a fiction book full of non-fiction ideas that could potentially correct many of the world’s problems. Realizing that the only two avenues toward this were themes of divine intervention or mass extinction, he chose divine intervention as the solution, creating a scenario where God could step in to save humankind.

Ken wrote his initial manuscript during the Covid-19 lockdown, a 70,000-word overview that his wife told him read like a textbook. Deciding to see professional help, he engaged Tellwell Publishing to do a critical edit, which was performed by Tellwell editor Helen Davies.

Helen was intrigued by the storyline but, like Ken’s wife, felt it needed a lot of work to develop the characters and make it more engaging. With Tellwell’s blessing, Ken then contracted Helen to do just that. Thus began a most unusual and successful collaboration!

Says Ken:

Helen and I are completely different people. She is a writer, musician, and farmer. I am the grumpy old man who watches European business news when I get up at 3:00 a.m. We live as far apart as possible in Canada. She lives in Victoria on the West Coast, and I live in Fredericton on the East Coast. We have never met, yet we talked for nearly two hours on our first phone conversation. Usually, I never talk for more than five minutes with anybody on the phone. What unites us is that we share a passion for this story, and for the idea of a better, more united world.

During the writing process, Helen routinely sent me edited chapters, one at a time, always with the tagline, “I hope you like it.” I like it very much; the story I wrote that sounded like a textbook now brings tears to my eyes.

God’s Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind is a story of hope.

We hope you like it.

Kenneth B. Little and Helen Davies
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GUEST POST BY KENNETH B. LITTLE:
Humankind is on the Brink of Extinction.

God’s Intervention: a second chance for humankind addresses the problem that technology has evolved geometrically while human evolution is proceeding at a snail’s pace.

Weapons of mass destruction have proliferated. We now face a smorgasbord of nuclear, chemical, biological and cyber weaponry and it is only a matter of time until a strike and counterstrikes are triggered.

Humans are at the top of the food chain on Earth and after hundreds of thousands of years of evolution we have become very proficient at forming tribes to help us secure and protect resources at the expense of other tribes.

Any group of people that comes together to pursue a common interest is a tribe. Villages are tribes. Nation states are tribes. Religions are tribes. Companies are tribes.

People in groups are capable of atrocities that they would never commit as individuals. Tribes tend to enable hatred, intolerance and greed and can be extremely dangerous.

If we don’t soon make radical changes to unite humankind, the world faces a series of wars and a dystopian future.

I Can’t Save Us, But Maybe You Can.

I am a 72 year old man. I am too old to solve any of the problems. Besides, I would lack credibility as the savior of the human race because my generation and male leaders in particular have caused many of the problems we now face.

We need young champions and a lot more female leaders to move us forward.

Fortunately, covid-19 came along and gave me a prolonged period with nothing else to do but write a book outlining the things somebody else needs to do if we are to survive.

Now, if I can just get people to read my book …

Divine Intervention Or Go It Alone?

Making humans at one with their species is a very tall order!

I decided to call upon divine intervention because it allowed me the flexibility to select a most extraordinary emissary named Sarah whose supernatural abilities make the book a much more interesting read. (I need to confess that my wife still thought it read like a text book until I engaged co-author Helen Davies to bring Sarah and the other characters in the book to life. Helen and I have never met and we are polar opposites but the message of our book brought us together. We hope you like it.)

The True Nature of God

The religions that have grown out of past divine interventions have caused many of the deadliest wars experienced by humankind.

I had to refine the concept of “God” to unite the world’s existing religions and hopefully reconcile God and science.

I am not a religious person but I do believe there is a force inside each of us that is capable of great compassion and giving. When we help a person in need we feel warm inside like the feeling we get when we bite into a piece of homemade fudge, only the feeling lasts a lifetime.

I have chosen to call this the universal life force and in the book, this is “intelligent” form of energy is the essence of “God”.

Sarah communicates the message of God’s intervention directly to every person on Earth. She also clarifies the true nature of God and addresses questions like:

- How can I grow the life force within me?

- What is my role in the universe?

- What happens to my life force when I die?

The Protagonist

The protagonist in the book is Samuel Cummings, President of the United States.

God’s intervention totally disrupts the socio-economic balance of the world leaving heads of state pre-occupied with their own survival and the survival of their economies and social order.

Sarah helps Samuel survive but quickly moves to helping him grow as a human being so he can help move humankind forward to a world united and at peace.

Sarah as a Role Model

Absent divine intervention, course correcting humankind will require enormous effort but may be possible. I am inspired by the efforts of Greta Thunberg who led a grass roots movement to call out world leaders on the issue of fossil fuels and climate change.

If 40 million women from every corner of the Earth came together as one and called out world leaders on the issue of uniting humankind …
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GIVEAWAY:
Kenneth B. Little and Helen Davies will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.

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

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323 comments:

  1. This book is well worth the read. So many great ideas to think about.

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    1. Thanks for your support. Helen and I would love to have you visit our website (godsintervention.info) and share your thoughts on how to unite humankind.

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  2. Sounds like a terrific read. The story line is great for what we are currently dealing with

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    1. The book deals extensively with what we all need to do to become at one with our species. God's emissary Sarah makes the journey entertaining.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your book

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    1. Helen and I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as we enjoyed writing it. Even though it is a hefty read, I can assure you it took longer to write.

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    1. It takes a while to read but it will be worth it if we are able to help save humankind.

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  5. this sounds like a wonderful book

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    1. I am sick of books that portray a distopian future for humankind. Surely we can do better if we help each other.

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  6. Sounds like a great book, adding this to my TBR list!

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    1. If the book makes you think about our collective future more positively, Helen and I will be delighted.

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  7. This sounds like an exciting book to read.

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    1. God's emissary, Sarah, helps lighten an otherwise weighty subject. Enjoy!

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  8. Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    1. Helen and I hope that you have a wonderful summer and that the book gives you hope for the future of humankind.

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  9. Humankind may be running out of enjoyable summers if we don't learn how to be at one with our species. Helen and I hope we catch on soon.

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  10. What is your favorite place that you've visited?

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  11. Thanks for the great excerpt and author blurb. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover!

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    1. I wish everybody would judge books by their covers. The women depicted are meant to represent God's emissary Sarah, a composite of 40 million female souls. I had hoped for a holographic image so you would see a different woman's face every time the light changed on the cover. Maybe if we sell enough books, the shape shifting cover can be added in future.

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

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    1. I hope you read the book and that it leaves you with a lot to think about.

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    1. Helen and I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as we enjoyed writing it. We have never met and we are two very different people but the message of the book brought us together.

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  14. Do you have a favorite character from a movie or tv that you wish you could incorporate into your books?

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    1. As Canadian I should enlist William Shatner to head up the colonization of Mars.

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  15. I like everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Helen and I hope that you read and enjoy it. If you do, please visit our website after you are finished and let us know what you think about it. https://godsintervention.info/

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  16. What is your favorite way to relax?

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  17. do you have a favorite author

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

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    1. I have always preferred to communicate in writing but never seriously considered writing a book until health issues and covid-19 lockdowns gave me 2 years free of normal activities.

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  19. What is the best book you've read so far in 2022?

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  20. God's Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind by authors Kenneth B. Little & Helen Davies sounds like a wonderful collaborative book.

    Nancy
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    1. The plot brought the two of us together as writers even though we have never met. We hope you read and enjoy the book.

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  21. Do you listen to music when you write?

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

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    1. I create in bed in the middle of the night and write early in the morning until both of my typing fingers tire out.

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  23. If you celebrate, how are you spending your fourth of July?

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  24. how long have you been writing

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  25. What story of yours did you find it difficult to write?

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  26. was it hard to choose the cover

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  27. What's your best memory from 2022 so far?

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  28. I'm so ready for good reads for the summer, this is on my list!

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    1. Helen and I hope you enjoy the book. Have a great summer.

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

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  30. What are you looking forward to the most in the second half of 2022?

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    1. Thanks. Helen and I hope you read and enjoy our book.

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  32. What fiction tropes are your pet peeves?

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  33. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  34. How do you decide on character names?

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  35. very interesting about your editor and you being on opposite sides of Canada - thanks for sharing!

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  36. What is your favorite setting to write in?

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  37. How do you handle hot weather? 103 degrees today.

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  38. Do you have any more books you are planning to release this year?

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  39. do you have a favorite spot to write at

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  40. If one of your books was made into a Hollywood movie, who do you picture portraying the main role?

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  41. Super hot here, time to grab my book and get some iced tea.

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    1. With the hot weather this summer an iced tea sounds like a great idea. Maybe we should have offered a gift certificate to David's Tea as a prize. Helen and I hope you enjoy the book.

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  42. Do you like to people watch?

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  43. How much writing do you do in a day?

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  44. Do you have any other new books planned for this year?

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  45. What were some of your favorite reading genres when you were a child?

    Nancy
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  46. When did you realize you wanted writing to be your career?

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  47. Do you write when you're on vacation?

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  48. is there a certain time of day you write

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  49. What's your favorite book series by another author?

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  50. How long have you been a writer?

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    1. Helen and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it.

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  52. What is your favorite book to re-read?

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  53. What is the best thing about being a writer?

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    1. The cover signifies the critical role that women must play if humankind is to survive and flourish. Helen and I hope you enjoy the book.

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  55. What is a line of dialogue that stuck out to you and you'll always remember?

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  56. Is there a particular event or moment that inspired you to be a writer?

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  57. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  58. What time did you get up this morning?

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  59. this sounds like a really interesting book

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  60. What has been your proudest moment as an author so far?

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  61. I think that the cover of your book - with all the different people shown - is very attractive.

    Nancy
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  62. Do you write more or read more?

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

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  64. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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  65. What book are you currently reading?

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  66. What books do you recommend starting out with for your backlist?

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  67. hope you are enjoying the summer

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  68. What author do you most admire?

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  69. Which of your characters do you relate to the most and why?

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  70. was it hard to design the cover

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  71. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

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  72. How do you decide on a title?

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

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  74. Have you read Err by Stephen King?

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

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

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  77. What is your favorite type of candy?

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  78. Are you working on another book?

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  79. What caused you to start writing?

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  80. how old were you when you starting writing

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

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  82. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

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  83. Happy to find a new to me author, I need more summer reads.

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  84. do you have any other books started

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  85. This unique book sounds like it would be a fascinating read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  86. What is your favourite breakfast treat?

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  87. Do you make writing notes on your phone when you're out and about?

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  88. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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  89. If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

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  90. I think that that God's Intervention: A Second Chance for Humankind has a very interesting premise.

    Nancy
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  91. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

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  92. Do you dream about a book you're writing?

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  93. do you have a favorite author?

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  94. Have you read any of the old classics? What did you think of them?

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  95. What do you think makes a good story?

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  96. thanks this sounds like an interesting book to read

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  97. Hope you are safe from weather problems.

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  98. Are you a morning or a night person?

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  99. What author do you look up to the most?

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  100. This sounds like one that will keep me reading and interested for sure.
    heather

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    1. Helen and I hope you enjoy the book as much as we enjoyed writing it.

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  101. What book are you the most proud of writing?

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  102. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

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  103. hope you are enjoying your book tour

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  104. Where is the farthest place you've traveled?

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  105. What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?

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  106. hope you are having a wonderful summer

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  107. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

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  108. thanks for the giveaway, have a great weekend

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  109. Do you have a favorite book you've written?

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  110. thanks this sounds like a very interesting book

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  111. What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

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  112. hope you are having a great weekend

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  113. Your book certainly has an impressive length - 698 pages!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  114. Happy Monday, hope you have a wonderful week!

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  115. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

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  116. Did you take a vacation this year?

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  117. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  118. thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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  119. What characters in your book are most similar to you or to people you know?

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  120. Looking forward to this "new to me" read, excited to have it on my bucket list for the near future.

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  121. Tell me about your favourite vacation!

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  122. Which author do you most admire?

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  123. What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?

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  124. hope you have an amazing weekend

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  125. What books have you read more than once in your life?

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  126. do you have a favorite author or book

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

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  128. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

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  129. hope you are having a relaxing Sunday

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  130. What is your favourite thing for a lazy Sunday?

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  131. Have you ever traveled as research for your book?

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  132. hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather

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  133. Happy to find a "new to me" author to add to my list for upcoming trip.

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  134. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

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