Thursday, June 9, 2022

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: The Starfolk Trilogy by Martha Dunlop

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for The Starfolk Trilogy by Martha Dunlop. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Starfolk Arcana
Series: The Starfolk Trilogy #1
Author: Martha Dunlop
Publisher: TanLea Books
Publication Date: September 6th 2020
Print Length: 346 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
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Destiny calls. Soulmates draw closer. One woman stands in the way.

Beth trusts her psychic senses. So when her birthday visit to a daytime TV talk show takes a weird turn, she knows something is wrong. Amelia, the celebrity on stage, is oddly fixated on Beth and the man with the microphone is hauntingly familiar. Things become even stranger when she buys a tarot deck, and they are all pictured in the cards.

Jonan has waited an eternity to be with the woman who haunts his dreams. When he finally sees her at the TV studio, he hopes life with his soulmate is within reach. But as Amelia refuses to let go of their past together, his hopes fade.

Amelia stands between Beth and Jonan. Spinning tales of supernatural threats to her adoring fan base, she builds a personality cult through fear of the paranormal. As her power grows, she does her best to scare Beth away from Jonan and plans to reclaim him for herself.

United by a destiny that spans lifetimes, Beth and Jonan are determined to stop Amelia’s fear-mongering. But Amelia has more than one card to play. Even though they are fated to be together, Amelia’s destructive nature may once again tear them apart.

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EXCERPT:
He heard Doriel walk down the narrow, wonky staircase that divided the storeroom from the shop’s reading and treatment room. The tiny bells stitched into the hem of her skirt tinkled as she swung her hips.

Jonan shook his head. He had no idea why she bothered with all this theatre. She was the real deal. She could have run a fabulous business in joggers and a T-shirt, but she insisted on playing to the audience. She wore flowing skirts, bells and long earrings. Her hennaed hair was braided into a loose French plait that reached her waist, sparkling with tiny crystals. She mimicked smoke and mirrors and delivered magic. She was a goddess hiding in plain sight as a walking cliché. The irony never failed to make her hoot with laughter.

The distant voice made Jonan freeze. ‘I’m looking for a reading. I was told you were good.’

He dropped back from his crouch to sit on the floor, heart pounding in his chest.

She had come.

He had told her to come to Doriel, but he had never expected it to be this easy. This was the woman he had incarnated for, the one he was here to wake up. He knew his goal, but somehow it didn’t feel anywhere near as important as just being in the same room as her. He had no idea how she would react to his world. She had been brought up with Earth amnesia and would probably think he was crazy. Everything he was, everything he said, was strange. Would she listen, or would she run? He had no way of knowing until he tried it.

A shiver ran down his spine.
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Title: Starfolk Falling
Series: The Starfolk Trilogy #2
Author: Martha Dunlop
Publisher: TanLea Books
Publication Date: October 26th 2021
Print Length: 308 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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A woman destined to change the world. A timeless adversary determined to stop her. Only one will win.

Humiliated after the disastrous launch event for her protection racket, Amelia Faustus is furious and determined to punish those responsible. But her own support system is cracking and something new is haunting her home.

Beth and Jonan – finally together after lifetimes of searching for one another – have to stop Amelia’s attempts to prevent them fulfilling their destiny. But they find themselves under attack from all directions. Trolled by Amelia online, and targeted by her angry followers in real life, they fight to keep innocent people out of Amelia’s clutches. But Amelia has already started to hurt those closest to them to get what she wants.

As Amelia continues to terrorise their loved ones, Beth and Jonan are once again put on the defensive. They need to convince people to stand up to Amelia’s manipulations, but can they succeed when The Fear is already taking root?

An urban fantasy novel about destiny, reincarnation, tarot, and living with the paranormal.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Martha Dunlop is a dreamer and lover of stories who likes nothing better than spending her days getting to know the characters in her head. She is a tarot card reader and reiki master, and loves to chat reading, writing and all things mystical on social media, as well as posting pictures of her fellow pack-member, Bertie the Cavalier. A fiddle player, Martha fell in love with traditional music, particularly Irish, and is also teaching herself to play the Irish Bouzouki. She played her way through her English degree at York and remembers that time as much for the music as the books. 

Martha is the author of three books: The Starfolk Arcana, Starfolk Falling, and standalone Wild Shadow. She is currently working on Book 3 of The Starfolk Trilogy, Starfolk Rising.

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GUEST POST:
- If you could have any paranormal power, what would you choose and why?

If I could have one paranormal power, it would be the ability to heal.

Imagine if you knew you could keep yourself and your loved ones safe from illness, trauma and lasting injury? How different would your life look?

In my Starfolk Trilogy my antagonist, Amelia, is a celebrity with the power to manipulate people’s emotions through their energy. She spreads fear of supernatural attack, suggesting people will come to physical, mental and spiritual harm if they are not continually on alert, and tells them that only her protection will keep them safe.

When Amelia gets into people’s heads, they become fearful and hypervigilant. They change the way they dress to escape notice, their awareness of their environment alters, and their judgment becomes less acurate and healthy.

Whilst Amelia manipulates people’s energy in an attempt to control them and boost her own strength, Beth and Jonan, my main characters, seek to do the opposite. They work to heal people of Amelia’s manipulations, and to help them see through the fog of her interference. Both Beth and Jonan have healing abilities and work with energy in a similar way to a Reiki healer, although exaggerated. This gives them the ability to stand against Amelia, but they are not immune to her powers.

At different points, both Beth and Jonan fall prey to Amelia’s manipulation and she pulls each of them deep into their own darkness and traumas. In the end, their healing abilities mean they are able to pull each other back from these dark places, but it isn’t easy and once set, the triggers are there waiting to be activated again.

In real life, there are many people like Amelia, although they may not have her psychic powers. But the ability to get under people’s skin, trigger them and gain a personal boost from the process is something we all encounter in daily life over and over again.

There are so many ways to heal from these encounters, and things like energy healing, Reiki, mindfulness, acupuncture and more are great ways to do it. But just imagine if you had a paranormal superpower that was more comprehensive and all encompassing. Imagine if you could heal trauma, heal injury and illness in yourself and those you loved. Maybe that’s the closest to being untouchable that we could ever become?
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GIVEAWAY:
Martha Dunlop will be awarding a $25 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 over this giveaway.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

227 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for welcoming me onto your blog today! Martha xxx

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  2. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! I hope you enjoy it! Martha x

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  3. this sounds like an interesting read

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  4. I love the cover. A very sexy couple.

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    1. Thanks, Paige! I loved working on the cover with my designer. It was great fun working to get the feel of the book in the image, and so exciting to see the wonderful things she was able to do! Martha x

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  5. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. My advice would be to write with abandonment, edit as rigorously as you can, and then if possible, pay for a professional critique. Friends and family all want to help, but only someone who actually knows how to make a book work can really help you move forward. If paying isn't an option, you may find someone on social media who would be willing to come to a reciprocal arrangement. Good luck with your writing! Martha x

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  6. I like the character name, Jonan . Unique!

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    1. Thank you! Jonan is very different and that is a key part of his character, so I wanted to reflect that in his name. Martha x

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  7. I enjoyed the guest post and the great excerpt, The Starfolk Trilogy sounds like my kind of books and I can't wait to read them! Thanks for sharing them with me and have an awesome day!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so pleased you like the sound of the books, and I really hope you enjoy them! Do come and find me on social media if you'd like to find out more!

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  8. 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 The Starfolk Trilogy

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    1. Thanks, Bea! I hope you enjoy the books! Martha x

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

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    1. Thanks Siehan! Good luck with the contest! Martha x

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  10. David HollingsworthJune 9, 2022 at 9:24 PM

    What inspires you?

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    1. Well, my characters just start growing in my mind, and I spend a lot of time watching them and piecing things together. But in terms of themes and plot, I like to write about ideas and experiences I want to explore or get to grips with. With the Starfolk books, I wanted to look at the idea of personality cults because I was seeing a lot of that around me. My other book, Wild Shadow, was inspired by dreams about tigers and a weird fear I had at the zoo that the tigers would escape. So I rolled those things together into a romance about a woman who astral projects as a tiger!

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  11. The book sounds very intriguing. Love the cover.

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    1. Thanks, Pippi Rose! I hope you enjoy the books! Martha x

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

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  13. How do you think we should warn future inhabitants of earth about nuclear waste?

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    1. Wow, that's a big question! I think we should probably focus on how to reduce what we waste at the moment!

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  14. What a great romance read - sure to please!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks Barbara! Have a lovely weekend! Martha x

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  15. Healing is a cool ability, but I think I would like to be able to be invisible.

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

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

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    1. Thank you, and good luck with the giveaway! Martha x

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    1. Thanks Deb! I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go. Martha x

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  19. David HollingsworthJune 11, 2022 at 2:03 AM

    What book do you always go back to the most?

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    1. I used to reread books, but to be honest, since getting a kindle and discovering how many wonderful books are actually out there, I haven't reread a book once!

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  20. If you could stay one age forever, which one would it be, and why?

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    1. Honestly, I don't think there's one age I could pick, because that would mean missing everything that came after. I published my first book, a dream come true, at 43, but that was also in the middle of Covid, so I certainly wouldn't like to live that forever! I hope the best moments are still to come.

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  21. Would you ever be willing to take a cruise? To where?

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    1. Honestly, no. I get sea sick, so cruises really don't appeal. I know people who love them though.

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  22. David HollingsworthJune 13, 2022 at 3:46 AM

    What's the next book you're writing?

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    1. At the moment I'm writing the final book in The Starfolk Trilogy and I'm really excited to be bringing this story to its conclusion!

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  23. David HollingsworthJune 14, 2022 at 6:29 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. And to you! In fact, Happy Wednesday! Martha x

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  24. How do you handle very hot weather?

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  25. The Starfolk Arcana in the series:The Starfolk Trilogy #1 by author Martha Dunlop sounds like a book that will fascinate many readers.

    Nancy
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  26. David HollingsworthJune 17, 2022 at 2:37 AM

    Do you enjoy podcasts?

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  27. How do you relax after a long day of writing?

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  28. What triggers youto set the story just before you begin writing it?

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  29. Have you ever felt like your characters took over the plot of your story?

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  30. David HollingsworthJune 20, 2022 at 4:19 PM

    Who's your favorite author?

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  31. Any advice for someone starting a new job?

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  32. The books in the Starfolk Trilogy series #1 and # 2 sound like fanciful reading adventures.

    Nancy
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  33. David HollingsworthJune 22, 2022 at 5:08 PM

    Hope the summer heat isn't messing with you.

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  34. Will you take a vacation this summer?

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  35. David HollingsworthJune 23, 2022 at 6:58 PM

    Hope your next book is also a success.

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  36. David HollingsworthJune 24, 2022 at 6:30 PM

    How do you feel about the world today?

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  37. Do you have any advice for getting some sleep?

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  38. David HollingsworthJune 25, 2022 at 6:55 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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

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  40. David HollingsworthJune 26, 2022 at 4:38 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  41. David HollingsworthJune 27, 2022 at 4:29 PM

    Interesting cover

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

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  43. David HollingsworthJune 29, 2022 at 5:55 AM

    Are you bilingual?

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  44. sounds like an exciting book

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

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  46. Hope July will be great for you!

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  47. wonderful covers, very creative

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  48. David HollingsworthJuly 2, 2022 at 6:52 PM

    If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

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  49. do you have a favorite author

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

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  51. The Starfolk Trilogy by Martha Dunlop sounds like an imaginative series of books that will grab many readers.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  52. Are you glad when a book is finished?

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  53. David HollingsworthJuly 3, 2022 at 10:22 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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

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  55. David HollingsworthJuly 4, 2022 at 9:17 PM

    Happy Monday!

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  56. how long have you been writing

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  57. David HollingsworthJuly 5, 2022 at 6:37 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  58. was it hard to choose the cover?

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  59. David HollingsworthJuly 6, 2022 at 5:17 PM

    What inspires you to write novels?

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

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

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  62. David HollingsworthJuly 7, 2022 at 4:56 PM

    Are you a fan of this weather?

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  63. David HollingsworthJuly 8, 2022 at 6:38 PM

    Happy for your success!

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  64. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  65. How did you decide on character name?

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  66. Sounds interesting. Enough paranormal to be intriguing but not over the top with it. Thank for the giveaway

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

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  68. David HollingsworthJuly 10, 2022 at 1:14 AM

    Happy Sunday!

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  69. David HollingsworthJuly 11, 2022 at 4:19 AM

    Happy Monday!

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  70. do you have a favorite spot to write at

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

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  72. The Starfolk Arcana by author Martha Dunlop has an interesting and highly detailed cover.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  73. Do you like to people watch?

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  74. David HollingsworthJuly 12, 2022 at 9:57 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  75. How old were you when you started learning to play the fiddle?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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

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  78. Happy Thursday!

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  79. is there a certain time of day you write

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  80. David HollingsworthJuly 15, 2022 at 11:20 AM

    Wha inspires you to write?

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

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  82. David HollingsworthJuly 17, 2022 at 1:48 AM

    Happy Sunday!

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  83. What genre of books to you like best?

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  84. David HollingsworthJuly 18, 2022 at 8:51 PM

    Happy Monday!

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  85. What time did you get up this morning?

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  86. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  87. Urban Fantasy Romance is a new to me reading genre.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  88. David HollingsworthJuly 19, 2022 at 10:08 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  89. Do you write more or read more?

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

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  91. David HollingsworthJuly 20, 2022 at 10:10 PM

    This book sounds really great!

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  92. hope you are enjoying the summer

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  93. David HollingsworthJuly 21, 2022 at 9:10 PM

    Who is your biggest inspiration?

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  94. What author do you most admire?

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  95. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  96. David HollingsworthJuly 22, 2022 at 8:01 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  97. was it hard to design the cover

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  98. How do you decide on a title?

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  99. David HollingsworthJuly 24, 2022 at 8:17 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  100. Have you read Err by Stephen King?

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

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  102. This series sounds like it is populated by interesting characters.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  103. What is your favorite type of candy?

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  104. David HollingsworthJuly 25, 2022 at 9:41 PM

    Hope you're doing well despite this heat.

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  105. Are you working on another book?

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  106. What caused you to start writing?

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  107. how old were you when you starting writing

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  108. David HollingsworthJuly 26, 2022 at 9:44 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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

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  110. do you have any other books started

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  111. Amelia, Beth, and Jonan all sounds like interesting characters!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  112. David HollingsworthJuly 27, 2022 at 9:56 PM

    Have a good night.

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  113. What is your favourite breakfast treat?

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

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  115. did you always want to be a writer

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  116. I think it is interesting that your character Beth has psychic senses.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  117. David HollingsworthJuly 28, 2022 at 8:46 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  118. David HollingsworthJuly 29, 2022 at 6:09 PM

    Happy Friday!

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

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  120. is there an author that inspired you

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  121. What's your next book going to be about?

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  122. David HollingsworthJuly 30, 2022 at 5:29 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  123. sounds like an amazing book, thanks

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  124. David HollingsworthJuly 31, 2022 at 3:55 PM

    How are you doing these days?

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  125. Hope you are safe from weather problems.

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