Wednesday, July 20, 2022

NBTM Virtual Tour and Giveaway - The Final Crossing: A Tale of Self-Discovery and Adventure by Vince Santoro

Welcome to my stop on the NBTM virtual tour for The Final Crossing: A Tale of Self-Discovery and Adventure by Vince Santoro. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author. 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: The Final Crossing: A Tale of Self-Discovery and Adventure
Author: Vince Santoro
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: March 24th 2022
Print Length: 354 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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In this tale of self-discovery and adventure, we are connected with a history we've come to know as the cradle of civilization.

Nenshi, an Egyptian house servant, raised in nobility, is well-schooled, a master huntsman and hungers to be free. His master agrees to grant his freedom but while the petition is set to be heard, Nenshi's indiscretion gets in the way. He is caught in a secret love affair with a woman above his social status.

As punishment, he is exiled to labour in the Nubian gold mines. His life turns upside down as he is thrust into a world for which he had been ill prepared. He escapes from the mines and vows to return to Thebes, but his attempts push him farther and farther away on a journey that redefines him – a journey mired with cruelty, bloodshed, and the discovery of a new deity.

In the end Nenshi learns his freedom has been granted and must decide whether to return to his homeland or start a new life.

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PRAISE:
"I greatly enjoyed this well written story by Vince Santoro. He takes us across the Ancient World through the protagonist, Nenshi, an exiled Egyptian servant who struggles with class structure, both around and within himself. Santoro weaves a story of ideas – a sense of belonging, monotheism, and the human soul - told through Nenshi's rite of passage through to his final crossing. The setting is visually evocative of "spirit of place" as the novelist and travel writer Lawrence Durrell called it. It's a story worth reading." - Terry Stanfill, Award winning historical fiction author of The Gift from Fortuny, Realms of Gold, The Blood Remembers, and other works.

"Vince Santoro is a gifted storyteller. I found The Final Crossing difficult to put down because it is well written. As an historian and author of non-fiction books, I am impressed with the amount of research that Santoro has done to prepare this story of adventure and romance set in the ancient Middle East. The customs, the beliefs and even the character names are all authentic to that region and era. With so many plot twists and turns, Santoro will keep you guessing about what might happen next to the protagonist until the very end!" - John Charles Corrigan, Author of The Red Night and "Love Always"
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EXCERPT:
Nenshi and Hordekef meandered through the passages, some narrow, some wide enough to parade animals for sale. There was a different mood among the merchants. Nenshi noticed the acrid atmosphere. An unsettled sensation lingered, like a haunting image from a nightmare. The acrimony spread like the annual flooding of the River Iteru - the sorrowful tears of Isis for her dead husband Osiris.

But Nenshi could not let things go unsaid. At the very least to make sure Hordekef was aware of it all.

“Something is very different today,” Nenshi said.

Hordekef surveyed the surroundings. “All I see is the same greedy merchants selling the same worthless merchandise to the same rude buyers.” He grinned and then pushed a short man aside who stood in his way. The man turned and raised his hand to strike but realized the difference in size and strength. He casually submitted to the titan and moved aside.

“Look around,” Nenshi said. “Tehuti may be right, the heqa khasewet may be closer than we think.”

Hordekef laughed. “You are obsessed with this notion of invaders.” He refused to let Nenshi’s preoccupation ruin his day. “If they’re as close as you suggest, the marketplace would be empty.”

“Don’t you see there aren’t as many merchants.”

“That doesn’t mean an attack is imminent.”

Even though there were fewer merchants, the market was still busy. A sea of sellers and buyers overflowed the narrow paths. Merchandise of every kind, from near and far, strewn on tables, hung on ropes, were on display to attract customers. Merchants added their own special calling, chanted or yelled, to solicit a sale.

Nonetheless, Nenshi remained vigilant. Unlike raids, common in small towns, he knew attacks in Thebes were never anticipated. And like many others, he had been lulled in the belief that the Walls of the Prince, there to protect the people, were impenetrable.

“This is the perfect stage for an attack,” he said. “A large unsuspecting crowd is fodder for mayhem.” But he was hardly heard, drowned by squealing flutes, competing with thunderous drumbeats.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vince Santoro is an Italian-born Canadian who grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now lives in Pickering, a suburb of Toronto.

In his youth, education and sports became a priority. A private boys' school, St. Michael's College in Toronto, provided the opportunity for both. He graduated from York University, Toronto, with a degree in history and a minor in behavioural science.

Vince was always up for new challenges. After completing his studies, he set his eyes on Europe and played professional basketball in Italy. When he returned home, he shifted gears and worked in the aerospace industry in several capacities. The most rewarding was managing internal communications for a large aircraft manufacturer. It was during this time he decided to hone his writing skills by studying journalism at Ryerson University, Toronto, and he had several articles published.

His career in communications along with studies in history and journalism prepared him to take on his next challenge: to write a book. His debut novel, The Final Crossing, has been a labour of love, one he worked on for many years. It reflects life experiences, woven into a story that inspires and entertains, and perhaps even show the world in a different way.

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GUEST POST:
- What do you love the most about historical fiction and why?

In suspense novels and thrillers, like the protagonist, readers are dangled over a constant state of danger. Crime and mystery fiction are intriguing by nature and always seeks to get to the bottom of a situation. Historical fiction can have these same characteristics and more.

When meshed with historical facts, historical fiction takes us back to a time and place to help us understand what happened. Where history looks at the people and events that have shaped the world, historical fiction reaches the core of our humanity in a constant search for wisdom and value.

What I like about historical fiction is not only that it takes me to another place and time, but it balances research and creativity. A whole new story is created, a whole new world is uncovered.

But don’t be mistaken, writing historical fiction has its challenges. Once historical facts are researched, they are weaved into a story, utilizing a degree of creative liberties. This doesn’t mean the facts are distorted or changed. They are used to move the story forward or give a different perspective of what happened.

Then there are other lesser-known facts, used to conceptualize an event or situation. The purpose is to make the story readable, believable, or spark thought-provoking alternatives to traditionally known facts. Like an archaeologist, I like digging for those kernels of alternatives.

For example, when I was researching for my story, The Final Crossing which is set in the Ancient World, I was intrigued by the history of biblical events or phenomena. In my research I discovered that manna, the so-called “bread from heaven”, was a unique substance that grew on desert shrubs. After it fell to the ground, it was collected, ground and pounded into cakes and then baked. Bible passages tell the story of the Israelites eating manna, sent by God, during their trek across the desert. In my story the protagonist learns about this mann es-sama from Bedouins living in the desert. I tried to show that even what many believed to be a miracle from above can be explained in Nature.

Here’s another way to look at it, in a simplistic sort of way. A painter prepares his canvas and may choose to paint the backdrop first. Strokes of colours, accents in shades – all to help bring the painting to life. Then the painter adds what he or she wants to depict - the focus of the painting. We look at the finished work, perhaps of a man, his face wrinkled like old leather, his eyes staring in determination. In the background, grey clouds overlook a farmer’s corn field ready for harvest. The painting is about the man. The backdrop tells us something about the man’s world.

It’s the same with historical fiction. The history is a backdrop to what the story is about - the protagonist and his or her quest. The backdrop helps create an accurate representation of the protagonist, their world and the events that propel them towards their goal. It’s the canvas, carefully prepared to help bring characters and settings to life.

What I like most about historical fiction is, taking people, places and events from the past and propelling them into today’s world. With a stroke of imagination, the people, places and events tells a new story, one that makes us see the world differently.
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GIVEAWAY:
Vince Santoro 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 over this giveaway.)

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185 comments:

  1. 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 Final Crossing: A Tale of Self-Discovery and Adventure, it sounds like an exciting story.

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    1. Thank you Bea! Hope you enjoy the story. Feel free to submit an honest review.

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  2. Looking forward to following Nenshis' journey. Curious if he returns after all he goes through

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  3. this sounds like an interesting book

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    1. I've had numerous 5 star reviews. If you choose to read it your honest review will be appreciated.

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  4. Looks like this will be a good read.

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    1. Hi Sherry, from what others tell me, it is a good read.

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  5. This book sounds very interesting. Great cover!

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  6. This sounds so interesting. I'm always fascinated when stories are in a Egyptian setting.

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    1. Thank you. The setting also covers the Middle East, Mesopotamia and Persia.

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  7. The book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thank you Dale! If you get a chance to read it, I would love your review!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It was a labour of love. Hope you get a chance to see for yourself.

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  10. Historical Fiction - I would like to check this out.
    Thank you for sharing this,.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! If you do check it out, I would love your honest review! Enjoy!

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    1. Outside my daily writing, my wife is my greatest champion !!

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  12. Half way through the book and every page is a gripping tale of adventure through a history.

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    1. Thank you Bryan! If you wish, I welcome your honest review after you have finished the book.

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  13. hope you are having an amazing summer

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    1. Enjoying the summer and the blog tour. Hope you're having an awesome summer as well!

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

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    1. Thank you! The pages between the covers are interesting ... as I've been told.

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  15. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    1. Hope your brother enjoys it. It would make a great gift.

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    1. Thanks. Should you read it I welcome your honest review.

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    1. Thank you. Please submit a review, should you read it.

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  18. was it hard to design the cover

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    1. I used PowerPoint and some free stock images to put the cover design together. Then sent it to my publisher to put the final touches.

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

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  20. How do you decide on a title?

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    1. The title symbolizes a final crossing in two aspects, which both happen near the end of the story. The protagonist, Nenshi, has travelled across lands from Egypt until he reaches Persia. His experiences during his journey have affected him to the point that he redefines who he is. At the same time, among nomads in Persia, he must cross a treacherous river, which is the last leg of the tribe’s migration to green pastures. This is new to Nenshi. The final crossing is both one of his right of passage in changing his ways and one of physical uncertainty, whether he will succeed in the crossing or not.

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  21. thanks this sounds like an amazing read

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  22. Have you read Err by Stephen King?

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

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  24. The Final Crossing: A Tale of Self-Discovery and Adventure by author Vince Santoro sounds like a fascinating piece of historical fiction.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. What is your favorite type of candy?

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  26. Are you working on another book?

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  27. What caused you to start writing?

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  28. how old were you when you starting writing

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

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  30. do you have any other books started

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  31. It sounds terrible to be exiled to labour in the Nubian gold mines!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I hope I have shown the misery and hardship in the gold mines.

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  32. What is your favourite breakfast treat?

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

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

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  35. did you always want to be a writer

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  36. Nenshi's life really changes when he is caught in a secret love affair with a woman above his social status!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  38. is there an author who inspires you

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  39. The river and mines hold places of importance in this tale of The Final Crossing.

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  40. thanks this sounds like an interesting book to read

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  41. Hope you are safe from weather problems.

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  42. Are you a morning or a night person?

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  43. I would love to read this one this summer.
    heather

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  44. hope you are enjoying your book tour

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

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  46. hope you are having a wonderful summer

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  47. have a great weekend, thanks for the giveaway

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  48. thanks, this sounds like a very interesting book

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  49. hope you are having a great weekend

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  50. I think it is interesting that after college graduation you played professional basketball in Italy!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  51. I am sure it will be exciting to read about the adventures of Nenshi!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  52. this sounds interersing and exciting thanks

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  53. Did you take a vacation this year?

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  54. I enjoy reading historical times. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. Tell me about your favourite vacation!

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  56. Which author do you most admire?

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  57. The sheer number of genuine comments is reflective of a author worth reading!

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  58. I wonder what Nenshi lwill decide when he learns his freedom has been granted and he must decide whether to return to his homeland or start a new life?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  59. have a wonderful weekend thanks

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  60. do you have a favorite author or book

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

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  62. hope you are having a relaxing Sunday

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

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  64. I wonder what skills a master huntsman has practiced and perfected?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather

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

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  67. thanks this sounds like an amazing story

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  68. Do you write more or read more?

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  69. is there a certain time of day you write

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  70. What's the strangest food you've ever tried?

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  71. was it hard to chose the cover

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  72. Tell me about your favorite birthday.

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  73. thanks hope you are having a creative weekend

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  74. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  75. Do you check to see if there is another book with the title you chose?

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  76. hope the book tour is going well

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  77. Have you made an effort to make more author friends lately?

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  78. thanks sounds like a great read

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  79. Is anyone in your immediate family an author?

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  80. How do you think the world will end?

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  81. another week gone, happy writing

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  82. I enjoyed reading about your life =)

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  83. I think it is interesting that Vince worked in the aerospace industry in several capacities.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  84. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  85. love reading about the author where they live...

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  86. I wonder whether Nenshi decides to return to his homeland or start a new life?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  87. I love the cover! Makes me wish I could read hieroglyphs

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  88. well August went by quickly, happy writing

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  89. looks like a fun one

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  90. looks like a fun one

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  91. What is your plan for children's literacy rates increasing?

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  92. Really interesting premise! I haven’t read anything set in the ancient Egyptian world, but the idea of someone winning their freedom but then choosing whether to accept it or seek a new life is really cool. I’d love to read this!

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  93. Will you write more now that Fall is here?

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  94. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  95. thanks again for the giveaway, best wishes on the book tour

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  96. Laboring in the Nubian gold mines sounds like a really hard life!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  97. Sounds great! I like the cover and excerpt.

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  98. What kind of pet would you have, if you could any pet?

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