Wednesday, August 17, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Silver to the Heart (Light of Adua #1) by Brien Feathers

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Silver to the Heart by Brien Feathers. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fascinating guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $30 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: Silver to the Heart
Series: Light of Adua #1
Author: Brien Feathers
Publication Date: October 15th 2021
Print Length: 307 pages
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
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— So begins the apocalypse, with death and a story of love —

An old soul (several centuries old), the lover, fighter, and telekinetic Drake receives an order to safeguard Ana, a mortal with Elder Talent.

Ana, an artist beset by haunting visions, falls for the perfect stranger while venturing home to mediate emergent family chaos.

Past-warlord and present commander Sasuke wields his telepathic might to outwit Council traitors in an effort to save the human realm and its Guardian from a new Dark War.

Criminal and light bender Lou, now sought by the Council to answer for his sins, seeks shelter with the Reverend—an Elder fit to bypass rules of magic meant to be unbreakable.

As time’s last grains of sand deplete, an ancient battle may renew, with pieces of the fractured realm imperiling man’s modern world. Though few on Earth are cognizant, dark days now lie ahead. . .
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One fate, two paths, six singular perspectives, and plethoric danger.
 
Contemporary fantasy at its polychromic finest—pure delight.

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EXCERPT:
Drake held her around her waist with one arm. He needed at least one hand free. Seeing the harbor maybe 100 yards away, he landed them on the roof of a nearby building. With his Push, he broke their fall with a moment of levitation—Ana shrieked.

“Ana, you have to stay quiet, I have to be able to hear the arrows.” Preferably when he first releases one, so I can find him.

“What the hell is happening!” Not quiet, but loud. “Drake!” Still loud.

Drake couldn’t hear the Aerian or the arrows—they needed to take cover. As he leaped again with Ana, something grabbed his leg and swiped them into the side of a building. Midair, he turned to put himself in between the building and Ana and felt the impact as they slammed into it.

Pushing against the wall, he leaped with Ana as more arrows whizzed toward them. One, two, three arrows, one after another, struck the cement wall instead of them and fell to the ground harmlessly. They couldn’t kill Drake this way, but he didn’t want Ana hurt. He needed to take down that Aerian, but couldn’t leave Ana behind. In his decision to break direct order not to engage, he hadn’t accounted for Ana. Drake still wanted to capture one of the soldiers—alive, to inquire about the Reverend, but carrying Ana around like screaming luggage, this fight wasn’t going the way he wanted.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brien Feathers is a fantasy author living in the land of permanent frost, horses, and Mongols. She likes reading, writing (of course), riding (horses and husbands), drinking dark beer, and checking things off a to-do list.

Although she claims to love everyone equally, she really loves her youngest son the most. He has autism superpowers that allow him to speak all types of rare languages including drumbeats, elevator dings, and police sirens.

Miss Feathers loves grey days, orange cats, and all creatures human or otherwise. And she hopes you will love her world (fantasy) and people (characters) as well.

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GUEST POST:
- If you could live in any fantasy world (besides the one in your book), which would you choose and why?

Instead of being fun and simply saying, “Wherever there are dragons and death duels,” I’m going to answer this question in a very personal way and apologize beforehand if it’s depressing— because it’s about depression.

All my life even before adulthood, I’ve dealt with looming depression. Breath for a moment, be still, silent, alone and it’d feel it— the gloom and pointlessness of life. Ordinary life feels mundane. As a mother of two, I shouldn’t say such things, but it is what it is.

About a decade and a half ago, so I’d be about twenty-two or so, I was depressed for weeks about magic not existing in the real world. It may sound as if I don’t have real-world problems, I do (believe me, I do) it’s just that my mental state is fragile sometimes. At the time, I’ve been watching a Japanese anime series called Kiba.

In the anime, the dystopian city (I think it was Tokyo) is built to feel constricting, dark, and damp; a gust of wind thematically symbolizes freedom. But the anime being a world of magic, the main character Zed is literally swept by a wind tunnel that takes him to another realm where it’s bright with clear skies and colorful with green pasture. There, he gets into Pokémon-like duels wielding spirit animals.

Kiba, that is the fantasy world I would go live in. Not the dystopian city but the other realm where the wind lives. I read and write fantasy because the ordinary world is the dystopian city— it’s incredibly constricting, especially once you become less young.

Anyway, try out my dark fantasy series, Light of Adua. ‘Silver to the Heart’, Book 1 is perma-free. And unlike the depressing answer I gave, set in modern-day New Orleans, the story is full of funny vampires and horrible dark wars. Being a dark fantasy, it comes with a reader warning for mature content.

Thank you for having me here, and I hope you give the series a shot— it is a gust of wind, albeit a dark one.
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GIVEAWAY:
Brien Feathers will be awarding a $30 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

384 comments:

  1. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. I love the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, Silver to the Heart sounds like a great start to an exciting series. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your story

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  3. I love the cover, really beautiful!

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  4. Thank you for having me here :) If you guys have any questions about the book or me, please let me know in the comments. I'd be happy answer.

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    1. You're very welcome =) Thanks for visiting my blog <3

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  5. Great cover! Love the name, Sasuke

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  6. Love the guest post and the excerpt is great, I can't wait to read Silver to the Heart!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

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    1. Thank you, Stormy. I hope you get to it soon, and let me know if you like it. Thank you for following the tour.

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  7. I would absolutely love to read this. It sounds awesome.

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  8. I love a good fantasy, Good work

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

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  10. great cover, this sounds like an exciting book

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    1. Thank you. I hope you get to check it out. Book 1 is perma-free.

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  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. I always pass on my college professor's words, "There's no writer's block. There is only reader's block."

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  12. Sounds interesting, thanks.

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  13. The book Sounds interesting. r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  14. This sounds like a wonderful book.

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  15. I love books like this! It sounds amazing!!!

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    1. That's awesome! Please give it a shot, it's perma-free.

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  16. David HollingsworthAugust 17, 2022 at 11:02 PM

    Happy Wednesday!

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

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  18. I appreciate all your book reviews.

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  19. was it hard to chose the cover

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    1. Yes, incredibly hard. It's my second cover for this book, actually. I changed the cover after my debut was published.

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

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    1. You as well, Debbi. Have a good Friday and a great weekend.

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  22. Tell me about your favorite birthday gift.

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    1. Not going to lie, Jamie. I like money as a gift. In my culture (Mongolian) it's all right to put money in an envelop and give it as gift. I suppose it would equivalent to gift cards.

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  23. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds captivating. Love the cover.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you it a shot. It's urban fantasy, leaning to the dark. And Book 1 is perma-free.

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    1. Ah, there you are! Couldn't find your comment in the thread earlier. Have a great weekend, Thomas. Thank you for reading.

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  25. I have a comment from Thomas that says, "Happy Thursday!" in my email. I don't see it in the thread, but happy Friday and a great weekend for you as well, Thomas :)

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  26. David HollingsworthAugust 19, 2022 at 1:07 AM

    Happy Friday!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you. I hope you give it a go, the book is free.

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    1. Hi Jamie. Yes I have two. My daughter is a teenager and lives on Discord. My younger is boy and he starts school in a few days. He has autism and doesn't speak, but he's where my soul lives.

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    2. That’s an amazing sentiment! I love that. With a 25 year old that has ODD, severe Bipolar and severe ADHD, life was a challenge but my love for him has grown each and every day. He is where my soul lives! The person he is becoming makes me so proud!

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    3. Unfortunately, I worry about my son all the time. He's only 7, so hoping for a brighter future. My one wish in life is that by the time I die, he's able to take care of himself. Otherwise, there will be no peace in the afterlife.

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  29. hope you are having a creative weekend

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  30. David HollingsworthAugust 20, 2022 at 6:27 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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    1. No, I like flying and I don't mind heights. Most of my fears have to do with bugs, lol. I'm flipping terrified of large moths. I'd rather have a venomous snake loose in my house than a moth.

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  32. David HollingsworthAugust 21, 2022 at 3:27 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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    1. I had a good Sunday, thank you. You have a great week, David.

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

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    1. I did check the name for debut. But I don't anymore. I don't think the book title being the same matters for as long as there isn't another author with the exact same title and a pen name :) Then people might get confused.

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  34. David HollingsworthAugust 22, 2022 at 9:14 PM

    Do you like Winter?

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    1. I like looking at winter through my window, and I like the romanticized version of snow in my mind. But I don't like walking in freezing sludge. I live in Mongolia and winters here be cold! Freezing cold.

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    1. It is! Thank you, Wendy. I believe my next stop is today (I'm 12hrs ahead of you if you're in the US), Wed the 24th on Fabulous and Brunette.

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  36. David HollingsworthAugust 23, 2022 at 5:34 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  37. What type of beverage do you like to have on hand while writing?

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    1. Hi Christy,
      I write intermittently throughout the day, so before 10 p.m. I usually have black coffee or water with me, and after ten, I drink either beer or whiskey when I write.
      Thank you for the fun question.

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    1. Hi Slehan,
      I work with a wonderful copy editor through Booksgosocial. Before that, I've worked with several editors I've found through sites like Fiverr and Reedsy and they weren't a good fit.

      I currently don't have a developmental editor because I've been a screenwriter for most of my life, and feel comfortable with my own creative judgement as far as the mechanics of a story goes.

      Thank you for the question, and hope you have a wonderful week.

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  39. is there an author that inspires you

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    1. I'd like to think every book I read inspires me in some way. But some authors that I adore are Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha), Max Brooks (World War Z), and anything Conn Iggulden writes (historical fiction).
      For non-fiction, I find Ian W. Toll phenomenal.
      For poetry, I'm awed by Sylvia Plath, and Yusef Kumonyakaa.
      Thank you for the question :)

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  40. David HollingsworthAugust 24, 2022 at 7:05 PM

    Sounds like a great book!

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

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    1. Because I'm in Mongolia, we have very few local authors who write in English and pretty much none in my genre (dark fantasy). However, I do "meet" a lot authors online. Authors helping each other is one of the awesome things about being an indie.

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  42. thanks this sounds like a great book

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  43. Is anyone in your immediate family an author?

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    1. A household name here, my grandfather was a famous Mongolian author. But because he lived during a communist era, his writings, same as his contemporaries, are ingrained with party propaganda.

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  44. David HollingsworthAugust 25, 2022 at 5:40 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  45. How do you think the world will end?

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    1. I'm hoping for zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion.

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    1. Thank you! I just started on the second draft of book 6 of the same the series.

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  47. David HollingsworthAugust 26, 2022 at 6:08 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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  48. Silver to the Heart in the series Light of Adua #1 by author:Brien Feathers sounds like a most unusual and unique book indeed!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. It is a bit out of the box as far as the vampire genre fiction goes. I hope you give it a try.

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    1. I don't play the lotto; gambling is illegal in Mongolia. However, I do have a fixation with odd (as opposed to even) numbers.
      Have a good weekend, Jamie.

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

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    1. That is awesome, Barbara! Please give it a try. It's book 1 of a series, and is free.

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    1. Hi Jamie. If you mean coloring a shirt or fabric, no I have not. If it's a slang for something else, I probably have not.

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  52. Do you have characters living in your head?

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    1. All the time! They take up more space than real people, lol.

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  53. David HollingsworthAugust 28, 2022 at 6:29 PM

    How was your weekend?

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    1. Busy, school started for my kids this week. I think it will take a few more days to adjust.

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  54. I enjoying read "About the author"

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  55. Since you love orange cats, I wonder if you have one yourself?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. When I was in college, that would be about 20 years ago, lol, I had four cats, they were all rescues. Adidas (he was black and white), Morris (that's the orange one), Fatcat (as the name says), and Mika (she was maine coon).

      Sadly, I don't have any cats now because my husband, as it turned out, is allergic and so is my son. But my next door neighbor has two cats, and lets me pet them sometimes.

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  56. David HollingsworthAugust 29, 2022 at 8:19 PM

    Do you like cats or dogs?

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    1. I've had both and definitely cats. I'm don't enjoy potty training puppies, and I don't love chewed up remotes.

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  57. I’m so ready for my next epic fantasy with paranormal elements! This sounds fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, Dana. Book one is perma-free. Give it a shot :)

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  58. David HollingsworthAugust 31, 2022 at 4:02 AM

    Happy Wednesday!

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  59. I’m ready for my next epic fantasy series

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    1. Hi Dana,
      The series is epic in that it has fate of the world at stake. But it's a dark urban fantasy, not high fantasy. I hope you like it.

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

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    1. I'm not sure that it's up to me. But thank you for the question.

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

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    1. Sadly, my writing time has been halved because school has started, and I have young children. I love fall though, and the mood of the season is certainly for writing.

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  62. September already, happy writing

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

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  64. does the hot weather affect your writing

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    1. Weather does affect my mood. I love rain and snow, for instance. I don't like heat but I have to write though it none the less.

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  65. Thank you for the opportunity

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  66. David HollingsworthSeptember 2, 2022 at 9:28 PM

    Are you looking forward to Fall?

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  67. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

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    1. Yes, Slehan. Here in Mongolia, the lunar new year and our traditional 'Naadam' are both long holidays.

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  69. Do you have any plans for Labor Day weekend?

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

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  71. What is your favorite movie of all time?

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  72. When was the most exhilarating moment of your life?

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  73. have you always wanted to be a writert

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  74. How do you come up with ideas for books?

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  75. David HollingsworthSeptember 4, 2022 at 7:24 PM

    Have a safe weekend!

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  76. Have a good Labor Day weekend.

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  77. Who inspired you when you first began to write?

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  78. Is anyone else fighting the urge to decorate for Halloween?

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  79. what are you looking forward to this Fall

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  80. I have not yet read many books in the Dark Urban Fantasy genre.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  81. David HollingsworthSeptember 6, 2022 at 6:42 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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