Wednesday, August 10, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Chasm (Finding Humanity Series #2) by Branwen OShea

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for The Chasm by Branwen OShea. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book and an interesting guest post from the author about her writing process for this book. 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: The Chasm
Series: Finding Humanity #2
Author: Branwen OShea
Publication Date: June 24th 2022
Print Length: 568 pages
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy
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They thought the biggest problem they faced was each other.

After Bleu, Rana, and their new friends narrowly prevent war between the star beings and humans, they hope the upcoming negotiation will secure the peace. Newly emerged from their subterranean haven, the Northern Haven humans are clearly not suited to Earth’s ice age, and require assistance from the enlightened star beings to survive long term on the Surface. But Commander Savas doesn’t trust the suspiciously kind star beings and their unexplainable abilities. When both sides reluctantly negotiate a joint mission to find the other Havens, Bleu must somehow cooperate with the manipulative commander to keep his friends safe.

As their team confronts unexpected dangers, Bleu and his teammates begin to suspect the star beings don’t know as much about the Surface as they claimed, while Rana is torn between remaining true to her nonviolent ways or becoming more human to survive. When an unnatural predator attacks, even the nearly all-knowing Kalakanya can’t explain it. Now the team must pull together or their new discovery will pull them apart, limb by limb.

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EXCERPT:
Savas grinned. “Think of it as research. They’re a new species. You’re doing field observation.”

“I don’t think she eats at all.” Atsushi frowned. “None of the Crowned Ones seem to. They go to the gathering hall to socialize.”

“You do realize that’s impossible, right? They’re alive. They need an energy source.”

“Kalakanya said she eats air or something.”

Savas snorted. “Well, be curious. Ask Kahali when you’re alone. Later, ask the others. We’ll compare answers.”

Atsushi grimaced. “They’ll know what I’m thinking. I don’t want to upset them.”

“No, you don’t.” If he had another Medicci device to block mindreading, he’d offer it to him. There must be something the boy could do to stay safe. A tiny, guilty voice rose within him at exposing the boy to the dangers of mind-control. No kid should go through that.

“What if you keep that chant Kahali taught you running in your head? Maybe then they won’t catch on?”

“Maybe.” Atsushi was silent. “I’m supposed to be chanting that all the time, but I’m horrid at remembering.”

“Then work on that.”

Atsushi nodded and then glanced toward the fire, where the star beings suddenly sang more loudly. “You still don’t trust them, do you?”

“No, I don’t.”

“But why? They’re so nice.”

“There used to be a fish that lived in the depths of the ocean. It evolved a beautiful light that shone magnificently in the darkness. Other fish would swim close, mesmerized by the beauty, feeling completely safe. And then the light-bearing fish would tear them to pieces.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a young girl, Branwen wanted to become an ambassador for aliens. Since the aliens never hired her, she now writes about them.

Branwen OShea has a Bachelors in Biology from Colgate University, a Bachelors in Psychology, and a Masters in Social Work. She lives in Connecticut with her family and a menagerie of pets, and enjoys hiking, meditating, and star-gazing. Her published works include Silence of the Song Trees, The Calling, The Cords That Bind, and The Chasm.

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GUEST POST:
- What was your writing process like for writing "The Chasm"?

The Chasm is the second installment in a six book series. In my head, I know maybe a paragraph long basic summary for each book, the titles, and how the series ends. Other than that, I allow the characters to figure it out as they go, a method writers call “pantsing,” because you’re writing by the seat of your pants.

I don’t think pantsing would work for me if I didn’t know my characters really well. I knew all the main characters from the previous book, but when new characters are encountered, they sort of form as I write them. I don’t plan them out. If I’m not sure how to write them, I pause and imagine having a conversation with them in my head, asking how they feel about the scene they’ve bounded into, and what they hope to gain. Each time they are in another scene, I learn more about them. On future edits, I can better clarify their motives and habits because I know them better and can now paint a better picture with my words.

As for my writing overall, I don’t have the opportunity to write every day, so I write when I can and wherever I can. I feel like most of my writing happens in my head first, and the thinking through and musing about the worldbuilding and characters happens all the time. That way, when I finally have time to write, it usually pours out of me a chapter at a time.
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GIVEAWAY:
Branwen OShea 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

242 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting The Chasm’s book tour! If anyone has any questions about my writing, please feel free to ask.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your writing process.

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  3. 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 The Chasm and other stories from the series with my grandchildren

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  4. very nice cover, this sounds like an interesting book

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  5. This is a very cool cover and awesome excerpt

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  6. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  7. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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  8. I like the premise of this book. It sounds intriguing.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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

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  11. Sounds like a really interesting book. I always love anything that is unique.

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  12. I enjoyed reading the well done excerpt.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  13. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

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  14. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds very interesting. Great cover.

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  15. David HollingsworthAugust 11, 2022 at 11:05 PM

    This book sounds great.

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  16. The Chasm in the series Finding Humanity #2 by author Branwen OShea sounds like an interesting book of young adult science fiction fantasy.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. good luck with the tour and have a wonderful weekend

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

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  19. Do you like writing?

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  20. do you have a favorite author or book

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

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

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

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  24. hope you are having a relaxing Sunday

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

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  26. How long does it take you to write a book ? I always wanted to be an author but I struggle to start.

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  27. David HollingsworthAugust 15, 2022 at 12:22 AM

    Happy Monday!

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  28. I wonder if the helicopter on the front cover of The Chasm is coming to help the characters or to try to harm them?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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  30. How good is the pilot in that helicopter???

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  31. thanks this sounds like an amazing story

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

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  33. David HollingsworthAugust 16, 2022 at 5:14 PM

    Do you read your own work?

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  34. Do you write more or read more?

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  35. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

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  36. do you have a certain time of day that you write

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

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  38. David HollingsworthAugust 18, 2022 at 12:04 AM

    What's your favorite book?

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  39. was it hard to chose your cover

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  40. Great guest post, excellent excerpt, The Chasm sounds like an exciting sci fi fantasy read for my granddaughter!

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

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  41. Did you have any say in designing the cover?

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  42. Tell me about your favorite birthday.

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  43. David HollingsworthAugust 19, 2022 at 1:18 AM

    Do you write often?

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  44. Happy Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

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  45. hope you are having a creative weekend

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  46. How long did it take you to write this book?

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  47. David HollingsworthAugust 20, 2022 at 6:48 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  48. this sounds like an amazing book

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  49. David HollingsworthAugust 21, 2022 at 3:31 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  50. Do you enjoy writing more than reading?

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

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  52. David HollingsworthAugust 22, 2022 at 9:20 PM

    Happy Monday!

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  53. hope your book tour is going well

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  54. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

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  55. David HollingsworthAugust 23, 2022 at 5:38 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  56. The excerpt sounds fascinating and the cover is great. Best of luck with the success of the book.

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  57. is there an author that inspires you

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  58. What book is currently on your bedside table?

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

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  60. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  61. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

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  62. Is anyone in your immediate family an author?

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  63. David HollingsworthAugust 25, 2022 at 5:43 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  64. How do you think the world will end?

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  65. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Or both?

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  66. week went by quickly, happy writing

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  67. David HollingsworthAugust 26, 2022 at 6:11 PM

    Congrats on your book!

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  68. I will be interesting to learn more about the interaction between star beings and humans in this book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  69. Happy Saturday! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  70. Do you have characters living in your head?

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

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  72. David HollingsworthAugust 28, 2022 at 6:31 PM

    How was your weekend?

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  73. I like reading "About the Author"

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  74. What did you do with your first advance?

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  75. I wonder if Bleu, Rana, and their new friends are star beings or humans?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  76. David HollingsworthAugust 29, 2022 at 8:22 PM

    Do you like cats or dogs?

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  77. This sounds like a cool concept and I like that it is probably going to have twists and turns as well

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  78. What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?

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  79. David HollingsworthAugust 31, 2022 at 4:04 AM

    Happy Wednesday!

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  80. Thank you for hosting this giveaway ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  81. Is there anything specific that inspired this book?

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  82. sounds like a wonderful book, thanks

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

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

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  85. Happy September! I love the fall! What is your favorite season?

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  86. September already, hope the book tour is going well

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  87. Is there any advice that you got early on about writing that has stuck with you?

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

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  89. Happy Friday! I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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  90. does the hot weather affect your writing

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  91. Thank you for the opportunity

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  92. David HollingsworthSeptember 2, 2022 at 9:30 PM

    Are you looking forward to Fall?

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

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  94. What was your favorite chapter and why?

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

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

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  97. What is your favorite movie of all time?

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

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  99. Which authors do you admire and why?

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  100. did you always want to be a writer

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

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  102. David HollingsworthSeptember 4, 2022 at 7:45 PM

    Have a safe weekend!

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  103. Have a good Labor Day weekend.

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  104. thanks and best wishes on the tour

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  105. Congratulations on the tour, have wonderful time!

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  106. what are you looking forward to this Fall

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  107. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  108. I wonder how long the Northern Haven humans had been in their subterranean haven?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  109. David HollingsworthSeptember 6, 2022 at 6:41 PM

    Hope your weekend was good

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  110. Is anyone else fighting the urge to put up Halloween decorations?

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  111. Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audio book?

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  112. David HollingsworthSeptember 7, 2022 at 6:44 PM

    Do you listen to podcasts?

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  113. Do you have a strict writing schedule or do you just write when you want to?

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  114. have you started any other books

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  115. David HollingsworthSeptember 9, 2022 at 2:18 AM

    Happy Friday!

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  116. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  117. how old were you when you started writing

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  118. If you could run a store selling anything, what would it be?

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  119. What author do you most admire?

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  120. Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?

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  121. Do you ever read your own books?

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  122. did you take a vacation this year

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  123. How many books do you write each year?

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  124. What projects are you currently working on?

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  125. thanks again hope the book tour is going well

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  126. Do you ever read your own books?

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  127. I am so loving the cover of this one and I want to read it.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  128. How many books do you read per year?

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  129. What was your favourite comic strip?

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  130. How do you handle writer's block, if you have it?

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  131. congrats on the tour hope all is going well

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  132. What kind of book are you writing right now?

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  133. What's your favorite movie?

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  134. I hope you are having a good day.

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  135. Do you like Werther's Original?

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  136. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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  137. Do you like working with your editor?

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  138. do you write more certain times of the year

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  139. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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