Thursday, August 11, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Juche Series by Adria Carmichael

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for the Juche series by Adria Carmichael. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the first book in the series as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
Have you ever wondered what the world looks like when seen through an indoctrinated mind?

This is a topic that has intrigued me for as long as I can remember, so when I came up with the idea to write a book many years ago, I decided to create it from the viewpoint of a victim of indoctrination… which in the end became Areum (the protagonist of the story).

What I try to explore in this story is how deep the indoctrination of a 14-year old girl can run and how much “reality” it can be exposed to before breaking… if it will break at all. As a comparison, the defectors from North Korea who arrive in South Korea are isolated for three months in a de-programming facility called Hanawon before they are allowed to join society where they go through this process in a more controlled (and less brutal) way than Areum.

I hope you will enjoy this slightly different take on the dystopian genre!
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Title: The Demon of Yodok
Series: Juche #1
Author: Adria Carmichael
Publication Date: August 11th 2020
Print Length: 393 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
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Just when Areum - daughter of a privileged family in the totalitarian state of Choson (North Korea) - thought she was free from her personal prison, her world collapses around her as her family is taken away in the middle of the night to a hell-like camp in the mountains where people who have strayed from the righteous path are brutally re-educated through blood, sweat, tears, and starvation.

There she has to fight for survival together with the family she hates and is forced to re-evaluate every aspect of her life until then: her deep resentment toward her twin sister; her view of her father in the face of mounting evidence that he is a traitor with the blood of millions of fellow countrymen on his hands; and even her love and affection for the Great General - the eternal savior and protector of Choson, whom she had always considered her true father.

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EXCERPT:
My father’s words echo in my head.

“Hamhung”

“Hamhung”

I’m standing in a long wide street. There are tall houses on both sides of me.

Where am I?

I don’t recognize anything, but still, everything looks familiar.

Then I notice there is something on the ground around me. I try to focus, but my vision is blurry. There is something there. Some kind of objects.

Or…

Now the focus is getting clearer. They are bodies! They are everywhere. I jump in panic. I want to run away, but my feet are stuck to the ground.

I’m standing in a sea of sun-scorched, dried up corpses - as far as the eye can reach. Then I feel it. The stench of their decay stings my nose. I feel nauseous. I look down at the corpse closest to me. A man. He looks so strange. Like all his muscles and fat has been removed, and his skin tightly wrapped around his bare bones. All the corpses look the same.

All of a sudden, there is a movement in the corner of my eye. I turn my head.

Paralyzed with fear I watch one of the corpses rising until he stands before me a bit further down the street of death. He doesn’t move, just looks at me with his dead silvery eyes. My blood is freezing to ice inside my veins. I look closer, squinting against the distant sun. The features of the man look strangely familiar. Then I suddenly see it. I gasp, and a flash of ice rushes down my spine.
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Title: The Weeping Masses
Series: Juche #2
Author: Adria Carmichael
Publication Date: February 28th 2021
Print Length: 521 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
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Areum’s hopes to be set free from the brutal political prison camp holding them is crushed, and the heinous assault on her sister plunges her into a state of shock and horror… and puts her on a collision course with her family. All hope seems to be lost. Just when she is about to give up, however, a disturbing revelation is made… and as the evil of the camp is given a face, Areum finds a new purpose to keep fighting.

Revenge!

But first they need to survive, and with the constantly harshening conditions and her family being targeted from all directions, daily life in Yodok turns into a never-ceasing fight to evade imminent doom.

On top of everything, an impossible tragedy strikes Choson, and the unquestionable truth Areum has built her life around is challenged to its very core.

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Title: The Storm of Storms
Series: Juche #3
Author: Adria Carmichael
Publication Date: September 15th 2021
Print Length: 415 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
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Nari’s shocking revelation in the watermill changes everything in an instant, and Areum is once more faced with an impossible decision. Will she betray her sister in order to save her life?

In the midst of this struggle, the storm of the century hits the camp, and life goes from hard to impossible overnight. Areum slowly comes to realize there is only one way to ensure their survival.

To escape!

But how can they escape from an escape-proof prison camp? And even if they would get past the impenetrable defenses… will Areum be willing to condemn everyone they’re leaving behind to an excruciating end through torture and execution?

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Title: Freedom or Death
Series: Juche #4
Author: Adria Carmichael
Publication Date: May 31st 2022
Print Length: 389 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
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Areum and Nari are arrested and face imminent doom, but are saved at the last minute by an unexpected and unspeakable betrayal.

Still, they are far from being out of the woods. As they are reassigned to food gathering duty in the mountains, they must continue their fight for survival under the constant threat of daily executions and the rampant starvation sweeping through the prison camp. And with time running out for Nari, Areum is more desperate than ever to find a way to escape, making her forge risky new alliances that until now would have been unthinkable.

As the situation in the camp deteriorates further, their survival comes down to their ability to work as a team. But dark secrets and lies continue to be revealed, sending the fragile coalition to the verge of collapse at an alarming speed.

Will they make it out in time?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Adria Carmichael is a writer of dystopian fiction with a twist. When she is not devouring dystopian and post-apocalyptic content in any format - books, movies, TV-series and PlayStation games - she is crafting the epic and highly-addictive Juche saga, her 2020 debut novel series that takes place in the brutal, totalitarian nation of Choson. When the limit of doom and gloom is reached, a 10K run on a sunny day or binging a silly sitcom on a rainy day is her go-to way to unwind.

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GUEST POST:
Why I Write Dystopian Fiction
by Adria Carmichael


I have always been fascinated by dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories and imagery, whether it’s in the format of a book, a movie, TV series or a video game. There is something about the end of the world and what might come thereafter that entices me, whether it’s wasteland battlegrounds in Mad Max or the totalitarian dictatorship of 1984. So, when I after many years of pondering finally decided to write a novel (which slowly turned into a series without me realizing it) making it Dystopian was the natural choice, even though post-apocalyptic came as a close second. Maybe that will be my next project. I have often wondered why I’m drawn to the bleak and dark, but have never come up with an answer.

The stranger choice was maybe rather why I decided to set my story in a real-world country – North Korea – instead of a made-up future dystopian nation like Panem, Gilead or Oceania. The reason is, however, quite simple. I just happened to read the Hunger Games trilogy at the same time as I read “Escape from Camp 14” by Blain Harden, which is a non-fiction book about the only known person to ever escape from that North Korean gulag camp. And I noticed there were many similarities between the world of Panem with its lavish capital and dirt-poor districts and the world depicted in “Escape from Camp 14” and other defector books with the hard labor camps surrounded by electrified fences, and showcase capital where the elite class can live their lives in affluence and luxury. That’s why I decided I didn’t need to create an imaginary dystopian society for my story – there was one here in the real world what is just as horrifying as any author could conjure up with their imagination. And hopefully, my novels will also help create awareness about the humanitarian catastrophe that is still ongoing in our real-world dystopian society at the easternmost edge of the Asian continent.
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GIVEAWAY:
Adria Carmichael will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one 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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334 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fantastic series!

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    1. Thank you! And I hope so... they have been many years in the making :)

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  3. I like that this sounds like a wonderful book to read

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    1. Thank you! Hope you'll like them :) / Adria

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  4. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and books' details, I am a huge fan of the dystopian genre and this series sounds like a must read for me and I think that my teen-aged grandchildren will enjoy reading these stories as well.

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    1. Thank you! Always nice to meet a fellow dystopian-lover :) / Adria

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

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    1. Thank you! I'm also very happy with the covers :) / Adria

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  6. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! / Adria

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  7. I like that you have always been fascinated by dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories, Me too

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  8. Thank you so much for hosting! / Adria

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    1. You are very welcome <3 Thank you for stopping by =)

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

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  10. Thanks for the great blurb. The book sounds fantastic. Love the cover.

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  11. Instagram link is broken. The book sounds interesting.

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  12. I enjoyed reading about the book. Thank you for the introduction.

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  13. I like that we get a little taste of your books.

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  14. All the covers in this series is highly appealing.

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  15. David HollingsworthAugust 11, 2022 at 10:56 PM

    This book sounds really interesting.

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

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  17. Young Adult Dystopian Fiction - I love this genre the best!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  18. Today I enjoyed learning about the life of the author in this post.

    Nancy
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  19. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.

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

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  21. Do you have any other writers in your family?

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  22. David HollingsworthAugust 12, 2022 at 11:36 PM

    Do you enjoy writing?

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    1. I do enjoy it, even if it's often hard and tedious work / Adria

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  23. this sounds like a really interesting story

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

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    1. Try to work mostly during the morning, but it's difficult since I'm a night person / Adria

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    1. Hi Slehan! No, so far I just publish independently on Amazon Kindle :) / Adria

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  26. hope you are having an enjoyable weekend

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

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  28. I enjoyed the excerpt and the guest post, Juche, sounds like an excellent series to read, thanks for sharing it with me!

    Have a sunshiny day!

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  29. Have a great week. Its my birthday on the 20th so I appreciate all the book reviews and giveaways you do!

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  30. David HollingsworthAugust 15, 2022 at 12:05 AM

    Happy Monday!

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  31. These four books in the Juche saga all have very colorful and attractive covers.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. To anyone out there, never give up, keep on moving ahead.

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  33. David HollingsworthAugust 16, 2022 at 5:13 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  34. Do you write more or read more?

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

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

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  37. What advice would you give to writer working on their first book?

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

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  41. Tell me about your favorite birthday gift.

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  42. David HollingsworthAugust 19, 2022 at 1:17 AM

    What was your best memory?

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  43. hope you are having a creative weekend

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  44. How would you describe your idea of a perfect day?

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  45. David HollingsworthAugust 20, 2022 at 6:37 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  46. David HollingsworthAugust 21, 2022 at 3:30 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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

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  48. David HollingsworthAugust 22, 2022 at 9:19 PM

    Do you like Winter?

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  49. hope your book tour is going well

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  50. David HollingsworthAugust 23, 2022 at 5:37 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  51. I liked hearing about the story on this post today.

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  52. is there an author that inspires you

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  53. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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

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  55. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  56. Is anyone in your immediate family an author?

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  57. David HollingsworthAugust 25, 2022 at 5:42 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  58. How do you think the world will end?

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  59. week went by quickly, happy writing

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

    Congrats on your book!

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  61. This sounds like a series that you would read back to back, starting the next book as soon as you finished the one before it.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  63. David HollingsworthAugust 28, 2022 at 6:30 PM

    How was your weekend?

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  64. I like reading "About the Author"

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  65. I wonder how many books there will be in the Juche series?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  66. David HollingsworthAugust 29, 2022 at 8:21 PM

    Do you like cats or dogs?

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  67. I love the idea that brought you to writing the book. I’m also interested in how people can become in situations like that and if they really believe the things they are told

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  68. It's always interesting reading about the lives of people at different points in history.

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  69. I like the foreboding cover, it makes you feel a bit creepy 😂

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  70. sounds like a wonderful book, thanks

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  71. The Mermaid book is one my girls might like when they are older.

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

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

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  74. This sounds like such an epic series!

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  75. Setpember already, hope the book tour is going well

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  76. Here's to a sensational September!

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

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  78. Sounds like a sea faring adventure.

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  79. does the hot weather affect your writing

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  80. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  81. David HollingsworthSeptember 2, 2022 at 9:29 PM

    Are you looking forward to Fall?

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

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

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

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  85. What is your favorite movie of all time?

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  86. Sounds like an interesting book.

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

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  88. did you always want to be a writer

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

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  90. Do you have a favorite childhood book?

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  91. David HollingsworthSeptember 4, 2022 at 7:25 PM

    Have a safe weekend!

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  92. Have a good Labor Day weekend.

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

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  94. Do you have a favorite meal you make your family?

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  95. what are you looking forward to this fall

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  96. Lovers of Young Adult Dystopian Fiction should rally enjoy this series.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

    Happy Tuesday!

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  98. Do the leaves change colors in the fall where you live?

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  99. David HollingsworthSeptember 7, 2022 at 6:43 PM

    Do you listen to podcasts?

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  100. have you started any other books

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  101. What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?

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  102. David HollingsworthSeptember 9, 2022 at 2:19 AM

    Happy Friday!

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  103. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  104. how old were you when you started writing

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

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  106. Do you ever read your own books?

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  107. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  108. How many books do you write each year?

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  109. What projects are you currently working on?

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  110. What other titles did you think about for this book?

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  111. thanks again hope the book tour is going well

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  112. What are some of your favorite ideas for books?

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  113. I so want to read this one this fall season.
    heather

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  114. How many books do you read per year?

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  115. What was your favourite comic strip?

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

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  117. congrats on the tour hope all is going well

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  118. Do you prefer pumpkin flavor, apple or neither?

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  119. Congrats on the success of the book!

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  120. Have you ever written a children's book?

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  121. Do you ever wake up in middle of night with new and wonderful ideas for your book(s) ?

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  122. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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  123. is there certain times of the year you tend to write more

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  124. Apples or oranges?

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  125. What book to you like to re-read?

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  126. Do you like poetry?

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  127. is there an author who inspires you

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  128. This sounds like a multi volume series that would be riveting for its readers!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  129. Who's your favorite author?

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  130. is there a quiet place to go to write

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  131. I'm hearing crickets. Do you have crickets where you live?

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  132. do you write more the in the fall or winter

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  133. In today's post, I liked seeing all the assorted books in this series. There's a lot of adventure and suspense here!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  134. Good night

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  135. I like the book title in today's post

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  136. Do you have a favorite a time of day to do your writing?

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  137. do you have a favorite author or book

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  138. Congrats on the book!

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