Thursday, September 15, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Grayality by Carey P.W.

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Grayality by Carey P.W. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a yummy excerpt 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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Title: Grayality
Author: Carey P.W.
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: July 12th 2022
Print Length: 322 pages
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
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Love knows no gender.

Pate Boone, a twenty-six-year-old transgender man, embarks on a new adventure when his childhood best friend, and yes, ex-lover, Oakley Ogden, convinces him to escape their hometown in hopes for something new.

They land in Cloverleaf, a tiny rural town in Montana, so that Oakley can care for his granny who is battling breast cancer. She pressures the two young men to enroll in a nearby college. Pate immediately becomes enthralled with Maybelle, a young, vivacious freshman to whom he fears revealing his transgender identity. Still, he finds it impossible to resist Maybelle, even after he meets her ex, Bullet, a large, violent man determined to keep Pate away from “his girl.”

But there are others who accept Pate immediately, like Stormy. An outdoorsy, rugged freshman, Stormy warns Pate away from Maybelle and Bullet, but Pate’s too infatuated to heed these warnings.

Oakley tries to support his friend’s new love but finds himself entangled in his own emotional calamity when he unintentionally falls for Jody, a gay and ostentatiously confident drag queen. This new relationship awakens deep internal conflicts in Oakley as he struggles to accept his bisexuality, lashing out at Pate and causing friction between him and Jody.

Oakley must decide if he can overcome his insecurities so he doesn’t lose the love of his life. And Pate must discover if the love between him and Maybelle is strong enough for her to accept him as a transgender man, or if she will break his heart.

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EXCERPT:
“Do you not realize that all these things you do hurt me?” he asked.

“I apologized for that. I thought we were over that,” I pleaded.

“Then you call me your boyfriend, but you don’t tell your parents,” he continued. “And you know that people around here already know about us, yet you won’t hold my hand at lunch. Not to mention that you still won’t touch me.”

I looked down in shame. “I told you it’s hard for me.”

“So when does it get hard for me, Oakley? How long am I supposed to date someone who seems repulsed by me?”

I shook my head. “I don’t know what to say. You know I’m straight.”

Jody wiped some tears from his eyes. “Maybe that’s the problem. I shouldn’t be wasting my time on a straight guy, or at least a guy who keeps insisting that he is straight. I told you upfront that we could be friends and that if you wanted to pursue this, then you needed to be ready to actually do it.”

“Are you breaking up with me?” I asked desperately. Jody finally made eye contact.

“No, not yet anyway. But I’m not waiting for you, Oakley. You need to figure this out because my heart isn’t a tool for you to figure out your sexual orientation.”

“I promise. I’ll try harder. Don’t give up on us yet.” I grabbed his hands.

Jody smiled and went to touch my cheek with his hand, but I pulled away. He shook his head in disappointment.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carey PW (he/they) is a debut author, college instructor, and mental health counselor. Carey is currently completing his next manuscript, Acing the Game.

Carey lives in Montana, and identifies as nonbinary, transmasculine (AFAB) and panromantic asexual. Due to the lack of resources in rural communities, Carey has discovered that writing about his lived experiences is a therapeutic outlet for him and hopes that his readers relate to his own personal struggles and triumphs shared through his characters’ narratives. Carey is particularly interested in exploring relationship conflicts around sexuality and gender differences. He has also worked as a high school writing instructor and college writing instructor, earning a B.A. in English Literature, a M.Ed. in English Education, and Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education all from the University of Georgia. In 2020, Carey earned his second M.Ed. in Counselor Education and works as a licensed clinical professional counselor, LCPC. He has a strong passion for working with the unique mental health issues of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Readers can learn more about Carey from his blog. When he is not writing, Carey is busy training for marathons, parenting his six cats, sharing his culinary talents on social media, serving on the board for the nonprofit Center for Studies of the Person (CSP) and learning photography.

Carey PW loves to hear from readers.

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GUEST POST:
My Top Ten Favorite Pizzas & Pizza-Like Dishes
by Carey P.W.


Anyone who knows me or follows me on social media knows that I love cooking, especially baking. And who doesn’t love pizza? For this post, I decided to share my top ten savory bready dishes for those looking for something different than just pepperoni and cheese.

1. Caramelized onion and bacon focaccia
If you haven’t tried focaccia, I highly recommend it for all pizza lovers. Focaccia is a dimpled flat bread that is nice and airy. To keep the dimples, it is stretched instead of flattened with a rolling pin. To add extra flavor, I always add herbs like a few teaspoons of Italian seasoning to the dough that also adds a wonderful aroma. And who can go wrong with bacon, right? I like topping most of my dishes with fresh parsley.

2. Wheat pizza with caramelized onions, dried figs, arugula and goat cheese
If you haven’t noticed already, I love caramelized onions! They add a nice, sweet touch to many dishes. I got the idea for this pizza from an issue of Runners World. The sweetness from the onions and figs is offset by the wheat crust. It’s good after a long run.

3. Leek and potato focaccia with fresh rosemary
Here we have another focaccia, but what makes this one really pop is the fresh rosemary in the crust. The recipe may have suggested only a teaspoon or two, but I cut up two packages, and it was worth it! The savory aroma is enticing alone, and it gives it a strong sense of freshness. Simple but highly flavorful.

4. Potato and gorgonzola galette
Here’s a different kind of dough. Galettes produce a flakier, pastry type texture while still very bready. The cheese is baked into the crust with this one creating a very tasty dish. The blandness of the potatoes keeps the dish balanced.

5. Socca with figs, arugula, and goat cheese
I also recommend giving socca a try. Socca is a super easy bread made with chickpea flour, water, and salt. To get the right texture, a cast iron should be heated in the oven at 400 for at least thirty minutes. This will ensure that the bottom gets nice and crispy. Toppings can vary, but I prefer to keep mine simple.

6. Socca with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, and sharp cheddar
Another one of my favorite socca dishes. I absolutely love butternut squash, and I like to roast it at 400 for nearly an hour until it caramelizes. It fits nicely with the onions, and the sharp cheddar offers a lovely contrast to the sweetness of the squash and onions. It is a rich and delicious dish.

7. Sourdough pizza with arugula, apples, red onions, and feta
I love the thin, crispy crust with this one. Like my other dishes, I always add Italian seasoning to my crust. The apples give the dish a slight sweetness but the onions and feta balance it out.

8. Sourdough pizza with shrimp, carrots, onions, lemon zest, parmesan, and parsley
The lemon zest gives this pizza a pop of freshness. It is also a very light dish. I take turns adding either butter or olive oil when cooking the shrimp and vegetables to give it a shrimp scampi flavor. It’s definitely one of my favorites from this list.

9. Sweet potato, onion, mozzarella, and goat cheese on a spelt flour crust
This was my first time putting sweet potatoes, one of my favorite veggies, on a pizza, and it worked! I roasted the potatoes until they caramelized, giving them a wonderful sweetness. If you haven’t worked with spelt flour, it produces a very soft crust that is light and less filling.

10. White pizza with ricotta, asiago, mozzarella, arugula, and toasted pine nuts
I’ve always been interested in white pizzas, so I gave this one a go. I love pine nuts, so I was excited to add some crunchy texture to the pizza. Another bonus is that fresh mozzarella has to be one of my favorite cheeses. The crust is wheat with herbs baked in it. It’s on the cheesier side for any cheese lovers out there.
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GIVEAWAY:
Carey P.W. 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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289 comments:

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Carey PW

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me. :) Carey PW

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  3. Great guest post and I enjoyed reading the excerpt, Grayality sounds like a brilliant read!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an amazing day!

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it. Carey PW

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  4. This book sounds extremely interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you consider giving it a read. Carey PW

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  5. I hope you are having a good day.

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    1. I hope you are, too. :) Carey PW

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  6. This looks like a very entertaining read!

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    1. Thanks, I hope you give it a go. I'd love to hear what you think. Carey PW

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  7. This sounds like a very interesting book.

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    1. Thanks, I hope you give it a read. I'd love to hear what you think. Carey PW

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

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    1. No, but I have gotten some good ideas from my dreams. In fact, when I wrote my first novel when I was around nineteen (unpublished), I wrote it completely based off a dream. Carey PW

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  9. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. The funny part is that I am a new writer myself. This is my debut novel. However, my advice would be to believe in yourself and don't give up. I sent my manuscript out to around sixty places before getting a contract. I dealt with a lot of rejections, but I kept going. It's a lot of work, but you can do it. Carey PW

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  10. I love the gorgeous cover, synopsis and excerpt, Grayality is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing the author's guest post, bio and book details

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. :) Carey PW

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  11. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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    1. I'm going to give a nerdy answer, which is people. I work as a teacher and a counselor, and people just fascinate me. They are complex, deep, and beautiful when they show you themselves. People inspire my writing. Carey PW

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

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    1. I hope you considering giving it a read. Carey PW

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  13. I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend! TGIF, I’m exhausted y’all 😂

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    1. I am so there with you, but I am attending a conference this weekend, so no break for me. I can't wait until next weekend. Carey PW

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  14. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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

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    1. Thanks, I hope you consider giving it a read. Carey PW

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  16. Happy Saturday!

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  17. The book sounds interesting, :) email : r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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    1. Thanks, I hope you consider checking it out. I'd love to hear what you think. Carey PW

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  18. Do you like broccoli?

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    1. Yeah, I make several dishes that use broccoli. One of my favorites is a pasta dish made with shrimp, broccoli and homemade pesto.

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

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    1. I have so many books in my read list that I haven't re-read any books, honestly. Plus, I try to do ARC reviews to support other authors, so that keeps me busy reading. Carey PW

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  20. Who's your favorite author?

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    1. I don't have a favorite author. I don't have a favorite genre, either. I always liked to randomly select books to read and see what I get. I used to like to wander around bookstores and just grab what attracted me. Carey PW

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    1. Absolutely! I have always supported legalization of marijuana and am fortunate to live in a state that has legalized it. :) Carey PW

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  22. Thank you for your wonderful knowledge!

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    1. You are very welcome :) Carey PW

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

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    1. We do. In fact, the bugs here are very large. They are mostly out in the summer time. Around this time when the weather is cooling, they get pretty aggressive. Carey PW

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    1. I think I live in my dream home in terms of the actual house. I have a great house at a great price. I just wish that I could pick it up and move it to the mountains. My home basically looks like a Halloween house, and I have close to 2,000 sq ft at only $85,000. I'll fully own my home by the time I am 45 year old. Super excited about that! Carey PW

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    1. It would have been better if it was Friday ;) Carey PW

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  26. Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Happy Wednesday to you! Carey PW

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    1. I don't have a favorite. I always liked to randomly choose books to read, so I am not particular to any genre or writer. I also enjoy supporting indie authors, too. I did enjoy the His Dark Materials series, anything by Oscar Wilde, and anything by Christopher Moore. Carey PW

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    1. Hope your day was well. :) Carey PW

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  29. Are you ready for better weather?

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    1. If you are referring to fall and winter as better weather, then yes, I am so ready. I have been waiting for it since spring. I love this time of year. Carey PW

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  30. Do you keep writing notes on you phone?

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    1. No, I hate using my phone mostly. I keep a journal and write my notes there. Carey PW

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    1. Happy Friday! I am so glad it's finally here. Carey PW

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    1. I hope you had a great weekend! Carey PW

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    1. Fall is my favorite season. I cooked pumpkin for the first time this season on Saturday :) Carey PW

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  34. Who/what is your inspiration?

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    1. It sounds strange, but I would say myself. I just enjoy writing. My favorite part is editing because I like seeing my work improve. It just gives me a sense of accomplishment. Carey PW

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    1. Thanks, I hope you consider checking it out. Carey PW

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  36. What is your favorite book that has been turned into a movie(s)?

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    1. I'm not one for having single favorites. I enjoyed The Princess Bride and Jurassic Park, for sure. The Maze Runner films were entertaining. Carey PW

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  37. Have a safe week.

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    1. I hope you had a great weekend! Carey PW

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    1. Yes, my publishers provided editors for me, and I enjoy working with them. I appreciate their guidance on making my work better. Carey PW

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  40. What's your advice to other writers?

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    1. I just encourage people to not give up. I often hear about discouragement, and writers saying that they want to shelf their manuscript. I just want to encourage others to keep working at it and keep putting their work out there. Carey PW

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    1. Thanks. I hope you had a good day! Carey PW

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  42. great giveaway!

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  43. What's your favourite genre of books?

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    1. I do not stick to certain genres. I like to randomly choose books and give them a go. However, I would say that I do enjoy literary fiction. I like novels that delve deep into complex issues more than I like ones that offer escape from life. I prefer characters over action. Carey PW

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    1. Yes, I have six cats. They are all rescues, and two of them, I rescued when I lived in China and brought back home with me. They are Xiami, Xiaoba, Freddy, Jason, Milky, and Myers. I rescued Milky and Myers when someone abandoned them at the college where I work. However, my husband and I learned that six is our limit, for sure.

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  45. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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  46. What inspires you?

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    1. My husband inspires me. He supports everything I do, including when I came out as transgender and transitioned. I read all my writing to him as I write it. I savor his support. Carey PW

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    1. I don't have a favorite author because I enjoy randomly picking books to read rather than sticking to one author or genre. I also like supporting indie authors. I will say that I enjoy anything by Oscar Wilde or Christopher Moore. Carey PW

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  48. Do you find it hard to write on sunny days?

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    1. Haha, so the walls of my house are painted black. Thus, it doesn't matter if it is sunny or not outside. I am a person who loves the dark and the cold. I feel more alive in those conditions. Sunlight drains me. Carey PW

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  49. Do you like dark, serious books?

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    1. I prefer dark and serious, actually. Others are fun, but they don't leave a lasting impression on me. The darker, the better. I watch some pretty dark horror movies, too. Carey PW

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    1. Yay! I'm always happy to meet another brother :) Carey PW

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    1. I hope you had a great weekend! Carey PW

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  52. David HollingsworthOctober 1, 2022 at 5:28 PM

    Happy weekend!

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    1. I hope you had a great weekend! Carey PW

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    1. Only if it is something that I will use. Otherwise, I won't bother. Carey PW

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  54. What's the worst weather you've ever been in?

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    1. It snowed heavily for a week here one time, and we had no power for a day while other areas had no power for the whole week almost. We had to stay at home and wait it out. Carey PW

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  55. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks. I'd love to hear what you think of it. Carey PW

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  56. David HollingsworthOctober 2, 2022 at 1:58 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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  57. I hope you have a productive week.

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    1. I hope so, but I'm not that motivated today, honestly. I hope your week goes great! Carey PW

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  58. What will you dress up as for Halloween?

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    1. I was going to, but now I will be traveling for a work trip that day. :( Carey PW

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  59. David HollingsworthOctober 3, 2022 at 7:45 PM

    Happy Monday!

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    1. I hope you are having a good week! Carey PW

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    1. Yes. I've been married to my husband for eight years now. He married me before I came out as transgender and transitioned. He wasn't on board at first. We went through three years of back and forth discussions. He is my number one supporter, and our relationship is even stronger now. Carey PW

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    1. I hope you are having a good week! Carey PW

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    1. No. I enjoy editing more than writing. I have a B.A. in English and have taught writing since 2004, so I'm confident in my own abilities. However, I still rely heavily on my editors. I appreciate the work they do to help me improve my writing. Plus, I just enjoy rereading my works during the editing process. It's a lot of fun. Carey PW

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    1. Probably not. I never want to rule out anything if the opportunity arises; however, I've never liked water. I have a little fear of it, so it's no something that I would seek out. Carey PW

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  64. DAVID hollingsworthOctober 4, 2022 at 6:26 PM

    Hope you have a great Fall!

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    1. It'll be even better once it gets colder. I can't wait. :) Carey PW

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    1. I haven't tried any, but I'd be up for it. I run marathons and lift weights, so I like anything active. Carey PW

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    1. My publisher provided an editor. I really enjoyed working with her. I appreciate editors so much, and it's great watching my work improve. Carey PW

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  67. David HollingsworthOctober 6, 2022 at 1:02 AM

    What's your favorite book genre?

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    1. I don't have a favorite. I like randomly choosing books and reading some of everything. Carey PW

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  68. What is your favorite holiday of the year?

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    1. I really like Christmas because for my love language, I am a gift giver. I plan my gifts out months in advance and start working on them in early fall. I also love baking and have special holiday recipes I do every year. Carey PW

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    1. I haven't done any, but I'd be up for it. I run marathons and lift weights, so I like being active. Carey PW

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    1. I hope you had a great weekend. Carey PW

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    1. No, and I have no desire to go on one. I do not like the idea of being stuck on a ship with lots of people. I prefer to stay in less crowded places. Carey PW

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  72. David HollingsworthOctober 7, 2022 at 7:58 PM

    Hope your life is better than mine.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear if you are going through some struggles. Carey PW

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    1. No, but it's mostly due to time. I travel around for marathons during the warmer months in Montana, so I'm not home enough to do it. But my husband wants to get into it at some point. Carey PW

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    1. I hope you had a great weekend! Carey PW

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  75. Do you do all your grocery shopping at once?

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    1. Yes, especially because I live 45 miles away from the store. Actually, my husband does all the grocery shopping, and he definitely goes with a list. Carey PW

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  76. David HollingsworthOctober 8, 2022 at 9:17 PM

    Do you like broccoli?

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    1. Absolutely. One of my favorite dishes is broccoli with shrimp and homemade pesto. Carey PW

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    1. I hope you had a good Sunday. Carey PW

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  78. David HollingsworthOctober 9, 2022 at 6:46 PM

    Hope your life is going greater than mine.

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    1. I'm sorry if things are not going so well for you. Carey PW

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    1. I bake pumpkin cookies in pumpkin cutouts. I was going to buy an awesome costume for a community haunted house this year, but now I have to travel for work on Halloween. Carey PW

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  80. Where do you do your best writing?

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    1. I always write at home in my living room. I prefer mornings while I'm having coffee, and it's good to have a cat or two in my lap. Carey PW

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  81. Happy Monday!

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  82. Happy Tuesday!

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  83. What is your favorite book genre?

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  84. Have you started another book yet?

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  85. Anything with carmelized onions is good on my list ....... 2nd to that melted cheese, lol.

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  86. Do you like Winter?

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  87. Happy Thursday!

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  88. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  89. Love the cover of this one sounds good too.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  90. Have a good Friday!

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  91. Congrats on your future books!

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  92. Happy Sunday!

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  93. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  94. Your book sounds really exciting to read. Thank you.

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

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  96. Ever broken the rules for any reason? How did it go?

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