Monday, October 24, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The After Times (The Bean Books #5) by Christine Potter

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for The After Times by Christine Potter. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post regarding the setting 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: The After Times
Series: The Bean Books #5
Author: Christine Potter
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publication Date: August 19th 2022
Print Length: 215 pages
Genre: Young Adult Time Travel Fantasy
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Say you’re Gracie Ingraham, nerdy but happy high school senior. But you’re also a time-traveler from 1962 who got a bit lost and has been living in the 2000’s since 2018. That would be plenty without it now being 2020. Covid has just shut down the world. Your pandemic pod? Your BFF Zoey—and your ex-boyfriend, Dylan.

Dylan still lives to spin weird vinyl LP’s with your sort-of, kind-of Dad, Amp. So your quarantine hobby is going to have to be Being Mature About Stuff.

But then your time traveling kicks into high gear again. And your long-lost brother and mom mix it up with a creepy, pyromaniacal force that is most likely demonic. How can love save the day when you can’t even go downtown without wearing a mask?

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EXCERPT:
We’d arrived at the first of the big, fancy gravesites: nineteenth century family plots, with tall, marble obelisks and statues of weeping angels. Some of them have creepy stone and marble mausoleums. Mausoleums are tombs the size of tiny houses with windows and even gates and front porches sometimes. You could go inside one if someone unlocked the door.

Some kids had obviously partied out by the mausoleums the night before. They’d left a White Claw can one at of the sad angels’ feet. A few more cans were tossed on the ground and on the stone stairs to one of the bigger tombs. There were beer cans, too.

Zoey shook her head. “Some people are still getting out at night.”

“They could have at least recycled!”

“Alas!”

See, Zoey, Dylan, and me… We’re the kind teachers and parents don’t worry about. We always recycle. We don’t break quarantine. We wouldn’t have gone to a midnight graveyard party before quarantine … well … not without seriously good reason.

Not that Zoey wouldn’t snag a White Claw. And I did sneak out on one serious midnight date when Dylan and I were first together. But I also had to zap a demon that evening. Which was the last time anything interesting happened to me… Up until the very next minute, that is.

‘Cause then it wasn’t a pretty April day anymore. It was very cold and very dark. Zoey and I were still in the cemetery, but we weren’t by ourselves anymore.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a (for-real) haunted house in New York’s Hudson River Valley, not that far from Sleepy Hollow. She is the author of Evernight Teen’s Bean Books, a five book series that travels through time—and two generations of characters. 
 
Christine is has also been a teacher, a bell ringer in the towers of old churches, a DJ, and a singer of all kinds of music. 
 
Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines like Rattle and Kestrel, featured on ABC Radio News, and sold in gum ball machines. She lives with her organist husband Ken and two indulged kitties.

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GUEST POST:
The Scarlet Letter. Yes, Really.
by Christine Potter


When I was still teaching English, I had two favorite standard-selection-by-dead-white-guys books: Huckleberry Finn and The Scarlet Letter. Other books I skimmed over and relied upon my notes as I discussed them with my students, but those two I read every word of, every year—Huck because, well, it’s just brilliant. Everything we do in fiction these days comes out of that novel. Fight me if you want, but fight me some other time, because I’m here to talk about setting.

Because the setting in The Scarlet Letter just fascinates me. It’s an historical novel, of course. Hawthorne published his tragic story in 1850, but it’s about a time in Salem, Massachusetts (where he lived) two hundred and ten years earlier. The way he draws back two hundred years of time in the last paragraphs of the introductory chapter, where the embroidered Scarlet Letter itself is discovered by the book’s narrator, is extraordinary. A scrap of cloth takes us from a dingy customs house (an office building where people paid duties and taxes) to a vital, believable 17th century Salem. It’s like a curtain opening. Yeah, the language is a tough go, but it’s such a worth-it book!

Look, I’m not saying yay Puritanism—and Hawthorne certainly wasn’t, either. But I’d love to spend a day in those old, almost medieval-looking structures (really early American houses, 17th century ones). They were maybe a teeny bit ornamented, maybe had a few sticks of good furniture that made it over from England—but actually were only a few steps past camping out,. And think about how dark the streets were at night! And how quiet it must have been. With no electrical glow over the tiny cities then being founded in the not-yet-US, the stars must have seemed huge.

The early colonists all had their reasons for having made the insanely long and dangerous journey in insanely small boats from England. Some of them would have been about the religion; some more business-minded.

So maybe you’d see a little candlelit window of your neighbor’s place from your shadowy living/dining/cooking room. You wouldn’t be dressed in black—that much dye cost too much for every day—but your clothing would be simple, maybe red or even violet. I just like thinking about it. How early it was. How nothing that we think of as being specifically American had happened yet. There were just these groups of people with admittedly super-harsh religious beliefs and/or a lot of guts.

If you were an outspoken woman like Anne Hutchinson (or indeed, Hester Prynne), you could get yourself punished and shunned and excommunicated. But still, the first poet in the US, Anne Bradstreet, was writing near Boston then. And she was remarkable: smart, and just a little rebellious. And by the way, she wasn’t the first WOMAN poet. She was our first poet. Period.

I think I write time travel myself because I’m into this sort of thing. I don’t want to live as a Puritan, for Heaven’s sake. But I’d love a peek—not just a politely restored little house with a docent from the local public library. I’d like to actually be there for a day, to see the sights, to smell the smells, and have a taste of whatever was for dinner. And then come home to 2022!

Books can do that.

Maybe I should consider the 17th century in the Northeastern part of the US as a setting for my next YA novel! Meanwhile, I hope you’ll have a look at The After Times, a book set in another challenging period: the first months of the Covid pandemic, when everything was still locked down. And also the 1980’s and 1918! Hope to see you there!
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GIVEAWAY:
Christine Potter will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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306 comments:

  1. Lovely cover. I would love to time travel as long as I can come back

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  2. Hi, everyone! Well, I was very English teacher-y today, but I used to be one. Katie, good to see you. I promise you, if you read the Bean Books and THE AFTER TIMES, you WILL come back :) . Thanks to All the Ups and Downs for hosting my blog tour today!

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    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by my blog. =)

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  3. Sounds like an exciting story. Time travel is such an interesting subject.

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    1. Hi! Thanks. It is like playing 6-D chess writing the stuff, but it's my favorite!

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  4. Sounds like a great story!

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  5. Oh how I wish I could time travel like this,

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    1. Me too!! I live in a house that was built in 1740--for real. It's a little place, not that fancy--was a miller's cottage. I'd LOVE to be able to zip back and see what it used to be like.

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

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    1. Thanks! The book's fun, too. Lots of that kind of time travel. And some scary stuff, too.

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  7. this sounds like a great book, thanks

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    1. I did my best to make it so. I'd be delighted if you read it.

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  8. Sounds like a great read, can't wait to pick it up!

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    1. Well, yay! Yeah, who knew pandemic would work as a plot point. But it does--especially mixed with time travel.

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  9. that blurb really makes me want to know who or what is there with them

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    1. I could think of a GREAT way to find out :). Thanks for coming out today.

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  10. What's your favourite thing in the whole wide world?

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    1. Doing what I'm doing now. I'm in the living room listening to music with my husband and finishing my glass of wine from dinner. And knowing that people are interested in my book.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Jay Aheer is the cover artist and she is amazing. She did all the covers for the series. The best in the business.

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  12. 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 this book and series

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    1. Why not? During lockdown, it was the only way you COULD travel! But when you think about it, there are all kinds of ways it could affect a plot--needing to quarantine, and the possiblity of a time-traveler spreading the cursed virus backwards in time. I had fun writing this.

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  14. The book sounds like a great read.

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    1. It's fun. There's scary stuff and funny stuff and a BIG ending.

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  15. Do you like Mondays?

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  16. I don't hate them. I'm a retired school teacher who was a church musician for a long time. People who make church music do hairdresser's weekend; Sunday night is the big party time. Since I've been out of the classroom, I've gotten used to Monday being like most people's Saturday. Writers work every day.

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  17. Thanks for the excerpt. I like reading time travel books!

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  18. This sounds like such a good series. I'm definitely going to have to check it out.

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    1. I'd be delighted if you did. It has teen and grownup fans both. And it's funny as well.

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

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  20. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, The After Times sounds like a great book to read and I like the cover!

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

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    1. The Evernight Teen house artist, Jay Aheer is the world's best. Glad you're interested.

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  21. Do you riding amusement park rides?

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    1. Do I like them? I like them in theory. In practice--um--stomach upset! I like to watch other people on them! Playland in Westchester (near me) has a wonderful old wooden coaster.

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  22. are you an early rise or night owl?

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    1. I've been both. When I was teaching, I was up before dawn daily. Now I'm retired from that and writing full-time, I get up around 8 or 9, which feels late. Sometimes I stay up past midnight, but not too often.

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  23. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

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    1. I love Nova Scotia and Maine. As a child, I went with my folks to Cape Cod and loved that. For short trips, I like the Berkshires. I'm not nuts about the tropics, but I've enjoyed warm weather destinations--in small doses.

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

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    1. Thank you!! I bet you'd like the rest of the book, too!

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  25. How many books have you written?

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    1. Five YA novels, three collections of poems—and a couple of mildly naughty romances under another name :)

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  26. What is your favorite fall drink?

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    1. I love a plain old non-spiced latte. In the evening, a Manhattan.

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  27. Young Adult Time Travel Fantasy - quite interesting genre!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  28. huge success with your book, it sounds amazing

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    1. Thank you! I'd love it if you had a read and left a rating on Amazon!

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  29. Do you have a favorite movie?

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  30. Do you pass out candy for Halloween?

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  31. Do you like Halloween?

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  32. best of luck with your book tour

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  33. Have a Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks! It's a good friend's birthday. My husband and I look forward to celebrating with him.

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  34. What's the furthest you've ever been?

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  35. This sounds like one I would love to read this fall season.
    heather

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  36. Happy Saturday!

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    1. I married my husband of almost thirty years. Not so crazy in hindsight!

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  38. do you have a favorite season? I love fall

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  39. Have you ever started a book that you decided not to finish?

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  40. I have a romance I started before Covid (I use another name for that adult genre). I haven't felt compelled to get back into it. I think the pandemic changed us all, and I have had trouble finding that voice again.

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  41. What's the best advice you've received as a writer?

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  42. I love scary stories!! Demons, monsters or zombies have me hooked!

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  43. Happy Halloween!

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  44. start of another new month, happy writing

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  45. Hope your Halloween was fun!

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  46. best wishes with the book tour, this does sound amazing

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  47. Congratulations on the book!

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  48. What's your favourite Christmas carol?

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  49. Do you have any go to books as a comfort read?

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  50. What do you think of the world today?

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  51. It's snowing at my house. Do you like snow?

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  52. Do you have recommendations for a great fall read?

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  53. Happy Friday!

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  54. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  55. have you started your christmas shopping

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  56. What's your favorite part of fall?

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  57. Do you enjoy Winter?

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  58. I really dislike this daylights saving time

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  59. Do you plan to only write in this genre?

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  60. What is your dream vacation?

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  61. Was it difficult to write from the character's view point when she is from the past?

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  62. If you weren't a writer, what kind of career do you think you'd have?

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

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  64. Do you like being an author?

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  65. Will you watch the lunar eclipse?

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  66. Is there a season you tend to write more in?

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  67. What is your next book?

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  68. I enjoy reading "About the author"

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  69. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  70. What do you think of the world today?

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  71. What are your plans for the holiday?

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  72. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  73. Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving?

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  74. Beautiful cover! Thank you for sharing about your book!

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  75. Happy Thursday!

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  76. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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  77. It's cool you live in a haunted house... I've lived in five different ones... Can be fun and scary at the same time!

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  78. Happy Friday!

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  79. Very intriguing guest post!! I enjoyed reading it and learning more about this book and author!!

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  80. Happy Saturday!

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  81. What do you drink while writing?

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  82. do you live in the city or the country

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  83. What is your favorite part of fall?

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  84. Happy Sunday!

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  85. Do you have a pet? Tell me about them.

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  86. thanks this sounds like an interesting story

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  87. Have a decent Monday!

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  88. Your book covers are amazing. Well done!!!

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  89. What author do you most admire?

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  90. Do you like the weather today?

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  91. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  92. What is your favorite book of all time?

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  93. What was your favourite subject in school?

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  94. Happy Wednesday!

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  95. Have you started another book yet?

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  96. What do you do when you're not writing?

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  97. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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  98. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  99. Happy Friday!

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  100. Have you gotten snow yet where you live?

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