Wednesday, November 23, 2022

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Daughter of Belial by Jennifer Juvenelle

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for Daughter of Belial by Jennifer Juvenelle. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an interesting guest post from the author about which character was the most fun to write. 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: Daughter of Belial
Author: Jennifer Juvenelle
Publisher: By the Pure Sea Books
Publication Date: October 10th 2022
Print Length: 544 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Some Family Trees Should Be Burned. . .

Greer Girls are special. Greer Girls are rare. Greer Girls are central to the secret Order of Belial.

Sophie Greer knows none of this. All she knows is that her now ex-boyfriend cheated on her, she’s alone working in Paris, and her mysterious billionaire boss, Edward Hughes, is way too interested in her life.

But when Sophie is kidnapped in Moscow while on a business trip, she’s plunged into the dark underbelly of the global elite and a sinister secret society with deep ties to her family; ties that lead to revelations darker than anything Sophie could have imagined.

Betrayed by the man who raised her, and targeted by the illustrious Hughes family, only one thing is certain—family history can be deadly. If Sophie is to survive, she must decide who to trust and what to believe, or risk being crushed beneath the weight of the all-powerful secret Order of Belial.

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EXCERPT:
The front door slams behind me with a clamorous thud. I jump, frightened. Marcella Belleville’s ominous laughter sails through the air while the cloaked beings descend the steps to encircle me. Turning to and fro, I try to slip through an opening in their ranks, but they close in so that not even a hairpin could find a fissure for escape. A low chanting starts up, like a rumble from some vile private inferno.

Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.

The primal beating of the drums grows louder, drowning out Marcella’s maniacal laughter. Blood rushes to my face. I hear a whirring in my ears.

Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.

All I see is darkness. My heartbeat keeps time with the pulsing of the drums.

Suddenly I feel another presence. Ephemeral. Sinister. It also laughs. Its guttural wails blend with Marcella’s tinny falsetto as it, too, encircles and envelops me. No one is touching me. I know that. And yet…

It feels like hundreds of hands are caressing my body. Sliding up and down the sides of my torso. Untucking my shirt. Unfastening my trousers. Cupping my breasts. Pulling my hair. Wrapping icy, tentacled fingers around my throat…

It feels awful—delectable—disgusting—delicious, all at once. I hate it. The chanting grows louder.

Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.

Testor ad sanguinem. Respondendum est in sanguinem.

“Stop!” I cry out, finding my voice at last. “Please. Stop!”

But it’s too late. Wispy black smoke fills my nostrils. My mouth freezes into a silent scream as the smoke fills every orifice in my head—eyes, nose, ears, mouth. The sound of babies crying mixed with horrific images of children laughing and playing in blood assault my senses. I know it can’t be real, must be a trick of some sort, an illusion, but I’m powerless to stop it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JENNIFER JUVENELLE is a Native American/French author born in Hollywood, raised in Detroit, and fashioned in France.

Formerly an actress and model, Jennifer now splits her time between crafting psychological thrillers and the magic of motherhood.

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Jennifer made healing from trauma a priority when her life became untenable. Daughter of Belial is the unexpected product of her journey from trauma to triumph.

An eager explorer, she currently lives in a remote Mexican seaside-jungle village with her debonair Aussie author husband and their young son.

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GUEST POST:
The Daughter of Belial Character
I Had the Most Fun Writing

by Jennifer Juvenelle


I loved writing all of the characters in Daughter of Belial. Even the arch villain was enjoyable to write in that I relished the challenge of writing from a completely different perspective than my own. The protagonist, Sophie Greer, is the character I resemble the most. I loosely based her off a younger version of myself, and then let her take the lead and become her own woman.

But I would have to say that the character I had the most fun writing was Wyatt McGregor, the half-brother of Sophie’s love interest, Edward Hughes.

Edward is this really suave British billionaire. Think Christian Gray from Fifty Shades. He’s the heir to the Hughes dynasty and fortune, and Wyatt is the bastard son of a fallen member from their secret society, “charitably taken in” by Edward’s father when he married his mother.

Whereas Edward is polished and well-mannered, Wyatt is this rough, tough, and rugged type of guy. Edward is a posh Brit with an Eastern European gravitas, while Wyatt swings more Scottish Highlander with overtones of wild country American, because he spent his formative years in a U.S. boarding school.

Wyatt is the rebel, the renegade, the stick of dynamite that has the potential to blow up Edward’s plans. He’s the thorn in Edward’s side that won’t go away. He is the kind of character you get to have fun with because he says the one thing that’s on everyone’s mind but no one is saying. He’s sexy in a “you might be a dangerous rogue” sort of way.

As an intuitive writer, I go where the story leads me without much plotting beforehand. So I had no idea Wyatt existed until he first appeared toward the middle of Part I. As I write, the storyline tends to come in pictures like in a movie, and my job is to describe what I’m seeing as eloquently and enticingly as possible so that those reading it will be immersed in the vision as well.

When I first saw Wyatt, he reminded me of my ex-boyfriend’s cousin who’d been in the military and was heavily decorated with medals, a purple star among them. My ex’s cousin had a lot of swagger. He was very good looking in a rough-around-the-edges kind of way, with that spark of danger about him—lots of tattoos, long hair, huge confidence. He was troubled, too. The ghosts of the past haunted him until his untimely demise within a year or two of my starting the book.

I haven’t thought of it this way until now, but it’s almost like a piece of this young man came back to life in the form of the brash and brazen Wyatt McGregor. Like the man who inspired him, Wyatt is a paradox. We don’t know if he's friend or foe. Even after we think we’ve figured him out, Wyatt remains a wild card. I like to think if the two men got together, they’d sit down to a stiff whisky or three and a good laugh on me.
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GIVEAWAY:
Jennifer Juvenelle will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Enjoy!

(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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209 comments:

  1. this sounds like an interesting book, thanks

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  2. sounds good!

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  3. Sounds like a great psychological thriller for sure.

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  4. This book sounds amazing. Love a great psychological thriller.

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  5. My absolute #1 favorite genre!!! Love that cover!

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    1. Yes Katie, thank you! So glad you love the cover!

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

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  7. I love a good thriller. Thank you

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  8. Hi everyone! I am so grateful to this blog for hosting me and my book, thank you! My apologies for not jumping on earlier. It's been one of those days: our one year old has been under the weather, and then husband and baby took a little tumble while out on a walk earlier. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt, but baby took a little scrape on his temple. Ugh my heart!

    He's sleeping peacefully now and I finally had a moment to check in here. So wonderful to see all the comments and that you guys are loving the cover and excerpt! Wishing you all a wonderful evening and I'll keep checking in to answer any questions you might have!

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    1. You're welcome =) Thanks for vising my blog.

      Glad everyone is doing okay after the tumble! Hope your 1 year old feels better asap! Sick babies are never fun =( Must have been a day for tumbling as my 7 year old fell pretty hard onto his desk at home and bruised his ribs pretty badly. Luckily, he's doing okay now. It just hurts him when he sneezes.

      Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Oh gosh, talk about a day! I keep reminding myself that's what the kiddos do, fall and get back up, but does it ever get easier?! Glad your little one is doing alright even through the bruised ribs.

      Hope you have a great rest of your week and a terrific Thanksgiving!

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    3. No, I don't think it ever gets easier. I always thought it would, but they seem more prone to getting hurt as they get older! LOL, enough to make you worry all the time.

      Thanks, you too =)

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    4. Ach! Well that's good to know, haha. At least we parents can relate to each other for support :-)

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  9. I love the cover and look forward to reading the book.

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  10. Happy Wednesday!

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  11. You are a new author for me-after reading the excerpt- I would like to read this book-thanks

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad! This is my debut novel and it's part of a series so I hope to entice you into reading all of them as they come out!

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  12. This is a genre that I usually read but I'm very interested in secret society stories. Good thing it is on Kindle Unlimited to give it a go.

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    1. Yes! I love Kindle Unlimited. Such a great way to discover new authors and books. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. Your interest in secret societies will be satisfied and then some!

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving! And thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you! Same to you. I hope you enjoy all the festivities of this wonderful day :-)

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends

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  15. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Surviving the mystery of her family.

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  17. sounds amazing, great thriller. i cant wait to read it

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  18. sounds amazing, i cant wait to read it

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

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  20. Happy Friday!

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  21. I enjoyed reading the guest post and I enjoyed the excerpt, Daughter of Belial sounds like a thrilling read that will keep me on the edge of my seat!

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

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  22. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Hi Jamie! My best advice for new writers is to follow your heart and write what scares you. What I mean by that last one is sometimes we censor ourselves based on our concerns of what others might think of us (family, friends, etc.) and that kind of self-censorship can really harm your creativity. Some of the best literary works were often revolutionary when they first came out because they challenged the status quo. No one remembers the status quo but they do remember the books that changed them. So go ahead and give yourself free rein to write the things you're afraid to say or admit to and see what transpires. And remember, no one has to read it but you!

      Another piece of advice I would offer is not to edit as you write. This was something I learned early on in my writing process (thanks to the advice of a good writer friend). The first draft is the vomit draft. Just get it out of you. Let the words flow and save the editing for once you've completed your story.

      And remember to celebrate your wins! Finishing a story is a BIG deal. Mark the occasion in some way and really let yourself feel the accomplishment.

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  23. Sounds very dark and creepy...a lot like real life actually.

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  24. Psychological Thriller - love this.
    A must read!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  25. Happy Satuday!

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    1. No, I don't. We don't have a tv either! I wasn't allowed to play video games as a kid so never really developed a skill or taste for it. Though I did spend a small portion of my twenties playing silly online games like Kitten Assassin!

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  27. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. I actually don't. But my fellow author husband does. Different strokes I suppose! I find music distracting when I'm writing, especially if it has lyrics. I've tried to listen to some soothing instrumental music before while writing and that wasn't too bad, but my preference remains complete silence for maximum focus and creative power.

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    1. Mainly just your basic American educational system. I took a creative writing class in high school, then another one in college which I dropped out of because I was more interested in my social life than my scholastic one. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre so there was a quite a bit of writing that went into that degree. I took a playwriting class. Nothing too major. Mostly I've learned by reading (LOTS of reading) and doing.

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  29. Happy Sunday!

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  30. Do you have any promtions on your books for Cyber Week?

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    1. My ebook is currently priced at $4.99 (down from $9.99) :-)

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  31. I have been having so much fun connecting with all of you on this blog! Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful questions. Now I have one for you! Since it seems like a lot of you are big thriller lovers, what's your favorite thriller book and/or series of all time?

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  32. Do you ever get headaches?

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    1. Sure, on occasion. I recently purchased a pair of blue light blocking glasses and that has dramatically helped reduce head tension while on the computer, especially in the evening.

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  33. Do you ever work with new writers?

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    1. I write alone so no, I don't currently work with any writers, new or old.

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    1. Gosh, it's so hard for me to pick just one! But I'd have to say that my longest standing favorite film has got to be Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet :-)

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  35. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, this sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to it

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  36. What was your favorite subject in school?

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    1. I don't know that I had a favorite subject. Maybe History? But I think that had more to do with the fact that I had two amazing history teachers at different points in school. If I loved the teacher, then I tended to do well in the class no matter the subject. Goes to show you how important great teachers are in the role of learning!

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  37. The cover really draws you in and makes you want to know more.

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  38. I like the story and the cover.

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    1. I live in the tropics so winter is a relative term for me! But no, my writing style and habits are more intuitive. I tend to have long periods of not writing where I'm just living or working on other things (reading, publishing, etc.) and then bursts of intense creativity where I complete a lot within a short period of time.

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  40. Happy Thursday!

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  41. Happy Friday!

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    1. Reedsy! Reedsy.com has been an invaluable resource for publishing. It’s also where I found my cover designer.

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  43. I am adding this book to my to be read soon list!

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    1. Reedsy! Reedsy.com has been an invaluable resource for publishing. It’s also where I found my cover designer.

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    2. That's awesome! Excited for you to read my book!

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  44. Reedsy! Reedsy.com has been an invaluable resource for publishing. It’s also where I found my cover designer.

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  45. Happy Sunday!

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  46. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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    1. Oh I get so energized after a good writing session! Not every session is like that, but if I make any writing progress at all, I usually feel an uplift in my mood and a sense of accomplishment, even if I only wrote a paragraph. That being said, sometimes at the start of sitting down to write, I get sleepy and have to take a nap instead!

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  47. Sounds like a real page turner and one I would like to read.
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  48. Will you be hosting a holiday party?

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  49. Do you like Christmas?

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    1. I have had a challenging relationship with Christmas in adulthood (LOVED it as a child). But since my mom passed away last year right before I had my first child, I have found myself remembering all the fond memories of Christmas and wanting to create those memories for our son. So yes, I love Christmas again! We have decided to modify it though and focus less on the commercial aspect with only moderate gift-giving, and more on embodying the the spirit of gratitude and giving that the season inspires.

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  50. Where do you get your ideas from?

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    1. Wonderful question! Where do ideas come from? We all get them all the time! Some of the "places" we can pick them up from are our subconscious, the ether, and from the divine. Personally, I don't so much as get an idea for a story, as I sit down to write and a story unfolds. I'm the channel, I just allow the creativity to flow through me.

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    1. I love the act of flying, yes! But these days, with airport security, and all the so-called safety protocols, not to mention the insane expense of it, it's more hassle than it's worth. I remember when airlines were service-oriented and treated you like proper customers. Now they treat you like cattle and it takes a lot of the fun out of it for me. But I would love to learn to fly a small plane one day. I think that would be one of the best feelings ever!

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  52. What is your favorite book?

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  53. I can not wait to check this book out.

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  54. What is your favorite book to re-read?

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    1. Ooh that's a great question! I haven't re-read it in many years but when the seventh Harry Potter book came out, I probably read it like 4 or 5 times. I was well into my twenties when I discovered the Harry Potter series but instantly fell in love with them, and the last book was epic! Just thinking about it now is making me want to re-read it :-)

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  55. Do you enjoy being a writer?

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    1. I LOVE being a writer. It took me a while to find my calling, but once I realized I was a writer (and have always been a writer), I haven't looked back. It was one of those aha moments that was just sitting under my nose.

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  56. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

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    1. Hmm... gosh it's so funny, I was really stumped for a second. But you know, I think I'd have to say Barbies! I loved playing with dolls and really went for the whole Barbie thing. I didn't have all the accessories or the Dreamhouse or the car (my bff did though so I still got to enjoy them), but I loved getting them dressed and inventing social scenarios with Ken. The went on a lot of dates!

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  57. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. I go into this question in more detail on a previous interview on this blog tour, if you want to check it out. But in short, no I do not! I prefer silence so that I can concentrate and hear the words that are coming to me. It's a very intuitive process.

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  58. Happy Friday!

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  59. Thanks for the chance

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  60. Happy Saturday!

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  61. Have you ever used a typewriter to write?

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  62. Do you like the holidays?

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  63. Happy Monday!

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  64. What is your favorite season?

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  65. What made you decide on this cover?

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    1. I worked with an amazing cover designer who gave me lots of options based on a synopsis of the story. This was the best one!

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  66. What do you like about writing?

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    1. The freedom! The freedom to create anything I desire. As a writer you get to play god and that's a lot of fun. I also am simply compelled to write. It's my outlet. I need to write like I need fresh air.

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  67. Do you ever get discouraged in your writing?

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    1. Early on I used to. I would worry that I wasn't writing enough, wasn't disciplined enough. I'd worry that the story wasn't strong enough or good enough or all those things that doubting voice loves to tell us. But after completing my book, I can now look back with hindsight and see clearly that everything had to happen exactly as it did and that my process is my process and no one else's. So now, I trust more. I don't worry so much. I write when I write and I know that most of writing is actually about living. If we don't live, we're not going to have that many interesting stories to tell!

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    1. When I journal, take notes, etc. Not for novel writing though I know there are authors out there who do.

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  69. When did you publish your first book?

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    1. October 10, 2022. Daughter of Belial is my first book!

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  70. happy Friday guys, i cant wait to start the new year and read all the books

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  71. What is the first book that made you cry?

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  72. What have you learned from this year?

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  73. Where are you spending the holidays?

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  74. What advice do you have for writers?

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    1. I put together my top 3 tips for aspiring writers. You can check the post out here: https://www.instagram.com/p/ClpaBe4DAAd/

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  75. Do you like Christmas?

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  76. How did you decide on the cover for this book?

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  77. Who is your favourite mystery author?

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  78. What's your favorite Christmas movie?

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  79. Have you ever considered doing an extreme sport?

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  80. You are so lucky to be a world traveler! How have your travels affected your writing?

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    1. Immensely! My book starts out in Paris and that influence came about as a direct result of my having lived there for 4 years in my twenties. My book also travels to Moscow, where I spent a month as a study abroad student in college, and in L.A. where I lived for 5 years. Travel has also shaped me culturally by exposing me to different walks of life, cultures, foods, etc., and this has shaped my writing a great deal. Also, being bilingual has had a direct impact on my writing style and one could consider that travel-related as well :)

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  81. Would you rather have adopt a pet or a pet rock?

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  82. Happy Holidays!

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  83. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

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  84. Merry Christmas to all!

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  85. merry Christmas everyone happy Friday thank you so much x

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  86. merry Christmas everyone happy Friday thank you so much x

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  87. Have a safe Christmas!

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  88. What was your favorite subject in school?

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  89. Happy Holidays!

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  90. What's your favourite Christmas movie?



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  91. How is your Christmas going?

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  92. What was the best gift you gave over the holiday?

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  93. How was your Christmas?

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  94. How many people read your book before it's published?

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  95. sounds awesome, i cant wait. happy holidays and have a great new year.

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  96. How was your Christmas?

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  97. How did you come up with the idea for this book ?

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  98. The psychological thriller looks amazing to read. I cannot wait to see how Sophie, the main character, deals with this exciting story.

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  99. sounds like a fun one

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  100. looks like a great read

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  101. I do like the sound the premise and the cover is great too.

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