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Virtual Book Tour ~ Cubeball by Michael Leon

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Cubeball

by Michael Leon

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GENRE:  Sci-fi

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BLURB:

A naturally gifted ex-national champion and a savant with a computer-like mind compete against the world’s best in the 22nd century’s most popular sport – CUBEBALL – the chess-like, technology-enhanced, snooker of the future where the world stage is dominated by gambling, drugs and massive audiences.

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BOOK EXCERPT

Jules’ gaze emboldened Mickey to reveal his special gift to her. He strode confidently to the cue-ball and lined up one of the most difficult shots in cubeball. Then with little thought, he cracked the cue-ball with a force that matched the passion he was feeling. The curve on the first line was more pronounced than the programmed line set by the computer.

Mickey had struck the perfect shot. Sam and Riley sat staring at the console, mesmerised by what they had just seen and eager to re-capture its perfection on replay. Only champions could play this way and it was clear to all that Mickey was developing into one.

“Fucking incredible,” said Johnnie. His eyes were wide. Filled with awe for Mickey’s skills and expectation with how much he could earn from it.

Mickey didn’t hear his appreciative manager. He didn’t see the small tear that had formed in his kid sister’s admiring eye. His gaze remained on Jules. She brushed her hair back on to her shoulders before resting her slender hands on her hips. Her mouth was wide open, breathing in her excitement for what she had just seen. Then her eyes revealed that there was more to her feelings than that of an adoring fan. Her gaze began to fill with a stirring hunger. Fate was beginning to move into Mickey’s life like an evening moon tide.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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I worked with national and international organisations as a business analyst in Australia and overseas. I authored many business books analysing the foodservice and food retail industry in Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as agribusiness global trends.  I also ran a consultancy business that assisted Australian enterprises to develop new markets in Australia and overseas.

I commenced writing science fiction novels full time in 2009. It was a life-long interest of mine. I have written five novels – all exploring contemporary social issues in future speculative worlds. They are: Shadow Dance; Extinction; Cubeball; Titan Sages and Alive. My novels blend speculative science, new age and poetry. Readers of novels such as Carl Sagan’s Contact would enjoy my novels.

Links:

Blog: http://odyssey2k1.blogspot.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5369984.Michael_Leon

Website: http://www.michaelleon.com.au/

iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cubeball/id1050883428?mt=11

Buy link:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Cubeball-Michael-Leon-ebook/dp/B016VTRID0

BookPOD: http://www.bookstore.bookpod.com.au/p/9074542/cubeball.html

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Prizes for the tour are as follows:

  • One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
  • One randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Interview With … Hadena James

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Hey folks. Today my guest is Hadena James. Author of Elysium Dreams. 

Hadena. Tanks for being here today. Tell us about you.
I’m incredibly clumsy. I live in pajamas (when you work from home, why bother to change into real clothing when pajamas are so much more comfortable). I play steel-tip darts, which is sadly, a dying sport in the US. I crochet, however, I don’t have the patience to do afghans, so I mostly do scarves. And I actually love the show Ancient Aliens.

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If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
That’s hard, but HP Lovecraft would win out by a hair, if I could raise him from the dead. His work had a huge influence on me. I love his ability to tell a great short story. The story Rats in the Walls is the only thing I have ever read that gave me nightmares, which is saying a lot, because I read a ton of horror. I can’t imagine what he would be like as a person, but it would be great to find out.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Mutilated Dreams is my newest work and available for pre-order at the moment. The inspiration came when I was reading an article about tattoos. It was talking about how visible tattoos used to make us put a person in a certain stereotype, but that was changing and we, as a society, no longer frowned as heavily on them. So, I decided to see if I could do something with this societal norm change and came up with someone who was taking tattoos, but not killing the victims. It was completely different from anything I’d ever done before, especially with this series, since my serial killer wasn’t really a killer.

What is your writing process? 
I sit down, open my computer, and start typing. Honestly, there is no best way for me to write a book. I do write better after dark, but I can listen to music, watch TV, watch a movie, or have complete silence and still write. And I’m notorious about writing even as I try to fall asleep. I used to keep a notebook by the bed, but it bothered my partner, because I’d be scribbling notes while he was trying to sleep. So, now I just hope I remember it the next day. Usually, I do.

Tell us about your main character: 
Nineteen years ago, I set down to create a character that wasn’t like any female characters I had ever read. The result was Aislinn Cain. Cain is a female sociopath who comes from a long history of psychopaths. She’s asexual (sorry, she’ll never have a love interest), so she has very few weaknesses. She actively looks for abusers, killers, and others of those ilk and volunteers to be their victim with the intent of stopping them. She’s so good at it, she gets recruited for a special US Marshals team that does exactly that, stop serial killers. The reason she’s so good is because she was just as likely to be one of them as one of their hunters.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
Milla Jovovich plays an excellent sociopath. She’s too old to play Aislinn Cain, since Cain is in her 20’s, but that’s who I’d want for the part.

What are you working on next?
In an unusual twist of Fate, I started writing book 11 in the Dreams & Reality books as soon as I sent Mutilated Dreams to the editor. I didn’t realize I was setting up Fortified Dreams as I wrote Mutilated Dreams, but I was and the moment I hit send, Fortified began to flow. By the time the editor had finished with Mutilated, I was half down with Fortified. Normally, I take a short break and write a Dysfunctional Chronicle novella (not horror), between my Dreams & Reality books just to cleanse my brain, but not this time.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
You can never advertise enough. Give copies away to be read and reviewed. Sign up for the newsletters that offer free and discounted books and start dropping your prices from time to time and putting them in there. Do blog tours. Be active on social media (but don’t spam about your book). Listen and be willing to take advice from writers who write full time.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Um, I would say no. However, everyone I know would disagree with me. I have a knack for retaining useless trivia. Occasionally, I manage to work it into conversation and occasionally, it just seems to overload my brain and spew forth on its own.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I already have a super power: I trip over invisible things. I never seemed to outgrow being a klutz, now I can walk down a sidewalk and trip over nothing. My friends have all just gotten used to it, so they no longer think it’s weird when I’m walking and suddenly, I’m not.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. Go to England to watch World Cup Darts live.
  2. Write and publish at least 100 books.
  3. Meet Stephen Fry (I don’t think I could manage talking to him, I would definitely be star-struck and fumble over my words).
  4. Learn to be less of an introvert.
  5. Hit a 180.

Where can readers find you on the web?

www.facebook.com/hadenajames
@hadenajames
hadenajames.wordpress.com

Any final thoughts?

Thank you for taking the time to interview me and post it on your site!

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