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Monday, August 1, 2016

Hathor Legacy: Revelations by Deborah A. Bailey - Virtual Book Tour - Interview - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Deborah A. Bailey and her new book, “Hathor Legacy: Revelations!”  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card.  Also, come back daily to interact with Deborah and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this exciting giveaway!




Hathor Legacy: Revelations
by Deborah A. Bailey

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GENRE:  Science Fiction Romance

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BLURB:

Hathor Legacy: Revelations – Book Three of the Hathor Legacy Series:

An enemy returns to spark new tensions between the Guardians and Novacorp. In the midst of the crisis, Nadira is given information about her parents that threatens to destroy her relationship to the Guardians and to Jonathan.

While Nadira searches for answers, Jonathan is enticed into the hedonistic world of the Novacorp executive class. His entertainment club attracts the elite of Hathor, but his notoriety comes with a price.

The worlds of the Guardians and Novacorp are put on a collision course where only one side may come out on top. Nadira is called on to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the legacy of the First Families, the original settlers of Hathor, while Guardians, Kasema and Deshtu groups are faced with the choice to unite or be brought completely under Novacorp control.

Old scores are settled and long-hidden truths are revealed, and at the end Nadira and Jonathan’s relationship and their world will never be the same.

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EXCERPT ONE:

"I just got word from security." The words tumbled out so quickly that Azure had to stop to take a breath. "It's Mikal. He's escaped the penal colony on a ship. Novacorp security lost track of it. They don’t know where he is right now."

"He what?" It took her a moment to get her thoughts in order to reply. "But how could he? They did the Burn Order. It was supposed to destroy his mental functions, right?"

"Not all, obviously. The injection was only meant to destroy his PSI abilities. But he was still able to break out of the colony, steal a ship and get past all the security checks."

How had Mikal been able to escape a penal colony? He was supposedly neutralized by the chemical injection he was given after he'd been taken off Hathor. How had he even had the awareness to escape? Yet again, they'd underestimated him.

"He might have had help from someone at the colony," Nadira suggested. "Otherwise, how could he escape? Isn't it maximum security?"

"My child, I have no idea. We're still waiting for an update from the colony," Azure replied, "But we must be on our guard. I'll stay in Nova City until we receive word of his capture."  

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INTERVIEW:

What 3-5 words would you use to describe your book?
I'd say, "endings and beginnings." That's really a bit of cheat because it's actually just two words. J But that describes it perfectly. One cycle is coming to a close while another is beginning.

What is your favorite chapter or section of this book?
I can't give many specifics, since they'd be spoilers. J But my favorite section is the "Revelations" section where I reveal a few things that readers have wondered about.

Did you come across any specific challenges in writing this book?
It ended up being longer than I'd expected, so that was a big challenge for me. I ended up breaking it into sections so that I could manage it.

What location inspired the setting of Hathor? 
Real-world locations that inspired Nova City are New York City, Paris, Florence and Dubai. I've visited the first three cities, but have only seen pictures of Dubai. I wanted it to be a mega-city that would combine all of those places. As far as the planet, Hathor is Earth-like, but it had to be terraformed in order to sustain human life.

Is this book the final book in this series?
No, it's just the end of this cycle of stories. I already have plans for a novella featuring Sgt. Tomas´ Tragg, one of the secondary characters in Burn and Revelations. After that book is completed, I'll see where else I'm going to go with the series.

Will this be the last we see of Nadira and Jonathan?
Not at all! They'll be back in upcoming stories. I can't say at the moment what they'll be doing, though. It all depends on what challenges I can think of for them.

If someone is new to this series, can they start here at Book 3?  Or would it be hard to follow so they would need to start with Book 1?
Actually I added some backstory details so that readers could follow the action without having read the first two books. But I would suggest checking out the other two if you enjoyed this one. The first two books are in audio format as well, so that's another way to catch up on the story!

If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please J)
I think I would spend time with Jonathan because he manages an entertainment club. He knows a lot of people who like to party all the time, and that might be fun.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Overall I feel the 3 books were describing Nadira's journey. She grows in self-awareness and acceptance through the trilogy. Her purpose is to bring the PSI people together, but she's not always happy about being in that role. In the end, she has to claim her own life and follow what she wants, not what has been set up for her by others.

Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.
I got the idea about the Guardians after watching a documentary about what happened to President Franklin D Roosevelt after he contracted polio. Seeing that story prompted me to write a story about people who had come down with a virus that would change their DNA.

As an author, what is your favorite word you love to include in your books?
That's an interesting question! Last time I checked my editing software, I think the most repeated word was, "finally." But the thing with favorite words is that I usually use them without realizing it.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
This may sound a bit self-centered, but I can't think of anything! For years I've worked with writing mentors and participated in writing groups. So, I've learned to take constructive criticism and work to improve my writing. I think if there's one thing I can think of, it's that I don't use lots of description. I like to paint broad strokes, as opposed to describing every minute detail. Some people like that, and some don't.

I noticed you write both fiction and non-fiction.  Which one do you enjoy writing more and why?  Which one do you enjoy reading more and why?
I've always been a reader, so I don’t have a preference. I'll read anything if it interests me enough. My first real job was as a copywriter, so for a few years I worked as a professional writer in the fashion industry and at JC Penney and Avon. During that time I wrote short stories and ended up selling a few of them. I've always written both, but fiction is my first love.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
The Hathor Legacy: Burn took about three months. Hathor Legacy: Revelations took twice as long and ended up being over 100K. It depends. I tend to be more productive in the summer than in the winter.

When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
I usually develop them as I go. Sometimes I have a name or a description of who they are before I begin. But usually I don't know who they are until I start writing.

Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.
My home office has a big window looking out over the backyard, and I can see the sunsets. It's my favorite place to write.

What book(s) have most influenced your life?
I've read a lot of books over the years, particularly because I was an English major! But three that stand out for me are The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut and Mind of My Mind by Octavia E Butler. All of them address the need to break out of the box and not have your life determined by others. That's a theme that runs through everything I write.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I have a lot of paperback and hardcover books in about three bookcases. For a long time I resisted buying an e-reader, but once I did I was hooked. Now I mostly read ebooks because it's easier. I can buy them on the spot and read them on any device.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
I'm always reading multiple books at one time. Not sure why I do that! Right now I'm reading Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina about Misty Copeland. Her story is very inspiring.

Wow, you have a very impressive resume!  Out of all those guest features and collaborations with national media companies, like Dailyworth.com, More.com, CNN.com, etc., what was your favorite project/company to work with?
Thanks! Actually I was fortunate because my first book, "Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life" was published in 2010. During that time the financial meltdown was in full swing and lots of people were realizing they had to look at employment in a whole new way. I worked with a contact of mine who is a PR consultant, and we got quite a few opportunities for me to write guest posts and to be interviewed. The thing that most people don’t realize, I think, is that if you have expertise someone can use, you should share it. You never know how you can help someone else. I wrote the book about my own experiences in corporate so that readers could learn how to turn their own careers around. It just happened that with the timing, it was the perfect message for people to hear. 

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
Being creative. I love to create characters, worlds and cultures. It's really fun stuff.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is short. Once I've decided what I want to do, I don't like wasting time. I want to get to it.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
I want to go back and re-learn Spanish (I took classes in high school but didn't continue), learn the piano and visit Spain.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I'd love to meet First Lady Michelle Obama. She seems like a lot of fun, in addition to being a terrific role model.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
If they're going to pay for it, then I'd like to go to Dubai. Since it's an inspiration for a location in my book, might as well check it out.

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?
One of my readers told me how much she disliked Mikal, the antagonist in book 2 (he's back in book 3). He was a villain that she loved to hate, so that prompted me to bring him back for book 3.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. I think writers often suffer from lack of confidence. You can't get better if you don't write. Be willing to take chances. Don't believe that you have to write what everyone else is writing if that doesn’t interest you. If you don’t believe in your work, readers won't either.

What's next for you? What are you working on now?
Right now I'm starting on some short contemporary romances. I usually don't write contemporary, so they'll be under a pen name. I'm also working on some ideas for the third book in my Family Pride shapeshifter paranormal romance series. I have lots of ideas, so there's more to come!

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AUTHOR BIO:



Deborah A Bailey's Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her books include the Hathor Legacy science fiction romance series and the Family Pride shapeshifter paranormal romance series.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. In her "other" life, she's a freelance technical writer and author of non-fiction books and articles for various online publications, http://www.BrightStreetBooks.com.

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CONNECT WITH DEBORAH:

Email: debann333@hotmail.com

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Deborah A. Bailey will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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10 comments:

  1. Judging by the excerpt, book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Hi Deborah! It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!

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  3. This was a very in-depth interview. Great questions! I am really enjoying this book tour! I wish you continued good luck! :)

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  4. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  5. Great post, I enjoyed the interview. I love learning how authors come up with ideas for their books :)

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  6. Shared on G+, have a great day!

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