Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cubeball by Michael Leon Excerpt & Giveaway


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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Excerpt Three:

At that moment Mickey knew he had to play his way and make a shot that would not be forgotten. He called “power-play.”

He imagined the perfect shot in his mind’s eye as he circled the table twice, deliberating his fateful shot. The balls loomed large, but strangely different. The table appeared more circular than a cube as he lowered his chin to his carbon steel cue. The whole shot played in his mind as he drew back the cue to strike the cue-ball with a force that engulfed the whole stadium.

The crack of the cue-ball as it struck its target echoed sharply its warning of an imminent tidal wave of spin and curve that would capture the imagination of every fan in the stadium, or at home in front of their cubebit. In one game changing savage strike, the red ball fell into the pocket as the cue-ball savagely spun into the red triangle, spreading the reds in all directions from the centrifugal force of the cue-ball. Mickey slotted twelve red and black combinations in four minutes, gaining an unassailable lead. He followed that with a perfect defensive stroke, leaving the cue-ball safely jammed behind yellow. Flaveau conceded the game and the match, shell-shocked by the unique high-spin attack Mickey had unleashed. The break was soon nicknamed ‘the pulsar’ and it had secured Mickey the first semi-final win and a shot at the world title.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Prizes for the tour are as follows:
• One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

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26 comments:

  1. Thanks to Deal Sharing Aunt for hosting me today and thanks to Goddess Fish. Wishing everyone good luck in the giveaway!

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  2. Gambling, drugs and a massive audience...now that's a party I can get into.

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  3. And my main character, Mickey, was prone to parties! Thanks for visiting, Richard!

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  4. What an interesting sounding game. Loved the excerpt.

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    1. Hi MomJane! Thanks for your great support of my tour! The very best of luck with the giveaway!

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  5. Nice Excerpt!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    v_theberge@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Valerie! I appreciate your comment and good luck with the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Trix! The release has been going well. A major local book store chain has just stocked the print version! I appreciate your support and good luck with the giveaway!

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  7. Thank you for informing me about this book.

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    1. Hi Sara! It's my pleasure! I hope you find it an interesting read.

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  8. What is your favorite book of all time? Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds interesting. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Hi Joseph! That is too hard to pick. I enjoy many genres. In science fiction there are two classics: Farenheit 451 and 2001 A Space Odyssey. I also liked The Road by Cormack McCarthy as well as anything written by Tim Winton.

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  9. Enjoyed the blurb and exceprt.
    Jennifer Rote

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Thank you for visiting and good luck with the giveaway!

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  10. Thanks for visiting, Victoria! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. This sounds like a great read, Michael! I'm glad the release is going well! Congratulations!

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  12. Hi Betty! Thanks for all your support! It's really appreciated!

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  13. When you were growing up did you ever think about being a writer? Or did you dream of something else.

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  14. Hi Barb! To my regret, I spent (or misspent) my youth dreaming of being a football star! I was mad about all sport, including snooker, but not so keen on my studies!

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  15. This book looks really cool. Thanks for the intro!

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  16. Hi Penny! I appreciate your great feedback. Best of luck with the giveaway!

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  17. I loved the excerpt! I wish we could watch a bit of the game!

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