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Thursday, 4 February 2016

☀ Cubeball - Michael Leon

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Cubeball, a Futuristic Science Fiction novel by (, Michael Leon, 284 pages).

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below.  Read the first three chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Michael Leon will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).


Synopsis | Teaser | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops

Synopsis

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.

Teaser: Excerpt

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     THE VIEW FROM MARSFLIGHT-12 took Mickey’s breath away. He positioned extra cushions behind his neck as he readied himself for the advancing celestial event. The star-flight from Mars was approaching Skydome after a six month voyage. As the vast void of space momentarily darkened from the solar eclipse, Earth’s thin, blue atmosphere put on a radiant show. He had missed Earth’s natural aquatic hues. He then reminisced for a moment, to his home of the last ten years, living on another planet. On Mars, a red glow lit up the morning skyline as it danced with the Martian dust filled atmosphere. It was this eternal dance between light and gravity and his innate ability to decipher their patterns that made him who he was today. Then, the Earth’s moon completely covered the sun, bar the smallest of areas, creating what looked like a celestial diamond ring. Mickey decided to capture the occasion on his cubebit
      “Com, fix me a real time video capture of the lunar eclipse.” Com – the solar system computer command system-automatically captured the eclipse on Mickey’s cubebit. A default view twenty centimetre holographic cube lit up above his hand-held cubebit, providing Mickey a high resolution view of the celestial event.
      “Enhance view to double size, Com.” The holograph doubled in size, giving him a more detailed view.
      “Automatic ret filters too.” Mickey’s retina implants were set to filter light to an acceptable level as the sun’s rays changed in intensity.
      He delighted in the beauty of the eclipse. The diamond ring shape reminded Mickey of how he saw the balls on a cube. Mickey had an innate ability to read the roll of spherical objects in a cubeball cube. When he played well, every ball he intended to strike with the cue-ball, lit up in his mind, on the exact point where he intended to hit it. Then gravity would do its work. That’s what he loved about cubeball - the perfection of gravity.
      He also appreciated his upgraded cubebit. The Alpha-D9 provided a high digital resolution that could screen real-life holographic images from as small as a matchbox to as large as a room. He watched the moon move across the sun and wondered where he would be by the time of the next eclipse. Uncertainty was filling his life again.

Cubeball
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About the Author

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 and Tour Stops

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Jan 15: Christine Young
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Jan 25: Blog of Jacey Holbrand
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Jan 27: Where the Story Comes First
Jan 27: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
Jan 28: Harps Romance Book Review
Jan 29: Tina Donahue Books - Heat with Heart
Feb 1: SolaFide Book Club
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Feb 2: It's Raining Books
Feb 3: Beyond Romance
Feb 3: Straight From the Library
Feb 3: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
Feb 4: BooksChatter
Feb 4: Harlie's Books
Feb 5: Welcome to My World of Dreams

12 comments:

  1. Thank you BooksChatter for hosting me today and thanks to Goddess Fish! Wishing everyone good luck in the giveaway!

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  2. Hello Michael, thank you for stopping by.
    It's great to have you with us today!

    Flora

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  3. Thank you for sharing, I like the cover.

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    1. Hi Ben! I'll pass your comments on to my publisher, who should take the credit for the idea. I initially wanted something quite different, but when they showed me the drafts, I immediately picked it. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Trix! Thanks for visiting and good luck with the giveaway!

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  5. I really enjoyed the excerpt today! I will go over to Amazon to read the first three chapters! Thank you!

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  6. Hi Ree! Thank you for your support and interest in my novel. I look to your feedback!

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  7. Hi Michael, I really enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for sharing and for the contest! This has been a fun book tour and I've enjoyed learning about you and your book! Good luck with your writing!

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    1. Thanks, Betty! Your support and encouragement has been wonderful. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and I wish you good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Thank you so much, Michael! I certainly appreciate that! I enjoy reading so much that I do try to support and encourage authors.

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