Cubeball by Michael Leon – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_CubeballA 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.

Enjoy an 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.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_CubeballI 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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  1. Mon ami,
    Congratulations on a wonderful achievement. The book is great – and looks as great as it reads. Wish you well. xxx Chrissie

  2. Thanks to Long and Short Reviews for hosting this stop today. Wishing everyone good luck in the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for hosting!

  4. What was the worst movie adaptation of a book?

    • Hi Mai, thanks for stopping by! I really enjoy reading Cormac McCarthy novels. My favourite is The Road. I vividly remember how his haunting prose created a chilling post-apocalyptic feel that stayed with me for many weeks after reading it. I was excited when I heard it had been made into a movie, but as can happen so often, the film version fell short. Doesn’t it feel terrible when that happens!

  5. Sounds like a great read!

  6. Ana Mafalda Valente says:

    Looks like an interesting read 🙂

  7. I enjoyed the excerpt. The story sounds very intriguing.

  8. It’s an engaging premise!

  9. kim amundsen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  10. Helen Moulden says:

    Can’t wait to find out more about Cueball, thank you for the excerpt!

  11. I enjoyed the excerpt. “Cubeball” sounds like an interesting read.

    Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  12. Hi Peggy – thank you! Yes, I do suffer from writer’s block from time to time. I’ve learnt to accept that it is a natural part of the writing process. But there are so many facets of a novelist’s routine that must be addressed, from writing and editing to marketing. When I can’t move forward with one area, I turn to another. If it is a severe dose of writer’s block, I turn to my other great passion – travel – particularly to France!

  13. This sounds like a really cool book.

  14. Eva Millien says:

    I Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

  15. What a unique and fascinating excerpt.

  16. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

  18. I love the cover. I can’t wait to learn more. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Sue VanNort says:

    Liked the excerpt. This sounds fascinating. I will have to check it out!

  20. Sounds like a great read!

  21. I can’t wait to read more. Thank you.

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