Friday, March 25, 2011

Wild West Giveaway Party!

Welcome! I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. :) I just adore Cowboys and the Wild West, and could think of no better time to feature them and their writers than during the week leading up to my 19th birthday(March 31)!


So, here you go, guys... Enjoy! :) (And be sure to read to the bottom to learn how to enter and get extra entries to increase your chances of winning!)


What is your favorite birthday memory?
Denise: Birthday’s weren’t a huge deal in my family, so I never had a birthday party . . . until husband surprised me on my 30th birthday. I thought I was going to a family Thanksgiving dinner, and all my closest friends and family were there for my party instead. :)


Linda: From the late 1990s to the early 2000s, I had been sick for a number of years with undiagnosed Crohn's Disease and was about fifteen pounds underweight. One February, my mother had come to visit for my birthday. She just stayed overnight, but on “the day,” she kept asking me what my husband had planned for me. I really didn't know. Over the years, our birthdays began going by relatively unnoticed for some reason. I wasn't sure whether he'd do anything for me or not.


He was late coming home, so I had hopes he was engaged in some last-minute shopping, although I couldn't imagine what he could get without spending quite a bit of time. But he came home, only twenty minutes later than usual, with several grocery bags bundled in his hands.


That day, my husband illustrated how well he knew me by buying every single snack I love—salty, savory, and sweet; cashews, snack crackers, Whoppers, Cheetohs, and more. Everything. Then he made the ultimate sacrifice: he promised to stay out of them!


I managed to gain a bit of weight over the next week or so.


Mary: I’ve never been real fond of my birthday. I was born in March, on the 20th and I was raised to always claim I was born on the first day of spring. The trouble with that is, March 20th is apt to be a disgusting day. I had so many birthdays ruined by cold and rain and snow and mud. Throw in it was supposed to be the first day of Spring and it was a big disappointment all around.


If you could invite one person you have never met to your birthday party who would it be?
Denise: I think I’d invite Jesus. It would be so cool just to sit and listen to him and to bask in his love.


Linda: My husband's mother. She passed away long before I met him, and I'd love to have known her. Stories about her abound in his family—stories of crafty childraising, fishing prowess, culinary delights. She just seems like someone I'd love to know and learn from.


Mary: I can’t believe how hard I’m thinking to answer this question. It’s really hard. The trouble with famous people I admire is, I’m afraid I’d hate them. I imagine most famous people are kind of strange in real life, like movie stars, don’t you? I’m going to go for Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. She’s got the best blog ever and it’s hugely successful. If she met me she’d mention me on her blog wouldn’t she? And then I’d sell a zillion books.


What is your favorite thing to eat on your birthday?
Denise: I’m not a big fan of cake, so we usually head to the best chocolate shop in the world, which happens to be in our area. They have fabulous chocolates and a dark chocolate and raspberry sundae that’s too die for. (They ship too! http://www.debrand.com/)


Linda: That differs from year to year. My birthday is February 11, and this year I craved Chinese food. Nobody seemed to pick up on my hint until weeks later. Meanwhile, I had terrific Mexican food at a place my husband chose, and a great traditional pot roast at a restaurant my mother favors.


Mary: I don’t like frosting on angel food cake. Right now I’m really hungry so instead of cake, I’m going with a really great steak. Perfectly grilled. A filet. Yum.


If, for your birthday wish, you could be a character in any movie, who would you be?
Denise: I’d choose one of the Jane Austen movies, if for no other reason than to talk in a beautiful English accent and wear those gorgeous gowns.


Linda: This may be cheating, but long ago, there was a series based on the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Little House on the Prairie. They also made a couple of movie-length episodes, or made-for-TV movies. I want to be Laura. I've always wanted to be Laura. I've considered myself an anachronism since I was a teenager. Really, give me my indoor plumbing and electricity, and send me back to the prairie. (I admit, I'm spoiled to modern conveniences!)


Mary: Carmen, these questions!!!!! Do you make them up after fifty cups of coffee or what??????? A character in a movie….I don’t want to be a heroic character because they inevitably have to fight for their lives. That would be unpleasant. I want to be a happy character, and who makes movies about them, huh? No one, that’s who. I’ll be Doris Day in The Thrill of it All, with James Garner as her obstetrician husband. Very sweet and funny.


What is your favorite thing about cowboys?
Denise: I think the biggest appeal is their ruggedness. They’re men’s men, tough, and masculine. Such a beautiful contrast to the feminine heroine.


Linda: Cowboys have a code I truly respect. I've heard it summed up in two words: “no excuses.” Get the job done. Don't shirk. Don't whine. Don't procrastinate.


Granted, this may be idealized. Many of the cowboys I know are one way on the job, and another way off. Cowboy wives may have more of an insight!


But this image impresses me. I wonder what would happen if everyone held to that creed.


Mary: I'm just never having more fun than when I have the cowboy lift the brim of his Stetson with his thumb and say, "This here, looks like shootin' trouble, little missy. You best get back and let me handle it."


I love their take charge ways. The life that makes them battle nature everyday…and win. The way they never say a paragraph when a sentence will do, and never say a sentence when a word will do and never say a word when a grunt will do. It's just a fun type to create.




RULES:
**USA addresses only, please**


The winner will receive autographed copies of each of these books:
Sharpshooter in Petticoats and the 3-in-1 "Lassoed in Texas Trilogy" by Mary Connealy
A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter
and Give the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak.

Don't those look great?!? :)

TO ENTER:

*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win). The comment is mandatory. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment AND your email address.


*If you leave a comment you will be entered unless you specify that you do not want to be entered.
*Here are the ways to get entries:


(First entry) The mandatory comment saying you would like to be entered with your email address.


+1 Become one of my followers OR subscribe to my blog by email.


+2 Read and leave a comment on my review of Love Amid the Ashes


+2 Post about this giveaway, or put up one of by special banners which can be found HERE. (More directions w/the banners)


+2 Ask one of the authors a unique question (or something you just REALLY want to know!)


+1 For each person you get to come and enter this giveaway who metions you by name (up to four). (Be sure they use your specific name so I know who to give the point to.)


**You can earn a total of 12 entries if you do all of the above entry options. Make sure to tell me in your entry comment on this post which of the things you did to get extra entries. (You can put them on one comment if you want to, you don’t have to separate each entry into its own comment or anything like that.)**


*The contest will run from today (March 25) until 6:00 CST on Thursday (March 31). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner either directly after choosing him/her or on Friday the 1st, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner.


Good luck! Thanks for visiting.

94 comments:

Linda said...

I'm a follower.

19??? An early HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What will you be doing in 20,30,50 years from now. You are so ambitious!

I wanted to tell you when I was born. I was born on Labor Day, 19__. 'The only day my mom worked,' according to my dad! It lands on Labor Day every now and then.

Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I do have one question for the authors: Do you all live in the West? Or do you do research for your cowboy novels?

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Linda. I can't answer for the other ladies, but I live in Indiana--not a cowboy in sight! I went to Montana, spent the day with a rancher and his wife, and took LOTS of notes. :-)

Dawn said...

I would love to be entered in your contest!!!

Crandallberries@gmail.com

:D

Mary Connealy said...

Linda, I live on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. We are having baby calves right now, a new one every day. They're so cute.

My husband is the real deal, he is a cattleman from birth.

I think I can bring authenticity to the western way of life because I'm living it.

Especially that cowboy 'man of few words' thing I mentioned in the interview!!!!!

Linda Yezak said...

Carman, thanks for this! It was terrific fun.

In answer to Linda's questions, I'm a Texas girl, but I researched the bull riding scenes through interviews with a former bull riding champion. It was great!

debbie said...

I would love to read the books, they sound really good.
I am a gfc follower.
debbie
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

EJ said...

Would love to be entered in the contest - I've enjoyed books from all of these authors. Mary - Have you bought the Pioneer Woman's cookbook? Some great recipes, plus pictures and lots of funny comments - I just love her blog also.

I'm a follower of this blog & have left a comment for Love Amid the Ashes.

Elaine rejordan79@msn.com

Michelle said...

I would like to be entered into this great giveaway! Thank you so much!

Michelle
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Michelle said...

+1 I am an email subscriber.

Thank you!
Michelle
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Michelle said...

+2 I posted this giveaway on the sidebar of my blog. http://sweettreatsandinspiration.blogspot.com/

Thank you!
Michelle
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Jackie S. said...

Great books by great authors...please enter me. I subscribe via E mail; I left a comment on Love Amid the Ashes post. Denise, what is your next book??
jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

lorlyn63 said...

These books sound like the kind I enjoy reading. I live in Iowa out in the country, but I enjoy reading books about the West and watching westerns. Also enjoy the history of Native American's as well - just a neat time in our history! Thank you for writing books like this and for the opportunity to win a copy of each.

Blessings,
Lori

triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

Denise Hunter said...

Jackie, "The Accidental Bride" is next, releasing Jan. '12. It's the 2nd in the Big Sky Series.

I also have a "Novel in Four Parts" called "Smitten" that will release in December of this year. It was written with my best buddies Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, and Diann Hunt.

cheryl c said...

I would love to win these. I am a big fan of historical and contemporary western romances.
castings at mindspring dot com

cheryl c said...

Wishing you a happy birthday!

GFC follower
castings at mindspring dot com

cheryl c said...

+2 left a comment on your review
castings at mindspring dot com

Courtney said...

I love books about cowboys!! I really enjoyed the birthday questions. I make a big deal out of my kids birthdays but for the life of me only remember about 2 of my own childhood memories. My birthday is in January so I planned my babies to be born in Spring and Summer just so we can have birthdays then, is that pathetic or what?

+1 I am already a follower and subscriber to your blog!

+2 I posted about this giveaway at
http://courtney-courtneyschitterchatter.blogspot.com/

+2 My question to the authors?!
Do you all have husbands that are cowboys?

Faye Rhys said...

Happy 19th birthday!
I heard about this from Mary Connealy, so be sure and give her some points!
Your reveiws are very informative.

Faye

crazi.swans@gmail.com

Leanne said...

Happy early Birthday!!

I'd love to be entered!

I'm a follower/subscriber. +1

+2 Left a comment on your review.

+2 Posted about the giveaway.

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

apple blossom said...

I'd love to win these books thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

gfc follower/ email subscriber

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Joy Tamsin David said...

I love cowboys! One day I'm gonna pack the boys up and take a vacation out west. Go to a rodeo, ride a horse, stay on a ranch. That has always sounded like so much fun.

Great interview Carman. This is not an entry, I'm reading Linda's book now and Denise and Mary's are both in the TBR pile.

apple blossom said...

left a comment on review Love amid the ashes
entry #1

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

left a comment on review Love amid the ashes
entry #2

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

posted your banner in my side bar
entry #1

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

posted your banner in my side bar
entry #2

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

entry #1
question for Linda~
I read a lot have my own book review blog. You are a new name to me. Your book looks interesting. How long have you been writing? What other books have you had published if any?


ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

entry #2
question for Linda~
I read a lot have my own book review blog. You are a new name to me. Your book looks interesting. How long have you been writing? What other books have you had published if any?


ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Pam K. said...

I would love to win these books! Mary has quickly become a favorite author of mine. The other books in the giveaway look very good too.
I am a subscriber now to your blog.
Here's my question for Denise and Linda (I know the answer for Mary): Have you written books without cowboys as the main characters?
Thanks for the interviews with Mary, Denise,and Linda and the book giveaways. Happy Birthday, Carman!
pmk56[at]sbcglobal[net]

diana said...

I would love to be entered in this contest...Carman's blog is always so much fun!

dianalflowers@aol.com

+1-comment

diana said...

+1-subscribe to your blog

dianalflowers@aol.com

diana said...

+2- I left a comment about your review Love Amid the Ashes.

dianalflowers@aol.com

diana said...

+2-question for Denise

Hey, Denise. I love your books, however, I don't think I have ever seen anything that you have written except contempory Christian fiction. Have you ever done a historical fiction novel? I think you would be great at it!

dianalflowers@aol.com

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Pam K. Actually "A Cowboy's Touch is my first cowboy story. I'm contracted to write 2 more in this series. The last series I did was 4 love stories set on the island of Nantucket.

Diana, my first four books were historicals. They were compiled in a book called "Kansas Brides". There are still used copies floating around on Ebay and Amazon.

karenk said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Thanks for the opportunity to read these fabulous 'cowboy' books...

*i'm an email subscriber
**i commented on 'love amid the ashes'
***denise, how do you select the names of your characters? love your writing :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anne Payne said...

Who doesn't love a cowboy?! I would LOVE to be entered in this one! I have read both Mary & Denise's books, but haven't had thepleasure of reading any of Linda's yet. Thank you for the oppritunity to win these fantastic books.

homesteading[at]charter.net

Anne Payne said...

I'm a follower & subscribe :)

homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

Mary Connealy said...

EJ. I love The Pioneer Woman. I have a SIGNED copy of her cookbook, though I didn't get it, someone who was going, picked one up for me.

Anne Payne said...

Left a comment on your review!

homesteading[at]charter.net

Mary Connealy said...

HI FAYE! Thanks for following me over here from my blog.
I am sorry not to have stopped in more today.
It has been a CRAZY WONDERFUL DAY!!!
I found out am a finalist in the Rita Award.
It is thrilling. Man oh man I have never had any luck with the Rita or the Golden Heart pre-published. I'm just floating.
I'm a finalist in the Inspirational Category for Doctor in Petticoats.

Anne Payne said...

Got it in my sidebar!

homesteading[at]charter.net

Anne Payne said...

I want to know if they travel to each place they write about, or sometimes have to settle for online research. I know that Mary & Denise do such an awesome job describing the areas that it seems like they must be there! I haven't had the pleasure of reading Linda's books, but I hope to remedy that with this giveaway ;)

homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

Candace Kuykendall said...

I love Mary's books! My hubby and I are Cowboy Missionaries, so these are right up my alley! lol

southernfaithministry@msn.com

Christina said...

What a fun, blog post. Btw, Happy Birthday!

I'd love to enter this contest. christinainspirationals[at]gmail[dot]com

Question to the authors. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

CarolM said...

I <3 Mary's books.

I'd like to know if Mary was dropped on her head as a child or eats something special or has a 'special' brownie recipe or something. Because she's a hoot. So Mary. Do share =D.

I'd love to be entered [though I'd ask to have Lasooed in Texas autographed to a friend as I already have an autographed copy - but I have lots of deserving friends =D].

I'll also be posting this on my Facebook page :).

carol at carolmoncado dot com

Mary Connealy said...

My mom had eight kids in eleven years. I was third.
When I was born I had 'big' sisters, 2, 1 and ME...the third daughter...bet they were real thrilled, huh?

I might well have been dropped on my head....the poor woman was probably leaving most of my care to by big sisters.

I do think that maybe living inside my head was the only privacy I ever got.

Mary Connealy said...

And bty Carman, you make me feel ANCIENT.
19?

Wow, girl. Happy birthday to YOU. Thanks for letting me celebrate with you.

Mary Connealy said...

I mean btw........this whole computer lingo stuff is pretty darned persnickty.

Mary 'The Curmudgeon' Connealy

Karen Lange said...

Happy Birthday Carman! Hope you have a wonderful celebration. :)

I would love to be entered, thanks so much for doing this. I am a GFC follower.

Blessings,
Karen
klange61(at)hotmail(dot)com

CAT said...

Happy 19th birthday!
I heard about this giveaway from Mary Connealy on goodreads.
I'm a follower :) plus this post.
061961(at)gmail(dot)(com)

Linda Yezak said...

Joy--I'm so excited you're reading my book! {{{HUGS!!!}}}

apple blossom--Give the Lady a Ride is my debut novel. Way back in my college days, one of my professors tried to get me into writing as a career, but I pursued a different path. I picked up writing again back in 1997 and haven't been willing to give it up since.

Pam K., This is my only cowboy novel. My first (unpubbed) was a mystery/suspense with a police chief as the main character, and my work in progress, The Cat Lady's Secret has a vet as the hero.

Mary C--BIG congrats for being a Rita finalist! So excited for you!!!

Christina--I've always written, but it never dawned on me to try to get published until I finished my mystery/suspense Shattered Crystal. When I tried to get that one published, I discovered I still had a bit to learn about writing.

BTW, Carman, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

PriviesAndPrims said...

I think cowboys are sooo handsome! Even if they're not, the hat and boots make them handsome. :)
And, I think Scotty on American Idol needs to put on a hat, since he's a true cowboy!

This would be a great bunch of books to read and I'm hoping I get picked. I'm a follower and subscriber.

Happy Birthday!


Doreen
priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Bluerose said...

+1
Oh, I would love to be entered!!!! I want to read all of these books very badly. I'm over halfway through A Cowboy's Touch and loving it!! Since it will be going on my keeper shelf, I would love an autographed copy, though, if I won.

+1
I'm a follower.

+2

I left a comment at your review of Love Amid the Ashes.

+2
I posted your banner on my sidebar.

+2
For all the authors...What is your favorite color? (This is just something I'm always curious about a person). I didn't read ALL the comments, so I hope this one hasn't already been asked. :)

bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

Denise Hunter, not the author, said...

I would love to win these books! Please enter me in your contest! I have read all of Mary's books and love them! She is my friend and neighbor so I knew her books would be great! I have read some of Denise Hunter's books. I was intrigued since she & I have the same name, and I was not disappointed. Thank you! dhunter29@live.com

Edna said...

please enter me, I also love cowboy stories



mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

Edna said...

+2 I left a comment on Love Amid the Ashes




mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

Jolene said...

I would love to win these books. I'm already a follower of your blog.

iwant2save26 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love Mary's books! Happy birthday to all you gals with March birthdays!
mom2abcd at yahoo dot com

rbooth43 said...

Happy Birthday to all with a March date, and especially you, Carman.
I love reading Westerns.What a great bunch of books to win and read. I'm a follower and subscriber.
Thanks!
Rebecca
rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

Casey said...

Happy, happy birthday!!! :D

What a fun post and giveaway! Okay, here I got with all these entries, I'll do them each in seperate comments, how about that? And my email is easy to locate in my profile. Thanks Carman! :D

#1 PLEASE ENTER ME! :)

Casey said...

+1 I am a follower. :)

Casey said...

+2 Left a comment on your review of Love Amid the Ashes. :)

Casey said...

+2 I have put your sidebar banner on the top right hand side of my blog!

Casey said...

+2.

My question is for LINDA.

Linda, I have seen your book around and visited your site, congrats on your debut novel! :) What I was wondering is, where did you get the inspiration for your story?

Thanks Carman!!

Virginia said...

Look at you go girl 65 comments so far...yea.
Happy Birthday Carman!!!!!

okay: want to be entered
+1 I am a follower vrush729(at)aol(dot)com
+2 Love Amid the Ashes...because of your review I really really want this book and will be getting it...I want to laugh and cry too.
+2 did the banner thing on Facebook
+2 question for Mary...you said anything...I loved her statement about you having 50 cups of coffee!!!LOL and I love that she would pick Doris Day and James Garner...my question to her is: Mary did you see "Murphy's Romance"? it was awesome...
+however many sends my name in when they go to your site...better be a bunch. so at least 7...hopefully more.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUU!!!!!!!

Mary Connealy said...

Favorite color...black.

Sorry.

Mary Connealy said...

HI DENISE HUNTER NOT THE AUTHOR.

Catchy name btw.

I can have you autograph all my Denise Hunter The Author books, can't I? It's sort of the same.

Mary Connealy said...

I loved Murphy's Romance.

I even have kind of a pumpkin head like Sally Fields.

Except she weights about half what I do, the brat.

Sheila said...

Really enjoyed the interview, Carmen sent me.

true_sheila at yahoo dot com

noseinanovel said...

Fun interviews! Please enter me :)

ksmiley2[at]kent[dot]edu

noseinanovel said...

+1 for following you via my Google Reader

ksmiley2[at]kent[dot]edu

amber said...

Oooh, please enter me!!

afren07[at]gmail[dot]com

bekkielynn said...

Would love to win this1 My email is pitzrl@gmail.com

bekkielynn said...

I now follow your blog!

Anita Yancey said...

I would like to be entered. Some really great books, and I'd love to read them. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

I follow on GFC/Subscribe by email.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

A J Hawke said...

Love westerns and stories of the heros of the old west. I'm familiar with Mary and Denise's books but this is an introduction to Linda Yezak. Always looking for new authors.
Question for Mary: Do you name the new calves?

A J Hawke
ajhawkeauthor at aol dot com

Mary Connealy said...

AJ the calves are ear tagged. They've got a number. And there are a few that are special, artifically inseminated to a classy bull and we know them by their daddy's name.
He's a K205 son. Like that.
She's a Hairy Bear daughter.
We do have a few registered Angus. We don't register all of them. To do that the parents much both be purebred angus and registered. And those calves get named but again, it's boring K205 daughter #25

Although we do have one calf we call Oopsie. Born way to early, his mama had some 'splaining to do.

Linda Yezak said...

Casey, Thanks for visiting my site!

I got the idea for my story from a couple of TV shows, "Cowboy U" and "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding." Both shows took people from their daily lives and plopped them into a lifestyle totally alien to them. And on both shows, these newbies had to ride bulls.

I had a blast dropping my socialite on the ranch, but she isn't the greenhorn everyone would think. She has some surprises of her own!

Thanks for the question and good luck!!!

Linda Yezak said...

Mary--Murphy's Romance has to be the best! LOVE that movie! I'm going to have to get it on DVD...

jettaspaghetta said...

I love the interview and all the comments on this post!

jedakiah@frontier.com

ReneeK said...

I am a new follower. Happy early birthday. This books look wonerful.
jeffknoblauch (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

bp said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Bethany

preciousmoments2004 AT gmail DOT com

Heidiwriter said...

A fun post! All the books look fantastic--going on my TBR list for sure!
Heidi M. Thomas
http://www.heidimthomas.com

Charity U said...

Please enter me! It sounds SO fun!

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Charity U said...

I follow!

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Charity U said...

Commented on your review. Really sounds like a good book!

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Charity U said...

Entry 2 for commenting earlier.

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Charity U said...

Banner on Austenitis!

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Charity U said...

Entry 2 for putting up banner!

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Charity U said...

I know each of these authors are busy, but I'm curious...how many books do they each estimate that they read per month?

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Charity U said...

Entry 2 for the question.

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diana said...

+2- Denise I have another question for you. I also saw Kansas Brides on CBD BTW. Any historical fiction in the future for you? Carman, Happy Birthday, sweetie, and lots of luck sorting through all these extra entries and author replies! lol

dianalflowers@aol.com