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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
Friday, May 30, 2014 by Patti Shene

Featured book:  To Soar on Eagles’ Wings

Author:  Renee Blare

Publisher: Prism Book Group, March 2015

Genre:  Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Stand alone or series:  Book One – Series (A Snowy Range Chronicle)

Target Audience: Women’s Fiction, Adult

 

Author Renee Blare visits Patti's Porch for a chat about her writing, the great stae of Wyoming, and American's veterans.

RENEE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF A $25,00 AMAZON GIFT CARD.  CHECK BELOW TO SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

Hi, Renee and welcome to Patti’s Porch. I’m delighted to have you here.

Thanks for having me, Patti. It’s a pleasure to be here. I love your blog! How did you know purple’s my favorite color?

What is the significance of the tag line on your web site, ‘where the wild meets the Forgiven?’

As you know, I write Christian fiction. More specifically, I write romance and suspense. In actuality, my tag line has many meanings. The word “wild” could refer to my setting, the old nature of man, or even the evil within this world. As for the “Forgiven?” The Christians carry that role as well as God through actions and the message professed within the story.

And how do these two meet? As they do in life… realistically.

Tell us about your book, To Soar on Eagle’s Wings.

To Soar’s the first book in The Snowy Range Chronicles. It’s the story of a young schoolteacher, Rachel Fitzgerald and game warden, Steve Mitchell in the small town of Timber Springs. Here’s a little more about it.

What does she have in common with a moose? More than she’ll ever know.

Spring’s in the air. While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell finds a moose mired in a bog and launches his first wildlife investigation of the season. Then trouble follows him…straight to town.

Rachel Fitzgerald’s on Spring Break. Or at least she’s trying. Between paperwork, harassing phone calls, and her family, she may as well have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A ‘chance’ meeting with her brother’s old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn’t easy.

He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but rejects the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves more of a challenge than ever before…

When did you decide you wanted to be a novelist?

Now that’s a question! I’ve been a writer forever… since I was in junior high school. I actually wrote my first short story, Comanche Sky when I was about twelve on the way back home from Arkansas.

Three years ago, I went on a rampage one night after buying a book at Walmart. I thought it was a Christian book…oops. I guess I should have paid better attention. After I finally tossed it in the trash, my husband challenged me to write one of my own. So I did. And the rest is history. Of course, I’m still learning to be a good one.

What life experience has impacted your writing the most and why?

I recently had shoulder surgery…well, two actually. At the end of 2013, my doctor successfully loosened my shoulder. And after two years, I can lift my arm above my head! You can’t believe how liberated I feel. Not to mention the decreased level of pain. I can write for a two hour stretch now without my fingers going numb. God is so good.

You like to hunt and fish. Share a favorite hunting or fishing story.

I love the outdoors. Arthritis in my knees keeps me from hunting much anymore, but I fish a lot, especially after it warms up. I take my Kindle White with me and sit on the bank next to my pole. What a relaxing day…

I’ve seen it snow every month of the year in Wyoming. One year, we were camping in the Big Horn Mountains above Buffalo and it snowed on the fourth of July. My grandparents came up from Arkansas that summer and I fished Crazy Woman Creek with Papa. One minute the sun was shining, the next, white clouds blew in and it began to snow.

The summer snow shower didn’t last long but Papa looked like a kid in a candy store. We tossed snow balls at each other as long as we could (it melted pretty fast) then went back to Meadowlark Lake and had breakfast. What a fun way to start the fourth of July!

You work with veterans as a pharmacist. What do you see as the most difficult problems our veterans face today?

I love working with the veterans. Our servicemen and women face many trials when they come home and hang up their uniforms for the last time. Organizations exist to help them through the steps to get the benefits they may need and definitely deserve, but the process is convoluted and difficult. The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and Wounded Warrior Project are two places very helpful to veterans today.

Wounded Warrior Project

Veterans of Foreign Wars

I feel adequate employment is a big issue for both disabled, and returning combat veterans today. But I think the problem goes beyond a checkmark on a job application. Veterans are returning in large numbers. Employers need to educate themselves on the conditions related to disabled and combat veterans. Not to deny them job opportunities but to provide needed services, or concessions to optimize their performance.

Tell us about your Dream Team.

Do you pray? I want you on my Dream Team. My Dream Team is a support group for my writing, and it’s made up of readers, writers, family, and friends.

I ask for prayer support… for God’s direction in my writing, His will and message to always be the driving force in my work as well as open doors for each endeavor to find freedom in His Name. Each member (up to the first fifty) gets a free copy (paper or e-copy) of each new release for reading enjoyment and review. The Team will be advised of all speaking engagements, book-signings, blogs, or social media activities via group email.

To join the Dream Team, send an email to me at [email protected] with subject: DREAM TEAM.

 

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Renee Blare’s been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family back to Wyoming after a brief detour to Montana. Today, when she’s not reading or writing, she’s serving America’s veterans. Writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, but she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar. She writes about Christians struggling to find faith in the Lord along the journeys of their lives—and to keep things interesting, throws in some action and intrigue.

She now lives in central Texas with her husband, a crazy old dog and ornery cat. Oh, and a ton of fish. Between writing, pharmacy, and her son dropping in periodically between college jaunts, life’s never dull around her house. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check her website, blog, and social media.

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Update: Renee’s currently a semi-finalist in the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest. God is good!

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Comments

amanda whitley From ma At 6/11/2014 10:51:43 AM

Soar on Eagle?s Wings sounds like a good read to me! thanks for the generous giveaway

Renee Blare From Texas At 6/3/2014 6:15:11 PM

Hi Carlene. I can't wait for you to read it too! LOL Thanks for stopping by. :)

Patti Shene From Colorado At 6/3/2014 11:08:06 AM

Thanks for coming by, Carlene. I have not read any of Renee's work as yet either. She is on my TBR list!

Carlene From Texas At 6/3/2014 8:07:53 AM

Nice interview! I love sweet romance, have to check out some of Renee's work.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 6/1/2014 2:37:14 PM

You bet, Amy. Thank you for stopping by.

Amy Orvin From Charleston, sc At 6/1/2014 10:42:45 AM

I'd love to be added into the drawing for the Amazon card.

Renee Blare From Texas At 5/31/2014 11:13:17 PM

Thanks, everyone! I still can't believe it about the Genesis contest. Talk about a surprise. :) Becky, there's still a lot of snow up top but it's melting...fast. The mountain creeks and rivers are raging. Nothing like Wyoming in the spring. Thanks for stopping by, folks.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 5/31/2014 8:24:25 PM

Hey, Becky! Thanks for stopping by. I'm jealous with all this talk about snow!

Becky Lyles From Boise, ID At 5/31/2014 6:14:32 PM

Hey, Renee, I love it that you're writing about Wyoming. The Snowies are beautiful, but they can be cold. I hear the snow is still fairly deep there this year. Congrats on being a Genesis semi-finalist! I hope your book goes all the way to the finish line. :-)

Patti Shene From Colorado At 5/31/2014 2:44:18 PM

Great to have you here, Renee! So proud of you for finaling in the Genesis contest. Can't wait to read your book. Thanks, Elaine, Jennifer, and Cindi for stopping by.

Renee Blare From Texs s At 5/31/2014 2:23:13 PM

Thanks for having me today, Patti. It's been an honor to be here.

Cindi Altman From Pennsylvania At 5/31/2014 1:59:05 PM

Very enjoyable interview. I, too, am an outdoors type of person. There is so much of God's beauty to enjoy. cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer L. Hallmark From Alabama At 5/31/2014 11:17:40 AM

Great interview, Renee! I can't imagine snow on the 4th of July. My email is jenlhall63 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Elaine Stock From NY At 5/31/2014 11:15:49 AM

Renee, congratulations on being a Genesis semi-finalist! And even better, for not giving up on your faith and dreams. estock(at)fairpoint(dot)net

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WELCOME AUTHOR MARY L. BALL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JOI COPELAND
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEEANN BETTS
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WELCOME AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CLEO LAMPOS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA D. MEYER
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER
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WHEN GOD SAYS "NO!"
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEANN BETTS
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Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
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WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE KALAS
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4/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR TANYA EAVENSON
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
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WELCOME AUTHOR KARIN BEERY
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA RUTH STRONG
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REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELAINE STOCK
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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