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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
Friday, October 23, 2015 by Patti Shene

Title of book:  Trust Me

Author’s name:  Jo Huddleston

Publisher:  Forget Me Not Romances (a division of Winged Publications)

Genre:  sweet Southern historical romance

Stand alone or series:  book #2 in the West Virginia Mountains series

Target age:  young adult-adult

 

I’M DELIGHTED TO WELCOME MULTI-PUBLISHED AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON TODAY. JO SHARES SOME FACTS ABOUT HERSELF, HER WRITING LIFE, AND HER NEW BOOKS.

 

JO IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF AN EBOOK COPY OF TRUST ME. CHECK BELOW TO SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

 

Jo, you have quite an impressive history of published work, including novels, non-fiction, magazine articles, and devotions, to mention a few. What sparked your writing career?

The idea of a writing career blossomed during college when I studied for a minor in English. Of course life—work, husband, children—got in the way while a writing career simmered on the back burner of my mind, never going away. When my first grandchildren came along I decided to put that English minor to work and started writing. I did this without studying the writing craft, and rejection letters returned to me in rapid succession. Then I got serious and studied craft books, attending at least one writers’ conference each year. I was traditionally published first in nonfiction—magazine articles, and then books. After a lengthy health scare, my first novel was traditionally published twenty-two years later—all my novels are sweet Southern historical romances.

 

Congratulations on your perseverance through what must have been some challenging obstacles, Jo. What kind of inspiration can readers expect to find in your work?

My readers tell me my nonfiction offers them spiritual tonic and hope. My novel readers tell me my books aren’t preachy at all but are captivating, fast-paced, uplifting, and heartwarming stories of faith and family.

 

Spiritual tonic. I like that! Do you weave personal experiences into your writing?

Yes, many times I weave personal experiences into my nonfiction books. In my novels I have drawn from stories told by my ancestors, and also from my travels and living in several states in the Southeastern United States.

 

Writers who share their own personal experiences are a blessing to readers! Your faith is an important part of who you are. How do you demonstrate your faith in your writing?

The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation in all my novels.

 

What a wonderful message to convey to readers through story. The paperback and ebook version of your second book in the West Virginia Mountains Series, entitled Trust Me, released recently. Tell us about this book/series.

The first book in the West Virginia Mountains series, Wait for Me, is set in a southern West Virginia coal mining area and later follows characters to the northern part of the state. After researching for this novel, I could write compassionately about the lifestyle of the coal miners and their families in the 1950s. The second book in this series, Trust Me, continues the story with a couple of new characters added.

 

Sounds like an interesting subject for an engaging series. You have a new release entitled Simply Christmas, co-authored with Vickie Phelps, which is available now on Amazon. How is this Christmas book different from other Christmas books?

How Simply Christmas is different from other Christmas books is right there in the title and back cover copy: The book is an invitation to the reader to take a fresh look at the holiday. Vickie and I share our thoughts on the season in hopes that Christmas will be a time of joy and reflection for individuals and families instead of commercialized chaos. Simply Christmas urges the reader to keep their celebration simple and grounded in the genuine reason for the holiday—God’s gift of His Son to the world. Simply Christmas will make a great gift book—to yourself or to your friends and family. The book is available in paperback at Amazon.

 

I agree, Simply Christmas would serve as a great gift book. What is your next writing project?

I’m writing the third and final book in the West Virginia Mountains series that takes place in 1960. Incidents in the world of 1960 will impact the lives of my characters. Life becomes not as simple and secure as it was in the 1950s. The working title for this third book is Promise Me.

 

Jo, thank you so much for stopping by Patti’s Porch. I thoroughly enjoyed your visit and I’m sure readers will too.

 

Back cover blurb for Trust Me:

West Virginia, 1960

A mine owner. An elegant lady.

Seductive voices that scoff at trust.

Loreen Fletcher has suffered heartbreak. She resolves never to trust a man again. She has earned a respected position with no help from anyone, especially not from a man. At thirty-six, Loreen knows loving brings inevitable misery, and she won’t pick at that scab again.

Claude Capshaw’s life has taken another detour. Things that drove him no longer motivate him. Nothing fulfills him anymore—except that elegant lady at West Virginia University. Why won’t she trust him when he tells her he’ll never betray her?

 

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF TRUST ME BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

Jo Huddleston is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series and her Caney Creek series are sweet Southern historical romances. Her novels are endorsed by Amanda Cabot, Cara Lynn James, Sharlene MacLaren, and Ann Tatlock. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Learn more at Jo’s website, where you can sign up for her mailing list and newsletter, connect with her on social media, and read her blogs. Connect with Jo:

 

Website and Christian authors’ books

Inspirational blog

Facebook

Facebook author page

Amazon author page

Goodreads

The Book Club Network

Purchase link for book 3, Trust Me

Amazon link for all of Jo’s books

Purchase link for Simply Christmas


Comments

Jo Huddleston From USA At 10/25/2015 10:16:59 AM

Kaye, when you read my West Virginia Mountains series you'll be sure to connect with the areas in the books. Especially since your daddy tried coal mining. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/24/2015 7:25:00 PM

Wow, Kaye! You have a connection to Jo's story. I hope you get to read the book (you may be the winner -- who knows?). Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Kaye Whitney From born in Ohio, but living in Miami, FL At 10/24/2015 7:19:06 PM

I'm interested in this story because my parents were from West Virginia, and my father tried coal mining for a little while when he was young. One of my aunts bought a house near a coal mine.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/24/2015 9:56:51 AM

So pleased to have you on the blog, Jo. Wishing you many blessings with your writing career.

Jo Huddleston From USA At 10/24/2015 8:57:24 AM

Patti, thank you for having me visit with you and your readers. Good luck to all in the book drawing.

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10/23/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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10/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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10/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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9/11/2015

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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8/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

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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2/15/2014

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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2/8/2014

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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1/8/2014

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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11/13/2012