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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNA VICTORIA
Friday, April 21, 2017 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Love Among The Lilacs

AUTHOR’S NAME:  Jenna Victoria

PUBLISHER:  Forget Me Not Romances

GENRE:  Sweet Romance

STAND ALONE OR SERIES:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE:  19-70

 

IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JENNA VICTORIA TO PATTI’S PORCH. JENNA DISCUSSES HOW CHRISTIAN FICTION HAS CHANGED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TODAY’S READERS.

 

JENNA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY (WINNER’S CHOICE) OF LOVE AMONG THE LILACS.

 

How Did I End Up Here?

by

Jenna Victoria

 

Life throws us curveballs, no doubt about it.

 

No-one is exempt from unexpected life interruptions that can range from minor annoyances to heart-wrenching, heartbreaking tragedies. I remember how much I enjoyed retreating into the pages of a romance, mystery or fantasy story when my parents divorced, when my younger sister died, and when classmates teased me about my weight. I could escape the chaos and pain for a moment in time. One of the reasons I write happily-ever-after Christian romance is to offer a pleasant diversion to my readers who may be in the midst of struggles. Adding that faith element felt even more rewarding.

 

Enter the curveball. Long time readers of Christian romance from the era of Grace Livingston Hill and the 1980 and 90’s aren’t the ones buying books any longer. Newer generations of readers have opined many faith-based books aren’t realistic. The stories, they say, portray a fairy-tale view of life that has no bearing on a reader’s experiences with daily challenges. Some say authors of Christian romance are “preaching to the choir.” At a recent conference, an editor at a Christian publishing house told me, “We’ve got to leave Jerusalem.”

 

I understood exactly what he meant. There will always be a market for Christian fiction among Christians and that’s a beautiful thing. I will continue to write stories of faith. However, more than ever, there is also a need for quality, engaging books that entertain and yet aren’t preachy or Pollyanna. There are several generations of readers looking to buy lots of books, many of whom will never pick up a Christian book, who are being ignored by the industry.

 

Enter the home run pitch, straight over the plate: Sweet romances. Cozy, clean mysteries.

 

These astute readers don’t want 50 shades of anything - they want to read about compelling characters who live their fictional lives on the page in a realistic, entertaining but moral way. Where they espouse core values (trust, compassion, caring for others, hope, committed love, agape love, community engagement) and qualities such as intelligence, humor and philanthropy that trump one night stands and lack of decency and accountability. In a publishing landscape where anything goes, it’s time to offer a new choice: transformational fiction, without the Bible thumping.

 

The idea behind my newest release, Love Among the Lilacs, began with a dose of cold reality. I learned a friend with a young son was evicted from her landlord’s illegal basement apartment by the town. She went, in the space of 24 hours, from being a tenant to being homeless. She lived paycheck to paycheck. There was no money for two months security deposit or the exorbitant rent legal apartments charged. There were little to no community resources, and those that were in place treated her like a criminal.

 

Once her story turned around, with the help of some friends, and she was in her new tiny, but clean and safe efficiency apartment, it made me think.

 

What if you had been homeless, and yearned for a permanent home? What if you scrimped and saved and finally bought a small cottage, moved in, and then found out a major paperwork error put your ownership at risk?

 

That’s what happens to Mollie Wright, who has just moved into Lilac Cottage, only to be at odds with the seller’s great-nephew, Sean Grady. Add in meddling neighbors and a Grady relative who sides with Mollie who are all sure the pair is perfect for each other - but Mollie and Sean aren’t buying it!

 

It was a pleasure sitting on Patti’s Porch today.

 

Happy reading.

 

Blurb for Love Among the Lilacs

 

Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk. Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter. Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean's own family but knows the clock is ticking. Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is truly where your heart is?

 

Amazon Buy Link   

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF LOVE AMONG THE LILACS BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, MAY 2ND AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

Ever since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1955, Jenna Victoria has yet to taste a cake she hasn't liked. Jenna writes books for readers who enjoy sweet & compelling romances, and also for those who look for her “fiction that feeds your faith” titles – happily-ever-after romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature  satisfying fairy-tale-endings.

Her clean romances won’t put you into a diabetic coma, and her faith-based romances aren’t preachy or unrealistic. It is her glad purpose to glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ through books that illustrate hope & peace in unbearable situations. Her first triple negative breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 has led to surgeries, radiation, reoccurrences and incurable metastasis. Still, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.

Connect with Jenna

       Website

        Blog – Bookish By Design  

        Email

        Amazon Author Page 

         Twitter 

         Facebook 

         Instagram 


Comments

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/22/2017 3:43:08 PM

Hi Nike. Thank you so much for stopping by to leave your comments about Love Among the Lilacs and Jenna's writing. Yes, young people need the truth and not some "feel good" sugar coating about life!

Nike Chillemi From Jacksonville At 9/22/2017 3:38:05 PM

Love Among the Lilacs is well written. It's a delight as well. And, I 100% agree with Jenna Victoria that Christian authors must be aware of the younger generation of Christian readers who don't want Pollyanna.

Patti Shene From At 6/1/2017 3:14:09 PM

Amen and Amen, Debra! God knows who needs to hear the message we have to share. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a message for Jenna.

Debra From At 6/1/2017 12:12:33 PM

I so agree, Jenna! My target audience is not 'the choir'. It's frustrating to write a story for a wider audience as there will always be a reviewer who says it's not CHRISTIAN ENOUGH and one who thinks it's PREACHY. We write for that one person who will be touched by it.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 4/27/2017 11:54:08 AM

HI Paula! It's always great to have you stop by. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the blog and about Jenna's post.

Paula From SE Colo At 4/27/2017 10:57:05 AM

Enjoyed reading Victoria Jenna's viewpoint on Christian fiction. It's always good to stop by the porch and reflect on the viewpoints presented. Thanks for putting this out there Pat. Paula

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 4/26/2017 7:29:09 PM

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Jenna, Sinead! Glad you found the site!

Sinead McCailin From SE Colorado At 4/26/2017 7:01:52 PM

I love that you are helping to carve out a niche for Christian fiction that doesn't come off preachy or heavy-handed! I pray that works like this will bring more non-believers to Christ! I also pray for your health issues and that God will give you a good long life in which to share your gift!

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 4/23/2017 6:39:02 PM

HI Charolette. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Charolette Romero From At 4/23/2017 6:38:18 PM

I would love a paperback thank u for the chance

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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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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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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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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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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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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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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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