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WELCOME AUTHOR JAN CLINE
Saturday, July 27, 2019 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  The Pruning

AUTHOR:  Jan Cline

PUBLISHER:  WordCrafts Press

GENRE:  Women’s Fiction/Historical Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Book 2 in American Dreams Series

TARGET AGE:  25-65

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JAN CLINE TO PATTI’S PORCH. JAN SHARES THE ORIGIN OF HER LOVE FOR HISTORY AND WAYS TO KEEP OUR OWN HISTORY ALIVE.

 

 

JAN IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PAPERBACK COPY OF THE PRUNING.

 

 

 

HOW MUCH HISTORY KNOWLEDGE IS ENOUGH?

 

 

by

 

 

Jan Cline

 

 

I’ve been a history lover all my life—thanks to my dad. Our car stopped at every road-side marker, museum, and historical point of interest as we traveled on our summer vacations. Did we ride the rollercoasters at Disneyland? Nope, even though we lived close by. Instead Dad would find interesting places like ghost towns where we could pan for gold, or Indian burial grounds where we could hunt for arrowheads. This was his legacy to us. It’s what I knew.

 

 

So my desire to write fiction drew me back to that thing I knew, and loved. History. I thought it would be easy, until I discovered how much history knowledge I’d missed, despite my father’s best attempt at hands-on education. I had to do my own research and know my facts. Most historical writers spend hours digging into records, articles, and even encyclopedias to bring readers authentic stories. I love to bring the past to life for my readers.

 

 

My current series, American Dreams, has been fun to research. I learned so much about the struggles of my grandparents and parents. We all have treasures of facts in our families about hardships and joys. The problem is, most of it isn’t written down. Our family history is indeed a treasure, and it’s up to us to dig it up. It’s a shame to waste the stories of our heritage…or let them be lost and forgotten. I wish I had quizzed my grandparents and parents more while I had them, for now they are gone.

 

 

History books and movies are no substitute for personal stories told by our friends and family. Creating family trees, researching your roots, and sharing those stories with the next generation is important to keep our true history alive. I encourage all my readers to explore American history and use road trips to discover nuggets of our nation’s past. I will always treasure those detours to points of historical interest my dad took for the sake of instilling a love for history, and ensuring we never took for granted the challenges of our ancestors.

 

 

The American Dreams stories follow families that lived through some of America’s hardest times—the dust bowl of the mid-west plains, the great depression, and then WW2. The main characters are strong women who show us how to combine character with faith to survive pain and sorrow. I hope that after reading them you will delve into your own history and find the gems of stories to pass on to the younger generation.

 

 

 

Book Blurb for The Pruning:

Clarissa Wilding can’t run away from her past. Moving from the drought-ridden Kansas plains to the green hills of the Pacific Northwest has only drawn her secrets to the surface, threatening the new life she has built with her husband Frank, and their boys. When Frank introduces her to his brother, everything changes, and Clarissa must deal with new revelations that test their family bond and may forever alter their happiness.

 

 

Patti’s Review of The Pruning

The Pruning by Jan Cline tells the story of the Wilding family, who leave heartache and despair behind in dust bowl Kansas for the promise of a new life in the Pacific Northwest. This book held my attention from the very first scene. Clarissa, wife to Frank and mother of two boys, runs smack dab into her past the moment the family steps off the train in their new location.

The author does a wonderful job of developing characterization, taking us to the heart of the conflicting emotions of her characters and exploring the versatility of family dynamics. The situations the family encounters are unique and challenging. I laughed and cried with these realistic characters who encountered adversity, endured hardship, and learned how to forgive. I particularly liked Elijah. The quiet presence of this family friend held the strongest influence in times of trouble with his unwavering faith in God and belief that God is always in control.

It was a pleasure to read a book set in this time period by an author who takes great store in research and accuracy.

This is book two in Jan Cline’s American Dreams series. Even though I had not read book one, there was enough reference to past events to grasp the continuity of this ongoing story. However, I now have added book one, Heaven’s Sky, to my must read list!

 

Amazon buy link                     

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PAPERBACK COPY OF THE PRUNING BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, AUGUST 6TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT. (US residents only eligible)

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

Jan Cline is a firm believer in late bloomers. She began her writing journey at a very young age, but didn’t venture into fiction writing until 2009 when a friend dared her to write a novel. Her love for relics and history pointed her to America’s untold stories of the 1930s and 40s, and her first published novel, Emancipated Heart, tells the story of a Japanese American family living in an internment camp during WW2. To Jan, researching is just as fun as putting pen to paper, especially when it requires travel to places she’s never been.

Jan lives in northern Idaho with her husband and spoiled dog, and enjoys golf, crafting, painting, and spending time with her nine grandchildren at the family lake cabin.

Follow Jan on her Facebook author page.

Visit her website and sign up for her newsletter. You’ll receive a free short story!

 

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Comments

Jan Cline From ID At 8/5/2019 10:19:24 PM

Hi Jerolyn, I know many people who lived through tough times didn't like to talk about them. I hope my stories will spark people to ask more questions of family members. Thanks for stopping by!

Jerolyn From Colorado At 8/5/2019 1:22:59 PM

Looks like a book I need to read, Jan! I used to love when my grandparents told me their stories, but the times you write about were not the things they talked about. I hope to read your book and gain a little more insight into what their lives might have been like back then. I'll check it out!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jerolyn. Thank you for stopping by and sharing thoughts of your family and their stories with us.

Jan Cline From ID At 8/5/2019 12:00:36 PM

Thanks Gail for the plug for Heaven's Sky. And thanks for the support!

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 8/5/2019 9:23:13 AM

Just stopping by to say howdy, Jan. As you know, I've read THE PRUNING already - glad more readers are getting the word here. I'd add that I really was glad I'd read the prequel, Heaven's Sky b/4 I started this story. Hello to you too, Patti.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. Yes, now that I have read The Pruning, Heaven's Sky is a must for me. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Jan Cline From ID At 8/4/2019 9:54:04 PM

Hi Vicki! So nice to hear from you and how wonderful about your publication! I hope you enjoy Heaven's Sky.

Vicki Moffat From Spokane, WA. At 8/4/2019 5:21:43 PM

Love your style of writing. Currently reading “Heart out of Hiding as devotional. And just bought “Heaven’s Sky. You gave me encouragement at a writer’s conference a few years back and I got a Children’s Christmas poem published. Thank you.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vicki. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience with Jan and the encouragement she has provided. Congratulations on the publication of your poem.

Terry Mengle From Kent, Washington At 8/1/2019 12:22:48 AM

Jan Cline spent part of the summer with us at our cabins on Twin Lakes, Idaho. We will miss her, but will keep looking for future books. The Pruning looks very interesting. I am also interested in history because when I was young my Dad would never stop at historical markers....so I decided as an

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Terry. Thank you for stopping by. I have spent little time in Idaho, but the times I was there were amazing! My dad did not stop at historical markers either.

Jan Cline From ID At 7/29/2019 5:29:34 PM

Vivian, how wonderful that you have some history written down. This is how we will retain our history, both family and culture. Thanks for your comment.

Vivian Furbay From CO At 7/29/2019 6:20:44 AM

I too am interested in history. My Dad compiled some of his family's history before he died. Very interesting! The depression and dust bowl era was really hard on the people who lived it. Would like to read this book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. My uncle was the researcher in our family and passed the information he obtained to us. Most interesting! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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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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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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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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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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2/12/2014

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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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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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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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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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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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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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

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