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THE FUN IN SHOWCASING UPSTATE NY by JULIE ARDUINI
Saturday, November 16, 2019 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Restoring Christmas

AUTHOR:  Julie Arduini

PUBLISHER:  Surrendered Scribe Media

GENRE:  Inspy Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:  18+

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JULIE ARDUINI TO PATTI’S PORCH. JULIE SHARES HER LOVE OF THE SMALL TOWN SETTING IN HER INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS ROMANCE NOVELLA.

 

 

JULIE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR WINNER’S CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF RESTORING CHRISTMAS.

 

 

THE FUN IN SHOWCASING UPSTATE NY

 

 

One of the reasons I enjoy visiting Patti’s Porch is that Patti is familiar with the Adirondack Mountains, the region I based my Surrendering Time Series on. We both enjoy the beautiful foliage, the smell of pine, and the kindness from the residents.

 

 

For me, that’s what Upstate NY is about. My goal is to use Upstate NY cities and villages in my romances so readers can fall in love with the settings and the characters. Now that I live in Ohio (where I use settings for my Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ middle grade/women’s fiction series,) I miss the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes. I long to return to the Thousand Islands and create a series. My hope is readers could learn more about Western New York beyond Rochester and Buffalo. When it comes to all those Upstate NY settings, I have my work cut out for me!

 

 

My latest release, Restoring Christmas, is a glimpse into the Finger Lakes region. Based in the fictional village of Geneseo (Jen-uh-see-oh) Valley, the romance is my tip-of-the-hat to the real Geneseo, where I graduated from college.

 

 

I loved re-creating a small town where residents rally around the local businesses. The Christmas Mansion is a holiday attraction that is beloved by the townspeople yet has tourists, too. Everyone clamors to visit the place full of decorations and props, highlighted by an appearance from Santa. Drawing from my own college experience, there are a group of college students who choose the mansion as their public relations project. They see the value in the family-owned business, even if it is in need of updating and repair.

 

 

There aren’t just college students helping out at The Christmas Mansion, there’s also a class of tweens with slight special needs who believe in the magical place in the middle of the village. With all the students lending a hand, it’s their enthusiasm that helps the new co-owner, Holly Christmas, find the treasure in the mansion that she failed to find before.

 

 

I don’t know about you, but I love reading Christmas romances. I especially love when they have small town settings. It’s my joy to offer readers both in Restoring Christmas, a holiday theme and a tribute to a rural Upstate NY village.

 

 

What about you? Do you enjoy small town romances? Do you have a favorite setting?

 

 

 

Blurb for Restoring Christmas:

Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

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Holly Christmas left Geneseo Valley and her family’s holiday tourist attraction, The Christmas Mansion, as soon as she graduated.  Now both her parents have passed, and Holly returns when her uncle needs her help running the mansion. On Holly’s first day back, a blunt middle-schooler proclaims Holly hates Christmas. His comment forces her to reconcile the past while planning for the mansion’s future.

Kevin Holt is invested in offering hope to students with challenges. His best friend’s son is in Kevin’s class, and Nathan needs guidance. Their community project placement at The Christmas Mansion is an opportunity to make a positive difference. When Nathan blurts out his thoughts to the beautiful co-owner, Kevin wonders if he has what it takes to help restore the mansion to its former glory, mentor Nathan, and convince Holly Christmas she’s exactly where she needs to be.

Purchase Links:

Restoring Christmas eBook

Restoring Christmas Softcover

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF RESTORING CHRISTMAS BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH AT MIDNIGHT MST. (U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR PRINT COPY).

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.

 

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novellas, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her other latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her website, where she invites readers to opt in to her content full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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Comments

Cynthia From New York At 11/19/2019 11:52:27 AM

Patti, Small world! My husband is from Lake Placid area and my sister lives in Long Island : ) What part of LI were you from?

Reply by: Patti Shene

Oh Wow! My mom and dad lived in the De Chantal Apartments in Saranac. My cousin lives there now. Sis and bro-in-law used to own Dun Roamin' Cabins in Schroon Lake. I grew up on the south shore of L.I. in a town called Bayport. Haven't been back on the island in over 30 years.

Cynthia From Upstate NY At 11/18/2019 4:34:26 PM

It is nice to see someone writing about the upstate NY area. We are closer to Sch'dy/Amsterdam but often visit Lake George and the Adirondack region.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Cynthia, I love to hear from people who are familiar with the Adirondacks! My dad was from the Saranac Lake area. My sister and I were raised out on Long Island, but we spent many childhood vacations up-state. My folks spent their retirement years in S.L. My sister currently lives in Schroon Lake. So glad you stopped by!

Vivian Furbay From Colorado Springs, CO At 11/18/2019 7:05:17 AM

I love small towns. Our city has grown way too big. Would enjoy reading this book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the discussion.

Rita From So California At 11/16/2019 6:19:12 PM

Julie, I enjoyed learning a little more about you as an author. I love small town romances! And I've definitely fallen in love with the characters, as well as, the Upstate NY cities and villages settings in your books.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Rita. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Julie.

Julie Arduini From OH At 11/16/2019 3:49:50 PM

Thanks, Patti, for letting me share my love for Upstate NY settings!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for sharing with us, Julie. You know how dear that part of the state is to me as well!

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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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1/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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1/2/2016

IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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11/29/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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11/6/2015

PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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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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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
Patti Shene
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?
Patti Shene
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...
Patti Shene
5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
Patti Shene
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
Patti Shene
1/12/2013

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

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

Accountability in the Extreme
Patti Shene
1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
Patti Shene
12/26/2012

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

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

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

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
Patti Shene
12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
Patti Shene
12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
Patti Shene
12/4/2012

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

Welcome Home!
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Going Home
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

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

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

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

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012