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GRITTY CHRISTIAN FICTION by Allison Wells
6/26/2020 9:25:00 PM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  When Waves Break

AUTHOR:  Allison Wells

PUBLISHER:  Ambassador International

GENRE:  Christian Historical Fiction

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  sequel to War-Torn Heart, but can stand alone

TARGET AGE:  18+ due to mature themes

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR ALLISION WELLS TO PATTI’S PORCH. ALLISON SHARES WHY CHRISTIAN FICTION THAT ADDRESSES THE HARD TOPICS LEAVES READERS WITH A RELEVANT MESSAGE.

 

 

 

ALLISON IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF WHEN WAVES BREAK.

 

 

 

GRITTY CHRISTIAN FICTION

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Allison Wells

 

 

 

I am an avid reader of Christian fiction, particularly historical novels. I devour books that provide a Biblical worldview, are clean, and tell a gripping story. But so much of it presents like a Hallmark movie with little to no actual conflict.

 

 

 

Living life as a Christ-follower does not mean our troubles are little or insignificant. We fight demons, even more so than our secular friends as the enemy wants to bring us down. I wish more books depicted that struggle. The struggles where we wonder if God is really there after all.

 

 

 

These are the stories where the sin seems insurmountable, where the characters feel that they are unworthy, where life gets raw and real. But then the glory of God is realized and redemption comes in the end. But it’s not pretty and it’s often heart wrenching.

 

 

 

Some authors convey this idea quite well. That life is hard, but with God, we can climb to the top of the rubble and triumph in His name. That redemption is for anyone who accepts it, not just a few who appear spotless. I call this small faction of books “gritty Christian.”

 

 

 

As a reader, I long to see more of these books. For those days when I feel unworthy or sinful above reproach myself and I can see that the character is actually able to find redemption and therefore I am as well. For you see, I am not perfect and I sometimes need a reminder that Christ died for me regardless of what sins I’ve committed. Books that tell that kind of tale to help me to remember that I am loved by the One who gave it all.

 

 

 

I try to aim my own writing into this vein. Christian books that show real struggle, real questions of faith, and then real redemption. All while wrapped up between the pages of a work of fiction. My works run the gamut of couples separated by war, sisters torn apart by assault, and a young woman who feels she is not worthy or capable of love. Yet in each one, the reminder of Christ’s love and commitment to us helps them see that their value is not tied up in their circumstances.

 

 

 

Join me in my search for these gritty Christian novels. Books that present real struggles, the unpretty parts of life, but give us a story of redemption and love. Because in the end, redemption is what matters most.

 

 

 

Book cover blurb for When Waves Break:

 

One summer, one night, one mistake, and everything changes for Eve and Juliette Nicholas.

 

For the Nicholas twins, life is just beginning, until one summer of misguided love forces the twins to doubt everything they’ve ever believed. Eve and Juliette are the daughters of a preacher, raised to hold love in high esteem, although they may disagree on how to share it. As high school graduation looms, they must question the cost of love, and what it may mean for their futures.

 

The summer of 1968 is one of change for both the Nicholas twins and the nation. With Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech fresh in everyone’s minds, racial tensions are high and threaten to shake the very foundation that once held the twins together. Through it all, will the bond that Eve and Juliette share be broken? Can love truly endure all things? Or will their mistakes always haunt them?

 

Set during a time of racial instability, When Waves Break sheds light on the equality and redemption we all have in Christ.

 

 

Amazon Buy link

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF WHEN WAVES BREAK BETWEEN NOW AND TIESDAY, JULY 7TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT. (residents of lower 48 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.

 

 

 

Allison Wells is a Southern wife, mother, and writer. She became a Christian at the age of sixteen. She’s a graduate of Clemson University and she still lives close enough to hear football games on Saturdays. She loves to read, hates the snow, prefers the mountains to the beach, loves the color turquoise and she will belt out any 80s song from the top of her lungs. Allison’s motto is “Life is short, eat the Oreos.” She thanks the Lord for her husband and four children daily.

Visit Allison’s website:    www.allisonwellswrites.com

 

 

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Comments

Allison Wells From SC At 11/8/2020 4:23:10 PM

Darth, I don't know of other Gritty Christian authors. We're very few and far between it seems.

Darth Wader From Manquin, VA At 11/8/2020 2:28:29 PM

Do you have any recommendations for other gritty Christian books out there? Every Crooked Path by Steven James comes to mind but it’s so hard to find books like that in Christian fiction.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Darth. Thank you for stopping by and asking your question.

bn100 From At 7/1/2020 11:06:02 PM

interesting information

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Clarice James From New Hampshire At 6/30/2020 11:57:12 PM

Thank you for your honesty and willingness to write about the hard places. The older I get, the less time and desire I have to read formulaic fiction. There is a place for it, I guess, just not on my bookshelf. :-) Keep up the good work!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Clarice. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to this discussion.

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 6/29/2020 8:57:41 PM

Hi Allison, I don't mean this to sound cliche, but I really did enjoy reading your blog and your perspective on "gritty" Christian books. Like you, I know we really need more of this kind of writing because we live in a gritty world for sure. God's blessings as you continue to write for Him.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this subject. Have a blessed week.

Cele LeBlanc From North Georgia At 6/27/2020 9:52:39 PM

The hymn says it all—“There is a wideness in God’s mercy.” “We all fall short...” but God welcomes and forgives. I am grateful for fiction that encourages all to find and accept His grace.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Cele. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the conversation. Have a blessed weekend!

Amre From Idaho At 6/27/2020 12:22:24 PM

Hi Allison, I appreciate your perspective. One of my mottos is: Life is messy-go get your hands dirty! Thanks Patti for giving Allison the spotlight! :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amre. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Love your motto! Have a blessed weekend.

Dave From Alabama At 6/27/2020 3:07:49 AM

The un pretty parts. Well said.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Dave! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a blessed weekend.

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THE HIGH CALLING OF MOTHERHOOD BLOG TOUR!
3/8/2017 3:00:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SUE BARR
3/4/2017 11:10:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KIMBERLY ROSE JOHNSON
2/25/2017  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ROBIN PATCHEN
2/18/2017 11:05:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JUNE FOSTER
2/11/2017 12:30:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PATRICIA BRADLEY
2/4/2017 2:43:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
1/29/2017 11:11:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LILLIAN DUNCAN
1/21/2017 3:20:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARY L. BALL
1/14/2017 12:50:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
1/7/2017 12:50:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JOI COPELAND
12/17/2016 11:00:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERRI WELDON
12/9/2016 10:15:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LEEANN BETTS
12/2/2016 9:39:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
11/5/2016 5:45:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
10/29/2016 9:45:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CLEO LAMPOS
10/14/2016 10:00:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KELLY KLEPFER
10/1/2016 5:09:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA D. MEYER
9/16/2016 1:03:00 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER
9/3/2016 1:56:03 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN GOD SAYS "NO!"
8/22/2016 12:39:59 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
8/13/2016 6:12:58 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
8/6/2016 12:19:38 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/29/2016 10:27:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
6/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LEANN BETTS
5/20/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
5/7/2016 12:27:37 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE KALAS
4/16/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TANYA EAVENSON
4/1/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
3/18/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
3/4/2016 10:22:23 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR KARIN BEERY
2/24/2016 11:00:18 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA RUTH STRONG
2/6/2016 12:49:04 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
1/29/2016 11:52:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ELAINE STOCK
1/16/2016 12:57:46 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
1/2/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
12/26/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
12/13/2015 4:00:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
12/13/2015 3:51:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
11/29/2015 4:17:05 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
11/6/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PERSPECTIVE
11/1/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
10/23/2015 11:28:03 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
10/16/2015 10:21:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
10/9/2015 11:37:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
10/3/2015 5:04:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
9/11/2015 10:39:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
8/22/2015 10:18:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
8/9/2015 11:24:30 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
7/24/2015 11:37:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHY WE WAIT
7/11/2015 10:51:21 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
6/27/2015 10:51:06 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
6/13/2015 1:32:20 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
5/22/2015 10:51:09 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
5/9/2015 7:57:00 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
4/10/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
3/27/2015 11:19:26 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
3/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
2/27/2015 11:00:12 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
2/14/2015 8:01:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
1/24/2015 1:41:32 PM  by: Patti Shene

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
1/16/2015 10:59:08 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
1/10/2015 7:44:16 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
12/27/2014 11:17:48 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
12/20/2014 11:08:16 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
12/18/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
12/14/2014 3:45:38 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
12/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
12/6/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
11/29/2014 12:36:32 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
11/22/2014 6:55:52 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
11/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
11/8/2014 2:41:19 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
11/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
10/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
10/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
10/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
10/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
9/27/2014 9:25:12 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
9/19/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BY THE NUMBERS
9/15/2014 2:24:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
9/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
8/30/2014 10:56:45 PM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
8/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SITTING IDLE
8/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene