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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY by Ane Mulligan
Saturday, August 22, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  In High Cotton

AUTHOR:  Ane Mulligan

PUBLISHER:  Heritage Beacon

GENRE:  Historical

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Book 1 in the Georgia Magnolias series

TARGET AGE:  35-65

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN TO PATTI’S PORCH. ANE SHARES INSIGHT INTO THE INSPIRATION BEHIND HER LATEST NOVEL.

 

 

 

ANE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF IN HIGH COTTON.

 

 

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Ane Mulligan

 

 

 

Thank you, Patti, for allowing me to meet your readers. A big Sugar Hill “hey” to all y’all. (That’s hello in Georgian).

 

 

 

When people learn I’m an author, they want to know what kind of books I write. My brand is Southern-fried fiction. In all my books, no matter what era in which they’re set, you’ll find an ensemble cast of strong Southern women, facing life’s issues together.

 

 

 

Their next question is, “Why did you choose to write this story?”

 

 

 

The Story Behind the Story

 

I grew up wanting sisters. I only had a brother; both of us were adopted. While we had an idyllic childhood, I longed for sisters. I gathered girl friends around me in place of nonexistent sisters. That continued into adulthood, and those friendships influenced my writing. Of course, little did I know what God had in store for me. The story of my discovery of my birth sisters is here on my website.

 

 

 

In High Cotton is the first in my Georgia Magnolias series. It’s probably my favorite of all the books I’ve written. I love this story of a young widow, raising her small son during the Depression. I also grew to love the other characters, who took on life as Maggie gathered them around her.

 

 

 

Sadie Moreland, half Yamasee Indian, who became a mentor to Maggie. Duchess Alden, Maggie’s sister, who arrived in Rivers End without any skills other than being a good hostess. Then there’s sweet Pinkie Yates. Maggie’s little boy found her beaten and battered. He told his mama he’s like the Good Samaritan in the Bible, and they had to take her home. Maggie’s mother-in-law, Faylene, is a tower of strength.

 

 

 

I’ve had a lot of fun researching and writing this series. One of my favorite aspects of this was the Depression era recipes. Southerners used peanuts as a staple protein in their family meals, and I tried a few out on my family. I share several recipes in the book, and I thought y’all might enjoy seeing one of them.

 

 

 

Macaroni Papoose

1 package macaroni, broken in ¼-inch lengths

1/3 c milk

grated cheese

small amount horseradish

thin slices raw* smoked ham

Cook macaroni until tender, spread slices of ham with macaroni, horseradish and cheese.

Roll slices and skewer or tie together. Place in shallow baking dish with milk. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 35 minutes. Serve hot with dish of crushed pineapple to sprinkle over each “papoose” as desired.

*Raw smoked ham is an oxymoron, since smoking “cooks” the ham, but that’s what the recipe said. 

 

 

 

If you’d like to read the first chapter of In High Cotton, go to https://anemulligan.com/georgia-magnolias-series and scroll to the DOWNLOADS

 

 

 

Blurb for In High Cotton

Southern women may look as delicate as flowers, but there’s iron in their veins.

While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural South Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood—the grocery store her husband left her. Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression?

 

Available online at Amazon, LPCBooks, Target, and in bookstores.

 

What people are saying about In High Cotton:

Mulligan pens a story full of southern charm with a cast of characters in a cute Georgia town you won't easily forget. Makes me want to sit down with the lot of them for a glass of sweet tea. — New York Times Bestselling Author, Rachel Hauck

The perfect marriage of Southern charm and dramatic tension, author Ane Mulligan takes the reader by the hand, immersing you in a story world you won’t want to leave. The women of In High Cotton are strong, brave, and compassionate, role models from the past who are every bit as relevant to women today. Personally, I think this is Ane’s best work ever! – Michelle Griep, Christy Award winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF IN HIGH COTTON BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY), SEPTEMBER 1ST AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

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.

 

Ane Mulligan has been a voracious reader ever since her mom instilled within her a love of reading at age three, escaping into worlds otherwise unknown. But when Ane saw PETER PAN on stage, she was struck with a fever from which she never recovered—stage fever. She submerged herself in drama through high school and college. One day, her two loves collided, and a bestselling, award-winning novelist emerged. She lives in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a rascally Rottweiler. Find and connect with Ane:

 

website

Amazon Author page

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

The Write Conversation

 

 

 

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Comments

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 8/31/2020 8:39:46 AM

Hi Ane! I grew up with 3 sisters, and then my husband and I repeated with the birth of our four daughters. So I can relate to the "sister thing". I'd like to try that recipe out for my grandchildren. Your book sounds engaging for sure--I grew up hearing the Great Depression stories from my mother.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for stopping by and sharing about all the "sisters" in your life.

Ane Mulligan From Sugar Hill, GA At 8/29/2020 9:14:59 PM

Thanks for letting me share with your readers, Patti. I tried to reply to each comment, but I didn't see that option. So thank you to those who left comments.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for visiting the Porch, Ane! It's always an honor to have you here.

Natalya Lakhno From California At 8/23/2020 9:39:47 PM

I can relate to wanting a sister ?? I also have one brother. God blessed me with a hubby from the family of ten! I have eight sisters now ??

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Natalya. I was blessed with one sister, but my mother-in-law had some 20+ live births! Only nine of her children were still living when I met my husband. I have five sisters-in-law today. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us.

Susan Sloan From Columbus, Georgia At 8/23/2020 4:38:09 PM

I love the blurb for your book, anxious to read it. Maybe I’ll find reference to places I’m familiar with.

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Susan. Thank you for stopping by and starting a conversation. I always enjoy seeing places I am familiar with mentioned in books I read.

Melissa Henderson From Mount Pleasant SC At 8/23/2020 12:56:48 PM

I enjoy learning the "story behind the story". :-) Thank you.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Melissa. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

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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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