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IT WOULDN’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT THEM by Joy Avery Melville
Friday, September 11, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Sown In Peace

AUTHOR:  Joy Avery Melville

PUBLISHER:  Independently published through KDP/AMAZON

GENRE:  Christian Contemporary Women's Fiction with a blend of Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Book 1 in Operation Return To Peace Series

TARGET AGE:  18+

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JOY AVERY MELVILLE TO PATTI’S PORCH. JOY TALKS ABOUT TWO VERY SPECIAL AMERICAN WOUNDED WARRIORS WHO SHARED THEIR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH HER TO ENRICH THE CONTENT OF HER NOVEL.

 

 

 

JOY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF SOWN IN PEACE.

 

 

 

IT WOULDN’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT THEM

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Joy Avery Melville

 

 

 

Sown In Peace would not be the story it is without some amazing input from two of America’s wounded warriors, but let me back up just a little. After God gave me the idea for this novel, and after I quit arguing with him about writing it, I did a mammoth amount of reading from non-fiction books I purchased at Amazon.com. I knew it wasn’t enough. There was a niggling within that had me sensing a need to dig deeper, which led me to pray for a human resource. Someone who’d been there and done the things I wanted to include in my novel. Someone who wouldn’t fear talking about their take away from their years of service.

 

 

 

Since I don’t believe in coincidences, I can say with all sincerity, God nudged two people to answer my prayers. Through an editing client, I met an extraordinary soldier… a wounded warrior. Then, God connected me with another outstanding Army wounded warrior through the editor of my books. These two men, Jeremy Rockstroph (Rock) of Indiana and Keith Youngblood (Big guy) of Texas have PTSD, and yet, were willing to open up and give me insight into that devastating result of their service to our country. They were able to share what no text book or reference source I’d been through had given me. These soldiers gave me what I needed so badly for the characters in the story.

 

 

 

When I first interviewed each of them, it was to gain information as to military terms, the types of vehicles and how they were used, base life, and the atmosphere. Then, as I spent time with them over the many months we talked, via email, FB Chats, by phone, email, and even in person with Rock, I learned they had so much more to say that would impact the novel. These men shared their very hearts with me, bringing so much more life to the novel and two very important characters.

 

 

 

I am grateful for the ideas God put in my head and heart, the strength He gave me to put them into book form, but my life has been changed for having known these men. I will be forever indebted to them… the heroes I am now privileged to call family!

 

 

 

Lest you think this story is all about military life and PTSD, I promise, there are emotional and romantic elements running through this novel. See below ~

 

 

 

The war she was forced to leave behind was nothing compared to the battle she faces within and at home.

 

 

 

One thing God has allowed me, while writing the genre He nudged, pushed, and then affirmed I write, is a strong Romance thread and ultimately a sigh-worthy ending. Something my Advanced Readers have assured me, is there.

 

 

 

Back Cover Blurb for Sown In Peace

How much can one wounded soul take?

Victoria (Tori) Archer has the heart of a soldier. Taken down by an IED during her fourth deployment, she’s permanently separated from her military career and left with physical scars as well as PTSD. Moving back to her hometown of Three Rivers, Michigan, she’s forced by circumstances to live with an irascible and unsympathetic aunt. Tori’s battle with pain, horrific memories, and loss of independence creates a deep yearning for peace. Will God grant her even a small measure of it?

Retired Military Dog Handler Griffin (Griff) McKay turns to training dogs at his farm for wounded warrior therapy, desiring to bring former military men and women emotional and mental healing. Implementing his plan proves to be more difficult than visualized with the arrival of one stubborn soldier. Why has God placed that particular warrior in his path?

 

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF SOWN IN PEACE  BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY), SEPTEMBER 22ND AT MIDNIGHT MDT. (U.S. 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.

 

 

Joy Avery Melville’s heart’s desire is to be the author God has called her to be by sharing Him with readers in such a way they long to have a deeply committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.

Fully intending to write Historical Romance—had in fact— she had no plans to deviate from that. God had something else in mind for that ‘call’ He’d made on her life back in 1967. A mere eighth grader at the time, she had no clue about the topics she’d be drawn to write about.

Surrendering to the genre God placed on her heart has given Joy new insight into the hearts and lives of those who too often hurt in silence.

The settings of Joy’s books are near where she lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan with her husband of 47 + years and their 23 mo-old Yorkie, Is-A-Bella Bindi, (Is-a-beautiful little girl) who thinks she’s a much larger breed with tomboy tendencies.

Joy loves to hear from readers and will respond!

Connect with Joy:

Email                                                 [email protected]

Twitter                                               https://twitter.com/Journeystojoy 

Blog                                                    https://www.journeystojoy.net

Facebook Author Page                     http://facebook.com/jamauthor

Facebook Personal Page                  http://facebook.com/joy.averymelville

Amazon                                              https://www.amazon.com/author/joyaverymelville

Goodreads                                         https://www.goodreads.com/joyjournalinggmailcom

Bookbub                                            https://www.bookbub.com/profile/joy-avery-melville

 


Comments

Kassy Paris From Texas At 9/20/2020 8:11:24 PM

Coming from a family with military background during WWI and WWII, plus growing up during the Viet Nam era, stories of soldiers have always drawn me in. This book sounds so enticing to me. Thank you for writing it.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kassy. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining the discussion. God bless our veterans!

Connie Saunders From Kentucky At 9/20/2020 5:40:54 PM

This sounds like a fascinating and heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here, Connie.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 9/20/2020 5:35:48 PM

Joy, so glad you met these men...I agree, in-person interviews provide so many wonderful details for our stories!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. So glad you stopped by to join the discussion. Thank you!

Babs From SW Michigan At 9/15/2020 12:08:58 AM

How fascinating a book title!!! Your book sounds very compassionate. Bless you for writing it. I would love to read it.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Babs. Thank you for stopping by and joining the conversation.

Natalya Lakhno From CA At 9/13/2020 10:46:52 PM

Not entering...I've read the story and it's amazing <3 highly recommend!!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your recommendation of Joy's book, Natalya!

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 9/13/2020 7:56:05 PM

Joy, what a privilege for you to meet up with two soldiers who could enhance your novel in a life-like way. Personal testimonies cannot be beat. Your book sounds like one I'd like to read because now I'm wondering who Griff's stubborn soldier is!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. I think this book would be right up your alley since your passion is preserving memories. Sounds like Joy did that for these veterans with her book. Thank you for stopping by.

Diana Hardt From California At 9/13/2020 3:06:35 AM

It sounds like a very interesting book. Thank you for sharing,

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Diana. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Joy.

Joy Avery Melville From MI At 9/12/2020 2:17:26 PM

Hi, Cele. Have you read this? I am so glad you enjoyed it, if that's the case. My shipment of books to sign and gift and those ordered by others who wanted signed copies came about 12:30 Eastern time today - Guess what I'll be doing after worship tomorrow? Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

Joy Avery Melville From MI At 9/12/2020 2:15:39 PM

Sal, I'm so glad you stopped by Patti's Porch. This is my first time here, and I love how she's set it up. I do hope and pray you'll get the opportunity to read Sown In Peace. Blessings,

Sal From Harker At 9/12/2020 8:24:41 AM

Your book sounds very interesting

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sal. Thank you so much for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

Cele From Georgia At 9/12/2020 7:42:57 AM

Excellent book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Cele. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Joy.

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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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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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