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WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE DEAN WHITE
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Patti

FEATURED BOOK:  Beyond the May River

AUTHOR:  Diane Dean White

PUBLISHER:  Winged Publications

GENRE:  Inspirational romance/suspense 

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE:  over eighteen

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE DEAN WHITE TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. DIANE SHARES HOW LESSONS LEARNED FROM OUR ANCESTORS CAN ENRICH OUR WRITING AND OUR LIVES.

 

DIANE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A COPY OF BEYOND THE MAY RIVER.

 

CONNECTING WITH THE PAST

 

by

 

Diane Dean White

 

There are so many areas of writing and where one can use their talents. I started out in junior high with an old black manual typewriter. I wrote poems and short stories just for me. (I probably showed them to my grandmother since she was always interested in them) When my hubby’s work took us to a southern town I answered an ad about newspaper reporting, and I was hired and had a column called Yankee Viewpoints. I covered hard news, city council meetings, and enjoyed interviewing people for feature stories. When we returned to Michigan I was a busy Mom with three young children. I did some stringer work for newspapers, and also wrote donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations. When the kids were out of school I was hired by a magazine to write weekly columns, and did that for four years. But there is also an area in writing not many people think about, hopefully more today than in years past. And that’s researching ancestral history.

 

I don’t think teenagers today are aware of how important it is to learn from older people. They usually have their cell phone on their hip and talk with others, even someone in the same room. Yet it’s so important to have time with older people; take a video and ask questions going back as far as they can remember. Once they are no longer with us, the memories and family history are lost forever.

 

I was fortunate to have a loving grandmother who over thirty years traced her family history from the pre-revolutionary war period to present date. She completed this in the early 80’s and had books printed up to give to family members. She used an old Royal manual typewriter that had been mine, and sent out questions to people to seek more information. Often she never heard back, but finally computers became popular in libraries and she was able to trace a little more that way. She encouraged me when our children were young to write to family, some I knew others I didn’t, from my dad’s side. His father was from Canada and one of twelve, and came over to Michigan when he was fifteen with his family. I sent out letters asking for information; names, dates, married to, etc. I had a great response because most of these relatives were older and had information and were happy to share. Life continues. While raising our children, and a good 20 years later, I remembered the history my grandmother encouraged me to do. She found information on some of the family I was researching, because she lived in the Michigan thumb area, and that’s where many family members from Canada had moved to.

 

When our youngest was in college I delved into my grandfather’s background, his sisters and brothers and his mother, who was an only child, to have twelve of her own. It was sad to learn that two older sisters came down with diphtheria in the same time frame and were both recently married. They died within two weeks of each other, which one relative said almost killed their mother. But she had other younger children and continued to have babies over 20 years. The reason for their move to Michigan, my great-grandfather lost his lumber mill in a fire, and they had family and a place to go to in Sanilac County.

 

I was amazed at how the puzzle fit together and I was able to trace and have information on each of the eleven siblings of my grandfather. Many had and continue to have children, but many also came to a halt as the girl didn’t marry or the son was killed in a war. I made arrangements to have a Dean Family Reunion. Relatives from Canada and many who moved states away came, and we had a wonderful summer day with games, contests, and gifts for those who came the furthest, the oldest, etc. We had swimming and our daughter and hubby taught everyone how to do the “Macarena.” I gave each family a booklet that I had of the history I had researched, and I put together a large chart showing the heritage and started at the top with the person I was able to find beyond my great-grandfather. Little green wooden magnets, in the shape of a tree, and the name and date were also gifts. It was a beautiful day and many relatives including my parents are no longer with us and now with the Lord. I’m so grateful I wrote to the older family members, and kept that information; because they truly held the key.

 

 

Blurb for Beyond the May River

Brianna is pledged in a marriage that would merge money, but is she really in love? Short trips overseas stir her heart for people and places so different from her own, but it stirs even more fervently for a godly man who shares her passion for the “less fortunate.” Although a gifted and successful interior decorator, is the mission field her real calling? Will she follow God's leading and give herself to the life and the man she truly loves? And will her parents understand if she does? Enjoy a heart-warming romance along the May River and exotic lands far beyond, as Brianna learns to obey her faith and her heart.

 

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DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF BEYOND THE MAY RIVER BETWEEN NOW AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

Diane Dean White started her writing at an early age, but it wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a small southern town she wrote her first column, Yankee Viewpoints for a local newspaper. Returning to her home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work over the years, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations. Diane became a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her books to date are: Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Texting Mr. Right, Winter Wonderland , This Side of Heaven, and Stories from a Porch Swing, Lilacs in May, Journey of Redemption, and her latest release, Beyond the May River. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-five years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals, and live in the Sunshine state.

Connect with Diane online:

Website

Facebook page

Facebook Author Page

Twitter

Amazon author page

 


Comments

Mary L. Ball From Randleman, NC At 8/2/2017 1:11:52 PM

I enjoy Diane Dean White's novels very much. I've never participated in a mission, so this book gave me a glimpse into the hard work that many do for the Lord. Diane is right about our youth. I have two grandsons. I wish they understood the importance of family roots.

Patti Shene From At 7/29/2017 2:14:04 PM

Hi Sherri. Yes, that conflict would create quite a degree of turmoil in a lady's life! It will be interesting to read the story and see what the resolution is. Thank you for visiting the blog.

sherri stewart From orlando At 7/29/2017 9:30:55 AM

This sounds like a great book. I love the inner conflict of being a dutiful daughter yet wanting to marry someone with the same values.

Patti Shene From At 7/28/2017 10:50:10 PM

Hi Ann. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. Here Diane was concerned it would not be right for this blog! I think it is perfect! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Patti Shene From At 7/28/2017 10:47:00 PM

Hi Kelly. I agree with you that the cover on Diane's book is lovely. It depicts a calm and peaceful scene. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

Patti Shene From At 7/28/2017 10:43:12 PM

Hi Jayne. Yes, that is very true! It?s kind of like the fact that everyone has a story to tell. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

Jayne Noble From Medford, Oregon At 7/28/2017 7:09:12 PM

Every family has an interesting history......you just need to know ho to ask! This sounds like a great book.

Patti Shene From At 7/27/2017 11:27:05 PM

Wow, Brenda, how exciting to learn such an amazing fact about an ancestor! Congratulations on the upcoming release of your book. Thank you for stopping and sharing!

Brenda H. Cox From Greensboro, NC At 7/27/2017 9:57:06 PM

I think family stories are the best! I'll have a novel about my husband's 3rd great grandmother published on September 20. I never realized she was such an important figure, Henrietta Shuck - the first American woman missionary to China - until I retired and needed a project. Blessings!!!

Kelly Tyree From At 7/27/2017 6:50:01 PM

The cover is beautiful. It completely draws you in. I would love to read this book!

Ann Ellison From Abilene, Texas At 7/27/2017 5:19:53 PM

Really enjoyed Diane's post. Growing up I wish I had listened to more of the stories.

Patti Shene From At 7/27/2017 5:12:58 PM

Hi Carol. Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. My uncle prepared a family tree on my maternal grandmother?s side. It would be fun to learn about the names that were on there.

Patti Shene From At 7/27/2017 5:12:16 PM

Hi June. It?s always good to see you here. Thanks for contributing to the discussion. Diane sure did choose an intriguing topic.

Patti Shene From At 7/27/2017 5:11:38 PM

Hi Brenda. Thank you so much for stopping by. There are so many things I wish I had written down, especially during the years when my kids were growing up.

J. Carol Nemeth From West Virginia At 7/27/2017 3:30:33 PM

Diane, I'm also very thankful for a grandmother who kept detailed records & researched hers & my grandfather's family. I've done a lot of family research myself and her previous work has made it so much easier. Your new book sounds very interesting & I look forward to reading it. Best wishes!

June Foster From Alabama At 7/27/2017 1:10:44 PM

Diane, you touched on an important subject. Only in recent years have I looked into my own ancestry. One thing I learned is to ask our older relatives questions before they pass. There are so many things I'd like to ask my mom and aunt.

Brenda Murphree From Amory MS At 7/27/2017 12:35:53 PM

As I have gotten older I have really thought about the things we should be writing down from our parents and grandparents. This is such a great idea because there is information the next generation won't know. Thanks for the giveaway.

Patti Shene From At 7/27/2017 12:09:57 PM

HI Christina. So glad you stopped by. It is amazing what we learn from and about our ancestors. Thank you for leaving a comment.

Christina Lorenzen From New York At 7/27/2017 12:06:51 PM

I couldn't agree with you more, Diane. I love finding out about my relatives of the past. I'm so grateful to still have my mom and that she can share stories with me still. Can't wait to read your book.

Diane Dean White From Florida At 7/27/2017 8:53:48 AM

I think the difference in kids caring today is if they spent time with that grandparent, aunt or person. I'ts wonderful you made a book for them. I think they'll cherish that in the years to come. :)

Patti Shene From At 7/27/2017 7:10:09 AM

Claire, thank you for stopping by. My sister and I just spent some time together and have discussed the unanswered questions we wish we had asked our mom and grandmother.

Claire Gem From Webster, MA At 7/27/2017 6:40:11 AM

These are truly words of wisdom...I didn't have a cellphone growing up, but I thought all those stories the old folks told were boring. Now they are all gone, & you can only find out so much from records. It's why I wrote a memoir for my own kids, who, btw, won't read it until I'm gone!

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3/23/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR BARBARA BRITTON
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3/16/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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3/9/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR DELIA LATHAM
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3/2/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR LAURA V. HILTON
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2/23/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR JANELL WOJTOWICZ
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2/2/2017

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN PAGE DAVIS
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1/26/2017

CAN YOU TAKE YOUR TEETH OUT?
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1/15/2017

THE HEART OF THE OVER FIFTY WRITER
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1/6/2017

WHERE IS BABY JESUS by BETH STEURY
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12/21/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR KATHERYN MADDOX HADDAD
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12/14/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR PATRICIA BRADLEY
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12/8/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR LAURA V. HILTON
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12/1/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
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11/26/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR KIMBERLI RENEE CAMPBELL
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11/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
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11/3/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JEAN ANN WILLIAMS
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10/20/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR DAWN V. CAHILL
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10/6/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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9/29/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ROSE ALLEN MCcAULEY
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9/22/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR PATRICK E. CRAIG
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9/15/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ALICE K. ARENZ
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8/31/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CLEO LAMPOS
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8/18/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JUNE FOSTER
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8/4/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ELLIE GUSTAFSON
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7/28/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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6/2/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/19/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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5/4/2016

The Tenacity of an Arachnid by Sandy Kirby Quandt
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4/21/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR BONNIE ENGSTROM
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4/7/2016

REVIEW OF SAINT'S ROOST by TERRY BURNS
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3/30/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ANNETTE O'HARE
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3/17/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER
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3/3/2016

REVIEW OF HANNAH'S CHOICE BY JAN DREXLER
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2/27/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR WADE WEBSTER
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2/17/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR PAT JEANNE DAVIS
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2/3/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR DEBRA E. MARVIN
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1/20/2016

HAPPY 2016 FROM WRITER SANDY KIRBY QUANDT
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1/7/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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12/18/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JUNE FOSTER
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12/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA IVES LILLY
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11/19/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR NIKE CHILLEMI
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10/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR KELLY IRVIN
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10/1/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PATTY SMITH HALL
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9/17/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR HOLLY MICHAEL
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9/4/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE MILLER PEASE
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8/19/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
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8/5/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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7/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL SATTLER
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7/9/2015

WEIGHT LOSS DEVOTIONAL FREE ON KNDLE
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6/20/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR YVONNE ADERSON
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6/5/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SHERRI STONE
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5/21/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIANNE JONES
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5/6/2015

REVIEW OF INDEBTED BY BRAXTON DeGARMO
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4/29/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DEANNA K. KLINGEL
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4/17/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA IVES LILLY
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4/2/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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3/19/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DARLENE FRANKLIN
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3/4/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MICHELLE GRIEP
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2/20/2015

NEGOTIATING THE LEARNING CURVE
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2/6/2015

WHEN ENCOURAGEMENT COMES YOUR WAY
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1/30/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SANDY NADEAU
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1/14/2015

I AM A WRITER--OR AM I REALLY?
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1/1/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GEORGE DUNCAN
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12/3/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR MARTHA ROGERS
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11/21/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR EDITH EDWARDS
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11/6/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/16/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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10/2/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR FRANCES SUSANNE BROWN
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9/18/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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9/4/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR LILLIAN DUNCAN
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8/21/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CYNTHIA TONEY
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8/6/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CARRIE STUART PARKS
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7/16/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR & PUBLISHER TRACY RUCKMAN
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7/3/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET SKETCHLEY
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6/18/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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6/4/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA CAREY LYLES
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5/15/2014

DARK BIOLOGY BY BONNIE DORAN
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5/1/2014

BY THE WATERS OF KADESH BY CAROLE TOWRISS
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WHERE HOPE STARTS BY ANGELA D. MEYER
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4/3/2014

THE CHARM BRACELET BY SUSAN PAGE DAVIS
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3/20/2014

Love Redeemed by Kelly Irvin
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3/5/2014

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
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2/20/2014

WELCOME WRITER DELORES LIESNER
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2/5/2014

The Heartbeat of the Novel by James R. Callan
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1/15/2014

Don't Let Bible Contradictions Rob Your Faith
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1/2/2014

Welcome Author Lilliann Duncan
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5/30/2013

Confessions of a Reluctant Reader
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5/9/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR LENA NELSON DOOLEY
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5/2/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR KATHI MACIAS
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4/24/2013

Review of Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle
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4/18/2013

I'm back
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4/11/2013

Welcome Author JoAnn Durgin
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2/14/2013

Welcome Award-Winning Author Susan Page Davis
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2/7/2013

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
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1/30/2013

Introducing Jeanette Windle and Congo Dawn
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1/23/2013

Author Carole Johnson on Perseverance
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1/17/2013

The Value of Social Media
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1/9/2013

A Glimpse Into the Future
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1/2/2013

Welcome Author Jo Huddleston
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12/20/2012

Give Some Holiday Hope for Just $3.99
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12/14/2012

Great Christmas books from Lena Nelson Dooley
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12/7/2012

Welcome to Author Jude Urbanski
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11/13/2012

A Writers Journey Part IV
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11/13/2012

Interview with Author Kelly Irvin
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11/13/2012

Whose prophecy do you believe?
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11/13/2012

Welcome Author Michal J. Webb
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11/13/2012

Meet Author Sharon Shrock and the Women of Valley
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11/13/2012

Welcome Author Lillian Duncan
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11/13/2012