|Posted by [email protected] on September 22, 2019 at 9:50 PM||comments (1)|
When a girl with a Christian background decides all of her happiness depends on a daydream, she will make many mistakes. Hard lessons eventuate before she learns that what she had, in the beginning, was better than her obsessive desire.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 1925 and Gracie McLaren has visions of becoming a country music star. Desperate to leave the drudgery of farm life behind she escapes the day after her eighteenth birthday leaving in pre-dawn darkness to walk the dusty road to Nashville.
Her determination against the life she has known is set like stone and drives her on.
Pastor Ethan Tindale is new to Hopkinsville, a handsome single man with a secretive past, he reads into the wild thoughts racing through the beautiful young woman’s mind.
Can he wisely guide her to attain her dream without the many evil temptations that he knows to lie ahead?
Will, her soul, be lost entirely or will her Heavenly Father intervene by sending messengers to enlighten her understanding of right from wrong.
Discover how Gracie's journey into spiritual awakening leads her to an unimaginable eternal love for her Savior and others.
Stinky Thoughts and Her Lost Soul, is filled with inspiration and an uplifting story of redemption. The main characters, Gracie and Ethan both have an interesting past filled with heartache and frustration.
Gracie, just coming of age, decides for herself that she wants to follow her dream. Not God's will for her life which Gracie knows nothing about. Throughout the storyline, I felt more and more connected to her. I also admire Ethan's dedication to the Lord in helping her find her true path.
There were tender moments, moments of fear, and also some of chilling suspense. This book has it all, and I came away feeling rejuvenated in God's word. It's a wonderful story which will stay with you long after you turn the last page. I feel it is the author's best so far and look forward to her next one.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 17, 2019 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
This book assures children of God's love through all their experiences—including during hard times such as being afraid of the dark or being bullied—and gives assurance that the parent was there when they were first born and will be with them even in heaven.
From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado comes Just in Case You Ever Wonder, the classic children’s book that has made its way into hearts and story times around the world. This award-winning book about the love between a parent and child has sold 1.7 million copies, touching lives for more than 25 years now includes new, breathtaking art from Eve Tharlet; is perfect for children ages 3–7; and reminds children of Jesus’ unconditional love.
Whether you have treasured this classic book for years or are reading it for the first time with your little ones, this timeless reminder of the love between a parent and a child—and ultimately, between God the Father and us—will come to hold a special place in your heart and home. Children long to hear they’re special and loved. Just in Case You Ever Wonder assures them that as they grow and change, in both good and bad times, you—and their heavenly Father—will always be on their side . . . just in case they ever wonder.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado is a wonderful resource to remind our children and grandchildren how much we love them and how God loves them. I found this easy to read book beautifully written and illustrated.
The illustrations are well drawn and the colors are vibrant and will catch the eyes of any child. They illustrate the storyline well. The story is easy for children to understand, the message simplistic but with a deeper meaning that is evident as you read. Very inspirational and uplifting.
I would highly recommend adding this to your reading library to be read over and over again!
|Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2019 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Lost in the Storm
Ladies of Oberlin Book 2
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
Will war bring them love or will they be Lost in the Storm!
Lavena, a journalist during the Civil War, wants to become a war correspondent. She finally gets her chance, but there’s a catch. She has to get an interview from a war hero who has refused to tell his story to every other journalist, and she has to accomplish this impossible task in a month or she’ll lose her job.
Captain Cage, the war hero, has a secret that will destroy his military career and reputation. Now, a new journalist is trying to get him to tell what he’s been hiding. He wants to ignore her, but from the moment she came into camp, he can’t get her out of his mind.
Leading up to the turbulent Battles for the city of Chattanooga, will Lavena and Cage find the courage to love and forgive, or will they be swept away by their past mistakes that don’t want to stay buried?
Meet the Ladies of Oberlin, the causes they're willing to fight for, and the men who capture their hearts.
Available in eBook and paperback at Mt Zion Ridge Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers.
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Other Books in the Series:
Red Sky Over America: Ladies of Oberlin Book 1
The Aftermath: Ladies of Oberlin Book 3 (coming in 2021)
Forks in the Road (to be released in October): This novel is a Western that tells the story of what happened to Jed and his brothers. Jed is one of the characters in Lost in the Storm.
Soldier’s Heart: This is the story of a minor character in Lost in the Storm who comes home from the war with PTSD.
Lavina, a young reporter and determined to report on the truth of the Civil War, goes by train to the front lines of the war. Carrying the terrible hurt from the lies of her imprisoned father, she isn't ready to get close to any man.
Cage Jones, captain of the Ohio seventh brigade is carrying some hurt and guilt of his own. Taken by Lavina's truth and determination, he wrestles with the idea to be truthful with her regarding the battle he received a medal for.
The characters were compelling, yet vulnerable, and the story came alive with the vivid descriptions of the battle front.
Lost in the Storm is a story of forgiveness and a love that conquers all wrongs.
I recieved an ARC from the author and willingly chose to review it.
What would you say has been the most rewarding part of writing?
Every story I tell has a theme that shows God working throughout history. I love researching historical events and seeing how God has weaved Himself throughout our nation’s history. I love when someone reads one of my stories and gets that.
My faith permeates through everything I write because it’s a major part of who I am. Even when I don’t write something “Christian”, my faith still shines through the pages.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I have always loved to write. I remember writing my first novel when I was ten years old. It was awful. I think what sparked my love for books was my grandmother. She only had an 8th grade education and was a coal miner’s wife, but she loved to read. I remember sitting on her lap in her rocker and her reading great novels like Black Beauty to me.
In high school, I took all the English and literature classes I could to prepare for my career in writing. I even major in English in college in preparation of being a writer.
At some point in my twenties, my writing career was put on hold for decades. Between raising children and becoming a children’s pastor on staff at my church, there just wasn’t time. I still couldn’t keep from writing. I would write children’s church curriculum and puppet skits for my lessons. Some of it even got published.
Finally about twelve years ago, I resigned as a children’s pastor and started a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where I travel to other churches to do teacher training, kid’s crusades, and children’s ministry consultations. I also am launching Revival Fire for Kids children’s church curriculum in about a year. This keeps me very busy during the summer, but the rest of the time, I have time to write fiction.
My writing career is back on track and moving along. I feel like God has brought me full circle. I put Him first in raising my children and ministering to other children, and He is fulfilling the desires of my heart by opening up doors for me to write again.
Where do you get your ideas for your books? How did you decide to write Lost in the Storm or the Ladies of Oberlin Series?
I get my ideas from historical events. I love studying history. When I read about an event in history, I wonder what it would have been like for the people living during that time.
The way the Ladies of Oberlin Series began was when I thought about writing about strong Christian women in the 19th century. The more I researched, the more I noticed almost every women I read about had a connection with Oberlin College. That intrigued me enough to research Oberlin. What I found astonished me.
Oberlin College was the first college to give degrees to men, women, and blacks before the Civil War. Almost every missionary who went overseas between 1860 and 1900 was a graduate of Oberlin College. Oberlin’s president was the fiery Second Great Awakening evangelist Charles Finney. Oberlin graduates were involved in abolition, women’s suffrage, prohibition, education, laws protecting children, and many other causes of the late 1800s.
I knew I wanted to write stories about women who graduated from Oberlin shortly before the Civil War. The first novel, Red Sky Over America, is about America Leighton the year before she graduated. She went home to Kentucky to try to convince her father to free his slaves. In the second novel, Lost in the Storm, Lavena Falcon is a woman’s rights activist and a journalist during the Civil War and wants to be a war correspondent. In the third novel, The Aftermath, which will be released in 2021, Betsy Teagan fights for prohibition after the war. Each lady has a love interest to keep things interesting.
What advice/tips do you have for budding authors who are just starting out?
Don’t give up too early. It takes years to get to a point where your writing is good enough to be published. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you work hard, continue to improve, and don’t let discouragement stop you, you’ll make it. I’ve always believed that the published authors are not the ones who are the greatest or who have the most potential. They’re the ones who work hard and persevere.
What are your future plans?
I am currently writing the first of a series of novels about women who came to Jamestown in 1619 to marry. The series is called Jamestown Brides, and the first novel is The Seasoning of Elizabella.
Award winning author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. Some of the novels she has written are Red Sky Over America, Alice’s Notions, and Lost in the Storm. You can check Tamera out on her website at http://tameralynnkraft.net.
Tamera been married for 40 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. She has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com
|Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2019 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Book: Identity Theft
Author: Alana Terry
Genre: Christian fiction, mystery/suspense
Release date: March 15, 2019
She imagined Alaska would be the perfect place to hide. She found out it’s the most dangerous place to be found …
Lacy has a secret. A secret nobody knows — not even her fiancé.
A secret that would cost her life … and so much more. So it’s a good thing she’s tucked away in the very heart of rural Alaska, where for once in her life she is finally safe.
But can she stay that way for long?
Suspenseful, thrilling, and impossible to put down, Identity Theft is an unforgettable novel by bestselling Christian author Alana Terry.
Buy your copy today … but be prepared to stay up late!
Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.
I loved how the author kept the underlying Christian theme alive throughout the story without being preachy. Once you read the story, the seed is planted.
The characters in the story are well-developed, and I could feel a connection early in the story. Even though Lacey made a lot of bad choices, not all of them had bad consequences. Some were by association.
There were lots of twists and turns in the story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending which was uplifting made the story complete for me and I would highly recommend it. Another great read from Alana Terry.
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|Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2019 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
Britfield & The Lost Crown Description
Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.
Britfield & The Lost Crown is an adventure with suspense and lots of action. Tom & Sarah rush through London with the police and bad guys tring to catch them.
The author's writing style is geared for the young, but held my interest as an adult reader. The characters are humorous, witty, and very creative in finding ways to avoid being caught. There are a lot of twists throughout that would keep a young reader thinking what will happen next.
The storyline is fresh, the characters are strong as young children. They came from a hard life at the orphanage and are determined not be be sent back. The history and culture creates an interesting backstory.
The ending wrapped things up nicely, but left questions that lead you into the next book in the series. A very enjoyable read.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 8, 2019 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
DESCRIPTION OF BOOK
Will these two opposites find a way to make a home—and a life—together? Read FREE in Kindle Unlimited to find out!
Eleanor Ferguson has little faith in the promises of men after her husband’s death leaves her with a floundering ranch and two growing boys. Her top priority is to create a legacy for her sons, but a greedy neighbor has other plans. When a drifter answers her help wanted ad, she doesn’t expect to feel attraction for the handsome stranger.
Lance Gallagher drifts from ranch to ranch until life leads him to Rattlesnake Ridge, Nevada. He’s willing to work for low wages on the Ferguson ranch until the mines deliver on their promise of a payout. The more time Lance spends with Eleanor and her sons, however, the more attracted he finds himself to the lovely widow. Unwilling to risk his heart, he makes plans to leave.
Then tragedy strikes, forcing Eleanor and Lance to rely on each other. Can they overcome their fears and learn to trust in love again?
Drifting from Deadwood is a story of recovery from past disappointments and pain.
Eleanor, is a wonderful strong character, even though her life has been anything but easy. Betrayed by her husband, then left a widow with two young sons, she feels she will never know love again. Then Lance arrives on the scene and joins on as her ranch hand. Lance and Eleanor have a growing attraction which both of them try to deny. Lance is carrying around his own pain from his haunting past.
The characters were very believable, and I connected with them right away. The young boys were spunky and humorous at times. They were typical boys full of energy and pranks.
The storyline was immersed with forgiveness, new found trust and love. The ending was great. Can't wait to read the next one.
I received a copy from Net Galley and voluntarily chose to review it.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2019 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Before you say good night, snuggle your kids cozy close and enjoy favorite Bible stories for bedtime. Amy Parker and Virginia Allyn, the author-illustrator pair you know and love from the bestselling books Night Night, Farm and Night Night, Train, have teamed up again for their first bedtime Bible storybook.
Night Night Bible Stories includes 30 stories from the Old and New Testaments told in narration. Each Bible story features rhyming takeaways to remind little ones of God’s love and care along with a sweet bedtime prayer. Stories include:
• When the World Was Made
• The World’s Bravest Queen
• An Angel Visits Mary
• Jesus Lives
• Go Tell the World!
Bedtime is the perfect time to share with your children timeless messages of faith from the Bible. For old and new fans of Amy Parker Night Night books, Night Night Bible Stories is sure help your little ones fall asleep feeling safe and loved.
Night , Night Bible Stories is divided into two sections; the Old Testament & New Testament stories introducing the child to a series of the most familiar stories from the Bible.
The stories are in an easy to read format for children to understand and the illustrations are beautifully done with eye-catching color that holds a child's interest. The front cover is padded and washable for easy cleanup.
Overall, a beautiful addition to any collection that a child will want to come back to again and again.
|Posted by [email protected] on April 26, 2019 at 8:00 PM||comments (3)|
The Memory House
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Christian Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .
When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either. Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.
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Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.
Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauc
''When Mama Applegate spoke as if Everleigh were a guest rather than a family member, she embraced it with grace. Because at the end of the day, she was Rhett’s wife. She alone shared his dreams, his heart, his life.
And at night, when she couldn’t sleep, his soft breathing was her lullaby.
“Listen, mister, I have to get back to work or I won’t make it home in time for our dinner.” She tugged at his shirt collar. “So are you going to tell me why you’re here?”
“I was going to wait until tonight, but I got so excited . . .” Rhett stepped over to the desk in front of Everleigh’s and retrieved a long white canister. “Here. Open it. I feel like a kid at Christmas.”
“Rhett, what have you done?” She pried away the cap and slipped out a set of drawings.
“Here, let me.” Rhett unrolled a rendering of a cozy house with a wraparound porch nestled between two cottonwoods. “Our house, Ev. I took those sketches you made after we were married and gave them to the architect. What do you think?”
“Th-this is our house?” She wrapped her arms around his waist, leaning against his thick arm as she studied the drawing.
“It’s our house, darling.” Everleigh studied the drawing. It was just like she imagined. “Are you sure?” She gazed up at her husband. “I didn’t think we’d saved enough money.”
“We’ve saved every penny of your salary, and I finally sold the stud bull to Jacob Marshall. He’s been after me for a year . . .” Rhett held her with one hand while flipping through the drawing with the other. “I bought the ten acres by the stream. You know, the one with the trees we loved. Dad wanted to give it to us, but I said no strings.
I wanted to buy it so he can’t hold it over me. Not that he would, but family business can get tricky.” Everleigh leaned to see the name of the road. Memory Lane.
“Darling, the section right off Memory Lane? The spot I wanted?”
Rhett’s grandmother had named the dirt road years ago, when she imagined a large family with lots of grandkids running around.
She envisioned an Applegate community.
But her sons, Melvin and Earl, went to war. Only Earl—nicknamed Spike—returned home the fall of 1918. He inherited the ranch, married Mama Applegate, and fathered Rhett, an only child. Grandma’s two daughters married and moved away.
“Your granny would be proud, darling,” Everleigh said. “We’re beginning her dream.”
“Sh-she would.” Rhett cleared his throat, pressing his fist over his cough. “So, w-what do you think?”
… Tell him! The timing could not have been more perfect.
He jerked his wrist up, checking his watch. “Oh, Ev, sorry, darling, but I promised Dad I’d pick him up from the hardware store thirty minutes ago.” He gave her a quick, passing kiss. “I’d planned to show you these tonight, but I just couldn’t wait.” He rolled up the drawings and tucked them into the canister. “What is it you wanted to say?” On reflex, he checked his watch again.
“Nothing,” she said, smiling. “I’ll see you later. We can talk then. I have work to do anyway.”
“You sure?” Everleigh fell into him and pressed her cheek against his chest. “You make my dreams come true, Rhett Applegate.”
He kissed her one more time, then held her at arm’s length. “Distraction, girl, you are one beautiful distraction.”
A lovely inspirational love story seeped with loss and characters trying to cope. The characters of Everleigh, Don, Beck and Bruno, are down to earth and I felt connected to them as I read their stories.
I loved the author's writing style and how she moved flawlessly from one character to another within the book without any confusion on my part.
The lives of all the characters were entwined in heartbreak, hope and God's love came through every page. A wonderful story that held my interest until the very end.
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Book: Mending Fences
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Christian fiction, Amish, Mennonite
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him. He has been allowed to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, he must make a sincere apology to each person he’s hurt. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.
Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused isn’t so simple. It’s gut-wrenching.
And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm, and Luke’s clumsy efforts to befriend her only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.
“A funny, heartwarming story of friendship, love, and the possibility of happily ever after.”—Amy Clipston, bestselling author of Seat by the Hearth “Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a sweet and poignant story you won’t want put down. Definitely a must read!”—Kathleen Fuller, bestselling author of the Amish of Birch Creek series
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.
A Friend in Need
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” –Walter Winchell
Luke Schrock was nearly friendless. He returned to Stoney Ridge in Mending Fences after a stint in rehab only because his bishop, David Stoltzfus, strongly encouraged him. And everybody knows you didn’t say no to your bishop.
But nobody else in town wanted anything to do with Luke. They forgave him for the trouble he’d caused in his last downward spiral, the one that went too far. The one that even scared Luke. Forgiving him was the easy part. The Amish of Stoney Ridge were intentional forgivers. It was their trust—that’s what he would have to earn. Trust was a fragile thing. Once broken, it wasn’t easily mended.
Somehow, David was still able to look past the behavior to see the best of Luke Schrock. He didn’t stop there. He found a family who was willing to take Luke in, and he spent hours with him—at times as a mentor, at times as a father figure, but mostly as a friend.
A loyal friend can have a powerful impact. Consider those friends in the town of Capernaum, who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing—so determined to get to Him that they dragged his stretcher up onto a roof, broke through the roof tiles, and lowered him down. Can you imagine being in the crowd, listening to Jesus, as straw and tile pieces and branches and bugs started to drop down from the ceiling? A shocking display…of devoted friendship. And what a miraculous outcome for that paralyzed man!*
I won’t tell you how Luke’s story ends—only that he works hard to find ways to make amends to those he hurt, to regain trust. Especially the hard-to-earn trust of a brown-eyed beauty named Izzy.
Do you have a real friend like David Stoltzfus, who walks in when the rest of the world has walked out? Or maybe the better question, for you, for me, is to ask ourselves if we are friends to others like David Stoltzfus was to Luke Schrock. I know I want to be.
*This miracle is reported in three gospels: Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26.
Luke Shrock makes a decision to return home to Stoney Ridge after his third round at rehab. Mending Fences is about second chances, learning forgiveness, and finding out how Luke's childish actions when he was young affected the people he hurt.
The characters of Luke and Lizzy were very real to me. The trials they both were going through as recovering alcoholics seemed both real everyday situations the authors explained very well.
I loved the Amish plain references in the book and how both characters were adjusting to Amish life. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I received a copy from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.
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Pause for Tales, March 16
Inspiration Clothesline, March 16
Have A Wonderful Day, March 17
Hallie Reads, March 17
Inklings and notions, March 17
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, March 18
For The Love of Books, March 18
The Becca Files, March 18
To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of an Amazon Kindle!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
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