Monday, March 28, 2016

Look Who's the Follower of the Month & Hats Off Corner Welcomes Yolanda Renee

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Today I'm excited to host two writers. One is my first Follower of the Month. She's been a long-time writer friend and she was the first one to take me up on my offer in March's Email Connect. Welcome Beverly Stowe McClure. 

If you're featured I:

  • buy, read, and review your latest book
  • mark your book as AM READING on Goodreads
  • feature you and your book(s) in my monthly EMAIL CONNECT email
  • tweet your book link(s) for 4 Wednesdays, 3 times a day during your month
  • post one facebook post with a link to my review
  • feature you on The Write Game on your month (this month's an exception since the AtoZ Challenge starts, so I'm posting it a bit early)
  • Pin and feature your latest book cover to my Pinterest Board, Book Covers that Catch my Eye.
Congratulations, Beverly. And thanks for always being so supportive of others who write books.


Hats Off Corner

And my second and very wonderful guest is Yolanda Renee! With her latest book.

Yolanda Renée

Published by Curiosity Quills Press, Murder & Obsession is the third book in the Detective Quaid Series.

Tagline:
Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness…


Unrequited Love

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines unrequited as "not reciprocated or returned in kind."

The plot of Murder & Obsession involves unrequited love and the act of killing to acquire and or retain that love. Remember Fatal Attraction?




Have you ever felt that deeply towards another individual that you couldn't let him or her go? I've always been of the mind that if he's not into me, move on. However, for some folks, it's not that easy. 

In Murder & Obsession, the antagonist is a man obsessed with a woman he can't have. Why murder the object of your love? That goes against everything that makes sense for most of us. Yet, the sad truth in this country is that death by a lover or spouse happens daily.

Statistics prove that on average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or lovers every day. Although, if you watch Snapped, you know life insurance seems to be a major factor too.

Blurb:
As wedding bells echo like the ring of toasting champagne glasses in the ice carved mountains of Anchorage Alaska, Detective Steven Quaid rehabs his grandfather’s cabin into a honeymoon cottage for his new bride. 

When he returns from a hunting trip, Steven’s faced with five police officers, who “Want to talk.” Plagued by two unsolved murders, the Department is searching for answers.

The conversation comes to a deafening halt as the team finds a bloody crime scene in the bridal suite. 

"Where's her body?" is a question Steven cannot fathom.  

Steven’s jaw clenches and his heart races. Images of Sarah streak through his mind. 

The silence breaks as an explosion of accusations vibrate through every fiber of his being. 
Steven bolts…

Although running is never the smart thing to do, Steven’s not thinking clearly and his escape into the wilderness of the Brooks Range proves almost fatal. 

This Steven Quaid mystery is both personal and heartbreaking.


Bio: Yolanda Renée
At one time adventure called to me and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun of Alaska, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I've traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influence my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two wonderful sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!


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Quote of the Week: "Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving." Kahlil Gibran

125 comments:

  1. No, never been that obsessed!
    Congratulations, Beverly.

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    1. Hi again, Alex.
      It does seem quite a stretch to feel that strongly about another individual, but it does happen and more often than makes sense to any sensible person.

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    2. That kind of obsession is the scariest to me.

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  2. Congrats to both Beverly and Yolanda! Thankfully I've never been that obsessed either.

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    1. Thank goodness, right Christine, so very odd. The doer and the victims run the gamut though.

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    2. I can't imagine feeling that way, but it must be horrible to want someone so badly that you're willing to do anything.

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  3. Hi Lee, thanks so much for featuring me today. It's a busy Monday, but then I imagine next month's A to Z and realize this isn't busy at all! LOL

    Congratulations to Beverly!

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    1. I took two days off to see my family for Easter, and I'm buried. What happened to, "The internet will make things so much easier for you"?

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    2. Ha, ha, means as much as when they said the internet was going to replace paper?

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    3. Thank you, Yolanda. Congratulations to you. I've seen your book other places. Looks interesting.

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  4. I'm excited to read this book. And about obsession - no I think it's unhealthy and try and move on if someone's not interested. That's my advice to anyone who displays signs of a bad case of unrequited love.

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    1. Hi, Kalpanaa, I'm excited hear that you want to read it. And I agree, unrequited love is the worst, but it feeds a lot of sins and makes for great writing material.

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    2. I can't imagine anything worse for someone than to be obsessed with someone who doesn't care a fig for them.

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    1. Thanks, Dezmond, appreciate the kindness!

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  6. Thank you, awesome C Lee. I'm honored to be your Follower of the Month. So excited too. We do go back a ways. Have a great week.

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    1. The time has flown as always!

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    2. Hi Beverly, so honored to share the stage with you. Enjoy your week too!

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    3. Sam.e here, Yolanda. Congratulations on your book.

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  7. Hi C Lee and Yolanda! I've never felt that way toward another individual. I guess that's a good thing, huh? I would've want to go all Murder & Obsession on the them. ;)

    Congrats to Beverly!

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    1. Not you Chrys, LOL
      But it does happen.

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    2. But think of the story that might come from that.

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  8. Lee and Yolanda -- Fatal Attraction left an unforgettable impression! Best of luck with the book.

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    1. Hi, Yvonne, yes it did. I really hated the male character, MD, played though.

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  9. Thank you for featuring Beverly's book!

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    1. Hi, Diane, it's a great choice, and that cover, AMAZING!

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    2. Thanks for all your help making the book the best it can be, Diane.

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  10. Who me? Obsessed? Never.

    What a nice idea for the March Connect.

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    1. Hi, H. R. - for me it's chocolate. LOL

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    2. Thanks. What writers need are sales and reviews, so this was one way to organize that a bit for myself.

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  11. Congrats to Beverly! What a fun idea. She sounds like a wonderful friend.

    Nice to see Yolanda featured here too. Wishing her all the best.

    Thanks for all the info, Lee! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Karen, blog tour's are going strong.

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    2. I'm hoping others will want to be featured. Guess I'll find out.

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    3. Thanks, Karen. C. Lee is the wonderful friend. Always there to help others.

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  12. I find obsession movies and books to be terrifying since the obsessed person is relentless. It's wonderful seeing Yolanda around and congrats to Beverly.

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  13. What a great thing you are doing for writers, Lee. Congratulations,Beverly and Renee!

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    1. Thanks, Bish. Three cheers for Lee! Seriously, here, FB, and twitter. Amazing support!

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    2. Glad you like the idea. I'm still setting everything up and not sure how it's going work. Fingers crossed.

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  14. Lee, love what you do for followers. Such a treat to stop by. Great to see Yolanda here. Congrats to Beverly. And to Yolanda. Her book is thrilling.

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    1. Thanks, Robyn, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Support from other writers here in the blogosphere is priceless!

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    2. Thanks, Robyn. Writers need all the support they can get. And these two always there for others in this community.

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  15. I love the offer of features for your email followers. It's typical of you 'coz you're always so generous, but it's also the best marketing/sign-up idea ever! I hope you get tons more subscribers! Congrats to Beverly and Yolanda on their new books! (I'm reading Beverly's atm.)

    (On an annoying note, your quote alerted me that I used "sew" on FB yesterday when I should have used "sow." As in: As ye sew, so shall ye reap. I hate making mistakes like that, but dang-it-all if "sow" didn't seem to be a pig. LOL!)

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    1. Hi, Lexa.
      Boy do I know how you feel. I make such errors all the time. Red faced so often it's ridiculous. LOL

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    2. I'm not sure there will be a flock of sign ups, but this was one way to organize my support for writers. There's so much going on these days that I often can't remember whose book I've read or reviewed. This way I'll have a list. As to the sow/sew. Nobody's going to see that. I love it when I do the old their for there trick. Now that's noticeable!

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    3. So true, Lexa. C Lee always has the best ideas. Thank you for the awesome review. :)

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  16. Very cool! It's nice to meet another writer from the North. I grew up very close to Alaska (mile 300 on the Alaska Highway).

    I loved Fatal Attraction, but it's sad to see how often that story plays out in real life, usually with the woman getting killed. It's entertaining in fiction, and I wish it would stay in fiction.

    A woman was just shot and killed by her estranged husband a block away from my house. So tragic...

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    1. Very tragic, J. H. - but yes it does happen and daily!
      Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway? So cool, I've driven from Haines to Anchorage, after the ferry from Seattle, but not taken the highway all the way. Hubby and I talk about it though. Maybe someday!

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    2. You live on the dangerous side of life, J.H.

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  17. Congratulations to Beverly and Yolanda. It's scary and sad that people get that obsessed with what they call love.

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    1. Especially regarding 'love' - hi Mason, thanks!

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    2. The confusion between love and selfish desire is very scary to me.

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  18. Beverly's been getting some great reviews and reach with this book. I'm so happy for her.

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    1. Hi, Kelly, with Michelle's kind of support it's no wonder!
      Congratulations, Beverly!

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    2. Besides the fact that it's just that good! :)

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    3. Thanks, Kelly. The reviews have been wonderful. I'm smiling. :)

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  19. Enjoy your hats off. Congrats Beverly and Yolonda
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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    1. Thanks, Juneta, it makes all the difference in the world.

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  20. Congrats Beverly and Yolanda. Yolanda, I'm so curious as to how writing compares to your more physically adventurous life. Does it stack up?

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    1. Hi Libby, I miss that part of my life for sure. But things change, and age, family, and responsibilities take you down a different road. I'm just thankful I had such an amazing opportunity! If I were in my twenties I'd say no, it doesn't, but I'm not so yes, it does! LOL
      Thanks for asking!

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    1. Then you'll love Detective Quaid and all his adventures. LOL Thanks emaginette!

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    2. Me too! The books are on my TBR list.

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  22. Congratulations to both and thanks Lee for the 'shout out'. Have a super week!

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    1. Hi, Nicola, thank you! You too, the A to Z is about to start. Time will be precious! :)

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    2. I like to talk books and writers, so this is fun for me.

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  23. Hi Lee, Beverly and Yolanda - all under one roof .. so pleased you're all writing and keeping us on our toes - to get that book up ... Interesting times ... good luck - and then those of us doing the A-Z .. have fun ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, thanks for your wonderful comments. A blog tour lives or dies by them. LOL
      A to Z so much fun!

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    2. AtoZ requires so much planning to make work. I should do a Hats Off to all the behind scenes teams that do the work!

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    3. Thank you, Hilary. Yes, the A to Z. Fun.

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  24. Congratulations to Beverly and Yolande. What a great idea to feature a follower of the month. Best wishes for A-Z.

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    1. Suzanne, it is a great idea, the number of ways bloggers support other writers always amazes.
      Best wishes to you!

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    2. Thanks, Suzanne. Lee is good with new ideas. This one sounds great, the reason I entered.

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    3. I'm hoping others will want to join in. Guess we'll find out.

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  25. Thankfully no obsession over me, stalkers are no fun. Congrats to both.

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    1. Hi Pat, stalkers are definitely no fun, dangerous! Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. To get a comment in before all you awesome bloggers/writers out there begin the A to Z. I love coming over to your place, Lee. It's so colorful. Provocative. And how wonderful that you support writers by featuring them. I've already told Yolanda I'm eager to read her book. I'm very partial to murder mysteries, one of my favorite genres. Glad the tour for her is going so well. I just saw her again over at Alex Cavanaugh's. Good luck and happy blog posting and visiting to all of you doing the A to Z!

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    1. Hi Ann, thanks again, I know you'll enjoy the Detective Quaid series. Thanks for all your wonderful comments.
      Yes, Happy A to Z to everyone!

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    2. So glad you've returned to blogging, Ann

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  27. Yolanda's book sounds really quite good. I have never been that obsessed but have I been in a situation where it was hard to let go? Yes and on both our parts...sad situation all around actually.

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    1. I'm sorry Birgit, it does sound painful. Thanks for your comment!

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    2. Hope all was resolved for both of you.

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  28. Congrats to Beverly. She's such a sweetheart.

    And it's depressing to think how many people are victims of loved ones. Obsession is such a dangerous thing and can quickly get out of hand.

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    1. Hi, TBM, the stats are depressing. Love is an emotion that can switch to many others way to easily!

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    2. Aw, thanks, TBM. Lee is the sweetheart. She's so helpful to others.

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  29. Vongratulations to Beverly and Yolande, Beverly is one of my follwers and is a lovely person as well as an excellent writter,Loved the qoute Lee.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! My cousin got the name Yvonne because I was named Yolanda. :)

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    2. Thanks, Yvonne. You're so sweet. Love to visit your blog.

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    3. I always go to Gibran for thoughts on important issues like friendship.

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  30. Congratulations to you all! More books to add to my growing to-read list!! Yay!

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    1. Erin, I know what you mean, my TBR list is pages long too. Thanks for the add!

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    2. Thank you, Erin. Your list sounds like mine that has no end.

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  31. What an awesome idea you've come up with! I don't know how you keep up with everything.

    I have both those books on my reading list.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, we meet again, LOL. I don't know how either, but I'm glad she does. Did you know she's a twitter master too! :)

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    2. Thank you, Elizabeth. I hope you enjoy my story.

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    3. This will be a test of just how much keeping up I can do, Elizabeth. You can send some housewife hints anytime!

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  32. Congratulations to Beverly and Yolanda! I've seen both of those books featured on other blogs, and they are on my lists to read.

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    1. So cool, thanks, Sherry, I'm thrilled! Email if you finally check it off your TBR list!

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    2. Hi, Sherry. Thank you. Hope you enjoy the story.

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  33. Congrats Beverly! I haven't read much in the way of teen books, but I'll check it out. And Congrats Yolanda! Your book sounds amazing and spine tingling. Definitely might be up my alley.

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    1. I hope so, Loni, I'm thrilled that you love mysteries. I do too! :)

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    2. Thanks, Loni. I read a little bit of everything. :)

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  34. Congrats Beverly!

    Obsession has always interested me from a writer's point of view, and yet, it's terrifying at the same time (as a person who've been stalked.)

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    1. Thank you, Misha. Being stalked would be scary. Glad you're okay.

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  35. Congrats Beverly and Yolanda! Awesome idea followers of the month and wonderful of you to do all that. Happy Writing ALL
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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    1. It's just an idea that I thought would help others and help me be more organized in my support. I have tons of books I've promised to read and I can never keep which should come first straight!

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  36. Way to go Beverly and Yolanda!!! Love the way you're using your newsletter. :)

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    1. Thanks, Tyrean. I'll see how it goes. New idea that needs testing.

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  37. Congratulations to both of you! Also, that's a really nice quote. :)


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbositybookreviews.wordpress.com

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