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Territory, 1867 Graham Patterson, an accomplished veterinarian, is leaving Seattle and heading east to start a new life for himself. Opportunities abound for men who understand how to make the land work for them, rather than work the land. But after he overhears two scoundrels plotting to take advantage of a lonely spinster, his well-laid plans go awry. Willow Bennet lives just outside the town of Whitcomb Springs with only her beloved dog to keep her company. It’s a predictable life, until late one night when she foils an attack and her dog is wounded as revenge. Can she trust the mysterious stranger who insists he can help?
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EXCERPT FROM “RETRIBUTION ROAD”
Chapter One Friday, November 1, 1867 GRAHAM HID IN the shadows, his hand resting on his pistol while he considered the rising flames. Normally he’d take a wide path around a stranger’s camp, but the glowing coals promised warmth and the pot the two men had hanging over the fire smelled of beans. Eating nothing for three days made a man consider a lot of things. Even worse, he was lost. In Seattle, taking a wrong turn had meant simply backtracking or trying another street. Deep within the wooded and ankle-busting terrain of Montana Territory, it meant he could die. His stomach growled again, and he took another swig of icy water from his canteen to quiet the rumbling. Graham’s numb fingers fumbled with the metal cap and a clang broke the silence. The younger man leapt to his feet. “Pa, did you hear something?” The older man rose and swung a Henry rifle into firing position. “Who’s out there?” he demanded, his voice raspy from years of hard liquor and harder living. Graham sighed. Unless he wanted to start a fight with strangers, he’d best answer. “No need to get riled up. I’m just passing through.” “You alone?” shouted the younger man, planting his legs wide while shucking off his coat. “Yes,” Graham replied, his fingers lowering to test the knot securing his holster to his leg. They exchanged whispers, then the older man called out, “You cold?” “Yes.” Graham grimaced. Late fall out here was a lot colder than his brother’s letters had led him to believe. The frigid winds seemed to blow right through his clothes—a blanket-lined coat, flannel shirt, wool pants, long socks, and high boots—and settle deep in his bones. He’d been cold for the past month. “Better come in then. Keep your hands where we can see them.”
Montana Territory, 1865
Cooper McCord enjoyed a solitary life. When he first showed Daniel and Evelyn Whitcomb the beautiful mountain valley in Montana, he didn’t expect to stay. After the War Between the States began, Cooper remained close and helped build the town, not realizing he was building a home for himself. When an unexpected arrival to Whitcomb Springs makes him question his reclusive life, will Cooper retreat to his wilderness or allow himself to take a chance and risk happiness?
EXCERPT FROM “FORSAKEN TRAIL":
Whitcomb Springs, Montana Territory
May 30, 1865
SHE NEVER imagined dying at the hands—or paws—of a bear. Either she’d end up dead like the poor driver she hired in Bozeman or find a way to escape unscathed. Considering the layers of skirts and petticoats she wore, Abigail wasn’t going to bet on her ability to outrun the great animal.
She remained still in the low branches of a tree. Unable to climb higher unless she removed her skirts, Abigail controlled her breathing so as not to alert the animal. The past few years of her life had been in pursuit of an education. Her work in the war relief had kept her busy for four long years, but she found time in the evening hours to consume knowledge. The more she learned, the more she wanted to know.
Abigail read most of the leather-bound volumes of work in her family’s library, from philosophy to geography to history, and everything in between. Unfortunately, not a single text had explained what to do when confronted by five hundred pounds of bear. Magnificent though the animal was, Abigail didn’t want to become dinner.
Poor Mr. Tuttle had fallen from the wagon and broken his neck when the horses spooked and ran off. She’d been unable to drag him away, let alone pull him up a tree. Even now, she watched as the massive brown bear sniffed around the body. She dispelled a deep breath when she realized it wasn’t going to eat Mr. Tuttle. It looked around instead, smelling the air.
Abigail swore it stared directly at her. Too late, she recalled that bears climb trees. Her first thought had been to escape, and unable to outrun the creature, she went up. She calculated if the bear stood on its back legs, it could reach the low-hanging branches where she hid and knock her from the tree with one swipe. She grabbed the nearest branch above her head and pulled herself up. Abigail ignored the loud rip in her skirt and the sudden gush of cool air that hit her legs and climbed higher. Two more branches put her out of swiping distance.
The grizzly sauntered toward her and stood, staring and studying. She imagined it thinking of all the ways it could rip her apart and savor her like a delicious meal. The stays on her corset would be no match for those great claws, and the teeth . . . Abigail shuddered and reminded herself that most living creatures weren’t vicious by nature.
Abigail knew the animal was aware of her location. It landed back on all fours and approached the base of the tree. The heavy breathing and snorting filled the silence.
“TRACKING AMY” BY SAMANTHA ST. CLAIRE</strong>
Riley Buchanan knew he’d been in the mining camps too long when he mistook the pretty Amy Sutton for a boy. Why she kept her gender disguised puzzled Riley. Curiosity put him on her trail. Destiny placed him in her life. Would Riley become the missing piece to the puzzle that was Amy?
EXCERPT FROM “TRACKING AMY”:
WITH A SATISFYING “clunk,” the can flew up from the fence rail. Amy lowered the carbine and turned to smile at her daughter. “I think we may yet have some venison on the table.”
Rose grinned at her mother and asked, “Do you want me to set them up again?”
“No, I think that’s enough practice. Tomorrow, I’ll head back and see if I can find the deer I wounded. I’ll try find him before some cat or bear tracks him down.”
“Can I come this time?”
Amy looked down into her daughter’s imploring eyes. “Rose, you know the livestock need someone to care for them.”
Rose’s face fell into a sullen pout. “I’m a good shot, too.”
With a finger, Amy lifted her daughter’s chin and waited for Rose to meet her gaze. “I know you are, even better than me. But until we can hire another hand to help us, we are all we have—you and me. Besides, when you are older, I’ll send you out hunting. Agreed?”
Her countenance lifting, Rose nodded. “Agreed.”
MK McClintock is an award-winning author devoted to giving her readers books laced with adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery. Her novels and short stories take you from the rugged mountains of Montana to the Victorian British Isles, all with good helpings of daring exploits and endearing love stories. She enjoys a peaceful life in the Rocky Mountains where she is writing her next book.
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Samantha St. Claire was born in 2016, the alter-ego and pen name of an author of historical fiction born a few decades earlier. She may have found her niche in western historical fiction, served up sweet. Never faint of heart, her signature protagonists face the hazards of the frontier with courage, wit, and a healthy pinch of humor. She divides her time between her homes in Idaho and the Olympic Peninsula.
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Christi Corbett had an early love for the written word. As a child she could often be seen leaving the library with a stack of books so tall she used her chin to balance them in her arms.
Over the years she’s put her love of writing to good use; in addition to writing over three hundred television commercials, she earned the position as head writer for a weekly television show. She left her television career when she and her husband found out they were expecting twins, but she couldn’t leave writing altogether.
She’s now an award-winning author, writing stories of brave men and spirited women settling the American west.
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Book Title: The Ticket by Fred Shackelford
Category: Adult Fiction, 320 pages
Publisher: Black Opal Books | Release date: December 2016
Tour dates: April 2 to 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG
Channing Booker, a compulsive gambler, drug abuser, and philanderer whose marriage is failing, finally gets lucky and wins the Mega Millions lottery. Expecting an imminent divorce, and hoping to hide his new fortune from his wife Susan, Channing devises a scheme to have a friend claim the $241-million jackpot and secretly return the money to Channing after the divorce is final. But Susan flees with all of her possessions, including the rare book in which Channing hid the winning lottery ticket.
With time running out before the lottery ticket expires, Channing launches a desperate search to find Susan, but she’s covered her tracks well, fearing his retribution. In need of money to fund her furtive new lifestyle, Susan begins selling off her worldly goods, including her rare books, unleashing a chain of events that puts not only her life in danger, but that of her new love as well…
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My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson
For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.
Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either.
Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.
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My Sisters Intended - Rachael Anderson
Great story Rachael! I loved reading it. One of my favorite pastimes is reading a great story about love, London, seasons, balls and all the exciting experiences of old England.
The characters are wonderful. They are well-developed and I really liked their individual personalities. I could easily feel their emotions.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I would love to have many more books like this one to read.
Well done Rachael Anderson. Thanks for another awesome story.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Author Rachael Anderson
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Sweet Mercy Donald S. Smurthwaite
What do you remember, what is important, what do you simply let go, sand piling on sand, until only the important events and memories are left?
Much to the delight and good fortune of Arthur and Mary Bell, they were the proud parents of four strapping sons. Such a stroke of luck was vital to their survival on the Idaho plain, where every able- bodied young man was desperately needed to work the land. So when Mary gave birth to a baby girl, the family was befuddled. But they su ered no distress at the loss of another boy to help around the farm—they felt only absolute delight in their sweet Mercy May.
Now, a lifetime later, Mercy recounts with poignant fondness the tales of her childhood in her rugged Idaho town. Experience with the Bell family, friends, and neighbors the devastation of the Great Depression and the impact of years of war. From a dedicated farmer hit hard by despair to a good- hearted reverend to the gentle brothers who brought light during the darkest of times, each individual’s story weaves a vital thread into the rich tapestry of one woman’s incredible life.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Sweet Mercy is a tale about a community trying to survive difficult times in Idaho during drought and the "Great Depression" .
It is an often poignant story of the good, but mostly trying, times in the 1920s & 1930s in the U.S.
The story is narrated, fluctuating between present day and that historical era.
This reviewer finds it very difficult to become captivated by most stories presented by narrative. A writer has to have a rare talent in order for this to happen. If this account were written in a third or first person style, it is this reviewer's opinion, that it would have been a totally enthralling tale.
The characters were well-developed and felt very real. The background scenes were simple, yet, detailed enough to easily visualize. The Book Cover and Title were well chosen] and eye-catching.
The style of writing did not engage the reader in a way to keep his/her interest. Still, the reader felt inclined to continue reading to see how the story ended.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
“If you are stirred by the generous acts of decent people who care about their neighbors and who go out of their way to lend a helping hand during desperate times, this is a book written for you.”
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The Cade and Loveland family drama continues with the third book in my Rocky Mountain Cowboys series! The Cade and Loveland ranching families, neighbors who’ve been feuding for over a hundred years, are full of such interesting and complicated characters who face, and overcome, personal challenges in unique and inspiring ways to find true love and happiness.
Since losing his twin, brooding, daredevil rancher Justin Cade’s not so much searching for meaning in life as he’s challenging it, cheating death by taking extreme risks. But when life puts him on a collision course with a beautiful woman he initially mistakes for an angel, he sees he has a reason to live after all. Former Army Chaplain and PTSD sufferer Brielle Thompson’s plans to start over are threatened when the rehabilitation clinic she supervises may close when wary townsfolk want to revoke its charter. She’s determined to save the facility, its patients, and the tormented rancher she crosses paths with one fateful night. As she and Justin join forces to save the clinic, she discovers there's more to him than a danger-seeking, Harley-riding cowboy. He has a big heart, despite his gruff exterior, one that might heal her own if she dares open it to Justin and love. I hope you enjoy this emotional, raw and powerful story that shines a light on the dark path walked by those struggling with mental and emotional challenges, like PTSD, and gives hope and inspiration for a happily-ever-after of the heart and spirit. Other themes include addiction, loss, faith, veterans, war, survivor’s-guilt, and forgiveness.
Bad Boy Rancher (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #3) by Karen RockContemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 368 pages April 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming He’s not the only one who needs saving… But maybe they can save each other? Dark, brooding, dangerous…and possibly suicidal. Renegade rancher Justin Cade was exactly the kind of man former army chaplain Brielle Thompson needed to avoid after escaping the horrors of Afghanistan with an honorable discharge—and PTSD. The whole point of moving to the remote Rocky Mountains of Colorado was to leave the darkness behind, not fall back into it. But falling she is…Goodreads│Amazon│B&N│iBooks│Kobo│Harlequin
Cade Loveland lived a reckless life since his Twin was killed. Each day he lived in a daredevil pattern, cheating death each time. He felt he had finally pushed his luck too far when he saw only one way this stunt could end...Didn't he see an angel?
This was a perfect chance for Amy Chaplain to get away from "it all" and heal. She suffered PTSD
from her deployment to Afghanistan where she reacted to horrors which caused her to feel she failed those who depended on her.
As she was arriving to the new area her employers were setting up a clinic, she had a disastrous beginning. Would she be able to persuade the people to allow the clinic to stay? Is it possible she can help her first challenge, without it breaking her hearty again?
This is a wonderful story about efforts in rehabilitation and a town's fear of the repercussions.
I t has strong moral basis and a tender, bittersweet love story as well.
The characters are all very real and the reader will feel a part of the scenes.
The Book Title and Cover are well chosen and are attractive and eye-catching.
This earns a Five Stars rating.
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Bad Boy Rancher - Karen Rock
You did it again, Karen Rock! I love the Cades and the Lovelands. This series of books is so good. I can't wait to read the next one. Again you did a wonderful to interest your readers with a wonderful story of love, devotion and lots of fun.
The setting is in Colorado on a ranch and all the characters are well-developed. I could feel their emotions throughout the story.
I highly recommend this book to other readers. It's a great read.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Christmas at Cade Ranch (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance | Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
The Christmas they never had.
James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother's death. With Jesse's ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn't save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he's betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.
Falling for a Cowboy (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #2)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance | Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?
Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach. Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…
About the Author
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.
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Book Title: ICE by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 380 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: February 26, 2018
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Content Rating: PG (It's a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)
The clues for a close-to-the-heart missing person’s case heat up when Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on the cold case.
When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappear, the court of public opinion finds young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Lauren Carr "hits the Jackpot" again with this new "Geezer" series!
Ice is an exciting story of a retired FBI man who tragically lost his wife, so returned to his home town so his mother can assist him in raising his children. When his daughter revealed to him a cruel statement made to her at school, Chris decided it is time to do whatever he needs to tyo solve an "ice" cold case.
Once again, Lauren has created a delightful mix of characters which seem to jump out of the story into real life! The scenes are equally well-portrayed.
As with all her books, Lauren adds that touch of humor which adds to the reader's enjoyment.
My rating for this book is Five Stars!
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Honest, Officer, I’m Not a Psychopath. I’m a Mystery Writer
By Lauren Carr
I’m a murder mystery writer. Really. I am. My twenty-first book, Ice was released on February 26. That is proof that all of the research I do is for literary purposes. Therefore, when I ask questions about how to turn common household items into murder weapons, it isn’t because I actually intend to use that item to kill someone I know—unless that person ticked me off and I’m planning to make them a murder victim in my next book. (That’s another guest post.)
It isn’t like I ever expected to be normal. What type of person sits around all day thinking about ways to kill people? Long ago, I accepted the fact that If I wasn’t a mystery writer, I’d be a psychopath. What kind of person does that? At least my husband doesn’t have to sleep with his eyes open.
Usually, my family simply accepts what I do for a living. Since I spend most of my time doing my research and writing on the laptop, they wouldn’t even know what I do—except when I decide to take my research into the real world.
I love to watch criminal documentaries like Forensics Files. I could watch those all day long. I also have some friends in law enforcement—including a former homicide detective. I’ve made some visits to the Writer’s Police Academy, a weekend workshop that takes place at an actual police academy.
Truthfully, Google and YouTube can only take you so far when it comes to research. Sure, with YouTube, you can see a video of how to turn a blender into a weapon to be used in self-defense against an international assassin, but that’s no substitute for actually crouching in the pantry and feeling your heart beating against your chest while assembling it.
Before internet, I was intimidated because I would have to actually talk to people. I felt like a fool saying, “I’m a writer, can you tell me…”
Back when I was writing my first mystery novel, I called the police to ask for procedural information concerning a homicide. So I dialed the local police department, not the emergency number, and I got an officer on the phone. Immediately, I proceeded to tell him the situation. “I’ve got this dead body, and he’s been murdered and…”
“Excuse me,” the officer interrupted me, “did you say you have a dead body?”
“Yes, and he’s been murdered. So, when you get here, what’s the first thing you do?”
“Where are you?” he asked.
Suddenly, I realized that I was so anxious to ask my question that I failed to tell him that I was a writer doing research. I immediately hung up the phone and closed the blinds. I spent the rest of the day peering out the window to see if the police had traced the call.
Now, I’m much bolder, which is why I don’t get invited to Pampered Chef parties anymore. Years ago, I interrupted the sales rep to demonstrate how a melon baller could be used to extract information from a reluctant source about where his murderous gang is hiding. I’m still waiting to get mad about making that “Do Not Invite” list.
Personal research is not easy, which is why I grab every opportunity I can. The last time I went to the airport, I purposely made myself look suspicious so that I could get patted down and searched. I had waited in line for over an hour and a half for a pat down that only took five seconds. Afterwards, I turned to the security agent and said, “That’s it?”
“Yes,” was her reply and she urged me to move along.
I hadn’t been that disappointed since my first date.
The last time I took my son, Tristan, to the dentist—and I mean the last time—I had the nerve to ask the dentist which tool on his tray would make the most unusual murder weapon. Now that I think about it, the dentist had no problem explaining how each one could be used to kill someone. I wonder if that says something about him … or his patients.
Laying back in the dentist chair, with the suction hose in his mouth, Tristan widened his eyes in horror while the dentist on one side, and me on the other, examined the various tools on the tray directly above him.
“A scalpel is so cliché,” I told our dentist. “I’m looking for one that when the police see it, they will have no idea that it was a murder weapon until Mac points it out in the end.”
“I have just the thing for you,” the dentist said, “But I don’t have it here. Give me your address and I’ll mail it to you.” A few days later, the weapon arrived at our home in a padded envelope with a note, “Here’s your murder weapon. Enjoy!”
I fondly remember the very last time I drove Tristan home from school a few years ago. On the way there, I came upon a police road block. With cars backed up on the road, the police were stopping everyone to search their car.
I practically jumped up and down in my seat with anticipation about being pulled over by the police and getting patted down and having my car searched. Think of the material I would have to use! So, you can imagine my dismay when they waved me through! They searched the guy in front of me and behind me—but they completely ignored me! ME!
Obviously, I didn’t look suspicious enough to warrant a search.
So, when I picked up Tristan, I told him, “Okay, we’re going to be coming to a road block. The police are searching cars. Look suspicious.”
Tristan scrunched down in his seat.
“Sit up. They won’t be able to see you. And try to look sneaky.”
By the time we came back to the road block, I had my eyebrows knitted together and my mouth screwed up into what I hoped to be an evil snarl, while Tristan was hiding in the back seat where hopefully no one would see him and know he was with me.
Again, the police stopped the car in front of me, and the one behind me, while waving me through. Couldn’t they see the body hiding in my back seat? That should have looked suspicious, don’t you think? I knew when they waved me on that I should have reached back and pinched Tristan to make him scream out for help.
Now, my family insists that I don’t need to take any of them anywhere anymore. That’s something else that I’m still waiting to get mad about.
That’s why, when it comes to research, I basically have to stick to Google and YouTube.
About the Author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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