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Cozy Prizes Friday: Murder by the Barrel

Cheerio! Time for a good old-fashioned British cozy mystery.  This week we head to Steeple Martin to attend the beer festival, but watch out, there are some pretty rotten things afoot. I’m reviewing this one, and also–look for the Prize Guy. Enter Lesley’s giveaway for your very own e-copy of Murder by the Barrel. 

 

 

A new title in the popular cosy crime series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman

When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong?

But when an unexpected death shakes the village, it’s up to Libby Sarjeant to solve the puzzle.

Was it just another rock star death or is there something more sinister afoot?

Available at– Amazon  B&N  kobo

 

My Review: 5 Stars

This is a cozy mystery in the sleepy village of Steeple Martin in England with a beer festival and rock concert. When one of the performers is murdered, Libby Sarjeant is on task to figure it out. This mystery reminded me of all things good about British Mysteries. A small town, a festival, and Cookman even threw in a few witches. Great suspects and good murder mystery plotting. I did not guess the murderer but I should have. Great read.

About the Author

Lesley Cookman

Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many exercise books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she’s been grown up, following a varied career as a model, air stewardess and disc jockey, she’s written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign.  The Libby Sarjeant series is published by Accent Press, who also publish her book, How to Write a Pantomime, with a foreword by Roy Hudd.   Lesley is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.

Webpage – Lesley Cookman

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lesleycookman 

 

Click Here to enter Lesley’s Giveaway: An E-Copy of Murder by the Barrel

Book Blast Tuesday: Of Spice and Men

So, what’s going on over at the Flip Side Pancake House? Find out in Of Spice and Men where a movie crew has come to town and things really heat up, and I’m not talking crepes.

Here is a description of the book, but don’t forget to scroll down and find the Prize Guy.  Today’s giveaway is for an e-copy of Sarah’s book- Of Spice and Men!

 

Lights. Camera. Murder? Wildwood Cove’s star turn is soured by a sneaky killer in this delicious cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Crêpes of Wrath.

Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!

With a Hollywood film crew in town to shoot a remake of the horror classic The Perishing, the residents of Wildwood Cove are all abuzz. Even Marley McKinney, owner of The Flip Side Pancake House, can overlook the fact that the lead actress, Alyssa Jayde, happens to be an old flame of her boyfriend. After all, the crew loves Marley’s crêpes—so much so that Christine, the head makeup artist, invites her onset for a behind-the-scenes tour. But when Marley arrives, the special-effects trailer is on fire . . . with Christine inside.

The cops quickly rule Christine’s death a murder, and Alyssa a suspect. Marley’s boyfriend insists that the actress is innocent, but when Marley sticks her nose into the complicated lives of The Perishing’s cast and crew, she discovers more questions than answers. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda—and a plausible motive. And as the horror spills over from the silver screen, Marley gets a funny feeling that she may be the killer’s next victim.

Exciting and intriguing. A good book to curl up with in front of a fire.
~Laura’s Interests

Actually I’d have to say Sarah Fox and Marley are winners. Of Spice and Men is a 5 star read!
~My Reading Journeys

It is a fun yet suspenseful story–you’ll find humor, mystery, romance, and a look at what happens when a movie crew comes to town.
~Book Babble

OF SPICE AND MEN is a solid addition to the series providing an intriguing, well thought out mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

I like Marley as the main character. Not just that she’s both plucky and nosy, but also the way that she has taken on the changes in her life and made a new life for herself in a new place with new (and interesting) people.
~Reading Reality

Sarah created a world that combined movie making, and rumors run amuck all placed in a small town setting where everyone knows that gossip rules the day.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Click Here To Enter Sarah’s Giveaway: Of Spice and Men in E-copy format.

 

Sarah Fox’s addictive Pancake House Mysteries can be enjoyed together or à la carte:
THE CRÊPES OF WRATH | FOR WHOM THE BREAD ROLLS | OF SPICE AND MEN

 

About The Author

Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.

Author website http://www.authorsarahfox.com/

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/authorsarahfox

Twitter: @thewritefox

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14950357.Sarah_Fox

Cozy Prizes Friday: That Olde White Magick

Want to see me pull a rabbit out of my hat? How about a new mystery that centers around magic? Or magick? Sharon Pape is here today to talk about her latest mystery, That Olde White Magick, and her writing process.

Don’t do a disappearing act until you find the Prize Guy. Sharon is giving away 5 ecopies of That Olde White Magick. 

And now, here’s Sharon Pape.

How did you come up with an idea for your book?

Ideas have never been a problem for me. They always seem to be percolating in my mind. When I’m planning a mystery series, I like to add a paranormal twist, because I’m intrigued by subjects that push the envelope of reality. The paranormal allows me to stretch my imagination.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

It’s hard to pick out one scene. I guess I’d choose one of the amusing scenes, most of which seem to involve Merlin – yes, that Merlin. He’s elderly and has some memory issues that wreak havoc on a daily basis.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

My first mystery series was “A Portrait of Crime” (aka the “Sketch Books,”) in which Rory, a police sketch artist, teams up with Zeke, the ghost of a federal marshal from the late eighteen hundreds, to bring today’s killers to justice. Zeke’s back story is revealed throughout the series and eventually connects him and Rory in ways they could never have imagined.

As for future projects, I have another series under construction in the back of my mind along with other ideas that keep haunting me.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

Well, my first 3 books were paranormal. Aside from mystery and paranormal, I think I would like to go outside genre fiction and write something mainstream. There’s one idea in particular that calls to me. I have taken a dip into mainstream with short stories. Redbook magazine published a mainstream short story of mine years ago. I’ve also published a little book of mostly mainstream holiday stories, called ‘Tis the Season. 4 short stories for the busiest time of year, including a bit of Christmas magic.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

Yes, I’ll be giving away 5 e-copies at the end of the tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and anywhere else they’d like.

About The Author

Sharon describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they ever condensed. Then life brought her an unexpected challenge, by the name of breast cancer. After treatment she and her oncologist started a not-for-profit to provide information and peer support to breast cancer patients. With the organization up and running, she returned to her first love – writing. This time around she’s been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. That Olde White Magick is the second book in her Abracadabra Mysteries.

Author Links

Webpage – http://sharonpape.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharon.pape.94

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sbpape

Purchase: Amazon  B&N   kobo

About the Book

Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.

Kailyn was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn’t expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn’t want any suspicion cast on the wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk to every living soul in town—plus a few departed ones . . .

 

 

                                             Click Here to Enter Sharon’s Giveaway. 5 E-copies Available!

Cozy Prizes Friday: Seashells Spells and Caramels

Welcome to Cozy Prizes Friday! I’m a little late today, but don’t worry our visiting author brings us a recipe! Don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy. We are rich in prizes today! Let’s start with some rave reviews for Seashells, Spells & Caramels.

This is delightfully delicious fantasy with romantic overtones. A combination of the popular televised Great Bake-Off shows and catty reality dramas…
~Laura’s Interests

Its not the typical cozy, which makes it unique, but it also has some of the elements I like in a cozy mystery, baking and food!
~A Chick Who Reads

This was such a great story. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the magical elements that made this story truly unique.
~Brooke Blogs

Absolutely wonderful cozy mystery!!! This is some of the best world building I have read in quite some time.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

This was an absolutely delightful read!
~Valerie’s Musings

“Seashells” is a very engaging and entertaining book. I was hooked from word one.
~Back Porchervations

WOW, just WOW! This book is Harry Potter meets Master Chef, and I just couldn’t get enough! I loved everything about this book, except for the fact that it had to end.
~The Montana Bookaholic

This is a story of magic, friendship and murder, entangled with some very interesting characters and some weird enchantments that made me glued to this book till the last page!
~Varietats

 

Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.

When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enchanting world of magic and mystery, and learns that she, too, possesses powers.

Unable to so much as cast a spell, Imogen struggles to keep up with the other witches and wizards who have come from all over the magical world to the Water Kingdom’s big competition. She juggles relationships with a sweet new friend, a snarky baking fire, and a brooding, handsome baker. As Imogen falls for this bewitching world, she fears she won’t master her magic in time to win the job of Royal Head Baker, and will be forced to return to the shambles of her non magical life.

It only gets worse, when a competitor drops dead in the middle of the big white baking tent, and Imogen’s the prime suspect. Now, she’ll not only have to survive the vampire and psychic judges, but also clear her name by finding the real murderer, before they strike again.

With a killer on the loose, a missing prince, and the Summer Solstice Festival fast approaching, Imogen will have to bake like her life depends on it- because it just might.

You found the Prize Guy!

Click Here to Enter Erin’s Giveaway!

Featuring a witchy tote, a print copy Gina LaManna’s Hex on the Beach (signed), H.Y. Hanna’s Dark, Witch and Creamy, and Amy Boyles’s Scared Witchless. PLUS a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copies of Seashells, Spells & Caramels, and the sequel, Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts.

Getting hungry? Check out this wonderful recipe!

Edible flowers!

And now here’s a little about our author.

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh.
In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

Websitewww.erinjohnsonwrites.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/EJohnsonWritesTwitter:@EJohnsonWrites

Purchase Link

Amazon

Book Blast Tuesday: 16 Millimeters

 

Welcome to Book Blast Tuesday! So what happens when a former teen star who played a detective now tries to do some sleuthing on her own? That’s what Larissa Reinhart tries to answer in her latest mystery 16 Millimeters.  Mix in some humor and romance and a not so sleuthy sleuth and it has all the makings of a fun read.

Here are a few reviews for 16 Millimeters and don’t forget to scroll down and find the Prize Guy. Today he’s giving you the chance at a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

 

I really enjoy this series. Part romcom, part murder mystery, they are the perfect weekend read.
~The Girl with Book Lungs

The combination of romance, humor, and mystery made for an enjoyable read.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

Another new favorite. I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a fun romantic, comedy, mystery. Making the whole mystery thing a simple enjoyable read.
~My Reading Journeys

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Romance
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press (October 17, 2017)
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8

#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.

Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.

So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Click Here to Enter Larissa’s Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

About The Author

Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads,  or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.

 

Website: http://larissareinhart.com/

Official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RisWrites

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarissaReinhart

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/LarissaReinhart/

Goodreads: http://smarturl.it/LarissaGoodreads

Newsletter: http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/larissa-reinhart

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/LarissaReinhart

Purchase Links

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iBooks

Cozy Prizes Friday: Cold As Ice

Brrrr. Feel that cold wind blowing? Today it brings us Julie Mulhern and her latest, Cold as Ice.   Here are a few reviews to warm you up, and be sure to scroll down and find the Prize Guy.  You can get even more of Julie’s humorous way with words because she is giving away an ecopy of her cozy mystery, The Deep End, (#1 in the series) to five lucky winners.

Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders)
by Julie Mulhern

Wow! What a fantastic book this is! Cold As Ice is a solid Five Kitties. (In fact, I wish my book-rating scale went higher, because Cold As Ice is that good.)
~Jane Reads

This one just had you turning pages and warming up to the story and the characters.
~My Reading Journeys

Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Henery Press (October 17, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1635112672
E-Book ASIN: B07481MPV2

Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.

Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:

THE DEEP END (#1)
GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2)
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3)
SEND IN THE CLOWNS (#4)
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (#5)
COLD AS ICE (#6)

Click Here to Enter Julia’s Giveaway. The Deep End (#1 in the Country Club Murders Series) in Ebook Format

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About The Author

– Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Author Links

Webpage – www.juliemulhernauthor.com

FB – https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern/?ref=hl

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

Purchase Links

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Cozy Prizes Friday: Crepe Factor

Time to go to New Orleans and visit with scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand. She’s about to hit the proverbial “fork in the road” in this cozy mystery. Grab yourself a beignet and a cup of joe and let’s visit with Carmela.  Be sure to look out for the Prize Guy to enter the giveaway! Laura and Terrie are giving away paperback copies of Crepe Factor. 

 

Guest Post by Carmela Bertrand, Main Character

in Crepe Factor by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran

First of all, I’d like to thank Teresa Trent, author extraordinaire, for inviting me to be here today. Since I’m a character in a cozy mystery it feels like a nice, warm place to be.

On the other hand, I’m here to talk about murder. You see, I live in New Orleans. It’s a crazy city – we’ve got Mardi Gras, great jazz, above ground cemeteries, grand architecture, and bad behavior. Besides owning Memory Mine, a scrapbook and craft show in the French quarter, I hang out a lot with Ava Gruiex, my BFF. Ava owns Juju Voodoo, wears the tightest leather pants you’ve ever seen, and is fashion model gorgeous. But for some reason, we seem to find ourselves neck deep in trouble.

Imagine this if you will – we’re at the French Quarter Winter Marker, drinking wine and minding our own business. When, suddenly, this food reviewer (that nobody likes) staggers out from behind one of the food tents with a ginormous kitchen fork stuck in his neck!

Not our doing, of course, but somehow Quigg Brevard, one of my ex-ex-boyfriends, gets accused of the murder. I’m not exactly a trained investigator, but I can’t resist getting involved. Tracking down suspects is tough however – people seriously didn’t like this guy – so it’s not easy to sort out true motivated killers from plain old New Orleans crazy. But we soldier on and investigate, rubbing shoulders with greedy real estate developers, strange environmentalists, and seriously toxic suspects.

When things get too complicated, Ava and I enlist the aid of Squirrel and Moony, a couple of good old boys from the Baritaria Bayou, along with their motley hound dog Cooter. One things leads to another and we narrow down the killer, and then decide to make a mad dash to the ultra-fancy Hotel Vendue and confront him. When we spill out of my car onto a red carpet, looing all muddy and sun-burned, it’s a bit of a shock to the guests who are there for a fancy black tie gala.

No problem. We all rush in anyway and finger the killer, get into a knock-down-drag-out fight, and manage to topple a gigantic ice sculpture. Luckily, the cops arrive, actually believe us, and the killer is brought to justice. (Of course Cooter gets to lap up all the spilled caviar and champagne he wants.)

No matter where we are – hanging at Dr. Boogie’s Jazz Club, chasing through the bayous, eating beignets, or having a fling at a wild party, Ava and I have tons of fun throughout Crepe Factor. Probably almost as much fun as you’ll have reading it!

All my best,

Carmela Bertrand

CREPE FACTOR

Crepe Factor
(A Scrapbooking Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Berkley (October 3, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425266717
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKY37I
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Synopsis

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace

The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!

Click Here to Enter the Giveaway–> Crepe Factor in Paperback!

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About The Authors

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

Webpage – http://www.laurachilds.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31

terrie farley moran

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year.  The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

Terrie’s Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terrie.moran.9

Blog:  www.womenofmystery.net

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/23186092-terrie-moran

 

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