#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Back from my journey/Winners

As you might have guessed, I was recuperating from my (very wonderful) travels yesterday, so didn’t get to this blog.  Our winners for last week are: Brenda Ireland and Cathy Green.  Congratulations, my friends–enjoy!  (Not Brenda or Cathy?  No worries.  Just comment and you’re automatically entered for this week’s giveaway.) Now for a brief account of my recent trip to Santa Rosa, CA, where I participated in the annual Bulls and Bears celebration hosted by my good friends, Steve and Robin Black, owners of Uptick Vineyards.  Talk about GLAM!  Festivities began with a Friday night gathering at the Blacks’ beautiful home, which is surrounded on all sides by grapevines, grapevines and MORE grapevines.  It was a great chance to reconnect with buddies like Bill Francis and his lovely wife, my beloved Renae Kinsey, Bob and Lynn Massi, Debbie and Wayne Macomber, Nancy Berland and many others.  I met some wonderful new people, already friends of mine, including Ramona and Matt and the Amazing Jackie.  More on them later.  :)       

OKAY, for whatever crazy reason, much of this blog disappeared into a Black Hole.  So I’ll take up the slack tomorrow!

84 comments to “Back from my journey/Winners”

  1. Brenda I
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:14 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good weekend! It’s always good to have a relaxing weekend with family and good friends!



  2. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners!

    And welcome home after your adventures.



  3. pat Dennis
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    What a great time



  4. Paula L Rollins
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good time…Enjoy time goes so fast…



  5. Pam paterakis
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Sounds like the perfect get together.



  6. BARBARA O
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good week end. Can’t wait to hear more about it.



  7. Tammy
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I think it’s so cool you’re friends with Debbie Macomber! I love her books too! You ladies are awesome writers!



  8. Laura Ann Harris
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful time Linda. Glad you got a chance to relax and spend quality time with friends. I’m sure Berniece is glad you are back home.



  9. Chris
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:37 pm · Link

    I love your books



  10. Mary Ann Fuhs
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Hi Sounds like a party.



  11. Dennis
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Sounds like a blast!! Where do I find pictures? Who are your new friends? When are you going to have a fan / readers blast! Would love to be at a “glam” event with you and your friends!

    Have a contest, winner gets to accompany you at the next GLAM event!



  12. Terri Shortell
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Sounds like you had a great time in a beautiful setting. Happy you enjoyed yourself. Hope everybody is having a great day. It’s sunny here for once so it’s a great day. More rain in a couple days so I’ll enjoy the sun while we have it. 8)



  13. Joanne Bitts
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:51 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had a wonderful GLAM. Congrats to the most recent winners. For both you & Debbie I have many books to read & catch up on. Keep writing. I’ve loved all the series. Will there be any more set in Cave Creek, AZ



  14. mary D. Wornick
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 2:57 pm · Link

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your good friends, so happy for you and you was able to spend with them. It’s nice to see that your back and ready to go . Nice about the weight loss.
    Okay, will talk with later, have a nice day.
    Bye for now Mary D. Wornick



  15. Ruby Norwood
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Congrats to Brenda and Cathy on your win. I’m sure you will enjoy it. Linda, I am so glad you had a great time meeting up with your old friends and new friends. You sometimes just have to mix some fun in with your work. This all work and no play its just not good for you. can’t wait to hear all the other good things you and Jenni did.



  16. DONNA
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Glad you had a wonderful time. It’s always nice to get together with friends & also make new ones.



  17. Gloria Jenkins
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had a great time. Seeing old friends and make new one’s is always exciting. Have a great week.



  18. Patricia
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Saw a lovely picture of you sitting next to Debbie Macomber and others having fun. Love the glamorous dress. – looking good!



  19. Dixie Hadley
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with lots of good memories to hold you over until the next wonderful gathering of friends.
    Rest up and look forward to your next post. Congrats to the winners. I keep hoping to see my name :-)



  20. Jessica Alcazar
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:28 pm · Link

    Sounds like an awesome time!



  21. Garen
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Just entering.



  22. Dixie Hadley
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    I thought I’d share my exciting news with all of you. I will have my first 2 published childrens books mid January,The Adventures Of Charlie Chevy and Franklin Ford and Princess for a Day. I’ve written 13 but I have to do a few at at time since money doesn’t grow on trees :-)
    I so enjoy writing these stories,each with a valuable life lesson to help children make wise and good choices.



    • Dennis
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        · October 21st, 2014 at 8:05 pm · Link

      congrats!!



  23. Virginia Horton
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip!



  24. Rita Crofoot
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Glad you made it safely, sounds like a wonderful time.



  25. Courtney Buchanan
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Wonderful to hear you had a lovely time! Hope it inspires many new novels from you!



  26. Lorraine Pitts
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Glad your trip was great!!!



  27. Lois Rotella
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies…. Glad to hear you had a wonderful tome on your trip.



  28. Karen Snow
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Link

    Sounds awesome! Maybe those grapevines inspire some new romance?? :)



  29. Darlene
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that you had a fun trip. It is beautiful down there!!



  30. Gloria
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:17 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Brenda Ireland and Cathy Green on your win.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your weekend, Linda!

    And, I’m glad to be back…for a while, anyway. I’ve missed everyone.



    • Norma Stanforth
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        · October 21st, 2014 at 7:46 pm · Link

      Glad you are back to Gloria. Missed you.
      Love in Jesus Name.
      Norma



      • Gloria
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          · October 22nd, 2014 at 6:51 pm · Link

        Thank you, Norma. I pray you’re feeling better.



  31. Therese Lopez
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners!! I’m so glad you had such a nice weekend with all your friends. I hope you have a great week!! :-| :-|



  32. Millie Swank
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!



  33. Leanna
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Glad you had a great weekend. I am rereading the last Big Sky book.



  34. SHELLEY S
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:25 pm · Link

    GLAD YOU HAD A GREAT TRIP AND COUNT ME IN ON THE GIVEAWAY!



  35. Sheila Douglass
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:25 pm · Link

    So glad that you get time to relax with your friends. May God bless you for sharing your life and books with all of us.



  36. Diane Blaser
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:28 pm · Link

    I can’t drink wine because of some health issues, but I have always wanted to visit a winery and walk through the grapes vines. Years ago I read a book about a family who owned a winery and all that it entails; If I remember correctly the book was “The Villa” by Nora Roberts. I wish I could have hidden in your suitcase and gone along with you Linda! I will look forward to hearing more about your trip!



  37. Linda Greenleaf
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Glad your home safe and sound.



  38. Gram
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time :-)



  39. Beth Almeida
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good time!



  40. Cheryl Lemon
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Link

    So glad you had a great weekend. Me too, went to the Harvest Festival in Del Mar, CA. Had a great time. Bought Holiday gifts.



  41. Beverly Sivacek
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 6:20 pm · Link

    So happy for you having a great time seeing long-time friends and making new friends. And it’s nice to be back home. Too bad about the ‘black hole’ ! And looking forward to your next blog. :-)



  42. Jeri Housholder
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Sounds like fun. Looking forward to your next book.



  43. DIANA E
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Glad to hear you are home safe and sound and had a wonderful time, Linda. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. Blessings.



  44. Joyce M.
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:03 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good trip.



  45. Donna Colton
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Looks like had a great time and deserved a slouchy day! We’re coming down from back surgery & our son’s wedding! We have a daughter now!



  46. Missy C
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! And sounds like a fabulous weekend.



  47. Crystal Carney
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

    There is nothing like good friends & a little wine . Glad you had a good time!!!



  48. Cathy Green
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Thank you and WOO HOO
    I am excited about the win. I love to read and have gotten my Mom who is 75 and my Sister reading your books I really enjoyed the newest book in the brides series as I quilt too.

    Thanks
    Cathy Green in Tennessee :!: :!: :!:



  49. Joy N
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Glad you are back safe and sound. Sounds like a fun trip. I just finished the last book in the Orphan Train trilogy and feel like you said you felt at the end of writing of them: with tears and a true internal feeling of loss of these 3 beautiful women and their men (their stories are told). Wow…the power of loving relationships!! Amazing. Thank you.



  50. Jackie Drake
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a good time and I hope some excellent wine.
    :wink:



  51. Norma Stanforth
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Congratulation to Brenda Ireland and Cathy Green on your win.
    Linda, i am glad that you had such a wonderful trip at Steve and Robin Black, place in Santa Rosa,Ca. And you participated in the Bull and bear, i bet you were thrilled. Glad you had such a great time. God’s blessings.
    As always your friend,
    Norma



  52. C Culp
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 7:47 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great trip to beautiful Santa Rosa, and glad you had good weekend there!



  53. Renae Kinsey
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 8:31 pm · Link

    The annual event is wonderful!! We enjoyed ourselves very much!!! You and jennifer look AMAZING!!!!! I’m tuckered out as I stayed two more days with the Aunties and I just got home after Bill treated me to a nice steak dinner and a bottle of UPTick – oh boy!! I think wine will come out of my ears!!! Glad to hear you’re home.



  54. Roberta Giordano
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 8:42 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a fun and relaxing weekend! Have a great week too !



  55. Allie
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Glad you’re back safe & had fun



  56. Denise Dragonetti
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. :-P



  57. Christina Callahan
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Sou ds like a good time. Loved the pnoto you posted on facebook too.



  58. Trisha Musser
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 10:14 pm · Link

    I get so excited when I see your new books will be out soon! I look forward to each and every one!



  59. Rita McCommon
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Linda – Western Romances have always been my favorites and yours are awesome. Thanks for the wonderful stories!



  60. Karen Dieffenbaugher
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      · October 21st, 2014 at 11:39 pm · Link

    Love your books.



  61. Kelley Morrow
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 1:27 am · Link

    Glad you had a fun time! Loved the pic on facebook. Still on the edge of my seat waiting for the next story!!! Have a blessed week!



  62. Bonnie Grant
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 6:01 am · Link

    i have thoroughly enjoyed your books. Historical romances (western) are my favorite. I can’t seen to get enough of the mail order books, but all of yours have been so enjoyable, I have hated to put them down.



  63. Cindy Tew
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 6:10 am · Link

    Sounds like fun!



  64. Niki Davis
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 6:58 am · Link

    Sounds like loads of fun. I just got back from a vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. They are nothing compared to the Rockies but will do as they are closer to me. Glad you had a great time – we all need them from time to time. :lol:



  65. Beverly Majkut
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 9:01 am · Link

    Congratulations to Brenda and Cathy!



  66. Rose Marie Moran
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 10:22 am · Link

    Sounds like an enjoyable evening. The weather good, also?



  67. Ann Bartholomew
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 11:03 am · Link

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful weekend. It must have been hard being with friends and all that wine!



  68. carole
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Hi! sounds like you had an wonderful and fun weekend!



  69. Debbie Gamble
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Welcome home, Linda! Hope you are “relaxed and refreshed” by your journeys.

    Looking forward to more wonderful words of yours in future! :-P

    Debbie Gamble



  70. Susan Lee
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 5:57 pm · Link

    glad you had a good time. My travelling days are mostly over. I have lived in Asia seen Australia and parts of Europe and home is now where my heart is. Home is Canada and I don’t move much around it anymore.



  71. Lea Williams
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 7:36 pm · Link

    So glad you had a good time. Blessings,



  72. Nadine Spradlin
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      · October 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 pm · Link

    Congratulations to last weeks winners , Brenda & Cathy . Linda , so glad that you had such a good time , & It’s always so nice meeting different people and making new friends .



  73. Patti Hann
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      · October 23rd, 2014 at 1:35 pm · Link

    I am glad you got away and had a good time.



  74. marilyn hurst
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      · October 23rd, 2014 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great trip, have a wonderful weekend.
    :)



  75. Janet Breton
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      · October 23rd, 2014 at 6:39 pm · Link

    Happy to hear that you had a great weekend Linda!



  76. Valdi McCoy
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      · October 23rd, 2014 at 11:29 pm · Link

    Good friends, good food, good wine. What else can you ask for. I am glad you had a great time.



  77. Melissa Braun
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      · October 25th, 2014 at 11:11 am · Link

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I love Santa Rosa, it’s so pretty there! And did someone say WINE? ;)



  78. Julie-ann Ford
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      · October 25th, 2014 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I am glad you had a wonderful time. Welcome back



  79. Robin
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      · October 26th, 2014 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Hi Linda. So glad you had a good time. Sounds fun



  80. Linda
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      · October 27th, 2014 at 11:26 am · Link

    Congratulations to the lucky winners. Linda, happy to hear you had a wonderful time with old friends and new! Blessings all around!



  81. mary D. Wornick
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      · October 27th, 2014 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Welcome home. and congratulations lucky winners i know you will enjoy her books.
    Talk you later have a good one



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