Monday, July 16, 2012

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn Ends July 24rd

 Award-winning novelist Keli Gwyn writes inspirational historical romance. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville in the Sierra Foothills with her husband and two skittish kitties.

Welcome Keli! I'm glad to have you here this week. Keli has graciously offered to give away a copy of her debut novel. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered and don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a follower.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I’m sitting in my office while Gwynly practices banjo in our bedroom. I’m back from Curves, so I’m wearing black workout pants and a black t-shirt with a really cool heart on the front made up of encouraging words in bold colors. I bought the shirt from Curves, and that’s one of the words.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?

I remember being shocked to discover that Victorian women wore drawers with an opening between the legs. As modest as the Victorians were, that fact surprised me. Of course, I doubt the women were in danger of having their skirts fly up, since they wore so many petticoats. They wouldn’t have been able to turn somersaults, though, that’s for sure.

What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most?

Deeanne Gist gave me some great advice back when I was a florescent green newbie. I met her at the Romance Writers of America® conference in 2008. When I told her I was a Golden Heart® finalist but felt like my stories weren’t ready for publication and had endured two painful pitch sessions earlier in the day, she said she didn’t like rejection either. What she did was study craft so she could create a marketable story.

I took Dee’s advice, stopped querying, and spent the next year learning all I could about writing. I then chose the best of the five stories I’d completed, rewrote it, and entered it in several contests to see if it fared better than my earlier work had. It did, garnering me several wins and requests, one of which led to my offer of representation. I had to rewrite the story again for my agent, but once it was ready, she submitted it and sold it.

What I took away from this was that my time spent studying craft was a good investment. I’m so grateful to Dee for sharing her wise counsel with me and am happy to pass it on.

If you could work with any author who would you choose?

Any author? Wow! There are so many great ones out there, making this a tough decision. I’m going with Tamara Alexander. Her storytelling is masterful and her characterization some of the best I’ve seen. I’d love to learn all I could from her.

When writing, what is the part of the story you enjoy writing the most?

Some people love splashing the first draft on the page. While I do enjoy that, I find that phase to be challenging. My internal editor is constantly trying to interfere. I prefer the revision and self-editing stages, when I take a sloppy story and neaten it up. Watching a story get better before my eyes is so rewarding.

What is a typical working day for you? Where and when do you write? Do you set goals?

I don’t have typical days; I have seasons. I’m in Promotion Season right now. Once my book is launched, I’ll move on to Writing Season. I have a story started that has been calling—loudly—and I’m eager to return to it. Once I finish it, Revision Season will begin. That one generally doesn’t last as long as some of the others. I have six more story ideas my agent likes, so I’ll quickly shift into Research Season followed by Plotting Season. And then will come Writing Season again. The fun just keeps on coming. If you’re a writer, I’m sure you understand the joy each “season” brings.

If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here?

What a great question, one that made me think. My choice is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. As a native Californian who lives in the Gold Country, that story really resonated with me. I’d love to write a hero as awesome as Michael Hosea and a story as emotion-packed and enduring as Redeeming Love.

Come to think of it, I wouldn’t want my name on that book after all. It’s Francine’s story. What I’d like would be to write one of my own stories with similar qualities. I’m dreaming, I know, but dreaming can be a good thing if it pushes us to be the best we can be, right?

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?

My nice big Coach bag, since the dainty reticules used in the Victorian Era were far too small for my liking. I’d take it fully loaded with all the things I like to have on hand, many of which would be impossible to come by in the 1800s: sunglasses, nail clippers, TicTacs, and ibuprofen, to name just a few. Much as I’d like to have my smart phone and digital camera, I’d not be able to recharge the batteries, so they wouldn’t do any good. I’m sure I’d get some interesting looks as I toted around my bulky bag, but I just might start a new style.

Thanks so much for having me here at The Sword and the Spirit, Debbie Lynne. Spending time with you and your blog’s visitors is a treat. I enjoyed answering your questions, and now I have one for all of you. What must-have items do you carry in your purse?
In case you’d like to use it, here’s a blurb I wrote to give people the link to my website in a fun way.
To learn more about Keli, you can visit her new Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com, where you'll find her parlor, study, carriage house, and more, along with her blog and her social media links.

  
Widow Elenora Watkins looks forward to meeting her new business partner, Miles Rutledge, who owns a shop in 1870s El Dorado. But Miles is shocked to see a woman step off the stagecoach. His rude behavior forces Elenora to reconsider—so she becomes his competition across the street. Can Miles win her heart while destroying her business?


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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday morning 8 am est,  July 24th . Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


91 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good book. I am a follower too.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com
    wendy

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  2. Good Morning, Wendy! Thanks for stopping by and for following. Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for the chance of entering Debbie. Keli and my taste are the same. Tamera's one of my favorite authors as well.This sounds like a great book,(very intesting about the undergarments) would love to win. I'm a follower.

    scruggs3/at/nctc/dot/com

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    1. Tamera can really write, can't she? I love her stories.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on winning.

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  4. Sounds great! I am a follower! I just went over and checked out Keli's website and signed up there to follow her. Her book sounds so good!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Jo, thanks for taking time to visit my cyber home and for following my blog. I really appreciate it.

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  5. My must items right now are diapers! :) But I actually hate carrying a purse so I rarely have on hand. What I generally need in emergencies. is usually fingernail clippers. You would think since I've had to carry one for a good long time (the most nondescript I can find) I'd put clippers in it at some point.

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    1. Melissa, diapers would be essential for moms with wee ones. And I hear you on carrying fingernail clippers. I have a pair in each of my purses, one at my writing desk, and one in my bathroom.

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    2. LOL! Keli you cheated! The bag would have to be empty. LOL. It's good to have you on my blog. And I'm with you Melissa. Those diapers would be mighty important. Especially the days I keep my grand baby.

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  6. wow, that comment needed serious editing. That's what I get for writing it while a 19 month old was helping.

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    1. Melissa, I think it's sweet that your little one likes to "help" mommy. =)

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  7. Nice interview. I'd really enjoy reading this.
    I follow.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, P. Debbie Lynne asked some great questions, didn't she?

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    2. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

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  8. My must need item: gum.

    Thanks for the insight into Keli Gwyn. :)

    I'm a follower.

    Ginger
    ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

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    1. Ginger, do you have a favorite brand/flavor of gum?

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    2. Oh that's me, too! I love gum. Got to keep stocked up on it.

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  9. Enjoyed the interview very much. I'm an email subscriber. Thank you for the entry in your giveaway. Have a blessed day!

    Sandee61

    Muzzley56(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Sandee, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I had such fun answering Debbie Lynne's great questions.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by and for being a follower.

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  10. Thank you for this oppertunity to win this great book! I am also an email suscriber too.
    Thank you!
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Samantha, thanks for entering!

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    2. Hey Samantha, thanks for stopping by and for following. Good luck!

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  11. Great interview! Keli, I think I met you briefly at ACFW last year through some mutual writer friends. I'm SO EXCITED to see your first book is here!!!! It sounds like a lot of fun, and I love the hero/heroine being at such odds. Can't wait to see how you pull them together despite everything. :D

    Thanks for visiting today! Please enter me for a chance to win, and YES I'm a follower!
    -Emily
    emily_reynolds(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for sharing in my excitement, Emily. How neat that we met at the ACFW conference last year. I'm looking forward to attending this year. Are you going, too?

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    2. thanks for stopping by Emily! Appreciate you being a follower. Good luck.

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  12. I love Francine River, too--but love the Mark of the Lion series best.
    Ummmm--on the title of this Blog? Does that mean the Bride's shop is closing on July 30?
    AnneB1944 at aol dot com.

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    1. Anne, my publisher and I plan for my book to around a nice, long time. :-) Debbie Lynne's drawing for a copy of the book closes July 24th, though, and I believe the winner must contact her by July 30.

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    2. Yikes Anne! Good catch. Though Keli is right. The drawing ends on the 23rd, the winner will have one week to contact me, however, that should have said ends the 23rd. Thanks for catching that. I'll give you 2 entries for that!

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  13. Hi ladies! What a fun interview...I learned some new things about Keli and the 1800's. :) How sad is it that my must have item is my smart phone? It's crazy how dependent I am on that thing...

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    1. Lacie, I'm with you. I'd like to take my phone so I could keep in touch with the people back home, but I don't know how I'd recharge the batteries. Got any ideas?

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    2. LOL Lacie, but no one else will have one for you to call or text. Thanks for stopping by. good luck.

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  14. Thank you for the great Interview, please add me to your Giveaway, your Book sounds so good, would love to win it.
    I'm a follower :)

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dotcom

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    1. Ingrid, thanks for your kind words. You're entered!

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    2. Throwing your name in the hat now. Good luck.

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  15. Please enter me to win. I've never read any of her books and would like to.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com
    I follow through feedburner

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    1. Squires, this is my debut novel, but I've got plenty more ideas. =)

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    2. Your in the drawing. Good luck and thanks for following my blog.

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  16. DEB AND KELI -- GREAT INTERVIEW, GALS!!!

    Cannot WAIT to get my paws on this one because I read the first chapter way back when and just KNEW I would be reading the rest in paperback some day, so YAY, KELI!!!!

    Hope it flies off the shelves, darlin'!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

    gsus(at)charter(dot)net

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    1. Julie, I love that your literary fingerprints can be seen in the first chapter of my book. That makes it even more special to me.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by Julie! I'm betting (of course I'm not really betting cause I don't bet...plus it's just about a sure thing) you're right and A Bride Opens Shop will fly off the shelves. So happy for you, Keli and glad to have you on here with your debut novel. Before ya know it we'll be interviewing for book number 2!

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    1. Thanks for having me, Debbie Lynne, and for your support and encouragement.

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  18. Great interview! Please enter my name in the giveaway. :)

    writer(underscore)weaver(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Anna! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the interview. Just threw your name in the hat. Good luck!

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    2. Anna, thanks for taking time out of your day to visit Debby Lynne's great blog and to leave a comment.

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    3. Sheesh. Can you tell I'm tired? I spelled Debbie wrong. My apologies.

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    4. Awe, that's okay! You were probably thinking Debby from seekerville. YOu're a busy lady.

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  19. Fun interview! Thanks for the chance to win.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. Pegg, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Answering Debbie Lynne's awesome questions was lots of fun.

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    2. Thanks so much,Pegg. Good luck.

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  20. My must have list has changed in the last few years. After 23 years as a homeschooling mom my list no longer consists of pens, paper, paperclips, and such. Now my list is lipstick, mints, knife, nail clippers, pen, notepad, and unfortunately Poise pads (ah, to growing older).
    I too love Francine Rivers and Tamara. They are amazing writers. Deeanne also has some wonderful stories out there.
    Loved the interview.
    Oh, and I'm a follower.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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    1. Shirley, as an Empty Nester, I can relate to the shifting contents of one's purse. Sounds like we have similar tastes in books. Cool!

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    2. LOL! Shirley. so funny. Oh man can I relate to that too. But now with the grandbaby I'm back to diaper bags again.

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  21. I smiled at your reference to writing seasons. I'm learning that my idea of balance doesn't fit a writer's life. It's more like going through seasons (I call them marathons). :o)

    janalynvoigt(at)gmail(dot)com

    I'm a follower.

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    1. Janalyn, yes, some seasons do feel like marathons at times, don't they?

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    2. Hey Janalyn. Marathon is a perfect word! good luck!

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  22. I'd love the opportunity to win this book. I signed up to follow too.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe

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    1. Jodie, thanks for entering the drawing.

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    2. Hey Jodie, thanks for stopping by. And thanks for following! throwing your name in twice!

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  23. Must have items for my purse? Lip gloss, writing pens, paper, eyeglasses, cell phone and if I happen to have a cold, I must also carry cough drops and Kleenex. I like to carry something to read if I am found in a waiting situation (assuming my bag is big enough).

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    1. Janice, I've reached the age where reading glasses are a must. As a writer, I'd feel lost without pen and paper. Being a charter member of the Weepy Women's Club who is prone to shedding tears of joy, I carry tissues at all times.

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    2. Oh my goodness! Y'all are cheatin' so bad. That's a lot more than one thing! Lol! gOOD LUCK.

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  24. I forgot to add this. I am a follower by e-mail!

    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. How fun to see you here, Keli! And what a lovely model you have on the front of your cover. So neat to see your novel has finally released. I know you've been looking forward to it. :-)

    snowboundintheup (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Naomi, I'm glad you like the cover. Didn't Barbour do a great job with it?

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    2. Hey Naomi! Thanks for stopping by. Barbour did do a great job. HOpe you're getting some nice warm weather up there in the UP.

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  26. I would select Ibuprofen to take with me... although, I'd prefer to take my husband and children.

    couturecloset at comcast dot net

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    1. Dianne, you have the best answer ever. Of course, I'd want to take my family with me. Don't know why I didn't think of that. :-)

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    2. LOL Dianne! You could be rich if you took Ibuprofen! Just think how much people would pay if they had a toothache!

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  27. If you haven't already, stop by Seekerville where Keli has a terrific blog post up. And you get 2 more chances at winning her book. http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2012/07/seekerville-effect-by-seeker-fan-keli.html

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    1. Thanks for sharing the link, Debbie Lynne. I had such fun spending the day in Seekerville. Talk about awesome people. The Seekers and Seekerville Faithful totally rock!

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  28. I really want this book, thank you for hosting this giveaway and giving me a chance to win it.

    +1 Feedburner follower

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. Hey Wendy, thanks for stopping by and for being a follower.

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  30. Thank you for the chance to win and I am a feedburner follower.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  31. Angela, so glad you stopped by. Thanks for being a FB follower!

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  32. Fun interview, Debbie and Keli! Fun to learn more about you, Keli. I'm a Curves member, but not as faithful as you.

    Really enjoyed your debut!!! So very happy for you!

    Janet

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    1. Janet, I remember reading somewhere that you go to Curves. I've thought about you several times as I've been working out.

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  33. I am a follower through feedburner...I shared on facebook and twitter...and I am soo looking forward to this book...hope to win.......babyruthmac16ATyahooDOtcom

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  34. Keli, this book sounds great! The blurb kind of reminds me of You've Got Mail. Thank you, Debbie, for hosting this giveaway ~ I *must* try to win this book! ;)

    kjv1611as at gmail dot com

    *I follow thru email

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    1. Amanda, that's the very movie my hubby compared my story to. How fun!

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  35. Sounds like a book I'd like to read... Blessings on your latest release...

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  36. I would love to win this book. I've seen it around the blogosphere and it looks great!

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I've seen you around the blogosphere, too, Ladette. I admire your perseverance. =)

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  37. I am following by Feedburner.
    I would Love to read this book!
    richmond.abigail@gmail.com

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    1. Abigail, there are still some chances to win the book. If you visit my blog--found on my website--and look at the bottom of my posts, you'll find links to other guest blog posts. Most of the bloggers have offered a copy of my book as a drawing prize, and some of the drawings are still open--including a couple of my own. Don't miss the one for Elenora's Extravaganza, a prize package valued at $200 that includes six beautiful Victorian-themed items such as those Elenora would carry in her shop.

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  38. thanks for sharing.

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