Monday, September 3, 2012

A Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James ends September 10th





Cara Lynn James writes historical romances set during the Gilded Age. Her fourth book, A Path toward Love, will be released August 14th. Her previous novels are Love on a Dime, Love on Assignment and Love by the Book. Cara and her family have resided in northwest Florida for the past ten years. She’s also lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, California, Virginia and Vermont. In her younger years she served in the military as a Naval officer along with her husband who’s a retired Navy pilot. Now Cara writes full time -- when she’s not playing with her five year old grandson or Sparky, the family Papillon.



Cara Lynn is giving away a copy of her new release. To be entered tell us what time period you'd like to visit and why .

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Okay, I’ll be honest. I’m sitting in bed in my pajamas. But it’s 8:44, still too early to get up. But in my defense, I’ve been at my computer since 6:00.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
During the Gilded Age the millionaires’ wives wore several different outfits every day and seldom if ever wore them more than once. Then they often gave their designer clothes to their maids! The amount of money the ladies spent each season was astronomical. Ironically, because of the tight corsets they wore, none of those beautiful outfits was comfortable.

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?
I thought about this for a while since I’m so dependent upon advanced technology even though I’m not much good at using it. I’d bring my computer and hope I could find an electric outlet to plug it in. Not everyone had electricity even during the end of the century. Typewriters were a novelty back then.

What is something that very few people know about you?
Even though my husband is a retired Navy pilot, I have a life-long fear of flying. I’m still trying to overcome it. However, in my younger more reckless days, I used to fly in Navy jets with wearing flight suit, boots, helmet, G suit, torso harness in case I needed to eject and oxygen mask. Not exactly luxurious! I was a Naval officer stationed at squadrons in Texas and California, so I often got to fly in the back seat of military jets.

I also avoid escalators.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My very favorite is my grandmother’s diamond engagement ring. After she passed away my mother wore the ring on her right hand. When I inherited it I had the diamond put on my wedding ring which is a woven type band. So the ring is really special to me. Years ago our house was robbed and all of my jewelry was stolen, including a diamond stick pin from my grandfather, 14 carat gold necklaces and charms from all over the world and two emeralds from Colombia. But since I was wearing my wedding ring I still had it! Since the break-in I’ve only bought cheap jewelry!

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I’d like to live in Colonial Williamsburg in the eighteenth century, or during the Gilded Age as a rich lady from New York and Newport. I love to travel so the end of the nineteenth century would’ve been a fun time period for me – as long as I wasn’t a poor factory worker or a maid.

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Since I’m an only child I’m both the first and the last. As the first in a family of one my parents strongly encouraged me to write, although they didn’t believe an ordinary person had much chance to get published. They thought writing would be a great hobby and means of self-expression.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
The first titles that come to mind are Past Her Prime and Out of Energy! Seriously, I’d choose Perseverance. That title would fit any writer.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I’d love to be a character in the novel One Night in Newport by Elizabeth Villars. It’s an older book, published in 1981 and one of the first novels I read about Newport. It’s a light romance and I really enjoyed it. Even though my Ladies of Summerhill series is very different, One Night in Newport inspired me to write a book with the same setting in the Gilded Age.

I’d love to be a character in the first season of Downton Abbey!

You can reach me at www.caralynnjames.com and www.seekerville.blogspot.com



Katherine came home to forget her past.
The last thing she expected is a hopeful future.
Young widow Katherine Osborne returns to her family’s rustic camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s determined to live a quiet life, but her socialite mother is equally determined to push her into a new marriage while she’s still young.
Andrew Townsend has known Katherine since they were children. An attorney who is successful, but not wealthy, he knows she is socially out of his reach. But he’s curious what changed the free-spirited girl he once knew into this private, somber young woman.
Katherine has kept hidden the details of her unsuccessful marriage. When past sins come to light, she must turn to God for the courage to be honest. But how can she trust the God she feels has let her down? When she confides in Andrew, their relationship takes a dramatic turn into uncharted territory.
Amid impossible obstacles, two young people must learn to trust enough to walk the path that God has cleared for them. A path that leads to healing and restoration. A path toward love.
DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

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, September 10th, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.





  

73 comments:

  1. Cara, I find it interesting that you flew in Navy jets but are afraid of flying. I love flying, but I do wish the seats were bigger. :) I rarely got to fly when I was young, but that changed once I became a writer and started attending conferences. Your blurb makes me curious, like Andrew, about what happened to Katherine.

    Hi Debbie!

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    1. Hey Vickie! Thanks for coming by. Looking forward to seeing you at conference!

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  2. Hi, Cara & Debbie Lynne! Fun to learn more about one of my Seeker "sisters." Cara, I'm trying to picture you in that G-suit and all that gear! Also had to laugh at the suggested titles for your life story. I think I'd have chosen similar titles for myself! Can you believe we're finally living our dream? Not always exactly what we envisioned, is it? ;>D

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    1. Hey Myra. Thanks for coming by. I'll be flying to 2 conferences in a couple weeks. I wonder where I can get some of that flight gear.

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  3. I would love to visit America in the 1920's & 30's, to experience my parents lives as children to young adults. :)My dad had some pretty amazing stories to tell! Please add me for A Path Toward Love. Thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Merry. Throwing your name in the hat now. Good luck. The roaring twenties sound like a good time to visit!

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  4. Cara,
    Loved learning about the maids getting the fancy clothing. Those gals must have looked as good as the women for whom they worked. Fascinating!

    Glad you saved your grandmother's diamond. How terrible to have your other things stolen.

    You've made the Gilded Age come alive for so many of your readers, including me! Thanks, Cara!

    Hope everyone has a relaxing Labor Day! Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?

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    1. LOL! yes it does. Thanks for stopping by, Debby.

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  5. I've heard really great things about this book and would love to win a copy.

    snowboundintheup at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hey Naomi. I'm throwing your name in the hat now!

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  6. Congrats on your new release. LOVE your stories. The Gilded Age is so often neglected. I'm fine right in the present. I love toilets, showers, computers, TVs, and such. I'd probably visit Roman Britain, if I could travel or Elizabethan London, or maybe ancient Rome. Probably would be a servant or slave and hate it. Good luck.

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    1. LOL Rita. I'd love to visit medieval times in Britian or Scotland. See if the chivalry is all we make it out to be.

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  7. What time period would I like to visit? Colonial America, or the Wild West during America's expansion. This country's unbreakable spirit has always inspired me. These days, we're criticized for saying we're the greatest country in the world. It would be refreshing to spend time in an era when all Americans still did believe it.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Andrea. Oh those sound like great times, too! Imagine the people we could meet in Colonial America. Men who shaped our country. And the Western Expansion, I'd love to see some of those cowboys. "sigh"

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  8. Thanks so much for stopping by on a holiday, ladies!

    Merry, I'm also interested in the 20's and 30's. My parents were both very young adults in the 30's and had tons of interesting stories to tell. My father was a cadet, then junior officer in the merchant marine and travelled all over the world.

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  9. I would love to visit the time period about 1900-1920. I thought the world of my grandpa and he was a great story teller. I would to meet those relatives he would always tell about. And talk to that grandpa of his that was at Appomattox Court House during the surrender.

    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. That would be exciting! My husband father was very old when my husband was born. He was born in 1883. He died in 1977. He was a man who went from horse and buggy to the airplane and computer. A fascinating man, and a real gentleman. I adored him.

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    2. Isn't it just fascinating how much change they saw in their lifetime? My grandma passed last year, 6 months shy of being 100 years old.
      Forgot to mention that I was a feedburner subscriber.
      campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    3. That is really something, Amy. Wow. 100 years old. she saw a lot of changes in her life time too then. And thanks for reminding me your a fb subscriber. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  10. I would love to go to the Civil War era. Or the late 1800's in general. The Laura Ingalls Wilder books were my favorite growing up so I think it would be fun to live a simpler life. I follow on FeedBurner!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for following on Feedburner. CW is a fascinating time. So much change as well as country turmoil. The south had to learn how to rebuild and live all over again.

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  11. There are actually a few time periods that I am interested in visiting. Would love to visit Colonial Times and also the turn of the century from the late 1800's through early 1900's and than again the 20's and 30's which is right before my time and when my parents were young.

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

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    1. Hey Jo. I'm seeing a pattern here of a lot of 20's and 30's. Good luck!

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  12. That's hard to choose just one time period! I'd like to visit The Roman Empire (Just a visit though please! Wouldn't want to stay!) or Tudor England. I can't wait to read Cara's new book, thanks for the giveaway!

    I follow via FEEDBURNER.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Liz. Oh! Tudor England!! Love that time period. As long as I was wealthy when I visited. Good luck on the drawing!

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  13. I would like to visit the time period that The little House on the prairie is based on because most people in that time period seemed to help other out. The world was a nicer place then. Most people was not greedy
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net

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    1. Little House on the Prairie did make things look like everyone helped each other. And I think they had to in the west during the expansion. they had little money and little resources.

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  14. I think I would have liked to visit America in the 1800's. Life was hard then I realize that but I would like to know what it felt like to not have a modernized home. Also, families were very close and God seemed so much more real to them. I do have a close walk with God but sometimes the every day life gets in the way. It is a constant struggle to stay focused but that's a good thing! We have to keep on keeping on!

    I would love to win a copy of "A Path Toward Love."

    Blessings!
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Judy, thanks for coming by. Our lives do get in the way of God, I think. We have phones, cell phones, texting, internet, cars which make it easy for people to stop by, the list could go on and on. We have to make a conscious effort to not let those things interfere.

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  15. I would like to visit the 'Pioneer' times. I loved going to the Pioneer Village in Nebraska when I was younger. I don't think I could handle living like that, but I would like a visit.

    This sounds like a great book, thank you for hosting the giveaway.

    I also follow you by feedburner.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Pioneers certainly had it rough. If someone dropped most people off in the middle of the woods with a few provisions we wouldn't know what to do. Those people were tough and amazingly resourceful.

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  16. Thanks for the interview ladies! Sounds like a good book.
    To answer your question, I would love to go back in time to the settling of the American West, wagon trains etc. That time period.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    I also follow via feedburner!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Patty. I love western romances but I think I'd be too big of a chicken to ride on the wagon trains with the threat of Indian attacks. And with no planes, I'm afraid I'd be stuck in the east. LOL

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  17. I enjoyed the interview. I would like to have lived in the era right after World War II when all the soldiers were coming home and rebuilding their lives after the War.

    I subscribe by feedburner.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. My grandmother lived during that time. It was a hard time for many years. She tells some fascinating stories about it. How my grandpa opened a mechanic shop/gas station and no one could afford to pay so he'd give them credit. It put him out of business.

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  18. Congratulations on the new book.

    I'd love to live in the midwest in the 1870's - my all time favorite.

    I also am a follower.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. 1870's was a great time. so much change going on. good luck on winning Jodie.

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  19. What an awful experience! I'm so sorry you lost so much jewelry, but so glad and thankful your special ring was saved. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win your newest release (that cover is so pretty, all white)!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Rachelle. Good luck!

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  20. It's interesting to me that so many of us would like to live in America. I didn't pick Europe or any other place either, but I might have enjoyed living in England during the last half of the 18th century.

    But writing about a location or an era is so much easier than actually living in it. I like my computer, TV, car, good health care etc. Still, the 21st century isn't a romantic era to me! My husband might take offense at that!

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  21. I agree with Merry. I would like to be acquainted with my parents during their early lives ~ 1910-50. My mother died when I was five and I do not remember her. My maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother died before I was born. I would like to sit in their parlor and hear my Irish paternal family play their music together! And... my mother had a coming out ball as a debutante. Wouldn't that have been fun. Then... my musician father swept her off her feet to the dismay of her parents! Wonder if they were at the same gathering?? Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Sounds like a story in the making! Thanks for beig a follower and for stopping by.

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  22. I too write about the Gilded Age. I'd like to live in the same small town I grew up in (Abbeville, Georgia) in the 1880s because people seemed closer together and showed more Christian love than today. If I don't win, I'll buy your book anyway.

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    1. Abbeville. That sounds so familiar. We have good friends in GA. But I'm with you the 1880's all the way! Thanks for stopping by Elaine.

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  23. If I could go back in time I would go during the Civil War era and the early 1800s. Thank you for the chance to win this book! I am really looking forward to reading it!

    I am a feedburner follower too.

    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. thanks fro stopping by Samantha. I do love the time. GWTW was a big influence. :o)

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  24. I would like to visit the 50's (Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, etc.) because life seemed more simple then.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. When I was young everyone told me I grew up in the wrong era. I loved straight legged jeans, bobby socks and saddle oxfords. And the funny thing is I wore them. LOL.

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  25. I would have to choose the Regency Period in England. I love the manners and dress. But there again, I'd want to have some money, not be the one emptying the chamber pots ;)

    I follow through Feedburner.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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    1. Ack! Me too! That's one thing about going back in time, you HAVE TO HAVE MONEY or it wouldn't be fun.

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  26. I would like to go back to 1746 Scotland. Just hang around and see what it was like then.
    prettyinpurplerose(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LOL! Men in kilts. But I do love to read that time and place. Several of my stories have Scottish characters in them.

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  27. Nancye, I was a little kid during the 1950s and it was a great time to grow up. We had lots of freedom to ride our bikes, play with neighbor kids and mainly entertain ourselves.

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  28. I don't want to visit any other era. I love the one I am in unless I can go back to 80s. That was when my oldest was born. But then I'd have to go back to 1986 when second one was born. I loved my kids. I love my grandchildren. And the memories are what I treasure.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  29. Cara,
    I would love to either go back to Pioneer America OR England in Jane Austen era! Those are my favorite time periods to read about because I like to imagine just how I would have behaved then.
    Katie Beth

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    1. Given a choice of the two, I'd choose Regency. Love the clothes back then.

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  30. Gosh! I really can't decide what time period I would like to go back to. There are so many. Back in the late 60s and early 70s is one...when I was a hippie. It was about freedom and love and Woodstock. Growing up was so much easier then. I also would like to see what it was like to live on the prairie or travel the wagon trail west.

    Karen
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. I do remember seeing hippies but they were before my teenage years. I think I'd go for the prairie given a choice of the 2.

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  31. Hi. This book sounds great. Very interesting information on what the millionaires wore. I can't even imagine that kind of extravagance. Please enter me. Thanks. I follow through feedburner.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. Lots of interesting stuff out there. So much history to uncover!

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  32. I think it may have been interesting to visit Southern Africa in the late 19th century - meeting an explorer such as David Livingston. Follow via Feedburner.

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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    1. Wow Jes, you are ambitious! That was a little to wild country for me!

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  33. I would love to go back to the Edwardian Period. Why? Just watch/read the "Anne of Green Gables" series to know! The clothing, the slower pace, the hard work coupled with real, good fun. =-)
    bskaggs(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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    1. Oh man, Teddy. I love Anne of Green Gables. What a great series!

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  34. I would have liked see America in the years of 1850-1860. While I do not condone slavery I would have liked to see our country before the Civil War tore families and lives apart.

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    amada_chavez[AT]yahoo[DOT]com

    John 3:15-16 (Read it, Believe it, and Be Saved!!!)

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    1. Hey Amanda. Yes if I was going to go back around the CW I'd want to be before rather than during. It was a sad time for our country. So many died. I don't think a person alive then wasn't effected by the loss of someone.

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  35. I would like to go back in the in this book. I've been to Raquette Lake and many other places in the Adirondack Mountains most of my life. My parents were camping people and always brought the kids along to different places in the Adirondacks. I would love to see what it was like way back in the day. Would love to read this book.
    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oh Kay! A lady after my own heart! I Love to camp. of course it's with a 5th wheel but I do love it!

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  36. I would love to to go back to the 1860's, when our cabin was built.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. How cool to have a cabin that old. I always wonder what the walls would tell me if these old houses could speak.

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  37. I'm coming in under the wire here, but please add my name to this giveaway!!! Sounds like a great story. Thanks for hosting this interview.
    -Emily

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  38. Thanks for coming by, Emily. I added your name to the drawing.

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