Monday, September 3, 2018

The Abolitionist's Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher ends 9/17 PLUS a Rafflecopter!

When Kathy sent me her post she gave me strict directions I was not allowed to critique this post. 'Sigh' So with a red face, I ask you to please give a warm welcome to my dearest friend, my sister by another mother, critique partner, and one talented author, Kathleen L. Maher. 

Be sure to scroll on down to find out how to enter the giveaways!

Ode to a Saint: a Writer’s Best Friend
Once in a lifetime you find a special friend, and if you’re really blessed, a kindred spirit. My life has been blessed many times over, as I have an incredible husband and great sisters and some very special praying friends who are very dear to me. But one stands out for her zany sense of humor, her devilish pranks (hiding fake spiders in mailing boxes) her ridiculous work ethic (canning 100 lbs of tomatoes in one day), her talent (multiple best-selling Medievals) , and above all, her superhuman generosity.

This friend and I met (was it ten years ago? Eleven? I’ve lost track) as newbs in the writing world. We both joined American Christian Fiction Writers at the same time and were placed in the same critique group. Four began the group, and only two stayed. (I think I wore the other two out.)

I loved her manuscript. I loved that we had so much in common. Faith, horses, writing, history, dogs, married to chivalrous men, homeschooling, (she did a better job) painting, and so much more. We just got each other on a level that’s so rare.

As we swapped critiques (hers are eagle-eyed brilliance) we saw how the Lord had knitted our lives together. We both joined the grandmother club, we both saw our younger children graduate and move on to college. We shared health crises, financial scares, the passing of loved ones, beloved pets, and many seasons. She cheered for my successes (Genesis Award for which she gave my acceptance speech in proxy) and I cheered for hers ( Guideposts Christmas collection, several very successful Indie romances). We prayed for one another and pushed when one hit writer’s block, and pulled when the other wanted to throw the laptop in the trash and become a hermit.

But there are things no other friend and crit partner has ever done for another, and I tell you, this saintly being has abounded in above-and-beyond acts of heroism. When I couldn’t go to conference because of finances, what did she do? She raised the money by sewing and embroidering book bags that said, “Be nice or I’ll make you the villain in my next novel.” Then we came up with the idea of creating my own book cover, and what did she do? She SEWED a CIVIL WAR GOWN for my daughter to model! It’s gorgeous. Has the most beautiful buttons and lace trim, with fabric in the richest shade of moss green….

see it in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo

But she wasn’t nearly done. When my husband was delivering pizzas to put food on the table, she offered for him to stay with her family so he could work a more profitable job and come home on his breaks to us. She and her husband opened their home for seven months! But the best was yet to come. This angelic, selfless, caring woman of God hired a graphic designer to put my dream cover together so I could finally release the book of my heart.

If you’re ever tempted to give up on humanity, to believe that there is no goodness left on earth, I want you to think about this rare unicorn that I have told you about here, so that you can be assured, genuine Christlike people REALLY do exist. I know, because I have met Debbie Lynne Costello.



The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher 
1860-1864 Shenandoah Valley, and Elmira, NY The crusading daughter of a Washington politician comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horsemen from Virginia, the twins would defend their livelihood from her meddling kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies. Can the very girl who divided bosom brothers unite them again? 

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Abolitionists-Daughter-Kathleen-L-Maher/dp/1718026242




About Kathleen:
Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She has a novella releasing with BARBOUR in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, New York. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War story, releasing this summer under a new title The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.

Follow Kathleen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLMaherAuthor/ on 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mahereenie and on 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kathleenlmaher

Giveaway:
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away 2 Kindle copies of The Abolitionist’s Daughter and 1 paperback to some lucky commenters.
To enter, please answer the following question: Who has been your hero? Why? Please be sure to leave your email in your entry so you can be notified if random.org selects your entry.
In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including Ammy gift cards, books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (US residents only.) 

Debbie Lynne here. And to celebrate with my best friend, I am also giving away a kindle copy of The Abolitionist's Daughter.


76 comments:

  1. How sweet! My hero is most likely my dear friend Dorothy. Such an amazing lady...let me tell you a little....she spent her honeymoon in a tent studying field mice for her thesis!!! I didn't really come to know her well until she experienced the tragedy of losing her husband to a bizarre work accident. Having a child still at home, she decided to do a camping trip with him to have some private healing time. Our friendship was cemented in the years after she returned from this, as we went to the same church and lived in the same town and decided to have Bible studies together. It was wonderful and crazy...she is very analytical and I'm more emotional...what a pairing. How blessed I was when she told me how she was blessed by our time together. Then she went to the mission field, first with her son and then continuing alone and my husband and I supported her and helped by watching her home place for her. Our friendship has deepened even though now she is retired and living in Florida and I only see her once every couple of years. This dear friend of mine has taught me about grace, generosity, maturity of faith, stewardship and so much more and I just love her!! Thanks for the post and thanks for helping us get to know Debbie Lynne better. bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. Connie it sounds like you have a wonderful friend. She does sound like a hero to serve on the mission field like that.

      Thank you for entering! Good luck

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  2. My hero is my sister, Roxanne. She has been through so much and still keeps a great attitude. From a near fatal car crash to years of surgery and heart problems. I love her dearly! (Audrey Stewart / jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Hi Audrey, thank you for coming by and telling us about your hero. God bless her for her courage.

      Good luck in the contest! Hugs

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  3. My hero was my mother who passed away in April. She battled her renal disease and never faltered in her faith. She trusted God everyday that she lived and was always there with encouragement when we needed it. She gave of her time and money with a willing heart to those that were in need, giving little concern for her own needs. She said God would take care of everything that was necessary. Even in the end, knowing her time was short, she made sure that everyone around her knew she was ready to meet the Lord.

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    1. Oh Julie! What a beautiful and selfless woman. It sounds like your mom and my mom could have been sisters. My mom also died from complications of renal failure. What a great generation they came from. Thank you for sharing and touching my heart.

      Good luck in the contest. Hugs

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  4. God is number one n my life! He has bought me through so many things even a brush with death. Sometimes we think as Christians we are ok well things happen in life and i believe we go through the trials to grow closer to God! I know I went through one that was really big. And my hero bought me through it. God! next to him his my husband he was right beside me the whole time during this trial.
    Blessings
    Diana joeym11atfrontierdotcom

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    1. Hi Diana! I love that your hero is Jesus. Amen to that. And kudos to your kind and supportive husband as well.

      Thank you for coming by! 😊

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  5. My hero is my mom. She raised me and my brothers by herself the best she could, and we were no angels. She is always there for us and has survived losing her youngest son recently, suddenly, and enduring the possibility of losing her oldest son to cancer. No parent should have to bury a child no matter how old they are. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone. princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I am so sorry for the loss of your sibling Debbie. Prayers for your brother as he faces these health crises. God bless your mom! I was raised by single mother also. She is always going to be A beacon And standard in my life that I could probably never live up to. A godly mother is a great gift.

      Thank you for entering. Good luck my new friend :-)

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  6. Thanks so much for having me today DebbieLynne! I look forward to interacting all week with your wonderful readers. Hugs

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    1. Kathy, I'm so excited for you and all God has in store for you! Thank you for your sweet and over-the-top post which I do NOT deserve. Love you lady!!!

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  7. I LOVE LOVE ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ your story of friendship. Admittedly, a bit jealous as I thought I had a life long soul sister but she was lost to me. I’m excited for Kathleen. She is an amazing lady, Christian, writer, all around person. She’s been an inspiration to me many times over with words of encouragement. Rarely do I meet a woman who exemplifies Christ. Kathleen is one of those rare unicorns.

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    1. Li-An, I will have to agree about everything you say about Kathy. She is a kind, giving, loving, encouraging, talented person who never ceases to amaze me.

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    2. Aw, Leann, thank you. If DebbieLynne is a unicorn in the mystical forest of friendship rarity, and you are the Narwal in the sea of unusual kindness. 😄

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  8. My mother is my heroine. As a pastor's wife, she managed to stretch my dad's meager salary to feed and clothe 5 children. I am the youngest, and probably lived in at home the longest. She was always grateful for what we had - spent hours working a HUGE garden and then canning and freezing the fruits of their labors. When my dad slowly deteriorated due to mulitlple small strokes, she never got angry with him, even as his personality changed. She passed away at the age of 90 and I sure would love to be able to sit down and talk with her again - someday in heaven ❤️
    Please don't enter me for the book - I already have it and enjoyed every moment of reading it!!

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    1. Aw, Betti, Your mother sounds as wonderful as you. I can see the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Do you also garden and can? I would love to swap canning recipes ;-) thank you for your kind words

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  9. My hero is my mom. She was always there for us.

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    1. Hi Debbi. Moms are heroic like that :-) I know mine was. glad yours was too.

      Thanks for entering! Good luck

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  10. One of my heroines is a lady named Emma who was an older friend at my church. She was a caring lady who loved to laugh especially at herself! She loved to work for God wherever she was asked. She and her husband loved to invite people to their home for a meal. jarning67(at)hotmail.com

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    1. Joan, isn't it beautiful how many unsung heroes there are, especially in the church? Your friend sounds very dear. My paternal Grandma we called Emma, which means mother in the language of the country my father was from. Sounds appropriate here, too.
      Thank you for sharing. Good luck in the contest.

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  11. My hero is my mom. She worked hard as a nurse for 40+ years in ICU/East Wing, working mostly 12-hour night shifts but still managing to be there for my sister and I as we grew up. Now, she is my best friend and travel companion.

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    1. Hi, Mallori. What a hard-working lady! Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady. I'm so glad you both get to do fun things with each other in this stage of life. Enjoy your travels!


      And best of luck in the contest.

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  12. this sounds like a fascinating story. my mom was always my hero. i wanted to be just like her in everything. she is the one who taught me about Jesus and how to have a relationship with Him. I count myself so lucky that she was my mom and my mentor.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. aw, Lori. That is beautiful that she showed you JEsus. I detect a theme here--moms are heroes for sure! Thanks for sharing about yours.
      Good luck in the drawings.

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  13. I love the cover. The character is gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Jeanna. You know what's funny? She looks a lot like my daughter who was supposed to be the model for the cover! So much so that I used her photos in the book trailer interchangeably. Thanks for the compliement. Kim Killion of TheKillionGroupInc.com did a beautiful job with the cover design. I'm thrilled with it.

      Good luck in the drawings!

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  14. My hero is my husband! We have been through so much together, starting with me having a scuba diving accident on our honeymoon where I almost died of a gas embellism on the brain....to just recently last December 2017, where my healthy, robust husband went into congestive heart failure and he almost died. God has bound us together from the very beginning in a way it takes years for couples to achieve. He is my best friend, my cheerleader, my spiritual leader, my prayer partner. I thank the Lord so much for blessing me with such a godly, wonderful husband.

    Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing your incredible, touching story of your friendship with Debbie! It brought tears to my eyes! Such a friendship is a truly priceless, treasured gift. I am so happy that God brought the two of you together!!
    I truly believe that God gives us these precious relationships to show us a picture of His incredible love for us, and the relationship He longs to have with us.

    I already won a copy of The Abolitionist's Daughter in another giveaway (Woo Hoo!), so no need to enter me into Debbie's blog giveaway. I was just so touched by your wonderful tribute to Debbie, Kathleen, that I had to jot you a note. :) God's richest blessings to you in the days ahead! Hugs! ~Alison Boss nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com









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    1. Wow, what a godly man and hero to take care of his bride like that. And isn't it touching that you were able to return the favor? I pray you have many happy and healthy years together!
      Hugs,
      Kathy

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  15. Kathleen, I stand in awe of the Warrior Women the Lord has placed in my life. He even allowed me to go to Israel with some of them in May of this year. Your tribute to Debbie Lynne is so beautiful!

    Blessings,
    Caryl

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    1. Wow Caryl. What an experience! Israel with great women of God like that... just wow. That’s awesome.
      Thank you for sharing.
      Good luck!

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  16. Kathleen, what a lovely tribute to your hero-Debbie Lynn Costello. She truly knows and has the heart of God in all she does.
    I've had several heroes in my life including my twin sister who has always been there for me along with my parents, siblings and friends during some of the darkest times of my life.

    The Abolitionists Daughter sounds intriguing. Congratulations on your debut book. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway, Kathleen.
    marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Marilyn. How awesome to have a sweet sister and twin and supportive family and friends. So glad you have each other. I would be particularly interested to see how you think I did writing about twins.

      Blessings and good luck!

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  17. My hero is my grandpa. He died when I was a teenager. He was a great Christian man. He taught me a lot about Jesus!
    stephaniej1984(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Steph. That is so touching that you chose your grandfather. He must have been a very special man to make such an impression on your young life.

      I'm really enjoying hearing about all of these wonderful people in everyone's life. There really *is* good in this world!

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  18. I have a hard time picking one hero, but there is a woman whose name isnti coming to me now. She was a trans woman of color, a sex worker, and I believe either bisexual or lesbian. She threw a brick at the cops and started a riot in the name of intersectionality and human rights. We now celebrate that as Pride.

    As a leftist and a bisexual woman, I often ask myself if the time came where I could do something outstanding... Could I? I hope so.

    katerimolinaro@gmail.com

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    1. hi, Kiki. I'm glad you came by. I appreciate your heart to want to stand up to what you feel is injustice. I too am against injustice. I wonder if you have studied Ghandi and MLK Jr and their nonviolent ways? My historical hero is a woman named Corrie ten Boom who hid Jews from the Nazis in WWII Netherlands. When faced with terrible injustice, she helped, housed, fed, and went to prison for those who were treated cruelly and unjustly.
      To me, violence begets more violence, and love conquers all. Corrie has a radical message of forgiving your enemies. I would love for you to read her work. When I have gone through hard things, her words come back to me "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still."

      Be blessed, my friend.

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  19. Happy Birthday Kathy Maher! I hope you have a wonderful day and are spoiled beyond measure! I am so thankful for September 5th! God sent a special person to spread his love on that day.

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    1. Thank you DebbieLynne. And I can’t think of anyone I’d rather spend it with even if it is over the Internet ;-)

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  20. My husband. We met at a low point in my life and he helped lift me up where I felt loved again.
    dragonesplumas@aol.com

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  21. Aw, He sounds like a really sweet guy. Thanks for sharing about your husband’s heroism. Very romantic!

    And thanks for entering. Good luck!

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  22. I know that my husband is there for me but I also have another person that I can always count on. Thanks for sharing about your special friendship.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Connie, I’m so glad to hear you have people in your life. And isn’t it wonderful when our husbands are those real life heroes? I am very blessed to have a husband like that too
      Thanks for commenting

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    2. That was supposed to say*good people in your life LOL

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  23. My hero would have to be my hero as we have been through a lot in the last 28 (almost 29 years). He ‘s always been by my side. I’m glad you are blessed with such a fabulous friend.
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOTj com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Let’s hear it for wonderful husbands! That is so wonderful. The way it should be :-)

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  24. I have two heroes. One is my great grand aunt. She and her husband were missionaries in India, working with a lower caste (at the time) group in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She is on my maternal side. On my paternal side, I have a great great great grand uncle who was a missionary to native Americans from 1817 to his death in 1846. Both sacrificed everything to tell the story of Jesus to those who didn't know him. It certainly makes me ashamed, when I think I'm "sacrificing", by giving up a meal out or some such frivolity. Their examples inspire me.

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    1. Wow, Janice. What wonderful role models to look up to. Very inspiring

      Thank you for sharing and good luck in the drawing

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  25. I don't know....thaat's something I'd have to think about awhile....

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    1. Most of us have more than one so it’s hard to choose! ☺️

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  26. Heavenly hero's would be Jesus and my guardian angel Doug... Earthly Hero's Pastor Ray for all his years he loved me before he died 2 years ago and my friend Vance, who has loved me even though I broke his heart by breaking an engagement 36 years ago. We can talk about anything and he is always such a great listener ! and my Daddy before he died for always loving me and being there for me when I needed him so !!!

    Linda Marie
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Oh also I am a feedburner follower of the sword and the spirit !!!

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    2. Aw, so wonderful when we are surrounded by heroes. Thank you Linda

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  27. My parents are my heroes and the example they live to love the Lord first. They have been married 71 years.

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    1. Oh my goodness Lucy. What a rare and wonderful milestone in marriage. You must be so proud of them
      Thank you for sharing about their heroic commitment to the Lord and each other

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  28. I’m also a feedburner follower.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. My husband is my hero. During my first cancer surgery there were complications due to a terrible surgeon. My husband helped wheel my bed back down to the operating room The new surgeon told him he never saw anyone get there so fast. I only had 15 minutes left to live. After that my husband held my hand while I was in a coma for two days and stormed heaven with prayers. I am truly blessed beyond measure.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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    1. Aw, Maryann he really is a hero. He saved your life! How awesome. Thank you for sharing and good luck in the contest

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  30. I can’t say that I really have a hero. My childhood was very fragmented so I really didn’t have any one to look up to. And my ex-husbands certainly weren’t heroes. Eh so it is what it is. 😊 But my main reason for posting is that I want to say this is one of the best blog posts I’ve read in a long time. Such a beautiful friendship that the two of you have. somi19ad(at)aol(dot)com.

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    1. Cheri your reply touched my heart. I’m sorry no one showed you what a good role model looked like, and somehow you have overcome and become a wonderful person. God bless you! And hey, as far as DebbieLynne is concerned, I calls ‘em as I sees them ;-)

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  31. The intro and the stories shared in the blog post brought tears to my eyes… First, tears of laughter, and then tears of genuine human compassion. How awesome to have such an amazing friendship! I don’t think I have had a hero exactly… I think I’ve always been able to identify the good parts of people, and look past their human flaws. My dad was a pretty amazing man, despite the fact that we often did not see eye to eye. Truthfully, the person I look up most to is my sister. She’s all the wonderful things that a big sister should be!

    Terirose22 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Big sisters can be wonderful. I have two of the best myself. Thank you for sharing. 💕
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  32. My husband is my hero. He rescued me from Jehovah's Witnesses (I was born and raised in this cult).

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    1. Good man. That had to take patience and tenacity. So glad you found each other.

      Thank you for sharing about your hero! Good luck in the drawing

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  33. Oh forgot my email address: brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Beverly Duell-Moore Tried to leave a comment but could not get through. Her answer was that Jesus is her first hero and her mother is her second hero. I would copy and paste her comments but my application for copy paste isn’t working.

    Good luck Beverly

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  35. My daddy is my hero. He taught us to work, help each other, and support each other...even when they make dumb decisions. Not matter what, I knew I had Mom & Dad's support. He is 92 years young and can still outworks all of us on the farm!
    j4hibdon(at)yahoo (dot)com

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  36. Jennifer, your dad sounds very heroic! God bless him! Thank you for sharing. Good luck in the drawing

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    1. Thank you Mary. Thanks for dropping by. Good luck in the drawing!

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  38. You are both amazing ladies and have both tremendously blessed me! Glad to have had both of you as my critiwue partners! God is so good!

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    1. Thank you Carrie! I can only speak for myself to say that this writing journey would not have been half of what I have experience in blessing and help had I not met you. Thank you!

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    2. Carrie you are always so sweet and gracious. I will second Kathy that you have been a true blessing to me. I'm so glad God had our paths cross. God bless you my friend.

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