Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Finding Jackson by Anne Holster

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Finding Jackson by Anne Holster. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Finding Jackson
Author: Anne Holster
Publisher: AMH Transcription
Publication Date: October 30th 2019
Print Length: 451 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
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It's 1977 - Star Wars is breaking records at the box office, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run tour is taking the country by storm, and born-and-bred Jersey girl Annalise Keller has fallen in love for the first and last time. Hot and charismatic with dreams of making it as a rock star, Keith "Ace" Foxx is everything a teenage girl dreams of. He falls as hard for Anna as she does for him and the two decide to run off to California in search of his big break. Fate has other plans though, and several years and three kids later, Ace has traded in his guitar for a job at the local post office and Anna has become a symbol of all he has given up. Ace spends most nights at the local bar, trying to drink away his anger and resentment.

Flash forward a decade, and their youngest child, Jackson, is headed nowhere fast. In a life filled with meaningless jobs and too much partying, music is his only true escape from the pain of a childhood that abruptly ended one rainy night. The accident had destroyed his family and left him with a slew of unanswered questions.

Everything changes the night Jackson meets Leah. Shy and reserved, she doesn't smoke and barely drinks; she certainly doesn't put out. Not exactly the girl from the Bon Jovi videos he watched as a kid. Yet, before he knows it, she has become his world.

Then, just when it looks like his dreams might come true, betrayal and loss once again threaten everything he holds dear. As Jackson struggles to keep his world from spinning out of control, he knows one thing for sure, the choices he makes now will either be the start of a whole new life, or it just might be the end of him.

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EXCERPT:
It was Halloween the first time I laid eyes on him. I’ll never forget it because Halloween had always been my favorite holiday, maybe because for some reason I was allowed to run wild. Things I’d never get away with were suddenly okay to do on Halloween. For instance, staying out after dark or eating candy before dinner, dressing inappropriately, and by inappropriately, I mean going out without a coat when the weather dipped below fifty degrees. Things you think are cool when you’re ten years old, which was how old I was that year. Most people may not clearly remember their tenth Halloween, but I do and with very good reason, because it was the day I fell in love. You might think it crazy for a fifth grader to arrive home after a night of trick-or-treating and announce that she’s in love and you probably wouldn’t be the only one, but that’s exactly what I did – and I was totally serious.

It was dusk, and the air was electric with excitement. It had been a lucrative afternoon and my three friends and I had split up just long enough to empty our bags of candy, grab something to eat, then regroup in an hour to hit the other side of town. Not wanting to waste any time I decided to cut through the woods by my house, something I didn’t usually do with darkness approaching. It was a fateful decision that would end up altering the course of my life.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anne Holster resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two children. When she's not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and reading angsty romance novels. She is currently working on her fourth book.


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GUEST POST:
Advice for Writers
by Anne Holster

As a fairly new writer, I understand better than anyone the emotional roller coaster of writing not just that first book, but each subsequent book. While writing ‘Finding Jackson’ there were many wonderful moments when the story just seemed to flow out of me. The characters rose, fully formed, to the challenge and lead me where they would. It was truly magical. Then there were those other, much less pleasant moments when the writing process was slow and torturous, when coming up with every word felt like trying to wring a drop of water from a dry rag. Through it all, I was plagued by the feeling that I had no idea what I was doing or where the story was going. It was like walking through a long, dark tunnel with only a dim flashlight to guide me.

And that was just the actual writing! There were also the seemingly endless details that had to be managed before the book could make it to market. First, I had to decide whether to self-publish or seek representation from a literary agent. Exploring the pros and cons of each option only lead to a litany of other issues – for example, if I self-published I would have to find a cover designer that understood the book; was reputable; and wouldn’t break the bank. If on the other hand a traditional publisher picked up my manuscript, these decisions would be taken out of my hands, along, of course, with control over the book’s appearance. I also knew that if I self-published the marketing would fall completely on my shoulders.

By now you might be wondering whether I am offering encouragement to new writers or simply advising them to throw in the towel. I can assure you, it is the former. Why? Because of those magical moments I mentioned earlier – when it felt as though the story had already been written and I was just the medium it flowed through on its way to the page. This feeling was worth all the agonizing, all the indecision, and then some. There were many times when I assumed ‘Finding Jackson’ would never sell to anyone but family and friends, and I believe this freed me and my characters to create and fully inhabit the world of the book. I urge you to do the same!
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GIVEAWAY:
One randomly chosen winner, via Rafflecopter, will win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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182 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your book and I enjoyed getting to know about it. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about Finding Jackson, James! Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Love the synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like an awesome read. Thank you for sharing your book details and for offering a giveaway

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Bea! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful read! Thank you for the giveaway too!

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    1. Thank you Maria! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  4. Thank you for hosting my tour! I'll be around to answer questions throughout the day!

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  5. Who is your favorite author still currently writing?

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  6. Hi Bernie! I have so many favorite authors, but one in particular that sticks out is S.C. Stephens. She wrote the 'Thoughtless' trilogy and it's my all-time favorite! Great question and thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Loved the excerpt! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt Victoria! Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you Rita! I'm glad you were able to stop by!

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  10. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading more.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt Sherry! Thanks for stoping by!

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  11. Thank you for the guest post.

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  12. This sounds really interesting.

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    1. I'm glad you think so Lori! Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Saw this one a few sites, lovely!!

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    1. I've definitely been making the rounds Calvin! Glad you stopped by!

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  14. Thanks for a great giveaway! The books sounds very good!

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    1. Thank you Connie! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  15. This sounds like an amazing book!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! And thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Very interesting premise. Looks like a great read!

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    1. Thank you Diana! Many thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I was 15 in 1977, I can't wait to read it!

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    1. You're sure to appreciate the flashbacks, Judy! Thank you for visiting!

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  18. Excited to give this book a chance...Nothin' better than a rockstar romance!

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    1. I totally agree - there's nothing better than a rock star romance! I hope you'll enjoy reading 'Finding Jackson'! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  19. In 1977, I was married and a mom to four....and I still want to read this book!

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    1. You'll definitely appreciate the flashbacks, Renee! I hope you enjoy reading 'Finding Jackson'! Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Coming into the tour late but book looks interesting enough to hold my attention for the balance of the tour.

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    1. Better late than never, Karen! I hope you enjoy the book!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! And thank you for stopping by!

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  22. I like the cover. It focuses on an unusual perspective.

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    1. Thank you Jeanna! 'Finding Jackson' is not your typical rock star romance so I didn't want to go with the usual 'rock star' cover. The cover says a lot about the love stories involved! Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. happy wednesday who is your favorite author and why?

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    1. Too many to name Rana! But if I have to pick one, it would be S.C. Stephens since she's the author of my favorite book 'Thoughtless'. Great question and thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you'll enjoy reading 'Finding Jackson'! Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Which character from your book is your favorite to write for?

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  26. That would have to be Jackson, Bernie! His character goes through so much and he's definitely got a heart of gold! Great question!

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  27. When you were a child, what authors, book series and genres did you enjoy reading?

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    1. Hi Dane! As much as I don't like to admit, I wasn't much of a reader as a child! I started reading in my late teens/early 20s when I started to spend weekends at the Jersey shore. I always say, there's nothing like a good book and an ocean breeze! I devoured all the Jackie Collins novels but for a change of pace I'd also reach John Saul and Stephen King. Great question and thanks for stopping by!

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  28. i've seen this around. thanks for sharing
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  29. I enjoyed reading both the synopsis and excerpt. Sounds like a good read.

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    1. Thank you Katie! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt and synopsis! I appreciate you stopping by my tour!

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  30. This looks like a great read. I already had it on my Goodreads TBR list.

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    1. That's great to hear Saundra! I'd love to hear your feedback after reading 'Finding Jackson'! Thank you for stopping by!

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  31. The book sounds interesting. thanks.

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    1. Thank you Deb! I appreciate you taking the time to visit my tour stop!

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  32. happy thursday what is your fave genre to read ?

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    1. New adult college romance is my favorite genre! Thanks for stopping by Rana!

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  33. How long did it take to write your book?

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    1. Hi Bernie! 'Finding Jackson' actually took me several years to write. I developed a serious case of writers block, but in the end everything worked out! Great question!

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  34. Happy friday what are your plans for the weekend?

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  35. Happy Friday to you as well Rana! Nothing special planned for this weekend, you?

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    1. Thank you Jodi! I'm very happy with how the cover turned out!

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  37. Sounds like a good book with a great cover.

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  38. I'm always looking for new authors to read so thanks for your post!

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    1. You're welcome Elaine! I'm glad you stopped by!

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  39. I am enjoying following your tour

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    1. Thank you Karen! I'm glad you're enjoying the tour!

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  40. happy sunday what is your favorite thing to do on your downtime? Thanks for the review.

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    1. I always love to read whenever I have some downtime!

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  41. Hey Anne! What authors do you enjoy reading?

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    1. Hi Caryl! There are a lot of authors I enjoy reading but one of my favorites is S.C. Stephens!

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  42. HAPPY MONDAY! WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DO YOU ENJOY WRITING THE MOST ?

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  43. This sounds like a wonderful love story.

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  44. what do you think makes a writer a great writer and why?

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  45. Thanks for the opportunity to win! And thank you for sharing the book.

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  46. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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    1. Thank you Susan! I'm glad you liked the cover and thank you for stopping by!

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  47. i think this book has amazing cover and excerpt. happywednesday

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  48. Hard to tell what it's about from the cover but I enjoyed the excerpt Rosanne rosans4 comcast (dot) net

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    1. I liked to think of it as a 'Rock Star Saga', Rosanne! Thanks for stopping by!

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  49. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  50. Wow.. What an excellent excerpt.. I can't wait to read the rest!!

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  51. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt Mya and I hope you'll enjoy reading 'Finding Jackson'! Thanks for stopping by!

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  52. What was the hardest part of writing this story?

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    1. The hardest part of writing 'Finding Jackson' was deciding how I wanted Jackson's relationship with his father to end up. Would they finally make peace or was their relationship beyond repair? It was tough, but I wanted to make it realistic and I'm very pleased with the direction I took. Great question Kim!

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  53. happy friday what is your book 2020 goals for this year ?

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  54. what are your plans for valentines day and what is your favorite romantic novel

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  55. happy sunday what keeps you writing?

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  56. do you like comics and if so which is your fave?

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  57. What is your favore movie adapation and why ?

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  58. happy wednesday what do you wish writers knew about writing that thwy don't know about

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  59. i love this cover and i must read this as soon as i can.

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  60. happy friday and i love your cover its so colorful

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  61. I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a great read.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt Veronica! Thank you for stopping by!

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  62. i love sundays and would like to know what book would you like to see turn into a movie

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  63. AMAZING COVER AND AMAZING EXCERPT CONGRATS ON YOUR RELEASE

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  64. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. happy friday thank you for the givwaway

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  66. I LOVE THE COVER AND THE EXCERPT IS AMAZING

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  67. happy monday i love the cover

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  68. HAPPY THURSDAY WHAT IS YOUR BOOKS GOALS

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  69. HAPPY THURSDAY WHAT IS YOUR BOOKS GOALS

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  70. what is your fave part of writing a book and why

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  71. happy saturday thanks for hosting

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  72. i am hooping to see more books from you this year

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  73. happy monday whose your fave author

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  74. happy wednesday i hope you are doing good

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  75. happy sunday thanks for hosting and i hope your week is good

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  76. happy monday thank you for hosting this

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  77. This sounds so good can't wait to read it!

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  78. happy friday thanks for hosting

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  79. happy sunday i appreciate you hosting

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  80. happy tuesday thanks so much for hosting i appreciate it

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  81. Where do you get your inspiration?

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  82. happy sunday what have you been doing since you been quartined ?

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  83. i am hoping you are safe this tuesday. thanks for the cover and excerpt

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  84. I liked the excerpt, and I am looking forward to reading this story.

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  85. HApppy april i love your cover

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  86. happy first friday of april. I appreciatethe article and book looks great

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  87. Story sounds relatable and like a great read!

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  88. happy saturday the excerpt is great and i need this book in my life

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  89. happy sunday i really hope things are going well. thanks for hosting

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  90. Typically how long does it take for an Author to publish a book?

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  91. It's interesting to hear the writer talk about the writing process of this book and how the characters and plot arose and formed naturally

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  92. happy monday i love this cover and the excerpt is extraordinary

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  93. I like the cover! It is very nice!

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  94. As a voracious reader, it's a pleasure to find new books! PS: your Pinterest pin link is broken­čś¬

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    1. Thanks Sherry! The pinterest Rafflecopter never seems to work with these, but you can just click on the "P" under the Rafflecopter, and it will let you post to Pinterest. =)

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  95. happy tuesday i love that you are hosting this contest and love the book

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  96. How long did it take to write this book and what was the inspiration behind the story? Thanks for the giveaway!

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  97. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  98. How did you come up with the plot for this book?

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  99. I would love this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Can't wait to read this

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  100. I would enjoy reading it sounds great.

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  101. happy thursday i really enjoy the excerpt

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  102. Hope you have a terrific Thursday! Thanks again for the opportunity to win.

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  103. sounds like a fun one

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  104. happy good friday i cannot wait to read this

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  105. I hope this finds you well. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  106. This book sounds devastating but beautiful..

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  107. Such an intriguing storyline for a novel!

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  108. I love the blurb of the book! Can't wait to read it!

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