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GIVEAWAY - HOUSE OF SECRETS - TRACIE PETERSON INTERVIEW





ABOUT AUTHOR: Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 85 books.  Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents.  She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella.  Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.

Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer's conferences where she has a special heart for new authors.  She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research.  Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing's Heartsong Presents book line - overseeing the production of 52 books a year.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max.  She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits.

INTERVIEW:


How did you get the idea for The House of Secrets?

Tracie: I've watched families with mentally and emotionally ill members be shunned or misunderstood in the church. I've also dealt with family and friends who were overwhelmingly marred by secrets they buried as children. I wanted to combine a story that would deal with some of those issues and hopefully encourage better understanding and healing.

What made you depart from writing a historical and write about a topic not many want to think about – mental illness?

Tracie: As I mentioned above, I felt compelled to encourage compassion and understanding. I have a friend who grew up feeling shunned by the church because her mother was schizophrenic. It really made me think about how mental and emotional illness is perceived by people, but especially by Christians who are supposed to be offering love, support and compassion.

What do you hope readers take away from The House of Secrets?

Tracie: I hope the book makes them think. I want the reader to dig a little deeper into why we become so uncomfortable when people are different. I want the reader to consider how Jesus wants us to deal with situations where the mentally and emotionally ill make us uncomfortable. Mostly, I want the reader to see the power of forgiveness and the huge role it plays in healing.

I LOVE the title of this book, and the cover of this book. Did you have any say so in deciding the cover and title for this book?

Tracie: I did have influence for both the cover and title. I don't always get a whole lot of say, but in this case they were very good to listen to the things I wanted. I think the cover is very appealing and truly represents the bond these three sisters share.

I enjoyed the fact that you wrote this book in First person and that person was a non-believer. I wondering what made you choose to write the book in this style? (I enjoyed the fact that your book wasn’t preachy. I felt it was natural! I liked that too!)

Tracie: The type of story demanded that it be told in 1st person. That was difficult for me - almost like trying on someone else's well-worn shoes. It felt awkward at first, but the deeper I got into the character, the more natural the writing became. The character also surprised me with a secret twist that I had not expected.


You could write in any market you choose. Why do you choose to write Christian Fiction? What’s the draw for you?
Judith Miller, Cathy Hake and I at a book signing in Canada
Tracie: My writing is a ministry and I very much use it to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to encourage those who are already saved to find hope in the Lord and to fall more deeply in love with God. The other day I got a letter from a young woman who told me she had despaired of life and figured God didn't care about her. She read one of my books and closely connected to the main character. She told me I could have been writing her very heart and thoughts. The book helped her to realize that she wasn't alone and that God truly was there for her. It turned her life around. That is why I write Christian Fiction - to change lives.

Could you please share some of your Testimony with us?

Tracie: As the song says, "
I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do."

I was born into a Christian family who deeply revered God. As a little girl my mother would give me a piece of paper and a pencil to keep me quiet in church. She would tell me to write a story. Then after church she would ask me about my story. I think that really helped to grow my storytelling ability, because I knew I would have my mother's undivided attention. Throughout my Christian journey, I have learned so much about grace and mercy and the power that comes in trusting God. Most all of my stories involve the element of forgiving, because throughout my life I've been forgiven much, and called upon to forgive. I'm been amazed by the way forgiveness is misunderstood - how people often think forgiveness equals acceptance or approval of the other person or deed done. But instead, forgiveness for me is a conscious act of giving my right to retribution over to God and freeing myself from the bondage that comes in hate, bitterness, anger and regret. It's my hope that the books would encourage that for the reader as well.

Can you give us a peek into what you are working on now and when it will be out on book shelves?

Tracie: I have a 3 book series set in Civil War Texas coming out. Book one Chasing the Sun will debut in March 2012. I wanted to show the flavor of Texas during the Civil War and how you had some folks who were strong supporters of the Union and some were strong supporters of the Confederacy. But mostly you had people who just strong supporters of Texas. It will have romance and adventure, mystery and biblical application.


What have been the benefits to you in having relationships with reading groups?

Tracie:  I have found it great to connect to the reading groups over the years for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost is that it's a very useful tool to get insight on the books from the reader. As an author, I find that the reading groups give the reader a little more freedom to share their insight and feelings about the story.  Not only this, but book clubs are great "word of mouth" organizations to pass along this insight to other readers who might not have ever read the author.

Nora :You know that I'm all about BOOK CLUBS and my husband and I help authors, readers and book groups get together at The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org I know that you have been on Tour this summer and have visited book clubs and did book signings. Can you share some pictures with us?

Tracie: Love to Nora - Some book clubs I met came together at libraries, some in churches and some in other places, but always we have a great group of readers and a fun time discussing books.



QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

What were your three favorite books as a kid?

Tracie: I was an advanced reader and even at the age of 10 was reading classics. My favorites that were read and re-read over and over were Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, and Christy.

If you had the opportunity to hang out with any two people alive or dead for 48 hours, who would you pick and what would you do? (besides Jesus)

Tracie: Probably my Great Grandmother Mattie Mitchell and my Great Uncle John Williams. I would love to just sit and listen to them talk about the family and to ask questions about their childhoods and dreams.

What are three every day things you’d rather not live without?

Tracie: Hot water, Air conditioning and Chocolate

If you had an opportunity to go anywhere in the world, where would you got and what would you do?

Tracie: I've traveled a lot, but I never tire of it. I haven't made it to Ireland however, and would love to visit. My ancestry is Irish and so it would be nice to connect to that country. I'd love to just spend weeks walking and riding around the countryside and talking to the people.



What three movies could you watch over and over again?

Tracie: Gone With the WindThe Godfather trilogies, and The Searchers. All of these movies are incredible studies in character development.

ANY FINAL COMMENTS – THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS, TRACIE?

I hope you continue to enjoy the books and find encouragement in the stories. I want the books to do three things for you - entertain - educate and encourage. I hope to hear from you, as well. Visit my website and leave me a letter. I love to hear your thoughts on the books and what God is doing in your life.

Where can readers and book clubs find out more about you, your novels, and more?
You can learn more about my books at www.traciepeterson.com  and at bethanyhouse.com

If you have a bookclub that would like to contact me or interview me - please contact Debra Larsen or Noelle Buss at Bethany House Publishers in Minneapolis, MN


THANKS Tracie for stopping by! I really enjoyed your book. I'm EXCITED about this giveaway and the HUGE GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY on OCTOBER 17th At The Book Club Network at 9p.m Eastern Standard time! www.bookfun.org 


To enter this (1) book giveaway 
MANDATORY - PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT About the interview for your name to be entered in the drawing.



DRAWING WILL BE - OCTOBER 20th

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ALL THE BEST TO YOU


Blessings
Nora :D

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63 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed all of Tracie's books I've read so far and would like this one.

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  4. I really enjoyed this interview with Tracie. The song I Love To Tell The Story really touched me. I love this old hymn. I miss singing it in church. We sang it alot when I was growing up.

    House Of Secrets sounds like a good read. I would love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    Blessings,

    Judy B
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  7. Please enter me - vernetlh(at)yahoo(dot)com. Fascinating interview! I loved those same books as a child.

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  8. I tweeted.

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  9. I really enjoyed this interview with Tracie. The song I Love To Tell The Story really touched me. I love this old hymn. I miss singing it in church. We sang it alot when I was growing up.

    House Of Secrets sounds like a good read. I would love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  10. I really enjoyed this interview with Tracie. The song I Love To Tell The Story really touched me. I love this old hymn. I miss singing it in church. We sang it alot when I was growing up.

    House Of Secrets sounds like a good read. I would love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  11. I really enjoyed this interview with Tracie. The song I Love To Tell The Story really touched me. I love this old hymn. I miss singing it in church. We sang it alot when I was growing up.

    House Of Secrets sounds like a good read. I would love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    Blessings,
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  12. I really enjoyed this interview with Tracie. The song I Love To Tell The Story really touched me. I love this old hymn. I miss singing it in church. We sang it alot when I was growing up.

    House Of Secrets sounds like a good read. I would love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  13. I am a follower of this blog.

    Judy B

    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. Love the interview!
    "House Of Secrets", sounds like a great read.
    I have worked with the young and elderly with many types of disabilities.

    I love the old classic reads and movies.
    Chocolate! Yum!

    Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    Wendy

    wdesirees[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  15. What a great interview and a great sounding book on top of that. There are too many mental illnesses out there and too much cover-up. It would be more helpful if people knew more about them and understood them. We have dealt with mental illness in our immediate family since my children were very young so knew how difficult it is to deal with.

    Blessings
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. I'm a follower

    Blessing,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. Great interview as always, Love to have this book to call paret of my collection

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  18. I TWEETED :) YEAH
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  19. I loved all of the books that I have read by Tracie!! I can't wait to read this one as well :) No matter if I win this one or not I will buy it regardless.. Have a blessed Sunday and thank you so much for this...

    Julie Lippo
    mrslippo@hotmail.com

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  20. I love Tracie's books; and of course, am anxious to read this one. Please enter me.
    Thanks!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  21. I subscribe via E mail.
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  22. Except for the new ones, I have all of Tracie's books. She is a favorite of mine. Please enter my name for an extra chance to win the book.
    Barbara from Finding Hope Book Club

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  23. I like the idea of a book exploring mental and emotional illness. Even in the church, where we should be very supportive and encouraging of each other, we often do not know how to deal with someone who has these struggles. I commend Tracie for tackling this difficult subject and I look forward to reading her book.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  24. I'm also a follower of your blog. I'd love to win a copy of Tracie's book, House of Secrets.
    Thanks for giving away a copy.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  25. Sounds like a wonderful book! Mental illness is so very difficult for the family. Thanks for writing about his subject!

    Gail Mundy

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  26. I have read many of Tracie's historical fiction novels, it would be interesting to read one from her in a contemporary fashion.
    Melanieinoh2003@yahoo.com
    Melanie

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  27. I am a GFC follower but Google doesn't seem to like me tonight :(
    Melanie Ski
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  28. Hi Tracie. Thank you for a great interview. I like that your story will make readers think and show how important forgiveness plays in healing. I also think this is true but it's easier said than done. Have a great day.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  29. Tracie Peterson is an author I have followed over the years, reading each of her books as they come out and this one sounds just as wonderful as her others. I love stories that have a real meaning in life and something we can relate too. Having sisters I can relate to this book!
    charliebear[at]rogers[dot]com

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  30. I loved the interview Of Tracie.I hope I can win this book.Christians don't understand depression,mental promlems. Thanks Tracie for writing this book. Betsy

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  31. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  32. Such a timely book for me. I have a special friend who is struggling living with mentally ill family members with no support from her home church of decades. How shameful. Thank you for this painful topic coming out in the open.
    lisalickel-at-gmail.com

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  33. I enjoyed the interview and feel that mental illness is a very misunderstood issue - it is a shame you cannot find support from your home church in situations like this, but it does happen unfortunately. I also loved Catherine Marshalls book. I have read a couple of Tracie's books and enjoy them! Please enter me in your drawing - I am a follower.

    Blessings,
    Lori
    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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  34. I have always enjoyed reading Tracie Peterson's books. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  35. Very interesting topic for me....I've never read anything by Tracie, but appreciate the opportunity to win a book....if I don't actually win, I'll be looking for it on the shelf of my favorite bookstore.

    deborahharvey32@gmail.com

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  36. JUDY - thanks for stopping by and entering the drawing. This book is good, light-hearted in parts and serious in others.

    Like I said I enjoyed the fact that it was written in First Person and that person wasn't a believer. I liked reading what her reaction to things was.

    She knew about God and had even gone to church but because of what happened in her childhood she didn't think a God existed.

    WENDY - Love to hear what you think of the book Wendy after reading it. Since you've worked in this field it would be interesting to hear your spin in things! Thanks for stopping by.

    JO- Thanks for your comments and sharing about your family! I always enjoy you stopping by.

    MAMA DOVE - Thanks for stopping by and entering to win HOUSE OF SECRETS!!

    JULIE - Thanks for letting me know about Tracie's other books. I enjoyed this contemporary story. I look forward to reading her Historical novels!

    JACKIE - Another Tracie Peterson Fan!! Great to hear. You are going to love this story!

    BARBARA - Thanks for stopping by Barbara. If you don't win a copy here. I look forward to seeing you at the "LIVE" Event at The Book Club Network site www.bookfun.org

    PAM - I do like how Tracie handled this topic. She looked at from the children's point of view, then the husbands point of view and even the patients point of view. She shows you ALL sides. It one of the things I really liked about the book!

    GAIL - If you don't win a copy you can read mine!! Grin!

    MELANIE - I'd like to hear how you like Tracie writing Contemporary stories rather than the historical novels she's written. It would be interesting to hear what you thought!! This is my first book by her and I'm seeking out more - especially after hearing all her fans talk!

    NA - you are SO RIGHT about FORGIVENESS! Forgiveness to the person struggling with mental illness and the one affected by it. Tracie deals with this in her story in an honest way. If she dealt with every single thing she's have to do a 12 book series or more!! Grin! She gives the read a peek and what if? Story! It's intriguing, fun and she does make the reader think. I like that!

    CHARLIE - I LOVED the dynamic of how the sisters relate to one another. They all had their ROLES!! The played them when they were young and they were still stuck in the role wanting to get out! I liked how Tracie dealt with this too! Grin!

    BETSY - I know you know about this my friend. If you don't win you can read my copy! I would be curious to hear your take on the book!

    TORE - This book is good! thanks for entering.

    LISA - Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lisa. I liked the fact that Tracie does deal with many different angels to this story. The layering is good and the story leaves the reader with a hopeful note!

    LORI - This subject is very, very difficult. People are afraid of what they don't know. I think Traci shows a few aspects of Mental illness people will relate to. Since you've read Traci Peterson before I'm sure you will enjoy this book. I enjoyed it very much.

    AMY - You'll enjoy this one too!

    DEBBIE - If you haven't read any of Traci's books like myself you'll enjoy it very much! I work at a book store and it's been on our shelves for a few weeks now!

    THANKS to everyone for entering the Drawing and leaving such good comments!!

    All the best to you.

    REMEMBER if you don't win a copy here on my blog OCTOBER 17th you'll have 10 chances to win HOUSE OF SECRETS by Tracie Peterson!! Stop by www.bookfun.org THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK!! at 9p.m. Eastern Standard Time!

    See you there

    Nora St.LAurent

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  37. thanks for the chance to read tracie's latest novel...

    i'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  38. KAREN - Thanks for stopping by!! This is a emotionally charged novel I enjoyed!

    Nora :o)
    The Book club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  39. Tracie, I think this book is very timely! As the mother of 4 special needs children and sister to a brother with special needs, I have seen all to often how they can be overlooked by others. My son was in a wheelchair for 13 years before his death and no one would hire him because they thought there was something wrong with him mentally and physically...he had a brilliant mind! I have read many of your books and I am looking forward to reading "House of Secrets". margie at mijares dot net

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  40. MARGIE - I'm sorry to hear about your son. I have an special needs son too and people just assume that because their body doesn't work like everyone elses their mind is affected too. Thanks for entering and sharing. I think you will enjoy this book! Especially if you've read Tracie's other books!

    If you don't win on this blog - OCTOBER 17th at 9p.m. at a "Live" event at The Book Club Network Bethany House is giving away 10 copies of this book.

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club NEtwork
    www.bookfun.org

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  41. I like Traci Peterson and look forward to reading House of Secrets. It is interesting to learn of the authors inspiration they ge for their works. I love reading Christian books. Nora, thanks for the info on the authors.

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  42. Thank you for the interview. I think it's great that you have tackled the subject of mental illness in this book. I appreciate your talent and I am thankful that you write for Christian publishers.

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  43. This is so relevant to what is happening today. This is something that crosses all denominations. There has always been a hush-hush about mental illness in the church.I'm so glad Traci wrote about this. I am looking forward to reading this book.
    Debbie Malone

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  44. What a great interview. I loved it. I would love a chance to read this book. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  45. Trying on another person's persona must have been extremely difficult at first. Good for you for achieving believability.

    wyndyc at gmail dot com
    http://wynsbooks.blogspot.com

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  46. Tracie, I was excited to hear about this book as there are so little books on that topic. As the wife of a mentally ill man, I know the daily struggle and the judgement that is constant from Christians. Thanks for writing this story! I am looking forward to reading it! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  47. I also am a follower of your blog! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  48. Thank you for an opportunity to win Tracie's book. Being at Bible Study Fellowship precluded me from joining the fun.

    Great interview! Would love to win!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  49. I'm a follower.

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  50. Hi Traci, I am sure I read one or two of your books 10 or so yrs ago but can't remember the names (old timers) lol. I love reading Christian fiction both romantic and mystery. I am adding your latest books to my wish list. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

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  51. I am old GFC follower

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  54. I would love to win this book!!! Thank you for writing this book . There are many Christians dealing with mental problems and not a lotof books written. thanks!!!! Betsy

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  55. I really like Tracie's books. This one sounds like a wonderful read.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  56. I an a follower.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  57. tweeted the interview
    Shirley
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  58. posted on my blog -Reading for Him- about the interview
    Shirley
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  59. Tracie is a favorite of mine. I have nearly all of her books but not the newer ones. I have loved her books about Alaska.
    Barbara @ Finding Hope Book Club

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  60. So true how people are uncomfortable around anyone different from them. Sounds like an excellent read.

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  61. I am new to your blog & will start following it!! :O) Please enter me in your free book drawing & thank you!! ~Dawn Adams
    daisyflower.adams@gmail.com

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