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ANE MULLIGAN UP-CLOSE and GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

BOOK #2

 ABOUT AUTHOR: ANE MULLIGANWhile a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). 
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Ane firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Her passion when she isn't writing her Southern-fried Fiction, is Community Theatre. She's president of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, an avocational theatre group, where she and her husband act, direct, build sets, and are chief gofors.

President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and a dog of Biblical proportion.

You can find Ane on her website/blog: http://www.anemulligan.com . If you'd like to see a map of Chapel Springs showing you where all the characters live, visit http://www.anemulligan.com/p/books.html




What do you hope readers see and/or take away from the second book in your series Chapel Springs Survival? 
ANE: Scripture tells us that love covers a multitude of sin. In Chapel Springs Survival that plays out in two distinct ways; one with Claire’s new daughter-in-law and the other with Claire’s husband, Joel. Of course sometimes, loving calls for sacrifice.

One of my endorsers, Barbara Davis, author of Summer at Hideaway Key said of Chapel Springs Survival, “...proving in the end nothing is impossible when we hold tight to faith and keep our hearts open.”

Nora: Amen! Amen!
Zully & Michael's Wedding Day
Can you tell readers how you got the idea for this second book?
CLAN'S 5th BD LAST MONTH
ANE: I’ll never forget it. The day started out normal, boring even. Then I got a phone call from our eldest son.

"Hey, Mom. I emailed you some pictures. Take a look and call me back."

Click.

He hung up. Without even asking how I was. I ran to my computer.

I opened his email, and the first photo was of a nice looking but definitely foreign young woman. I clicked on the second photo. She was wearing a wedding dress.

I hit speed dial.
Left to RT Grandson's Javier & Juan, Zully's Dad, then sister, Zully then her Mom and Michael In front Clan

Our Michael, a widower with two young children, had gotten himself a 21st Century mail order bride. He met her in a chat room for women in Columbia, South America, to meet and marry American men. They communicated for a year before he flew to Columbia and married her.

Without us knowing anything.

He came back and spent the next year trying to get her into the U.S. legally.

Did I mention it was without us knowing anything?

He didn't tell us until she got here. Our two grandchildren knew. His brother knew. But we didn't. Do you remember that old margarine commercial, where the woman said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” and zapped someone? I told him for not telling me, it was going in a book. And it did.

Nora: I've enjoyed hearing this story. It's been a blessing to see their family grow. I love how you worked this into your novel. It was just pure fun to read!

What was your favorite scene to write? Why? What was the hardest scene for you to write? Why?

ANE: That would be when Claire got arrested. I almost felt sorry for Sheriff Jim Bob Taylor and his deputy, Farley. Actually, this whole book was fun to write.

There wasn’t any one scene that was hard to write. However, Claire’s son Wes doesn’t see how his wife is treating Claire. That drove me nuts! I wanted to slap that boy upside his head. Me and several other characters. But that’s what love will do to you. It can hide a multitude of sins.

Nora: OhMyGosh Ane! I laughed so hard! I couldn't believe Clair's luck! LOL!




HOME TO CHAPEL SPRINGS (Book #3)



What did you want to explore in the third book Home to Chapel Springs? Show readers?

ANE: When I finished Chapel Springs Survival, I asked the Lord, “What’s next?” I heard Him whisper to my heart, “Your story. It’s time.”

I found my birth sisters in 2009 and they welcomed me with open arms and open hearts. Your readers can read the whole story on my website under the tab My Adoption Story. We have had many visits back and forth and I love them dearly.  

But not every reunion story is like mine. Some are fraught with rejection and fear. I wanted to explore that and try to understand it. So this story, while based on mine own, is far different.

Nora: I remember praying for you as you flew up to meet your sisters. I was excited and scared for you. I was to see the pictures and hear about your special times with your sisters!! What a major blessing for you and your siblings!! I can't wait to see how you worked this story into your third novel!

You talk about adoption in this third book; why is this topic so near and dear to your heart? Can you share some of your testimony on this topic?


ANE: I was adopted as a baby. I never felt rejected, though. God placed me in a loving family, who always told me I was a chosen baby. I was loved and had an idyllic childhood.

Even so, I always wanted to know my birth family. Shortly before my adoptive mother went home to Jesus, Daddy sent me my adoption record. I now knew my mother’s name. I didn’t do anything for a while, but in time, I decided to search for my mother. With a name like Elsie Vauna Mullvain, it wasn’t hard to find her.

I hope your readers will take time to go to my website and read the whole story there. Just go to www.anemulligan.com and click the tab My Adoption Story.

Nora: This is powerful!

What do you hope readers take away from this third novel?

ANE: God is faithful with our dreams. He’s the dream keeper. No matter what your dream is, if it bring God glory and you seek Him first, He keeps the dream safe and in His time, He will grant you the desires of your heart.

In 1999, when I found my birth mother, she didn’t want a relationship. I understood and honored that. By then, I had discovered I had sisters, and I wanted so badly to know them but had no way of finding them. I didn’t have their names and I knew they’d surely be married, further complicating things.

So I gave it to God and went on with my life. Still, the yearning remained. And when the time was right, God stepped in and connected us. It was ten years later.

Nora: Wow!

What was the hardest scene to write? What scene did you have a blast writing? Why?

ANE: The hardest was probably the scene where Claire and Joel try to find the theater ghost. I wasn’t sure what the outcome was going to be. They first had to figure out how the theater could be entered. What I discovered really surprised me. And no, I won’t say what it was. Everyone will have to read it to discover it for themselves. *wink*

I didn’t have time to have any hard scenes in this book. I was on a tight deadline and didn’t have time to consider “hard.” But I can tell you what gave me fits.

I have a difficult time being mean to my characters. I created them and love them. I’ve spent months getting to know them and they’ve become dear friends. However, for a novel to be good, you need conflict.

When I sent the first couple of chapters to my critique partner Gina Holmes, she emailed me back and said, “Yawn. Who cares?”

“But her husband…”

“Not enough. You’ve got to strip her of everything.”

I realized Gina was right. So I got tough and dismantled Carin Jardine’s life—and nearly destroyed Claire’s family.

I’m still not sure if Claire has forgiven me. 

Nora: One of your questions below is would I go with Claire to see if there was a ghost in the theater. I think I'd need more people to go with me maybe 10 or so! Just the two of us NO WAY! Grin!


THANKS ANE for stopping in and helping us get to know you and for giving us a peek at the back story to your books. Thanks also for Giving Away ONE Signed copy of a book of yours!
Ane is Giving Away (1) Signed copy of this boo
LAST DAY TO ENTER DRAWING IS MAY 22nd
ENTER DRAWING TODAY!! 

If you are in the ATLANTA AREA ANE MULLIGAN will be doing a book signing on MAY 21st at SUGAR HILL BAKERY from 11-1p.m.

ANSWER ONE Of the QUESTIONS BELOW to ENTER THE DRAWING


1. What would your first reaction be is you suddenly learned you had siblings you never knew about?

2. Birth order plays into Home to Chapel Springs. What is your birth order?


3. The theater in Chapel Springs is rumored to be haunted. Would you investigate it?

PLEASE REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS so I can contact you if your name is drawn!

Here is the Link to my review http://psalm516.blogspot.com/2016/05/chapel-springs-reviewed.html 


Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
www.bookfun.org 

107 comments:

  1. Hey Ane and Nora! Ane, I'm so, so, so thrilled for you. Smiled all the way through this post. I'll answer question number one. If I suddenly found out I had another sibling, I'd ask if he/she is redheaded. :)

    Blessings y'all.
    Love,
    Julie

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    1. Good to see you here Julie! Waving to you!

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    2. I found out I had a half sister in 1990 from her son. I was in denial. Told him NOT my mother. Told my mom and she admitted it was true. We met mom's grandson & his family that day. Met my half sister & a second grandson at my mom's funeral in 2004.

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  2. Thank you for allowing me to share with your readers!

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    1. Honored to have you here my friend! Can't wait to read book three! Sounds intriguing and fun!

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  3. I love these books. If I found out I had a sibling I didn't know about, I think it would be great. Especially since I am not as close to my only older sibling. I am the youngest. Yes I would investigate the theater. Looking into the old historical building would be exciting. Thank you Melissa L. racky123789@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. Good for you! I know I'd unvedtigayr it too, but with a bunch of friends. lol

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  4. What inspires you to write full-time?
    Joan ramirez
    writerjr1044@gmail.com

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    1. That's easy, Joan. All the stories I my head. Everything I see seems to spark a story idea. I think I'd explode if I didn't get them out. 😊

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  5. I am the oldest in the family of 5 girls. I would not investigate the house, I am a big scaredy cat. galinda@earthlink.net

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    1. I'm with you I wouldn't investigate either!! Grin!

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    2. LOL. I'm known as the Queen of the Big Honkin' Chicken Club. But I would still want to investigate that theater. But I'd take a crowd with me. 😃

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    3. I am the oldest of four children in the family. If I was surprised by a sibling I didn't know I had, I think it would be fun to get to know them and add a new layer to our family history. Hiskid410@gmail.com

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    4. Glad you think that way, Cathy! And I was glad my sisters did, too!

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  6. Wow, what a great interview. Thx for sharing w/ our readers. I am 2nd of 5 children and the first daughter. If I found out I had other siblings I might be disappointed that I hadn't had a chance to know them sooner. I love family.

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    1. That's how I felt. But I have them now. And nieces and nephews. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I am top middle... number 3 of 6!

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    1. Vicky If you could stop by again and leave your email address in case your name is drawn!

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    2. I grew up a little sister and now I have little sisters!

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  8. If I found out about an unknown sibling, I'd be wary until it was confirmed since my parents are deceased and can't confirm on their own. Then, I would probably want to know about their past and present life. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Linda, the moment they saw my photo there was no denying it. I'm a clone of our mother!

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  9. If I found out I had siblings I never knew about, I'd be tempted to go pound on the grave of that parent. My email is dianaflegal@gmail.com BTW, your book covers are beautiful! And, if my son EVER married a girl with me being there, well there would be HECK to pay!

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    1. LOL Diana! Thank you about the covers. My hubs is the artist and I'm so thankful my publisher allowed him to do them.

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  10. #2 - I'm an only child.
    #3 - I'd be too scared to investigate the haunting, but I love to watch ghost stories on TV - the ones where they recreate the story and not the ghost hunter ones.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Muchelle. If you like ghost stories, I have a short ghost story on Amaxon. Way Down Upon a Sueanee Murder. You might like it. 😊

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  11. 2. I am the oldest of 5 siblings. I am a typical firstborn. Thanks for the chance to win. This book looks really interesting. vjameson@perkinscenter.org

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    1. Ane's book are fun! She's made me want to visit her cozy little town of Chapel Springs! Grin!

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    2. That's what I am now, but I was raised the you eat of 2.

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  12. Thank you for the interview and chance to win. I'm the youngest of four. The theater sounds fun to investigate, but I would be chicken.
    leliamae54@aol.com

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    1. Thanks Lucy. So as the family baby, were you coddled or ignored?

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  13. I am the oldest of three sisters. The book sounds fun to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  14. I really enjoyed the interview with Ane, her characters are a delight and I loved reading them.
    If I found out I had other siblings, I would love to make contact with them after the shock wore off !
    mcnuttjem0@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Jackie. If you had longed for sisters all your life, you would bypass the shock in a mad dash to meet them. LOL

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  15. I am the oldest of three and pretty typical for a #1 child. I grew up being called"mother hen" etc. because I wasn't willing to step out of line but I was more than willing to tell on my brother and sister!
    My email is wesnpam@speednet.com
    Ane, I've got to say, I don't know when I've giggled through a book quite as much as when I read Chapel Springs Survival. I'm with you: your son's actions deserved to go in a book. Lol! Claire's arrest was hilarious! I really need to go back and read the first one now, too.

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    1. Ohh, thank you, Pam! I love to make people laugh! I think you'll enjoy the first book too.

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  16. Colleen RichardsonMay 18, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    I am the middle child of 5 and I had 5 of my own!! I love to read and your book sounds really interesting with crazy characters. Here is my email for a chance to win: Lvfrogs57@aol.com

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    1. Oh my goodness Colleen!! At least you're keeping the tradition going. I wonder if your kids will have large families.

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  17. I'm the oldest of two children. I am 7 years older than my sister and I am the typical older sister and she is the typical little sister. She is also my best friend.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love reading that your sister s your best friend, Dianne!

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  18. Great interview! I'm the oldest of 3 girls. I have 3 kids and I think birth order is a fascinating study and plays a huge role in ones personality. douglas.emilee@yahoo.com

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  19. Thank you for the interview - very interesting.

    I am the second child of five.

    My email address is debralindquist1@gmail.com

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  20. I am the first of 3 & the only girl. I would certainly explore the haunted theater, if it was a true mystery & not real live ghosts.
    ozarkharness@gmail.com

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  21. Your question: What would your first reaction be is you suddenly learned you had siblings you never knew about?

    My answer: I was gobsmacked. It actually did happen. I called my dad for a routine "Hi, how are you?" and he proceeded to tell me about a sister of mine. I joked, "As long as she doesn't try to take my inheritance, I'm good." He said, "Be nice to her. Say hello." Did I mention he had me on a speakerphone?

    Anyway, I was mad, and a bit jealous. Not because of her existence, but because of the way I 'felt" I was treated by dad. I chose to grow up some I could get over that. I refuse to cultivate discord in my life or physical body.

    Turns out mom knew (they've been divorced pretty much my whole life), as did many other family members. I had heard rumors, but I thought that was all there was to it. End of story: I have a new sister to add to my group of siblings. And a niece, and a great niece. Was it all honey and roses? Sure, complete with bees and thorns.:) The love and peace of God powerfully heals and restores. It was an emotional journey, but praise God, today I can say it is well.

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    1. Since our mother had already gone home to heaven before we met (and I had a different father) that didn't come into it. In fact I told the woman who connected us to make sure they understood I didn't want anything from them or to disrupt their lives. But God was good and we love each other

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  22. I'm the youngest of two......these books sound great.

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  23. oops forgot email.
    timzladee@carolina dot rr dot come

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  24. My Answer to question # 1 would be. Great, I always wanted siblings. (I am an only child).

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  25. Birth order is interesting. I am actually a middle child, but since my brother who was the first born died in infancy, I think I have always assumed the position of first born. Ane is a new-to-me author. I am excited to read her books!

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    1. Linda, thats really interesting. I'm sure you did assume the eldest traits. :)

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  26. I am the oldest of 2 sisters. As I get older, you would think I was the baby of the family but I still love them anyway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Hi there! I am the youngest in my family of five kids. :)

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    1. Wow, the youngest of 5! I hope they babied you and not the opposite! :)

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  28. Hi! I'm the youngest of eight children....It does affect me in certain ways.

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    1. Melissa, I certainly machine it would!!

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    2. Wow! My dad was the youngest of 8, too. But that was a loooong time ago. :) He was born in 1912. I'm not surprised it affects you. I'd love to find out more from you.

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  29. I'd freak out if I found out I had other siblings! I was #5 of 6 kids and growing up in a large family has it s pros and cons. I'd probably be crazy enough to investigate a theater reported to be haunted, as long as I wasn't alone and had a good light! Enjoyed the 2nd book of this series, and would like to read the next. Thank. :) kjrochon40(at)msn(at)com

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Chapel Speings Survival, Karen. 😊

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    2. Thank you, Karen! I imagine being part of a family that large would. I didn't get to grow up with my sisters, but I sure love having them now!

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  30. I am a first born! I'm excited to read book 3, I enjoy seeing siblings interact in a story. Thanks for sharing! Betherin02 AT gmail DOT com

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  31. #2 - I'm a middle child, but I've experienced being all three. I was the youngest child for 10 years, then I became the middle child. Because of the age differences between all my siblings, I was the oldest living at home for many years. ;)

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    1. Now that is interesting, Cheryl. And kind of unusual. I'll tuck that away for the future. :)

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  32. It was so encouraging reading about Ane finding her biological sisters. I have a half sister whom I have not met. I grew up with my mom and did not have a relationship with my bio. dad. He had another daughter before he had married my mom. I did get a chance to meet my dad before he passed away, but have yet to connect with my half sister. Like Ane, I have given it to God and will wait on Him. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Terrill, that's the best way. It really is. I'll pray for you.

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  33. When I was in junior high, my mom told me that she had been married before she met my dad and had lived a completely different life in a wealthy East Coast family. It rocked me to find out my family history was not as idyllic (or my sweet mom as perfect) as I thought. I was quite angry that she had felt the need to hide that part of her life from me and my siblings. If another sibling had been involved, the shock would have been that much greater.

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    1. Jr High is a hard time for a kid to hear that kind of thing. I hope you and she mended the relationship as you got older.

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    2. I just found out you were the winner!! Your book will go in the mail tomorrow, Monday, 6/5.

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  34. I am adopted so I did learn about another sibling. It was scary meeting him but good at the same time. Lots of questions!! Minabucket2@verizon.net

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    1. Have you stayed in touch? I was able to email and talk on the phone with my sisters, so meeting them wasn't scary. :)

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  35. 2. I am the oldest. Great interview.

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  36. Finding out I had siblings I never knew about? Well, as a Christian, I do have siblings all over the world I never knew about! But in my birth family? I think I would initially be shocked, but that would not make me refrain from insisting on meeting them. At first thought, I could not imagine the possibility. But then, I realized that my father was married to a woman early on who was not loyal to him while he was in the Navy so they divorced. If she had been pregnant and kept that a secret...hmmm...a story in the making. But please don't use this for rumors or scams y'all!
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com Thanks for including me in the drawing.

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    1. LOL No rumors, Janice. Yes, it should well be a story for someone to use. I can see a host of possibilities. :)

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  37. I am the oldest in my family. Birth order does make a difference.

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    1. Hi, Mary! Yes it does. What's funny is I was raised as the youngest but find out I'm oldest by birth.

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  38. Question #2 Birth Order. I am the oldest. I am the youngest, as you may guess, I am an only child.

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  39. I am older than my brother by not quite 13 months and he is my only sibling, or at least I think he is! If I were to find that I had other siblings, I'm not sure how I would feel but I would hope that a relationship could be established.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I AM THE OLDEST OF 2. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  41. I am the 7th of 8 kids.....but I didn't know about or meet my oldest brother until I was ten years old. He was kidnapped when he was 2 and found my mom again when he was 18....long story, with a happy ending.

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    1. WOW!! And I thought I had a story! Debby, are you writing that? I'm so glad the ending was happy to your story. We need to talk, girlfriend!

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    2. No, I'm not writing it. It's more of my brother's story and I doubt he'd ever want it published. His time away from my mom was a terrifying experience for him.

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  42. Forgot my email.
    debsbunch777(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I'm youngest of 2 jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. I'm the second of six kids; oldest daughter.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Six kids. How fun! I'll bet your house was always hopping. :)

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  45. forgot my email - dsks88gmailDOTcom

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  46. I'm the youngest of two.
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  47. I am the second of the youngest of five.

    JM Infusino
    Longviewblueeyes@hotmail.com

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