GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR BRITNEY MILLS






Britney Mills was born in Utah but parts of her heart lie in Boston, Washington D.C. and Germany. Her love of writing began with the third grade book her teacher assigned her to write and she spent hours hidden behind her mother’s couch writing pages and pages about knights and castles. Now she writes about romance. Go figure.

When she’s not mothering her 4 small children, writing or reading, she’s probably out playing a sport, going on a hike, or binge watching a murder mystery series. The way to her heart is through homemade chocolate chip cookies and five minutes peace.







A self-made billionaire, his real estate agent and three weeks to find the right property.
Jackson Walker hasn’t had the best family life. Growing up in the foster system in Australia, it wasn’t until he met his college football coach that he understood what a normal family looked like. When he gets the call that Coach has passed away, he returns to California for the funeral and to find a place to honor the man. 

Hailey Montgomery threw herself into real estate soon after breaking up with her boyfriend nearly five years ago. She’s been working to build a name for herself and when the chance to make partner at her firm becomes available, she jumps at the chance. But the only way to achieve that distinction is to find a commercial property for the guy she’s nicknamed ‘Golden Boy’ from all the stories her father told about him. 

As spending time together brings them closer, the trust between them is called into question. Can they work through what’s happened in their individual pasts to create a relationship that will last?


  
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Top Ten List:

1. I was born in October and that day there was record breaking snow. 
2. I played softball at Boston College.
3. I lived in Munich, Germany for a summer playing softball.
4. I was able to visit Paris, Venice, Florence, Amsterdam and Prague that summer.
5. My husband and I got married four months from the time we started dating (2 months dating, 2 months engaged).
6. My English teacher said a certain percentage of the students in our high school classroom would be English majors in college. I said to myself, “No way.” Junior year of college I declared as an English major.
7. I have four kids ages 6 and under. (6, 3, 3, 3).
8. I got to see Matt Damon and Julia Stiles at the premier of Bourne Ultimatum in Berlin.
9. I broke my hand twice, the first time a hairline fracture and the next time it was completely broken.

10. I write during nap time and for a little bit of time at night.





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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR TJ AMBERSON




TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.














  
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Dark times are upon the land of Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young man’s strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock soon comes to Edlyn’s aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could possibly have imagined.



  
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Top Ten List:

-10 of my favorite things:
1.     Stargazing
2.     Playing the piano
3.     Autumn
4.     International travel
5.     The smell of newly mowed grass
6.     Musicals
7.     Christmastime
8.     Walks on a sunny day
9.     A hot chocolate

10.The ocean





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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR SONYA RAY






I grew up in Southeast Missouri; home of the Throwed Rolls, high cotton, and the St. Louis Cardinals. I have a little family consisting of son, daughter, son-in-law and a little Pi. Other than my children (and grandchild), my passion is writing. My current project is The Three Crowns Series. Sweet Tea is the first book in this seven-novel series which published October 15, 2013.

Besides reading and writing, I enjoy singing. I love music period. Music is in our family. Whether it be the bluegrass from the Ozarks that my Grandpa Sutton use to play on his banjo or fiddle, or the smooth, family harmony in which I am fortunate enough to sing with my Dad and Brother. But you can give me some kickin’ AC/DC too! I like it all!

I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant. Every free moment is dedicated to my family and my current project, The Three Crowns, a seven-novel paranormal romance series.




It all starts with a Queen and a Plan.

The Three Crowns is a New Adult/Paranormal Romance series. There are seven books to complete the series, with a novella. This series has your modern day vampires dealing with the Old World Laws creating a struggle for ultimate power in the Night World.



THE THREE CROWNS SERIES SYNOPSIS

The Three Crowns series is about a normal girl whose life is more than what she will allow herself to imagine. It is the journey of her accepting that everything is not black and white, and our logic of what we understand does not mean something does exist. Throughout the story she is protected, loved, groomed and pushed to her limits to prepare her for what lies ahead of her. She is tested in all areas of her humanity which will someday bring her to know the person she is destined to be. The human nature of love is a tangled web of emotions for she feels the love of two men who are continually being taken away from her for the sake of their positions in the future as well.




Q&A With the Author:


1.  What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I work full time as an Administrative Assistant, so the weekends are usually spent cleaning house and doing laundry. But every Sunday I make time to sing with my dad and brother. I love being with my family. My son is 21 so he doesn’t like being around his mom so much, but I still like when he is home. My daughter’s family lives in TN so I enjoy any time they come and visit with the little granddaughter who is a spitfire!

2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write in first person, that way you feel the depth of the story and how it is affecting everyone. Being a reader myself, I love a good cliffhanger, so it is only natural that I love to write leaving good cliffhangers myself. I know, I know. Some of you don’t like them, but I love reading and writing them!

3. Do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better writers? If so, what are they?
Stay true to your voice when you write.
Talk with other authors when you can
Appreciate the small victories
Remember why you write
Never give up

4. Where do you get information and ideas for your books?
How the Three Crowns Series came about was my daughter asked me to write a story about a girl on a ranch with all her friends. That turned into eight books, and paranormal at that! I think life inspires me. When we went to Florida last year and I was floating in the Gulf, I knew I had to write about St. George Island. I have so many stories written in notebooks or on my computer. I can only hope that one day I will get them all published.
5. What do you think makes a good story?
I think it has to be heart-felt. If I’m not feeling what I’m writing, my readers are not going to feel it. It doesn’t matter the genre, you have to be able to relate to the characters and feel what they are feeling.

6. Tell us about your favorite summer vacation? Or what do you like to do in the summer?

My favorite summer vacation was last year when we went to St. George Island. I didn’t want to leave! It was my first time at the Gulf and I was fortunate enough to go with my kids. We stayed in a house right on the beach, went swimming every day, chartered a boat and fished for sharks and stingrays, watched the sun come up in the mornings over the Gulf, ate wonderful food, and shopped in Apalachicola. I hope to go back again.




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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR CHERYL CARPINELLO



I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. 

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. 

Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.





 If they fail…

She could die over 3300 years from home!



Tackle the elements & evil of Ancient Egypt…
A history-changing battle & Time Travel Thriller…


Fifteen-year-old Rosa doesn’t see dead people…
She hears them & talks to them.

When she agrees to help King Tut’s ghost find his lost queen & clear his family’s name, she doesn’t count on falling for him.

She & Tut must also outwit an evil pharaoh determined to stop them…
Even if it means one of them must die.

Get it today and see who triumphs.


2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA
2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2015 Readers’ Favorite Finalist YA
2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween




Top Ten List:

1.      Things I like to do when not writing:

I enjoy traveling—I will travel anywhere, any time; reading; spending time with my family; and working in the yard. I’m definitely not a housekeeper.

2.      How I relax:

Sitting on the beach in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico!

3.      My favorite color:

Blue’s always been my favorite color. It’s the color of my eyes, of the sky, and of the ocean.

4.      My favorite drink:

Just can’t pass up a good margarita!

5.      My favorite snack:

I devour nachos and Auntie Anne’s pretzels!

6.      My your favorite movies:

Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and The Mummy. I’ve watched each of these so many times that I’ve lost track, and my husband shakes his head when he sees one on and says, “Really?” I just smile.

7.      I am a night owl:

I don’t usually go to sleep until midnight, and now that I’m retired, I’m comfortable not seeing the sun come up in the morning:)

8.      My favorite food:

That would be a smothered shredded beef burrito followed by coconut ice cream.

9.      My favorite concerts:

Elton John, Sting, Paul McCartney, and Mumford & Sons.

10.   If I could live anywhere, it would be in Colorado.


We have the best weather—All four seasons. I live next to the foothills, and a drive up in the Rockies is a cure for any ailment. I can see the world famous Red Rock Amphitheater from my couch, and if the wind is just right, we can hear the concerts. My immediate family is all here, except for one sister who lives in Texas, poor soul. In addition to being a retired teacher, I’m also a retired airline employee. So, when I need a change, it’s so easy just to hop a plane and go to the beach.





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OFFENDERS by MICHAEL BROOKS BOOK BLITZ





Since a young age Michael Brooks has been told he was best at making things up. If it wasn’t concocting a lie to get out of trouble, it was creating wild tales about aliens abducting cows from the barn, or stories of ghosts haunting the woods that surrounded their farmhouse in Missouri. Now he’s all grown up, earned a degree in creative writing, and has turned his passion for “making things up” into a profession.. 
He lives in Utah with his beautiful wife, their five amazing kiddos, four crazy chicken, too many fish to count, an impressive wand collection, and one or two invisible dragons. He also writes and illustrates stories for younger readers under the name Mikey Brooks. You can find more about him and his other books at www.mikeybrooks.com.

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MURDER MADE HIM A PRISONER. TRUTH CAN SET HIM FREE.
In a distant  future, all criminals of violent crimes are sentenced to life in the  Arena where they must battle against both man and beast in a fight to  the death.

When sixteen-year-old Calvin Sawyer is wrongly  convicted of his father’s murder, his charmed life as the son of a  senator is changed forever. He’s stripped of his rights, his humanity,  even his name. Now as the property of the Arena, offender CS4521 must  learn to fight in the colosseum. It’s kill or be killed.  
See what people are saying about the book

“Murder, friendship, and forbidden romance in a tech-heavy futuristic world. Offender is everything we love about dystopian literature.”
—Rebecca Rode,  USA Today bestselling author of the Numbers Game Trilogy.
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Offender gripped me on the first page and didn’t let go until the last line. Sharp and emotional writing combined with a hero you can’t help but cheer on. It will keep you turning pages with anticipation. Can’t wait for the next installment!”
— Ilima Todd, bestselling author of the Remake series


Snippet:

Her hand touches mine and lingers. I take in a breath, then go for it. Millimeters away from our lips touching, she turns her head, cutting me off. I’m not sure what to do now. My hand feels awkward holding hers. I must have screwed something up. Maybe I talked too much, or didn’t talk enough. I thought a date in the park would be romantic, but what did I know about romance?

“I’m sorry, Cal.” She speaks in a whisper, and I’m afraid of what she might say. I don’t want her to tell me that I’m not the guy for her when clearly we’re incredible together.
I’m not sure why I say it, but I do. “Mary, I like you.”

Waiting, I tense up slightly as if I just placed my heart on the ground for her to stomp on.

“I like you too, Cal. A lot.” She hesitates and I wait for her to give me the crushing blow. There’s something wrong with me, I’m sure. A girl like Mary can get any guy she wants. She lets go of my hand and begins fidgeting with the buttons on her sleeve. Before I know it, she yanks her sleeve up, revealing the blue brand stamped on her forearm.

Five arrows under the brand mark her as a fifth generation defector.

“I’m sorry. I should’ve told you before, but you asked me out, and I really wanted to be with you.” She pauses and the orange sky glints in her moist eyes. “I don’t want you to get into trouble.”


I take her hand and hold it tightly in mine. “You think I care about that? Screw the edict.”

“Cal, you could get in trouble. Your father—”



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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR E.C. JACKSON





E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. 

Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.




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Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out with since middle school.

Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually. And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.

Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings wrote for the girls of Shiatown.


 


Top Tens List:

Ten Favorite Things
1.        Flower:          Tiger lilies
2.        Book:             Pride and Prejudice
3.        Western:        Alias Smith and Jones
4.        Cake:              Yellow with chocolate frosting
5.        Ice cream:     French vanilla
6.        Candy:           Milk chocolate
7.        Soda:             Ginger ale
8.        Beverage:      Homemade lemonade
9.        Puzzle:           Jigsaw

10.      Hobby:          Reading and working jigsaw puzzles





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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR CAS PEACE





Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 

See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-peace/the-wheel-will-turn



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Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…




In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot.



In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids. Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power.






  
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Top Ten List:

1) Anthing to do with animals, especially dogs and horses. My favorite horse breed is the Friesian, which is why I put one in my novels. I also own two rescue dogs and support many animal charities.
2) Singing, especially folk-style songs. I also sing in my local church choir.
3) Chocolate!!
4) Dragons and (I have to admit!) unicorns. I have collected figurines and statues of dragons and unicorns since I was small and have a vast collection, some of which live outdoors. But I don’t like “twee”, only ones that look like they could be real.
5) Reading, especially fantasy and sci-fi.
6) Country walks.
7)All wildlife, especially butterflies. I used to breed and release UK varieties, and belong to the Butterfly Conservation Society.
8) Did I mention chocolate?
9) Spending time with family members.

10) Playing my bodhran (Irish drum). I can’t read music so decided to take up drumming instead! It’s fun and very theraputic.




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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR MARNI GRAFF




Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 



Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.



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Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O’Malley to the next level, when she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she can’t even survive?

Readers of Death Unscripted, the first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way to a satisfying close. From the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, this second series is a winner. Once again M.K. Graff reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural.

Part procedural, part cozy, Death at the Dakota is a well-crafted and highly entertaining mystery.- Bruce Robert Coffin, #1 bestselling author of the Detective Byron mysteries.  

I fell in love — not only with co-protagonists, Trudy and Ned, the richly detailed and historic setting of The Dakota, and the unique cast of characters, but with the unusual plot of Death at the Dakota. Sherry Harris, Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries




  
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Top Ten List:

Top 10 Favorites, in no particular order and besides my husband and family:

My dogs, Radar, a 10 yr old Italian Spinone and our new Aussie Doodle puppy, Seamus

Mysteries to read, esp. a series

Pizza, well done with pepperoni

Vodka gimlet, heavy on the lime juice

Black and White movies from the 30-40s, esp Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn

The hour before sunset when everything it lit with a subtle glow

The UK; a real Anglophile for travel

New York City

Crisp new stationary 


Clean sheets





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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR J.S. JAEGER






Parents to four wonderful children, Jerry and Stephanie Jaeger enjoy working together as J.S. Jaeger to write uplifting, entertaining stories. 

Jerry overcame bullying to earn his black belt in Kempo Karate. He served as a special agent for the FBI and currently works as a prosecutor. 

Stephanie ran her own accounting practice for several years before turning her focus to writing Scrolls of Zndaria with Jerry. 

Together, they are excited to bring readers of all ages into the magical world of Zndaria.





Denya’s excited to attend the Healing Hands Academy. It’s her chance to become a handmaiden, help others, and live a life of adventure.

But studying at the Academy isn’t everything she’d hoped. The headmistress and many of the students still look down on human handmaidens. It seems as quickly as she makes friends, she has to say goodbye. And just as she starts gaining acceptance, she puts the other students in danger.

Is Denya’s determination enough to see her through, or will she be sent home, back to the peasant life she’s trying to escape?
The second Short Scroll of Zndaria, Healing Hands parallels The Golden Wizard and allows readers to see the magical world of Zndaria through Denya’s eyes. Readers will be reunited with favorite characters from the main series as well as experience life in the Redwood Forest.
Buy this book today to get a glimpse into the world of Zndaria or delve deeper into the journey that began in The Golden Wizard!



  
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Top Ten List:

1) J.S. Jaeger is a pen name for husband and wife team Jerry and Stephanie Jaeger.
2) Jerry is the creative mind behind the world of Zndaria. He puts the story on paper, and then Stephanie reworks it.
3) Our children (ages 9 – 21) play a big part in our writing process. The personalities of several characters are patterned after our children. Our older children are also part of our editing and sales team.
4) Our illustrator has worked on lots of shows for Disney, including Mary Poppins Returns.
5) Jerry is an attorney. Stephanie is an accountant. We hadn’t considered writing books until Jerry began envisioning the world of Zndaria.
6) Jerry first wanted to call their world Andaria. A quick internet search showed that name was already overused. We went through the alphabet for something that rhymed with Andaria and sounded cool. We got all the way to Z before finding our winner.
7) The first page of each of our chapters has about 8 lines. We challenge people to read the first page of our books to see if they want to keep reading. Almost everyone turns the page.
8) We met the narrator for our audiobook, RJ Walker, when he stopped by our booth at the Salt Lake FanX Convention. He read the first page of The Golden Wizard in his narrator voice, and we knew he’d do a great job.
9) Stephanie loves doing author visits at schools. She’s visited an international school in China and a military elementary school in Japan.
10) We once autographed a book to “Mr. Illiterate.”




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GREAT SUMMER READS 2019, PART 2 – FEATURING AUTHOR ANN SWANN






Ann has been a writer since junior high, but to pay the bills she has waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other people’s houses, taught school, and had a stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll radio station. She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher. 

Her fiction began to win awards during her college days. Since then she’s published several short stories, novels, and novellas. She’s always reading and always writing, but even if she never sold another story, Ann would not stop writing. For her it’s a necessity, like breathing. Most of the time, it even keeps her sane.


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No matter who dares you, no matter what lures you, do not go in the spooky old house…


When a small planes crashes behind Jase’s rural home, the ghost of the pilot begins to haunt him. Jase can’t figure out what to do until the day he sees his classmate, Stevie-girl, enter the legendary haunted house. That’s when he decides if anyone can help him solve the mystery, she’s the one. 










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Top Ten List:

1.     Writing
2.     Reading
3.     Playing with grandkids
4.     Diet Vanilla Coke
5.     Chocolate
6.     Walking off all those calories in the chocolate (on my favorite trail)
7.     Movies
8.     Live music
9.     Making music playlists

10.Mexican food





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