Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Meet Jan Watson and Win Her Books



My Friend, Jan 

"Watson's success lies in her ability to create characters that are endearing and timeless. . . ." Romantic Times Magazine.
 
One of the best things about writing in the inspirational market has been the friends I’ve made of other inspirational writers. One of those friends is Jan Watson who also lives here in Kentucky and writes historical Kentucky novels. So sit back and let me tell you a little about my friend, Jan

Jan Watson was a registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor before she retired and began a second career as a writer. She got a great start by winning the 2004 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for her first novel, Troublesome CreekShe's won many awards since then including being voted 2012 Best Kentucky Author by the readers of Kentucky Living Magazine. Her books are set in the Appalachian Mountains and have a great mix of history, romance and suspense. Jan says that while she has always loved books, she never had the dream to write a book of her own the way so many writers, including yours truly, did. But then she remembered a story her grandmother told her once about a terrible flash flood that swept away a baby whose body was never found. Thoughts of this baby stayed with Jan for fifty years before she decided to save her, if only in a fictional story. 

Troublesome Creek and More

After she began to toy with writing a book about that baby, the first three sentences of what became Troublesome Creek came to her as she waited in a drive-thru line at McDonalds: “Girl! You’d better get to the house. If your mam catches you in that creek again she’ll skin you alive.” When the words wouldn’t stop coming after that and she was scribbling them down on any and every scrap of paper she could find, she knew she was going to write that story. Turns out, that story became more stories as she kept following her characters down their life paths. Her first series about that baby and her family include Troublesome Creek, Willow Springs, and Torrent Falls. I’m sure you’re noting the water connection in all the titles. 

Jan’s Loyal Writing Companion

Jan and I are both dog lovers. That gives us even more to talk about than writing. Her husband brought Maggie, a Jack Russell, home to her when the puppy was a few weeks old. Several months later, they realized Maggie was deaf, but that didn’t seem to slow her down much. Jan says Maggie understands doggy sign language, but if she doesn’t want to mind, she just turns her head and pretends not to see Jan.

Jan sometimes writes with Maggie sleeping on a pillow on her lap. But she says the best thing about Maggie is that she reminds her there’s fun to be had every day and that it’s best not to take life too seriously.

Jan’s Newest Series

In Skip Rock Shallows, Jan begins the story of Lilly Corbett, Copper’s daughter. Copper is the baby rescued from the flood in Troublesome Creek. But now we’re getting to know Lilly after she graduates from medical school and takes an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky. Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock–a town where people live hard and die harder and where women know their place. You can follow Lilly down some romantic pathways in this Appalachian town as she begins to earn the residents’ trust.

Tattler’s Branch follows up Skip Rock Shallows. Lilly, married now, loves her life in Skip Rock and the people who are like family to her. With her husband away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly has her hands full with her patients and a younger sister visiting for the summer. Then an abandoned baby plunges Lilly into a struggle between what is right and what is safe. She must discover the strength of her country neighbors, her God, and herself.
Check out more about Jan’s books at her website, http://www.janwatson.net/
  
Win Jan’s Books

I have autographed copies of Skip Rock Shallows and Tattler’s Branch to give away to one lucky person. To throw your name in the hat, just leave a comment here with a way to contact you please. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada, but you must be eighteen or over to enter. Deadline to enter is midnight EST, November 27.

And if you don’t want to wait that long to read one of Jan’s books and you have an e-reader, Tattler’s Branch, is available right now through Saturday, 11/16, for the great download price of $2.99. Check it out at your favorite e-book distributor. Here’s the Amazon link.
Kentucky Book Fair Saturday, November 16
If you’re in the area, you can come meet both Jan and me at the Kentucky Book Fair at the Frankfort Convention Center this Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We’ll be signing our books there along with about 150 other writers including inspirational fiction writers, Virginia Smith, Jennifer Johnson, Allie Pleiter, Shelley Shepard Gray, and others. Of course, I hope you’ll come by my table way in the back to say hello.The fair is a great place to pick up some unique gifts for the booklovers on your Christmas list.
As a preview to the fair, Virginia Smith and I will be talking about our books and writing at the Frankfort Senior Citizen Center, 202 Medical Heights, Frankfort, KY, at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 15. The event is open to the public, senior citizens and younger citizens too. So come on out and get a jump start on the fair.

84 comments:

  1. I love Jan's books. Thanks for telling us a little bit about her. Love her characters and her unique voice.

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    1. I knew I'd hear from some of Jan's fans. She is a lovely writer and person. Always good to hear from you, Betty. Your mom probably likes Jan's books too.

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  2. Would love to win. Angelachesnut246@gmail.com

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    1. Good luck, Angela. If you win, I know you'll enjoy the stories. And if you don't win, you can still find a way to read them. :)

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    2. Thanks for your interest in my books, Angela.

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  3. Intruiguing books to add to my list. Thanks for introducing me. :) thimbleluvr@hotmail.com

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    1. Always good to hear from you, Amy. I'm sure you'll enjoy Jan's stories when you get a chance to read them. A lot of great atmosphere in her background settings.

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    2. Hello, Amy. Glad to meet you. Jan

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  4. HI JAN. SO GOOD TO MEET YOU. SO FAR, OTHER THAN THE BIBLE, I ONLY READ AMISH AND SHAKER STORIES. I WOULD LOVE TO READ THE KIND OF STORIES YOU WRITE. WOULD ALSO LOVE TO WIN ONE . tweetysmom1943@aol.com

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    1. The Bible is the best book to read for sure, tweetysmom. Lots of different kinds of stories and much encouragement and inspiration between those covers. I do appreciate you reading those Shaker stories. :)

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    2. Hi, Tweety's mom. I must know f Tweey is a bird or perhaps a kitten?

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of Jan's writing journey. How special it was that she remembered a story her grandmother once told and from that wrote a fictional story of her own! I also love that the first three sentences of TROUBLESOME CREEK came to her in line at McDonald's and then kept coming!

    Jan's novels sound wonderful and I thank you both for the opportunity to win! Wish I lived closer to Kentucky so I could meet you both this weekend!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting Jan. She has a great Christian witness than shines through in her stories. I wish you lived closer too, Britney. It would be fun to meet you here in KY, but at least we can be friends via the net.

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    2. Maybe we'll meet another time. Thanks for your interest. Jan

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  6. Ann- wow how neat that you found Jan and have so many things in common with her and also that you are such a neat person to to share her with us and also introduce us to her books. She sounds so loving just like you thank you for posting on facebook so we could read about Jan. Sometimes its nice just to have a friend who is like you and shares alot in common then you don't feel so alone in times of need and also especially if you are a writer and come to a block. Jan welcome and you two have a nice time at the signing I will be thinking of you here in Iowa.

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    1. It has been great getting to know Jan. I hope when you get a chance to read some of her stories you'll enjoy them all the way out there in Iowa. I'm glad you dropped by to meet Jan and I appreciate your comment. If you want to be in the drawing, you'll have to let me know how to get in touch with you should you be the lucky winner.

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    2. Wouldn't it be neat if we could all "do lunch" and share our lives in person? Guess this is the next best thing.

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  7. I have read this author but not these books so would love to be in this drawing, I guess I had forgot you were a Ky author Jan, I grew up there not far from where Ann lives, in fact one of my sisters lives in Ann's little town...I love to read and need to get back to some of your Ky stories..thanks for your comments today with Anne, sure wish I were there to see you both at the Book fair...have fun

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Always great to hear from you, Paula. And it would be fun if you had happened to be visiting your sister while the fair was going on. Hope you are having a good November.

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    2. Paula, hope you enjoy the continuation of my mountain stories.

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  8. hmm these books truly sound as thought they would both be a good read. I will hope fully keep an eye out for notification of my winning :). qt146755@yahoo.com

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    1. They are good reads that take you back in time a ways to how things used to be in the mining towns in the mountains. I'll let you know if you're the lucky winner.

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    2. Thank you. I'd love to know what you think about my stories.

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  9. Nice to learn about another author in KY. I will check out the fair and see if I can make it. That would be fun. I have been seeing your book here and there on Facebook. It looks good. Thanks for the chance to win. Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming over to meet Jan, Nancy. I hope you'll be able to make it to the Book Fair to say hi and check out the books in person. I love meeting the people I get to know here in person.

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    2. Nancy, The book fair was great fun.

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  10. These sound like interesting reads. :)

    Ann Mettert
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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    1. Hope you'll give Jan's books a try, Ann.

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    2. Of course I think so. (Smile.)

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  11. I would love to win Jan's books. I love reading new-to-me authors. And your word is good enough for me to know she's good. This would be a great Christmas present! Love reading your journal, Ann.
    Thanks,
    Mary Ellsworth
    mdegram218@centurylink.net

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    1. Oh, Mary, that's so encouraging for you to tell me you enjoy reading my posts here. Thank you so much. And it is fun trying out new authors. I'm sure you'll like Jan's stories. Books always make the best Christmas presents! Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Merry Christmas, Mary. You're way ahead of me in looking for presents.

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  12. Thanks Ann door introducing Jan. I loved the review. Wish I were able to attend that book signing fair. I would love to win Jan's books. They sound like really good ones. And, maybe someday in the future I could get her first series. I can't imagine typing on a book with a dog in my lap. I need to move around more and looks like for sure you authors would, since you work so many hours. Please add me to the drawing.
    GOD bless you both. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Jan does love her Maggie, Maxie. I have worked a few times with my little neighbor dog in my lap, but she's very small. It's easier when they just sleep at your feet. For sure I couldn't type with Oscar in my lap. I couldn't move with Oscar in my lap!! Always fun to hear from you and it would be neat if you could make the fair. But that drive might be a little loonngg for you. :)

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    2. Maggie keeps me in place, Maxie.

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  13. My copies would make wonderful gifts and I would definitely replace them with Jan's signed copies for my home library!! Actually, for Jan, guess how I happened to see your books? I live in a Willow Springs, was moving books on the community library shelves from a tippy top shelf and there it was... WS!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot] net

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    1. That's interesting, Kathleen, about reading Jan's books because of the name of the place, Willow Springs. Always fun to see a comment here from you. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Thanks for looking up, Kathleen.

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  14. These stories sound exactly like books I would love to read. I hope your Kentucky time is filled with joy.

    Annette Naish
    annettena@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Annette. I love the Kentucky Book Fair. It's one where there are people coming by to talk to you all day. They might not buy your books, but it's fun just talking to people. I hope you will give Jan's books a try. Could be you might be the lucky winner.

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    2. Hope you enjoy meeting my "fictional" family, Annette.

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  15. I would love to read these books. I haven't read any of her books but they sound so good. Thanks for telling us a little about her. Thanks for the giveaway. Good Luck everyone. bemiown(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So glad you enjoyed getting to know Jan a little here, Gayle. Maybe you'll be my lucky winner and get these two books to get you started on her stories.

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    2. Thanks, Gayle. It's good to hear from you.

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  16. Jan, I love that you took a story that your grandmother told you and made a book series out of it. I would love to read those books. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. That is a good story about how Jan decided to write that first story, Jan. It just goes to show that writers can find lots of ways to be inspired. Family stories have certainly inspired me. That's the reason Angel Sister came about. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

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    2. My granny as a special woman. I am honored when folks say I am like her.

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  17. Jan Watson'd books sound great...I love the way she started out based on a story her grandmother had told her. I can't wait to read them. Thank-you for the givaway.

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    1. Hi, Jewel. Jan does have a great "why I wrote the book" story and one her readers enjoy hearing. Grandmothers can tell us some good stories sometimes. I'll be glad to enter you in the giveaway but you need to give me a way to get in contact with you. Write it out this way annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)come and that keeps the robots away.

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  18. So glad to learn about another Ky. author - love the storylines of Jan's books, love stories of Appalachia, & would love to read Jan's books!

    Sure wish I could meet all the authors, at the Ky. Book Fair, but will be at Women of Faith, this weekend!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Anne, & Jan!

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    1. Always fun to see your comments here, Bonnie. And I'm sure you'd enjoy Jan's stories. I hope you have a great time at the Women of Faith weekend, but it would have been fun to see you at the Fair too. Did you get the book you won on the Winterville Church Media Center blog?

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    2. I would have loved to be at that conference, Bonnie. Awesome, I'm sure.

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    3. Know the conference was awesome, Bonnie.

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  19. Wow that sounds good! I've got Skip Rock Shallows and I would love to read Tattler’s Branch! I would LOVE to find out what happens to that baby! :D

    Hugs, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Glad I found a way to make the story sound like a "must read," Amada. I think it's so neat how Jan keeps coming up with titles that have a water theme. Love that.

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    2. I loved writing about little Betsy.

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    3. I loved writing about baby Betsy Lane.

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway of two books. I sure would love to win! This is a new author to me. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Glad you came over to check out the giveaway of Jan's books, Sharon. Jan has some great stories out there for readers. Hope you'll give some of them a try.

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  21. Jan's books sound delightful... I can't wait to read them. Would love to win some! Judy

    jstew40@gmail.com

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    1. Great, Judith. And don't you love the covers? Hope you'll like Jan's stories. Good luck in the drawing.

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  22. Sounds like some great books. Would love to win.
    O Norman
    onorman@wilkes.net

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    1. They'd make good additions to your library, wouldn't they, Ola? Hope all is well with you. Thanks for dropping by with a comment.

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    2. Nice to "meet" you, Ola. Love your name.

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  23. Ann, thank you for introducing Jan, she sounds like an amazing woman. I know her writings are just as amazing and I so appreciate the opportunity to be a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Jan is an amazing woman, Melanie. My little piece about her barely scratches the surface. She continually inspires me with her deep faith and readiness to step out on whatever path the Lord opens up for her.

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    2. I appreciate your kind words Melanie.

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  24. Jan Watson is a new author to me. Her books sound fantastic. Would love to win. Looking forward to reading her books. Thank you for the chance to enter this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Barbara. Jan has a special talent for creating characters true to their Appalachian roots. She is able to incorporate her medical background into the stories too which gives them added depth. Maybe you'll be the lucky winner.

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  25. I saw that Tattler's Branch was on sale on the Tyndale House eBook specials page. I didn't know anything about Jan Watson so I didn't even check it out. Money is really tight since my husband is currently out of work (company got bought out and all employees let go). I may have to re-think getting it. These books sound great. I'm really interested in trying to find Troublesome Creek. I'd love to win. Thanks for the chance.
    Debora Wilder
    debbiewilder(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. So sorry to hear that your husband's out of work. Sometimes life throws us curves. Hope this will open the door to better opportunities for him and that he will soon find work.

      Jan's books are probably available at your local library or through library loan. Copper in Troublesome Creek is one of her best loved characters, so I hope you'll find a way to read it. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Deborah, It is very hard when your husband is out of work. I've been where you are. It all worked out for the best. Keep the faith.

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  26. Ann, Thank you for your introduction to Jan. I loved her input about Maggie her dog. I know I would be lost without my dog he has helped me through some really hard times. I am not familiar with her books but would love to read them. Thank you
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. A dog can be a good friend who loves unconditionally, Jackie, and makes our lives happier. You know I'm a dog lover too. I hope if you get a chance to read any of Jan's books, you'll enjoy them. I certainly have enjoyed getting to meet her characters.

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    2. Jackie, Maggie is currently trying to adjust to the foster kittens in the family room.

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    3. Currently, Maggie is trying to adjust to the foster kittens in our family room. Sounds like a good story, right?

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  27. Ann, thanks so much for the intro to Jan! :) It's always nice to meet other writers.

    Jan, it's nice to meet you! Your books look wonderful. It was great getting to know you a little better. Wish you all the best with your books!

    Thanks to both of you for the giveaway!
    Blessings,
    Karen
    klange61AThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Glad you came over to meet Jan, Karen. She's a Kentucky writer like us. I figured you would already know her. Hope your book blog tour is going well.

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  28. I haven't read any of Ms. Watson's books. I was looking at the two at the top of the page and just by the covers they look like they would be good reads. Who knows Maggie may become the kitty's best friend.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by to read about Jan's books, Gayle. From all reports, Maggie already loves the kitties.

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  29. I've never read any of Mrs. Jan's books, but those covers are lovely:)
    Thanks for the link to check this out, Ann.

    Courtney from ACFW group
    Alwaysreadingblog.blogspot.com

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Thanks for joining the conversation. I like hearing what you have to say. Thanks for dropping by.