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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

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Heroes of Olympus: The Mark 5. of Athena By: Rick Riordan 6. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot 7. By: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

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Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novelwriting program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” ~Jules Renard

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National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat -of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

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Fifty Shades Freed By: E.L. James

Hidden By: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

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Fifty Shades Darker By: E.L. James

The Twelve By: Justin Cronin

10. The Casual Vacancy By: J.K. Rowling

Fifty Shades of Grey By: E.L. James

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Paulette Mahurin Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning author, is a Nurse Practitioner, who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry (a retired NASA attorney) and their two dogs, rescued from a kill shelter, Max & Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. She has taught in several nursing programs in Northern & Southern California and specialized in emergency room clinical rotations as preceptor for UCLA & USC Nurse Practitioner students. http://bookpromogroup2.weebly.com/paulette-mahurin.html

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Hanging On By: Elizabeth Chalker Elizabeth has written a powerful, God inspired book that will encourage and help strengthen anyone who reads it. If you are in the midst of suffering, or struggling through intense hardships, then this book will provide solace and hope to pull you out of the darkness and into the light! Elizabeth is still courageously fighting for her life and to get the resources necessary to receive life-saving medical treatment. http://www.helpelizabeth.net/Bookpage.html

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FORGED IN FLAME!!! AMAZON BEST SELLERS LIST Forged in flame, wrought in blood, bone and steel, from the bowels of the earth and the inner most chambers of the heart, here find dragons. Fired by their passion, inspired by legend, six talented storytellers transport readers into realms of myth and fantasy, yet explore what it means to be human. http://www.amazon.com/Forged-Flame-Dragon-Anthology-ebook/dp/B009Z2QQ9S/ ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1351731277&sr=8-4&keywords=Forged+In+Flame

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Crystal Smith-Connelly Crystal Smith-Connelly has written more than fifty plays, some of which have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Maryland, and France. Known for her twisted sense of humor, she counts Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Conan O'Brien, Sarah Silverman, and Tina Fey among her influences and hopes that someday Will Ferrell will star as Zeus in one of her plays. Crystal lives with her husband in Charleston, SC and would be delighted to hear from you at www.facebook.com/crystalsmithconnelly or crystalsmithconnelly@yahoo.com. For I Am Zeus: A Collection of Plays About Greek Mythology is Crystal's first book, and she looks forward to publishing many more!

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Millicent Marie is NOT my name BY: Karen Pokras Toz Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had. When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/ Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist. But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect. http://www.amazon.com/Millicent-Marie-Is-Not-Name/dp/0984860851


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Genevieve Graham began writing five years ago, motivated by her desire for quality fictional companionship and adventure. Berkley Sensation, a division of Penguin US, published her first two novels, “Under the Same Sky” and “Sound of the Heart” in 2012, and the third in the series, “Out of the Shadows”, will be released in 2013. She also runs her own Editing business and has edited manuscripts for writers around the world. One of the books she edited was recently published by Harper Collins. Genevieve graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor in Music in Performance (playing the oboe). She earned her black belt in Chito Ryu Karate and jumped into the world of advertising and promotions, in which she worked for ten years in various capacities. Genevieve volunteered as media coordinator for both the Calgary and the Halifax Highland Games, having developed a penchant for all-things-Scottish while writing Under The Same Sky and Sound of the Heart. Happily married with two teenage daughters, Genevieve moved to Nova Scotia four years ago and spends her time writing, editing, reading, and teaching piano to local children.

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Discover a unique world of fantasy, enchantment, beauty and learning for all ages in The Chronicles of King Big Bear. Here, you will meet a royal figure who is hundreds of years old, but who never grows old! The king will take you on a journey throughout history and even show you what his present day life is like. As you will see, his realm is filled with riches, and he is blessed with many animal friends and family. It is no wonder that King Big Bear is called the Father of Nature, for he is deeply inspired by all things living and believes his duty is to protect and nurture life. He wishes you will do the same. Come in and explore the world of King Big Bear the Fat! http://www.amazon.com/Fathers-Wish-Tale-King-ebook/dp/B0096DX0B8/ ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351737015&sr=1-1&keywords=% 22A+Father%27s+Wish%3A+the+Tale+of+King+Big+Bear+the+Fat

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Amplify your wishes and manifest positive changes all year long with Deborah Blake’s inspiring collection of simple rituals. Whether practicing alone or with a group, these empowering ceremonies—designed for new moons, full moons, sabbats, and other special occasions— will help you find love, build courage, boost creativity, achieve balance, and deepen your faith. No matter what your skill level, Everyday Witch Book of Rituals shows you how to fill the year with meaningful magickal practice. Through lighthearted, down-to-earth methods, this guide provides basic ritual elements and ingredients, timing for success, and the importance of each ritual step. Using the perfect blend of reverence and mirth, practicality and spirituality, and a sprinkling of wisdom from Magic the Cat, this guide provides nearly every ritual you need for a magickal year. http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Witch-Book-Rituals-Magickal/dp/0738733431/ref=sr_1_1? ie=UTF8&qid=1351774528&sr=8-1&keywords=deborah+blake


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S P O T L I G H T ! ! ! ! The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap Author : Paulette Mahurin

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. http://www.amazon.com/Persecution-Mildred-Dunlap-Paulette-Mahurin/dp/097718661X/ ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351737793&sr=8-2&keywords=The+persecution+of+mildred+Dunlap

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A suspected murderess flees her former life in search of tranquility, but the past refuses to die, threatening to destroy her newfound happiness. Lilly Price is an abused woman on the run, but she can’t hide forever. Desperate to escape public scrutiny following accusations that she hired a hit man to kill her fiancé, Lilly hopes to rebuild her life in a new town. Widowed Zach Woodbridge is in no hurry to find another bride. He longs for a peaceful summer, writing at his lakeside cottage. Things change after an introduction to his grandmother’s intriguing new assistant, Lilly. When Lilly’s secrets are revealed, can their fragile relationship weather the storm? And when a man from her past wishes to reclaim Lilly, using any force necessary, can she and Zach protect the people they love? http://www.amazon.com/Always-Forever-ebook/dp/B008ZMX1CY

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Keeper of the Lesser Flame Author: Darmie Orem Date Published: September 25, 2012 Publisher: WSIC EBooks Ltd

"The water deity curse affects Heather's standard of living, hopes and expectation. But laying down her soul as a propitiatory to a witch turns around her situation, mortgaging the future." http://www.wsicebooks.com/html/keeper_of_the_lesser_flame.html


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Jay Mims: Jay lives about two miles past nowhere, after you turn off the paved road. When he’s not catching up on episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King he writes, mainly to stave off boredom. In addition to somewhat eclectic tastes in television and movies, Jay reads voraciously. He enjoys compelling stories with strong characters, and will gladly read anything from comic books to Steam Punk, Harlequin romance to Kenneth C. Davis’ fantastic history books. Jay enjoys long walks through the countryside, laughing with friends, and learning to draw something better than stick figures. His dearest ambition is to personally thank Janet Evanovich for proving that fast talking characters can be charming and goofy simultaneously.

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Donna Milward: Donna Milward lives in Edmonton, Alberta in a tiny house with a huge yard. She’s been writing all her life, but decided to put writing on hold to get ‘a real job’ as a meatcutter and build a future with her beloved troll, Dan and her cat Freya. Twelve years later, an invitation to a Romance Writer’s Conference in Washington D.C. led not only to new friends and new knowledge, but to the inspiration to write again. Thoeba was completed the following year. Donna likes to mix her fascination with reincarnation and all things paranormal with her love of mythology in her work, and has even written her own myth ‘The Sacred Truth” (on earthtothoeba.blogspot.com) as the lore behind Thoeba and future novels to come. Donna enjoys fishing, gardening and canning. Despite these hobbies, she much prefers city life.

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Jacinta Maree: Self confessed chocaholic, Jacinta was born and raised in Melbourne Australia with her loving family of five. Even as a child Jacinta had an itch to write. Writing was the one constant hobby she clung to, also trying her hand at piano, flute, tennis, horseback riding and drama. Jacinta works full time in the family business and spends her afternoons either playing basketball, reading, writing or hanging out with friends. She is always happy to try something new; getting her real estate license, practicing ninjitshu, Zumba and parkour to name a few. For her future, Jacinta sees herself writing. It is a large part of her identity and something she hopes to continue. Aside from her love of stories she loves Japan and its unique and beautiful culture and history. From their delicious sushi dishes right down to their wooden sandals and kimonos. She is also a huge cat person and loves to snuggle up in front of the fire for a good movie or book. Her favorite genres are paranormal and fantasy but she also loves anything written by thriller writer, Stephen King.


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HK Savage: HK lives in the frozen hinterlands of the far North. The long, cold months provide ample opportunity to hunker down with her computer and create adventures far more enticing than scraping ice and getting frostbite. Between books (she writes under two names), HK reads voraciously. Anything with a good plot and compelling characters are her broad parameters. One is as likely to catch her with a copy of Don Quixote as with the latest in Gail Carriger’s steampunk series. HK practices martial arts, rides her horse, gardens and plays with her family every chance she gets. Next winter she intends to brush up on her Spanish and escape the cold for somewhere more tropical.

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EC Hibbs: E. C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, northwest England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her first 'book' when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children. Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums. There are many things she could be without, but writing isn't one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practising Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, and playing with her very cheeky kitten.

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CS Yelle: C.S. Yelle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, the “almost� middle child of six. He attended Grand Rapids Senior High School where he enjoyed music and sports. He received his BS in Chemistry from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND in 1987. He taught 7-12 Science and coached for six years in several North Dakota schools and currently works as an Executive Account Manager in the Water Treatment Industry where he has been for over eighteen years. He is the father of four and grandfather of one. He writes novels, screenplays, and an occasional short story. He has been writing seriously for over 15 years and plans to continue until his fingers are unable, maybe longer. He currently resides in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with his wife Jennifer.


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Innovative Online Book Tours Oct 29—Nov 29

A Bridge to Treachery

By: Larry Crane

Nov 14—Jan 14

Veiled Mist

By: Eleanor T. Beaty

Nov 26—Jan 4

Forbidden Trilogy (Life, Mind, Fire) By: Kimberly Kinrade

Oct 30—Nov 12

Warrior Reborn

By: Melissa Mayhue

Nov 19—Dec 14

Sterling Redmond

By: Kim Nathan

Nov 13—Feb 7

Millicent Marie is Not My Name

By: Karen Pokras Toz

Nov 20—Feb 14

Nate Rocks The Boat

By: Karen Pokras Toz

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Nate Rocks The World

By: Karen Pokras Toz

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Wisteria

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Virtual Book Tour Café Oct 26—Dec 14 Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know By: Jeff Johnson


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Coming Mid-November Genre: YA, Romance, Suspense, Action

After an eventful end of the school year can Anistasia and John find a nice vacation in New York? Anistasia comes face to face with a past she thought she left behind. However what happens in New York stays in New York. Can the newly found couple stay together through the events they still have to survive or will the past destroy them?

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Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense

Calista Rose is a 16 year old deaf girl whom senses something strange in her new home. Soon she meets a ghost named John and becomes smitten with his handsome good looks and charming ways. Little did Calista know by falling in love with him, it would bring out the true evil that lingers in her new home.


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A medieval fairytale

Rebecca Sauter is a proud military police officer with a secret; she’s clairvoyant. Her ex-Marine father can’t understand why she won’t try harder for a commission but for Becca, hiding among the greater mass of enlisted men and women is safer. One night on a run she encounters a terrifying man and his beastly dogs; in her attempts to defend herself she hits her head and passes out. When she wakes up in the hospital she’s being collected by a handsome but rude officer. Humans are fragile. That has been Captain Michael Rossi’s mantra since his first days as a vampire in 1944. Now Admiral Black has given a post within his elite unit to a human woman solely because she has “the sight”. Michael’s fears that she will bring harm to his men are soon eclipsed by his realization that it is her who might suffer should the admiral decide she is a poor fit.

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to prizes, book promotions, book printings and other related book items.) You can still enter contest for newsletter (and win) without being in the book entries.

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3: Story must be received by June 27 for monthly issue. Anything after that is for next month.

5. Short Story Collection books will be on sale to winners after release for $8. This will including book and shipping it to you.

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prizes, book promotions, book printings and other related book items.) You can still enter contest for newsletter (and win) without being in the book entries. 5. Poetry books will be on sale to winners after release for $8. This will including book and shipping it to you. 6. To receive newsletter and see contest winners you must be subscribed to this newsletter. Winners are not emailed

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An atmosphere of hope and peace Where sorrows were nothing but fake!

By: Rahima Yasin

Once upon a time When it never rained Hopelessness and despair Were entrapped in the air! But one day it finally did Rain, rain and rain Outcries and cheers Took away all the pain! Earthy smell it bestowed Along with ecstatic tears Blooming flowers and Lush green trees! A rapturous existence it brought

It was a sight too rare Heaps of love lying here and there An unrealistic dream it became Feelings of passion untamed! I never want this feeling to end The wonders a raindrop brings Turns my life into one intimate affair!


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Short Story Winner! From Death Row to Dead: Ten Months with Eli September, 2011, was an insignificant month to the world, but to us earthshattering, we lost our dog, Tazzie, just a few weeks over the age of fifteen, which is ancient for a purebred Rottweiler. We had gotten her from a kill shelter when she was a puppy, the only place we adopt our fury family members from, so it was true to form we would look again, in doggie jail, for another son or daughter. My husband and I have no children, except our dogs.

It was a hot morning, which meant it’d be scorching in Camarillo, the kill shelter we decided to adopt from, two weeks after Tazzie’s passing. Still with a heavy heart over her loss, we went. As we approached the parking lot, we heard a crying howl, a screeching of pain and agony. I had to find out where this was coming from.

“We’re not getting a dog that’s loud,” my hubby whispered, walking behind me at a rapid clip.

minute my heart met his, the ache over Tazzie softened, and I knew there In desperation, I stopped talking and was no leaving this beautiful boy in let Eli take over. I looked back and prison, on death row. forth at the two of them, until my husband reached out a hand to Eli’s face, now coming through the grooves in “No!” My husband was no longer whisthe cold metal wiring keeping him pering. from us. My husband rubbed an ear, got down on a knee to allow Eli to lick his face, while tears moved down my I had already found out that his family, cheeks. My heart was bursting in anticwho had recently lost their home, ipation, until my husband stood and brought in Eli. He was almost ten years gave me his saddest look, “I wish we old, a purebred chocolate lab, and in could…we can’t get a loud dog.” obvious severe separation grieving. We knew how each other felt, our hearts melded. He had to come home with us. Unfortunately, he was right. Our place backed on an office building that had psychologists and a psychiatrists work“I said No!” My husband was firm. “We ing in it and we had been warned becan’t bring a barking, loud dog home, fore to handle your barking dogs or you know what happened with the else. It took a lot of damage control neighbors last time…” and stress reduction on our parts over that one. I also did not want to overly stress my husband, and the look he He babbled on while my mind went gave me told me it would were I to into manipulative overload. “Let’s just continue to pursue this. I gave it one try. He’s wounded. He’ll calm down more try, “Can we just take him home when we get him home,” I whined. and try. It may just be this place. He’d been with a family, loved by a family, warmed by them, for almost ten years. “You don’t know that.” He gave me a I’d cry too...” look, the glare when he means it, and won’t be swayed by an agenda. “He’s the loudest dog here…” My husband said nothing. He reached in and hugged me, a hug that said, I’m sorry. I stopped hearing him and put my attention on Eli, Help me out here, boy. There was nothing left for me to do Do something. Eli moved closer to the but cry. I could not look at another dog fence, his face smashed up against it, that day, but before we left I went into his yellow eyes softened, his tale wag the shelter’s office. “When is Eli going intensified, and he stared, not at me, to be put down?” but my husband.

I ignored him. We walked way to the back of the kennels that were lined in small rows, the outside surrounded by a six-foot fence that you could barely put a finger through, the back part, enclosed on a cold concrete slab. The sound grew louder until we turned a corner and came face to face with, Eli-- “Look, he likes you!” the name on the fence of his stall--a gorgeous chocolate lab. The minute his eyes met mine, he went quiet. The “No!”

The women in a uniform was cold, officious, matter of fact, when she replied. “Two days.”


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heard him cry from our back deck as we drove away. We had to bring him with us, which was no sacrifice because he loved to be in the car. He became my husband’s dog and followed him everywhere, inseparable they were.

“We can’t save them all, honey.” He talked and made sense but it did nothing to calm my aching heart. I could Eli lived with us from that September hear Eli in the background, crying. through to Tuesday, July 17, just last week, when he died suddenly of what the vet thought was an aneurysm. He We stood outside the gate to the shelcame to us from death row and filled ter for over twenty minutes, saying the emptiness left by Tazzie. He came nothing. I could not walk out. My husto us with the biggest most grateful band had to gently lead me to the car, heart we’d ever known. We’ve been open the door, and nudge me in. For rescuing dogs from kill shelters for the next ten minutes, driving up Highover twenty-seven years, but there way 101 into Ventura, I cried. My huswas no dog like Eli. He screamed at band looked over to me from time to that kennel, he cried and begged to get time, to say, I’m sorry. Just before we out of there, and the minute he was were to make the turn off to Ojai, taken home and made a part of a famiwhere we live, I asked him if we could ly, our family, he was the perfect pet. go get a bite to eat and talk. I had no idea what I was going to say.

He turned the car around and we went to Lassen’s, a health food grocery store and restaurant, got something, sat at the table, and said nothing. I cried while we ate. My crying has an effect on my husband, and in the purity of an honest emotion, through his love for me, his heart sank. “Okay, we can give it a try, but if he’s loud he has to go back.”

Eli jumped in the car; his head out the window the whole ride home, and not a peep out of his handsome mouth. Not a single bark, the minute we got him to the house, and nothing the rest of that day. And, every other day, for weeks moving into months. That dog didn’t bark at strangers, at the mailman, at the doorbell, he just wagged his tail, but when we left him alone we

We miss him, his tale wagging when we enter the room, the circle he turns when finding just the right spot to lay down in, his noise perched against his leash, telling us he wants a walk, the way he jumped up and down when it was meal time, but most of all the way he’d get up next to us, particularly my husband, as if to say, you saved my life, I love you.

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Dbora Swickle

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We are asking people to donate money to the HRS at this link through Network for Good. The person that makes a donation will receive either an eBook or print book equal to the amount donated. There are books ranging in price from 99 cents to $27.00. There are several print copies of the books that have been autographed by the author.

Children’s Books "I write children's books to preserve minds, morals, family and values."

http://www.dvoraswickle.com/


Turning The Pages Newsletter 11/2012