Thursday, January 3, 2013

Win a Book!

Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing


When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 6, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book shown below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways here.  



Let's visit with Ann H. Gabhart the author of several bestselling novels, including The Outsider and Angel Sister. The Gifted is the fifth book set in her Shaker village of Harmony Hill. She lives on a farm in Kentucky where she enjoys walking with her grandkids and her dog



Hanging onto Hope Through the Years by Ann H. Gabhart

2013. A new year. A great time to dream big. But how to keep those dreams alive? If you're like me, you write it all down in a journal. My New Year's posts reveal what a rollercoaster ride my writing life has been over the years. Deep lows. Exhilirating highs. Let me share a few with you.
Dec 31, 1978 - In a few minutes it will be 1979. I’ve written on so many New Year’s Eves since I began journal writing as a teen. In ways that’s such a long time ago, but in other ways it seems only a soft twirl of days. A new year is a great time to count successes or mourn over failures. 1978 was an exciting year full of newness. Seeing my published book was a definite high.
Jan 3, 1983I didn’t write on New Year’s Eve. Guess that’s indicative of my mood. I hate to keep reiterating my failures. That’s all 1983 held professionally. Rejections and even worse than that – no rejections. Only silence. So I’ll let 1982 roll off into the past and try not to be mashed by my failures. So what if my drawer is full of rejection slips. That’s part of learning and getting better. Pray God I am getting better and 1983 will hold something good in the wings for me, the writer.
Jan 14, 1985Seems like a new year always brings new hope. I’m almost finished with a new story. I got a nice letter from my agent, saying my “lack of sales” was no reflection on my writing ability.
Jan 2, 1986’85 is gone. Past. I did sell one book, rewrite a second, and struggle through the writing of another. Even if the story isn’t as good as I dreamed, I did learn from it.
Jan 3, 1989 When counting blessings, I shouldn’t forget my spring of hope that sustains me when I’m discouraged. The next book. The next idea. The next editor. I have only to believe, to continue to try.
Jan 3, 1991I love it when I can think positive. I want to have a whole year of positive thinking. “You can do it” stuff.
Jan 17, 1994Guess I didn’t make time to write about my year because it’s been such a sorry one in regard to writing successes. A low point – a valley that I haven’t even begun climbing out of.
Jan 12, 1995 – A funny thing chasing after a story idea. So funny and today so futile I'm writing about it. It’s as if I’ve blanked out my mind and I’m stumbling around searching for a way out of the blankness, hoping I’ll bang into something that will suggest some possibilities. But right now it’s a white-out blizzard of nothing. Or it’s like I’m out in a huge field with nothing but flat ground. I’m lost but not really worried. I know some direction I take will lead me to trees, a house, something interesting – maybe even a hole I can fall into. But which direction? Today I might even think I’m blindfolded and someone has spun me around till I can only stagger a few steps, trying to keep my balance. What I need to do is start walking forward and not just keep circling the blank field finding nothing.
Jan 21, 1998I want to do something fresh, something inspiring, something to make me proud to say I’m a writer again. Maybe I’ll be a writer again. Now I’m just going through the motions and doing a poor job of that. I need a new story. I need a story. Period. Exclamation point. 
Jan 14, 2003I haven’t worked the way I’d like. I’m dragging my feet. Letting things interfere. Falling to sleep at the wheel (or keyboard). Afraid of failing. I’m still working on my story ... pushing toward the end. If I fail, I fail. But I have failed already if I don’t try.
Jan 3, 2005Of course, the year’s highlight workwise is selling my book. I’m so excited about that I shouldn’t have even one depressing thought.
Dec 27, 2005Time spins away from us in great circles. Blessed beyond imagination.
Jan 3, 2008So long ago I started writing in a journal. Yet it continues to feed my soul. Words on paper. Thoughts and ideas. Gripes and complaints. Praises and joys. Worries and troubles. So much to record. I started journal writing when I was 13. I’m not 13 anymore. But I’m still here. Still writing about joy and worries. But pray God, always more joy.

Wishing you always more joy in your work and in your life!


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 6, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of The Gifted by Ann H. Gabhart. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.



101 comments:

  1. I love Ann Gabhart. I read The Blessed and Words Spoken True. They were Awesome books! I'd LOVE a copy of The Gifted. Thank you for the article and the contest!

    Wanda

    flghtlss1(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Wanda. I'm glad you enjoyed my books. I appreciate readers like you who don't mind following me into different types of stories. That's why I dedicted Words Spoken True to my readers.

      Good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Wanda, you're welcome for the contest. Thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

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  2. Thanks for an interesting blogpost. I would love to have a copy of the book.
    majik47(at)hotmail.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Mary. I like talking about books and writing.

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    2. Mary,thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the blogpost. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. I love Ann H.Gabhart's books! My favorite is "The Scent of Lilacs". I'd love to win a copy of "The Gifted" My name is Peggy Rexroat but the name of my Facebook page is Carlisle Fourh because I uses it to promote the Carlisle County 4-H Program. I am the Carlisle County 4-H Youth Development Agent.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy. I enjoyed writing about Jocie and friends in The Scent of Lilacs. That book is being re-issued with a new cover in March and Jo was nice enough to invite me back here to talk about writing it on Feb. 28. Oh, and I was a 4-H member for years. I had a lot of fun doing the projects and going to camps.

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    2. Peggy, I'm glad you've enjoyed Ann's books. Be sure to return here on Feb 28 when I'll be talking with Ann again. Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

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  4. I have The Outsider by Ann Gabhart & would love to have this one also .. Thanks for the chance to win it !Faye Simer xstitchgranny2000@yahoo.com

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    1. Good luck in the drawing, Faye. Hope you enjoyed Gabrielle's story in The Outsider.

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    2. Faye you're welcome and you're entered. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

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  5. Getting to know you through facebook and love your subject matter. Hope to get to read your book this year!

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    1. Great to have Facebook friends like you, Loretta. Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment and I hope you get to read one of my book this year too!

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    2. Loretta, it's great that you're a fan of Ann. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  6. Loved this blog today. I too love Ann's books. Blessings to you both, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com

    P.S. I did just subscribe to your blog by email.

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    1. Always fun to see your comments, Susan. Glad you liked reading about my New Year's ups and downs.

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    2. Susan, thanks for subscribing to my blog by email. I appreciate your support.

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  7. I have read your books and cant wait to read The Gifted, hope im the winner, good luck to all. Shirley Blanchard
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by to leave a comment, Shirley. Hope if you win, you'll enjoy The Gifted.

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    2. Shirley, thanks for coming by to read my blog. So glad you have read all Ann's books so this drawing will be special if you win. Thanks for commenting.

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  8. I love this series and would be thrilled if I won this book, thank you for the opportunity.

    I am a GFC follower (wfnren) and I follow by email.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. I'm glad you're enjoying the Shaker stories.

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    2. Wendy, you're welcome--you're entered. I appreciate your being a follower. Thanks for your support and your comment.

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  9. I've read most of Ann's books, and I've loved them all!! Can't wait to read this one!

    I also follow by email!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Aww, thanks, Marissa. You're my kind of reading friend. :)

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    2. Marissa, glad you dropped by and left a comment. Thanks for being a follower.

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  10. I have read all of Ann's books. Angel Sister and Word Spoken True have been my most favorites. Please enter me for the drawing. Thanks Ann for all that you do for us! Alla

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    1. Hi, Alla. Always fun to hear from you. Those are two stories I enjoyed writing.

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    2. Alla, you're entered. Thanks for reading my blog and commenting.

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  11. I follow your blog with an e-mail subscription.


    I am so excited. I visited a Shaker village in Kentucky and it was one of the best days of my life. I got to listen to Shaker songs and wonder around the reconstructed village. I later bought a CD with the songs on it so I could listen to them at work. I would really like to learn more about the Shakers through this book.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. I enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I am also a gfc follower (griperang)

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading about my writing ups and downs, Angela. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Angela, thanks for stopping to read my blog and to comment. I appreciate your being a follower.

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  13. Thank you for the wonderful blog post.
    I would so love to win Ann H. Gabhart's book The Gifted.

    Cheryl Baranski

    CherylB1987@hotmail.com

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    1. Sometimes we have to hang onto hope and keep smiling, don't we, Cheryl? Glad you liked the post. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Cheryl, you're welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed the blog post. Thanks for commenting.

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  14. I loved this glimpse of an Ann determined to follow her dream through struggles and rejections. You have achieved so much and I know that a big part of it is because of your belief in and complete trust in God. I am always so excited to hear of another success for you! I look forward to your next release and I would live to win 'The Gifted'.

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    1. Hi, Connie. I appreciate your comment and I have had to work through some pretty discouraging years. But now I have my reading friends to encourage me. Thanks so much.

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    2. Connie, Glad you enjoyed the blog with Ann. Sometimes I think friend who write may be the few who understand what we do when we sit at the computer so much.

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  15. Hi, Happy New Year. I suspect many authors, famous and unknown, write the same resolutions and don't fulfill their highest expectations - myself included. I have been trying to remember that each day is new and make the most of each day. Takes some of the pressure off - LOL.

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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    1. I'm thinking most writers probably resolve to write more and better each year whether they state that or not, Heather. I know I always want to improve as a writer with each book I write but I sometimes miss that mark. A nice thought that each day is new and waiting for new words, a new try at the best words.

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    2. Heather, glad you stopped by. Thanks for your thoughts concerning New Year's resolutions. Some good thoughts there.

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  16. I would love to win this!

    Thanks Jo and Ann for the opportunity!!!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    I'm a follower (Torrance Tiger)

    John 14:1-3

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    1. Lovely name, Amada. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Amada, glad you came by and left a comment. Thanks for being a follower and supporting my blog.

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    3. Thank you both for the opportunity! :)

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  17. Thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story...I'm a follower, too.

    Ann...GO BLUE!!!

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hey, Karen. The blue is not quite as bright this year as last, but I'm still cheering. Love KY basketball. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Karen, good to see you in the comments here. Thanks for coming by. I appreciate your being a follower.

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  18. That's quite a journal Ann. I'm glad you never gave up. Thanks Jo for having Ann here to start the new year. GOD bless you both. I would love to win one of Ann's books!
    Maxie ( mac262@me..com )

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    1. Thanks, Maxie. I've got stacks of journals that have helped me keep going with my writing over the years. A journal is always a sympathetic ear and with a few strokes of the pen you can make it into a cheerleader, too. LOL.

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    2. Hi Maxie, thank you. This was a good article to begin 2013 with.

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  19. Jo, I forgot to say that I am a follower of yours and a subscriber by email. Thanks.
    ( mac262@me.com ) Maxie

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  20. Hi Ann,
    The book sounds amazing, is it ok for me to enter if I live in the uk?
    Take care
    Karen

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    1. Jo has the last say on the rules of the giveaway, Karen, but I do appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  21. I would LOVE to win any books!!!! I am a follower and i am subscribed by email....Gods Peace

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    1. Karen, thanks for being a follower and subscriber. I'm glad you came by and left your comment.

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    2. Winning is always fun, Karen. I love doing giveaways and do several every year from my website as well as on blogs whenever I get the chance. And books do make the best prizes.

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  22. Jo, thanks for the great blog entry! Ann, thank you so much for sharing your journal with us. Isn't it interesting to look back at the years gone by through journaling? I wish I had been more consistent with keeping one up. Thanks for the opportunity to win The Gifted. What a beautiful cover!
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Kay, you're welcome for having Ann on my blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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    2. It's never too late to do some journaling, Kay. I don't write in mine as much as I used to now that I have my blog, One Writer's Journal, where I use up my journaling energy. But I need to get my pen out and talk to myself a little more in my private journal. Glad you like the cover. I thought they picked a great model for my character, Jessamine.

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  23. I love Ann's books and would be so happy if I won her book The Gifted. I am a follower and subscribed by email. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Katie Johnson
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Katie, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving a comment. I appreciate you being a follower and an email subscriber.

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    2. Katie, I'm so glad you've enjoyed my stories. Reading that always makes me smile. Good luck in the drawing.

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  24. I'm sick in bed with the flu 2 days and look at all the comments from you great people. Thanks for reading and commenting. Now I'll start at the top and read and comment.

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    1. I'm glad you're feeling better, Jo. And really glad we can't catch the flu over the internet. :)

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  25. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    Rose
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Good luck, Rose. Glad you think my book would be a good story to read. I enjoyed writing about my character, Jessamine.

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  26. Your perseverance is inspiring! I'd love to win a copy of your book. You write beautifully, Ann.

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    1. Megan, thanks for stopping by. We writers who stay in this business must have perseverance and a boatload of patience. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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    2. Megan, that is such a very nice thing for you say about my writing. I appreciate that so much. And I always tell young people who ask me about writing that perseverance can be almost as important to a writer as talent. I keep a quote from Calvin Coolidge on my desk calendar. "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent." (Especially is mixed with prayer.)

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  27. Today I was looking for new authors to read and here you are... I would so like to win and read your book, could be the start of a good relationship ! Thank you for the chance to perhaps win and read your book.
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. Linda, so glad you happened to come by and learn about Ann and her books. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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    2. Linda, the more reading friends I have the happier I am. So hope you get a chance to read one of my books very soon.

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  28. I would love to win this book..Thank You for the chance..I am a follower here
    bearangel0@yahoo.com

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    1. Kathy, you're welcome for the chance to win. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower.

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    2. Good luck, Kathy. Jo certainly has a lot of wonderful followers on here.

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  29. I am new to Ann's books and would love to win this one. I enjoyed reading about your journals .....do you keep all of them since you started? Do you transcribe them (old ones) to your computer now? I have some from way back and don't know if I should hang on to them.
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    seventysevensusieq[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Susieq, you're welcome for the giveaway. Glad you came by and learned about Ann and her books.

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    2. Definitely hang onto those journals, Susie. I love reading journals. It's one of my favorite ways to research a past era. Of course I don't expect anybody to ever read mine, but maybe I will someday and smile at my youth or at the events I recorded. I do have them all and no, I've never transcribed them to my computer. That would be a monumental job for me now. However, as I said in one of my other comments, I don't write in the private one as much now that I journal twice a week in my on-line journal, One Writer's Journal. www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com. But I don't journal about the same sort of things there that I would if I was writing in my private journal.

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  30. I love Ann's books and I hope that I can win this one! I love Amish books and would love to have this one in my collection! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Megan. I'm glad you enjoyed some of my stories, but of course, as I'm sure you know, The Gifted, is about the Shakers, not the Amish. Good luck on adding my book to your collection.

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  31. I also enjoy Ann's books and would really love to read this. Amish books are a favorite of mine.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my books, rubynreba. As I mentioned in my comment to Megan, the book is about Shakers and not the Amish, but my books are often included with the Amish books even though the Shakers were quite a bit different from the Amish. Good luck in the drawing.

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  32. I am a follower, Jo. I have never had the opportunity to read an Ann book.
    godblessamerica,jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good luck, Jan. And whether you win or not, I hope you will have an opportunity to give one of my books a try soon.

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    2. Jan, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I appreciate your being a follower.

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  33. I haven't read any of Ann's books yet, but I have a few on my TBR pile. I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I hope my book rises to the top of your TBR pile soon, Veronica. I know about those TBR piles. They can get pretty high with all the enticing books out there. So many books; so little time.

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  34. I love Ann's books.I am a follower and also by email.Thanks so much..jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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    1. Jackie, thanks for letting me know you enjoy my stories. That makes me smile. Good luck in the drawing.

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  35. I am really interested in winning this book. I have reviewed several of Ann's books. Please enter me.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hey, glad you came by and left a comment

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    2. Hi, Jane. Always fun to see your comments on one of my blog visits. Good luck in the drawing.

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