Tuesday, May 24, 2016

British Blooms and Books Contest!






Hello, gentle reader, and welcome to the first annual
British Blooms and Books giveaway!
This week, we’d like to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s
Chelsea Flower Show with you.
After enjoying this post, please visit each of the other five authors’ blogs
(links provided below) and, after a bit of reading fun,
follow one simple instruction and then leave a comment in order on each,
to be entered to win a fabulous, British Blooms and Books prize.
(US winners only, please, due to shipping the petit fours. Sorry, non-US friends.) Enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

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Heather


I have always been intrigued by English gardens, and much preferred flower gardens over those ever-practical vegetable gardens (what can I say--I guess I'm not very practical! LOL). When I began my Ladies of the Manor Series, one of the things I loved was viewing the English countryside--and blooms--through the eyes of my heroines.


In the first book of the series, The Lost Heiress, Brook hails from Monaco. A densely-populated city on the Mediterranean coast, Monte Carlo was vastly different from the Yorkshire countryside where Brook ends up. I had so much fun looking up images and videos of the region and then seeing them through Brook's eyes.


One of the first images she sees as the train crests a hill is wild heather. Even in my Appalachian home, I love coming around a turn and seeing swaths of green and purple. Brook, accustomed to the arid climate of Monaco, finds this sight breathtaking. Even more than the cultivated gardens of her new home in Yorkshire, she loves the wildflowers she sees when she's out riding toward the North Sea.



In the second book of the series, Rowena is from the highlands of Scotland, where that beautiful purple heather is one of the native species that thrives. In the opening of the book, autumn is upon them, and she's looking out over a brown landscape, feeling as cold and lifeless as the drying grasses. But throughout the pages of the book, as she escapes the shadows of her past and ends up in Sussex, in the south of England, her world begins to look brighter. And she begins to treasure those small beauties that God places in her paths.


Wildflowers in bloom. Heather rolling across the hills. Blue skies after a dark night.


Join Rowena in the gardens of both Whitby Park (from The Lost Heiress) and Midwynd (her new home in Sussex) in The Reluctant Duchess.  

To enter the Giveaway:
  • Please sign up for my newsletter (there is also a quick sign-up form in the right sidebar, on top!)  
  • Comment below to be entered to win the grand prize.
  • Visit the other authors' links below, comment, and complete their bold-faced condition.
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One grand prize winner who comments on each of the six authors’ blogs and agrees to the one boldfaced condition posted at the end of each post will win a signed copy of each of the books plus delivery of six English hat petit fours to enjoy while you read!

Tea Hat Petit Fours
(Photo from Divine Delights)

Name will be drawn via random.org
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Finished? Well done! Please visit these other fabulous authors of England-set historicals to see what flowers mean to them and their heroines.

140 comments:

  1. Love your books!! Thanks for doing this giveaway!!!

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  2. Thank you for your beautiful post and great giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  3. I love your books and am excited to have this chance! Signed up for your newsletter.

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  4. I have already subscribed to your newsletter. I love all of your pictures and your blog! Your book covers are amazing and very enticing to read your books! The little history bits are fun! You make me feel like I've been there.

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  5. I've loved all your books, can't wait for the next one.

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  6. Signed up for your newsletter. What a fun giveaway. Thank you for sharing/hosting it. Here's hoping to be a winner...

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  7. Is the bold faced condition the "sign up for the newsletter"? I don't see another one anywhere? If so, I'm already on your list! This is exciting. Petit fours!

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  8. I signed up. I've been wanting to read your books. :)

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  9. Signed up for your newsletter! Thanks for sharing/hosting the giveaway!

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  10. Already subscribed! Thank you!

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  11. Hi, Roseanna. I already receive your newsletter. Have a blessed day. Thank you.

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  12. Pictures of heather make me think of Brigadoon - "The mist of May is in the gloaming, and all the clouds are holding still, so take my hand and let's go roaming through the heather on the hill."

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  13. Tried this once do not know if you got my comment but thanks for this wonderful oppurtunity

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  14. So excited for this giveaway!

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  15. I to read historical fiction!

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  16. I am already subscribed and I LOVE every single one of your books!!! The Lost Heiress is one of my favorite books and the Reluctant Duchess was just as good!

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  17. I love heather. It's so pretty.

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  18. I loved "The Lost Heiress"! It was a wonderful read! I cannot wait to read another of yours.

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  19. I already get your newsletter. I loved the information about the heather and how pretty the pictures are. Makes me want to visit there! Love your books!

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  20. Recently had visitors from England and they were telling me all about their garden they were planting and they were going to go broke from planting all some flowers but it was something they just had to do! Lol

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  21. I really enjoyed The Lost Heiress and am really looking forward to your newest book! Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!

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  22. I really enjoyed The Lost Heiress and am really looking forward to your newest book! Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!

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  23. Absolutely love your books! Loved your latest read as well. Beautiful pics of Heather! I'm already signed up for your newsletter.

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  24. I am already subscribed! :) Loved Rowena's story! I can't wait for Ella's!

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  25. I'm already signed up for your newsletter. I love the pictures you have posted. Though I am allergic to flowers, I still love the smell and look of my favorite flower, the Lilac. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

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  26. Lovely giveaway! I signed up for your newsletter. Those heather pictures are gorgeous. :D

    Best,
    Deborah O'Carroll

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  27. I love the pictures of Heather, so beautiful. My favorite flowers are lilacs, such a lovely aroma on a warm spring day! Thank you!

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  28. The heather is so lovely. I'd love to see it in person.

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  29. I love heather in Scotland! I'm a subscriber.

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  30. Christina SchmidtMay 24, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Hi Roseanna,
    I signed up for your newsletter! I can't wait to read your books. I have to add them to my ever growing TBR pile. :)

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  31. Oh, I absolutely love these pics of Heather. You can almost reach out and touch them.

    I'm a subscriber to your newsletter. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

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  32. I don't think I've had the opportunity to see a field of heather in 'real life' - adding that to my bucket list! Thank you for being part of this "virtual reality" tour of the English countryside.

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  33. I love Scottish historical fiction!

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  34. These books are all so special!

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  35. Scotland and Ireland are on my bucket list to visit. In the meantime, I enjoy reading books set in those countries.

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  36. Already a subscriber! Your book sounds wonderful! Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the incredible giveaway!

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  37. This book sounds fantastic (plus the cover is so pretty!). The Scottish heather looks so picturesque ... would love to see one of those fields someday. Thanks for this incredible giveaway. :)

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  38. Gorgeous pictures of the English Gardens!The book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. I've got heather planted around my mailbox as a tribute to my love of Scotland.

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  41. I'm already on the newsletter list. I love, love, love wildflowers!

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  42. Such a fun giveaway! Those hat petitfours are so adorable and I bet they taste divine. ;-) Already a subscriber to your wonderful newsletter. Thanks, Roseanna. <3

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  43. I'm already a subscriber for your newsletter. I love all kinds of flowers but roses and tulips are my favorites. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  44. You're a new to me author and I look forward to reading your books! Thank you for the fun giveaway.

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  45. Just signed up. Loved the picture of the purple heather. Bet it was amazing seeing it in person. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.I have signed up for all of you now. Yah!

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  46. Love this giveaway! I'm looking forward to reading your book. The cover is so pretty!

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  47. Loving this giveaway! And am just in the beginning of the first book I've read of yours! Lost Heiress :) Signed up for the newsletter.

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  48. Kirsten RinehartMay 24, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Your books look so interesting would love to read some. Thank you for the giveaway

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  49. Scottish Heather is so beautiful! I was blessed to see it on a school trip to England and Scotland. Would love to go back.

    Thank you all for the chance to win!
    Beth

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    1. Oh, yes, I'm already subscribed :)

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  50. Signed up. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  51. I've already signed up! I hope I win!

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  52. I'm enjoying reading these blog posts and the books look great.

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  53. I've always loved flowers and gardening, so when they are mentioned in books it makes me smile :)
    Already signed up for your newsletter!

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  54. I'm already signed up for your newsletter. I loved seeing the images of heather that you posted here. Such a beautiful shade of purple.

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  55. I subscribed...What pretty book covers! :)

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  56. Signed up. Excited about finding more books to read

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  57. I signed up for your newsletter! Thank you for sharing the wonderful information about heather. It's such a pretty flower!

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  58. I love the information about the heather. Never knew all of that. Signed up for your newsletter.

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  59. This is a comment from Winnie Thomas, from whom Blogger wouldn't post a comment:

    I'm signed up. Thanks for the fun giveaway! All of these books look wonderful! I loved the Reluctant Duchess, and most of the others are on my TBR list. It would be fun to win them. =)

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  60. My daughter's name is Heather and she wants to go to Scotland to see her fellow Heather as she puts it.

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  61. I'm signed up for your newsletter. The photos of heather are lovely. I haven't yet read your books but they look like ones I'd enjoy.

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  62. Already a newsletter subscriber! I'm about a third of the way through the first book in your new series right now...
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  63. I'm already a subscriber...thanks for the giveaway! I love wildflowers also, and the pictures are gorgeous!

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  64. I have signed up! :-D Love this! Thank you!

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  65. Greetings from a fellow WV native! Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer. Thank you for the chance to win these awesome books.

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    1. I just subscribed. Thanks for the giveaway. Couldn't find a way to reply without replying to someone else.

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  66. This box just appeared. I subscribed to your newsletter, and am excited about the giveaway. Love the beautiful pictures in your post.

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  67. That sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. I have already subscribed to your newsletter. I have not yet read any of your books, but they are definitely along the same lines as some of my favorites.

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  69. Great post. I enjoy seeing the flowers blooming in the Spring and Summer. I especially like roses, peonies, tulips and lilacs. They smell so fragrant in the Spring. Subscribed to your newsletter. Looking forward to reading your book. I really enjoy British fiction. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  70. Already subscribed and so looking forward to your books.

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  71. Subscribed! This is a great giveaway!

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  72. I have loved your Ladies of the Manor series and can not wait until the third one comes out! I'm loving the British Blooms and Books tour and reading all the favorite flowers of each author. The heather looks so majestic and pretty on the hillside :-)

    I'm also a subscriber to your newsletter!

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  73. I'm already a subscriber. I loved The Lost Heiress and The Reluctant Duchess, thank you for writing such wonderful books!

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  74. I subscribed! What a fun giveaway!

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  75. I'm already subscribed. I love reading your books! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  76. I'm already subscribed. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Rachel K.
    time4us2havetea (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  77. Subscribed! :) Lots of lovely books in this.

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  78. I am already subscribed. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  79. Love your books Roseanna. Thank you for the chance to win this amazing prize package. And thank you for sharing with us all your heroes and heroines.

    (Copied from Rebecca Tellez's comment on the Newsletter Sign-up page)

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  80. I subscribed and thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. I am already a subscriber. Very excited about reading your books! Thank you for the fun giveaway!

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  82. I am already subscribed and really hope to win one of your books!! 😊

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  83. I am already subscribed! I have enjoyed getting to learn more about all of the different authors! What a great giveaway! :)

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  84. That wild heather is beautiful, but we love lavender in our house! My husband burned lavender candles as an aromatherapy to help him sleep during the day (3rd shift worker). I've grown to love the scent as well! I really love any purple flower, though. It's my favorite color!

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  85. newly subscribed to your newsletter, looks forward to reading your book(s)

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  86. Just subscribed! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway. Also, the picture of Scottish heather is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing it. :-)

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  87. Just subscribed!

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  88. Hello Roseanna! I am so excited that you are participating in this lovely tour. Thank you for the giveaway. I already subscribe to your newsletter. :)

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  89. I am already a subscriber. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. Just signed up for your newsletter! :) I really enjoyed the story & the musicality of your writing in 'The Lost Heiress', & I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series!

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  91. Signed up for your newsletter! Looking forward to reading your books.

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  92. Just signed up! I'm excited to read your books! I love finding new authors!

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  93. I adore your Ladies of the Manor...they just might be one of my favorite series ever! Awesome giveaway! I'm already a subscriber. Thank you!!

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  94. Already a subscriber! This giveaway looks divine, and a great way to spend some of the summer passing time reading some of these for the first time, and re-reading others. Love the visuals you provided of the wild heathers.

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  95. Signed up and will be onto the next blog !
    I must say that I love the cover of your book and your website
    feminine charm is wonderful !!!
    Linda Finn

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  96. Heather is a beautiful plant. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  97. I have never read one of your books. The Reluctant Duchess sounds like a good book to add to my personal library. I am already signed up for your newsletter.

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  98. I never did like reading till growing up…but finally in my 20s I took a chance on Beverly Lewis, and fell in love with reading….I even got to meet her, and then it was a challenge finding another author to also fall in love with, and that’s when I discovered Julie klassen…and now I’m addicted to her!! I sure am glad I’ve discovered the love if reading!!! and am now anxious to find new authors to fall in love with

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  99. Just subscribed. Love the covers for your books; I'll have to read them, too, so I can love the insides as well!

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  100. I'm already subscribed!! :) I would love to win and be able to enjoy all of these amazing books.

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  101. All of the books look awesome!

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  102. I subscribe. I'd love to read these -- I love historical novels so much.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  103. Love flowers and love books!

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  104. Your regency books have made my list of favorite novels! Thanks for being a part of the giveaway!

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  105. I subscribe. I love your photos.

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  106. Already a follower, heather is a stunning flower. I love seeing land dotted in purple. Are you continue using the use of the plant in your next book?

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  107. I subscribed to your newsletter. :)

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  108. Subscribed! I've loved your books - and just found out one of my other friends, a reader, loves your books too :)

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  109. I have signed up! I love your books and been wanting to read this one!!

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  110. I just subscribed! Your books look so interesting, more to add to my summer reading list.

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  111. Love the pictures! Excited to read this book! Subscribed!

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  112. I have signed up. Just recently read The Lost Heiress and the Reluctant Duchess. Loved them so much, I recommended them to my mom, who now has already read the Lost Heiress. Have the first book in the Culper Ring series on request at the library to go pick up. Thank you for sharing your writing gift!

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  113. I just subscribed! I have loved your books so far and cannot wait to read more! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  114. I'm already a subscriber and LOVE your books. Thank you for this giveaway. I too love coming around a corner and seeing wildflowers. I don't see too many where I live now, but I do tend to find them hiding in little places.

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  115. I can't wait to read your books. My girls are big fans of yours. I am sure I will be as well. Thank you for all that you do. You amaze me when other Authors say that you made their covers for their books I smile.Keep up the great work.

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  116. I'm already subscribed to your list! :D Thanks for the contest. I LOVE your books. :D I've now commented on all the posts. I didn't know if I would make it before the contest ended, but I did! Whoot! :D

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  117. Great post! I'm signed up for your newsletter!

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  118. I adore your books, and I am so excited for this giveaway! Alannie Marshall

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  119. I subscribed! Thank you!!

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  120. I subscribed! Thank you!!

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  121. Out of all of the authors so far, your Hesistant Heiress is the only one that I've read thus far and thought it was rather outstanding. My sister agreed! Now we are hungry to read more from you.

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  122. Than you for giveaway. Signed up for newsletter

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  123. All subscribed! Can't wait to visit the other sites as well!

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  124. already signed-up

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  125. I've subscribed. 😃 Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  126. I Subcscribedd, and can't wait to read of your stories.

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  127. Subscribed! Would love the opportunity to win your book! It's been on my must-read radar for some time! Truly I have too many books on that list and not enough time to buy and read them all. ;)

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  128. This is such a great giveaway. I subscribed to your newsletter. I'm excited to have some new book ideas. I want to read them all.

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