Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate your Independence!

Summer is here! During June and July, we're having a Cozy Days of Summer Giveaway! There will be a winner every day. You could win a book or some swag! Leave a comment before midnight to be entered in that day's drawing. See details below! Because at midnight, the next drawing starts. 


By Jenna Hart

From Stirring the Plot, the 3rd in the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames

"Celebrate your independence!"

I hear this all the time. You're free. You're an adult. You can do anything you want, people say. But can I really? I mean, sure, on a whim, I left my job as an advertising executive to run the Cookbook Nook and café in Crystal Cove. My aunt needed my help. How could I say no? I'm not a seasoned cook, but that's beside the point. I needed a jumpstart. I wasn't yet thirty when my husband died under mysterious circumstances. I was floundering in San Francisco. So I moved "home." I hadn't lived in Crystal Cove since before college, and yet moving back felt so right.

My dad relies on me -- he's a widower, too. He and I have a touchy relationship, but we're repairing it. That takes work. It's not like I can up and leave any time I want if he needs me, right?

And my friends rely on me, too. I've hired my best friend, Bailey, to help me in the shop. She's such a find! Her mind is like a steel trap. And then there's Katie, my other best friend, who is the chef at the Nook Café. Brilliant hire, if I do say so myself. I can't just leave them high and dry if I decided to run the rapids, or climb Mt. Everest, or go on a trip around the world, right?

And then there's Rhett. He's yummy. If I go on adventures, don't I want to do them with someone I, um, like a lot?

So how independent am I? Are you? Do you value your independence?


COZY DAYS OF SUMMER GIVEAWAY:

Win a copy of your choice of Cookbook Nook Mysteries or Cheese Shop Mysteries. One lucky person who leaves a comment here before midnight will win a signed copy. Good luck and be sure to leave an email address in your comment so I can contact you!

118 comments:

  1. No matter what name she uses, the books are all great.
    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  2. I value my independence to do and think what is right for me. Love both these series! Thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. Happy Independence Day. I too love being independent. Finding all sorts of wonderful books to read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I'm not as independent as I'd like to be. Responsibilities weigh heavily on me too. But you do deserve a vacation and if the opportunity presents itself to go away for a couple weeks, your Dad, the store and your friends will survive.

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    1. Ah, thanks, Dianne. That makes me feel good. Wishing you more independence, too.

      Jenna

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  5. I wish I were more independent ! Kids , grand kids and parents all depend on me , I could use a vacation for sure ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  6. Happy Independence Day! I am, always have been, and always will be, for as long as I can, independent!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  7. Love my independance! Love both series! Happy Fourth of July!
    Dspinlexo@aol.com

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  8. Being independent doesn't mean that you don't need others. Love your author.

    bevarcher AT me DOT com

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    1. Ah, Booklady, that's so true. Good insight. :)

      Jenna

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  9. I agree, with parents on one side and kids on the other doesn't leave much time for adventure. Maybe I'll break out in my seventies and finally do something crazy!

    susierobertsmom(at)hotmail.(dot)com

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    1. Susie, LOL! Break out now. You can, even if for a few hours. You deserve a treat.

      Happy 4th!

      Daryl / Avery

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  10. My husband died almost five years ago and, for the first time in my life, I live alone. I miss my husband, but I love the independence of living by myself. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Debra, I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you are moving on.

      Jenna

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  11. i like adventure but it is more fun with my family. i do not think i would enjoy so much "independence"

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    1. Marcy, perfectly understandable. :)

      Happy 4th!

      Daryl / Avery

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  12. I value independence, and those who insure we keep it, everyday!

    patucker54 at aol dot com

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    1. Pat, and this is the date to celebrate that, isn't it?! :)
      Happy 4th!

      Daryl / Avery

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  13. mardox@consolidated.net sorry forgot to add the email

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  14. I am probably too independent. Happy Fourth of July! Thank you to those who keep us safe.

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    1. Canemom...I bet you're not "too" :) And yes, thanks to those who keep us safe. May they all be taken care of, as well.

      Happy 4th!

      Daryl / Avery

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  15. I'm looking forward to reading this.

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  16. I am extraordinarily independent. I always have been. I value my alone time, and most of my time is alone time. It works for me!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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    1. Kat, that shows good signs of confidence.

      Best,
      Jenna

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  17. I'm pretty independent......I don't have a problem going on vacation on my own, going to the movies, etc........
    I enjoy being by myself........

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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    1. Cyn, I love going to movies by myself!!! I feel like I'm at a private screening.

      Jenna

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  18. I like my independence, but there are times you need someone else too. Happy Fourth!
    Kim j
    Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  19. No, I don't think I have ever been too independent. I married young and then had kids that depended on me. And my husband still depends on me somewhat. But that's the way marriage works. So that's okay. We've been married for more than 40 years and I hope to be dependent on him a few more years. (I am independently sitting here trying to win a good book. And I do independently read a lot.)

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. Elaine, 40! Wow. That's fabulous. I like your closing independence lines. Tee-hee!

      Happy 4th!

      Daryl / Avery

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  20. I am independent but have many responsibilities, grown children and grandchildren whose lives I try to make easier, but at times it would be nice to be alone and relax. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Petite, how lovely to have such fun responsibilities, though. I hope they treasure you.

      Happy 4th!

      Daryl / Avery

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  21. Being independent is important and something that should be valued, but spending time with family is meaningful. Moderation and a good life. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, that will be my key word for the day: moderation. Thanks!

      Jenna

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  22. Happy 4th! I hope it's wonderful for you all ;)

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    1. rockergoddess2002@yahoo.com

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  23. I value independence but find the responsibilities that go with it to be great.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  24. I am one of the most independent people I know. It was not always so, but at 66 yrs of age I am financially secure and do as I please. I am conservative, religious, and proud to be a Georgia southerner.

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  25. I'm pretty independent, getting frustrated when I need to ask for help.

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  26. When my car breaks down, I really start to value my independence. I REALLY hate depending on others for a ride. :D
    carol (at) carolbee (dot) com

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  27. I love independence and time alone, and public transportation. I live in New Jersey and don't drive so am grateful for the train so close by. Give me good public transportation and I can get anywhere! I also recommend the app Hopstop - I used it to go on a 45 minute bus ride in Milwaukee and it was wonderful. rachelkb at gmail.com

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  28. Happy our nation is independent and our reading materials aren't restricted. Couldn't live without my mysteries!

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  29. Happy 4th of July Daryl! I consider myself to be very self sufficient and independent when I need to be. I think both of these things are very important qualities for all women to have.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  30. My uncles's served om WWII, and my father and step father both served. My three older brothers all served in Nam (Army, Navy, Marines), so yes We as a family value our Independence.

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I bet you do! Thank you to all of them.

      Daryl / Avery

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  31. Love that I live in the US and love the mysteries
    Happy 4th to all

    Karen

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  32. Happy 4th, love your stories!

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  33. I'd love to win the. Ew book. I've got everything else. syefoster109@netzero.net

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  34. Happy 4th of July! I love your books and the pics you post of Sparky :)

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  35. Ready to Read! Love the giveaways!

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  36. Never have too many books!!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  37. Happy July 4th! Always time to read a good book!

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  38. I guess I'm fairly independent, I have a husband and kids that I have to do some bending once in awhile. Happy 4th!

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  39. What a fun giveaway.

    Erin
    eparker@arkwest.com

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  40. Being a wife and grandmother, holding down two jobs plus freelance work - I'm not quite free. On the other hand, I'm free to read what I like, and that's always a win. And I like these books! teenlibn@hotmail.com

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    1. Bookiekat, yes, sometimes obligations make us feel that we're not "free," but you certainly sound independent!

      Daryl / Avery

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  41. Have a safe and sparktacular day!
    Judy

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  42. I have three daughters and I hope I have taught them all to be independent thinkers, maybe that's why they all love to read! Happy 4tn of July! Yarnsnthreads@aol.com

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  43. I am very independent. My dad was in the Marine Corps most of my childhood and mom had to take care of the house and everything. When we had to move dad would leave first and we would follow, so I learned from my mom that you can take care of things on your own . vlhcats@gmail.com

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  44. Yes, I am independent. Happy July 4th!

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. My personality leans toward independent, but as I'm married, I suppose I'm somewhat dependent at this point. However, I still make my own choices and that's what matters.

    tcuevas@iccable.com

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  46. I think you can be "independent" with company--especially if your going on an adventure.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  47. Yes, I am independent -- I can and am allowed to make my own decisions. And I am free to do what I want. However, both those things, being free and independent, carries with them some responsibilities and conditions. To be truly either, one must think of others, listen to others, and take good advice from others, drawing on others' wisdom. Then the choices and decisions one makes will not hurt others or oneself. That means, if one has a family to take care of, one will do so without resentment. If one has responsibilities to job, friends, family, organizations, then those are fulfilled.
    donna {dot} durnell {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  48. I so value independence and I was lucky enough to have parents who taught me how to make my own choices and accept the consequences of those choices, plus how to both cook and sew and make home repairs and change a tire, so the result is that I am sometimes independent enough to drive my husband a little crazy. :)

    Love both of your series and hope you have a fabulous 4th!

    michstjame at gmail dot com

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  49. I like my alone time. So I guess that's independent. :)

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  50. I lived alone for enough of my life and I do value independence. Since moving in to help out my parents 13 years ago when they both turned 80, I don't have as much as I would like to have, but I knew that would happen at some point. I still had a great deal of freedom until about 4 years ago when my dad had some strokes and I had to start doing just about everything around the house (my mother has very bad arthritis in her knees and hands and can't stand up long or walk far, even with her walker). My dad died three years ago (at the age of 90), and my mother and he had rarely been apart for more than 2 or 3 days at the most in 63 years of marriage. So, although I do still work a part-time job that can involve up to 12 hours a day two or three days a week, I am pretty tied down to helping her out and trying to keep her as active as possible when I'm not at my job. But I do love to read, so I am happy with every chance I get to do that, independently!

    lovesdogsandbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  51. I have learned how to be independent after becoming single again, I have taught my own daughters the value of independence and see the happiness in their lives , and I promoted independent thinking to all the children I taught in my 30 years of teaching. So here's to our wonderful country and all the independence we have worked for. May it continue forever. (Of course, the fireworks would begin now, but I don't know how to show that yet on a blog!)

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    1. Here's to teachers who teach independence! :)

      Daryl / Avery

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  52. Hi, everyone. I'm not going to respond to everyone today (I'll respond to a few) because it's the 4th and I have family, but I will pick someone at midnight. So look for the winner tomorrow on the site!

    Happy 4th to all.

    Hugs, Daryl aka Avery

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  53. I have my family to take care of but I do value my independence. Happy July 4th!!!
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  54. Always think especially of my mom today. This was her birthday and she was one feisty independent firecracker of a woman.

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  55. I'm probably either too independent or just too hard-headed, although at times it can be funny. Thanks for the giveaway. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  56. I love your books. I am fairly independent but love taking care of my family
    Pat
    pbchatt at sbcglobal dot net

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  57. I'm very independent. My mother made sure of it!

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  58. Happy 4th. I'm very independent but my ideal life would be to have the whole family live near each other (we are soooo spread out). We could have a big compound or mansion like in Dallas and each have a wing or a house and all be there for each other. Karen
    kphans08@gmail.com

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    1. My family is spread out, too. I know how you feel. Thank heavens for Face Time and Skype.

      Daryl / Avery

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  59. I'm very stubbornly independent and I do value that personality trait in myself & others!
    Happy 4th!!

    Tennisace50@yahoo.com

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  60. The older you get the more you value your independence. Everyone enjoy the 4th of July.
    rmkrejsa@aol.com

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  61. Independance has it's drawbacks. I kind of like having my husband to depend on. Happy 4th to all.

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  62. I'm very independent. But I'm not afraid to admit when I can't do something and need help. Happy 4th of July!
    lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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  63. yes

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  64. I am independant but am not afraid to ask for help when needed.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  65. Happy 4th of July everybody -- independence is something we all should treasure and be thankful for all of those who fought so we could have experience it. jody.714@hotmail.com

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  66. I'm very independent and hate asking for help. Thanks for the chance to win your book, love all your series!
    Terpsnmbr1@yahoo.com

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  67. Yes I do value independence . I have learn not to take anything for granted .

    xzjh04@gmail.com

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  68. I am quite independent. Happy 4th of July Everyone! Raquel36m (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. Happy Independence Day! I value my independence.
    Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  70. I would like to think I'm independent. I like doing things myself rather than asking for help.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  71. Sounds like a fun series!!! I think I'm going to have to check this one out whether I win out not!!! And I believe I am fairly independent to a point. But I am not going to just go run off without at least bringing my fiance into the loop.

    mishmash@gmail.com

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  72. Just received Final Sentence in a book swap. Will be reading it soon. Sounds like a goodie! Thanks for a chance to win. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY ALL!
    sxygrndma48@yahoo.com

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    1. ooops! To answer your question...I'm as independent as I'd like to be. I enjoy the security of having my man in my life to come to my rescue once-in-a-while...it makes life easier and is oh so good for his ego!

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  73. I've been accused of being too independent but that's who I am. Love to read and the Cook book series are good.

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm too independent, too, but c'est la vie!

      Daryl / Avery

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  74. I used to be independent, but as a stay at home mom with 2 kids, I'm not really anymore. I depend on my boyfriend to make money for our family.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  75. I love my independence and living alone. I believe that growth comes from being independent and with it a lot of joy in exploring life on your own that you miss when your in a relationship. I think living alone is the best and I would never change. I adore both these series.

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  76. I'm very independent for work matters..... However, at home, I can be very dependent.
    afarage@earthlink. net

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  77. For many years I was totally independent. I was Mom and Dad. I had to be strong and be there one hundred per cent. I have been there for a lot of people for a long time. I am taking a break right now. I am glad I live in a country where I can make decisions and choices. I am glad you can write the way you choose. Independence or not, I think it's an ever changing process.
    Iamshortanote@yahoo.com Thank you.

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  78. I am somewhat independent, but I depend on my husband to drive when we're going somewhere populous. I don't really like to drive in big cities. I'm kind of a wimp!

    mgb1955 at gmail dot com.

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  79. Very independent but as I get older I find I have to call on others
    rjprazak6@gmail.com
    Becky Prazak

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  80. Love the fourth. Happy fourth. Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  81. not so independent as i'd like....

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  82. This group of writers turn out some enjoyable books. Thanks from H. Harra, hharra@munpl.org

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  83. Happy 4th! I had to work and instead of fireworks, since its just me. I'm reading a great cozy. I rather read than anything else anyway. LOL! vabedel@aol.com

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