Friday, May 20, 2016

Mars Finally Breaks His Silence






Mars Winston blogs for

The Domestic Diva Mysteries

by Krista Davis






I confess that I've been afraid to blog for Krista. I know a lot of you aren't crazy about me because Sophie and I divorced. Don't start yelling at me, please. It just happened. We were both so busy, and we went our separate ways. We're still good friends. Maybe better friends than when we were married, actually. I chalk that up to being a little older and wiser.

Did you know that Natasha and I aren't married? I've heard Sophie say that Natasha and I set up housekeeping together. That's a funny way to put it. I don't know what it's really called. Significant others? Coupled? My mother calls it shacking up and uses a tone of unmistakable disapproval. She never pushed me to marry Natasha, though. I suppose Mom never forgot about Natasha trying to put her in a nursing home. Those two never did get along.

It's another super busy year for me because of the elections. As a political consultant, I'm out of town more than I'm home these days.

The curious thing about being away from home is that it puts things in perspective. I don't know why that happens. You'd think it would be the opposite. Maybe the air just clears. I don't dwell on my personal life very often. Bernie thinks that's because I'm a guy. Who knows?

Natasha broke my leg a few months ago. She felt pretty rotten about that and built me the most unbelievable man cave I've ever seen. As it turned out, it was probably a good thing my leg broke (never thought I'd say that!), because I bunked over at Sophie's house and was able to help her in The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss.

Yeah, sometimes the dust settles when you're away from home. I feel like I can see everything more clearly now. It's time for me to finally do the right thing.

How about you? Have you ever gone away and realized what you needed to do?

To coax me into blogging today,  Krista said I could give away a copy of THE DIVA SERVES HIGH TEA. Leave a comment with your email address, please, so Krista can contact you if you win. Good Luck!

109 comments:

  1. Sometimes it helps to take a step away from everything in order to focus and see the situation with "fresh" eyes. (I have done that.) I can't wait to see the new adventures in Diva series! Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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  2. I find when I go away everything happens. Like a flood in the bsement

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  4. It definately helps to take a step back sometimes and reevaluate. These books are a wonderful escape and help me to relax and wind down. I love reading about Sophie and her friends...not sure about Natasha. (I'm really hoping Mars leaves Natasha but I trust everything will work out.) Julyleigh3@verizon.net

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  5. Mars!! I really haven't had to use going away to gain perception, but there are things I'd like to avoid. Like lawn mowing. Thanks to you and Krista!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Yes I see things more clearly when I have gone away. I can come up with plans on how to do things around the house and set goals for myself. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  7. Getting away from a situation does help clarify things. Sometimes you realize how unimportant some things are! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  8. Can't wait to see what the right thing will be. I have some thoughts, but I'm sure they won't materialize!

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  9. Normally I go away to forget all the things I have to do and I'm too damned tired to do them anymore.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. Love the books , keeps me guessing who did it. On my toes waiting to read this !!!!! Sue Kope @ bedpanmama@frontier.com

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  11. I have been such a big fan of this series from the very first sentence from the very first book!

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  12. I always look forward to Diva adventures!

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  13. Wonderful series. Thanks for this feature and giveaway. I have stayed put and contemplated the situation and made a decision. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Usually when I go away it's because I need to as there is so much going on that I just need to get away from it all for a week or two. Love books that keep you guessing to the end on who did it. pgenest57@aol.com

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  15. The Diva's are delightful. Many times I did want to leave in order to have necessary perspective which does help, but I remained where I was. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. Thanx fir the opportunity. Changing your mind/venue/actions can change your perception....and that's what magic is....als(at)foxgull(dot)com

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  17. It is really good to still be friends. Some are to nasty about things. Taking a step back is one of the advantages of having a pet. When my kitty comes in wanting attention. Often I am frustrated at the interruption. But after about 3 minutes I am more relaxed and able to work more easily, steadily. And it helps to get the creative juices flowing more smoothly. Definitely a plus to have pets around. I have yet to get started on this series. The synopsis on the different books have been very intriguing and am looking forward to reading them. I am hoping this will be a start. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  18. Love the books! Can't wait to read this one. eileen@eads.pro

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  19. I love this series and hope to see many, many more. hasharron@aol.com

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  20. I love reading this series! Would love to win a copy. I also LOVE to collect autographed Cozy authors' books! I have a very special shelf for them. Merry Northstarvance@gmail.com

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  21. I love this series and can't wait to see what issues came into focus for Mars! Thanks for the chance to win. cking78503@aol.com

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  22. I love both series. They have brought me much entertainment during a rough period of my life.Thank you!!!!
    oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  23. I love reading these books! (I also love high tea so this should be great fun). Thanks so much. krigazzi@gmail.com

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  24. I love reading these books! (I also love high tea so this should be great fun). Thanks so much. krigazzi@gmail.com

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  25. I have a couple of friends that had a not so good marriage, but their friendship is wonderful. Just happens that way sometimes. This book sounds awesome!!
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  26. Mars, Mars, Mars....I can't wait for you to figure out what you need to do but for goodness sakes, leave Sophie out of it - lol! Yes, I agree, when I take a step back (not go away, per se), breathe, and refocus I can usually see things in a clearer light and figure out what exactly I need to do. Happy Friday! Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  27. I can think of one incident. I had a disagreement with my son in the morning right before I headed out to do Christmas shopping. I stayed out as long as I could because I was so hurt. On my way home I still didn't want to face the situation so I pulled into a track of new homes that were unoccupied. After a few minutes a car swooped up driven by a security guard. He asked what I was doing there. I told him I had been shopping all day and just needed a few minutes to regroup before going home. I guess he could tell I was upset and said do you want to talk about it? I said I'm fine. He said are you sure, I'm a good listener. Suddenly I just wanted to get home, the last thing I needed was therapy from a security guard. I restated that I was fine. He left and I quickly started my car and drove home. I was so embarrassed. There's a happy ending though. When I pulled into driveway my son came out, gave me a hug and apologized. Everyone was wondering where I was because I came late, boy did I have a story to tell them.

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  28. It always help to take a step back if you're stuck. kec200@aol.com

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  29. I can't wait to see what happens. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  30. Sounds like a good book. :)

    pmettert@yahoo com

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  31. Sounds interesting pugpower63@gmail.com

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  32. I love this series. Have .you had high tea? I suggest Neiman Marcus in San Francisco...
    kat8762@aol.com

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  33. Sounds interesting pugpower63@gmail.com

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  34. Sometimes when you really, really, really don't want to do it, then you know it's the thing you must do. Can't wait to see what you have decided you must do, Mars. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  35. I have read some of the other books in this series and really enjoyed them. Can't wait to read this one.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. Very excited.... thank you for the chance to win.
    karolyn.yoakum@gamil.com

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  37. Love! Mars cracks me up when he hides from Natasha!! Jmsmith516@aol.com

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  38. Sometimes when you are too close to a situation, it is always good to step away from it for a while to get perspective and see what is really important. I think Sophie liked having you stay with her Mars! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  39. Would love to win a copy of this book. quackers502000@yahoo.com

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  40. I always have to remind myself to take a breath, step back, and look at the situation again. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  41. I would love to win a copy of this book. Love to read and can never get enough. irish9795@hotmail.com

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  42. A little breathing room can do wonders for my ability to see a situation clearly. Love the Diva books, and thanks for the chance to win! Lisa H. bunkielisa at gmail dot com

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  43. Sometimes just taking a walk to clear my head helps me see a situation from a different perspective. Thanks for the chance to win a new book. Kay, ksarginson@tampabay.rr.com.

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  44. Looking so forward to reading and reviewing this book on 2 sites. This sounds just so good and i always believe if you walk away from a situation or think about it later that you will have a diff view of how it should happen or did...thanks so much for the contest. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  45. Loved this post. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  46. This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  47. Love this series eparker@arkwest.com

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  48. I love your books, can't wait for this one! I want a new one every month (not possible, right? Ha!).

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  49. Sounds like another winning read.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  50. I enjoy this series and am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  51. rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

    Sometimes you need to slow down and reevaluate!

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  52. I always look forward to this series. Thank you for the giveaway. jillybeans41 at gmail.com

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  53. You are a okay with me and you have shown that Sophie is still important in your life and you can look past Natasha's crazies. :)
    niblet_23@yahoo.com

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  54. The time away from you, Sophie, Natasha, and the rest of the characters has made me see clearly that I can't wait to read the new book! Gabrielle at clowder.net

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  55. I definitely find that stepping away from a problem makes you see things in a different way. I absolutely love this series! Thanks for the chance!
    edtercross7304@yahoo.com

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  56. great series...great giveaway!

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  57. Love this series! Thank you!
    Stkate00@aol.com

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  58. Stepping away from a problem really helps. If you're able to take a step back and reassess your options, you can make a better choice.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  59. Have added this to my TBR list and can't wait to read it. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  60. I cannot wait for this book to come out! susanmv@comcast.net

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  61. High tea sounds great. I could use a snack. I have a few books in this series.
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  62. All the time..than I am able to get back on track

    rockergoddess2002(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. haven't read this series yet - would love the opportunity Sara ( annefitza (at) yahoo(dot)com)

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  64. I think going away gives you the time to think and decide what you really want to do without having to try to block out the "incessant advice" from others telling you what they want you to do. I have only done it for a few hours at a time, never longer. I would love to win and my email address is DebraCarmichael@bellsouth.net.

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  65. When I go away, it's usually to rejuvenate and get re-centered. Would love to win! Sue P - suepete12 at yahoo dot com

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  66. I absolutely love this series. Thanks for writing it. :)

    Brynne dreamgoats@hotmail.com

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  67. Sometimes when things just aren't going right, you have to take a break and walk away from the situation and things usually work themselves out. Looking forward to reading "The Diva Serves High Tea". Love this series.
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  68. Walking away from a problem gives you a chance to get a new perspective. Can't wait to read "The Diva Serves High Tea".

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  69. Walking away from a problem gives you a chance to get a new perspective. Can't wait to read "The Diva Serves High Tea".

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  70. I think those folks in England had a great idea when they designed their day to include afternoon tea. This not only gave them a reason to indulge in those luscious scones and clotted cream but also a time to slow down and gather their thoughts. Thanks for including Krista Davis' new book in your blog. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  71. I think trouble follows me, so I just stay put & figure things out where I am! LOL Question for Krista...if one of your Domestic Diva books was made in a made-for-t.v. movie, who would you have playing Mars? Thanks for the chance to win! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  72. This is Janet Cookston Colgrove's entry. She's having trouble getting in.

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  73. Doesn't look like the odds are in my favor, but I would really love to win!! Thanks for the chance! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  74. Sounds interesting. kckendler[@]gmail[dot]com

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  75. This is Andrea Stoeckel's entry. The system thinks she's a robot.

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  76. I've never really physically gone away, but I have done something else for a while and tried not to think about the problem for a while. Then coming back with fresh eyes sometimes makes things more clear!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  77. Can't wait to read this book !! Thanks , steeletrukin@yahoo. com

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  78. pre-ordered! I hope Mars does not marry Natasha! pamelabodine@aol.com
    LOVE this series!

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  79. I'm new to this series, what a great find!! Thank you for the mini vacations(that's what I consider a good book, it's fun time away...even if it's just in my head)!!! Fingers crossed, konecny7@gmail.com

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  80. so glad you take the time away to blog for Krista and give us some insight to you. My email is musecbs@gmail.com such a great series

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  81. Stepping back & looking inside from the 'outside' is a really good thing! Glad you were able to do it! ;-)
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
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  82. I find a different location is always helpful in clearing the cobwebs. For me it's usually just as simple as going to the park. Mostly I think more clearly after working in the kitchen cooking or baking. Jim
    DeductiveKnight@gmail.com

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  83. I think better when I talk it over with Friends who have some experience of what I need to do... also a good meal out helps..wonderful sounding book..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  84. Time away can put things into perspective.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  85. Sometimes I need to just step away from the situation for a while. when I come back, I see things from a different perspective. Mars is a wonderful blogger. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  86. I'm happy that Natasha build such a nice man cave for you. But is she trying to buy your love?

    One night I had had enough of ungrateful teenagers (there were five at home that summer) and I finally just stormed out of the house and drove away. I would have left the family that night. But I wasn't wearing shoes and hadn't taken my purse. After driving for a little while, I realized I needed to be there for our much younger son and and I really could deal with the ungrateful aliens that lived in our house. Now they are my best friends, second only to my husband. I am so glad I went back.

    ElaineE246@msn.com

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  87. I am a pretty much in the moment thinker and that is how i try to live. Taking clues from my dog Tyler has made me much happier. love this series and everything you write. no need to put my info in for a copy though. thanks

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  88. Have you really put things in perspective? Perhaps you are more confused then ever.Mars what a wuss.

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  89. Left my marriage (twice) and had second thoughts.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  90. I like to think about things after I walk away from it. It helps a lot. I love this series and I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance!
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  91. My favorite book?I find that an impossible honest answer. I love those books. I even love Kristas' other series! I would be honored to win this book and get to review it. As usual I want to make sure I say....let's not forget the extraordinary person Krista Davis is. How many authors go out of their way, to stay in contact with their readers?

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  92. Sherry Smith
    Movietime195969@yahoo.com

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  93. Always look forward to a new book. Good luck to you whatever the future holds!
    angeldancer1919@gmail.com

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  94. I am very good at running away

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  95. Krista, I love all of your books, I would love to receive a copy of this one. It looks and sounds like a really interesting one. When things get rough around here, I take my two grandchildren and go shopping until we drop! We all have fun and forget about any problems at home, especially if we go the Crayola Factory or American Girl Store for Lunch.

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  96. Can't wait to see what Mars is up to in this one.

    scesjps@yahoo.com

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  97. Hi, thank you for the giveaway. this looks like a fun series, one I would enjoy a lot. Hope I win t his book, then I will "have" to order the rest of the series.
    Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  98. Thank you all so much!!! Our winner today is Niblet! If you didn't win, keep trying. There will be many more giveaways.

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  99. wow! thank you. njlinza@yahoo.com

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  100. Yay! Would love to win! Pucsbride13@gmail.com. thanks!

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  101. Such a fun giveaway opportunity; thank you!
    Preferred email: maforbes231@yahoo.com

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  102. I'm behind on this series, I didn't realize Mars and Sophie divorced but I'm pro Mars so I trust it was with good reason. Thanks for the giveaway, lilflynracer at msn.com

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  103. Love this series! Can hardly wait to see what the right thing will be. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  104. Sounds like a wonderful series I have yet to start but would love to. I love that the giveaway is in print. Thank you for the chance! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  105. Great series! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  106. Oops! No email address! davisel1830@hotmail.com!!

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  107. Oh, man, what's he gonna do?? Choose Natasha? Choose Sophie? Choose neither? And I have to wait how long to find out? Aaaaah! book__wyrm (at) sbcglobal.net

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