Sunday, August 7, 2016

Who said labor can't be fun? #bookgiveaway @LWiken



by J.J. Tanner from the Dinner Club Mysteries
            written by Linda Wiken




Labor Day weekend is coming up and even though as an event planner I’m usually tackling occasions of  a larger scope, I’ve been asked by my good friend Michael Cole to plan a weekend family reunion. 

Michael is the partner of Evan Thornton, the firm’s landlord, endearing friend, and co-foodie member in the Culinary Capers Dinner Club. They’ve been together for ten years and I predict it’s for a lifetime. However, back to the reunion. Michael’s family gets together every five years in a different part of the country. Last time round it was his aunt and uncle in Sacramento, CA who hosted. This time, Michael and Evan have sent out invitations to over one hundred family members to attend.

WOW. The Tanner clan would be lucky to get thirty. But I digress.

The plans so far include renting the Haver Farmstead just outside Burlington for the weekend. The main house sleeps twelve plus has spaces for sleeping bags. The acreage can handle umpteen numbers of tents and trailers, and several families are taking advantage of nearby hotels, inns and, bed and breakfasts. 

Since people are coming from miles away, there won’t be any potluck happening here. They’ve all chipped in on food expenses and I’ve ordered the catering to cover the weekend. 

Friday night is meet and greet which includes drinks and snacks. Saturday is the traditional treasure hunt and the three of us have had a lot of fun with the plans. A bonfire and fireworks finish off the day. And on Sunday, after a tasty brunch, everyone says their teary goodbyes and heads for home. While Michael, Evan and I collapse.

It’s been a lot of fun working on this. I find I’m enjoying planning the smaller parties, reunions, birthdays and anniversarys more fulfilling than large corporate events. The secret is in applying the same principles to them all and, in making sure to have fun while planning.


Do you have family plans for Labor Day weekend? Care to share? You could be the winner of a signed copy of Toasting Up Trouble. The random draw will be made tomorrow night at 8 EDT.

 

The first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series is now available at the bookstore of your choice, and on-line; also as an e-book.


 



 Writing as Erika Chase:


Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, and LAW AND AUTHOR on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

                                                                                           




Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com 
Love to hear from you on my Facebook author page
 and
on Twitter  @erika_chase. 

Visit Linda at www.lindakwiken.com
at my Facebook author page and
on Twitter  @LWiken 







123 comments:

  1. As of right now, we don't have any plans for Labor Day, but that might change. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  2. I don't have any plans, really. Maybe I'll read.
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  3. My birthday is the 7 th and moms is the third. She'll be 86, so a cookout. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Sounds like a big celebration, Donamae. Enjoy. BTW, my son's birthday is the 7th also.

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  4. Our family gets together every year and celebrate the ones we lost that time of year.
    Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. What a thoughtful celebration, Karen.

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  5. No plans as of yet, but a barbecue usually crops up. Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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    1. BBQs are perfect for Labor Day, Barbara!

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  6. I think I might just sleep through Labor Day. Having a wonderful visit with 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren but boy am I tired! They leave in a week or so, and I think I'll be catching up on my sleep for a while.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. How wonderful a visit! That sounds like a plan.

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  7. I have no plans as yet. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  8. Was going to go to Mackinaw Island but thinking we'll just stay home, hang by the pool and read. Kkcochran (at)hotmail (dot)com

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  9. Was going to go to Mackinaw Island but thinking we'll just stay home, hang by the pool and read. Kkcochran (at)hotmail (dot)com

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  10. No big family plans for me, we will probably just stay around the house and work in the yard, and then have a barbecue at night…nothing too exciting! Your treasure hunt and bonfire sound really fun! :-)
    Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  11. No big plans as yet but I am sure the family will be over.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Family is always great on a holiday, Debby!

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  12. We're going to Washington to meet our new and first granddaughter! dbahn@iw.net

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    1. How exciting, Dianne. Congratulations and enjoy!

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  13. We don't celebrate Labor Day here in the UK and I'm unsure whether I can enter your competition or not. If I can my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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    1. I didn't know that! Thanks for commenting, Carol.

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  14. No real plans, just to enjoy a day off. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  15. We don't have any plans for Labor Day. We'll probably just relax.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Enjoy your day of relaxation, Sandy!

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  16. 61 years ago Labor Day fell on Sept 5th. That was the day I was born. Labor Day took on a whole new meaning for my Mom. Lol but I don't any plans this year. I could really use your book to read. Thank you for this opportunity to win it.

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    1. Happy upcoming birthday, Yvonne. Yes, Mom's do know the meaning of the word labor.

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  17. 61 years ago Labor Day fell on Sept 5th. That was the day I was born. Labor Day took on a whole new meaning for my Mom. Lol but I don't any plans this year. I could really use your book to read. Thank you for this opportunity to win it.

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  18. We will be getting together to celebrate my mom's 94th birthday and my grandson's 4th birthday.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  19. No plans yet, but who knows. Course I can always find a good book to read. jawdance@yahoo.com

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    1. Reading always goes well with a day off.

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  20. Since it's just me and the hubby, I think we'll probably just cook some hamburgers and hotdogs , with potato salad and devilled eggs for dinner and relax.

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    1. Sounds yummy, Cynthia! Great for summer.

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  21. Since it's just me and the hubby, I think we'll probably just cook some hamburgers and hotdogs , with potato salad and devilled eggs for dinner and relax.

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  22. We usually don't have cookouts on the weekend because we try to take that time to do yard work or do things that need to be done in the house. We are going to a concert thought and I'm excited to see them again, the B52's. Such a fun band.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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    1. That concert should be exciting. Enjoy!

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  23. We always cook out for Labor Day! Chicken or ribs, depending on the sales! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Labor Day weekend is often my mom's birthday and our state Fair ending weekend so it's typically busy with fun things all around! This year is no different. Celebrating and ride riding, fair corn dogs and cotton candy! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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    1. What a fun holiday. Birthdays always add a lot, too. Enjoy!

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  25. There's a terrific parade on Labor Day in Rock, Michigan, followed by a carnival!

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    1. I love a parade! Great for the holiday.

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  26. No plans as of now but that could change!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  27. No plans at all for Labor Day weekend. We live in a tourist town---so we'll probably just hide from all the tourists and wait until the weekend is over to enjoy our great area.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  28. We haven't made any plans yet due to my husbands chemo treatments. Hopefully we will know what is going on soon. utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. I hope you're able to enjoy the day together. Best wishes to your husband!

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  29. At my favorite place in the world; lake Winnipesaukee with family and friends. pammc008@gmail.com

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  30. No plans yet. Will probably BBQ. Thanks for the chance
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  31. Awesome. Thank you. Downeastfall at yahoo dot com

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  32. Don't have any plans for Labor Day weekend.
    To go to the lake is crazy - everybody is trying to
    get in their last weekend boating.
    I'll stay home, get in the pool if it's warm enough,
    and grill some 'burgers.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I unfortunately have to work that Saturday, but my family will probably have a cookout on labor day. Look forward to reading this series. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  34. No family close except my husband. Since it's my birthday I hope for dinner out.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  35. no family get together anymore but have a friend at work that has taken my daughter and I as family for holidays..so thankful for her and her family to include us..
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  36. No plans, our family is a few states away and our immediate family here all works at various hours, we will probably throw some hot dogs on the grill and we can make a plate for when we pass through, LOL. These are times when it is hard being away from home and hearing the rest of the family getting together...it's not so hard when you hear them all squabbling about something though, LOL.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  37. Probably just hanging out with family. Parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  38. No plans. Just trying not to melt into a puddle. I live in Texas and we are hotter than a depot stove this summer. annettena (at) yahoo ( dot ) com

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  39. Kids will be back in school, so we can't go too far. We'll probably just have a cookout in our backyard. Not very adventurous, but when our families come over, anything can happen! =) konecny7@gmail(dot)com Thank you for the fun giveaways! Have a safe and fun Labor day!!

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  40. No plans for me. Happy I finally have a job that gives me holidays off. Odds are I'll be reading and relaxing at home!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  41. My husband's family always has a family reunion over the labor day weekend. I love his extended family and really enjoy the reunion -- this one is a potluck event ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  42. Our Labor Day plans are very low key. It will be our family and maybe a minor league baseball game. Cooking out and just chilling will be most of it. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  43. In my family, Labor Day used to be the best picnic weekend and last day of summer vacation. We'd get together at the park with everyone bringing their signature dishes; I'd always bring a vegetable try and gooey chocolate chip cookies (they cancel each other's calories, ya know). After a wonderful meal, we'd take the little ones to the zoo or the little carnival...my dad would always take the time for a nap under the oak trees. Now...my summer vacation concludes at the end of July, school starts the first week in August, and Labor Day is just another 3-day weekend. I am retired now, the little ones all grown up, and dad is gone, so Labor Day is just another day.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  44. We usually have a BBQ, but this year. I a want a more relaxing day. I have been sick and overworked at work, some quiet time is in order.

    Suzieqsb(at)aol(dot)com.

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  45. We have no plans as of right now. I anticipate barbecuing and reading, perhaps some yard work too.

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  46. We have no plans as of right now. I anticipate barbecuing and reading, perhaps some yard work too.

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  47. no plans. it's dialysis day so that's my fun for the day. seems like a lot of holidays fall on Mondays, so that's what I do. yay.

    mysandycat (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. As of now, we do not have Labor Day plans. Since hubby is a pastor, we wiLl spend Sunday at home, so with just the one day, we might just go to a movie.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  49. No big plans for Labor Day as of right now. Probably just chilling out around the house and a BBQ.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. No big plans for Labor Day as of right now. Probably just chilling out around the house and a BBQ.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. As of now, we do not have Labor Day plans. Since hubby is a pastor, we wiLl spend Sunday at home, so with just the one day, we might just go to a movie.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  53. Don't have any real plans. Just going to be watching the U.S.Open on TV and relaxing. Thank you for the great giveaway! crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  54. Just relaxing, maybe a cook out. We could use a relaxing weekend. Thank you for the chance!
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  55. None as of yet. My birthday is the Tuesday after Labor Day. Thank you for the great giveaway. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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  56. We don't have any plans yet, but there is still a number of weeks yet to come up with something fun. Thanks for this generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  57. No plans but family get together would be wonderful. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  58. A relaxing weekend enjoying the backyard, sunshine and a brunch for the kids. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. We are moving across the country. We will be closer to family, which is both wonderful and challenging. We are moving due to a severe family illness, but it will be nice to be together. Time is too short to not be together whenever possible.

    Cbalevre(@)ptd(dot)net

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  60. Sounds like my kind of read. Love cozy mystery.
    judytucker1947@gmail.coom

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  61. I don't have family plans for Labor Day weekend because I will be in Romania.

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  62. Friends are coming down for Labor Day and we'll eat out...thank you for the contest..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  63. No family plans for Labor Day. We'll be spending the previous week in the Finger Lakes Region of NY State. I have a husband and wife pair of cousins buried in the National Cemetery in Elmira. I'll be paying a visit to their graves. They were both Army and both "Lifers". He served in three wars earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. We'll be in Corning, Watkins Glen and other spots checking out the area. We'll be returning home Monday of Labor Day.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  64. No plans for Labor Day. We will probably take a day off (my husband and I run a business together) and either cook something on the grill or go out somewhere to a favorite place to eat. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  65. We don't have plans yet, but yours sound like lots of fun. I love getting together with the family.

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  66. I hope I am reading this book over Labor Day weekend.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  68. we will be having a family barbecue. amandasmother at aol dot com

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    1. Always a fun holiday event, Charlene! Enjoy.

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  69. No plans yet for Labor Day! Depends on the weather & work schedules. Thanks for the chance to win this great new series starting book. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  70. No plans for the weekend.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  71. No plans so far. Thanks for a chance to win this great book.
    babemomara@att.net

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  72. Since I. Just came home from hospital a relaxing week end at home READING is my plan tight now!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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    1. I hope you will be relaxing and getting better! Reading is always helpful when healing.

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  73. We don't have any plans for Labor Day weekend
    Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  74. Celebrated my father in laws 75th birthday. jillybeans41@gmail.com

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  75. I've read the books by Erika Chase, so I am looking forward to trying this new series. Only plans are to keep dogs calm during fireworks! Thanks fir the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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    1. Thanks, Kuzlin. Good luck with the dogs!

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  76. Labor Day used to mean seeing my aunt and uncle and getting ready for a new school year! Now that schools go back earlier, it is just a lazy day! I just finished reading and reviewing (Goodreads) Law and Author! Fun book!

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! Hope you have a relaxing day.

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  77. Labor day is the last hurrah for the tourist season, so I'll be working. It usually is a fun day. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. Sounds like you'll enjoy it. Hope so.

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  78. Usually we have a family barbeque on Labor Day. Since we are retired in FL and 3 of our 4 children live up north, we spend a nice quiet day at one of our beaches and then we go to dinner at the restaurant just up on the boardwalk above our beach.

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  79. I have been by myself for years. No plans except not to do house work that day

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  80. No special Labor Day plans but as my family becomes more far flung the thought of a periodic reunion is very intriguing! Thanks for an opportunity to win a signed copy of Toasting Up Trouble!!

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  81. Hi, thank you for the giveaway. I live in TN am flying to MN to go to the State fair there. I do this every year. I love the fair, I go everyday for the time it is on. Geoprgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  82. No special plans although our son is coming with his family from Mich so we are excited about that . Plus by then we should be canning so hoping that he can take some of the canned tomatoes home with them!

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  83. oops my email is ptclayton2@aol.com

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  84. This sounds great! am just spending it with my husband and daughters, print please
    Penney penneywATsbcglobal.net

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  85. Right now, no special plans for Labor Day. Maybe just a simple cookout with kids and grandkids, if anything. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  86. No plans yet. I'm usually volunteering at the cat rescue on the weekends.

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  87. I forgot my email hcalhoun78@yahoo.com >^..^<

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