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To blog or not to blog, that is the question. I decided the other day to take the blog plunge only to discover that I took the plunge TWO years ago. Oopsie! 31 people checked out my sad, empty page with nothing more than a boring title and a lonely white silhouette, longing for a real face..
              Fear not dear followers, I plan to blog often.


SPOILER ALERT: I am not one to share a lot about myself, but the road to publication is a long and bumpy one and if I can part some advise to newbies and those who travel with me, FANTASTIC! We Are All in This Together!!
              And if I created a place YA/NA readers can visit and find out about books that will keep them up at night with heroes and heroines, who make their heart swoon? WOW! Cue Bruno Mars: Just The Way You Are
             And did I mention I give away imaginary chocolate?
     I KNEW that would get your attention...
So join me on my journey, and together, we can figure out this crazy publishing world!

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