Monday, August 22, 2016

Rave Reviews Book Club’s Back-To-School Book & Blog Block Party


 Welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club’s Back-To-School Book & Blog Block Party!


Location for this stop:
Central Oregon High Desert
(Pictured Below)



What I’m giving away today:
$25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Number of winners for this stop:
1

Click here for more details on the Block Party
and see how to become eligible for more prizes.

For those who may not be familiar with me, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bruce A. Borders. I’m the author of several books, sixteen at last count, but that is subject to change. Although, I tend to branch out into more genres, I usually write crime/mystery/suspense novels. Most often, my books tell the story of someone who has been wronged in some manner and how they deal or cope with it, how it affects them, or (my favorite) how they retaliate.

One of my habits is to add a plot twist to the end of a book, which may change the entire story. I don’t always do that but then I usually hear about it from some of my beta readers—that would be my wife and kids!

As I mentioned, I have several books and I doubt anyone wants to read a synopsis of each of them, so I’ve limited this post to introducing my four best selling titles.


Dead Broke is my most recent release and the first in what I hope will be a LONG series, the Lana Denae Mysteries. The setting for the books is Portland, Oregon. I chose that city because, living in Oregon, I am fairly familiar with the layout and other details unique to the area.


Dead Broke
(Lana Denae Mysteries, #1)


It was the perfect murder... almost.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her apartment. Cause of death; a single gunshot wound to the chest. The only door is locked from the inside. There are no signs of entry, no bullet holes in the walls, and no weapon is recovered from the scene. That’s when Detective Lana Denae of the Portland Police Bureau is assigned the case. The investigation gets off to a slow start until she realizes there is more to the story than a single random murder. Someone is looking to rake in a profit to the tune of more than a million dollars, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Lana is determined to stop the killer before he strikes again but with limited evidence, finding just who is responsible is more difficult than she imagined.

“Every time you think you've got this one figured out, it turns out you're wrong.”

“One of the more enjoyable books I've read lately!”

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Over My Dead Body is my first novel. The story combines two news stories I heard when I was much younger. In both stories, a corrupt official threatened—and then followed through with the threat—to remove a minor from their parents’ home without justification. This provides the setting and beginning plot. I’d wanted to write the story for quite a while and describe what I would do, how I would react, in a similar situation.


Over My Dead Body


How far will a man go to protect his family?

When the director of Child Protective Services uses his position to exact a personal vendetta in removing three-year-old Ashley from the Blake’s home, Jeff Blake, a financial advisor, responds to the threats in the only way he feels he can – violently. By the end of the short encounter, three people are dead and Ashley, the daughter, is still taken and placed in temporary foster care, so the tragic fiasco gained Jeff nothing. Or, so it seems.

Matters are further complicated when Amy, the wife and mother, winds up for a brief stay in a mental ward due to the trauma she witnessed in her home. It seems as though everything is against the Blakes. Understandably, the police, as well as the Courts, are not too concerned with the needs of the family. Complete with many twists of fate, the story looks at the common problems of a typical family caught between love and the law.

“Thought provoking!”

“Exceptional! One of those books you can't put down!”

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Miscarriage Of Justice was written and then re-written several times. In fact, over the course of about a year and a half, there were seventeen re-writes. And even then, I put it aside because I wasn’t satisfied with the book. A year or so later, I picked up the manuscript, made a few minor changes and “suddenly” it seemed to work.


Miscarriage Of Justice


The justice system is just a system, not a just system.
Sentenced to fifteen years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Ethan Rafferty has one thing on his mind—payback! With his time up, the ex-con is free to pursue his mission of revenge.

During the trial, the District Attorney, Mariana Clark, suppressed evidence that would've exonerated him and now is the focus of Ethan’s vengeance. Intent on making her life a living hell, he works daily to antagonize and torment the woman. Unable to retaliate through the courts, considering the role she played, Mariana chooses to fight fire with fire. Soon, their feud escalates to a point where neither imagined it would go.

Which one will prevail, Ethan or Mariana? Can either? Or, are both of them bound to a destiny produced by a Miscarriage of Justice?

“You will never look at the court system the same again!”

“Never saw that ending coming!”

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Inside Room 913 is my best selling book, which is odd. I wrote the book intending for it to be a short story. But as usual, I got carried away and the book turned into a few hundred pages. I then edited it down to about 150 pages. Originally, I thought the book would be categorized as young adult but thanks to input from readers and advertisers, it has become a suspense book.


Inside Room 913


Parkview Manor has a secret, and eighteen-year-old Cynthia is curious! 

When Cynthia Holt takes a job at a former sanitarium, now operating as an assisted living center that doubles as a hotel, she instantly discovers something more is occurring than simply providing the elderly with housing and care. Something very strange is going on behind the locked door of Room 913!

After she is repeatedly warned to stay away from the room and to not discuss it or the occupant with her co-workers, she is even more intrigued, and suspicious! Letting her curious nature guide her, she immediately begins asking questions. When she finds that Room 913 has been closed off, locked and sealed for 40 years, her curiosity turns to concern. Though rumors abound, no one seems inclined to talk about it.

Not giving up so easily, Cynthia persists in her pursuit of solving the mystery, investigating the rumors until she learns the truth of what is inside the forbidden room—or does she? 

“Truly great story - unexpected ending!”

“Excellent book! 5 Stars! I thought I’d figured it out, and then...” 

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 See all of my books on my Amazon Author Profile.


Thanks for dropping by! And don’t forget to leave a comment below!








96 comments:

  1. I've had a couple of your titles on my TBR for a while but after reading a bit more about them I'm certain I need to get to them sooner rather than later :) Enjoy the rest of the part :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoying the party so far!

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  2. I know your work Bruce, having read two of them, and I liked what I read. :) I hope you have a wonderful day today. Enjoy your party.:D

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  3. Good Morning Bruce. I guess I'm the first one here today on this blog train as I see no comments yet. I love how you neatly wrote your book blurbs, and I intend to look at them in a just a few minutes on Amazon. Thank you for the stop.

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    1. Hi, Mary. Thanks for the compliment on the book blurbs! Sometimes I think those are harder to write than the books!

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  4. You have really showcased your books well here. I will be adding one or two to my TBR.

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  5. I love your titles - a mix of intrigue and noir, just enough away from the norm to not be trite :D

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I think my titles ARE a little trite but it's good to hear another opinion!

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  6. I've read "Inside Romm 913", Bruce, and it is an excellent read. I'm looking forward to getting into a few more. Have a great day on your Block Party!

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    1. Thanks, John! This is quite a party you guys have cooked up!

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  7. Hi Bruce,I had your blog stop date wrong - thought it was the 24th��But fortunately I'm connected at the guest house where we are staying over for the next two days before returning to the UK and I checked your blog entry again, which is of course for the 23rd. I love what you've done with your post and I intend to get stuck into your stories on my TBR List soon! I'm mainly writing for the younger generation, so I will get Stupid the Cat for my grandchild. I hope you have a great blog tour today.

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    1. Thanks Maretha! Glad you made it! My grandchildren seemed to like Stupid The Cat, and some of them are too young to actually know that my wife and I wrote it!

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  8. I am headed to get DEAD BROKE right now! It sounds so good. Having read OVER MY DEAD BODY, and it being one of my favorite books, I am most positive this one will deliver to an even greater degree! Have fun today, dear!

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    1. Hi, Nonnie! Good to see you here! Dead Broke is quickly becoming my best selling book! It should pass up Inside Room 913 any day now. Hope you enjoy it!

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  9. Those sound really intriguing. You're a good salesman. I'm going to read one of these after my next buying spree. Have a great day on the blog tour, and watch out for those wildfires in your neck of the woods. We're getting the smoke in Boise.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! It's odd you mention being a salesman, I thought I set out to be an author but it turns out I do more marketing than writing! I think the fires are currently all to the east, somewhere between me and you.

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  10. Love the excerpts. Your work looks really good. You got this reader interested! Enjoy your party day!

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    1. Thanks for dropping in! Glad I could spark your interest! Have a great day!

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  11. Hi Bruce. I've read "Inside Room 913" and "Miscarriage Of Justice" is on my TBR. Have a great day at the party!

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    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks for your support! All the nice comments are making for a great day so far!

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  12. Hey, Bruce! Great to come visit you today and learn all about your latest book. I've read, or at least have your others on my Kindle, and will be adding Dead Broke soon! Very best of luck with everything :)

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    1. Hi, Harmony! Thanks for stopping by! I couldn't help but hear your fabulous British accent in my head as I read your comment! Have a great day!

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  13. Bruce, your work looks truly interesting, and the trailer for Over My Dead Body is gripping. Have a great day!
    Robert Kimbrell

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    1. Thanks! The book trailer is the work of Nonnie Jewels! She did a marvelous job, I thinK.

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  14. Wow- so many great books. I have read Over My Dead Body. In fact I read it to my husband and we both loved it. We worked in the system and know how it worked. You were right on. Need to read more of yours very soon.

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    1. Thanks! Glad you liked Over My Dead Body. Although the book was purely fiction, I know a few CPS workers in my area and was able to discuss things with them, which helped a great deal. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Intrigue, Suspense and plot twists! Sounds great, Bruce. You have been very busy. As a music person, I have to ask, what's the story behind the video below? Are you part of the Border Brothers? Great song, by the way, and no, there'll NEVER be another Johnny Cash!

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    1. Thanks! The Borders Brothers consist of me and my brother, Carl. He plays the guitar, I write the songs and sing. I wrote the song in the video the day after Johnny Cash passed away. I've been privileged to perform the song in Nashville for a few songwriters, singers, and others who still like the old style of country music.

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  16. Hi Bruce! I enjoyed "Over My Dead Body" and couldn't put the book down. That's because your writing style is so easy on the reader. I have another of your books but have to go back and see which one it is now that I'm at your stop. Oh, I also read "Stupid The Cat" with the title alone so eye-catching. Bruce we were there at the beginning of this book club and you became one of my closest friends in the club. I'm will be looking at your blog again to examine some of your wonderful works. Good luck on this tour!

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    1. Thanks Shirley! Yes, we were there to start what has become a hugely successful club! Hopefully we can take a small portion of the credit, although, I'm sure you'll agree, Nonnie gets about 99% herself! Nice to see you here!

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  17. Your titles and book blurbs are intriguing. I also enjoyed your singing! Very Johnny Cash sounding. Inside Room 913 got my attention. I'll check it out.Where do you live in Oregon. We lived in Oregon and loved it. Portland is a cool city. Thanks for your time and sharing your insight.

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    1. Thanks! Johnny Cash has been my favorite singer since I was about two years old so, over the years, I learned to sing a little bit like him. The Dalles is where I'm located and drive truck out of Arlington. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Very interesting stuff! I'll have to check your books out and see if they are as inspiring as your blog posts seem to be! Thanks for taking the time to write all of this up!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! And thanks for making time to stop by!

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  20. Hello Bruce! Your books sound intruiging and have been added to my TBR list for sure. Have a great day!
    Cheers! S.J. Francis

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  21. Bruce, I love your tribute to the legend! Just awesome, and I had to share. :)
    Wow, congrats on 16 books. That's quite an accomplishment. I've added "Over My Dead Body" to my TBR list. The book trailer sealed the deal! All your stories sound intriguing. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a great party day! Cheers.:)

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! Nonnie did a superb job on the trailer, didn't she? Thanks for the share on the video!

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  22. Hi Bruce. I'm loving the tour this year! I've met a few neighbors so far, and I'm adding you to the list even though we are in neighboring states, not cities. I think that still counts. Lol I've got a few of your books n my TBR list, & I'm looking forward to reading them. If they are as good as #Room, I know I love them. 😃

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    1. Rhani, thanks for stopping! Yes, I think neighboring states count, it's all a part of the Northwest!

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  23. Hi Bruce! Great post; it was nice to learn a little more about you and some of your books; they look great! Thanks for sharing, take care, and have a terrific Tuesday! :) ~Stephanie

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    1. Hi Stephanie, thanks for coming in today!

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  24. Hi Bruce. I love that you have 16 novels out. So many to choose from. Great stop today.

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I think 16 books is a lot, other times I wish I had the time to write a lot more! Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. Fantastic post, Bruce. I look forward to reading your books, and as a beginner, I just purchased "Over My Dead Body." Enjoy the Party!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gwen! Hope you enjoy Over My Dead Body!

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  26. Hi Bruce - great site - thanks very much for making this a stop on the RRBC Back to School Blog Tour. Good luck with all of your works! - MikeL

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    1. Thanks, Michael! Good to see so many participants in the party!

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  27. I believe you are what they call a "prolific writer." :-) congrats on all your books!

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    1. Thanks! Not sure if prolific describes it - I just like to write! Thanks for stopping in!

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  28. Great line up of books, Bruce. I need to get moving. John Howell

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    1. Thanks, John! Always nice to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  29. Hi, Bruce. I am delighted to find this selection of books in my favorite genre. I love a book where I can't figure out the ending, unpredictable gets me every time. More books to be added to my TBR. Enjoy the remainder of your day!

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    1. Thanks! I like the unpredictable but sometimes wonder if that itself leads to being predictable! Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. Hi Bruce! It's amazing you're able to write about so many different topics! I think that's go cool! Thanks for being such an awesome RRBC member!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I think I just have a lot going on in my head, trying to work its way out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. Great blog post Bruce. I didn't realise you had written so many books. I like your book covers and the stories here look intriguing. I will add them to my ever expanding TBR list!

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    1. Thank you! After this blog tour, I think we all will have an overflowing TBR list! Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Hi Bruce. I have read two of your books and obviously have many more to go. Your newest one really interests me. Thank you for having the party. It has been fun.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! The on-going party has certainly been fun!

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  33. Hi Bruce,
    I just added Inside Room 913 and Dead Broke, but they all sounded great! Enjoyed your blog. It's going to be a good year of reading for me after this tour!

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy the books! Yes, there seem to be a lot of great books on this tour.

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  34. Your books look great. What a nice giveaway.

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  35. Hi Bruce - looks like things are really rocking here! :-D Hope you're having a great day! :-)

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    1. Hi, Jan! Having a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

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  36. Rocking party, Bruce! Enjoyed your video. DEAD BROKE sounds interesting and a book I would love to read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading INSIDE ROOM 913, and OVER MY DEAD BODY is waiting patiently on my TBR.

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    1. Thanks Kim! Always nice to be on TBR list! Good to hear from you!

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  37. Hi Bruce, I'm not far from you, in Western Washington! I'm curious, do you write from personal experiences?

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    1. Hi Tara! I love that name by the way! I try to mix personal experience and imagination when I write. Sometimes that makes for an interesting story, other times not so much. Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Hi Bruce, your books sounds like the great old mysteries which I loved. Most of today's thrillers are gory and predictable so I'm anxious to see how you weave your plots so that no one guesses the ending. Great luck on your tour and book sales!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! Yes, I'm a little old-fashioned, and not with just my writing!

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  39. My heart was racing just reading the book blurbs! Great job on those! I'm a sucker for plot twists, so don't stop writing them! ;-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I think plot twists are what makes writing fun!

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  40. I just love those rustic cabin furnishings. I have a sunroom which needs some updating. hmmmm! Your post is fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Shirley! My brother does the rustic furnishings. While he would be happy to create some for you I'm not sure how we'd find an economic way of shipping them to Michigan!

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  41. I am a huge fan of your work, Bruce. I will certainly be adding more of your stuff to my TBR mountain. Best wishes to you!

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    1. Thanks Beem! You guys are doing a great job on the party! Thanks for stopping by !

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  42. I read your book room 913. It was good writing.

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    1. Thanks! Glad you liked the book. And thanks for stopping by!

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  43. Exciting book blurbs and I love your Johnny Cash video. Best wishes.

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  44. Great, concise introductions, Bruce. Hope you get a bunch of sales from today!

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  45. I enjoyed your blurbs and you'll see sales for sure from this! Congrats. I've watched your video on several occasions and liked being about to see it again! You have so many books, wishing you the best success.

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    1. Thank you! Wish I had more books! Working on that!

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  46. Sorry I didn't get by to leave a comment on the 23rd, Bruce. I remember reading Inside Room 913 and enjoyed it. I hope to get to some of your others at some point. I hope you enjoyed the day hosting!

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  47. Thanks for stopping by! Had a great day and it continues!

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  48. Brilliant blurbs! I'm putting them in my tbr list. I hope you'll forgive us tardy guests :)

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  49. Hi Nicholas! Tardy or not, always nice to see you!

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