Rave Reviews Book Club Back-to-school Blog Party #RRBC

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WELCOME to

Rave Reviews Book Club’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL

BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY

brought to you by Patricia M Jackson’s blog

in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota.

PARTY LINE-UP HERE!!

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

 

  • *Two (2) $20 Amazon Gift Cards

  • *Five (5) Autographed Paperback copies of both Henrietta & Isabella                                   (Books 1 and 2 in the House of Donato Series)

# of Winners for this stop: 7

Watch the trailer for Henrietta as background music, if you like.

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An interview with Etta Donato (the main character in Henrietta):

41980945 - pregnant woman practicing yoga, sitting in lotus position on a beach at sunsetInterviewer: First of all, thanks for joining us today, Etta. We know you have a busy life. Just to set the stage a little, you’re the main character in the book Henrietta, so I guess Etta is your nickname?

Etta: Yes. It’s an old-fashioned name, but I was named after my great-grandmother. Her story is also in the book, so it’s a two-for-one value.

Interviewer: Okay. And you’re also a writer. Is that right?

Etta: Yes. I have an MFA from Northern Michigan University and met my husband while attending graduate school in Marquette.

Interviewer: Great. So, what, to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Etta: Finding the time. I’m a young mother, with another one on the way. Tom and I own a bed-and-breakfast on the shores of Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, so I’m busy. There’s never enough hours in the day. Sometimes the only time I find to write is when everyone is snoring.

Interviewer: And the easiest?

Etta: Coming up with ideas. I’ve got so many ideas running through my mind. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

Interviewer: How long have you been writing?

Etta: Since I was a little girl. I’d make up ridiculous stories with my cousin Peggy. Sometimes we’d act them out. She and I have been pen pals for forever, so a lot of the time I’d pour what was in my heart out in words to Peggy and eventually I started writing them in story format instead of letters. I’m sure I’d cringe at some of those early stories I used to send her.

Interviewer: What types of stories do you like to read?

Etta: I’m an equal opportunity reader. Of course, I love romances, but I like thrillers and mysteries and sci-fi too. I haven’t gotten into the paranormal stuff much, but I’ve been thinking about it. And, of course, who doesn’t love a good western. There are such predictable characters in westerns. I love ‘em. And like Stephen King says, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have a chance to write.”

Interviewer: Please tell us all about you.

Etta: I’m a pretty typical Midwestern woman, about to be a mother of two, originally from Minnesota, the Twin Cities. I’m married to my best friend, Tom, who is also a native Minnesotan. I’m a runner. I try to run at least two miles every day, sometimes more. I’m a writer, but I don’t specialize in any one genre at the moment. Let’s just say I’m finding my niche in the writing world. I’ve published some of my work, a short story in an anthology of Indigenous American folk tales, which was wonderful! I’ve also published two stand-alone mystery novels. I’ve been through a lot in my life. My mother died when I was young, brought up by my dad, who is the world’s greatest dad. I’m the survivor of date rape and violent crime and glad to say I lived to talk about it. I’m a huge victim’s rights advocate and speak at domestic violence conferences on occasion. Otherwise, I’m just me. <giggle>

Interviewer: Would you like to share an embarrassing or funny moment with us?

Etta: That’s an easy question. It’s always the same one. The first time I met Tom. I went to this club, and he sat down. We flirted, then this hypnotist started his act. Next thing I know, I’m on stage with this total stranger, I had been hypnotized, and I just know I’ve kissed this guy while I was out of it. It was incredibly embarrassing, and yet, it turned out okay in the end. I did marry him, after all …. much, much later!

Interviewer: Where do you see your writing career in ten years?

Etta: Wow, ten years. I can’t imagine it at the moment. I’ll have a thirteen and ten-year-old. My life may perhaps be even more chaotic than it is now, but I’m hoping to have found my niche and published a couple of fiction series, maybe more on the American Indians. Gee, I guess I better get started on that, huh?

Interviewer: What advice would you give your teenage self?

Etta: I’d probably tell myself to pay attention, learn a lot. Listen more and speak less. I missed a lot of cues from people that I should have picked up on that would’ve saved me a lot of pain and heartache, so I think, just be more aware. And I’d tell myself to stop taking life so seriously. Have fun! What good is life is you aren’t enjoying yourself? Tom’s taught me a lot about just letting loose and letting go.

Interviewer: Where can we find you on the Internet?

Etta: You can find my whole story in Patricia M Jackson’s book, Henrietta: Book #1 in the House of Donato Series. You’re going to put the links in the same post, I think. My sister-in-law’s story is Book #2, Isabella. She’s a hoot. You’ll get a laugh out of her and Murphy. Murphy’s a little insane, by the way, but only a little. He’s a pro hockey player for the North Stars at the moment. My cousin Peggy’s story, Margaret: Book #3, is due out in the fall of 2016, so make sure you pick that up. Peggy is an incredibly talented pianist and wonderful person. She’s a lot like a sister to me. Anyway, her story is the culmination of the overall story that began with me. You can find all of that on Patricia’s website: http://www.patriciamjackson.com and a lot more.

Interviewer: Well, thanks again, for your time, Etta. We appreciate you taking the time to sit down and talk with us for a while. Please give our best to Tom and the Donato family. They have a pizzeria, is that right?

Etta: Yes. It’s a great place to stop for a bite if you’re ever in Duluth, and it’s fantastic food! Have fun on the blog tour everybody! I hope you all win huge prizes!

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Henrietta (FREE)

Printed Paperback:  Henrietta

Amazon (FREE):   Henrietta – Kindle on Amazon

Smashwords (FREE):  Henrietta (EPUB, MOBI, PDF, TXT)

Henrietta: Book Club Discussion Questions (Spoiler Alert!):

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Love. Fear. Mystery.

Tom and Etta have a problem. They’ve kissed passionately but don’t remember it. Both are starting life over, she as a writer in grad school and he, as a former hockey player, after a career-ending injury. But is anyone ever completely free of their past?

Tom and Etta create a bond from friendship then move beyond. It may not be possible to start anew with baggage from the past and no clear vision of the future. Or will people from the past always come looking for you when you least expect them? Words from another Henrietta, who rebuilt her life from tragedy, bring the answers that allow Etta to move forward. But is it already too late?

If you like an engaging, meticulously written romance steamy enough to raise any reader’s heart rate, then download this beautiful, inspiring gem.

Isabella ($2.99)

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Humor. Desire. Conspiracy.

Chad “Manic” Murphy, is an amusing and charismatic hockey star on the rise. His tutor is the gorgeous Isabella Donato, his teammate’s twin sister. If only he hadn’t promised never to touch her. Though his life is in turmoil, he charms his way into her heart. When she comes to her senses, her follow-the-rules mentality often clashes with his oblivious, impulsive ways.

Murphy’s one-sided decision to turn pro throws them into a cycle of unanswered longing. He stumbles upon a lawless domain driven by a man who has the power to destroy his world. Can Murphy clean up his chaotic life and once again sweep Izzy off her feet? Tragedy leaves her wondering if they could ever make it work.

Isabella is the second in the new adult romance series “The House of Donato”. If you like an enjoyable light-hearted romance, with sensitive love scenes sure to delight and arouse, download this unpredictable and compelling read.

Watch the Trailer for Isabella here:

Margaret (Coming Autumn 2016)

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What holds a relationship together during difficult times?

Peggy, a gifted pianist, building a future at Julliard, ends up roommates with Brian Donovan, her cousin’s husband’s best friend. He was only doing her a favor, too occupied with law school and working for the FBI to notice she was around. At least he was kind enough to explore Manhattan together.

Donovan has no interest in a relationship with the luscious and exotic Peggy, convinced that there is no place in a cop’s life for a family. When a hot case causes disharmony, they end up playing a different tune. Do they have what it takes to guard their new love against harm?

Margaret is the culmination of the new adult romance series “The House of Donato”. This pleasantly paced tale filled with real-world conflict and skillfully interweaved suspense will finish off a story three books in the making. Enjoy this sensitive love story today.

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Thanks for coming today. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments below to be eligible for BIG PRIZES!

Good luck on winning the giveaways! I’ll see you at the next stop of this excellent #RRBC BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

 Be sure to visit my fellow participant on the tour today:  

Joe Stephens

Enjoy the party!
Very sincerely yours,
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99 Comments

  1. Ernestine Rose

    Just letting you know that I received your books. I can’t wait to dig in!

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  2. lizziechantree

    Thanks for hosting the party. You have a lovely blog and your books look intriguing!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Lizzie, for stopping in. Come back anytime!

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  3. mikelynes

    Hi Patricia – very well organized blog – loved it! Sorry I missed your RRBC Back to School Blog day – traveling and no internet! – Best regards – MikeL

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Traveling with no internet is the best, Mike! I gets you back to the “old days” that teenagers just don’t understand. Thanks for stopping in.

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  4. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hello Patricia, I’m so sorry I missed your stop. It was definitely and oversight. Looks like you are doing well. Good luck!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Better late than never, Shirley. No worries. Thanks for stopping in to say hello. Have a lovely day!

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  5. Bruce A. Borders

    Enjoyed the interview!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping in today, Bruce.

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  6. Danielle J

    Thanks for sharing

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  7. Micki Peluso

    Commenting twice since I’m not sure it took the first time. Love your site, your books and your prizes. I could live here. I hot Henrietta from Amazon and hope to read it in my lifetime. Have a great tour day!!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      I got both your comments, Micki. You’re good. You’re welcome here anytime! Have a great night!

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  8. Micki Peluso

    Hi Patricia, so nice to meet you. Your books and prizes sound tantalizing and I just picked up “Henrietta’ from Amazon. Hope to get to it in my lifetime:). Have a great tour!!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you for dropping in, Micki. I know what you mean. My TBR list is much fuller with great works from this blog party. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

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  9. beemweeks

    A very entertaining blog post, Patricia! Best wishes to you!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks, Beem. I’m glad you could make it today.

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  10. Lori Soard

    Hi Patricia, I enjoyed getting to know Etta more. Great stop today 🙂

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for dropping by, Lori. Have a wonderful evening!

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  11. Staci Troilo

    Hi, Patricia. Nice to learn more about you and Etta!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for coming, Staci. It’s good of you to stop by. Have a lovely weekend.

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  12. Wendy Scott

    Hi Patricia,
    Gorgeous imagery in your book trailers – I wanted to run in the forest, too! (well, more like walk).
    Best wishes with your books and blog party.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for the compliments, Wendy. Glad the trailers could take you away for a bit. Enjoy the rest of the party! So many good books to read.

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  13. kimwrtr

    Dropped by to say hello, Patricia. Enjoyed your party stop with the Etta’s interview and Isabella’s book trailer. Also enjoyed learning more abut your books. Have a great party!!! 😀

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping in, Kim. I appreciate your time and nice comments. Enjoy the rest of the party too! Have a lovely rest of your weekend.

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  14. Joe Stephens

    Hello Patricia! I love your trailers and the music you chose is just beautiful. Interviewing your main character worked quite well also. You seem to be having just as good a party day as I am!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Joe. It is a fun party today for sure! I’m glad you’re having fun on your site too! Enjoy the rest of the party!

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  15. Mae Clair

    Hi, Patricia. Happy party day! It’s great to swing by and meet you at your blog stop. I enjoyed Henrietta’s interview (btw, I actually love the name Etta) and I got a kick out of her and Tom on their first date. Talk about one for the record books, LOL. Wishing you a fabulous day today!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for coming today, Mae. I have to admit Etta James was part of my inspiration for the name, plus the real Henrietta was in my family. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time here. Have a great day yourself!

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  16. Karen Ingalls

    Miss Patricia, it is so nice to meet a Minnesotan! My husband is a native born and raised in Mpls. and I consider the Twin Cities “my home” even though I was born and raised in Southern California. We raised our kids in what was then a small town, Waconia…it has grown immensely.
    Now to your wonderful blog. I loved the music, the trailer, and the interview.
    Thank you for inviting all of us to your party. It was fun.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Karen, I’m going to claim you as one us. Anyone who survives a winter here gets to stake a claim. I know Waconia well, having grown up out in the “western edge” myself. Thank you for visiting today and for your kindness. Enjoy the rest of the party!

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  17. Lincoln Cole

    Great interview and it looks like you have some really cool books! Hope you’re having fun on the blog stop!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Lincoln! Thanks for coming. I hope you’re having fun on the blog tour yourself.

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  18. sjfranciswriter

    Hello Patricia! You have a very beautiful and colorful blog! Congrats on your book release. Enjoying meeting all the other RRBC authors and learning about their books! Cheers! S.J. Francis

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      It was a pleasure to have you come visit today, SJ. Thanks so much for stopping. Enjoy the rest of the party!

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  19. Natalie Ducey

    Patricia, what a lovely blog you have. I love the book trailers; such beautiful, tranquil pictures and the music sets an inviting tone. I’m heading over to Amazon soon to download Henrietta! Thank you. 🙂
    Your stories are very intriguing, and I look forward to reading your work. Congrats and best wishes with your upcoming release Margaret, that’s always an exciting time.
    The character interview was a treat as well. I liked Etta from the start. “I’m an equal opportunity reader.” 🙂
    Have an awesome party day! Cheers. 🙂

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping in, Natalie. Your work is a big inspiration to me, so I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. Jan Hawke

    Another lovely blog and some great trailers too – we’re being spoiled rotten today on the block party! I enjoyed getting to know Etta a little – she sounds like a remarkable lady 😀

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks so much for the compliments, Jan. I’m so glad you liked Etta. She’s not a lot like me, but I do like her. Have a great day!

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  21. lindacovella

    I love character interviews and I enjoyed Etta’s! Have fun with the blog party!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks, Linda. I’m glad you had fun here. Thanks for visiting and have a great time at the rest of the party!

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  22. ~Mar

    Great interview!! Such a lovely stop on the Block Party tour! Enjoy your day!! 🙂

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks, Marlena. Thanks for coming today. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. larryhyattlcntv

    Very nice. I enjoyed the interview. Lovely to look at, too.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by, Larry.

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  24. joannwentzel

    Very nice post. Enjoyed the trailer and the interview with Henrietta. Good luck with your blog day and your books.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Joann. I’m very glad you like my party stop. Enjoy the rest of the tour and have a wonderful day!

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  25. Rob Kimbrell (@VAauthor)

    Hi Patricia, have seen you quite a lot on Twitter and was waiting for your Blog tour day to learn more about you. Your trailers and Books look great, but you are an interesting gal as well. have a great day-I’ll be seeing you around!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for the compliments, Rob. This party has been a great opportunity to get to know folks in the #RRBC better. Thanks for visiting.

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  26. Suzanna Burke

    Greetings from Australia, Patricia. I loved the depth of character shown in the interview, very nicely done. Your love of writing shines through in this blog, and the books all sound tantalizing. I hope the remainder of your day is great fun.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you for stopping by today, Suzanna. Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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  27. Brent Griffiths

    Great covers, trailers and book descriptions and a great introduction to your work.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Brent. It’s so kind of you to stop by today. Enjoy the rest of the tour.

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  28. Sandra Cox (@Sandra_Cox)

    Hi Patricia,
    Lovely site. Great covers. Intriguing story lines.
    Party down:)

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for coming, Sandra. I’m partying down as far as I can go. 🙂

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  29. marymichaelschmidt

    Love the music, the chords, the pictures, the awesome book covers, and the tantalizing stories you have woven in this blog post. Have a great day!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Mary. It’s so kind of you to stop by. Have a great weekend!

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  30. tlclark

    love the ocean pic and book covers… books sounds awesome… happy wordage

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Tracey. Happy wordage to you, too.

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  31. Stephanie Collins

    Hi Patricia! I enjoyed the interview and trailer; thanks so much for sharing! Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂 ~Stephanie

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Stephanie. I’m so glad you could make it today.

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  32. Stephanie Taylor

    I love your interview with the main character! Happy blog touring day! 🙂

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for coming, Stephanie. I’m glad you liked it! Have an awesome day.

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  33. Ernestine Rose

    What a wonderful website! Filled with inspiring pictures and enticing love stories! I really liked your trailers and I’m downloading Henrietta today! Enjoy your tour!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you for coming and for your kind words, Ernestine. Have a lovely day!

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  34. Jan Sikes (@rijanjks)

    Hi, Patricia. It is nice to meet you on this blog tour. I enjoyed the interview with Etta. Somehow, I feel there is a bit of truth in Etta’s story. Good job! Hope you enjoy your day!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Jan. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. There’s always a nugget of truth in all writing, isn’t there? Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your Saturday!

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  35. Neil

    Great trailer!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Neil. Thanks for coming today.

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  36. John Fioravanti

    Your character interview is very well done, Patricia. Have a great day on the block party!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, John. You’ve given me a fantastic example to follow. #RRBC is great like that. Thanks for being a great leader.

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  37. tarafairfield

    What a wonderful introduction to your characters! Great blog. Thank you.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Tara, and thanks for coming. Have a wonderful Saturday!

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  38. coldhandboyack

    Nice looking blog. I like the color scheme you have. The covers are intriguing too. HAve fun on your party day.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you. I’m new to blogging so I appreciate your compliment. Thanks for visiting today.

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  39. John W. Howell

    Interesting interview, Patricia. I hope your party day is the best.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for coming today, John. Your support means a lot to me. Have a fantastic day!

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  40. Susan Joyce

    The interview with Etta was fun. Love the trailer–music and images! I’ve downloaded Henrietta and look forward to reading it one day soon. Thanks for your time today! Wishing you great success!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      It’s nice to see you here today, Susan. Thanks for coming. I hope you enjoy the book and have a wonderful day. Enjoy the rest of the party!

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  41. rebeccacarteremona

    Lovely pictures and songs in the trailers.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for the compliment and for stopping in today, Rebecca. I love creating trailers. It’s fun to match music and pictures to words. Have a wonderful day!

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  42. yvettemcalleiro

    What an interesting way to meet your future husband! lol! Thank you for the free download! I’ve got it on my Kindle now, and look forward to reading it! 🙂

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      You’re welcome, Yvette. I hope you enjoy the book and tell your friends! I like to think my romances give a chuckle from time to time too! 🙂

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  43. jinlobify

    I just snagged Henrietta. 🙂 It is free folks! 😀

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  44. Gwen Plano

    Hi Patricia! I enjoyed your party – great interview and trailer! I look forward to reading your book. Enjoy the day!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting and for your kind words today, Gwen! I hope you enjoy Henrietta. Have a lovely Saturday!

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  45. jinlobify

    Good to know you Patricia. Thank you for giving us a beautiful setting for your party. I loved reading your posts while listening to your beautiful choices of music. 🙂 Do enjoy your party. I’m having a good time here, myself. 😀

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Joy! I thought you might enjoy the music. Have a lovely Saturday!

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  46. Michelle Abbott

    Hi Patricia. What a great post! I enjoyed your interview with Etta. Romance is my favorite genre to read and write, so I’ve snagged a copy of Henrietta. Have a great day at the party!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Michelle. I hope you enjoy Henrietta. Always good to find a fellow romance lover.

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  47. Rhani D'Chae

    Hi Patricia. I really enjoyed stopping by your blog today. I love interviews, they are always so much fun. I hope you have a great time on the tour.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thank you, Rhani. I had a lot of fun interviewing Etta. I’ve grown to appreciate her. It’s funny how characters develop a life of their own sometimes. Plus I love meeting new people! I appreciate you taking the time to visit today.

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  48. D.E.Howard

    Great introduction to your books – enjoy your party today 🙂

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Have a wonderful Saturday!

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  49. marethabotha2013

    Thanks so much for an interesting fun blog stop today. My TBR list is getting fuller everyday 🤓 I hope you have a successful blog tour.

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks, Maretha! Have a lovely Saturday. I know I will be reading until February just to keep up with the great books available on this tour.

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  50. D.L. Finn

    I loved your trailer, beautiful pictures. Great interview. I added the first book to my kindle, thanks!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks, DL. I’m honored. This party is giving us all a lot of great reading material for sure!

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  51. reviewsbynonnie

    Hi, Patricia! Thanks for including me on your stop but I am not up today…had to move it back as my workload is extremely heavy with all the other stops. I hope you have fun today!

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    1. Patricia (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by on a busy day, Nonnie, and for this great party. I’ve really enjoyed it!

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