Monday, October 24, 2011

Hangin' with Peter Hansen: Interview and Giveaway


This week for the Riptide Blog Tour I get to hang out with Peter Hansen. I am verra excited about that. Peter totally rocks mah socks. Today I get to sit down and have a chat with him and later on this week I get to play with one of his characters. Not just any character mind you, a verra special character. I'm soooo excited. Which on you may ask? Well, I'll tell you. It's... *dramatic pause* ...the tentacle monster. Oh yeah, oh yeah. W00T! That rocks hard. Way, WAY hard. And, as with the rest of the tour stops at the Place, there is also the weekly giveaway of awesome. That rocks hard too. :D

Speaking of the giveaway of awesome, I’m trying out a new comment system on the blog. If all goes well, it should eliminate the need for you to have to leave your email addresses in the actual comment section when you enter. I know not everyone was real jazzed about needing to do that, which I totally understand, so I’m trying to come up with a better way.  It also gives everyone more direct interaction with each other and with the authors when they come to visit.  It seems to be working well so far from my end but I’d love to know how it’s working for you guys too.  If anyone has ANY trouble leaving comments, please shoot me an email at amara@mambazlair.com and I can enter you in the giveaways that way. I certainly don’t want anyone to miss out on the goods because I’m over here messin’ with the system.

Ok, now that I’ve rambled on about blog stuff, time to introduce you all to Peter and his fantabulous book.

Amara: Hi Peter! Welcome to my Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.  To start, howz about you tell me a little bit about yourself.

Peter: Hey, Amara! I'm a teacher and a shameless history geek who loves building imaginary worlds. I live in Buffalo, NY, where I enjoy walking along the Erie Canal and insulating my windows with clingfilm. One day I hope to perfect the art of the vegan tamale.

Amara:  OMG I am soooo clingfilm challenged, maybe you can help me do mine too.  :D  Um, yeah… sorry, we’ll talk about clingfilm later. So tell me about your current book, whatch’ya got going on.

Peter:  My October 30 Riptide release is "First Watch."

The year is 1926. Eldritch creatures roam the darkness, preying on the dying and the desperate-to-live. To save his own life on the battlefield, Edouard Montreuil made a pact with a monster--a pact with a steep price attached. Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine with a nightmare captain, Edouard must give his body each night as the bells sound for the first watch. As the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard becomes desperate for escape … and calls on his old comrade Farid Ruiz to help him break this devil's bargain.

Amara:  Ooooo, vera cool. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Peter:  If you've ever read Lovecraftian horror and wondered just how flexible those tentacles were ... then this is the book for you.

Amara:  *laughs* Well, that works.  How has it been working with Riptide?

Peter:  I've been consistently impressed by the high caliber of editing, cover-art-soliciting, and promotion I've seen at Riptide. They're interested in challenging their writers to improve; they care about our careers and our work, and it shows in their attention to detail.

Amara:  That’s awesome. I’ve sure been impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Do you have any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Peter: I'm starting on a sequel to "First Watch" set during the Spanish Civil War, and depending on how many loose ends I have left at the end of it, I'd like to write a third story set during World War II. By then, I'll probably be sick to death of war stories, so I'm also working on a contemporary short story for Storm Moon Press's Like It or Not anthology and a novel set during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Amara: Awesome. I will sooooo be watching for those.

Were there things you discovered in your research that surprised you? 

Peter:  So many things! Because "First Watch" is a dieselpunk story with Lovecraftian horror in, I was willing to take liberties with technology, but sometimes I didn't have to. Apparently Napoleon was a major proponent of tinned sardines, and pre-1930 Sardinia was a hub for experiments with short-wave radio and long-distance cable transmission. By happy coincidence, I also learned that Google-searching "Sardine" to mean "something from Sardinia" was a no-go.

Amara:  Really? Interesting.  You’re characters are so vera interesting. I’m curious, which are most like you and in what ways?

Peter:  I empathize a lot with Farid. He's a genuinely good man who will do anything to help a friend, and he's a genuinely smart man who makes excellent snap-judgments in times of crisis ... and he has absolutely zero comprehension of the terms "common courtesy" and "inside voice." He doesn't entirely understand secrets or politesse, and although he knows how to lie, it never occurs to him that other people might be lying to him. In many ways, he's incredibly naïve--and I'll cop to it; I'm as naïve as they come.

Amara:  What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?

Peter:  Look, My Little Pony is a cultural phenomenon, okay?

Amara:  *Chuckles* okay.  What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

Peter:  Definitely The Illearth War, the second book in Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. Whereas the first book, Lord Foul's Bane, was more a  quest story, Illearth War was--as the title suggests--a war story. Looking back, I'm not sure how I got through the rape/incest dynamics with Lena, Elena, and Thomas Covenant; the main characters were deeply troubled people with whom I could not empathize at all, and I spent all of their pages with my face firmly fixed in D: position. What saved the book for me was Hile Troy, blind tactician and professional badass. I grew up wanting to be as brave, dedicated, and cunning as he was. While Illearth War wouldn't make it onto my top 100 books today, it was an important, formative book in my early years.

Amara:  Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Peter:  Rammstein's "Reise Reise" (lyrics: http://herzeleid.com/en/lyrics/reise_reise/reise_reise ). Dark, atmospheric, and industrial, and it speaks well to a maritime culture in which death is inescapable. It's also the sexiest fishing song I've ever heard.

Amara:  *gasp* I love that one.  I just had that on the other day.  Awesome. 
*smiles* That was fun. Thanks coming and chatting with me Peter. I hope we get to do this again. You rock. *whispers* so does your story.  :D

Check Peter out online, trust me, you want to…

Email address: peter.hansen.writes@gmail.com
Website URL: http://peterhansenfiction.weebly.com/
Twitter: P_HansenWrites ( http://twitter.com/#!/P_HansenWrites )
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/peterhansen


This Week's Giveaway...
First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).


The fine details...
  • This week’s giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post.
  • All commenters will also be entered in end of tour giveaway of AP 3 prize packages. Details here.
  • All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
  • Please include a valid email address or we won’t know where to contact you.
  • Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
  • This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
  • Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • By entering the contest, you are confirming you are at least 18 yrs old.
  • eBook giveaways open worldwide. 
  • Swag giveaways USA only 




Also this week...
First Watch Excerpt
My Review
Character Interview

82 comments:

  1. I'm feeling all left out...about the only familiar thing in there was My Little Pony...Obviously my education has been lacking in a few key areas.

    *wanders off to play Google games*

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  2. My Little Pony *is* a cultural phenomenon. :) Thanks for the interview, it was great hearing about some of your inspiration.

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  3. Ok, what is it with the My Little Pony thing, and why are people so fascinated by it?  I collected them and watched the cartoon in the 80s when they first came out and it was no big deal, but draw them like Power Puff Girls and suddenly it's huge??  I don't get it.

    (Count me in.) =)

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  4. My little Pony..ahh those were the days...

    between,  the release of First Watch seems to coincide with Halloween eve. I hope the horror is enough to keep me up that night. ^__*

    I am actually blur with the steampunk genre, so not much of comment from my side.

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  5. Careful -- you start out researching tinned fish and three hours later you look up, wondering why you were reading this article on radio waves. The Googles aren't quite as addictive as TVTropes, but their pull is strong nonetheless.

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  6. I watch it because ... because I want to know what my students are watching! Yeah, that's it. Not because I need the occasional weekend pick-me-up or anything. *innocent look*

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  7. Hell if I know. I missed the first go-round in the eighties because I was busy being hypermasculine and cootie-hating.

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  8. I admit, although I really like steampunk in concept, I keep having issues with the execution. Same problem I have with hard SF -- the plots are frequently tech plots, and the problems require tech solutions. While that's cool, and I can see where it has a place in our speculative fiction, it sometimes leaves me feeling a little cold.

    Since we've already established that I have no shame when it comes to cartoons, I'll just say that my favorite steampunk work is "The Great Mouse Detective." The tech is there to provide an excuse for the characters to get on with their development, and not the other way around; the visuals are also stunning, and for a "kid's show" with a bunch of anthropomorphic mice, it's pretty raunchy.

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  9. Peter, the cover is just gorgeous!  

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  10. Peter, the cover is just gorgeous!

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  11. Great interview, Peter and Amara. Peter, I love seeing how that brilliant mind of yours works, even (okay, fine, ESPECIALLY) if it does involve, er, flexible tentacles :D

    And Amara, OMG, I'm unreasonably excited about you interviewing the tentacle monster :D

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  12. Thanks, glad you liked it. :) 

    LOL I'm unreasonably excited about tentacle monster interview too. Tis my first monster interview. It was waaaaay fun. :D :D

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  13. The interview was great; I enjoyed reading it.

    I'm really excited about First Watch; I look forward in reading it.

    Thanks,Tracey Dbooklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  14. I have rocked the research (or at least the research PAPER) once or twice in my time (of course, that was when I didn't have to get up at 6 to make sure kids made it to the bus stop on time; Curse You, Mother Nature!! *shakes fist as sky*)

    But I'm beginning to believe research is subjective. My 8YO son presented me with 20 research "facts" about Raptors on Friday that *still* have my brain doing a swirly-dance...

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  15.  It was SUCH a fun interview. Amara asks the best questions. :D

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  16.  Welcome back, you. :D Thanks for coming by!

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  17. LOL OMG researching things totally does that to me. Glad I'm not the only one. 

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  18. I can't wait to post it. It definitely rates up there with my faves I've done so far. :D

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  19. Hi Tracey . I'm glad you liked the interview. That makes me smile. :) Thanks for coming by m'dear. 

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  20. Hi Monica. Thanks for coming by. :)

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  21. LOLOL! Cootie-hating? You crack me up. Just sayin'

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  22. Wow!  Now that I've read what this story is really about, I'm even more excited to read this book.  Totally cool!  I haven't heard of dieselpunk yet, but I can guess what it means.  Anything with tentacles is bound to be just filthy fun!  Please enter me ...

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  23. Hi LCF :)

    This story is sooooooo good. You simply MUST check this one out.

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  24. I kind of like it when I get distracted by random Googly-ness & come out of it hours later to realize I've successfully avoided hours of housework...

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  25. I am replying this time just to test the email notification...'cause I can. :D

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  26. Hiya Tracy. Not at all sure how this will work. Am trying to reply by email.

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  27. Were there "cootie-catchers" involved? And should I be ashamed that I taught my boys how to make same? LOL

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  28. Those were the fortune-teller things, right? Four pointy bits, foldy-uppy bits in the middle?

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  29. Lol. I do that aaaaall the time. 

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  30. Heeeey! Lookie there, it totally worked from my phones email. That's kinda cool there. :D

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  31. Great interview enjoyed verra much.  Not a particular proponent of My Little Pony but hey, vive la difference!

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  32. While reading this I was like Chronicles of what? and then that other stuff  and I'm all like "Google it baby". Then I got to Rammstein and I so know who they are, 'Du Hast' was like one of my songs when I was a teenager. No clue what they are saying but it sounds hot.

    Mmm to the tentacles, I am kinda into that 'wink',

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  33. Hiya Phoenix :) Yeah, I'm not into My Little Pony either. Daughter is thou. She may even still have some. lol. They've sure changed than the original ones I remember. Now they're like all... super ponies. 

    Glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for coming by :D

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  34. Them's the ones! (And, oh, dear, my East Tennessee slipped out a bit, but I'm too tired to put it back away... :D)

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  35. Hi Darien. :)

    I still love Du Hast. Have that baby on my iPod. My favorite Rammstein song I think is Ich Will. AWEsome. 

    Thanks so much for coming by. Hope Monday was good to you. :)

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  36. Hello!
    I'm Spaniard and I'm a bit bored of films about Spanish Civil War because it's the principal blurb of many titles, but if you write a book about it, i'll read it delighted. ^_^

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  37. Great interview :-)  Loved the one-line hook for the book - totally sucked me in ;-)  Can't wait to read it!

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  38. I think dieselpunk with Lovecraftian horror is my new favorite genre!  Thanks for the introduction to a new author :) 

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  39. Hi Sarah. So glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for coming by today. :)

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  40. You're very welcome. Peter is sooooo great. Srsly. 

    Thanks so much for coming by the blog. :)

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  41. Hi Maria. Thanks for coming by, hope you had a good day today. :)

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  42. Don't be embarrassed by your love of MLP.  I'm a huge fan of Jem & the Holograms and almost cried when they finally released the whole series on DVD.  It's relaxing which I think is a good thing in this hectic and stressful life we live.  Consider these kinds of guilty pleasures emotional therapy.

    Thanks for all the Riptide giveaway fun!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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  43. arella3173_lovelessOctober 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    I absolutely enjoyed the interview! 
    Haha! Nice~ I've only listened to a few Rammstein songs but what I have heard I've liked. Nice pick for a theme~ lol...

    *just in case*
    Judi
    arella3173_loveless @ yahoo.com

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  44. Wow! Peter, I remember the Thomas Covenant Chronicles and getting more and more depressed as the series went on until I hit The One Tree.... That had to be the most depressing novel ever... Not the best thing to read when studying for exams for the final year of school, lol! I loved the series at the time, but now I shudder at the thought of reading it again. (I loved Mordant's Need though - still do!)

    I'm really looking forward to Saturday (I'm in Oz) when I can get my grubby mitts on First Watch - I have no doubt it will be fabulous!

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  45. Jem and the Holograms! yes! I had almost forgotten & then last week I was flipping channels & they were on Cartoon Network! & my kids love the old He-Man cartoons...

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  46. Heh, I still have around 2 dozen original MLPs around the house for my daughters to play with. Who knew that they'd become in vogue again 25 years later. (Dammit, now I feel old.) =)

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  47. I think my favorite is going to have to be a Miyazaki film, either Howl's Moving Castle or Spirited Away or Nausicaa.  (Not sure any of those technically counts as steampunk since they're fantasy worlds, but I'm sticking with it.)

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  48. *waves* Hi Peter. Don't mind me, I'm just testing the new commnet section. :)

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  49. Lol my daughter still sqweez over Jem. If she comes by and reads any of this, she is going to Jem me to death.

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  50. Hi Judi. So glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for coming by. :)

    *whispers* check out Rammstein's song Ich Will. Tis my favorite. :D

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  51. Hi Sue. Thanks so much for coming by. :)

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  52. GOOD LORD!  there's a whole SERIES??! Why was I never told about this?! when I was little I had a movie and I would watch it over and over and over, till we "accidently" left it at some other little girls house and I was never allowed to go get it.

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  53. Hell Yes I will! it's a good vacation from my Sailor Moon reminiscing lately :D

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  54. I just got rid of the last one when I moved. her name was Wisteria.

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  55. Hell Yes I will! it's a good vacation from my Sailor Moon reminiscing lately :D

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  56. Meanest mom in the whole wide world \o/

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  57.  Ugh, The One Tree was BRUTAL. The whole second trilogy was pretty rough, though, even though its Giants to Utter Bastards ratio was a great improvement over the first trilogy.  Have you read the most recent cluster of novels? Are they worth checking out?

    Can't wait for you to rub your grubby mitts all over my story. :D

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  58. Got to second Amara on this one. Some other good songs are 'Rosenrot' and 'Du Hast,' in case you've missed those on your forays into Rammstein's body of work. :D

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  59.  I'm not all that embarrassed, actually. :D It's important for a romance writer, especially, to remember how important friendship is -- we get so caught up on the sexy romantic relationships that we sometimes forget to value friendly relations, too. Socially, we could use about as many pick-me-up friendship cartoons as romance novels. They both teach us about love; they just teach it in different keys.

    All right, that's my weekly quota of Sappy Platitudes. No more until next Monday. ;)

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  60. If we can get a few dozen people writing in this genre, it'll totally make my year.

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  61.  Soon, soon! And maybe if you're good, I'll write you an outtake with More Flexible Tentacle Action. ;)

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  62. How interesting! In the US, we don't really get much Spanish Civil War stuff -- we've got our own civil war to fetishize -- so in my country, it seems like largely unbroken ground (barring a few Hemingway novels). I hope to do a credit to your country by filling it with betentacled fiends.

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  63. What excellent taste! I have something of a predilection, myself. *ahem*

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  64. I don't think it likes your experiment. At least not the blue part. Bold works thou, good to know :D (<-- wishes it had smileys cuz those are cute.)

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  65. If I'd known that was the thing everyone would fix on, I tell ya, I'd have said I was embarrassed to watch Hawaii Five-0 or something. ;)

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  66. But that wouldn't have been nearly as much fun. ;)

    My Little Ponies FTW! :D

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  67. We can agree on the awesomeness of Miyazaki, however we categorize his work generically. Have you read the original Howl's Moving Castle? Very different tonally, but equally compelling.

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  68. Just testing again.

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  69. Unfortunately Peter, a lot of time had passed since I've read the first 6 Covevant novels, with many details blurred or missing in my memory. I knew I'd have to re-read those 6 to get what was happening in the new trilogy; so being too chicken to do a re-read, I haven't read them... I have heard that they aren't as bleak as the first two trilogies (not that that wouldn't be hard) but how accurate that is, I haven't gotna clue.

    Yep, I'll be doing a lot of rubbing... ;)

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  70. Sure! Your book will be great.

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  71. Great interview... So glad this is going to be a series

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  72. "Great interview... So glad this is going to be a
    series" ~ Sarah

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