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May 2016 Historical & Contemporary Romance New Releases

May 2016 Releases
Highlander Unraveled
(Highland Bound Book 6)
by Eliza Knight
May 6, 2016
Scottish, Medieval, Time-Travel, Romance

Lady Emma, wife of Laird Logan Grant, wakes up to find that she is no longer in the 16th century, but back in modern times, with the abusive husband she left behind years ago… Though she’s able to escape him for the time being, with no money and no friends, he’s bound to hunt her down. And he wants to make her pay…

Logan is trying desperately to bring his wife back to him, or to travel himself to modern times… Life without Emma is not worth living, and he’s willing to move heaven and earth to find her.

Will Fate bring them back together? Is their love doomed to be a fleeting memory?

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The Lure of a Rake
(The Heart of a Duke Book 9)
by Christi Caldwell
May 2, 2016
Historical, Regency, Romance

A Lady Dreaming of Love
Lady Genevieve Farendale has a scandalous past. Jilted at the altar years earlier and exiled by her family, she’s now returned to London to prove she can be a proper lady. Even though she’s not given up on the hope of marrying for love, she’s wary of trusting again. Then she meets Cedric Falcot, the Marquess of St. Albans whose seductive ways set her heart aflutter. But with her sordid history, Genevieve knows a rake can also easily destroy her.

An Unlikely Pairing
What begins as a chance encounter between Cedric and Genevieve, becomes something more. As they continue to meet, passions stir. But with Genevieve’s hope for true love, she fears Cedric will be unable to give up his wayward lifestyle. After all, Cedric has spent years protecting his heart, and keeping everyone out. Slowly, she chips away at all the walls he’s built, but when he falters, Genevieve can’t offer him redemption. Now, it’s up to Cedric to prove to Genevieve that the love of a man is far more powerful than the lure of a rake.

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(de Lohr Dynasty Book 6)
by Kathryn Le Veque
May 5, 2016
Medieval, Romance

1236 A.D. – Daniel de Lohr, son of David de Lohr (STEELHEART, RISE OF THE DEFENDER, ARCHANGEL, UNENDING LOVE), is a highly trained knight of the highest order from one of the finest families in England. But he is also a wanderer, a gypsy, who prefers to travel rather than be tied down to one castle, one lord, or even one woman. He loves his vagabond lifestyle, much to the distress of his parents, who wish he would settle down. But Daniel’s wandering ways come to a stop when he comes across a young boy running for his life across the Yorkshire moors.

In that instant, Daniel’s life changes forever.

Saving the child from the man who is chasing him, Daniel returns the boy home. The child’s home is a fortress known as SHADOWMOOR, a desolate and derelict place harboring a cavalcade of dark and tragic secrets. Among those secrets, the once-proud Saxon fortress is now forced into poverty by a local lord who covets both the castle and the young boy’s sister. When Daniel first lays his eyes upon Lady Liselotte l’Audacieux, he immediately understands the wicked lord’s obsession.
A tall woman with hair the color of bronze, Liselotte is a fine beauty. But she is trapped in a terrible situation. As Daniel comes to know her and understand her strife, he vows to help the woman and her family fight off the wicked lord. But his determination does not come without a price; the once-wandering knight is now a champion for the persecuted of Shadowmoor and his admiration for Liselotte quickly turns to love. He is tied to her whether or not he wants to be, and the coming battle, and the odds against him, are staggering. Calling upon his father and his uncle, Christopher de Lohr (RISE OF THE DEFENDER), for assistance, it is fight… or die.

Can Daniel return Shadowoor to its former glory? Can Liselotte’s love tame the wanderer? Enter the world of Daniel and Liselotte to find out what the glory of love really means.

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Four Chambers
Power of the Matchmaker
by Julie Wright
May 1, 2016
Contemporary, Romance, Adventure

Every time Andra Stone crosses paths with Everett Covington, trouble follows. First she loses her scholarship, then she loses the apartment she’d wanted more than anything. But tragedy hits hardest when she loses her grandmother—the best friend Andra has ever known. She determines that Everett is a talisman of ill fortune. When Everett comes to work in her hospital and is applying for the same position she’d been working toward since residency, Andra believes him to be her personal poltergeist.

The human heart has four chambers—four chances to get it right. Andra has only one chance left.

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Loyal Heart
(The Von Wolfenberg Dynasty Book 1)
by Anna Markland
May 6, 2016
Medieval, Romance

An impossible choice…love or family loyalty.
Book I of a brand new series from Anna Markland, The Von Wolfenberg Dynasty.
Sophia falls in love with a guest at her brother’s wedding, but he is an envoy sent by her father’s enemies.
Brandt intends to return home as soon as his unwelcome obligation to attend the wedding is fulfilled. It quickly becomes apparent he’ll be lucky to leave the celebrations alive.

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How to Train Your Knight
by Stella Marie Aldean
May 6, 2016
Medieval, Romance

Year of our Lord, 1276.

In the hours just before dawn, blasphemous curses echo throughout the stone manor. A knife clatters to the floor, and a feisty young widow is bound, blindfolded, and led to the marriage altar. The king couldn’t possibly have sanctioned this farce of a marriage, could he? After all, she alone transformed a few mud huts and starving serfs into a flourishing town, never once hesitating to pay generous taxes to his royal kingdom. Abandon her beloved people to be ruled by her new husband, an ignorant Templar knight? Never! the Lady Ann vows.

A murderous witch for a wife? The Beast of Thornhill finds himself in the middle of either a cruel jest or an evil conspiracy. After returning from the Holy wars, he accepts bestowment of a small parcel of land in return for saving King Edward’s life. But the reward comes with a warning regarding the estate’s mistress. Despite his insatiable attraction to the black-haired beauty, he allows her time to warm to him while observing her strange, forward-thinking ways. But when all is on the line, will he stand by her through the inquisition or will they both hang for her secrets?

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The Wedding Fountain
Four Weddings and a Fiasco
(Kindle Worlds)
by Kathryn Le Veque
May 2, 2016
Romance, Contemporary

When Katharine “Kiki” Delgado Conrad loses her husband unexpectedly, dark secrets are revealed in the wake of the man’s death. Wanting a fresh start away from bad memories, Kiki returns to her hometown of Pasadena, California and purchases an older home in need of restoration. Her cousin, Julie Delgado, works for The Rose Chalet wedding venue and Kiki has aspirations of turning the old grand dame of a home into her own wedding venue.

But plans don’t go as she had hoped. The house needs far more restoration than she was led to believe and when hot, hunky construction estimator Trace Rocklin of Rocklin Construction delivers the bad news, Kiki fears that her dreams for a new life are dashed. Little does she know that her new life is about to begin… just not in a way she had imagined.

Trace feels sorry for the beautiful woman who is overwhelmed by the old house. A Pasadena native, he has only recently returned home to start a new life himself. While Kiki thinks she’s falling for a nice, normal guy, the truth is that she has no idea of Trace’s past – for twenty years, Trace was a CIA operative that enemy and ally alike called the “Eliminator”. If there was a dirty job, Trace would do it. But after his best friend was killed in the line of duty, Trace gave it all up to return home to work for his father’s construction company. He could no longer face the high risk of his profession and wanted a more simple life.

But there are those after Trace who won’t let him live quietly. As he and Kiki fall hard for each other, bonding over the restoration of her old house, Trace is called back to duty one last time. It’s either kill or be killed for Trace and he has no choice but to fight back. Upon learning of his espionage past, Kiki has to make the choice to stand with him in his final showdown… or not.

The Wedding Fountain is a funny, luscious, and exciting romance adventure will have you falling in love all over again.

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The Wedding Do-Over
(Four Weddings and a Fiasco)
Kindle Worlds Novella
by Jennifer Faye
May 2, 2016
New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Love that comes back is love that never went away…

At long last, Olivia Van Holsen’s hard work and sacrifice are paying off! She’s arranging the wedding of the year at the exclusive Rose Chalet for Hollywood’s latest sweetheart. Rushed and hushed though the event is, if all goes well, her reputation as a wedding planner will be made!

However, when she discovers the best man is Michael Camden, Olivia is blindsided. She hasn’t seen him since he ended their engagement just days before they were to say “I do.” Though she told herself their breakup was for the best, Michael won’t be ignored now; he’s a changed man, intent on making amends. But how can she risk her heart again with a wedding do-over when she’s on the verge of having all she’s dreamed of in her career?

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Doing it Over
(Most Likely To, Book 1)
by Catherine Bybee
May 3, 2016
Contemporary, Romance, Small Town

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

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Love’s Fury (Viking’s Fury, Book 1) by Violetta Rand (Excerpt)

loves fury coverLove’s Fury (Viking’s Fury Book 1)
by Violetta Rand
April 19, 2016
Published by Dragonblade Publishing
Viking, Medieval Romance
130 Pages


Caught between duty and passion…

After losing a drinking wager with his eldest brother, Konal the Red finds himself drafted by the Danish prince and fighting in Northumbria. Once his military contract expires, he intends to return to Norway where he belongs. But his exploits have earned him respect, lands, and a few enemies. Rewarded with a Saxon beauty who inspires more than simple passion, he’s determined to win her trust and body.

Caught between a heart locked on revenge and seduction…

Silvia, the only child of the church undersecretary, vows to avenge her beloved father after he’s killed in a siege. It doesn’t matter which Viking wielded the axe—an eye for an eye is the only thing that will satisfy her. When Konal claims her as a spoil of war, she sees it as the perfect opportunity for revenge. She never expects to discover a pure heart buried beneath Konal’s barbaric exterior.

As Konal slowly rekindles a spark of life inside her, their fates become hopelessly entwined. Not only must they withstand the violence of the envious lust-mongers who threaten them, Konal and Silvia must choose what’s most important—tradition or love that cannot be denied.


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Silvia clutched a dozen scrolls to her chest as she raced through the scriptorium searching for somewhere to hide. She covered her mouth and coughed violently. Smoke filled every corner, diminishing the afternoon sunlight that typically filled the high-ceilinged room. Shelf after shelf of manuscripts had been obliterated by the steel axes these heathen occupiers hefted. God’s breath… She halted. A man-beast of mythological proportions stood nearby, his attention focused on the table before him. The place where the monks passed their long days studying.

“No!” She couldn’t remain silent—couldn’t stop herself from screaming as he tipped the torch he held, the loose parchments providing the kindling the flames needed to spread.

She clung more desperately to her precious cargo, texts her father specifically requested she grab before he was cut down. She closed her eyes for a brief moment, stifling tears that threatened to spill, ones she’d held back so she could think clearly. But nothing helped now. How could she keep the harrowing memory of her sire’s death out of her head? The answer came as goosebumps crept up her flesh like a cold wind.

She felt the weight of the intruder’s stare and opened her eyes. Had the heathen heard her yell? Or was he simply in search of something else to burn?
“Jeg er glad for å se at det er mer enn bøker i denne forlatt stedet.”

His words were not lost on her. Her father had taught her enough Norse to communicate with the filthy invaders. This was no Dane, but a Norwegian. The bloody animal dared to humor himself whilst devastating her home.

“Brenn i helvete,” she cursed him. Burn in hell.

He laughed riotously, then turned his attention back to the room.

Fool. He obviously underestimated the threat of a woman. Panic gripped her heart, but she had to remain focused. The secret tunnel running along the north wall came to mind. If she could reach it … her gaze searched for a clear route. Unfortunately, she couldn’t see three feet in front of her. Nor did she know how many men were still inside. Her greatest chance of survival depended on getting out, now.

Silvia ran for the main entrance. She’d spent a happy childhood here—growing up exploring the buildings while her father worked. If the fire wasn’t extinguished, all would be reduced to pile of smoldering rubble. A part of her soul was dying, consumed by the same flames destroying the only scriptorium in the north.

Outside, conditions weren’t much better. Bodies littered the ground. Saxons—men of honor who risked their lives to reclaim their city were dead or dying. It was too late, in any case, to fight. Now mere survival would have to do. Amidst the agonizing screams and sounds of clashing metal, she hunted frantically for a place to stash the scrolls. Somewhere no one would look.

The ancient cemetery came into view. Who disturbed the dead when a city was under siege? She knew she’d done everything possible to help her father. Fulfilling his last request was all she had left to give him.

By some miracle, there was a half-dug grave nearby. It hadn’t rained in days and the soil was dry. There was time to retrieve the scrolls later. She reverently laid them on the ground, unpinned her thin cloak, then knelt, wrapping the delicate papers in her mantle. Her heart pounded as she placed the bundle in the earth, then spread loose soil over it.

Satisfied they were safe, she scrambled to her feet, noting her exact location. God would lead her back here if she forgot. And if he didn’t, she’d sacrifice her life trying to find it. But what now? The sanctuary appeared unharmed. If the Vikings weren’t trying to purge the northlands of holy sites, why were they targeting just the repository? She didn’t understand.

The sounds of battle grew louder…

She must find shelter. The cottage she had shared with her father was on the edge of the extensive church grounds, nearly a mile away. Vikings left nothing unsearched, no one alive—no woman untouched.

“Ikke flytt.”

The deep voice cut through her like a blade and she didn’t move. She should have never let her mind wander. Something sharp and hard stabbed her in the back.

“I accept your invitation.”

Accept her invitation? She gasped upon remembering where she’d told him to go.
To hell.

“Face me.”

Legs as heavy as lead, she did as he demanded, dreading the moment she’d see him clearly. In the smoke filled scriptorium, he had been little more than a nightmarish shadow. But in the light, truth hit her harder than anything. Despite the soot and ash covering his face, nothing could mask his exquisite features. Full lips—high cheek bones—a straight nose. Bronzed skin. His stark blue eyes impossible to avoid. And his hair, long and dark with coppery streaks. If she didn’t stop staring, he’d misinterpret her intention, possibly rape her. Silvia tried to avert her eyes.

His axe rested against his left leg. She swallowed hard, overwhelmed by the magnitude of his presence. When he pointed across the field, toward the courtyard, she shook her head, adamantly refusing to go anywhere with him. “I’d rather die than follow you.”

He growled, grabbing the top of her gown, her refusal obviously igniting his anger. The garment ripped, exposing her flesh. He gazed at her hungrily, a wicked grin splitting his face. Then his hands were on her arms, his filthy fingers digging into her skin as he shook her into submission. “Fail to obey me again and I’ll strip you.” He let go, shoving her backward.

She stumbled but didn’t fall. If he wanted her dead, she’d be dead. If he wanted to ravish her, she would have been flailing helplessly on the ground already with her skirt hiked over her waist. Hatred flowed as freely inside her as blood. But she didn’t know how to take his lack of violence.

He again pointed in the direction he wanted her to go. “Walk.”

Head held high, Silvia remembered the lessons her father had painstakingly taught her over the years. Hard lessons meant for people who lived in occupied lands. Her father had said subjugation doesn’t mean you must abandon pride. Christ instructed slaves to love their masters. She gritted her teeth. She’d never love a blasted Viking.


violetta randAbout Violetta Rand

Bestselling author Violetta Rand was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as a scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.

Violetta still lives in Alaska and spends her days writing romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

Violetta is traditionally published through Random House for her contemporary MC line as well through small press for her Viking’s Fury series with Dragonblade Publishing.

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Taken by the Highlander (Captured by a Celtic Warrior) by Eliza Knight

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Taken by the Highlander
(Part of Captured by a Celtic Warrior Box Set)
By Eliza Knight

Captured by a Celtic Warrior Box Set


Bestselling and award-winning authors bring you four never-before-published novellas of searing passions that span the ages. Four fierce warriors from Ireland and Scotland… Four heroines determined to resist them… One dagger steeped in the blood and treachery of kings.
The King’s Outlaw, by Kris Kennedy
1193 – Outlawed and on the run, Tadhg O’Malley has one mission: escape with the valuable dagger of Jerusalem before a brutal nobleman hunts him down. Trapped and almost cornered, his plan is simple: kidnap the innocent merchant with the long hair and complicated eyes. Igniting a raging passion is not part of the plan. Neither is falling in love. Both endanger their lives, his mission, and with it, the kingdom.

Taken by the Highlander, by Eliza Knight
1306 – A week before Lady Rose Munro is to wed a neighboring laird, she is abducted on the road by a wicked and dangerously handsome stranger. Highland warrior, Malcolm Montgomery has been ordered by King Robert the Bruce to steal Rose and her son from the suspected traitor she is about to marry—gifting him with an ancient and much sought after dagger as payment. Rose shouldn’t trust her captor. Shouldn’t feel her body heat at his simple touch, or allow him to press his fervent lips to hers… Malcolm shouldn’t be seducing the woman he is sworn to protect. Shouldn’t desire her, for she’s not meant to be his… Succumbing to passion threatens them both, and falling in love is absolutely not an option.

Stolen by a Highland Rogue, by Vonda Sinclair
1619 – When the infamous dagger is stolen from Highland chief, Dugald MacKerrick, he will do whatever it takes to reclaim it, even abduct the wife of the aristocratic thief, but what if his beautiful French hostage isn’t who he thinks she is? Deep in the rugged Scottish Highlands, Dugald discovers not only is his captive, Camille Bouchard, more than he expected, so is the passion raging between them, threatening everything he thought mattered to him.

Her Wicked Highlander, by Jennifer Haymore
1816 – Maxwell White is the newest member of the Highland Knights, an elite mercenary group sworn to protect the Crown. His first assignment is to keep independent and spirited Aila MacKerrick safe from a madman determined to get his hands on a treasure she unwittingly possesses. But Aila isn’t going to simply allow some Highlander—as handsome as he might be—to capture her and whisk her away to an abandoned castle. She’ll fight to the death for her freedom…as soon as she rids herself of this pesky, insistent desire that makes her far more inclined to run into his arms than away from them….


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From the trees, perhaps twenty yards away, the muzzle of a massive black warhorse appeared, covered in shining armor that reached to his ears, which were held back in warning.  A reflection on his master.  Massive hooves clomped slowly on the ground, like a demon sent from the underworld to take her.  His master was equally impressive.  Tall and thick, he sat the horse with expert ease, but the sheer size of him alone sent her heart into palpitations.  Over a linen shirt, he wore a plaid she didn’t recognize, colors as green as the grass and blue as the sky.  A thick iron brooch in the shape of a dragon.  Leather boots covered his muscled calves to his knees, and a gleaming silver sword was held in one hand.  Hair she thought at first to be brown, gleamed red in the light of the sun.  His face was painted in lines and swirls of blue.  Dark, fathomless eyes fixed on her.


Rose shook in the saddle, causing her own horse to shift restlessly beneath her.  She dragged in a ragged breath, and bit her lip to keep her teeth from chattering.


“Dear God, save us,” one of her men muttered under his breath.


The warrior stared them down with an intensity that could have melted iron.  His eyes met hers, locking her in, making her limbs go weak and numb.  They were the color of storm clouds, and she swore if he looked up at the sky, he could command lightning to strike.


“Do not engage him,” she whispered. “Negotiate.”


“I dinna think the man has negotiating in mind,” Peter said.


Rose’s belly twisted into knots.  She didn’t want her men to lose their lives, not in protecting her. They were low on men as it was.  However, Peter was right. One look at the fierce warrior and she could glean that he never negotiated.


“Then we should turn and run now.  We might be able to beat them back to the castle,” she urged, trying to save her men.


“Aye, my lady, I think ye’re right.”  Peter nodded to the men and as one they whipped their horses around and kicked their flanks, Rose doing the same, until their horses fairly flew across the moors.


From behind she could hear the pounding of the warhorse accompanied by even more. How many had he brought with him?  They made no vocal sounds as they advanced, only the thunder of their horses, and with every passing second, Rose grew more fearful.  The castle was still a good distance away.  They’d not make it through the gates to safety in time.


Was this to be her fate?  Having survived a brutal attack at the hands of her enemies nine years before, only to die by a demon warrior in the middle of the moors, buried forever in a bog?


“Hurry!”  Peter bellowed.


But his urging was all for naught.  Behind her, she heard the painful cry of one of her men, and turning slightly in her saddle, she watched as the man was hit on top of the head with the hilt of a sword by one of the painted demons accompanying the warrior.


He didn’t stop.

He kept coming.

His eyes on her and her alone.


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About the Authors


Kris Kennedy writes sexy, adventure-laden romances set in England and Ireland, during the ages when chivalry and knights reigned supreme.  With hard alpha heroes, strong heroines, and loads of adventure, her books have won multiple awards, including DECEPTION, which received Romantic Times’ Book Reviewers K.I.S.S. Hero Award, for the best historical hero of the year, and THE IRISH WARRIOR, which won the Romance Writers of America’s® Golden Heart Award.   To learn more about Kris, visit her website at, find her on Facebook at, and on Twitter @KrisKennedy.   To get all the latest release news and deals, click here to sign-up for Kris’s Book Alert newsletter.

Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling indie author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance.  Under the name E. Knight, she pens rip-your-heart-out historical fiction.  While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children.  In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends.  She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and one very naughty puppy. Visit Eliza at or her historical blog History Undressed:  Visit her on Facebook, or Twitter: @ElizaKnight. If you’d like to receive news about releases and sales, visit Eliza’s website to subscribe to her occasional newsletter.

Vonda Sinclair’s favorite indulgent pastime is exploring Scotland, from Edinburgh to the untamed and windblown north coast.  She also enjoys creating hot, Highland heroes and spirited lasses to drive them mad.  Her books have won an EPIC Award and a National Readers’ Choice Award.  She lives in the mountains of North Carolina where she is no doubt creating another Scottish story.  To learn more please visit her at, Twitter at @VondaSinclair, or Facebook.  Visit Vonda’s website to sign up for her newsletter.

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Haymore is the author of sexy historical and contemporary romance. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including five RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice awards and the prestigious RITA® award for best historical romance.  You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.  To learn more about Jennifer, visit her at her website:, on Twitter at @jenniferhaymore, and on Facebook at   To sign up for Jennifer’s newsletter, click here.


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