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Author Interview with Rachel Brimble featuring If I Want You w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @RachelBrimble #giveaway #romanticsuspense

 

Harlie here:  I’m so embarrassed.  My English Rose is one of my all-time favorite authors and people and I had to PM her to get her to send me the book for review AGAIN!  Yes, she sent it last month and I swear I saved it somewhere on my computer so that I could download it later to read.  Much to my embarrassment, I have no clue what I did with it and she graciously re-sent it to me.  Needless to say that even though the review isn’t part of my participation in the tour, I did promise to read it and post my review on the tour.  Unfortunately, I haven’t finished it.  This has never happened before and it will never happen again.  I will be updating my post with the review within a day or two.  You can always find my reviews on Goodreads under the name Harlie Williams or Amazon (Brian’s Mom).  I know that I go on and on about Ms. Brimble’s work but if you have never read her books, you really need to.  From Romantic Suspense, Victorian Historical and of course, her Templeton Cove series, there is something for everyone.

 

If I Want You

by Rachel Brimble

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

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Excerpt Three:

Sensing her discomfort, he stopped and leaned against the bureau. God, did he frighten her? Surely not, or she wouldn’t be here. Or did she sense his attraction toward her and would do all she could to deflect it? He didn’t doubt for one minute his eyes gave away his appreciation whenever he looked at her.

He lifted the can to his lips. “So, what have you been thinking about?”

She tapped a peach-painted nail on the bureau. “This.”

“The bureau?”

“Principal White’s bureau.”

He frowned. “How did you know it was hers?”

“She mentioned you were working on a bureau for her when I was in the school office. I assumed this is it.”

“It is.”

“Good, because that makes it all the easier for me to give you your first assignment.”

“You want me to talk to her.”

She smiled, took a few tentative steps closer to him. “Got it in one, Watson.”

He smiled, pleased to see genuine mischief shining in her eyes. “I’m Watson?”

“Yep.”

“So that makes you Holmes. Not sure I like being anyone’s sidekick.”

Another couple of steps closer until no more than a couple of feet separated them. She met his eyes and his heart kicked. Her V-neck shirt was just the right side of professional. Yet, the way it revealed her collarbones and hugged her full breasts made him want to reach out and pull her into his arms, kiss her, taste her…

“You’re staring, Watson.”

He blinked and snapped his gaze from her breasts, rare heat hitting his face. “Sorry. You look nice.”

“Thanks.” She raised her eyebrows and nodded toward his chest. “So do you.”

He smiled. “Why don’t we go inside? It’s way too hot out here.”

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Welcome Rachel Brimble Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Hi, I live near the famous Georgian city of Bath with my husband of 19 years, our two teenage daughters and fabulous chocolate Labrador, Tyler. I write mainstream romance, romantic suspense and historical romance and have written twenty-two novels and two novellas. Apart from the two currently under publisher consideration, all my books have been published and available for download.

When I’m not writing, I love to read, knit and watch far too much TV – I also love to walk for miles with my dog, friends and family as well as enjoying far too many pub lunches and chilled white wine!

Is If I Want You a single title, or part of a series?

Right now, it is a single title, but never say never! I LOVE writing series and if the right story comes along I’d happily revisit Barlington, the small English town where If I Want You is set.

What were your inspirations for the story?
A lot of my story ideas come from the news and/or magazines and this story started to form in my mind after I watched a news piece where a missing child was reunited with her parents. I tried to imagine how her poor parents and the little girl felt when they were separated, what they were thinking, wanting to do. Before I knew it, I’d put myself in the position of the parents, the child and her abductor and the words and situation started to flow.

I was a little worried about writing a child abduction into a romantic suspense for fear it might put potential readers off, but I’ve handled it as sensitively as possible and the romance helps to soften the crime element.

Please share your setting for If I Want You. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
The town’s name of Barlington is completely fictional, but in my mind it is based on a small town near where I grew up in Bristol. There is one particular scene when the hero and heroine revisit a wooded area where she played as a child – the wood and the street around it is an actual place where I played and longed to live, but the area was so much more affluent than my parents could’ve afforded at the time.


When did the writing bug first bite?


A very long time ago when I was eight or nine! Life happened and I took a VERY long break until my youngest daughter started school full-time and I had a ‘now or never’ moment. I started to write my first novel which the Wild Rose Press published in 2007 (Searching For Sophie). Since then I have had at least one book published every year.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?


Favorite authors are Nora Roberts (and her writing as JD Robb), Jill Shalvis and Philippa Gregory – I am in love with so many of Nora’s series there are too many to list, I love Jill’s Lucky Harbor series and Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

See above as well as crime novelists Alex Grecian and Tess Gerritsen to spice things up a little!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
My absolute favorite thing second to writing is knitting! I’m addicted! Since I started about ten years ago, I now find it impossible to watch TV and not knit so I combine two of my favorite things and relax every evening

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?


The eeriest thing I’ve ever had happened, which was also a blessing, is when I had my eldest daughter she would have times of crying and no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop her. Whenever I was pushed to the end of my patience and the tears started to well in my eyes, she would suddenly stop and watch an invisible something as it moved about the room. Her tears quickly became laughter.

I really believe she was seeing my husband’s grandfather who has often been ‘felt’ by other members of the family. He was a massive part of the family and a huge character who would cheer everyone up when they were sad.

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

Write! Far too many aspiring writers dream about writing but don’t actually do it – another thing is not finishing a piece of work. Get it done and send it out to agents and publishers, it’s the only way it’s going to happen.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.

 

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

 

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

 

Links:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Facebook Street Team – Rachel’s Readers

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews

Interview of Ed Lin featuring Snakes Can’t Run w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @robertchow

Snakes Can’t Run

by Ed Lin

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GENRE:   FICTION/Mystery & Thriller

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BLURB:

Set in New York City in 1976, Snakes Can’t Run finds NYPD detective Robert Chow still haunted by the horrors of his past and relegated to tedious undercover work. When the bodies of two undocumented Chinese men are found under the Brooklyn Bridge underpass, Chow is drawn into the case. Most of the officers in his precinct are concerned with a terrorist group targeting the police, but Chow’s investigation puts him on the trail of a ring of ruthless human smugglers who call themselves the snakeheads. As Chow gets closer to solving the murder, dangerous truths about his own family’s past begin to emerge. Steeped in retro urban attitude, and ripe with commentary on minorities’ roles in American society, this gritty procedural will appeal to fans of George Pelecanos and S.J. Rozan.

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Excerpt Two:

By the time I got to Henry Street under the Manhattan Bridge overpass, one black-and-white and one unmarked police car were already there.

Peepshow was standing at the edge of the crime scene, twirling his baton, the one thing he could do without fucking up. “Keep moving, keep moving!” he yelled to the murmuring Chinese people. He touched his cap when he saw me. I nodded back.

Two bodies, Asian men in their twenties, lay on their sides. Both had their hands tied behind them with wire. They didn’t look fresh, and one man’s tattoo behind his ears stood out in sharp contrast to the white bloodless flesh of his neck.

I walked up to English, but before I could say anything he put a hand on my shoulde.r

“These fucking bag monkeys won’t let me past the tape,” he said, pointing out the forensic team collecting samples around the bodies.

“They’re just trying to do their job right.”

“I’ll do their job for them right now. These guys died from gunshot wounds and the bodies were dumped here. You can analyze for blood type all you want, but you can’t find the criminals looking down a microscope.”

“I hear you.”

“You know what solves crimes?”

“What?”

“Shoe leather. Walking around and asking questions.”

“All right.”

“Chow,” he said, coming in closer. “You see the guy in the crowd in the red knit shirt smoking a cigarette?”

“Yeah,” I said, knowing better than to look immediately.

“I don’t like his face. Too smug.”

“I’ll follow him.”

Welcome Ed Lin! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Hello, good to be here! Well, I was a punk-rock kid and I had wanted to get something like a new Velvet Underground band together but I could never find the right personalities to stick it out, so here I am writing books! I love spicy foods but I’m allergic to seafood. I like cold weather but I also like walking barefoot in the grass. Chunky’s better than creamy.

Is Snakes Can’t Run a single title, or part of a series?

It’s a part of a series that follows the life and evolution/devolution of the narrator, NYPD detective Robert Chow.

What were your inspirations for the story?

I was thinking about issues of immigration and documentation and I transferred part of the conversation to New York’s Chinatown in the 1970s. Nothing was PC among cops then. They said and did anything they wanted to.

Please share your setting for Snakes Can’t Run. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

New York City in the 1970s. It’s shortly after the city nearly went bankrupt. Garbage is piling up in the streets, cops are facing public charges of corruption even as their ranks are thinned by dwindling city coffers. Crime is rampant. Who knows what’s going on in Chinatown? Only Robert Chow.

When did the writing bug first bite?

I’ve wanted to write since I first learned to write. I’ve always wanted to tell and be told stories.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Decorum dictates that I restrict my answer to dead authors! Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes, Norbert Davis, Charles Willeford, James T. Farrell, Shirley Jackson and Dorothy B. Hughes all come to mind,

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Lou Reed, Toni Morrison, Amy Tan, Bob Mould and Iceberg Slim. I sure wouldn’t say much, I’d want to listen to them talk about their habits, what they like to read and their favorite foods.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy using and souping up old Apple Powerbooks. I install solid-state drives and increase memories. It’s sorta like a guy who works on cars in his garage.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I’ve experienced a ghost! I lived one summer in a haunted farmhouse all by myself. A big snoring sound would come out of one of the empty bedrooms opposite mine. It didn’t happen every night but when it did it was a peaceful entity. If it had said, “Get out!” I woulda been so outta there!

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

Don’t try to rush to publication. Take as much time writing and revising as possible. Make it the best story/novel you can before you even tell anyone else about it.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can’t Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertchow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ed-Lin-80513225734

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edlinforpresident/

Website: http://www.edlinforpresident.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/112827.Ed_Lin

Buy Links: https://www.harpercollins.com/cr-123754/ed-lin-1

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

 

Ed Lin will be awarding a limited edition print copy of the book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews, Reviews

Author Interview & #Review of Spooning Daisy by Maggie McConnell w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Spooning Daisy

by Maggie McConnell

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GENRE:   Contemporary romance (romantic comedy)

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BLURB:

Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce to die for. But Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen after a “bit of trouble” at her last job. Now blacklisted from Seattle to San Francisco, Daisy’s sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge in Otter Bite, Alaska, where the end of the road is just her beginning.

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Excerpt One:

Max cocked his head at her. No siree, Bob. Daisy Moon was not easy. She was like a 1500 piece puzzle, where all the pieces are really tiny, and similar in shape and color, but are nonetheless different, and it would take weeks, maybe even months, just to get the edges put together.  

“Don’t look so surprised,” she said. “I know I’m not exactly laid back. Okay, maybe that’s being kind,” she responded to Max’s smile. “But I’m an incredible cook. And a really good speller. Not to mention having a humongous vocabulary. I came in fourth in the national spelling bee championship when I was fourteen.”

Without meaning to, Max pictured Daisy at fourteen, in a prim white blouse and a demure plaid skirt with her hair tied back in a ribbon, triumphantly spelling words like…concupiscence.

“Do I know what men want, or what?” Now Daisy smiled…at herself.

Taking the cue, Max leaned into her and spoke sincerely, but resisted the urge to cup her hand.

“Somewhere there is a man who wants a pretty redhead who’s difficult and a great cook with a really humongous vocabulary who can spell…and next time it won’t be a cross-dressing felon.”

 

 

 

Welcome, Maggie. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My bio contains the official (nutshell) version of me. But here are some things not mentioned. During college, I worked as a go-go girl. About that same time, I made bi-weekly appearances on an ABC children’s show called Cactus Pete’s Funny Company. I would bring an adoptable dog or cat from the humane shelter where I volunteered and find homes for them. I once organized a fundraiser with pool great, Minnesota Fats. Before moving to Alaska, I owned a women’s weightlifting gym called The Body Shop. In Alaska, I waitressed at the legendary Mr. Whitekeys’ Fly-By-Night club before I found a “professional” job. I once served 18 months on a Federal grand jury. I adopted my first horse when I was 38; when we went out on trail, I strapped “bear bells” around one of his legs so the bears could hear us coming. I dislocated my right shoulder from a fall while skiing. I’m a (retired) marathon runner. I’ve been a blonde (natural color), brunette, and redhead. I can operate a John Deere tractor. I can relocate rattlesnakes without harming them. I love jewelry and art.  I don’t have a tattoo, but I really want one. Can anyone give me encouragement/advice?

Is Spooning Daisy a single title, or part of a series?

It’s the first in a series of books set in Otter Bite, Alaska. The series is a little unusual in that the setting is as equally important as the characters. You might say, the setting is a character as well. While we see some of the same people/animal characters from book to book, the stories aren’t necessarily related (as they might be in a series about a specific family or group of friends).

What were your inspirations for the story?

The original idea (and opening scene) was inspired by my own garage sale, right down to the sheets covering the makeshift plywood tables and the silver-plated chafing dish. As the day progressed, I started thinking “what if…” and the book was born. The primary location of the story, Otter Bite, Alaska is inspired by the very real Kachemak Bay village of Seldovia where I spent summers during my 23 years living in Anchorage. Anyone interested in learning more about this special place can visit Seldovia.com .

When did the writing bug first bite?

Around seven, with a very short story about a donkey, which I also illustrated. So even then I had a Gemini’s inclination for diversity. I haven’t been blessed with a “singular purpose” in life although I do have a few “constants.” That 7-year-old has never stopped writing. Over the years, I’ve taken writing courses, completed manuscripts, attended conferences, entered contests—You Had Me at Habari, set in Kenya, was a 2012 Golden Heart finalist. Now I take one page at a time.

You mention a few “constants” in addition to writing. What are they?

As early as I can remember, I’ve had an affinity with animals. In my family, I was the one who had the menagerie—birds, mice, fish, turtles, hamsters, bunnies, dogs, and cats. If I could get it at Woolworths (I’m dating myself now!) I had it. But that love grew and changed into a philosophy that today I live by. The more I learned about the exploitation of animals, the less I could be complacent and participate in that abuse. Peter Singer’s eye-opening book, Animal Liberation, was a huge influence. Forty years ago, when I became a vegetarian, there was so little public awareness about the cruelty of factory farming; I had to constantly explain why I wasn’t eating animals.

Through the years, I’ve witnessed a positive shift in the public consciousness about animals and also the environment. Two years ago, I became a vegan, which means no dairy. Now, my life has come full circle; living on a ranch, I again have a menagerie—two horses, a dog, a cat and a cornucopia of wild critters.

Do animals influence your writing?

My main characters always have some connection to and affection for animals. In Spooning Daisy, both Daisy and Max have animal companions—revealing more would spoil the surprise. I also like to include a variety of animal characters—domesticated and wild—so that the same dog and cat aren’t always showing up. My animal characters have a role to play; they aren’t there for decoration. Just as I learn from my animals, my hero and heroine learn from theirs.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

I’m a PBS junkie, although between ranch and writing I don’t have much spare time. I’m a sucker for everything English, Scottish, and Irish (In fact, I’ve visited England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia). I’m currently hooked on The Great British Baking Show, which sadly, is about to end. Also LOVE Grantchester (not your mom’s vicar!), Call the Midwife, Nature, A Place to Call Home, Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries, Father Brown, The Coroner, and Murder in Paradise, Last Tango in Halifax, My Mother and Other Strangers, Home Fires, and assorted documentaries that catch my interest AND are often the source of the trivia that appears in my books. If I ever have real spare time again, I love to travel, probably a carryover from my childhood overseas.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I suppose it would be a rattlesnake climbing a tree. While there are snakes that live in trees, rattlesnakes don’t normally go there. I was in awe. I took a video of this one and posted it on my personal Facebook page.

Any ironies in your life?

I’m not keen on flying and yet I’ve been flying, in all types of aircraft, for over 50 years. For some reason I’ve been surrounded by pilots from my father to boyfriends and finally a husband, son-in-law, and stepson. I can even pilot a plane and yet, I’m not happy in the air.  

When you look at your life, what do you think will be your greatest accomplishment?

I hope it will be that I lived courageously, without regrets, and I made a positive contribution.

Thank you for hosting Spooning Daisy!

 

This book is not what I was expecting.  Nope, not all.  The tropes are there for me;  boss/employee, enemies to lovers (?), and opposites attract but at times I felt like the romance wasn’t there.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Daisy and Max in spades but at times, their romance seemed a little off to me.  The comedy is there.  The tragic comedy, oh my, is in spades, too.  But I felt like the ending is a bit rushed.  I would have liked a more solid ending to their romance.

Let me explain…when I read opposites attract or for that matter, an enemies to lovers story, I expect some romance from them.  Now, the scenes on the ferry, at least to me, are the true romance parts of the books.  This is where Max and Daisy get to know each other and its enduring.  Daisy has got some quirks.  Like some serious quirks but Max isn’t without his, too.  But we don’t get see his until later.  True that Max does something that I almost couldn’t forgive him for and for awhile Daisy doesn’t.  I loved that she really gave it to him afterward but in the end, Max truly did romance Daisy on the boat.

The tragedies that Daisy had to endure were almost too much.  The garage sale and bar scene were PERFECT.  I loved that not only was her ex-involved but his new girlfriend, too.  Which happened to be Max’s ex-flavor of the month.  The dialogue between the four of them is priceless and unfortunately, it doesn’t end well for Max or Daisy.  Or when she thought Elizabeth as on a plane.  Honestly, my heart was in my throat during that.  And yes, I won’t tell you about Elizabeth and I loved her.  Again, I expected something else.  Nice touch, Ms. McConnell.

Charity, Rita, and Maeve are great secondary characters.  They rounded out Max and Daisy when they were having problems with one another.  Otter Bite is a character within itself.  I can’t wait to get to know it better in future books.  I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention the inn that Max owns.  Wow…once it is revealed to the extent of what the inn means to Max and his guests, I was totally blown away.  I just wish I knew about it sooner.  I felt like if Daisy knew about it, her feelings would have changed sooner, too.

Overall, I loved Daisy and Max.  The book flowed really well and the sex is off the page.  Oh, we get the build up but then fade to black.  This story didn’t need it.  Daisy and Max had some major “growing up” to do in the book for it to work out for them in the end.  Daisy especially with all of her quirks and the robbery.   Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.  You won’t be sorry.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Golden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.

Website:  

http://MaggieMcConnellRomance.com

Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMcConnellRomance/

Amazon Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Spooning-Daisy-Otter-Bite-Romance-ebook/dp/B015VA3O10

Barnes & Noble Buy Link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spooning-daisy-maggie-mcconnell/1122713766?ean=9781601836861

Kobo Buy Link:

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Maggie McConnell will be offering 1) Nordstrom “Daisy” vegan leather clutch, 2) Nordstrom turtle pin, or 3) Rebecca Minkoff star pendant/necklace to 3 randomly drawn winners (US only; international winners will receive a $25 Amazon/BN GC).

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