12 YEARS! REALLY!!!

Books&cup3Happy Anniversary to the Word Wenches!

by Mary Jo

This is the 12th anniversary of the Word Wenches!  I hope you joined Anne's celebration tea party on Monday.  (The cakes and tea cups were splendid!)

Today, we continue the celebrations with reminiscences and book giveaways. 12 years is a long time, and in the way publishing has changed, it's eons.

Back in 2006, blogs were the Hot New Thing. Authors wanted to be able to reach readers, interact with them, and sell books. But it seemed like so much work! Surely better to put together a group and take turns?

The idea was sparked when Susan King and I had lunch with Eileen Buckholtz, a web goddess and friend. We decided to ask a few friends if they'd like to join with us, and to my surprise, everyone we asked said yes, even the most extreme of introverts. Turns out we all wanted to chat, interact, and sell books.

Stolen MagicBlogging seemed very mysterious at the beginning, but we eventually figured it out. (Regency writer Candice Hern was a great help since she was already an experienced blogger and has fabulous collections on her web site.) Our first post was on May 22nd, 2006, and we're still standing after all those years. <G>

Much has changed over the years as we've lost some Wenches, and acquired wonderful new ones who bring their own special stories and talents. As the writing world has changed, some of us have moved in different directions like mainstream historicals, mysteries, and paranormals.

ADistantMagicIn 2006, I was in my paranormal historical phase. I love fantasy, so I loved blending magic with real history and romance. In 2006, Stolen Magic, Book 2 of my Guardian Trilogy, was published, and I was working on Book 3, A Distant Magic. I wrote seven paranormal historicals all together, 4 adult and 3 young adult, but a year later I moved back into more traditional historical romance because in this business, things are always changing.

As one of the original Wenches, I figure I've written over 300 blogs. (!!!) But I like doing these short pieces about all sorts of topics, I love interacting with readers, and most of all, I love hanging out with my wonderfully talented, good-natured fellow Wenches. Good times, then and now!

 

 

  MagicManPatPat Rice:

Wow, twelve years ago, the days of innocence! I think that was right after we moved from NC to MO—while I was frantically trying to write for two different publishers in two totally different genres. MAGIC MAN was out that year, the last book in my historical Magical Malcolm series. I was diving into the Mystic Isle series for what was called Penguin Signet Eclipse at the time. I was also happily writing contemporary romance for Random House Ballantine. SMALL TOWN GIRL (now REBEL GIRL) was out in 2006, and I was working on SWEET HOME CAROLINA (now HOME TOWN REBEL). And now both those publishers are one huge publisher—who would have known?

And even back then everyone was telling us we had to promote, promote, RebelGirlpromote. The idea of writing a blog every single day—on top of writing two books—boggled my wee little mind. I happily attended conferences and book signings but online promo? I didn’t even manage a newsletter, and I think Myspace was probably the social media of the day. So it just seemed logical to solicit the help of a few friends, and voila—the Wenches were born.

It’s been a magical twelve years, and I wouldn’t have missed the friendship of these fabulous authors or this chance to "talk" to readers for anything!

Anne Gracie:

May 2006. I was waiting for my third book with Berkley (The Perfect Stranger) to come out the following month and wrestling frantically with the fourth. I'm not sure when I started reading the Wench blog, but it was pretty early — they blogged daily at first, and it soon became my morning ritual to read the blog with my morning coffee. It was irresistible — so many of my favorite historical writers there in one scoop! I didn't just enjoy the blogs — the discussions in the comment stream were also interesting and intelligent.

Pat  MJP  Anne  at RT Las VegasI met Mary Jo and Jo and Pat the following March at a small writers' conference in San Diego. By that time they'd changed to blogging only 3 times a week and I missed those in-between days. I recall the look on their faces when I told them I wished they'd go back to blogging daily. I think of that look often, when I wail to myself, "My time to blog again? Already?" after a fortnight.

I was thrilled when, the following year, I was invited to join the wenches. I started as MJP's guest (on Valentine's Day 2008), and in October, I became an official Wench and made my first post. RITANightSusannaKMJP&me

Since then, I've been in daily email contact with the wenches, and we've met up in person whenever we can — from long, talky chats over wine in hotel rooms and bars, to road trips through the desert and joint workshops and panels. We've seen each other through ups and downs, through the passing of Edith Layton and Jo Beverley, through Nicola&AnneMary Jo's wedding, Pat and Joanna's house moves, Nicola's house extension, Andrea's House Move from Hell, the various adventures of beloved cats and dogs, and the endless ups and downs of this writing life. We're more than colleagues — we're friends.  

The Spy Wore SilkAndrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott:

As 2006 began, I was just coming out of a rocky stretch in my writing career. The shutting down of the Signet Regency line had left me “homeless," and for a long time I had been without a contract. It wasn’t easy to find a way to break into the historical market (publishers wanted something different—and sexier—than the traditional tropes) but finally in November 2005 I signed with Warner Books (now Grand Central/Hachette) to do a Regency-set series on a secret school for kick-ass lady spies. (Which I pitched as Jane Austen meets James Bond.)

I had met Mary Jo several years before and at the 2006 RWA she was nice enough to congratulate me when we bumped into each other (She had been her usual kind self in given me a pep talk the year before when I was really feeling down.) When I learned about the blog, I became a total fan girl—I mean, here were these amazing authors who not only wrote my favorite books but also shared such interesting—and humorous—research and musing on Life.

When Mary Jo called me in 2009 and asked if I’d be interested in becoming a Wench, I think I nearly fell off my chair. With much excitement—and yes, a little trepidation—I said yes, and my first post appeared in April. Even back then, the buzzword in the writing world was having a “platform” for self promotion, so a lot of other authors told me how lucky I was because the Word Wenches was a mega-platform.

They were right about the lucky—but not because of the business aspect. The friendship we’ve all developed over the years is incredible special to me. We talk almost every day on our loop about all sorts of things, from the serious to the silly to the sublime. We celebrate each other’s triumphs and send hugs when Life throws a curveball. In this crazy world of publishing ups and downs, my fellow Wenches and all our wonderful readers have been a source of constant joy. 

Wench spymasterJoanna Bourne: 

I do not have a good memory. Pulling up what I did in 2006 (or, indeed, any other year, or last week for that matter,) is like mining fathomless depths for an obscure mineral needed in circuit boards. Germanium, maybe. Or molybdenum.

I was an enthusiastic Romance Reader that year – I’ve been a mad Romance Reader since the Jurassic. And some of my favorite authors are right here in Word Wenches. I was also a still-unhatched chick of an author. I’d sold Spymaster’s Lady the year before but it wasn’t in print yet.

2006 was the year I slogged through draft after draft of My Lord and Spymaster, full of uncertainty and elation, with occasional forays into being uncertain and elated while I worked through the edits of Spymaster’s Lady.

I don’t know when I first started reading the Word Wenches, but it was early on, soon after the foundation. I ran into the place Cat helping 11googling for what an author needs most. Facts, facts, and more facts. So much historical fact! New books to glom. Recommendations. Book discussions!

I bookmarked Word Wenches and came back again and again. The rest is history.

 

 

KeepingKateSusan King/Sarah Gabriel/Susan Fraser King

Twelve years already, wow! In 2006, Mary Jo and I had lunch with Eileen, who had wonderful suggestions as we talked about connecting with readers in fresh ways. Blogs were new and different then, so we decided to give it a try. We reached out to Pat Rice first, and we all realized that an active blog would need more authors, so we invited a few more friends.

Eileen designed the site and got us set up while we figured out how to divvy up the responsibilities (we blogged every day for a while – that didn't last!). From the start, we were a natural team, each one supporting the others. Our roster has changed a bit – Pat, Mary Jo, and I are the Originals – but we are, at heart, friends who care about each other, and that influences how the blog works for all — and we hope our readers sense that, too. I feel honored to be part of this.

In May 2006, I was writing for two publishers, writing romances for Avon as LadyMacbethSarah Gabriel, fun stories including Keeping Kate that I loved doing, and at the same time, I was gearing up to leap in a new direction. While writing the romances, I started a seriously challenging project that would take a few years – writing Lady Macbeth for Random House. Juggling two or more books at once, working in a house full of teens and college kids, and then adding a busy blog to that — well, it turned out to be the right chance to take. I'm so glad to be part of this incredible group of strong women and talented writers, and I'm thankful for twelve great years of friendship and growth!

 

Susanna Kearsley

2006 was a bit of a blur for me. I was still dealing—not all that well, to be honest—with losing my sister to cancer in the autumn of 2005, and was battling situational depression. So I started the year with some much-needed time away, in Cruden Bay in the northeast of Scotland, to research the book I was writing. I sat in the dunes and I walked on the coast path and looked at the wide endless waves of the winter sea. And bit by bit, life and I started finding our way back together.

After ages of trying to find a home for the manuscript of my novel Every Secret Thing, it was published that autumn in the UK and Canada (at the time this was under a short-lived, thriller-writing pseudonym, though it’s since been reissued as EverySecretThingproper Susanna Kearsley book) where it started to gather some nice reviews and restore my bruised confidence. And in December of that year, I sent my agent the final, revised version of my new manuscript for a little book called The Winter Sea, for which we all had great hopes…

It was The Winter Sea, in fact, that connected me to Nicola, who invited me here as a guest for an interview back in 2009, at which time I was made an Honorary Word Wench.

When I was invited to become a REAL Wench seven years later, I was beyond honored.  No one will ever be able to fll the place left by Jo Beverley’s passing, but just as my sister is always beside me, I feel Jo here, too, warmly shifting her chair aside to make space at this table of friends, for the newcomer.

And what a wonderful table it is.

 

 Mary Jo again, talking about our Word Wench book giveaway: 

We're giving away books to commenters who post between now and Thursday midnight.  Here's a list of the goodies (details will be worked out between Wenches and winners)

MJP–print in US or a Kindle e-book world-wide

Pat–an e-book

Anne–one print book, winner's choice

Andrea–an e-book of her new release Smoke and Lies.

Nicola– print or e-book (revised offer)

Joanna–a print book, winner's choice, US only

Susan–print or e-book

Susanna–a print copy of The Winter Sea, world wide

And please, if you have reminiscences of your interactions with the Word Wenches, please share–

Mary Jo & All the Wenchly Company

 

 

 

560 thoughts on “12 YEARS! REALLY!!!”

  1. Woohoo Ladies huge congrats on your success I have been coming here for many years although lurking a lot posting here and there, I have had the pleasure of reading a lot of your books and meeting Anne many times maybe one day I will get to “meet” you all.
    I remember when I first met Anne I was a tan RWA Conference in Sydney and I was introduced to her and she said I know you Have Fun Helen LOL what happiness that someone knew me 🙂
    Blogs opened up a whole new world to me here in Australia my Mum and I had been reading mostly historical romance for many years and blogs like these where my way to “meet” the authors I loved.
    Wishing you many more fabulous years
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  2. Woohoo Ladies huge congrats on your success I have been coming here for many years although lurking a lot posting here and there, I have had the pleasure of reading a lot of your books and meeting Anne many times maybe one day I will get to “meet” you all.
    I remember when I first met Anne I was a tan RWA Conference in Sydney and I was introduced to her and she said I know you Have Fun Helen LOL what happiness that someone knew me 🙂
    Blogs opened up a whole new world to me here in Australia my Mum and I had been reading mostly historical romance for many years and blogs like these where my way to “meet” the authors I loved.
    Wishing you many more fabulous years
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  3. Woohoo Ladies huge congrats on your success I have been coming here for many years although lurking a lot posting here and there, I have had the pleasure of reading a lot of your books and meeting Anne many times maybe one day I will get to “meet” you all.
    I remember when I first met Anne I was a tan RWA Conference in Sydney and I was introduced to her and she said I know you Have Fun Helen LOL what happiness that someone knew me 🙂
    Blogs opened up a whole new world to me here in Australia my Mum and I had been reading mostly historical romance for many years and blogs like these where my way to “meet” the authors I loved.
    Wishing you many more fabulous years
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  4. Woohoo Ladies huge congrats on your success I have been coming here for many years although lurking a lot posting here and there, I have had the pleasure of reading a lot of your books and meeting Anne many times maybe one day I will get to “meet” you all.
    I remember when I first met Anne I was a tan RWA Conference in Sydney and I was introduced to her and she said I know you Have Fun Helen LOL what happiness that someone knew me 🙂
    Blogs opened up a whole new world to me here in Australia my Mum and I had been reading mostly historical romance for many years and blogs like these where my way to “meet” the authors I loved.
    Wishing you many more fabulous years
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  5. Woohoo Ladies huge congrats on your success I have been coming here for many years although lurking a lot posting here and there, I have had the pleasure of reading a lot of your books and meeting Anne many times maybe one day I will get to “meet” you all.
    I remember when I first met Anne I was a tan RWA Conference in Sydney and I was introduced to her and she said I know you Have Fun Helen LOL what happiness that someone knew me 🙂
    Blogs opened up a whole new world to me here in Australia my Mum and I had been reading mostly historical romance for many years and blogs like these where my way to “meet” the authors I loved.
    Wishing you many more fabulous years
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  6. The closer you are to the tropics, the more equal the lengths of day and night. I read many Mary Jo Putney romances during the summer of 16, when I was travelling in South India. I continue to enjoy her stories and characters.
    Looking forward to reading the work of other word wenches, too.
    Congratulations to all on your silk and linen anniversary!

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  7. The closer you are to the tropics, the more equal the lengths of day and night. I read many Mary Jo Putney romances during the summer of 16, when I was travelling in South India. I continue to enjoy her stories and characters.
    Looking forward to reading the work of other word wenches, too.
    Congratulations to all on your silk and linen anniversary!

    Reply
  8. The closer you are to the tropics, the more equal the lengths of day and night. I read many Mary Jo Putney romances during the summer of 16, when I was travelling in South India. I continue to enjoy her stories and characters.
    Looking forward to reading the work of other word wenches, too.
    Congratulations to all on your silk and linen anniversary!

    Reply
  9. The closer you are to the tropics, the more equal the lengths of day and night. I read many Mary Jo Putney romances during the summer of 16, when I was travelling in South India. I continue to enjoy her stories and characters.
    Looking forward to reading the work of other word wenches, too.
    Congratulations to all on your silk and linen anniversary!

    Reply
  10. The closer you are to the tropics, the more equal the lengths of day and night. I read many Mary Jo Putney romances during the summer of 16, when I was travelling in South India. I continue to enjoy her stories and characters.
    Looking forward to reading the work of other word wenches, too.
    Congratulations to all on your silk and linen anniversary!

    Reply
  11. I started following your blog shortly after Jo Beverley passed away. I was heart broken to learn of her passing. I love her Company of Rogues series. I stumbled across your blog and feel like I found some new friends!!! I really enjoy your posts. I have learned so many things. I appreciate all of the hard work you have put into this blog!!!

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  12. I started following your blog shortly after Jo Beverley passed away. I was heart broken to learn of her passing. I love her Company of Rogues series. I stumbled across your blog and feel like I found some new friends!!! I really enjoy your posts. I have learned so many things. I appreciate all of the hard work you have put into this blog!!!

    Reply
  13. I started following your blog shortly after Jo Beverley passed away. I was heart broken to learn of her passing. I love her Company of Rogues series. I stumbled across your blog and feel like I found some new friends!!! I really enjoy your posts. I have learned so many things. I appreciate all of the hard work you have put into this blog!!!

    Reply
  14. I started following your blog shortly after Jo Beverley passed away. I was heart broken to learn of her passing. I love her Company of Rogues series. I stumbled across your blog and feel like I found some new friends!!! I really enjoy your posts. I have learned so many things. I appreciate all of the hard work you have put into this blog!!!

    Reply
  15. I started following your blog shortly after Jo Beverley passed away. I was heart broken to learn of her passing. I love her Company of Rogues series. I stumbled across your blog and feel like I found some new friends!!! I really enjoy your posts. I have learned so many things. I appreciate all of the hard work you have put into this blog!!!

    Reply
  16. Congratulations on your 12th anniversary! I don’t remember how long I’ve been reading and commenting here, but I’m sure it’s longer than I realize. I was shocked to read that Anne’s “Perfect” series and “The Spymaster’s Lady” have been around for a dozen years. By my reckoning, I think of them as fairly recent. This makes me feel very old!

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  17. Congratulations on your 12th anniversary! I don’t remember how long I’ve been reading and commenting here, but I’m sure it’s longer than I realize. I was shocked to read that Anne’s “Perfect” series and “The Spymaster’s Lady” have been around for a dozen years. By my reckoning, I think of them as fairly recent. This makes me feel very old!

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  18. Congratulations on your 12th anniversary! I don’t remember how long I’ve been reading and commenting here, but I’m sure it’s longer than I realize. I was shocked to read that Anne’s “Perfect” series and “The Spymaster’s Lady” have been around for a dozen years. By my reckoning, I think of them as fairly recent. This makes me feel very old!

    Reply
  19. Congratulations on your 12th anniversary! I don’t remember how long I’ve been reading and commenting here, but I’m sure it’s longer than I realize. I was shocked to read that Anne’s “Perfect” series and “The Spymaster’s Lady” have been around for a dozen years. By my reckoning, I think of them as fairly recent. This makes me feel very old!

    Reply
  20. Congratulations on your 12th anniversary! I don’t remember how long I’ve been reading and commenting here, but I’m sure it’s longer than I realize. I was shocked to read that Anne’s “Perfect” series and “The Spymaster’s Lady” have been around for a dozen years. By my reckoning, I think of them as fairly recent. This makes me feel very old!

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  21. Wow? Has it been 12 years? Congratulations to all the Wenches. I don’t recall when I stumbled across your blog, but what I adore about this blog is not just the news about books or the thoughts about reading and writing that you have.
    My fave posts over the years have been those where the wenches have taken us down the rabbit hold and shared the research idiosyncrasies that your wanderings have taken you down. There was a great post about the Beau and then another one about pottery as well as one explaining inheritance laws, just to name a few!
    It also occurred to me that after 12 years, this blog is entering its teenage years! Should I hold on for a bumpy ride for the next few years?!? 😀😀😀
    Jests aside, heres to your continuing success and more blog posts coming our ways!

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  22. Wow? Has it been 12 years? Congratulations to all the Wenches. I don’t recall when I stumbled across your blog, but what I adore about this blog is not just the news about books or the thoughts about reading and writing that you have.
    My fave posts over the years have been those where the wenches have taken us down the rabbit hold and shared the research idiosyncrasies that your wanderings have taken you down. There was a great post about the Beau and then another one about pottery as well as one explaining inheritance laws, just to name a few!
    It also occurred to me that after 12 years, this blog is entering its teenage years! Should I hold on for a bumpy ride for the next few years?!? 😀😀😀
    Jests aside, heres to your continuing success and more blog posts coming our ways!

    Reply
  23. Wow? Has it been 12 years? Congratulations to all the Wenches. I don’t recall when I stumbled across your blog, but what I adore about this blog is not just the news about books or the thoughts about reading and writing that you have.
    My fave posts over the years have been those where the wenches have taken us down the rabbit hold and shared the research idiosyncrasies that your wanderings have taken you down. There was a great post about the Beau and then another one about pottery as well as one explaining inheritance laws, just to name a few!
    It also occurred to me that after 12 years, this blog is entering its teenage years! Should I hold on for a bumpy ride for the next few years?!? 😀😀😀
    Jests aside, heres to your continuing success and more blog posts coming our ways!

    Reply
  24. Wow? Has it been 12 years? Congratulations to all the Wenches. I don’t recall when I stumbled across your blog, but what I adore about this blog is not just the news about books or the thoughts about reading and writing that you have.
    My fave posts over the years have been those where the wenches have taken us down the rabbit hold and shared the research idiosyncrasies that your wanderings have taken you down. There was a great post about the Beau and then another one about pottery as well as one explaining inheritance laws, just to name a few!
    It also occurred to me that after 12 years, this blog is entering its teenage years! Should I hold on for a bumpy ride for the next few years?!? 😀😀😀
    Jests aside, heres to your continuing success and more blog posts coming our ways!

    Reply
  25. Wow? Has it been 12 years? Congratulations to all the Wenches. I don’t recall when I stumbled across your blog, but what I adore about this blog is not just the news about books or the thoughts about reading and writing that you have.
    My fave posts over the years have been those where the wenches have taken us down the rabbit hold and shared the research idiosyncrasies that your wanderings have taken you down. There was a great post about the Beau and then another one about pottery as well as one explaining inheritance laws, just to name a few!
    It also occurred to me that after 12 years, this blog is entering its teenage years! Should I hold on for a bumpy ride for the next few years?!? 😀😀😀
    Jests aside, heres to your continuing success and more blog posts coming our ways!

    Reply
  26. Congratulations ladies! I can’t remember how I stumbled on to this blog – but I’m sure glad that I did. You come up with such interesting topics. I enjoy what you write, and I enjoy reading the responses from the other readers.
    Keep up the good work. You ladies rock!

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  27. Congratulations ladies! I can’t remember how I stumbled on to this blog – but I’m sure glad that I did. You come up with such interesting topics. I enjoy what you write, and I enjoy reading the responses from the other readers.
    Keep up the good work. You ladies rock!

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  28. Congratulations ladies! I can’t remember how I stumbled on to this blog – but I’m sure glad that I did. You come up with such interesting topics. I enjoy what you write, and I enjoy reading the responses from the other readers.
    Keep up the good work. You ladies rock!

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  29. Congratulations ladies! I can’t remember how I stumbled on to this blog – but I’m sure glad that I did. You come up with such interesting topics. I enjoy what you write, and I enjoy reading the responses from the other readers.
    Keep up the good work. You ladies rock!

    Reply
  30. Congratulations ladies! I can’t remember how I stumbled on to this blog – but I’m sure glad that I did. You come up with such interesting topics. I enjoy what you write, and I enjoy reading the responses from the other readers.
    Keep up the good work. You ladies rock!

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  31. Congrats! Not sure when I started reading Word Wenches, but suspect it goes back to me following Jo Beverley back in Romance Readers Anonymous listserv days, circa 1993, and being happy to find the modern version.

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  32. Congrats! Not sure when I started reading Word Wenches, but suspect it goes back to me following Jo Beverley back in Romance Readers Anonymous listserv days, circa 1993, and being happy to find the modern version.

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  33. Congrats! Not sure when I started reading Word Wenches, but suspect it goes back to me following Jo Beverley back in Romance Readers Anonymous listserv days, circa 1993, and being happy to find the modern version.

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  34. Congrats! Not sure when I started reading Word Wenches, but suspect it goes back to me following Jo Beverley back in Romance Readers Anonymous listserv days, circa 1993, and being happy to find the modern version.

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  35. Congrats! Not sure when I started reading Word Wenches, but suspect it goes back to me following Jo Beverley back in Romance Readers Anonymous listserv days, circa 1993, and being happy to find the modern version.

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  36. Congratulations! I’m not sure how long ago I started reading, but I do know that it most definitely feels like just yesterday you were celebrating your 10th. Time keeps flying by and the books we NEED to read keep piling up. Thank you so much, most lovely wenches, for your lively posts and for all the wonderful books you keep writing. You’ve also amassed a great group of readers; the comments that come in are always thoughtful and informative, and I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of the frequent commenters almost as well as we know all of you. Thank you!

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  37. Congratulations! I’m not sure how long ago I started reading, but I do know that it most definitely feels like just yesterday you were celebrating your 10th. Time keeps flying by and the books we NEED to read keep piling up. Thank you so much, most lovely wenches, for your lively posts and for all the wonderful books you keep writing. You’ve also amassed a great group of readers; the comments that come in are always thoughtful and informative, and I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of the frequent commenters almost as well as we know all of you. Thank you!

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  38. Congratulations! I’m not sure how long ago I started reading, but I do know that it most definitely feels like just yesterday you were celebrating your 10th. Time keeps flying by and the books we NEED to read keep piling up. Thank you so much, most lovely wenches, for your lively posts and for all the wonderful books you keep writing. You’ve also amassed a great group of readers; the comments that come in are always thoughtful and informative, and I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of the frequent commenters almost as well as we know all of you. Thank you!

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  39. Congratulations! I’m not sure how long ago I started reading, but I do know that it most definitely feels like just yesterday you were celebrating your 10th. Time keeps flying by and the books we NEED to read keep piling up. Thank you so much, most lovely wenches, for your lively posts and for all the wonderful books you keep writing. You’ve also amassed a great group of readers; the comments that come in are always thoughtful and informative, and I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of the frequent commenters almost as well as we know all of you. Thank you!

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  40. Congratulations! I’m not sure how long ago I started reading, but I do know that it most definitely feels like just yesterday you were celebrating your 10th. Time keeps flying by and the books we NEED to read keep piling up. Thank you so much, most lovely wenches, for your lively posts and for all the wonderful books you keep writing. You’ve also amassed a great group of readers; the comments that come in are always thoughtful and informative, and I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of the frequent commenters almost as well as we know all of you. Thank you!

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  41. My interaction with so many of you was the most fun when I was chosen as the 10th Anniversary Winner! I had just moved to a new apartment and was so happy to finally finish unpacking and relax with your glorious books.
    Congratulations on the twelfth year going into infinitely more.

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  42. My interaction with so many of you was the most fun when I was chosen as the 10th Anniversary Winner! I had just moved to a new apartment and was so happy to finally finish unpacking and relax with your glorious books.
    Congratulations on the twelfth year going into infinitely more.

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  43. My interaction with so many of you was the most fun when I was chosen as the 10th Anniversary Winner! I had just moved to a new apartment and was so happy to finally finish unpacking and relax with your glorious books.
    Congratulations on the twelfth year going into infinitely more.

    Reply
  44. My interaction with so many of you was the most fun when I was chosen as the 10th Anniversary Winner! I had just moved to a new apartment and was so happy to finally finish unpacking and relax with your glorious books.
    Congratulations on the twelfth year going into infinitely more.

    Reply
  45. My interaction with so many of you was the most fun when I was chosen as the 10th Anniversary Winner! I had just moved to a new apartment and was so happy to finally finish unpacking and relax with your glorious books.
    Congratulations on the twelfth year going into infinitely more.

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  46. WOW – 12 years. I was not here when you started, but I got here as quickly as I could after I found out who you were, what you did and how well you did it.
    I cannot imagine how difficult it was to step out into the unknown, but y’all were brave and look where you are now.
    I have learned a great deal from this blog. But, most of all, I have learned about each of you. You have opened your lives to us. We have shared your ups and downs, your likes and dislikes, your humor and most of all your personalities. I have been here when you lost dear friends and shared the sense of loss.
    There have been surprises…I found out that each of you are actually normal human beings who write very, very well.
    I wanted to say Congratulations on your anniversary. But, most of all, I wanted to say thank you for sharing so much with us. I appreciate the fact that you have allowed me to meet each of you, even on line.
    Thank you for being the Word Wenches….and long may you wave.

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  47. WOW – 12 years. I was not here when you started, but I got here as quickly as I could after I found out who you were, what you did and how well you did it.
    I cannot imagine how difficult it was to step out into the unknown, but y’all were brave and look where you are now.
    I have learned a great deal from this blog. But, most of all, I have learned about each of you. You have opened your lives to us. We have shared your ups and downs, your likes and dislikes, your humor and most of all your personalities. I have been here when you lost dear friends and shared the sense of loss.
    There have been surprises…I found out that each of you are actually normal human beings who write very, very well.
    I wanted to say Congratulations on your anniversary. But, most of all, I wanted to say thank you for sharing so much with us. I appreciate the fact that you have allowed me to meet each of you, even on line.
    Thank you for being the Word Wenches….and long may you wave.

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  48. WOW – 12 years. I was not here when you started, but I got here as quickly as I could after I found out who you were, what you did and how well you did it.
    I cannot imagine how difficult it was to step out into the unknown, but y’all were brave and look where you are now.
    I have learned a great deal from this blog. But, most of all, I have learned about each of you. You have opened your lives to us. We have shared your ups and downs, your likes and dislikes, your humor and most of all your personalities. I have been here when you lost dear friends and shared the sense of loss.
    There have been surprises…I found out that each of you are actually normal human beings who write very, very well.
    I wanted to say Congratulations on your anniversary. But, most of all, I wanted to say thank you for sharing so much with us. I appreciate the fact that you have allowed me to meet each of you, even on line.
    Thank you for being the Word Wenches….and long may you wave.

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  49. WOW – 12 years. I was not here when you started, but I got here as quickly as I could after I found out who you were, what you did and how well you did it.
    I cannot imagine how difficult it was to step out into the unknown, but y’all were brave and look where you are now.
    I have learned a great deal from this blog. But, most of all, I have learned about each of you. You have opened your lives to us. We have shared your ups and downs, your likes and dislikes, your humor and most of all your personalities. I have been here when you lost dear friends and shared the sense of loss.
    There have been surprises…I found out that each of you are actually normal human beings who write very, very well.
    I wanted to say Congratulations on your anniversary. But, most of all, I wanted to say thank you for sharing so much with us. I appreciate the fact that you have allowed me to meet each of you, even on line.
    Thank you for being the Word Wenches….and long may you wave.

    Reply
  50. WOW – 12 years. I was not here when you started, but I got here as quickly as I could after I found out who you were, what you did and how well you did it.
    I cannot imagine how difficult it was to step out into the unknown, but y’all were brave and look where you are now.
    I have learned a great deal from this blog. But, most of all, I have learned about each of you. You have opened your lives to us. We have shared your ups and downs, your likes and dislikes, your humor and most of all your personalities. I have been here when you lost dear friends and shared the sense of loss.
    There have been surprises…I found out that each of you are actually normal human beings who write very, very well.
    I wanted to say Congratulations on your anniversary. But, most of all, I wanted to say thank you for sharing so much with us. I appreciate the fact that you have allowed me to meet each of you, even on line.
    Thank you for being the Word Wenches….and long may you wave.

    Reply
  51. I found this site about the time I retired, which was 10 years ago and I have loved every post. Knowing nothing about the world of writing and publishing , you have opened my eyes. I am fascinated by the variety of topics you write about and love the ‘rabbit holes’. Thank you, and I look forward to many more years of conversations. Happy Anniversary.

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  52. I found this site about the time I retired, which was 10 years ago and I have loved every post. Knowing nothing about the world of writing and publishing , you have opened my eyes. I am fascinated by the variety of topics you write about and love the ‘rabbit holes’. Thank you, and I look forward to many more years of conversations. Happy Anniversary.

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  53. I found this site about the time I retired, which was 10 years ago and I have loved every post. Knowing nothing about the world of writing and publishing , you have opened my eyes. I am fascinated by the variety of topics you write about and love the ‘rabbit holes’. Thank you, and I look forward to many more years of conversations. Happy Anniversary.

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  54. I found this site about the time I retired, which was 10 years ago and I have loved every post. Knowing nothing about the world of writing and publishing , you have opened my eyes. I am fascinated by the variety of topics you write about and love the ‘rabbit holes’. Thank you, and I look forward to many more years of conversations. Happy Anniversary.

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  55. I found this site about the time I retired, which was 10 years ago and I have loved every post. Knowing nothing about the world of writing and publishing , you have opened my eyes. I am fascinated by the variety of topics you write about and love the ‘rabbit holes’. Thank you, and I look forward to many more years of conversations. Happy Anniversary.

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  56. and thank you for staying with us as a loyal reader and commenter! I’ve done enough moving to know a good book makes the upheaval go smoother, so glad you had some with you.

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  57. and thank you for staying with us as a loyal reader and commenter! I’ve done enough moving to know a good book makes the upheaval go smoother, so glad you had some with you.

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  58. and thank you for staying with us as a loyal reader and commenter! I’ve done enough moving to know a good book makes the upheaval go smoother, so glad you had some with you.

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  59. and thank you for staying with us as a loyal reader and commenter! I’ve done enough moving to know a good book makes the upheaval go smoother, so glad you had some with you.

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  60. and thank you for staying with us as a loyal reader and commenter! I’ve done enough moving to know a good book makes the upheaval go smoother, so glad you had some with you.

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  61. Awww, thank you! For us introverts, it’s a pleasure to meet readers from all around the world this way. Can you imagine us traveling constantly to keep the kind of company we find here? We love readers!

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  62. Awww, thank you! For us introverts, it’s a pleasure to meet readers from all around the world this way. Can you imagine us traveling constantly to keep the kind of company we find here? We love readers!

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  63. Awww, thank you! For us introverts, it’s a pleasure to meet readers from all around the world this way. Can you imagine us traveling constantly to keep the kind of company we find here? We love readers!

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  64. Awww, thank you! For us introverts, it’s a pleasure to meet readers from all around the world this way. Can you imagine us traveling constantly to keep the kind of company we find here? We love readers!

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  65. Awww, thank you! For us introverts, it’s a pleasure to meet readers from all around the world this way. Can you imagine us traveling constantly to keep the kind of company we find here? We love readers!

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  66. I’m sitting here on a gloomy day with a really tough scene to write, so I stopped in to see how the party was going, and I’m glad I did. Thank you all for the kind words, and party on!

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  67. I’m sitting here on a gloomy day with a really tough scene to write, so I stopped in to see how the party was going, and I’m glad I did. Thank you all for the kind words, and party on!

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  68. I’m sitting here on a gloomy day with a really tough scene to write, so I stopped in to see how the party was going, and I’m glad I did. Thank you all for the kind words, and party on!

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  69. I’m sitting here on a gloomy day with a really tough scene to write, so I stopped in to see how the party was going, and I’m glad I did. Thank you all for the kind words, and party on!

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  70. I’m sitting here on a gloomy day with a really tough scene to write, so I stopped in to see how the party was going, and I’m glad I did. Thank you all for the kind words, and party on!

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  71. I’m still recovering from that incredible tea party on Monday … no more cream … please!
    Some years ago I was looking for quality writing in the romance genre. I initially searched for ‘Romance genre’ and ‘Academic fiction’, thinking that academics must be good at writing, and found the Eloisa James blog. Eventually that closed and went to face book. When I tried opening a face book account to continue, I was rejected because my name ‘Quantum Phase’ was considered fraudulent …. damn cheek! So I looked elsewhere.
    ‘The Romance Writers Revenge’ and ‘Just Janga’ were my next port of call and following recommendations, I read some books by Mary Jo, Joanna and Jo Beverley. This led me naturally to The Word Wenches …. happily more tolerant of pseudonyms!
    I think it is a real privilege to chat with authors that you enjoy reading. It feels a little like falling through a window into a different universe. Getting glimpses of the writer’s world and thought processes.
    Congrats on you first 12 years … looking forward to many more to come. 😊

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  72. I’m still recovering from that incredible tea party on Monday … no more cream … please!
    Some years ago I was looking for quality writing in the romance genre. I initially searched for ‘Romance genre’ and ‘Academic fiction’, thinking that academics must be good at writing, and found the Eloisa James blog. Eventually that closed and went to face book. When I tried opening a face book account to continue, I was rejected because my name ‘Quantum Phase’ was considered fraudulent …. damn cheek! So I looked elsewhere.
    ‘The Romance Writers Revenge’ and ‘Just Janga’ were my next port of call and following recommendations, I read some books by Mary Jo, Joanna and Jo Beverley. This led me naturally to The Word Wenches …. happily more tolerant of pseudonyms!
    I think it is a real privilege to chat with authors that you enjoy reading. It feels a little like falling through a window into a different universe. Getting glimpses of the writer’s world and thought processes.
    Congrats on you first 12 years … looking forward to many more to come. 😊

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  73. I’m still recovering from that incredible tea party on Monday … no more cream … please!
    Some years ago I was looking for quality writing in the romance genre. I initially searched for ‘Romance genre’ and ‘Academic fiction’, thinking that academics must be good at writing, and found the Eloisa James blog. Eventually that closed and went to face book. When I tried opening a face book account to continue, I was rejected because my name ‘Quantum Phase’ was considered fraudulent …. damn cheek! So I looked elsewhere.
    ‘The Romance Writers Revenge’ and ‘Just Janga’ were my next port of call and following recommendations, I read some books by Mary Jo, Joanna and Jo Beverley. This led me naturally to The Word Wenches …. happily more tolerant of pseudonyms!
    I think it is a real privilege to chat with authors that you enjoy reading. It feels a little like falling through a window into a different universe. Getting glimpses of the writer’s world and thought processes.
    Congrats on you first 12 years … looking forward to many more to come. 😊

    Reply
  74. I’m still recovering from that incredible tea party on Monday … no more cream … please!
    Some years ago I was looking for quality writing in the romance genre. I initially searched for ‘Romance genre’ and ‘Academic fiction’, thinking that academics must be good at writing, and found the Eloisa James blog. Eventually that closed and went to face book. When I tried opening a face book account to continue, I was rejected because my name ‘Quantum Phase’ was considered fraudulent …. damn cheek! So I looked elsewhere.
    ‘The Romance Writers Revenge’ and ‘Just Janga’ were my next port of call and following recommendations, I read some books by Mary Jo, Joanna and Jo Beverley. This led me naturally to The Word Wenches …. happily more tolerant of pseudonyms!
    I think it is a real privilege to chat with authors that you enjoy reading. It feels a little like falling through a window into a different universe. Getting glimpses of the writer’s world and thought processes.
    Congrats on you first 12 years … looking forward to many more to come. 😊

    Reply
  75. I’m still recovering from that incredible tea party on Monday … no more cream … please!
    Some years ago I was looking for quality writing in the romance genre. I initially searched for ‘Romance genre’ and ‘Academic fiction’, thinking that academics must be good at writing, and found the Eloisa James blog. Eventually that closed and went to face book. When I tried opening a face book account to continue, I was rejected because my name ‘Quantum Phase’ was considered fraudulent …. damn cheek! So I looked elsewhere.
    ‘The Romance Writers Revenge’ and ‘Just Janga’ were my next port of call and following recommendations, I read some books by Mary Jo, Joanna and Jo Beverley. This led me naturally to The Word Wenches …. happily more tolerant of pseudonyms!
    I think it is a real privilege to chat with authors that you enjoy reading. It feels a little like falling through a window into a different universe. Getting glimpses of the writer’s world and thought processes.
    Congrats on you first 12 years … looking forward to many more to come. 😊

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  76. I’m still giggling over “Quantum Phase” being fraudulent. The world is not sufficiently physics woke.
    I, too, had a whole raft of authors I followed and some review sites. That sort of stopped when I got busy producing books. I was suddenly faced with not enough time … and when I went looking for amusement I wanted to go someplace that didn’t have a thing to do with writing.
    So I was hanging out with Little Reading Groups, gardening and, later on, throwing pots.

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  77. I’m still giggling over “Quantum Phase” being fraudulent. The world is not sufficiently physics woke.
    I, too, had a whole raft of authors I followed and some review sites. That sort of stopped when I got busy producing books. I was suddenly faced with not enough time … and when I went looking for amusement I wanted to go someplace that didn’t have a thing to do with writing.
    So I was hanging out with Little Reading Groups, gardening and, later on, throwing pots.

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  78. I’m still giggling over “Quantum Phase” being fraudulent. The world is not sufficiently physics woke.
    I, too, had a whole raft of authors I followed and some review sites. That sort of stopped when I got busy producing books. I was suddenly faced with not enough time … and when I went looking for amusement I wanted to go someplace that didn’t have a thing to do with writing.
    So I was hanging out with Little Reading Groups, gardening and, later on, throwing pots.

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  79. I’m still giggling over “Quantum Phase” being fraudulent. The world is not sufficiently physics woke.
    I, too, had a whole raft of authors I followed and some review sites. That sort of stopped when I got busy producing books. I was suddenly faced with not enough time … and when I went looking for amusement I wanted to go someplace that didn’t have a thing to do with writing.
    So I was hanging out with Little Reading Groups, gardening and, later on, throwing pots.

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  80. I’m still giggling over “Quantum Phase” being fraudulent. The world is not sufficiently physics woke.
    I, too, had a whole raft of authors I followed and some review sites. That sort of stopped when I got busy producing books. I was suddenly faced with not enough time … and when I went looking for amusement I wanted to go someplace that didn’t have a thing to do with writing.
    So I was hanging out with Little Reading Groups, gardening and, later on, throwing pots.

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  81. I have so much fun writing the posts for Word Wenches.
    What it is — I’ll be doing research on some minor point I need for the Work in Progress and I keep wandering in deeper and deeper because it’s fascinating …
    … and pretty soon I tell myself, “This would make a good blog post,” and that’s all I need. I now have an excuse to indulge myself in history.

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  82. I have so much fun writing the posts for Word Wenches.
    What it is — I’ll be doing research on some minor point I need for the Work in Progress and I keep wandering in deeper and deeper because it’s fascinating …
    … and pretty soon I tell myself, “This would make a good blog post,” and that’s all I need. I now have an excuse to indulge myself in history.

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  83. I have so much fun writing the posts for Word Wenches.
    What it is — I’ll be doing research on some minor point I need for the Work in Progress and I keep wandering in deeper and deeper because it’s fascinating …
    … and pretty soon I tell myself, “This would make a good blog post,” and that’s all I need. I now have an excuse to indulge myself in history.

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  84. I have so much fun writing the posts for Word Wenches.
    What it is — I’ll be doing research on some minor point I need for the Work in Progress and I keep wandering in deeper and deeper because it’s fascinating …
    … and pretty soon I tell myself, “This would make a good blog post,” and that’s all I need. I now have an excuse to indulge myself in history.

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  85. I have so much fun writing the posts for Word Wenches.
    What it is — I’ll be doing research on some minor point I need for the Work in Progress and I keep wandering in deeper and deeper because it’s fascinating …
    … and pretty soon I tell myself, “This would make a good blog post,” and that’s all I need. I now have an excuse to indulge myself in history.

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  86. I’ve seen your phosphers before, Helen! Thanks for coming by today. The internet and blogs and all have really opened up the world, haven’t they? Readers everywhere can share the same virtual space, and maybe a virtual cup of tea. *G*

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  87. I’ve seen your phosphers before, Helen! Thanks for coming by today. The internet and blogs and all have really opened up the world, haven’t they? Readers everywhere can share the same virtual space, and maybe a virtual cup of tea. *G*

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  88. I’ve seen your phosphers before, Helen! Thanks for coming by today. The internet and blogs and all have really opened up the world, haven’t they? Readers everywhere can share the same virtual space, and maybe a virtual cup of tea. *G*

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  89. I’ve seen your phosphers before, Helen! Thanks for coming by today. The internet and blogs and all have really opened up the world, haven’t they? Readers everywhere can share the same virtual space, and maybe a virtual cup of tea. *G*

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  90. I’ve seen your phosphers before, Helen! Thanks for coming by today. The internet and blogs and all have really opened up the world, haven’t they? Readers everywhere can share the same virtual space, and maybe a virtual cup of tea. *G*

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  91. Heidi, I’m glad my books kept you good company during your travels in South India. Some of my stories have exotic settings, so it’s only right they should be read in such places. I hope your reading list included VEILS OF SILK, which was set in Northern India.

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  92. Heidi, I’m glad my books kept you good company during your travels in South India. Some of my stories have exotic settings, so it’s only right they should be read in such places. I hope your reading list included VEILS OF SILK, which was set in Northern India.

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  93. Heidi, I’m glad my books kept you good company during your travels in South India. Some of my stories have exotic settings, so it’s only right they should be read in such places. I hope your reading list included VEILS OF SILK, which was set in Northern India.

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  94. Heidi, I’m glad my books kept you good company during your travels in South India. Some of my stories have exotic settings, so it’s only right they should be read in such places. I hope your reading list included VEILS OF SILK, which was set in Northern India.

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  95. Heidi, I’m glad my books kept you good company during your travels in South India. Some of my stories have exotic settings, so it’s only right they should be read in such places. I hope your reading list included VEILS OF SILK, which was set in Northern India.

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  96. Congratulations! I have been visiting your wonderful site for years and enjoy the posts, reviews and all of your books which give me great enjoyment. Wishing you happiness and continued memorable writing.

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  97. Congratulations! I have been visiting your wonderful site for years and enjoy the posts, reviews and all of your books which give me great enjoyment. Wishing you happiness and continued memorable writing.

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  98. Congratulations! I have been visiting your wonderful site for years and enjoy the posts, reviews and all of your books which give me great enjoyment. Wishing you happiness and continued memorable writing.

    Reply
  99. Congratulations! I have been visiting your wonderful site for years and enjoy the posts, reviews and all of your books which give me great enjoyment. Wishing you happiness and continued memorable writing.

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  100. Congratulations! I have been visiting your wonderful site for years and enjoy the posts, reviews and all of your books which give me great enjoyment. Wishing you happiness and continued memorable writing.

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  101. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful celebration for such talented and creative authors whose novels are captivating and special. Your site makes my day a pleasure.

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  102. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful celebration for such talented and creative authors whose novels are captivating and special. Your site makes my day a pleasure.

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  103. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful celebration for such talented and creative authors whose novels are captivating and special. Your site makes my day a pleasure.

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  104. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful celebration for such talented and creative authors whose novels are captivating and special. Your site makes my day a pleasure.

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  105. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful celebration for such talented and creative authors whose novels are captivating and special. Your site makes my day a pleasure.

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  106. Very impressive!
    I didn’t discover book blogs until 2011, and there was a hiatus (life happens). But I have always found Word Wenches particularly instructive and recommend it to other authors doing historical research or, recently, with an interest in working dogs.

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  107. Very impressive!
    I didn’t discover book blogs until 2011, and there was a hiatus (life happens). But I have always found Word Wenches particularly instructive and recommend it to other authors doing historical research or, recently, with an interest in working dogs.

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  108. Very impressive!
    I didn’t discover book blogs until 2011, and there was a hiatus (life happens). But I have always found Word Wenches particularly instructive and recommend it to other authors doing historical research or, recently, with an interest in working dogs.

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  109. Very impressive!
    I didn’t discover book blogs until 2011, and there was a hiatus (life happens). But I have always found Word Wenches particularly instructive and recommend it to other authors doing historical research or, recently, with an interest in working dogs.

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  110. Very impressive!
    I didn’t discover book blogs until 2011, and there was a hiatus (life happens). But I have always found Word Wenches particularly instructive and recommend it to other authors doing historical research or, recently, with an interest in working dogs.

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  111. Happy anniversary! I love finding new authors through your monthly recommendations. You are all tremendous writers; I enjoy reading about the process and research you go through. Thank you!

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  112. Happy anniversary! I love finding new authors through your monthly recommendations. You are all tremendous writers; I enjoy reading about the process and research you go through. Thank you!

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  113. Happy anniversary! I love finding new authors through your monthly recommendations. You are all tremendous writers; I enjoy reading about the process and research you go through. Thank you!

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  114. Happy anniversary! I love finding new authors through your monthly recommendations. You are all tremendous writers; I enjoy reading about the process and research you go through. Thank you!

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  115. Happy anniversary! I love finding new authors through your monthly recommendations. You are all tremendous writers; I enjoy reading about the process and research you go through. Thank you!

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  116. You are so kind.
    What you say about the readers and the comments here is very true. I love going through the responses to a blog. Always something new and interesting. A real eye-opener is some cases.
    End of the month the “What We’re Reading” post may be best of all. So many cool book recommendations. I always find something new to try or I’m reminded of an old favorite.

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  117. You are so kind.
    What you say about the readers and the comments here is very true. I love going through the responses to a blog. Always something new and interesting. A real eye-opener is some cases.
    End of the month the “What We’re Reading” post may be best of all. So many cool book recommendations. I always find something new to try or I’m reminded of an old favorite.

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  118. You are so kind.
    What you say about the readers and the comments here is very true. I love going through the responses to a blog. Always something new and interesting. A real eye-opener is some cases.
    End of the month the “What We’re Reading” post may be best of all. So many cool book recommendations. I always find something new to try or I’m reminded of an old favorite.

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  119. You are so kind.
    What you say about the readers and the comments here is very true. I love going through the responses to a blog. Always something new and interesting. A real eye-opener is some cases.
    End of the month the “What We’re Reading” post may be best of all. So many cool book recommendations. I always find something new to try or I’m reminded of an old favorite.

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  120. You are so kind.
    What you say about the readers and the comments here is very true. I love going through the responses to a blog. Always something new and interesting. A real eye-opener is some cases.
    End of the month the “What We’re Reading” post may be best of all. So many cool book recommendations. I always find something new to try or I’m reminded of an old favorite.

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  121. Happy Anniversary! I’m delighted to say that I have been a reader and subscriber from the beginning! I, too, have found new books to love through the “what we’re reading” posts, and learned many fascinating bits of history — Here’s to many more years!

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  122. Happy Anniversary! I’m delighted to say that I have been a reader and subscriber from the beginning! I, too, have found new books to love through the “what we’re reading” posts, and learned many fascinating bits of history — Here’s to many more years!

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  123. Happy Anniversary! I’m delighted to say that I have been a reader and subscriber from the beginning! I, too, have found new books to love through the “what we’re reading” posts, and learned many fascinating bits of history — Here’s to many more years!

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  124. Happy Anniversary! I’m delighted to say that I have been a reader and subscriber from the beginning! I, too, have found new books to love through the “what we’re reading” posts, and learned many fascinating bits of history — Here’s to many more years!

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  125. Happy Anniversary! I’m delighted to say that I have been a reader and subscriber from the beginning! I, too, have found new books to love through the “what we’re reading” posts, and learned many fascinating bits of history — Here’s to many more years!

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  126. Congratulations Word Wenches. A delightful site which I always look forward to, learning about the latest books and all of the authors writings and travels etc.

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  127. Congratulations Word Wenches. A delightful site which I always look forward to, learning about the latest books and all of the authors writings and travels etc.

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  128. Congratulations Word Wenches. A delightful site which I always look forward to, learning about the latest books and all of the authors writings and travels etc.

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  129. Congratulations Word Wenches. A delightful site which I always look forward to, learning about the latest books and all of the authors writings and travels etc.

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  130. Congratulations Word Wenches. A delightful site which I always look forward to, learning about the latest books and all of the authors writings and travels etc.

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  131. One of the most famous posters in the genealogical had to fight Facebook because she was known to us as “DearMyrtle” so you are in good company about that.
    I would assume that the the Bells (Brontes) and George Elliott would also have been denied access!

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  132. One of the most famous posters in the genealogical had to fight Facebook because she was known to us as “DearMyrtle” so you are in good company about that.
    I would assume that the the Bells (Brontes) and George Elliott would also have been denied access!

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  133. One of the most famous posters in the genealogical had to fight Facebook because she was known to us as “DearMyrtle” so you are in good company about that.
    I would assume that the the Bells (Brontes) and George Elliott would also have been denied access!

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  134. One of the most famous posters in the genealogical had to fight Facebook because she was known to us as “DearMyrtle” so you are in good company about that.
    I would assume that the the Bells (Brontes) and George Elliott would also have been denied access!

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  135. One of the most famous posters in the genealogical had to fight Facebook because she was known to us as “DearMyrtle” so you are in good company about that.
    I would assume that the the Bells (Brontes) and George Elliott would also have been denied access!

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  136. I don’t know for how many years I’ve followed the Word Wenches. I’ve enjoyed you all so much. You are all a wonder that you can keep up writing books, think up blog subjects to write about, write websites, Facebooks, and emails, and……grocery shopping lists. Who knew there was so much writing to do ?!
    Thank you and don’t quit !

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  137. I don’t know for how many years I’ve followed the Word Wenches. I’ve enjoyed you all so much. You are all a wonder that you can keep up writing books, think up blog subjects to write about, write websites, Facebooks, and emails, and……grocery shopping lists. Who knew there was so much writing to do ?!
    Thank you and don’t quit !

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  138. I don’t know for how many years I’ve followed the Word Wenches. I’ve enjoyed you all so much. You are all a wonder that you can keep up writing books, think up blog subjects to write about, write websites, Facebooks, and emails, and……grocery shopping lists. Who knew there was so much writing to do ?!
    Thank you and don’t quit !

    Reply
  139. I don’t know for how many years I’ve followed the Word Wenches. I’ve enjoyed you all so much. You are all a wonder that you can keep up writing books, think up blog subjects to write about, write websites, Facebooks, and emails, and……grocery shopping lists. Who knew there was so much writing to do ?!
    Thank you and don’t quit !

    Reply
  140. I don’t know for how many years I’ve followed the Word Wenches. I’ve enjoyed you all so much. You are all a wonder that you can keep up writing books, think up blog subjects to write about, write websites, Facebooks, and emails, and……grocery shopping lists. Who knew there was so much writing to do ?!
    Thank you and don’t quit !

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  141. Like many other here, I don’t remember when I first found you, but I’ve been an ardent follower every since then. As others have said (and I have said before) I was first caught by the research attitude; now I feel I’m visiting friends. Friends among the followers and friends among the Wenches.
    My husband frequently asks me how the Wenches are doing! (And he, too, is meaning the followers as well as the Wenches.
    Congratulations on completing twelve years of keeping up busy following the blog. And on all your years in providing us with good things to read.
    (I miss the Facebook exploding Congratulations here! You all deserve those balloons.)

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  142. Like many other here, I don’t remember when I first found you, but I’ve been an ardent follower every since then. As others have said (and I have said before) I was first caught by the research attitude; now I feel I’m visiting friends. Friends among the followers and friends among the Wenches.
    My husband frequently asks me how the Wenches are doing! (And he, too, is meaning the followers as well as the Wenches.
    Congratulations on completing twelve years of keeping up busy following the blog. And on all your years in providing us with good things to read.
    (I miss the Facebook exploding Congratulations here! You all deserve those balloons.)

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  143. Like many other here, I don’t remember when I first found you, but I’ve been an ardent follower every since then. As others have said (and I have said before) I was first caught by the research attitude; now I feel I’m visiting friends. Friends among the followers and friends among the Wenches.
    My husband frequently asks me how the Wenches are doing! (And he, too, is meaning the followers as well as the Wenches.
    Congratulations on completing twelve years of keeping up busy following the blog. And on all your years in providing us with good things to read.
    (I miss the Facebook exploding Congratulations here! You all deserve those balloons.)

    Reply
  144. Like many other here, I don’t remember when I first found you, but I’ve been an ardent follower every since then. As others have said (and I have said before) I was first caught by the research attitude; now I feel I’m visiting friends. Friends among the followers and friends among the Wenches.
    My husband frequently asks me how the Wenches are doing! (And he, too, is meaning the followers as well as the Wenches.
    Congratulations on completing twelve years of keeping up busy following the blog. And on all your years in providing us with good things to read.
    (I miss the Facebook exploding Congratulations here! You all deserve those balloons.)

    Reply
  145. Like many other here, I don’t remember when I first found you, but I’ve been an ardent follower every since then. As others have said (and I have said before) I was first caught by the research attitude; now I feel I’m visiting friends. Friends among the followers and friends among the Wenches.
    My husband frequently asks me how the Wenches are doing! (And he, too, is meaning the followers as well as the Wenches.
    Congratulations on completing twelve years of keeping up busy following the blog. And on all your years in providing us with good things to read.
    (I miss the Facebook exploding Congratulations here! You all deserve those balloons.)

    Reply
  146. Congratulations on your twelve years of blogging. That’s some achievement in this day and age. I love the blog since I discovered it some years ago. It’s the only one I check everyday in case I miss something. Andrea has been so kind as to send me ARC’s of her last three books. The very last one was a present because I had just lost my Mam and had blogged about it here. I thought that was so thoughtful and gave me a lump in my throat to know that someone could be so kind.
    Here’s to another twelve years!!!!!

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  147. Congratulations on your twelve years of blogging. That’s some achievement in this day and age. I love the blog since I discovered it some years ago. It’s the only one I check everyday in case I miss something. Andrea has been so kind as to send me ARC’s of her last three books. The very last one was a present because I had just lost my Mam and had blogged about it here. I thought that was so thoughtful and gave me a lump in my throat to know that someone could be so kind.
    Here’s to another twelve years!!!!!

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  148. Congratulations on your twelve years of blogging. That’s some achievement in this day and age. I love the blog since I discovered it some years ago. It’s the only one I check everyday in case I miss something. Andrea has been so kind as to send me ARC’s of her last three books. The very last one was a present because I had just lost my Mam and had blogged about it here. I thought that was so thoughtful and gave me a lump in my throat to know that someone could be so kind.
    Here’s to another twelve years!!!!!

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  149. Congratulations on your twelve years of blogging. That’s some achievement in this day and age. I love the blog since I discovered it some years ago. It’s the only one I check everyday in case I miss something. Andrea has been so kind as to send me ARC’s of her last three books. The very last one was a present because I had just lost my Mam and had blogged about it here. I thought that was so thoughtful and gave me a lump in my throat to know that someone could be so kind.
    Here’s to another twelve years!!!!!

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  150. Congratulations on your twelve years of blogging. That’s some achievement in this day and age. I love the blog since I discovered it some years ago. It’s the only one I check everyday in case I miss something. Andrea has been so kind as to send me ARC’s of her last three books. The very last one was a present because I had just lost my Mam and had blogged about it here. I thought that was so thoughtful and gave me a lump in my throat to know that someone could be so kind.
    Here’s to another twelve years!!!!!

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  151. I found the Wenches through Jo Beverley. I was a long time member of her snail mail newsletter list & then the online group. I popped over every now & then but it wasn’t till Jo’s death that I became a regular visitor & having it come directly to my email. I guess I wanted the comfort of people who knew her. There’s an intimate connection between writer & reader. It seems like fate for Susanna to join the fold now.

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  152. I found the Wenches through Jo Beverley. I was a long time member of her snail mail newsletter list & then the online group. I popped over every now & then but it wasn’t till Jo’s death that I became a regular visitor & having it come directly to my email. I guess I wanted the comfort of people who knew her. There’s an intimate connection between writer & reader. It seems like fate for Susanna to join the fold now.

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  153. I found the Wenches through Jo Beverley. I was a long time member of her snail mail newsletter list & then the online group. I popped over every now & then but it wasn’t till Jo’s death that I became a regular visitor & having it come directly to my email. I guess I wanted the comfort of people who knew her. There’s an intimate connection between writer & reader. It seems like fate for Susanna to join the fold now.

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  154. I found the Wenches through Jo Beverley. I was a long time member of her snail mail newsletter list & then the online group. I popped over every now & then but it wasn’t till Jo’s death that I became a regular visitor & having it come directly to my email. I guess I wanted the comfort of people who knew her. There’s an intimate connection between writer & reader. It seems like fate for Susanna to join the fold now.

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  155. I found the Wenches through Jo Beverley. I was a long time member of her snail mail newsletter list & then the online group. I popped over every now & then but it wasn’t till Jo’s death that I became a regular visitor & having it come directly to my email. I guess I wanted the comfort of people who knew her. There’s an intimate connection between writer & reader. It seems like fate for Susanna to join the fold now.

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  156. I started with Facebook. I found that my fav authors were on, so that’s how I found the Wenches. I really love when you show your research ideas, your thought processes. And I get lots of new book ideas. Way to go, I will keep reading, you keep blogging!

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  157. I started with Facebook. I found that my fav authors were on, so that’s how I found the Wenches. I really love when you show your research ideas, your thought processes. And I get lots of new book ideas. Way to go, I will keep reading, you keep blogging!

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  158. I started with Facebook. I found that my fav authors were on, so that’s how I found the Wenches. I really love when you show your research ideas, your thought processes. And I get lots of new book ideas. Way to go, I will keep reading, you keep blogging!

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  159. I started with Facebook. I found that my fav authors were on, so that’s how I found the Wenches. I really love when you show your research ideas, your thought processes. And I get lots of new book ideas. Way to go, I will keep reading, you keep blogging!

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  160. I started with Facebook. I found that my fav authors were on, so that’s how I found the Wenches. I really love when you show your research ideas, your thought processes. And I get lots of new book ideas. Way to go, I will keep reading, you keep blogging!

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  161. You surely landed on a couple of good spots, Quantum — I think Janga’s been following this blog since the beginning, and she’s certainly guided me to many a fine writer.

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  162. You surely landed on a couple of good spots, Quantum — I think Janga’s been following this blog since the beginning, and she’s certainly guided me to many a fine writer.

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  163. You surely landed on a couple of good spots, Quantum — I think Janga’s been following this blog since the beginning, and she’s certainly guided me to many a fine writer.

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  164. You surely landed on a couple of good spots, Quantum — I think Janga’s been following this blog since the beginning, and she’s certainly guided me to many a fine writer.

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  165. You surely landed on a couple of good spots, Quantum — I think Janga’s been following this blog since the beginning, and she’s certainly guided me to many a fine writer.

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  166. Jeanne, Jo is certainly still with us in spirit. As well, her daughter-in-law is the “word wench whip” and puts the newsletter together — and keeps us up to date with the doings of Jo’s little granddaughter.
    It’s great that the blog comes direct to your email, isn’t it? Some of my favorite blogs do that.

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  167. Jeanne, Jo is certainly still with us in spirit. As well, her daughter-in-law is the “word wench whip” and puts the newsletter together — and keeps us up to date with the doings of Jo’s little granddaughter.
    It’s great that the blog comes direct to your email, isn’t it? Some of my favorite blogs do that.

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  168. Jeanne, Jo is certainly still with us in spirit. As well, her daughter-in-law is the “word wench whip” and puts the newsletter together — and keeps us up to date with the doings of Jo’s little granddaughter.
    It’s great that the blog comes direct to your email, isn’t it? Some of my favorite blogs do that.

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  169. Jeanne, Jo is certainly still with us in spirit. As well, her daughter-in-law is the “word wench whip” and puts the newsletter together — and keeps us up to date with the doings of Jo’s little granddaughter.
    It’s great that the blog comes direct to your email, isn’t it? Some of my favorite blogs do that.

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  170. Jeanne, Jo is certainly still with us in spirit. As well, her daughter-in-law is the “word wench whip” and puts the newsletter together — and keeps us up to date with the doings of Jo’s little granddaughter.
    It’s great that the blog comes direct to your email, isn’t it? Some of my favorite blogs do that.

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  171. Thanks, Cindy. I think one of the reasons the blog has lasted is that we also enjoy it. It’s not just a task that I do and forget about — I read all the other posts, too. And that end-of-the-month What We’re Reading post invariably results in a wenchly book-shopping spree. So we also have a lot of the books we read in common.

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  172. Thanks, Cindy. I think one of the reasons the blog has lasted is that we also enjoy it. It’s not just a task that I do and forget about — I read all the other posts, too. And that end-of-the-month What We’re Reading post invariably results in a wenchly book-shopping spree. So we also have a lot of the books we read in common.

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  173. Thanks, Cindy. I think one of the reasons the blog has lasted is that we also enjoy it. It’s not just a task that I do and forget about — I read all the other posts, too. And that end-of-the-month What We’re Reading post invariably results in a wenchly book-shopping spree. So we also have a lot of the books we read in common.

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  174. Thanks, Cindy. I think one of the reasons the blog has lasted is that we also enjoy it. It’s not just a task that I do and forget about — I read all the other posts, too. And that end-of-the-month What We’re Reading post invariably results in a wenchly book-shopping spree. So we also have a lot of the books we read in common.

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  175. Thanks, Cindy. I think one of the reasons the blog has lasted is that we also enjoy it. It’s not just a task that I do and forget about — I read all the other posts, too. And that end-of-the-month What We’re Reading post invariably results in a wenchly book-shopping spree. So we also have a lot of the books we read in common.

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  176. Congratulations on this milestone ladies!
    I can’t remember how long I have been following Word Wenches but I do know that I have loved knowing that there are others that feel the way I do about Romance books. Thank you so much for 12 lovely years.

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  177. Congratulations on this milestone ladies!
    I can’t remember how long I have been following Word Wenches but I do know that I have loved knowing that there are others that feel the way I do about Romance books. Thank you so much for 12 lovely years.

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  178. Congratulations on this milestone ladies!
    I can’t remember how long I have been following Word Wenches but I do know that I have loved knowing that there are others that feel the way I do about Romance books. Thank you so much for 12 lovely years.

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  179. Congratulations on this milestone ladies!
    I can’t remember how long I have been following Word Wenches but I do know that I have loved knowing that there are others that feel the way I do about Romance books. Thank you so much for 12 lovely years.

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  180. Congratulations on this milestone ladies!
    I can’t remember how long I have been following Word Wenches but I do know that I have loved knowing that there are others that feel the way I do about Romance books. Thank you so much for 12 lovely years.

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  181. I haven’t been visiting for the full twelve years (missed those first couple years), but have been very happy to have learn a lot in the years that I have been enjoying all your posts – Happy Anniversary! Here’s looking forward to many more years of wonderful books and illuminating blog posts.

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  182. I haven’t been visiting for the full twelve years (missed those first couple years), but have been very happy to have learn a lot in the years that I have been enjoying all your posts – Happy Anniversary! Here’s looking forward to many more years of wonderful books and illuminating blog posts.

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  183. I haven’t been visiting for the full twelve years (missed those first couple years), but have been very happy to have learn a lot in the years that I have been enjoying all your posts – Happy Anniversary! Here’s looking forward to many more years of wonderful books and illuminating blog posts.

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  184. I haven’t been visiting for the full twelve years (missed those first couple years), but have been very happy to have learn a lot in the years that I have been enjoying all your posts – Happy Anniversary! Here’s looking forward to many more years of wonderful books and illuminating blog posts.

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  185. I haven’t been visiting for the full twelve years (missed those first couple years), but have been very happy to have learn a lot in the years that I have been enjoying all your posts – Happy Anniversary! Here’s looking forward to many more years of wonderful books and illuminating blog posts.

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  186. Happy 12th anniversary to you all.
    I haven’t been here for too long, but I’m now a regular reader. I’ve learned a lot of intriguing tidbits from your various posts. My favorite column is the monthly post on What We’re Reading; I enjoy discovering what you’re reading, but I also like to learn what my fellow readers have recently enjoyed. I lack an in real life romance community, so the Word Wenches is a very happy substitute.

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  187. Happy 12th anniversary to you all.
    I haven’t been here for too long, but I’m now a regular reader. I’ve learned a lot of intriguing tidbits from your various posts. My favorite column is the monthly post on What We’re Reading; I enjoy discovering what you’re reading, but I also like to learn what my fellow readers have recently enjoyed. I lack an in real life romance community, so the Word Wenches is a very happy substitute.

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  188. Happy 12th anniversary to you all.
    I haven’t been here for too long, but I’m now a regular reader. I’ve learned a lot of intriguing tidbits from your various posts. My favorite column is the monthly post on What We’re Reading; I enjoy discovering what you’re reading, but I also like to learn what my fellow readers have recently enjoyed. I lack an in real life romance community, so the Word Wenches is a very happy substitute.

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  189. Happy 12th anniversary to you all.
    I haven’t been here for too long, but I’m now a regular reader. I’ve learned a lot of intriguing tidbits from your various posts. My favorite column is the monthly post on What We’re Reading; I enjoy discovering what you’re reading, but I also like to learn what my fellow readers have recently enjoyed. I lack an in real life romance community, so the Word Wenches is a very happy substitute.

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  190. Happy 12th anniversary to you all.
    I haven’t been here for too long, but I’m now a regular reader. I’ve learned a lot of intriguing tidbits from your various posts. My favorite column is the monthly post on What We’re Reading; I enjoy discovering what you’re reading, but I also like to learn what my fellow readers have recently enjoyed. I lack an in real life romance community, so the Word Wenches is a very happy substitute.

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  191. Thank you so much, Kareni. I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and the WWR. I love discovering all the recommendations too, although my TBR pile is groaning!
    The Word Wenches has a lovely community feel to it, just as you say, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that with the other authors and readers here. As we are all around the world it’s a global community too and that feels a very special thing!

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  192. Thank you so much, Kareni. I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and the WWR. I love discovering all the recommendations too, although my TBR pile is groaning!
    The Word Wenches has a lovely community feel to it, just as you say, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that with the other authors and readers here. As we are all around the world it’s a global community too and that feels a very special thing!

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  193. Thank you so much, Kareni. I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and the WWR. I love discovering all the recommendations too, although my TBR pile is groaning!
    The Word Wenches has a lovely community feel to it, just as you say, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that with the other authors and readers here. As we are all around the world it’s a global community too and that feels a very special thing!

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  194. Thank you so much, Kareni. I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and the WWR. I love discovering all the recommendations too, although my TBR pile is groaning!
    The Word Wenches has a lovely community feel to it, just as you say, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that with the other authors and readers here. As we are all around the world it’s a global community too and that feels a very special thing!

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  195. Thank you so much, Kareni. I’m so happy you enjoy the blog and the WWR. I love discovering all the recommendations too, although my TBR pile is groaning!
    The Word Wenches has a lovely community feel to it, just as you say, and it’s wonderful to be a part of that with the other authors and readers here. As we are all around the world it’s a global community too and that feels a very special thing!

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  196. Like many others I enjoy the “what we’re reading” posts. They have put me onto many previously unknown (to me) authors. As I look forward to retirement in about a year I will have much more time to enjoy the wenches and their work. Thanks to each of you for how you all amuse, thrill, and enlighten me.

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  197. Like many others I enjoy the “what we’re reading” posts. They have put me onto many previously unknown (to me) authors. As I look forward to retirement in about a year I will have much more time to enjoy the wenches and their work. Thanks to each of you for how you all amuse, thrill, and enlighten me.

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  198. Like many others I enjoy the “what we’re reading” posts. They have put me onto many previously unknown (to me) authors. As I look forward to retirement in about a year I will have much more time to enjoy the wenches and their work. Thanks to each of you for how you all amuse, thrill, and enlighten me.

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  199. Like many others I enjoy the “what we’re reading” posts. They have put me onto many previously unknown (to me) authors. As I look forward to retirement in about a year I will have much more time to enjoy the wenches and their work. Thanks to each of you for how you all amuse, thrill, and enlighten me.

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  200. Like many others I enjoy the “what we’re reading” posts. They have put me onto many previously unknown (to me) authors. As I look forward to retirement in about a year I will have much more time to enjoy the wenches and their work. Thanks to each of you for how you all amuse, thrill, and enlighten me.

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  201. In 2006, I had just discovered romance books, especially historical romance. In fact the first one I read was Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. That led me you your new blog, and an introduction to a wonderful group of writers.
    Thank you.

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  202. In 2006, I had just discovered romance books, especially historical romance. In fact the first one I read was Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. That led me you your new blog, and an introduction to a wonderful group of writers.
    Thank you.

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  203. In 2006, I had just discovered romance books, especially historical romance. In fact the first one I read was Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. That led me you your new blog, and an introduction to a wonderful group of writers.
    Thank you.

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  204. In 2006, I had just discovered romance books, especially historical romance. In fact the first one I read was Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. That led me you your new blog, and an introduction to a wonderful group of writers.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  205. In 2006, I had just discovered romance books, especially historical romance. In fact the first one I read was Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. That led me you your new blog, and an introduction to a wonderful group of writers.
    Thank you.

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  206. Thank YOU, Kathy. The Wench community is nothing without the encouragement, support and participation of all our readers and that is what has give it the longevity and sense of fun!

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  207. Thank YOU, Kathy. The Wench community is nothing without the encouragement, support and participation of all our readers and that is what has give it the longevity and sense of fun!

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  208. Thank YOU, Kathy. The Wench community is nothing without the encouragement, support and participation of all our readers and that is what has give it the longevity and sense of fun!

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  209. Thank YOU, Kathy. The Wench community is nothing without the encouragement, support and participation of all our readers and that is what has give it the longevity and sense of fun!

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  210. Thank YOU, Kathy. The Wench community is nothing without the encouragement, support and participation of all our readers and that is what has give it the longevity and sense of fun!

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  211. Congratulations on 12 years, Wenches! I have been following the blog for about 10 years. It’s a highlight of my week to read whatever new post you have for us. I admit I’m a bit shy on the commenting side, so I haven’t really “met” you. But I have read almost all of the authors here, and have nearly all of your books. 🙂 Thank you so much for being so generous with your time, knowledge, kindness and warmth. It’s meant so much to me over the years. I hope to celebrate with you in another 12 years!

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  212. Congratulations on 12 years, Wenches! I have been following the blog for about 10 years. It’s a highlight of my week to read whatever new post you have for us. I admit I’m a bit shy on the commenting side, so I haven’t really “met” you. But I have read almost all of the authors here, and have nearly all of your books. 🙂 Thank you so much for being so generous with your time, knowledge, kindness and warmth. It’s meant so much to me over the years. I hope to celebrate with you in another 12 years!

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  213. Congratulations on 12 years, Wenches! I have been following the blog for about 10 years. It’s a highlight of my week to read whatever new post you have for us. I admit I’m a bit shy on the commenting side, so I haven’t really “met” you. But I have read almost all of the authors here, and have nearly all of your books. 🙂 Thank you so much for being so generous with your time, knowledge, kindness and warmth. It’s meant so much to me over the years. I hope to celebrate with you in another 12 years!

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  214. Congratulations on 12 years, Wenches! I have been following the blog for about 10 years. It’s a highlight of my week to read whatever new post you have for us. I admit I’m a bit shy on the commenting side, so I haven’t really “met” you. But I have read almost all of the authors here, and have nearly all of your books. 🙂 Thank you so much for being so generous with your time, knowledge, kindness and warmth. It’s meant so much to me over the years. I hope to celebrate with you in another 12 years!

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  215. Congratulations on 12 years, Wenches! I have been following the blog for about 10 years. It’s a highlight of my week to read whatever new post you have for us. I admit I’m a bit shy on the commenting side, so I haven’t really “met” you. But I have read almost all of the authors here, and have nearly all of your books. 🙂 Thank you so much for being so generous with your time, knowledge, kindness and warmth. It’s meant so much to me over the years. I hope to celebrate with you in another 12 years!

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  216. Thank you so much, Jenna! We know there are more people who read than comment, and we appreciate all of you equally. It’s just knowing we’re connecting with readers that matters. We want all of you to know how much we appreciate you!

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  217. Thank you so much, Jenna! We know there are more people who read than comment, and we appreciate all of you equally. It’s just knowing we’re connecting with readers that matters. We want all of you to know how much we appreciate you!

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  218. Thank you so much, Jenna! We know there are more people who read than comment, and we appreciate all of you equally. It’s just knowing we’re connecting with readers that matters. We want all of you to know how much we appreciate you!

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  219. Thank you so much, Jenna! We know there are more people who read than comment, and we appreciate all of you equally. It’s just knowing we’re connecting with readers that matters. We want all of you to know how much we appreciate you!

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  220. Thank you so much, Jenna! We know there are more people who read than comment, and we appreciate all of you equally. It’s just knowing we’re connecting with readers that matters. We want all of you to know how much we appreciate you!

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  221. happy anniversary! I’ve loved reading romance since I discovered it as a young teenager, but time, money, access all restricted my reading over the years. in the late 2000’s I “rediscovered” my love of reading and found blogs such as Word Wenches which not only fueled my enjoyment but helped me find a community of fellow romance lovers. getting my first e-reader a little later and the take off of e-books (instant availability is great & 😉 dangerous) also meant a lot more reading. having a place to learn about new books and get recommendations was wonderful but so was learning about the writing process, the history tibits, and more. thank you to the wenches and others contributors for not just helping me rediscover my love of reading & romance novels but also for the wonderful sense of community and kinship. here’s wishing you all dozen plus wonderful years

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  222. happy anniversary! I’ve loved reading romance since I discovered it as a young teenager, but time, money, access all restricted my reading over the years. in the late 2000’s I “rediscovered” my love of reading and found blogs such as Word Wenches which not only fueled my enjoyment but helped me find a community of fellow romance lovers. getting my first e-reader a little later and the take off of e-books (instant availability is great & 😉 dangerous) also meant a lot more reading. having a place to learn about new books and get recommendations was wonderful but so was learning about the writing process, the history tibits, and more. thank you to the wenches and others contributors for not just helping me rediscover my love of reading & romance novels but also for the wonderful sense of community and kinship. here’s wishing you all dozen plus wonderful years

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  223. happy anniversary! I’ve loved reading romance since I discovered it as a young teenager, but time, money, access all restricted my reading over the years. in the late 2000’s I “rediscovered” my love of reading and found blogs such as Word Wenches which not only fueled my enjoyment but helped me find a community of fellow romance lovers. getting my first e-reader a little later and the take off of e-books (instant availability is great & 😉 dangerous) also meant a lot more reading. having a place to learn about new books and get recommendations was wonderful but so was learning about the writing process, the history tibits, and more. thank you to the wenches and others contributors for not just helping me rediscover my love of reading & romance novels but also for the wonderful sense of community and kinship. here’s wishing you all dozen plus wonderful years

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  224. happy anniversary! I’ve loved reading romance since I discovered it as a young teenager, but time, money, access all restricted my reading over the years. in the late 2000’s I “rediscovered” my love of reading and found blogs such as Word Wenches which not only fueled my enjoyment but helped me find a community of fellow romance lovers. getting my first e-reader a little later and the take off of e-books (instant availability is great & 😉 dangerous) also meant a lot more reading. having a place to learn about new books and get recommendations was wonderful but so was learning about the writing process, the history tibits, and more. thank you to the wenches and others contributors for not just helping me rediscover my love of reading & romance novels but also for the wonderful sense of community and kinship. here’s wishing you all dozen plus wonderful years

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  225. happy anniversary! I’ve loved reading romance since I discovered it as a young teenager, but time, money, access all restricted my reading over the years. in the late 2000’s I “rediscovered” my love of reading and found blogs such as Word Wenches which not only fueled my enjoyment but helped me find a community of fellow romance lovers. getting my first e-reader a little later and the take off of e-books (instant availability is great & 😉 dangerous) also meant a lot more reading. having a place to learn about new books and get recommendations was wonderful but so was learning about the writing process, the history tibits, and more. thank you to the wenches and others contributors for not just helping me rediscover my love of reading & romance novels but also for the wonderful sense of community and kinship. here’s wishing you all dozen plus wonderful years

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  226. I actually came to find the Word Wenches while following Susanna Kearsley around (though that sounds rather stalkerish LOL). I was thrilled to find all of you and your lovely books and stories and the facts and bits you share make this a regular stop on my weekly rotation. I don’t have the chance to look in every day, so sometimes there are a couple of posts for me to catch up on, but it’s always such a fabulous bit of my morning. I think I’ve said before that one of the things I love the most is learning about the books and/or authors that you guys enjoy. If I enjoy what you write, it perhaps may translate that I could like the books you’re referencing and my library continues to grow. Happy Birthday Word Wenches!! I appreciate all your hard work!

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  227. I actually came to find the Word Wenches while following Susanna Kearsley around (though that sounds rather stalkerish LOL). I was thrilled to find all of you and your lovely books and stories and the facts and bits you share make this a regular stop on my weekly rotation. I don’t have the chance to look in every day, so sometimes there are a couple of posts for me to catch up on, but it’s always such a fabulous bit of my morning. I think I’ve said before that one of the things I love the most is learning about the books and/or authors that you guys enjoy. If I enjoy what you write, it perhaps may translate that I could like the books you’re referencing and my library continues to grow. Happy Birthday Word Wenches!! I appreciate all your hard work!

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  228. I actually came to find the Word Wenches while following Susanna Kearsley around (though that sounds rather stalkerish LOL). I was thrilled to find all of you and your lovely books and stories and the facts and bits you share make this a regular stop on my weekly rotation. I don’t have the chance to look in every day, so sometimes there are a couple of posts for me to catch up on, but it’s always such a fabulous bit of my morning. I think I’ve said before that one of the things I love the most is learning about the books and/or authors that you guys enjoy. If I enjoy what you write, it perhaps may translate that I could like the books you’re referencing and my library continues to grow. Happy Birthday Word Wenches!! I appreciate all your hard work!

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  229. I actually came to find the Word Wenches while following Susanna Kearsley around (though that sounds rather stalkerish LOL). I was thrilled to find all of you and your lovely books and stories and the facts and bits you share make this a regular stop on my weekly rotation. I don’t have the chance to look in every day, so sometimes there are a couple of posts for me to catch up on, but it’s always such a fabulous bit of my morning. I think I’ve said before that one of the things I love the most is learning about the books and/or authors that you guys enjoy. If I enjoy what you write, it perhaps may translate that I could like the books you’re referencing and my library continues to grow. Happy Birthday Word Wenches!! I appreciate all your hard work!

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  230. I actually came to find the Word Wenches while following Susanna Kearsley around (though that sounds rather stalkerish LOL). I was thrilled to find all of you and your lovely books and stories and the facts and bits you share make this a regular stop on my weekly rotation. I don’t have the chance to look in every day, so sometimes there are a couple of posts for me to catch up on, but it’s always such a fabulous bit of my morning. I think I’ve said before that one of the things I love the most is learning about the books and/or authors that you guys enjoy. If I enjoy what you write, it perhaps may translate that I could like the books you’re referencing and my library continues to grow. Happy Birthday Word Wenches!! I appreciate all your hard work!

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  231. Susanna is well worth stalking, isn’t she? *G* I’m glad she led you to our door! We all love the “What We’re Reading” posts, too, and a nice thing about e-readers is that the TBR mountain can grow without taking more shelf space!

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  232. Susanna is well worth stalking, isn’t she? *G* I’m glad she led you to our door! We all love the “What We’re Reading” posts, too, and a nice thing about e-readers is that the TBR mountain can grow without taking more shelf space!

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  233. Susanna is well worth stalking, isn’t she? *G* I’m glad she led you to our door! We all love the “What We’re Reading” posts, too, and a nice thing about e-readers is that the TBR mountain can grow without taking more shelf space!

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  234. Susanna is well worth stalking, isn’t she? *G* I’m glad she led you to our door! We all love the “What We’re Reading” posts, too, and a nice thing about e-readers is that the TBR mountain can grow without taking more shelf space!

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  235. Susanna is well worth stalking, isn’t she? *G* I’m glad she led you to our door! We all love the “What We’re Reading” posts, too, and a nice thing about e-readers is that the TBR mountain can grow without taking more shelf space!

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  236. Congratulations on such a splendid anniversary, love seeing pics of your celebration. I’m a newcomer here, although a longtime fan of MJP, and look forward to reading more from all these amazing authors. You’ll never know the light and joy your works bring to me! Many grateful thanks to you all!

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  237. Congratulations on such a splendid anniversary, love seeing pics of your celebration. I’m a newcomer here, although a longtime fan of MJP, and look forward to reading more from all these amazing authors. You’ll never know the light and joy your works bring to me! Many grateful thanks to you all!

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  238. Congratulations on such a splendid anniversary, love seeing pics of your celebration. I’m a newcomer here, although a longtime fan of MJP, and look forward to reading more from all these amazing authors. You’ll never know the light and joy your works bring to me! Many grateful thanks to you all!

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  239. Congratulations on such a splendid anniversary, love seeing pics of your celebration. I’m a newcomer here, although a longtime fan of MJP, and look forward to reading more from all these amazing authors. You’ll never know the light and joy your works bring to me! Many grateful thanks to you all!

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  240. Congratulations on such a splendid anniversary, love seeing pics of your celebration. I’m a newcomer here, although a longtime fan of MJP, and look forward to reading more from all these amazing authors. You’ll never know the light and joy your works bring to me! Many grateful thanks to you all!

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  241. How wonderful that you were able to rediscover romance and lovely that the Word Wenches has been a part of that process. It’s hearing about experiences like this that make the whole community aspect of the Wenches feel so special.

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  242. How wonderful that you were able to rediscover romance and lovely that the Word Wenches has been a part of that process. It’s hearing about experiences like this that make the whole community aspect of the Wenches feel so special.

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  243. How wonderful that you were able to rediscover romance and lovely that the Word Wenches has been a part of that process. It’s hearing about experiences like this that make the whole community aspect of the Wenches feel so special.

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  244. How wonderful that you were able to rediscover romance and lovely that the Word Wenches has been a part of that process. It’s hearing about experiences like this that make the whole community aspect of the Wenches feel so special.

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  245. How wonderful that you were able to rediscover romance and lovely that the Word Wenches has been a part of that process. It’s hearing about experiences like this that make the whole community aspect of the Wenches feel so special.

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  246. I’m a late comer to the blog, but have read a number of you for years. Occasionally I would see a Jo Beverley newsletter that would mention the wenches and I would mean to go check. But this was post Katrina in New Orleans and I have the privilege of serving the Army Corps of Engineers. So my time was not my own. In the last year I have finally opened the blog and oh my such a big fan. Sorry I missed your early blogging years but I check you regularly now and expanding to read works of all of the wenches. Heartiest congratulations for creating and maintaining one of my favorite blogs. It’s a winner, as are all of you.

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  247. I’m a late comer to the blog, but have read a number of you for years. Occasionally I would see a Jo Beverley newsletter that would mention the wenches and I would mean to go check. But this was post Katrina in New Orleans and I have the privilege of serving the Army Corps of Engineers. So my time was not my own. In the last year I have finally opened the blog and oh my such a big fan. Sorry I missed your early blogging years but I check you regularly now and expanding to read works of all of the wenches. Heartiest congratulations for creating and maintaining one of my favorite blogs. It’s a winner, as are all of you.

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  248. I’m a late comer to the blog, but have read a number of you for years. Occasionally I would see a Jo Beverley newsletter that would mention the wenches and I would mean to go check. But this was post Katrina in New Orleans and I have the privilege of serving the Army Corps of Engineers. So my time was not my own. In the last year I have finally opened the blog and oh my such a big fan. Sorry I missed your early blogging years but I check you regularly now and expanding to read works of all of the wenches. Heartiest congratulations for creating and maintaining one of my favorite blogs. It’s a winner, as are all of you.

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  249. I’m a late comer to the blog, but have read a number of you for years. Occasionally I would see a Jo Beverley newsletter that would mention the wenches and I would mean to go check. But this was post Katrina in New Orleans and I have the privilege of serving the Army Corps of Engineers. So my time was not my own. In the last year I have finally opened the blog and oh my such a big fan. Sorry I missed your early blogging years but I check you regularly now and expanding to read works of all of the wenches. Heartiest congratulations for creating and maintaining one of my favorite blogs. It’s a winner, as are all of you.

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  250. I’m a late comer to the blog, but have read a number of you for years. Occasionally I would see a Jo Beverley newsletter that would mention the wenches and I would mean to go check. But this was post Katrina in New Orleans and I have the privilege of serving the Army Corps of Engineers. So my time was not my own. In the last year I have finally opened the blog and oh my such a big fan. Sorry I missed your early blogging years but I check you regularly now and expanding to read works of all of the wenches. Heartiest congratulations for creating and maintaining one of my favorite blogs. It’s a winner, as are all of you.

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  251. Hellooooo! Y’all are new authors to me! I am not sure how i found Mary Jo but I found her on Facebook and now have found all of you! CONGRATS on much success! 😀

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  252. Hellooooo! Y’all are new authors to me! I am not sure how i found Mary Jo but I found her on Facebook and now have found all of you! CONGRATS on much success! 😀

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  253. Hellooooo! Y’all are new authors to me! I am not sure how i found Mary Jo but I found her on Facebook and now have found all of you! CONGRATS on much success! 😀

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  254. Hellooooo! Y’all are new authors to me! I am not sure how i found Mary Jo but I found her on Facebook and now have found all of you! CONGRATS on much success! 😀

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  255. Hellooooo! Y’all are new authors to me! I am not sure how i found Mary Jo but I found her on Facebook and now have found all of you! CONGRATS on much success! 😀

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  256. Word Wenches are almost teenagers! 😉 Congratulations on reaching this milestone! In May 2006 I had finished my first year of undergrad. I’m not sure when I discovered this blog but I believe it was through Mary Jo Putney.

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  257. Word Wenches are almost teenagers! 😉 Congratulations on reaching this milestone! In May 2006 I had finished my first year of undergrad. I’m not sure when I discovered this blog but I believe it was through Mary Jo Putney.

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  258. Word Wenches are almost teenagers! 😉 Congratulations on reaching this milestone! In May 2006 I had finished my first year of undergrad. I’m not sure when I discovered this blog but I believe it was through Mary Jo Putney.

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  259. Word Wenches are almost teenagers! 😉 Congratulations on reaching this milestone! In May 2006 I had finished my first year of undergrad. I’m not sure when I discovered this blog but I believe it was through Mary Jo Putney.

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  260. Word Wenches are almost teenagers! 😉 Congratulations on reaching this milestone! In May 2006 I had finished my first year of undergrad. I’m not sure when I discovered this blog but I believe it was through Mary Jo Putney.

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  261. After reading how many things each of you were involved in or working on when you started or joined Word Wenches, I think you all should be dressed in capes, boots, tights, and tiaras with a star, and renamed Wonder Women!
    I love reading WW every day and enjoy the information on books, authors, research, travel, and all the other great things you write about.
    Thanks for it all and congratulations on 12 years. Just make sure you keep writing more of those great novels I like.

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  262. After reading how many things each of you were involved in or working on when you started or joined Word Wenches, I think you all should be dressed in capes, boots, tights, and tiaras with a star, and renamed Wonder Women!
    I love reading WW every day and enjoy the information on books, authors, research, travel, and all the other great things you write about.
    Thanks for it all and congratulations on 12 years. Just make sure you keep writing more of those great novels I like.

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  263. After reading how many things each of you were involved in or working on when you started or joined Word Wenches, I think you all should be dressed in capes, boots, tights, and tiaras with a star, and renamed Wonder Women!
    I love reading WW every day and enjoy the information on books, authors, research, travel, and all the other great things you write about.
    Thanks for it all and congratulations on 12 years. Just make sure you keep writing more of those great novels I like.

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  264. After reading how many things each of you were involved in or working on when you started or joined Word Wenches, I think you all should be dressed in capes, boots, tights, and tiaras with a star, and renamed Wonder Women!
    I love reading WW every day and enjoy the information on books, authors, research, travel, and all the other great things you write about.
    Thanks for it all and congratulations on 12 years. Just make sure you keep writing more of those great novels I like.

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  265. After reading how many things each of you were involved in or working on when you started or joined Word Wenches, I think you all should be dressed in capes, boots, tights, and tiaras with a star, and renamed Wonder Women!
    I love reading WW every day and enjoy the information on books, authors, research, travel, and all the other great things you write about.
    Thanks for it all and congratulations on 12 years. Just make sure you keep writing more of those great novels I like.

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  266. I’ve been reading Word Wenches blog since the very beginning and cannot believe it’s been twelve years! I was “introduced” to it by my friend Sherrie Holmes, who worked behind the scenes. Here’s to another twelve years!

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  267. I’ve been reading Word Wenches blog since the very beginning and cannot believe it’s been twelve years! I was “introduced” to it by my friend Sherrie Holmes, who worked behind the scenes. Here’s to another twelve years!

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  268. I’ve been reading Word Wenches blog since the very beginning and cannot believe it’s been twelve years! I was “introduced” to it by my friend Sherrie Holmes, who worked behind the scenes. Here’s to another twelve years!

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  269. I’ve been reading Word Wenches blog since the very beginning and cannot believe it’s been twelve years! I was “introduced” to it by my friend Sherrie Holmes, who worked behind the scenes. Here’s to another twelve years!

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  270. I’ve been reading Word Wenches blog since the very beginning and cannot believe it’s been twelve years! I was “introduced” to it by my friend Sherrie Holmes, who worked behind the scenes. Here’s to another twelve years!

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  271. Kareni, yes, your name is well known to us now! And you’re not alone in liking the monthly “What we’re reading” post. We all love doing them, and reading them ourselves!

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  272. Kareni, yes, your name is well known to us now! And you’re not alone in liking the monthly “What we’re reading” post. We all love doing them, and reading them ourselves!

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  273. Kareni, yes, your name is well known to us now! And you’re not alone in liking the monthly “What we’re reading” post. We all love doing them, and reading them ourselves!

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  274. Kareni, yes, your name is well known to us now! And you’re not alone in liking the monthly “What we’re reading” post. We all love doing them, and reading them ourselves!

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  275. Kareni, yes, your name is well known to us now! And you’re not alone in liking the monthly “What we’re reading” post. We all love doing them, and reading them ourselves!

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  276. Well done on helping New Orleans after Katrina! Thanks for the good words on the blog. If you feel like wasting time some day *G*, browsing the Wench archives might be a good time killer.

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  277. Well done on helping New Orleans after Katrina! Thanks for the good words on the blog. If you feel like wasting time some day *G*, browsing the Wench archives might be a good time killer.

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  278. Well done on helping New Orleans after Katrina! Thanks for the good words on the blog. If you feel like wasting time some day *G*, browsing the Wench archives might be a good time killer.

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  279. Well done on helping New Orleans after Katrina! Thanks for the good words on the blog. If you feel like wasting time some day *G*, browsing the Wench archives might be a good time killer.

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  280. Well done on helping New Orleans after Katrina! Thanks for the good words on the blog. If you feel like wasting time some day *G*, browsing the Wench archives might be a good time killer.

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  281. Carrie, scary thought that the blog is about to become a teenager! Let’s hope acne and bad behavior don’t suddenly appear! I’m glad you found us, and hope that our books helped entertain you during the college grind. (When I was in college, one of my favorite places was the leisure reading library in the women’s building. Forget academia, I want a good story!!!)

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  282. Carrie, scary thought that the blog is about to become a teenager! Let’s hope acne and bad behavior don’t suddenly appear! I’m glad you found us, and hope that our books helped entertain you during the college grind. (When I was in college, one of my favorite places was the leisure reading library in the women’s building. Forget academia, I want a good story!!!)

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  283. Carrie, scary thought that the blog is about to become a teenager! Let’s hope acne and bad behavior don’t suddenly appear! I’m glad you found us, and hope that our books helped entertain you during the college grind. (When I was in college, one of my favorite places was the leisure reading library in the women’s building. Forget academia, I want a good story!!!)

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  284. Carrie, scary thought that the blog is about to become a teenager! Let’s hope acne and bad behavior don’t suddenly appear! I’m glad you found us, and hope that our books helped entertain you during the college grind. (When I was in college, one of my favorite places was the leisure reading library in the women’s building. Forget academia, I want a good story!!!)

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  285. Carrie, scary thought that the blog is about to become a teenager! Let’s hope acne and bad behavior don’t suddenly appear! I’m glad you found us, and hope that our books helped entertain you during the college grind. (When I was in college, one of my favorite places was the leisure reading library in the women’s building. Forget academia, I want a good story!!!)

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  286. I’m not sure when I began reading the Word Wenches blog. I know I heard about it a year or two before I actually went looking to find it and actually give it a try.
    Ever since, it has been Kick, kick, kick…why didn’t I begin reading when I first heard about it!
    As Kanch said (as well as other commenters) I love the Rabbit Hole reports. Love those esoteric bits of knowledge that don’t properly fit in a book but help provide flavor and knowledge.
    Just plain love anything y’all like to write about – trip reports, stately homes, dogs, flowers, WIP’s, changes in the publishing industry, audio books…. yes, I’d love to see your grocery lists too – grin. Definitely love the monthly what we’ve read column.
    Blog Reader participation is one of the best things about this blog – love, love all the different view points.
    Happy Birthday and I hope to be wishing everyone Happy Birthday for another 12 (plus, many plus) years…
    Thank you all.

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  287. I’m not sure when I began reading the Word Wenches blog. I know I heard about it a year or two before I actually went looking to find it and actually give it a try.
    Ever since, it has been Kick, kick, kick…why didn’t I begin reading when I first heard about it!
    As Kanch said (as well as other commenters) I love the Rabbit Hole reports. Love those esoteric bits of knowledge that don’t properly fit in a book but help provide flavor and knowledge.
    Just plain love anything y’all like to write about – trip reports, stately homes, dogs, flowers, WIP’s, changes in the publishing industry, audio books…. yes, I’d love to see your grocery lists too – grin. Definitely love the monthly what we’ve read column.
    Blog Reader participation is one of the best things about this blog – love, love all the different view points.
    Happy Birthday and I hope to be wishing everyone Happy Birthday for another 12 (plus, many plus) years…
    Thank you all.

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  288. I’m not sure when I began reading the Word Wenches blog. I know I heard about it a year or two before I actually went looking to find it and actually give it a try.
    Ever since, it has been Kick, kick, kick…why didn’t I begin reading when I first heard about it!
    As Kanch said (as well as other commenters) I love the Rabbit Hole reports. Love those esoteric bits of knowledge that don’t properly fit in a book but help provide flavor and knowledge.
    Just plain love anything y’all like to write about – trip reports, stately homes, dogs, flowers, WIP’s, changes in the publishing industry, audio books…. yes, I’d love to see your grocery lists too – grin. Definitely love the monthly what we’ve read column.
    Blog Reader participation is one of the best things about this blog – love, love all the different view points.
    Happy Birthday and I hope to be wishing everyone Happy Birthday for another 12 (plus, many plus) years…
    Thank you all.

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  289. I’m not sure when I began reading the Word Wenches blog. I know I heard about it a year or two before I actually went looking to find it and actually give it a try.
    Ever since, it has been Kick, kick, kick…why didn’t I begin reading when I first heard about it!
    As Kanch said (as well as other commenters) I love the Rabbit Hole reports. Love those esoteric bits of knowledge that don’t properly fit in a book but help provide flavor and knowledge.
    Just plain love anything y’all like to write about – trip reports, stately homes, dogs, flowers, WIP’s, changes in the publishing industry, audio books…. yes, I’d love to see your grocery lists too – grin. Definitely love the monthly what we’ve read column.
    Blog Reader participation is one of the best things about this blog – love, love all the different view points.
    Happy Birthday and I hope to be wishing everyone Happy Birthday for another 12 (plus, many plus) years…
    Thank you all.

    Reply
  290. I’m not sure when I began reading the Word Wenches blog. I know I heard about it a year or two before I actually went looking to find it and actually give it a try.
    Ever since, it has been Kick, kick, kick…why didn’t I begin reading when I first heard about it!
    As Kanch said (as well as other commenters) I love the Rabbit Hole reports. Love those esoteric bits of knowledge that don’t properly fit in a book but help provide flavor and knowledge.
    Just plain love anything y’all like to write about – trip reports, stately homes, dogs, flowers, WIP’s, changes in the publishing industry, audio books…. yes, I’d love to see your grocery lists too – grin. Definitely love the monthly what we’ve read column.
    Blog Reader participation is one of the best things about this blog – love, love all the different view points.
    Happy Birthday and I hope to be wishing everyone Happy Birthday for another 12 (plus, many plus) years…
    Thank you all.

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  291. I just recently read Jo Beverly’s last two books then went back through the blog archives to make sure there were no more coming. In that search I found the tenth anniversary celebration of the Word Wenches blog saddened as it was by Jo’s death. I spent time going through your reflections and many of the other comments and celebrations of her life and work. You Wenches are real troopers and as I continue to enjoy the blog and have come to recognize and appreciate some of the regular comment contributors, I want to thank you all for the effort it takes to maintain the blog, respond to your readers, and in general, create such a friendly space with such interesting observations.

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  292. I just recently read Jo Beverly’s last two books then went back through the blog archives to make sure there were no more coming. In that search I found the tenth anniversary celebration of the Word Wenches blog saddened as it was by Jo’s death. I spent time going through your reflections and many of the other comments and celebrations of her life and work. You Wenches are real troopers and as I continue to enjoy the blog and have come to recognize and appreciate some of the regular comment contributors, I want to thank you all for the effort it takes to maintain the blog, respond to your readers, and in general, create such a friendly space with such interesting observations.

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  293. I just recently read Jo Beverly’s last two books then went back through the blog archives to make sure there were no more coming. In that search I found the tenth anniversary celebration of the Word Wenches blog saddened as it was by Jo’s death. I spent time going through your reflections and many of the other comments and celebrations of her life and work. You Wenches are real troopers and as I continue to enjoy the blog and have come to recognize and appreciate some of the regular comment contributors, I want to thank you all for the effort it takes to maintain the blog, respond to your readers, and in general, create such a friendly space with such interesting observations.

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  294. I just recently read Jo Beverly’s last two books then went back through the blog archives to make sure there were no more coming. In that search I found the tenth anniversary celebration of the Word Wenches blog saddened as it was by Jo’s death. I spent time going through your reflections and many of the other comments and celebrations of her life and work. You Wenches are real troopers and as I continue to enjoy the blog and have come to recognize and appreciate some of the regular comment contributors, I want to thank you all for the effort it takes to maintain the blog, respond to your readers, and in general, create such a friendly space with such interesting observations.

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  295. I just recently read Jo Beverly’s last two books then went back through the blog archives to make sure there were no more coming. In that search I found the tenth anniversary celebration of the Word Wenches blog saddened as it was by Jo’s death. I spent time going through your reflections and many of the other comments and celebrations of her life and work. You Wenches are real troopers and as I continue to enjoy the blog and have come to recognize and appreciate some of the regular comment contributors, I want to thank you all for the effort it takes to maintain the blog, respond to your readers, and in general, create such a friendly space with such interesting observations.

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  296. Thank you, Vicki! One of the things that’s really coming through from these lovely comments is that the Wenches and readers share so many great interests and its wonderful to have a forum to discuss them. When you see how many blogs have come and gone during these 12 years its wonderful to see our community going from strength to strength.