Edith Layton: Word Wench, Mom & A True Lady

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Update 6/26: A TRUE LADY is now available as an ebook

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First, I'd like to thank the Wenches for inviting me to post during their anniversary celebration. I am continually impressed by how the Wenches not only endure, but continue to innovate, entertain, and open the circle to new authors and guests. 

Secondly, yes, that's a cover reveal just to the left of this copy, and no I didn't write it, but more on that in a moment… 

Third, well, I probably should introduce myself first, right? OK, here goes…

Dear Readers,

I'm Susie Felber. No, that is not a very romantic name, and that's exactly why my mother, Edith Felber, was persuaded by her publisher to take a pen name in 1983 for the publication of her first regency romance: The Duke's Wager.

Edith Layton a/k/a mom, went on to publish over 30 novels and many more short stories. She blogged with the Word Wenches for many years, and only stopped because… well, because she died.

I lurk and read the Wenches often, and admit I go back and read the beautiful post and comments Layton readers left here.

Of course I miss her. Mom was funny, smart, and would've bragged about me even if I was in prison. e.g. "The warden says Susie's license plates have a certain Je ne sais quoi."

But not only does her memory live on (think of her daily), but of course I have her books to enjoy (reading her books is like having her in the room with me), and Layton HQ is still going strong. Here's some news and updates:

529090211_8d24ac9ed9_bOn Mother's Day this year, my brother Adam (the famous NPR / Hollywood guy) and I appeared on Faith Salie's Audible podcast on an episode called When Mom Writes Romance. <– that's a link there, and it's fun. You can hear about how my father sent out her manuscripts under our German Shepherd's name when she got discouraged by rejections, and much more.

Backing up, two and a half years ago, I finally got it together to bring the Layton books that were out of print but in demand, back into the world as ebooks. As you can imagine, or know too well, this is hard work.

It's hard for anyone, but I have a full time job as a "content director" here and I have kids and husband and dog and I still perform and… yes, you get the idea.

I was very lucky to have many publishers, and agents, and agents turned publishers, asking to work with me. In the end, I went with Untreed Reads, and wow did I make the right decision. They appreciate good writing, they copyedit brilliantly (nice to see errors in the original printed books go away), and they allow me final sign off on everything. They make it as seamless as this can be. Jay Hartman, Editor-in-Chief of Untreed Reads says, “Every new release of an Edith Layton novel is exciting, because it’s a great opportunity to bring this talented romance author’s works to a new reading audience.”

566011735_92a6d4e054_oWe've been slowly but surely bringing the books back, and there are currently 8 Edith Layton books back in the world, plus one never-before-published short story (Peaches and the Queen). We started with the traditional Signet regencies, and fans were excited because they had been trying to find them, or they appreciated being able to enlarge the type, which you can't do with your keeper shelf. And one of the most rewarding parts has been finding brand new fans, who are often too young to have known her at original release, and get introduced to Layton via word of mouth… and word of blog, like here, and the kind ladies at SBTB

Anyway, now we're bringing back three wonderful books originally published by Pocket. The Wedding first published in 1995, came out this April, and A True Lady comes out in a few short days — 6/20/17! Anyway, A True Lady is one of my favorites, and I'm not saying that because it's one of the ones mom dedicated to me, and allowed me to give input on. The input? I wanted a truly feisty, sassy heroine — and she delivered! 

After that, you'll soon see the return of Bound by Love (1996). For these three books I wanted to go with a different cover design from the regencies, to set them apart. I had an idea for period-appropriate botanical prints and sourced them. On each, I tried to go for a flower that would make sense with the settings of the story. Like mom, I'm a plant nerd, and I just really dig it and know she would too. Untreed Reads did a great job incorporating the prints into the base Layton design they developed and I'm really happy with it. Look at that flower on the cover up top — that's a sexy flower!

After these three, at least nine more amazing novels are in the pipeline, plus all those Christmas short stories (mostly Regency, and total faves), plus more previously unpublished stuff. We are moving along, slowly but surely. I'm committed to this, and it's all joy bringing books back from the dead, but due to my work and home life, time is not usually on my side.

As an example? I started writing this post after 11PM on 6/16, which was my parent's wedding anniversary. And now I've finished it on 6/17 — which is my birthday. Yes it's my birthday. Right now!

But I didn't give birth to myself. How lucky I am to have had such a cool mom, and to be thinking of her (ok, and now crying) on this day, of all days. 

But now I'm thinking of a handwritten note I found in mom's safe deposit box after she died. On the back of the envelope she scratched out a note to all three of her kids. On it she explains she'd gone to the box to get her mother's wedding ring, on the occasion of my upcoming wedding. She wasn't sick yet, she was just feeling the need to communicate because it was not long after 9/11. She wrote:

If any of you kids happen to come across this in the future… because…

Don't despair.

Well, what the hell —

Life is Life,

& that always involves death.

So I want you to know

that I love you, have always loved you

& if it is possible, know that I will love you forever.

 

I can't think of anything more romantic than that.

 

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200 thoughts on “Edith Layton: Word Wench, Mom & A True Lady”

  1. Happy Birthday – it’s evident that your mom was celebrating early into the night as you both masterfully clicked your way around the keyboard. From license plates to the safety deposit box, the love shines through. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Happy Birthday – it’s evident that your mom was celebrating early into the night as you both masterfully clicked your way around the keyboard. From license plates to the safety deposit box, the love shines through. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Happy Birthday – it’s evident that your mom was celebrating early into the night as you both masterfully clicked your way around the keyboard. From license plates to the safety deposit box, the love shines through. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Happy Birthday – it’s evident that your mom was celebrating early into the night as you both masterfully clicked your way around the keyboard. From license plates to the safety deposit box, the love shines through. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Happy Birthday – it’s evident that your mom was celebrating early into the night as you both masterfully clicked your way around the keyboard. From license plates to the safety deposit box, the love shines through. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. What a lovely and loving post! I’m not young (almost 73) but I am a fairly new fan of your mother’s writing – having discovered her through ebooks.
    I think you made a wise choice with Untreed Reads. Some of the ebooks out there are so badly edited that you can hardly read them. Especially sad when you are trying to read an author that you know is good. But I have found that Untreed put out a pretty good product.
    Oh, and happy birthday to you. I think your mom must be smiling.

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  7. What a lovely and loving post! I’m not young (almost 73) but I am a fairly new fan of your mother’s writing – having discovered her through ebooks.
    I think you made a wise choice with Untreed Reads. Some of the ebooks out there are so badly edited that you can hardly read them. Especially sad when you are trying to read an author that you know is good. But I have found that Untreed put out a pretty good product.
    Oh, and happy birthday to you. I think your mom must be smiling.

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  8. What a lovely and loving post! I’m not young (almost 73) but I am a fairly new fan of your mother’s writing – having discovered her through ebooks.
    I think you made a wise choice with Untreed Reads. Some of the ebooks out there are so badly edited that you can hardly read them. Especially sad when you are trying to read an author that you know is good. But I have found that Untreed put out a pretty good product.
    Oh, and happy birthday to you. I think your mom must be smiling.

    Reply
  9. What a lovely and loving post! I’m not young (almost 73) but I am a fairly new fan of your mother’s writing – having discovered her through ebooks.
    I think you made a wise choice with Untreed Reads. Some of the ebooks out there are so badly edited that you can hardly read them. Especially sad when you are trying to read an author that you know is good. But I have found that Untreed put out a pretty good product.
    Oh, and happy birthday to you. I think your mom must be smiling.

    Reply
  10. What a lovely and loving post! I’m not young (almost 73) but I am a fairly new fan of your mother’s writing – having discovered her through ebooks.
    I think you made a wise choice with Untreed Reads. Some of the ebooks out there are so badly edited that you can hardly read them. Especially sad when you are trying to read an author that you know is good. But I have found that Untreed put out a pretty good product.
    Oh, and happy birthday to you. I think your mom must be smiling.

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  11. Love you. Love your mom and miss her so much–her enthusiasm, her knowledge, her talent, her smile. It was such fun being around your parents, many delightful memories. I’m thankful to still have her lovely stories–and so glad you and Untreed Reads make her books available. I look forward to the eventual publication of the previously unpublished works, some of which she told me about.

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  12. Love you. Love your mom and miss her so much–her enthusiasm, her knowledge, her talent, her smile. It was such fun being around your parents, many delightful memories. I’m thankful to still have her lovely stories–and so glad you and Untreed Reads make her books available. I look forward to the eventual publication of the previously unpublished works, some of which she told me about.

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  13. Love you. Love your mom and miss her so much–her enthusiasm, her knowledge, her talent, her smile. It was such fun being around your parents, many delightful memories. I’m thankful to still have her lovely stories–and so glad you and Untreed Reads make her books available. I look forward to the eventual publication of the previously unpublished works, some of which she told me about.

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  14. Love you. Love your mom and miss her so much–her enthusiasm, her knowledge, her talent, her smile. It was such fun being around your parents, many delightful memories. I’m thankful to still have her lovely stories–and so glad you and Untreed Reads make her books available. I look forward to the eventual publication of the previously unpublished works, some of which she told me about.

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  15. Love you. Love your mom and miss her so much–her enthusiasm, her knowledge, her talent, her smile. It was such fun being around your parents, many delightful memories. I’m thankful to still have her lovely stories–and so glad you and Untreed Reads make her books available. I look forward to the eventual publication of the previously unpublished works, some of which she told me about.

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  16. Brilliant blog, Susie, thank you! And now I’m crying. So glad you found someone good to help you get the books out again. It’s an enormous task but we readers thank you!

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  17. Brilliant blog, Susie, thank you! And now I’m crying. So glad you found someone good to help you get the books out again. It’s an enormous task but we readers thank you!

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  18. Brilliant blog, Susie, thank you! And now I’m crying. So glad you found someone good to help you get the books out again. It’s an enormous task but we readers thank you!

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  19. Brilliant blog, Susie, thank you! And now I’m crying. So glad you found someone good to help you get the books out again. It’s an enormous task but we readers thank you!

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  20. Brilliant blog, Susie, thank you! And now I’m crying. So glad you found someone good to help you get the books out again. It’s an enormous task but we readers thank you!

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  21. Wow Mary! Thanks for letting me know. New older fans are just as meaningful to me! I just don’t usually hear from them. Thank you so much for coming out to comment. Means a lot to me.

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  22. Wow Mary! Thanks for letting me know. New older fans are just as meaningful to me! I just don’t usually hear from them. Thank you so much for coming out to comment. Means a lot to me.

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  23. Wow Mary! Thanks for letting me know. New older fans are just as meaningful to me! I just don’t usually hear from them. Thank you so much for coming out to comment. Means a lot to me.

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  24. Wow Mary! Thanks for letting me know. New older fans are just as meaningful to me! I just don’t usually hear from them. Thank you so much for coming out to comment. Means a lot to me.

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  25. Wow Mary! Thanks for letting me know. New older fans are just as meaningful to me! I just don’t usually hear from them. Thank you so much for coming out to comment. Means a lot to me.

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  26. PAT! Thanks you for going the extra mile to invite me to blog and thanks for remembering the whole Layton crew. Reading you (here or in fiction form) is always like a warm hug. <3

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  27. PAT! Thanks you for going the extra mile to invite me to blog and thanks for remembering the whole Layton crew. Reading you (here or in fiction form) is always like a warm hug. <3

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  28. PAT! Thanks you for going the extra mile to invite me to blog and thanks for remembering the whole Layton crew. Reading you (here or in fiction form) is always like a warm hug. <3

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  29. PAT! Thanks you for going the extra mile to invite me to blog and thanks for remembering the whole Layton crew. Reading you (here or in fiction form) is always like a warm hug. <3

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  30. PAT! Thanks you for going the extra mile to invite me to blog and thanks for remembering the whole Layton crew. Reading you (here or in fiction form) is always like a warm hug. <3

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  31. And now I’m crying after reading her last note that you found. What a wonderful woman. What a wonderful mom. Thanks for visiting us again, Susie, and for bringing her books back to the world.
    And happy birthday, kiddo!

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  32. And now I’m crying after reading her last note that you found. What a wonderful woman. What a wonderful mom. Thanks for visiting us again, Susie, and for bringing her books back to the world.
    And happy birthday, kiddo!

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  33. And now I’m crying after reading her last note that you found. What a wonderful woman. What a wonderful mom. Thanks for visiting us again, Susie, and for bringing her books back to the world.
    And happy birthday, kiddo!

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  34. And now I’m crying after reading her last note that you found. What a wonderful woman. What a wonderful mom. Thanks for visiting us again, Susie, and for bringing her books back to the world.
    And happy birthday, kiddo!

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  35. And now I’m crying after reading her last note that you found. What a wonderful woman. What a wonderful mom. Thanks for visiting us again, Susie, and for bringing her books back to the world.
    And happy birthday, kiddo!

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  36. A surprisingly delightful story. Over-the-top pirates, villains and good guys, a crazy plot, including the heroine getting “married” to the same guy three times, but nevertheless – a non-stop highly enjoyable read. I’m surprised that this book is so little-known compared to other stories by the same author which I enjoyed a lot less.

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  37. A surprisingly delightful story. Over-the-top pirates, villains and good guys, a crazy plot, including the heroine getting “married” to the same guy three times, but nevertheless – a non-stop highly enjoyable read. I’m surprised that this book is so little-known compared to other stories by the same author which I enjoyed a lot less.

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  38. A surprisingly delightful story. Over-the-top pirates, villains and good guys, a crazy plot, including the heroine getting “married” to the same guy three times, but nevertheless – a non-stop highly enjoyable read. I’m surprised that this book is so little-known compared to other stories by the same author which I enjoyed a lot less.

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  39. A surprisingly delightful story. Over-the-top pirates, villains and good guys, a crazy plot, including the heroine getting “married” to the same guy three times, but nevertheless – a non-stop highly enjoyable read. I’m surprised that this book is so little-known compared to other stories by the same author which I enjoyed a lot less.

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  40. A surprisingly delightful story. Over-the-top pirates, villains and good guys, a crazy plot, including the heroine getting “married” to the same guy three times, but nevertheless – a non-stop highly enjoyable read. I’m surprised that this book is so little-known compared to other stories by the same author which I enjoyed a lot less.

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  41. Happy Birthday. And thank you for sharing your mother with us. Somehow I haven’t yet tried her stories (this is because I try to NOT get hooked on another author and therfore resist trying one out).
    And I’m ever older than the earlier poster. I’ll let you know when I become a fan.

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  42. Happy Birthday. And thank you for sharing your mother with us. Somehow I haven’t yet tried her stories (this is because I try to NOT get hooked on another author and therfore resist trying one out).
    And I’m ever older than the earlier poster. I’ll let you know when I become a fan.

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  43. Happy Birthday. And thank you for sharing your mother with us. Somehow I haven’t yet tried her stories (this is because I try to NOT get hooked on another author and therfore resist trying one out).
    And I’m ever older than the earlier poster. I’ll let you know when I become a fan.

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  44. Happy Birthday. And thank you for sharing your mother with us. Somehow I haven’t yet tried her stories (this is because I try to NOT get hooked on another author and therfore resist trying one out).
    And I’m ever older than the earlier poster. I’ll let you know when I become a fan.

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  45. Happy Birthday. And thank you for sharing your mother with us. Somehow I haven’t yet tried her stories (this is because I try to NOT get hooked on another author and therfore resist trying one out).
    And I’m ever older than the earlier poster. I’ll let you know when I become a fan.

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  46. Mary Jo — your continued support and friendship means so much. I always know I could pick up the phone or email to MJP HQ if I have a question, and you’d be more than generous with your time and advice. <3

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  47. Mary Jo — your continued support and friendship means so much. I always know I could pick up the phone or email to MJP HQ if I have a question, and you’d be more than generous with your time and advice. <3

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  48. Mary Jo — your continued support and friendship means so much. I always know I could pick up the phone or email to MJP HQ if I have a question, and you’d be more than generous with your time and advice. <3

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  49. Mary Jo — your continued support and friendship means so much. I always know I could pick up the phone or email to MJP HQ if I have a question, and you’d be more than generous with your time and advice. <3

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  50. Mary Jo — your continued support and friendship means so much. I always know I could pick up the phone or email to MJP HQ if I have a question, and you’d be more than generous with your time and advice. <3

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  51. Thanks! That’s so good to hear. I think it’s all about what flavor you like. I too appreciate some of Layton’s later stuff more, but the trad regency fans would not agree. I like it light and fluffy, with amped up humor/action and maybe I’m a bit less fussy with the history. And my mom liked it all — but changed based on what her publishers wanted at the time. Thanks for being a reader and for commenting!

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  52. Thanks! That’s so good to hear. I think it’s all about what flavor you like. I too appreciate some of Layton’s later stuff more, but the trad regency fans would not agree. I like it light and fluffy, with amped up humor/action and maybe I’m a bit less fussy with the history. And my mom liked it all — but changed based on what her publishers wanted at the time. Thanks for being a reader and for commenting!

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  53. Thanks! That’s so good to hear. I think it’s all about what flavor you like. I too appreciate some of Layton’s later stuff more, but the trad regency fans would not agree. I like it light and fluffy, with amped up humor/action and maybe I’m a bit less fussy with the history. And my mom liked it all — but changed based on what her publishers wanted at the time. Thanks for being a reader and for commenting!

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  54. Thanks! That’s so good to hear. I think it’s all about what flavor you like. I too appreciate some of Layton’s later stuff more, but the trad regency fans would not agree. I like it light and fluffy, with amped up humor/action and maybe I’m a bit less fussy with the history. And my mom liked it all — but changed based on what her publishers wanted at the time. Thanks for being a reader and for commenting!

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  55. Thanks! That’s so good to hear. I think it’s all about what flavor you like. I too appreciate some of Layton’s later stuff more, but the trad regency fans would not agree. I like it light and fluffy, with amped up humor/action and maybe I’m a bit less fussy with the history. And my mom liked it all — but changed based on what her publishers wanted at the time. Thanks for being a reader and for commenting!

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  56. Thanks Sue! Not to get you hooked, but let me know what your fave is (traditional regency or other) and I’d be happy to rec a starter title! It’s really exciting to find any new reader. The whole point of this enterprise is to entertain people who love good books. xo, Susie

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  57. Thanks Sue! Not to get you hooked, but let me know what your fave is (traditional regency or other) and I’d be happy to rec a starter title! It’s really exciting to find any new reader. The whole point of this enterprise is to entertain people who love good books. xo, Susie

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  58. Thanks Sue! Not to get you hooked, but let me know what your fave is (traditional regency or other) and I’d be happy to rec a starter title! It’s really exciting to find any new reader. The whole point of this enterprise is to entertain people who love good books. xo, Susie

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  59. Thanks Sue! Not to get you hooked, but let me know what your fave is (traditional regency or other) and I’d be happy to rec a starter title! It’s really exciting to find any new reader. The whole point of this enterprise is to entertain people who love good books. xo, Susie

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  60. Thanks Sue! Not to get you hooked, but let me know what your fave is (traditional regency or other) and I’d be happy to rec a starter title! It’s really exciting to find any new reader. The whole point of this enterprise is to entertain people who love good books. xo, Susie

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  61. So far I’ve only read “Peaches and the Queen” and loved it so much I am looking forward to the other releases.
    The three of you were so fortunate to have had a mom who was so aware. That note you found is beautiful.

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  62. So far I’ve only read “Peaches and the Queen” and loved it so much I am looking forward to the other releases.
    The three of you were so fortunate to have had a mom who was so aware. That note you found is beautiful.

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  63. So far I’ve only read “Peaches and the Queen” and loved it so much I am looking forward to the other releases.
    The three of you were so fortunate to have had a mom who was so aware. That note you found is beautiful.

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  64. So far I’ve only read “Peaches and the Queen” and loved it so much I am looking forward to the other releases.
    The three of you were so fortunate to have had a mom who was so aware. That note you found is beautiful.

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  65. So far I’ve only read “Peaches and the Queen” and loved it so much I am looking forward to the other releases.
    The three of you were so fortunate to have had a mom who was so aware. That note you found is beautiful.

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  66. SUCH a beautiful blog, Susie!
    Your Mom was one of the first authors I met at RWA when I was a newbie writer—Hilary Ross of Signet took me by the arm and said “You MUST meet Edith.” I was so nervous, thinking why the hell would the famous Ms. Layton wish to meet moi? But Edith flashed her signature smile and couldn’t have been kinder, warmer or funnier. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to know her better. But her books are a source of such joy . . . and when I re-read them, I think of her smile and her laugh, and the world is a brighter place.
    A truly special person.

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  67. SUCH a beautiful blog, Susie!
    Your Mom was one of the first authors I met at RWA when I was a newbie writer—Hilary Ross of Signet took me by the arm and said “You MUST meet Edith.” I was so nervous, thinking why the hell would the famous Ms. Layton wish to meet moi? But Edith flashed her signature smile and couldn’t have been kinder, warmer or funnier. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to know her better. But her books are a source of such joy . . . and when I re-read them, I think of her smile and her laugh, and the world is a brighter place.
    A truly special person.

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  68. SUCH a beautiful blog, Susie!
    Your Mom was one of the first authors I met at RWA when I was a newbie writer—Hilary Ross of Signet took me by the arm and said “You MUST meet Edith.” I was so nervous, thinking why the hell would the famous Ms. Layton wish to meet moi? But Edith flashed her signature smile and couldn’t have been kinder, warmer or funnier. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to know her better. But her books are a source of such joy . . . and when I re-read them, I think of her smile and her laugh, and the world is a brighter place.
    A truly special person.

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  69. SUCH a beautiful blog, Susie!
    Your Mom was one of the first authors I met at RWA when I was a newbie writer—Hilary Ross of Signet took me by the arm and said “You MUST meet Edith.” I was so nervous, thinking why the hell would the famous Ms. Layton wish to meet moi? But Edith flashed her signature smile and couldn’t have been kinder, warmer or funnier. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to know her better. But her books are a source of such joy . . . and when I re-read them, I think of her smile and her laugh, and the world is a brighter place.
    A truly special person.

    Reply
  70. SUCH a beautiful blog, Susie!
    Your Mom was one of the first authors I met at RWA when I was a newbie writer—Hilary Ross of Signet took me by the arm and said “You MUST meet Edith.” I was so nervous, thinking why the hell would the famous Ms. Layton wish to meet moi? But Edith flashed her signature smile and couldn’t have been kinder, warmer or funnier. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to know her better. But her books are a source of such joy . . . and when I re-read them, I think of her smile and her laugh, and the world is a brighter place.
    A truly special person.

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  71. Happy birthday, Susie, and thank you for a lovely family story. I feel all warm and fuzzy now!
    I go back a long way on the Regency path, and Edith Layton was always one of the handful of names I searched out every month at the bookstore. So glad to hear they’re not only available again but there’s new material, too!

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  72. Happy birthday, Susie, and thank you for a lovely family story. I feel all warm and fuzzy now!
    I go back a long way on the Regency path, and Edith Layton was always one of the handful of names I searched out every month at the bookstore. So glad to hear they’re not only available again but there’s new material, too!

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  73. Happy birthday, Susie, and thank you for a lovely family story. I feel all warm and fuzzy now!
    I go back a long way on the Regency path, and Edith Layton was always one of the handful of names I searched out every month at the bookstore. So glad to hear they’re not only available again but there’s new material, too!

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  74. Happy birthday, Susie, and thank you for a lovely family story. I feel all warm and fuzzy now!
    I go back a long way on the Regency path, and Edith Layton was always one of the handful of names I searched out every month at the bookstore. So glad to hear they’re not only available again but there’s new material, too!

    Reply
  75. Happy birthday, Susie, and thank you for a lovely family story. I feel all warm and fuzzy now!
    I go back a long way on the Regency path, and Edith Layton was always one of the handful of names I searched out every month at the bookstore. So glad to hear they’re not only available again but there’s new material, too!

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  76. And a Late Happy Birthday to you, Susie. I came late to reading Regency romances or any romance stories for that matter. So, I am not familiar with your Mother’s work. I will change that today.
    I wanted to thank you for this blog post. You have made your Mother a very real person, who obviously not only had talent but a great deal of heart and soul.
    Thank you for allowing me to find such talent.

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  77. And a Late Happy Birthday to you, Susie. I came late to reading Regency romances or any romance stories for that matter. So, I am not familiar with your Mother’s work. I will change that today.
    I wanted to thank you for this blog post. You have made your Mother a very real person, who obviously not only had talent but a great deal of heart and soul.
    Thank you for allowing me to find such talent.

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  78. And a Late Happy Birthday to you, Susie. I came late to reading Regency romances or any romance stories for that matter. So, I am not familiar with your Mother’s work. I will change that today.
    I wanted to thank you for this blog post. You have made your Mother a very real person, who obviously not only had talent but a great deal of heart and soul.
    Thank you for allowing me to find such talent.

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  79. And a Late Happy Birthday to you, Susie. I came late to reading Regency romances or any romance stories for that matter. So, I am not familiar with your Mother’s work. I will change that today.
    I wanted to thank you for this blog post. You have made your Mother a very real person, who obviously not only had talent but a great deal of heart and soul.
    Thank you for allowing me to find such talent.

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  80. And a Late Happy Birthday to you, Susie. I came late to reading Regency romances or any romance stories for that matter. So, I am not familiar with your Mother’s work. I will change that today.
    I wanted to thank you for this blog post. You have made your Mother a very real person, who obviously not only had talent but a great deal of heart and soul.
    Thank you for allowing me to find such talent.

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  81. Happy belated birthday, Susie!
    What a lovely post. Your mother and I corresponded a few times, at a time when what I needed most to hear was exactly what she said to me. She was so kind and gracious to me and as much as I love her books, I will always love and cherish those memories more.

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  82. Happy belated birthday, Susie!
    What a lovely post. Your mother and I corresponded a few times, at a time when what I needed most to hear was exactly what she said to me. She was so kind and gracious to me and as much as I love her books, I will always love and cherish those memories more.

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  83. Happy belated birthday, Susie!
    What a lovely post. Your mother and I corresponded a few times, at a time when what I needed most to hear was exactly what she said to me. She was so kind and gracious to me and as much as I love her books, I will always love and cherish those memories more.

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  84. Happy belated birthday, Susie!
    What a lovely post. Your mother and I corresponded a few times, at a time when what I needed most to hear was exactly what she said to me. She was so kind and gracious to me and as much as I love her books, I will always love and cherish those memories more.

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  85. Happy belated birthday, Susie!
    What a lovely post. Your mother and I corresponded a few times, at a time when what I needed most to hear was exactly what she said to me. She was so kind and gracious to me and as much as I love her books, I will always love and cherish those memories more.

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  86. Thank you for this post, Susie! I love your mom’s books, and re-read them quite often. There is something eternal in them, and I adore them as the hallmark of the traditional regencies. I only wish that I learned of this genre earlier, when I might have been able to send fan notes.

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  87. Thank you for this post, Susie! I love your mom’s books, and re-read them quite often. There is something eternal in them, and I adore them as the hallmark of the traditional regencies. I only wish that I learned of this genre earlier, when I might have been able to send fan notes.

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  88. Thank you for this post, Susie! I love your mom’s books, and re-read them quite often. There is something eternal in them, and I adore them as the hallmark of the traditional regencies. I only wish that I learned of this genre earlier, when I might have been able to send fan notes.

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  89. Thank you for this post, Susie! I love your mom’s books, and re-read them quite often. There is something eternal in them, and I adore them as the hallmark of the traditional regencies. I only wish that I learned of this genre earlier, when I might have been able to send fan notes.

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  90. Thank you for this post, Susie! I love your mom’s books, and re-read them quite often. There is something eternal in them, and I adore them as the hallmark of the traditional regencies. I only wish that I learned of this genre earlier, when I might have been able to send fan notes.

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  91. I downloaded the e-book, “The Duke’s Wager”. What an emotional experience to feel Regina’s confusion and to be in-between Jason and Sinjin, not knowing until the end what they were really like and who would be the better man for her.
    Regina never lost her own inner sense of who she is, even feeling defeated toward the end, she fought for the truth from each man and knew her own heart and mind in making the best decision for herself.
    It was brilliantly written. It went way beyond the usual trope of dissolute aristocrat and love triangle in romantic fiction.

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  92. I downloaded the e-book, “The Duke’s Wager”. What an emotional experience to feel Regina’s confusion and to be in-between Jason and Sinjin, not knowing until the end what they were really like and who would be the better man for her.
    Regina never lost her own inner sense of who she is, even feeling defeated toward the end, she fought for the truth from each man and knew her own heart and mind in making the best decision for herself.
    It was brilliantly written. It went way beyond the usual trope of dissolute aristocrat and love triangle in romantic fiction.

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  93. I downloaded the e-book, “The Duke’s Wager”. What an emotional experience to feel Regina’s confusion and to be in-between Jason and Sinjin, not knowing until the end what they were really like and who would be the better man for her.
    Regina never lost her own inner sense of who she is, even feeling defeated toward the end, she fought for the truth from each man and knew her own heart and mind in making the best decision for herself.
    It was brilliantly written. It went way beyond the usual trope of dissolute aristocrat and love triangle in romantic fiction.

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  94. I downloaded the e-book, “The Duke’s Wager”. What an emotional experience to feel Regina’s confusion and to be in-between Jason and Sinjin, not knowing until the end what they were really like and who would be the better man for her.
    Regina never lost her own inner sense of who she is, even feeling defeated toward the end, she fought for the truth from each man and knew her own heart and mind in making the best decision for herself.
    It was brilliantly written. It went way beyond the usual trope of dissolute aristocrat and love triangle in romantic fiction.

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  95. I downloaded the e-book, “The Duke’s Wager”. What an emotional experience to feel Regina’s confusion and to be in-between Jason and Sinjin, not knowing until the end what they were really like and who would be the better man for her.
    Regina never lost her own inner sense of who she is, even feeling defeated toward the end, she fought for the truth from each man and knew her own heart and mind in making the best decision for herself.
    It was brilliantly written. It went way beyond the usual trope of dissolute aristocrat and love triangle in romantic fiction.

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  96. Thanks for coming by to talk about your mom. I LOVED the podcast you and Adam did for SBTB, it was so funny and lovely to hear about the woman behind all those great Edith Layton books. I’ve been a fan since the Signets were published in paperback, and those old Signets and the “C” series books are my favorites. I’ve read “The Chance” many times and never get tired of it.
    Great cover art too, is it clematis?

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  97. Thanks for coming by to talk about your mom. I LOVED the podcast you and Adam did for SBTB, it was so funny and lovely to hear about the woman behind all those great Edith Layton books. I’ve been a fan since the Signets were published in paperback, and those old Signets and the “C” series books are my favorites. I’ve read “The Chance” many times and never get tired of it.
    Great cover art too, is it clematis?

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  98. Thanks for coming by to talk about your mom. I LOVED the podcast you and Adam did for SBTB, it was so funny and lovely to hear about the woman behind all those great Edith Layton books. I’ve been a fan since the Signets were published in paperback, and those old Signets and the “C” series books are my favorites. I’ve read “The Chance” many times and never get tired of it.
    Great cover art too, is it clematis?

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  99. Thanks for coming by to talk about your mom. I LOVED the podcast you and Adam did for SBTB, it was so funny and lovely to hear about the woman behind all those great Edith Layton books. I’ve been a fan since the Signets were published in paperback, and those old Signets and the “C” series books are my favorites. I’ve read “The Chance” many times and never get tired of it.
    Great cover art too, is it clematis?

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  100. Thanks for coming by to talk about your mom. I LOVED the podcast you and Adam did for SBTB, it was so funny and lovely to hear about the woman behind all those great Edith Layton books. I’ve been a fan since the Signets were published in paperback, and those old Signets and the “C” series books are my favorites. I’ve read “The Chance” many times and never get tired of it.
    Great cover art too, is it clematis?

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  101. I don’t truly have a favorite sub-genre. So what do you think would be the best starter?
    I truly appreciate family input.

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  102. I don’t truly have a favorite sub-genre. So what do you think would be the best starter?
    I truly appreciate family input.

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  103. I don’t truly have a favorite sub-genre. So what do you think would be the best starter?
    I truly appreciate family input.

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  104. I don’t truly have a favorite sub-genre. So what do you think would be the best starter?
    I truly appreciate family input.

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  105. I don’t truly have a favorite sub-genre. So what do you think would be the best starter?
    I truly appreciate family input.

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  106. If you aren’t big on trad regency, try The Wedding! If you love regency, and complex characters try The Duke’s Wager! If you love animals and light romance, the short story Peaches and the Queen (Victorian) will delight. 💖💫🌸

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  107. If you aren’t big on trad regency, try The Wedding! If you love regency, and complex characters try The Duke’s Wager! If you love animals and light romance, the short story Peaches and the Queen (Victorian) will delight. 💖💫🌸

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  108. If you aren’t big on trad regency, try The Wedding! If you love regency, and complex characters try The Duke’s Wager! If you love animals and light romance, the short story Peaches and the Queen (Victorian) will delight. 💖💫🌸

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  109. If you aren’t big on trad regency, try The Wedding! If you love regency, and complex characters try The Duke’s Wager! If you love animals and light romance, the short story Peaches and the Queen (Victorian) will delight. 💖💫🌸

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  110. If you aren’t big on trad regency, try The Wedding! If you love regency, and complex characters try The Duke’s Wager! If you love animals and light romance, the short story Peaches and the Queen (Victorian) will delight. 💖💫🌸

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  111. Thank you Patricia! How wonderful of you to say it and I’m thrilled you enjoyed that story because it was one I loved and one of the previously unpublished ones. There’s more to come and hope you enjoy the many ebooks we brought back to life. 💖💫

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  112. Thank you Patricia! How wonderful of you to say it and I’m thrilled you enjoyed that story because it was one I loved and one of the previously unpublished ones. There’s more to come and hope you enjoy the many ebooks we brought back to life. 💖💫

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  113. Thank you Patricia! How wonderful of you to say it and I’m thrilled you enjoyed that story because it was one I loved and one of the previously unpublished ones. There’s more to come and hope you enjoy the many ebooks we brought back to life. 💖💫

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  114. Thank you Patricia! How wonderful of you to say it and I’m thrilled you enjoyed that story because it was one I loved and one of the previously unpublished ones. There’s more to come and hope you enjoy the many ebooks we brought back to life. 💖💫

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  115. Thank you Patricia! How wonderful of you to say it and I’m thrilled you enjoyed that story because it was one I loved and one of the previously unpublished ones. There’s more to come and hope you enjoy the many ebooks we brought back to life. 💖💫

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  116. Thanks for the memory… when mom was a newbie author she felt the same way about meeting the established — and there seems to be such a great bond when authors meet, in no small part to how vibtrant their minds are and what a solitary life it can be. Thanks as ever for the support. 🌸

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  117. Thanks for the memory… when mom was a newbie author she felt the same way about meeting the established — and there seems to be such a great bond when authors meet, in no small part to how vibtrant their minds are and what a solitary life it can be. Thanks as ever for the support. 🌸

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  118. Thanks for the memory… when mom was a newbie author she felt the same way about meeting the established — and there seems to be such a great bond when authors meet, in no small part to how vibtrant their minds are and what a solitary life it can be. Thanks as ever for the support. 🌸

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  119. Thanks for the memory… when mom was a newbie author she felt the same way about meeting the established — and there seems to be such a great bond when authors meet, in no small part to how vibtrant their minds are and what a solitary life it can be. Thanks as ever for the support. 🌸

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  120. Thanks for the memory… when mom was a newbie author she felt the same way about meeting the established — and there seems to be such a great bond when authors meet, in no small part to how vibtrant their minds are and what a solitary life it can be. Thanks as ever for the support. 🌸

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  121. Happy birthday, Susie, a little late. Thanks for sharing about the reissue of your mother’s books as well as your memories. What a lovely note to find.

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  122. Happy birthday, Susie, a little late. Thanks for sharing about the reissue of your mother’s books as well as your memories. What a lovely note to find.

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  123. Happy birthday, Susie, a little late. Thanks for sharing about the reissue of your mother’s books as well as your memories. What a lovely note to find.

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  124. Happy birthday, Susie, a little late. Thanks for sharing about the reissue of your mother’s books as well as your memories. What a lovely note to find.

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  125. Happy birthday, Susie, a little late. Thanks for sharing about the reissue of your mother’s books as well as your memories. What a lovely note to find.

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  126. Oh cool! Thank you for commenting, Mary. Speaking of Mary, The Fire Flower, with heroine Mary Monk, will be coming back soon. It’s my brother’s favorite and I have fond memories of researching 1666 with mom in London. 💐 Sincere thanks for being a reader and for commenting. 🌟

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  127. Oh cool! Thank you for commenting, Mary. Speaking of Mary, The Fire Flower, with heroine Mary Monk, will be coming back soon. It’s my brother’s favorite and I have fond memories of researching 1666 with mom in London. 💐 Sincere thanks for being a reader and for commenting. 🌟

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  128. Oh cool! Thank you for commenting, Mary. Speaking of Mary, The Fire Flower, with heroine Mary Monk, will be coming back soon. It’s my brother’s favorite and I have fond memories of researching 1666 with mom in London. 💐 Sincere thanks for being a reader and for commenting. 🌟

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  129. Oh cool! Thank you for commenting, Mary. Speaking of Mary, The Fire Flower, with heroine Mary Monk, will be coming back soon. It’s my brother’s favorite and I have fond memories of researching 1666 with mom in London. 💐 Sincere thanks for being a reader and for commenting. 🌟

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  130. Oh cool! Thank you for commenting, Mary. Speaking of Mary, The Fire Flower, with heroine Mary Monk, will be coming back soon. It’s my brother’s favorite and I have fond memories of researching 1666 with mom in London. 💐 Sincere thanks for being a reader and for commenting. 🌟

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  131. That is awesome to hear, Theo. My mother was highly invested in her fans and loved corresponding with them. I am so glad that this was meaningful to you because I assure you it was to her! 🌸💫

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  132. That is awesome to hear, Theo. My mother was highly invested in her fans and loved corresponding with them. I am so glad that this was meaningful to you because I assure you it was to her! 🌸💫

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  133. That is awesome to hear, Theo. My mother was highly invested in her fans and loved corresponding with them. I am so glad that this was meaningful to you because I assure you it was to her! 🌸💫

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  134. That is awesome to hear, Theo. My mother was highly invested in her fans and loved corresponding with them. I am so glad that this was meaningful to you because I assure you it was to her! 🌸💫

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  135. That is awesome to hear, Theo. My mother was highly invested in her fans and loved corresponding with them. I am so glad that this was meaningful to you because I assure you it was to her! 🌸💫

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  136. That is lovely to hear. My mother also came late to reading and appreciating the genre. But you just sent a fan note and I truly appreciate it, because I can see her kvelling about this comment. 🤓💖

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  137. That is lovely to hear. My mother also came late to reading and appreciating the genre. But you just sent a fan note and I truly appreciate it, because I can see her kvelling about this comment. 🤓💖

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  138. That is lovely to hear. My mother also came late to reading and appreciating the genre. But you just sent a fan note and I truly appreciate it, because I can see her kvelling about this comment. 🤓💖

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  139. That is lovely to hear. My mother also came late to reading and appreciating the genre. But you just sent a fan note and I truly appreciate it, because I can see her kvelling about this comment. 🤓💖

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  140. That is lovely to hear. My mother also came late to reading and appreciating the genre. But you just sent a fan note and I truly appreciate it, because I can see her kvelling about this comment. 🤓💖

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  141. Wow Patricia! You are a fast reader! Thanks for that and hey — post a review online please? Because dang it, you are good at them… and not just because it’s positive. This truly feels like a birthday present. Thank you! 🌝💫🌷

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  142. Wow Patricia! You are a fast reader! Thanks for that and hey — post a review online please? Because dang it, you are good at them… and not just because it’s positive. This truly feels like a birthday present. Thank you! 🌝💫🌷

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  143. Wow Patricia! You are a fast reader! Thanks for that and hey — post a review online please? Because dang it, you are good at them… and not just because it’s positive. This truly feels like a birthday present. Thank you! 🌝💫🌷

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  144. Wow Patricia! You are a fast reader! Thanks for that and hey — post a review online please? Because dang it, you are good at them… and not just because it’s positive. This truly feels like a birthday present. Thank you! 🌝💫🌷

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  145. Wow Patricia! You are a fast reader! Thanks for that and hey — post a review online please? Because dang it, you are good at them… and not just because it’s positive. This truly feels like a birthday present. Thank you! 🌝💫🌷

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  146. Aw thanks! I love hearing that. And thanks for listening to the SB podcast. That was so fun and I love the site. Oh and the flower is Passion flower. It is related to clematis for sure — but also different in small ways onlysomeone who knows Latin could explain. 😜 Thanks for reading and saying hello. Appreciate it. 👊🏽💖

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  147. Aw thanks! I love hearing that. And thanks for listening to the SB podcast. That was so fun and I love the site. Oh and the flower is Passion flower. It is related to clematis for sure — but also different in small ways onlysomeone who knows Latin could explain. 😜 Thanks for reading and saying hello. Appreciate it. 👊🏽💖

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  148. Aw thanks! I love hearing that. And thanks for listening to the SB podcast. That was so fun and I love the site. Oh and the flower is Passion flower. It is related to clematis for sure — but also different in small ways onlysomeone who knows Latin could explain. 😜 Thanks for reading and saying hello. Appreciate it. 👊🏽💖

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  149. Aw thanks! I love hearing that. And thanks for listening to the SB podcast. That was so fun and I love the site. Oh and the flower is Passion flower. It is related to clematis for sure — but also different in small ways onlysomeone who knows Latin could explain. 😜 Thanks for reading and saying hello. Appreciate it. 👊🏽💖

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  150. Aw thanks! I love hearing that. And thanks for listening to the SB podcast. That was so fun and I love the site. Oh and the flower is Passion flower. It is related to clematis for sure — but also different in small ways onlysomeone who knows Latin could explain. 😜 Thanks for reading and saying hello. Appreciate it. 👊🏽💖

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  151. I cried when I finished reading your post. I love your mom’s books and when I looked for some of her older ones I found out she passed away. How wonderful that you are putting out her older works, can’t wait to read them!!

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  152. I cried when I finished reading your post. I love your mom’s books and when I looked for some of her older ones I found out she passed away. How wonderful that you are putting out her older works, can’t wait to read them!!

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  153. I cried when I finished reading your post. I love your mom’s books and when I looked for some of her older ones I found out she passed away. How wonderful that you are putting out her older works, can’t wait to read them!!

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  154. I cried when I finished reading your post. I love your mom’s books and when I looked for some of her older ones I found out she passed away. How wonderful that you are putting out her older works, can’t wait to read them!!

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  155. I cried when I finished reading your post. I love your mom’s books and when I looked for some of her older ones I found out she passed away. How wonderful that you are putting out her older works, can’t wait to read them!!

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