Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us!

Celebrate! Our Word Wenches blog is NINE years old this week!

19017541.thbIn blog years, that’s … well, since May 22, 2006, we’ve written nearly 1500 blogs, if you do a little math (and we prefer to do only a little math). Consider us wise and Wenchly after all those years and blogs, and very pleased to still be blogging strong. We’re especially pleased and very grateful that you, our blog readers and friends, have been so loyal and such fun over the years! 34743908.thb

We’re celebrating with virtual cake and candles, balloons and prezzies – in the form of a great giveaway contest that you can all enter (see details below)! We’re also celebrating with a look back at our very first books – the book that started it all for each of us, taking us by different paths to the Land of Word Wenches, where we indulged our mutual love of history and historical fiction—and found that one of the secrets to a long-lived blog is friendship (along with the ability to go with the flow and be real chill about details, and we’re all pretty good at that)! 

Here’s a look at the first books we ever wrote – Part One.
Look for Part Two of our Anniversary Celebration on Friday!

Patricia Rice 

LovesfirstsurrenderThe book that set me on the path to Wenchland was originally called Love’s First Surrender, published by Kensington in 1984. I had just graduated with an accounting degree, was living in a small town that wasn’t fond of the idea of female accountants, and for the first time since I was fourteen, I wasn’t working or going to school or both. I had time to watch my toddler race around the driveway on his Big Wheel, but I was bored out of my skull. I like working. I couldn’t afford to buy books, so I wrote my own. I wrote several, actually, but Surrender is the one I deliberately tried to write to fit the sexy historical romance market of the time. I’d never had a writing class, didn’t know RWA existed, had no notion of how to get published except from Writer’s Digest. But I figured I had to do something to make money if I couldn’t find a job, so I dedicated toddler nap times to writing a sexy historical in long hand in a Walmart notebook. Once I had a complete draft, I bought a used Underwood typewriter and typed it all up. Those were the days of carbon copies, white-out, and boxing 500 pages to ship via snail mail with SASEs inside. I quickly learned to just send the first fifty pages!

And lo and behold, I got The Call the same week I was hired by two Baptist deacons as an accountant. Sometimes, we get what we wish for—and it only makes life more complicated!



Cara Elliott/Andrea Pickens

DGMy journey to becoming a Wench needed a few fortuitous twists in the road to put me on the right path.  While I have always been a voracious reader, I didn’t have a clue that romance novels existed until after I started working in New York City. Yes, I had read Austen . . . but it wasn’t until one afternoon walking along Madison Avenue, when I stumbled upon a street vendor with a small table of used books, including a number of Georgette Heyer paperbacks, that I discovered a whole new world!  I still remember the specific title—it was The Toll House—and I decided to plop down my quarter and buy it. It was love at first read, and sent me to the library, where I raced through all of the Grand Dame’s canon. Now hooked on Regency romances, I started to dig around in bookstores for more of the genre—and discovered the Signet Regency line.

Needless to say, I was now in Seventh Heaven. Having loved storytelling ever since I was a child (my mother saved a number of lavishly illustrated cowboy “books” that I wrote when I was five) I suppose it was only natural that I soon got the urge to try my hand at a Regency story. One weekend, I got out my pencil and notebook and started to scribble . . .

The road rose up to greet me with few more lucky turns. An agent who was the friend of a friend agreed to meet with me to hear a pitch on a contemporary thriller idea I had. He listened patiently, making polite noises, and when we rose to shake hands, I don’t know what made me add, “Oh, and I know you won’t be at all interested in this, but I also have a finished Regency romance.” At that, his eyes lit up. He said one of his good friends was the head of the Signet line, and asked if I would send it to him. Three days later he called to tell me he had sold The Defiant Governess . . . and, well, here I am!  (What is incredibly fun for me is to see it have new life—having gotten the rights back, I’ve released it as an e-book (written as Andrea Pickens) and the fact that readers still seem to enjoy the story is very heartening.)

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Nicola is away this week, but we know she would want to join the party! So we want to mention that Nicola’s first book was True Colours, published by Mills & Boon in 1998. You can find out more about it on Nicola’s website. When she returns, perhaps she’ll find a moment to tell us more about her first book and her road to Wenches!  

Susan King

BlackthornesroseMy first novel was born of my dissertation in medieval art and a pregnancy complication that put me on bedrest for months, bored out of my mind, on hiatus from graduate studies, and reading anything I could get my hands on. A friend brought me an assortment of used paperback historical romances, a genre I hadn’t read before. Among that stack of books was a tattered copy of Woodiwiss’ The Wolf and the Dove. It was medieval, it was lush, romantic, fresh and exciting – and a needed change from hefty history tomes. I began reading widely (and sort of rabidly) along the timeline of historical romance, absorbing everything. I had always loved fiction—and secretly wanted to write stories, but didn’t think it practical (so I was studying, uh, art). The baby showed up, I returned to grad school, more babies showed up, and more bedrest and more reading. By the time I had three cute little guys running around and a dissertation nearly finished, I wanted to give fiction one good try before moving on.  

With what little time I had, I flipped my dissertation—medieval England and manuscript illumination and a fascination with Robin Hood tales—tossed it in the story soup and stirred. The result was The Black Thorne’s Rose. Somehow I entered a contest, somehow I won, and met an agent who encouraged me to finish the book. Within a month of submitting the manuscript, I had a two-book contract with Penguin. That first book was uniquely exciting and fun to write, and by following that writing road, I’ve found many friends, including the Wenches. Nine years ago, a few of us thought a blog would be fun – and here we are!   23455635.thb

23455191.thbAnniversary Giveaway!

We’re offering NINE great prizes in honor of our ninth anniversary – enter below for a chance to win! 

Grand Prize: A bundle of eight Wench books will go to one lucky winner!

Eight Prizes:  Eight winners will win one book each! 

You can also enter via our Word Wenches Facebook page. Winners will be chosen at random. You can leave a comment on the blog to be entered as well.

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830 thoughts on “Happy Ninth Anniversary to Us!”

  1. Congratulations. 🙂 Other great blogs have come and gone, but this one just keeps on going (and gets better!).
    Count me in as someone who wasn’t exactly aware of romance novels (beyond the derogatory ‘Mills and Boon – ugh!’ comments, which still make me furious). It took me a few years after graduating with a literature degree to discover that I didn’t just have to love the romance aspect of a general fiction book, and that there were whole books about just that!
    Ugh, maths. I was in the advanced maths class at high school, and one day realised I hated it, and sort of… gave up… As long as I can do basic addition and subtraction, my life is just fine.

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  2. Congratulations. 🙂 Other great blogs have come and gone, but this one just keeps on going (and gets better!).
    Count me in as someone who wasn’t exactly aware of romance novels (beyond the derogatory ‘Mills and Boon – ugh!’ comments, which still make me furious). It took me a few years after graduating with a literature degree to discover that I didn’t just have to love the romance aspect of a general fiction book, and that there were whole books about just that!
    Ugh, maths. I was in the advanced maths class at high school, and one day realised I hated it, and sort of… gave up… As long as I can do basic addition and subtraction, my life is just fine.

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  3. Congratulations. 🙂 Other great blogs have come and gone, but this one just keeps on going (and gets better!).
    Count me in as someone who wasn’t exactly aware of romance novels (beyond the derogatory ‘Mills and Boon – ugh!’ comments, which still make me furious). It took me a few years after graduating with a literature degree to discover that I didn’t just have to love the romance aspect of a general fiction book, and that there were whole books about just that!
    Ugh, maths. I was in the advanced maths class at high school, and one day realised I hated it, and sort of… gave up… As long as I can do basic addition and subtraction, my life is just fine.

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  4. Congratulations. 🙂 Other great blogs have come and gone, but this one just keeps on going (and gets better!).
    Count me in as someone who wasn’t exactly aware of romance novels (beyond the derogatory ‘Mills and Boon – ugh!’ comments, which still make me furious). It took me a few years after graduating with a literature degree to discover that I didn’t just have to love the romance aspect of a general fiction book, and that there were whole books about just that!
    Ugh, maths. I was in the advanced maths class at high school, and one day realised I hated it, and sort of… gave up… As long as I can do basic addition and subtraction, my life is just fine.

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  5. Congratulations. 🙂 Other great blogs have come and gone, but this one just keeps on going (and gets better!).
    Count me in as someone who wasn’t exactly aware of romance novels (beyond the derogatory ‘Mills and Boon – ugh!’ comments, which still make me furious). It took me a few years after graduating with a literature degree to discover that I didn’t just have to love the romance aspect of a general fiction book, and that there were whole books about just that!
    Ugh, maths. I was in the advanced maths class at high school, and one day realised I hated it, and sort of… gave up… As long as I can do basic addition and subtraction, my life is just fine.

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  6. Congratulations ladies!!! I’ve read (& loved)a few of you & the others are on the ever growing TBR list! Look forward to reading more of your anniversary blog (& others of course)AND your books!

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  7. Congratulations ladies!!! I’ve read (& loved)a few of you & the others are on the ever growing TBR list! Look forward to reading more of your anniversary blog (& others of course)AND your books!

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  8. Congratulations ladies!!! I’ve read (& loved)a few of you & the others are on the ever growing TBR list! Look forward to reading more of your anniversary blog (& others of course)AND your books!

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  9. Congratulations ladies!!! I’ve read (& loved)a few of you & the others are on the ever growing TBR list! Look forward to reading more of your anniversary blog (& others of course)AND your books!

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  10. Congratulations ladies!!! I’ve read (& loved)a few of you & the others are on the ever growing TBR list! Look forward to reading more of your anniversary blog (& others of course)AND your books!

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  11. Holy Bookbinder, Ladies! I know how proud you each must be, not only to have wonderful stories to share regarding your first books but also that this blog is so well loved by people who are also in love with your books. I found you by accident. I am a book addict and especially a huge fan of historical romances and this was like – as they say in Texas – “finding a bird nest on the ground” for me. I got to hear what you each were doing, but also about books you wrote, books you like and books that helped you write your books. So, I want to wish you a happy 9th birthday as well as thank you for providing me with wonderful reading, both in the blog and in your books.

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  12. Holy Bookbinder, Ladies! I know how proud you each must be, not only to have wonderful stories to share regarding your first books but also that this blog is so well loved by people who are also in love with your books. I found you by accident. I am a book addict and especially a huge fan of historical romances and this was like – as they say in Texas – “finding a bird nest on the ground” for me. I got to hear what you each were doing, but also about books you wrote, books you like and books that helped you write your books. So, I want to wish you a happy 9th birthday as well as thank you for providing me with wonderful reading, both in the blog and in your books.

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  13. Holy Bookbinder, Ladies! I know how proud you each must be, not only to have wonderful stories to share regarding your first books but also that this blog is so well loved by people who are also in love with your books. I found you by accident. I am a book addict and especially a huge fan of historical romances and this was like – as they say in Texas – “finding a bird nest on the ground” for me. I got to hear what you each were doing, but also about books you wrote, books you like and books that helped you write your books. So, I want to wish you a happy 9th birthday as well as thank you for providing me with wonderful reading, both in the blog and in your books.

    Reply
  14. Holy Bookbinder, Ladies! I know how proud you each must be, not only to have wonderful stories to share regarding your first books but also that this blog is so well loved by people who are also in love with your books. I found you by accident. I am a book addict and especially a huge fan of historical romances and this was like – as they say in Texas – “finding a bird nest on the ground” for me. I got to hear what you each were doing, but also about books you wrote, books you like and books that helped you write your books. So, I want to wish you a happy 9th birthday as well as thank you for providing me with wonderful reading, both in the blog and in your books.

    Reply
  15. Holy Bookbinder, Ladies! I know how proud you each must be, not only to have wonderful stories to share regarding your first books but also that this blog is so well loved by people who are also in love with your books. I found you by accident. I am a book addict and especially a huge fan of historical romances and this was like – as they say in Texas – “finding a bird nest on the ground” for me. I got to hear what you each were doing, but also about books you wrote, books you like and books that helped you write your books. So, I want to wish you a happy 9th birthday as well as thank you for providing me with wonderful reading, both in the blog and in your books.

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  16. Congratulations! Look forward to many more anniversaries and all the great books you wenches produce! Thank you for the hours of enjoyment you give me.

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  17. Congratulations! Look forward to many more anniversaries and all the great books you wenches produce! Thank you for the hours of enjoyment you give me.

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  18. Congratulations! Look forward to many more anniversaries and all the great books you wenches produce! Thank you for the hours of enjoyment you give me.

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  19. Congratulations! Look forward to many more anniversaries and all the great books you wenches produce! Thank you for the hours of enjoyment you give me.

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  20. Congratulations! Look forward to many more anniversaries and all the great books you wenches produce! Thank you for the hours of enjoyment you give me.

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  21. Thank you for all the kind comments! The wenches really love books but we’ve never spent a great deal of time with technology other than our word processing programs. 😉 So we’re trying to expand our reach to other historical romance readers with our giveaway this week. The more of us corresponding on this blog, the more good readers and writers we can all find! So share the giveaway, hunt down our pages (because we’re still kind of incompetent about how it all works!), and let’s build a lovely romance community that will hold up for more years!

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  22. Thank you for all the kind comments! The wenches really love books but we’ve never spent a great deal of time with technology other than our word processing programs. 😉 So we’re trying to expand our reach to other historical romance readers with our giveaway this week. The more of us corresponding on this blog, the more good readers and writers we can all find! So share the giveaway, hunt down our pages (because we’re still kind of incompetent about how it all works!), and let’s build a lovely romance community that will hold up for more years!

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  23. Thank you for all the kind comments! The wenches really love books but we’ve never spent a great deal of time with technology other than our word processing programs. 😉 So we’re trying to expand our reach to other historical romance readers with our giveaway this week. The more of us corresponding on this blog, the more good readers and writers we can all find! So share the giveaway, hunt down our pages (because we’re still kind of incompetent about how it all works!), and let’s build a lovely romance community that will hold up for more years!

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  24. Thank you for all the kind comments! The wenches really love books but we’ve never spent a great deal of time with technology other than our word processing programs. 😉 So we’re trying to expand our reach to other historical romance readers with our giveaway this week. The more of us corresponding on this blog, the more good readers and writers we can all find! So share the giveaway, hunt down our pages (because we’re still kind of incompetent about how it all works!), and let’s build a lovely romance community that will hold up for more years!

    Reply
  25. Thank you for all the kind comments! The wenches really love books but we’ve never spent a great deal of time with technology other than our word processing programs. 😉 So we’re trying to expand our reach to other historical romance readers with our giveaway this week. The more of us corresponding on this blog, the more good readers and writers we can all find! So share the giveaway, hunt down our pages (because we’re still kind of incompetent about how it all works!), and let’s build a lovely romance community that will hold up for more years!

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  26. Happy Anniversary ! What fun to read how you all started.
    I have been following this blog for about 2 years, thoroughly enjoying it, and look
    forward to many more years of reading the fascinating information you provide, as well as your opinions.

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  27. Happy Anniversary ! What fun to read how you all started.
    I have been following this blog for about 2 years, thoroughly enjoying it, and look
    forward to many more years of reading the fascinating information you provide, as well as your opinions.

    Reply
  28. Happy Anniversary ! What fun to read how you all started.
    I have been following this blog for about 2 years, thoroughly enjoying it, and look
    forward to many more years of reading the fascinating information you provide, as well as your opinions.

    Reply
  29. Happy Anniversary ! What fun to read how you all started.
    I have been following this blog for about 2 years, thoroughly enjoying it, and look
    forward to many more years of reading the fascinating information you provide, as well as your opinions.

    Reply
  30. Happy Anniversary ! What fun to read how you all started.
    I have been following this blog for about 2 years, thoroughly enjoying it, and look
    forward to many more years of reading the fascinating information you provide, as well as your opinions.

    Reply
  31. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches … & thank you for a lovely blog …even if you have cost me a fortune in New books by New (to me) authors over the years !

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  32. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches … & thank you for a lovely blog …even if you have cost me a fortune in New books by New (to me) authors over the years !

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  33. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches … & thank you for a lovely blog …even if you have cost me a fortune in New books by New (to me) authors over the years !

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  34. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches … & thank you for a lovely blog …even if you have cost me a fortune in New books by New (to me) authors over the years !

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  35. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches … & thank you for a lovely blog …even if you have cost me a fortune in New books by New (to me) authors over the years !

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  36. Congratulations on your Ninth Blogaversary! I love each of you authors and look forward to reading and reviewing even more of your novels. I’m so happy for your successes and wish you all the very best.

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  37. Congratulations on your Ninth Blogaversary! I love each of you authors and look forward to reading and reviewing even more of your novels. I’m so happy for your successes and wish you all the very best.

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  38. Congratulations on your Ninth Blogaversary! I love each of you authors and look forward to reading and reviewing even more of your novels. I’m so happy for your successes and wish you all the very best.

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  39. Congratulations on your Ninth Blogaversary! I love each of you authors and look forward to reading and reviewing even more of your novels. I’m so happy for your successes and wish you all the very best.

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  40. Congratulations on your Ninth Blogaversary! I love each of you authors and look forward to reading and reviewing even more of your novels. I’m so happy for your successes and wish you all the very best.

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  41. Congratulations! I love this blog (as well as your books); you are all so generous with your knowledge of history, culture, writing itself and with the names of other authors. It’s never a waste of time to visit this blog! Thank you.

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  42. Congratulations! I love this blog (as well as your books); you are all so generous with your knowledge of history, culture, writing itself and with the names of other authors. It’s never a waste of time to visit this blog! Thank you.

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  43. Congratulations! I love this blog (as well as your books); you are all so generous with your knowledge of history, culture, writing itself and with the names of other authors. It’s never a waste of time to visit this blog! Thank you.

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  44. Congratulations! I love this blog (as well as your books); you are all so generous with your knowledge of history, culture, writing itself and with the names of other authors. It’s never a waste of time to visit this blog! Thank you.

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  45. Congratulations! I love this blog (as well as your books); you are all so generous with your knowledge of history, culture, writing itself and with the names of other authors. It’s never a waste of time to visit this blog! Thank you.

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  46. Love reading your blog and have been doing so for many, many years. Thanks so much for a wonderful snippet of reading about all the wonderful wenches!

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  47. Love reading your blog and have been doing so for many, many years. Thanks so much for a wonderful snippet of reading about all the wonderful wenches!

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  48. Love reading your blog and have been doing so for many, many years. Thanks so much for a wonderful snippet of reading about all the wonderful wenches!

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  49. Love reading your blog and have been doing so for many, many years. Thanks so much for a wonderful snippet of reading about all the wonderful wenches!

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  50. Love reading your blog and have been doing so for many, many years. Thanks so much for a wonderful snippet of reading about all the wonderful wenches!

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  51. I’m new to your website. However, I have enjoyed several of your author’s books over the years.!

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  52. I’m new to your website. However, I have enjoyed several of your author’s books over the years.!

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  53. I’m new to your website. However, I have enjoyed several of your author’s books over the years.!

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  54. I’m new to your website. However, I have enjoyed several of your author’s books over the years.!

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  55. I’m new to your website. However, I have enjoyed several of your author’s books over the years.!

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  56. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary, Wenches! I’ve just read Jo’s latest book and have Mary Jo’s latest waiting for me to pick up at the library. I wish I could buy books these days but …

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  57. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary, Wenches! I’ve just read Jo’s latest book and have Mary Jo’s latest waiting for me to pick up at the library. I wish I could buy books these days but …

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  58. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary, Wenches! I’ve just read Jo’s latest book and have Mary Jo’s latest waiting for me to pick up at the library. I wish I could buy books these days but …

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  59. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary, Wenches! I’ve just read Jo’s latest book and have Mary Jo’s latest waiting for me to pick up at the library. I wish I could buy books these days but …

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  60. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary, Wenches! I’ve just read Jo’s latest book and have Mary Jo’s latest waiting for me to pick up at the library. I wish I could buy books these days but …

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  61. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary! I don’t always find time to comment but I’ve been here reading your wonderful blogs since the beginning. And, of course, reading your books too! 🙂

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  62. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary! I don’t always find time to comment but I’ve been here reading your wonderful blogs since the beginning. And, of course, reading your books too! 🙂

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  63. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary! I don’t always find time to comment but I’ve been here reading your wonderful blogs since the beginning. And, of course, reading your books too! 🙂

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  64. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary! I don’t always find time to comment but I’ve been here reading your wonderful blogs since the beginning. And, of course, reading your books too! 🙂

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  65. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary! I don’t always find time to comment but I’ve been here reading your wonderful blogs since the beginning. And, of course, reading your books too! 🙂

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  66. The first thing I noticed (as I am sure you authors have as well,) is how the cover art has changed from then until now! Congratulations on your Ninth Anniversary.

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  67. The first thing I noticed (as I am sure you authors have as well,) is how the cover art has changed from then until now! Congratulations on your Ninth Anniversary.

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  68. The first thing I noticed (as I am sure you authors have as well,) is how the cover art has changed from then until now! Congratulations on your Ninth Anniversary.

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  69. The first thing I noticed (as I am sure you authors have as well,) is how the cover art has changed from then until now! Congratulations on your Ninth Anniversary.

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  70. The first thing I noticed (as I am sure you authors have as well,) is how the cover art has changed from then until now! Congratulations on your Ninth Anniversary.

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  71. Happy Anniversary! I do believe The Defiant Governess is in my Scribd library, I’ll have to bump it up on the reading list, knowing it’s Cara’s first!

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  72. Happy Anniversary! I do believe The Defiant Governess is in my Scribd library, I’ll have to bump it up on the reading list, knowing it’s Cara’s first!

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  73. Happy Anniversary! I do believe The Defiant Governess is in my Scribd library, I’ll have to bump it up on the reading list, knowing it’s Cara’s first!

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  74. Happy Anniversary! I do believe The Defiant Governess is in my Scribd library, I’ll have to bump it up on the reading list, knowing it’s Cara’s first!

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  75. Happy Anniversary! I do believe The Defiant Governess is in my Scribd library, I’ll have to bump it up on the reading list, knowing it’s Cara’s first!

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  76. Thrilled to be a part of your blog. Have enjoyed reading the Word Wenches for years. I probably have 90% of all of your books in paperback. Adding to my Kindle as you make them available. Thanks.

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  77. Thrilled to be a part of your blog. Have enjoyed reading the Word Wenches for years. I probably have 90% of all of your books in paperback. Adding to my Kindle as you make them available. Thanks.

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  78. Thrilled to be a part of your blog. Have enjoyed reading the Word Wenches for years. I probably have 90% of all of your books in paperback. Adding to my Kindle as you make them available. Thanks.

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  79. Thrilled to be a part of your blog. Have enjoyed reading the Word Wenches for years. I probably have 90% of all of your books in paperback. Adding to my Kindle as you make them available. Thanks.

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  80. Thrilled to be a part of your blog. Have enjoyed reading the Word Wenches for years. I probably have 90% of all of your books in paperback. Adding to my Kindle as you make them available. Thanks.

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  81. I too wasn’t all that aware of romances – though I can admit that I was a bit judgy despite not knowing that much. But several years ago I wanted to expand my reading, went to the bookstore and bought what must have been about 10 romances. Some of those were written by Wenches and I’ve been hooked on romances ever since.
    So, happy anniversary to you all!

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  82. I too wasn’t all that aware of romances – though I can admit that I was a bit judgy despite not knowing that much. But several years ago I wanted to expand my reading, went to the bookstore and bought what must have been about 10 romances. Some of those were written by Wenches and I’ve been hooked on romances ever since.
    So, happy anniversary to you all!

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  83. I too wasn’t all that aware of romances – though I can admit that I was a bit judgy despite not knowing that much. But several years ago I wanted to expand my reading, went to the bookstore and bought what must have been about 10 romances. Some of those were written by Wenches and I’ve been hooked on romances ever since.
    So, happy anniversary to you all!

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  84. I too wasn’t all that aware of romances – though I can admit that I was a bit judgy despite not knowing that much. But several years ago I wanted to expand my reading, went to the bookstore and bought what must have been about 10 romances. Some of those were written by Wenches and I’ve been hooked on romances ever since.
    So, happy anniversary to you all!

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  85. I too wasn’t all that aware of romances – though I can admit that I was a bit judgy despite not knowing that much. But several years ago I wanted to expand my reading, went to the bookstore and bought what must have been about 10 romances. Some of those were written by Wenches and I’ve been hooked on romances ever since.
    So, happy anniversary to you all!

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  86. Congrats on your anniversary. I hope you have many more years together giving us all something to look forward to on our trips through the internet.

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  87. Congrats on your anniversary. I hope you have many more years together giving us all something to look forward to on our trips through the internet.

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  88. Congrats on your anniversary. I hope you have many more years together giving us all something to look forward to on our trips through the internet.

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  89. Congrats on your anniversary. I hope you have many more years together giving us all something to look forward to on our trips through the internet.

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  90. Congrats on your anniversary. I hope you have many more years together giving us all something to look forward to on our trips through the internet.

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  91. Thanks to you all for joining in our Wenchly anniversary party! Do have some champagne and don’t forget to try the scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam over there by the lobster rolls!

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  92. Thanks to you all for joining in our Wenchly anniversary party! Do have some champagne and don’t forget to try the scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam over there by the lobster rolls!

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  93. Thanks to you all for joining in our Wenchly anniversary party! Do have some champagne and don’t forget to try the scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam over there by the lobster rolls!

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  94. Thanks to you all for joining in our Wenchly anniversary party! Do have some champagne and don’t forget to try the scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam over there by the lobster rolls!

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  95. Thanks to you all for joining in our Wenchly anniversary party! Do have some champagne and don’t forget to try the scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam over there by the lobster rolls!

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  96. Congratulations!! Love following the wenches.
    I am an avid historical romance reader and look forward to news of upcoming books and reissues. Would love to win a bundle of books!!

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  97. Congratulations!! Love following the wenches.
    I am an avid historical romance reader and look forward to news of upcoming books and reissues. Would love to win a bundle of books!!

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  98. Congratulations!! Love following the wenches.
    I am an avid historical romance reader and look forward to news of upcoming books and reissues. Would love to win a bundle of books!!

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  99. Congratulations!! Love following the wenches.
    I am an avid historical romance reader and look forward to news of upcoming books and reissues. Would love to win a bundle of books!!

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  100. Congratulations!! Love following the wenches.
    I am an avid historical romance reader and look forward to news of upcoming books and reissues. Would love to win a bundle of books!!

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  101. Dear Wenches: Over all these many years, you’ve made me laugh, educated me, and entertained me. I have enjoyed this journey every step of the way. Onward Ho to many more years ahead. My only request? Don’t stop blogging or writing, please. My one wish? Hope I get to meet all of you at least once at one of the RWA confs.

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  102. Dear Wenches: Over all these many years, you’ve made me laugh, educated me, and entertained me. I have enjoyed this journey every step of the way. Onward Ho to many more years ahead. My only request? Don’t stop blogging or writing, please. My one wish? Hope I get to meet all of you at least once at one of the RWA confs.

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  103. Dear Wenches: Over all these many years, you’ve made me laugh, educated me, and entertained me. I have enjoyed this journey every step of the way. Onward Ho to many more years ahead. My only request? Don’t stop blogging or writing, please. My one wish? Hope I get to meet all of you at least once at one of the RWA confs.

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  104. Dear Wenches: Over all these many years, you’ve made me laugh, educated me, and entertained me. I have enjoyed this journey every step of the way. Onward Ho to many more years ahead. My only request? Don’t stop blogging or writing, please. My one wish? Hope I get to meet all of you at least once at one of the RWA confs.

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  105. Dear Wenches: Over all these many years, you’ve made me laugh, educated me, and entertained me. I have enjoyed this journey every step of the way. Onward Ho to many more years ahead. My only request? Don’t stop blogging or writing, please. My one wish? Hope I get to meet all of you at least once at one of the RWA confs.

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  106. Happy Anniversary! Love reading your blog and, of course, your wonderful books. You’ve given me many hours of reading pleasure. Thank you!

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  107. Happy Anniversary! Love reading your blog and, of course, your wonderful books. You’ve given me many hours of reading pleasure. Thank you!

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  108. Happy Anniversary! Love reading your blog and, of course, your wonderful books. You’ve given me many hours of reading pleasure. Thank you!

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  109. Happy Anniversary! Love reading your blog and, of course, your wonderful books. You’ve given me many hours of reading pleasure. Thank you!

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  110. Happy Anniversary! Love reading your blog and, of course, your wonderful books. You’ve given me many hours of reading pleasure. Thank you!

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  111. Congratulations on your anniversary. Looking forward to many more. I’ve loved regency romances since my sister talked me into reading Geogette Heyer.

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  112. Congratulations on your anniversary. Looking forward to many more. I’ve loved regency romances since my sister talked me into reading Geogette Heyer.

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  113. Congratulations on your anniversary. Looking forward to many more. I’ve loved regency romances since my sister talked me into reading Geogette Heyer.

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  114. Congratulations on your anniversary. Looking forward to many more. I’ve loved regency romances since my sister talked me into reading Geogette Heyer.

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  115. Congratulations on your anniversary. Looking forward to many more. I’ve loved regency romances since my sister talked me into reading Geogette Heyer.

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  116. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Congratulations! I’m a relative newcomer to the romance genre, but have really enjoyed the last few years, especially after I found your blog! 😊

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  117. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Congratulations! I’m a relative newcomer to the romance genre, but have really enjoyed the last few years, especially after I found your blog! 😊

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  118. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Congratulations! I’m a relative newcomer to the romance genre, but have really enjoyed the last few years, especially after I found your blog! 😊

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  119. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Congratulations! I’m a relative newcomer to the romance genre, but have really enjoyed the last few years, especially after I found your blog! 😊

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  120. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Congratulations! I’m a relative newcomer to the romance genre, but have really enjoyed the last few years, especially after I found your blog! 😊

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  121. Wish I had more hours in a day to spend with my favorite books and authors. Seems as I age my hours get shorter and shorter. I have enjoyed this blog for years. I will also always miss Edith Layton, one of my very favorite wenches, but I am able to reread the wonderful words of each of her. I was happy that you continued the blog as the goddess blog ended and I was a fan of it also. Keep up the good work here, it gives us a place to find information of current work easily and quickly.

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  122. Wish I had more hours in a day to spend with my favorite books and authors. Seems as I age my hours get shorter and shorter. I have enjoyed this blog for years. I will also always miss Edith Layton, one of my very favorite wenches, but I am able to reread the wonderful words of each of her. I was happy that you continued the blog as the goddess blog ended and I was a fan of it also. Keep up the good work here, it gives us a place to find information of current work easily and quickly.

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  123. Wish I had more hours in a day to spend with my favorite books and authors. Seems as I age my hours get shorter and shorter. I have enjoyed this blog for years. I will also always miss Edith Layton, one of my very favorite wenches, but I am able to reread the wonderful words of each of her. I was happy that you continued the blog as the goddess blog ended and I was a fan of it also. Keep up the good work here, it gives us a place to find information of current work easily and quickly.

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  124. Wish I had more hours in a day to spend with my favorite books and authors. Seems as I age my hours get shorter and shorter. I have enjoyed this blog for years. I will also always miss Edith Layton, one of my very favorite wenches, but I am able to reread the wonderful words of each of her. I was happy that you continued the blog as the goddess blog ended and I was a fan of it also. Keep up the good work here, it gives us a place to find information of current work easily and quickly.

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  125. Wish I had more hours in a day to spend with my favorite books and authors. Seems as I age my hours get shorter and shorter. I have enjoyed this blog for years. I will also always miss Edith Layton, one of my very favorite wenches, but I am able to reread the wonderful words of each of her. I was happy that you continued the blog as the goddess blog ended and I was a fan of it also. Keep up the good work here, it gives us a place to find information of current work easily and quickly.

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  126. Thanks to all our wonderful readers, who make creating the blog so much fun. We really appreciate all your kind comments, and love having you as part of our Wench family. I’m joining Pat and kicking off my shoes and having another glass of champagne. (I hope Joanna is sharing her stash of Veuve Cliquot!)
    Cheers to all!

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  127. Thanks to all our wonderful readers, who make creating the blog so much fun. We really appreciate all your kind comments, and love having you as part of our Wench family. I’m joining Pat and kicking off my shoes and having another glass of champagne. (I hope Joanna is sharing her stash of Veuve Cliquot!)
    Cheers to all!

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  128. Thanks to all our wonderful readers, who make creating the blog so much fun. We really appreciate all your kind comments, and love having you as part of our Wench family. I’m joining Pat and kicking off my shoes and having another glass of champagne. (I hope Joanna is sharing her stash of Veuve Cliquot!)
    Cheers to all!

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  129. Thanks to all our wonderful readers, who make creating the blog so much fun. We really appreciate all your kind comments, and love having you as part of our Wench family. I’m joining Pat and kicking off my shoes and having another glass of champagne. (I hope Joanna is sharing her stash of Veuve Cliquot!)
    Cheers to all!

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  130. Thanks to all our wonderful readers, who make creating the blog so much fun. We really appreciate all your kind comments, and love having you as part of our Wench family. I’m joining Pat and kicking off my shoes and having another glass of champagne. (I hope Joanna is sharing her stash of Veuve Cliquot!)
    Cheers to all!

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  131. I love historical romance, especially those from the Regency era and I’ve been reading them since sometime during the ’80’s. I was introduced to Regency stories by Barbara Cartland then soon found Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I remember going straight to the romance section in the library and searching the shelves for their books. I then learned to look on the spine for the Signet and Zebra symbols so I would have an easier time of finding enjoyable books. I’ve been a fan of most of the word wenches for many years and would love to win one or more of the books. Regency romance is still my number one pick.

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  132. I love historical romance, especially those from the Regency era and I’ve been reading them since sometime during the ’80’s. I was introduced to Regency stories by Barbara Cartland then soon found Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I remember going straight to the romance section in the library and searching the shelves for their books. I then learned to look on the spine for the Signet and Zebra symbols so I would have an easier time of finding enjoyable books. I’ve been a fan of most of the word wenches for many years and would love to win one or more of the books. Regency romance is still my number one pick.

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  133. I love historical romance, especially those from the Regency era and I’ve been reading them since sometime during the ’80’s. I was introduced to Regency stories by Barbara Cartland then soon found Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I remember going straight to the romance section in the library and searching the shelves for their books. I then learned to look on the spine for the Signet and Zebra symbols so I would have an easier time of finding enjoyable books. I’ve been a fan of most of the word wenches for many years and would love to win one or more of the books. Regency romance is still my number one pick.

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  134. I love historical romance, especially those from the Regency era and I’ve been reading them since sometime during the ’80’s. I was introduced to Regency stories by Barbara Cartland then soon found Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I remember going straight to the romance section in the library and searching the shelves for their books. I then learned to look on the spine for the Signet and Zebra symbols so I would have an easier time of finding enjoyable books. I’ve been a fan of most of the word wenches for many years and would love to win one or more of the books. Regency romance is still my number one pick.

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  135. I love historical romance, especially those from the Regency era and I’ve been reading them since sometime during the ’80’s. I was introduced to Regency stories by Barbara Cartland then soon found Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh. I remember going straight to the romance section in the library and searching the shelves for their books. I then learned to look on the spine for the Signet and Zebra symbols so I would have an easier time of finding enjoyable books. I’ve been a fan of most of the word wenches for many years and would love to win one or more of the books. Regency romance is still my number one pick.

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  136. Looking forward to the next anniversary, and the one after that, and then another one, and so on and so forth …

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  137. Looking forward to the next anniversary, and the one after that, and then another one, and so on and so forth …

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  138. Looking forward to the next anniversary, and the one after that, and then another one, and so on and so forth …

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  139. Looking forward to the next anniversary, and the one after that, and then another one, and so on and so forth …

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  140. Looking forward to the next anniversary, and the one after that, and then another one, and so on and so forth …

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  141. Think William Tell Overture…
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary!
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    Happy anniversary, anniversary to you!
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Here’s to another nine years at least! This is one of my very favorite blogs and I’d miss it terribly if you all ever quit.
    So don’t! 🙂

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  142. Think William Tell Overture…
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary!
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    Happy anniversary, anniversary to you!
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Here’s to another nine years at least! This is one of my very favorite blogs and I’d miss it terribly if you all ever quit.
    So don’t! 🙂

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  143. Think William Tell Overture…
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary!
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    Happy anniversary, anniversary to you!
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Here’s to another nine years at least! This is one of my very favorite blogs and I’d miss it terribly if you all ever quit.
    So don’t! 🙂

    Reply
  144. Think William Tell Overture…
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary!
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    Happy anniversary, anniversary to you!
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Here’s to another nine years at least! This is one of my very favorite blogs and I’d miss it terribly if you all ever quit.
    So don’t! 🙂

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  145. Think William Tell Overture…
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary!
    Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary!
    Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy anniversary!
    Happy anniversary, anniversary to you!
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    Happy Anniversary,
    HAAAAAAAAAPY Aniversary!
    Here’s to another nine years at least! This is one of my very favorite blogs and I’d miss it terribly if you all ever quit.
    So don’t! 🙂

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  146. What great comments, thank you all for the hallooos and congrats!! We plan to keep on bloggin’ ….
    And special thanks to Theo for the very catchy song, which is now bouncing its jolly rhythm in my head! 😉

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  147. What great comments, thank you all for the hallooos and congrats!! We plan to keep on bloggin’ ….
    And special thanks to Theo for the very catchy song, which is now bouncing its jolly rhythm in my head! 😉

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  148. What great comments, thank you all for the hallooos and congrats!! We plan to keep on bloggin’ ….
    And special thanks to Theo for the very catchy song, which is now bouncing its jolly rhythm in my head! 😉

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  149. What great comments, thank you all for the hallooos and congrats!! We plan to keep on bloggin’ ….
    And special thanks to Theo for the very catchy song, which is now bouncing its jolly rhythm in my head! 😉

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  150. What great comments, thank you all for the hallooos and congrats!! We plan to keep on bloggin’ ….
    And special thanks to Theo for the very catchy song, which is now bouncing its jolly rhythm in my head! 😉

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  151. Congratulations Ladies!
    I love all of you, but I really need to read a book by Susan. I am ashamed that I haven’t gotten around to it by now.
    Susan!!!! I promise that by the end of the year I will do it!
    HUGS to all of you!
    Melanie from bookworm2bookworm
    😉

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  152. Congratulations Ladies!
    I love all of you, but I really need to read a book by Susan. I am ashamed that I haven’t gotten around to it by now.
    Susan!!!! I promise that by the end of the year I will do it!
    HUGS to all of you!
    Melanie from bookworm2bookworm
    😉

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  153. Congratulations Ladies!
    I love all of you, but I really need to read a book by Susan. I am ashamed that I haven’t gotten around to it by now.
    Susan!!!! I promise that by the end of the year I will do it!
    HUGS to all of you!
    Melanie from bookworm2bookworm
    😉

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  154. Congratulations Ladies!
    I love all of you, but I really need to read a book by Susan. I am ashamed that I haven’t gotten around to it by now.
    Susan!!!! I promise that by the end of the year I will do it!
    HUGS to all of you!
    Melanie from bookworm2bookworm
    😉

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  155. Congratulations Ladies!
    I love all of you, but I really need to read a book by Susan. I am ashamed that I haven’t gotten around to it by now.
    Susan!!!! I promise that by the end of the year I will do it!
    HUGS to all of you!
    Melanie from bookworm2bookworm
    😉

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  156. I too say Happy Anniversary and happy writing for many, many more years to come. Books and blog entries which make me think and do research.
    As a long time reader of romances it is truly fascinating to find out more about the times, events, locations featured in books and the writerly process.
    My TBR pile keeps growing, faster than I can read. Maybe I should just devote an entire month to reading 2 to 3 books a day while restraining myself from acquiring any more. HA! Who can resist a Wenchly recommendation. Grin.

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  157. I too say Happy Anniversary and happy writing for many, many more years to come. Books and blog entries which make me think and do research.
    As a long time reader of romances it is truly fascinating to find out more about the times, events, locations featured in books and the writerly process.
    My TBR pile keeps growing, faster than I can read. Maybe I should just devote an entire month to reading 2 to 3 books a day while restraining myself from acquiring any more. HA! Who can resist a Wenchly recommendation. Grin.

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  158. I too say Happy Anniversary and happy writing for many, many more years to come. Books and blog entries which make me think and do research.
    As a long time reader of romances it is truly fascinating to find out more about the times, events, locations featured in books and the writerly process.
    My TBR pile keeps growing, faster than I can read. Maybe I should just devote an entire month to reading 2 to 3 books a day while restraining myself from acquiring any more. HA! Who can resist a Wenchly recommendation. Grin.

    Reply
  159. I too say Happy Anniversary and happy writing for many, many more years to come. Books and blog entries which make me think and do research.
    As a long time reader of romances it is truly fascinating to find out more about the times, events, locations featured in books and the writerly process.
    My TBR pile keeps growing, faster than I can read. Maybe I should just devote an entire month to reading 2 to 3 books a day while restraining myself from acquiring any more. HA! Who can resist a Wenchly recommendation. Grin.

    Reply
  160. I too say Happy Anniversary and happy writing for many, many more years to come. Books and blog entries which make me think and do research.
    As a long time reader of romances it is truly fascinating to find out more about the times, events, locations featured in books and the writerly process.
    My TBR pile keeps growing, faster than I can read. Maybe I should just devote an entire month to reading 2 to 3 books a day while restraining myself from acquiring any more. HA! Who can resist a Wenchly recommendation. Grin.

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  161. Happy 9th Anniversary! Except for Joanna Bourne and Nicola Cornick, I have enjoyed reading books by all of you. Looking forward to reading some of Joanna’s and Nicola’s books soon.

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  162. Happy 9th Anniversary! Except for Joanna Bourne and Nicola Cornick, I have enjoyed reading books by all of you. Looking forward to reading some of Joanna’s and Nicola’s books soon.

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  163. Happy 9th Anniversary! Except for Joanna Bourne and Nicola Cornick, I have enjoyed reading books by all of you. Looking forward to reading some of Joanna’s and Nicola’s books soon.

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  164. Happy 9th Anniversary! Except for Joanna Bourne and Nicola Cornick, I have enjoyed reading books by all of you. Looking forward to reading some of Joanna’s and Nicola’s books soon.

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  165. Happy 9th Anniversary! Except for Joanna Bourne and Nicola Cornick, I have enjoyed reading books by all of you. Looking forward to reading some of Joanna’s and Nicola’s books soon.

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  166. And my TBR pile continues to grow! I love reading how you got started, because there has always been a part of me that wanted to find that story in me and put it to paper, but I always get sidetracked before I do. lol

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  167. And my TBR pile continues to grow! I love reading how you got started, because there has always been a part of me that wanted to find that story in me and put it to paper, but I always get sidetracked before I do. lol

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  168. And my TBR pile continues to grow! I love reading how you got started, because there has always been a part of me that wanted to find that story in me and put it to paper, but I always get sidetracked before I do. lol

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  169. And my TBR pile continues to grow! I love reading how you got started, because there has always been a part of me that wanted to find that story in me and put it to paper, but I always get sidetracked before I do. lol

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  170. And my TBR pile continues to grow! I love reading how you got started, because there has always been a part of me that wanted to find that story in me and put it to paper, but I always get sidetracked before I do. lol

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  171. Congratulations. I know something of the effort that goes into producing a website of this magnitude and duration– kudos to Sherrie for all her hard work, and to all of the authors and fans who contribute. Long may you wave 🙂

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  172. Congratulations. I know something of the effort that goes into producing a website of this magnitude and duration– kudos to Sherrie for all her hard work, and to all of the authors and fans who contribute. Long may you wave 🙂

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  173. Congratulations. I know something of the effort that goes into producing a website of this magnitude and duration– kudos to Sherrie for all her hard work, and to all of the authors and fans who contribute. Long may you wave 🙂

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  174. Congratulations. I know something of the effort that goes into producing a website of this magnitude and duration– kudos to Sherrie for all her hard work, and to all of the authors and fans who contribute. Long may you wave 🙂

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  175. Congratulations. I know something of the effort that goes into producing a website of this magnitude and duration– kudos to Sherrie for all her hard work, and to all of the authors and fans who contribute. Long may you wave 🙂

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  176. I think I’ve been here since the beginning! 2006 was just about when I was getting my writing self together (ha!), and I was anxious to see what “real” writers had to say. You all have never disappointed. I get the posts in my e-mail and always feel a little smarter. Many congratulations, and happy writing years ahead for each of you!

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  177. I think I’ve been here since the beginning! 2006 was just about when I was getting my writing self together (ha!), and I was anxious to see what “real” writers had to say. You all have never disappointed. I get the posts in my e-mail and always feel a little smarter. Many congratulations, and happy writing years ahead for each of you!

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  178. I think I’ve been here since the beginning! 2006 was just about when I was getting my writing self together (ha!), and I was anxious to see what “real” writers had to say. You all have never disappointed. I get the posts in my e-mail and always feel a little smarter. Many congratulations, and happy writing years ahead for each of you!

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  179. I think I’ve been here since the beginning! 2006 was just about when I was getting my writing self together (ha!), and I was anxious to see what “real” writers had to say. You all have never disappointed. I get the posts in my e-mail and always feel a little smarter. Many congratulations, and happy writing years ahead for each of you!

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  180. I think I’ve been here since the beginning! 2006 was just about when I was getting my writing self together (ha!), and I was anxious to see what “real” writers had to say. You all have never disappointed. I get the posts in my e-mail and always feel a little smarter. Many congratulations, and happy writing years ahead for each of you!

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  181. As a scientist my brain activity was dominated by the left hemisphere. Then one day I stumbled across some work by William Morris in a second hand book shop. It had been misplaced in the science section and as an admirer of Morris’s stained glass and his work in the pre-Raphaelite movement, I thought it might have something to do with this.
    I started browsing ‘The Well at the World’s End’ and rapidly became engrossed in the romantic fantasy which greatly stimulated my right brain. I later went on to read most of Morris’s fiction and then started looking for modern ‘romantic’ authors.
    A long and enthralling search, shortened by many recommendations from Janga in particular, eventually led to the wenches where I admired Mary Jo Putney’s novels among others. I now find that a little romantic fiction from almost any genre provides the perfect counter balance to my scientific studies, and may well be instrumental in keeping me sane. LOL
    Great work Wenches!
    *grabs a flagon of champagne from passing tray*
    Here’s drinking to more great novels from the Wench Masters …. er or should that be Mistresses!

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  182. As a scientist my brain activity was dominated by the left hemisphere. Then one day I stumbled across some work by William Morris in a second hand book shop. It had been misplaced in the science section and as an admirer of Morris’s stained glass and his work in the pre-Raphaelite movement, I thought it might have something to do with this.
    I started browsing ‘The Well at the World’s End’ and rapidly became engrossed in the romantic fantasy which greatly stimulated my right brain. I later went on to read most of Morris’s fiction and then started looking for modern ‘romantic’ authors.
    A long and enthralling search, shortened by many recommendations from Janga in particular, eventually led to the wenches where I admired Mary Jo Putney’s novels among others. I now find that a little romantic fiction from almost any genre provides the perfect counter balance to my scientific studies, and may well be instrumental in keeping me sane. LOL
    Great work Wenches!
    *grabs a flagon of champagne from passing tray*
    Here’s drinking to more great novels from the Wench Masters …. er or should that be Mistresses!

    Reply
  183. As a scientist my brain activity was dominated by the left hemisphere. Then one day I stumbled across some work by William Morris in a second hand book shop. It had been misplaced in the science section and as an admirer of Morris’s stained glass and his work in the pre-Raphaelite movement, I thought it might have something to do with this.
    I started browsing ‘The Well at the World’s End’ and rapidly became engrossed in the romantic fantasy which greatly stimulated my right brain. I later went on to read most of Morris’s fiction and then started looking for modern ‘romantic’ authors.
    A long and enthralling search, shortened by many recommendations from Janga in particular, eventually led to the wenches where I admired Mary Jo Putney’s novels among others. I now find that a little romantic fiction from almost any genre provides the perfect counter balance to my scientific studies, and may well be instrumental in keeping me sane. LOL
    Great work Wenches!
    *grabs a flagon of champagne from passing tray*
    Here’s drinking to more great novels from the Wench Masters …. er or should that be Mistresses!

    Reply
  184. As a scientist my brain activity was dominated by the left hemisphere. Then one day I stumbled across some work by William Morris in a second hand book shop. It had been misplaced in the science section and as an admirer of Morris’s stained glass and his work in the pre-Raphaelite movement, I thought it might have something to do with this.
    I started browsing ‘The Well at the World’s End’ and rapidly became engrossed in the romantic fantasy which greatly stimulated my right brain. I later went on to read most of Morris’s fiction and then started looking for modern ‘romantic’ authors.
    A long and enthralling search, shortened by many recommendations from Janga in particular, eventually led to the wenches where I admired Mary Jo Putney’s novels among others. I now find that a little romantic fiction from almost any genre provides the perfect counter balance to my scientific studies, and may well be instrumental in keeping me sane. LOL
    Great work Wenches!
    *grabs a flagon of champagne from passing tray*
    Here’s drinking to more great novels from the Wench Masters …. er or should that be Mistresses!

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  185. As a scientist my brain activity was dominated by the left hemisphere. Then one day I stumbled across some work by William Morris in a second hand book shop. It had been misplaced in the science section and as an admirer of Morris’s stained glass and his work in the pre-Raphaelite movement, I thought it might have something to do with this.
    I started browsing ‘The Well at the World’s End’ and rapidly became engrossed in the romantic fantasy which greatly stimulated my right brain. I later went on to read most of Morris’s fiction and then started looking for modern ‘romantic’ authors.
    A long and enthralling search, shortened by many recommendations from Janga in particular, eventually led to the wenches where I admired Mary Jo Putney’s novels among others. I now find that a little romantic fiction from almost any genre provides the perfect counter balance to my scientific studies, and may well be instrumental in keeping me sane. LOL
    Great work Wenches!
    *grabs a flagon of champagne from passing tray*
    Here’s drinking to more great novels from the Wench Masters …. er or should that be Mistresses!

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  186. I must have been following Word Wenches since almost the beginning. I actually was able to find a copy I printed of a comment that I made, and it’s dated 5/22/06. Congratulations on a wonderful blog.
    Merry

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  187. I must have been following Word Wenches since almost the beginning. I actually was able to find a copy I printed of a comment that I made, and it’s dated 5/22/06. Congratulations on a wonderful blog.
    Merry

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  188. I must have been following Word Wenches since almost the beginning. I actually was able to find a copy I printed of a comment that I made, and it’s dated 5/22/06. Congratulations on a wonderful blog.
    Merry

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  189. I must have been following Word Wenches since almost the beginning. I actually was able to find a copy I printed of a comment that I made, and it’s dated 5/22/06. Congratulations on a wonderful blog.
    Merry

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  190. I must have been following Word Wenches since almost the beginning. I actually was able to find a copy I printed of a comment that I made, and it’s dated 5/22/06. Congratulations on a wonderful blog.
    Merry

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  191. Happy Anniversary! The stories of your first book are inspiring to aspiring writers out there, thank you for sharing them!

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  192. Happy Anniversary! The stories of your first book are inspiring to aspiring writers out there, thank you for sharing them!

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  193. Happy Anniversary! The stories of your first book are inspiring to aspiring writers out there, thank you for sharing them!

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  194. Happy Anniversary! The stories of your first book are inspiring to aspiring writers out there, thank you for sharing them!

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  195. Happy Anniversary! The stories of your first book are inspiring to aspiring writers out there, thank you for sharing them!

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  196. Such a fun blog today. Thank you for filling in some history for those of us who only discovered the Wenches in the last year or two 🙂

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  197. Such a fun blog today. Thank you for filling in some history for those of us who only discovered the Wenches in the last year or two 🙂

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  198. Such a fun blog today. Thank you for filling in some history for those of us who only discovered the Wenches in the last year or two 🙂

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  199. Such a fun blog today. Thank you for filling in some history for those of us who only discovered the Wenches in the last year or two 🙂

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  200. Such a fun blog today. Thank you for filling in some history for those of us who only discovered the Wenches in the last year or two 🙂

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  201. Congratulations to each and every one of you wonderful ladies. Here are to many more years for everyone.

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  202. Congratulations to each and every one of you wonderful ladies. Here are to many more years for everyone.

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  203. Congratulations to each and every one of you wonderful ladies. Here are to many more years for everyone.

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  204. Congratulations to each and every one of you wonderful ladies. Here are to many more years for everyone.

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  205. Congratulations to each and every one of you wonderful ladies. Here are to many more years for everyone.

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  206. I’ve started reading Word Wenches posts not long ago (and I must have been led here from Anne Gracie’s Facebook posts) and haven’t missed one since. I also hope to read the other Wenches’ books soon.
    Happy 9th anniversary!

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  207. I’ve started reading Word Wenches posts not long ago (and I must have been led here from Anne Gracie’s Facebook posts) and haven’t missed one since. I also hope to read the other Wenches’ books soon.
    Happy 9th anniversary!

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  208. I’ve started reading Word Wenches posts not long ago (and I must have been led here from Anne Gracie’s Facebook posts) and haven’t missed one since. I also hope to read the other Wenches’ books soon.
    Happy 9th anniversary!

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  209. I’ve started reading Word Wenches posts not long ago (and I must have been led here from Anne Gracie’s Facebook posts) and haven’t missed one since. I also hope to read the other Wenches’ books soon.
    Happy 9th anniversary!

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  210. I’ve started reading Word Wenches posts not long ago (and I must have been led here from Anne Gracie’s Facebook posts) and haven’t missed one since. I also hope to read the other Wenches’ books soon.
    Happy 9th anniversary!

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  211. A number of us don’t regularly attend RWA–it’s a long flight! But there are always several in attendance and we’ll recognize your name. Step up, wave hi in our faces, wake us from our dazed trances!

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  212. A number of us don’t regularly attend RWA–it’s a long flight! But there are always several in attendance and we’ll recognize your name. Step up, wave hi in our faces, wake us from our dazed trances!

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  213. A number of us don’t regularly attend RWA–it’s a long flight! But there are always several in attendance and we’ll recognize your name. Step up, wave hi in our faces, wake us from our dazed trances!

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  214. A number of us don’t regularly attend RWA–it’s a long flight! But there are always several in attendance and we’ll recognize your name. Step up, wave hi in our faces, wake us from our dazed trances!

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  215. A number of us don’t regularly attend RWA–it’s a long flight! But there are always several in attendance and we’ll recognize your name. Step up, wave hi in our faces, wake us from our dazed trances!

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  216. If Nicola weren’t in Africa right now, she’d be happy to recommend a reading list! And you really do need to explore Joanna’s fascinating take on the genre. Knock wood, you’ll be one of our winners!

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  217. If Nicola weren’t in Africa right now, she’d be happy to recommend a reading list! And you really do need to explore Joanna’s fascinating take on the genre. Knock wood, you’ll be one of our winners!

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  218. If Nicola weren’t in Africa right now, she’d be happy to recommend a reading list! And you really do need to explore Joanna’s fascinating take on the genre. Knock wood, you’ll be one of our winners!

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  219. If Nicola weren’t in Africa right now, she’d be happy to recommend a reading list! And you really do need to explore Joanna’s fascinating take on the genre. Knock wood, you’ll be one of our winners!

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  220. If Nicola weren’t in Africa right now, she’d be happy to recommend a reading list! And you really do need to explore Joanna’s fascinating take on the genre. Knock wood, you’ll be one of our winners!

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  221. Thank you, we appreciate that! Sherrie has retired from cat herding these days and Melissa has bravely, if foolishly, stepped up to try her hand. She’s young. She can do it!

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  222. Thank you, we appreciate that! Sherrie has retired from cat herding these days and Melissa has bravely, if foolishly, stepped up to try her hand. She’s young. She can do it!

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  223. Thank you, we appreciate that! Sherrie has retired from cat herding these days and Melissa has bravely, if foolishly, stepped up to try her hand. She’s young. She can do it!

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  224. Thank you, we appreciate that! Sherrie has retired from cat herding these days and Melissa has bravely, if foolishly, stepped up to try her hand. She’s young. She can do it!

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  225. Thank you, we appreciate that! Sherrie has retired from cat herding these days and Melissa has bravely, if foolishly, stepped up to try her hand. She’s young. She can do it!

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