It’s our Wenchiversary!

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By Mary Jo and the rest of the Wenchly Crew

Has it really been thirteen years since we cautiously launched the Word Wenches blog? Indeed yes, and so much has changed in the world, in publishing, and in us. We've lost beloved Wench sisters Edith Layton and Jo Beverley, entered into new genres and new forms of publishing, and we've expanded to having Wenches from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US so we can truly say that the sun never sets on the Wench Empire!

IceCreamWikipedeaHere is the very first Word Wench blog post, also written by me. (I thought I was better at not volunteering!) Here is also a link for the first month of blogs, as we felt our way into this new enterprise and learned how to use the blog site's tools.

And we're still here, musing three times a week on books, history, travel, and other intriguing topics. Blogging is work even if we each only write one about every two weeks. When on deadline, there can be a mad scramble to swap dates, whip off something very quickly, or republish an older post. But we've kept blogging all these years because, basically, we like doing this.

We like connecting with our readers. We like being able to do quick, low stakes riffs on Dianethings that catch our attention. We LOVE telling readers about our new books, or new authors we've discovered.

For our first anniversary, we did a three part series on Getting Naked With the Wenches, and very popular it was! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

 

Now we're more relaxed about our anniversaries. Because this blog has always been about books, readers, history (and sometimes food–ice cream, anyone? <G>), we're celebrating this year's Wenchiversary by each talking about a favorite book we've written. (Not THE favorite, that would be impossible, but A favorite.)

And we're also giving books away to commenters! So read, enjoy, post a comment by midnight Saturday (and we're not fussy about time zones) and maybe win a favorite Wench book!:

Now over to Patricia Rice

As the wenches mused over the miracle of still remaining friends over thirteen marvelous years of blogging together, I thought back over the three dozen books I’ve written during that time. When we first started, I had just published Magic Man, a book I thought ended my journey of magical Malcolms and scientific Ives. Back then, I had editors and market realities forcing me into a narrow niche. One of my first blogs waved a flag of defiance on head-hopping.

My editor wanted more traditional Regencies, and Aidan’s book sat lonely for a Magic in the Stars while the rest of the series went out of print. In order for my Magic Man to sit on shelves with the rest of his brethren, I had the rights to the series returned and re-published the books independently. That decision eventually started me down a whole new path as I realized I could write more Malcolms and Ives without need of New York!

What strikes me most about these last thirteen years is the extraordinary freedom I’ve felt writing my non-traditional books, thanks to the immense amount of support I received from our tag team of wenches. Even though I’ve ventured from imaginary demon worlds through magical families in Regency England to a supernatural town in California, the wenches and our readers have cheered me on. How often does anyone get that kind of caring support? Virtual hugs and kisses to everyone!

Since the Magical Malcolm series is in the hands of a new publisher and no longer in print, I’ll offer an e-copy of my independently published Magic in the Stars, the next in the Malcolm/Ives tradition, to a randomly selected commenter. Hugs to all of you!

Nicola Cornick: 

I can’t believe that we Wenches are now entering our teenage years! I joined up after the blog had been going for a few years, having admired it from afar. It was such a thrill to be invited! As we reach our 13th anniversary I am so grateful for the friendships I HouseOfShadows forged with the group and the readers who support our writing and share their lives with us. It’s a wonderful community!

During the years I’ve blogged with the Wenches I’ve moved from writing historical (mainly Regency) romance, to dual-time novels with (I hope!) strong romantic elements. This was a huge leap for me; I still love historical romance and would like to write it again (never say never!) but I had a hankering to do timeslip for many years and, apart from discovering how difficult it is for a pantser like me to interweave several different timelines, it’s been brilliant fun.

It seems appropriate to offer a copy of my first timeslip book, House of Shadows, to a commenter on the post as the Wenches and readers saw me through the transition with their support and encouragement. Thank you all!

Anne Gracie speaks!

It's not quite 13 years for me — I joined the Wenches in 2008. I was a wenchly reader almost from the very start, though I hardly ever commented — I was worried they'd think I was trying to promote myself.

Perfect RakeThen I met Mary Jo and Pat and Jo Beverley at a couple of small US conferences. It was not long after they'd gone from blogging every day to three days a week and I remember telling them I really missed having a fresh wenchly blog every morning with my coffee. I suspect there was a bit of mental eye-rolling at that point (though not to my face) because obviously I had no idea back then how much work goes into a blog.

I can't imagine blogging every week. I sometimes think of that when I suddenly realize it's my turn to blog. "Already?" I moan. "But I only blogged a few days ago." Nope, it was a fortnight ago. I was delighted when back in 2008 Mary Jo emailed me to do an interview with me, and then, when shortly afterwards she invited me to join the wenches I was thrilled to bits.

At that time there were only two other Australians published in mainstream historical romance in the USA and it wasn't long before I realized that the wenches offered not only a blogging venue, but friendship, support, career wisdom and much more. We "talk" all the time on email, sharing laughs and moans, frustration and celebrations. We toss ideas around, chat, and often those chats lead to something fresh on the blog.

We haven't all met in person, but that doesn't seem to matter — we're still friends. Mary Marry in SecretJo has asked us to talk about a favorite book — and of course, it's impossible to pick a favorite. Our books are a bit like children in that sense. But my first title for Berkley was pretty special for me. I'd written several books for Harlequin, but they had a strict word length and I'd always had to cut between 10,000 and 40,000 words to fit it. I'd written The Perfect Rake and was facing the prospect of cutting 30,000 words, and I just didn't want to. It hadn't been contracted yet, so I contacted an agent who'd offered to represent me, and she sold it to Berkley. The Perfect Rake became a reader favorite, and is often the title readers recommend to people who've never read my books. Because of that, The Perfect Rake is still in print — still in paperback — for which I'm very grateful.

I'll give a book to someone who leaves a comment — either a copy of The Perfect Rake, or an advance reader copy of my new book, Marry In Secret.

Andrea Murder on Black Swan LanePenrose/Cara Elliot:

Are we really 13? Well, as the old adage goes, time flies when you’re having fun! And we do have fun, despite the angst and vicissitudes of a constantly changing publishing world. First of all, having you—our Wenchly world of book lovers and avid readers—makes it a joy to post our musings all the arcane little things that catch our fancy. Whatever we talk about, you always have such interesting comments and stories of you own, which I think is a special part of why we've lasted this long.

The Wenches have changed a bit since the original group formed. I was invited to join in 2009, and I still remember the goose bumps that prickled down my spine when I got the call from Mary Jo. I was incredibly nervous about doing my first post—I researched it for days and laboriously crafted a 2000-words essay (even though Mary Jo had told me to keep it at 1000 max) because I wanted to make sure I met the lofty Wench standards. It was on gunpowder.

Thankfully the other Wenches all tolerated my overkill and it didn’t blow up in my face! I knew from the very start that I was incredibly lucky to be part of this wonderful group—but I didn’t realize how lucky. We’ve all come to be very close friends, despite the fact that we’re literally scattered around the globe and don’t often get to meet face to face. We talk every day on our e-mail loop, sharing highs and lows, helping each other with plotting and Beta reads. In a profession that’s ultimately a very solitary one, having this camaraderie and support is special beyond words.

So . . . a favorite book that I’ve written? That’s pretty impossible. Each one is special in its own way. Writing is such a journey and you learn new things about craft, character and your own writing process with each one. But I’ll highlight two of them. The Defiant Governess was my very first book. It’s a traditional Regency romance and was published by Signet. While I think I’ve become a MUCH better writer since then, it’s still very special to me because it reminds that I dared to buck up my courage, sit down and see if I could write a book.

I stayed in the historical romance genre for many years, and while I loved writing them, I also wanted to explore characters in ways that didn’t quite fit the romance trope. I found I was adding more mystery to my plots, because it allowed me to present different challenges to my protagonists.

So for me, So for me, Murder on Black Swan Lane, the first book of my Wrexford & Sloane Regency mystery series, is also a special book because it allowed me move into a niche that feels “right" for my voice. I still have a strong romantic element is my books, but I feel have more room to develop complex relationships, especially as it’s an ongoing series, where the characters get to grow. I’ll be giving away a copy of Murder on Black Swan Lane to a reader who leaves a comment here

Susan King/Susan Fraser King:

Stonemaiden.NALThirteen years ago I was one of the founding Word Wenches, and the only one of us writing Scottish and medieval then. I was also just beginning the research and writing of my first mainstream historical, Lady Macbeth, set in the 11th century; that, and its sequel Queen Hereafter, took years along a slightly different path than my historical romances. I felt a bit of an odd writing duck in the midst of the accomplished Wenches, masters of the wide range of Regency romance, which I wasn't well versed in myself!

Years later, our Wench roster has changed some, and we've written scores more books between us, including two anthologies published as the Wenches, a first for any author blog (and I’ve even tried my hand a bit at the Regency era). And 13 years later, we're still here! Friendship is the secret to our long life as a group blog, the glue that holds the blog together and has helped all of us to grow and develop as writers and women. The respect and love we have for each other is a gift we hadn't expected from the experience.

And it's not our only secret—we all tend to be laid back and flexible, and none of us sweat StoneMaidenBest the details on the blog if a ball is dropped and goes bouncing away. We do our best and we’re happy with that. We hope you are too. And 13 years into this blogging thing, we're very grateful to our Wenchly readers for sticking with us!

We're each choosing a favorite book to share—and whether it's books, kids, cats, or desserts, it feels a bit disloyal to try to pick a favorite. One of the books that I'll always treasure is The Stone Maiden, set in the 12th century Highlands. Alainna is a gifted stone carver, and a clan chief responsible for her small clan's survival. Sebastien is a Norman knight who arrives with others to claim Scottish land. The Norman infiltration threatens the culture Alainna so desperately works to preserve—so when she must marry Sebastien to protect her clan, she demands that he take her surname.

These two strong and stubborn forces of Nature clash at first–which one will give in first? I especially loved writing their story, loved the fascinating research, the deep dive into Celtic culture, the chance to write strong, passionate characters and find a way to resolve and merge their opposing stories. And I loved the original cover (and the later e-book cover!).

It was icing on the cake when The Stone Maiden was nominated for a RITA award. I also loved that years later, friends used Alainna and Sebastien's wedding vows in their own wedding ceremony. This book holds a special place in my heart. I'd be happy to give a copy of Stone Maiden, or another of my books, to a reader chosen at random who leaves a comment. We hope you enjoy sharing our Wench anniversary reminiscences!

Bellewether us 2Susanna Kearsley:

I’m a pack rat, as anyone who knows me well will tell you, so I’ve printed off and saved the email I received June 24th, three years ago, from Nicola, inviting me to join the Wenches here. Of course I said yes immediately, although admittedly my joy at being asked was tempered by my sadness at the reason why there was an opening. As I said in my first post, back in July, 2016:

“It needs to be said there will never be anyone to fill Jo Beverley’s shoes. She just isn’t replaceable. Although I only met her in person a couple of times, they were times that I’ll remember (and I’ll always pronounce ‘duke’ properly because of her). While I’m honored and thrilled to be joining the Wenchery, I’m not attempting to fill the place left by Jo’s passing, but rather to take the seat next to hers, leaving hers here at the table in case she has need of it."

But oh, what a wonderful three years it’s been. I can’t tell you how much this community means to me—both you, the readers, whose names are now all like the names of good friends to me—and my fellow Wenches, who have cheered me through the daily ups and downs of life and carried me through harder times and been the best support group I have ever had.

I have a few favorites among my novels, but my most recent—Bellewether—was the first one that I wrote and finished as a Word Wench, with the advice and love and help and support of everyone here, and for that reason alone it will always be special to me. So I’m giving away a paperback copy of Bellewether to one random reader who comments below (and I’ll mail it anywhere, internationally).

Thanks for being part of our anniversary celebrations!

 

From Joanna Bourne:

Having no memory to speak of, I had to go back and look at my very first posting on Word Wenches. What momentous topic had I chosen to write about?  This was in the summer of 2010, I’d been invited to join Word Wenches, and I was tickled pink. I’d followed them as a reader for years.

I was a fairly new and untried writer in 2010. I’d completed the third of my Spymaster BeautyLikeThe Nightbooks at that point, The Forbidden Rose. It was just settling down on bookstore shelves, tucking its edges in neatly.

Three data points is enough to define a plane figure but three books is not so much a career as a writer. I was a very uncertain puppy in those early months.

My first post was about Walking Sticks and Canes. I began:

“Howdy.  Brand new Wench Joanna here. I'm just right this minute finding a desk in a quiet corner of the library, laying out my quills, all freshly trimmed, and unstoppering the inkwell.  This is my first posting.”

The rest is history. At least, I mostly posted about history.  Why canes? My Spymaster series regular Adrian Hawker carries one and hits folks over the head from time to time.

Being a Word Wench has brought me great joy. I go to the Wenches for good advice. Good times. Friendship. Comfort in adversity. Sympathetic ears to listen to me nattering on about the annoyances of life.

My favorite book? Oh, dear. I’m afraid the Work in Progress tends to be my favorite. My mind is so full of it. If not that one, then whatever I’ve finished most recently. That’s Beauty Like the Night. It’s my Next Generation book, the last and latest in the series. A chance to look in and see how my folks are doing when we leave their stories behind.

So I’m giving away a print copy of Beauty Like the Night to a random commenter below. (Or really, I’ll zip off any of my other books you’d like, including my 1963 Regency Her Ladyship’s Companion or the two Word Wench collections.) Has to be US addresses for me, though.

Mary Jo Putney here:

We haven't totaled up the number of books Wenches has published since this blog was established, though it has to be quite a few! But I want to talk about the second Word Wench Christmas anthology, The Last Chance Christmas Ball. For our first anthology, Mischief and Mistletoe,we had a couple of general guidelines: an unruly wench heroine, an inn, and I think that was about it.

BLastChanceXmasBall.FromAnneut for The Last Chance Christmas Ball, our editor, Alicia Condon of Kensington, suggested that we might all write stories around a single event, like a holiday ball. We all thought that was a fine idea, which it was, but I don't think any of us recognized how much work it would be to have characters from different stories interacting!

We spent quite a bit of time creating our setting. Susan wanted it to be close to Scotland, so we went to far northeastern England. Pat wanted a town so we created a town rather than a mere village.

I needed it to be the Christmas of 1815 for my Waterloo veteran, and it turns out that a couple other of our heroes were veterans of that battle. I also wanted a tower so my wounded soldier could hide away from everyone. Presto! Our house acquired a tower. <G>

We came up with a general floor plan and created a family to live in the house. In order to keep all the details straight, Jo Beverley created an online wiki so we could record things like servants' names and rooms and household customs. We also needed a timeline for a number of the characters: what time did the husband of the daughter of the house arrive? And much, much more!

Then we were off to spin our tales! Looking at the stories that make up the anthology, I was amused by how much we all wrote what we always write. <G> Our hardwired interests and themes fueled our creative fires. Susan writes Scotland, and her snowbound characters never even made it to the ball–but they had a lot of fun discovering each other!

Jo Bourne writes novels about crafty English and French spies, and her story featured two crafty spies of English and Swiss origin. Anne Gracie and Pat Rice often include children in their stories and yes! Children! Bonus points for Anne who spent many years at a teacher for having her heroine heading off to teach.

The family had two sons and a daughter, and Andrea, Nicola and I wrote stories for each Mischief and Mistletoeof them. Andrea and I probably did the most work because our brothers' stories were rather intertwined. The only person who worked harder that we did was our editor, who had to fit the pieces together and tell us when something had to be changed.

Yes, it was a lot of work, but I love the results and the anthology is a tribute to our Wenchly community. Therefore, I will give away a copy of The Last Chance Christmas Ball to one person who comments between now and Saturday night. This offer is good worldwide.

So celebrate with the Wenches and maybe win book!  Because aren't we all about The Book?

Mary Jo

 

895 thoughts on “It’s our Wenchiversary!”

  1. Fascinating read. I still remember meeting you at the RWA literacy signing in 2014, sure wish they’d come back. I’m also regretting not walking up and down every row so I could find and meet other authors I knew even if I couldn’t buy a book from them.
    I should have done as Grace Burrowes suggested, take a plain tote bag along with a pen that would write on it and at least getting autographs from authors.

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  2. Fascinating read. I still remember meeting you at the RWA literacy signing in 2014, sure wish they’d come back. I’m also regretting not walking up and down every row so I could find and meet other authors I knew even if I couldn’t buy a book from them.
    I should have done as Grace Burrowes suggested, take a plain tote bag along with a pen that would write on it and at least getting autographs from authors.

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  3. Fascinating read. I still remember meeting you at the RWA literacy signing in 2014, sure wish they’d come back. I’m also regretting not walking up and down every row so I could find and meet other authors I knew even if I couldn’t buy a book from them.
    I should have done as Grace Burrowes suggested, take a plain tote bag along with a pen that would write on it and at least getting autographs from authors.

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  4. Fascinating read. I still remember meeting you at the RWA literacy signing in 2014, sure wish they’d come back. I’m also regretting not walking up and down every row so I could find and meet other authors I knew even if I couldn’t buy a book from them.
    I should have done as Grace Burrowes suggested, take a plain tote bag along with a pen that would write on it and at least getting autographs from authors.

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  5. Fascinating read. I still remember meeting you at the RWA literacy signing in 2014, sure wish they’d come back. I’m also regretting not walking up and down every row so I could find and meet other authors I knew even if I couldn’t buy a book from them.
    I should have done as Grace Burrowes suggested, take a plain tote bag along with a pen that would write on it and at least getting autographs from authors.

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  6. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! I have thoroughly enjoyed these blogs. As an aspiring author, I love hearing about your processes, research, and the awesome trips and vacations you all take, separately and together. You all entertain and inspire me and I’ll be forever grateful that Mary Jo introduced me to you. Best wishes for many more happy, productive years!

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  7. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! I have thoroughly enjoyed these blogs. As an aspiring author, I love hearing about your processes, research, and the awesome trips and vacations you all take, separately and together. You all entertain and inspire me and I’ll be forever grateful that Mary Jo introduced me to you. Best wishes for many more happy, productive years!

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  8. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! I have thoroughly enjoyed these blogs. As an aspiring author, I love hearing about your processes, research, and the awesome trips and vacations you all take, separately and together. You all entertain and inspire me and I’ll be forever grateful that Mary Jo introduced me to you. Best wishes for many more happy, productive years!

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  9. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! I have thoroughly enjoyed these blogs. As an aspiring author, I love hearing about your processes, research, and the awesome trips and vacations you all take, separately and together. You all entertain and inspire me and I’ll be forever grateful that Mary Jo introduced me to you. Best wishes for many more happy, productive years!

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  10. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! I have thoroughly enjoyed these blogs. As an aspiring author, I love hearing about your processes, research, and the awesome trips and vacations you all take, separately and together. You all entertain and inspire me and I’ll be forever grateful that Mary Jo introduced me to you. Best wishes for many more happy, productive years!

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  11. Happy 13th, ladies 🙂
    I’ve been a reader since you began the blog, I think; it’s something I look at almost every day. You have all made the writing and publishing process as compelling as the books you write.
    Many more anniversaries to come, I hope!

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  12. Happy 13th, ladies 🙂
    I’ve been a reader since you began the blog, I think; it’s something I look at almost every day. You have all made the writing and publishing process as compelling as the books you write.
    Many more anniversaries to come, I hope!

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  13. Happy 13th, ladies 🙂
    I’ve been a reader since you began the blog, I think; it’s something I look at almost every day. You have all made the writing and publishing process as compelling as the books you write.
    Many more anniversaries to come, I hope!

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  14. Happy 13th, ladies 🙂
    I’ve been a reader since you began the blog, I think; it’s something I look at almost every day. You have all made the writing and publishing process as compelling as the books you write.
    Many more anniversaries to come, I hope!

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  15. Happy 13th, ladies 🙂
    I’ve been a reader since you began the blog, I think; it’s something I look at almost every day. You have all made the writing and publishing process as compelling as the books you write.
    Many more anniversaries to come, I hope!

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  16. Happy anniversary!
    I wasn’t aware of your blog at first, but have read it regularly since I did learn of it. I have many saved to re read

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  17. Happy anniversary!
    I wasn’t aware of your blog at first, but have read it regularly since I did learn of it. I have many saved to re read

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  18. Happy anniversary!
    I wasn’t aware of your blog at first, but have read it regularly since I did learn of it. I have many saved to re read

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  19. Happy anniversary!
    I wasn’t aware of your blog at first, but have read it regularly since I did learn of it. I have many saved to re read

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  20. Happy anniversary!
    I wasn’t aware of your blog at first, but have read it regularly since I did learn of it. I have many saved to re read

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  21. I always love the research they describe and the historical tidbits I gain with each blog! And I enjoy those books which have intertwining character plots by different authors. Not only love and enjoy, but applaud the work done by them. It is truly a work of art. Well done ladies!

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  22. I always love the research they describe and the historical tidbits I gain with each blog! And I enjoy those books which have intertwining character plots by different authors. Not only love and enjoy, but applaud the work done by them. It is truly a work of art. Well done ladies!

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  23. I always love the research they describe and the historical tidbits I gain with each blog! And I enjoy those books which have intertwining character plots by different authors. Not only love and enjoy, but applaud the work done by them. It is truly a work of art. Well done ladies!

    Reply
  24. I always love the research they describe and the historical tidbits I gain with each blog! And I enjoy those books which have intertwining character plots by different authors. Not only love and enjoy, but applaud the work done by them. It is truly a work of art. Well done ladies!

    Reply
  25. I always love the research they describe and the historical tidbits I gain with each blog! And I enjoy those books which have intertwining character plots by different authors. Not only love and enjoy, but applaud the work done by them. It is truly a work of art. Well done ladies!

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  26. Woohoo happy anniversary Ladies, I must confess to visiting the blog a lot but not posting, and have read some of your books but not all.
    Way to go Ladies
    have Fun
    Helen

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  27. Woohoo happy anniversary Ladies, I must confess to visiting the blog a lot but not posting, and have read some of your books but not all.
    Way to go Ladies
    have Fun
    Helen

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  28. Woohoo happy anniversary Ladies, I must confess to visiting the blog a lot but not posting, and have read some of your books but not all.
    Way to go Ladies
    have Fun
    Helen

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  29. Woohoo happy anniversary Ladies, I must confess to visiting the blog a lot but not posting, and have read some of your books but not all.
    Way to go Ladies
    have Fun
    Helen

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  30. Woohoo happy anniversary Ladies, I must confess to visiting the blog a lot but not posting, and have read some of your books but not all.
    Way to go Ladies
    have Fun
    Helen

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  31. Congrats Ladies! I started reading this blog 2 or 3 years ago. You always have so many interesting topics. And you all have such different points of view.
    Love it!

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  32. Congrats Ladies! I started reading this blog 2 or 3 years ago. You always have so many interesting topics. And you all have such different points of view.
    Love it!

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  33. Congrats Ladies! I started reading this blog 2 or 3 years ago. You always have so many interesting topics. And you all have such different points of view.
    Love it!

    Reply
  34. Congrats Ladies! I started reading this blog 2 or 3 years ago. You always have so many interesting topics. And you all have such different points of view.
    Love it!

    Reply
  35. Congrats Ladies! I started reading this blog 2 or 3 years ago. You always have so many interesting topics. And you all have such different points of view.
    Love it!

    Reply
  36. Happy Anniversary to my favorite Wenches! I discovered your blog via Mary Jo. I have been an big fan of Jo Beverley and cried when I read she had passed away after read the beautiful post all of you wrote in her memory. I truly enjoy learning how you research your books and the amazing places you travel for research. Thank you for all the work you put into writing this blog and for your books!

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  37. Happy Anniversary to my favorite Wenches! I discovered your blog via Mary Jo. I have been an big fan of Jo Beverley and cried when I read she had passed away after read the beautiful post all of you wrote in her memory. I truly enjoy learning how you research your books and the amazing places you travel for research. Thank you for all the work you put into writing this blog and for your books!

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  38. Happy Anniversary to my favorite Wenches! I discovered your blog via Mary Jo. I have been an big fan of Jo Beverley and cried when I read she had passed away after read the beautiful post all of you wrote in her memory. I truly enjoy learning how you research your books and the amazing places you travel for research. Thank you for all the work you put into writing this blog and for your books!

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  39. Happy Anniversary to my favorite Wenches! I discovered your blog via Mary Jo. I have been an big fan of Jo Beverley and cried when I read she had passed away after read the beautiful post all of you wrote in her memory. I truly enjoy learning how you research your books and the amazing places you travel for research. Thank you for all the work you put into writing this blog and for your books!

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  40. Happy Anniversary to my favorite Wenches! I discovered your blog via Mary Jo. I have been an big fan of Jo Beverley and cried when I read she had passed away after read the beautiful post all of you wrote in her memory. I truly enjoy learning how you research your books and the amazing places you travel for research. Thank you for all the work you put into writing this blog and for your books!

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  41. Congrats to the most wonderful lady writers. It is such a pleasure to read these blogs and get an insight into the lives of authors. I am definitely not a writer but a long time reader to the point that some books I devour like my last meal! I really appreciate all your hard work and will be waiting for more! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

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  42. Congrats to the most wonderful lady writers. It is such a pleasure to read these blogs and get an insight into the lives of authors. I am definitely not a writer but a long time reader to the point that some books I devour like my last meal! I really appreciate all your hard work and will be waiting for more! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

    Reply
  43. Congrats to the most wonderful lady writers. It is such a pleasure to read these blogs and get an insight into the lives of authors. I am definitely not a writer but a long time reader to the point that some books I devour like my last meal! I really appreciate all your hard work and will be waiting for more! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

    Reply
  44. Congrats to the most wonderful lady writers. It is such a pleasure to read these blogs and get an insight into the lives of authors. I am definitely not a writer but a long time reader to the point that some books I devour like my last meal! I really appreciate all your hard work and will be waiting for more! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

    Reply
  45. Congrats to the most wonderful lady writers. It is such a pleasure to read these blogs and get an insight into the lives of authors. I am definitely not a writer but a long time reader to the point that some books I devour like my last meal! I really appreciate all your hard work and will be waiting for more! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

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  46. Happy Wenchiversary, Ladies!
    I don’t know how long I’ve been commenting. I think since Anne first started blogging with you, or close to that. It felt like I’d lost friends in the passing of Edith and Jo, like I’ve been a part of all of your lives because all of the writing is so personal and welcoming. I still read every blog though I haven’t always commented of late. But I’m still here, reading, and reading all of the books as well! 🙂
    You have a lovely camaraderie and I wish you many, many more posts and publishes and all the best.

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  47. Happy Wenchiversary, Ladies!
    I don’t know how long I’ve been commenting. I think since Anne first started blogging with you, or close to that. It felt like I’d lost friends in the passing of Edith and Jo, like I’ve been a part of all of your lives because all of the writing is so personal and welcoming. I still read every blog though I haven’t always commented of late. But I’m still here, reading, and reading all of the books as well! 🙂
    You have a lovely camaraderie and I wish you many, many more posts and publishes and all the best.

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  48. Happy Wenchiversary, Ladies!
    I don’t know how long I’ve been commenting. I think since Anne first started blogging with you, or close to that. It felt like I’d lost friends in the passing of Edith and Jo, like I’ve been a part of all of your lives because all of the writing is so personal and welcoming. I still read every blog though I haven’t always commented of late. But I’m still here, reading, and reading all of the books as well! 🙂
    You have a lovely camaraderie and I wish you many, many more posts and publishes and all the best.

    Reply
  49. Happy Wenchiversary, Ladies!
    I don’t know how long I’ve been commenting. I think since Anne first started blogging with you, or close to that. It felt like I’d lost friends in the passing of Edith and Jo, like I’ve been a part of all of your lives because all of the writing is so personal and welcoming. I still read every blog though I haven’t always commented of late. But I’m still here, reading, and reading all of the books as well! 🙂
    You have a lovely camaraderie and I wish you many, many more posts and publishes and all the best.

    Reply
  50. Happy Wenchiversary, Ladies!
    I don’t know how long I’ve been commenting. I think since Anne first started blogging with you, or close to that. It felt like I’d lost friends in the passing of Edith and Jo, like I’ve been a part of all of your lives because all of the writing is so personal and welcoming. I still read every blog though I haven’t always commented of late. But I’m still here, reading, and reading all of the books as well! 🙂
    You have a lovely camaraderie and I wish you many, many more posts and publishes and all the best.

    Reply
  51. Happy Anniversary, Word Wenches. I’ve been following you since the beginning and so enjoy every post. Long may you reign.

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  52. Happy Anniversary, Word Wenches. I’ve been following you since the beginning and so enjoy every post. Long may you reign.

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  53. Happy Anniversary, Word Wenches. I’ve been following you since the beginning and so enjoy every post. Long may you reign.

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  54. Happy Anniversary, Word Wenches. I’ve been following you since the beginning and so enjoy every post. Long may you reign.

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  55. Happy Anniversary, Word Wenches. I’ve been following you since the beginning and so enjoy every post. Long may you reign.

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  56. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches! Today is my anniversary. 49 years of marriage. I read your captivating blogs and your wonderful books which give me great enjoyment. Many more happy years and celebrations.

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  57. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches! Today is my anniversary. 49 years of marriage. I read your captivating blogs and your wonderful books which give me great enjoyment. Many more happy years and celebrations.

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  58. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches! Today is my anniversary. 49 years of marriage. I read your captivating blogs and your wonderful books which give me great enjoyment. Many more happy years and celebrations.

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  59. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches! Today is my anniversary. 49 years of marriage. I read your captivating blogs and your wonderful books which give me great enjoyment. Many more happy years and celebrations.

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  60. Happy Anniversary Word Wenches! Today is my anniversary. 49 years of marriage. I read your captivating blogs and your wonderful books which give me great enjoyment. Many more happy years and celebrations.

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  61. I tend to forget little details like “three times a week,” which means I am ALWAYS delighted when I see a WordWenches email in my box–in the “primary” category, of course!! I’ve read and enjoyed so many of your books, but I also appreciate the sense of community I feel when I read your posts AND all the comments. Your monthly recap of what you’ve been reading has led me to so many wonderful finds, and again, the input from your regular readers only adds to the pleasure. Thank you so much for making time for this endeavor and for sharing so much of yourselves.

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  62. I tend to forget little details like “three times a week,” which means I am ALWAYS delighted when I see a WordWenches email in my box–in the “primary” category, of course!! I’ve read and enjoyed so many of your books, but I also appreciate the sense of community I feel when I read your posts AND all the comments. Your monthly recap of what you’ve been reading has led me to so many wonderful finds, and again, the input from your regular readers only adds to the pleasure. Thank you so much for making time for this endeavor and for sharing so much of yourselves.

    Reply
  63. I tend to forget little details like “three times a week,” which means I am ALWAYS delighted when I see a WordWenches email in my box–in the “primary” category, of course!! I’ve read and enjoyed so many of your books, but I also appreciate the sense of community I feel when I read your posts AND all the comments. Your monthly recap of what you’ve been reading has led me to so many wonderful finds, and again, the input from your regular readers only adds to the pleasure. Thank you so much for making time for this endeavor and for sharing so much of yourselves.

    Reply
  64. I tend to forget little details like “three times a week,” which means I am ALWAYS delighted when I see a WordWenches email in my box–in the “primary” category, of course!! I’ve read and enjoyed so many of your books, but I also appreciate the sense of community I feel when I read your posts AND all the comments. Your monthly recap of what you’ve been reading has led me to so many wonderful finds, and again, the input from your regular readers only adds to the pleasure. Thank you so much for making time for this endeavor and for sharing so much of yourselves.

    Reply
  65. I tend to forget little details like “three times a week,” which means I am ALWAYS delighted when I see a WordWenches email in my box–in the “primary” category, of course!! I’ve read and enjoyed so many of your books, but I also appreciate the sense of community I feel when I read your posts AND all the comments. Your monthly recap of what you’ve been reading has led me to so many wonderful finds, and again, the input from your regular readers only adds to the pleasure. Thank you so much for making time for this endeavor and for sharing so much of yourselves.

    Reply
  66. Congratulations and best wishes on this beautiful anniversary. Your posts are fascinating, your novels unforgettable and I am glad that I found your site. Enjoy your special day.

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  67. Congratulations and best wishes on this beautiful anniversary. Your posts are fascinating, your novels unforgettable and I am glad that I found your site. Enjoy your special day.

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  68. Congratulations and best wishes on this beautiful anniversary. Your posts are fascinating, your novels unforgettable and I am glad that I found your site. Enjoy your special day.

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  69. Congratulations and best wishes on this beautiful anniversary. Your posts are fascinating, your novels unforgettable and I am glad that I found your site. Enjoy your special day.

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  70. Congratulations and best wishes on this beautiful anniversary. Your posts are fascinating, your novels unforgettable and I am glad that I found your site. Enjoy your special day.

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  71. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for your enjoyable and very interesting features. Your books have given me great pleasure over the years. I am so glad that I found you so that I can benefit from your talent and creativity. Books give me solace and your especially so.

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  72. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for your enjoyable and very interesting features. Your books have given me great pleasure over the years. I am so glad that I found you so that I can benefit from your talent and creativity. Books give me solace and your especially so.

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  73. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for your enjoyable and very interesting features. Your books have given me great pleasure over the years. I am so glad that I found you so that I can benefit from your talent and creativity. Books give me solace and your especially so.

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  74. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for your enjoyable and very interesting features. Your books have given me great pleasure over the years. I am so glad that I found you so that I can benefit from your talent and creativity. Books give me solace and your especially so.

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  75. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for your enjoyable and very interesting features. Your books have given me great pleasure over the years. I am so glad that I found you so that I can benefit from your talent and creativity. Books give me solace and your especially so.

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  76. Happy Anniversary! I have enjoyed your books and your blog through the years. something of interest popped my my dear,a much missed, friend Janga would tap me. Cheers!

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  77. Happy Anniversary! I have enjoyed your books and your blog through the years. something of interest popped my my dear,a much missed, friend Janga would tap me. Cheers!

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  78. Happy Anniversary! I have enjoyed your books and your blog through the years. something of interest popped my my dear,a much missed, friend Janga would tap me. Cheers!

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  79. Happy Anniversary! I have enjoyed your books and your blog through the years. something of interest popped my my dear,a much missed, friend Janga would tap me. Cheers!

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  80. Happy Anniversary! I have enjoyed your books and your blog through the years. something of interest popped my my dear,a much missed, friend Janga would tap me. Cheers!

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  81. Happy Wenchiversary! I came upon the blog as I was researching a young Georgian Lord’s life before he enters the military. With were he read Law at his father’s insistence, but he was not enthused by it. Also, it seemed likely that after the military he’d manage his father’s estate and horse farm. His talent for mathematics and observational sciences, love of children, and sense of justice are all mine, but refined by reading THE BLOG (Including all the ideas I have gathered for his sister and brother’s stories!) When I came to the blog as a fan of Mary Jo’s. Since then, I’ve read Andrea’s Wexford and Sloane series and I’ve recently started reading Ann’s regencies. I look forward to more fun and informative musings and reading more WenchWorks.

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  82. Happy Wenchiversary! I came upon the blog as I was researching a young Georgian Lord’s life before he enters the military. With were he read Law at his father’s insistence, but he was not enthused by it. Also, it seemed likely that after the military he’d manage his father’s estate and horse farm. His talent for mathematics and observational sciences, love of children, and sense of justice are all mine, but refined by reading THE BLOG (Including all the ideas I have gathered for his sister and brother’s stories!) When I came to the blog as a fan of Mary Jo’s. Since then, I’ve read Andrea’s Wexford and Sloane series and I’ve recently started reading Ann’s regencies. I look forward to more fun and informative musings and reading more WenchWorks.

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  83. Happy Wenchiversary! I came upon the blog as I was researching a young Georgian Lord’s life before he enters the military. With were he read Law at his father’s insistence, but he was not enthused by it. Also, it seemed likely that after the military he’d manage his father’s estate and horse farm. His talent for mathematics and observational sciences, love of children, and sense of justice are all mine, but refined by reading THE BLOG (Including all the ideas I have gathered for his sister and brother’s stories!) When I came to the blog as a fan of Mary Jo’s. Since then, I’ve read Andrea’s Wexford and Sloane series and I’ve recently started reading Ann’s regencies. I look forward to more fun and informative musings and reading more WenchWorks.

    Reply
  84. Happy Wenchiversary! I came upon the blog as I was researching a young Georgian Lord’s life before he enters the military. With were he read Law at his father’s insistence, but he was not enthused by it. Also, it seemed likely that after the military he’d manage his father’s estate and horse farm. His talent for mathematics and observational sciences, love of children, and sense of justice are all mine, but refined by reading THE BLOG (Including all the ideas I have gathered for his sister and brother’s stories!) When I came to the blog as a fan of Mary Jo’s. Since then, I’ve read Andrea’s Wexford and Sloane series and I’ve recently started reading Ann’s regencies. I look forward to more fun and informative musings and reading more WenchWorks.

    Reply
  85. Happy Wenchiversary! I came upon the blog as I was researching a young Georgian Lord’s life before he enters the military. With were he read Law at his father’s insistence, but he was not enthused by it. Also, it seemed likely that after the military he’d manage his father’s estate and horse farm. His talent for mathematics and observational sciences, love of children, and sense of justice are all mine, but refined by reading THE BLOG (Including all the ideas I have gathered for his sister and brother’s stories!) When I came to the blog as a fan of Mary Jo’s. Since then, I’ve read Andrea’s Wexford and Sloane series and I’ve recently started reading Ann’s regencies. I look forward to more fun and informative musings and reading more WenchWorks.

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  86. It is amazing to have lasted 13 years through sickness and health; death has parted some. I’ve been reading since I first learned of the blog (not sure how long), and have enjoyed all the stories and the wench-recommended writers. Thank you so much for expanding my borders! May the blessings continue!

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  87. It is amazing to have lasted 13 years through sickness and health; death has parted some. I’ve been reading since I first learned of the blog (not sure how long), and have enjoyed all the stories and the wench-recommended writers. Thank you so much for expanding my borders! May the blessings continue!

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  88. It is amazing to have lasted 13 years through sickness and health; death has parted some. I’ve been reading since I first learned of the blog (not sure how long), and have enjoyed all the stories and the wench-recommended writers. Thank you so much for expanding my borders! May the blessings continue!

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  89. It is amazing to have lasted 13 years through sickness and health; death has parted some. I’ve been reading since I first learned of the blog (not sure how long), and have enjoyed all the stories and the wench-recommended writers. Thank you so much for expanding my borders! May the blessings continue!

    Reply
  90. It is amazing to have lasted 13 years through sickness and health; death has parted some. I’ve been reading since I first learned of the blog (not sure how long), and have enjoyed all the stories and the wench-recommended writers. Thank you so much for expanding my borders! May the blessings continue!

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  91. Those signings were so enormous you probably wouldn’t have made it around the room! But it was always so much fun meeting the authors of the books I love PLUS meeting my own readers. Fond memories, thank you!

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  92. Those signings were so enormous you probably wouldn’t have made it around the room! But it was always so much fun meeting the authors of the books I love PLUS meeting my own readers. Fond memories, thank you!

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  93. Those signings were so enormous you probably wouldn’t have made it around the room! But it was always so much fun meeting the authors of the books I love PLUS meeting my own readers. Fond memories, thank you!

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  94. Those signings were so enormous you probably wouldn’t have made it around the room! But it was always so much fun meeting the authors of the books I love PLUS meeting my own readers. Fond memories, thank you!

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  95. Those signings were so enormous you probably wouldn’t have made it around the room! But it was always so much fun meeting the authors of the books I love PLUS meeting my own readers. Fond memories, thank you!

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  96. Happy Anniversary! I found this blog because I loved books by Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley. To my ever lasting delight I “discovered” new authors who have joined my “must read” list. I thank each of you for hours of fun, enjoyable, thought provoking reading. Knowing you are out there is a guarantee I will never be caught alone without something fascinating to read. Congratulations!

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  97. Happy Anniversary! I found this blog because I loved books by Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley. To my ever lasting delight I “discovered” new authors who have joined my “must read” list. I thank each of you for hours of fun, enjoyable, thought provoking reading. Knowing you are out there is a guarantee I will never be caught alone without something fascinating to read. Congratulations!

    Reply
  98. Happy Anniversary! I found this blog because I loved books by Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley. To my ever lasting delight I “discovered” new authors who have joined my “must read” list. I thank each of you for hours of fun, enjoyable, thought provoking reading. Knowing you are out there is a guarantee I will never be caught alone without something fascinating to read. Congratulations!

    Reply
  99. Happy Anniversary! I found this blog because I loved books by Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley. To my ever lasting delight I “discovered” new authors who have joined my “must read” list. I thank each of you for hours of fun, enjoyable, thought provoking reading. Knowing you are out there is a guarantee I will never be caught alone without something fascinating to read. Congratulations!

    Reply
  100. Happy Anniversary! I found this blog because I loved books by Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley. To my ever lasting delight I “discovered” new authors who have joined my “must read” list. I thank each of you for hours of fun, enjoyable, thought provoking reading. Knowing you are out there is a guarantee I will never be caught alone without something fascinating to read. Congratulations!

    Reply
  101. Your Blog is a highlight of my day, three days a week. It lets me ride the coattails of my favorite authors and feel like I’m part of the group. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, journeys and lives with us for the past 13 years. I look forward to many more books and blogs!

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  102. Your Blog is a highlight of my day, three days a week. It lets me ride the coattails of my favorite authors and feel like I’m part of the group. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, journeys and lives with us for the past 13 years. I look forward to many more books and blogs!

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  103. Your Blog is a highlight of my day, three days a week. It lets me ride the coattails of my favorite authors and feel like I’m part of the group. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, journeys and lives with us for the past 13 years. I look forward to many more books and blogs!

    Reply
  104. Your Blog is a highlight of my day, three days a week. It lets me ride the coattails of my favorite authors and feel like I’m part of the group. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, journeys and lives with us for the past 13 years. I look forward to many more books and blogs!

    Reply
  105. Your Blog is a highlight of my day, three days a week. It lets me ride the coattails of my favorite authors and feel like I’m part of the group. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, journeys and lives with us for the past 13 years. I look forward to many more books and blogs!

    Reply
  106. Happy anniversary, ladies and wishing you many more to come. My introduction to this blog was via Susanna. Really love the cheerful and inspiring articles and thank you so much.

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  107. Happy anniversary, ladies and wishing you many more to come. My introduction to this blog was via Susanna. Really love the cheerful and inspiring articles and thank you so much.

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  108. Happy anniversary, ladies and wishing you many more to come. My introduction to this blog was via Susanna. Really love the cheerful and inspiring articles and thank you so much.

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  109. Happy anniversary, ladies and wishing you many more to come. My introduction to this blog was via Susanna. Really love the cheerful and inspiring articles and thank you so much.

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  110. Happy anniversary, ladies and wishing you many more to come. My introduction to this blog was via Susanna. Really love the cheerful and inspiring articles and thank you so much.

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  111. When someone grows up in Texas, but was not born here, they say “I may not have been born here, but I got here as soon as I could.”
    This blog is like that for me. I have not known y’all for 13 years, but I have been here for awhile. And I have learned a great deal about each of you, about fellow readers and about books I have loved.
    Ms Rice, I met you through the Malcolms and Ives families. You had me right off the bat. Ms Gracie, I loved your seasonal brides and their stories. In other words, you get the picture.
    I have met each of you on the blog and most of you through your books and it has been a lovely journey.
    I have enjoyed the humor and wit in each of you and your stories. I have quite a few of your books on my Kindle. And some on the shelves upstairs to read shortly.
    I think one of the reasons y’all are still going strong, you include the readers in your discussions. And it is easy to see, you are friends with one another.
    Thanks.

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  112. When someone grows up in Texas, but was not born here, they say “I may not have been born here, but I got here as soon as I could.”
    This blog is like that for me. I have not known y’all for 13 years, but I have been here for awhile. And I have learned a great deal about each of you, about fellow readers and about books I have loved.
    Ms Rice, I met you through the Malcolms and Ives families. You had me right off the bat. Ms Gracie, I loved your seasonal brides and their stories. In other words, you get the picture.
    I have met each of you on the blog and most of you through your books and it has been a lovely journey.
    I have enjoyed the humor and wit in each of you and your stories. I have quite a few of your books on my Kindle. And some on the shelves upstairs to read shortly.
    I think one of the reasons y’all are still going strong, you include the readers in your discussions. And it is easy to see, you are friends with one another.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  113. When someone grows up in Texas, but was not born here, they say “I may not have been born here, but I got here as soon as I could.”
    This blog is like that for me. I have not known y’all for 13 years, but I have been here for awhile. And I have learned a great deal about each of you, about fellow readers and about books I have loved.
    Ms Rice, I met you through the Malcolms and Ives families. You had me right off the bat. Ms Gracie, I loved your seasonal brides and their stories. In other words, you get the picture.
    I have met each of you on the blog and most of you through your books and it has been a lovely journey.
    I have enjoyed the humor and wit in each of you and your stories. I have quite a few of your books on my Kindle. And some on the shelves upstairs to read shortly.
    I think one of the reasons y’all are still going strong, you include the readers in your discussions. And it is easy to see, you are friends with one another.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  114. When someone grows up in Texas, but was not born here, they say “I may not have been born here, but I got here as soon as I could.”
    This blog is like that for me. I have not known y’all for 13 years, but I have been here for awhile. And I have learned a great deal about each of you, about fellow readers and about books I have loved.
    Ms Rice, I met you through the Malcolms and Ives families. You had me right off the bat. Ms Gracie, I loved your seasonal brides and their stories. In other words, you get the picture.
    I have met each of you on the blog and most of you through your books and it has been a lovely journey.
    I have enjoyed the humor and wit in each of you and your stories. I have quite a few of your books on my Kindle. And some on the shelves upstairs to read shortly.
    I think one of the reasons y’all are still going strong, you include the readers in your discussions. And it is easy to see, you are friends with one another.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  115. When someone grows up in Texas, but was not born here, they say “I may not have been born here, but I got here as soon as I could.”
    This blog is like that for me. I have not known y’all for 13 years, but I have been here for awhile. And I have learned a great deal about each of you, about fellow readers and about books I have loved.
    Ms Rice, I met you through the Malcolms and Ives families. You had me right off the bat. Ms Gracie, I loved your seasonal brides and their stories. In other words, you get the picture.
    I have met each of you on the blog and most of you through your books and it has been a lovely journey.
    I have enjoyed the humor and wit in each of you and your stories. I have quite a few of your books on my Kindle. And some on the shelves upstairs to read shortly.
    I think one of the reasons y’all are still going strong, you include the readers in your discussions. And it is easy to see, you are friends with one another.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  116. I’m so glad you’re finding new authors through us. We all know how difficult it is to find good books these days, so we try hard to open a dialogue for everyone to jump in!

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  117. I’m so glad you’re finding new authors through us. We all know how difficult it is to find good books these days, so we try hard to open a dialogue for everyone to jump in!

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  118. I’m so glad you’re finding new authors through us. We all know how difficult it is to find good books these days, so we try hard to open a dialogue for everyone to jump in!

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  119. I’m so glad you’re finding new authors through us. We all know how difficult it is to find good books these days, so we try hard to open a dialogue for everyone to jump in!

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  120. I’m so glad you’re finding new authors through us. We all know how difficult it is to find good books these days, so we try hard to open a dialogue for everyone to jump in!

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  121. I found this blog only a year or so ago, but I have learned so much about so many things and also found several new authors. Thank you! and a toast to many more years.

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  122. I found this blog only a year or so ago, but I have learned so much about so many things and also found several new authors. Thank you! and a toast to many more years.

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  123. I found this blog only a year or so ago, but I have learned so much about so many things and also found several new authors. Thank you! and a toast to many more years.

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  124. I found this blog only a year or so ago, but I have learned so much about so many things and also found several new authors. Thank you! and a toast to many more years.

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  125. I found this blog only a year or so ago, but I have learned so much about so many things and also found several new authors. Thank you! and a toast to many more years.

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  126. Happy Wenchiversary!! I’m so happy to be a part of this group. Great blogs, pictures and stories are plentiful. What we’re reading is always the best. I have to say I love the anthologies Mischief & Mistletoe and Last Chance. I have a number of other anthologies Jo Beverley was a part of. Keepers of course. I’m so glad she lives on through all of you here.

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  127. Happy Wenchiversary!! I’m so happy to be a part of this group. Great blogs, pictures and stories are plentiful. What we’re reading is always the best. I have to say I love the anthologies Mischief & Mistletoe and Last Chance. I have a number of other anthologies Jo Beverley was a part of. Keepers of course. I’m so glad she lives on through all of you here.

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  128. Happy Wenchiversary!! I’m so happy to be a part of this group. Great blogs, pictures and stories are plentiful. What we’re reading is always the best. I have to say I love the anthologies Mischief & Mistletoe and Last Chance. I have a number of other anthologies Jo Beverley was a part of. Keepers of course. I’m so glad she lives on through all of you here.

    Reply
  129. Happy Wenchiversary!! I’m so happy to be a part of this group. Great blogs, pictures and stories are plentiful. What we’re reading is always the best. I have to say I love the anthologies Mischief & Mistletoe and Last Chance. I have a number of other anthologies Jo Beverley was a part of. Keepers of course. I’m so glad she lives on through all of you here.

    Reply
  130. Happy Wenchiversary!! I’m so happy to be a part of this group. Great blogs, pictures and stories are plentiful. What we’re reading is always the best. I have to say I love the anthologies Mischief & Mistletoe and Last Chance. I have a number of other anthologies Jo Beverley was a part of. Keepers of course. I’m so glad she lives on through all of you here.

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  131. Happy anniversary, Anne! 49 years is truly impressive, and I hope that next year you have a special celebration for your 50th. I doubt we Winches will make it so far, but we’re doing our best!

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  132. Happy anniversary, Anne! 49 years is truly impressive, and I hope that next year you have a special celebration for your 50th. I doubt we Winches will make it so far, but we’re doing our best!

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  133. Happy anniversary, Anne! 49 years is truly impressive, and I hope that next year you have a special celebration for your 50th. I doubt we Winches will make it so far, but we’re doing our best!

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  134. Happy anniversary, Anne! 49 years is truly impressive, and I hope that next year you have a special celebration for your 50th. I doubt we Winches will make it so far, but we’re doing our best!

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  135. Happy anniversary, Anne! 49 years is truly impressive, and I hope that next year you have a special celebration for your 50th. I doubt we Winches will make it so far, but we’re doing our best!

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  136. You ARE part of this group, Samantha. What is a writer without readers? Each reader brings her own experiences and point of view to what she reads to create a unique experience. That’s part of the joy of books.

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  137. You ARE part of this group, Samantha. What is a writer without readers? Each reader brings her own experiences and point of view to what she reads to create a unique experience. That’s part of the joy of books.

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  138. You ARE part of this group, Samantha. What is a writer without readers? Each reader brings her own experiences and point of view to what she reads to create a unique experience. That’s part of the joy of books.

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  139. You ARE part of this group, Samantha. What is a writer without readers? Each reader brings her own experiences and point of view to what she reads to create a unique experience. That’s part of the joy of books.

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  140. You ARE part of this group, Samantha. What is a writer without readers? Each reader brings her own experiences and point of view to what she reads to create a unique experience. That’s part of the joy of books.

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  141. Happy anniversary to all the Wenches.
    I am fairly new to be reading your blogs and I am loving it. I try to read some of the older ones – so thank you Mary Jo for the links to the first year links.
    I have not had the chance to sample all of your books yet. Just recently have more time on my hands to be enjoying books again. When you have your own business, time is more limited.
    I love knowing I have lots more to read.
    THANK YOU to each one of you for sharing your talents with us and for your efforts to keep blogging. I am learning what life is like for a writer.

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  142. Happy anniversary to all the Wenches.
    I am fairly new to be reading your blogs and I am loving it. I try to read some of the older ones – so thank you Mary Jo for the links to the first year links.
    I have not had the chance to sample all of your books yet. Just recently have more time on my hands to be enjoying books again. When you have your own business, time is more limited.
    I love knowing I have lots more to read.
    THANK YOU to each one of you for sharing your talents with us and for your efforts to keep blogging. I am learning what life is like for a writer.

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  143. Happy anniversary to all the Wenches.
    I am fairly new to be reading your blogs and I am loving it. I try to read some of the older ones – so thank you Mary Jo for the links to the first year links.
    I have not had the chance to sample all of your books yet. Just recently have more time on my hands to be enjoying books again. When you have your own business, time is more limited.
    I love knowing I have lots more to read.
    THANK YOU to each one of you for sharing your talents with us and for your efforts to keep blogging. I am learning what life is like for a writer.

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  144. Happy anniversary to all the Wenches.
    I am fairly new to be reading your blogs and I am loving it. I try to read some of the older ones – so thank you Mary Jo for the links to the first year links.
    I have not had the chance to sample all of your books yet. Just recently have more time on my hands to be enjoying books again. When you have your own business, time is more limited.
    I love knowing I have lots more to read.
    THANK YOU to each one of you for sharing your talents with us and for your efforts to keep blogging. I am learning what life is like for a writer.

    Reply
  145. Happy anniversary to all the Wenches.
    I am fairly new to be reading your blogs and I am loving it. I try to read some of the older ones – so thank you Mary Jo for the links to the first year links.
    I have not had the chance to sample all of your books yet. Just recently have more time on my hands to be enjoying books again. When you have your own business, time is more limited.
    I love knowing I have lots more to read.
    THANK YOU to each one of you for sharing your talents with us and for your efforts to keep blogging. I am learning what life is like for a writer.

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  146. Happy, Happy Wenchiversary!! I so enjoy this blog about books, rabbit holes, different parts of the world, views of the world, research on every topic imaginable, so on and so forth (smile).
    The discussions after the posts are fascinating as well. I look forward to the input from all your readers and all y’alls comments during the discussion. Also love the What we are reading post every month.
    Reading all the comments above I kept nodding my head, going what she said. Yep, what he said. Oh yes…exactly. If I’d been in church I could have been saying AMEN! Sister! Amen, Brother. So many eloquently written remarks.
    No pressure but I hope all of you keep writing the blog and writing books for say…another 20years. Which is the time frame I give to my mom and she says, I don’t want to live to be a hundred years old! I always tell her that saying anything shorter sounds rude.
    But indeed…I hope to be reading new books and new posts for many years to come. As well as re-reading all the treasures and keepers already on my shelves.

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  147. Happy, Happy Wenchiversary!! I so enjoy this blog about books, rabbit holes, different parts of the world, views of the world, research on every topic imaginable, so on and so forth (smile).
    The discussions after the posts are fascinating as well. I look forward to the input from all your readers and all y’alls comments during the discussion. Also love the What we are reading post every month.
    Reading all the comments above I kept nodding my head, going what she said. Yep, what he said. Oh yes…exactly. If I’d been in church I could have been saying AMEN! Sister! Amen, Brother. So many eloquently written remarks.
    No pressure but I hope all of you keep writing the blog and writing books for say…another 20years. Which is the time frame I give to my mom and she says, I don’t want to live to be a hundred years old! I always tell her that saying anything shorter sounds rude.
    But indeed…I hope to be reading new books and new posts for many years to come. As well as re-reading all the treasures and keepers already on my shelves.

    Reply
  148. Happy, Happy Wenchiversary!! I so enjoy this blog about books, rabbit holes, different parts of the world, views of the world, research on every topic imaginable, so on and so forth (smile).
    The discussions after the posts are fascinating as well. I look forward to the input from all your readers and all y’alls comments during the discussion. Also love the What we are reading post every month.
    Reading all the comments above I kept nodding my head, going what she said. Yep, what he said. Oh yes…exactly. If I’d been in church I could have been saying AMEN! Sister! Amen, Brother. So many eloquently written remarks.
    No pressure but I hope all of you keep writing the blog and writing books for say…another 20years. Which is the time frame I give to my mom and she says, I don’t want to live to be a hundred years old! I always tell her that saying anything shorter sounds rude.
    But indeed…I hope to be reading new books and new posts for many years to come. As well as re-reading all the treasures and keepers already on my shelves.

    Reply
  149. Happy, Happy Wenchiversary!! I so enjoy this blog about books, rabbit holes, different parts of the world, views of the world, research on every topic imaginable, so on and so forth (smile).
    The discussions after the posts are fascinating as well. I look forward to the input from all your readers and all y’alls comments during the discussion. Also love the What we are reading post every month.
    Reading all the comments above I kept nodding my head, going what she said. Yep, what he said. Oh yes…exactly. If I’d been in church I could have been saying AMEN! Sister! Amen, Brother. So many eloquently written remarks.
    No pressure but I hope all of you keep writing the blog and writing books for say…another 20years. Which is the time frame I give to my mom and she says, I don’t want to live to be a hundred years old! I always tell her that saying anything shorter sounds rude.
    But indeed…I hope to be reading new books and new posts for many years to come. As well as re-reading all the treasures and keepers already on my shelves.

    Reply
  150. Happy, Happy Wenchiversary!! I so enjoy this blog about books, rabbit holes, different parts of the world, views of the world, research on every topic imaginable, so on and so forth (smile).
    The discussions after the posts are fascinating as well. I look forward to the input from all your readers and all y’alls comments during the discussion. Also love the What we are reading post every month.
    Reading all the comments above I kept nodding my head, going what she said. Yep, what he said. Oh yes…exactly. If I’d been in church I could have been saying AMEN! Sister! Amen, Brother. So many eloquently written remarks.
    No pressure but I hope all of you keep writing the blog and writing books for say…another 20years. Which is the time frame I give to my mom and she says, I don’t want to live to be a hundred years old! I always tell her that saying anything shorter sounds rude.
    But indeed…I hope to be reading new books and new posts for many years to come. As well as re-reading all the treasures and keepers already on my shelves.

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  151. Congratulations, congratulations, and more congratulations on reading thirteen years! I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been a loyal blog follower since the very beginning. I think I’ve read and enjoyed books by all the Wenches, and always look forward to the latest ones. Thank you for all the pleasure you have provided both on the blog and in your books.

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  152. Congratulations, congratulations, and more congratulations on reading thirteen years! I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been a loyal blog follower since the very beginning. I think I’ve read and enjoyed books by all the Wenches, and always look forward to the latest ones. Thank you for all the pleasure you have provided both on the blog and in your books.

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  153. Congratulations, congratulations, and more congratulations on reading thirteen years! I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been a loyal blog follower since the very beginning. I think I’ve read and enjoyed books by all the Wenches, and always look forward to the latest ones. Thank you for all the pleasure you have provided both on the blog and in your books.

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  154. Congratulations, congratulations, and more congratulations on reading thirteen years! I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been a loyal blog follower since the very beginning. I think I’ve read and enjoyed books by all the Wenches, and always look forward to the latest ones. Thank you for all the pleasure you have provided both on the blog and in your books.

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  155. Congratulations, congratulations, and more congratulations on reading thirteen years! I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been a loyal blog follower since the very beginning. I think I’ve read and enjoyed books by all the Wenches, and always look forward to the latest ones. Thank you for all the pleasure you have provided both on the blog and in your books.

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  156. Theo, for me you’re one of the first-ever readers who wrote to me — you and Janga stand out in my mind. I don’t think readers ever realize how special it is for an author to get an email or letter from someone who’s read a book you wrote, and really “gets it.” So thank you.
    And for me, this wenchly reader group is a community of like-minded people, and the range of comments always so interesting. I never just read the blog, I always go on to the wenchly reader commentary or discussion that follows.

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  157. Theo, for me you’re one of the first-ever readers who wrote to me — you and Janga stand out in my mind. I don’t think readers ever realize how special it is for an author to get an email or letter from someone who’s read a book you wrote, and really “gets it.” So thank you.
    And for me, this wenchly reader group is a community of like-minded people, and the range of comments always so interesting. I never just read the blog, I always go on to the wenchly reader commentary or discussion that follows.

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  158. Theo, for me you’re one of the first-ever readers who wrote to me — you and Janga stand out in my mind. I don’t think readers ever realize how special it is for an author to get an email or letter from someone who’s read a book you wrote, and really “gets it.” So thank you.
    And for me, this wenchly reader group is a community of like-minded people, and the range of comments always so interesting. I never just read the blog, I always go on to the wenchly reader commentary or discussion that follows.

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  159. Theo, for me you’re one of the first-ever readers who wrote to me — you and Janga stand out in my mind. I don’t think readers ever realize how special it is for an author to get an email or letter from someone who’s read a book you wrote, and really “gets it.” So thank you.
    And for me, this wenchly reader group is a community of like-minded people, and the range of comments always so interesting. I never just read the blog, I always go on to the wenchly reader commentary or discussion that follows.

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  160. Theo, for me you’re one of the first-ever readers who wrote to me — you and Janga stand out in my mind. I don’t think readers ever realize how special it is for an author to get an email or letter from someone who’s read a book you wrote, and really “gets it.” So thank you.
    And for me, this wenchly reader group is a community of like-minded people, and the range of comments always so interesting. I never just read the blog, I always go on to the wenchly reader commentary or discussion that follows.

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  161. Thanks, Janice. It was the same with me — I started as a wenchly reader, became a fan and expanded my auto-buy list of authors. Then I became a wench, and my auto-buy list of authors expanded, not just the wenches, but authors we’ve interviewed and the terribly addictive end of the month “what we’re reading” posts..

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  162. Thanks, Janice. It was the same with me — I started as a wenchly reader, became a fan and expanded my auto-buy list of authors. Then I became a wench, and my auto-buy list of authors expanded, not just the wenches, but authors we’ve interviewed and the terribly addictive end of the month “what we’re reading” posts..

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  163. Thanks, Janice. It was the same with me — I started as a wenchly reader, became a fan and expanded my auto-buy list of authors. Then I became a wench, and my auto-buy list of authors expanded, not just the wenches, but authors we’ve interviewed and the terribly addictive end of the month “what we’re reading” posts..

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  164. Thanks, Janice. It was the same with me — I started as a wenchly reader, became a fan and expanded my auto-buy list of authors. Then I became a wench, and my auto-buy list of authors expanded, not just the wenches, but authors we’ve interviewed and the terribly addictive end of the month “what we’re reading” posts..

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  165. Thanks, Janice. It was the same with me — I started as a wenchly reader, became a fan and expanded my auto-buy list of authors. Then I became a wench, and my auto-buy list of authors expanded, not just the wenches, but authors we’ve interviewed and the terribly addictive end of the month “what we’re reading” posts..

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  166. Thanks, Annette for that lovely comment. And I love that Texan saying. Our wenchly readers are vital to us — they’re not just an addition to the blog, they’re part of it. I love the discussions we sometimes have here, and the way people chime in to share their own stories and insights and opinions.

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  167. Thanks, Annette for that lovely comment. And I love that Texan saying. Our wenchly readers are vital to us — they’re not just an addition to the blog, they’re part of it. I love the discussions we sometimes have here, and the way people chime in to share their own stories and insights and opinions.

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  168. Thanks, Annette for that lovely comment. And I love that Texan saying. Our wenchly readers are vital to us — they’re not just an addition to the blog, they’re part of it. I love the discussions we sometimes have here, and the way people chime in to share their own stories and insights and opinions.

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  169. Thanks, Annette for that lovely comment. And I love that Texan saying. Our wenchly readers are vital to us — they’re not just an addition to the blog, they’re part of it. I love the discussions we sometimes have here, and the way people chime in to share their own stories and insights and opinions.

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  170. Thanks, Annette for that lovely comment. And I love that Texan saying. Our wenchly readers are vital to us — they’re not just an addition to the blog, they’re part of it. I love the discussions we sometimes have here, and the way people chime in to share their own stories and insights and opinions.

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  171. Thanks, Denise — raising a . . . well a metaphorical glass to you, because it’s morning where I am, and too early for a toast. But no! I shall raise my half-eaten piece of toast to you, in return.

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  172. Thanks, Denise — raising a . . . well a metaphorical glass to you, because it’s morning where I am, and too early for a toast. But no! I shall raise my half-eaten piece of toast to you, in return.

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  173. Thanks, Denise — raising a . . . well a metaphorical glass to you, because it’s morning where I am, and too early for a toast. But no! I shall raise my half-eaten piece of toast to you, in return.

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  174. Thanks, Denise — raising a . . . well a metaphorical glass to you, because it’s morning where I am, and too early for a toast. But no! I shall raise my half-eaten piece of toast to you, in return.

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  175. Thanks, Denise — raising a . . . well a metaphorical glass to you, because it’s morning where I am, and too early for a toast. But no! I shall raise my half-eaten piece of toast to you, in return.

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  176. Thank you Margot. It’s lovely, isn’t it, when writers like have an extensive backlist?
    As for the older posts, if you scroll down the right-hand sidebar, you’ll find links to the last few months of the blog. Click on “more” and it will give you links to every month we have blogs. It’s quite fun sometimes to click on a random link and wander through wench-posts-past.

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  177. Thank you Margot. It’s lovely, isn’t it, when writers like have an extensive backlist?
    As for the older posts, if you scroll down the right-hand sidebar, you’ll find links to the last few months of the blog. Click on “more” and it will give you links to every month we have blogs. It’s quite fun sometimes to click on a random link and wander through wench-posts-past.

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  178. Thank you Margot. It’s lovely, isn’t it, when writers like have an extensive backlist?
    As for the older posts, if you scroll down the right-hand sidebar, you’ll find links to the last few months of the blog. Click on “more” and it will give you links to every month we have blogs. It’s quite fun sometimes to click on a random link and wander through wench-posts-past.

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  179. Thank you Margot. It’s lovely, isn’t it, when writers like have an extensive backlist?
    As for the older posts, if you scroll down the right-hand sidebar, you’ll find links to the last few months of the blog. Click on “more” and it will give you links to every month we have blogs. It’s quite fun sometimes to click on a random link and wander through wench-posts-past.

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  180. Thank you Margot. It’s lovely, isn’t it, when writers like have an extensive backlist?
    As for the older posts, if you scroll down the right-hand sidebar, you’ll find links to the last few months of the blog. Click on “more” and it will give you links to every month we have blogs. It’s quite fun sometimes to click on a random link and wander through wench-posts-past.

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  181. Jane, thank you for being a loyal wenchly reader. As we’ve said so often before, we wenches are only half the blog — the wenchly reader community who share stories, thoughts, opinions and insights — and book recommendations— is the rest.

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  182. Jane, thank you for being a loyal wenchly reader. As we’ve said so often before, we wenches are only half the blog — the wenchly reader community who share stories, thoughts, opinions and insights — and book recommendations— is the rest.

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  183. Jane, thank you for being a loyal wenchly reader. As we’ve said so often before, we wenches are only half the blog — the wenchly reader community who share stories, thoughts, opinions and insights — and book recommendations— is the rest.

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  184. Jane, thank you for being a loyal wenchly reader. As we’ve said so often before, we wenches are only half the blog — the wenchly reader community who share stories, thoughts, opinions and insights — and book recommendations— is the rest.

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  185. Jane, thank you for being a loyal wenchly reader. As we’ve said so often before, we wenches are only half the blog — the wenchly reader community who share stories, thoughts, opinions and insights — and book recommendations— is the rest.

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  186. Thanks so much, Vicki for that lovely comment. I do hope we can continue writing for another few decades, and isn’t it wonderful that so many of the older and out-of-print books by various wenches are now available again as e-books? If we don’t produce fast enough, there’s always the backlist — if youre a rereader, that is. I am. I love rereading beloved old books.

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  187. Thanks so much, Vicki for that lovely comment. I do hope we can continue writing for another few decades, and isn’t it wonderful that so many of the older and out-of-print books by various wenches are now available again as e-books? If we don’t produce fast enough, there’s always the backlist — if youre a rereader, that is. I am. I love rereading beloved old books.

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  188. Thanks so much, Vicki for that lovely comment. I do hope we can continue writing for another few decades, and isn’t it wonderful that so many of the older and out-of-print books by various wenches are now available again as e-books? If we don’t produce fast enough, there’s always the backlist — if youre a rereader, that is. I am. I love rereading beloved old books.

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  189. Thanks so much, Vicki for that lovely comment. I do hope we can continue writing for another few decades, and isn’t it wonderful that so many of the older and out-of-print books by various wenches are now available again as e-books? If we don’t produce fast enough, there’s always the backlist — if youre a rereader, that is. I am. I love rereading beloved old books.

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  190. Thanks so much, Vicki for that lovely comment. I do hope we can continue writing for another few decades, and isn’t it wonderful that so many of the older and out-of-print books by various wenches are now available again as e-books? If we don’t produce fast enough, there’s always the backlist — if youre a rereader, that is. I am. I love rereading beloved old books.

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  191. Thanks Laini. I think that’s what makes our blog such a pleasure for us — the shared love of books and reading, and the endless solace/joy/escape that good stories provide.

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  192. Thanks Laini. I think that’s what makes our blog such a pleasure for us — the shared love of books and reading, and the endless solace/joy/escape that good stories provide.

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  193. Thanks Laini. I think that’s what makes our blog such a pleasure for us — the shared love of books and reading, and the endless solace/joy/escape that good stories provide.

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  194. Thanks Laini. I think that’s what makes our blog such a pleasure for us — the shared love of books and reading, and the endless solace/joy/escape that good stories provide.

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  195. Thanks Laini. I think that’s what makes our blog such a pleasure for us — the shared love of books and reading, and the endless solace/joy/escape that good stories provide.

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  196. Thanks so much, Lola — isn’t it wonderful when you find a book you just have to devour. I think that’s what most people in this very special community have in common.

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  197. Thanks so much, Lola — isn’t it wonderful when you find a book you just have to devour. I think that’s what most people in this very special community have in common.

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  198. Thanks so much, Lola — isn’t it wonderful when you find a book you just have to devour. I think that’s what most people in this very special community have in common.

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  199. Thanks so much, Lola — isn’t it wonderful when you find a book you just have to devour. I think that’s what most people in this very special community have in common.

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  200. Thanks so much, Lola — isn’t it wonderful when you find a book you just have to devour. I think that’s what most people in this very special community have in common.

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  201. Thank you, Anne. It’s lovely to think you’ve saved some to reread. Actually, there’s a whole collection of the old blogs — just scroll down the sidebar to reach the dates, click on more, and every blog we’ve ever written is there. The search facility can help for particular topics, too.

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  202. Thank you, Anne. It’s lovely to think you’ve saved some to reread. Actually, there’s a whole collection of the old blogs — just scroll down the sidebar to reach the dates, click on more, and every blog we’ve ever written is there. The search facility can help for particular topics, too.

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  203. Thank you, Anne. It’s lovely to think you’ve saved some to reread. Actually, there’s a whole collection of the old blogs — just scroll down the sidebar to reach the dates, click on more, and every blog we’ve ever written is there. The search facility can help for particular topics, too.

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  204. Thank you, Anne. It’s lovely to think you’ve saved some to reread. Actually, there’s a whole collection of the old blogs — just scroll down the sidebar to reach the dates, click on more, and every blog we’ve ever written is there. The search facility can help for particular topics, too.

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  205. Thank you, Anne. It’s lovely to think you’ve saved some to reread. Actually, there’s a whole collection of the old blogs — just scroll down the sidebar to reach the dates, click on more, and every blog we’ve ever written is there. The search facility can help for particular topics, too.

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  206. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! Hard to believe it’s been 13 years. I would have to go back but think I’ve been following for much of that time. Don’t always comment – that seems to go in streaks 🙂 Always on the lookout for a new book by any one of you. Sometime would enjoy a list of authors in the genre(s) you write in that you would recommend for the times I don’t have one of the Wench books to read. Best to all of you in your writing and blogging.

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  207. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! Hard to believe it’s been 13 years. I would have to go back but think I’ve been following for much of that time. Don’t always comment – that seems to go in streaks 🙂 Always on the lookout for a new book by any one of you. Sometime would enjoy a list of authors in the genre(s) you write in that you would recommend for the times I don’t have one of the Wench books to read. Best to all of you in your writing and blogging.

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  208. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! Hard to believe it’s been 13 years. I would have to go back but think I’ve been following for much of that time. Don’t always comment – that seems to go in streaks 🙂 Always on the lookout for a new book by any one of you. Sometime would enjoy a list of authors in the genre(s) you write in that you would recommend for the times I don’t have one of the Wench books to read. Best to all of you in your writing and blogging.

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  209. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! Hard to believe it’s been 13 years. I would have to go back but think I’ve been following for much of that time. Don’t always comment – that seems to go in streaks 🙂 Always on the lookout for a new book by any one of you. Sometime would enjoy a list of authors in the genre(s) you write in that you would recommend for the times I don’t have one of the Wench books to read. Best to all of you in your writing and blogging.

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  210. Happy Anniversary, Wenches! Hard to believe it’s been 13 years. I would have to go back but think I’ve been following for much of that time. Don’t always comment – that seems to go in streaks 🙂 Always on the lookout for a new book by any one of you. Sometime would enjoy a list of authors in the genre(s) you write in that you would recommend for the times I don’t have one of the Wench books to read. Best to all of you in your writing and blogging.

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  211. A very happy Wenchiversary to you all! I look forward to seeing what the coming years will bring. (Joanna, I’m thinking that your book was NOT published in 1963!)

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  212. A very happy Wenchiversary to you all! I look forward to seeing what the coming years will bring. (Joanna, I’m thinking that your book was NOT published in 1963!)

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  213. A very happy Wenchiversary to you all! I look forward to seeing what the coming years will bring. (Joanna, I’m thinking that your book was NOT published in 1963!)

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  214. A very happy Wenchiversary to you all! I look forward to seeing what the coming years will bring. (Joanna, I’m thinking that your book was NOT published in 1963!)

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  215. A very happy Wenchiversary to you all! I look forward to seeing what the coming years will bring. (Joanna, I’m thinking that your book was NOT published in 1963!)

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  216. I thoroughly enjoyed Susanna Kearsley’s book, Bellewether. A very enjoyable read. I also enjoy reading Anne Gracie, Joanna Bourne and Mary Jo Putney’s books.

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  217. I thoroughly enjoyed Susanna Kearsley’s book, Bellewether. A very enjoyable read. I also enjoy reading Anne Gracie, Joanna Bourne and Mary Jo Putney’s books.

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  218. I thoroughly enjoyed Susanna Kearsley’s book, Bellewether. A very enjoyable read. I also enjoy reading Anne Gracie, Joanna Bourne and Mary Jo Putney’s books.

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  219. I thoroughly enjoyed Susanna Kearsley’s book, Bellewether. A very enjoyable read. I also enjoy reading Anne Gracie, Joanna Bourne and Mary Jo Putney’s books.

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  220. I thoroughly enjoyed Susanna Kearsley’s book, Bellewether. A very enjoyable read. I also enjoy reading Anne Gracie, Joanna Bourne and Mary Jo Putney’s books.

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  221. Kareni, would you believe Joanna was a child prodigy, and wrote regencies while still in nappies (that’s diapers for the other wenchly readers)? No? Well, you’re right — she made a typo in that post. I’m pretty sure she meant to type 1983. Well spotted.

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  222. Kareni, would you believe Joanna was a child prodigy, and wrote regencies while still in nappies (that’s diapers for the other wenchly readers)? No? Well, you’re right — she made a typo in that post. I’m pretty sure she meant to type 1983. Well spotted.

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  223. Kareni, would you believe Joanna was a child prodigy, and wrote regencies while still in nappies (that’s diapers for the other wenchly readers)? No? Well, you’re right — she made a typo in that post. I’m pretty sure she meant to type 1983. Well spotted.

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  224. Kareni, would you believe Joanna was a child prodigy, and wrote regencies while still in nappies (that’s diapers for the other wenchly readers)? No? Well, you’re right — she made a typo in that post. I’m pretty sure she meant to type 1983. Well spotted.

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  225. Kareni, would you believe Joanna was a child prodigy, and wrote regencies while still in nappies (that’s diapers for the other wenchly readers)? No? Well, you’re right — she made a typo in that post. I’m pretty sure she meant to type 1983. Well spotted.

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  226. Thanks so much Sharon. You know, I’ve just realized that even though I’d preordered Bellwether, I haven’t yet read it. Investigation shows it’s sitting in my kindle, waiting.

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  227. Thanks so much Sharon. You know, I’ve just realized that even though I’d preordered Bellwether, I haven’t yet read it. Investigation shows it’s sitting in my kindle, waiting.

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  228. Thanks so much Sharon. You know, I’ve just realized that even though I’d preordered Bellwether, I haven’t yet read it. Investigation shows it’s sitting in my kindle, waiting.

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  229. Thanks so much Sharon. You know, I’ve just realized that even though I’d preordered Bellwether, I haven’t yet read it. Investigation shows it’s sitting in my kindle, waiting.

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  230. Thanks so much Sharon. You know, I’ve just realized that even though I’d preordered Bellwether, I haven’t yet read it. Investigation shows it’s sitting in my kindle, waiting.

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  231. A very heartfelt Happy Anniversary to you Wenches. I honestly don’t remember when I started reading your blog but I believe it was post-Edith Layton”s passing. Such a loss. Your posts of fascinating historical research was what caught my attention at the beginning but I’ve lucked out in so many other ways. Your various book lists always have me adding more titles to my tottering wish lists.
    I have always enjoyed those ‘behind the scenes’ articles whether it is about publishing, an author’s muse, challenges involved in audio book production, or the work involved in creating a group project around a theme. That last one about Last Chance Christmas Ball is a favorite as that collection is one I’ve read every year since it came out. Collections with an intertwining theme have always held a tender spot in my library and I really appreciate the work that goes into them.
    Here’s to you, Ladies. And here’s to many more anniversaries. And God bless Jo Beverley.

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  232. A very heartfelt Happy Anniversary to you Wenches. I honestly don’t remember when I started reading your blog but I believe it was post-Edith Layton”s passing. Such a loss. Your posts of fascinating historical research was what caught my attention at the beginning but I’ve lucked out in so many other ways. Your various book lists always have me adding more titles to my tottering wish lists.
    I have always enjoyed those ‘behind the scenes’ articles whether it is about publishing, an author’s muse, challenges involved in audio book production, or the work involved in creating a group project around a theme. That last one about Last Chance Christmas Ball is a favorite as that collection is one I’ve read every year since it came out. Collections with an intertwining theme have always held a tender spot in my library and I really appreciate the work that goes into them.
    Here’s to you, Ladies. And here’s to many more anniversaries. And God bless Jo Beverley.

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  233. A very heartfelt Happy Anniversary to you Wenches. I honestly don’t remember when I started reading your blog but I believe it was post-Edith Layton”s passing. Such a loss. Your posts of fascinating historical research was what caught my attention at the beginning but I’ve lucked out in so many other ways. Your various book lists always have me adding more titles to my tottering wish lists.
    I have always enjoyed those ‘behind the scenes’ articles whether it is about publishing, an author’s muse, challenges involved in audio book production, or the work involved in creating a group project around a theme. That last one about Last Chance Christmas Ball is a favorite as that collection is one I’ve read every year since it came out. Collections with an intertwining theme have always held a tender spot in my library and I really appreciate the work that goes into them.
    Here’s to you, Ladies. And here’s to many more anniversaries. And God bless Jo Beverley.

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  234. A very heartfelt Happy Anniversary to you Wenches. I honestly don’t remember when I started reading your blog but I believe it was post-Edith Layton”s passing. Such a loss. Your posts of fascinating historical research was what caught my attention at the beginning but I’ve lucked out in so many other ways. Your various book lists always have me adding more titles to my tottering wish lists.
    I have always enjoyed those ‘behind the scenes’ articles whether it is about publishing, an author’s muse, challenges involved in audio book production, or the work involved in creating a group project around a theme. That last one about Last Chance Christmas Ball is a favorite as that collection is one I’ve read every year since it came out. Collections with an intertwining theme have always held a tender spot in my library and I really appreciate the work that goes into them.
    Here’s to you, Ladies. And here’s to many more anniversaries. And God bless Jo Beverley.

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  235. A very heartfelt Happy Anniversary to you Wenches. I honestly don’t remember when I started reading your blog but I believe it was post-Edith Layton”s passing. Such a loss. Your posts of fascinating historical research was what caught my attention at the beginning but I’ve lucked out in so many other ways. Your various book lists always have me adding more titles to my tottering wish lists.
    I have always enjoyed those ‘behind the scenes’ articles whether it is about publishing, an author’s muse, challenges involved in audio book production, or the work involved in creating a group project around a theme. That last one about Last Chance Christmas Ball is a favorite as that collection is one I’ve read every year since it came out. Collections with an intertwining theme have always held a tender spot in my library and I really appreciate the work that goes into them.
    Here’s to you, Ladies. And here’s to many more anniversaries. And God bless Jo Beverley.

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  236. What a wonderful collection of books. But the best is the wonderful collection of authors, present and past. I Have read a lot of these books but still have some that I haven’t read. So here’s hoping I get to read them some day. Happy 13th Anniversary and here’s to many more.

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  237. What a wonderful collection of books. But the best is the wonderful collection of authors, present and past. I Have read a lot of these books but still have some that I haven’t read. So here’s hoping I get to read them some day. Happy 13th Anniversary and here’s to many more.

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  238. What a wonderful collection of books. But the best is the wonderful collection of authors, present and past. I Have read a lot of these books but still have some that I haven’t read. So here’s hoping I get to read them some day. Happy 13th Anniversary and here’s to many more.

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  239. What a wonderful collection of books. But the best is the wonderful collection of authors, present and past. I Have read a lot of these books but still have some that I haven’t read. So here’s hoping I get to read them some day. Happy 13th Anniversary and here’s to many more.

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  240. What a wonderful collection of books. But the best is the wonderful collection of authors, present and past. I Have read a lot of these books but still have some that I haven’t read. So here’s hoping I get to read them some day. Happy 13th Anniversary and here’s to many more.

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  241. There’s nothing greater than an Anniversary celebrating wenches. I love reading and enjoy all of these wonderful authors. Look forward to many more years of continuous wenchary.

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  242. There’s nothing greater than an Anniversary celebrating wenches. I love reading and enjoy all of these wonderful authors. Look forward to many more years of continuous wenchary.

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  243. There’s nothing greater than an Anniversary celebrating wenches. I love reading and enjoy all of these wonderful authors. Look forward to many more years of continuous wenchary.

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  244. There’s nothing greater than an Anniversary celebrating wenches. I love reading and enjoy all of these wonderful authors. Look forward to many more years of continuous wenchary.

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  245. There’s nothing greater than an Anniversary celebrating wenches. I love reading and enjoy all of these wonderful authors. Look forward to many more years of continuous wenchary.

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