Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Winner of Let Them Eat Cake is....




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Thank you to everyone who entered. More
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Have a wonderful weekend!
Janis

Friday, September 28, 2007

Remembered-Tamera Alexander

About this Book:
Though loss is often marked in a single moment,letting go of someone you love can take a lifetime...
The threat of war--and a final request--send Véronique Girard from France to a distant and uninviting country. In the Colorado Territory, she searches for the man who has held her heart since childhood--her father. Pierre Girard left Paris for the Americas to seek his fortune in fur trading, vowing to send for his wife and daughter. But twenty-five years have passed and his vow remains unfulfilled. Sifting through shards of broken promises, Véronique embarks on a dangerous search for a man she scarcely remembers.His grief finally healed, Jack Brennan is moving on with life. After years of guiding families west, he is now working as a freighter to the mining towns surrounding Willow Springs. What he doesn't count on is an unexpected traveling companion on his trips up into the mountains, and how one woman's search will cause havoc with his plans... and his life.
About this Author:
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Alexander’s books have won multiple awards, including Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® for Best Inspirational Romance, the 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2007 Bookseller’s Best, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006.

Her books have received acclaim from Library Journal, True West Magazine and Historical Novels Review, and Rekindled debuted on the CBA fiction bestseller list. She has a professional background in business management and conference coordination. A leader of women's ministries for over twelve years, she is currently active in music ministry, facilitating small groups, and mentoring other women. A graduate of Harding University, Tamera lives with her husband and their two teenagers in Greeley, Colorado.

Her other two books in the Fountain Creek Chronicles are Rekindled (Book 1) and Revealed (Book 2)To celebrate the release of Remembered, as well as the 3-volume boxed set of Fountain Creek Chronicles (Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered), Tamera is currently giving away boxed sets in a contest on her website. Check out the contest at http://www.tameraalexander.com/ .

From a Distance, the first book in Tamera’s next historical series (Timber Ridge Reflections) releases in spring 2008.

Books, Church, Tests, and Life...


This is my life this week. Four books needed to be reviewed this week, along with one quiz and one graded discussion for school. That does not include the moving that we are doing at church that has had me there everyday this week or the four work projects that I am supposed to be doing. Whew! I am tired just thinking about it! The good news is that three of my four rooms are done at church. I am just waiting on the last one to be finished up (painting murals), so I can get in there and arrange all of our stuff. Quiz and discussion are done and I did very well, so they are off my plate. Two of the four books are reviewed and I will be doing one of them this afternoon or evening. Work has suffered immensely. I will be trying to get it caught up, as well as the homework that I have let slide this week over the weekend and the early part of the next week. Two meetings in the next few days will have to be attended, with me giving a talk about the new security system we are implementing at church. Now, notice I didn't say anything about the kids, the husband, the pets, or the house. Yes, they are suffering from my overload. My cat has ran away or been stolen or...well, you know. That has added to the stress. Pray for me if you think about it. I am hanging in there, but feel like I am not doing anything very well right now. I know it is all for God's glory, but right now, I am just tired. I hope that your week is less stressful than mine!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Blessed Assurance-Lyn Cote


I just finished this book up a few minutes ago and I just loved it! It is actually three books in one, which makes it very interesting as it moves from generation to generation. If you love books that combine God with historical fiction, then you will love Blessed Assurance.

About This Book:
Now available for the first time in one edition--All three novels from Lyn Cote's beloved Blessed Assurance series

In Whispers of Love, Civil War widow Jessie Wagstaff must fend for herself and her son. When a stranger, Lee Smith, befriends Jessie's son, even though she recognizes nine-year-old Linc's need for a father figure, she's reluctant to let a new man into their life. When the Great Chicago Fire blazes, every heart is pushed to its limits.

In Lost In His Love, Jessie's son Linc, a social activist and reporter, charms his way through the upper class of San Francisco to build much-needed support for his fight against child labor. His main target is Cecilia Jackson, a beautiful heiress who doesn't recognize the crucial part she plays in this dangerous exploitation. As the secrets of her family's dark past are exposed, Cecilia must revive her own wounded spirit and find the strength to lean on the never-failing love of Christ. But when the 1906 earthquake hits, everyone's faith will be put to the test.

In Echoes of Mercy, Meg Wagstaff challenges the racial barriers of 1920s New Orleans in order to prove that her childhood friend did not commit murder. The stubborn lawyer prosecuting the case, Gabriel St. Clair, is an authentic Southern gentleman who makes the mistake of underestimating Meg, both her tenacity and her charm. Despite their many differences, sparks begin to fly. But when Meg discovers the truth, will Gabe be able to protect her from those who can't afford to have justice prevail?

About The Author:
Lyn Cote's journey to becoming a published author was a long one - she started her first book when her daughter was 13 months old and her first novel was published when her daughter was about to enter high school. But Lyn was writing for a market that hadn't taken shape yet - the inspirational fiction market.

In 1996, Lyn Cote's first inspirational historical manuscript was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest. This became her first historical novel, Whispers Of Love, in her BLESSED ASSURANCE series.

Most recently, Chloe, the first novel in Lyn's "Women of Ivy Manor" historical series was a 2006 RWA Rita Award finalist for Best Inspirational, as well as a finalist for the Holt Medallion and the National Readers Choice Contest.Lyn also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

She lives in the lovely northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband and three cats. Aside from writing, she also likes to knit, crochet, read, and do lunch with friends.

To purchase this wonderful book, click here.

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Smiles and Loves! Janis

The Begotten and The Betrayed-Lisa Tawn Bergren

Let me just start by saying that I was soooo excited to be able to review Lisa's books! I have read other books of hers and really enjoy them and these two were no different. These books are the first two in the Gifted series, which is wonderful, because I just love books that are a series. These are different from her romances, as they are more speculative Christian fiction, but I loved them nonetheless. Here are the synopsis' of the two of them.

About The Begotten:
What if the Medieval Church had the lost letters of Paul, holding them away from the populace because they expounded on spiritual gifts? What would happen if God brought together people with extraordinary spiritual gifts during the fourteenth century? How would they battle the twin dangers of evil and the Inquisition? How would their decisions, good and bad, help shape the future Body of Christ? And what if the people that did the greatest good in the battle had more subtle spiritual gifts than those they supported and followed?

The year is 1339 and God calls to his beloved until they rise from their slumber. Yet at the same time, Evil also walks the Earth, hunting God's chosen ones. Can the Gifted rally together and avoid both the known dangers that hunt them as well as those in the shadows? The future of the Christian Church, as well as humandkind, rests on their ability to rely on what God had laid in their hearts, minds and souls. Will they discover it in time?

Daria D'Angelo is an Italian aristocrat with a dangerous gift. She needs to help a secret group of people stay alive when the Church and the enemy all want them dead, serve her God with her gifts of healing, and although she longs for romantic love, keep her eyes on the Eternal. If she does not succeed, she, her friends, and their eternal purpose to radically transform the Christian Church—and the future of humanity—will all die.

About The Betrayed:
The breathtaking quest of the spiritually empowered Gifted ones, prophesized in a long-lost illuminated letter from the apostle Paul, continues as the healer, the priest, and the knight gather together to fight a battle in a profound new war. For the enemies of the Gifted are gathering, led by an evil lord who will do anything to destroy their unwavering faith.

About Lisa Tawn Bergren:
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the author of 28 books, with over 1.3 million sold. She is a publishing consultant, writer, Bible study leader, mother and wife. Her hobbies include travel (mostly from an armchair), reading, watching movies, cooking and exploring with her family. Lisa's most recent books include The Begotten, The Betrayed, God Gave Us Heaven, What Women Want and The Busy Mom's Devotional. She resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To sign up for her monthly email (which includes a new, unpublished devotional) go to www.LisaTawnBergren.com and join her newsletter list.

The great news is that these books are available at Target. If you have one nearby, then you are sure to want to purchase these books.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, September 24, 2007

Let Them Eat Cake!


This book was such a fun read! From beginning to end, it kept me interested and rooting the main character, Lexi, on. She finds out that no matter what she plans, God has a better plan for her. What a great message for all of us! No matter what we think our lives should look like, God has it all under His control, which makes an even better picture! If you are looking for a fun, God-filled read, then look no further!

Good news! I have a copy of this one to give away to you, compliments of Waterbrook Press! If you would like to read this, leave a comment and I will put you into the drawing. Drawing will be at 8pm on Friday!


About the Book:
Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.

When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye—but even may not be who he seems to be!

So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting—an order Lexi has flubbed— she loses her compulsion to please. “What am I going to do?” he shouts. “Let them eat cake!” she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin! Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting God with her future—très bon!

Lexi – and Let Them Eat Cake – will entertain readers with wit and great fun, but also explore the universal coming-of-age themes of separating from one’s family of origin, establishing self-esteem, and making healthy choices.

About the Author:
Sandra Byrd is a prolific writer of fiction, including the popular Friends for a Season series for teens, and the bestselling Girls Like You and Secret Sisters series for young girls. She is a regular contributor to national Christian publications. Before she began writing full time, Sandra worked in marketing, sales, and acquisitions for an educational publisher. She and her husband have two children, and make their home in Seattle, Washington.








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Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Ex Files-Victoria Christopher Murray

I enjoyed this book for the simple reason that it gives a glimpse into four women's lives who are dealing with much the same circumstances in their life. The Bible study and prayer group that they start coming to helps to knit them together to make each one of them stronger and closer to God. There is a twist to the story that I won't share (I don't want to ruin your reading), but this twist serves to remind them of the importance of God and each other. There is some steaminess in this book, however, that made me a little uncomfortable, simply because you do not expect it in a Christian fiction book. That could have been left out and the book would still have been excellent, but it was not. I think that this will be a sticky point for many readers, simply because this is why we don't read traditional romances. It had a good message, however, simply because it was based on things that happen in real life. It is not your mother's Christian fiction. It is much more contemporary and edgy. Keep that in mind if you decide to read it.

About the Book:

The Ex Files:
A Novel About Four Women and Faith...
There are four ways a woman can handle heartbreak. She can fall apart, seek revenge, turn cold, or move on. The Ex Files is the story of these four women:
When Kendall Stewart finds her husband and her sister in bed together, she vows to never let anyone get that close again. But when she is faced with saving the life of the woman who destroyed hers, will she be able to forgive?

When an NBA superstar tells his mistress, Asia Ingrum, that he's decided to honor his marriage vows, her shock quickly gives way to revenge...but her decision may come back to haunt their five-year-old daughter.

Every night Vanessa Martin wonders why her husband committed suicide. Even worse, she contemplates joining him in eternity. Will Vanessa be able to gather the strength to live again?

Sheridan Hart is finally finding her way after a lie destroyed her seventeen-year marriage. Her new love is ready to get married, but will she commit to this younger man or is her ex-husband taking up too much space in her heart?

When their pastor asks Kendall, Asia, Vanessa, and Sheridan to meet weekly for prayer, they can't imagine they will have anything in common. But then a devastating tragedy strikes and these strangers are forced to reexamine their choices. Will they find true friendship, or will prayer -- and their union -- fail them?

About the Author:
Victoria Christopher Murray always knew she would become an author, even as she was taking quite an unlikely path to that destination. A native of Queens, New York, Victoria first left New York to attend Hampton Institute in Virginia where she majored in Communication Disorders.

After graduating from Hampton, Victoria attended New York University where she received her MBA.Victoria spent ten years in Corporate America before she decided to test her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened a Financial Services Agency for Aegon, USA where she managed the number one division for nine consecutive years. However, Victoria never lost the dream to write and when the “bug” hit her again in 1997, she answered the call.


Victoria originally self published Temptation. “I wanted to write a book as entertaining and compelling as any of the books on the market, put God in the middle, and have the book still be a page-turner. I wasn’t writing to any particular genre – I didn’t even know Christian fiction existed. I just wanted to write about people I knew and characters I could relate to.”

In 2000, Time Warner published Temptation. Temptation made numerous best sellers list across the nation and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Temptation was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature.

Since Temptation, Victoria has written four other novels: JOY, Truth Be Told, Grown Folks Business, and A Sin and a Shame. All of her novels have continued to be Essence bestsellers; her last three each reaching #1. In addition, Victoria has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and in 2006, she was awarded the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being the pioneer in African American Christian Fiction.

If you are interested in purchasing this book or any of Victoria's earlier books, you can click here!

Next week, I will be having a giveaway, so check back!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, September 17, 2007

Clearing the Wild-Jane Kirkpatrick


My favorite type of book is the ones that weave history into the story, especially history about the early settlers or the Holocaust. This book is about the early settlers of Missouri who moved west due to their religious beliefs and persecution that they felt from the government. Emma, the heroine of sorts, questions their beliefs and discovers that although she questions the "church", she is greatly blessed by the people that she is with. You will really enjoy this book!

About the Book:

Emma Wagner seeks a singular voice in her 1850s religious community in Bethel, Missouri when she chafes at the constraints of a culture that values conformity over independent thought, especially in women.
Sent West with nine men challenged to secure land set apart from the world's distractions, this novel, inspired by historical events, follows one woman through her isolation from her community and the lessons learned in her spiritual journey.
In book one of this fact-filled fiction, Emma discovers what it truly means to serve--and to survive.


About the Author, Jane Kirkpatrick:


Jane grew up near Mondovi, Wisconsin, a little town not far from the Mississippi River. Her older sister Judy and younger brother Craig helped on the family dairy farm. Dozens of cousins lived within 50 miles providing the privilege of extended family memories. Most of the "Rutschow" clan remained in the Wisconsin-Minnesota area. Jane moved to Oregon in 1974 after completing her master's degree in social work. She worked in the disabilities field, became the director of the mental health program in Deschutes County and eventually "retired" from there to homestead and begin a new adventure in writing, working on the reservation, growing watermelons, and attempting to grow grapes, alfalfa and cattle.


The Kirkpatrick's new life has included "clearing sagebrush and wrestling wind and rattlesnakes" while "homesteading" land on the John Day River in a remote part of Oregon known locally as Starvation Point. She and her husband Jerry still live there today. "It's our 'rural 7-Eleven' since our home sits seven miles from the mailbox and eleven miles from the pavement" notes the author. Additionally, she currently works as a mental health and educational consultant on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon with both Native American and non-Indian communities.



To learn more about Jane and the other books that she has written, including the next one in this series, A Tendering in the Storm, visit http://www.jkbooks.com/.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Saturday, September 15, 2007

What is Your Favorite Bible Verse?

I was thinking this morning about the Bible verses that really speak to me. Do you have a favorite one? I have found that I have several favorites that have spoken to me over my life. I think that it is the neat part about the Bible. It can speak to you in many different ways and in many different situations. In fact, you can read it one time and not get anything, but read it later and it move you to tears. It is the LIVING Word of God and I truly believe that it has that ability to stir us, convict us, encourage us, guide us, and love on us. That is quite amazing, isn't it? So, throw some Bible verses at me, my friends! I am curious to see how God is speaking to you today! Here is mine for today!





I have a hard time being still and letting God handle all of the details. God has been speaking to me about giving it all to Him and letting Him handle it, instead of trying to fix it myself.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend full of time with friends and family.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, September 14, 2007

Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness by Hope Lyda

Let me just tell you that I would have bought this book just for its cover! The bright and fun colors just speak to me! Upon opening it, however, I found that it was just as fun and exciting inside as it was on the outside! Libby speaks to me in so many different ways and I just loved her story of finding love and finding that God is in everything-even in the things we see as mistakes. If you are looking for a fun, light read, then you will want to pick this book up!

About the Book:

Libby Hawthorne makes exotic trip itineraries but never leaves Seattle. She’d like to attend church but winds up at a bookstore. She longs for love—but who has the time? Delayed happiness has been worth it, because she’s about to get her dream promotion...

Or not.

So now what?

When a corporate merger leaves her demoted and disillusioned, Libby realizes she needs to start living authentically...and soon. But just as she tries to uncover her purposed life, her cruel and unusual boss, Cecilia, demands that Libby hide Seattle’s most famous homegrown rock star in order to keep her new, bad job. For the first time in years, Libby doesn’t have a step by step plan to guide her. She must trust her faith and her heart. But what is she supposed to do with her growing admiration for Blaine Slater, a new VP from Chicago, or the surprising kindness of the rock star living incognito in her Seattle apartment? Through the humorous twist and turns, Libby uncovers a big life truth—the detours we are afraid of might just be the perfect path to happiness.

About Hope Lyda:

Hope Lyda has always wanted to write. Ever since she was a young tyke with a spiral notebook in hand, she had the urge to fill it. Sadly, Peggy Meets the Midgets did not cause Hope to be deemed a child prodigy, so she continued her path of education. She was grade-obsessed but also truly enjoyed sharing laughs with her circle of creative friends.

Hope attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a double major in Journalism: Advertising and Telecommunications and Film. With aspirations to write screenplays or teleplays, she of course ended up doing public relations for non-profits until she entered the publishing field in which she has worked for 10 years.

Her passions are quiet ones—she loves a good read, an afternoon of free thinking time, writing, journaling, road trips, travel, and pondering life from her back yard pergola. She loiters in bookstores frequently, though has never been arrested for such. Her big hope is to encourage others to embrace their dreams and understand their faith journeys through the practice of journaling and the art of creative living. She hopes to also inspire such things through the themes in her fiction including Hip to Be Square and Altar Call. (There are also visions of a nice Casita with a hammock in Mexico—but one thing at a time.)

When not living in her head, she resides with her husband, Marc, in the Pacific Northwest.

To purchase this fun read, click here!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, September 7, 2007

Sushi For One-Camy Tang

I really enjoyed this book. It is an up-to-date romance of a woman that is not really looking for romance in her life, but when she lets God in the driver's seat of her life, then He shows her how wonderful her life can be. It was light-hearted and fun to read with quite a few twists and turns concerning family, friends, and life. If you enjoy chick-lit and have been looking for a fun read, then look no further!

About the Book:

Lex Sakai’s family, big, nosy, and marriage-minded, is ruled by a crafty grandmother. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the OLDEST SINGLE COUSIN in the clan, a loathed position by all single female family members.

Lex has not dated for years.

Grandma hones in on this fact and demands, bribes, and threatens Lex to bring a boyfriend (not just a date) to her cousin’s wedding.

Lex does not want to date ... not since that terrible incident a few years back ... but, Grandma doesn't give her that choice.

Lex's options are slim because she has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the PERFECT man (and the more she dates, the more she adds to the list).

The one man she keeps running into (and is completely attracted to) doesn’t seem to have a single quality on her list. It’s only when the always-in-control Lex loses control and lets God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.

About the Author:
Camy Tang is a member of CFBA and is a loud Asian chick who writes loud Asian chick-lit. She grew up in Hawaii, but now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious poi-dog. In a previous life she was a biologist researcher, but these days she is surgically attached to her computer, writing full-time. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service.Sushi for One? (Sushi Series, Book One is her first novel. Her second, Only Uni (Sushi Series, Book Two) comes out in February 2008!

To celebrate the launch of her debut novel, she's got a huge contest going on. Camy is giving away baskets of Christian novels and an iPod Nano! Only her newsletter YahooGroup subscribers are eligible to enter, so join today.

For more information about the contest, visit her website.

To buy this awesome book, visit Amazon.com here!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Thankful Thursday


What are you thankful for today? Do you have an attitude of gratitude to God for everything He has done for you?


I am thankful for:

1)Sweet tea. I just love the taste of cold, sweet tea. Nothing else quite measures up when it is hot outside (except for water).

2)Trees. I can see trees in my front yard as I sit and work/study/read blogs. Sometimes they just mesmerize me with their swaying (or maybe I am just procrastinating from working/studying).

3)My husband. Even when I fall into a hole at church and jar my entire body to the point that my hair comes out of the hairclip, he can still make me laugh. Now, I didn't want to laugh, because I wanted to be whiny, but he made me laugh anyways.

4)My kids. I told my oldest daughter that I had fell at church and she said, "But, mommy, you did really good when I quizzed you on the questions the other day. Why did you fail?" Yes, my children listen to me so well.

5)The never-ending laundry pile. I am thankful that we all have entirely too many outfits. Otherwise, what would I do all day?

6)The pile of dishes in the sink. That means we have had food to eat this week.

7)I am thankful for God's sense of humor. He made me, didn't He?


In all things, be thankful. No matter if it is scrubbing toilets or having a massage, if you go into it with the right attitude, you can have an attitude of thankfulness and praise.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

My One Constant


This fall has brought many new changes here in our household. From J starting middle school to me starting college (again!) to moving into a new church (5 weeks away now), I am feeling change in my life. I have discovered that I am not really a fan of change. I love going on vacation, but I much prefer going to a city that I know, rather than somewhere that I have never been before. Change can be painful, scary, and exciting all rolled up into one. You never know what to expect around that next bend in the road and that is disconcerting and scary.

There is one constant in your life no matter how much change is happening around you and that is God. Even if you are tired, He is right there with you.

So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 The Message).

Even if you are confused and don't know which way to go, He is guiding you.

Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long. (Psalm 25:5).

Even if everything in your life is going wrong, there is hope and help through Him.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
(Psalm 121)

Right now, I am standing on these verses to help get through each and every day. Yes, my calendar is full of tests, work, church move notes, kid notes, and more, but God will give me the strength to get through each and everyday. Everything that is in my life right now was put there by God, so He will equip me and strengthen me to get it all done. I just have to trust Him on that.


What is happening in your life? Does change make you nervous? If so, remember our one constant - God. He is always there for you!


Smiles and Loves! Janis

 

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