22 September 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARIAN BAAY--DEBUT AUTHOR!!!!

Announcing Marian Baay's Fiction Debut  
"Heaven is Not Far"
Volume Four in Murray Pura's Blue Heaven Romance Series.

Marian Baay, Fiction Author


Please join us in celebrating this grand occasion!
Marian is from the Netherlands, so we are having an Orange Party for her. Orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family. Have a slice of cake and some refreshing orange punch.  Feel free to leave Marian a comment!
                                      

Marian and her beloved Irish Setter, Jessie



Click here to read Marian's Testimony.










Marian reading a book by one of her favorite authors,  Murray Pura!

HUP!! MARIAN HUP!!




Giveaways: In honor of this happy occasion we are giving away an e-book copy of Marian's book, and other "orange goodies" including some lovely orangey (coral NOT halloween orange lol) lipsticks, and a Colonial Williamsburg DVD featuring how to make cloved oranges and other Christmas decorations! Leave an encouraging comment for Marian and your email address to be entered in the giveaway!


This e-book may be purchased through Amazon and soon for Nook on Barnes & Noble.                 

85 comments:

  1. how fun is this! Congratulations, Marian. I had the honor of reading this lovely debut and it truly suprised this jaded and cynical old writer--a lovely ending I didn't see coming, AND a terrific dog (Irish, too!). And Civil Warsertting. . .a perfect trifecta of wonderful!
    Mmmm, this orange punch is lovely. Cheers, Marian!

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! So glad you enjoyed my debut story. I had so much fun writing it! And my dear Irish Setter Jesie is proud to be part of the story!! :)
      Thanks for your sweet words!

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  2. What a fun party you're having for me!! I'm going to visit my parents for a while and then I'll be back to party! :)

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    1. Glad to see I don't have to suffer cold feet with those beautiful orange clogs! Before I'm leaving I'll take a piece of the delicious orange cake (gluten free, I hope) and a glass of orange punch!!

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  3. All Right MARIAN!!!!! Not sure if I should cheer for you first or grab you in a BIG hug, this is SOOOOOOOO great and I'm soo happy for you :) What a FUN party and so deserving for Marian's debut, LOVE THIS!!! Wow, that cake looks gorgeous AND yummy....I'll take a cup or two of punch with that for sure :) Love that photo of Marian, orange suits you my dear friend. Now I have to ask this, is orange Marian's favorite color or something to do with her story? (very interesting) That testimony is so very precious and makes me love Marian even more, what an amazing heart you have to add to your awesome sense of humor! Please enter me for this one and thanks for the giveaway; BIG time congrats, blessings, smiles, and thumbs up to you Marian...love you girl :)

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    1. sorry, forgot my email :)
      wman4jcATaolDOTcom
      and you're always welcome to catch me on facebook, blessings OWG sisters!!!

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    2. mahahaha we knew where to find you our Sister in Christ, Kara, who we LOVE!!! So glad to see you here!! Yes, we will enter you for all the prizes! I even have a few cool little things from Yankee Candle, too!

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    3. You ALWAYS bring a smile to my face, KARA! You're such a great encourager and blessing!! Love you girl!
      Orange is the Dutch color, so that's why we're having an orange party. So it's not my fave color and has nothing to do with the story. ;)

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  4. Congradulations Marian !!!! Hmmmm, I wonder if there is an orange dress for this Occasion ? Lovely cake, tastes great and punch is real tasty too. I would love to read your book ! I love that we all are friends and support eachother.

    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, ma'am there is!!! I have one with an orange sweater. Should get Daddyman to take a pic of me. So glad you are enjoying the goodies, Linda! I hope we have a goodie bag that goes to you!!! Hugs!

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    2. I'm sure I have an orange dress somewhere. I'll just have to look in my closet. :) I hope you enjoy my story when you get the chance to read it! Thanks for your support.

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  5. WHOO-HOO, MARIAN, SUPER CONGRATS ON THE DEBUT!!! Had no idea you aspired to write novellas/novels, but am THRILLED for you because it's quite a ride!! The premise sounds WONDERFUL TOO!!

    Your testimony was very touching and inspiring -- a good reminder that He has to be our ALL in ALL!!

    Okay, call me obtuse, but not exactly sure why the orange color is significant ... is it just your favorite color/flavor or is there something deeper?? :) My favorite orange things are Clementines and orange cake with orange icing!

    HUGS and HAPPY DEBUT!!
    Julie

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    1. Julie I have a Clementine punch and cake right here for you with orange icing! And orange sprinkles. And orange sherbet--hope u enjoy!!!

      Orange is the color of the Netherlands. William of Orange ring a bell? Also her fave color I believe. But our Dutchy is known for Orange! Thanks for celebrating with us!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, JULIE. This all happened rather fast, so most people had no idea I was writing.
      Carrie is right - Orange is the Dutch color. It's not my favorite color, but I like it enough. And someone liked to call me Soldier of Orange for some time. ;)

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  6. Congrats, MARIAN! What a wonderful story...I hope everyone will buy a copy! We at OWG are SOOO proud of you and can't wait to read more of your books!

    I'll take a piece of that delicious looking cake and some orange punch, please.

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    1. I hope our Maid Marian is out celebrating today with her handsome prince after their fab vacation, Diana!!! Here's a bowlful of orange goodness, Diana!!! Hugs!

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    2. She is actually celebrating with hubby and parents, but will be back shortly! Hmmm...just wondering how I would look with orange hair! The color suits Marian quite nicely!

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    3. Thanks for attending my party, my dear cohort! I hope your laptop is working all right now. I hope there will be more stories to share with you in the future!

      Hope you enjoyed the cake and punch! Feel free to have some more. :)

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  7. MARIAN I hope you are having a good time celebrating this exciting event in your life!! Your "MOM" is very proud of you! :)

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    1. Thank you, mom! So happy that I made you proud. :)

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  8. Congratulations on joining the Blue Heavens romance series! Orange you glad you're friends are throwing such a colorful party for you?

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I have fantastic cohorts! I feel special today. :) :)

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  9. Congrats Marian!!! I'm loving the book cover! Keep up the great work
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    1. Thanks, Megan! Glad to hear you like the cover! :)

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  10. To cute! Congratulations Marian!! Can't wait to read your story Love the cover!!!
    brooksjanice6564@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Janice. Hope you will enjoy the story. I'm really happy with this beautiful cover!

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    2. JANICE, congrats--you won some wonderful smelling Yankee Candle Factory Car fresheners in orangey colors and autumn scents!

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  11. How fun is this for you. Love it. Congratulations.
    The cover is beautiful.

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  12. Oops, forgot email address:
    seraphinangel7@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Juanita! I also love the cover!

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  13. Congratulations Marian on your fiction debut!!! I'm sure the book is awesome. You've always written fantastic reviews. I would love to have a huge piece of that cake. I'm so happy for you and may God bless your talent of writing abundantly.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for your best wishes, Barbara! Glad to know you have enjoyed my reviews. I hope the story will be to your liking as well.
      Yes, take some cake. There is plenty! Bless you.

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  14. Congrats Marian! What a wonderful love story I really enjoyed it. You made me cry. That only means it's a 5 star book. God has truly blessed you with the talent of writing. You honored God in it so I just know He will bless you with many more. Loved the party is wonderful. Thanks for letting me be apart in reading it.
    Blessings
    Diana
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Diana! It means a lot! Bless you.

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    2. Made me cry, too, DIANA! A lovely read!

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  15. Congratulations to my sweet friend, Marian Baay!
    You did a beautiful job with your story. Albert and Michelle came to life and captured my heart. Their love and faith in God shone throughout each chapter.
    I'm so very proud of you, Marian. And I love the idea of the Orange Party in honor of the Dutch Royal Family of which you are so proud yourself.
    Thank you for sharing your writing talents in so many ways. You are a treasure, Marian!
    Joy Ross Davis
    jessarb@aol.com

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    1. Aww...thank you for your sweet words, Joy! Love ya!

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  16. Usually, I read through all the other posts 1st, but my computer is doing weird things, so I will make a post 1st & keep it short, hoping I can get a readable post made--I'm getting frustrated!

    HUGE CONGRATS to my friend Marian! So excited for you! I will try again later...
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Computer woes are not fun. I'm glad you were able to drop by and leave a comment!

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  17. Orange is such a happy color.

    CONGRATULATIONS Marian on your debut!!!!

    The orange wig is fun.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Happy to see you here!

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  18. Congratulations, Marian!!!!!! I am so very happy for you!!!!! You deserve all kinds of praise and thanks because you are such a kind and concerned and wonderful person. I appreciate all the time you take to answer my emails and all the "likes" and all the photos. Once again, You deserve all kinds of accolade! Blessings upon you now and always!
    Of course, I would love to win your book too! Thanks for sharing this wonderful occasion with all of us fans. Sincerely, Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. Mary Lou, good to see you here! I always love to see you stop by my facebook page as well. Thanks for your kind words and encouragement!

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  19. Congratulations Marian. So, I see you changed your mind about not going to write a book. That's good! Will be good when I can read it, but have to wait for a print copy. Hope that nice-looking cake is not all gone. If not I'll have a slice and some orange sherbet. Sounds delicious. Sorry girls that I am so late. Started out with a nice cool Autumn day for going to church. Then when I started home,the first 3 times I stopped, my car felt funny and made this horrible rumble sound almost like it was trying to go with tires that weren't rolling..(ever have a problem trying to make a guy understand how a car sounds?) Never heard that kind of sound with any of my cars before. Well, turned around and went back to the church to park the car and call my Lori to take me home.
    Well, two couples were still there, so asked one to drive it and see what he thought was wrong. (Have any idea what happened?) He said he stopped several times and heard nothing. Figures. (Haven't figured out why they always work fine for guys when you want them to hear some sound.) Decided maybe cars just don't like women.) Well, the couple drove me home and they had no problem. So now I won't be going anywhere until my son has time to get my car and try to find the problem. Told him to just keep it several days and try to find what is wrong. If not, just might not drive it. NOT good! Keep me in your prayers please. And enjoy this party. These gals sure know how to party. Maxie

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    1. How many times has that happened to me? Car will be making a funny noise and hubby will bring it back and say he didn't hear a thing! It's called selective hearing at least where husbands are concerned! You will love Marian's story, MAXIE...we are really proud of her. Alot of talent on this blog! Wonder what I'm doing on here. Lol And, yes we can party down! Hugs to you, Maxie.

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    2. MAXIE I am so glad those people drove you home and you are safe and sound. So sorry about your car...that's the way it always happens. Silly ole cars try to make us ladies look bad! Hopefully your son will figure it out. Going to get you a slice of that cake in minute and some yummy punch and I'm so glad you mentioned orange sherbet! I LOVE Orange Sherbet! As the guy on that cooking show says....It's Sooo Good!! Thanks for coming by. ((Big Hugs)) to you!

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    3. Glad the couple were able to bring you home and you were able to visit with us! A party without Maxie is not a real party of course. :)

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    4. MAXIE, I hope all is well now! Marian wrote a short story that is part of a collection. Not sure if that will come out in print. But maybe you could get a PDF copy and print it out to read? Blessings!!!

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  20. Hi, everyone! Marian is sawing logs and dreaming orange dreams, but feel free to leave her a comment! The party will resume tomorrow!

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    1. Orange dreams are over, so I'm back. :)

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  21. Congratulations on Heaven Is Not Far, Marian! SO happy for you!

    Read your testimony - SO touching! Aren't those times of delight in the Lord wonderful? And - you're right, the greatest joy seems to come after our hardest fall. But - we serve a wonderful, patient, God , who is always waiting there to pick us up. I've found that true, lasting, happiness comes when I leave the reins in His hand.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading my testimony, Bonnie! Great to see you here!!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS again MARIAN on your debut book!! :) What a fabulous debut it is too - a beautiful and captivating story that touches everyone's heart that reads it! So proud of you! Nathan and Allen says to say Congrats too!! Btw - you look really good in orange! :)

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    1. LOL - I think I should dye my hair orange then. ;) Say 'hi' to Nathan and Allen! So glad you were the first English reader who read my unedited story! :)

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    2. It was an honour Marian! :) As nice as the orange hair looks Marian... perhaps you should just stick with the wig!! ;)

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    3. The little stinker wouldn't let me read it then, NOELA! haha So proud of her!

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  23. YAAAAAAAAAY!!!! Das kooper schmooken yabbers!!! Loopen snooper und LOTSA SMAKKEN! The whole world LOVES Marian Baay! much luv

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    1. I totally agree!! Lotsa smakken back!
      Thank you!!

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    2. And I also think Murray drank waaay too many cups of coffee this morning! ;)

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    3. I think so too. And he tend to speak more German than Dutch. But of course only you and I notice that - being the only (half) Dutchies here. ;)

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  24. Congratulations to a super lady! Somehow I knew there was a book in there. :D Your testimony was a standing testimony to the lovingkindness and mercy of our God. I was so happy to read it and know you better. I will look forward to reading this book and I do hope to win it. :D Best wishes and blessings unnumbered!!! Darlene
    I forgot to leave my email so I deleted and started over :(
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you, Darlene! You are such a great encourager! You're not the first person who said that somehow you knew there was a book in me. LOL People suggested it after reading my testimony last year - which was posted exactly a year before this party. What a timing our God has!! Bless you and good luck in the drawing.

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  25. Congrats on the new book! Love the cover! :)

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  26. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! MY favorite color is orange so I just had to join in! LOL! Beautiful cake, and I love the picture with you in the orange hair Marian! :D Congratulations again and I hope your book does really well! :) Many blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    P.S. Jessie is gorgeous! :)

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    1. Thank you, Amada! I don't know many people who have orange as their favorite color, so that's cool that it is yours! The hair looks great on me, don't you think? ;)
      Jessie "says" thank you! You can meet her in Heaven Is Not Far. I hope you get the chance to read it!

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    2. Thank you! Yes I do! I love how it goes with the orange purls! :D Awesome I hope I get to also because I would LOVE to meet her! I always love when a good book has animals tied in. :)

      Hugs, Amada

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  27. Marian, so sorry it took me so long to come over and congratulate you. This book sounds great and I would so love to read it. I have never seen so much orange in one place in my life, even on Halloween. :D
    Anyway, congrats on the new release, I am truly happy for you! Hugs and God bless!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Debbie. Always great to see you! Obviously you have never been to the Netherlands on a day when our soccer team is playing an important competition, because then half of the country is dressed in orange. ;)
      I hope you will enjoy the story!

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    2. Chaplain Debbie, this short story by Marian is so lovely AND also filled with twists and turns!!! You will really enjoy the ending! Blessings!

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  28. That is a lot of orange! I love the cover of the book - it's beautiful and mysterious. Sounds wonderful. :) Congrats on your debut - wishing you many successes!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I'm very pleased with the cover. :)

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  29. Love all the orange and love your cover! Congrats, Marian!

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    1. Thank you, Heather! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  30. You are awesome, Marian!!! Congratulations on your first publication. Love the cover and I hope to read this story soon. You've just given me great inspiration and hope that a reviewer can become an author!! Thank you for this occasion to celebrate and the chance to win your wonderful book.

    In Christian Joy,
    Barb

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    1. Barbara, good to see you here! Six months ago I had no idea that I'd be an author some day - and certainly not so fast! Pretty cool, huh? Hope you'll enjoy the story!

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  31. Congratulations and best wishes, Marian.

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  32. Congratulations, Marian. The story looks very interesting. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Naomi! I'm very excited about it and hope you'll like it. :)

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  33. Hallo, Hallo Ms. Baay!!

    Ooh my dear stars!! This is such a wonderful occasion to celebrate!! I apologise my celebratory congratulations are thus far delayed, but I have noticed that the days are jumping off the calendar rather quickly, of late! Whoa! Therefore, I have only just arrived to read this smashing news, today! :) :) I love how Ms. Pagels always whoops it up rather lovely for each special occasion that arrives in the lives of the lovely women who call OWG Home! :) :) Festive, bright, and full of cheerful mirth!

    I am going to become better acquainted with your first debut story, and support you in spirit!

    Blessings to you!!! I hope that the story runs like wildfire through the hearts of the readers who get to read it!

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    1. Hey, Hey, Jorie!

      You're not too late. I'm still celebrating and there's some virtual cake and punch left, so let's sit together and enjoy this day of celebration.
      Thanks for showing interest in my debut story.
      Bless you!!

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    2. Your quite welcome, Ms. Baay!

      I somehow hadn't realised that "Jessie" is your "Jessie!!" I am jumping for joy, drinking the punch, and having a wicked bash of joyous jubilee in your honour! :) :) Its your story that drew my eye to want to get to know the characters within it! :)

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