Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle – Book Release Tour

I’m back from a productive break, and what a wonderful way to start blogging again. I’m delighted to host Miriam and her lovely new book! Take it away, Miriam…

Hi Diana, it’s my privilege to be here on your beautiful blog Thank you so much for your kindness to host my Book Release Tour and allow me to share my process from pen to publication with your readers.

The Making of Tina Lost in a Crowd, Part 7

Publish the Book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Amazon and Barnes & Noble have different formatting guidelines to publish picture books. I would have been happy to have the book on Amazon alone. But I wanted to have a hardcover version. It’s good to have a hardcover version for young children, for the school libraries and public libraries. I also wanted to have a hardcover version of this book for my library.

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) only publishes eBook and paperback but doesn’t have the hardcover option. Barnes & Noble publishes eBook, paperback, and hardcover. For this reason, I published the eBook and paperback on Amazon, and eBook and hardcover on Barnes & Noble. I may inquire if the local B&N would carry my book.

Will I Write More Children’s Books?

As I mentioned on the first day of this Book Tour that I took a writing course at the Institute of Children’s Literature and wrote many stories. Tina Lost in a Crowd was the first story among those stories I revised and published. I may revise some more to be the Tina stories.

There are new ideas for the children’s books. I’ll keep these options open.

Blurb

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?

This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

Purchase Links

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091M586M7

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w?ean=2940162309741

Diana’s Review

Tina and her friend Erica go to the Hollywood Bowl with Tina’s parents to listen to a classical music concert and watch fireworks. During the intermission, on the way to the restrooms, Tina and Erica get lost. Thankfully, Tina remembers some words of wisdom and all ends well. This is a cute story appropriate for preschoolers and young readers, and it shares some excellent advice for kids if they ever get separated from their caregivers. The language is accessible and the illustrations are delightful. It made me want to visit the Hollywood Bowl!

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About the Author

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

Contact Miriam at –

Website/Blog: https://theshowersofblessings.com

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17252131.Miriam_Hurdle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhurdle112

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Miriam-Hurdle-Author-100123351515424

196 thoughts on “Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle – Book Release Tour

  1. Erica/Erika says:

    I am happy to hear you had a productive break, Diana. I was off the grid for awhile, yet likely not as productive as you. I have been reading wonderful reviews about Miriam’s book, “Tina Lost in a Crowd.” I wholeheartedly agree with the hardcover version, especially for children’s books. It does have my name in it. Bonus! Thank you for sharing a great review, Diana. 😀

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  2. As the mother of three girls, this premise has me so nervous! I hope they found the dad! (I’m sure they do, of course. I’m just getting pulled into the drama!) 🙂

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  3. Teri Polen says:

    Glad your break was productive, Diana! Miriam’s book is one I would have read to my sons when they were younger. Really important information both for children and adults about what to do if they become separated.

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    • I miss having little ones around, Teri. I don’t recall having a conversation with my daughter about what to do if lost. A good thing to discuss with the grandson. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Teri. Happy Friday!

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    • We’ll remember to discuss that with our granddaughters when they get a little older. Thank you for hosting me and reviewing the book. Hope you’ve had a wonderful time with your son’s graduation! 🙂

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  4. Congratulations to Miriam on this awazing book and nice review Diana!!!
    Great job!💖👏

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  5. Baydreamer says:

    It’s great to see you back, Diana, and thanks for sharing your wonderful review of Miriam’s book. It’s on order which I’m excited to read! 💗

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Lauren. Little by little I’m catching up on the blog. I didn’t quite finish my to-do list, but I’m close. 🙂 Miriam will be thrilled to hear that you’re picking up her book. It’s cute and the message is a good one for all families. Have a lovely day, my friend.

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    • Good to see you here, Lauren. I’m excited to hear you’ll be reading my book. It would be lovely to hear what you think! ❤

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  6. Staci Troilo says:

    Great review, Diana. Wishing Miriam all the best.

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  7. Another lovely launch post for Miriam’s book and review. I agree a terrific book with some excellent nuggets of wisdom for parents and children..thanks Diana.. x

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  8. Vashti Q says:

    Hi, Diana! I’m happy to see Miriam making the rounds with her new release. Great review. Congratulations, Miriam! 👏🥰 Thanks for hosting, Diana❣️

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  9. Kudos to Miriam for the new book–especially one with such an important message. The illustrations look delightful, and it’s the kind of story I can see parents reading, both for the fiction and the underlying problem solving. : )

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    • I’m thrilled to hear your comment, Kathleen. I would like the parents to hear what you said. The illustrations turned out very well and that pleased me a great deal. I’ll have my daughter read to my granddaughters on my next visit. I can think of something fun to do with the book when I’m with them for the Mother’s Day trip. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 🙂

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    • I don’t think I ever had that conversation with my daughter, and it’s an important one. A lovely little book with vibrant illustrations. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at Miriam’s tour. 🙂 Happy Writing!

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  10. dgkaye says:

    Thrilled to see you part of Miriam’s blog tour for her new beautiful book. Congrats again Miriam! ❤ xx

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  11. Toni Pike says:

    Congratulations to Miriam – what a gorgeous book. Toni x

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  12. I’ve visited Miriam and her new book at a couple of her tour destinations and already downloaded her book. Can’t wait to read it. But (as always) I learned something new on this particular tour. Fascinating that B & N can create a hard cover book, Miriam. I knew that Amazon didn’t have that capacity. Publishing a hard cover children’s book is more complicated with the illustrations, but I agree, so nice for kids to have a book they can really hold onto. I was going to publish my two children’s books as softbacks, but one of my beta readers (and college friend who taught 1st grade for years) told me that teachers prefer the hardback to hold while reading to a group of kids. And sure enough, when I visited elementary schools to read my books at story time (before the pandemic) I found the same to be true. I hope you get to read your book to children at pre-schools and elementary schools in the near future. Your book has a GREAT message.

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    • She’s everywhere it seems. Such a great guest and so engaging. And I learned something too. How awesome that we can do hardcovers! Thanks for the visit, Pam, for cheering Miriam on, and for the lovely comment. Have a wonderful week, my friend. 😀

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    • Thank you for sharing your experience, Pam. My granddaughter loves to turn the pages when she was a lot younger. She is three and a half now. We let her turn the pages when she was two. A couple of books got torn pages. When she looked at those books now, she would say, “It’s okay” because that was what we said when the pages got torn.

      I also know from my teaching days that hardcover is better for younger readers. I had my classroom library where students could go, curl up to read a book when the class work was done. Some popular books got curled corners and torn pages from handling.

      I gave my input to the Amazon hardcover developing team to include more sizes and lower the minimum number of pages. Hopefully I could have the hardcover on the Amazon platform. B&N is quite expensive because of the outsourcing of printing.

      The Tina book is based on my daughter’s story when she was eight years old. I could read to the younger audience and expect the older kids to read independently for a 2,000-word story. I’m waiting for schools to reopen and start with contacting the district where I worked for 25 years.

      Thank you for downloading the book, Pam. I appreciate you wholeheartedly. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  13. Tessa says:

    Welcome back, my friend! I think the artwork on Miriam’s book is so cute and gorgeous and what an important message! Thank you for sharing ❤️

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    • It’s a message that I need to keep in mind too. Lol. Though I can imagine my husband and I losing each other and both staying put. Lol. Thanks for stopping by to cheer Miriam and her book on. 😀

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    • It’s wonderful to hear the affirmation of readers about the artwork, Tessa! It was worth my six months searching and finding this artist. My daughter and her husband went to Europe for the first time in their early days. As many young people do, they were on foot touring the cities. They lost each other. Good thing that my daughter learned in her early life (as happened in the real story behind this book), she stayed put without running around searching for him. Eventually he came back to where they were and found her. It was not easy to wait!

      Thank you for stopping by and your comment. I appreciate that! ❤

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  14. Jan Sikes says:

    How wonderful to see Miriam here today, Diana, and I love your review! This is such an awesome little book. Thank you for hosting and best wishes to Miriam!

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    • Thanks for the visit, Jan, and for cheering Miriam on. It is a sweet book with wonderful illustrations and a bit of wisdom for kids. It was a fun way to return from my blogging break! Have a great week, my friend. 😀

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    • Your comment warms my heart, Jan. Diana did a wonderful job reviewing the book. I also appreciate your great review and hosting my tour. It’s lovely to have you following my tour. Have a wonderful week.

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  15. Lovely to see you back, Diana. I hope you had a great break. This is a delightful book that I also enjoyed.

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  16. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, you’ve been missed! Great to see you back!😀

    Miriam, glad to catch this last day of your excellent tour! I love the cover, blurb of the book and congratulations of the wonderful review by Diana! You will have us all gathering at the Hollywood Bowl!😀

    Is it s bit of a pain that Amazon do not print hardbacks and well done to you for exploring your options to cover this format as well. You are
    meticulous your research and finding solutions!

    Best of luck with your first children’s book and look forward to seeing your other stories in print!

    Wishing you both a great week ahead! hugs xx ❤️

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    • Thanks so much for the visit, Annika. I had a productive break and now have to catch up on blogging! Lol. It was a great way to return with Miriam’s tour. And I’m so glad she shared her experience and knowledge. Have a lovely week, my friend. Happy Writing!

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    • It’s great to see you coming back from your getaway and feeling refresh also, Annika. You have to tell us about your getaway with photos. I’ll catch you on your blog.

      I think Amazon realized they missed a big market. I understand that if a book has a hardcover version, the author or publisher could bring that version to the Amazon marketplace. I haven’t looked into the details. I know they honor the book’s previous pricing and versions. Some authors would put the first book in a series on a permanent $0.00 but Amazon doesn’t have that option. If the book was priced at another platform with $0.00 and want to list on Amazon, they would honor it.

      B&N is expensive for hardcover books. I don’t want to bring that version to Amazon. I’m waiting for Amazon to have more sizes for hardcover books. Currently, they started with several sizes to test the market.

      Have a wonderful week, Annika! ❤

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  17. I would enjoy seeing more Tina stories, Miriam. Thanks for hosting today, Diana! 🙂

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  18. Congratulations, Miriam! And welcome back, Diana – nice to see your blog pop up in my feed. 💕

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  19. petespringerauthor says:

    Nice to see Miriam’s book getting so much attention. I’m trying to keep up with her. Hope you had a nice break, Diana.

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    • I had a great break, Pete. My to-do list was getting so long it was starting to weigh on me. I’m a bit lighter now and glad to be back, especially to host Miriam with her new book. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’re doing well. Have a wonderful day and week ahead. 🙂

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    • I appreciate your stopping by, Pete. You were tremendously helpful in my process, Pete. Thank you for hosting and reviewing the book. It’s a perfect place to conclude the tour at Diana’s place.

      I’ll bring my book to read to my grandkids on my next trip. You must be excited about your upcoming trip!
      Have a restful Sunday and a wonderful week ahead.

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  20. Chel Owens says:

    Great idea for a book, Miriam. I’m excited to read it!

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  21. It’s good to see you back, Diana! I’m glad you had a productuve break. I think Miriam’s blog tour for Tina Lost in a Crowd is going very well. I think she’s smart to go with a hardcover format to try to get the book into libraries.

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  23. It’s wonderful to see you back. Great review, thus book sounds fabulous!

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  24. What a wonderful review Diana. Thank you for sharing.
    Congratulations to Miriam.

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  25. acflory says:

    Congratulations on the launch, Miriam. And congratulations on the cover as well. It looks great and conveys its own visual story.

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  26. V.M.Sang says:

    This sounds like an excellent book for children. I no longer have any pre-schoolers in my family, but I will spread the word to those who have.

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  27. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review of Miriam’s book, Diana. How wonderful to have the hardcover available. Congratulations, Miriam!

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  28. Jina Bazzar says:

    Nice review, Diana. I agree that hardcovers are better for children. In fact, any softcovers I get my children get torn within the first week – after that, they mostly lose interest in the repetition and start looking forward to something new.

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    • I know this first hand, Jina. The books kept well in my classroom and for my daughter and granddaughters are hardcovers. Some of my older granddaughter’s paperbacks have torn pages also because she loves books. For this reason I made hardcover for the Tina book available. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your input!

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    • I’m excited about hardcovers too, Jina. Especially for kids books. Thanks for stopping by, my friend, and for cheering Miriam on with her new book. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. 🙂

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  29. Congrats on Diana’s wonderful review, Miriam! ❤ I'm enjoying following the tour and learning more about your experience publishing children's book. I know fans will be excited to follow you and Tina on upcoming adventures. Happy writing! ❤ xo

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    • It has been wonderful to see you and other friends follow along the tour, Bette. The tour has been an exciting parade this week with the cheering. We’ll have fireworks at Diana’s place. ❤ Tina and her family and friends are clapping their hands.
      Have a wonderful weekend! ❤

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    • Thanks for the visit, Bette. I’m a big fan of children’s books and am delighted to support Miriam with her new venture. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. I’ll be over soon to catch up with happenings in Maine. 😀

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  30. So Barnes & Noble have a publishing arm, Miriam? I wasn’t aware of that. I’d love to make hardcovers of my books, as well, but haven’t found a venue at a reasonable cost. I’ll have to look into this.
    Good luck with sales. Tina Lost in a Crowd looks like a winner to me!

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    • I published the poetry book in hardcover on Barnes & Noble, Jacquie. Since they have hardcover all along, there are more sizes and paper options. You can have a hardcover with jacket or hardcover with printed case. I don’t like jackets. I always take away the jackets of my books. But if the authors want to have a long bio and include many praises, they usually do them with jackets. Go to: https://press.barnesandnoble.com to check it out.

      Right before I wrote this post, about two or three weeks ago, I received an invitation from Amazon about publishing the hardcover. Right now they only have about 6 sizes available with a minimum of 75 pages with “wrapped cover.” It doesn’t have the size for my illustrated book yet. I called to talk to the KDP agent and gave my input to the development team. Hopefully there’ll be more options in the near future. The conventional sizes for novels are available and the prices could be cheaper than B&N since Amazon does its own printing whereas B&N does the outsourcing to IngramSpark for printing.

      Check your KDP account to see if the hardcover option shows up yet. If you have the books already, it only requires a little work to create the hardcover version. If it doesn’t show yet, call KDP to send you an invitation.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Jacquie! BTW, I’m in the middle of The Seal’s Temptation and loving it. And so glad to be back and supporting MIriam with her new book. Hardcover is exciting, isn’t it? I love that idea. Have a great weekend, my friend.

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  31. Good point about the Hollywood Bowl. That is an incomparable venue. June 17th is should again be open!

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  32. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    I agree it’s nice to have a hardback book for children, Miriam. I took those classes too and started Elizabeth’s War there.

    Thanks for hosting, Diana:)

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    • Wow, it’s wonderful to have met the alumni here, you and Darlene. We all have good results from our learning. Thank you for sharing that with me and thank you for following the tour all the way.

      Diana’s blog is a great place for the end of tour party!!

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    • Thanks for the visit, Denise, and for the lovely comment. I enjoyed Elizabeth’s War. Those classes must be good ones. I’m happy to support Miriam’s tour, even though I got the day wrong. Sigh. Have a great weekend. ❤

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  33. mydangblog says:

    Sounds like a wonderful teachable moment for kids!

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  34. Good review! Miriam’s book does sound like an adorable read about an important topic.

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  35. A great review of Miriam’s new and lovely book, Diana. Hope all is well with you. Thanks for the awesome post.

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  36. joycemaryj says:

    Thank you for introducing this book to me. I could really give this to my daughter.

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  37. balroop2013 says:

    Congratulations Miriam for another fabulous review! Nice to see you Diana, hope your new book is ready. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Balroop for your support and following the tour. It’s wonderful to see Diana’s fabulous review, and great to conclude the tour at her place. I bet Diana’s book is ready. She spent solid time in the editing. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Balroop. I’m still working on it, but the house is clean! Ha ha. I’m delighted to be back and what a fun way to re-enter blogland. Miriam’s book is really cute and I’m happy to cheer her on. Have a lovely weekend!

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  38. Darlene says:

    You have done such a great job of this book release tour, Miriam! I took a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature about 30 years ago. It was a good course and got me interested in writing for children, although I didn’t do anything about it for another 20 years. A great review, Diana.

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    • It was a great writing course at the Institute of Children’s Literature. Good to know you took the course, Darlene, and resulting in the Amanda series. I’ll revisit my stories in a later time. I checked it out again and the fees are many times more than I paid. In the beginning, the correspondence was done by snail mail. The instructor did the input with hand written notes. I requested to have another instructor to do online correspondence.

      It’s wonderful to conclude my tour at Diana’s place with her great review.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Darlene, and for taking the time to cheer Miriam on. I’ve been away from the blog and have tons of catching up to do. And delighted to be back for Miriam’s tour. 🙂

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  39. Lovely to see Miriam’s tour stopping at your place, Diana. Hugs to both of you.

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  40. Kudos on your latest book Miriam. You seem to have had a long and prolific writing career. Welcome back Diana.

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