The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour with D. Wallace Peach

Introduction

I’ve been blogging for nearly three and a half years and have met many fascinating people. As someone who worked in a collaborative field (education), I know how crucial it is to learn from other skilled professionals. Not only is D. Wallace Peach an outstanding writer, but she is also a genuinely kind and supportive person. She always takes the time to acknowledge others’ comments on her blog with sincere and thoughtful replies. It is a style I hope to emulate as a writer and in the manner I conduct myself. When I got an opportunity to take part in her blog tour for her new book, The Necromancer’s Daughter, my first thought was, where do I sign up?

I recently came across a thought-provoking question regarding what kind of genre I would be least likely to write. My answer was Diana’s specialty—fantasy. While I have little desire to write in this genre, Diana is slowly converting me into a fantasy reader. Having read two of her other novels (Liars and Thieves and The Ferryman and the Sea Witch), I knew the writing in her new book would be superb. That proved to be true. (See my review below.) Time to turn things over to Diana.

Blurb:

A healer and dabbler in the dark arts of life and death, Barus is as gnarled as an ancient tree. Forgotten in the chaos of the dying queen’s chamber, he spirits away her stillborn infant, and in a hovel at the meadow’s edge, he breathes life into the wisp of a child. He names her Aster for the lea’s white flowers. Raised as his daughter, she learns to heal death.

Then the day arrives when the widowed king, his own life nearing its end, defies the Red Order’s warning. He summons the necromancer’s daughter, his only heir, and for his boldness, he falls to an assassin’s blade.

While Barus hides from the Order’s soldiers, Aster leads their masters beyond the wall into the Forest of Silvern Cats, a land of dragons and barbarian tribes. She seeks her mother’s people, the powerful rulers of Blackrock, uncertain whether she will find sanctuary or face a gallows’ noose.

Unprepared for a world rife with danger, a world divided by those who practice magic and those who hunt them, she must choose whether to trust the one man offering her aid, the one man most likely to betray her—her enemy’s son.

A healer with the talent to unravel death, a child reborn, a father lusting for vengeance, and a son torn between justice, faith, and love. Caught in a chase spanning kingdoms, each must decide the nature of good and evil, the lengths they will go to survive, and what they are willing to lose.

Writing Sample

Today I thought I’d share a snippet from Chapter 3 where Barus takes a huge step that will change the course of his life:

Barus’s lantern burned deep into the night. The book transformed as he read, the practical and ordinary craft of healing morphing into a study of roots and fungi. He perused pages of cryptic elixirs with instructions designed to mislead, of potions where he couldn’t distinguish the active ingredients from the unnecessary. The book detailed the mysterious effects wrought by combinations of hallucinogens. With many of the ancient recipes, he discovered accompanying prayers and incantations. Much of it, he scarcely understood.

The last chapter in the book lay before him. Necromancy: The Summoning, Manipulation, and Resurrection of the Dead.

He tapped his fingers on the ominous skull inked into the page’s center. Olma had scribbled in the margins, circled the word Resurrection, and written Death Magic in her messy scrawl. He’d found what he sought, the powerful magic he longed to wield. While he sipped his cold soup, he flipped the page and read.

D. Wallace Peach’s Biography

A long-time reader, best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life when years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books. She was instantly hooked.

In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.

Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

Fantasy Writer D. Wallace Peach

Get in Touch with D. Wallace Peach

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Website/Blog: http://mythsofthemirror.com

Website/Books: http://dwallacepeachbooks.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dwallacepeach

My Review

The Necromancer’s Daughter is one of those novels that grabs your attention right from the get-go and keeps you riveted the whole time.

Barus possesses an unusual and powerful skill in necromancy, the ability to bring dead things back to life if certain conditions happen. Most people in Verdane associate this with witchcraft and are against the practice. The risks are extreme. There is no guarantee his attempt will work, and he could lose his life trying to resurrect someone in the process.

When the Queen’s health suddenly deteriorates, King Aldring commands Barus to come to the palace to try and help save his wife and their child. The Queen realizes she is about to pass, and her only concern becomes the life of her unborn child. After the Queen dies, Barus offers to bring her back to life. King Aldring faces the unenviable choice of whether to go against his convictions to restore the Queen’s life. His religious beliefs win out, and he decides it would be sacrilegious to resurrect her life. He falls into depression upon her passing and learning that his new baby is a girl.

Barus, fearing for the baby’s safety, decides to kidnap her and raise it as his own. He names the baby Aster, and father and daughter maintain a beautiful relationship. As Aster becomes a young adult, she learns about necromancy from her father, though her experiences up to that point are only with animals. She and her father must separate when some of the King’s men come looking for them. The King’s Vicar, Tamus, has a deep hatred for both but follows the King’s orders to find and return them. The Vicar’s son, Joreh, is torn, uncertain how to proceed. He also believes that necromancy is a sin, but he slowly falls in love with Aster. The internal struggle that Joreh goes through is one of the most compelling parts of the plot. Aster and Barus wish to be reunited one day but getting caught in the middle of warring tribes makes this unlikely.

Even though this was not an easy read, author D. Wallace Peach writes numerous engaging scenes, well-crafted characters, and plot twists that kept this reader on the edge of his seat. I recommend this book to anyone who loves good writing, especially those who enjoy epic fantasy tales.

Where Can I Purchase Diana’s Book

US: https://www.amazon.com/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach/dp/B0B9FY6YZJ

IN: https://www.amazon.in/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

168 thoughts on “The Necromancer’s Daughter Book Tour with D. Wallace Peach

  1. it’s good to see Diana’s work featured on your blog, Pete. I agree with you about how kind and supportive she is to other writers, myself included. It really makes a difference!

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful comment, Liz. When I started blogging, I was clueless and didn’t realize that this is about building relationships. When the lightbulb turned on, I started reaching out, and it’s been a blast ever since. Thanks for being part of my wonderful community. ❤

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 8:58 am

      I didn’t include this in my post, but she recently read and offered many substantive comments on my work in progress. It went WAY BEYOND what anyone would expect and will provide me with guidance as I forge on.

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      1. That’s wonderful, Pete!! (I’m not surprised.)

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      2. I’m so glad it was helpful, Pete. That makes me happy.

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  2. A great review. I am not a fantasy reader either but Diana’s writing is so good, that I decided to give this book a try. Also, there have been so many amazing reviews.

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    1. Another potential convert. Lol. I love that you’re giving the book a try, Darlene. Thanks so much for stopping by Pete’s and for the lovely comment. Doing a happy dance and trying not to spill my coffee. Happy Reading!

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:06 am

      It’s noteworthy that good writing trumps all. Jan Sikes had a recent thought-provoking post about social media. I think many of us find that the least appealing part. Perhaps it’s my naive attitude, but I’d like to believe that our words are still the most crucial element of story writing.

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  3. Great passage! Very intriguing. Wishing you all the best, Diana.

    Great review, Pete. Like you, I wouldn’t want to write it, but I enjoy reading it now and then. Looking forward to this one.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by at Pete’s, Joan. I’m so glad you enjoyed the passage. And I’m delighted with Pete’s wonderful review. It’s funny how we find our writing niches, isn’t it? I don’t think I could ever write a mystery; having to coordinate all those clues seems mind-boggling. Ha ha. Have a wonderful week and Happy Reading. 🙂

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:10 am

      I think there’s a lot to be said for being multi-genre readers. Like everything else in my life, I find some connection to teaching. Observing great teachers from various grades was especially helpful to me, even if I had no desire to teach at that level.

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      1. Great analogy, Pete. There are things we can learn from different genres, for sure. 🙂

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  4. Lovely review, Pete. I also agree that fantasy is a genre I would not like to write in.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Stevie, and for checking out Pete’s review. My dad was an avid fantasy reader, so I grew up with my nose in the genre. It was a natural fit. 🙂 Have a wonderful Monday and week ahead. Happy Reading. 😀

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:14 am

      As someone who has never had much aptitude for art, I can’t help but think of some of my artistic painting friends. I respect and appreciate all the intricate details that go into their work, yet that will never be me. That’s part of what makes life so interesting.

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  5. Thank you for the wonderful review, Pete, and for the incredibly kind introduction. I can easily say the same about your kindness here on the blogs and in everyday life. I’m delighted that the book held your attention, and I’m honored that you take the chance with fantasies even though it’s not your go-to genre. I’m trying to gather converts, one book at a time. Lol. I’m thrilled to be here today and look forward to chatting with your followers. Huge hugs.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:21 am

      Some people thrive with drama and chaos in their lives, but I’m all about surrounding myself with positive and uplifting people. It’s not like I’ve got one foot in the grave, but I’m at that point in my life where I’m going to make my time count, whatever I choose to do.

      I’m reading books in a much different way than before. While I used to read almost exclusively for pleasure, I focus much more on the skill and craft of writing since I’ve still got a ton to learn. Learning to broaden our horizons to other genres is part of that process. Best of luck to you, Diana, personally and professionally.

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      1. I read with the same eye on craft, Pete. And exposure to other genres can give us all kinds of ideas… adding secrets and twists and red herrings is something I learned from other genres, and when I can, I enjoy adding them in. 🙂 Thanks again for hosting me and for the kind review!

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  6. I also enjoyed the book, Pete. I loved Diana’s attention to detail in creating the different landscapes. I’m sure they are based on parts of the Pacific Northwest. But the dragons are an extra!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:23 am

      Your dragon comment made me smile, Audrey. Bigfoot is part of the folklore of our area.

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      1. Some of the characters in Diana’s book reminded me of Bigfoot!

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    2. I wanted to set the book in Asia, Audrey, since it’s a spin on a Chinese legend, but I just couldn’t do it with any authenticity and that was important to me. So I went with a made-up landscape. Some Asian elements like the cherry trees, but also silver trees that don’t lose their leaves, huge evergreens, and white panthers. That’s part of writing fantasy that I love – making things up!

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      1. I think the places we know well have a way of creeping into our writing, but your imagined plants and creatures are one of the things I enjoyed while reading the book.

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  7. Great review and launch post, Diana and Pete! Sharing…

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:24 am

      Thanks for the boost, Bette.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by at Pete’s and for sharing, Bette. That was kind of you. Have a beautiful week. ❤

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  8. How wonderful to see Diana here at your blog site today, Pete! What a great review! I loved the book, too. Diana’s unique way of stringing words together is beyond poetic. It’s a true art form. Thank you for hosting, and best wishes to Diana!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:28 am

      She is a master wordsmith. Reading one of her books is like enjoying a complex play with so many moving parts that work in concert with each other.

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    2. Thanks for the wonderful compliment, Jan. I love atmospheric writing and work hard to emulate some of my favorite authors. Language is so beautiful, like spoken music. I just love working with words. Have a wonderful day, my friend. Hugs.

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  9. Thank you, Pete, for sharing Diana with us today. I’m with you about fantasy, but like you, Diana has converted me. She’s an exceptional writer and equally beautiful human being. I’m greatly moved by her kindness and support. And, I’m loving Necromancer’s Daughter. ❤️

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:32 am

      I’m not a complete extrovert, but I lean more that way the older I get. Diana is so personable on the blogs that I’m shocked to learn she considers herself introverted. Like you, I admire the person and the writer. Thanks for your comments, Gwen.

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      1. Total introvert, Pete! Ha ha. I rarely leave my house except to venture into the woods. Many of my dearest friends are virtual. 🙂

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    2. Thanks for the lovely comment, Gwen. I’m practically teary from your kind words. I’m so grateful that you’re giving the book a try and enjoying the read. Thank you. Have a beautiful day, my friend.

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      1. Beautiful it is… 🌞

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  10. Wonderful excerpt! D. Wallace Peach is an outstanding writer. Thanks for sharing, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:34 am

      Great! I’m happy but not surprised to see so many other writers who feel like I do about Diana’s writing.

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    2. Thanks so much, Bette. You’re awfully kind to me. Happy Writing, my friend, and have a beautiful transition into autumn. Hugs.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author September 12, 2022 — 8:58 am

    Great introduction, review, and post! That was such a powerful part when he finds what he needs to do.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:37 am

      Agreed, Denise! While the external struggles of characters are usually stimulating, I find the internal wrestling matches they go through to be the most compelling.

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to drop by, Denise. I loved writing this pivotal scene. Then, later in the book, making it come alive. I’m grateful for Pete’s review and yours too! Hugs.

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  12. Congratulations to Diana on this latest. Thanks to Pete for hosting.😁

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 9:38 am

      My pleasure, John. Thanks for dropping by.

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to pop by Pete’s blog, John. I’m delighted to be here. Have a wonderful week!

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  13. Besides being an excellent story, the daughter is a wonderful model for youngsters to do even the tough stuff that’s right.

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    1. I’m so glad you mentioned that, Jacqui. This story is a rather extreme example of trying to do the right thing, but being “good” and standing up for what’s right and kind isn’t always easy. Thanks so much for visiting Pete’s and for the wonderful comment. Have a great week. ❤

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 12:57 pm

      Excellent point, Jacqui! Children need a safe environment and examples of people speaking out when they recognize something is wrong. Going against the grain can be especially hard for adolescents and requires strength and good self-esteem.

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  14. I loved the snippet, Diana, but then I loved the whole book. You expertly bring life to every scene.
    Congratulations on another great review.

    Pete, I’m glad Diana is converting you. Way back in the day I used to read (and write) fantasy exclusively. I still love a good fantasy tale, and Diana always delivers. Thanks for hosting her today.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment, Mae. I’m trying to think if I’ve read any of your fantasies. I’ll have to browse your books. I do love your paranormal mysteries, so I’m glad you found your niche. Many thanks for stopping by Pete’s and for your wonderful support. Happy Writing!

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      1. You won’t find any of my fantasy novels published, Diana. They’re all trunk novels from my twenties and early thirties. I do have many fond memories of them, but they’d need a lot of help to see the light of day, LOL!

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      2. Ha! Trunk novels. Well, that explains why I don’t remember them. Happy Writing.

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 1:06 pm

      This is another fascinating element of writing to me, Mae. Some writers find their sweet spot and stick with it, while others write from many genres. While I think my primary area will be writing children’s novels (that’s the teacher in me coming out), I’ve recently been experimenting with some humor pieces.

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      1. It’s great to experiment, Pete. You never know where it will lead. I’ve written fantasy, sci-fi, western, romance, YA, inspirational, and of course, mystery/suspense. It’s all about finding your niche. 🙂

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  15. Hi Pete, I agree with all your comments about Diana, she is a wonderful writer and very supportive and kind. I will be starting this book soon and your lovely review is certainly an encouragement.

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    1. Thanks so much, Robbie. Everyone is being so flattering and kind. I’m so glad you feel that way. Whenever you get to the book (somewhere in your 900-book TBR pile!), I hope you enjoy it. Have a wonderful day, my friend. ❤ Hugs

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      1. I will be reading it next before my 3 October date.

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 1:09 pm

      I’m pretty sure there will be no turning back once you pick it up, Robbie. 😉 I know that won’t be a problem for a voracious reader like you.

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  16. I learned so much from Diana about building relationships in this blogging community, Pete! When I first got more followers, I was overwhelmed with responding to comments and didn’t have a good way to visit the blogs. Her post about responding to the comments turned on my lightbulb. Her comments on blogs are friendly and personal.
    I enjoyed very much of your review. Diana’s poetic language makes her fantasy a fairy tale. I look forward to reading her latest creation.
    Thank you for hosting Diana today, Pete!

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    1. Awww. Thank you, Miriam. I’m glad you enjoyed my comments. I just try to have fun, and I’m so appreciative of anyone who takes the time to leave a message. Blogging is time-consuming, so comments really are a gift. And to me, you always seemed to be totally on the ball with blogging. Super kind and friendly. Thanks for stopping by Pete’s, and enjoy your day. You must be crazy busy with your own tour as well as moving! You’re amazing.

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      1. As I mentioned it once that I’m not following too many new boogers regularly because I want my blogging to be manageable and fun.
        Yes, we’re kind of crazy at the moment. My husband and I kept going until we dropped. Little bit exhausted. It’s good to take a break from packing and sit by the computer.

        It rained off and on the last three days, slowed down the new roof and painting. It’s a good thing. We now postponed clearing the house two weeks after coming back from our trip.

        We’re back to square one. Let’s go to the restaurant. See you soon.

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      2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 2:29 pm

        As someone who frequently types too fast and fails to look at my comments before hitting send, I smiled at your comment above (not following too many new boogers)😊. That’s precisely the kind of thing I do all the time.

        One step at a time with the move. How great that you will be nearer to your daughter, son-in-law, and of course—the grandkids!

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      3. Haha, I used my phone to swipe the letters to form words. That’s the most wonderful thing I learned from my daughter. I don’t type anymore. The way to do it is wiping the letters on your keypad in the direction of the spelling. If you’re lucky, it spells the correct words for you. But if my fingers touch the wrong letters, it spells wrong. I can reswipe it or type it.

        Boogers made me laugh 😂 so hard!! The space is less than half an inch on the phone to respond to comments. If I make a long comment, I won’t be able to see the entire message.

        Want to try? Do it as slow as you can. It’s like magic. You never want to type again.

        Yes, we’re excited about moving closer to the family.🤗

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      4. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 3:46 pm

        It’s like auto-correct. Convenient and quick but makes for a few comical moments. Thought you might appreciate the humor.

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      5. Yes, it’s like auto-correct. I try to read my comment before clicking “send.” Thanks for making me laugh.

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      6. I laughed at boogers too, Miriam. That kind of thing happens to me too!

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      7. Did you read my response to Pete’s comment? I don’t type on my phone!

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      8. I did. And it makes sense. I only blog on my laptop, so I have no excuse for my typos. 😀

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      9. I used my laptop a lot, but I have to move around the house. 😊

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    2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 1:16 pm

      In my opinion, the best leaders are those who lead by example. I think most people generally respond to the comments on their blogs with substantive responses, but some do not. I think that’s rude because it demonstrates the person does not value the opinions of others. What a horrible message that sends!

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      1. I know, Pete. I would rather follow less blogs but have quality time to comment. When I first got serious about blogging, WordPress had daily photo challenge and daily word. It was easy to have hundreds of bloggers gathering at the same places. With the same themes, it was easier to comment also. I built a good number of followers back in those days. WordPress decided not to do those anymore. Most of the bloggers I have right now are authors and some photographers, people with whom I have something in common, like with you. People I call friends.

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      2. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 2:21 pm

        Hmm, I didn’t know that. I’m sure they had their reasons for changing it. Perhaps it’s harder to manage when so many people are on one blog. It would be helpful if WordPress would note why they’re making changes when they do. I know many who were frustrated by the Block Editor change. That one never bothered me much, though the skeptic in me thought it might be a gimmick to charge more money. One recent change is my notifications used to take me right to my comment when someone asked a question or responded to my remark. Now, I have to search through the comments, looking for mine. That’s more time-consuming.

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      3. I’ve visited a few people with other platforms. By far, WP is more user friendly. I just have my own system to make my life easier in blogging.

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  17. Barus is one of my favorite characters in this book. Another fabulous review for Diana – thanks for hosting, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 1:45 pm

      Barus is great, and who couldn’t love Teko? Diana also has great villains.

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      1. Oh, Yes, Teko. He was another fun one to write. 🙂 I loved getting to know both of them.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Teri, and I’m so glad you enjoyed Barus. He was such a sweetheart. I loved writing his scenes. Have a wonderful evening, my friend. Happy Writing!

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  18. she really is a wonderful writer, and while fantasy is not my usual genre, I enjoy her writing style and words very much. kind of you to share, I agree, this is one of the best things about blogging, the connections we make.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 2:36 pm

      Absolutely! I had no idea what this blogging world was all about when I started. Just like teaching, it’s all about the connections. A common piece of advice for writers is to “write what you know.” I know kids (part of that is I’m still a big kid at heart), and I want to write children’s novels about students dealing with contemporary problems.

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      1. you are the perfect person for that!

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    2. Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Beth. You gave me a big smile. More converts! Yay. I’m delighted to be here at Pete’s blog and so pleased that you stopped by. Have a beautiful week.

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      1. my pleasure, and you’ll be happy to know my grandson is a huge fantasy fan

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      2. I think a lot of us have one of those in the family. Lol.

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  19. Wonderful to see Diana presented here. Congratulations on that great review.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 4:30 pm

      She’s a gem! I’ve got equally good things to say about the writer and the person.

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    2. Thanks for the visit and kind comment, Craig. I’ve had a wonderful day here at Pete’s and was thrilled with his review. Happy Writing!

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  20. Excellent review, Pete. Being as this is a large book at over 300 pages, it’s taking me a while to get through it, but I’m getting a kick out of some of the characters 🙂
    Diana, I just took a look at the book on Amazon and have to comment on the awesome photo library you created- nice work!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 4:33 pm

      I took my time, and I’ll admit that I took a few notes to keep track of some of the characters. We need to take a little more time (at least I do) with more complex plots.

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    2. Thanks, Jacquie! Your comment was the perfect way to end my day. And thanks so much for reading! Yay. There’s a bit of back matter, so the story isn’t quite as long as it seems. I hope you enjoy the ending! As far as Amazon, I tried that A+ content feature and will probably do it for my other books as I get the time. It’s a little large, so the next one might be a little different. Have a lovely week, my friend. ❤ ❤

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  21. Wow what an amazing sounding book!! I’ll definitely have to look that up and Diana sounds like an amazing person.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 5:54 pm

      She’s terrific, LaShelle. I’m hoping that we can make this connection happen between you (It’s kind of cool matching up blogging buddies) because you also have a terrific way with words. Your descriptive writing, in particular, always stands out in your posts.

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      1. Ahhh Pete you’re so kind to me!! I’m looking forward to “meeting” her. I’ve had issues lately with following people on my phone. It works better on my computer so I’ll come back to you post and her blog tomorrow when I hit up the coffee shop and try then. 🥰

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by Pete’s to check out the book and his wonderful review, LaShelle. That was so kind of you. And I hope that if you give the book a try, you enjoy the read. And I second Pete’s comment about your posts. You have a beautiful way with words. Not to mention your photography. Have an amazing day and a happy slide into autumn.

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      1. Thanks so much! I’m apparently already following you but I think it’s a more recent follow. Thanks kindly for the thoughtful compliments and I’m looking forward to getting to know you through you blog!

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      2. Yes. We ran across each other last week. I love it when connections click. ❤

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      3. I’m sorry for not remembering! I’ve been battling long haul Covid and I haven’t had a good chance to look over your blog much yet. I don’t get internet out where I am. I use my phone but most of the time things don’t come up the way they should (or at all when we have storms here). I schedule my blog to drop every Tuesday so I hit up the coffee shop after farm chores are complete ☺️

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      4. Oh, no worries! Blogging should be free of stress. 😀 I’m sorry to hear about long haul Covid. That’s another reason to relax and enjoy your days on the farm. ❤

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      5. Thanks! We were all vaccinated but we still have weird lingering symptoms over a month later. It’s crazy!

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      6. I’ve heard that they go away, but that it just takes a long time. Be well. 😀

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      7. Thank you! here’s hoping!!

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      8. petespringerauthor September 13, 2022 — 7:21 am

        Okay, my work here is done. 🤣 I’m glad you two are connected.

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  22. Fabulous review and fabulous book! I’m halfway through it and hate when I have to put it down. Diana strikes again! ❤

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 8:00 pm

      Yep, it seems we can all agree on that point. Maybe that should be the title of her next book—Diana Strikes Again. 😊 Of course, common names will never cut it in the land of fantasy.

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      1. Ha ha ha. Nope, It would have to be Dyannah or something. Lol

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      2. So true. But fantasy writing and Diana’s name are synonymous in my books. 🙂

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    2. That’s so exciting to hear, Debby. What a wonderful comment. Huge thanks for taking the time to read, and I’m delighted that it’s captured your imagination. Hugs, my friend. Have a lovely peaceful day. 🙂

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      1. I had no doubts Diana. You’ve done it again! Hugs ❤ xxx

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  23. I need to be more open to different genres as well. Like you, fantasy is not high on my list of books, but really make this one sound appealing! Wonderful review…

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 8:05 pm

      I think some of us (myself included) have a misconception of what fantasy writing is. The characters frequently wrestle with issues that aren’t that different than the modern world, though unlikely any of them will be enrolling in accounting classes at Villanova.😊

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      1. it’s funny; I loved the Harry Potter series, but I have little desire to read Lord of the Rings.

        Well if they enroll in accounting course, I’ll read a fantasy novel (I think I get the better end of that deal…)

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    2. Thanks so much for checking out Pete’s post and review, Jim. I’m trying to create converts. Lol. When I started reading a broad range of indie books, I was exposed to genres I wouldn’t normally choose, and I discovered that I really enjoy memoirs and historical fiction. Who knew? Not me. It’s been one of the wonderful outcomes of engaging in this lovely WP community. If you take the leap, I hope the book brings you hours of entertainment. Happy Reading!

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      1. it’s always fun to find a genre and author you enjoy. that happened to me a few years ago with Harlan Coben. I will yours on my reading list!

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      2. Thanks, Jim. I’m delighted. Yay.

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      3. Thank you so much, Jim. I’m just tickled. I hope you enjoy the adventure. 😀 😀

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  24. A great review for Diana’s new book, Pete – her world creation is amazing. Toni x

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    1. petespringerauthor September 12, 2022 — 10:28 pm

      Right! Imagination allows us to create whatever we want. I’d be curious to understand the process of how most fantasy writers come up with their ideas for their fantasies

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      1. I usually start with the magic, Pete, because I want that to be an integral part of the plot. I’m relatively methodical and do a lot of planning before I start writing – magic system development, character bios, world-building worksheets, and a complete outline. I like the story to feel cohesive and logical, even if it’s imaginary. 😀

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    2. Pete’s review was wonderful, wasn’t it? Thanks for the visit and kind compliment, Toni. It’s lovely to see you here. Have a great day, my friend, and Happy Reading. ❤

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  25. Thanks for your terrific review for Diana’s book, Pete. Fantasy was never a genre I read either until I met Diana. So, like you, I have been slowly converted as well. I’ve read two of her books, and now I’m currently reading The Necromancer’s Daughter. I also agree with you about her character. 🙂 Great post and lovely to see Diana being featured again. Congrats again to her!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 13, 2022 — 5:33 pm

      I’m glad you also appreciate Diana’s character—something I tried to impress upon my students. She’s got so many fans that her book tour will last a while.😊

      I have to ask about your handle. My wife and I live on Humboldt Bay, which is connected to the Pacific Ocean. I’ve often thought of our bay as a rather magical place. I wondered if Baydreamer holds the same significance for you?

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      1. I also agree about Diana’s tour. And regarding my handle, we live in the S.F. bay area and I’m a dreamer, so the name felt right. 🙂 We toured Humboldt State Univ. with our daughter years ago before it changed names. She decided on UC Davis but had friends at Humboldt. Beautiful area! We’ve always lived near the Pacific. So, yes, the magic is the same. 🙂

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      2. petespringerauthor September 13, 2022 — 10:20 pm

        My wife and I both attended Humboldt and met in the teacher credential program. My nephew attended UC Davis as a graduate student, so we already have a few things in common.

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    2. Thanks for the generous comment, Lauren. I love reading about converts to fantasy. It’s such a broad genre that, believe it or not, there are some subgenres that I don’t enjoy. I’m glad you’re enjoying this book. Have a beautiful day. Hugs.

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      1. I understand, Diana, and can’t say that I’ll read all fantasy books, but yours have captivated me. 🙂 Hugs back…

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  26. Interesting to see that fantasy is one of the non-preferred genres for you. My ‘that category’ would be romance. Like you, I decided on broadening my horizons and have started reading those books too, if only to grow in my craft.

    How interesting to learn of Peach as well. I know very little of US geography, but the personalities I’ve known from Oregon all seem to live an outdoorsy life.

    I checked out the first pages on Amazon and it does look like an interesting read indeed. Though her prose does seem a little advanced (no right or wrong there, just an observation). Thanks for sharing a book in one of my favourite genres!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 13, 2022 — 5:47 pm

      Your knowledge of Oregon geography is pretty spot on. Though Oregon has some urban areas, many beautiful mountains, trees, and valleys exist. The coastline is similar to where we live with redwood forests.

      Diana’s language is rich, and she describes her settings and characters well. I’m quite sure you won’t have any “I can’t see it” moments.

      Interestingly, you mention romance as one of your non-preferred genres. I’d equate that with fantasy for me. I’ve read some in the past couple of years because some bloggers I follow write romance. I’ve broadened my horizons, though I’m still unlikely to watch romantic comedy movies, except when my wife is around. 🤣

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    2. Thanks for the visit here at Pete’s, Stuart. I’m so grateful to Pete and other non-fantasy readers for giving my books a try and for the wonderful support. It’s this community that’s just amazingly generous.

      Romance has always been a struggle for me too as a reader, but I’m also expanding my reading horizons, and have discovered some genres that I love, especially historical fiction and memoirs. I had no idea! I’ve tried to take the parts of each genre that I enjoy (including romance) and including them in my books.

      And thanks so much for taking a peek at the writing. I’ll admit to a love of words and language and a lot of crafting in that respect. If you decide to give the book a try, I hope the adventure sweeps you along. And Happy Writing too!

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  27. What an excellent review, Pete. I loved this book too. I think Diana writes in a speculative fiction/fantasy realm, which is one thing I really love about her writing. Her worlds exist but not necessarily on the earth. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed this book. There’s always something for everyone in Diana’s stories. 💜

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    1. petespringerauthor September 14, 2022 — 11:49 am

      Yes, speculative fiction/fantasy is a better label, as fantasy leaves too much room for interpretation. By the way, I read many of your poems (another thing I rarely do is write poetry), and they are always filled with rich language choices and fantastic imagery. Great job, Colleen, and thanks for adding your thoughts about Diana.

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      1. Pete, thank you so much! I love when people say they rarely write poetry… I bet you write it in your mind. You’re always welcome to join in the #TankaTuesday challenge. It’s just another way to express yourself. 💜

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      2. I’ll bet you’d surprise yourself with your poetry, Pete. Colleen is turning us all into poets, and I credit her with teaching me a thing or two or ninety! 🙂

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to visit Pete’s post, Colleen. My hosts have been incredibly gracious, and that includes you too! And, as always, I appreciate your kind comment and boost for the book. I feel all warm and fuzzy. Lol. Have a lovely afternoon. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  28. I agree her writing is terrific! My favorite line so far is near the end of the third chapter: ‘Snow whipped sideways through the white halo, filled Barus’s shoes, and pierced his clothes as if the wind had filed the icy flakes into knives.’

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    1. petespringerauthor September 14, 2022 — 6:46 pm

      That is a beautiful line—quite indicative of her general style. Thanks for sharing, Sheri.

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    2. That’s what the snow used to do in Vermont, Sheri, when it was 35 degrees below zero and the wind was ripping! I don’t miss those winters. Thanks for another wonderful visit, and I’m just tickled that you’re enjoying the book. Huge hugs, my friend. Happy Reading. ❤ ❤

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      1. The description was clearly written by someone who experienced such harsh wind and snow, but it’s got a active poetic flair that’s uniquely yours, Diana. Huge hugs, and I’m happy for your success so far with the book! ❤

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  29. Loved this next installment in the blog hop tour for this amazing-sounding book! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by at Pete’s place, Jaya. I’ve been having a wonderful tour and I’ve so grateful. Have a wonderful Friday, my friend. 🙂

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    2. petespringerauthor September 15, 2022 — 7:05 pm

      Diana has quite a following—not all that surprised since I usually have to search through a massive amount of comments anytime I try to respond on her blog. Quite a few have migrated over here. Wishing her continued success. Thanks for checking in, Jaya.

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  30. I’m not much of a fantasy reader or movie-watcher but it’s so lovely to see authors supporting other authors! Thanks for sharing this, Pete! 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor September 17, 2022 — 6:37 pm

      I usually choose realistic fiction and other contemporary pieces, but Diana’s writing is excellent. She’s also one of those people who’s been super supportive of me and always has a kind word to others in the blogosphere.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by Pete’s to check out the book. He’s been a lovely host, and it’s been a blast to meet his followers. You’re so right that this is a wonderfully supportive community. 🙂 Happy Sunday.

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  31. I read the Liars and Thieves series as well. Diana is so good at writing! I’m not just saying that! She’s a wonderful person as well!

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    1. petespringerauthor September 19, 2022 — 7:30 am

      I think the best compliment I can give is that I would rarely consider reading a fantasy a few years ago, but now I perk up when I see Diana has a new book out.

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    2. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Chelsea, especially while you’re on vacation and traveling! Lol. I’m so grateful for your kind support, and always a lovely thing to say. Enjoy some fun family time, my friend. ❤ ❤

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  32. What a great review, Pete. I agree with you about Diana’s writing. I listened to The Sunwielder and absolutely loved it, though I don’t really consider myself a reader of fantasy. The story and the writing were both brilliant. It sounds like the same could be said for this one also.

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    1. petespringerauthor September 26, 2022 — 8:04 am

      It’s a testament to the writing when we read a genre we typically avoid because we know the story will be worth it.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by Pete’s, Norah, and for your lovely comments about Sunwielder. That’s kind of you. This new book has been doing well due to the wonderful reviews from my hosts. What an amazing community. Have a great Tuesday and Happy Reading. ❤

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      1. Thanks, Diana. Your new book has been receiving wonderful reviews.

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      2. I’m so honored, Norah. This community is awesome.

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  33. A great review Pete, captured by an amazing writer and woman who is so supportive and wonderful. Fun to see her work being highlighted so well! 🙏🏼❣️

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    1. petespringerauthor September 26, 2022 — 6:44 pm

      Yes, it’s easy to see what others think of Diana and her writing by the sheer number of people and comments this blog post has received.

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      1. absolutely Pete. I know how grateful she is! as are we💗

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