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Monday, December 3, 2012

It begins today our 1st author.....Books for Women by Women, today with Ingrid Steffensen




Grab your beverage of choice and join us every morning for 
the month of December.... ( no sewing, quilting topics...just books) 
to highlight...
 books for women by women. 

Each day we will have a book giveaway. 
The book that is featured by our guest authors...

 Also every week we will  be gifting....
it will be a different day every week....
All of them are highlighted below! 

So let us begin with our 1st distinguished guest...


Today I would like to introduce you to this lady and author
INGRID STEFFENSEN

Author of FAST GIRL, what an interesting lady she is...






by the way just checked this book can be downloaded to e-readers on amazon! 


Q and A--- with Fast Girl Author Ingrid Steffensen


1.    What prompted you to start high-performance driving?

I’m no Danica Patrick: I’ve always been a nester.  I’m totally a homebody who loves to cook, and read, and do projects around the house.  I had absolutely no interest in cars and would never have dreamed of trying out high-performance driving if it hadn’t been for my gearhead husband who did this loony thing for years before he finally convinced me—very reluctantly—to give it a try.  When I finally did, I was terrified!  Here’s a gal whose biggest thrill is finding a kickass pair of boots on sale, and suddenly I was being asked to drive my car in ways I had no idea it could even go.  But I’m pretty stubborn, too, and once I’d decided to do it, I went through with it.  And it was still terrifying, but once I got to the end of that first weekend, I found I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  Curiously, it’s a challenge and a skill that I simply felt compelled to try to master—read the book and find out why!  And I promise you’ll be laughing yourself silly from page one.

2. What kind of experiences did you have being a woman in such a male-dominated sport?

You know, I thought it was going to be all hairy-chested, ball-busting masculine aggression, with pole dancers in the garage, but it isn’t really like that at all.  Because I drive with owner’s clubs (like the BMW or Audi Club), these are all amateurs in the original sense of the term: they just love the sport.  When I realized that high-performance driving is a skill like any other that takes practice and patience to master, I also discovered that the guys (and it is almost all guys) respect the skill, not the gender.  In fact, most of them are pretty psyched to have more women involved, and on the whole they’ve been really supportive and nice to me.  Still, it is a very masculine environment, and part of what I’ve come away with is a broadened sense of myself: I can compete with these men on an equal platform, and, yes, definitely, that makes me feel at least seven different kinds of awesome when I can equal or better them in a contest of high-speed skill!  It’s also really fun to see them in their natural habitat: sometimes I feel like Jane Goodall on an expedition, getting a glimpse at how this other species operates.

3. What message do you want women to take away from this book?

My story really isn’t so much about cars and driving—it’s about the journey.  Even though I’m finding a lot of guys are loving the book, the audience I had in mind when I wrote it was the smart, funny, engaged women who are my friends.  It’s a story about what happens when you push yourself way beyond your comfort zone, and all the things you discover about yourself when you’re in that scary place.  I found out that I’m way stronger, braver, and more adventurous than I’d ever given myself credit for.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that learning this outrageous skill completely changed my life.  And yet, there’s truly nothing that special about me—if I can do this, so can you!


Thanks Ingrid, very insightful!
Tomorrow we will have one of our cheerleaders 
reviewing one of the books they chose from  
the following:


Members of the Perseus Books Group | Distributed by Publishers Group West




WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
 to the following over the top generous GIFTERS 



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom..... Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink...( and a gift for all those up to 5000...they are included too)


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!

With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!

ps. each day winners will be announced the next morning! 


97 comments:

  1. Great post! I will be adding this to my must read list for sure

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  2. What an eye-opener for the first book!

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  3. This book sounds very interesting; I will have to add it to my reading list. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I sense the beginning of a really long list of reads to add to!

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  5. Sounds like an interesting book, and an interesting sport too!

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  6. I am going to differently read this book! Pushing yourself to try something way new and scary, but finding out you can and enjoying it and still be you, fantastic! Jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  7. I will have to get this book for my sister for Christmas. She won't mind if I read if first though, do you think? ;)

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  8. I'm so excited for this month. I'm part of a small group of friends that share books. It's been great to be exposed to different authors, books and ideas that otherwise I might never have found on my own.

    Thank you in advance to everyone and all the wonderful sponsors!

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  9. I spent too much time on sewing, maybe it's time to have some reading :D Thanks for the book review :D

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  10. There is so much to learn and it can begins with reading!

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  11. Woohoo! So Excited! Love to sew and love to read! Always looking for new recommendations... Can't wait to read this and the future books reviewed by your team!

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  12. Ohh this books sounds interesting and one I probably wouldn't have picked up off the shelf myself. I will have to keep an eye out here in Oz.
    Thanks

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  13. So wonderful to be challenged with a book with a topic, that I shouldn´t have picked up until now. Thanks for sharing and so fun it will be every morning in December reading about books and with exxiting topics.
    Thanks my lovely Madame Samm

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    1. Thanks for the book recommendation. I am looking forward to all your picks. Girl power!

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  14. What a great start! INGRID STEFFENSEN's book Fast Girl Just the very little bit about the book is inspiring...This would make a great Christmas Present for so many on my Christmas list!!! I love giving books for Christmas!!! Thanks for the review!!!

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com


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  15. "Fast Girl" sound like a good read and I do so love to read.

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  16. I spend all my spare time at the sewing machine and really should read more - thanks for inspiring me

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  17. I love finding out about new books. December will help me to find many books like this that I will read and enjoy, but probably wouldn't have picked up on my own. Thanks for this great idea. Love to read!!!

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  18. This blogging stuff just keeps getting better. LOVE it!

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  19. Like Ingrid I've learned to never say never but oh my I can't imagine driving a car that fast. :) She's one brave lady I think! blessings, marlene

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  20. I don't imagine I'll ever drive that fast, but I sure appreciate the reminder that I need to take more control over my life and step outside my comfort zone! Thanks for the review!

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  21. What an accomplished woman! She certainly raises the bar! Thank you for introducing her!

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  22. Looks like a great book! I'd be happy to follow twice to get the number to 5000, but I don't think it will let me! Happy Reading!

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  23. Sounds like a very interesting read. How fun it might be to drive at such high speeds!

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  24. It is very nice to meet you Ingrid. Yes, we can amaze ourselves at what we can actually do once we set our minds to it. May have to check my Barnes and Nobel for your book. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us! Merry Christmas!

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  25. This sounds like a fun book, but I couldn't find it for kindle ;(. Will have to look elsewhere. Are any of these going to be available on an e-reader?

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  26. Books are always a delight. My other hobbybesides crafts are reading.

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  27. This sounds like such fun. Reading is one of my great pleasures - right behind quilting, LOL!

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  28. Sounds like a great book to add to my reading list.
    This is going to be a fun month!

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  29. I love reading and can't imagine life without a book in my hand. This proves to be an exciting month if today's post is any indication. Thanks for the introduction.

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  30. We should all read more! Thanks for a wonderful month....

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  31. My husband is a great racing fan so of course I have heard about this lady driver. Thanks for the giveaway. Reading is my second pleasure after quilting which of course is the top pleasure.

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  32. I've never heard of her before, and must admit, I like her much better than other women drivers I've heard of just from this interview!
    Thanks for the chance to win this book and the other prizes.

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  33. I haven't read this book - but will be adding it to my list! Perfect for my Florida "time"! Thanks for the chance to win!! This will be a GREAT month!!

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  34. As the mother of a 20-something gear-head son who races, I think perhaps this is a book for me to squelch those fears that arise when I think of him racing.

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  35. It is nice to know that there are women out there with more guts than I have!

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  36. I look forward to reading this book.

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  37. Fast girl sounds like a good book, I think we all need to try and get out of our comfort zone from time to time.
    And a good read is good at any time.
    This will be a great month to make a list of book for reading for next year
    thanks :)
    in stitches

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  38. Rosemary B here:
    good morning every wonderful lady in blogland.
    This is a lovely interview with a lady that is probably a lot like all of us in many ways.
    Daring to step out to take challenges and try.
    I would love to read this book! She says it is funny and I love funny books by adults :-)
    I also love cars and I married a "gear head" of sorts, or maybe a geeky gear head lol

    I live exactly 20 miles from the Washington DC beltway. Driving that on that road is high performance driving every day.

    I would think that this sport Ingrid tells us about is an excellent exercise in reactionary circumstances. That is part of the thrill I think she experiences. learning excellent skills is more about intellect and developing cognitive reaction than just stomping on the accelerator and blasting off.

    There are specialized courses available to anyone interested in improving their skills during an emergency, how to utilize precious reaction time and what to do when you are facing the inevitable collision that can save your life and others, such a specifics of where to make impact could be lost while trying to find an emergency brake, clutch or gear shift if need be.
    The defense department will give you a mandatory wide-ranging defensive driving course if you are a contractor going to a war zone. I believe that company also gives the course for a fee to individuals around the country.
    Also many car makers here in the US most specifically BMW, Audi etc, other high performance cars will offer you such a specialized course when you purchase the car.

    Nevertheless, every driver should take a skill specific course in driving at least every 10 years.
    Trust me, it can save your life, and improve your reactionary skills. Everyone needs to know how to crash a car.
    Sorry, I just went off on a wild tangent here.
    This book pushed my buttons hahaha

    I would LOVE to meet Ingrid and talk to her about driving AND I just ordered her book on Amazon.



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    1. Rosemary B here again:
      http://www.amazon.com/dp/1580054129 I got it right here and it will arrive day after tomorrow :-)

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  39. My "to read" book list is going to get much longer, I can tell!!! Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about authors and books..

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  40. My "to read" book list is going to get much longer, I can tell!!! Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about authors and books..

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  41. It's hard to find new books that are worth reading, thanks for the intro to possible books. Vivian

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  42. I am so looking forward to all the books and authors you are this month, especially if this is an example of what is to come. She sounds like a very fasinating woman and her book will need to be on my must read list

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  43. Fast Girl sounds like a great book that I think I'll just have to read. Your giveaway looks amazing! So much fun ahead!

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  44. Love women authors! Thank you for the introduction. I look forward to the month!

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  45. Now this is a great way to start the month! I love to read and this is going to be a special month. Thanks to our sponsors and to Ingrid Steffensen,wow is my reading list going to get long!

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  46. I think I will be adding this one to my wish list. A great start to the month. I can't wait to meet the rest of the authors.

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  47. Fast girl will be added to my reading list. This is a great way to start December..Love to read

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  48. What a great idea! I love finding new books. I know my To Read list will grow this month! Thanks!!

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  49. Sounds like a great book that will challenge the reader to be more. This will be an interesting hop! Now if I could read, sew, blog, Christmas shop, cook and clean all at the same time.

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  50. Thanks so much! I am going to start a list of all the books that are interviewed this month. Will have a wonderful list to read during the year. Fast Girl sounds really great. You have an awesome list of gifts too. Thanks again!

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  51. This looks like a great inspirational book for those of us who have been in that place of believing we couldn't do something so decided not to try. I am going to add it to my reading list today.

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  52. Wauw wat een vreselijk leuke actie

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  54. This book sounds very interesting! I think it is a great start!!!
    And what a great list of giveaways!!! I Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  55. Reading is one of my great Loves. Having been a teacher of reading in Oh so many capacities over a career of 30 yrs., BOOKS transport us to different ways of thinking, experiencing, and improving ourselves. Each of us have different genres that we enjoy more than others but I've found it important to stretch ourselves and read outside our comfort zones...we are all better for having read a BOOK. I did succumb to the KINDLE fever last March and I do love many facets of my KINDLE but there is NOTHING that can match the feel of a REAL BOOK in my hands. Besides, how can you ever tell how far you've read??? That *% read* at the bottom of the KINDLE page simply isn't enough for me. Readers are Writers and Writers need Words...what a great segue into our next Blog Hop, WORDS!!!
    Warm December Blessings to my Fellow quilting and Reading Bloggers
    Gmama Jane

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  56. What a book! I totally understand her point of view and she is right. I was 40 when I when I left my comfort zone and 20 years later I`m still at it. Medic, working with llamas and alpacas, motorcycles, building construction, roofing. Too much to remember, but so energizing! I`m going to read this book.

    I agree with Gmama Jane. A book held in the hand is precious. I like turning a page. Thanks for this wonderful December treat Madam Samm.

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  57. She sounds like a fabulous woman and what an interesting subject.....what a fascinating book. I would love to read it, and I can think of a couple at least of my friends and family who would want to read it as well!

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  58. I love reading, but tend to stick to the same type of books. I can see that this month is certainly going to broaden my horizons. Thankyou.

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  59. I have read my first book in many years...I know, I know that really is not good. I usually read quilting magazines. I'm so glad I joined Mdm Samm and her cheerleaders for the December fun. It is a change for me and a good change. I read a great book and you will read about it sometime this month. Today's read by Ingrid Steffensen sounds like a great book too...Fast Girl, even though I'm not into race car driving, lots of my family and friends have experienced the thrill of riding with a professional race car driver. This book could very well find it's place under the Christmas tree. Thanks to Ingrid, Mdm Samm and the sponsors for making the first day of the 'Books for Women' a great one. Happy reading, Pauline

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  60. I love to read so this blog hop is right up my alley. I'm adding this title to my queue.

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  61. This sounds like an inspiring book. I always look at books as "jumpin off points" whether it be for creativity and art or life lessons. This one falls under life lessons.

    I remember how I felt about target shooting when hubby first approached the subject. Handling a pisotl, shotgun, or rifle, was way out of my radar. Now I love the sport! In fact, I also inspired a niece to try it (and she liked it). Even our girls like to target shoot.

    I'll have to put this book on my list. I'm so excited about this hop series.

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  62. I've already bought many books for Christmas, so I can buy another one too. This seems interesting. May be I can wish it for myself for Christmas? Thanks for your giveaway. I'm already a follower, so I can't be number 5000. tubakk@online.no

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  63. Yay! A new title to add to my reading list. I love to read and am always happy when I find a good book to enjoy. This month will have me filling up my reading list, I've no doubt! lol

    Fantastic start to a new week and a new month. Thanks so much to Ingrid for the insights into her book - sounds like a great read.

    What a wonderfully generous and inspiring month we are going to have! Many thanks to each of the sponsers and to Madame Samm for making this happen.

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  64. Are there enough hours in the day to blog, read other blogs, sew, knit, quilt, embroider, comment on blogs and read books too? I like audio books so I can at least do 2 things at once, lol!

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  65. A book about the true spirit is always inspiring to me. I am still one of the ones who loves to hold a book in my hands - and when I am through with it I have a gift to pass on. Thanks for all your wonderful sponsors and this opportunity - wish I could be number 5000 - but I have been around for awhile. Hee, hee. Thanks Samm. Judy C

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  66. What an eye-opener for the first book!I will enjoy this blog, I need new reading material for the winter to come. Even though I will try to sew.. but I need to expand the mind..

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  67. Sounds like a great read! Thank you for what promises to be a wonderful month.

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  68. I'm always on the look out for a good read! Thank you for doing the books for women by women series. :) Season's greetings to you!

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  69. This looks like a great book and the author seems to be good at motivating us to try new things with gusto. I don't have as much time to read as I would like to, but I do like to hold a book in my hands! Great looking giveaways. Thanks! Great blog!

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  70. What an interesting interview. I love to read and am always adding new titles to my "reading list". I hope to live long enough to get close to the end. I live in the past and want the book in my hands, so I'll be checking the bookstores and the library. swalker287 at gmail dot com.

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  71. What a great interview. Sounds like an inspiring read that can be enjoyed by women of all ages and interests.

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  72. Sounds like an interesting read to add to my reading list. I am going to enjoy this month of book reviews...I'm always looking for a few good books! Thanks!

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  73. Totally fascinating, that Ingrid, she is!! It's hard for me to envision that she is really as laid back as she thinks she is. The book is not in our local library but I've made a request that they get it.

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  74. Nice to be reminded about reading! Used to be my favourite pasttime before I took up quilting!

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  75. This is going to be a wonderful series. Thank you for putting this together!

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  76. This looks like a really interesting read . I'd love to broaden my I can do it horizons! Thank you for the inspiration Ingrid and Madame Samm. janita

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  77. Looking forward to all this months ideas - I'm sure there will some I love, great idea Madame Samm!

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  78. Two of my greatest loves--beautiful fabrics and great books!

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  79. Many thanks for that, sounds like a great book !

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  80. I love reading and I am always looking out for an interesting book. Great idea to do some reviews. The give away sounds great.

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  81. Wow - sounds like a great book! I love books that explore the way women live, think, feel, experience life in today's world. Can't wait to try it out :*)

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  82. I appreciate the fact that someone else has done the legwork behind all the books. I am always in search of a good read, but often don't know where to start. Thanks!

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  83. I love watching Nascar and drag racing. I look forward to reading about the journey.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  84. Uh oh, looks like my list of books to read is going to get much, much longer this month.

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  85. I love to read and its great that you have a subject like this !!

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  86. I love to read as much as quilt. I have a list ready for all the books I know I will be reading very soon. Today it is this one.

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  87. Ingrid sounds like an interesting lady , can't imagine myself driving at those speeds though.

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  88. Sounds like a book that many of use could read and enjoy!

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  89. What an amazing lady to have the tenacity to try something like that and then get hooked on it!

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  90. What a story, this lady is to be applauded.

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  91. Sounds like a great story. Thanks

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