Welcome Nathan Everett!

So happy to have Nathan Everett stopping by the blog today!  I met Nathan back in May during Armchair BEA and am so glad he was able to stop by the blog and give us a guest post.  One of my favorite things to know about authors is what goes on in their head when they write!  Well, Nathan gives us a little insight as to what drives him in his writing.  For more from Nathan and to follow his tour, be sure to visit Nathan’s Blog!  OH!!  Be sure to also take a few moments and wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 😀  Super special that he was able to spend his birthday with us here at Cici’s Theories (virtually anyway)!

And now I will turn the blog over to Nathan…

Readers have asked me several times “How much of that story is true?” The question comes in a variety of different flavors, but I’ve discovered that it doesn’t usually mean “Are the historical facts accurate?” More often it means, “Did you really do that?”
I was amused when a friend of my sister-in-law confessed on the phone to her the other day. She was in the process of reading For Blood or Money. “I can’t read the sex scene,” she confessed. “I know him!” My sex scenes, though intimate, are not explicit. She wasn’t embarrassed by the sex, but by the idea that I was telling something that I had done.
A classmate from 1968 said that she’d had difficulty reading the same book because she couldn’t separate it from her knowledge that I’d written it. A sprinkling of names and references from our high school years hadn’t helped!
Another person who read an early draft said, “I know this is you.”
How much of that story is true?
Like most writers, I put a lot of my own experience into what I write. The words have to come from somewhere. I was sitting in a health club lobby waiting for my wife to come out when a little girl about four years old kept staring at me, approaching, and then backing away. Her finger occasionally pointed toward me as though of its own volition. Then she would draw it back protectively, as though I might bite it. I finally realized she was looking at the picture on my sweatshirt. It was a very stylized drawing of a greyhound (of which I own two). I finally engaged her, telling that it was a big and very fast dog and asked if she liked dogs. She responded simply, “I thought it was a dragon.” A key part of my hapless dragonslayer in the fantasy Steven George & The Dragon was born. Steven mistakes a duck, a bag of melons, a tinker’s cart, a dwarf, a company of knights, and a thief for a dragon.
Elements of my life slip into my writing without my ever realizing they are there. But are they me?
I’d have to say, “Not really.” It is more how I learned to think of the world. Usually, there is a grain of my experience, reading, conversations, or relationships that will function as a launching point for a scene. I wrote an occult fantasy many years ago that has yet to see print, titled “The Props Master.” When I was in college, my theatre troupe was invited to perform our production of Hamlet in England for three weeks one summer. The settings of the college campus and the locations in England that we visited and performed—even clever lines and banter that was tossed around among the cast—was prevalent in the manuscript. But the actual experience merely provided a structure for the story about a coven of contemporary witches gathering together to forge a ritual tool at a stone circle in Britain using the college tour as cover. We were a pretty tame bunch of teens for 1970. We had our share of potheads, but to my knowledge, there was no Wiccan circle traveling amongst us.
The old adage for writers is to write what you know. I don’t think that means that I should always write about desktop publishing or mobile communications—two subjects that I know about professionally. It means that we make our stories real by drawing on our own experiences and letting them enrich the purely fictional plots and characters we develop.
If you have ever had the experience of thinking to yourself, what I should have done was…, then you have the basis for a story. Often, I find that is what I write. What I did was boring, predictable, and mundane. What I should have done was exciting, surprising, and exotic. When I was in my 30s I actually started writing a story I called, “Life as I Would Have Lived It—a Pseudo-autobiography.” In that story, I took mundane events that happened every day and rewrote history so that it turned out way better than reality. In the rewritten history, I was a good student to whom learning was easy. I was successful, rich, popular, and all the things that I dreamed of being at the time.
Was it real? The situations were certainly based on things that were real, but the stories were pure fantasy!
So, when you are tempted to believe that I’m a talented metal-smith and member of a secret society of alchemists like Keith Drucker in The Gutenberg Rubric, put that thought aside. I show up in the book more in the way Keith handles pain in the hospital or how he does computer-based research than in his occupation, relationship with his girlfriend, or knowledge of ancient manuscripts.
My life informs my work, but my work does not copy my life.

Thanks again Nathan, for stopping by and giving us a little look inside your head!

A little about Nathan Everett

Nathan has been involved in the publishing industry as an author, publisher, trainer, and technologist for over 30 years. He was an early adopter of desktop publishing technology and traveled the country as one of the first authorized trainers for Aldus PageMaker while publishing magazines and trade journals in Minneapolis.

While training hundreds of graphic artists on computer technology, Nathan also trained “non-professionals” in a broad range of printing concepts, including typography, design, color, and print history. Over the years he became fascinated with the mysteries surrounding Johannes Gutenberg and began collecting stories as he visited historic sites like The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany. From this grew the story of the search for Gutenberg’s secret project.

Nathan did not remain stuck in the ink and paper world, however. As electronic publishing continued to advance, he worked on the technology, filing seven patents in the area of typography and on-screen layout. He has continued to consult in that industry since his retirement from Microsoft in 2009. But his love for traditional printing arts has continued and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Center for Book Arts.

Nathan estimates that he has written many novels, some which are in both print and electronic forms. His first book, For Blood or Money, was published by Long Tale Press in 2008. He published an on-line novel, Willow Mills, IN, in 2004 as an experiment in Web-based publishing. His young adult fantasy novel Steven George & The Dragon was released in 2011. Nathan is an active supporter of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the National Novel Writing Month.

Nathan lives with his wife, daughter, and two rescued greyhounds in the Pacific Northwest. He only writes when it’s raining.

Want more from Nathan? Feel free to check out his sites, www.gutenbergrubric.com/blog/www.gutenbergrubric.com and wayzgoose.livejournal.com.

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September 26th, 2011 Everyday, everything 0 Comment

BANNED BOOKS WEEK

It’s here! It’s here! BANNED BOOKS WEEK is finally here!

A great big THANK YOU to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jen from I Read Banned Books for hosting this week’s Banned Book Hop.

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager if I heard ‘banned book’, I was itching to get it my hands on it. Many of my favorite reads have made their way onto the banned books list at one point or another.  Some have been on the list more than once. To check out if some of your favorites have ever found their way into controversy, just click on over to the ALA’s list of frequently challenged books.

During this week I hope you will stop by and check out some of my other posts about banned books!

Ok, now on to the giveaway…

This week I am giving away…..

To Kill A Mockingbird

Catcher In The Rye


Twilight


Rules:
US only
Must be 13+
Must be follower
Enter only once
Fill out form to be officially entered
Winners will be chosen using Random.org

There will be THREE winners, first winner will get To Kill A Mockingbird, second will win Catcher In The Rye, third will win Twilight.

Good luck!

To enter please fill out the form below and be sure to visit all the other wonderful blogs on the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Cheers!
Cici ♥

Frost by Marianna Baer

Frost by: Marianna Baer

Thank you to Me, My Shelf and I for including me in your ARC tour!

Summary: (from Goodreads)

Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate: confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena’s anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste’s brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. Frost is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological . . . well, which answer would let you sleep at night?

My Thoughts:

I can honestly say that I wish that I would have read this book during a colder, more blustery season than Oklahoma’s billionth day of 100° temps.  Why, you ask?  Well, it certainly would have just perfected the mood and setting of the book.  There were honestly times that I swear I was actually in the room at Frost house.  It was very well-described and certainly was a captivating setting.

Even though I figured out what was causing some of the raucous, it still had me quite on edge.  There were times I would actually comment out loud and someone in my household would question me…kind of funny, but I think they think I may really be going nuts. :)  For real this time…

I found myself feeling what Leena might be feeling or going through at various time in the story.  Ever have those moments in high school that you just wish you could take back?  I remember a time or two like that.  Reading Leena’s scenarios made my tummy turn in that nervous way it did in high school.  I was a bit amazed at how this book wrapped into my emotions, made it even creepier to read!  The significance of the owl was as significant as music in a horror movie.  I swear every time she mentioned that creature I could hear, dun-duh…dun-duh…dun-duh, dun-duh, dun-duh, AHHHHHHHHHH!  I can honestly say that this cute little owl necklace I was ‘going’ to buy at Target quickly got hung back on the rack when I had the shivers run down my back.

Overall, a great read!  I would suggest you pick it up for one of those crisp, gray fall days that are ahead!

Thanks again to Me, My Shelf and I for including me in the tour!

Cheers!

Cici ♥

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September 20th, 2011 Books 0 Comment

Haunting Violet

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published:  June 21st 2011 by Walker Childrens
ISBN:  080279839X
ISBN13:  9780802798398
Primary language:  English
Original title:  Haunting Violet

Summary: (from Goodreads)
Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother’s scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she’s known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

My Thoughts:

Either I have been really clueless lately or I have been reading some really great books.  I know that I am going to enjoy a book when there is a character I can’t stand.  Violet’s mom was that said character.  I really didn’t like her from the beginning.  I wished ugly things on her, you know, for Violet’s sake.  She is not a nice person and as the book progressed, I liked her less and less.  Some would think that would be a reason to stop reading and put the book down, but I feel it is quite the contrary.  I really disliked the way that she treated those around her.  Her fits toward Violet were just unbearable and quite frankly I was hoping Violet would have some insane gift to torture her mother with.  Well, I guess she kind of did, but would have like to see it more pronounced and fun :) .

Violet was such a likable character and her mother’s ill treatment of her just made me want to continue to read on.  I figured there would be a point at which she got what she deserved.  And boy was I glad when she did.  There were so many events that I wasn’t able to predict throughout the story.  Most especially the ending.  I felt like I was playing a literary game of Clue.  Much like my Clue playing skills, I wasn’t able to really piece it all together until it was unraveling in the end.  Which translates into, “it was a really good book”!

I know I have focused a bit on the way Violet’s mom treated her and not so much the ghosts, but I really enjoyed the mother/daughter dynamic and what it did to the story.  Speaking of the ghosts, how cool would it be to be able to communicate with spirits like that?  I can see the fear in it, and I would really hate to find an angry ghost, but to speak with all the “Caspers” out there, that would be pretty darn awesome.  Of course, to use the gift as Violet did and help someone, that would be even better.

I really enjoyed Haunting Violet, for many reasons.  It had numerous relationship issues going in it and I really enjoyed the various dynamics and how so many were connected.  It had an resolved murder, young love, redemption and ghosts.  Makes for a great story, don’t you agree?

So, let me ask you a question…If you had the ability to communicate with spirits, how would you use that ability?

Thanks again to Jennifer at I Read Banned Books for including me on another great ARC tour!  I am always grateful for her generosity!

Cheers!

Cici ♥

September 18th, 2011 Books 0 Comment

The Willows: Haven Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Willows: Haven
The Willows #1
Author: Hope Collier
Pages: 233 (eBook)
Publisher: Soul Fire Press
Source: Blog Tour through A Tale Of Many Reviews

Summary: (from Goodreads)

When tragedy strikes, seventeen year-old Ashton Blake sets out on a cross-country road trip, leaving the comforts of Malibu for the mountains of Kentucky. Along the way, she encounters Gabe Willoughby—the mysterious drifter with eyes like the sea and a knowing smile. Getting to know Gabe raises questions about her past. But no secret can be buried forever, and Ashton soon finders herself in a world where water is air and myth becomes reality.

Just as Ashton comes to accept her newfound heritage, she’s summoned to fulfill a treaty laid down centuries before — a treaty that will divide her love and test her loyalty. In the end, her future isn’t her biggest concern, her humanity is. To run may mean war, but is she strong enough to stay?

My Thoughts:

I have to admit, this is a first of its kind for me.  I don’t recall reading this type of fantasy before and probably would have shied away from it in earlier times.  I am glad I was included on this ARC blog tour, because it gave me an opportunity to venture out and try a different kind of book.  I have to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit.  The story was real enough to captivate me and hold my interest from beginning to end.

From the very beginning I found myself guessing.  I enjoy an unpredictable story and The Willows: Haven definitely was unpredictable.  I found myself making assumptions, only to be wrong consistently throughout.  Now, I don’t usually like to be wrong, except about the way a story is going to go.  If I can predict too much, it isn’t much of a story and I get rather bored, NOT at all the case with this one.  I certainly was filled will surprise and many other emotions throughout, and the amount of emotion certainly surprised me!  I always enjoy a book with characters that I can actually feel their emotions.  It makes the story seem that much more real.  This book contained just the right amounts of mystery, intrigue and romance…good read!

Expect the unexpected when you pick up your copy of The Willows: Haven.  I appreciate being included in the blog tour and the exposure to yet another book that I may not have picked up.  I honestly never would have thought that I would have enjoyed a book about nymphs so much.  A super big plus to getting to know other bloggers and getting involved in their tours.

♦♦♦Now to the GIVEAWAY! All you have to do to enter for your chance to win an e-copy of The Willows: Haven is to leave a comment and be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you!  Also, don’t forget to stop by A Tale of Reviews on October 6th to enter for your chance to win a SIGNED paperback copy as well!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!

Cici

To follow the blog tour, just click the image below…

September 18th, 2011 Books 7 Comments

Beauty Queens

BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

A special thank to Jen at I Read Banned Books for sharing her ARC!

Summary from Goodreads:

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program–or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan–or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Before I share my thoughts, take a peek at this quick little video of Libba Bray… :)

My Thoughts:

Let me begin with my thoughts of the cover.  When I saw the cover I knew there was going to be a bit of humor within the pages.  While I found it cute and comical, I did have a little bit of an issue with my 7 year-old daughter’s constant comments and questions.  Overall, I found the cover to be quite fitting of the story.

This is the first Libba Bray book that I have read (I know, I am a little slow), and it really has me wanting to read more of her work.  I love humor, whatever the form.  Well, that’s not true, I don’t like to hear vulgar humor.  Anyway when I began the book I couldn’t help but think of Sandra Bullock and her beauty contestant castmates in Miss Congeniality. I found the book to be as comical as that movie was.  Although both contain comedy/satire, they both contained a bit more than just that.

The introductory “word from your sponsor” set the tone for funny right from the start.  Everyone loves a happy, shiny story right?  From the very beginning I found myself laughing out loud.  I enjoy when a book can tell a story and make me laugh.  It has been a while since I have read such a book.  Unfortunately, while reading the book, I could not get Madonna’s song, La Isla Bonita, out of my head…still haven’t.

The characters were a little hard for me to keep up with at times.  More than likely my fault due to parental fatigue (and probably age), but there were a lot of them to keep up with.  I completely understand though, it would be pretty boring if only 1 beauty queen of 50 survived.  And to Ms. Bray’s credit, she did try to give each character a solid, detailed identity without going overboard on useless information.

There were so many fun and funny quotes that I would have to almost cut and paste the entire book to my review.  The footnotes were so unique and revealed even more humor.  Even her acknowledgments had me giggling.  If you enjoy humor and can take things for what they are without being too uptight of offended, then you should pick up a copy of Beauty Queens.

I think that I would love to have an afternoon lunch with Libba Bray and get inside of her head a little bit.  I feel quite certain that she livens up the party!  I certainly enjoyed her writing and look forward to reading more of her work.

Cheers!

Cici

September 13th, 2011 Books 0 Comment

Blogger Interview BBAW Day 2

This week during Book Blogger Appreciation Week we were given the opportunity to interview a fellow book blogger.  I personally think that the best part of blogging is the people that you meet!  What I think is also pretty awesome is when I come across a teen who blogs about what they love to read.

I feel super fortunate to introduce you to Kalia Sage from Reading the Best of the Best!  So here we go…everyone welcome Kalia and give many thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions!

1) Share a little about your blog and yourself.

Hi! I’m Kailia and I’m a 16 year old book blogger at Reading the Best of the Best. I’ve been reading since I can remember and one day I decided to share the books I read with the rest of the world. I read and review mainly YA books in all sorts of genres!
2) What are your favorite genres to read and are those your favorite to review?

I tend to review the books I read. I like Historical Fiction, Dystopian, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance, Mysteries, Fantasy and High Fantasy. I like it when it’s in the YA age area though I read middle grade books on occasion!
3) Do you have a blogger that you ever refer to as a mentor?

I don’t have one really but there are bloggers who I e-mail and tweet when I have questions. Eleni of La Femme Readers (http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.com/) is one!
4) I see you participate in a few weekly memes.  Which one(s) do you find to be your “must do’s”?

In My Mailbox, Top Ten Tuesday, and Waiting on Wednesdays. I’m going to *hopefully* have my own meme on the blog soon!


5) Lastly, what advice would you give to someone that is interested in blogging about books?

Blog about what you know and don’t try to be someone else. Though it’s hard, try to not compare your blog to someone else’s! AND HAVE FUN!

Thanks so much Kalia!  It was great getting to know you a little better!  I hope that everyone will take some time to stop by Reading the Best of the Best!

Cheers!

Cici ♥

Here is a little about Book Blogger Appreciation Week…

Book Blogger Appreciation was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.

Feel free to hop on over and check out all the bloggers linked up at BBAW and join in on the fun!

September 12th, 2011 Everyday, everything 1 Comment

BBAW 2011 Day 1

Today is the first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week and the topic of today is…

highlighting bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you…

**DISCLAIMER**  While I have mentioned a few bloggers in my post, there are still many unnamed bloggers that I appreciate and enjoy.  I just wanted to highlight a few that have made the beginnings of my blogging a little easier and welcoming! ****

I must say, I have met so many wonderful bloggers since I have started blogging just a short time ago.  One of the very first bloggers I met was Liz over at Things Liz Loves .  She was so friendly and was always willing to answer a lot of my newbie questions.  I still enjoy that connection with Liz.

Another wonderful blogger that I have been able to ask any question and often look to her blog for guidance is Mandy over at Well Read Wife.  Mandy has been a great mentor and example in the blogging community.  She is very diverse and is always willing to respond to my many questions.  She is a talented lady and I have really enjoyed her mentoring and hope to meet up with her at a conference in the near future.

My third and final blogger that I just have to give a shout out to is Jen over at I Read Banned Books.  I must admit, it was her title that had me trucking over to her site initially.  Who doesn’t love a banned book, right?  I can’t help but agree with her quote,

“There is nothing like a banned book to turn a teenager into a devoted reader” – Malcolm Jones

Jen also host numerous ARC tours and I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to hop on many of them.  Except for the Anna Dressed in Blood tour, but I certainly won’t hold that against her (anymore).

Here are a few that I have really enjoyed as well, A Tale of Many Reviews, Bookalicio.us, Book Faery, I’m A Reader, Not a Writer.  I am grateful for all of the support and encouragement of the many book blogs out there, I am sure there are several others that deserve recognition that I have not listed here.  So here is a blanket “Thank You” to the so many wonderful bloggers!

I have really enjoyed my few months of blogging and feel that there is a lot left to learn and a few grooves to get.  But these ladies are certainly three of many that have been extremely welcoming in the community and extremely helpful as I have begun my navigation through the wonderful world of book blogging.  I certainly hope that you will take some time and stop by their blogs!

Cheers!

Cici

September 11th, 2011 Everyday, everything 8 Comments

Sunday Stew {8}

Happy Sunday! Welcome for the Sunday Stew, a weekly meme graciously hosted by Shannon over at Books Devoured. It’s a great way to take a look at what other blogs have going on around them and I find it usually introduces me to some great people and happenings around the web! Feel free to pop on over to Shannon’s and join in the Stew!

Before I get to the Sunday Stew post, I want to take a moment and reflect on the importance of this day.  I remember where I was 10 years ago.  I was getting my pre-schooler off to his first day and then was heading to my first day of teaching a class full of 3 year-olds.  I didn’t know what happened other than the chatter of those around me.  When I was able to watch the footage, I could hardly process what happened.  I remember knowing one thing for certain, our lives would never be the same.  I am grateful for those who sacrifice so much for our day-to-day liberties.  So many lives were lost on 9/11/01 and so many since.  I still believe that America is a wonderful country and when we stand together we can do great things.

Never Forget

Bookmark of the Week:

Thanks to my thoughtful daughter I have the most wonderful bookmark…

Isn’t it awesome?  I thought so.  She was so excited when she picked it up at Border’s the other night.  She has a lot of fun with my Edward obsession.

Around the Web:

Book Blogger Appreciation Week will be celebrated September 12-16.  Here is a little description taken from the BBAW website:

Book Blogger Appreciation was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.
The first Book Blogger Appreciation was observed in the fall of 2008 and occurs every September. The week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. Book Bloggers are encouraged to register their participation for inclusion in a database of book bloggers.

Around Me:

So much going on, I don’t even know what to write :) .  Other than keeping track of our kids and all of their school work and extra activities we are focusing a lot of time on getting our home painted, decorated and organized.  I have had a hard time making up my mind on many decorating aspects and I “think” I may be ready to move forward…maybe.  Other than all this craziness, I am just hoping to get my posts back on schedule and remember to feed my kids and dog!  Hopefully next week I will have a more entertaining post, but for now,I will spend my week playing catch up!

Please take some time to reflect on all our country has to offer.  Pray for those who serve daily to protect our freedoms that we enjoy daily.  Be certain to remember all the souls that were lost on this day 10 years ago and pray for the lives that will forever be changed because of it.

Have a great week!

Cici

September 10th, 2011 Weekly Happenings! 1 Comment

HEREAFTER Winner!!

First off, little princess was so excited to read all of her birthday wishes!  Let me tell you, it amazing how excited a seven-year-old gets over the little things.  I also wanted to take an opportunity to say thank you as well.  Summer has been crazy busy and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by the blog.  Now, on to the big announcement…..

The winner, as chosen randomly by a sweet seven-year-old, is…..

MIKKI M.

Congratulations!!

An email has been sent to the winner and they have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks again!  Be sure to keep checking back, the blog will be undergoing some transformations and will only be getting better!!

Cheers!

Cici

September 5th, 2011 Giveaway Winners! 0 Comment
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