Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Book Review And Giveaway - A Fatal Waltz

A Fatal Waltz
Author: Tasha Alexander
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 20, 2008)
Book Description :
At her friend Ivy's behest, Emily reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of Lord Fortescue, a man she finds as odious as he is powerful. But if Emily is expecting Lord Fortescue to be the greatest of her problems, she is wrong. Her host has also invited Kristiana von Lange, an Austrian countess who was once linked romantically with Emily's fiancé, the debonair Colin Hargreaves. What Emily believes will be a tedious evening turns deadly when Fortescue is found murdered, and his protégé, Robert Brandon—Ivy's husband—is arrested for the crime.


Determined to right this terrible wrong and clear Robert's name, Emily begins to dig for answers, a quest that will lead her from London's glittering ballrooms to Vienna's sordid backstreets. Not until she engages a notorious anarchist in a game of wits does the shocking truth begin to emerge: the price of exonerating Robert can be paid only by placing Colin in deadly peril. To save her fiancé, Emily must do the unthinkable: bargain with her nemesis, the Countess von Lange.


Review
Filled with history and intrigue, this entertaining book introduced me to one plucky amateur sleuth, Lady Emily Ashton, in a time when such things were not only forbidden to ladies of noble breeding but also grounds for social stigma. This is not the first of Emily’s adventures, but it’s the first one I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The suspense begins from the first chapter where Emily is shocked to realize the weekend party she’s been invited to also counts among its guests one of her fiancé Colin’s former lovers, invited especially by their conniving host, Lord Fortescue, to cause friction between them. At once curious, suspicious, irritated and despondent, Emily has her work cut out for her even as events show every sign of going from bad to worse. And they do.
While the *whodunit* part of the mystery is easily solved, the intrigue produced by characterizations, settings and authentic events woven expertly into this fictional setting, last the span of the novel. From London to Austria, the events take Emily from one dangerous setting to another. The author is in her element when describing Vienna, a city with two faces. One is all charm and fun with artists, poets and musicians flocking its cafes, even as fairyland-like balls keep the denizens giddy with constant delight, all in a setting of winter wonderland. And then there is the contrasting dark side - a deadly epidemic of so-called suicides have become the city’s shameful hallmark, having even claimed the life of an Austrian prince, the Empress’ favorite son. Together with poverty, anarchists, spies and traitorous plots, Vienna is probably also the deadliest place for Emily to be.
The two major characters besides Emily are her fiancé Colin Hargreaves, a spy, and his former lover, Countess von Lange. The resulting love triangle adds an intriguing facet to the story, particularly when contrasted between the smoldering sexuality and worldliness of the foreign Countess against Emily’s more sedate ‘English-ness’, naivety and scholarliness. But there’s also no denying the blazing sexual tension between Emily and Colin that threatens to overpower them at times. The situation is conveniently resolved towards the end. Too conveniently it seemed to me, but the author manages to make it work by giving the characters a chance to experience catharsis through it.
Side characters are many and play small but significant roles. I particularly enjoyed reading the romance unfolding between Emily’s bluestocking friend Margaret and Oxford don, Mr. Michaels, told almost entirely through letters. I fully feel this couple deserves a story of their own.
In short
A must-read, if you like historical romantic suspense
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Here's the GIVEAWAY!

- Two lucky winners will walk away with a copy of this book.
- US and Canada only
(sorry, international readers. However, my other book giveaway is open worldwide! ends May 31)
- Ends 5 am CST, June 15

I thought I'd make it a fun thing to enter, an idea borrowed from The Page Flipper.

1.) Leave comment with the name of a book and it's author (of any genre or age group) and here's the catch - the title HAS to have the words 'dance' or 'fatal' or 'waltz' in it. It just has to be in the title. And it must be something other than the book I'm giving away :)

2.) Comment as many times as you like. But you can only comment again AFTER at least one other person has commented. (So, keep checking back. The more you comment, the more your chances of winning)

3) DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDY WITH at least one of your comments.

It's not necessary, but I'd highly appreciate it if entrants spread the word about this giveaway either by blogging it or emailing other bookworms about it. I'll send a lot of virtual blessings your way, if you do :)

Good luck!


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135 comments :

  1. SnowDance by Sarita Leone

    Thanks Cheryl
    clbstitch at yahoo dot com

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  2. Hi, How about "Dance, Tanya" by
    Patricia Lee?! I love historical fiction books. Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Thanks,
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  3. This sounds like a fun one. :)

    I have "Dance of Seduction" by Sabrina Jefferies.

    Dina
    dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I couldn't think of any books off the top of my head, so I put in the word waltz at barnes and noble and came up with:

    Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly
    by Robert Dalby

    voyager459 at aol dot com

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  5. Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson

    nisethusfar@yahoo.com

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  6. Waiting to Waltz, by..um, Lainey Bancroft =)

    lainey@laineybancroft.com

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  7. Lol, thanks for that Lainey!
    Hey, want to do a guest post here about your book? Just email me.

    Chery, Cindy, Dina, dh, nise - thanks for participating. Remember, you can comment as many times as you like. And feel free to get titles off of Amazon, B&N etc.

    And spread the word. The more the merrier :)

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  8. Just me letting you know I've got you covered on Win a Book... (no need to enter me, as you know, although the hype around this one's got me curious!)

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  9. How about Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood

    clbstitch at yahoo dot com

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  10. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs.

    dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Here is one: Emily's Dance Class" by
    Claire Masurel. Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  12. How bout 'To Dance on the Ocean Floor by Christine Marie Johnson'.

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  13. Heart Dance by Robin Owens

    pamreads @ mail.com

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  14. Here's one--When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

    Thank you for the chance to win A Fatal Waltz. It sounds very good.

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  15. Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton, a twist on the spelling but the same thing.
    Will post about this on my Book Review site also.

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  16. Here is my next contribution ~
    "The Fatal Impact: The Invasion of the South Pacific" by Alan Moorehead.
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  17. Fun idea!

    A Dance for Three by Louise Plummer.

    pilsburydoughgirl[at]gmail[dot]com

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  18. How about The Perfect Waltz by Anne Gracie

    Cheryl

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  19. Timeless Waltz by Anita Stansfield

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  20. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott. I would love to read this one!
    http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/

    thetometraveller (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  21. Here's another one


    House of Dance by Beth Kephart

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  22. Hello, "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend" by
    Robert James Waller. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  23. Dance by Judy Cuevas aka Judith Ivory

    pamreads @ mail.com

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  24. Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera

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  25. "Dance of Knives" by Donna McMahon

    Dina
    dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. Oh, you brought back memories of one of my favorite books from my tweens. It's called To Dance, To Dream by Maxine Drury. It was a collection of biographies of stars from the ballet - Maria Tallchief, Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, and others. It was wonderful!

    lholstine@yahoo.com

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  27. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

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  28. "A Long Fatal Love Chase" by Louisa May Alcott

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  29. Sorry for the late delay but I am blogging about this contest on my blog tomorrow at http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/


    here's another one

    Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs

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  30. Greetings! "Waltz With the Wind" by
    Karina Cuore. Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  31. How about: "Fat Free & Fatal" by G.A. McKevett. The title makes me laugh!

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  32. Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson

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  33. Happy Saturday! Here is one ~ "Last
    Waltz in Vienna" by George Clare.
    Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  34. Neat idea! Here's a title for a book that hasn't been published yet, it's coming out in November:
    Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polonsky

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  35. Here's another one:
    Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield

    kbrandt24(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. "Left Bank Waltz" by Elaine Lewis!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  37. Dance with the Devil - one of my favorites by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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  38. Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts

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  39. I'll have to go with Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson, I just love her! photoquest@bellsouth.net

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  40. Happy Sunday! "Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two!" The author is Patricia Lee Gauch. Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  41. Shadow Waltz: A Marjorie Mcclelland Mystery by Amy Patricia Meade

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  42. Hello! "The Dancing Deer and the Foolish Hunter" by Elisa Kleven.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  43. Fatal Burn by Lisa Jackson. Good book

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  44. Hi, "The Song and Dance Man" by Karen Ackerman! Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  45. Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts

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  46. "Maggie: Her Fatal Legacy" by John Sergeant. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  47. Love love love the enthusiastic participation! :)

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  48. "Fatal Voyage" by Kathy Reichs!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  49. Your giveaway contests are fun :).

    'Fatal' by Michael Palmer.

    Regards,
    Archana
    archuprabhu[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  50. My Mama's Waltz
    by Eleanor Agnew

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. "Earth Dance!" A book written by
    J. Ryder. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  52. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell.

    Thanks,
    Archana.
    archuprabhu[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  53. Fatal Deduction by Gayle Roper I've heard great reviews!

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  54. Hello! How about "A Fatal Inversion"
    by Barbara Vine?! Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  55. Century of Dance: A Hundred Years of Musical Movement, from Waltz to Hip Hop by Ian Driver
    dansan826 at yahoo.com

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  56. The Destiny Waltz - by Gerda Charles.

    Thanks,
    Archana.
    archuprabhu[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  57. The Devil's Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman

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  58. "Fatal Attraction' by Carol Smith

    darkpartyreview (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  59. Evening, "Dance With Dragons" by George r.r. Martin!" Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  60. Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner.
    Thanks!
    beax0002 (at) umn (dot) com

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  61. Death Dance by Linda Fairstein

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  62. The Dead Girl's Dance by Rachel Caine

    Crystal816 at hotmail dot com

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  63. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy

    Thanks,
    Archana
    archuprabhu[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  64. Happy Tuesday! "Dance With Your Heart" by Shirley Cheng! Thank you,
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  65. Good morning...

    Salome and the Dance of Writing: Portraits of Mimesis in Literature by Francoise Meltzer

    sassylucylootoo@yahoo.com

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  66. Happy Tuesday! "Funerals are Fatal" by Agatha Christie! Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  67. The Badenweiler Waltz
    by G. W. Kroeker

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. I like the book called "Mountain Dance" by Thomas Locker! Thank you!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  69. Fatal Revenant by Stephen R. Donaldson

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  70. Evening! "Fatal Distraction: Or How I Conquered My Addiction to Celebrities and Got a Life" by Emmi Redericks.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  71. What a fun idea! How about:
    Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
    ajpohren@iowatelecom.net

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  72. Here's another one- Dance upon the Air by Nora Roberts.Photoquest@bellsouth.net

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  73. Greetings! "Merrill Lynch: The Cost Could be Fatal: My War Against Wall Street's Giant" by Keith Schooley.
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  74. A Dance With Dragons by George. R. R. Martin

    Crystal816 at hotmail dot com

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  75. I put up A NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY!!! Check it out!

    David Baldacci Book Giveaway. Ends June 15.

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  76. Hi, "Barn Dance" by Bill Martin,Jr.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  77. The Fatal Ring: An Indian Drama
    by Kalidasa

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  78. Good Afternoon! "Fatal Freedom: The Ethics of Politics and Suicide" by
    Thomas Szasz. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  79. afternoon...
    Dead Boys Can't Dance: Sexual Orientation, Masculinity, and Suicide
    by Michel Dorais, Simon L. Lajeunesse, and Pierre Tremblay

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  80. Greetings! "I Can Dance" by Brian
    Bullard and David Charlsen!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  81. Tennessee Waltz by Elizabeth Leigh

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  82. Good Evening! "Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance" by Ian Wallace.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  83. Who Says Elephants Can't Dance by Louis V. Gerstner

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  84. Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami.

    Archana.
    archuprabhu[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  85. Good morning, hope this finds you well!

    Runaway Waltz: A Memoir from Vienna to New York
    by Frederic Morton

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  86. Happy Thursday! "Summertime Waltz" by
    Nina Payne. Cindi

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  87. Wordsworth Dances the Waltz
    by Frances H. Kakugawa and Melissa Desica

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  88. I would love to win! Here is my book:
    Books Fatal to Their Authors by P. H. Ditchfield

    Geri Zagorianos
    zagorianosg@yahoo.com

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  89. Snake Dance of the Moquis of Arizona
    by John Gregory Bourke

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. "Waltz Across Texas!" Max Crawford is the author. Cindi

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  91. Fatal Vision by Joe MCGuinness

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  92. Election Dance
    by Joseph Hart

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  93. Hi, "The Trees of the Dancing Goats!"
    by Patricia Polacco. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  94. Almost noon here, howdy for today!

    Last Waltz of the Tyrants: The Prophecy
    by Judi Pope Koteen

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  95. "TGIF!" "Farewell Waltz" by Milan
    Kundera. Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail.com

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  96. Good evening,

    Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend
    by Robert James Waller

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  97. Hello, "Invitation to the Waltz" by
    Rosamond Lehmann. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  98. WindyCindy, you in Chicago? My sister lives there.

    Waltz of the Scarecrows
    by Constance W. McGeorge & Mary Whyte

    Penelope Anne
    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  99. A Time to Dance by Karen Kingsbury
    cmrobin at bellsouth dot net

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  100. As the Waltz Was Ending
    by Emma MacAlik Butterworth


    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  101. Sassy Mama Bear, No, I just talk a lot! "My Mamas Waltz: A Book for Daughters of Alcoholic Mothers." It is written by Eleanor Agrew. Have a great Saturday.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  102. Calling it a night with...
    The Siren's Dance
    by Anthony Walker

    Penelope Anne
    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  103. Greetings! "To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel" by Siena Cherson Siegel. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  104. Good afternoon,

    Making the Mummies Dance : Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    by Thomas Hoving

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  105. Wow, there are alot to go thru. :)


    The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time by Edward T. Hall

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  106. Funerals Are Fatal
    by Agatha Christie

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  107. I would say one of my fav books The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

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  108. Dance Hall of the Dead
    by Tony Hillerman

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  109. Good Evening! "Tasha the Tap Dance Fairy Book" by Daisy Meadows. Thanks,Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  110. Readers, I don't mean to cast a damper, but let's try not to post titles already listed. A simple CTRL+F will help ensure there are no repeats. Thanks and Keep posting!

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  111. I never knew about that way to find stuff already posted, thanks.

    Here's another:

    Last Dance At Jitterbug Lounge by Pamela Morsi

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  112. Hi, "Lions Dance" by Martha Brook
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  113. How to Dance Forever: Surviving Against the Odds
    by Daniel Nagrin

    Good morning from WI,
    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  114. Sorry for my 2 duplications in there, can I blame it on sheer excitement?

    Penelope Anne

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  115. U sure can :) No worries about already entered duplicates. I just won't count them towards final entry.

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  116. "The Wall Street Waltz: 90 Visual
    Perspectives" by Kenneth L.Fisher.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  117. The Dance: Moving to the Deep Rhythms of Your Life by Oriah

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  118. Happy Monday! "Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risks on Software Projects"
    by Tom Dimarco and Timothy Lister.
    Thanks and have a marvelous Monday!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  120. Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen.

    cute4life261[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  121. English Dance of Death From the Designs of Thomas Rowlandson
    by R. Ackermann

    Penelope Anne
    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  122. "Grandfather's Dance!" by Patricia
    MacLachlan. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  123. Barefoot Waltz
    by Kazumi Ohya

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  124. Fat-free and Fatal by Jacqueline Girdner

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  125. "Cloud Dance" by Thomas Locker.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  126. All But the Waltz: A Memoir of Five Generations in the Life of a Montana Family
    by Mary Clearman Blew

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  127. Phantom Stallion #12-"Rain Dance" by
    Teri Farley. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  128. Battle Royal with the Fatal Five! Tales of the Legion of Super Heroes No. 351 by Paul Levitz

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  129. Happy Tuesday! "A Dance for Susie" by Lee Wyndham! Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  130. Exhibition waltz with adagio by Grace Bowman Jenkins

    Dina
    dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  131. Evening! The Dancing Garlands" written by Mabel Esher Allan.
    Cindi

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  132. Grandfather's Dance by Patricia MacLachlan

    Thanks Wyndy
    wyndyc at gmail.com

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  133. Evening, "Jennifer Dances" by Eunice
    Young Smith. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  134. I'll go with... Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts

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  135. Happy Saturday! "Fatal Misconception:
    The Struggle to Control World Population" by Matthew Connelly.
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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