Thursday, February 11, 2016

Romance Readers Want to Know: Romantic Suspense Author Kris Bock, Giveaway

Romance Readers Want to Know
Thursdays on the J.Q. Rose Blog
Hello and welcome to the new series, Romance Readers Want to Know. On Thursdays the J.Q. Rose blog will feature a romance author who answers the most often asked questions from their readers. You can find out about new writers or enjoy learning more about your favorite authors and their latest books. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to leave a question for the author. Prizes will be awarded to lucky commenters.

This week I am happy to welcome romantic suspense author Kris Bock. Kris is offering an e-copy of Whispers in the Dark. This story features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. Read on after Kris' article to find out more about the story. Be sure to leave a comment to enter the drawing. Winner will be drawn after 9 pm EST on Sunday.

Romance Readers Want to Know from Mystery/Romance author Kris Bock

How does setting inspire your romantic suspense novels?

All of my romantic adventures are set in the Southwest. For example, in my romantic suspense Whispers in the Dark, my heroine is an archaeology Masters student working at the fictional “Lost Valley.” This site is closely based on Hovenweep National Monument. Located on the southern border between Colorado and Utah, these ruins were left behind by the ancestral Puebloans, also known as the Anasazi. It’s a smaller site than some, but that’s part of its charm. You can hike and camp without crowds.

The lonely location allows for an almost Gothic atmosphere – mysterious lights in the canyon, spooky moaning sounds, and plenty of people hiding secrets. My heroine, Kylie, finds more than she bargains for, of course – including mystery, danger, and new love. She also falls in love with the Southwest, as I did after moving to New Mexico more than a decade ago.

In Counterfeits, painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums? Her choice is complicated by meeting up with old friends, including dreamy Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, who of course has secrets. Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried.

I’ve been at many writing retreats at a music camp near Jemez Springs, New Mexico, and that inspired the children’s art camp which the heroine inherits in my book. I hiked in the surrounding area and took photos and notes to capture the setting. (See my Pinterest pictures.) The remote location provides for excellent action scenes and complications like limited cell phone service. I made it an art camp because I felt I could capture an artist’s persona after my time at Rhode Island School of Design.

Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

My romantic adventures should appeal to fans of “lighter” romantic suspense, along the lines of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Nora Roberts. In fact, Roberta at Sensuous Reviews blog said, “Counterfeits is the kind of romantic suspense novel I have enjoyed since I first read Mary Stewart’s ‘Moonspinners’, and Kris Bock used all the things I love about this genre.” (Full Review)

You’ll find plenty of action and a sweet love story, but not the gritty violence and explicit erotica of some modern romantic suspense. I also tried to bring the New Mexico scenery to life – gorgeous sunsets, dangerous monsoon storms, and everywhere you turn a plant or animal that wants to scratch, bite, or sting you. Armchair adventure travelers are welcome!

About Kris:
Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt
Author Kris Bock
paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. Read excerpts at or visit her Amazon page. Sign up for Kris Bock newsletter for announcements of new books, sales, and more.
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Whispers in the DARK by Kris Bock
Romantic suspense
Back of the book:Whispers in the Dark by Kris Bock:

Archaeology student Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the dark. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love. 

Whispers in the Dark, romantic suspense set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, will appeal to fans of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Terry Odell.


Click the book cover below to read a sample and/or purchase Counterfeits by Kris Bock.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Books We Love 99 Cent Sale, Tiny Tidbits for Writing and Living, This Week

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. 

February 99 Cent Sale
from Books We Love

Books We Love February 99 Cent Sale

A Valentine Deal for You:

Books We Love, my publisher, is spreading some Valentine Love to readers this month by offering my mystery, Deadly Undertaking, for 99 cents!   In fact BWL has quite an assortment of great reads for 99 cents this month. I hope you'll have a chance to hop over there and grab a few for you and your valentine!

My stories always have a bit of me and my world view in them. After reading Deadly Undertaking, I'm sure you'll know how I feel about legalizing marijuana and my concern about the epidemic of Alzheimer's disease grabbing our world  Entertainment is always a key in my books,  so there are quirky characters and humorous moments in my stories. I hope you get a giggle from your reading.

Don't you love the book cover by Michelle Lee? Lauren Staab is inviting you to enter her world of romance, mystery, and paranormal elements. Happy reading!

Deadly Undertaking by J.Q. Rose
Deadly Undertaking by J.Q. Rose

My latest  mystery, Deadly Undertaking, was a lifetime in the making. My main character is Lauren Staab who is the daughter of a funeral director. I'm the daughter of a funeral director too, so many of the elements in the story are taken from my life experience. But, let me clarify. The story is fiction, so you can bet not all of the mess Lauren gets into is actually from my real life.

I mean we never actually found a murdered man in the garage of the funeral home. I never had a boyfriend who treated me like Chip DeYoung treated Lauren. I never actually took love advice from a shadow man. Hmm, now that I think of it, I guess there’s not much about my real life in there except I did dust the caskets in the casket room and set up flowers for visitations and funeral services.

When you read the story, you’ll have to decide if what I’m telling is from my experience or just made up for your entertainment.

Back of the Book:
Lauren Staab knew there would be dead bodies around when she returned home. After all, her family is in the funeral business, Staab and Blood Funeral Home. Still, finding an extra body on the floor of the garage between the hearse and the flower car shocked her. Lauren’s plan to return to her hometown to help care for her mother and keep the books for the funeral home suddenly turns upside down in a struggle to prove she and her family are not guilty of murdering the man. But will the real killer return for her, her dad, her brother? Her mother’s secrets, a killer, a handsome policeman, and a shadow man muddle up her intention to have a simple life. Welcome home, Lauren!

To download a sample or purchase, click on the links or book cover below. Thank you.

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This Week:
Romance Readers Want to Know Thursdays on the J.Q. Rose blog
February 11--Author Kris Bock answers questions readers want to know about her writing process.
Please join un and enter to win the drawing! Thanks.

Tiny Tidbits for Writing and Living:
  • HTML Code for a link Have you noticed how signatures in forums and emails have the pristeen name of their site links instead of an ugly string of letters and numbers as a link? Here's the secret to how you get that on your signature--a bit of html code. Thanks to the University of Southern Florida for providing this information.

Fill in the information with your website URL and then the actual title of the site

<a href=“http://Internet URL goes here.”>Title the visitor sees.</a>

Code example:  <a href=“”>Contact Us</a>

Comes out as Contact Us
Writers Chatroom

  • Writers Chatroom If you're a writer and looking for a great chat room filled with new writers and experienced writers, you would enjoy visiting the Writers Chatroom on Wednesday nights from 8 PM -10 PM. The first hour is a topic driven chat and the second hour is free chat. On Sunday nights, 7 PM - 9PM, Audrey Shaffer interviews a guest author in a moderated chat. Participants are allowed to ask questions and interact with the guest. Last night, I am thrilled to say I won the door prize graciously provided by author Sheila Lowe, Poison Pen. I can't wait to read this mystery/suspense novel, Book One in the series, Forensic Handwriting Mystery.
  • Read a Book in the Bathtub Day--February 9

Click the book cover below to find out more about the book, download a sample, and/or purchase.

Thanks for visiting. Do you read in the bathtub???

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Romance Readers Want to Know: Author Nancy M. Bell Answers Readers' Questions, Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the kick-off of the new series, Romance Readers Want to Know. On Thursdays the J.Q. Rose blog will feature a romance author so you can discover new writers or enjoy learning more about your favorite authors and their latest books. Prizes will be awarded to lucky commenters.

Thank you so much to Author Nancy M. Bell, She  is so brave to lead-off the series. This talented author is an animal lover and always includes animals in her books. One reader asks her why.

Inspiration and Other Things by Nancy M Bell

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is are my characters based on real people. Now, that’s a bit of a hard one to answer. As an author everyone I meet and everything I experience has the possibility to show up in some form in my writing. But, I must hasten to say, I never ever base my characters solely on one person or event. Rather my character(s) tend to blend traits from many people in my circle of existence. Same for events and experiences, I take elements from a variety of things and incorporate them into my stories.

Another common query is why are there always animals in your books. In short the answer is because my animals are a huge part of my life. In most cases my animal characters tend to steal the limelight. Ailim aka GogMagog from A Step Beyond is a prime example of this. He’s larger than life and exhibits quite the sense of humour for a horse. The dog in Storm’s Refuge is the catalyst bringing Michelle and Cale together.

Some readers ask how much research I do for my stories. Answer is TONS! I love research and even though most of my reading and searching doesn’t actually make it into the story, I really feel it contributes to the layers and richness of the plot if I, as the author, really understand what I’m writing about. The first book in my new series Arabella’s Secret is The Selkie’s Song which is full of the myths and legends of Cornwall which form an integral part of the story and serve to drive the plot forward. I have literally tomes and tomes of books, articles and internet sites bookmarked, but in reality only a very tiny bit ended up in the book.

One lucky person who leaves a comment will win her choice of any of Nancy's books. Winner will be drawn after 9 pm EST on Sunday. Be sure to enter to win.

Take a peek at her latest romantic fantasy, The Selkie's Song, Nancy's first book in the new series, Arabella's Secret.

FYI-A selkie is a mythical creature in Scottish and Irish folklore that resembles a seal in the water but assumes human form on land.

The Selkie's Song by Nancy M. Bell
Romantic Fantasy

Back of the Book: The Selkies's Song  

Arabella Angarrick wants nothing more than to leave Penzance behind and study nursing in London. Her Da has other plans for her though. Arabella would rather throw herself off the cliffs of Lamorna Cove than marry Daniel Treliving. On one of her rambles across the moors on her pony, Arabella meets a dark and handsome young man who captures her fancy. There is something strange about him, but that only makes him more intriguing. Headstrong and stubborn, Arabella sets out to chart her own course in life, but things take an unexpected turn. Vear Du rescues her from danger, but can he protect her from himself?

About Nancy:
Author Nancy M. Bell

Nancy M Bell has publishing credits in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference and the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference. Please visit her webpage.

You can find her on Facebook 
Follow on twitter: @emilypikkasso

Books We Love Nancy M. Bell's Author Page  

Visit Books We Love for 99 cent reads Valentine event.
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Thank you, Nancy! 

Come back each Thursday in February and find out the answers to readers' questions. You can  ask the guest author questions you have about her writing process too. 

February Guest Authors

4 Nancy Bell
11 Kris Bock
18 Barbara Meyers
25 Helen Henderson

Please leave your questions for Nancy or just say hi in the comment section below. Thank you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop: Blogging Etiquette

Welcome to  the Internet Writers Support Group (IWSG) blog hop.  .

What is IWSG? Founder of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month.  The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page
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Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. I'm J. (Janet or Jan) Q. Rose.

Yes, this is a rendition of J.Q. Rose from my friend Miss Mae.
This drawing does resemble me quite a bit!!
Last month I co-hosted the IWSG event. I'll admit I was a bit nervous about doing it. But I discovered instead of being insecure about hosting, I was exhilarated by purposefully visiting over 70 bloggers. My head swam with all the amazing, brilliant, funny, talented, wise people who participated on this blog hop. 

Kudos to you all for being insecure! Hmm...that didn't come out exactly right. But if we didn't air our insecurities during this monthly  event, then there would be no need for the IWSG. So thanks for sharing your insecurities and thanks to those who are here to support us all and lift us up with their assurance and advice.

I appreciate Alex and all the co-hosters who keep these insecurities alive. Oh wait, that didn't come out right either.  Just plain thank you for all the folks behind the scenes and the many bloggers who allow us space to come together as a community every first Wednesday of the month.

I'm looking forward to visiting with you here and on your blogs. 

Questions for you.
 Photo by Master isolated images
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Blogging Etiquette by J.Q. Rose

I have a question for you about blogging etiquette. When I leave a comment, is it wrong to leave my # on the list or to leave my website addy? I ask this because I must admit I didn't get to visit some of the folks who left their comments on my blog because I couldn't find their blogs. 

When I clicked on the commenter's name, sometimes I would find their google profile with their blogs listed. At other times, the G+ page came up and no blog information. 

As far as I'm concerned, if you leave a comment below, you're welcome to leave your blog address so I can find you. I appreciate you taking time to visit my blog and I would like to return your kindness.

What do you think? Is it wrong to leave my # on the list or to leave my website addy when I comment on blogs? Thank you.
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Romance Readers Want to Know Thursdays on the J.Q. Rose Blog

Come back on Thursday, February 4 when author Nancy Bell kicks off the new series, Romance Readers Want to Know. She answers her readers' questions and is generously offering her e-book as a prize to a lucky commenter.

Visit Books We Love for 99 cent reads Valentine event.
Books We Love

Sharing a little love with my readers by offering my latest mystery,  Deadly Undertaking, for 99 cents this month. Visit my publisher, Books We Love, to discover a wide variety of full-length novels for 99 cents.

Deadly Undertaking Buy Links::

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lost and Found Valentine's Edition 2016 Blogfest, Short Story by J.Q. Rose, This Week

Lost and Found Valentine's Edition 2016

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog!

I'm thrilled to be kicking off this month of romance by participating in a Valentine blogfest, Lost and Found Valentine's Edition. The bloggers are writing fictional or non-fictional short pieces about love, lost or found. You're invited to visit and celebrate February, the month of love, and luxuriate in the wealth of romance stories at these writers' blogs. Go ahead. Play hooky for the day and escape for awhile into the world of romance with a variety of short stories and poems. 

You can find the list of participating bloggers in the sidebar of Denise Covey's blog. Have fun! 

Big thank you to the following writers who are hosting this awesome blogfest. 
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My contribution is below.

Hello Again by J.Q. Rose
Valerie removed the enclosure card from the vase filled with exotic greens and stunning white roses.  Her eyes narrowed as she studied the signature, “With love, T.B.”  Replacing the card in the holder, she turned to her daughter, Rebecca. “Do you know who T.B. is? I can’t think of anyone who would sign a card with those initials.”
Her beautiful Rebecca, dressed in a stylish black suit and white silk blouse, slipped her arm around her mother’s waist.
“I don’t recognize the initials either.” Rebecca’s brown shoulder-length hair flowed around her face when she shook her head.  “Come on, Mom, they’re waiting for us in the family room.  The service will begin soon.”         
Valerie turned from the display of floral tributes and smoothed her simple black dress that snugged her trim figure. She was thankful her daughter and son were by her side.  The colorful flowers from friends and family gave her comfort, but the heady fragrance of the blossoms overwhelmed her senses..
She gazed one last time at her husband lying in the casket.   Guy was as handsome in death as he was in life. The huge casket spray of rubrum lilies and red roses couldn't soften the reality of him lying lifeless in the bronze casket.
Tears surfaced in her eyes.  How could she have any more tears left?  Valerie had cried for days.  She dabbed her nose and wiped her eyes with a tissue. Taking a deep breath to strengthen her for the difficult day ahead, she squared her shoulders vowing to make it through this service, the cemetery, and luncheon after.
Valerie had to be strong for her kids even if they were adults, but her insides were whirling and her legs didn’t want to keep her upright. How was she going to say good-bye forever to her husband of thirty-five years?  Her best friend. Her lover.  Her life.
Sitting at her kitchen table a few days later, Valerie stared at the card enclosed with the white roses.  She couldn’t find a clue to the identity of T.B.  This was the only acknowledgement card left to be written, but she had no idea where to send it.  No one in her family could help her. The local floral shops had no record of the floral delivery.  Mr. McGrady, the funeral director, told her he had found the vase sitting on the table in the entryway. He'd seen a man leaving the building, but Mr. McGrady never saw him clearly enough to recognize him.
Valerie couldn’t explain why, but she felt close to the sender. She couldn’t stop thinking of the beautiful roses and the card simply signed T.B.  There was something very special about the sentiment, she knew.  But what was it?
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Spring eventually emerged after the dark days of winter and death.  Valerie had endured.  Seeing the snow melt, the daffodils bloom, and the earth green up helped to lighten her heart.
That spring afternoon Valerie felt the warm sun’s rays on her back as she dug into the soil to plant pansies in the flower bed by the front door of her house.  A large white limousine pulled up to her neighbor’s home and out jumped a teen-aged boy in his fashionable tuxedo.  Behind him two young couples piled out. 
The boys seemed so young with their fresh haircuts and fine looking tuxes and the girls dressed in elegant evening gowns of red, black, and deep purple. Their long, thick tresses were creatively styled in up-do’s for that traditional evening event in high school, the prom. 
The teens’ nervous laughter and banter echoed through the neighborhood.  Residents gathered to watch as the young people posed for photos with the neighbor’s daughter under the flowering crab apple tree in the front yard.  Soon the three couples entered the limo again and were off to make memories.
Valerie returned to planting her flowers remembering her high school proms, dresses, and friends. She smiled as she tamped the soil down around the colorful plants. Suddenly she threw down her trowel, ripped off her gardening gloves, and raced up the front steps to her house.  When she entered the family room, she didn’t stop to wash her hands or remove the floppy straw hat on her head.  Instead, she grabbed the phone book and turned the pages to a number she deftly punched into her phone.
“Hello, Valerie.”  A man’s voice greeted her.  Her eyes sparkled as a smile spread from cheek to cheek. It was the same voice she remembered from forty years ago when they had attended her senior prom together.
“Hello, Teddy Bear.” 
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Did your school have a junior/senior prom? Did you attend? Do you remember your date? Are you still friends with that person? Please share with us in the comments below.

This Week:

Wednesday, February 3--First Wednesday of the month is ALWAYS Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG). Yes, we throw our insecurities out in broad daylight for everyone to see. And that's okay because the writers who participate are also filled with wisdom and support. Stop in on Wed and discover what makes me insecure.

Thursday, February 4

Romance Readers Want to Know is a brand new series beginning this week on the J.Q. Rose blog. Talented romance author Nancy Bell kicks off the series and is offering a giveaway to a lucky winner. Come back and discover what readers want to know about Nancy and her writing.

Romance Readers Want to Know on the J.Q. Rose Blog

February 1-7

Romantic suspense, Whispers in the DARK 
by Kris Bock
Back of the Book: Whispers in the Dark
Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the night. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love. 

Whispers in the Dark is romantic suspense set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest. Reviewers give it a 4.3 star average: “A great read with a strong plot line & likeable characters!”

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day with Hot Fudge Sundae Cake, Recipe, Romance Readers Want to Know Next Week

Ooey-gooey Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
Courtesy of Starr Roan
Hello and Welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog!

Yesterday, January 27 was National Chocolate Cake Day. Did you observe it? Well, I wanted to get out the box of Betty Crocker cake mix to celebrate, but the day got past me. So, instead, I celebrated today with our neighbors. This auspicious occasion needed a special chocolate cake, not a boxed cake mix. 

How lucky I was to come upon a recipe in my Church Ladies Cookbook. You know all the best tried and true recipes are found in these cookbooks. This cake is fun to make. No bowl or beaters to clean up after putting it together because it is mixed in the pan. Then you pour hot water over the batter. Yeah, really!

Here's the recipe! Thank you Starr for sharing this in The Fruit of the Spirit Cookbook, Fremont United Methodist Church.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
Stir the following ingredients together in an ungreased 9 x 9 inch pan.
1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Add the following ingredients to the pan
1/2 c. milk
2 T. oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix with a fork (I used a spoon) until smooth.)
Spread evenly in pan. 

Mix together 1 c. brown sugar and 2 T. cocoa. Sprinkle over batter.
Pour 1 3/4 c. hot water over batter. Do not stir.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.Let stand 15 minutes. Spoon cake into dishes and top with ice cream. Spoon extra sauce from pan over top.
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Michelle Lee's eye-catching book cover design for my latest mystery, Deadly Undertaking, has been chosen for a book design contest at Author Shout's Cover Wars.

Deadly  Undertaking by J.Q. Rose
A handsome detective, a shadow man, and a murder victim kill Lauren’s plan for a simple life.
. Unfortunately it is the third from the last cover at the bottom of the display. If you get a minute, please scroll through the ten covers, then vote for Deadly Undertaking to recognize Michelle's talent in cover designs. 

Here's the link. You can vote all week. Much appreciated.
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Romance Readers Want to Know Series
Thursdays this winter on the J.Q. Rose blog
Thursday, February 4--We kick off the Romance Readers Want to Know series! Meet authors and learn the behind the scenes life of authors. Ask them questions. Win prizes!! Talented, experienced author Nancy Bell kicks off the series on Thursday. She'll be awarding an e-book to a lucky commenter!!
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Did you observe Chocolate Cake Day? I know, I know. We don't really need to eat chocolate cake just on that day. As far as I'm concerned, every day could be chocolate cake day. How about you? What's your favorite cake? Leave a comment below. Thank you.

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