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Billionaire Blend, A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle

IN THE December 21 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

Details on how to win a copy of Billionaire Blend at the end of this review.

Billionaire Blend is the latest coffeehouse mystery by Cleo Coyle featuring New York coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. This series is set in the charming Village Blend coffeehouse.

In this book, a bomb goes off outside the Village Blend injuring tech whiz billionaire Eric Thorner who was inside quizzing Clare and her staff about coffee. Clare comes to his aid after the explosion, which is the beginning of an interesting relationship. Eric hires Clare and her ex husband Matt Allegro, to create the most expensive coffee blend on the planet. Clare agrees not only because of the money and the excitement of creating the new coffee, but also so she can investigate the bombing. After a dear friend of the Village Blend’s owner (who is Matt’s mom) is accused of setting off the bomb, Clare is even more determined to find out what happened.

Billionaire Blend takes Clare on an exciting adventure into the world of the elite where she finds herself flying all over the country in a private jet, bribing a bomb squad lieutenant with her cooking, hobnobbing with high society, battling the unwanted advances of Eric, fixing her daughter’s love life, catching a killer, and struggling with some problems in her own romance with mostly absent Detective Mike Quinn who is on assignment in DC. At first Clare is determined Eric couldn’t be involved, but she begins to wonder if this charming and incredibly bright young billionaire is actually a murderer, instead of being the intended victim. Throw in some corporate espionage and you have a great mystery filled with twists and turns that leave you guessing until the end.

This series is filled with delightful characters and a great setting. In each book, Cleo makes you feel like you are really inside this charming coffeehouse. I can practically smell the coffee. And speaking of coffee, Cleo also includes some great coffee and pastry recipes at the end of the book.

The Coffeehouse mysteries is one of my absolute favorite mystery series and I can’t wait to have the time to go back and read the ones I’ve missed. With the cold winter weather outside there’s no better companion than Billionaire Blend and a great cup of coffee to warm you up.

To enter to win a copy of Billionaire Blend, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Dives,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 28, 2013. U.S. residents only.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and a contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Annette Naish December 21, 2013 at 9:48am

I have had so many friends recommend Ms Coyle’s books, I know I would enjoy this one.

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2 Joye December 21, 2013 at 1:14pm

I really like reading Cleo’s books. Not only are they entertaining, they are also educational. Would love to win a copy.

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3 Marsha Bachmeier
Twitter: @kidisitor
December 21, 2013 at 5:01pm

Really enjoy this series, but I have a few more to go before I reach this Billionaire Blend.. not sure if I can wait that long! lol

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4 Cyn209 December 21, 2013 at 5:11pm

oh wow!! what a GREAT giveaway!!!

thank you!!!

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5 Robyn December 21, 2013 at 5:25pm

I absolutely love Cleo Coyle! This series keeps me wanting more! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

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6 Sandyg265 December 21, 2013 at 5:57pm

I’m looking forward to reading this.

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7 Christine A.
Twitter: @your1chef11
December 21, 2013 at 5:59pm

This is one of my favorite series. They are the only books that my husband will read with me. This book is my favorite so far out of all the books in the series. Cleo Coyle and Marc have such a way with writing that I feel like I am there in the story with Clare Cosi. Awesome writing and awesome books.

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8 JenniferK
Twitter: @jcalvert719
December 21, 2013 at 6:22pm

I love this series! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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9 Cynthia E. Blain December 21, 2013 at 7:02pm

I agree with Lorie that the Coffeehouse series is one of my favorite mystery series as well. Each book can be read independently with all the great background information that is given, but you won’t want to skip any books as they are just so good. The descriptions of the people and the locations, especially the coffeehouse, are described so well that you feel as though you can see each person and also the coffeehouse in your mind’s eye. The stories are truly great and each books makes you wanting more adventures with Claire, and her friends and family. I try to savor each chapter not wanting to rush through the book as finishing it means another wait until the next one is out, and that seems like such a long time. But with the great recipes in each book you can be reminded of the coffeehouse and some of the people in the stories which will help; to get you through until the next mystery comes along for Claire to solve.
I had given this series a 5 star rating as it truly deserves it.
Keep up the great writing Cleo!!! Continued success in 2014!!!

Thank you for this lovely giveaway too.

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10 Kiki December 21, 2013 at 9:37pm

Love this author. Coffeehouse mystery are so good. Thanks for having a great giveaway.

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11 Pam Milligan December 21, 2013 at 10:59pm

Great review! If I didn’t already love these books, your review would motivate me to read it. Love the combo of a great story and tasty recipes as a bonus. I agree, I feel as if the coffee shop is real as I’m reading….wish I could go in and grab a cup in the morning!

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12 Bob Plass December 22, 2013 at 12:17am

My wife and I love the Cleo Coyle books!

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13 Tonya H December 22, 2013 at 6:14am

Love Love Love the Coffeehouse Mysteries. Cleo rocks! The characters become alive and you can’t wait for the next one to come out so you can find out what’s happening in their lives. Thank you for having this giveaway!

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14 Nancy B December 22, 2013 at 6:52am

I love this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

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15 Maureen December 22, 2013 at 8:18am

I just discovered this series and I love it.

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16 Kim Wright
Twitter: @Pinkim95
December 22, 2013 at 6:21pm

I would love to win this…I just love these books!

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17 bn100 December 22, 2013 at 6:21pm

Interesting sounding series

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18 Becky in Georgia December 22, 2013 at 6:23pm

I’ve loved reading this series. Will enjoy catching up with Claire and the group at the coffeehouse. Merry Christmas!

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19 deb shaw December 22, 2013 at 6:33pm

i want to read this soon

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20 Ava Curtis
Twitter: @Ava Marie Curtis
December 22, 2013 at 6:34pm

Sounds like a great book can’t wait to read this thank you

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21 cheryl December 22, 2013 at 6:39pm

I love the coffee house mysteries, and the recipes are a bonus. Please enter me in drawing/contest. Thanks!

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22 Tammy Feil December 22, 2013 at 6:44pm

I love the coffeehouse mysteries. I’ve been waiting for this one and can’t wait to read it. The stories, characters, and of course, the recipes. Need I say more?

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23 Carol Compton December 22, 2013 at 6:45pm

I have loved all of Cleo Coyle’s book. They are GREAT !

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24 Lucinda December 22, 2013 at 6:45pm

Love the series and would be honored to win.

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25 karen s December 22, 2013 at 6:55pm

Love this series, now to read Billionaire Blend (the Kindle version for the recipies.) Waiting for the audible version for the listen!!

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26 sharon December 22, 2013 at 6:58pm

Excellent post and this book is captivating and special.

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27 Kai W. December 22, 2013 at 7:01pm

I have read one of her books. I’m already love this book and can’t wait to read more.

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28 Toni N
Twitter: @tonibulls51
December 22, 2013 at 7:01pm

I absolutely love this series and would love to have this latest book. With the hustle and bustle of the season I have forgotten to treat me. This would do that very nicely. You do a great job reviewing without revealing!

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29 Ronna Lord December 22, 2013 at 7:06pm

These coffee house books are definitely a step above the average cozy. I really enjoy all the extra facts about coffee, NY, and whet ever other subject each book is focused upon. Keep writing!!

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30 Larry E Long December 22, 2013 at 7:10pm

Recently finished reading the first in the series and was instantly won over. All the coffee details make the books all that much more enjoyable.

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31 Ellen Dean December 22, 2013 at 7:18pm

I have enjoyed every one of the books in the coffee house series. Looking forward to reading this one.

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32 Kim P (Brandon,MS) December 22, 2013 at 7:22pm

I love this series so much that I read most of them in rapid succession once I discovered the series. I am addicted to coffee and I love reading and baking so these books are wonderful for me! I would greatly appreciate the collectors edition!

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33 Susan Lipp December 22, 2013 at 7:31pm

This is a great series – I have every one and enjoy the ongoing story of Claire. Billionaire’s Blend is especially interesting as they travel to interesting places.

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34 Susan Lipp December 22, 2013 at 7:34pm

Ooops!!!! I miss-spelled “Clare”.

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35 Kathy Church
Twitter: @churchmouse200
December 22, 2013 at 7:43pm

Wonderful series and great fun! Love the recipes too.

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36 ellie smart
Twitter: @Smartgeekette
December 22, 2013 at 7:46pm

If Cleo’s and Alice’s books came in coffee cups, I’d drain them and then lick the very last drops with a contented sigh.

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37 Peg Pederson December 22, 2013 at 8:02pm

Always look forward to hearing the latest at Village Blend. Thanks for the review.

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38 Mary Ann F December 22, 2013 at 8:11pm

This series is an easy one to recommend and universally enjoyed. Billionaire’s Blend will follow and uphold the standard set by its predecessors.

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39 Karen B December 22, 2013 at 8:43pm

Great storylines, great characters, great recipes, great authors. This is such a terrific series – thank you, and Merry Christmas!

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40 Peggy R December 22, 2013 at 8:53pm

This sounds like another winner, and I can’t wait to read it!! It’s perfect timing for a great Winter read, and goes to the top of my TBR list!!

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41 Donna Durnell December 22, 2013 at 9:21pm

Really want this.. Granddaughter is now working at Starbucks, so after I read it, she can.

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42 Pat S. December 22, 2013 at 9:49pm

I have read all her books from the very first one and realy look forward to reading Billionaire Blend. Would love to win a free copy.

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43 Kaye Killgore
Twitter: @kkillgore
December 22, 2013 at 10:21pm

I love this series and the recipes. I would love to win.

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44 Lynda December 22, 2013 at 10:31pm

Love your books! Once I start one, I can’t seem to put it down. More, more, more – please.

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45 Sabrina Rawson December 22, 2013 at 10:36pm

Coffee, recipes and mystery makes for an entertaining read.

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46 Wanda Maltby December 22, 2013 at 11:06pm

love tne chacters in both coffeehouse books & haunted book series..hate to finish a book, it’s like have to say goodbye to friends; until the next book comes out and I reconnect with old friends. Please keep them coming.

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47 Kathi Dugas December 23, 2013 at 2:18am

I love this series! The storyline are great and the recipes are an added bonus…keep’em coming!

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48 Andrea Stoeckel
Twitter: @rokinrev
December 23, 2013 at 4:05am

I love Love LOVE Cleo’s work, and excited for the chance to win a book

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49 Stephanie Hudson December 23, 2013 at 4:22am

I have read the entire series up until this one. I can’t wait to sink into this book!!!

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50 Karen December 23, 2013 at 4:45am

Love the coffeehouse series, look forward to each book released.

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51 DJ December 23, 2013 at 5:42am

I truly enjoy Cleo Coyles book as well as the recipes. Can never get enough of either of them.

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52 Christine December 23, 2013 at 5:59am

I love Cleo Coyle’s coffeeshop mysteries. I can’t wait to read Billioniare Blend.

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53 Wrenda R. December 23, 2013 at 6:10am

Eagerly await each ‘next edition’ of the Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery series. Each book in Cleo Coyle’s series just gets better and better for this reader. I spend each morning savoring every page of the latest edition in the series, while enjoying my cups of Joe. Billionaire Blend will be a hit. Thanks Cleo for great reads!

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54 Valerie Greenberg December 23, 2013 at 6:44am

I loved all her other books I’ve read so I’ sure I will like this one

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55 Jennifer Kennedy December 23, 2013 at 7:14am

Love this series! Santa I have been a very good girl this year!

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56 Helen Ashenfleter December 23, 2013 at 9:01am

Love the books and the recipes!

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57 Shellie December 23, 2013 at 9:56am

Looking forward to a new Coffeehouse Mystery. I’ve been a huge fan since the first book and feel like I know Clare, Mike, Matt, Joy, Madame and all the baristas at The Blend. Coffee brings warm, comforting moments and so do Cleo Coyle’s books. Was happy to hear that the husband and wife duo just signed a contract for three more in the series. Congratulations!

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58 Dottie Vining December 23, 2013 at 10:03am

Again a great book from Cleo. Just finished reading it and enjoyed every minute.
Thanks again CC.

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59 Debbie Steele December 23, 2013 at 10:06am

I love this series although I have a little catching up to do.

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60 Penny S. December 23, 2013 at 10:16am

All the books in the series are addicting..One can’t stop reading til it’s finished..The characters are interesting to follow..Thanx for the offer…Hopefully I will win this fabulous offer..

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61 Marilyn S. December 23, 2013 at 10:57am

I love every one of these books! Pick me please!!

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62 Judy Donofrio December 23, 2013 at 11:30am

There’s been so much buzz about Billionaire Blend online. I’ve read a few Cleo Coyle books now so it’s no wonder! Count me in for the giveaway. I don’t think I’ve ever won anything here, but I’ve been trying for months and months. Maybe this time…Thanks.

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63 Ming December 23, 2013 at 11:36am

Can’t wait to read the latest! If I don’t win this book – I’ll have to wait for the paperback.

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64 Julie M December 23, 2013 at 12:16pm

Unexpectedly found this series while browsing my local library and now I’m hooked! You just can’t beat a mystery series dedicated to coffee, and the characters are so well written it’s easy to feel as if you have actually met them in real life. So excited to read this latest addition!

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65 Dotty Kelley December 23, 2013 at 12:35pm

I love all of Cleo’s books, especially the Coffeehouse series. Looking forward to reading Billionaire Blend.

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66 Janet Robinson December 23, 2013 at 1:43pm

Would love to win and then brew a cup of coffee, kick back and read this 5-star BILLIONAIRE BLEND title!

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67 Tammy barker December 23, 2013 at 3:40pm

Bought the book for myself for Christmas. Can’t wait to read it on Wednesday.

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68 Jodi Webb
Twitter: @wordsbywebb
December 23, 2013 at 3:57pm

I can’t resist Coffeehouse Series! And the weird thing is…I don’t even drink coffee. But I lOVE the smell of coffee.
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69 Sharon Baker December 23, 2013 at 4:13pm

Love Cleo’s books. They are great. Can’t wait to get the Billionaire Blend. Keep them coming.

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70 Dottie Lou
Twitter: @lottiedou
December 23, 2013 at 5:31pm

Love the series and would love to win a copy of the newest installment!

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71 Claudia
Twitter: @Claudia4travels
December 23, 2013 at 6:13pm

I love Cleo Coyle books and the recipes she posts on the website!

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72 Maureen Hayes
Twitter: @Maureenhayes1
December 23, 2013 at 7:45pm

I am an avid fan of Cleo Coyle and the Coffeehouse Mystery Series and would be thrilled to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

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73 Carol Reilly December 23, 2013 at 7:53pm

For someone that was hardly reading any books at all, I now find myself in that “can’t wait mode” for the next Cleo Coyle book to be published. Thanks to my daughter for starting me with this series and thanks to Cleo for writing it.

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74 Denise December 23, 2013 at 9:48pm

Love the blend of coffee and mystery! Planning on going back and reading all in order again.

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75 Barb December 24, 2013 at 10:38am

The final paragraph in your post captures my feelings exactly.. A good cup of coffee and curling up with the latest Cleo Coyle is a sheer treat… hmm I can smell the coffee brewing now..

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76 Gail Fuhlman
Twitter: @gmfuhlman
December 24, 2013 at 10:55pm

I have been reading these books from the beginning of the series. This is such a great giveaway!

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77 Sue Farrell December 25, 2013 at 9:14pm

I have tried some of the recipes from other books—and have liked them all. I’m anxious to read the mystery, then hit the kitchen.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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78 Barb Lohr December 26, 2013 at 1:26pm

Great article, I love the coffeehouse mysteries.

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79 fran December 27, 2013 at 2:45pm

The Coffeehouse stories are so much fun to read and I love making the recipes included at the end of the book. Some have even become household favorites. Thank you for that!
Happy happy New Year

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80 Cleo Coyle
Twitter: @CleoCoyle
December 27, 2013 at 5:50pm

I’m so touched to see all of these incredibly kind comments. Thank you to Lorie Lewis Ham and to Kings River Life magazine for the wonderful review and giveaway.

And thanks again to everyone who stopped by. Good luck on the contest and I hope all of you have a very Happy New Year!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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81 Margaret December 28, 2013 at 10:08am

Love Cleo Coyne !!

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82 Lynn January 5, 2014 at 4:15am

Another one to add to my too read file! Thanks!

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83 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
January 7, 2014 at 10:09am

Thanks so much for all of the comments! We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher

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