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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Insecurity Overload - First Novel / IWSG



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I recently got the release date for Seismic Crimes and what did I do? 

Dance? Party? Sing at the top of my lungs?

Nope. I panicked.

Why? Well....

1. It's April 22nd which is not that far away.

2. I want to submit to big reviewers but most want your galley 3-4 months prior to the pub date. (I did submit, though.)

3. I need to start planning all the ways I can promote and get sh*t ready.

4. This is the sequel to my novella Hurricane Crimes.

5. This is my first novel.

6. I'm going to have to do all the things authors with print books do (book signings, festivals, etc), which I'm excited about but also SCARED to do.

Recap:
1. Scramble
2. Worry
3. Scramble some more
4. Insecure
5. Insecure x100
6. Freak-Out


So that means I'm asking for help...again...I hope you don't hate me. And because next month is the A to Z Challenge, I'm asking now.


A few options:

1. If you’re participating in the A to Z Challenge, you can share the blurb, image and links for Seismic Crimes on its release day, which turns out perfectly because April 22nd is for S.

2. Sign up for my blog tour which will start in May.

3. Apply for BOTH! :D




NOTE: Make sure to click "Submit" at the end of the form(s). 

I'll contact everyone who signs up for my blog tour to confirm the date then I'll send all the info at least one week before the date you selected.
  



THANK YOU!!!!

Hugs for everyone! 

And if I can ever help you, please let me know. :)


135 comments:

  1. Hi Chrys. I'm not doing the A-Z, but i'll be on board in May for your blog tour. I have other commitments in May so I'll have to get back to you re possible dates.

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    1. I'd love to be on your blog whenever, Denise! :D

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  2. Take a deep breath! You'll be fine. Just try to enjoy the moment too. I can post a blurb in May. I'm not doing the challenge this year. Oldest is graduating!

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    1. *takes a deep breath* Thank you, Jennifer! Congrats to your oldest!! :D

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  3. Bring on the freak out! LOL

    Book signings and stuff are fun. I miss doing them.

    I'm not participating in the A to Z and can help you.

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    1. I imagine them being fun but I'm still nervous never having done them before. :) Thank you! :D

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  4. Seismic Crimes will fit my A to Z theme perfectly, especially on the S day...

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    1. Awesome! Can't wait to see what your theme is. ;)

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  5. I would be freaking out, too! But at least there's a very good reason for the freaking out! I signed up for the blog tour :)

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    1. It is a good reason to freak out. Thank you so much! :D

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  6. Congrats, Chrys!

    And of course you panicked. You're a writer, after all. It's what we do. :)

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    1. Thanks, Madeline! And it is what we do. ;)

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  7. Panicking is normal. I do every time I release something. But you also have to put your head down and get things done. Lots of chocolate helps me.

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    1. I got a little better with not panicking as much but this is a big one! Panic I must! haha

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  8. Deep breath! It will all come together.

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  9. You'll be fab at everything, Chrys. A bit of a panic is okay and then turn your nerves into positive excitement. I have no doubt you will be great at everything you do!!! Many congratulations!! Relish the fun ahead :)

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    1. Thank you for the pep talk, Nicola!

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  10. Hang in there, Chrys! It will all be over sooner than later ;) I will promote you in April and would love to do a guest spot with you in May. ~Lori~

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  11. Chrys, congrats on the release date! You'll do fine with everything and how exciting!

    I can do a blog tour in May; I didn't put down a date but will let you assign me one, but do it later in the month of May so I can recuperate from A/Z and also read your book so I can mention it in the blog tour with whatever info you want me to include.

    Good luck with it and have fun with it!!!

    betty

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    1. Thank you so much, Betty!

      We can definitely figure out a date that works for both of us. :D

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  12. You have nothing to be worried about! You're dedicated to everything that you do and I know this novel will be no different. Your hard work will show. You can do this!

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    1. Thank you so much, Quanie! I appreciate that. :D

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  13. Yay, you! Now give yourself the time to rejoice ;-) Then you can plunge into panic, though I don't know why you would; you got this! Write on, lady Chrys :-)

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    1. LOL! I'm still a newbie in many ways. ;) Thanks for your kindness and support, Diedre!

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  14. Good for you for getting out there. Yes, I can promote on April 22. Good luck!

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  15. I'm not doing A-Z but i'm all signed up for your blog tour! I'm so excited for you! Don't worry, I'm a wreck too about all the release stuff. We'll fumble our way through it together <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! Fumbling is what we do best. ;)

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  16. Congratulations! You have accomplished a major feat.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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  17. Hi, Chrys. Thanks for stopping by Denise Covey's place today and leaving a comment on my guest post. You have a great site here. Lots of good information that I'll come back to. Yes, book promotion is a lot of work, and a bit scary. I wish you every success with Seismic Crimes. It sounds very intriguing.

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    1. Thank you for returning the visit, Ann! Book promotion is a necessary pain. Thanks for your kind words!

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  18. Everything will fall into place and away the insecurity will go indeed. Congrats on the release date as well.

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    1. I wish it would go away not but I'm just getting more nervous. haha Thank you!

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  19. Chrys, I am totally going on break or I'd be one of the first in line to feature you. Honestly, I don't know how things will shake down after I come back. Still, I'm keeping you in mind. I might give you a shout a little later this year when I'm feeling more sane.

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    1. Thanks for keeping me in mind, Crystal! A shout out any time would be awesome. :D

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  20. Panicking is absolutely normal, Chrys. I am not sure if I will be travelling in May, else I would love to host you for a guest post. I will let you know soon.

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    1. Thank you, Rachna! Seems my release and blog tour isn't the best time for many. *sigh*

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  21. I am so excited and I think panicking is normal too. I used to hover over the schedule button (still do sometimes) on my blog...waiting for what, I don't know. Congratulations!!!!
    sherry @ fundinmental Wordless Wednesday

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    1. Panic is normal but not fun. lol Thank you!!!

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  22. Take a deep breath. It's totally normal to freak out. I panic every single time a book comes out! I signed up for your blog tour, and I tried to sign up for the release day shout-out, but the widget thingy isn't working. Please do include me, though! :)

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    1. And you always have a book coming out! LOL! Thank you so much for signing up. Isn't not working? Oh no!

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  23. You'll do fine. You are amazing. I'd never, ever guess you were sweating a bit.

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  24. You will rock this release! Congratulations and best of luck!

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  25. I agree with the others, freaking is perfectly normal because you'll do just fine. A year from now you'll look back and think, that was easy. LOL

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  26. Looking forward to reading your first novel.
    Hope all goes well.
    I'll help out in whatever way I can.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeffrey! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  27. So excited for you! Congratulations!! You'll be fine, but I totally understand the freak out. Totally.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kai! I know freaking out is normal but it's not fun. Not one bit.

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  28. Deep breathe, I'm sure it'll all work out. I hope you can enjoy the whole experience too. I'm not doing A-Z but could put a blurb etc up for you if you like.

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    1. I hope I can enjoy it too. I have plans and really want them to work out. I'd love any help I could get. :D

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  29. Stop! Breathe! Be excited! This is fantastic news and congratulations! I'm in the midst of packing my house and getting it ready to sell (hopefully), pretty sure I'm not doing A to Z this year (moping face here), but I can post on Facebook and Tweet if you'd like?

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I would love it if you could post on FB or Tweet.

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  30. I'm not participating in the A to Z challenge, but I did sign up for your blog tour. As far as the freaking out and insecurity of you book goes, I suspect that's par for the course. You better get used to it. :)

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    1. Thanks for signing up for my blog tour!

      I know, I know. haha

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  31. I've signed up for the blog tour :)! I'd totally be freaking out too, but it's completely understandable. Just take a deep breath, make a cup of tea and try to enjoy it :). Oh, and congratulations on the book release! Can't wait :)!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! I love tea, so I will definitely do that. :)

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  32. Yep. Scramble and freak. That's what happens when a new book comes out. I'm not doing the A-Z challenge, but I'll give a shout out for your new book.

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    1. I'd love a shout out. Thank you so much! :)

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  33. Hi Chrys ... you do have a lot going on - but good luck with it all .. I'll try and remember Seismic Crimes for S day .. not sure I can make it fit .. but no doubt can manipulate something ... cheers Hilary

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  34. Yay, huge congrats, Chrys!! I signed up for your blog tour and I am so excited to help you out. Best of luck with everything, and let me know if you need me to do anything else. I'm happy to spread the word! :)

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    1. Yay! You rock, Kristin! Thank you so much!

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  35. That is a tight turnaround, Chrys. You know I'll help with some tweets and fb shares and I'm looking forward to hosting you in June!

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    1. I really appreciate that, C Lee! Thank you!

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  36. Congrats Chrys on the release date, I wish you well.
    Yvonne.

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  37. Good luck with your release! I don't have any posts scheduled for May yet, so I might be able to host you.

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  38. Isn't it strange how it takes so long to write a book, edit it, jump through all the hoops required to get it published, then suddenly the book is coming out and there's no time. I'm not doing A to Z, but count me in for the blog tour!

    VR Barkowski

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    1. I know. We have to suddenly scramble to get ready for when it's comes out. Thank you, VR!

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  39. Congratulations! I definitely feel you on getting things ready ahead of time. I signed up for the blog tour, but I am willing to help out with anything else you need. Just let me know. Good-luck! Don't forget to rest a bit in between.

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    1. Thank you so much, Murees! I'll do my best to rest. :)

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  40. Congrats! I signed up for April 22, even though I'm not participating in the A-Z challenge. I do spotlights on Friday so the works perfectly, and I'm happy to help spread the work about your book.

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    1. Great! Yes, even though some may not be doing the Challenge, if they can do something for my release, I greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

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  41. Woot about your release! A to Z stresses me out, so I won't be around. But I'll see you in May!

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    1. I'm not doing A to Z on my own blog. I'm taking a break, so I'll definitely see you in May. :)

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  42. Awesome about your release! Sounds like you managed all your goals too!

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  43. Wow, like April wasn't busy enough for you. Congrats though and it's good to know the date.

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    1. I know! I'm actually not doing A to Z on my own blog but I am helping with A to Z for IWSG (as you know) and Unicorn Bell. Busy, busy!

      Thank you!

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  44. Congrats! I'm sure It'll be awesome. You're amazing with how you've managed to juggle thus far. It'll be great. How exciting!

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  45. This is the way of it every time you have a new book out. Endless worrying and scrambling to keep all your bases covered.

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    1. I know, but I got used to just ebooks. This is an all new ballpark.

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  46. Congratulations! How exciting! (and yes, I can host you, but not do the AtoZ thing--I'm doing a different them all together).

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    1. That's okay, Samantha! I'll take what I can get. :)

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  47. Wow, impressive. You go. Don't think I am doing A-Z, but did sign up for your blog tour. Congrats on the second book.
    http://www.junetakey.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! Well, first novel...5th ebook. ;)

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  48. Take a moment. Breathe. It's a lot, but you can do it. I'm feeling the same way right now. We will survive.

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  49. Congratulations, Chrys! It'll be fine. Have a glass of wine. Oh no, I sound like Dr. Seuss for adults, LOL. I signed up :)

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    1. Dr. Seuss for adults. I like that!

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  50. Congrats. Don't panic. It'll be fine. In fact, it'll be better than fine with not having as much time to stew about the book's release.

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  51. Looks like you have a bit of support here. Go figure :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  52. Huge congrats Chrys. I'll have to check my schedule before signing up for the tour. But I signed up for release day.

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  53. You wil do just fine. This is exciting and you will do well.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Birgit!

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  54. Signed up for the blog tour. :-)

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  55. I signed up for your May blog tour. Release time is hectic, but I find it passes by better than I expected. You'll do great.

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    1. Thank you so much for signing up, Medeia! :D

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  56. Congratulations, Chrys! Signed up for the tour...

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  57. I won't be around during the release, but let's make plans to do something as soon as I'm back. I'll do whatever I can to help - I'm in your corner.

    CONGRATS!

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  58. Congratulations on your release. I'm just as bad as you but the final proof wasn't even completed until last week. A year and a half after submission, talk about last minute!
    Thanks for the well wishes! I'll definitely mention your work on the S day!

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    1. Thank you so much, Yolanda! I hope you're feeling better.

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  59. Very excited for you, and getting nervous is all part of the game. Hope you get lots of responses from the big reviewers:) I've signed up for your blog release.

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  60. Good luck! And congrats! I signed up for the blog tour. I don't think I'm doing A-to-Z unless I falter onto a whole lot of extra time between mid-April and now.

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! I'm not doing A to Z wither but thought it would be a good way to get the word out. ;)

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  61. I'm probably gonna skip the A-Z challenge this year, because I have to little time and too much to do right now. Next year I'm probably back >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. I'm skipping this year too but will be back next year for the Challenge.

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  62. I'l be glad to host you and feature you on the 22 in my first ever A-Z challenge. I am making a bucket list of places I want to visit and I'm debating between the Suwanee River (the whole length of it) and Santiago (in either Cuba or Spain as I've been to neither). I'll have to be creative and think of a way to work in your novel. Congratulations, Chrys!

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    1. Well...San Francisco starts with an S. ;) Thank you! :D

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  63. Yeah, but I been to San Francisco (many times as I some graduate work out there), but Santiago Chili is in a semsetic zone and I've not been there

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  64. Chrys, don't know why but I'm feeling nervous for you, too, lol! There seems to be a lot to be done before the launch. But steady on, my friend. Everything will turn out well. I hope you'll have a grand time at the signings! (I can help tweet your launch and promotions instead of a blog post. Is this okay? Feel free to email me the tweets! I think crime novels tend to attract attention on Twitter better.)

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    1. You can be nervous with me. ;) I'd love for you to send out some tweets. I'll be setting up a Thunderclap campaign soon, so you can sign up for that. :D Thank you, Claudine!!!

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  65. I'm doing A-Z with IWSG, but even so May would probably be better for me. Rather than pick the days I can, it would be easier to say when I'm not available. I'll email you with the dates today. Hope this isn't a double. I had trouble leaving a comment.

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  66. Congrats Chrys! I signed up for the tour! Freaking out and being panicKY is the norm. But don't forget to enjoy the release of your first novel just as much.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lidy!!! I will do my best to enjoy it. :D

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