Review: CSB Apologetics Study Bible


One of my sons is feeling God’s call to go into the ministry. We are all praying for him and are proud of him for obeying God. I wanted to give him something to help him now and in the future. So after some thought and prayer it hit me – a Bible! Now to find the right Bible. There are so many to choose from, where to begin!


First I knew I needed to pick the right translation. CSB (formally known as HCSB) is one of the translations that stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity. It’s a reliable text that is also easy to read and study.

When I started looking at the different CSB Bibles on the market I came across the CSB Apologetics Study Bible. I knew that it was the one to get.


From the website:

CSB Apologetics Study Bible

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible helps today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in an age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. This revised and updated edition includes new articles and extensive apologetics study material from today’s leading apologists to reflect and provide a deeper understanding of the relevant apologetics issues and questions being discussed today.

Features Include:
• 90 leading apologists contributed commentary and articles on apologetics including:
Ted Cabal, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, Paul Copan, Norm Geisler,
Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, J.P. Moreland,
Ravi Zacharias, and many more.
• 134 Articles on key apologetic issues–including a lead article by Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ).
• 66 Exclusive introductions from contributors
• 48 “Twisted Scripture” explanations for commonly misunderstood passages
• 12 Profiles of Christian apologists including Thomas Aquinas, Origen, C.S. Lewis and more
• 13 Timelines and Maps include unique offerings such as a Timeline of Apologists and Notable Works, Comparison of World Religion, Naturalism vs. Theism and more
• Apologetics Study Notes
• Annotated Bibliography
• Presentation page
• Book Introductions
• Two-color interior
• Two-column text
• Smyth-sewn binding
• Ribbon marker
• Full-color maps
• 9.75-point type size


So why did I pick this Bible? Whether or not he goes into the ministry I feel a Study Bible would be very helpful to him as he studies the different passages. Being that this is an Apologetics Bible makes it an even more valuable study tool. This Bible presents a historical as well as a reasoned and evidential basis for Christianity written by some of the most respected pastors and authors. When I was flipping through it the first time I ended up sitting down and reading several pages. I found it informative but easy to understand. I like how the commentaries and articles are written. That along with the CSB translation of the Bible make this a wonderful Bible to read, study and to give it as a gift. I enjoyed reading it so much I am going to have to get a copy for myself!


I would like to thank Lifeway and B&H Publishing Group for allowing me to review this Bible. The opinions and impressions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Book Giveaway: RELEASING HENRY by Sarah Hegger

Sir Arthur’s Legacy #5
by Sarah Hegger

Genre: Historical Romance

Pub Date: 8/29/2017

A light in the darkness . . .

The youngest son of Anglesea, the once idealistic Henry has survived the Holy Pilgrimage, but lost all his deeply held beliefs in honor and nobility. Captured in battle, he is sold as a slave into the home of Alif Al-Rasheed, a wealthy Genovese merchant who has converted to Islam. Bereft of faith, imprisoned in a foreign land, Henry has lost hope in his ability to love again—until he lays eyes on his captor’s beguiling daughter.

A marriage of opposites . . .

To Henry, Alya is a beacon of beauty he cannot ignore. But the heart of this proud daughter of Cairo will not be won so easily. Divided by religion, language, and culture, Ayla has little in common with the disillusioned Englishman—and yet he has vowed to protect her life in exchange for his freedom. As they embark on a perilous journey to safety, their bond will grow—and be tested—in ways neither can anticipate. For their greatest challenges will arise where Henry least expects. With threats conspiring to divide them, will he find the strength to stand by Ayla—and together will they find a common ground on which to build a future?

Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble. Mimicking her globetrotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Colorado with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Romantic Suspense
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The loop made them fall in love. Will it also make them heroes?
Dallas Anderson is stuck in a time loop that repeats Labor Day 2001 to September 11, 2001. He thinks he must prevent the terrorist attacks to break the loop. But each loop challenges that theory, igniting a fiery romance between him and his best friend’s sister and exposing the dark truth behind Déjà vu.

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It was the fourth September 10th, 2001 we had spent in New York City. And each of those Mondays discouraged us even more. Hanging around the World Trade Center for a month (real time) got us no closer to the unfettered access we needed. The possibility of being stuck in this ruthless rut forever was starting to weigh heavily on my soul.
“What’s wrong?” Thena asked.
We were standing on the Observation Deck of the South Tower and I hadn’t said a word since we got there. And now, I was looking over the edge of the railing like I might just jump over it. Wouldn’t do me any good, though, considering there was a jumper’s net not far below. And even if there wasn’t, a fall from 110 stories wouldn’t do me any harm. I’d hit the ground then wake up on September 3rd, 2001 remembering absolutely nothing.
“What’s wrong,” she asked again. “Is it the dream?”
“Look, it wasn’t a wet one if that’s what you’re thinking. It was actually more like a nightmare.”
“But one in which you kept screaming out Zoe’s name.”
In my dream, my mother was attacking my father and his girlfriends. A bloody foursome of sorts. Only it was just my mother’s body. But the head belonged to my ex-girlfriend, Zoe. She had a crazed look in her eyes. I watched as she stabbed my father over and over again. And then, as he lay there in a pool of his own blood, she took a Phillips head screwdriver and slowly, sinfully twisted it right-left-right, into my father’s temple. He screamed but the screams were my voice. Begging for Zoe to stop.
“The dream was nothing,” I said. “And everything is cool.” The lie was better than the truth. The truth is I was coming unglued. Destabilized by this loop which faithfully kept twirling us round and round. I was a moon trapped in its orbit. And its gravity was slowly tearing me apart.


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My Weekly Bible Journaling #30 – 2 Kings


Hello my friends!

We had a relatively quiet week. Now Hubby is sick so we are having a quiet weekend at home. I am praying that this is the last of this sickness!

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers for South Texas. We only saw a little bit of rain here. I am amazed at the outpouring of love from everyone everywhere.

Now I am going to keep this short this week. My LO is taking a nap and I really need to clean this house! Smile

Here is what I read and journaled in my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:


So much going on the day I finished this page! My oldest daughter is flew out to visit with my family. One of my sons went on a job interview. And I had a few sick kids at home.
All that plus what is going on south of us is on my mind and in my prayers.

Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. -2 Kings 19:16


Hezekiah’s faith and the way he prays can teach us so much! I love how God heard his prayers and answered him.

Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. – 2 Kings 20:3


I am coming to the end of my reading the book of 2 Kings. I had forgotten some of these stories so it has been nice to revisit a book I don’t read very often. I enjoyed reading this book more than I thought I would!

Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse[a] and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. – 2 Kings 22:19


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$75 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway: The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious? Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it. Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett’s previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.    Excerpt

The corners of the man’s eyes crinkled in a mild show of amusement. “Lady Harriett, I presume?” Rather than look at her with appreciation as most men did, he appeared amused. At her nod, he tucked his hands behind his back, remaining a few steps above her. “I am Lieutenant Christopher Jamison, an old friend of Jonathan’s.” “I was expecting you days ago,” she answered. “Lord Jonathan charged me with the unhappy task of informing you he and his new bride are currently away on their wedding trip. He is sorry he cannot be here to meet with you and has asked that I relay his apologies.” “May I inquire as to how long they will be away?” he asked. No, you may not, she wanted to say. Her neck was beginning to ache from looking up at him, but she forced her gaze to remain steady. “They expected to be gone a fortnight, sir.” “And they have been gone how long, exactly?” She felt an unaccountable hesitancy to tell him. “A week.” “Ah.” He sounded disappointed but seemed to take the news in stride, glancing at Charlie as though wondering whether he ought to retrieve his horse or not. Harriett prayed that he would. When his gaze strayed back to her, he took the unwelcome, and ungentlemanly, liberty of perusing her figure. When his eyes met hers again, his lips twitched into a slight smile. “Forgive me, my lady, but you appear to have had a run-in with a mud puddle and lost.” How kind of him to point that out. Harriett kept her hands at her side rather than attempt to brush the dirt from her face and pelisse yet again. The damage was done, and no amount of brushing or shaking would remove the muck. What she needed was a hot bath and a change of clothes. “Actually, sir, I was merely an innocent bystander.” “Indeed?” She picked up her skirts and ascended the steps, stopping on the stair above him so that she was eye level with him. “Are you always such a reckless rider, sir? Do you not pay heed to your surroundings?” “Of course I do.” “If you had, you would have seen me standing at the side of the road and, I would hope, thought to slow your animal down so as to not splash mud all over my pelisse.” Her chilly set down did not have the desired effect. He did not appear the least bit repentant. Rather, he looked ready to burst into laughter. “And your face, apparently.” He leaned forward and squinted. “If I’m not mistaken, there is a splash or two of mud on your bonnet as well.” Harriett glared at him. “How observant you are, Lieutenant Jamison. One can only wonder why you didn’t put that skill to good use earlier. If you had, perhaps my pelisse, face, and bonnet would still be clean.” “I am always observant, my lady,” he said. “But might I suggest that if you would like to be noticed at the side of the road, you should wear a color that does not blend so perfectly with your surroundings. That particular shade of green looks quite lovely on you, but only someone with the eyes of an eagle would have spotted you in front of a landscape of evergreens.” Harriett opened her mouth to respond, but no words were forthcoming. The man did not even attempt to behave like a gentleman. How could he be so . . . so . . . “Have you no apology to offer, sir?” she finally spluttered. “Oh, did I not apologize? Forgive me.” “For what? Forgetting to apologize or for not doing so in the first place?”

   RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Q and A With the Author: THE SUMMER THAT MADE US by Robyn Carr



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For Louise and Jo Hempstead—sisters who married brothers and each had three daughters—
summers at Lake Waseka were the happiest of times, filled with days of boating, swimming
races, and the sound of children laughing. For years, the lake was the place where the women
and their daughters loved each other the most. But when an unthinkable tragedy strikes in the
form of an accidental drowning, the family closes up the lake house for good, never to return.
Now, more than 25 years later, Louise’s daughter Meg is sick with cancer and enlists her sister,
Charlene, to reopen the lake house and gather the family for one last summer at the lake. But
years of pain and unspoken grief have pulled the Hempstead women in different directions, away
from each other: Meg might be dying; Charlene is unexpectedly jobless; Hope is reckoning with
the break-down of her marriage; Krista has just returned from a long prison sentence; Beverly is
still traumatized by the drowning; and Louise and Jo haven’t been close in years.
But blood is thicker than water, and Charlene hopes that time and family might be able to heal
even the deepest wounds. In this beautifully woven story about the complexities of family
dynamics and female relationships, return to the lake with the Hempstead girls for a season of
healing, second chances, and finally making peace with the past.


(I am so happy to welcome Robyn Carr to my blog today! Thank you so much for answering the following questions for us!)

Q: The novel centers around the women of the Hempstead family (mothers and daughters, sisters and cousins) and what happens when one of them, Charlene, decides to bring everyone back together many years after a tragedy tears the family apart. Can you tell us a little about the family structure and dynamics and where the idea for this story came from?

A: They’re a very unique family – sisters who married brothers and proceeded to have three daughters each, one a year for six years – so these sisters/cousins share a lot of DNA. They’re little stair-step blondes, and the women and children spend every summer at the family lake house. The setting in Minnesota, where I grew up, is a place where lake property is practically an institution. The women and children often went to the lake for the summer or at least for weeks at a time and the husbands/fathers would work in the city and join the rest of the family on weekends. My family didn’t have lake property but so many of my friends did and they lived for the magic of summer on a lake. Minnesota is called the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a reason.

There was a tragedy in the Hempstead family in 1989 when an accidental drowning took their youngest, a girl of 12, and the lake house was closed up, summers at the lake discontinued. Twenty-seven years later Charley, the oldest of the kids, agrees to spend the summer there with her sister Meg, who has been battling breast cancer. Meg longs for the healing powers of their beloved lake house and the happy memories of their summers there before tragedy struck. Little by little, other members of the family show up and over time they begin to unravel the myriad reasons their family became estranged, where all the girls spent their adulthoods—some famously, some infamously. It’s a story that balances reunion with new beginnings. And some long-pondered questions find answers.

Q: Each of the women in this novel is haunted, in different ways, by the tragedy from their past that caused the family to close up the house and never return to the lake again. How do each of the characters reckon with their past, and was it challenging, as a writer, to portray a number of different responses to and ways of dealing with grief?

A: Coming up with the differences is the fun part of being a writer. Hard but fun. Creating their differences is not nearly as hard as insuring they sound different, that their verbal responses are different. As for the sisters/cousins – their response to grief had more to do with their mothers, their parents, than with them. Charley became a very successful talk show host because her mother just was not there for her when she needed her most. Out of anger and determination, she succeeded. Hope retreated into a fantasy life where all that mattered was becoming a socialite, even if it was all in her head. Krista, whose father abandoned them and whose mother sank into a depression, starting running with a bad crowd and ended up in deep trouble. Meg suffered through a year of amnesia, and Beverly ended up in foster care. Twenty-seven years later, the challenges of a painful youth far in the past, most of the sisters/cousins are ready to have a look at how it could have been different and how it can be different now.

Q: One of the women in the novel, Charlene, has had a career as a very successful TV personality. Was her storyline inspired in part by your own success as a writer, and how do you stay grounded despite all of your professional success?

A: No, Charley was not inspired by me. I tend to write characters I admire and envy, at least starring characters. And although she’s had some rough breaks, Charley emerged with such tinsel strength and hard-won wisdom, I wished I could be like her.

As for staying grounded, I don’t know how well I do with that. I’m terrified of hubris. Death by hubris is a bad way to go. I’m ever aware of my flaws and shortcomings and I work at never taking any of my good fortune for granted and practicing acts of kindness when I see the opportunity. It’s a blessing to have written a lot of books and to have them well received, but I’d like to be remembered as a nice person, a good mother, a supportive and loving wife, and a community member who tries to leave the world a better place. That’s a lot. That’s a full time job, right there.

Q: What’s one thing that surprised you about this story — something that ended up in the book that you didn’t plan on when you first started writing?

A: One thing? You jest! There were many things that popped up – as always happens. That’s why I love my process, just writing and watching the story evolve. I never would have guessed one of the sexiest guys would end up being an ordained minister or that the Berkey sisters would (maybe!) kill a man and hide his body or that one of the sisters/cousins would end up in the psychiatric ward. The great thing about novel writing is that every day is a new and exciting one.

Q: We have to ask, what’s next for you? What are you working on right now, and what can readers look forward to next?

A: I’m writing the next book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series – we don’t have a title yet, but we’re close. I’m writing about Dakota Jones, formerly a major in the Army, and let me tell you, he is a good book boyfriend. Yes, he’s at the crossing, with his siblings Cal and Sierra, and he’s stirring up lots of interest. And a little trouble.



Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York
Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels,
including the critically acclaimed Virgin River and
Thunder Point series, as well as highly praised
women’s fiction titles such as Four Friends, What
We Find, and The Life She Wants.

Robyn has won a RITA Award from the Romance
Writers of America, and in 2016 she was awarded
RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award
for her contributions to the genre. Her novels have
been translated into 19 languages in 30 countries.
Originally from Minnesota, Robyn now resides in
Henderson, Nevada, with her aviator husband; they
have two grown children. When she isn’t writing,
Robyn puts her energy into community service: she
has mentored a seniors’ memoir-writing group,
attends book club chats in and out of state
whenever possible, and is working with her local
library on the Carr Chat Series, a program centered
on fundraising and visiting author events that bring

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Excerpt: NEED YOU NOW by Emma Douglas

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Welcome to the small island town of Cloud Bay, where it’s never the wrong time to find a love that’s oh-so-right. . .

Caleb White knows what he wants out of life—and being a star tennis player is not it. After speaking to the press about his plans to retire, Caleb decides that a trip to quaint, beautiful Cloud Bay for its legendary music festival is exactly what he needs. There will be time to figure out what to do with his life without a racket in his hand soon enough. Until then, Caleb is content to be stuck on an island with CloudFest’s gorgeous director Faith Harper. . .
The daughter of a famous rock star, Faith knows all about fame, fortune, and hot flings that aren’t meant to last longer than a few good songs. Gorgeous, built Caleb is a temptation she can’t resist, but she’s not prepared for the way he makes her feel. . .and the dreams that they both share. What begins as a carefree distraction deepens into something real. But is Caleb ready to put his celebrity behind him and give life in the slow lane with Faith a chance?



So maybe that was the wrong thing to think about.

She steered the car through the familiar bends of the road from Salt Devil to Danny’s place, not needing to really pay much attention to what she was doing. She could make the drive with a bag over her head. Could probably drive all around Lansing that way and never miss a beat.

Unlike her heart, which was bumping just that little bit too quickly to let her fool herself into thinking she didn’t have a rapidly developing case of, to quote Ivy, “flaming panties,” when it came to Caleb White.

Well, her panties were just going to have to cool it a little longer.

She let her left hand drift out the open window, fingers spread to catch the night air rushing against her skin so one part of her body had a chance to feel cool. “My mom would tell you that’s a terrible habit,” Caleb said. His voice sounded lower in the darkness.



Engine vibrations. That was it. Blame it on the roar of whatever supercharged monster engine Will had put into the Mustang. That was what was making his voice sound so good.

Note to self: Drive the Prius if you ever have to share a car with this man again.

“I know this road. There’s nothing I could possibly catch my hand on.” She turned her head slightly to look at him for a second. He’d lowered his window too, his elbow resting on the window frame, his fingers gripped around the top. “And hello, pot, kettle, black. You do not have all limbs inside the vehicle, Mr. White.”

“My hand isn’t sticking out,” he said.

“And what would your mom say about that response?” “She’d tell me not to be a smart-ass.”

“I think I like your mom. What does she do?” “She’s a doctor. I think she’d like you too.”

Faith shook her head. Nope to him getting any kind of wrong idea. “I’m not really the kind of girl mothers approve of.”

“Why not?”

“Rock star dad. Tattoos. Not interested in settling down.”

“You have tattoos?” he said, sounding intrigued. “I hadn’t noticed.”

“That’s because so far you haven’t seen any parts of me where they’re noticeable.”

“I see.” He sounded even more intrigued. “But they’re somewhere a mom might see them?”

“I think it’s more the alcoholic-rock-star–womanizing- dad thing than the tattoos. My family’s reputation precedes me. They think I’m going to have my wicked way with their precious boys and break their hearts.”

“Are you meeting these moms via time travel? That all sounds very nineteen fifties to me,” he said. “And just so you know, I am on board with wicked ways.”

She laughed at that. “In my experience, most men are.” “Maybe the men you meet are smarter than their moms.”

“Oh no.” She pulled her hand back in the window as the approached the turn-off to Danny’s drive. “The moms have my number. I’m not the marrying kind, as they used to say.”

“Really?” He sounded skeptical. “Trust me.”

“I take it this is you telling me that if I ever get to sample your wicked ways, I should beware?”

She tried to ignore the way the rumble underscoring “wicked ways” made her want to invent some very wicked ways on the spot. Dammit. “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.” She pulled into the drive, rolled the car to a stop outside the gate. “And, not to change the subject or anything, but we’re here.”

Caleb blinked. “So I see. Any point in me asking you in for a nightcap?”

As much as part of her wanted to say “hell yes,” she shook her head. “Not tonight.”

“Rain check on that too?” “We’ll see.”

“All right,” he said. He didn’t sound that put out. She didn’t know if that was good or whether she should be a little insulted. Caleb undid his seatbelt and turned to face her. “Then I’ll say good night. And I’ll tell you one more thing.” He slid a little closer along the seat and leaned toward her. Not too close. Giving her plenty of time to tell him to back off. To say no.

She stayed right where she was. Pinned in place by the weight of that blue gaze and the pounding in her chest and the heat suddenly burning through her again. She tried to sound casual. “What’s that?”

“The same thing I tell my mom when she’s butting into my love life. That I’m a big boy and I can take care of myself.” He leaned in close, until his mouth was hovering only a couple of inches from hers. “Also, that I believe that when you’ve beaten a girl at pool and hitched a lift with her in a Mustang that it’s only polite to kiss her good night.”

“Oh,” was all she had time to say before he closed his mouth over hers.

She couldn’t pretend she hadn’t thought about what it might be like to kiss him over the last few hours. What sort of kiss it might be. Most of her first kisses had been the hot, fiery, let’s-get-naked-fast kind.

Caleb White was undeniably hot but this kiss was . . . different. His mouth coaxed hers, gently, his hand cup- ping the back of her neck. Each tiny change in angle he made seemed to connect with a different nerve. First her lips were tingling, then hot, and then the heat spread out and down from there in a molten rush.

She opened her mouth and tasted him, tasted whiskey and man and heat. He groaned but he held her there, suspended with him in the dark, focused just on him and the places their bodies touched. She wanted more. Wanted closer.

But as she swayed toward him, tried to slide around in the seat so she could get nearer, he pulled back, leaving her startled by his sudden absence.

“Good night, Faith Harper,” he said. And then he was out of the car walking away from her, vanishing into the night when he stepped beyond the reach of the head- lights, leaving her wondering exactly what the hell had just happened.

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Author Bio:

Emma Douglas would love to live in a world where professional napping was a thing. But until then, she thinks writing books is a pretty awesome alternative. When not writing about imaginary people, she can be found reading, doing something crafty, binge-watching TV, playing her latest song crush on repeat, or singing badly in her car. She lives in Melbourne, Australia in a tiny house stuffed full of books, too many craft supplies and two cats who take up more space than you would expect. Find out more about Emma at

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