Monday, February 17, 2014

"New in Town" by Susan Zutautas

You might already know Susan from her blog Everything Susan. If you do, hurrah! If you do not, I encourage you to visit. Susan has a warm spirit and pleasant nature that resonates with her readers. And she is now a published author too!!


New in Town was published in the summer of 2013, so it is fairly new to the market, and looking to obtain its audience. It is a very well-written short story (62 pages) about a young woman who moves to Toronto to start her life anew. Knowing only a cousin who lives in the same apartment building, Morag sets about to live her new life to the fullest, and is well on her way to doing so, when a series of unthinkables begin to happen. Without killing the mystery for you (pun intended), I will note that there is a man involved, a good looking one at that; a break-in; and a resulting case that must be solved.

The power of friendship and family support comes alive in this short story, in ways that you would never expect, and the story leaves you longing for more long after the last page of it has been closed. I cannot help but wonder what path Morag will take after the grand finale, and my last thought after reading, was this book deserves a sequel. :)

You can learn more about the book by visiting Amazon. It is available on Kindle for $1.99.

I hope you'll give Susan a hello, or a hearty congrats on her fairly new publish by visiting her blog: http://everythingsusanandmore.blogspot.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, G+, and/or Twitter.

146 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good read. Yes indeed.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. It's a good one. :) Fabulous day to you too, Sandee.

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  2. I haven't yet met Susan Zutautas, but am happy to meet her. New In Town sounds like a great read.

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    1. Thanks, Terry. Susan's got a great blog, I bet you'll like it over there. :)

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  3. New In Town sounds like a great short story. I'm going to check it out!

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  4. I really love how you cover it all. I can find new things for my kiddos and even things for me! Sound like a good read. :)

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    1. We're a one-stop shop over here, Monica. ;)

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  5. I just went in and bought it-love new authors and this sounds like a book I would enjoy and maybe review once I get to read it!

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  6. I have never heard of this book but i think it would be a good read thank you for sharing.

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  7. I'm all for short and sweet stories! I only have so much time to concentrate :) That is why it's hard for me to do book reviews :) And yet I love books so much.

    Thanks for the intro!

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    1. I can def. relate, Colette. My list of long books to read is bigger than I will ever find time for, but I keep trying. :)

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  8. Great review! It sounds like a good read and one you don't want to put down. Congrats to Susan on being published - that's so awesome!

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    1. I bet it is a great feeling to have your book published. Thanks for visiting, Tammy. :)

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  9. Thank you for introducing me to Susan and her newest book! I love new books, and will have to add it to my Amazon Wish List for safe keeping.

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    1. Thank you for stopping over to read about it. :)

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  10. Well that sounds like an interesting book. Not quite my genre of choice, but I bet my aunt would love it!

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    1. I hope you share the link with your aunt. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I love a great mystery book. This New In Town book sounds very fascinating and that it could be a really fun read.

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    1. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. Those are the best kind of books. :)

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  12. Congratulations to her! It's a big undertaking to get a book published, so I'm really happy for her!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I am sure it is awesome to see your hard work put into print when you are a writer. :)

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  13. Sounds like a good read! And yay for her for getting published!

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    1. Thanks, Shell. And thanks for the visit. :)

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  14. I love Susan and totally follow her blog, so thank you for sharing about her book here today! :)

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    1. High five to you for being a supporter too. :)

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  15. I always love when a good looking man is involved! Wink, wink!

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    1. Why, whatever do you mean?? (said in my best Scarlet O'Hara voice). :)

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  16. Oooh a good looking man ;-) Thanks for introducing Susan and the book. I like to support bloggers/authors so I will be getting it.

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    1. From one author to another. You totally rock (but I already knew that). :)

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  17. I got a lot of free Kindle Books today, and this Kindle Book is not a lot of money. I will have to write the title down and get it when I buy some books. I like the story and would love to read it!

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    1. Ohh, Karen! I love when I find free Kindle books that interest me. Once in awhile I find an author I really love that way!!

      Thanks for the visit. :)

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  18. Yet another blogger who puts temptation in my weak-willed way. Thank you, I think and a big CONGRATULATIONS to Susan.

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    1. lol, I face the same book-buying temptations, let me tell you!! Thank you for the visit. :)

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  19. I love that it's available for the Kindle. Not everything is (and it should be). This sounds like a good read!

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    1. I never thought I'd be a big Kindle reader, but I totally do like it now. :)

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  20. Ok so I got the bait :) liked your description of the book. On to her site.

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    1. Hurrah! I'm glad you've gone to visit. :)

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  21. This book sounds like a great read and, I agree with you, the power of friendship is a great thing.

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    1. It really is, and it's not as easy to find once you grow up as it was when you were a kiddo. :)

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  22. Rosey Thank you so much for writing this wonderful review! You've totally made my day! So glad that you enjoyed the book and will let you know as soon as the sequel is out.

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    1. I was happy to read and write about it. I look forward to the sequel! :)

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  23. Don't you just LOVE the prices on ebooks? I feel like I can read every new book that comes out!

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    1. I love them, but I wonder if authors do???

      Thanks for visiting!

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  24. I don't think I know Susan, I'll have to go check out her blog! Before that though I'm going to go check out this book for my Kindle!

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    1. Thanks, Angie. Susan's got a nice blog running, and it's a good book. :)

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  25. It's a great book and I loved your review!

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    1. Hurrah, I'm glad you read it!! Thank you for your visit!

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  26. I love short stories because I actually have time to read them. I will have to check this one out.

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    1. Me too!! I love longer stories too, but it's so hard to fit them in that I rarely, rarely, rarely find the time!!

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  27. I'm a big fan of short stories since I never seem to have time to read due to my two boys :) Sounds like something I should look into!

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    1. Thanks, Ann.

      I totally get the time thing, I have the same thing going on here. An island vacation for time to do nothing but frolic on the beach and read would be so divine. :)

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    1. A visit from another author, hurrah! Your long book was the one exception I have made in a long time, for time (to read something lengthy) and it was so worth it!! I'm a sucker for The Count of Monte Cristo anyway... so to me that was a big treat.

      Thanks for reading about Susan's book!

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  29. Looks like a great story! Thanks for hosting. I always love to read about new books.

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    1. I love to learn about new authors and books too. Thanks for the visit!

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  30. Short stories are great, sounds like a good one too

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    1. It's like author day over here today... another great author in the house, and you've got more books than anyone else I know!

      Thanks for commenting on Susan's book, it was a really good one!!

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  31. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for reviewing it for us!

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    1. It really was a joy to read. Thank you for your visit!

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  32. This definitely looks like a great book to read. Wow!

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    1. Def. a good one! Thanks for your visit. :)

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  33. What a great sounding book - there is something heartwarming about friends and family :) x

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    1. Agreed. Thanks for your visit, Sarah-Louise. :)

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  34. Sounds like a great book. Definitely going to have to grab the Kindle version!

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  35. I love books that leave you wanting more after you have finished the last page. Congrats on the new book! I am going to add this to my must read list!

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    1. Awesome. :) Thanks for the visit, Theresa.

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  36. Looks like an interesting read! Going to add this to my list as you can't beat the price!

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  37. I bet this would be a good one! I love print, but sometimes, the ebook is more affordable.

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  38. how exciting!! a fellow blogger gets published- that's no easy feat!!

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    1. I know. I think it's rocking awesome. :)

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  39. Your review of this story has me wanting to check it out. To Amazon, I go!

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    1. Thanks for the visit (here and there). :)

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  40. Sounds like a a great story I will certainly have to check it out!

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  41. I have my textbooks to read instead unfortunately. :(

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    1. Or fortunately!! Since you rocked your mid-terms. High five to you for that!

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  42. Congrats. This sounds like a good story. It's hard to find a good short story that flows, so will need to check it out.

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    1. This one does flow nicely. I'm glad I got to read it.

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  43. Sounds like a good book and I do like the cover. Amazon kindle books are such wonderful things :)

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    1. I like that cover too, Ashley! Very elegant, but suspenseful with that black rose on there. :)

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  44. That sounds like a good short story to read. Kindle books rock :)

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    1. I love the Kindle when I'm a passenger in a car!

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  45. I love short stories so I might need to check this out!

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    1. Short is doable, seems like we're all so busy! Thanks for stopping over, Katherine! This was a good book.

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  46. I'm a sucker for an inexpensive books. I've found many new authors this way

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    1. Me too. I'm a late comer to the Kindle trend, but I'm really starting to like it. :)

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  47. That's a great price! And it's short enough that I can read it while my son's napping. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Right! The length of it was perfect! I'd much rather have a book leave me wanting to know more than having it too long to finish easily.
      Thanks for stopping over to visit!

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  48. I don't read short stories often. This sounds interesting.

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    1. It was refreshing to do nothing but read for a bit. :)

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  49. I love short stories because I feel like I don't have as much time as I used to have to enjoy reading a big novel. Once I start a big novel I can't put it down. Short stories help me getting my reading in...without staying up til 4 in the morning!

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    1. I've been known to do that too... it's nice, but leaves you a mess the next day. ;)

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  50. I really like the fact that this mystery story is only 62 pages. I can commit to 62 pages! The story sounds like a great read.

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    1. I can too, Kristi! I imagine it's hard to get a good story in like that too, w/only 62 pages. Double hats off to Susan. :)

      Thanks for your visit!

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  51. sounds like a good book. I like shorter books so this is something I could definitely attempt at getting into

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    1. It's nice to get lost in a book for a bit. This story was the perfect size for a car drive (I was the passenger ;) ).

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  52. I'm definitely intrigued and at only $1.99 it's so worth the buy!

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  53. I love novellas. My kind of reading because I can finish it and not forget what the beginning was about, LOL. I will have to check this one out.

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  54. I like reading stories with a really strong friendship element. I'm trying to learn how to be a better friend.

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    1. Being (and having) a good friend is something we take for granted in our youth, and something that becomes very cherished when we're older. :) -

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  55. Short stories are about all I have time for nowadays! Thanks for the review.

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  56. I should definitely start reading short stories. I have so much going on. I am currently reading a book and it's been over 4 weeks. Usually it never take me this long.

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    1. My reading list is longer than I have the time to invest too.

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  57. This is my first time hearing of Susan Zutautas. I will have to check out New in Town, though, because it sounds like a great mystery!

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    1. The characters were very easy to picture while reading, and even after the book was done.

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  58. Another great read for the coming weekend. TY Rosie for this one.

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  59. Thanks for sharing! I have a stack of books on my "to read" list that's waiting for me!

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    1. My husband and I had so many 'to read soon' books on our night tables that we had to move them to the drawer. :)

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  60. This sounds like a good read to add to my collection. I love a good book and this really does seem like something I would enjoy.

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  61. Thank you for the recommendation. I'm always looking for new books - I love ending my day reading a few chapters.

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    1. Reading is a nice way to end a day. :)

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  62. Sounds like a good one. I love a well-written short story.

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    1. She did a great job with this one, I really enjoyed it.

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  63. Sooo excited that you got published... sounds like a good one.. can't wait to read it all.. Loved the review..

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    1. Susan Zutautas, a blogging friend, was published. Not me. I don't have that kind of talent. :)

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  64. This is an unfamiliar book to me and the author as well. I love books and I would like to be exposed to other authors. So I might as well try Zutautas. :)

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    1. I hope you like it! I thought it was really good. I can't wait for the next installment to come out. :)

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  65. Wow - Seems like a totally good read! Cheap too!

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    1. That is a great thing about the Kindle!! It brings us very low book prices. :)

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  66. $1.99 on Amazon is a great deal! Congrats to Susan on her book!

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    1. I know. And I'm excited for her too. :) Thank you for your visit!

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  67. Sounds like a good read! It's been a while since I've sat down with a good book

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    1. Something we so took for granted in our youth, time to read! Right?? :)

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  68. Ebook prices are so awesome!! Def one I need to read soon! Thanks for the wonderful review!

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    1. Thanks for swinging over to read it. :)

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  69. This book sounds interesting. I want to check it out since it is from a fellow blogger.

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    1. I like to support fellow bloggers too. Thanks for your visit. :)

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  70. I like the idea of an adventure after moving to a new town. This book sounds like a great read

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    1. Sometimes moving is good, other times... maybe not. ;) Thanks for you visit!

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  71. This sounds like a great read. I love your review and the cover too.

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    1. Isn't that cover fantastic?? I like it too. :)

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  72. Finished it last night! Thanks for the recommendation. I'll reach out to Susan and let her know.

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    1. Thanks, Kenya. :) You're pretty awesome. :)

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