The Baby Planner by Josie Brown

The Baby Planner
By Josie Brown

Gallery Publishers, $15.00

Blurb:  Acting as a consultant for new moms on the latest baby gadgets, the best play groups, and the most socially desirable mommy-meet-ups, professional baby planner, Katie Johnson, is finding the ticking of her own biological clock harder and harder to quiet.
However, the success of her marriage to husband Alex depends on keeping her maternal urges under wraps.
Living vicariously through her sisters and her clients, Kate submerges herself into the world of babies while Alex refuses to budge on his childless convictions. Feeling as though she has no other option, Katie takes fate into her own hands as she plans to “accidently” get pregnant.
But things don’t turn out exactly as Katie planes, forcing her to learn the most important life lesson of all: How we nurture is the true nature of love.

Let me start by saying that I fully expected this to be sort of a combo of The Nanny Diaries and The Wedding Planner.  And it was, but that's not a bad thing!  I enjoyed both those books and hoped to find the same sort of fun and light reading that I had in both those books. However, Josie Brown's The Baby Planner brought fun and more. 

Through Katie and her varied clients, we get to experience the highs and lows of motherhood...with the mommies and wanna-be mommies. Katie's clients cover a great cross section of society all with one goal in mind. The real plot is not the clients and their "struggles," it's the fact that Katie Johnson wants desperately to have her own baby and her non co-operative husband Alex most definitely does not want another baby.  There's the crux of the situation in Brown's The Baby Planner.

The serious side of this book is what threw me for a loop, as they used to day. I couldn't decide where to "categorize" Brown's latest book. It seems like it should have been a poolside read, or an airplane read...but it sure wasn't. There were deeper subjects here, ones that are found in betrayals and lies. Bottom line? I didn't like Alex at all and had a hard time figuring out why a character like Katie wanted to be with him.  

I do recommend The Baby Planner, as it does bring up some very interesting suppositions and heart wrenching situations. You may not always agree with the book, but Brown is a fair and even handed story teller. I liked the way she wrote and plotted The Baby Planner, I thought it moved well and the plots were believable. I just  get flummoxed when I can't figure out what the author meant for this to be.  I say, read it and think about what she's telling us. 

3 out of 5 stars simply for an engaging character and premise!  

This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher and in no way affected my review.

Books to Movies Monday - To Kill A Mockingbird

Today's Books to Movies Monday brings up one of my all time favorite books AND films...Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird!

Originally published in 1960 and adapted for the screen in 1962, starring Gregory Peck and winning three Academy Awards, the book and film quickly  became a classic story as well as a novel that is studied in classrooms today, fifty years later.

To Kill A Mockingbird is the only book published by Harper Lee.
Read the the movie. You won't be disappointed. 

Copyright:  book cover image: Harper,  film poster image: Paramount.

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

The Emerald Atlas
By John Stephens
Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99

Kate, Michael and Emma are driven from their home on Christmas Eve. Kate's only four and she promised her Mother that she would look after the other kids, and she does her best. Over the next ten years the kids bounce from one foster home to another. While they don't know it, they are being protected by a horrible evil force. The kids end up in a mysteriously creepy mansion in the mountains, once there they stumble on a door that magically appears and on the other side of the door they find an enchanted emerald colored leather atlas.  Now, they are out to fulfill and ancient prophesy and if they can, they will save not only their own lives, but also change the world.

I liked The Emerald Atlas, I thought the plot was well developed and the main characters, as well as the supporting cast, especially The Countess and Gabriel, were well defined and totally interesting to discover and get to "know."  Author John Stephens did an amazing job in creating an alternate existence for the kids to live in. His plotting was tight and the book easily  kept this adult's interest. However, the book is called The Emerald ATLAS and I was sadly disappointed that there was no map or atlas in the book for the reader to reference. This is a young-adult-reader level book, and I know kids want to "see" that fantasy world. Shoot, I wanted to see a map, I think a map or an atlas would have been a great addition to the story. Especially when you consider that this is the first in a series of three books, The Books of the Beginning. 

I did get a small nagging feeling that I'd read something similar before in Tolkien, Rowling and Lewis.  Don't get me wrong that's not a bad thing, I liked them all, but had a bit of a "been there, done that" feeling. That bit aside, I do look forward to reading the next book in the series and I do recommend The Emerald Atlas. 

I highly recommend visiting the books website, it's awesome!  The Emerald Atlas

4 out of 5 stars!

This  ARC  was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected my review. 

Theatrical trailer for THE HELP

DreamWorks released the trailer this week for one of this summer's most eagerly anticipated movies... THE HELP,   based on the best selling book by Kathryn Stockett.  I love this book so much, I hope the movie is as touching, moving and heartwarming!

Guilt By Association by Marsha Clark

Guilt by Association
By Marsha Clark

Mulholland Books, $25.99

Publisher's synopsis:

Brilliant and tenacious, DA Rachel Knight lives and breathes her work and disdains office politics—a combustible combination that often gets her into trouble. She is a stalwart member of the elite Special Trials Unit, a small group of handpicked prosecutors that handles the toughest, most sensitive, and most celebrated cases in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
At the end of a typical ten-hour day, Rachel has her sights set on an ice-cold martini at the Biltmore Hotel, where she lives. But on her way she’s sidetracked by the wail of sirens and the commotion of a crime scene. Cops swarm around a seedy motel, where Rachel is surprised to discover that Jake, a dear friend and fellow prosecutor, has been murdered.

Yes, this is written by THE Marsha Clark, former LA prosecutor in the  O.J. Simpson trial, so I expected a lot. Where do I begin? The positive stuff first,  Clark has created a great lead character in LA's assistant district attorney Rachel Knight who is crushed when Jake Pahlmeyer, another prosecutor and Rachel's friend, is found shot to death in a no-tell-motel. Jake's murder forces Rachel to cross into his ultra private life, and ultimately uncover truths that friends shouldn't know. 

The plot is very believable, however I had issues with suspension of disbelief. I couldn't get past the story being told in the first person. I thought Clark did a great job with plot and subplot interweaving, but I was constantly pulled out of the story because of awkward phrasing.  When Clark needed to disclose information, for me, the flow stopped as words were manipulated to interject necessary information. I think that a mystery written in the first person is tough to pull off. Necessary information must be shared through what the lead character sees, is told, or overhears.  I wish Ms. Clark, in her debut novel, had chosen another POV for her character because I think  Rachel Knight deserved  a story that flows more easily and allowed this reader to stay in the story's world. 
Guilt By Association is worth a read for the characters and storyline. I get the feeling that we haven't seen the last of Rachel Knight and that could be a good thing. I liked Rachel and would like to see what Ms. Clark has in store for her next. But please, not in first person.
3 out of 5 stars.
This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected my review. 

Books to Movies Monday - Water for Elephants

The film adaptation of Sara Gruen's mesmerizing best seller Water for Elephants opens in theaters this coming Friday, April 22 starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

Book cover: Algonquin Books
Poster image: Fox 2000 Pictures, 3 Arts Entertainment, Crazy Horse Effects, Flashpoint Entertainment

"ROOM" by Emma Donoghue shortlisted for The Orange Prize

Congratulations to Emma Donoghue on her nomination!  Room is a story that touches your heart.

Orange Prize for Fiction Awards Ceremony at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre: 8 June 2011
London, 9.30am, 12 April 2011: The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2011 shortlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.
  • Emma Donoghue (Irish) - Room; Picador; 7th Novel
  • Aminatta Forna (British/Sierra Leonean) - The Memory of Love; Bloomsbury; 2nd Novel
  • Emma Henderson (British) - Grace Williams Says it Loud; Sceptre; 1st Novel
  • Nicole Krauss (American) - Great House; Viking; 3rd Novel
  • Téa Obreht (Serbian/American) - The Tiger’s Wife; Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st Novel
  • Kathleen Winter (Canadian) - Annabel; Jonathan Cape; 1st Novel

Cover image Harper-Collins

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Night Road
By Kristin Hannah
St. Martin's Press, $27.99

I absolutely loved this book! Author Kristin Hannah tells a character driven story and that's what I loved the most. Her characters immediately took on a life of their own and drew me into their world.

The publisher's synopsis tell us that for eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and when Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way.

I want to be fair and give you a warning, get plenty of tissues as this IS a tear jerker. But it's well worth the sadness and pain, I won't spoil the plot, but this is one of the best told stories I've read in a long time. When a tragedy hits as they ready for graduation everything is turned upside down. The question for them is are they able and willing to learn from experience? Or will things never change? Can they forgive?

 I'm new to Kristin Hannah's books but I won't be a stranger for long.

I give this one 4 1/2 stars out of 5!

This  was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected my review.  

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Kat, Incorrigible
By Stephanie Burgis
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99
Recommended for grades 5 and up

It's 1803 England and twelve year old Katherine Ann Stephenson is no lady! And she has no plans on being one either!  So there!

Katherine Ann, or "Kat"  for short, just discovered that she's managed to inherit her Mama's magical talents, and much to the consternation of all, she's bound and determined to use them. One way or the other. But when her eldest sister Elissa's sinister fiance, Sir Neville, shows decidedly too much interest in her magical talents and then Angeline, her other sister, is running amuck with her own wayward magical abilities, of course it's Kat to the rescue for one and all.

Kat, Incorrigible opens with these words "I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin."  I was enchanted!  I was hooked! I loved every word in this book!  Stephanie Burgis has successfully envisioned an alternate world and characters that jump off the page and into your heart and imagination.  Kat, Incorrigible is funny, heartwarming and all together too much fun.  I loved that Burgis had Kat find her Mama's magic book with her Papa's name written beside the love spell. Kat is rebellious and yet respectful and determined to save her family!

Stephanie Burgis created a magical world within Kat's Regency England that is filled to the brim with fully developed characters, both the good and the not so good, the bumbling, the charming and the not so nice people who are in Kat's world.  They are clearly written and easy to envision. The story and plot lines flow with a well timed rhythm that you willing want to follow.

I can't say enough about my love for Kat and this book.  I'm sharing it with every young person I can find this year.  And a few not-so-young people too!  I can't wait to see what Kat and Ms. Burgis bring us next!

I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 big stars!

This  was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected my review. 

Happy 95th Birthday Beverly Cleary!


Yours were some of the first books that I fell in love with, you helped me to love story telling and the world of reading. I thank you!

One of my all time favs is Ellen Tebbits, and she's still around!!

Ellen Tebbits back in 1951 -

And Ellen Tebbits now...

Cover art copyright Harper- Collins.

Minding Ben by Victoria Brown

Minding Ben by Victoria Brown
Voice/Hyperion Publishers $24.99

Publishers synopsis:

At sixteen, Grace Caton boards her first airplane, leaving behind the tropical papaya and guava trees of her small village in Trinidad for another island, this one with tall buildings, graceful parks, and all the books she can read. At least that’s what Grace imagines. But from the moment she touches down, nothing goes as planned. The aunt who had promised to watch over her disappears, and Grace finds herself on her own.
Grace stumbles into the colorful world of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, having been taken in hand, sort of, by a fellow islander, Sylvia. Here, she’s surrounded by other immigrants also finding their way in America. From her Orthodox Jewish landlord, Jacob, to her wannabe Jamaican friend, Kathy, who feels that every outfit can be improved with a Bedazzler and a low-cut top, there’s much to learn about her new city.

I thought the premise sounded like an interesting read, and I looked forward to following the lead character, 16 year old Grace,  overcome the odds that were stacked against her. What I found in Victoria Brown's first novel was a story of self inflicted slavery. Minding Ben had great promise, sadly, I found many of the characters, from her over the top employers, the Bruckners, to the over the top gay friend, just too stereotypical to be taken seriously. I struggled with the first half of this book and almost gave up on it. I'm glad that I didn't because seeing Grace triumph at the end was the reward. 

2 1/2 out of 5 stars.

This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected my review. 

Book to Movie Mondays - Jane Eyre

JANE EYRE, ever the brilliant classic penned by Charlotte Bronte over one hundred and sixty years ago still brings readers to her book and viewers to the theaters in this new adaptation starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.  

It's doing great business in the theaters, go see a story that is still entertaining and very worthy of this latest Hollywood adaptation.  Oh and why not download or buy a paperback copy tuck it into a pocket and read it in a park...escape from today's hectic world and enter into the world of Jane Eyre

Film poster: BBC films, Focus Features, Ruby Films

Tim Powers speaks with me about "ON STRANGER TIDES"

Since the new "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:  ON STRANGER TIDES" movie starring Johnny Depp, was suggested by the fabulous Tim Powers' classic tale of zombies, pirates and voodoo is on the horizon....let's take a look back at our 2010 interview with the man himself! Tim penned "ON STRANGER TIDES" back in 1987, that's a long wait for an author to see his book title on the BIG screen!  Congrats to Tim!  

From 2010:

So let’s start at the beginning with the award winning author Tim Powers.

Tim, what was your inspiration spark for this fantastic story?

-TP: “ I had just finished a novel set in the future, and I wanted to do another historical novel next, just as a change-of-gears -- and I've always loved Stevenson's Treasure Island and Sabatini's books Captain Blood and The Black Swan, so it occurred to me that the Caribbean pirates in the 18th century could probably be a good basis for the sort of book I like to write -- that is, supernatural adventure.”

 And it sure is a supernatural adventure, skeletal pirates and voodoo! My parents took us kids down to Disneyland every summer when I was growing up and my favorite thing at DL was a sign that said "Future home of Pirates of the Caribbean."  I was in love with pirates at a very young age.   Did you have a love of pirates also?   I read the Sandy Auden interview on the SFsite where the "stream of consciousness jazz notation" idea of your writing of this book is thrown into the discussion - can you elaborate or explain how that method worked with this story?

  -TP: “Yes, I grew up reading Stevenson and Sabatini, so I've always loved pirate stories! They've got such fine ingredients: sea battles, cutlass fights on tropical beaches, desperate men with renounced pasts in the Old World, British accents and manners in savage jungles, eyepatches and parrots and peg-legs! Great stuff.   The stream-of-consciousness thing is how I put stories together, before I start to actually write them -- I talk to myself into the keyboard, asking questions, proposing lots of possible plot elements, speculating about characters and events, considering what sort of locales and scenes and conflicts might be fun to include ... it's all very random at that stage, like an architect taking his first look at a blank patch of land and imagining every sort of bridge and balcony and turret. Eventually I have to start being specific, but in this initial stage I just throw every sort of idea up in the air -- so it's not terribly coherent, except to me!”

You have a wonderful way of mixing details of history with historic figures and then giving them a twist. On Stranger Tides was released in 1987, I'm betting that "google"  type searches weren't as easy or plentiful  then as they are now. What kind of research did you do and about how long did it take for you to get your historical background work together?

- TP: “True, I don't know that the Internet even existed when I was writing that book! Certainly I didn't have a computer yet, and so I did all my novels in longhand.

It probably took me about a year to do the research and plotting. I read every book I could get my hands on about pirates, and the Caribbean and its history, and the politics of the time, and -- and sailing and boat handling! For a while I probably knew more about sailing than anybody on earth who had never actually set foot in a sailboat. And the research not only prevents me from making too many historical and technical errors, but also gives me tons of wonderful story elements -- I can't begin to put a story together until I've done the research that shows me what the story elements will be.

For instance, I read about all of Blackbeard's extravagant and plain-crazy behavior -- and then I asked myself, In what supernatural situation would this behavior not be crazy, but instead be very shrewd? And that led me to some handy ideas about how the magic worked.”

 OK, now about that magic, one of the things that caught my attention early on (and believe me, it was VERY hard for me NOT to skip ahead) was the importance of iron. At first I thought their mentions were random, then as the story continued to build, they became more and more frequent and important.  Can you tell us how this part of the story came about?

-TP:” I was trying to figure out how magic would work in the story -- of course, given the locale, it had to be more-or-less based on voodoo, but in a lot of Old World superstitions cold iron is supposed to be a counter to magic ... so arguably hot iron, such as the iron in blood, would promote magic. And that provided a lot of nice details, like anemia in people who practiced magic a lot!”

What a great detail tie in!  Anemia and magic!  Now this is a question that I ask all of the authors that I've been blessed to visit with about their Depp related books. So without getting into any area that might be difficult, can you give us an idea of what you felt when your book was optioned by Disney? 

-TP: ”Well, I was delighted! It was before Dead Man's Chest had come out, so I wasn't sure there would be a fourth movie, but I certainly hoped it would happen. Of course the characters in the movies don't much overlap with the characters in my book, so I never expected the movie to follow my book particularly -- but it'll be intriguing to see what elements from my book do show up.”

 Are you able to add anything else for us about your book and the upcoming film?

-TP:” I'm now free to talk about anything having to do with the Pirates movie -- but all I've ever known is that they optioned On Stranger Tides! (For several years I wasn't allowed to reveal that.) They've now actually exercised the option and bought the rights, which is good of them, since technically they didn't have to do that until the day they start filming -- which, according to the L.A. Times, is to be June 14.”

 Yup, that’s the new start date as Depp current filming schedule (The Tourist) ran longer than expected. Do you keep up with what I call the internet “chatter” about the filming?

-TP: “ Everything I know about it I've got from feverishly reading Google News over the years! Sometimes the news was, "Oh, we're gonna do The Lone Ranger instead of the Pirates thing," and -- since actual purchase of the rights is one of the last steps they take -- I'd go crazy, shouting at the computer, "No, nobody wants the damn Lone Ranger!" Other times they'd say, Yes, we're definitely gonna do the Pirates movie, and I'd relax -- and then next day there'd be a report that Johnny Depp had died in a car crash in France! I'd really have been better off ignoring all the blogs -- it just gave me more white hairs.

I haven't had any contact with screenwriters, but (from the blogs!) I gather that Blackbeard is going to be in it, and the Fountain of Youth, and, somehow, a mermaid ... and maybe a young missionary ... and the L.A. Times said that budget constraints have forced them to ditch a proposed sequence on the frozen Thames (!) ... Actually I'd be surprised if the movie follows the book at all closely.”

I for one hope that they do use some of the great elements from OST, it’s such a well crafted storyline!

In the past, most all of the books that have been turned into films starring Johnny Depp have had reprintings with his photo on the cover as a film tie in. Is this something that you think we might expect?

-TP “ I really have no idea! It would be very nice!”

 I particularly liked the talking fungus heads along the river that spoke to Jack. The character of John Chandagnac /Jack Shandy is haunted by his deceased father, why or how did you use this as a part of the story?

-TP “ I wanted to give Shandy a strong revenge motive, and at the same time I wanted it to be conflicted -- so it seemed like a good idea to have him blaming his treacherous uncle for his father's death, largely in order to avoid blaming himself. It's always nice to have a character who's got an old unresolved guilt in his past!”

The relationship between Hurwood and Leo Friend is a strange one, can you enlighten us a bit about it and why you included the character of Friend in the story?

-TP “Hurwood was a bit stuffy and formal and distracted -- dignified! -- and so I wanted a co-villain who could be gross and vain and pretentious; a better target for contempt and scorn! And I made him competent at magic so that he'd be a plausible accomplice of Hurwood's, but ultimately not a reliable one. If Hurwood had been paying closer attention, he'd have seen that Friend was treacherous!”

And then we have poor Elizabeth Hurwood, she spends most of the time either fainting or unconscious. Is there any chance that you might write a sequel that would follow Jack and Elizabeth?

-TP “Well, it's conceivable! But right now it looks as if the most dramatic episode in their lives is over. I kind of hope they settle down and have nice times now, and that wouldn't make much of a book!

OK now have a sort of "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" question for you. Did you make Jack a puppeteer so he could fool his uncle Chandagnac by making Hurwood a puppet?  Or was that a plot device that came about because you had made Jack a puppeteer and it was one of his talents?

-TP ”It came about because I had decided he was a puppeteer -- and I think that came about because I happened to have an old book on puppets and marionettes! But once I had decided to make him a puppeteer, I immediately told myself, Okay, and that skill has to come in crucially handy at some pivotal point. And there's something striking about a puppeteer concealed up in the rigging, working a marionette that's down on the deck -- a nice scene!”

 Regarding the "resurrection magic" using blood into water as a method of rebirth reminds me a lot of my Catholic faith and that Baptism uses water as a means of bringing eternal life to our souls.  Can you please comment about that for us?

-TP “ I'm Catholic too! (And a practicing one, not a "recovering" one.) And I think there's something intrinsically convincing in the idea of "rebirth from water." It appeals to our pre-logical minds before our logical minds can step in with scepticism, even without the precedent of baptism. It's one of those things about which Chesterton said, "We do not know why the imagination has accepted that image before the reason can reject it."

Now, about Mr. Bird. He  has a catch phrase throughout the book, "I am not a dog." Is there a hidden meaning or an inside joke there?

-TP “I meant it to be a random complaint that a half-crazy person would fix on, but in fact Mr. Bird is based on a homeless guy who was always around our apartment in Santa Ana when I was writing the book -- any time he was frustrated or annoyed by anything, he invariably expressed it by insisting that he was not a dog.”

  On Stranger Tides is a book where many of the characters have aliases, was that common for the time period or a method to add to the storyline?

-TP “It was common to the time period, in that a lot of the European people in the Caribbean had pasts that they wanted to disown, for one reason or another -- and that's a handy device for the storyline too. “

  It sure was a handy storyline device!  If you look at Jack Shandy as the hero, who do you see as the "anti-hero”?

-TP  “I guess that would have to be Phil Davies! I meant him to be a genuinely bad guy who had once been a good guy, and who sometimes reverted back to it. That's a fun sort of character to write about -- a bit like Long John Silver!”

 Very Much like Long John Silver!   I've been through the book a couple of times now, looking for a scene when Elizabeth's blood went into the sand at the Fountain. All I could find was that her blood dripped in the wooden box that held her Mother's head. Does this mean that she is not affected by the magic of the Fountain, that she is "safe"? Or did I miss something?

  -TP “You're right, neither she nor Shandy got the morbid immortality of the Fountain. Her terrible father put her blood into that box hoping that it would cause her mother's ghost to assume Elizabeth's body, thus resurrecting the mother at the expense of Elizabeth's soul.”

 Speaking of Shandy, why did you have Jack see things as the fifteen year old "Johnny Con" aka Ed Thatch/Blackbeard?

-TP Well, in Chapter Thirteen there, as they're walking from the boats to the boundary of the Fountain, the memories of everyone present seem to sort of overflow from their heads; when Shandy looks at Hurwood, he gets a distorted glimpse of Hurwood's wedding, and when he looks at Friend he gets a quick flash of Friend's nasty fantasies, and when he looks at Davies he sees an important moment in Davies's past. Blackbeard is probably the strongest personality present, and so when Shandy looks at him, he vicariously experiences a fairly lengthy episode from Blackbeard's youth.  And then of course he finds himself re-experiencing his own most troubling memory!

 Thanks for that explanation Tim, sometimes I miss THE most obvious things! I did notice however some pretty well scripted sword moves and your fights are choreographed so well, do you have a background in fencing?

-TP Yes, I took fencing for several years in college, and then my wife and I took classes at a local junior college for sixteen years! It was all standard Western fencing, foil and epee and saber. Now that we've moved away from that area, we really do need to find classes here.

 Can you tell us what's up next for you?

-TP “Well, my last two books took place in 1963 and 1987, so I'm jumping back to the 19th century, for variety. This one I'm working on takes place from 1862 to about 1880, in London, and involves vampires. A different sort of vampires, though, from the ones in movies and TV lately!”

Well sign me up on the wait list for that one!  I’m a pirate lover and also a vampire fan! We wish you the very best of luck Tim with not only On Stranger Tides but also with your future plans. We thank you for giving us to much of your time, it was great to be able to chat with you!

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