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Along Came a Needle

Along Came a Needle is on sale!
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Some authors - not me - are really good about alerting readers to sales. The hard sell is like a mental block for me. I get so mixed up in what other authors are doing. I one-click my day away because they're all so talented. I'm blinded by my need for more books.
I'm pretty sure there is a DSM diagnosis for it. (DSM = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) That's not a joke. I have a degree in psychology. I worked as a psychiatric care nurse for many years. I know there's a name for it. I just can't pinpoint it yet...but give me time. As with any other thing I forget in a given day, it will come to me. Most likely in the middle of the night, when everyone else has already forgotten about the conversation.
So, all of this is to say, Along Came a Needle is on sale for only 99 cents.
You're probably wondering how I can justify that awkward segue. (I'm the queen of awkward segues.) Well, le…
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I have to own all of them.

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Drum roll please...

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Black Friday Indie Book Sale

Is there anything better than the feeling you get when you buy a new book? How about the feeling you get when you feast your eyes on over 150 new-to-you books?

Now through Cyber Monday, you can find dozens of books for less than one dollar apiece. How great is that?

Follow the link to find your next favorite reads: Black Friday Indie Book Sale