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Published by Shield Maiden Press at Smashwords

Copyright © 2008 by Catherine M. Wilson

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This is a work of fiction.

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For my mother



Many people offered advice, support, and encouragement during the “quite some time” it took to finish this project.

It is an extraordinary piece of luck for a writer to find someone who is willing to discuss a work in progress, someone who can enter the world of the story and gossip about the characters as if they were real people, who will question their motivations, scrutinize their actions, complain when they step out of character, and cast a light on a side of them their creator may have missed — someone who will take the work as seriously as the author does. For me that person is my friend and editor, Donna Trifilo, who, in addition to all of the above, pushed me through the hard times.

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