Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Swag ~ Darynda Jones


Welcome to Sunday Swag!

I am always looking for imaginative ways to promo the romance authors when I discovered this weekly feature hosted by Riverina Romantics; it comes with the added bonus of sharing my love {addiction} of swag with the blogging world. Congrats goes to Riverina Romantics for this remarkable giveaway idea and for allowing BBMoreB to join. My addiction to swag started with the Romance Trading Cards; then it was bookmarks; then….you get the idea!

About Darynda Jones


For reasons known only to the Big Guy upstairs, NYTimes and USA Today Best Selling author Darynda Jones won both a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. But even before that, she couldn’t remember a time she wasn’t putting pen to paper. When she was five, she would pick up a pencil and notepad, scribble utter chaos onto the page and ask her mom to read her masterpiece aloud. Thankfully, her mother would play along.  Later she wrote plays for the neighborhood kids, made up stories for her brother as he played cars, and fell in love with Captain Kirk. Those raging, seven-year-old hormones only fueled her imagination, prompting her to create fantastical stories for Barbie and Ken to enact. Ken was such a bad boy back then.

After years of being repeatedly sent to the principal’s office for daydreaming in class, she managed to make it to high school where she almost finished her first manuscript. Sitting with her BFF in a corner booth at the local Tastee Freeze for hours at a time, she wrote a post-apocalyptic story about a group of teens who bore a remarkable resemblance to the members of Van Halen and were trying to escape the tunnels of a huge government fallout facility decades after World War III had destroyed the surface of the earth. It was a science fiction version of The Warriors and destined to be a classic.

Life was good. Writing was good. Then she graduated and the real world came crashing through. She forced the dream aside in favor of sustenance and shelter, got married to a local rock star, and had at least two kids that she can think of, the oldest of whom was born Deaf, probably to spite her. When he was five, she packed up her boys and moved to Albuquerque to put him in a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program. The rock star stayed behind with the business, and they took turns going back and forth on the weekends to see each other for seven really long years.

While in Albuquerque, Darynda decided to see the cup half full and go back to college while she still had enough brain cells to make it worth her while. After graduating Summa cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Sign Language Interpreting, she moved back to her hometown and got a real job. Several in fact, mostly teaching at a local college and interpreting pretty much everywhere. Based on personal experience, she does not recommend having more than three jobs at any given time.

But bit by bit, the desire to write needled its way back to the surface. Unable to squelch it any longer, she started writing seriously again in 2002 with one goal in mind: A publishing contract. Unfortunately, she sucked. Thank goodness practice makes almost-perfect and three complete manuscripts later, she won that Golden Heart, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal.

She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson series and the Darklight Trilogy. She hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them.

Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. (Bio copied from Here)


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114 comments:

  1. I love Darynda's books! I love how she mixes humor, suspense, and romance together in the Charley Davidson series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    melissalamb(at)musfiber(dot)com

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  2. I do have some of her books on my TBR stack and can't wait to read them.
    Thanks :-)
    Lori

    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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  3. One of the best PNR series on the market.:)

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  4. This is a great series. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  5. I'm so in love with the series!! Amazing work!

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  6. I've read the 5 books of the First Grave series and enjoyed them immensely! Waiting impatiently for the next one in the series.

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  7. I love this series. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.. :)missywoo58@hotmail.com

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  8. I found your books at my local library and have been hooked ever since. Follow you on Facebook & Twitter.

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  9. This is one of the best series out there. Darynda masters every element including laughter (which is to me the best) I usually like series to be limited to no more then 6 or 7 books but I know I won't want this one to end

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  10. Have the Charley Davidson series on iPad and most of the hardback copies. Love them.

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  11. I have read all but the Fifth Grave, I shall soon read it...Please bring on Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, on up to One Hundred Graves and more...I love them so much

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  12. I Love all the Charley Davidson books!

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  13. Congrats on winning the Golden Heart and a RITA.. Thanks for this great giveaway..

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  14. I just love reading these mini bio's! It makes me desire to finish my book that I am writing! Just more yummy-ness to add to my tbr pile!

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  15. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  16. Love Charley Davidson and the gang.

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  17. What's your favorite thing about writing?

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  18. This is one of my favorite series!

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  19. I love both of her series! :)

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  20. Love this series - great combination of characters that I can't get enough of, humor that makes me snort and laugh out loud with the added bonus of a great story every time!

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  21. Love the Charley Davidson books they are no doubt my favorite books. When I got my hands on 5th grave I almost hyperventilated I was so excited and didnt put it down until it was finished. Now I feel like im starving for the next. I wish this series could last forever. I will never be able to get enough Charley she reminds me of me in most things she does. Darynda Jones you are by far an extraordinary author! Thank you for your amazing books!

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  22. Somehow, I just found the Charley Davidson series. Not sure what happened there, but I have gobbled up three so far & cannot wait for #4 to appear at my door. It's better than Christmas. My housework suffers, but there are adventures to be had! Thank you for writing such a fun escape series!

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  23. My feelings pretty much echo the poster before me. I love the Charley Davidson series. I read them in no time at all and then can't wait for Darynda to make mention of the next book on facebook. Anyone who hasn't read them definately needs to!

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  24. I have just discovered Charley Davidson and am wondering what took me so long!

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  25. I was just browsing the library shelves, and came across Darynda's books. I am so glad I decided to read the first grave:-)I absolutely love this series of books, and can't wait for the next 100 more!!!

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  26. Darynda - I'm curious if your sense of humor is much like Charley's sense of humor (because she cracks me up!).

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  27. I LOVE this series. Charley is probably my most favorite female character, ever. She's funny, kick-ass and how can you not love that she's the grim reaper??? And then there's Reyes... ~sigh~ - no words needed.

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  28. Thank you for NOT squashing your desire to write. I really enjoy your books. They are helping me get through a very difficult year. Thank you for sharing your AWESOME talent!

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  29. All of my friends earned one of these SWAG packs in an earlier giveaway. I felt so left out. So glad for a chance to win one now.

    Love this series and can't wait for the next book. Got to love my Bookworm girls that recommended them to me.

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  30. The Post it Note says... Best series ever!!!

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  31. I am at the 4th book in the series and making my way slooowly through them :D They are great to savor

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  32. I love your Charley Davidson series. Can not wait to see what happens next :) Thank you for the chance for this awesome giveaway

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  33. I really love her quirky funny writing style... and of course Reyes :D

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  34. I absolutely love this series! Charley, Reyes, Cookies, Garrett, and Angel are some of my favorite book people EVER!

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  35. Love the series!! Snarky gals are my favorites! I am on the third audiobook and adore the writing and the narrator!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  36. Hi my name is Lisa and I am addicted to this series. My mom got me hooked by giving me the first three. Read them back to back and could not get enough. I rushed right out to buy more. I love the series..waiting for my next fix lol.

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  37. I love Darynda's books! She's a fantastic author!! I adore the Charley Davidson series. I can't get enough of her, Reyes, Cookie etc.... Can't wait for the next book to come out :)

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  38. Love Charley and Lor! I really enjoy the quotes at the beginning of each of Charley's chapters! Keep those stories coming, Darynda Jones!!!(I am in awe of anyone whose sons are known as the Mighty Mighty Jones Boys! I smile every time I read that!)

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  39. This is one of my favorite series. I usually fly through each book because it's so good...but then I have the long wait until the next one. LOL But it's SO worth it!!

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  40. I love the Charley Davidson series..cant wait to read more!!!

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  41. I read the first book a few months ago and quickly became a fan... i have yet been able to get the fifth book but really looking forward to reading it!!
    How many books will be in the charley davidson series??

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  42. You sure have accomplished a lot in your life and worked hard. Is there more that you want to do?

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  43. A degree in sign language interpretation? It all makes sense now! :)

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  44. I currently reading book 5 and I love them all!!!

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  45. I love all of your books. Which do you find the more challenging to write, the YA or adult? Thanks :).

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  46. This is my favorite series. I can't wait for the next book!!!

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  47. i have not read any of her book bu t will try to get some to read and review

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  48. Just finished the first Charley Davidson book and am hooked, can't wait to go out and buy the rest! :)

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  49. hoe many book will be charley davidson serie ... I hope you will said 15 or 20 jijijij I love REYES !

    by almendra

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  50. My friend raves about this series and I want to see what the buzz is about. Sounds interesting!!!!

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  51. How long did it take for your son to be diagnosed? I have a son and a daughter with special needs - nothing like deafness - but I understand how it can affect a family. Did all of you take classes for sign language? Thank you for sharing your personal experiences with us. I love your writing and have been a fan for some time. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

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  52. Absolutely love the Charley books. I cant wait until I have the money to buy Past the Light. :)

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  53. Love Darynda & all of her books! Looking forward to the next great adventure of Charley & Reyes & the Grave series gang... Also looking forward to the third book of the Darklight series as well! :)

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  54. I love this author, she is so great

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  55. I am in the middle of book 4 right now and am loving every minute of it!

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  56. i totally love Ms Jones books, and i love Charlie and i want a Rheyes!!
    Ms Jones, how many more books are you planning to do on Charlie, and do you have an idea of how its going to end?
    Thanks so much for the giveaway, would LOVE to win!!
    Claire
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    http://pennyforthemuk.com

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  57. OMG!! I LOVE your Charley Davidson Series!! I haven't read all of them yet but they are waiting to be read. Thank you so much for writing such awesome books!! Love your writing!! Thank you for this amazing Sunday Swag giveaway!!!

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  58. I love the Charley Davidson series. I have read all of them as they came out. Thank you for the give away.

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  59. These books are in my BTR list. My question for you would be: what do you do, to get over an writer's block?.

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  60. Love, love these, thanks!

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  61. I love the Charley Davidson series. The combination of Darynda Jones' writing and Lorelei King's narration is a winner every time.

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  62. Thank you for the giveaway! I love all of Darynda's books and can't wait to find out what is up with Mr. Wong LOL

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  63. I can't wait to start the Charley Davidson series!!! My friend has the first in the series and I'll be "borrowing it" from her one of these days. LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

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  64. I love your books and can't wait to start reading the Charley Davidson series! It's also great to see a fellow author from New Mexico living her dream! <3
    Thanks for bringing us your wonderful worlds!

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  65. Charley and Reyes are my favorite book couple! Darynda is a fantastic author!

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  66. havent read any of her books yet but will

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  67. I love Darynda's Books!!!!! The Charley Davidson series is one of the ALL TIME BEST out there!!!! You will not be disappointed!!!!!

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  68. Darynda! I will never look at "Static Cling" the same way again!

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  69. I love the Charley Davidson books and I am looking to lots more in the future. evamillien at gmail dot com

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  70. Love Darynda and I love swag!!

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  71. My fiancee and I share this series. Guess which one of us whined harder to get Fifth Grave? (SPOILER: That'd be me. The ostensibly male one.)

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  72. I absolutely love your books! The only thing I hate is the wait for the next one. :)

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  74. I had the honor of meeting you at RAGT this year and also lucky to sit in your discussion panel to listen and ask questions, it was awesome! Love your book and I have some of your swag, but hey you never can have enough...right!? You are amazing, thank you for the giveaway chance! :D

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  75. I absolutely love this series! I got my mom and friends to start reading them last year so I had someone to talk to incessantly about Charley, Reyes, and Garret!

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  76. I love her series! I can't wait until the next book comes out!

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  77. I just recently became a fan of Charley Davidson. I have read all the books. She is now one of the top favorite heroines of mine. Thanks for writing such a fun character!

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  78. I have every one of the Charley Davidson Series and look forward to the next. While #5 is on my Nook, I am saving up to get a paperback edition too. I have all of the other four in that format. Would really love to win some Swag. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  79. I Love your Books.. I Love Reyes.. I Love Charley.. I Love LOVE LOVE rs

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  80. I love all the Charley books and the Darklight series. Truly a very talented author!

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  81. This is an awesome series, I'm dying to read the other books in it ^^

    Thanks for the giveaway and I do hope I can win the swag =]

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  82. And here I am, the fiance who shares with her man. We love to sit and read together whenever we get a new installment. We do love our Charlie!

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  83. I devoured this series.Right up there in my new favs!

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  84. Melissa Porter:
    I love the humor in the books.
    Thanks for having a great giveaway.

    porter32vasquez(AT)Hotmail(DOT)com

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  85. Darynda writes the best stuff!

    Jacki

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  86. Love Darynda's books I really want one of these swag packs they look very cool.Thank you for the chance

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  87. Love Charley
    Davidson - Please get well and take it easy.

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  88. Charley is interesting and I'm enjoying it..

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  89. I am a very big reader and I always am looking for a series written about something new or something similar but witha whole new perspective. This series is one of the best I have ever read and I tell everyone about it all the time. It has a fantastic combinations of comedy, romance, action, mystery and mayhem and is just a blast to read. I love this series and look forward to every new book that comes out :)

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  90. This is one of my favorite series ever! I just love Charley and Cookie and their shenanigans, and Reyes, sigh.

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  91. I love her books! She is so talented!

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  92. Okay of course I love Charley! Better questions is where do you see all t-shirts or the stickers? Or do you make them up as you go? Cause they are really great!

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  93. I love your books! Charley makes me laugh.

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  94. Haven't read this author before

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  95. I have only read (actually listed to) the first book of the series but just got book #2 in audio also and can't wait to listen!

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  96. I Love Darynda Jones books, whenever a new friend asks about any good books to read, I always recommend her books. I can wait for her next book...

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  97. I really love the characters in Darynda Jones' books, but was totally bummed that I couldn't buy the 5th one in any of my book clubs. Can't wait to read it as soon as I can buy it.

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  98. I love Darynda Jones books. Charlie is has so much sass and humor. Darynda is able to combine humor, sarcasm and romance in one book. I can't wait for number 6

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  99. I just love these books! Can't wait for the next one!

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  100. I love Darynda and all her writing!! Thanks for the giveway~~

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  101. Loved Darynda's writing. Can't get enough.

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  102. Love Charley and Cookie!

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  103. I am so glad that you started writing again. My local librarian suggest your books to read. I told my sister that there are people that do know of Tastee Freeze (love). ? 4 you Did you have Hardies or remember their hambugers (the best).

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  104. A little bit of Charley, keeps me going for the day! Don't know what I would do with out the books.

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  105. Just got number 5 and I keep getting interrupted when I'm trying to read. I really enjoy Charley, Cookie and Reyes. Keep 'em coming.

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