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Cece Dee Falcon Takes the Floor as told to Carolyn Haines

Bone To Be WildCece Dee Falcon, formerly Cecil, is the society editor of the Zinnia Dispatch in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta mystery series. Sassy, smart, and fearless, Cece controls the society scene, while at the same time standing convention on its ear.

Private Eye Sarah Booth Delaney has known Cece since grammar school, and when Sarah Booth’s in a pinch on a case, she often calls on Cece for a helping hand. Although Cece, who is never less than a fashion plate, is the society editor, she has the news instincts of Woodward and Bernstein rolled into one. She’s smart, determined, and she has her ways of getting information.

I’ve asked Sarah Booth to interview Cece for Dru’s Book Blog.

SB: What made you go into journalism, Cece?
CDF: I wanted to tell the truth about important events and people. I always believed that if people had the truth put in front of them, they would choose to do the right thing. I was a little naïve, I suppose, because sometimes when slammed upside the head with the truth, folks just get mad. But journalists are supposed to be the watchdogs of the community. They are supposed to question authority and dig up the facts. It’s a tough job, but a vital one in a democracy.

SB: You’ve recently found a love interest. How’s that going for you?
CDF: I never realized how rich life could be until Jaytee came along. That man can blow a harp! And he knocked me right out of my shoes with his thoughtfulness and generosity—and, dah-link, you know I love my shoes. Money is good to have, Sarah Booth, but it is love that makes the world go round. You remember that.

SB: I was surprised when you belted out a blues tune at Playin’ the Bones. Who taught you to sing the blues?
CDF: There’s no teaching anyone to sing the blues. Either you feel them or you don’t, and I was born with the blues in my soul. Growing up in the wrong body, now that’s deep dark blues. Going against my family—that broke my heart. But I had to do what was necessary to become the person I needed to be. So life taught me to sing the blues, Sarah Booth. You could sing a bit of the blues yourself if you didn’t have a frog voice.

SB: I’m no singer, that’s for sure. It just so happened that you were gifted with a set of pipes that allows you to express yourself. I love hearing you sing. Who’s your favorite blues artist?
CDF: That’s not fair, Sarah Booth. There are so many, and I love them all for different reasons. Billie Holiday’s voice, and her courage. How I admire her. Janis Joplin. And no one can play a guitar like B.B. King. But that Scott Hampton, who keeps sniffing around you, is just sex on a stick when he makes that guitar moan. You’re a fool not to jump on that. I’ll bet that man could make you hit a high C.

SB: I don’t think Coleman Peters would be very happy, you encouraging me to have a fling with Scott.
CDF: Girls just wanna have fun. Coleman understands your heart is mending and you need to kick up your heels and have some escapades. Just be careful not to break any hearts, especially your own. I know you well enough, Sarah Booth Delaney, that you won’t listen to any advice from anyone. You’ll go your merry way, doing whatever you want. So Coleman and Scott and those past loves will just have to wait for you to make up your mind.

SB: I’m not the subject of this interview. You are. So tell us, will wedding bells be in the future?
CDF: I’ll have to really think about that. I feel no need to marry Jaytee. We’re happy together. A legal commitment can’t make our love stronger. There are legal benefits, though. Things people don’t think about, like social security, inheritance, property ownership. Marriage is a legal contract, and a lot of people forget that. As to me and Jaytee, only time will tell.

SB: Working on any hot news stories?
CDF: We have a dangerous criminal at large in Sunflower County. One Gertrude Strom. You know, the crazy former B&B owner who shot your fiancé in the leg. How has she escaped capture? She was spotted over in Natchez, then up in West Point and Columbus. Now she was seen in Shubuta. How can she drive all over the state and not be apprehended? That’s a big story. Is she magic?

SB: I suppose you, me, and Tinkie will have to take her down. Maybe we should have a manhunt right now.
CDF: Let me finish this story for tomorrow’s society page and I’ll be ready to go with you. I hear the royal couple, Kate and William, will be visiting the Delta. Tea parties will abound, and not the political ones. Now shoo on out of my office so I can finish my work. Stop by Millie’s Café and get that hound dog of yours a treat. Sweetie Pie deserves some chicken and dumplings. Now shoo, shoo, shoo!


You can read more about CeCe Dee in Bone To Be Wild, the 15th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series, published by Minotaur. The first book in the series is Them Bones.

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About the author
Bone To Be Wild, which released this month, is the 15th Sarah Booth Delaney mystery. The author, Carolyn Haines, is a native of Mississippi and an animal lover. She runs a small 501c3 animal rescue, Good Fortune Farm Refuge, which rehabilitates and rehomes a small number of horses, dogs, and cats each year. Haines urges all pet owners to spay and neuter and to adopt from shelters. For more information, go to www.carolynhaines.com to sign up for her newsletter. Or you can join her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

My Musing ~ Bone to Be Wild by Carolyn Haines

Bone To Be WildBone to Be Wild by Carolyn Haines is the 15th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, May 2015

Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancé Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood permanently, leaving their relationship in shambles. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of the Black and Orange Halloween ball her best friends are throwing in New Orleans. Sarah Booth plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton’s blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates. Sarah Booth knows that a new case is just what she needs to take her mind off her failed relationship with Graf, and she’s ready to help Scott investigate. And then the message turns from threat to reality when the bartender from Scott’s club is gunned down in a drive-by. Enlisting Sheriff Coleman Peters and the rest of her friends from Zinnia, Mississippi, Sarah Booth is caught in a race against the clock as she tries to stop a killer from striking again.

Once again I am charmed by the outpouring of southern sensibility in this delightfully entertaining whodunit. Sarah Booth’s blues is brought to the forefront when her assistance is required when her friend and his bandmates are being threatened and when one is murdered, it will take Sarah Booth, Tinkie, Coleman, Harold and the gang all the strength needed to put out this burning fire. I enjoyed this well-written drama that put me alongside Sarah Booth as she tackled the case in front of her and her personal life. I like how the author created a story that seemed as real to me as it appeared on the page. The author did a great job in presenting this mystery where there were plenty of suspects and I loved watching how it all untangled with a couple of twists that made this story a pure delight. This is one of my favorite and I look forward to the next adventures with Sarah Booth and her friends.

Booty Bones by Carolyn Haines

Booty BonesBooty Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 14th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, May 2014

Sarah Booth Delaney’s fiancé, Graf Milieu, has become depressed while recovering from a severe leg injury, but Sarah Booth knows just how to help him heal. She’s arranged a romantic getaway for the two of them at a lovely beach cottage on Dauphin Island off the Gulf Coast. On the first day of their island adventure, they take a historical tour led by Angela Trotter, a young woman well-versed in local lore, including rumors of pirate treasure hidden somewhere on the island. In fact, Angela confides to Sarah Booth and Graf that her father, a sailor and treasure hunter, was murdered just when he thought he was closing in on the treasure.

Angela’s convinced that the wrong man was imprisoned for her father’s murder, and against Sarah Booth’s better judgment, she manages to persuade her to take on the case. But Sarah Booth soon realizes that there’s much more going on than meets the eye. With untold amounts of treasure offering plenty of motive for murder and a fiancé falling deeper into depression, Sarah Booth’s peaceful island vacation is quickly spinning out of control.

In Booty Bones, Carolyn Haines will once again delight readers with her trademark blend of clever plotting, witty prose, and Southern charm.

Oh my, I simply adore this series, which gets better and better with each new release. This books oozes with southern charm that is delightfully entertaining and engaging. Sarah Booth is at her best when both her personal and professional lives are intertwined when she tries to do the right thing and we are taken on a ride filled with so much emotion, I wanted to go inside this book and grab hold and never let her go. Some surprising twists in this character-driven mystery made this book hard to put down and quickly became a page-turner, as I had to know what happens next. Revelations here and there put a spin on this tantalizing whodunit with a conclusion that have me yearning for more tales with Sarah Booth and her friends.

A Day in the Life of Graf Milieu by Carolyn Haines

Booty BonesI think living with Sarah Booth Delaney has rubbed off in me in ways I can’t even count. I’ve become hard-headed as a knot of cedar. Determined to bend life to my will. And I also have a sense that the past is never far behind me.

Ever since I was in high school, I’ve known that acting was the only thing I wanted to do. My love affair with the boards began in the first school play I was cast in, when I played Robin Hood. Despite the humiliation of being sixteen and having to wear tights, I loved everything about the show. From painting the sets to rehearsing six nights a week.

When I met Sarah Booth in New York City, she was the most beautiful, spunkiest young woman I’d ever met. I fell in love on the spot. And for a year, I had everything a man could want. My reputation as an actor had begun to take root and I found myself getting cast in small roles that got bigger and meatier and closer and closer to Broadway. And I had Sarah Booth who championed my career even as hers floundered.

The news that Dahlia House would be sold for taxes hit Sarah Booth hard. On top of that, I failed her. My chance to star in The Four Seasons came at the very moment Sarah Booth needed me. Though she understood when I chose my career, I doubted she could ever forgive me.

And yet she did. After suspecting me of some pretty dire things.

Now it’s my turn to forgive her. Or at least she believes I must. During her last case, I was kidnapped and shot in the leg. There’s some question if the leg will heal properly. The movie I was cast to star in, a western, has been pushed back until after Thanksgiving so that I can rehab. Sarah Booth is determined to make this her fault, and even though I tell her she had no control over the person who shot me, she refuses to listen. So here we are, with the mid-October heat rippling over the fields of cotton, the bolls just ready to split.

The heat keeps me prisoner almost as much as my leg, which is healing. Slowly, for sure, but healing. I’ve overheard Sarah Booth talking with Tinkie about a rehab vacation for me. She’s very clever, and more than a little devious in her attempts to sneak around me with this big Dauphin Island vacation surprise. Walks in the sand on the beach, a cottage with three flights of stairs to exercise my leg—a huge conspiracy to get me up and moving so that the leg will heal properly.

I adore her for the effort, and I’ll never let her know that I’ve caught on to her manipulations.

She has another surprise lined up, too. I’m not sure what, but it involves a ceremony on the beach. Could be she’s going to sacrifice me to the tidal gods. Or maybe she’s created some new exercise torment. Or…it could be that she’s finally ready to say yes. The very idea makes me want to rush to her and pull her into my arms. By the end of October, I hope I can do that.

The Black and Orange Ball is coming up October 31st in New Orleans. Sarah Booth and Tinkie and Cece and the rest of her friends have been comparing dresses for weeks. My tux is cleaned and I want to dance with my fiancé at the ball. Even better, I’d love to dance with my wife.

I wonder, if we could see the future, if it would be better or worse. Anticipation is such a wonderful thing. But sometimes knowing—and not wondering—might be better.

For now, I hear the physical therapist coming in the front door of Dahlia House. It’s time to work toward the goal I hold dear: Sarah Booth dancing in my arms on a beautiful Halloween night in the City that Care Forgot.


You can read more about Graf in Booty Bones, the 14th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series, published by Minotaur. The first book in the series is Them Bones. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Carolyn Haines is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta Mystery series. BOOTY BONES, set on The SeekerDauphin Island, Alabama, is the 14th book in the series and goes on sale May 21. Haines also writes gothic chillers as R.B. Chesterton. THE SEEKER, set at Walden Pond, is her latest “dark” book. She is also active in animal rescue and runs Good Fortune Farm Refuge, a 501c3 aimed at rescuing, re-homing, and rehabilitating cats, dogs, and horses.

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Shorty Bones by Carolyn Haines

Shorty BonesShorty Bones by Carolyn Haines is the first short store in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” series. Publisher: Minotaur, April 2014

From award-winning author Carolyn Haines comes a charming story starring feisty Southern belle and private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.

Sarah Booth just wants to help her fiancé recover from a leg wound in peace…Until, that is, an ex-porn star declares that she’s being stalked, and Sarah Booth suddenly finds herself in the midst of a wild case with no idea what to believe or whom to trust.

Sarah Booth and Tinkie take on a small case that ends with unexpected results. This delightfully entertaining and very enjoyable short story was a nice interlude to the next full-length Sarah Booth Delaney novel.

Smarty Bones by Carolyn Haines

smarty bonesSmarty Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 13th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” m0ystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, May 2013

Professor Olive Twist has come to Zinnia, Mississippi to study a mysterious grave wherein lies the Lady in Red, a perfectly preserved and stunningly beautiful but unnamed and unclaimed body. Olive claims she can not only identify the corpse, she can also prove the woman’s scandalous role in the nation’s history. Olive takes it a step too far, though, when she starts connecting elite Zinnia families with the same scandal.

Dander up, Zinnia’s society ladies know only one way to handle Olive: they call on the private investigative services of Sarah Booth Delaney. But Olive’s real agenda is clear as Mississippi mud, and when Sarah Booth discovers a present-day dead body, she knows there’s more than just family pride and Southern heritage at stake. If she can’t find the murderer and fast, it might just be Sarah Booth’s life on the line next.

Carolyn Haines pulls out all the stops in Smarty Bones, the next charming, sassy, Southern-fried Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.

Oh man, what an amazing read that kept me riveted to the pages from beginning to an ending that brings possibilities. The author did a great job in developing this story and keeping me in suspense as Sarah gets close to identifying those responsible. The whole gang is here and with Sarah leading the way, this is one of the best books in this charmingly wonderful series.

A Day in the Life of Sweetie Pie Delaney by Carolyn Haines

smarty bonesLiving on a plantation in the Mississippi Delta is a dog’s dream come true. I’ve got fields to roam, rabbits to chase (I don’t really want to catch them) and bad guys to snare (I really, really DO want to catch them). I get to ride around in a convertible and eat ice cream cones from the Sweetheart Drive-Inn, but best of all, I go to work with my mistress, Sarah Booth Delaney. Before Sarah Booth saved me, I lived either chained to a plastic barrel or in a pen with fifteen other dogs and had to fight for food. Now, my biggest concern is keeping my friends out of too much trouble.

Most days it’s a horseback ride (I don’t really ride—I run along beside the horse) in the cool of the morning where I can work on keeping my lean, svelt red tic hound figure. Then some home-cooking from Millie’s Café. Millie sends me dishes at Dahlia House that she knows I’ll enjoy. Sarah Booth isn’t much of a cook unless Graf is in town from Hollywood, so it’s up to Millie to make my chicken and dumplings and beef stew.

Around ten or so, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond, a little blonde bottle of nitroglycerin and Sarah Booth’s partner in Delaney Detective Agency, will show up with Chablis, her dustmop dog. Chablis and I are best friends. She weights about four pounds, and I top out at seventy-five, and we romp and run and play and I would never harm a blond-glitzed hair on her head. (She is such a girly dog, though. Glitzed hair, painted toenails, bows—thank goodness Sarah Booth doesn’t make me do that! )

Some days, Harold Erkwell, a local banker, will bring his dog Roscoe over for a play date. Roscoe looks a little like a goat. He’s got this tuft of hair on his chin, and these wild eyes and a bark like maybe he’s smoked a pack too many cigarettes. And man does he love practical jokes! Especially on stuck-up humans. With my own eyes I’ve seen him pee on a prissy woman’s shoe. And he gets away with it.

We call ourselves the Three Dogateers.

Lately, we’ve taken to teasing Pluto, the tubby black cat who moved in last year. Pluto’s pretty smart, but he’s a cat. Thinks he’s better than the dogs. And the people. But he’s okay, for a cat. Most of the time.

Once the day gets started, there’s no telling what Sarah Booth and Tinkie will get into. Maybe chasing bank robbers, or digging up old bones long buried and hidden. Those two can get into more trouble than anyone I know. And I get to help protect them and get them out of the jams they get into.

The latest case they worked involves a Mississippi legend about a woman buried in an unmarked grave and accidentally unearthed by a backhoe in 1969. Some workers were digging field lines on Egypt Plantation and struck the coffin of a beautiful woman in a red dress. She was perfectly preserved in a coffin filled with alcohol with a glass top.

They called her the Lady in Red. And this mysterious woman, who died around 1865 or so (based on scientific calculations, of course) brings a stranger to the Mississippi Delta.

As the old saying goes, when a stranger comes to town, a good story is bound to happen.

Sarah Booth and Tinkie have their hands full, but per usual, it’s up to me and Chablis to save the day. And Pluto helps a little. Mostly he just acts like a know-it-all cat, but he does help. He’s got this maneuver where he jumps on someone’s head and goes for their eyes. Guaranteed to make them scream and shout. Very effective when teamed up with a little doggy nudge or a toothy clamp on the old gun arm. I don’t really like to admit it, but Pluto and I work well together. Throw in Chablis, and we’re sure to win the day.

Stop by for a visit at Dahlia House in the Mississippi Delta, and join us in solving a mystery.


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You can read more about Sweetie Pie in Smarty Bones, the thirteenth book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series. The first book in the series is Them Bones.

Meet the author
Carolyn Haines is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta Mystery series. SMARTY BONES, the 13th book, will be released May 21. She also writes darker Southern tales under the pseudonym R.B.Chesterton. The Darkling was released April 19. More at www.carolynhaines.com or on her Facebook page. In her free time she works to rescue animals and urges everyone to please spay and neuter companion pets.

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Bonefire of the Vanities by Caroline Haines

Bonefire of the Vanities by Caroline Haines is the 12th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, June 2012

Despite the wishes of her overprotective fiancé, Sarah Booth Delaney can’t give up her detective work, no matter how dangerous it becomes. It’s too much a part of her. On this case, avoiding danger might be impossible—she’s on the trail of a porn-star-turned-psychic operating from a haunted estate on the edge of town. Medium Sherry Cameron promises to reunite grieving family members with their dearly departed, but it seems vaguely suspicious that Sherry will only accept emotionally vulnerable and tremendously wealthy clients. Aging billionaire Marjorie Littlefield fits the profile perfectly—her daughter died in a tragic accident as a young girl, she’s been estranged from her son for decades, and she’s planning to leave her considerable inheritance to her cat.

Convinced she’s uncovered a scheme to separate a lonely woman from her fortune, Sarah Booth talks her way onto the estate as a maid, where she finds Marjorie and several other wealthy eccentrics ready to commune with the dead. Between chores, Sarah Booth explores the estate, mingles with the other staff…and finds a few dead bodies. But which guest or staff member might be the killer? Even Jitty, Sarah Booth’s personal haint, won’t tell until Sarah Booth has uncovered all of Sherry’s well-kept secrets.

With spooks and charlatans around every corner, Sarah Booth is the only PI in the southlands who can put an end to this elaborate scam in Bonefire of the Vanities, the charming twelfth entry in Carolyn Haines’s sparkling series.

Every time Sarah Booth and Tinkie take on a case that is as easy as pie, it turns into something much bigger. They agree to go undercover as maid to help a woman who has mourned the death of her daughter oh so long ago. Con artists or the real thing…that is what they both hope to find in their investigation. When murder crosses their path, their case turns deadly.

I love this series. This book oozes southern charm on every page in the evenly paced and well-written mystery. The butler, the chef, the owners and the guests all played a role of hide and seek and I enjoyed the chase to the end in identifying the killer. Meeting Mrs. Littlefield and Pluto was an added bonus that rounded out the supporting appearances of Oscar and Graf who were most helpful in navigating the clues to bring resolution to this case. This was a great read and I look forward to the next book in this charismatic and enjoyable series.

A Day In The Life Of Tinkie Bellcase Richmond by Carolyn Haines

For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I’m Sarah Booth Delaney’s partner in the Delaney Detective Agency in Zinnia, Mississippi. The partnership is a long and unexpected story, but let’s just say that while I am a true, blue Daddy’s Girl, I carry my own water in solving mysteries.

First, I think a definition of Daddy’s Girl is in order. We’re a certain class of women who are born to get what we want. And we do. We’re trained in the art of making others feel important, which opens the door to our primary goal—getting what we want.

Sarah Booth used to view this as abject manipulation. She actually disdained my skills (she doesn’t know I know this) but through the years, she’s come to view my talents as a true asset. Men willingly do my bidding, and this is often helpful.

Case in point—in the upcoming BONEFIRE OF THE VANITIES, I charm some important information from some guards at a gated compound. They tell me what I need to know without even realizing their eyes have glazed over and their lips are moving.

Sarah Booth’s tactic would have been to demand information, which would have resulted in, you guessed it, NO information. The art of the DG is to position men in a place where they want to help, not have to. A distinction that any true born daughter of the South should know. I do believe Sarah Booth was birthed in a cabbage patch.

Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great detective, but some days a little sweet talk and building of manly egos would work a lot better than threats.

One of the top priorities of a DG is to marry well. I have accomplished that, which pleases my Daddy to no end. Daddy loves Oscar. Oscar is the son Daddy never had. And I love Oscar, too. Sarah Booth has had an interesting effect on my darling husband. She actually put a little flexibility in his spine so that now he isn’t such a ramrod stiff man.

Daddy owns the bank, and Oscar runs it. They rake in the money, and I spend it. Life doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

And while I’ve had a bit of influence on Sarah Booth, she has had a bigger one on me. For the first time in my life, I view myself as independent of my Daddy and my husband. I am a private investigator, and I am damn smart at it. I think about this every day and it astounds me. For such a long time I was a bauble, at least in my own mind. I was meant to look good on Oscar’s arm at all the functions he attends. I made my Daddy proud with my social accomplishments. I could prepare a huge party in 24-hours, and I could make every guest feel special and necessary to life.

For a long time, that was enough. But then I hired Sarah Booth to check out Hamilton Garrett V—because I thought I might want to have an affair with him. Sarah Booth thought I was an idiot and a woman without any moral compass, I could tell that right off. But she needed the money to save Dahlia House.

And she ended up saving my marriage and my self-respect. Funny how life twists and curls and ends up just right, isn’t it?

So Sarah Booth and I are partners. With each case, I become more and more my own woman, and Sarah Booth yields a tad of her independence to accept that she needs me and Graf and Coleman and Millie—well, the whole Zinnia gang including our four-legged comrades.

I do want to point out one real advantage we fictional characters have over those of you reading the books. (I wouldn’t be a DG if I didn’t note this!) Our creator, Ms. Haines, has survived another birthday. She’s looking a little frazzled around the edges, and it’s going to take more than a day at the spa to fix that. (Can we say Lifestyle Lift?—yes, it’s vanity but dear goodness, why not look your best?) Sarah Booth and I have aged only 1.7 years since we were first created.

Now you tell me who’s smarter? Us or you?

So if any of you happen to read about our latest adventure, which will drop June 19, please take the time to post a review at your local bookstore (they may tape it below the book!) or on Amazon or B&N.

This will be the 12th Sarah Booth Delaney adventure, and we have a backlog of cases to solve, so thank you all for reading about us. And I promise I’ll keep trying to knock the rough edges off Sarah Booth AND keep her from getting herself killed.


Meet the author
Carolyn Haines is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta mysteries, among others. The 12th book in the series, BONEFIRE OF THE VANITIES (Minotaur), will go on sale June 19. Haines has been awarded the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. She is a native of Lucedale, Mississippi, and teaches fiction writing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is also an animal activist and cares for a number of animals: equine, feline, and canine and urges everyone to please spay and neuter and adopt from shelters. Visit Carolyn at www.carolynhaines.com

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