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Friday, March 15, 2013

Lucky In Love Blog Hop


It has been an exciting week for our NovelFriends group. Not only are two of our members Lucky In Love, they are lucky with love. Donna Marie Rogers and Stacey Joy Netzel made their first appearance on the USA Today Bestsellers list with their Welcome To Redemption series. Congratulations Donna and Stacey!

So, being lucky in love. What exactly does that mean? Here are our thoughts on the topic.

Donna: I've always been a fan of St. Patrick's Day and everything that comes with it: Corned beef & cabbage, Leprechauns, Kiss Me, I'm Irish T-shirts, shamrock antenna headgear, green beer, McDonald's yummy Shamrock shakes!

And while all couples could use a little 'Luck of the Irish', I think it takes on a new meaning with Chase and Hannah from my latest release Never Let Me Go: Book 7, Welcome to Redemption. When the diner Hannah Porter works at is robbed at gunpoint, Sheriff Chase Lowell is forced to admit his feelings for his best friend's kid sister are so much more than friendship...



Delia: Is it luck? Being in the right place at the right time? Destiny? I'm not sure how we find that special someone. Were we just meant to be?

I don't know if I believe in luck. When I think about the choices I made in my life that got me where I am today, I can't give luck the credit. I'm not saying we deserve whatever we get (or don't get), but I think that the decisions we make in our lives bring us down a path that will take us where we're supposed to be. One of my favorite movies is Serendipity. I highly suggest a viewing if you haven't had the pleasure. Through a series of crazy events, we see that if two people are meant to be together, they will be. It's not luck, it all boils down to those famous words once spoken by George McFly, "You are my density."


Stacey: I married my high school sweetheart and we just celebrated 20 years in January. While I won't deny we've had our ups and downs, and it's definitely work, we have plenty of good times that make it all worth while. I definitely consider myself lucky in love and I'd choose him all over again.

In Hold On To Me: Book 8, Welcome to Redemption, Jenny made a bad choice the first time, but the moment she meets Grant, her luck is about to change.



Jamie: I am amazed every single day at how lucky I have been to have been blessed with my soulmate. Someone who has shared some pretty wonderful times with me and stayed at my side providing support when things got rough. I always dreamed of a fairy tale love when I was a kid, but this is so much more than that. We have been lucky enough to find true love.

One of my favorite things about the Sunday paper is reading the anniversary announcements and reading about all of the long married couples celebrating a lifetime together, it's even better when they tell how they met. They make me think of the movie, Up. Carl and Ellie's love story shares with all of us just how lucky we are to spend time with the person who makes our heart skip a beat.

Now it's your turn. What are your thoughts on being lucky in love? We'd love to hear your own story or about a book, movie or show that's an example of what lucky in love means to you. 
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter for a $25 gift card from your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble
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And don't forget, to enter for the Grand Prizes of the Lucky In Love Blog Hop . There are TWO Grand Prizes! The first is a $100 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. The second grand prize is a Swag Pack that includes paperbacks, e-books, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies and more. Just leave a comment here including your e-mail address t. Then check out the many other stops on the blog hop!

Good Luck!

114 comments:

  1. First of all, thank you so much for the love & support. I'm still a little stunned to think of myself and USA Today Bestselling author in the same sentence...LOL

    And I love everybody's posts! Jamie, you are most certainly Lucky in Love with that romantic sweetie you married. While Paul & I aren't the most romantic couple on the planet, we've managed to stay together for 25 years (OMG...that's a long fricken time!). What works for us works well, though others might laugh at the way we resolve things. ;-)

    I haven't seen UP yet, but I've heard it's really good. :-)

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    1. Thanks Donna. Even after all these years, I can't believe how lucky I am. I loved the movie Up, but you might want to skip it - or be prepared. Kleenex will be needed!

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    2. Uh-oh, I'll probably skip it then. *grin*

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  2. Lucky in love? Me? Yes, but it took me my second time around to find it. But when that happened, WOW!

    Since I'm as "Irish as Paddy's pig" as my grandmother used to say, my favorite Irish movie though it's so stereotypical, is The Quiet Man. We must watch that along with having our corned beef and cabbage.

    Great idea!

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    1. Casey, thank goodness for the second time around! We make better choices and we appreciate it so much more. I've never seen The Quiet Man - maybe I should make it a St. Patrick's Day tradition.

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    2. It took me the second time around as well, Casey. I'm wondering what the third time will bring. LOL J/K

      I'm a dork. I made my corned beef & cabbage last week. Don't ask me how I thought last Sunday was St. Patrick's Day. LOL I'll have to check out The Quiet Man one of these days.

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  3. Congratulations on USA Today Best Seller! Living the dream!

    Happy to be hopping through and following! Email ninette.swann@gmail.com

    Hope you'll come by and follow me as well! http://www.ninetteswann.com/2013/03/lucky-in-love-blog-hop.html

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  4. i did cry when watching up.... too emotional. i think we all have a special someone somewhere and ye sperhaps it's luck how permit us to meet there and then however since it's hasn't happened to me yet i'm waiting ^^

    my parents did give me a good model: 35 years of marriage, first relationship... if the illness didn't separate them they would still be together evn if i do think my father is still with my mother in a way because death isn't strong enough to cancell, erase something so strong and long

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I believe that right person comes along when they are supposed to, waiting is so hard though. And I agree, I think that true love continues beyond death. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. It feels pretty good - I am so lucky to have found it!

    booksconsidered[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It does, doesn't it! Congratulations on finding your love.

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  6. I consider myself lucky in love. I met my husband almost 25 years ago and we've been married for almost 20 years now.

    kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like many of us were busy 20 years ago - all four of us NovelFriends have been with our guys for 20+ years and both Stacey and I have also celebrated our 20th wedding anniversaries in the last year. Congratulations to you and your hubby.

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  7. I am unlucky in love so still searching.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hang in there, Sue, when the time is right love will find you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. 2ND CHANCE AND BEEN LUCKY FOR 30+ YEARS!
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

    (\___/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

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  9. I'm not lucky in love, so I have no thoughts about it.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Hope you don't give up on finding love - you never know when it might happen. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I've been pretty lucky in love, been married for 22 years.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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    1. Love to hear that, Mary. Congratulations!

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  12. Jamie, thanks so much for sharing our fun news!

    Everyone else, Jamie's doing a great job chatting, but I'd like to say thank you all so much for coming by our hop stop. Good luck in all the contests and I hope you all win something!

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    1. Well, it's pretty awesome to have not one but two friends on the best seller list!

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  13. Yes, I do believe in lucky in love. But i also beleive that you have to be open and perceptive to the chances and opportunities that comer your way. Being able to recognize those chance and act upon them goes along way toward obtaining a true HEA.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kaladata2(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That is very true, love doesn't always appear in the form that we expect. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. I've never been luck in love, but there's always hope. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

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    1. Never give up hope, Krista. So glad you stopped to visit our blog.

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  15. The movie Up! totally shows lucky in love to me! They met as children, fell in love, and had a great life. I haven't been lucky in love yet but hope someday!
    Thanks for the great giveaway and for joining the hop!!!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I think Up was the sweetest love story I've ever seen. Loved how they showed Carl & Ellie's relationship. Your turn will come, Ashley. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. It'll happen, Ashley. Probably when you least expect it. ;-)

      And now I'm thinking I'd like to see the movie UP after all. I'll just have to make sure no one is home to tease me when I start bawling...LOL

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  16. I am not lucky in love.
    wendy_pogrant@yahoo.com

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    1. Wendy, hang in there, it will happen. Or, maybe it's time to make your own luck and go after what you want. ;-)

      Thanks for hopping by! :-)

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  17. I definitely think there is an element of luck in love. Right time, right place. Both people have to be in the right places in their lives to open themselves up to the other.

    xo_veronica16[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. I agree, VeRONIca (LOVE the name Roni!). I may not believe in coinky dinks, but I definitely believe in being Lucky in Love. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I'm still waiting to be lucky in love.

    I adore the movie UP.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, it will happen, I have no doubt. Just keep your heart & your eyes open. ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. There is luck in love - after all, finding that one perfect person can't be just a coincidence. :D

    anasmith1919 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ana, I don't believe in coincidence either. In fact, I find myself having to say that to my kids all the time...LOL Seriously, I agree. When the fates line up, it's a beautiful thing. :-)

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  20. I believe in luck in love. I believe you just have to be in the right place with the right person for it to happen. I met my husband 17 years ago and still go strong.

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      beckyqward@gmail.com

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    2. And here's to many more wonderful years for you and your husband. :-)

      Thanks for hopping by, Becky!

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  21. Being lucky in love is not really something I believe in because I think everything happens for a reason. :)

    rachelanniramos AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I hear you, Rachel, though I'd like to think luck has a wee bit to do with it. ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I think it's wonderful when it happens to you. Deep down inside I think most people are hoping for that special someone and it unfair when you don't hit your luck soon enough.

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

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    1. I agree, Lily. Some people are Lucky in Love, and some aren't. Or it takes until later in life for it to happen. I suppose those people appreciate it more. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. I love Up! I don't know that I really believe in luck, per se, but I have definitely been blessed with love. I've been married to my soulmate for 41 years.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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    1. Forty-one years is wonderful! Congratulations! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Yeah, wow, 41 years is fantastic! :-)

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  24. I think it's fate more than luck that brings 2 people together. I've been with my husband almost 20 years ad I'm happier than I've ever been.

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  25. You're right, I'm a big believer in fate....though a little bit of luck mixed in can't hurt. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by, but we need your email address, please. :-)

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  26. I think it is a wonderful thing!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I agree, Natasha! Thanks for stopping by & good luck! :-)

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  27. I think there are a lot of factors in finding love, including luck (but timing and being ready for it help too). I love the French movie THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE...it's very quirky and a little dark on the surface, but the unlikely couple has this rapport that just melts me every time. It ends up downright sweet in a way that's unexpected!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like my kind of movie. I'll have to see if I can track it down. Thanks for stopping at our blog.

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  28. I'm still waiting for love in my life, but hopefull I'll get lucky soon :D Thank you for the giveaway and Happy St. Partick's Day!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. I have friends with their long distance relationship leading to marriage which I think is really lucky.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Glad they were able to make it work. Thanks for dropping in.

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  30. I think I have been ... My husband and I were dating for the last 12 years and just recently eloped on 3.13.13.


    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  31. I think luck is in finding the right person. Afterwards, it's all on you.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    anasmithblue At gmail DOT com

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  32. I've been happily married for 25 years (this coming September). I'd call that very lucky in love!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Fantastic Catherine! Congratulations!

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  33. i haven't been lucky in love yet
    happy St Patrick's day

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. Sometimes it sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Hope you are enjoying St. Patrick's day.

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  34. 11 years and counting is lucky for me :)

    Happy St. Patrick's Day
    staceyprice(AT)gmail.com

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  35. I sent friend requests on FB as Lisa Fisher Walker
    I have been lucky in love and married for 25 years!
    liese1235@gmail.com

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    1. A quarter of a century is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations!

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  36. I'm not lucky in love :(
    alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

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  37. I've had pretty terrible luck so far, but there's still time to turn it around :)
    aircdrewood at gmail dot com

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    1. Love the positive attitude. May luck be with you soon!

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  38. I think people can be lucky to meet the "one" but have to work to make a relationship.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. I agree, relationships are a lot of work, but the good ones are worth it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  39. I'm still working on getting lucky in love. :(
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. p.s. I cant get either of the FB links to work. :(

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    2. Hope your luck switches to all positive soon! Not sure what's with the FB links...

      https://www.facebook.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

      You could try to search our names and friend from there... Then click that you've done it in the Rafflecopter (if it lets you?)

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  40. the couple from The Notebook
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. The Notebook is another wonderful movie/book couple. Thanks!

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  41. Still trying to be lucky in love...

    atthemapletable at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hang in there, Terri. It will happen when the time is right.

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    1. Very true, especially since many times it doesn't look anything like what you expected.

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  43. i am lucky in love mrsbrinius@comcast.net

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  44. I don't know that luck has any bearing on having a successful relationship. It's a whole lot of work. I married my high school sweetheart right out of high school. We have been married for 17 years.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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    1. I agree. Keeping the relationship working is certainly a lot of work. The luck in my relationship was finding my hubby in the first place. I was resistant, but fortunately my friend was insistent that I meet him.

      Congrats on your 17 years!

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  45. I've been very lucky in love! I asked my best friend to help me meet a guy back when I was 16 and visiting her. She introduced me to her boyfriend's roommate and we fell instantly into lust. 16 years later, it's love for all of us-they got married too! Thanks for the contest!

    ~ Cia
    anordwell@live.com

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  46. The links aren't popping up for Stacey or Donna... I managed to find Stacey (I think, and added as a friend) but there were a few Donna's and I didn't know who to add so I skipped that one... There were no "like" pages for either and the rafflecopter doesn't show the link so I had no way of adding except as friend for Stacey :)

    I've never been lucky in love... but I have an 8 year old little boy who's my heart and soul and he's more than enough love for me! ;) <3


    Hope you had a fantastic St. Patricks Day!

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Chelsea, hopefully some day you'll have some luck in adult love. For now, it sounds like your little boy fills your heart. Hug him close!

      As for the links, I'm sure why they're not working. I double checked the rafflecopter and everything is in there correct.

      You can try and copy/paste this for Donna, then come back and click that you did it for the entry: https://www.facebook.com/Donna.Marie.Rogers

      Sorry, I don't know what else to offer, and otherwise, thank you so much for coming by! Good luck and have a great week!

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  47. I think lucky to be in love is awesome, and I wish I were.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  48. I don't have a "lucky in love" story. Not yet anyway. But perhaps, The Notebook is one of the best lucky in love stories.

    mearles1982 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. To me, there are a lot of similarities between Up and The Notebook. Both fabulous love stories. Hope you will have your own lucky in love story soon.

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  49. I married one of my best friends, so I consider myself lucky in love! UP is one of my favorite love stories.

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

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  50. Lucky or not, I am blessed. I have found my soul mate. It too 41 years to find him. But he was and is worth the wait.

    Thanks for being in the Happy St. Patrick’s Day blog hop.
    Hope ya’ll St. Patrick’s Day was great!
    Keep writing so I can keep reading.
    roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

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  51. Nope, not lucky in love at all.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  52. i don't have any luck, unless you count bad - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  53. I think luck in love is being lucky enough to spend every day with your best friend and soulmate. Mine is military so we spend more time apart than either of us care for but it makes us cherish the time we do have together.
    Kris
    lowekn@gmail.com

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  54. I think some people are lucky enough to find their soulmate.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I'm working on it. My favorite love book is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty's Day and this year I'm spending it with my best friend. We're going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I'm not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I'm not at all. I won't be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I'm Irish.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. I haven't read Outlander yet, but it's on my TBR pile. Hope you had a great St. Paddy's day

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