A Quilting Cozy Series

CarolDJones

I’m Carol Dean Jones, a seventy-something retired geriatric social worker. During my many years working with men and women facing the issues of aging, I learned a great deal about growing old. I saw folks who withdrew into depression and others who remained engaged in life. I began to look at the differences, and what I learned was the value of remaining as active as possible, being open to learning new things, developing and maintaining a caring social network, and finding ways to deal with (and then focus beyond) the many personal losses we all experience as we grow older.

Sarah Miller was born out of my desire to share what I have learned. Sarah is the main character in my Quilting Cozy series. She’s a woman of a certain age who has faced the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the home where she raised her family. The story begins in Cunningham Village, a retirement community, and follows Sarah as she find ways to make a successful adjustment to this new way of life. From taking classes at the community center, making lasting friendships, and even exploring the possibility of a romantic connection, Sarah remains steadfastly determined to continue to be a vital active woman engaged in life.

Being an avid quilter myself, I also wanted to integrate that particular creative expression into the story and Sarah, always willing to go along with my wishes, took up quilting. She, in fact, makes the quilts (along with me) for each of the book covers, as you will see as you read the stories.

Because I wanted to write about quilting and about relationships, I chose the cozy format. A cozy is a light mystery without explicit sex, violence, or profanity. If the crime is murder, it tends to occur out of the view of the reader. Cozies are usually organized around a hobby and a group of friends in a small community who work to solve the mystery.  In the case of this series, the hobby is quilting and the community is a retirement village just across the park from the main street of a small town in the mid-west.

Under MY BOOKS you are able to read a brief description of the books in this series.  In each book, I tried to walk that fine line between giving too much and too little information about previous books in the series. Each can stand alone, but reading them in order will offer the advantage of watching characters, relationships, and situations develop over time.

All the books in my Quilting Cozy series are available on AMAZON.COM in both print and Kindle format.

I would love to hear from you. Just leave a message below or email me at QuiltingCozy@comcast.net.

Best wishes to all my current and future friends.

Carol Dean Jones

54 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bonnie Gettle
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 14:59:10

    Is there anyway to be notified when you publish a new book in the series. Perhaps a mailing list which could be subscribed to on your webpage.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Nov 04, 2015 @ 20:20:52

      Thank you for your comment, Bonnie. On the Amazon website, directly under my picture on my profile page, there is a link to ‘follow’ me. Amazon will notify you when a new book is released. Also, if you have signed up to follow this blog, you will also be notified when I add a book to the list. In addition, I maintain a file of all bloggers who leave a message on my blog and I manually notify them all by email when a book is released. I think i’ll add a note on my blog encouraging people to send me an email at QuiltingCozy@comcast.net in order to be added to my mailing list. Again, thank you for contacting me and for the suggestion.
      My very best wishes,
      Carol

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  2. Sandie Hart
    Feb 19, 2016 @ 20:11:20

    thank you so much for this wonderful quilting cozy series. I have loved each book. the main characters are like friends. The twists & turns in each book always leaving me going WOW, I didn’t see that ending. As a quilter since 1978, I love all the references to quilting. I smile as your stories bring back wonderful memories of my quilt adventures. I have never taken a quilt cruise but I did take a quilt bus tour through New England which might make a good story. I also recently joined a small Quilts of Valor group that makes quilts for our veterans. On National Quilts of Valor sewing day Feb 6th, we worked on the quilts in the morning & made presentations to 6 veterans in the afternoon with their families present. It was special to visit with them after the presentations. One vet was from Vietnam & kept thanking each of us for his quilt & told some stories of what he faced when he came home from the war. Please keep writing this series. It is some inspiring for seniors & quilters.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 16, 2016 @ 17:07:57

      Hi Sandie,
      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed this series. It’s been fun to write especially since I can include my favorite pass time, quilting. I’ve been working with Kaffe Fassett fabrics lately and am excited by the amazing colors. Your work with Quilts of Valor is such a special way to recognized our veterans. Our group has been involved as well and it feels so rewarding.
      I’m sorry, Sandie, about taking this long to respond. Thank you for contacting me and for reading this series.
      My very best wishes,
      Carol
      Carol

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  3. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 22:08:49

    Hi Carol,
    Love the new book! Thank you for writing another adventure for Sarah and co. I read it in one sitting: I couldn’t put it down until I knew what had happened to Ruth.
    And the Alzheimers quilt theme was moving and fascinating. Keep up the good work!

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 04, 2016 @ 22:53:46

      Hi Fiona,
      Thank you so very much for your kind words. I love hearing from readers, and I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. I hope to write more…I just never know when Sarah and Sophie will begin demanding to be written! I do have fun with this.
      Again, thank you.
      Carol

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  4. Patti
    Apr 03, 2016 @ 15:49:45

    Carol…I just love this series. It is so down to earth, really involves the art of quilting and a great mystery that has an endings that I didn’t see coming. I just ordered your latest and drove right in. Love Sarah and Sophie. The newest book came at the perfect time. My dad died fromAlzheimer’s 23 years ago and I was a geriatric nurse with a deep place in my heart for Alzheimer’s patients. I have been researching figit quilts and would like to make it a project for our bee/guild. Can’t wait to see what the ladies come up with in this latest book! Thank you so much and hope the series continues on and on!!!!! Keep them coming!!

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 04, 2016 @ 22:53:08

      Patti, thank you for your comments. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the series and I’m be eager to hear what you think of how Sarah and the club dealt with the fidget quilt idea. Keep in touch! Carol

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  5. Charlotte Toman
    Apr 16, 2016 @ 15:04:11

    I just finished the fidget quilt and as always with the series loved it. I have been a quilter for thirty years and feel like Sarah and Sophie are my friends. Please keep more of their adventures comming! I am also going to suggest to my quilt group that we try making some fidget quilts too. Thanks for some of the best reading I’ve ever had.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 16, 2016 @ 16:51:13

      Hi Charlotte,
      …That’s exactly what i was hoping for…that quilt groups would begin making them. Thanks for helping to spread the word. I’d love to see pictures if your group makes them: QuiltingCozy@comast.net
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the series — I must admit that Sarah and Sophie have become friends to me as well!
      Best wishes,
      Carol

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 28, 2016 @ 00:17:46

      Charlotte, such a lovely comment. Thank you for your very kind and encouraging words. I’m particularly glad to hear that you’ll be looking into making fidget quilts with your club. I’ll try to do my part and keep the adventures coming!
      My very best wishes,
      Carol

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  6. June Ireland
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 18:25:07

    Hi Carol! I enjoy your series and particularly enjoyed this latest, Missing Memories. I’m a beginning quilter and the storyline reminded me that I had wanted to make some Fidget Quilts as both practice for me and help for seniors in the home very close to me! Thank you!

    Is there a list of characters? not finding it on your site. thanks

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 28, 2016 @ 00:11:09

      June, I’m so glad you are enjoying the series and can connect to the idea of the Fidget Quilts. I think it’s both a useful gift and great fun to make! I think quilt clubs would enjoy working together on them. As for a list of characters, no I don’t have anything like that, but it’s a great idea. Perhaps it should even appear in each book. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion. If you had a particular question about the characters, email me at QuiltingCozy@comcast.net. Thank you for your comments.
      Best wishes, Carol

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  7. verampalmer
    Jun 25, 2016 @ 21:30:54

    I am just starting book5 of your lovely series. They are such nice books to read and I am telling my quilting and reading friends how good they are. vera.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Jun 26, 2016 @ 00:15:11

      Vera, I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. #5 was one of my favorite to write…i enjoyed the children and the setting. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. I’m currently working on #9. Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I love hearing from my readers. Best wishes, Carol

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  8. SewingMo
    Jul 12, 2016 @ 18:06:01

    I just finished the 8th book and wanted you to know how much I enjoyed them. Your mysteries weren’t all murders in which the main character was involved, nor did you resort to gratuitous sex scenes. Your stories were interesting and enjoyable. Please keep writing.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Jul 23, 2016 @ 16:14:14

      Dear SewingMo,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying the series. I’m approaching the end of #9 (Tattered and Torn) which should be out in the early fall. If you follow the Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dean-Jones/e/B00BRVXOD6 and click on FOLLOW under my picture they will notify you when it is released. I’ll also keep your email address and get a note out to you. Thanks for taking the time to drop me a note. It means so much to me to hear from readers.
      Very best wishes,
      Carol

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  9. Wanda Jewett
    Aug 13, 2016 @ 00:42:39

    Hi Carol, I’m also in my seventies and I used to be a quilter when my children were young, in the 70s and 80s. Now I’m trying to get back to quilting and your books have inspired me to do just that. I’m working on living healthier too, and I have been reading your books while I walk on the treadmill. I have 8 books on my Kindle and will be waiting for Tattered and Torn.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Aug 13, 2016 @ 02:27:23

      Dear Wanda,
      Thank you so much for your message. It always thrills me to hear that my book encourages someone to begin or resume quilting. Lately I’ve been working on hexagons and piecing them by hand, something I never thought I would enjoy. It turned out to be really relaxing and I’m having a great time with it. Tattered and Torn should be out by the fall. Again, thanks for contacting me.
      My very best wishes,
      Carol

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  10. Carolyn Aubert
    Aug 23, 2016 @ 23:06:45

    I absolutely have enjoyed this series so very much. I am also 70 something, and was looking for a clean, captivating reading, and found that by searching through Amazon. I discovered these in July of this year, and have already read the first seven in the series. I will look forward to the eighth book, and also to following you. I’m hoping your writing talent continues for sometime.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Aug 24, 2016 @ 04:06:12

      Dear Carolyn,
      Thank you for your kind words, Carolyn. You are exactly the audience I was hoping to reach. What you were searching for was a ‘Cozy’ and I’m so glad you found mine and that you are enjoying them. If you’ve read the first seven, you have one more to go and I’m just finishing #9 (Tattered and Torn: A Quilting Cozy). Since you are signed up to follow my blog, you’ll get an email when it’s on Amazon which should be early October. Again, thank you for your message. I love hearing from readers.
      My very best wishes,
      Carol

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  11. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts
    Oct 07, 2016 @ 12:35:37

    Hi Carol,
    Thank you so much for writing another book! I just finished Tattered and Torn, and I loved it. I thought how you wove the two stories together was terrific, and thank you for fixing things for Tim and Martha! You combination of crime, quilting, human interest and modern life is a winner. I do so hope you will go on and write number 10 in the series.
    Kind regards, Fiona.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Oct 11, 2016 @ 02:58:44

      Hi Fiona, I’m glad you stopped by and left a note. I attempted to email you to let you know about the new book personally, but i had an old address. And I agree about Tim and Martha…it was time. I just finished a quilt using vintage feed sack fabrics so, of course, that must become a topic in the next book! I loved working with them…so many memories from my childhood. Best wishes, Fiona, and again thank you for contacting me. Best wishes,
      Carol

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  12. Carolyn Aubert
    Oct 08, 2016 @ 00:19:54

    Am presently reading your new book, and am about 25% into it, and enjoying it. I know I’m going to begin soon to get into the real happenings. I’m so enjoying the theme in this one, as I have the others. So happy with this series that you have written, and certainly hope you will be able to continue. You create such great stories, clean, in-depth, suspenseful, so fun. Thank you.

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  13. Carol Dean Jones
    Oct 11, 2016 @ 02:53:35

    Hi Carolyn,
    Thank you for your kind words and I’m delighted to hear that you have been enjoying the series. It’s been great fun to write. I discovered feed sack fabrics recently, so that has become the side story for the next book! Best wishes,
    Carol

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    • Carolyn Aubert
      Oct 11, 2016 @ 12:04:29

      So happy to hear you are already working on a “next” books. Oh yes, feed sack fabrics, great strong material. I remember them.

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  14. Carol Greer
    Oct 11, 2016 @ 15:38:46

    Just finished Tattered and Torn and loved it as I have loved all the others. Please continue this series. I is so wonderful to read books that entertain, teach, inform and make me feel part of the town. I want to hear more. It has made me want to finish some of my ufos.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Oct 13, 2016 @ 22:39:25

      Carol, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m very glad you are enjoying this series. It’s been fun to write and i often wish that I had started writing long before age 73. Again, thank you for taking the time to drop me a note and good luck with those UFOs!!
      My very best wishes, Carol Dean

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  15. Louise Jurek
    Oct 23, 2016 @ 01:06:57

    Hi! I just finished the Memories book and wish your next one was ready. I’ ve been in a quilting slump and this book has inspired me to return to all those UFOs. Hurry with the next installment in the lives of all your well thought out characters.
    Thanks, Lou Jurek

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Dec 14, 2016 @ 15:20:20

      Hi Louise, The next book is moving very slowly, but i hope to get back to it after the holidays. In the meantime, how’s your quilting coming along? I’m planning to get some of those UFOs done in the coming year too. Have great holidays. Carol

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  16. Kay Larson
    Dec 12, 2016 @ 13:20:49

    Carol,
    Your books intrigue me. I can’t wait to start reading them. Thank you for your work.

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  17. Carolyn Aubert
    Dec 14, 2016 @ 15:40:44

    Hi Carol, It is my thinking, that everyone who is new to reading these books will thoroughly enjoy them. I certainly did, and am always looking for the next one. Is Missing Memories the last one so far, I was wanting to make sure I had read them all to this point.

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  18. Carol Dean Jones
    Dec 14, 2016 @ 16:00:24

    Hi Carol, Tattered and Torn was released just last month. That’s #9 and the last one so far. If you hop over to “My Books” (menu at the top of this page), you can read about Tattered. Happy holidays! Carol

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    • Carolyn Aubert
      Dec 14, 2016 @ 16:37:40

      Oh, yes, I did read Tattered and Torn. Thank you for answering. I have actually read them all to date. Thanks for answering. Will be looking forward to your new book which will come out after the first of the year.

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  19. Therese Billiot
    Feb 10, 2017 @ 02:14:42

    Hi Carol,II enjoy reading the cozy quilt series. I am on my fourth book.Can’t put it down. I read it on my lunch break,doctor office where every can. Thank you for writing these great books.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Feb 11, 2017 @ 00:47:15

      Hi Therese, thank you for your comments. I love hearing from my readers. Your comments keep me going with the series. Let me know how you like the rest of the series.
      Best wishes,
      Carol

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      • Carolyn Aubert
        Feb 11, 2017 @ 03:15:05

        Hi Carol. In answer to Therese, I discovered them about a year ago, and continued reading until I had finished the entire series. I was always so happy to have another one to read, and am certainly glad to have discovered them. Am looking forward to the next one.

  20. Gail Crawford
    Feb 26, 2017 @ 23:39:15

    Carol, I have read all your books and really loved them. My friend Staci Forrest who is the daughter of your friend Gail Hixon has given them all to me! My mother who is 92 has been quilting for many years. I have shared these books with her and my sister. Your last book “Tattered & Torn” came at a time when I have been making a decision of what to do with 2 really old quilts that were in my husband’s grandmothers closet after she died. The one has a date of 1855 and is really good condition. I also has 2 names and many initials embroidered on it. The other is a crazy quilt with beautiful embroidery on it but not in very good condition. I’m trying to make a connection to the ladies you makes it and gramma. I would like to donate them to a museum to be put on display. I was inspired by your book to do a little more research. Thanks so much for writing such wonderful books.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Mar 01, 2017 @ 05:05:44

      Thank you Gail for your kind comments and the interesting information about your own experience with family quilts from the 1800s. I responded in more detail in a private email.
      Very best wishes, Carol

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  21. Kathleen Lawson
    Apr 01, 2017 @ 05:08:32

    Just finished book nine! I LOVE this series!! I’m a new quilter and have been inspired to learn more from your books! I can’t wait for the next one!! Is there a way of knowing when it’s published? Thank you!!m

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 02, 2017 @ 03:03:16

      Kathleen, I’m very pleased that you’re enjoying this series, and I’m especially happy to hear that it has inspired your quilting. Best of luck with your future projects. I’ll let you know when the tenth book goes on the market — probably late May. Also, if you sign up to follow this blog, I’ll have an announcement here which will go to your email address. (You can sign up on Amazon as well by clicking on the word ‘follow’ beneath any author’s picture on their profile page and you’ll be notified.) Thank you for contacting me. I love hearing from my readers.
      My best wishes, Carol

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  22. Heather Crissman
    Apr 07, 2017 @ 17:05:24

    Just finished book 9, tattered and torn. Is there another?

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 08, 2017 @ 17:03:26

      Hi Heather,
      Yes, Book #10 is completed in draft form and is in my editor’s hands. I hope to have it on Amazon by mid-May; I’ll let you know when it’s available. Thank you for reading my books and for contacting me. Best wishes, Carol

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  23. Joan Thurston
    Apr 25, 2017 @ 18:04:33

    Thank you for writing this amazing wholesome quilting cozy series. I’ve enjoyed reading about Sarah and her friends. I’m looking forward to the next amazing adventure. Introducing us to the sensory stimulation quilt concept is wonderful. It is a gift I can make to ease someone’s agitation as they walk the dementia path. I know this quilt idea could have eased my Mom’s days. She is in God’s hands now.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 26, 2017 @ 14:54:16

      Hi Joan, I so appreciate your comments! I love the concept of the fidget quilt which i learned about while researching for Missing Memories. My hope is that quilt groups around the country will be making them for folks suffering the ravages of dementia. I had a note from a reader in Italy telling me that she has made several using instructions she found on the internet. I’ve learned that autistic children also benefit from the fidget quilt. Again, thank you for contacting me. Carol

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  24. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts
    May 27, 2017 @ 16:50:10

    Hi Carol,

    Bought ‘Left holding the bag’ yesterday and have just finished it. Another terrific read, thank you so much for giving Sarah and co. another outing. I also love the way the cover ties in with the cover of your very first book in the series. I am sure you were a great social worker but you are a truly gifted writer! Thanks again, and bless you.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      May 29, 2017 @ 15:50:52

      What a nice note, Fiona. I’m glad you enjoyed it and that’s an interesting comment you made about the Book #1 and Book #10 connection. Both are vintage fabrics and vintage designs. Thank you for being a loyal reader.
      My very best wishes,
      Carol

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  25. Wanda Jewett
    May 30, 2017 @ 15:30:01

    Carol, I am so enjoying Left Holding the Bag! Your timing is impeccable. We were just getting ready to return home after a visit with our son and his family. I am happily reading the book as we tool down the road!
    Thank you for letting me know that it is available!

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Jun 03, 2017 @ 13:53:34

      I hope you had a great visit with your family and are now home safely. Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed #10 and especially for hanging in there all the way to the end of the series. My very best wishes for a fantastic summer. Carol

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  26. Carol Greer
    Jun 15, 2017 @ 15:50:11

    I really enjoy reading the cozy series. They leave me feeling quite satisfied. Please tell me you are NOT stopping at 10 books. I need to know there are more to look forward to.

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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Jun 19, 2017 @ 12:54:08

      Thank you, Carol, for your note and I’m so glad you enjoyed the series. This may well be the end of the series, but my friends tell me I say this at the end of every book. I’ve been wanting to do more quilting and I just might take some time off to do that. I hope you have a great summer.
      Best wishes,
      Carol Dean

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