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Feb. 4th, 2009 | 10:52 pm

The Patriot Witch is being released early for free! But before that news, this...

Those of you attending New York's Comic Con this weekend should look for:

(a) me
(b) some kind of Patriot Witch swag
(c) raecarson in a Wonder Woman outfit
(d) me in a body cast for suggesting (c)

Yes, it's true! I'll be at Comic Con this Saturday and Sunday. I will definitely spend some time at the Random House booths (1940 and 1941, which is one aisle over from the big DC Comics booth). I also expect to appear at the Random House panel on Saturday afternoon in meeting room IA22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The BNA will be the Australian alternate history/technothriller asskicking rockstar John Birmingham, who's doing a Q&A. But I'll be there to wave to the crowd and talk to anyone who wants to see me before or after.

"But wait!" you say. "I'm not going to Comic Con--get to the free book part!"

I was just getting to the free book part.

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a new series coming out called "Traitor to the Crown," about witches fighting a secret war behind--and sometimes in front of--the scenes during the American Revolution. The Patriot Witch, the first book in the series, is scheduled for release in April of this year. The second and third books will follow in May and June.

So I was talking with the marketing people at Del Rey, my publisher. Most of us like to check out a book before we buy it. We like to go into the bookstore, pull it off the shelf, and read it while we sip a mocha latte or a big black coffee or a bottle of juice from the cafe. So, to coincide with Comic Con, Del Rey and I are offering a free PDF download of The Patriot Witch. Pour yourself something to drink and take a read. Check it out. For free.

Yes, we're giving it away. I've seen Cory Doctorow offer free downloads of his books when they're released. I've witnessed John Scalzi build a novel career by giving away his first book online. I've watched the Baen Free Library introduce great books to people who would never have seen them otherwise. This isn't exactly the same thing, but it seems like a no-brainer to me.

Yes, the book is not due out in stores until April 28th. But you can have it RIGHT NOW!

Just go download The Patriot Witch for free at my website.

That's all.

No user information required.

No email has to be entered.

No newsletter you have to sign up for.

Click and download.

If you like it, we hope you'll buy it. And tell your friends about it. Or post a review online. Then go buy the second and third books of the Traitor to the Crown series when they come out in May and June! Because the story keeps getting better in books 2 and 3.

What's that?

The link already?

Oh, yeah. You can download The Patriot Witch here.

Don't say I never gave you nothing.

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coppervale

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from: coppervale
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
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Hot dog!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
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Exactly!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
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When am I never NOT up for a prank?

Well, except that one time, involving day-glo lipstick, the governor's wife, and the jumbo-tron.

But I mean, in general, yes. Sure.

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Paul

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from: pabba
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
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LONG LIVE FREE BOOKS!

But no Wonder Woman? All-female tribes of Amazons everywhere are crying now.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Amazons? What about me?! I cried like a baby, like a hungry, angry baby...

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
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So when Rae said I needed an edge, that's not what she meant....?

And thanks, Jaime. We're excited to see what happens.

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Lisa

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from: cashmerepett
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
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Downloaded and started reading.

Mind if I Twitter this link? I'm sharing with a message board of friends who I think falls right into your target demographic.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
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Please! Twitter away. And thanks.

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Rose Fox

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from: rosefox
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
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I'm not going to ComicCon. Get to the "Rae and Charlie have time to hang out on Friday or Monday" part!

(Please?)

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
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:(

We're arriving on Saturday around noon and leaving on Monday after meetings at Random House and my agent's office. It's a tight trip for us, but we hope to do it again soon. (Rae says I can't take her to NY for the first time and expect her to enjoy it nearly enough in only 48 hours.)

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tcastleb

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from: tcastleb
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
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Wow! Free book! Awesome! Thanks!

And--dude, tell Random House they need to send you to the Comic-Con on this side of the states. :>p

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
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We'll see about the other Comic-Con. Maybe if there are 15,000 downloads after this one....

And hey, love the icon. Read the sample chapter from book 2 at the end of THE PATRIOT WITCH.

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crimini

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from: crimini
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
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Sa-wheet! *goes off to download*

And say hi to your editor for me when you see him!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
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Consider it done!

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ultharkitty

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from: ultharkitty
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
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I got here from raecarson's journal, and just wanted to say woo! free book, thankyou!

Awesome idea :)

Edited at 2009-02-05 07:57 am (UTC)

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome! Glad to help, hope to entertain.

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loquacious_lad

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from: loquacious_lad
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm so pleased for you to see these out in the wild. Sell billions!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! And that's the plan, Tom, that's the plan.

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The one with all the pictures

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from: daniidebrabant
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Very nifty! *yoinks* And will be at the con!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Great. I hope to see you there, maybe at the Random House/Del Rey panel!

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Tom Smith

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from: filkertom
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Got here by way of matociquala. Many thanks! And, to return the favor, I've got a bunch of free music at my site. Same deal -- no reg, no nothin', just download.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! And thanks!

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Julie Frost, SFF writer

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from: agilebrit
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Ooo, free book!

Alas, no Comic Con for me, on either coast. But we've got a few nifty cons here in Utah (one of which is in two weeks). And I should start saving up for Mile Hi Con, because that's nearly local...

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
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I was really hoping to hit a lot of cons this year, and Mile Hi Con would be on that dream list. But I started a new job a couple months ago and don't have the vacation time saved up.

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Edward Greaves

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from: temporus
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
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Am I reading this correct? Not only are you giving it away, for free, but you are doing so even before the book is available in stores? That's pretty cool, and I hope that it does well for you.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
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You're reading it correct. We're giving it away for free a couple months before the book is available in stores. I wanted to do it as a musical but Neil Patrick Harris had other commitments....

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Fantastic! Thanks. Let me know what you think. At this point, we have no idea if this promotion will reach the readers who like this kind of book, but we're hopeful.

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Zia Nuray

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from: zianuray
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, thank you!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
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You're absolutely welcome.

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hpstrangelove

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from: hpstrangelove
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Well I hadn't heard of the book/series before, but matociquala just pointed me this way. I have to say it really intreages me. I downloaded and look forward to reading it.

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A Self-Made Man

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from: hugh_mannity
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Me too.

The Baen Free Library has cost me a small fortune so far -- every new author I read a free book from becomes someone who's books I buy.

Best.Publicity.Evah!

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renesears

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from: renesears
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! Many thanks!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely -- you're welcome.

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Simon Haynes

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from: halspacejock
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Good stuff - I'll go and dl now.

Just FYI, this is the press release my publisher used when they released the first Spacejock novel as a freebie:

http://www.spacejock.com.au/EbookPR.html

You can see their reasoning, and you should be able to detect my strident support for the whole idea ;-)

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Simon! You're another one of the great pioneers in this. I really appreciate the link.

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dragon

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from: dragonmyst
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
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w00t!!

Looks great too!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! The Del Rey folks have been doing a fantastic job.

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from: sarah_prineas
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Woo! Good luck, Charlie!!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Sarah!!

The tick merited a brief mention in the acknowledgments.

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Maribou

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from: maribou
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome! Let me know what you think.

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Mike

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from: miketo
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Totally cool, Charlie. Thank you for persuading the Powers That Be that this is a good thing. I'm looking forward to reading it!

I haven't been following comix (er, graphic novels, sorry) so I don't know if the underlying themes have changed. Wasn't Wonder Woman the embodiment of female empowerment? Had a pilot's license, made people tell the truth, kicked the boys' sorry asses across Metropolis, etc.? Rae could do a lot worse than wearing a Wonder Woman outfit. If you'd said Barbarella, well -- then I'd fear your life expectancy would have gotten much, much shorter. :D

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
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If you want to go over to Rae's blog and take up the Wonder Woman costume with her... No, scratch that. Even if you want to do it, don't.

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dunabit

Captivating

from: dunabit
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm here via EBear, and I'm already engrossed in Chapter 1. Thanks so much for the free book!

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C. C. Finlay

Re: Captivating

from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome! I hope the rest of the book holds up for you too. Let me know what you think.

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Rhonda Parrish

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from: rhondaparrish
date: Feb. 5th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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*yoink*

Thank you :)

Enjoy the con :)

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 6th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome!

And how could I not?!?!

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