Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review & Giveaway | Simple Soldering

By on Monday, February 22, 2016 103 Comments

Soldering. The Final Frontier. The voyages of jewelry makers need to include this territory! But often, even the thought of using any hot connection technique is off putting to many jewelry makers. So perhaps we need baby steps. This new book by the renowned metal smith instructor, Kate Richbourg, might just be the right thing to launch into this very useful technique.


I received her book from the publisher, Interweave, Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making for review. The book also comes with a 164 minute DVD.  It did not disappoint.  What Kate does is to take beginners slowly through basic soldering. With both print and video, all the procedures are well covered.


The author goes to great lengths to show that hot techniques like torch soldering does not need a large set up, much space or expensive tools. I particularly liked how the various tool groups were displayed and photographed in the book. The images work very well in teaching the students the various tools needed in various categories.


The most distinctive and innovative part of the book was the samples section where Kate simplified the learning process through the making of 16  1 x 1 inch copper square samples. The idea comes from the embroidery samples young girls once stitched to learn various stitches.


The skills learned include how to rivet, anneal, working with different types of solders, shaping and soldering domes and so on.

The objective of the samples section is to prepare the student for the following 20 projects.  These designs were simply gorgeous.  Some were practical findings like clasps such as  this soldered and wire wrapped toggle below. 

Dangly Toggle
Kate Richbourg's elegant ring projects were all outstanding. These are the kinds of designs which surely will inspire those towards metal smith techniques.  She shows how simple rings can be made, how to solder dapped (domed) discs or metal cut outs to rings and how to give them a professional finish.

Flower Ring
I would not have thought one could rivet a pearl but it can be done!
Pearl and Silver 5 Stack Rings
The ability to solder just opens up so many design possibilities. Another excellent project from the book is the one below.  The decorative elements are soldered to the metal rectangles. Tube rivets are then placed to give a clean finish for the jump rings.

Tube Riveted Pendants

Pearl Dangle Pendant
If this book does not entice beginners to start on their soldering journey, then perhaps nothing else will!  Highly recommended for budding metal smiths.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international. 
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a physical book.  Otherwise it will be an eBook.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, February 29 , 2016 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

Disclosure
I receive books and products for review.  I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links.   The opinions expressed are solely my own.  They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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103 comments:

  1. Such amazing and creative techniques. I would love to try this. g_bollivar@hotmail.com

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  2. I would love to win this book, I have not ventured this far in my jewelry making yet. I think it would be exciting. Gemgirl50@yahoo.com

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  3. Thanks Pearl. It looks like a great book with some simple yet interesting projects to try.

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  4. Pearl...you have once again read my mind about the right book to get for me to learn and forge ahead in this area. What do I buy...what do I do. Thank you for the opportunity of entering this giveaway. Love Love Love reading your blogs.

    Ginny
    Ginhuntoon@comcast.net

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  5. This is such a wonderful resource to have. I know basic soldering but since I am still learning myself I dont feel confident to answer questions that my jewelry making students have about soldering. This book will be a great one for me to share with them. I hope I win

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  6. I follow your blog through facebook, GFC, & even twitter

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  7. Love, love, love this book! Borrowed a copy from a friend a while back, so informative! Would LOVE to own my own copy!!!
    Denise Kunz
    demontwostep@live.ca

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  8. This looks like an awesome book - just what I need!

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  9. This looks like a wonderful book and one that I would love to add to my collection. In all my years of jewelry making I've yet to venture into soldering, making this book could be the one to help me take that step . I am a follower of this blog and love to share.
    Zoraida - http://artzjewelrywordpress.com

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  10. I would love to win this book. I have not done any soldering yet but would love to learn how to do it.

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  11. i have the tools but not the knowledge to use them properly. this book will enable me to learn in steps!

    sabastet at aol dot com

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  12. This book sounds like a great way to learn soldering. The step-by-step approach sounds perfect.

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  13. This would make a great addition to my jewellery books. Have just started to learn soldering.
    Marion Morgan
    notapoodle@yahoo.com

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  14. I love her videos and this book looks fantastic It's what I need to take the next step.

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  15. Hello, hello :) Thank you for a chance to win. Greetings!

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  16. This book looks like it takes the fear out of soldering. Soldering could open up a whole new world of beading/jewelry making to a bead artist. I would love to read this book and give it a try.

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  17. I am a huge fan of both you and Katie! Her books are amazingly easy to follow and are chock full of techniques and design ideas! Would love a chance to add this one to my collection!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  18. I am a loyal blog follower!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  19. Shared on Facebook!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  20. Looks like just what I need to start my soldering journey!
    Thanks usfemailrr01@gmail.com

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  21. Such beautiful clever soldering work! Would love to learn to do this better and more creatively. Am a subscriber and blog follower. Reachable at retro-grrl@hotmail.com.

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  22. Would love to have this book. I'm a beginner and this looks like exactly what I need. grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  23. Please enter me to win this book. Looks great & very informative. Thank you. Julie@ijule.net

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  24. Diana S. / dls.1@roadrunner.comFebruary 22, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    This book is just what I have been looking for!
    I would love to win it! I am a beadinggem.com e-mail subscriber and look forward to new e-mails every day.

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  25. Looks like just what I need to try my hand at soldering! Thanks for the opportunity. usfemailrr01@gmail.com

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  26. I would love to add this to my studio!! It looks like a wonderful interesting book. Thanks Pearl.
    Carol
    www.DesigningIt.etsy.com

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  27. I do follow your FB, Twitter and your blog
    Carol

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  28. I have just started soldering, would love to know more, thank you for this opportunity!

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  29. I always wanted to learn to solder! Thank you for the opportunity.
    tahnyaford12@gmail.com

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  30. Absolutely amazing samples and creative ideas! I would *love* to learn more (still on the beginner side when it comes to soldering :) ). Thank you for the opportunity!
    alicia [dot] marinache [at] gmail[dot]com

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  31. Thank you for this chance.
    (via email)

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  32. Yea! Playing with fire! I want to learn to sober and this book looks like the way to learnQ
    Follow on FB and loyal subscriber.
    zanc@att.net

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  33. I would love to win this book. I first watched Kate Richbourg on Craftsy and she is an excellent teacher!
    Donna J
    datmine2009@hotmail.com

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  34. I would love a chance to win the book and DVD on Soldering....I just started jewellery making and I believe this would be an added bonus ...thank you for your generosity and thank you for the opportunity....

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  35. I would love to win this. I watched her on Beads, Baubles and Jewels and she's a really good teacher. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  36. I'm so wanting to learn more about soldering. This would be great.

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  37. Just tweeted about the review & giveaway.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/701820810873458692

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  38. I like how you start this post - "Soldering. The final frontier." That is exactly how I feel!
    A flame! In the house! I feel I need more training to get to that point.

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  39. I also follow your blog. (On bloglovin).

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  40. I love how she showed the small samples. Thx for the chance to win.
    lilith514@yahoo.com

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  41. Oh my...I have been waiting for a workshop/short course on soldering with a micro-torch, as my studio is the kitchen table. In my area there has been a soldering course with the BIG setup, which does not work for me...this book looks perfect. Thank you for all of your book reviews and links to tutorials and for a chance to win this perfect book...

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  42. I so need this book! I have all the equipment but can't figure it all out.

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  43. I follow your blog via bloglovin as Shaiha

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  44. I shared via Facebook.

    https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/10208501649248247?pnref=story

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  45. Pat Buchanan Pbuchannan@aol.comFebruary 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    I have everything but the courage to start soldering....this could be the push I need.

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  46. So much to learn about soldering. This will be a big help, thanks Pearl!

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  47. Seems like a very inspiring book ! Thank you for this giveaway,
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  48. I was really scared of soldering until I found Kate's instruction videos some years back. Her style is friendly, professional, and thorough - she practically holds your hand!!
    I can't recommend her enough!
    Would love a chance at this!
    I'm a long time subscriber and FB fan. :-)
    Shared to both my personal and biz page on FB.
    Thanks so much, Pearl!!!
    https://www.facebook.com/perri.jackson

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  49. I think that even if you solder already that there is always something new to learn. And when soldering - any help at all is gladly appreciated.

    I've learned a lot from Kate already and am always willing to learn more.

    Please - chuck my name in there Pearl. I've got my fingers crossed....

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  50. What a great book with neat designs. I follow you by email.
    www.allfiredupglassbeads.com

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  51. I need to learn more about soldering and I love all your give away Pearl.

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  52. I need a push and I think this book would help me crossing fingers :)

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  53. What a fabulous book.....I would love to win it :)

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  54. Wonderful ideas. I love the sampler idea especially. Would love to win!

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  55. O, this book looks so good. I really want to learn soldering, but need some very basic instruction. This looks like it will fit the bill. Thanks so much, Pearl, for giving us this opportunity.

    donnacorn@juno.com

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  56. What a fabulous book! I would love to add this to my 'toolbox'. Such a collection of creativity and reference! Thank you for the opportunity to win this treasure.

    catherineabarron@gmail.com

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  57. Would love to add this book to my collection! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  58. Hi Pearl,

    Thanks for the chance to win. This looks like a fantastic prize and a great step in a new direction (for me)!

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  59. I would love to have a go at soldering. I think this book would help keep me straight, such a great give away. Good luck to everyone who enters. Got my fingers and toes crossed :-)

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  60. Ooooh, wow, I would love to have this fantastic book to learn about soldering and what wonderful designs! Thank you.

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  61. this looks like a great book. I have some experience with a soldering iron but have had not to great results using a little torch. Even just to make closed jump rings for my jewelry would be a great help. Would love to win this book. Subscriber. Thanks for your informative reviews Pearl. You are the best.

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  62. This looks like a great book to start learning with. Thanks for doing the give away! bfickle2010@yahoo.com

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  63. Thanks for giving one of us the chance to own this wonderful book Pearl. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Swirl2941@yahoo.com

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  64. I so need this!!! Been thinking about learning soldering but have been a big chicken. Thanks
    Marlene Strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  65. Sounds like a very detailed, interesting book. I would love to try it.

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  66. I am a blog follower and would love to see the inside of this book.

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  67. Took a course with Kate. I would love to have her book. It would reinforce what I learned. ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  68. I would love to win this book on soldering and learn the techniques. It looks like an awesome opportunity! thank you Pearl!
    Tamera Vance ttangles@yahoo.com

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  69. I've done some minor soldering following a course taken a couple of years ago but haven't done much since. I already picked up 2 new tips from your review. Such a great looking reference and instructional tool!

    Thanks for the opportunity Pearl.
    Mona Arnott

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  70. I am also an email subscriber
    Mona Arnott

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  71. I have been slowly learning (and failing sometimes)to solder. I use a big torch that is hard to handle and have tried the smaller ones that I seen other use, but they seem to not get hot enough. I would love some guidance on my venture.

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  72. I so need this book!!! I am just getting into soldering and have this in my wish list on every site I can get books from.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  73. I also posted on my blog about this http://bijouxgemsjoy.blogspot.ca/2016/02/want-to-learn-soldering.html
    Mona Arnott

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  74. Oh my another technique to ad to my forever growing list of new things to learn.
    jdbabygirl57@yahoo.com

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  75. I feel like a kid oh please please I hope I am the winner as I had taken classes in silversmithing for a short time and am now retired and I am certain I would be ever so grateful to bring my old skills back to current!!!

    Thank you Pearl and Kate for the opportunity:)

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  76. Kate is the soldering Queen! I would love to include this book in my library...more importantly actively use it to improve my skills! Thanks!

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  77. This book on Soldering looks very much the best book I have seen for Beginners and would be amazing to own.
    Gloria Boyd gdboyd@xtra.co.nz

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  78. My unfulfilled life long dream has been to learn to weld. This could be a baby step towards my dream. Also another skill set in my love of beading.

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  79. Hi Pearl! That would be such a wonderful book to have. Love your blog. I subscribe. Sharing on FB. Debra
    msd.katz@hotmail.com

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  80. I took a class on soldering many moons ago and never did anything since. I think it's time to give it another go! Thanks, Pearl.

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  81. This is SOOO timely. My 18YO daughter just showed me how to solder. I am dying to learn more about this process so that I can make some amazing things. Please pick me. cozyhomerental@cox.net

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  82. Ooh, I am lusting after those stacking rings! I love simple lines and geometric pieces, so learning to solder would open the door to a whole new jewellery collection for me!
    I subscribe: lauraproudman@gmail.com

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  83. Hey Pearl, I've been wanting to get into soldering. This looks like the book I'm gonna need to start feeling comfortable while learning to solder. Thanks, Patricia B

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  84. I've done a bit of soldering but could sure use some instruction - the book looks great! Thanks for a chance to win one.
    rochelleth@hvc.rr.com
    (blog subscriber)

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  85. I have never tried soldering. This would be a great way to start and add a new skill to my jewelry making.
    Swillert@new.rr.com

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  86. I follow your blog and love it. Please enter me in this giveaway.

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  87. This sounds like the perfect book for a beginner!!
    Great giveaway - thanks for the chance!

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  88. I would love to win this book. I tweeted again about this post.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/702644306033512448

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  89. I did a short class with Kate Richbourg last year at Beadfest, loved it. This book looks great, if I don't win I might just have to buy it! I'm a blog and FB follower! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  90. Just in case my Wordpress ID didn't work (it often doesn't on a blogger blog) - I did a short class with Kate Richbourg last year at Beadfest, loved it. This book looks great, if I don't win I might just have to buy it! I'm a blog and FB follower! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  91. I'm willing to learn about soldering metals diy so YEP I give it a chance! laurasp.android@gmail.com

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  92. I've been wanted to step into the next unknown area of jewelry making "soldering" for a few years now! Maybe this will be the book that helps me take the leap off the cliff!!! LOL

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  93. Thanks for the opportunity!
    jaminjewelry727@gmail.com

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  94. This would be a good addition to my meager library! pac_w@comcast.net

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  95. Well additional book to our creative library

    klarushja@centrum.cz

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  96. I've been thinking about learning how to use solder in my jewelry work. This book seems to be great to start with!! mar_aslanidou@hotmail.com

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  97. this would be a neat new technique to learn

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  98. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  99. This is the book for me. I am ready (maybe) to go to the next level and work with fire. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and articles you bring to us.
    Terri W.
    missile102@gmail.com

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  100. I am a blog subscriber and thanks for the chance to win a amazing book

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