Road Rage When North Meets South

November 26, 2019 00:23:35
Road Rage When North Meets South
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Road Rage When North Meets South
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Hosted By

Carrie Jones Shaun Farrar

Show Notes

This week? Well, our podcast is not our normal format because we've been in the car for... um... Okay? Forty-eight hours?

 

Apologies!

 

So, this week we drove from Maine to Vermont to Maine to North Carolina to Maine. In North Carolina, we went to Shaun's dad's funeral and it was the first time that Carrie's been in a Southern church.

 

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My new book, IN THE WOODS, is out!

 

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It’s with Steve Wedel. It’s scary and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Buzz Books for Summer 2019. There’s an excerpt of it there and everything! But even cooler (for me) they’ve deemed it buzz worthy! Buzz worthy seems like an awesome thing to be deemed!

 

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In the Woods
In the Woods

 


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