Never Say Goodbye

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They say time heals all wounds. But he was finding it a poor painkiller.

 

Tyler Collens has seen grief and loss in his years of experience as a paramedic—but he never expected it to touch his life in such a personal way. The death of his wife eighteen months ago shook his steady world and changed him in more ways than he can count. Time and routine have steadied his feet, and he looks toward the future as he raises his infant daughter—but the past has a tighter grip on him than he knows.

 

Alyvia Emmerson has never been certain of who she is or where she belongs. Her dad’s abandonment as a teen broke a fragile piece of her heart, but ten years later, she has moved on. Living on her own, she at last has a project to devote herself to: revitalizing a shabby bookstore. But she didn’t count on her dream job revealing the shattered pieces of herself she thought mended long ago.

 

In this sophomore novel featuring beloved characters from Live Without You, Sarah Grace Grzy explores themes of grief, hope, and second chances in a story that touches both the heart and spirit. 

Since the moment Sarah Grace Grzy first announced she was releasing a second book, I was on the edge of my seat for more information. Sarah Grace’s Instagram is one of my favorite accounts, and I love Live Without You, so I was beyond thrilled when I heard that Never Say Goodbye‘s release date was just days before yours truly’s birthday.

Because that meant someone would buy the book for me. they didn’t, and I forked over my own money but that’s besides the point.

I was honored to be able to join this tour, and write my own review of this story, so if you’re ready, I am.

I started the book, unsure of what to expect. I knew it was about Tyler (one of my favorite characters from Live Without You) but I wasn’t sure what was going on, the exact plot of the story, or how long it was after Live Without You.

I finished the book in one day.

That should be a testament to how amazing this story is. It took me two pages to be sucked into the tale, and it took four hours for me to finish the tale and give all the characters hugs.

Sarah Grace deserves a long round of applause from everyone. Not only from her remarkable story, but also for how much work she’s put into this launch, this story, her Instagram, and just connecting with readers. We need to take a moment of silence to thank her for all of this.

*moment of silence*

Now onto the actual review. I must say, I was a little hesitant about Alyvia and her dad. Just. Hmm. Dad abandonment issues with a young adult? But the tale is perfect, which was astonishing, especially with all that was going on with Tyler and Murrae.

Seeing Ezra and Piper as parents about melted my heart, to be honest. 😍

The pacing of the story was smooth, I was immediately drawn into both Tyler and Alyvia’s problems, and all the little kiddies in the story made it so much better! Plus, the beautiful little bookshop felt like home with such vivid descriptions. I could picture everything, down to the crockity old customer.

The romance was super sweet, but never anything to make you uncomfortable. (Not giving any spoilers here, I promise. 😇) It was easy to understand both Alyvia and Tyler’s motivations, their fears, and their desires, and ah, I was totally cheering both of them on.

The tragic events never seemed unrealistic. It was just like, well, that’s life. It’s full of its ups and downs, and sometimes it feels like it when it rains, it just pours. So overall, I would rate this story five stars.

It surpassed my expectations, and that is hard to do, m’friends.

Now, you’re asking who Sarah Grace Grzy is? Well, let me inform you.

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Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other. A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. Sarah Grace inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.


Where can you buy this lovely work of art?

Amazon

Barnes and Nobles

Book Depository

Indie Bound

If you’re interested in the giveaway, check it out here.

Comment below if you’ve read Live Without You, and tell me if you’ve already pre-ordered Never Say Goodbye, or if you’re planning to order it.

~~Amie~~

5 Things I’ve Learned YouTubing

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Hi, guys, and welcome back to Amie Anne!

In case y’all didn’t know, I’ve been regularly posting on my YouTube channel for five months, and so I thought it was time to write a post on what I’ve learned from YouTubing.

1. Being on video is wayyyy different than writing a blog post.

I mean, that should go without saying, right? But being comfortable with putting your thoughts and an occasional picture of your face is wayyyy different than being comfortable with putting a video of yourself online. At first, I was so incredibly nervous, as you can tell by some of my expressions in the videos. XD I had no idea how to act during the intros, and it took awhile for me to figure out who I was, and what I wanted my videos to be like.

Even now, it’s still hard. XD I’m still changing, and exploring different ways to video, and edit.

2. It’s hard to be an actor, videographer, and script writer all in one.

I love acting, I love coming up with scripts, and getting the PERFECT shot of a video brings such a rush, and I’m addicted to it. I love the finished project coming together, and just knowing that I had it done before the deadline. (Also known as Saturday. XD) But it isn’t easy, especially when my camera doesn’t self focus. So sometimes I get my siblings to help, but. . .a ten-year-old doesn’t exactly do the job I wanted them to do.

So at times it can be a lot of work, and slightly overwhelming, but like everything. Make yourself a schedule, take it one day at a time, and if it doesn’t work for the week, then hey. No one’s mad. Do a story time or something else that doesn’t take as much work. XD

3. Schedules matter.

I wouldn’t be able to consistently post on this blog or YouTube without a schedule. XD Since I have to write the script, video, edit, upload, I have to schedule for each day, because I also have school, a blog to maintain, people to talk to, books to write, ect.

I mean, you get the idea. XD

4. Editing Software is important.

I *clap* Can *clap* Not *clap* Stress *clap* This *clap* Enough.

Understanding your software, and having quality software is so important. This is what can take a mediocre production to the next level. Bad software can knock a superb video down a few shelves. So work on your editing, and think about how much software means to you. XD

5. Thumbnail Pictures. ‘Nough said.

I don’t know why, but thumbnails are so hard. What will cause people to be interested in your video? And seriously, do you want to put text on it or not? Do you even want to bother? (Some days I don’t so that’s why I don’t always bother. XD)

Thumbnails are an art that I have yet to master. 😦

So there’s five things I’ve learned since I started YouTube! What are some of your favorite YouTube channels?

And since my blog tour is still going on, check out those posting!

March 20

Noah — Guest Post

 

Hannah — Interview/guest post

 

March 21

Laura — Guest Post

 

Maya — Spotlight

 

Sam — Guest Post

 

March 22

Alivia Henderson — Interview 

 

Kaelyn — Interview/guest post

 

March 23

Jo — Interview/spotlight/rant

 

Jana — Interview

 

Jana T — Spotlight/Guest Post
Esmeralda — Interview/Guest Post

~~Amie~~

Faith Alone Blog Tour

Disclaimer: I’m not a romance lover, and so this isn’t my kind of book.  If you enjoy Christian romance, this book is for you!

 

FAITHALONE

FAITH ALONE

 

Grace Neunaber has finally found happiness. After struggling for years as a single mother of four, she’s thrilled about her newfound faith and her marriage to a strong Christian man. But as David is added to their family of five, her enthusiasm is quickly dampened by her older children’s open hostility and resentment toward their new father.

For Grace’s daughter, Faith, having a principal for a step-dad is only one of the downsides. Her parents are nosy, restrictive, and most of all embarrassing. But Faith’s issues with her parents are quickly shoved aside when she’s faced with a decision that will change the course of her future.

Each member of the Neunaber family will have to rely on their faith in God if their strained relationships are going to knit them closer together instead of tear their family apart.

GOODREADS | AMAZON

My Review

First off, I was semi surprised to find out it was a romance, because for some reason I didn’t think it was when I signed up for this blog tour.  That disappointment was probably my own fault, though.  Should have read everything a bit closer.

Second, it was said to be squeaky clean.  Now, I understand that everyone’s definition of squeaky clean is different.  Mine personally is no kissing in the book.  Well, this book certainly wasn’t squeaky clean.  How can a book dealing with teenage pregnancy be squeaky clean?

Honestly, that alone really bothered me, but other things quickly arouse.  I have no idea what age this book is targeted towards.  The writing style made me think Y/A fiction, but some of it just wasn’t good.  The way the book was structured made it hard to follow, though the writing style was simple, and it was hard to get emotionally attached to the characters.

I was slightly disappointed that I guessed what happened from the first chapter, and then it was just a long read.  The book wasn’t well written, honestly, and the characters didn’t seem to have very real reactions.

Another thing I would like to point out is the fact that the mom and children were new Christians, while the dad had been a Christian for a while, which is fine.  The thing I didn’t understand was the fact that the mom, a new Christian, had such stricter rules on dating than the dad.  It just didn’t make much sense to me.

Also, the character Aaron.  I’m very confused as to how old he is, and quite a few other things.  As a character, he was very confusing.

So how would I rate this book?  I would give it three out of five stars.  The topic was a good topic that needs to be written on more often.  But the execution was just lacking.

*hides* I didn’t want to have a bad review for this author.  And I’m sorry this is what I think about this book.  A friend told me to be honest about it, and so I am.  Would I recommend Faith Alone to anyone?  To people that enjoy romance, and aren’t very familiar with the pro-life stance, yes!

Edit: I also really enjoyed the ending.  The sweetness of it all made up for a lot of the beginning that I didn’t enjoy.  Also, a few quotes from it made me laugh and smile.

That being said, let’s take a look at who authored it.

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AUTHOR BIO

 

Ruth Meyer graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a degree in church music and no plans whatsoever to become an author. But a student of the week project for her son inspired Our Faith from A to Z, a children’s picture book. After that, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at fiction. As both the daughter of and the wife of a pastor, Ruth has moved around a lot, and her experiences provide many ideas for her writing. Currently, she resides in rural Texas with her husband, their five children, and two dogs. It is her hope that through her writing, readers are assured of God’s grace through His Son, Jesus.

AUTHOR WEBSITE

And now for the blog tour schedule.

Monday the 22nd

Blog Tour Intro // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Book Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Tuesday the 23rd

Review // Amie @ Crazy A

Review // Jane Mouttet @ Library Lady’s Kid Lit

Wednesday the 24th

Review // Marie Shen @ Imperial Scribis

Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl

Thursday the 25th

Book Spotlight // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up in Writing

Friday the 26th

Review // Mary Moerbe @ Meet, Write, & Salutary

Review // Chloe @ Purely By Faith Reviews

Saturday the 27th

Review // Jes Drew @ Agency of Books and Spies

Sunday the 28th

Review // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing

Monday the 29th

Review & Author Interview // Kaitlyn S. @ Maidens for Modesty

Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Welp, that sums up this post, folks!  I’m off to go pick strawberries with my family. 😉

~~Amie~~

Snowball Rabbit Blog Tour~Day 5~

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What?  Can you believe this is the last day?  Well, not exactly the last day, but the last day with reviews and stuff.  I’m flabbergasted.  HOW DID THE TIME FLY SO FAST?  But it flew, and now I’m here to tell you some of my favorite snippets from each post, and thank each person.

With an adorable aspect, and just the right spark of suspense, this book is perfect for a friend, family member or cousin between the ages of 2 and 5. Join sweet Snowball, an innocent, and peculiar…detective rabbit (with a detective hat of course) on the search for his beloved missing apple. –Annie @Annie Writes Site

Wow, I just love that.  It’s like, the model review.  Thanks so much, Annie!  (And I love your books so much. ❤ )

I read this to my four-year-old sister, and she was smiling and laughing throughout the book. She thought some parts were hilarious and said she liked it! She will definitely be wanting to read more adventures about Snowball. 🙂 She was excited to learn Snowball is actually a real rabbit! — Mya @ Life From Behind A Camera

I love your little sister already, Mya. 😂

I rarely review children’s books, but as a library worker (and as an aunt, and just as a former reader of children’s books) I have a vested interest in knowing what is out there in every type of literature possible. That said, I am thrilled to write this spotlight on Amie and her book, Snowball and the Missing Apple. — Jana @ Review From the Stacks

Jana, this spotlight just made me smile. 😀

Ok, can we first just mention two things: 1) This book is about an adorable bunny and 2) The illustrations are absolutely adorable. — Hannah @ The Striped Plaid

‘Cause that’s obviously all we need to mention, Hannah. 😉

The story was told well and I think children (the audience it was written for) could read and understand it pretty easily. The illustrations just added to this book’s awesomeness! They look like they took a lot of work, but they turned out fabulously! — Liz @ Home with the Hummingbirds

Guys, you have no idea how happy this makes me.  I was SO nervous about releasing the pictures with the book, because I’ve always though of myself as a terrible artist.  I’m so happy the reviewers like the illustrations. *cries tears of happiness*

The illustrations in the book are sure to keep a child’s attention with their colors, cuteness, and homelike feel. It’s also handwritten in neat script, and gives it such a unique read. — Parker @ Pencils and Pianos

Yay!  I’m glad my handwriting is neat. 😛

Snowball and the Missing Apple is a cute fun book for young kids! The book has fun drawings in it and the story is very sweet! The story is very short but still adorable and clean. I’d rate it 4 stars! — Abby @ Photos by Abby Rose

I’m so thankful for all of you reviewers!  Thank you so much for taking time to be a part of this!  Today we have lots of fun, and different people posting.

February 22

Amie @https://crazya.blog — I have no idea what I’m doing post

Parker Hankins @https://parkerahankins.wixsite.com/pencilsandpianos/blog — Book review and Snowball interview

Rosy Marr @https://rosyswritings.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Amie

Liz @www.homewithhummingbirds.com — Book spotlight, review, and interview with Snowball

Mary AKA Maria @https://memary145.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Snowball

Abby Guenot @https://photosbyabbyrose.wordpress.com — Book review

Holly @https://hollyciampi.wixsite.com/holly — Interview with Amie

I had planned to give you a peak at the real animals, but life happened, and so I’m just commenting on the reviews, and then I asked Snowball which interview question was his favorite to answer.  He said it was this one.

Then what would you say to anyone interested in reading this book?

I would say…

Dear potential reader, I am Snowball Rabbit, and I wish you a very good day.  I hope you find everything to your liking with the weather, your breakfast, and the time you woke up this morning.  The book you are looking at is about me, and it is a very wonderful book that will remedy waking up at the wrong time, terribly burned bagels, and rainy days.  Thank you for your interest.

Truly, Snowball Rabbit, detective.

Now, it’s the last chance to enter the giveaway for the book, so hurry up and do that!

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And in case you missed this weeks fun, here’s the schedule.

February 18

Amie @https://crazya.blog — Snowball day!

Anna @https://anniewritessite.wordpress.com — Book review

Mya @https://lifefrombehindacamera.com — Book review

Sam @https://thehappilyeverafterdolls.wordpress.com — Interview with Amie and Snowball

February 19

Amie @http://crazya.blog — The process and ideas behind the book.

Faith Blum @http://faithblum.com/blog — Book Spotlight

Jana @www.reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com — Book spotlight

Laura Danner @http://flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com — All of the options

February 20

Amie @https://crazya.blog — The enemy steals the blog

Merie Shen@https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Snowball

Hannah @https://thestripedplaid.wordpress.com — Book review

February 21 You’re here!

Amie @https://crazya.blog — Amie talks about her future ideas with Snowball.

Starling @https://starling7.wordpress.com — Interview with Amie and Snowball

February 22

Amie @https://crazya.blog — a look at the real animals behind the book.

Parker Hankins @https://parkerahankins.wixsite.com/pencilsandpianos/blog — Book review and Snowball interview

Rosy Marr @https://rosyswritings.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Amie

Liz @www.homewithhummingbirds.com — Book spotlight, review, and interview with Snowball

Mary AKA Maria @https://memary145.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Snowball

Abby Guenot @https://photosbyabbyrose.wordpress.com — Book review

Holly @https://hollyciampi.wixsite.com/holly — Interview with Amie

February 23Wrap up post @https://crazya.blog — Answering your questions on a LIVE youtube video!

Don’t forget that tomorrow I’ll be having a LIVE Youtube Q&A to wrap up this fun time.  I’m planning it at 2:15 EST, but if you can’t make it, it’ll be saved to my youtube channel. 😀

~~Amie~~

 

 

Snowball Rabbit Blog Tour~Day 1~

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It ’tis Snowball Rabbit, and today it is the beginning of my very own blog tour.  It is also the day that Amie’s mother becomes a year older, and so she will be joining me below, and answering questions about Amie.  (Mwahahaha!  The whole interview is to embarrass Amie. >:)

But first off, we have the posts for today!

Anna @anniewritessite.wordpress.com— Book review

Mya @https://lifefrombehindacamera.com — Book review

Sam @https://thehappilyeverafterdolls.wordpress.com — Interview with Amie and Snowball
Well, only one interview with me, today.  I do believe that the book reviews will be about me, though.  Since the book is about me.

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We I also have a giveaway going on, and Amie wanted me to announce something for her before I went into the interview.  Amie will be having a LIVE YouTube video answering all the questions you ask over the week on the 23 of February.  She’ll announce the time on Wednesday.

Here’s the giveaway prizes…

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Amie is giving away a copy of my book, along with two sheets of stickers.  (She said to gush on the puffy stickers and the suck-u-lant stickers. (I’ve never had that word in my spelling books.) but I don’t feel like gushing about them.)  And a stuffed, little white rabbit to remind you of the perfect white rabbit named Snowball.

(It’s a very soft little white rabbit, with the cutest little face.)

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Now, my dear friends, welcome Amie’s mom to our adventure, and enjoy learning about Amie from her mother. >:)

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When did you realize Amie was different?

Different from a rabbit? Or different from other little girls.  Of course, the moment she was born.  I also knew she wasn’t a rabbit.

How did you know she was different?  Was she polydactyl?

No, she was lip tied.  And she was my first full term baby.

What is your most prominent memory of Amie?

*thinks very hard, because she can’t remember* Probably when she would tell me what she would not do, and she would put her little nose in the air.  I told her she had better be careful, or flies would go up her nose.

Thankfully, she grew out of that.

What did you think when Amie asked to get me?

NO.  *laughs* In fact, I said no many times.

Obviously, Amie is smarter when it comes to rabbits.

What is one major thing that defines Amie’s personality?

Her out-goingness.  She also has an uncanny ability to make other people comfortable.  When she was younger, I told her she was a human magnet.

What did you think when Amie said she was publishing a book?

YAY.  Good for you.

Is Amie a diligent person?

Yes.  She has trained herself to be, at least.

What is Amie’s most annoying fault?

Provoking people!  *Looks in Amie’s direction*

I agree.

Do you think Amie should eat more kale, or more collards?

Collards.  I like collards better.

Do you think Amie looks like you?

Some, yes.  But not totally.  I have beautiful black hair.

Is Amie more like you, or more like her dad?

She’s a good mix.  (Amie interjection: I got all the good qualities from both, and the bad qualities skipped over me.) Hah hah.

Does Amie remember your birthday? (Obviously only me, the rabbit remembers.)

How is that a question?

What did you think when I told you I was interviewing you for the blog tour?

I felt honored.

Are you truly proud to be the mother of the modern rabbit advocate, and to let the famous rabbit in your house?

Yes.  I have come to love you, Snowball, since you love my bunny rubs.  You’re also the first creature to great me in the morning.

Blah blah blah, I thought you supposed to be embarrassing Amie, not me.

That’s mommy’s job for all younger animals and humans in the house.

*Snowball lets the crickets in* Chirp chirp chirp.

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All right, next up, we have the schedule for the whole week. 😀

February 18

Amie @https://crazya.blog — Snowball day! (You are here!)

Anna @https://anniewritessite.wordpress.com — Book review

Mya @https://lifefrombehindacamera.com — Book review

Sam @https://thehappilyeverafterdolls.wordpress.com — Interview with Amie and Snowball

February 19

Amie @https://crazya.blog — The process and ideas behind the book.

Faith Blum @http://faithblum.com/blog — Book Spotlight

Jana @www.reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com — Book spotlight

February 20

Amie @https://crazya.blog — The enemy steals the blog

Merie Shen @https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Snowball

Hannah @https://thestripedplaid.wordpress.com — Book review

Laura Danner @http://flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com — All of the options  

February 21

Amie @https://crazya.blog — Amie talks about her future ideas with Snowball.

Starling @https://starling7.wordpress.com — Interview with Amie and Snowball

February 22

Amie @https://crazya.blog — a look at the real animals behind the book.

Parker Hankins @https://parkerahankins.wixsite.com/pencilsandpianos/blog — Book review and Snowball interview

Rosy Marr @https://rosyswritings.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Amie

Liz @www.homewithhummingbirds.com — Book spotlight, review, and interview with Snowball

Mary AKA Maria @https://memary145.wordpress.com/ — Interview with Snowball

Abby Guenot @https://photosbyabbyrose.wordpress.com — Book review

Holly @https://hollyciampi.wixsite.com/holly — Interview with Amie

February 23

Wrap up post @https://crazya.blog — Answering your questions on a LIVE youtube video!

And I decided to spotlight my favorite part of the reviewers…Please thank Mya for this review!

I read this to my four-year-old sister, and she was smiling and laughing throughout the book. She thought some parts were hilarious and said she liked it! She will definitely be wanting to read more adventures about Snowball. 🙂 She was excited to learn Snowball is actually a real rabbit!

Yes, yes, young Mya’s sister, I am very much a real rabbit, and I thank you for enjoying my wonderful book.  If you’re interested in buying my book, you can do that

~HERE~

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, and to stay around.  Come back tomorrow for Amie.  (Of course, you can always stay away…Amie isn’t half as good as me. 😉 )

–Snowball–

 

Needed: Bloggers!

Calling all bloggers.  This is Snowball Rabbit, and I am here in the stead of Amie.  Why? Because this post is all about me! *cues evil bunny laughter*

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No, I’m not that bad, but this post is all about the furry white rabbit with grey ears.  A dog has taken over my natural habitat (also known as my house) and I have been feeling a bit neglected.  Amie thought it would be a good idea to publish a book all about her rabbit to make him happy again.

(Amie might or might not have succeeded there.)

So, not only did she drag me outside to take pictures of me, she commanded me to use all my cuteness to get people to sign up for a blog launch tour for her very first book that she has self published.

Sounds to me like she was scared of people’s reaction.  Hmm, maybe I’m looking too far into this.  Either way, let me tell you, she would be beyond thrilled if she finds people signing up.  (Don’t make her too thrilled, or she’ll pick me up and cover me with kisses.  It’s not comfortable for me, and she usually ends up with bunny fur in her mouth.  But make her a little bit happy because then she’ll give me an apple and carrots, and a bunny rub.)

Are you ready to sign up?  I guess it’ll be fun.  If you interview me, I promise to be nice.  *looks around* Really nice.

You can sign up here.

I also realized that all the photo shoots you’ve seen of me have been told from Amie’s perspective, and that’s just not right.  I’m the main subject of them, so I thought I would show you some photos, and tell you about them from my perspective.

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To all the rabbits reading this, when your owner decides to take pictures of you, you need to look regal.  Try to show people that real rabbits are not cute.  We are dignified creatures.

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See?  Give your owner the regal look.  If you don’t, people will start telling you how cute you are.  If you’re a girl rabbit, that might be good, but I am a man rabbit, and a manly man at that.  *snorts*

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Never be caught eating on camera.  That is disgraceful as well.  We eat in private, and show our wonderfully regal bunny faces in public.

Now, did this post give you enough info for you to help Amie out?  Also, you did chose to interview me, didn’t you?  I mean, I’m obviously the best choice there.

Good day, good humans!

-Snowball Rabbit, detective