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“I couldn’t even read this Kindle book because the formatting was so messed up! There was no separation between chapters, the headings were blended into the text, the text flow was unpredictable and the links didn’t work. It was impossible to read; very weird. I have requested my money back.”
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What a kick to proofread “Civil War Memorial Quilts” on my Nook. Debbi Stocco did a wonderful job of formatting it, designing the cover and helping me all the technical stuff to get my eBook uploaded and available. I hope it will be on everyone’s Kindle and Nook in a week or two.- Maria Tavy Umhey, Author and Quilter, Civil War Quilts and the Words that Inspired Them