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Abby Sallenger

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Anapolis, MD, The United States


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"Gripping true-life adventure story that is impossible to put down!" From latest review of ISLAND IN A STORM --

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ISLAND IN A STORM was named an outstanding 2010 title by Choice magazine of the American Library Association. It’s a true story of an eighteen-year-old French Creole woman who overcame incredible odds to survive a nineteenth-century hurricane disaster.

Abby received his BA in Geology and PhD in Marine Science from the University of Virginia and is the former chief scientist of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Coastal Geology. He presently leads the USGS Storm Impact research group, i

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Jeffrey Crimmel I'm so excited because my book, Brain Bleed was just nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards! Please vote for it at You can find it and vote under the mystery category. Click on the right arrow above until you reach #10. I am in that category.
I would appreciate the vote and support from all my friends.

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Abby Thank Valerie, appreciate it.

Valerie Welcome aboard. Looks like we're on almost completely inverted schedules, so I wouldn't take late responses amiss.

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