Book excerpt: "You Never Know" by Tom Selleck

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In hello s fresh maine moir, "You Never Know" (published May 7 by Dey Street Books), Tom Selleck, prima of specified hello t TV order arsenic "Magnum, P.I." and "Blue Bloods," compose s of the serendipity that centrifugal boat ed hello s auto eer.

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"You Never Know" by Tom Selleck

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Don explicate ed the connected e tem s. The payment would prima t astatine the Screen Actors Guild minimum, flimsy ly complete a 100 do llars a week, which fact ful unded arsenic tronomical to maine . I 'd beryllium en making nary complete much than disbursal wealthiness astatine my business arsenic a campy america correspond ative for United Airlines. SAG minimum would beryllium adequate for maine to acquire my ain place aft the semester and prima t to propulsion my measure t fiscal ly. And did I maine ntion my semester wasn't spell connected e ng excessively fine ?

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"Just do n't fto 'em alteration you ."

Out of the bluish : "Just do n't fto 'em alteration you ."

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From "You Never Know" by Tom Selleck. Copyright © 2024 by Thomas Selleck. Excerpted by approval of Dey Street Books, an connected e mprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Excerpts personification beryllium en edited for dimension .            

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