Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: To See You by Rachel Blaufeld

Synopsis

What is it about this guy?
On paper, he’s one hundred percent wrong for me. His e-mails are equal parts annoying and funny.
Okay, more funny than annoying. More like refreshing. Different. Exciting.
But as I stand next to him now, he’s giving me head-to-toe tingles, and I find myself dwelling on his e-mails.

Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?
Layton isn’t even remotely close to who Charli sees herself hooking up with . . . ever. Her mom and best friend agree he’s not for her, but he makes her feel something exciting, awakens her world.
But then Layton changes, going to great lengths for Charli to see him for who he really is.
Will those changes bring them closer together, or will she never be able to see him in the same way again?

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****ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review****

I didn’t know what to expect while reading To See You. It was the first time I’ve ever read a book by Rachel Blaufeld. The synopsis wasn’t very telling, but it did catch my attention. I had no idea what type of book I was about to read. Once I started reading, I became immersed in the story. So much so, that I did the opposite of what I normally do when I’m enjoying a book. I took my time. 

Charli is your typical career orientated, snob. She believes she is on the right track with her life until a chance encounter on a plane with an unexpected stranger changes everything. Layton is definitely not the type of man Charli is attracted, not to sugarcoat his looks, he is fat. Already put off by her seatmate, Charli is determined to ignore him but Layton engages her, reluctantly, in conversation. A simple miscommunication while talking abruptly ends their conversation and Charli knows she’d probably never to see or hear from him again. 
One email from Layton after their chance encounter starts an unlikely bi-coastal friendship, with subtle sexual tension between them. They embark on a will they or won’t they situation. Will Charli look past how Layton’s looks and see him for much more or will Layton quiet determination of his pursuit of Charli finally get through all of her self-doubts and open her up to an unexpected love? 

I thoroughly adored this story. The ebb and flow between Layton and Charli relationship was so engaging. Initially, I felt like I may really dislike Charli. Just by her bias of Layton with her first look of him. But once you get to know why she is so hesitant to open herself to her feeling for Layton, you can’t help root that she will get it together. And Layton! Oh, I absolute LOVED Layton. He knew there was something about Charli that he couldn’t let go. And he never changed how he acted or felt toward her despite her rejection. And each time that Charli and Layton were together I couldn’t help but hope that they would work out. The writing style was beautiful and the message delivered was simplistic and so real. There’s always more than what meets the eyes. And in one moment an unexpected encounter can change your whole life. 

About the Author

Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Coming of Age, Romantic Suspense, and Sports Romance fiction. She recently asked her readers to describe her, and the adjectives they came up with included: insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking the heat up in the dead of winter.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing muffins and plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end deliciously.
Blaufeld, also an entrepreneur/blogger, is fearless about sharing her opinion. Before turning her pen to fiction, she captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for the Huffington Post and Modern Mom.
Most recently, she shares conversations from being “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After” on USA TODAY.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Cover Reveal: Lost In Rewind by Tali Alexander



Title: Lost in Rewind
Series: Audio Fools #3
Author: Tali Alexander
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative
Photographer: Specular
Cover Model: Adam Cowie with Boss Model Management
Release Date: September 1, 2016


Blurb

Inside every story lies more than one truth.

“Come, boy, I will give you a reading…show me your hands.”

Jeffery Rossi wants to be a man of logic but finds himself basing his life’s decisions on a prophecy delivered at the hands of an old gypsy fortuneteller. The death of his beloved wife coupled with the loss of what he thought would be his carefully crafted future, have spun him onto a path of self-destruction.

“Three children will come from you—a king and two queens.”

Jeff believed he knew how his future would unravel, but he’s about to get a lesson in how the Universe works. Fate should not be left to the interpretation of mere mortals. Interfere and suffer, surrender… and let the fates help you find your destiny.

“No matter what you do, no matter how far away you run, what’s written in the stars cannot be undone.”

'Lost In Rewind' is a full-length standalone, romantic novel, and is the 3rd and final book in the Audio Fools Series. 

**All books in the series are interconnected, but each may be read as a standalone**






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Tali Alexander is a Jill-of-all-trades—married mother of three, doctor of pharmacy by day and romance novelist by night. Tali has fulfilled her passion of writing with her debut romance novel LOVE IN REWIND (first book in the Audio Fools trilogy). Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Emily and Louis Bruel making LOVE IN REWIND #1 on Amazon Kindle charts (September 2014). With an increasing demand from her fan base for the next installment, Tali has recently released the next story in the Audio Fools trilogy…LIES IN REWIND, out now!!! Tali’s fans will finally get their third and final book in the series titled, LOST IN REWIND, which is set to release in September 1st 2016.



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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Review: Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Synopsis 

Once upon a time the daughter of a mafia king fell in love with a foot soldier.

This fairy tale didn’t have a happy ending.

My sister and I barely managed to escape alive, and we’ve lived in relative hiding ever since. I’m safe now, but I can never forget the boy who gave his life to save mine.

Except there’s a chance that he’s still alive. And he’s fighting a war.

Even knowing the risks, I have to find him. I have to find some way to protect him, the way he protected me. But he isn’t the boy I left behind. He’s a violent man. A criminal. And he’s been waiting for me—the final pawn in a dark game of survival and love.


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****ARC RECEIVED FOR HONEST REVIEW****

Hold You Against Me can be read as a standalone but I strongly suggest you read the prequel of Tough Love

I didn't know what to expect when I read the blurb of Hold You Against Me. Since I have never read a Skye Warren novel (I know, what the hell was I waiting for?), the blurb is what drawn me in. A bit vague but it made me wonder where this story could lead. And man, once I started reading I was drawn in like a moth to the flame.

For years Clara thought Giovanni, the boy she loved and helped her escape with her sister, Honor from the mafia world was dead. Clara could never really get over the feeling like his death was her fault. What Clara doesn't know is that Giovanni is very much alive and has worked his way up the ranks. He needs to solidify his place in the mafia and he needs Clara to do it.

As the story progress, you realized that the boy that Clara knew is no longer there. Clara learn the pain that he went through to help her and her sister escape. And what contributes to this dark demeanor and that forces from their past are lurking, ready to attack at any moment. And the secrets that not only effect Giovanni but also there are things that Clara have never let anyone know. Clara is conflicted by her feeling for Giovanni, one minute he is very much a brutal mafioso but there are also the time she can see pockets of the boy she once loved.

Hold You Against Me is not your conventional second chance romance. It is dark and intense. Your heart will break, not only for Giovanni but for the things that Clara has kept secret for so long. However, as much as Giovanni can be a douche, you know that he cares for Clara. And I can't help but root for them. That they will be able to weather the storm. The storyline was refreshing and different. It gripped you from beginning to end. Skye Warren definitely have a way with words. You feel like you are a part of the story. After reading Hold You Against Me I immediately downloaded the first three books in the Stripped series. I absolutely loved the story. And hope that I will read more of Giovanni and Clara's story.


About the Author

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.



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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Release Day Blitz: The One by Danielle Allen



The cattiness.
The fights.
The shaming.

I don't generally watch reality television, but I definitely don't watch reality dating shows. Besides the fact that it's completely staged, it's a horrible depiction of people -- women especially.

Women are pitted against each other to compete for the affection of a man they "fall in love" with after a week or two.
I call B.S.
It is complete crap.

So when my best friend, Koko, was hired as a makeup artist o the set of the most popular reality dating show, The One, I teased her mercilessly.
She told me that if I didn't stop teasing her, she would get me back.
And she did...
Which is how I ended up as a contestant on The One.




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Jenny's Review

When Zoe best friend, Koko decided to get back at Zoe for teasing her about working as a makeup artist on the dating reality TV show, The One, she didn't expect her friend to actually apply as Zoe and for Zoe to be on the show as payback. Initially, Zoe is completely against going on the show. But when she sees the Bachelor, Julian picture and she trying to distract herself from not taking the bar, it's a means to an end to go on The One. Not becoming a liar to her parents and meeting Julian Winters. 
What was meant to be an escape from not disappointing her parents becomes so much more than she expected. She never intended to fall for the guy. 

I love Zoe, just like most of the heroines in Danielle's books she is self assured, no nonsense and don't take crap from anyone  That doesn't mean she can't be hesitant, and even scared of the intensity for her feelings for Julian in such a short time.  When Zoe realizes how deep her feeling become for Julian and he's in fact dating 11 other women, the line between what is reality and what is fake becomes blurred. The sexual tension between Zoe and Julian oozes off the screen of my Kindle. Every time they're together I felt like their chemistry would combust. 

The book also show some of the lengths some people will go for the name of love or the name of fame. And some of the antics of the other women on the show are hilarious and sometimes a bit crazy.

I can't say enough about Danielle's books. Each time they get better and better. I'm not a fan of reality dating shows, hell I can say I've never watched an episode of the Bachelor but reading The One, I could imagine the emotional toll it can take on anyone who decides to go on that type of show.  You can definitely feel every emotional situation Zoe went through when it came to Julian and even her interaction with the producers and the other women. Each situation kept you guessing, is it real love or is it for the show. I like the little twist and turns and also how Julian and Zoe's relationship develops in such an intense situation as a reality show. If your a fan of dating reality shows, you will love this book. If your not a fan, like I am, you will be glued to the story, reading how it ends and hoping for a happily ever after. Either way, you will not be disappointed that you read, The One.

Excerpt


“Ohhhh, yeah,” I remembered, familiarity of the case and the names flooding my brain. “’Sweet’. That case ended her music career, didn’t it? I loved that song. I vaguely remember that he was the one who wrote it, but they settled out of court, right?”

“Yes. But do you know what he looks like now?” My best friend inquired.

“No… I just remember being fascinated by the case because—”

“I’m going to go ahead and stop you right there,” she interrupted, cutting me off mid-sentence.

“We are not going to talk law right now. We are going to talk about you having the chance to bump uglies with Julian Winters. He is the—”

I frowned as I interjected, “The sheer fact that you said ‘bump uglies’ has disqualified you from giving me advice about anything in general, but sex specifically. You need to—”

A quick knock on the door followed by the sound of it being pushed open forced my sentence to end abruptly.






Author Interview


Jenny: You're new book, The One is based on a reality dating TV show, what are some of your favorites to watch?
Danielle: Like Zoe Jordan, I really don’t like reality dating TV shows. I watched the Bachelor after reading an article about the lack of diversity on The Bachelor and the lawsuit that was brought against them, I decided I needed to see for myself. And…I kind of got sucked in. Ha! But I haven’t found a reality dating TV show that didn’t feel sketchy.

Jenny: Many of the heroines in your novels are strong, self assertive females,  where does your inspiration come from?
Danielle: I would like to think a little bit of my personality resides in each of my characters. Of course, characteristics are over exaggerated, but people who know me well have remarked that my last two heroines (Tatiana and Zoe) are a lot like me. But there’s truly a little of me in all of my heroines—Sahara Lee(Back to Life) was a hot mess and such a cry baby…and I can be emotional. Autumn was  a hopeless romantic and Summer was skeptical (Autumn and Summer)…and I am somehow simultaneously both. The list goes on J

Jenny: I noticed a lot of your novels are accompanied by playlist,  what songs or musicians are you into right now?
Danielle: I love music. I mean absolutely love music. I’ve been listening to the playlist for The One for the last few weeks obsessively. I try to make sure to have an eclectic mix of songs on the playlists to represent my tastes. I love Drake, Ed Sheeran, Kanye… And I have so many favorite songs… it depends on my mood. A few of my favorite albums are The Blueprint (Jay Z), Late Registration (Kanye West), The Real Thing (Jill Scott), Jagged Little Pill (Alanis Morissette), Songs about Jane (Maroon 5), Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor (Lupe Fiasco) and 21 (Adele). I could listen to every single one of those albums from top to bottom without getting bored. There are seriously too many artists and songs to name so I will tell you my favorite songs on the playlist for The One (even that is hard because I love them all!) But top four songs you HAVE to listen to right now because I’m afraid you may not have heard them before: I Was Made For Loving You by Tori Kelly ft Ed Sheeran, Babylon by SZA ft Kendrick Lamar, Prototype by Outkast, and Need The Sun To Break by James Bay. 

Jenny: You have a poem with Brittainy C Cherry in The One, how did that collaboration come about?
Danielle: Brittany and I are kindred spirits. When I was telling her about my character and we were discussing our love of poetry, I asked her if she wanted to contribute to the character’s poetic stylings. She said yes! So she submitted a poem and I added to it and then when we were both satisfied, it became a really awesome collaboration. 

Jenny: Who's your current celebrity crush?
Danielle: Jesse Williams. And honestly, it has more to do with his intellect than anything else. I obviously find him attractive, but when I heard him speak about some issues that were also near and dear to my heart, I swooned. His eyes are great…his smile…his muscles…all of that is such a pretty package and it surrounds the most deliciously intelligent and knowledgeable mind. 

Jenny: If you could be on a reality show,  which one would it be and why?
Danielle: I would be on Jeopardy. Haha that makes me sound super boring! (I promise I’m fun, guys!) I would also go on the Voice. No one would turn around for me, but I love to sing!

Jenny:  Last 5 star read?
Danielle: My last 5 star read just so happens to be my last read period… The Fire Between High and Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry. Brilliant. And has so many layers and depth. People are going to be blown away.

About The Author

Danielle Allen is a lover of football, fashion, film and fiction. Married to the yin to her yang, Danielle spends most of her time with her husband, family and friends. From karaoke nights to vacationing and everything in between, she enjoys making the most out of the life in which she’s been blessed. Danielle spends her days teaching and event planning and her nights writing.

Danielle Allen is the author of the Back to Life Series (Back to Life, Back to Reality, Back to December*), Love Discovered in New York, Autumn & Summer, the Heartache Series (Heartache, Heartfelt, Heartless*) and Work Song.








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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Review: Stained Glass Shards by Rosemary Rey

Synopsis

Elyce Fielding has cut ties with her college friend turned lover, Griffin Belanger. After three months without communication, Griffin is back in Boston for the premiere of his latest film. Elyce shuts herself in her studio apartment, preventing any sightings of the famous man she is deeply in love with. Following an unsatisfactory meal without dessert, Elyce goes to bed thinking she survived the night without a visit from Griffin. When he knocks on her door for a rendezvous, Elyce could not turn him away.

After one last tryst, Elyce decides she can no longer continue their sexual relationship. For months, Elyce works on her personal growth by losing weight, changing her style, and publishing her first novel set to become a feature film. While traveling in California with her new lover and agent, Ritter Thorman, Elyce has a chance encounter with Griffin. Griffin vows to win her back by any means possible. Elyce must choose between her first love or her attentive lover.

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****ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review****

It's been a long time since I've read a book in a day. Nothing have been holding my attention at all. I've been in a reading slum until Stained Glass Shards by Rosemary Rey.

Elyce is a girl who's been in love with her friend, Griffin, a Hollywood actor, sice they met in college. They have carried on a casual affair, at least casual on Griffin end, for quite some time. When Elyce demands more from Griffin and he can't give it to her, she decides to end things and start living for herself. No longer is she the frumpy, overweight, underacheive. In her time apart she emerge as a svelte, best selling author, who is now having dating her agent, Ritter.

In the almost year of Elyce and Griffin separation, they meet again in LA. And now the reader is thrust into a story which is full of passion, manipulations, anger, hate, love...that's just a few of the abundant of emotions I felt while I was reading. I was complete engrossed.

Stained Glass Shared is unique because it's a book within a book. The book Elyce wrote under a pseudonym, is written as fiction but is mostly autobiographical, filling the gaps of the six year relationship between Elyce and Griffin. I don't wanna give away too much but this book is an emotional roller coaster. At times, you don't know who to root for, and that's including Elyce.

As this is my first book by Rosemary, it was unlike anything I've read. When you think one thing is going to happen, there she is throwing in a twist, you had no idea was coming. I literally could not put this book down. I NEEDED to know what would happen next. If you don't pick up this book, you are missing something. It was simply AMAZING!  

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After years of making little money as a public interest lawyer, Rosemary Rey left practice to make her fantasies come alive on the page. She writes in the Midwest while her three children spend time at school then arrive home to play video games on their Kindles, as her husband looks over forlornly at her typing in front of the blue screen. Rosemary has been reading books for pleasure all her life and started writing short stories for her own pleasure since the age of ten-years-old. After months of thinking about writing a novel, Rosemary self published her first book as a 'before I hit 40' goal.

Rebound was conceived in January of 2014, after she couldn't stop thinking about the characters swirling in her head. In order to justify writing Erotic Suspense instead of her legal practice, Rosemary incorporated legal concepts in her series, so she could tell her loved ones that her active license is still put to good use, but should NEVER be used as legal advice. She hopes you like her first fiction offering, and all the books that were published thereafter.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Tour Review & Giveaway: Subordination: Chronicles of a Domme by Katie Ashley





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Blurb

When Sophie Jameson first became a domme at Club 1740, it was more out of financial necessity than it was for personal pleasure and sexual exploration. But over the years as she rocked her leather corsets and boots while wielding every crop and flogger imaginable, she grew to love the thrill and adulations that her clients brought her. But all along, her path in life and her heart was with a different professionone she was planning to embark on at the end of the summer’s end.

And then he changed everything. Tall, dark and impossibly built—William was the complete opposite of whatever image a male sub conjured up. After all the subs, Sophie finally felt true lust and desire. Although he was the proud stallion who needed breaking, he became the one to make her break all her rules and let down all her walls. 

But it was just supposed to be one night, but an accidental encounter days later outside Club 1740’s protected walls had the two seeing each other in a different light—as simply Sophie and William, not Domme and sub. While they should have parted ways, they couldn’t. While they should never have gone back to her place, they did. 

And that simple mistake has a serious price for both of them. 


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****ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review****


Naturally, when I saw the cover and read the blurb, I was really excited to read Subordination: Chronicles of a Domme. It’s a rarity to read a story where the female is the Dominate and the male is a submissive. But Subordination is more than a BDSM book. Both Sophie and William have been emotionally scarred in some way, especially Sophie. But when it came to matters of the heart, the roles are reverse. It showed the dynamic between their relationships in and out of the bedroom. When an unexpected obstacle is thrown at them unexpectedly, we see if they are able to overcome it and if it’s destined to break them apart. 

As Katie Ashley’s first time writing a BDSM book, Subordination was a good start into the genre. The story line was well written, the twist and emotions throughout the story kept me turning the page. Sophie and William were written with such depth, you couldn’t help but root from them. It was wonderful to read as both characters went out of their comfort zone. It was missing a little more kink that I’m used to reading when it comes to BDSM but again it was a solid read. I look forward to read more of this genre from Katie.
 



Subordination Excerpt #1
Keeping his head bowed, he asked, “Mistress, will you give me the honor of pleasuring you?”
“No.”
“But why?”
I swept my hands to my hips. “Are you being insubordinate with me?”
“No, mistress. I just wish you would consider my offer.”
“And why is that?”
“Because I want to please you. I want to make you come as hard as you made me.”
“Sorry. The answer is still no,” I replied as I took the rope over to the sink to be disinfected.
When I turned around, surprised filled me at the sight of William on his feet again. His gaze still remained averted from mine. “Look at me,” I commanded.
He raised his eyes to stare at me full on as I walked back over to him.  Although he was trying to mask it, I could tell he was hurt by my refusal. “I want you to understand that it’s not you—you didn’t do anything to displease me. I don’t receive pleasure from any of my subs.”
“You should,” he insisted.
Cocking my head at him, I said, “You should remember how to talk to your mistress.”
Instead of appearing apologetic, he took a step forward. “May I at least kiss you?”
As I gazed at his earnest expression, I didn’t see what it could hurt. “Fine. A kiss and then you go on your merry little way.” I poked a finger into his breastbone. “And you tip me well.”
William smiled. “Yes, Mistress.”
I stood toe to toe with William and tilted my chin. “Kiss me,” I instructed.
He dipped his head, and he closed his eyes. At the slight brush of his lips against mine, a shiver of anticipation shot down my spine. I felt like I was thirteen again with a boulder of anxiety in my stomach as the boy I liked kissed me behind our barn. When he deepened the kiss, he brought his arms around me, molding me to him. The kiss was everything—passionate, intimate, and affectionate. It felt like rediscovering a lost emotion—a lost part of me.  
Needing more, I sucked his tongue inside my mouth. The moment I gave him the green light, a switch flipped inside William. The reverent way his mouth had worshipped mine was replaced with a desperate conquering. His tongue battled along with mine, sucking, licking, devouring. An ache began to build between my thighs, and I pressed my hips against William’s. 
His hand left the small of my back to wrap around my braid. He tugged on it, pulling me back to look at him. “I want to taste every part you, not just your mouth.”
Breathless from our exertions, it took me a moment to find my voice. “I told you I don’t do that.”
“Why should you deny yourself?”
Staring into his handsome face, I wondered the same thing. All these years, I’d never taken any pleasure for myself. There had been subs I’d been attracted to like Owen. Not all of them were interested in reciprocating pleasure, but many were. And I told them all no.
As I stood molded against William’s warm, overpowering body like a second flesh, I didn’t want to argue anymore. I wanted to let go. I was a twenty-four year woman who had pretty much sacrificed her life for work, school, and her family. I couldn’t remember the last time an orgasm hadn’t come from a vibrating device.
Dipping his head, William’s breath was warm against my ear. “Please let me make you come.”
At the thought of what his mouth could do on my pussy, I whispered, “Yes.”



About the Author
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.





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