Sunday, 5 July 2015

Rant Time!

Before I start I'd like to point out that I'm perfectly fine with people contacting me.
FB messages, emails, whatever, asking me to share things or offering the chance to sign up for stuff... Fine. No problem.

Btw, I rarely sign up for stuff sent to my inbox, as I'm getting picker over what I spend my time reading and jumping up and down over. BUT I'm more than happy to share release news, sales, links etc on the page. Seriously, it's no problem, send it over and I'll fit it in. 

BUT!!!
I am really getting tired of the spamtastic quality of some of the stuff I'm getting in my inbox nowadays.
Honestly, I read some posts and they just scream laziness and "I don't care" all while expecting ME to get excited, give a crap, and spend some of my day doing as bid?!
Erm, no.
Before someone sends stuff to me I at least hope they've had the decency to see what kind of blog this is and the kind of books I promote to ensure what is being asked is suitable for the blogs audience.

For another thing, my name isn't "BLOGGER" it's Nicci.  Guys, ladies etc. is better if you're going for generic rather than "blogger".
It's not hard to come across human, rather than a robot. It's really not. Have your mass post and just spend 10 seconds tweaking it before sending it out. Simples.
Hold a list of blogs and what type of books they promote and only send your stuff to the appropriate ones. Simples.

I set up this blog because I love books, I want to share that love with others and I want to support authors with getting the word out about their stories.
It is REALLY time consuming, especially when a blog is just a one person show (which this one is).
Please, please, pretty please - with a big fat cherry on top - show some appreciation of this and certainly DONT get pissy when a blogger (whose name you can't be bothered to know) wont march to the beat of your drum.

Now this - usually quite mellow - "just a BLOGGER" - is going back into her cave.

*Rant over*

Thursday, 25 June 2015

RDL - The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons

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Ah man! How excited am I today?!
Why you ask? Simple! Because today is the release day of Heather Lyons' THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN! 

THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the third book in Heather’s The Collectors’ Society Series

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 BLURB: 

After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable. Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places. 


 Excerpt: 

 The van door behind us slides shut. A click signals Marianne’s adherence to my wishes, and then we three descend upon the front door, the crunch of dead leaves and twigs beneath our feet cutting through the uneasy silence the gloom sunrise has brought. In a surprising show of gentlemanly manners, the A.D. moves to open the door. When the handle does not depress, a half smile curves his lips. “It’s locked. But no worries. I can have it picked open in no time.”
“There is no need.”
Darkish-blonde brows scrunch together. “But—”
“Stand to the side, please.”
When he fails to move at my thinly veiled order, Mary not so gently yanks our companion away.
The door before us is thick. The handle is ornate. It is a beautiful door, no doubt chosen specifically to adorn a building as fine as Bücherei. It takes me three strong, measured swings of my war hammer against the handle and its surrounding area to break it apart and permanently scar its beauty. Picking a lock is kind, respectful even. A picked lock can be relocked. I do not wish this door to close behind me. I do not wish to be respectful of Bücherei.
The time for genteel manners is gone.
The A.D. is in danger of catching flies with his mouth as he ogles the door’s remnants. For someone who professes to be so clever, he certainly underestimates ladies far too often.
Stale darkness, oppressive and opaque all at once, looms before us. I am unafraid, though. I am not even taken aback. I believe in the impossible, after all. I have seen, lived the impossible.
I step past the wreckage into the house.

  The Forgotten Mountain - Off With Their Heads 
  Don’t miss the first two books in this series…

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!

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THE HIDDEN LIBRARY

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  About Heather Lyons: 

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.           

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Blog Tour Stop!! NEVER LET YOU GO by Katy Regnery

Hi folks!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!
Today is the final day of Katy Regnery's blog tour for Never Let You Go, her truly awesome - modern day - spin on the fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel! 

Never Let You Go is a Contemporary Romance and it released on the 12th of June which means IT'S. OUT. NOW!!!

So, check out the blurb. Enjoy the teasers. Be hooked by the excerpt and grab your copy today!!



Blurb:
Regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity, and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety, but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match, and her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage, and a tangle of 
physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the white water of the Shenandoah.

Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people—once profoundly broken—who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again.

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Excerpt
This girl. Everything about this girl made him want, made him long, made him yearn to change his life, start his life, finally live his life after a decade of going through the motions. He wanted to get a better job to take care of her. He wanted to stop fighting because she disapproved of it. He wanted enough money to have every tally mark lasered from his arm. He wanted some sort of guarantee that she’d never, ever leave him again. And he wanted all of it now. Yesterday. Ten years ago, and every day since.
Standing up slowly, he let his body settle into an upright position before taking his time crossing the hall to the bathroom and then heading out into the common room.
She stood at the stove with her back to him, her feet bare, her hair in a ponytail, the mouthwatering smell of fried chicken filling the entire cabin with goodness. Holden leaned against the wall, crossing his arms over his chest, a grin taking over his face as he watched her.
“It’s just the thought of you—the very thought of you, my love,” she sang, using a fork to transfer a golden leg to a paper towel–covered plate.
As she reached forward to turn off the stove, some of the leftover grease in the frying pan spat up at her and burned her wrist.
“Ow!” she yelped. “Damn it!”
With a sudden rush of adrenaline, Holden crossed the kitchen in two strides. He turned on the faucet and grabbed her arm to thrust her wrist under the cold stream. He held it there, wincing at the red blotch developing on her white skin. When he lifted his eyes to hers, she was staring at him with a surprised, curious expression.
“It’s just a little burn.”
He shrugged, still holding her arm, staring down at the burn.
“You were asleep,” she said.
“You were singing.”
“Too loud?”
“No.”
“You remember that song?”
“I remember.”
He slid his palm down her arm to cradle her wrist from below.
“The stove’s still on,” she said.
Without dropping her hand, he took a step closer to her, reached around her waist with his free hand, and flicked the burner off.
“I made fried chicken,” she said softly, her cheeks flushed.
“I can smell it.”
“You like fried chicken. I mean . . . you must have mentioned it to me a hundred times when we were—”
“It’s still my favorite.”
They were both silent for a few seconds, and Holden knew he should drop her hand and step away from her, but he couldn’t. She’d hurt herself doing something kind for him, and it just about shredded his heart.
Just another moment, he told himself. A few more seconds touching her and then I’ll move away.
“Sorry about the singing,” she whispered, unmoving, her breath kissing his throat.
He jerked his neck to face her, his thumb curling into her palm, his eyes searching hers for mercy.
“I loved it,” he murmured.
She stepped forward, closing the distance between them, her lips parting, her breasts grazing his chest through his T-shirt as she stared up at him.
“Holden, I . . .”
Every breath she took seemed to draw him closer to her, as if she was breathing him, not air. He leaned forward, into her, his free hand reaching for hers.
“Griselda . . .”
Her eyes, dark blue and churning, flicked to his lips, lingered there, then slid back up his face and seized his.
His self-control snapped.
After all, he was only human.



About the Author:

Award-winning and Amazon bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date. Katy’s short story “The Long Way Home” appears in the first Romance Writers of America anthology, Premiere, and she has published two stand-alone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and the Amazon bestseller The Vixen and the Vet, which is book one in Katy’s a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e collection. The Vixen and the Vet was nominated for a RITA® Award in 2015.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.


Upcoming (2015) Projects: 

The Winslow Brothers (Books #1-4)
Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

RDL - The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott


Oh my God! It feels like I have been waiting on this book forever and now it's finally here! 

Read on for all the info on this awesome book! Plus an excerpt, teasers, and a giveaway!


THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE (Falling #3)
 NA Contemporary Romance
Release: June 23, 2015

BLURB:
I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.



I like you. I don’t wanna like you. But I do.
I have been repeating her words in my own head since I heard them. I’ve been saying them like a mantra because of that part of me that doesn’t want her to like me either. Because if she likes me, then maybe how I feel is okay too, and maybe acting on it is okay, and then shit gets real. What does that even mean? Shit gets real? Shit gets hard—that’s what it means. Real hard. I have to make time for someone else; I have to take a leap of faith and risk that my world will fall apart again. That’s what that means.
“I like you too, Paige,” I whisper. “And fuck if I don’t want to. But I do.”
I take a few seconds to jog in place, stretching my neck from side to side like I’m about to step into a fight. Maybe I am. But fuck it, shit got real a long time ago. What do I have to lose now?
“I’m not looking, I swear,” I say, keeping my eyes at the floor as I barge into the bathroom. I cannot believe I’m doing this.
“Out!” she yells from behind the shower curtain. “Not even funny. Not even clever. Out, you fuck stick, out!”
Her anger makes me laugh, and fuck stick? Really?
“I have to brush my teeth. We’re pushing it close on time. I’ll be fast, and I’ll keep my face forward. I swear,” I say.
I’ve already brushed my teeth, but she doesn’t know that. I turn on the water and load up my brush. I hear the curtain slide behind me, and I know she’s looking at me. I don’t have to turn around or look into the reflection to know what her face looks like—her brow is furrowed and her lips are tight, and she’s making sure I’m keeping my promise. Don’t worry Paige; I won’t look. But I know you want me to.
I’m spitting into the sink and reaching for the towel by feeling, careful not to glance up, when I hear the water switch off and the curtain slide open. There’s no towel near her or the tub; I know it because I see them hanging on the rack several steps away. She’s cheating.
I notice her shape move into my periphery to my right, and I glance briefly to catch her hand reach for the towel. When I see her back is to me, I go ahead and look long enough to take a mental picture. Her hair is soaking wet and dripping a line down her perfectly sun-kissed skin, a trail of water I let my eyes follow down her shoulder blades, to the small of her back, to an ass that is so perfect I wish I were the kind of asshole who would reach out and smack it at a time like this. I just hold my breath and memorize it instead. I turn back to the sink, lay my towel down, and move to leave.
“You looked,” she says, and I pause with my hand on the doorknob, the curves of her body now ingrained in my memory. I smile.
“Yeah, I did,” I say, before stepping into the hallway and shutting the door behind me.




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About the Author:


Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult
romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How
We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she
often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot
quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has
been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than
15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors,
scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work,
visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a
baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce
Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona
Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college
sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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RDL - 1001 Dark Nights: Dream of You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Happy release day Jennifer L. Armentrout!

DREAM OF YOU is live folks!

This contemporary romance novella is part of Jennifer’s Wait For You Series! It's also a 1001 Dark Nights novella so it is exclusively available to Amazon Kindle and Paperback. 

Grab your copy of this sexy novella today!!

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Blurb: 
Abby Erickson isn't looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she's thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she's ever seen - Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she's in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.

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Excerpt: 

 Detective Hart asked a few more questions. Did I notice if they had gotten in a car? No. Was a name even spoken? Not that I recalled. Did they say anything to the man they shot? I wasn’t sure. Eventually, he got up and left the room to retrieve some photos they wanted me to look at.
I was alone with Colton.
Any other time I probably would’ve been beside myself with nervousness, but at this point, I barely registered his presence. All I wanted to do was go home and forget this night.
“Abby?”
My gaze slowly lifted at the sound of my name. His voice was deep and gruff—a morning voice.
He leaned toward me, placing his arms on the table. Short dark hairs dusted powerful forearms. The few times I’d seen him over the years, I hadn’t been in close proximity to him, but now I could see the tiny differences between the Colton I’d admired from afar in high school and the one sitting in front of me, some ten years later. Fine lines had formed around the corners of his eyes. His jaw seemed harder, and the five-o’clock shadow was something new.
Something sexy.
I really needed to stop thinking in general.
“Are you sure you’re okay, Abby?” he asked, and real concern filled his voice.
I shook my head slowly as a shiver raced down my spine. “Yes. No? I’m sorry. I’m so tired.”
“I can imagine.” He glanced at the door as he moved his shoulders, as if working out a kink. “We’ll get you home soon.”
Slouching in the metal chair, I sighed. “Is this…the start of your shift or…?”
Colton’s cobalt gaze tracked back to me. “I usually get off around eight, but we work in cycles for homicide calls. It was our weekend.”
“Sorry,” I whispered, and then frowned. “I don’t even know why I apologized. It’s got to be hard working those kinds of hours, having to be on call.”
“I imagine it is for some, especially those with a family.” One side of his lips quirked up, and despite the dire situation, my stomach dipped a bit. He lifted his left hand. “Obviously, I’m not married. I wouldn’t know.”

Dream of You - Teaser
 

   About Jennifer L. Armentrout: 
 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Review: For The Win by Brenna Aubrey

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance

Series: Gaming The System (book 4)
*Part of a wider series but this book belongs to Jordan & April and can be read as a standalone*

Publication Date: 16th June 2015

Format: ebook / print

Blurb:
Millionaire bad boy Jordan Fawkes has problems. Big problems.
That molten-hot intern he hooked up with at Comic-Con is now his assistant. No one can know they’re the stars of the cosplay sex tape that broke the Internet.

Business school hopeful April Weiss has drama. Big drama.
Working under the CFO of Draco Multimedia should be the opportunity of a lifetime for her, but Jordan Fawkes is the boss from Hell—a sexier-than-sin boss from Hell who holds all the cards for her future career.

And then there’s the small problem of a certain video…

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

My Thoughts:

Holy crap! I loved this book! Like, actually freaking LOVED it.
Jordan and April have just punt-kicked Adam and Mia (from the original trilogy) to the curb in this kick-ass spin-off (or more accurately continuation) novel to the Gaming The System series.

I didn't think I'd like Jordan. I really, truly, hand on heart didn't because the guy was a bit of an arrogant git in the previous books. Plus, April wasn't exactly endearing in her past appearances either. So, despite the fact I was curious and wanted to read the book, I was 100% prepared for the likelihood that I would not like it because of them. I am so happy I was so wrong!
April is nothing like she seemed and Jordan... Ah man. I LOVED that man. Seriously, buh-bye Adam!

Jordan was everything that annoyed me in previous books, he didn't have a personality transplant, but he was so much more and, I am not going to lie, with the "so much more" element the dude melted my panties and stole my heart.
Yes, there were moments when I wanted to nut-punch him (for example, keeping his role in the video from April for so long) and I wanted to hug April a whole lot for what she goes through, but the ups-and-downs of their relationship and story felt realistic and generated some amazing feels... Jordan falls hard and redeems himself from any asshattery in a big way, proving that April is first for him, and it was just epic.

April goes through some major crap in this book but I enjoyed watching her grow. She is such a likeable character, flawed but a good person. I actually liked her more than Mia, because she's nothing like Mia, and I found her easier to relate to.

I found the story to be more engrossing and far easier to read than the first three books. Please don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Adam and Mia's journey. It put me through the wringer, pushed my buttons, made me think and, while not being comfortable to read at times, was worth the investment of time and emotion. However, this book - For The Win - was easier to read, easier to enjoy, the characters easier to love... Necessary, I guess, when it's a one book tale, and I was grateful for the lighter but in no way fluffy read.

I also really loved the glimpses of Adam and Mia throughout, and the set-up of the next book in the series featuring William.

I can't recommend this book - or this author - highly enough for those who love a good romance with brains and substance.
Bring on the next one!!

(Review copy provided by the author in exchange of a honest review.)

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Review: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance - College - Sport

Series: Rusk University (book 2)

Publication Date: 28th October 2014

Format: ebook / print

Synopsis:
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

This was a great book to break through my reading funk! Fun, funny, light(ish), sexy, hot, quirky and, quite simply, awesome!
I couldn't put it down, therefore I'd highly recommend that anyone preparing to read it prepares themselves for an all-in-one reading binge.

Silas was a douche when we first met him in All Lined Up but I got the impression that there was more to smokin' hot, cocky, manwhore than met the eye. And. I. Was. Right!
Sila's has major inferiority issues and a shitty family background but he is a really good guy at heart and he deserves a great girl who sees this and brings it to the forefront.
Good job he gets that girl in Dylan then isn't it?
Dylan has her own set of issues, and I was a little miffed at how quickly she went from long-term relationship to all in with Silas but she was likeable, and tough enough to smash through Sila's barriers and give him a new perspective on life.
The entire book serves as a great big reminder that things are not always as they seem and to dig deeper.
Dylan and Silas' chemistry was off the charts! Cora really out-done herself with the heat rating of this book! Definitely the hottest thing she has ever written.
They were just perfect together! I couldn't stop smiling throughout their entire journey of self-discovery.

The only truly dark cloud in this book occurs towards the end of the story and it does cast a bit of a major downer on the entire thing but I'm sure that one way or another Stella will get her justice.

P.S - You dont have to have read the first book in this series to read this one, but, since the characters cross over and what-not, I'd recommend doing so. Plus, All Lined Up is a great read and it'd be a shame to miss it... ☺

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