Friday, May 26, 2017

First Line Friday

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Bookworm Nation!
This fun meme is easy to do, simply pick up the book you're currently reading and share the very first line! There are some really good first lines out there, they grab you and suck you right into the story--
make you want to keep reading. My selection for this week is:

Planet of the Red Dust
by N. Tolman Rudolph

 

"Every shovelful of red-gold sand he threw from the hole whispered, who will dig a grave for you, Jared Adams?"

Jared Adams is the sole survivor of the space ship Wayfarer, wrecked on a dead planet, alone in this barren world. Until he sees two humans arrive at the crash site.

Aaronia, daughter of the king, and her uncle Porto are in awe of this strange man who speaks babble and yet appears God-like. He rescues her uncle from a deadly beast by throwing lightning from his hand, then takes them back to their camp in a miraculous cart that runs on its own power.

Though their languages are different, Aaronia and Jared are drawn to each other. Still, her father the king, in fear of Jared’s technology, imprisons him and sentences him to death.

Aaronia must not only prevent Jared’s execution, she and Jared must find a way to save the people of Sionon from their forced execution by a dying planet.

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Beauty and the Billionaire Beast by Maria Hoagland {Review}

Beauty and the Billionaire Beast by Maria Hoagland
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published April 28th 2017 by Gelato Publishing LLC 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35050912-beauty-and-the-billionaire-beast
 
Landscape architect Emma Treager is searching for answers to a family mystery. She stumbles across an important clue at the run-down Indio Pointe Plantation where mystery floats through the air like the ghosts of the former owners. She can’t pass up the job that property owner Theo Lambert offers like an enchanted rose, despite his reputation of being a beast of a boss. As the two of them delve into the secrets of the past, Theo and Emma discover that finding clues is almost as much fun as finding each other.

This contemporary retelling of Beauty & the Beast with a touch of Romeo & Juliet is the next sweet romance in the Destination Billionaire series.  
 
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My Review: 4 Stars
 
I love a good fairy tale retelling, especially when it's a sweet contemporary romance. This version takes the reader on an adventure to an interesting setting--Louisiana. There's a mystery waiting to be discovered, with secrets that bring Emma and Theo together. 
 
I really liked the subtle ways that aligned this book with the original story. The rose seems to be at the heart of things and Emma is a landscape architect who really knows her stuff. Theo is a normal man--not some paranormal creature, but the important parallels are still present. This location always seems to be secretive and magical, which is a perfect setting for this story.
 
I love a sweet romance, the solid characters, and the mystery element, which is a lot of fun, making this a very enjoyable take on a favorite classic.
  
Content: mild romance
 
*I received a complimentary copy, which did not influence my opinions in any way.*
 
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Buy Link:
 
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About the Author:
 
 Maria Hoagland 
When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found walking barefoot in soft grass, remodeling houses with her husband, or enjoying campfires with their three children. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. Maria earned her degree at Brigham Young University.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

See You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin {Book Blast + Giveaway}

See You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin

It’s finally here . . . the much-anticipated sequel to See You Soon Broadway! Maris is back! Decisions, decisions, decisions . . . Maris Forrester’s exciting new life is not everything she was hoping it would be. Although she’s happy in her new career, she’s plagued with the feeling that something is still missing. Imagine her surprise when an old friend presents her with an unbelievable opportunity that could change everything. This new career sounds almost too good to be true, including the upcoming trip to London. She quickly learns that even the most perfect scenarios have their drawbacks, and when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is . . . In addition to making a life-changing career choice, Maris realizes she has other decisions to make—whom to love and where to find happiness. What if neither is what she thought they should be?

Excerpt #2

“Exactly, that’s why I don’t want to go through that again with Selena. I need to be one hundred percent sure this is the right decision. And not only that, I finally got up the courage to come here and I haven’t even done anything I set out to do yet.”
Poor Georgie. She’s such a good sport when it come to my complaining.
“Stop that,” she demands. “So, you haven’t made it on Broadway yet. How do you know this isn’t the opportunity you’ve been working toward? This could open so many doors for you, more than you ever thought about.”
She makes an excellent point. What if she’s right? This could be exactly what I’ve been waiting for all along.

Author Melissa Baldwin

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember...or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of seven Romantic Comedy novels and novellas. When she isn't deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.  

 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishing Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well.

My choice for this week is the last book in the
Destined for Love: Europe series

June 20, 2017

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When Ami goes to help her sister with a new baby in Scotland, she never imagined she’d fall for the hot Scot that came to rescue her from the airport when the baby comes a few weeks early.

Duncan’s always been willing to help his American co-worker adjust to life in Edinburgh, but when he’s sent to retrieve the guy’s sister-in-law from the airport, he didn’t expect to want to spend more time with her than just the short drive.

As they spend time together, their feelings grow, but can either of them agree to give up the life they know for the chance of a life together?

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What are you waiting to read?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Waves of Murder (A Fiona Quinn Mystery) by C.S. McDonald {Spotlight and Giveaway}

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!



Book Details:

Book Title:  Waves of Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  April 11, 2017
Tour dates:  May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone--adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

School’s out for the summer!

Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.

What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle--three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!

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Meet the Author: 



For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.

Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook


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Monday, May 22, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade {Blog Tour Review}

True to You by Becky Wade



Book info


About the book:

It's the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
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My Review: 5 Stars

There's something so deliciously perfect about an opposites attracting story. John is a slightly tortured Navy SEAL, who is set on discovering secrets of his past. Nora is a very old-fashioned, vintage librarian who thrives on genealogy. This story completely captured my heart, hard subject matters and all.

I absolutely adored Nora and her sisters. I have two sisters and there's such a special bond and relationship they all share and it makes me miss my sisters. I can't wait to read their stories and dig into more of this family's lives. The importance of family is prevalent in these pages.

John's quest is a tug on the heart, but I thoroughly enjoyed the way this story came together, especially the gradual way the friendship and romance develops. I love the way John and Nora incorporate their strengths and faith into the story and come to fully rely on God to do so. As I mentioned before, I can't wait for more in this series!

Content: moderate+ religious elements; mild romance; talk of abuse/rape, nothing to graphic. 

*I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not required.*
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About the author:

Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She's the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The One Who Sees Me by Kandi J. Wyatt {Book Spotlight}




The One Who Sees Me by Kandi J. Wyatt
Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 16th 2015 by Vox Dei

Teenage slave girl Faru’s life has been turned upside down when she discovers she’s been traded to a new master, forcing her to leave all she‘s ever known. Upon her arrival, Faru meets a friend, Cailean, who helps her adjust to life in the strange location. Life settles into a new pattern, and romance blossoms between the young friends. But as soon as they plan to get married, another proposal comes about – one that cannot be ignored. Being a slave means not always marrying who you love.

On a daring journey to heal her heart, Faru encounters the Existing One. Will she trust Him and do His bidding even if what He requests is so hard?

Follow Faru’s tale in author Kandi J Wyatt’s retelling of a Biblical story found in the Old Testament book of Genesis, showing that when things don’t make sense, God will guide the way.


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*About Kandi J Wyatt*
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit:

Blog:  https://kandijwyatt.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kandi-Wyatt-author/647179792053374
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/kandijwyatt
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kandi-J.-Wyatt/e/B00ZTC4T10/
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13817774.Kandi_J_Wyatt

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Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/One-Who-Sees-Me-ebook/dp/B01GLYCTG6
Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-one-who-sees-me-kandi-j-wyatt/1123919939
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Scribd:  https://www.scribd.com/book/315731225/The-One-Who-Sees-Me

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wrong for You by Jenny Proctor {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}



Wrong for You by Jenny Proctor
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 1, 2017 by Covenant Communications

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34820661-wrong-for-you?ac=1&from_search=true

Lane Bishop is a hardworking, intelligent, young woman. With her recent move to Chapel Hill, she is determined to leave behind the drama and effort of keeping up with the dating scene. Even so, Lane somehow manages to get dragged out by a gaggle of girls to go watch boys play soccer. Just watching is not Lane’s forte, so she joins in the fun and leads her team to victory.

Rather than feeling intimidated by the vivacious beauty on the opposing team, Jamie Hamilton is intrigued. Risking his “untouchable” dating status, he decides to pursue Lane—with a little help from his older brother Simon. With Simon’s behind-the- scenes assistance, Jamie proves irresistible, even to a disillusioned dater like Lane. But as she gets to know both brothers, Lane can’t help but wonder—beneath the grand gestures and romantic words, is she falling for the wrong guy?

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My Review: 5 Stars

Sometimes a book just squishes my heart and resonates with my soul and that's exactly how this one is. I spent a fair amount of time in a YSA ward (LDS) and this really brought back some long forgotten feelings.

Lane is starting a new job and is back in North Carolina. She's bi-racial and I love how that aspect is touched on, because although we live in a more progressive society, there are still some prejudices floating around and it's vaguely apparent in this book. Lane isn't afraid of competition, and in fact, thrives on it. That first meeting with the Unobtainable Foursome (brothers) is classic and they all immediately captured my interest. I love how little pieces of Lane are attracted to different parts of Simon and Jamie, two of the brothers.

Through a series of texts between the brothers, as well as some dire moments for Lane, where she desperately needs help, the reader comes to know these characters and their diverse personalities. I found myself smiling, swooning, and hoping for a happy ending as I turned these pages and I enjoyed every minute of it. This is a great read for those who enjoy clean, new adult, contemporary romance with some religious undertones.

Content: clean romance; mild religious elements.

*I received a complimentary copy. All thought expressed are my own opinions.*

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Buy Links:

http://amzn.to/2pMxzax  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wrong-for-you-jenny-proctor/1126293202?ean=9781524403416  https://deseretbook.com/p/wrong-for-you?ref=product-name

About the Author:
 
Jenny ProctorJenny Proctor was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a place she still resides and considers the loveliest on earth. She hikes to spend time with her family, runs because her love for food requires it, and writes because it keeps her calm in an otherwise crazy world. She believes that life in the south has a certain flair to it--and works to capture that flair in her novels.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishing Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well.

My choice for this week is Book 5 in the
Destined for Love: Europe series.

June 17, 2017

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Kissing her way through Europe wasn’t in the job description…

All Kennedy wants is to be a museum curator. Instead, she’s chaperoning hormonal teenagers through Europe as she works on her PhD. All in all, it wouldn’t be too bad a job. Except she has to work with Devin, her obnoxious co-worker who is more of a child than the high schoolers they’re supposed to take care of.

When Devin is offered a job that requires him spending the summer in Europe, he jumps at the chance. He’s seen the long hours his dad puts in at the family business, and Devin isn’t eager to settle down. And he isn’t about to let a sour-puss like Kennedy ruin his fun.

When two of their students run off together, Kennedy and Devin are tasked with tracking down the delinquents before the parents find out they’re gone. But as they race across Europe chasing the teens, one kiss in the moonlight changes everything.

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What are you waiting to read?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sweet Dreams by Stacy Claflin {Review}



Sweet Dreams (Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series)
by Stacy Claflin
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Publication: May 16th 2017


Ever since her twin became a singing sensation, Sky Hampton has struggled to be appreciated for who she is—apart from her sister. She wards off Aspen’s fans, who beg for autographs and selfies everywhere Sky goes. She can’t even find a guy who likes her for her. Sky flees to the small coastal town of Indigo Bay in hopes of blending in and building her blossoming career.

Jace Fisher is the textbook definition of the strong silent type—nobody can break through his tough exterior. He has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies, and to protect his shattered heart, he pushes everyone away. Jace spends his days fixing the Indigo Bay cottages, and his nights… nobody really knows. He keeps to himself.

When Jace shows up to fix Sky’s AC, he barely notices her and she’s distracted with settling in. It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?

This is the first book in the Indigo Bay Sweet Romance series (a story world created by six fabulous authors) as well as a spinoff from USA Today bestselling author Stacy Claflin's Hunters series. This sweet romance is a standalone, and can be read on its own.

Read Sweet Dreams today to satisfy your craving for a heartwarming romance!

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My Review: 4 Stars

This author is a favorite deliverer of a good, sweet, clean romance and this start to a new series is no exception. I'm looking forward to reading more about the characters in Indigo Bay, especially as each book is written by a different author. That always adds some flavor to the setting.

In this one, Book One, Sky and Jace each have some emotional baggage to finally put to rest. I love their occupations, as well as the animals and the relationship that Sky forges with Claire--so sweet!There's the stereotypical small town gossip and bully characters, but there are also some great, quirky characters. This couple is hesitant to fall in love again, yet who can resist charm and chemistry? Don't worry--there's plenty of both. The romance happens fairly quickly, but is utterly believable with swoony sparks that forced me to cheer them on.

The story went by really fast for me and followed a standard formula, yet there are a few twists to make it unique. What is it about miscommunication? That right there is a driving force to the drama and conflict. Although it's not a long book, it's balanced and felt complete. I adore this fictional small town and I'm already looking forward to revisiting.

Content: mild romance (kissing)

*I received an ARC, which did not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*

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Buy Links:

http://amzn.to/2rh2yfQ  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-dreams-stacy-claflin/1126279897?ean=2940154283929

About the Author:

Stacy ClaflinStacy Claflin writes about complex women overcoming incredible odds. Whether it's her Gone trilogy of psychological thrillers, her ongoing Transformed paranormal saga, or her Seaside Hunters sweet romance series, Stacy's three-dimensional heroines shine through.

Decades after she wrote her first stories on construction paper and years after typing on an inherited green screen computer that weighed half a ton, Stacy realized her dream of becoming a full-time author.

When she's not busy writing or educating her kids from home, Stacy enjoys watching TV shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, and Once Upon a Time.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Shatter by Nikki Trionfo {Review}



Shatter by Nikki Trionfo
Published May 9th 2017 by Sweetwater Books

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34501065-shatter?from_search=true     

When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem Jefferson becomes convinced the death was no accident—it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far is one clue. She knows Carrie hired a gang member to protect orchard workers. Problem is, Salem doesn't know who.

To find out, Salem pursues the gang-bangers who rule her town, especially classmate Cordero. As her distrust of Cordero heats up, so do the number of suspects in Carrie's death. Teachers and school officers are orchard owners. They have every reason to stop farm workers from demanding higher wages. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. Meanwhile, the people who live on orchards and the people who pick them are drawing lines in the sand.

The only way for Salem to learn the truth is to slip behind those enemy lines.

The only way to survive is to find a way back out.

Shatter is the grand prize winner of the LDStorymakers First Chapter Contest that author Jolene Perry calls "a stunning debut that’ll keep you turning pages ’til the end."
 

*****Shatter hit two #1 categories right after release, one in print and one in ebook. For Teen > Mystery> Law & Crime (plus a detective one and one about violence).*****

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My Review: 4 Stars

Salem's older sister, Carrie, recently died and Salem is sure it was no accident. As she tries to piece together the secrets surrounding the events over the last few months, more mysteries seem to pop up. There are issues and situations that I am sure occur, but I wasn't aware of. This town has a lot of farms who need workers to help make them successful and many of the workers are illegal immigrants. Strikes are fueling the fiery feelings and two local gangs seem to be involved.

I love a good murder mystery and this one had me squirming. The author does a great job of telling the story through present time and filling in the gaps through flashbacks. As the book progresses, multiple suspects emerge and left me wondering who, why, and how. I haven't given much thought to gangs, aside from thinking (probably unjustly) that most members are the violent type who thrive on crime. After reading this, my thought have shifted. I also never thought about how unfairly some workers may be treated and how these can be big issues in certain parts of the world. Not only was I entertained, but I was educated.

Salem is strong and persistent. As she searches for answers, her doubts and fears bleed through her strength, making her easy to like. The suspense and pacing gripped me from the start and I was almost as desperate as Salem was, by the end, to solve this case. Full of intrigue, prejudice, fear, love, and mystery, Shatter caught me from start to finish.

Content: murder/fighting (nothing graphic); mild romance.

*I received a copy through the publisher, which did not affect my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*

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Buy Links:

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About the Author:

Nikki Trionfo
Nikki is a published short-story author and serve as the social coordinator of the LDStorymakers conference and chair of Storymakers Tribe. Shatter won the grand prize for all categories in the LDStorymakers’ First Chapter Contest and first place in the League of Utah Writers’ YA manuscript category. Nikki works in online marketing and, as a start to building a readership-platform, hosts a writing webinar channel with over a thousand views on YouTube under the name Fifty First Chapters.

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