Monday, July 24, 2017

NEVER DARE A DRAGON by Ashlyn Chase Excerpt & #Giveaway


Third in Ashlyn Chase’s light paranormal romance series featuring hot dragon shifters. No one would believe that lovely Lt. Kristine Scott of the NY Fire Department is an actual dragon, but there’s no denying the flames that ignite when she meets firefighting phoenix shifter Jayce Fierro.

One Boston Phoenix + One New York Dragon = Scorching Heat
You think it’s tough being a dragon? It’s a piece of cake compared to being a phoenix shifter. Dragon shifters just have to worry about accidentally setting their stuff (or a loved one) on fire. A phoenix can rise from the ashes, but then they have to start over…as if growing up once wasn’t tough enough..

Meet Lt. Jayce Fierro of the Boston Fire Department, and Kristine Scott of the FDNY. A long distance relationship could never work—especially not with the secrets they’re keeping. But when Kristine lands herself in a blaze of trouble, she’s in no position to turn down Jayce’s help. Even if it means letting down their guards…and giving in to their sizzling attraction.

Boston Dragons:
I Dream of Dragons (Book 1)
My Wild Irish Dragon (Book 2)
Never Dare a Dragon (Book 3)


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EXCERPT
The rest of the dinner went well. In fact, Kristine was surprised by how well it was going. She hadn’t dated a guy like Jayce in a long time. Their connection seemed to be almost instantaneous. It was just too bad he was a firefighter—and lived three hours away as the Acela train flies. Actually, a quick plane ride would reduce the commute to only an hour and a half, but the hassle and time it took to go through security would make the trip even longer.
Walking down the wide sidewalks of Times Square, hand in hand, sure made her feel as if the trip might be worth the hassle. His hand was warm and rough. For once she wasn’t concerned that hers were the same way. No hand cream could stand up to a firefighters’ routine. Wet gloves, rough weather, unbearable heat… All of that detracted from the soft, supple skin she longed for.
They had decided over dinner to visit the top of the Empire State Building. Jayce had never been there before, and Kristine had only visited with friends—never a date. It was supposed to be romantic. She’d never understood why. Probably because her cynical ex-boyfriend thought it was hokey. As she glanced over at Jayce, he glanced back, and they smiled. One thing she wasn’t seeing in him was a city dweller’s pessimism. Its absence was a refreshing change.
Eventually, they arrived at their destination, and as luck—or the stars aligning at the right moment—would have it, they stepped into an elevator with no one right behind them. The doors whooshed closed while they were still alone.
She spun toward Jayce with a hand over her mouth. “I guess that wasn’t very nice of me. I probably should have waited.”
He stepped right into her space. “I’m glad you didn’t.”
As the elevator began to ascend, he leaned in and captured her mouth with his firm lips. She looped her arms around his neck, and he pulled her close. She immediately opened her mouth, and their tongues found each other and swirled together. Kristine wasn’t at all sure her light-headed feeling was due to the elevator traveling so fast. Unfortunately, she felt as if she were falling instead.
Don’t think about it. Whatever happens happens… She seemed to have found a new mantra. She heard the ding of the elevator doors opening, and they were greeted by chuckles and a wolf whistle.
“Yeah, yeah…” Jayce said, but he was grinning and holding Kristine’s hand as they made their way off the elevator.
When they spotted a space at the building’s edge that was fairly deserted, they walked over to it with no hesitation.
“You’re not afraid of heights, I guess…” Jayce said to her.
She laughed. “I’d be in deep trouble if I were.” Not only was she a firefighter in a company that specialized in high-rises, but she was a full-fledged, fire-breathing, wing-soaring dragon. She could hover at this height and enjoy the view.
Speaking of enjoying the view…
Jayce turned his back on the dazzling city lights and kissed her knuckles as he stared into her eyes. She felt as if her insides were melting. A deep shimmer in his eyes must have been reflecting the lights. Or not. His eyes seemed to glow for a moment, and then he quickly turned back toward the city.
She took her first good look at the city lights as well. Dear Lord. At last she realized why people thought this place was romantic. At night, so many lights against the velvet black sky were more beautiful than Christmas. Some even seemed to twinkle like stars. Below, white headlights and red taillights trailed through the landscape, but the sounds of the city were far away.
A chilly breeze ruffled her hair. Jayce enveloped her in a side hug. If she felt a chill, it was forgotten in favor of his warm, strong body alongside hers. Everywhere they touched, merging heat radiated through her. Wow. How she’d missed this! Or had she ever had this feeling?
Good Lord, Kristine… Get ahold of yourself!
“So, Jayce… What do you think of the view from up here?”
He turned her toward him and said, “I think the view right in front of me is as beautiful as it gets.” Leaning in, he delivered another toe-curling kiss, and she realized she was a goner.

 

T.F. Walsh's Binding Curse Blitz!

Binding Curse
by T.F. Walsh

Blurb:

He's the key to stopping the murders, but only if she can save him.
 
A terrifying darkness has risen and is sweeping Kutia Hollow, leaving dead bodies in its wake. Luna Vale, a fae militia lieutenant in post-apocalyptic Moscow, discovers evidence that a criminal holds the answer to stopping the murders. Except those in charge at the precinct are corrupt. She's determined to protect everyone from extinction and breaks Axel out of prison.

Devastated to be on the run from her former friends and colleagues, she must now work together with Axel before the killers close in on them. But time is running out, and falling for Axel only heightens the dangers. To survive, Luna must find strength in her arcane powers and confront the cursed creatures whose malevolence knows no bounds. Failure isn't an option. Not when it means losing her family, her job, and her life.

Fans of Ilona Andrews and Kelly Meding will devour this thrilling, fast-paced, conflict-ridden urban fantasy from T.F. Walsh.

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Excerpt #1
I bolted for my life, handcuffed to a guy built like a mountain. Sure, he might be eye candy, but he’d throw me over a cliff if he got the chance. I mean, everyone in Kutia Hollow had secrets but most of them didn’t get people killed. I suspected Mountain Man’s could. Maybe cuffing myself to him wasn’t such a great idea.
Heaviness sank within me. Why were the attackers at the campsite so determined to murder the man next to me? Especially since it was considered a double homicide.
The last time my deception radar went off with such ferocity, I found a fae chained in a basement in the town of Podolsk. Turned out, a gang was selling fae blood to the highest bidders. Ingesting it in high doses worked as a drug—uppers that made the users float through euphoria, confidence, and energy. But after a binge, the hangover struck, and dependency owned them. Another reason faes kept within the confines of the Moscow wall.
Up ahead, the city shone. I hit the dusty ground with each step, but behind us the drumming footfalls grew closer.
I tried to pick up speed, but Mountain Man lagged.
When a siren wailed through the night, I focused on the blue and red light throbbing in the distance. The cavalry! About freaking time. Two patrol cars steered toward us through the dark flatlands. A sense of satisfaction brought a glimmer of optimism to me as I pictured them catching the attacking faes.
The guy on my cuffs pulled against his restraints.


Excerpt #2
I stood at the front of Peace Protection Division headquarters. A red building, flanked by jagged towers and white cornices, it reminded me of a crown dripping with blood. I turned to Axel, still handcuffed to me. His hooded gaze darkened. Whenever the police chief discovered we had a wanted criminal at the precinct, he would insist on injecting a detector into his neck. That would alert us the moment he left the city. He’d be forced to spend years within the walls, checking in with a PPD officer several times a week. Except, I’d promised Axel his freedom for information, and that meant he wouldn’t get tagged. Problem was my boss changed regulations as often as it snowed during summer in Moscow. Never!
“Axel, let’s make this quick. Answer all our questions, and don’t play hard to get.”
He cocked an eyebrow and half smirked. His gaze dipped to the name badge on my chest. “Listen, Luna Vale. I’ve already played your game, and you’ve given me nothing back. I don’t trust you or the PPD to keep your word.”
“I’ll convince my boss to overlook your records,” I continued, certain that if I explained we had a clue as to who was killing everyone, he’d have to pay attention.
Axel said nothing more, his stoic expression locked in place. Spotlights cast shadows beneath his eyes. If we were standing outside a local club instead of PPD headquarters, I’d consider letting him buy me a drink. His stubbled, square jawline added to the allure, along with his strong cheekbones. Axel’s rugged appearance spiked my pulse. Coupled with his dark hair blowing in the breeze, I could stare for hours. And for those few seconds, I lost myself.
“Don’t do me any favors.” Loathing coated his words, slicing through my fantasy and reminding me what had happened the last time I went there. The shit with my ex still tightened my gut. No one ought to walk in on their partner fucking his work colleague. We’d been together a full year. Prick. Whatever. My focus was now on protecting the community and stopping the killings.
“Well, either cooperate, or you’ll end up with a tracking device. Your choice.”

Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling Author, T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she's always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

She writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy.


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Northwoods Magic by Desiree Lafawn Blitz and #Giveaway


Northwoods Magic
Desiree Lafawn
Publication date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Quinn Reynolds is desperate for answers. After a near fatal accident, Quinn’s life changes and she is suddenly plagued by dreams of ravens, magic, and a boy with copper-ringed eyes. Told by her doctors that she is delusional, Quinn travels to the Northwoods of Minnesota to find out the truth. But Quinn has another problem that she hasn’t shared. Not only does she dream of magic, she also possesses her own power as well and it scares the hell out of her.
Corbin Olsen has been battling his own demons for the last ten years. After sacrificing everything to save Quinn’s life, she forgot about him completely. He’s thought of her constantly in the years she’s been gone, but nothing prepared him for the woman she has become. Although angry at her for leaving him, Corbin isn’t able to dismiss his need for her.
But Corbin and Quinn are running out of time for a meaningful reunion, the real evil is back and hunting the prey that escaped them all those years ago.
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EXCERPT:
Quinn had a special book, a book that had been with her since she was a teenager. This was the notebook that she kept all of her dream drawings in. Sometimes she would add words to the sketches and sometimes she wouldn’t. There were hundreds of drawings in this book, some the size of a quarter, and some – after a particular bad night of dreaming – took up an entire page of hard angry charcoal strokes.
That book was private, and Quinn kept it to herself. That was just for her. For so long she hadn’t been able to tell what was real and what was fantasy, thinking maybe she herself was just a figment of someone else’s imagination. Her sketchbook was Quinn’s way of knowing she was real. Maybe she had imagined seeing the things she saw, or knowing the things that she had forgotten, but she hadn’t fabricated drawing the pictures or writing the words. The pictures and words would always be there, permanently tattooed into the book. If she opened the pages and saw those things then she would know that in that very moment, she was present. She existed. She was.


Author Bio:
Desiree lives in Northwest Ohio with her husband, two children, and two rowdy cats. She is a craft addicted, roller derby skating amateur foody who loves to enjoy a glass of chardonnay with a side of whatever snack the kids left untouched in the pantry, most likely goldfish crackers.
She writes contemporary and fantasy/paranormal romance because fairy tales are where it's at. She loves the pull of magic, the light and the dark of it, as well as the effort the characters must go through to reach their happily ever after.

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Suzanne Jenkins' The Jade Emperor Release & #Giveaway

THE JADE EMPEROR
by Suzanne Jenkins
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dead of Night (The Blood Curse Chronicles Book 1) by James Agee Jr.

Dead of Night
 by James Agee Jr.

Series: The Blood Curse Chronicles - Book 1
Publisher: Magic Quill Press (September 9, 2017)
Publication Date: September 9, 2017
Genre: Fantasy | Vampires
Print Length: 192 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
All families have secrets.

Some families have secrets worth dying for.

The Vasile family owns a funeral home in Frederickton, Virginia. For the most part, life in this small town is ideal. However, there is one secret they try to hide - a secret that could destroy their lives as they know it.

They are vampires.

When a strange girl comes to town for her grandmother’s funeral, new information is uncovered. There is a chance the Vasiles and all other vampires will know a day when they can become human and break the blood curse that has plagued vampires for centuries.

  
  Dead of Night (The Blood Curse Chronicles Book 1)
by James Agee Jr.

Dead of Night (The Blood Curse Chronicles Book 1)Talia lived the life of a nomad as her parents gave up the American Dream of home ownership and took up the life of gypsies. When news of her grandfather’s death arrived, they were off to Frederickton, Virginia, hidden danger, and for Talia, a new life, new love and a new discovery.

People were dying to get into the Vasile family’s funeral home. Known for their ability to send the dearly departed off in style, the Vasiles are hiding a secret in plain sight. They are vampires, cursed to shun the sunlight, and to walk the earth for eternity, hiding in the darkness, but for Christoph, it wasn’t enough. He wanted more from his undead life. Falling for the very alive and very human Talia may not have been his best move, but the heart works in strange ways, beating or not. It will be that very attraction that will set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the answers all Vampires need to break the curse they live under, if Christoph can keep Talia safe.

DEAD OF NIGHT James Agee, Jr. is quick read, not too deep or heavy, but filled with characters that one can learn to love, from a feisty grandmother to a pesky sister. There are also the villains, deadly and deceitful. A quick read with touches of humor, a few quirky twists and a family of vampires that almost feel like the undead version of Ozzie and Harriet. James Agee, Jr. kept me completely entertained from start to finish and I’ll even be able to sleep with the lights off tonight! Then again, I don’t live in New Orleans….

I received an ARC edition from James Agee Jr. in exchange for my honest review.


Love Me First by Vera Mae

Love Me First
by Vera Mae
Publisher: K. P. Ambroziak; 1 edition (July 17, 2017)
Publication Date: July 17, 2017
Genre: Coming of Age | YA
Print Length: 222 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 Sebastian “Bach” Rostov is a piano prodigy, and has the potential to become the greatest pianist of his time. But when he meets Tallulah Lansing at age eight, he’s unknowingly set on a course for love that will have him yearning for something else. Through the years, she comes and goes, crashing up on his shore, leaving him more devastated each time. But for Bach to fulfill his destiny he must survive the fate thrust upon him, conquer the love in his heart, and reclaim his artistic soul to overcome the obstacle that stands in his way.

  Love Me First by Vera Mae

Unrequited love, foolish dreams, angst, playing the fool for love, all a part of contemporary romance tales. Vera Mae has taken all of these and is the proud owner of something refreshing, the male point of view and it is just as heart-wrenching, just as nerve-wracking and just as powerful emotionally!

LOVE ME FIRST is the story of a young boy, enamored by the flirtations of Tallulah, who has figured out how to wind young Bach around her little finger and manages to toy with his heart for years to come. Little did young Bach know the shy and silent Olive saw her future in the eyes of the eight-year-old boy.

Bach was destined to become a great pianist but his plans were unknowingly derailed as his soul is battered and bashed by Tallulah’s heartless games of conquest. With little of his soul to give to his music, it would take the love and friendship of another to begin the healing process and end his obsession with the shallow Tallulah. Would his heart finally find true love and contentment? Would it save his soul and bring his music to life, allowing him to fulfill the promise he has made to the piano, his grandfather and himself? Sometimes we need pain to open our eyes to the world around us and truly feel the music of life.

Vera Mae has created an almost dreamlike tale of love, loss and self-implosion of the heart as she weaves a coming of age romance as one young man struggles to exist in a world where only the strong survive and like music, love comes from the soul. Wonderfully flawed and lifelike characters, who play out their roles through the passage of time that flows along as we witness a young boy finally mature into a man.

I received an ARC edition from Vera Mae in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.


The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken (The Bachelors of Arizona #1)

The Bachelor Auction
by Rachel Van Dyken
 
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona - Book 1
Publisher: Forever (October 4, 2016)
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy - Modern Day Fairy Tale
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 
Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes---or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire---maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk---even if it was just a fa├žade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . .
  

 
 The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken
(The Bachelors of Arizona #1)

The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona, #1)Jane was the responsible one in her family, she was also the doormat. It was Jane who made sure her self-centered sisters had a roof over their heads, food on the table and that their bills were paid.
Brock is the son who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps to keep the family corporate holdings intact. His twin brothers were the playboys who never met a woman they didn’t want or a party they didn’t’ want to attend.

In true Cinderella fashion, these two will meet and their futures forever changed, all because of one shoe and an interfering grandfather who decided the best way to save his company was to auction off Brock as marriage material to the highest bidder, all of charity, of course!

Let the games and the laughter begin as Rachel Van Dyken unleashes another bundle of love in THE BACHELOR AUCTION where anything can and usually does happen! Hang on tight for a whirlwind of fun and frantic romance as two souls get caught up in the machinations of a wily set of twins, an aging grandfather and one of the most unlikely allies ever! Having a bad day? Open up this tale from Rachel Van Dyken and get ready to burst into smiles, chuckles and pure laughter as Cupid’s helpers make a three ring circus out of happily ever after!

I received this copy from Forever in exchange for my honest and voluntary review; I honestly loved it and voluntarily laughed out loud, thinking, Family, you can't pick 'em!

Pay for My Sin by Iryna K. Combs

Pay for My Sin
by Iryna Combs

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Clean Reads (May 30, 2017)
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Christian Fantasy Fiction
Print Length: 170 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Maria is a Christian woman with one purpose – save her corrupt family from eternal death. As the apocalypse rages around her, she makes an unlikely friendship with one lost soul and the two women flee into the southern wilderness. Forced to take shelter in a long-forgotten church, they fight to survive as all hell breaks loose outside.

Trapped inside a long-foretold prophecy, demonic horse-men and soul-seekers roam the fire-ravaged world haunting and seeking out Maria who must learn to trust no one. As the angels watch on, will she survive Lucifer’s army of the damned, keep her only friend safe and repay the debts of sin?  

 
 Pay for My Sin by Iryna K. Combs

Pay for My SinIf you are familiar with and enjoyed the Left Behind Series by Tim La Haye and Jerry B. Jenkins, you will enjoy Iryna Combs’ PAY FOR MY SIN, the story of the Rapture and the Tribulations of the end of times as humanity is given one last chance to accept and trust in God or fall to the lies and treachery of the Devil. When the Rapture comes, one believer offers her own soul in exchange for the salvation of her family’s corrupted souls, In exchange she is willing to endure the next seven years until the end of times and the re-birth of a world of goodness and faith in the Christian God.

Heavily referenced with biblical predictions of each devastating event, Maria practices her belief in saving souls at any cost and takes one lost soul under her protection and care, forming a bond that may or may not save her friend. As angels come to her aid in her most trying and dark times, Maria uses the shield of her faith to steer clear of the minions of darkness and their false churches and god.

Written through the eyes and heart of Maria, this dark tale brings prophecy to life as each event unfolds and Maria struggles with her own strength of faith and hopes to see her family once again. Iryna Combs has written a taut and edgy fantasy that will resonate for fantasy lovers, no matter their personal beliefs. Instead of using mythical gods or beings from pure fantasy, she has used the concept of religion and faith in the unseen. High on turmoil, vivid scenes of terror come to life as one woman endures what she must in hopes of eternal salvation.

Told through the day to day life of Maria, this tale of survival is well-written and tense.

I received this copy from Iryna Combs in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.



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FINNGARICK
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Veritas by Quinn Coleridge Blitz and #Giveaway


Veritas
Quinn Coleridge
Publication date: July 13th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
The ghosts are angry, thinking I’ve neglected them.
Do not forget us, they call out from the grave.
I won’t, I promise them. Upon my life, I won’t.

Being a demigoddess in 1892 Stonehenge, Colorado isn’t all one might suppose, especially when the dead are involved. Yet as Veritas of the Rocky Mountain sovereignty, it is Hester Grayson’s calling to help restless spirits cross over by bringing their killers to justice. Blind and pale as an albino, she dwells on the fringes of the nouveau riche, working with her telepathic beau Tom Craddock to catch the guilty.
When a young woman is brutally murdered, Hester and Tom are determined to solve the case as they have every other. But this one demands more. The killer wears many faces and wields greater magic than even Hester possesses. All sleuthing stops, however, when Tom is gravely wounded, and Hester is cast out of her parent’s mansion into the brutal squalor of an asylum.
At the mercy of an insane doctor, surrounded by agitated ghosts, Hester fights to maintain her own sanity by planning her escape and the downfall of her enemies. Can she achieve her goal and expose the madman who sent her to hell? Or will he continue his bloody reign in Stonehenge?
EXCERPT:
My prayer for relief goes unanswered, and faces flash through my mind. Those I saw in my last vision, the one initiated when the doctor touched my skin. Men, women, old, young—they appear and blur a moment later, shifting into the next person. All of Faust’s victims are deep-branded inside me. They are angry, thinking I’ve neglected them.
Do not forget us, they call out from the grave. I won’t, I promise them. Upon my life, I won’t.
The ghosts tell me to find the Book and steal it. Escape the asylum and expose Faust to the world. Let him answer for every crime, they say, condemned by his own words. If only these spirits could be a bit more specific. How exactly do I escape to do their bidding? Have they any suggestions? But the dead only wail and cry for justice. Blasted ghosts always leave the finer points of the plan for me to figure out.
Further enraged by my hesitation, they cause me to burn hotter. All right, all right, I reply through my psyche. As you wish, I so promise. Truth vibrates through the Pit, and the dead finally set my body free. They have accepted my vow, for the moment, but might be less forgiving tomorrow if I don’t take action. I work for a very impatient crowd.
Most people belong to another in some capacity, as a daughter or son, a sister, spouse, or neighbor, but the inmates of this place have been forgotten. They have no one to speak for them, or to avenge their wrongs. And so I’m here, dumb and blind, to serve as the mouthpiece of the wretched, whether I like it or not. That brazen hussy Fate does love a paradox.
Ironically, serving the dead gives me a reason to live, to go on breathing each day. It answers Hamlet’s eternal question of whether to be or not to be with an affirmative. That is why I crawl about the Pit on my knees, searching for a palm-sized piece of metal. It has been hidden and used many times by the inmates before me. I find the broken iron strip and turn toward the northern wall. The rough surface is covered with spider webs and dirt, but something else as well.
Words.
Hundreds of them have been scratched into the crumbling stone with this strip of iron. I trace the curves and the straight lines of the letters, as I did with my alphabet stencils at home. Of sound mind, one inmate wrote, never insane. In another place, I find Hungry, God Sees, and Died Alone. I scrape the iron against rock. Over and over, until each letter is formed, perfect and smooth. Wiping the sweat from my brow, I blow the dust away from my masterpiece, my call to arms.
LEX TALIONIS
YOUR DAY OF RECKONING AWAITS, FAUST


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