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Book Excerpt from Reflection of the Gods

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I’m hosting an excerpt from urban fantasy “Reflection of the Gods” on my blog today. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

After some time, I drifted off to sleep. It felt like no more than a few moments. Maybe it was longer. I awoke to a wailing screech. I sat up, wondering where I was. I clamped my hands over my ears. The door opened and a triangle of light flooded in from the hallway.

                Uncle Patrick charged in, pointing a finger. “Stop that racket right now.”

                Aunt Mary stood right behind him, pulling on an arm. She wore an old robe and had curlers in her hair. “It’s not the boy, Patrick.” She pushed her way past him and flicked on the light in my room. She sat down beside me and eased my hands away from my ears. “That won’t help, but this might.” She took the crucifix down from the wall above my bed and thrust it into my hands. “Pray. Pray like you’ve never prayed before.”

                I stared at the crucifix in my hands and winced at the noise.

                “Grania did teach you how to pray, didn’t she?”

                I shook my head.

                “Pray with me then. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

                I started mouthing the words. Again and again the wailing rose in a crescendo and stopped, like waves crashing on a rocky shore. As it rose, I covered my ears with my hands, but Aunt Mary continued, raising her own voice, “—mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Hail Mary, full of grace—”

Waves of carrion smell wafted in time to the sound. My whole body shook, and I cried some more. Aunt Mary put her arms around me and held me close while she continued praying, “—and blessed be the fruit of thy womb—”

                Uncle Patrick came into the room wearing his coat over his robe. “I’m going outside to find out what’s making that noise.” He left and came back, sniffing the air. “Must be a dead raccoon out there.”

                As soon as the front door opened, wind rushed through the house, as if whatever it was had been waiting for its chance to enter. The wailing was now ear-splitting and the smell of rotting meat hung in droplets in the air. I could taste it on my tongue. Aunt Mary stopped praying and we both covered our ears. All the lights in the house buzzed and went out. Silence.

                Aunt Mary’s breath was quick and shallow; the air, empty. She reached out for me again and held me, stroking my blond head.

                Uncle Patrick returned. “I couldn’t find anything outside, but at least it stopped. What happened to the lights? The streetlights are still on outside.”

                “If you don’t mind, I’ll stay in here until Mohandas falls asleep again,” said Aunt Mary.

                Uncle Patrick hesitated. “Well, sure, the little lad’s had quite a fright. You stay with him. I’m going back to bed. If the lights are still off in the morning, I’ll call the hydro.”

                After Uncle Patrick left, Aunt Mary lay me down and tucked me in. “Try to get some sleep, little Das. Everything will work out in the end. You will be loved here.”

Reflection of the Gods

Reflection_oftheGods_LRes_COMP_2Title: Reflection of the Gods

Author: Lisa Llamrei

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

Author Bio

Lisa Llamrei blackLisa Llamrei was born and raised in the Toronto area. She studied languages at York University. At various times, she has been an actor, professional belly dancer, holistic nutritionist, and entrepreneur. She currently lives north of Toronto with her family. Reflection of the Gods is her first novel.

Links

Book Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TjGeqv4e5A

 The print book can be purchased here:

http://www.alcherapress.com/product/reflection-of-the-gods/

The e-book can be purchased for Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Reflection-Gods-Lisa-Llamrei-ebook/dp/B00CK09R84/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1391385106&sr=1-2&keywords=reflection+of+the+gods

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April 29, 2014 at 12:22 am 1 comment

Promo Post Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song

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About The Series

Series name: Coulda Woulda Shoulda Song

Genre: Family saga/ chick lit/ interracial romance/ romantic comedy

First Publication: January 2013

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This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad… – Book One

This Could Have Been Our Song - Book CoverLength: 93000 words/ 400 pages

Release date: January 18 2013

 Book One:


Love can be such a “coulda, woulda, shoulda” song sometimes…

Lucia Mpobo-Riddell could have been a dancer like the rest of women of her family but instead she chose music. Marcus Grant could have been a doctor like the rest of his family but instead he chose music. She also could have not fallen for Marcus on her birthday but she did. And Marcus, he could have told Lucia the truth about his real reason for being in Toronto that night, but he didn’t. Now they have to deal with big reveals and consequences: Marcus almost stealing her job and being force to work on an album together. Marcus, because he couldn’t swallow his pride, leaves Toronto and goes home to London. Lucia, because she just couldn’t give up on her first amazing opportunity to produce a whole album. And to complicate the situation further, the band they’re working for is not the easiest one. Mary Gillis, Marcus’ on and off flame, still has a hold on him. Greg McMullen, Lucia’s close friend and former dance partner is back in town and has been in love with her for years. Then there’s Marcus and Lucia, in the middle of their own a professional and personal tug-of- war with each over and the rest of the world. But maybe things could still work out… All things considered, this could have been one heck of a love song!

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This Would Have Been Our Song! Catchy tunes and dancers’ tales – Book Two

This Would Have Been Our Song - Book CoverLength: 90000 words/ 350 pages

Release date: January 18 2014

 

Marcus, Greg and Lucia are back in the second part of their journey to their perfect love song… will they finally find it?

Book Two: This would have been their perfect love song…

It has been two years since Lucia Mpobo-Riddell has made her choice between the two men in her life. She and her beloved would have been perfectly happy if it wasn’t for… the constant distractions from her past, her sister Noor’s complicated life, her own doubts and fears. Maybe there wasn’t such a thing as perfection and this was a lesson that Lucia was going to learn the hard way. Greg McMullen and Marcus Grant’s lives had been affected by Lucia’s choice that day in Glasgow two years ago. Since then one had been fighting to keep her when the other had been relentlessly trying to get her back. It soon became apparent to them that she wasn’t the Lucia they met and fell in love with anymore. Her life and priorities had completely shifted. To even consider keeping her or just getting her back, they would have to accept it or they would have to let her go. But would they ever be able to do either?

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 Meet Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba The Author, The Blogger, The Cheeky Reviewer

author “My life journey is like my playlist, amazingly unique but full of contradictions with surprising joys with every song…”

 In the past two years, while living in Canada, England and France I wrote four novels: This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad… (Book one) currently available on amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. The sequel This Would Have Been Our Song! Catchy tune and dancers’ tales has been in January 2014. Bird Of Prey, my first mystery romance novel has been released in October 7th, 2013 and its first sequel The Plot Thickens (a novella) in December. The second one Polliannah Got Married! will be released in April 2014 or earlier. I’m currently residing in Paris, France.

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Blogger website Danielle-Claude Indie Book Reviews

Twitter: @weissdaughter

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April 28, 2014 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Promo Post the Key to Everything

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3939131Title: The Key to Everything

Author: Alex M. Kimmell

Genre: Fantasy Horror

Cracked and weathered binding, hiding mysteries on pages tied closed by a bloodstained string. A happy young family enchanted by dreams and possibilities. A barren, empty room. A boy with no friends obsessively drawing angles, edges and diagrams. In his debut novel, Alex Kimmell captures a vivid and startling tale of fear. Auden’s journey begins when he discovers a curious leather-bound book whose contents will soon endanger his entire family. The pages of this book draw him into a prison that cannot be breached, a place that can only be unlocked with a very special key. In The Key to Everything, fear is explored and heightened through jarring imagery and a terrifying, unique menace, ratcheting up the tension until the novel’s gripping climax.

Author Bio

Alex kimmell (the squirrel whisperer/twodoggarage/daddy not-so-much-bucks) is an accidental novelist, anti-rhyme-ologist, oxygen inhaler, carbon dioxide exhaler who often generates harmonious sounds with various instruments of different historical importance. his work has appeared on cool places around the 1’s and 0’s like Black Lantern Press, Front Row Lit, Dumb White Husband and The Wordcount Podcast. His novel “the Key to everything” and collection of short, horrific tales “A Chorus of Wolves” were released by Booktrope Publishing. come and join the neurosis at alexkimmell.com.

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Website: http://alexkimmell.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexkimmellauth

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15711734-the-key-to-everything?from_search=true

Purchase the book: http://www.amazon.com/Key-Everything-Alex-Kimmell-ebook/dp/B008BW98WA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397495502&sr=8-1&keywords=the+key+to+everything

April 27, 2014 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from The Books of Ascension

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I’m sharing a snippet today from the second book in “The Books of Ascension” series. Enjoy the snippet!

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Equinox excerpt: Chapter One

The Keep was much higher than he anticipated, and the giant pillar seemed to widen as they ascended. Atreu’s flight was not as exhilarating as his first one. Riell’s strange silence made it seem like an eternity. At times the sporadic winds buffeted them so close to the smooth rock that Atreu was sure they would be crushed, but Riell’s skill was such that he managed to avoid any damage. Occasionally he would be so close to the wall that he had to kick off, but he did it with such precise timing that Atreu soon ceased worrying about it.

He watched the mists wrap their tendrils along his arms and legs, only to release their hold as the two flew higher. Now and then small particles of ice would prick his face and he would have to close his eyes, but he couldn’t keep them shut for long. He wanted to see all he could.

The ground had disappeared quickly in a swirl of white below them. Atreu looked up, trying to will the mists to part so that the top of the pillar would be revealed.

And Riell spoke not a word to him.

There was a wild rushing sound and Atreu was thrown left and then right as he gripped tightly the wooden bar in front of him. A million grains of ice stung his face, and suddenly the mists seemed to clear around him.

They had reached the top.

In front of him lay what looked like a vast flat plain ringed by a halo of white cloud. Although twilight was deepening, he could see a sprawling city in the middle of the plain. On the periphery were low single-storey buildings which seemed to crouch in darkness, standing silhouetted against the sun’s after-glow like an army of sentinels. And in the centre was a vast conglomeration of spiralling towers, turrets and flying buttresses. Tower after tower shone with the silvery sheen of the most exquisite gemstones, tapering into feather-like fineness as they reached for the sky.

Atreu gasped, unable to believe what he was seeing. ‘The silver spires,’ he whispered.

The Books

Zenith – The First Book of Ascension

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Imagine

A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit

A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it

An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world

A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine

The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.

When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

Equinox – The Second Book of Ascension

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The Keep

The most beautiful city on the great Mountain

The pinnacle of Maelir culture

The home of the Inner Sanctum

The place where secrets hide

 

The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.

As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.

Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension

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What happens if after the winter solstice, the days keep getting shorter?

And shorter?

Until there is an eternal night?

What happens as the darkness grows?

And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain?

And the quest for the third Book is the only hope?

The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?

Author Bio

Dirk Strasser photo 2Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books for major publishers in Australia and is an Active Member of the SFWA. He has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards, a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement, and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His acclaimed fantasy series The Books of Ascension – including Zenith and Equinox – was originally published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and by Heyne Verlag in Germany and has been re-published by the Macmillan Momentum imprint, this time including the “lost” third book. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. His short stories include “The Jesus Particle“ in Cosmos magazine, “Stories of the Sand” in Realms of Fantasy, and “The Vigilant” in Fantasy magazine.  His most recent sale was “The Mandelbrot Bet” to the 2014 Tor anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.

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The Books of Ascension trailer

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www.dirkstrasser.com

Twitter: @DirkStrasser

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Buy the books!

Buy Zenith: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/zenith-the-first-book-of-ascension/

Buy Equinox: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/equinox-the-second-book-of-ascension/

Buy Eclipse: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/eclipse-the-lost-book-of-ascension/

April 25, 2014 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

Release Day Blood Moon

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We’re celebrating the release for new adult paranormal romance novel “Blood Moon”. Happy release day!

About The Book

BloodMoon_Tolles_EBOOKTitle: Blood Moon

Author: T. Lynne Tolles

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

The gang finds themselves up to their eyeballs in family history when  clues are revealed that suggest an evil curse is hidden within the O’Rielly Book of Shadows. An old family diary divulges the O’Rielly family was an integral part in stymying a power hungry witch that took the lives of thirteen young girls and clues to spells whereabouts seem to suggest they’re in the O’Rielly Book of Shadows.

One by one young women are reported missing from neighboring towns when two mysterious women show up in town. Is it coincidence? Or has someone come back to complete the unfinished spell from the past? No one knows but when Allison’s life is in the balance, the gang pulls together to find a way to stop the past from repeating itself.

Author Bio

T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over an ancient Newfoundland dog and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes paranormal romances for new adults.

Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery they unravel to find their happily ever after.

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Newsletter: 

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http://tlynnetolles.me

http://www.amazon.com/T.-Lynne-Tolles/e/B003X3AV7I

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4132968.T_Lynne_Tolles

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April 24, 2014 at 7:23 am 1 comment

Release Day Party Into the Heart of Evil

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Today is the release day party for fantasy novel “Into the Heart of Evil”, the second book in the Paladin of a Hidden God series by author Joel D. Babbitt.

To celebrate the release, you can get the first book in the series, “The Trials of Caste”, for just $0.99 from April 22 – April 28. Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Trials-Caste-Paladin-Hidden-God-ebook/dp/B00H2ZRLDA/

Book 2 Final Cover for KindleTitle: Into the Heart of Evil

Author: Joel D. Babbitt

Genre: Fantasy

In this second novel of the Paladin of a Hidden God series Joel masterfully weaves an explosive tale that puts Durik and his companions in a desperate fight for their lives, one they will only survive if they are true to themselves and to each other.

It was supposed to be an easy journey… a simple first step for a band of new warriors. But evil has an agenda of its own, and relentless conquest strikes when it chooses. And what can so few do against so many? Yet evil is not the only power that stirs in the southern valley; from deep in their prophetic past an ancient power also has returned, nurturing, watching, and helping its paladin. On the anvils of danger and sacrifice Durik and his small group of companions will be forged by the hammer of their mutual hardships into an able band of heroes, but only if they can survive the journey into the heart of evil…

Author Bio

authorJoel Babbitt is an officer in the U.S. Army and a bishop in his church. He has spent his entire adult life living and teaching principles of leadership and team building in a warrior environment. Joel and his family live in Maryland, USA.

(Joel and his interior illustrator Anna Cate in 2006)

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To celebrate the release, you can get the first book in the series, “The Trials of Caste”, for just $0.99 from April 22 – April 28. Get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Trials-Caste-Paladin-Hidden-God-ebook/dp/B00H2ZRLDA/

April 22, 2014 at 12:04 am 1 comment

Book Excerpt from Catcher’s Keeper

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I’m hosting an excerpt from alterate history fiction  “Catcher’s Keeper” on my blog today. Enjoy the excerpt, and don’t forget about the giveaway! It’s at the bottom of this post. The giveaway is for a signed paperback copy of the book.

Book Excerpt

Chapter 21

Jerry

Even when the plane is at full altitude, I still can’t believe it. Alden and his biracial girlfriend are four rows behind me. Alden’s waving money at the stewardess like he’s at a ball game.

“Another round of Bloodies, please!”

This is going to be the longest flight of my life.

Alden hasn’t spoken to me since our argument the night he read the galley. He stormed off, slamming the spare-room door with such gusto the whole apartment shook. I wallowed where I was in that dreadful butterfly chair all night long. That was two months ago. To say it’s been tense in the apartment, living with someone who won’t speak to you, is a huge understatement.

The book launched last month. It’s out in print. Out in the world. I’m en route to my book tour Fiona has set up for me. At her insistence, Alden is here too. This is going to be so awkward.

“Business or pleasure?” says the guy next to me, an older gentleman who holds a bowler hat on his lap. He just finished a very ripe banana and now the whole plane smells of it.

“Huh? Oh. Business, I guess.”

He gives a throaty chortle. “Back in my day, we wore suits when we traveled for business. I’ll never get used to this. Although I never imagined they’d have microwave ovens that can cook an egg in less than a minute. Amazing.”

I ignore him. I really don’t want to talk about modern technology. I don’t even care if I’m rude.

Kiki’s giggles make their way to our row. Surely, Alden told her some juvenile joke. I can tell by the way he keeps saying, “What’s so funny?” in that mock-serious tone. I feel like I’m in a side show at the damn circus.

“Ah, kids,” my neighbor says.

I want to correct him: No, sir. That’s my brother who’s nearly forty. But I don’t. Because it’s true. Alden is just a kid.

About The Book

CATCHER'S KEEPER - 2500Title: Catcher’s Keeper

Author: Johannah Davies Spero

Genre: Commercial Fiction / Alternate History Fiction

What if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot?

In 1980 John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman, who believed he was Holden Caulfield, narrator of the classic The Catcher in the Rye. After the shooting, Chapman remained on the scene calmly reading the book, which he later offered to police as “his statement.” Catcher’s Keeper asks the question, “What if Holden had met Chapman, learned of his plan, and tried to prevent the assassination?”

Author Bio

johannahJohannah Davies Spero was born near a pristine lake in the Adirondacks and has lived in various cities such as St. Petersburg (Russia), Indianapolis, Dallas, and Boston. She has pursued her love of narrative through degrees in English literature, Russian language, and teaching—and has worked as an actress, a yoga instructor, a web design entrepreneur, a freelance writer, and a high school English teacher. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and three young sons.

http://www.jdspero.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Catchers-Keeper-JD-Spero-ebook/dp/B00IKTU4H2/

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Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for a signed paperback copy of the book. The giveaway is US/CA only.

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April 18, 2014 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

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