Monday, July 30, 2012

Review/Giveaway: A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes Winner of the Poll


Goodreads Synopsis
Bubble... Bubble...

June Heal has nothing to lose when she relocates her homeopathic cure shop, A Dose of Darla, from the flea market booth in her home town, to a quaint shop in the cozy but unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky. Or so it seems.

Cures and trouble...

Whispering Falls has a lot of secrets. From talking snow globes to whispering animals not to mention a few sprinkles of fairy dust, June realizes Whispering Falls is more magical than she thought. . .literally.

Magic stirs...

June discovers she was born into a family of psychics, and her homeopathic cures truly are magical. Unfortunately, they are not magical enough to save her from being the number one murder suspect when a member of the community that she had just had a disagreement with shows up face down in the lake with June’s lucky charm in the victim’s grasp.

And troubles double...

Add to that an attraction to her high school best friend, Sheriff Oscar Park and Mr. Prince Charming, her cat, is stealing charms from Belle’s Baubles, June is forced to clear her name in more ways than murder. After all, they don’t have cauldrons in jail

First thoughts after
More please!  Do Oscar and June end up together???? Cliff hanger galore! I want more!!! Please Tonya??  LOL
How Distracted Did I Get?
June is smart and sarcastic with an addiction to Ding Dongs! (I’m not sure I’ve ever had one. Note to self, look in the grocery store for Ding Dongs and find out how good they are.)  She is the only suspect in a murder investigation that her bff is running.  With no one to trust or turn to, she starts her own investigation to clear herself.  With laugh out loud scenes and can’t put it down suspense A Charming Crime is the perfect read for summer you get a little bit of everything but romance. (Crossing fingers for the next book) 
How Many Baskets?
A Charming Crime is a wonderful book for men, women and teens!  A MUST for your TBR pile!
I gave A Charming Crime……….
5 Baskets!!!!!!!
So Since Tonya's book won and I loved it so much I am giving away an ebook copy! Just enter through the rafflecopter below! <3
Must be 13
Must be able to be gifted ebooks from American Version Amazon and B&N
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Catching back up........


 Good morning everyone! 
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I’m sorry the past few weeks my reviews have been sparse.  There have been some family emergencies and then a storm that wiped out most of my area of internet and power for about a week.  I know I’m behind on reviewing books and I will be getting back on track here soon.  So, authors who are waiting for a review, I’m getting there just please be patient with me I’ll pull myself and the blog back together.
Thanks,
<3 Tobi

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review/Giveaway: Frozen Heart by Annabelle Blume


Frozen Heart
by Annabelle Blume

Release date: August 7, 2012

blurb

A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?

Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.

But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both the blizzard and the Affinity, makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?


About the Author:

Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author, that is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.

Her Sociology degree did nothing to progress her writing skills, but has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle's unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.

She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.



Twitter: @AnnabelleBlume


First thoughts after……
Sweet story but would like to know more after the story.
How Distracted Did I Get?
Cressenda is living in the ice age and she needs supplies from the Trade she has to be incognito to avoid being spotted by the government that took over Matches and Rations.  If she knew what would happen this trip to town she may not have gone….
How Many Baskets?
This is a sweet love story that I would have liked more of at the end.  It’s good for a lunch break read.  I gave Frozen Heart………
3 Baskets!!!!!!
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Indie Authors

Hello everyone!  


I just wanted to take a minute and express how I feel about a subject I just found out about a few days ago.  I am very new to the blogging world so I am out of the loop and behind.  Bloggers not working with Indie Authors they don't know.  I understand their stance.  However, I will continue to support Indie Authors known to me and newbies to me.  Here's the thing, if you don't want a completely honest review I can't help you.  I can't promise to like your book.  I'm not paid. I write this blog because I love reading and I love meet wonderful people, readers, authors and bloggers.  Some books are provided by authors or publishers some are won in giveaways and the rest are bought.  I will let you know if I've beta'd for a book I'm reviewing.  It won't happen often but I'll be completely honest about it.  


As for my reviews.  They are 100% honest.  Authors and publishers tend to submit books I will most likely enjoy or I pick them from a blog tour so they tend to have high marks.  I avoid reading other bloggers reviews because of the issues with plagiarism when I first started blogging.  


If you have any questions or concerns about these subjects please let me know.
Thank you,
<3 Tobi

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review/Giveaway: Daemons in the Mist by Alicia Kat Dillman



Book Description
Finally getting the girl of your dreams; what could possibly go wrong?
Seventeen year old Patrick Connolly has been hopelessly infatuated with Nualla for years but he is all but invisible to her. Until, that is, he rescues her from a confrontation with her ex. Little does Patrick know he’s just set off a dangerous chain reaction that will thrust him into a world of life altering secrets and things that shouldn’t exist, because the fog and mist of San Francisco is concealing more than just buildings.
A deliriously captivating and exhilarating romantic rollercoaster full of unexpected twists and an ending you won’t see coming.
______________________

Indie author & illustrator Alicia Kat Dillman is a life long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. Kat illustrates and designs book covers & computer game art by day and writes teen fiction by night. The owner of two very crazy studio cats and nine overfull bookcases, Kat can usually be found performing, watching anime or hanging out in twitter chats when not playing in the imaginary worlds within her head.


First thoughts After!
More! Now please!  When’s the next????  LMSO

How Distracted Did I Get??
What drew me to the book of Daemons in the Mist is the AMAZING cover!  I’m such a sucker for a cover! Aren’t you? And Paranormal YA hellooooooo???? Is this book perfect for me or what? 
Nualla is addicted to coffee! What more could a coffee addict look for in a main character??? LOL Seriously Nualla has many sides to her.  Nualla is kind, loving and fierce! Goodness she just keeps getting better right?
Patrick hottie that Nualla never saw before defends her honor and the more she learns the more she likes.  Patrick is an artist who is kind, sweet and just WOW!
Will Nualla & Patrick find the happiness they both need & want?

How Many Baskets???
Well, I will tell you that Ms. Dillman had me guessing throughout the book!  That is difficult to do!  Seriously I know I just posted the same in my Review for ReVamped but its true!  2 in a reading week write it down folks!!!  The characters are well written angsty teen drama & everything.  Daemons in the Mist was very detailed and well thought out!  Seriously I laughed; I had to put the book down to make comments on the book on Facebook so I didn't get stressed out during an exciting part!  I even had inner theme music that was odd. Any Phineas & Ferb fans out there?  Yeah the Agent P song! Say what???  Yeppers I have weird inner dialogue or music or whatever but seriously.  Daemons in the Mist is a DEFINITE TBR!
I give Daemons in the Mist………


5 BASKETS!
Thanks for your time and stopping by!
<3Tobi


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Blog Tour Guestpost/Review: Nursing Second Chances by Maggie Greene


Guest Post by Maggie Greene
Why I Love Small Town Romance

I admit to being a city girl. I might have grown up in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming, but my dream was always to get out. At eighteen, I moved to Seattle for college and never looked back. Since then, I’ve lived in a couple big cities and can’t dream of living somewhere small again.
I’ll tell you a secret though. I love small town romances. There is something about the dynamics of a small town that are perfect for love stories. There is always lots of gossip, plenty of strange characters and a few surprises.
The best part, to me, is that everyone thinks they know everyone in a small town. That’s why love should be difficult to find. If you’ve already met everyone, then who’s left? Then one day, they run across that person they’ve never met before. The one didn’t know was in town. Maybe they just moved there or maybe they’ve been there all along, but either way there is an instant attraction. The only thing the author has to do is sit back and allow things to run their course. 
Why do you love small town romances?
Alright, time for the fun part. I’m having a large giveaway as part of my blog tour. Comments on each of the stops will count as an entry in the contest. Winners will be drawn on August 1st and will receive a gift basket from me complete with some book swag, bath products, and honey. For more details (and chances to enter), you can visit my blog (http://www.authormaggiegreene.com). Please make sure you leave an email address.

Nursing Second Chances
A Honey Creek Sweet Romance
Kiersten Hart left Honey Creek the minute she graduated high school and never looked back. When her sister Jeanine is widowed and left to raise two children alone, Kiersten moves back on a temporary basis. When Charles steps in and sweeps her off her feet, she has to decide if the wounds from her childhood can be mended.
After his wife died, Charles Webber swore he’d never love anyone again. He buried himself in his work and didn’t look up until he found out his son was sick. Moving to Honey Creek was supposed to make things easier. Kiersten does little to help keep things simple. Though he is taken with her, he soon realizes the casual relationship they agreed on is turning serious. As their expiration date approaches, Charles must decide if Kiersten is worth the risk.




Maggie Greene has often been described as having an overactive imagination. She’s not convinced this is true, but does seem to spend a lot of her time daydreaming up ways to make her characters fall in love. When she’s not buried in a pile of books or typing away on her computer, she’s living out her very own happily-ever-after with a very patient husband and a demanding cat.Maggie loves to hear from readers. You can contact her at authormaggiegreene@gmail.com, through her website www.authormaggiegreene.com or on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorMaggieGreene.



My Review


First thoughts after…
Nursing Second Chances is a sweet, endearing feel good book. 
How Distracted Did I Get?
Kiersten never wants to go back to her tiny hometown again.  With the death of her brother-in-law, who was in the military, she went back to help her sister, niece and nephew get through the rough time.  She’ll be there a couple weeks, a month tops.  If only that was true.  She’s gotten a job as the local elementary school nurse to help with bills until she heads back to Philadelphia. 
Charles has been a single dad since his son Jason was born, his wife died during child birth. No one has caught Charles’s eye in ten years until he met Kiersten her first day at work when Jason’s blood sugar dropped and had to visit the new nurse’s office. 
Will Kiersten and Charles make things work out or will Kiersten let her past rule her future?
How Many Baskets?
From beginning to end Nursing Second Chances had me in its grip and didn’t let me go until the end.  It’s a sweet romance that is perfect when you just want the perfect romance.
I give Nursing Second Chances………
5 Baskets! <3

Author  Bio:
Maggie Greene grew up in small town Wyoming. Without much else to entertain her, she set about creating characters in her own mind. When it finally came time to put pen to paper (or more accurately, fingers to keyboard), the people she'd dreamed up demanded romantic plot lines. She was more than happy to comply. She is currently living her very own happily ever after in Pittsburgh with her husband and cat. Maggie also writes erotica and erotic romance under the name Emily Cale.


July 16  Passion For Pages   Review/Guest Post  
July 17 Bajan Rosa Books   Review/Interview
July 18  Blogging By Liza   Review
July 19  Books, Etc.  Review
July 20  Books, Etc.  Guest Post
July 21 Deco My Heart Review
July 23 
Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books  Guest Post 
July 24 Cat's Thoughts Review
July 26 Ramblings Of A Chaotic Mind Guest Post
            Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer Guest Post
July 27 Chick Lit Plus  Review/Guest Post
July 28  Wendi Zwaduk Guest Post
July 30 Hanging With Bells Guest Post

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Another Idea!

I know it's a dangerous thing right?  Well, I would like to push to get to 150 GFC Followers!  I was wondering if there were any authors or anyone that would like to donate a book/ebook for a giveaway for people who refer people to my site and for a 150 follower giveaway!  (books please no erotic or lgbt. is that right?  IDK)


Update!
I have 2 authors throwing in some ebooks and book!  For those that help with donations this will be free advertising for as long as it takes to get me to 150 GFC followers I'm at 68 now! <3   


Update #2
I have donations from:
Jen Tucker Author of The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out
Katie Mettner Author of Sugar's Dance
Rose McClelland Author or How to Look Like You
Jenn Cooksey Author of Shark Bait is donating a signed book!
Amy Gregory Author of the Racing to Love Series!  Signed book with bookmark!


I'd love to gather more so contact me if you have a donation you would like to make! Shoot me an email at forgethousework at gmail dot com if you'd like to join in with books, ebooks, swag etc..... <3


Let me know what you think! 
Thanks!
As always,
<3 Tobi

Monday, July 23, 2012


Team Daemon FTW



Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be going up against Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars in the Young Adult Crush Tournament today (Monday July 23). Valerie from Stuckinbooks.com is Daemon's advocate.



To vote just head on over to

YA-Sisterhood.


For those who don’t know Daemon is from the Lux series (Obsidian and Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. To find out more about the series check out Jennifer’s website, here. Also check out the book trailer for Obsidian on Youtube.



If Daemon wins this round Jennifer will show a never before scene between Katy and Daemon (between Obsidian and Onyx).



Also don’t forget to join in on the Twitter party that will be lasting all day. There will even be the opportunity to win some awesome giveaways. To join in just use the hashtag #TeamDaemonFTW



“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” - Obsidian


500 Votes: A Daemon teaser from Onyx
800 Votes: A Daemon POV teaser from Onyx
1000 votes: Signed ARC of Onyx (Pepe, Sztella, and me)
1300 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity and Cursed. 
1550 Votes: Signed Daemon Invasion Tour swag
2000 Votes: A juicy teaser from Deity, Cursed, and Unchained
2500 Votes: A signed copy of Diety
3000 Votes: A reeeeeaaaal good teaser of Onyx
Winning Vote: A deleted, unedited Obsidian scene between Katy and Daemon
**Remember** If Daemon or Aiden makes it into the final four, I will share the unedited, special edition "Laptop Scene"


Thank you all again and don't forget to vote starting at midnight. Lets go Team Daemon FTW!!!


Go Team Daemon!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Daisy Darling Meets A Man by L.A. Dale


GoodReads Synopsis
What would you do if you opened your door in the dead of night to find a handsome man on the other side? Holding an orphaned lamb. 

After being dumped by her husband, Daisy Darling wants nothing more than to curl up in her pyjamas every night and drink herself into sleep. She doesn't want to face her life. Then, one night, a storm brings a stranger to her door. A stranger who turns out to be the most famous rock star on the planet, Hawk Moon.
Hawk is nothing like Daisy imagined a rock star would be. He's honest and down to Earth and in the short time he's in her life, Daisy finds herself feeling emotions she hasn't experienced in a very long time. There's something about Hawk that makes her want to start her life over.

But Hawk and Daisy will never be an item. Hawk is on tour. Daisy lives in the country. She's small town and he's the universe. Their worlds can never collide. Or can they?

First thoughts after….
I would love to see more if it’s another short or a regular length novel.  Probably what Ms. Dale wants to hear from me! LOL 
How Distracted Did I Get?
Poor Daisy was left by her HS sweetheart for a 19 year old who works in a bakery.  She hasn’t left her house in months.  Then suddenly a late night knock on her door throws her life into a tail spin.  Will it be more heartbreak or happily ever after?
How Many Baskets?
Daisy is a normal lady insecure, sweet and she has no clue how beautiful she is after her ex left.  The rock star wants a normal life.  Hot, hot, hot!  I read this book in about 3 hours and that’s with interruptions at bedtime with kids and hubs. A definite must for lunch break or just a quick read!
I give Daisy Darling Meets a Man……..
 5 Baskets
Click the link and grab a copy! <3

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blog Tour with Dina Silver and her New Release Kat Fight! Q&A & Review!



Goodreads Synopsis
The seriously funny, fabulously flawed Kat Porter has arrived, and she may just steal your heart—not to mention your boyfriend. Readers everywhere will revel in this sharp-witted, well-meaning whirlwind in author Dina Silver’s hilarious new novel, Kat Fight. In her quest for love, Kat makes every wrong turn, juggling two men, one best friend, and her own deeply confused heart’s desires.

Kat Porter is a consummate romantic, eager for her chance to find love and commitment. But after her boyfriend of four years, Marc, begins to grow apathetic and sends her calls straight to voicemail one too many times, Kat finally musters the courage to confront her so-called sweetheart, who seems more interested in dodging her than courting her. Though she’s no fan of ultimatums, Kat is at the end of her considerable wits, and lobs a massive one his way, completely confident that he'll make the right decision when faced with losing her. He doesn't. 

With radio silence from Marc, Kat’s lifelong dream of finding a husband and forging a family is decidedly on the skids. That’s when her childhood friend Julie steps in, forcing Kat on a blind date to help her move beyond the break-up. Not only does Kat botch the setup, she instead finds herself in hot pursuit of Julie’s love interest, Ryan Sullivan. A man who, in addition to literally taking her breath away, is the living, breathing personification of everything Kat wants in a husband.

Can Kat connect with the man of her dreams without hurting two of the people she cares most about? At the same time, she must also contend with the quips of her beloved catty coworker Adam, her bi-polar boss Brooke, and a string of comic, unpredictable plot twists. All the while, Kat’s cheeky perspective and generous heart will leave readers adoring every moment of her journey while chuckling and cheering for the ever cute, razor-sharp Kat as she fights to land the love of a lifetime.

First Thoughts after
Le Sigh……..  Such a great book!  Didn’t want it to end…….. but loved the fun facts at the end!  Must Check those out!!!!

How Distracted Did I Get?
Kat has a long time boyfriend from college who’s been neglecting her.  She gives him an ultimatum and she did not get the response she expected.  Despite the turbulent relationship with Marc this break up seems different.  Thrown back into singleton she decides to meet new people. 
Enter the handsome Ryan.  She meets Ryan while she is on a blind date with his friend (who reviews porn) and Ryan is on a date with her friend Julie.  A while later Ryan ends up with a shiny new job at Kat’s advertising office.  She’s crushing big time.  With the support of her bff Adam she goes through the ups and downs of a new relationship, risks her friendship with Julie and her ex popping back up.  Will it be a happy ending?
How Many Baskets?
So, I’m going to be completely honest friends, I was a beta reader for this book so this was my 2nd opportunity to read this amazing book.  I wasn’t given credit for being a beta reader so I believe there is no conflict of interest.
OK, back to the baskets.  I laughed so hard!  If you don’t love Adam there’s something wrong with you!  LOL Kat has some hard decisions to make and in the process makes mistakes like any person can.  Ryan is hot, sensitive but not perfect in all ways.  All men have to have some flaw right?
I gave Kat Fight………
5 Baskets!!!!!!!

Q&A with Dina Silver! <3

What makes this story special to you?
Kat Fight is loosely based on how I met my husband, back in 1997, and is really special to me because I’ve always wanted to write comedy, and this is my first shot at it.

How do you develop a character?
My characters are almost always based on people I know, or people I’ve met throughout my lifetime. The great thing about even the goofiest person in our lives is that there is always some one who can relate to them. Everyone’s had a crazy relative, a snobby friend, a jerky boss - so for me it’s merely dipping into my own reality show and finding the things that make certain people interesting and impactful. Even if someone is a shy, mousy wallflower, they can still have a bold impact on your story. 

How does plot happen for you?  Does it evolve as you write or do you outline it in advance?  Describe the process.
I am not a fan of writing an outline. I have written two novels so far and each one has literally spilled out onto the computer when I sat down to write. I truly don’t believe I could write a story unless I have it worked out in my head first. I’m not saying that character studies or plot development are a waste of time, it simply works better for me to write in a more freestyle manner.


Your book is written in the first person.  Why did you choose that point of view?
Both of my novels are written in the first person, so I guess this is the POV I’m most comfortable with. While it does limit you to only one person’s opinions and interpretations, it’s easier for me to channel myself into my protagonist if I can hear her voice and write through her emotions.

What personal experience do you bring to your book?
A great deal, actually. Many of the scenes in both, Kat Fight, and One Pink Line, are lifted from my own life experiences. It can be very therapeutic!

What else can you tell us about yourself or your writing process?
Just that I feel so grateful to be able to self publish and finally have my writing available to people. That being said, it’s still a ton of work. I spend hours (not 2 or 3, more like 6) a day trying to market my book and myself and reach as many people as I can. The hardest work truly begins once the book is done!




What’s your fave?


Cleaning tip?
Hire someone immensely more qualified.


Place for Vacay?
Miami & Disney!


Food?
Cheese fries


Beverage?
Red Wine


Thing to do in amusement park?
Sit on a bench eating funnel cake and wait for nine-year old son to get off the rides.


Coffee or Tea? 
Coffee with cream and sweetener.

Author Bio:

Dina Silver is a writer, red wine drinker, cheese fry lover, and future cat hoarder. She currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Inspired by how she met her husband, Kat Fight is Dina’s second novel.

Connect with Dina!
TWITTER:
@DinaSilver

FACEBOOK:

MY WEBSITE:


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Promo Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison


Date to be Published: ebook Release June 2012
Synopsis: 

Mormon girl Leesie has life figured out until devastated Michael lands in her small town high school. He needs her like no one has before. A rare journey into a faithful LDS teen’s intimate struggle. 

"[Morrison] handles the topics of religion and premarital sex gracefully without passing judgment. The message has less to do with religion than learning to respect and cherish others while staying true to one’s own beliefs.”  – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Brand new paperback and reformatted ebook with fully scalable fonts. Includes bonus, never-before-published scene, "Airport Good-bye!" 
10 Year Anniversary
Ten years ago this week, Taken by Storm's scuba-diving hero, Michael, swam out of Angela's brain and onto her page. Join the anniversary celebration! Win your own copy of the brand new paperback!  Snag Taken by Storm's Kindleebook for only $ .99Unbroken Connection (Book 2) and Cayman Summer (Book 3) are free on Kindle! Hurry. The promotion ends Friday, July 20th. Don't own a Kindle?  Download free Kindle apps for your laptop, tablet, iTouch, or phone.  

Excerpt 

Meet Leesie:

from Leesie's Most Private Chapbook, Prologue, Taken by Storm, "What does it Matter?"

What does it matter if
another jock pinches me
as I walk down the hall to Physics
and high fives Troy, celebrating
like he just scored
the season’s first touchdown?

As I stalk past Troy,
architect of my torture,
I’m frozen, a block of ice—
not a single drop melts.

All hail the Mormon Ice Queen.

What does it matter?

I know the commandment,
but I don’t even consider
turning the other cheek.

And, yes, it hurts, but
life without pain
isn’t much of a test.

This feeling can’t be lonely—
I’m not alone.

I walk with His hand on my shoulder,
His voice whispering in my soul,
His love soaring in my heart,
His suffering
my
salvation.

What else could possibly matter?




Author Bio
Angela Morrison is the award-winning YA author of Taken by Storm (Books 1-3) and Sing me to Sleep. She graduated from Brigham Young University and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Eastern Washington on the wheat farm where Taken by Storm is set. She's an advanced NAUI, Nitrox certified scuba diver. The hurricane that kills Michael's parents was inspired by a real-life diving accident. 
After over a decade in Canada, Switzerland, and Singapore, Angela and her family are happily settled in Mesa, Arizona. She enjoys speaking to writers and readers of all ages about her craft. She has four children--mostly grown up--and the most remarkable grandson in the universe. 
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