Monday, September 30, 2013

{ in love with romance blog tour: vacant by evelyn r. baldwin - excerpt & giveaway }


Title: Vacant
Author: Evelyn R. Baldwin
Release Date: Feb.23 2013
Genre: New Adult
Ethan Parker gets up every day, surviving the only way he knows how—alone. Orphaned as a child and forced into the child welfare system, he knows better than to depend on anyone but himself. He’s learned trust is a word used all too often, but rarely earned.
Ethan believes that his best chance for maintaining a simple and solitary existence is to live by a simple mantra:
Don’t get involved. Keep things simple. Take care of yourself!
When a young woman moves in next door, Ethan is forced to reevaluate his beliefs. He tries to keep his distance, but his new neighbor’s infectious smile and outlook on life leave him struggling with the decision of living the life he knows, or taking a chance on the unexpected.

As Ethan develops a relationship with his new neighbor, Emily, he realizes nothing is simple and learns that life is about more than just surviving... it’s about living.




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Excerpt from Vacant

My life hasn’t changed much in the past three years. I get up every morning, walk to the grocery store, clock in, work a ten hour shift, clock out, come home, mind my own business, and do it again the next day.

I don’t have friends because they create lots of complications and drama. I spend my time at work smiling at the customers and doing my job. Co-workers ask me out from time to time, but the truth is I don’t have extra money to have a few beers with the guys or take a girl on a date. I’m always careful with my rejection. There’s no sense in hurting anyone’s feelings when it’s not necessary. Plus, it would lead to questions I'm not willing to answer.

I’m sitting alone at my thrift store kitchen table, staring down at a day-old cookie. It’s my twenty-first birthday today. I don’t have any plans, and there are no cards in my mailbox. I’m having dessert for breakfast, a treat to myself, and I’m thankful for what little I have.

It’s sad as hell, but I don’t have any candles so I light a match and jam it in the middle of the damn cookie. I don’t even make a wish before I blow out the tiny flame so it doesn’t burn down and ruin my treat.

No sooner than the flame’s gone out, there’s a knock at my door. I look at my dollar store wall clock and see it’s only nine. I can't imagine who would be at my door this early on a Saturday morning. Most of my neighbors sleep in after a late Friday night.

Even though I’m twenty-one, I tend to think of myself as more mature than most people my age, so when I open the door and see a girl, petite and fragile in appearance, I automatically think she’s young. She may even be my age, maybe younger, but my experience makes me feel like I’m over thirty, so she seems like a girl to me.

She’s standing there smiling as if she doesn’t have a care in the world, obviously not knowing people around here don’t smile. I peer at her through the ripped screen of my front door as the heat and humidity of the day filters in.

“Hey, what’s up? I’m Emily. I just moved in next door.”

Giveaway

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about the author

Evelyn R. Baldwin was born in the Midwest and spent her childhood on a horse ranch. As an only child, Evelyn was often forced to entertain herself with the family's horses as companions, and her imagination the only limitation.
After moving to St. Louis to attend college, she earned a degree in Education. During her Master's program, Evelyn discovered her fascination with behavior and psychology.
Her first professional job experience was as a juvenile counselor, which led her to venture into other human sciences, eventually making a career with Behavior Analysis. While writing is a hobby for Evelyn, she often uses her experiences with human behavior to guide her characters.
She's written short stories since childhood but only recently began exercising her real writing muscles. While she does not consider herself a professional writer in any sense of the word, she continues to polish her craft and hopes for success in her writing ventures, even if they are just as a hobby.









Friday, September 27, 2013

{ in love with romance blog tour: between faith and fear by j.a. dennam - excerpt & giveaway ]

Title: Between Faith and Fear
Series: Captive series (book 2)
Author: J. A. Dennam
Release Date: August 31, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Melanie Parker's life takes a gut-wrenching turn when she wakes up in a crumbling, unfamiliar environment. Even worse, her small child is in the arms of a certifiable killer, but Rena Hellberg isn't the only immediate threat. Melanie's abductor lurks in the shadows, a quiet, hooded stranger who's calling the shots. When she refuses to play the meek hostage, he reveals his darkest secrets in order to gain her cooperation.

Though he can barely trust himself, he can't deny his feelings for a woman he should have left alone. It wasn't his intention to bring her into a world he's trying to break free of, but he refuses to let it destroy her. The formidable group of enforcers who took him and made him one of their own won't tolerate rebellion of any kind. But they've never dealt with such a stubborn recruit...or one with so much to live for.




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Excerpt from Between Faith and Fear


Melanie’s cooperation was too important. Her child presented a problem he hadn’t counted on. Something had to change, as this was no longer a simple plan.

Sensing her eyes on him, he turned, regarded her with doubt. Should he? It was never supposed to happen. He shouldn’t put her through that kind of turmoil; it wasn’t fair to her.

But life had handed him a ton of unfair.

Since he’d sent the dog downstairs to keep an eye on Rena, they were alone. Expelling a heavy breath, he moved barefoot over the debris, knowing if she were to close her eyes, she’d never know he approached.

She sat up, her slender shoulders stiff with expectation. He lowered himself before her, mirroring her position with his knees to the floor. They were close. She didn’t budge. The questions must have been compiling in her beautiful head since he’d ordered her to sit down because she whispered…

“You kissed me.”

She remembered. “Yes,” he answered truthfully.

After a moment’s hesitation, she nodded. “It was…familiar.”

Aw, hell. “Just familiar?”



Giveaway

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More titles from J.A. Dennam



about the author

J. A. Dennam, an award winning author and member of Romance Writers of America, resides in a small Kansas town with her husband and four children. Besides her love for the literary arts, her interests include fine arts, culinary arts, singing and motorcycling (sometimes together ;)

Storytelling has been a part of her life since childhood, when insomnia forced a young girl of six into counting popcorn on the ceiling in the dead of night. Confessing her problem to her older sister, the two girls decided to tell each other stories to entice sleep; however, the inevitable snore always tore through her sister's nose before she could utter the words 'Once Upon A Time.' So, the stories began to flow in silence, her imagination taking her to quiet, private places so enthralling, the trick was suddenly to stay awake. Each night, she went to bed anticipating the continuation of the adventure that had been interrupted by sleep the previous night. Soon, insomnia was no longer a problem and the stories would sometimes take months to complete.

Those habits carried on to adulthood until the need to purge her stories demanded she put them in print. Her fascination with romance, fast cars and adventure films is what structures her stories today, making Romantic Suspense the genre she was simply born to write.









Thursday, September 26, 2013

{ in love with romance blog tour: starstruck by adalynn quinn - excerpt & giveaway }


Title: Starstruck
Series: Fusion
Author: Adalynn Quinn
Release Date: September 11, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Two broken people seek solace from their painful pasts meet at a poignant time in their lives.

Indi Devereux is a gifted music student recovering from the betrayal of a callous parent who had put her life in danger out of some deranged idea of revenge. Xander Keats is famous rock star who is about to head into a loveless marriage all to keep his hard-hearted father happy.

Can an anonymous holiday affair truly be the answer or will it only end in tears?

Neither were interested in anything long term but sometimes life doesn't always go to plan.




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excerpt from "starstruck"


Even in the dimness of the evening sun when he had first laid eyes on her, Xander could not help but notice the woman’s bronzed, curvaceous form, poured into a blue halter-neck top and white capri pants; her layered, dark blonde curls cascading down her back to her waist. In just one glance, his attention had been captivated wholly.

Xander was not ashamed to admit that he’d been with a fair few stunning women in his time, but nothing came close to the memory of this girl’s body in that outfit. It had given him an instant hard-on. But it wasn’t all about her curves. The way his neighbour’s gaze had met his, almost defiantly, fascinated him. It made up his mind that he was going to have her.

Xander was curious how someone would react to him initially if she didn’t know his identity. Admittedly, this woman’s hesitancy when he first tried to strike up a conversation had postponed any intended seduction that he’d planned when he saw how spooked she was. He had seen the same reaction many times before in the eyes of his sister, Freya, after the discovery that a supposed family friend had been pressurising her into a relationship she didn’t want.


Giveaway

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about the author

As well as writing, Adalynn also enjoys reading; her favourite classics include Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion and Jane Eyre having studied English Literature before moving onto Art and Graphic Design. Current genre of choice on her iPad are dark, angsty steamy romances. Particular favourites at the moment are by S.C Stephens, Abbi Glines, R K Lilley, Sylvia Day and Jodi Ellen Malpas. Adalynn is also a regular visitor to eBook readers anonymous to keep her addiction under control.










Wednesday, September 25, 2013

{ in love with romance blog tour: A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh - excerpt & giveaway }



Title: A Beautiful Mess
Series: Beautiful Mess
Author: T.K Leigh
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

What happens when you lose everyone that promised they would always be there for you? How can you protect the few pieces of your
shattered heart that remain?

Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the young age of six and being raised by an uncle who she lost years later, she refuses to get attached to anyone, including friends.

For the past decade, she has been able to remain unattached to any man, too worried about losing someone to get too close. Until
Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But he has issues of his own. And he’s keeping a secret
that could turn Olivia's world upside-down. Will Olivia let Alexander in enough for him to get close and protect her from a force threatening her very existence, or will she push him away, scared of letting Alexander in, in order to protect her heart?



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Excerpt from A Beautiful Mess

Olivia quickly raised herself off the ground, desperate to get away from Simon, and fled onto State Street. She frantically ran down the cobblestone sidewalk, crying out for someone to help her. The silence around her was deafening as fear consumed her body, her hands shaking. The normally busy street was barren, the last of the bar patrons long gone for the evening.

The clouds in the sky created an ominous feel. All of the buildings were eerily dark. Street lights dimly illuminated each corner, casting shadows on the vacant street. As she tried to find someone to help her, Olivia heard a noise coming from the direction of the night entrance and she started running again, adrenaline coursing through her entire body. She wasn’t sure where to go but she knew she didn’t want Simon to ever touch her again.


Giveaway

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About the author

T. K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer/attorney by trade. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.









Tuesday, September 24, 2013

{ in love with romance blog tour: then, now, forever by teodora kostova - excerpt & giveaway }

Title: Then, Now, Forever (Heartbeat #2)
Series: Heartbeat
Author: Teodora Kostova
Released: September 26, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary 

THEN
"Gia had let Beppe into her life so easily, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She’d held him when he’d hurt so badly he’d thought he might die; she’d talked him down when he’d been so angry he’d considered doing something he’d regret for the rest of his life.
Gia had saved his life.
At least once he needed to be strong for her.
This right now, this moment, was theirs. It belonged to them, not to abusive or dead fathers, not to guilt, regret or sorrow, not to the past or the future."

But will their love survive when tragedy separates them?

“I have to go, Gia. I’m tired and I feel empty. I know you need me, but I have nothing left to give you. I need to heal.”

“I miss you so much it’s hard to breathe.”

NOW

"Beppe was still Gia’s closest friend. But they’d never be anything more than that again. Remembering what it felt like to have the person you love most in the world be torn away from you still hurt. Gia was determined never to be put into that position again."

There was never lack of love, but can Beppe win Gia’s trust again?

FOREVER

“When I was broken you gave me pieces of yourself and made me whole again.”

'Then, Now, Forever' is the second book of the Heartbeat series. It features characters from the first book in the series - 'In a Heartbeat' - but can be read as a stand alone novel. It's the complete story of Beppe and Gia - no cliffhanger.

New Adult Contemporary Romance, recommended for readers 17+ due to language, sexual situations and incredibly hot Italian guys




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Excerpt from "Then, Now, Forever"


When she finished in the bathroom, she found Beppe in the exact same position as she’d left him – on his tummy, his head turned towards her, his eyes open, but heavy with sleep and pain killers. Gia hesitated again thinking it might be better to go sleep in her mum’s room after all, but instead she moved to the side of the bed. Beppe tugged the blanket aside and patted the mattress, his usual smirk trying to appear on his lips. She lay next to him then, turning on her side to face him.

“You cried in the shower,” he stated. There was no point in denying it – if he hadn’t actually heard her, the red, swollen eyes must be a dead giveaway, so she nodded and sighed.

“Don’t. Please, don’t cry for me. I can’t stand to see you cry.”

“How can I not? I’ve been watching that monster beat you and over and you won’t even let me help.”

“You are helping. Every single time.”

“Yeah. After. I want to help so that this never happens again. I don’t want to heal your wounds and hold you while you cry. I want it to stop.”



More by Teodora Kostova



Giveaway

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about the author
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.









Monday, September 23, 2013

{ in love with romance blog tour: When You're Ready by J.L. Berg with Excerpt }



Book Title: When You’re Ready
Series Name: The Ready Series
Author Name: J.L. Berg
Release Date: July 23rd 2013
Exact Genre: Contemporary Romance
Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words “When You’re Ready” written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Logan Matthews is the son of a billionaire who has spent his entire life trying to make his absent father proud. Years of living up to a man who was more ghost than father, and a publicly failed marriage has left Logan cold and emotionless until he walks into an exam room and discovers a woman who can stop his heart, make his body burn with desire and leave his entire world altered.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you never know if you are truly ready until you’re ready to risk it all.



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Excerpt from "When You're Ready"

The front door I had been staring at opened, startling me.

“You gonna stand out here all day?” Logan asked, leaning against the door frame as he casually threw a kitchen towel over his shoulder.

“Ah, no. Sorry. Scatterbrained.”

“You mean nervous?” he said, motioning to the overnight bag that was slung over my shoulder.

Blushing, I nodded. The overnight bag had been a huge cause of contention between Leah and me. She told me to pack it. I told her it was being presumptuous.

“Presumptuous, Clare?” she said “He invited you over for dinner. After telling you the next time you were alone, he was going to ravage you senseless. I think you’re being a little dense. Pack a bag so you don’t have to brush your teeth with your index finger.


Giveaway

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About The Author

J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She's married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.







{ Who’s Mr. September? }



The six heroes from this month’s BRAZENS are battling it out to be your Mr. September.

Who gets your vote?
 
Each day this week the six heroes are stopping by some awesome blogs to answer both sexy and sweet personal questions, so you can really get a taste of what they’re like ;)

Each day you get to cast your vote, and at the end of the week one sexy hero will be crowned the winner of the #MrSeptember Throwdown!


Now, to meet the men competing in the #MrSeptember Throwdown!


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Whew! Hot, hot, hot - these men have definitely turned up the heat!

Ian: Wicked Games by Samanthe Beck (part of the anthology)

Grayson: Seducing Mr. Right by Katee Robert (part of the anthology)

Craig: Tempted By His Best Friend by Cari Quinn (part of the anthology)

Derek: Protecting What's Theirs by Tessa Bailey (part of the anthology)

Jett: Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh / Dirty Trick by Christine Bell



Here are today’s questions for the men

 

Question #1: Favorite ice cream flavor? 

 

Ian: Bourbon or whiskey, hold the ice cream.

Grayson: Chocolate

Trick: Cherry Garcia

Derek: I don't do sweet…not unless I'm licking it off Ginger's belly. So I guess you could say my
favorite ice cream flavor is Ginger.

Jett: Rum and Raisin (though don’t believe the cliché Aussie stereotype that we need alcohol to have a good time. We don’t. We just like having a good time period.)

Craig: Vanilla bean. I'm anything but vanilla behind closed doors but when it comes to dessert? Can't do better than that.


Question #2: Steamiest place you’ve ever seduced a lady? 

 

Ian: Private room at a club called Deuces, but “seduction” is too tame a word for what went down. I still have bruises…

Grayson: My office. I bent her over my desk and… Well, a true gentleman never tells the dirty details.

Trick: Funny you should phrase it that way. It was in a sauna, pretty recently and was definitely steamy.

Derek: While operating a motor vehicle through Chicago traffic in evening attire. Not as complicated as it sounds, if you know the right words to say. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

Jett: First class cabin on a jet. Ask Allegra. She’ll vouch for me.

Craig: Hmm, I distinctly remember having some fun on the receptionist's counter at my law firm with my favorite leading lady...but I don't kiss and tell, so read my novella to find out for sure.


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Remember, each vote also counts as an entry for one of SIX prizes so be sure to follow along and vote every day to increase your chances of winning! Visit Entangled in Romance for a recap on the awesome prizes!

Friday, September 20, 2013

{ blog tour: how to win a guy in 10 dates by jane linfoot - review & giveaway }

Title: How To Win A Guy In 10 Dates
Author: Jane Linfoot
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 206 pages
Release Date: August 29, 2013
The 10 Date Challenge
Day 1: Take one loaded commitment-phobe explosives expert, embarking on the impossible–a challenge to have ten dates with one woman.

Day 5: Add in a fiercely independent and feisty burlesque teacher who has sworn off men.

Day 10: She’s so not his type and he’s so not in her life-plan. But the heat is sizzling and the attraction is explosive. And they’re fighting it all the way….




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thoughts on "how to win a guy in 10 dates"




Every man needs a sister to tell when it's time to settle down.  At least that's what Ed's sister thinks.  All the women he's been with in the past are more interested in his money than him according to her.  To prove her and his best friend wrong Ed bets them that he can have 10 dates with a woman and not fall for her.

Enter Millie.  She's determined to stand on her own two feet and prove she doesn't need help from her family or cheating ex.  The country is her sanctuary and where she runs into Ed after an incident with her horse.     


I enjoyed the debut from Jane Linfoot.  I've always loved English characters and being set in England as well won me over.  It was a quick turn from cold to hot from Ed and Millie but the way it's wrote  is believable and honest.  The obstacles weren't invented from left field and even though they tried to hold on to a silly bet and promises made in the past, they worked together to overcome it all.






About the author

I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. Writing romance is cool, because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of gumboots. I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.










Thursday, September 19, 2013

{ book tour: beautiful chances by alicia rae - review & giveaway }

Title: Beautiful Chances
Author: Alicia Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18 & up
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Cover Designed By: Okay Creations
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
ARC provided publisher 

After losing her parents and sister in a tragic car accident, Lily distances herself from those still around her. As she solely focuses on her work, she refuses to form any emotional attachments in fear of struggling through another unbearable loss.
…until Kyle enters her life with his possessive and overbearing personality. Instead of running, Lily finds herself drawn to him. Helping her on a path to healing, Kyle stands by her side and lends her his strength.

A bond is formed, but it is tested when the unthinkable happens.

Can taking a chance on love conquer all?





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Thoughts on "Beautiful Chances"

 

I've always wondered if there was ever a good kind of "possessive" in a relationship.  Most of the time I think it's code for jealous jerk but I have new feelings on possessiveness thanks to Alicia Rae.

Lily is a girl who has experienced a devastating family tragedy and has fled to Florida to pretty much hide out.  She's not interested in forming any more attachments in life and just wants to  focus on her work.  Coincidence (or fate) brings Lily and Kyle together for the first time and irrevocably alters Lily's life again.

At the beginning of Beautiful Chances you could literally feel Lily's pain and grief over the accident.  The flashbacks were haunting and just as real to you as they were to Lily.  Seeing Lily and Kyle's relationship grow as she learned to work through her past made me smile for Lily.  At first I wondered if perhaps Kyle was too perfect and the "possessiveness" that I worried about would be another hurdle for them to overcome.  Alicia Rae brings to life a man who reminds me of the gentleman of the past; Lily is his love and Kyle wants to take care of her.  He wants to support her and loves her all in the same breath.

There is just the right amount of love, life, sadness and suspense woven though out the story.  The only thing had me in a huff was that I didn't know at first that there was a second book coming out soon as the story ends on a slight cliffhanger.  But it definatley has me looking forward to more of Lily and Kyle.






About The Author

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…




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