Her Hometown Redemption Blog Tour

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Welcome Choc Lit author, Angela Britnell...



            Hi Angela! It's great to have you here - I'm looking forward to learning more about you and                 your writing :D Let's kick off with my questions...

1.)   What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?    

          My first job was in the school summer holidays the year I turned 15 (we won’t be too specific about precisely which year!).  I was a sales assistant in the children’s clothing department of Broads – an old fashioned, long defunct, shop in St. Austell in Cornwall. The thrill of earning a hefty eleven pounds a week made me like the job a lot! I’m sure most was frittered away on clothes, David Cassidy records and teenage magazines.    
 2.)   
           Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?    I’ll have to go with bad manners and intolerance. If we could all be polite and tolerant of each other the world would be a much better place.

3.)   Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_? Interesting question! Probably a mixture of all the above – I’m not and never have been ultra fashionable and prefer my home and my clothes to be comfortable rather than ultra smart although both would be nice! Maybe one day :)
4.)            
         Tell me about your book ‘The Wedding Reject Table’ and where you got your inspiration for it?   
        
            This book started life as a 500 word short story I wrote for my publisher, Choc Lit, as one of their free ‘Treats’ to encourage readers to buy my books. Something about the title and the story wouldn’t leave me alone and my main characters, Maggie and Chad, became very insistent that I give them a chance to find out what happened next. Chad is from Nashville, Tennessee and so this story became the 2nd book in my ‘Nashville Connections’ series.
5.)            
           Who is your role model? Why?   I’d have to say my late father who passed away in January.  He was a gentleman and a gentle man in every sense of the word. He had health difficulties including contracting TB during the war and later on profound deafness but never complained. He showed his deep love  for my mother every day of their 61 year marriage. He instilled his own love of reading in me and was so proud when I became a published author telling everybody he met and showing off my books.
6.)           
          How much of your book is realistic?  Quite frankly very little! I’ve never had any bad/funny reject table experiences myself. My cake baking skills are limited and  could never stretch to a wedding cake. Unlike both Maggie and Chad I’m an only child and so I don’t have any difficult sibling relationships to complicate things. But like Maggie and Chad I met and fell in love very quickly and I’ve been married to my wonderful husband now for a wonderful 32 years and counting!
7.)          
              What are your ambitions for your writing career?   The main one that drives every new book I write is to create a story my readers will enjoy, characters they love and to take them out of the routine of everyday life for a while. Apart from that I’d have to say earning enough money from my writing to be able to afford to fly first class on my frequent trips back to Cornwall.  Of course hitting the New York Times bestseller list would also be wonderful!
8.)     
           Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.  When I had my first son we lived on the side of an active volcano (Mount Etna in Sicily) with no phone,  my closest family were 1,700 miles away and I’d never handled a baby before. Miraculously he survived and will turn 30 this year!
‘The Wedding Reject Table’ blurb.
Once on the reject table, always on the reject table? When Maggie Taylor, a cake decorator, and Chad Robertson, a lawyer from Nashville Tennessee, meet at a wedding in Cornwall it’s not under the best circumstances. They have both been assigned to ‘the reject table’, alongside a toxic collection of grumpy great aunts, bitter divorcees and stuffy organists. Maggie has grown used to being the reject, although when Chad helps her out of a wedding cake disaster she begins to wonder whether the future could hold more for her. But will Chad be strong enough to deal with the other problems in Maggie’s life? Because a ruined cake isn’t the only issue she has – not by a long shot.
2nd novella in the Nashville Connections series.   First: What Happens in Nashville.

‘The Wedding Reject Table’ buy links.


Bio
Angela was born in Cornwall and joined what was then the Women’s  Royal Naval Service to work as a Naval Secretary before she met her husband, a US Naval Flight Officer, while being based at a small NATO Headquarters on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. They lived together in Denmark, Sicily, California, southern Maryland and London before settling with their 3 sons in Franklin, Tennessee. Angela took a creative writing course in 2000 and loved it so much that she has barely put her pen down since. She has had many short stories and novels published in both the US and UK. You can find out more about Angela and her writing at www.angelabritnellromance.com

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

HER HOMETOWN REDEMPTION - available for pre-order now!!



Good morning, lovely friends & readers!!

I am thrilled to announce that the fifth book in my Harlequin Superromance series, HER HOMETOWN REDEMPTION is available for pre-order now :D

This is Tanya Todd's and Liam Browne's story––both were secondary characters in WHAT BELONGS TO HER––separated, after Tanya disappeared from Templeton Cove without reason or warning, the couple are thrown back together when Tanya returns to the Cove to start over and find the man who hurt her sister...

Here's the blurb and Amazon buy links:

She's back to right her wrongs 


When Tanya Todd returns to Templeton Cove, she knows better than to expect a warm welcome. She burned a few bridges on her way out of town, and making amends won't be easy. First on her list is the man whose heart she carelessly shattered, Liam Browne. 

Seeing the successful criminal lawyer after all these years, Tanya is interested in more than just Liam's forgiveness. As they work together to bring the man who hurt her sister to justice, the attraction between them sizzles. Suddenly Tanya's second chance could include a future with Liam…if she can prove she's changed.


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Welcome Accent Press author, Sophie Claire...



Hi Sophie!

It is so great to have you here and to find out more about you and your writing - I ADORE your quilting...so, so talented! Okay, let's get started with my questions...

1.) What is the strangest talent you have?

I’m a dab hand at invisible knots! (I love patchwork and quilting)

2.) What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

I think I’ve only ever been a witch for Halloween but I once went to a New Year’s Eve party dressed as Cruella De Vil! I made the dalmation shawl myself and must confess enjoyed wearing a feather boa a little too much! (no dogs were harmed, I hasten to add!)

3.) Are the titles of your books important?

Yes, and I usually think of the title quite early on in the writing process. However, I really struggled to come up with one for Her Forget-Me-Not Ex. I had finished the book before it came to me, but when it did, I was so pleased that it referenced flowers because the heroine, Natasha, runs a florist shop.

4.) If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?

I get a pile of rough paper and my favourite black pen, and just scribble! I write stream of consciousness, whatever comes into my head, which usually starts off with worries about the scene or the character or the plot, but then morphs into a brainstorm of ideas to solve the problem. By the end of it I often have a solution to my problem. The method is loosely based on Julia Cameron’s morning pages (as described in The Artist’s Way) and the key is to relax and let myself explore different possibilities.

5.) Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?

My sister’s a vet and she got all the animal-loving genes, whereas I’m horribly allergic! However, I adore babies (the human kind)!

6.) Who’s your favourite author? Why?

It would be impossible to narrow it down to one author because there are so many I admire in different ways, and my tastes change all the time. However, the one I keep returning to recently is Jojo Moyes. I love the balance she strikes between strong, readable plots which are also beautifully written and thought-provoking.

7.) Do you have a pet peeve?

Apostrophes in plurals! (eg. Apostrophe’s in plural’s). I see this more and more, and the proofreader in me wants to get my red pen out…!

8.) Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?

Yes! And I have some really wacky dreams so I love telling the family about them. But being all boys (who don’t remember theirs) they think I’m crazy!
Here's my book blurb:
When wealthy French businessman Luc pleads with his ex-wife Natasha to come to France and pretend they're still married for a couple of weeks to please his dying father, she's not sure she can say no. She certainly isn't prepared for the warmth of his family's welcome, or the attraction that's still simmering between her and Luc. 
But it's just two weeks in a vineyard, no strings attached, right?
My buy links:

Amazon UK:

Amazon USA:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V6B7T2Y/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d4_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1W0ZKT10JDVVH7PC4QPK&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop   

BIO: 

Sophie Claire was born in Africa to a French mother and Scottish father who settled halfway in Manchester, and Sophie still lives there now with her husband and two boys.
Sophie was shortlisted for the Elizabeth Goudge Award 2011 and the Sophie King Prize 2014. Over the years she has worked in marketing and proofreading academic papers, but writing is what she considers her 'real job', even if she has yet to convince the bank manager.

 Links 

 Twitter: @sclairewriter
  Facebook: www.facebook.com/sophieclairewriter

GIVEAWAY

Sophie is giving away a kindle copy of my book, Her Forget-Me-Not Ex, to one lucky commenter!

Good luck :D

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Welcome Entangled author, Christine Warner...


Welcome Christine! So great to have you here and have a chance to catch up with you and your writing - Christine and I have been online friends for many years, having met when we both wrote for The Wild Rose Press. Wishing you many sales and success with your latest Entangled release, A Friendly Engagement!

1.)          What is your favourite thing about yourself?
The fact that I’m loyal to a fault. Once you’re my friend, we’re friends for life. I’m lucky to have several special people in my life. So, so lucky J

2.)          What do you wish you’d known before you started writing?
How to write. Lol It’s funny how easy I thought it would be, and how it ended up being a huge learning experience on so many levels.

3.)          Share a romantic moment in your life.
I actually just wrote a blog about this that will be shared on the Entangled website.

The night I met my husband we were out with mutual friends. We were bar hopping via limo and having a great time. My future husband and I hit it off very quickly and from that night on were inseparable.

Anyway, I’ll try and make this short, but while we were bar hopping and having a great time laughing and getting a little crazy, one of the bartenders at one of the bars asked what we were celebrating. I don’t know what made me say it (maybe one too many, lol) but I said we were out celebrating our double wedding. Afterward my future hubs asked me what it would take for me to really marry him. I was having fun and I told him that karats—as in a karat diamond—runs in my family, so that’s what it’d take for me to say yes.

Fast forward a couple weeks later and he picks me up for lunch while I was at work and while we are eating pizza he presents me with a carrot—as in the vegetable—necklace that he had fashioned out of a piece of gold. It was a total “aww” moment and his little play on words over something I said melted my heart. I have this special necklace still and someday will hand it down to my daughter J

4.)          Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author? What is it?
Hmm, interesting question. I can’t think of a subject off  the top of my head that I’d never write about. I don’t think you should write about anything that makes you come across preachy or forces your convictions in the reader’s face, but I can’t name one in particular J

5.)          Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I know you’ve probably read it a hundred times, but I really feel like reading helps you become a better writer. As long as you truly read what you are reading. Don’t just read for the story—although that’s the best part—pay attention to what you are reading. Sentence structure, the use of the senses, how certain things a character says and does make you feel. I think all of this combined helps your own writing.

6.)          If you could be the original author for any book, what would it be? Why?
Okay, this is the toughest question. There are so many awesome books that I’ve enjoyed over the year, so in order to give you an answer I’m going to go with a book that is dear to my heart.

I’d want to be the author of Kitten Twins because this is the first book that my mom bought for me, and the first book I learned to read. I read it non-stop, to anyone that would listen. I’m sure I drove my entire family crazy. I loved this book so much, that I still own it. It’s not on a bookshelf of favorites, but tucked away safely in my closet because it’s so worn I’m afraid it’ll get more damaged than it already is. (Yep, it was read so much that my mom ended up taping several pages, and the spine of the book) It looks rough, but at the same time you can see it is and was well loved.

7.)          What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
What? Me, get in trouble? Lol I was a typical kid and did typical kid things. Basically I was pretty good but there were a few times in my teen years I stayed out past curfew—even though my parents were pretty liberal with that curfew—and got in trouble with my dad. I think all he really wanted was for me to take the time to call if I was going to stay out later, or decide to spend the night at a friend’s house on short notice. Now that I’m a parent, I totally get that.

8.)          If I came to your house for dinner what would you prepare for me? Why?
Spaghetti with homemade mammoth meatballs. Lol Growing up my dad would cook his special meatballs with spaghetti and it was a huge deal. He’d only do it about once a year because it was a huge undertaking. He didn’t just make any type of meatball, it was a masterpiece. He mixed several times of ground meat, spices, herbs and secret ingredients, baked them, and sometimes let us have one before everything else was finished. The meatballs he made were huge, almost a meal in themselves. Then he simmered these amazing meatballs with his special spaghetti. No lie, this was a huge event at our house and lasted all day, but the end result was worth the wait. Anyway, my youngest son is a huge fan of these meatballs and I enjoy making them even though they are a lot of work, and it’s always fun to see people’s reactions when they try them 
 BLURB

Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

Okay, so it wasn't exactly Devi's plan to become her friend's fake fiancée. Lies aren't her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she's never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend—falling for her fiancé.

EXCERPT

“You’re game for anything, right?”
Devi compressed her lips and studied Omar through a narrow gaze, taking in the way his overly bright eyes concentrated on her face as if memorizing every pore. Her gaze traveled south to the non-existent rise and fall of his chest and how he pushed his suit jacket aside as he placed his hands low on his hips. He’d stopped breathing while he waited for her reply. That made her more nervous than anything. “Normally I am game for anything, but considering the man asking the question, I’m a little nervous.” She licked her lips.
Omar shook his head, swallowing her hands in the warmth of his. “No. This is a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before.”
“I’ll hold back on saying I’m glad I could help until I know what you’ve got pinging around your brain.” She tried to pull free of his grip, but he only grasped her fingers tighter. Her inner voice told her whatever plan he’d cooked up included her and she wouldn’t be thrilled with the role.
“Bartow wants a family-first firm. He wants a planner who is married, blah, blah blah.” He dismissed his unfinished words with the thrust of his chin.
Devi nodded, her mouth going dry. Was he planning to hire a wife, or about to propose?
“I might not be married, but what if I were engaged?”
She didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the proposal so she pasted on a tight smile. “Do you have a serious girlfriend hidden away I don’t know about?” The thought unsettled her, but she pushed aside the heaviness in her gut. Omar and relationships mixed like fire and ice. Not that women didn’t find him attractive and vice versa, but his true love would always be work. Most sane women wanted something more than a workaholic commitment-phobe.
He shook his head a bit too vigorously. “No. No.” His grip tightened, and she flexed her fingers so he’d loosen his hold. “Hear me out before you shoot me down.”
“I’m more curious than ever.” Again, she threw sand over that niggling feeling in her belly. She never jumped to conclusions. Living by the seat of your pants didn’t allow it, but…
Why start now? She rolled her shoulders in an effort to relax. Omar pulled her off to the side and out of the crowd moving past them on the sidewalk. His hands shook with excitement, and he swallowed hard before clearing his throat. Always calm and collected, his buildup unsettled Devi, and she tugged one hand from his grip and pressed it against the gurgle growing in her stomach.
“How about we announce our engagement? I could pull in some favors and have it in the press Monday morning. That’d still give Bartow enough time to invite us to the meet and greet. And—”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Devi’s stomach did a nosedive, and she yanked her other hand from his death grip and stepped back. She twisted one of the bangle bracelets on her wrist. “Our engagement? First off, I didn’t even know we were dating. And second, I am not going to help you get ahead by lying.”

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AUTHOR BIO
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, Instagram, goodreads, and her website at christine-warner.com.


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Thursday, 25 June 2015

HEALED BY LOVE BY MELISSA FOSTER




HEALED BY LOVE

The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor are the newest addition to the award-winning Braden series and the Love in Bloom family, joining the Snow Sisters, the Bradens, the Remingtons, & Seaside Summers, (Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK).

Fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love.

Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.



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ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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GIVEAWAY
3 ecopies of GAME OF LOVE

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Welcome best-selling author, Anna Jacobs...


 I am so happy to be hosting my friend and fabulously prolific, best-selling author, Anna Jacobs to my blog - Anna splits her time between the UK and Australia and is one of the friendliest authors I have had the pleasure to meet. Welcome, Anna!

1.)            What did you want to be when you grew up?

At the age of 10 I figured out that someone had to be writing the stories I loved to read, so I decided that was what I wanted to do. However, life and the need to earn a living got in the way, so I became a teacher. In the 1960s there simply wasn’t much choice for educated woman – not that I knew of anyway. I came from a working class family, so no one in it knew how writers got started or thought it a good way to earn a living. I think they equated it with actors.

2.)            Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate. I have never liked the taste of tea and coffee – to put it mildly. I’ve tried several times because people tell me tea and coffee are delicious. Well, they taste bitter and nasty to me. So I’ll stick to chocolate.

3.)            What genre do you typically read? Why?

I have a reading ‘habit’ of three novels a week. I don’t read gruesome or uber-violent books but I do like variety, so I stick to family stories, love stories, cosy crime, fantasy. And actually, I’ve had books published in all those genres. I like complex stories, with substantial sub-plots, or cosy crime with another element in it eg Laurie King’s Sherlock Holmes series – where he marries a younger and very intelligent wife. Or Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series, exploring the years after WW1. Or Lillian Stewart Carl’s archeological mysteries, which often have supernatural elements. Intelligent books.

4.)            Share a favourite childhood memory.

During the late years of World War 2 I used to go to my Granddad’s allotment with him and pinch peapods. He used to pretend he hadn’t noticed. He was a magic Granddad, who used to read to me. We cut out Rupert cartoons from the newspaper every day and stuck them in a scrap book together. He taught me the beginnings of reading too. My father was serving in the Middle East for four years and I didn’t really meet him till after the war ended, so my mother and I lived with my grandparents. My Granddad was like a second father. And my aunt, who is now 90, was like a second mother. I was very lucky to have them.

5.)            Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?

Books and skirts. I love reading and buy at least 3 new books a week. I love skirts too, long gypsy skirts in bright colours with lots of glittery bits. I buy them when I fall in love, whether I need a new skirt or not.
  
6.)            What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?

Having to wait from the time I get the new idea to when I can write the book. I’m contracted to write several books each time by my two publishers, so ‘the schedule’ rules what I can do when. Not that I’m complaining. I love all my stories or I’d not write them. But it’s hard sometimes to hold back. After I’ve finished writing the current Rivenshaw series, set just after WW2, I can start on a set of stories for which I got the idea 15 years ago. And no, I’m not telling anyone what that’s about yet. But I’m starting to ‘see’ scenes from it already.

7.)            Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

I write more slowly at the beginning of a book, when I don’t know my characters and situation as well, and more quickly towards the end of a story. I wrote ‘Legacy of Greyladies’ which is published this month, in two months flat because it was the third in a series and I knew the characters and overarching story. It’s set in the middle of World War 1, but on the home front, in a spooky old house that is being used to house German internees. I live just opposite a similar house when I’m in Wiltshire and that’s what gave me the idea. Google Avebury Manor on line if you want to know what the house is like.

 I aim to write a book in under 3 months rather than keeping daily totals. I like to write every day, though, to keep ‘inside’ the story. At the moment I’m just starting a new book and managed 200 words the first day! But I deleted a lot as well and I got to know my heroine a bit better. I can’t plan the stories ahead.

8.)            What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I usually write in series because I always want to know what my characters do next. The Traders started off as three books and evolved into 5. Rivenshaw started off as three books and evolved into 4. Most series have three books in them. I’d feel strange writing a single story because I’d keep getting ideas for the next book. That’s what happened with the Cherry Tree Lane series. I loved the Traders stories and characters so much it was really hard to let them go. Bram is my favourite hero ever. I just heard last week that the final story ‘The Trader’s Reward’ has been shortlisted for a RUBY, the Australian Romantic Book of the Year, awarded by the Romance Writers of Australia. I’m in the romantic elements category. It’d be harder to write a straight romance series ie where the romance is the plot. You’d need a different hero/heroine/romance per book. My stories always have at least one romance in them (more often two couples!) but that’s not the main plot. I love happy ever afters for all the nice characters. Well, I would. I’ve been happily married for 53 years to my own hero.


The LEGACY OF GREYLADIES is out now! Here are the blurb & links:

Wiltshire, December 1915. Olivia Hanbury is widowed and has been persuaded
by her cousin Donald to move in with his meek little wife while he is
serving in France. When he's wounded, he returns home to convalesce.
Tensions rise between him and lively Olivia, and she leaves.

Her friend Babs involves her in starting the new Women's Institutes and
introduces her to Alex, an antiques dealer.

Meanwhile, Phoebe Latimer is holding the fort at Greyladies, an ancient
manor house, while her husband is away at war. But someone is attempting to
rid Greyladies of the German internees based there. Their nasty tricks put
Phoebe's life and that of her unborn child at risk.

A chance meeting brings Olivia to Greyladies, and she feels as though she's
finally come home. Alex joins her there. Will these three help one another
through these troubled times? Or will violent men destroy Greyladies and all
it stands for? 

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BIO: Award-winning author Anna Jacobs writes both historical and modern romantic novels, about families and relationships, producing three novels a year. January 2015 saw her 70th novel published and she’s the 6th Most Borrowed Author of Adult Fiction in the UK, and is similarly popular in Australia.
You can find out more about her books on her website. Each of them has a separate page, where you can read the first chapters and find about what gave her the ideas for the various stories. Go to: http://www.annajacobs.com
You can also read the latest news on her Anna Jacobs Books page on Facebook
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