Thursday, August 30, 2012

Alpha Males

Jericho Barrons
The Alpha Male

I was reading twitter, and I read this great post by Talk to the Shoe called The Lure of the Alpha Male.  As a huge Jericho Barrons, Marie Moning, and Fever Series fan, I started thinking...Who are the best Alpha Males in books?


What fascinating for me is that when it comes to literary characters, most of my beliefs and feelings are tossed out the window at the mention of a sexy, strong, and animistic alpha male.  Honestly, I have a degree in women's studies, and I couldn't care less!  When I read books with guys like Jericho, my intelligence goes right out the window!


So, I wanted to make a list...you all know how I like them...of my favorite Alpha Males.  Would love to hear your edits.


  1. Jericho Barrons from the Fever Series by Karen Moning
  2. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Will Herondale from Infernal Device Series by Cassandra Clare
  4.  Eric Northman from Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
  5. Dageus MacKeltar from The Highlander Series by Karen Moning
I am open to all suggestions on this one!  I was thinking of adding Damon from the Vampire Diaries?  I also am thinking of adding Mikhail Dubrinsky from The Dark Prince by Christine Feehan.  

I also want to know of any Alpha Males that I missing because I haven't read them yet!!! My TBR pile is waiting!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

A New Series!!!



Dark Prince (Dark #1) by Christine Feehan  


From the Publisher...


Prince of the Night. 
 

He came to her in the night, a predator -- strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.

Lady of the Light

She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love.

Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion.

A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home.
Mikhail Dubrinksy is the Prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness. Until the day a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.

From the moment they meet, Raven and Dubrinksy are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers – Carpathian and human – build a future together? And how can Dubrinksy bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?


From Me...
 
I don't know why I liked this book so much. I listened to the audiobook, whose narrator was good enough, but not stellar. However, I liked this book enough that I have already downloaded the second and third books in the series.
 

Part of it has to be the Prince of the Night. Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky, who is extremely sexy, dominates most of the book. I have to acknowledge, though, that he has more than a few misogynistic tendencies. Then again, what can you expect when dealing with a centuries old vampire-type person (vampire-type refers to the species of Carpathians which are not vampires, but do drink blood).



I think what I loved most was the mind connection between the Mikhail and Raven Whitney, the female protagonist.   They talk to one another with their minds only.  It's a very interesting plot line, especially during the romantic or dangerous scenes.

I did wish that Raven had more common sense, but c'est la vie.  Unless you write the book yourself, more than likely, you would change something.  As it is, I have read the first one and can't wait to read the second.  I seriously hope you will consider the books for your to-be-read pile.

Friday, August 24, 2012

My First Children's Book


Title: I Love Ladybugs! 
Author: Meghan Fisher, Illustrated by Middy Mathieu
ISBN number: 978-1-938768-00-2

Summary:  Ladybugs, ladybugs, all around.  Follow along with toddler Emma Rose as she finds ladybugs in her garden, in her house, and on her toys….to her delight!  Inspired by the author’s real-life daughter.

Author Bio:  Meaghan Fisher is substitute teacher and a former nanny.  She has over ten years experience working with children. Meghan has a BS in Psychology and a Minor in Women’s Studies.  She is a published poet and is currently working on her first novel. Meghan lives in Troy, Ohio, with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs, Sadie and Lexi. 

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Please join in celebrating the release of Meaghan Fisher's new children’s book “I Love Ladybugs!" and columnist,Greg Enslen'sTipp Talk 2011 and The Ghost of Blackwood Lane. The release will be held at Grounds for Pleasure Coffee House in Tipp City, OH on August 24th from 5-7 PM!  Come join us for this special release and celebration before the official October release date. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

For more information visit www.GypsyPublications.com/events

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

200 Follower Giveaway!!!

200 Follower Giveaway

I am having some fun with this giveaway!!! :)  It's a mystery book, but I will give you a hint.  There are vampires involved!!!  Good Luck!


Monday, August 20, 2012

In Honor of the Olympics!!!


In honor of the London Olympics, I read:

Private Games by  

From the Publisher...

Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect over 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries.

The opening ceremony is still hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Nigel Steele, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder. A high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee and his mistress have been killed. It's clear that it wasn't a crime of passion, but one of precise calculation and execution.

Newspaper reporter Karen Pope receives a letter from a person who calls himself Cronus, claiming responsibility for the murders. He also proclaims that he will restore the Olympics to their ancient glory and will destroy all who have corrupted the games with lies, cheating, and greed. Karen immediately hires Private to examine the letter, and she and Nigel uncover a criminal genius who won't stop until he's ended the games for good.

"America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes) delivers an exhilarating, action-packed thriller that brings the splendor and emotion of the Olympics to a wildly powerful climax.


From Me...

 This book was so much fun to read.  It helped that the only time I was able to read the book was during my brief breaks from incessant Olympic watching.  I was seriously obsessed and completely engrossed in the Olympics.  And by the way... how amazing were the women this year in the Olympics?  From the Gymnastics, to Soccer, to Water Polo, to Swimming, to the Spice Girls... I was feeling the girl power! ;)

Back to books! This is written in typical James Patterson style.  Short, fast paragraphs and a very brisk story.  This book was almost 400 pages, so it was fast but with enough length to counteract the quickness.

I must admit that I am partial to books set in Europe.  Having been to London, this book was full of familiar scenes.  Though I like those things, this by no means  biases me towards books.  For instance, Her Fearful Symmetry, was set in London, and we all know how that turned out.   Check out my review if you want a laugh.

Back to Patterson.  This book was great because I loved the main character.  Nigel is so likeable and interesting, especially since he is a widower with kids.  Reminds me a little of Alex Cross, the British version.  Which is fine, since I love Alex Cross books.  With Nigel though, we get to start at the beginning of his journey, whereas Alex Cross's kids are growing up and he is married.

If you've ever read a James Patterson book, pick this one up!  Do so even if you haven't read any of the Private Series.  This book almost felt like a new series instead of the third book.  The reason is simple. The main character of the Private series is present in this book, but plays a minor role.  If you have never read a James Patterson book, you can feel free to start with this one, but may I suggest starting with Beach Road???  It's my favorite Patterson!!!




Saturday, August 18, 2012

Do Not Waste Your Time!!!

Her Fearful Symmetry by

From the Publisher...

Six years after the phenomenal success of The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger has returned with a spectacularly compelling and haunting second novel set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London.

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers--with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building's other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin's devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt's neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including--perhaps--their aunt, who can't seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.


From Me...

After reading and loving A Time Traveler's Wife, I picked up this book without even reading the synopsis.  This is how I prefer to pick up books so that I am completely surprised by the plot.  In this case, however, my habit came back to bite me.

The book started out well enough.  The death of Elsbeth, the grieving boyfriend, and the estranged sister dealing with their issues.  Throw in a cooky neighbor and bizarre twins, and the chracters of this book were quite compelling.  And that's when everything went to hell.

I was able to work through parts of the story being told from the ghosts perspective, even though there is no way the author could know or describe what a ghost might go through.  I was even able to deal with the twins' annoying traits.  My big problem came when Elsbeth, the ghost, pulled the soul of the twins' cat out of its body.  She was able to put it back, but later tried again and killed the cat.  

Then she lets one of the twins convince her to pull her own soul out of her body in order to fake her death.  Why would she want to fake her death, you ask?  Because she wanted a life separate from her twin's life.  Obviously faking your own death, and using your aunt's ghost to do it, is the only way to achieve this!!!

So Elsbeth takes her soul out of her body, they put the body on ice, do a funeral without embalming the body, and later Elsbeth is supposed to put the body back in.  Oh but wait, she can't because her niece's soul isn't solid enough.  So what is a ghost to do?  Jump in her niece's body and shack up with her old boyfriend, who happened to be dating her niece when this all happened.  That's not creepy at all.

If you can believe it, even more happens after all of this, but I won't ruin everything, just in case someone actually wants to read this book.  I go this one as a bargain book, or I would be fuming!!!  Read this at your own risk.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Favorite Book



Another great guest post today!  I asked the author of Through Angels Eyes, Steve Theunissen, what his favorite book is.  I love this questions, because there are so many possibilities.  Plus, it's great insight into a person.
Guest Post



My favorite book

I was 14 and looking forward to the text that had beens set by my English teacher. The sound of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein appealed to my teenage lust for gore. So I wasn’t too pleased when Miss Sykes announced that Mr Jones from Room 16 had beaten her to the library and checked out all 16 copies of Frankenstein two days ago. I’d already zoned out by the time she announced the replacement text. When a copy was plonked on the desk in front of me I announced that I wasn’t going to read some sissy rubbish about birds (yes, I was one of those students). Miss Sykes’ reply was formulaic yet oh so appropriate.

“Stephen,” she said, “You should never judge a book by it’s cover - or it’s title.”

“But, this title doesn’t even make sense,” I protested, “ What is ‘To Kill A Mockingbird” meant to mean? It’s not even a proper sentence.”

“Just give it a try,” my ever patient teacher replied. “I think you’ll really like it.

Well, she was wrong. I didn’t like it - I loved it. Still do. In fact, it’s the only book that I re-read every year. That book switched me on to three things that have had a major impact on my life ever since - reading, writing and the issue of racism in the American South. So what is it about To Kill A Mockingbird that hooked me and hasn’t let me go yet - 33 year after first encountering it?

The thing that first hit me was how the story is told through the eyes of a child and so reveals the hypocritical world around us as filtered through the innocence of Scout’s mind. The scene in which she manages out unwittingly dissipate a mob set on a lynching by innocently speaking to the mob’s leader as an individual is powerful because Scout brings the members of that mob face to face with their consciences.

The character of Atticus also had a powerful impact upon me. Atticus believes in being honest and straightforward with his children, always listening to their opinion and answering difficult questions, even the embarrassing ones. He is also consistent in character, whether at home or in public. When I became a parent, I strove to emulate these qualities in dealing with my own children.

The dual stories of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson and the symbolic mockingbird motif that refers to both of them also resonated with me. Both Tom and Boo show kindness, they are both innocent and they are both victims of prejudice. The connection between Tom and Boo is recognized by Scout at the book draws to a conclusion when she says that the public exposure of Boo Radley, with his shy ways, would be ‘sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird.’

To Kill A Mockingbird was the first book I’d read that that had a poetic beauty to it’s language. It showed what really good writing could achieve. In so doing it inspired me to become a writer and a teacher of literacy - thank you Harper Lee.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Puzzles, Summer Wrap up Read-a-thon



Book Puzzles, in case you don't know, are pictures, that when put together, depict the name of a book!  This is fun and everyone should try it!!!










What Inspires You?

Yesterday, I posted a review for Whistle Down the Wind.  Today, the author is explaining what inspired her to write the book.  It's always great to discover where the idea of a book comes from.  Enjoy!

Guest Post

It's difficult to choose a favorite book that inspired me to write, "Whistle Down the Wind", because it was actually a series of books that I love, by one of my favorite authors, that created an interest in magic and witches.

The Elemental Masters series, by Mercedes Lackey, contains beautifully written stories about elemental magicians, those who can control the elements of fire, air, water and earth. I've been fortunate enough to be able to spend time with Mercedes, (and her equally talented husband, Larry Dixon) when she visited our libraries a few years ago. I can honestly say she's gracious,kind and very fun to be around.

My favorite book in the series is "The Gates of Sleep", loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. The setting is the lushly created Victorian era, with a society of free thinking Bohemians raising the orphan Marina.

I began to research elemental magic and discovered that the spirits connected to each element are very specific - Air -sylphs, Fire - salamander, Water -undines and Earth -gnomes. I based the elemental beings on fairies (faeries) -- supernatural spirits who are thought to exist in a realm between heaven and earth. There are fairy legends throughout the world. They are said to be of various sizes, sometimes described as tiny, butterfly like creatures, but there are stories of human size fairies too. All of the legends assign magical powers to these creatures.

Because I wanted my story to begin in the British Isles, I researched various magical belief systems. Celtic supernatural legends, stories and folktales appealed to me the most. This narrowed down my choices for fairy characteristics. I decided my fairies would be nature spirits, that they would work with my witches in order to gain something for themselves. They love to bargain, but eventually as a Glyndwr witch comes into her power, (because it made sense to me that if you possessed these powers, you wouldn’t’ t know how to use them all at once) the elemental works with her to increase their own magical abilities. It’s a symbiotic relationship, with each party getting something from the arrangement.

Because fairies can be good or bad, (or in-between) and ugly or beautiful -- I ascribed the various characteristics based on the type of element the witch controlled. Catlin, the heroine of the first book in the series ,Whistle Down the Wind, is an air mage, so she can control the wind and storms. I perceive her elemental creatures, sylphs, to be tiny winged creatures, they appear to humans as silver motes floating in the air. In the blink of a human eye, they can disappear. Catlin can hear them speak, but should they ever decide they no longer wish to work with her, they can drive her mad with their voices.
Because there are so many legends about fairies seducing human women, I decided that my sylphs would be seductive, sensuous creatures. In one of the earlier chapters of the book, they urge the heroine to kiss the hero. Fortunately for them, it doesn’t take a lot of encouragement to get the couple to share their first kiss.

I'm looking forward to writing the stories of the other Glyndwr sisters, Aelywd, Seren and Meaghan. I'm planning for the series to be four books, but many readers have already asked about the back stories of some of my secondary characters, so it might extend beyond that.

~Sibelle Stone





Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Whistle Down the Wind Review

Whistle Down the Wind by Sibelle Stone

From the Publisher...

Title: Whistle Down The Wind 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Number of Pages: 278
Publisher: Moon Valley Publishing
Formats available for review: E Book 

Arrested for using her magical powers to protect herself, Catlin Glyndwr faces the hangman’s noose. Descended from a long line of elemental witches, she can control the wind and weather. But the worst thing that can happen in 1664 England is to be charged with practicing of witchcraft. Especially when the accusation is true. Sir Griffin Reynolds is visiting his closest childhood friend before embarking on a secret mission for King Charles II to the New World. When his friend becomes deathly ill while interrogating a beautiful woman accused of witchcraft, Griffin accepts her offer of help. In exchange for her freedom, she’ll heal his friend.When Griffin and Catlin embark on a journey to Virginia to save the colony, they succumb to the temptation of a white hot passion that blazes between them. But a Dark Druid stalks Catlin, and if he can’t possess her and her magic -- no man will.A beautiful witch discovers there’s more than one way to be wicked.


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August 6 Over A Cuppa Tea Review
August 7 Amy's Booket List Review
August 8 Passion For Pages
August 9 A Buckeye Girl Reads- Author Interview
August 10 Reflecting Bookworm Author Interview
August 11 Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books- Guest Post
August 12 Nette's Bookshelf Reviews Review
August 13 Bookmaven623 Guest Post/Review


From Me...

I will start this review by saying that I don't read a lot of romance. Saying that, I do listen to Nora Roberts audiobooks, but only the writing she has done after leaving Harlequin. It's not that I don't like a nice steamy story...far from it! My problem is that a lot of romances are too short and do not involve enough of the story other than the sex.

Thankfully, I did not run into such problems with this book. Granted, there were a few occasions where I felt the sex was overly focused, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It's a romance, after all!!! The sex is important. I loved that there were a lot of scenes of sexual tension versus actual sex. That took the reader on a journey. Plus the sex scenes were very interesting and well written. I do have an overall gripe with romance, and this is it. Can we please make the first time a little more realistic? I know it's writing, and fiction...but when girls are virgins, and they are making love for the first time, what are the chances that it's going to feel good, let alone be mind-blowing? Does this ever bother anyone else????

The story was great, though! I could have used a little more from the antagonist, but then the book would have went a little long. I wanted to find out, or maybe explore, why the Druid wanted her so specifically. She's powerful, but he seems to focus on her from their first meeting. I wish there was some more explaining there.

Caitlin and Griffin were engaging and enjoyable. In general, the characters in this book were perfectly executed. The sister was obnoxious, but admirable. The friend was sweet and likable. The Dark Druid was despicably evil. 

Overall this book was very good. So much so that I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. For now, I just have to endure the most frustrating part about reading a good book...waiting for the sequel.




Friday, August 3, 2012

Unsacred Gift author revealed...


Guest Post
Guest Post #5

A Little Something About C.S. Dorsey

I am a lovable person with a great love for the cat that I don’t have. I love cats and everything about them. My future cat name is Kim Chi. Which is the same name as Sissy’s cat in The Unsacred Gift. I love to read for fun. I love reading books written by indie authors because they are so creative in there writing. I also love reading authors that are on the shelves of B&N as well. I don’t have a particular author I like. I like any book that doesn’t make me fall asleep.

When I write I try to write what captures my attention. Anyone can write all day and night but if it does not capture the attention of the reader, then it’s all for not. For me if a book I start writing doesn’t draw me in once I go back over it then it’s deleted...and it’s back to the white pages on the word document.

I love the Twilight Saga. Which I am pretty sure I am not the only grown woman who thinks the teen character by the name of Jacob is cute. I mean...let’s be real the boy is hot (literally). Put my neck on the gallows if you want. I will be saying he is a cute till the day I die.

OK, so enough about cute boys.  A lot of people wanted to know how in the world did I write a book in 2 ½ months. I say...no children...not married...and live at home with mom. Besides the full time job I have to attend because I need money for food to survive, I have a little time on my hands. For me it is very important to set goals and actually accomplish them. The time that I have now, I am going to milk until I get married and have children. By then hopefully I would have ten books written by then, so wish me luck J.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles | Smashwords
Where to find C.S. Dorsey: Twitter | Blog | Goodreads
Bio:  C. S. Dorsey currently lives in Northern California. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate’s Degree in Financial Services, and is currently working for a financial institution. She never thought about writing until one day this girl started talking to her in her head and never stop.

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July 21  Cat's Thoughts Review
July 22  Bound To Astound-Interview
July 23 A Buckeye Girl Reads Feature
July 24  Hanging With Bells- Excerpt
July 25 Insomnia Of Books-Review
July 26 Bookmaven623 Review
July 27 Bookmaven623 Guest post or interview
July 28 A Buckeye Girl Reads-Interview
July 29 Insomnia Of Books-Guest Post
July 30 The Peasants Revolt-Review 
July 31  Romance Books Forum Guest Post
Aug 1  Hanging With Bells  Guest Post 
Aug 2 Amys Book-et list   Excerpt
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Unsacred Gift...Check out this chapter!




The Unsacred Gift


Excerpt From Chapter 6



As I walked to my room I was contemplating telling her about Misty, my dreams about her, and most important, about the visions that haunted me in the daytime.
I walked in the bedroom and closed my door. I turned off the light and got into bed, on top of the covers because it was still hot. I knew it had to be at least eighty degrees that night.
I just rested my head on the pillows. I was too tired to care about the heat, I just wanted to let this day be over with. In just a few minutes I drifted off to sleep.
I found myself in a forest. It was a gloomy day, and everything was so green. The trees smelled of fresh pine, and the ground was covered in brown leaves and small branches that looked like they had just been broken off in a storm. Everything was covered in fog. I could barely see in front of me, the fog was so thick. The sky was gray, almost black. It seemed like early morning, dawn.       
I stood there looking around, and then I heard voices. It sounded like children’s voices playing. “Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posy, ashes, ashes, we all fall down!” Laughter rang around the whole forest.
I keep circling around, trying to see where the voices were coming from. I yelled “Is someone there?”—it echoed through the forest. A dark, deep voice brushed up against my ear. NO, SISSY! The voice was a demonic sound from the underworld.
 I gasped for air, and my heart stopped instantly. I looked around frantically, but no one was there. I started to run, but I couldn’t pick up my feet. Struggling to move my feet, I noticed that the ground began to open. I screamed, but no sound came out. Pulling and pulling, I tried to lift myself up out of the black hole that was trying to suck me in. Finally I gave in and let it consume me.
Everything was dark. I couldn’t breathe. I struggled in the massive black hold, and a light started to shine above me. It was a circle, like the sun, but moved in waves. As my vision began to clear up, bubbles appeared out of nowhere. I looked around, and I was swimming in a lake. How did I get here? I wondered. I tried to swim up to the top, to get some air. But my foot was caught in some branches at the bottom of the lake. I grabbed the branches and detangled my foot from the thick weeds, freeing me to swim. I kicked and struggled, and then noticed a white sweater floating near me.
I stopped struggling, and focused on the sweater. It floated in the water like a jellyfish dancing to a song. I grabbed the sweater and examined it. It looks like Misty’s sweater. All of a sudden, a hand grabbed my leg, pulling me down. I screamed through the water. The only sound that came out was the sound of bubbles forming, the sounds that my throat was making…and then I woke up.
 I was still screaming; I sat up and grabbed my chest. I was afraid my heart had stopped. The dream had felt so real. I rubbed my forehead, wiping the sweat off, and tried to catch my breath. I had never had a dream like this before.
My hair was stuck to my head, I’d gotten all sweaty. When I ran my fingers through it to pull it off my neck, I found a leaf stuck in my hair. I grabbed the leaf, and looked at it. “It was just a dream,” I said to myself. Or was it? 

*****If you would like to win a copy of this book, leave a comment.  The author will be picking her favorite comments, and the winner will receive either a kindle edition or a signed paperback edition of Unsacred Gift.*****

 
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