Vespar by Thianna Durston

Thianna Durston - Vespar Cover sTitle: Vespar 

Series: Order of the Black Knights 03

Author: Thianna Durston

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 4, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Special-ops-turned-professional-killer Vespar McKauley is hired to take out Marcolm Rogers, son of his employer’s worst enemy. But Marc isn’t like any hit he’s ever done. He’s just twenty-one, he goes to a private university studying English Lit, and for fun, he plays computer games with his friends. No drugs, no partying, no crime. The day Vespar bumps into Marc and looks into his azure eyes, the world drops out from under him. 

With his father in the Chicago crime syndicate, Marc and his mom have stayed out of the limelight, hiding from those who might harm them. He figures he’s safe at a small liberal arts university, all the way across the country. But midway through his senior year, he feels eyes on him and the shadows encroaching. Just as he’s about to run, he meets Vespar and experiences an instant attraction. When Vespar tells him he’s in danger and offers to protect him, Marc wants to believe him. But he’s been hunted before, and this time he isn’t sure he’ll get away. Especially when he finds out he is Vespar’s target.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-392-8

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Vespar, an assassin for hire, takes on a job. He has struggled with his urge to kill. But upon meeting his target the feeling lessens. As he gets to know Marcolm he becomes infatuated with him to the point he cannot do what he was hired for. 

I really enjoyed this story. Vespar was intent and serious. I loved how well equipped he was in dealing with certain things that come up throughout the story. Marc was a little too trusting considering people were out to kill him. I felt considering who his dad was he would have been a bit more cautious. 

I loved the quick escapes and thinking Vespar did when confronted with danger. The main thing that threw me was the end. I did not understand how one could make the past different from what happened. Wouldn’t that mean that Marc and Vespar’s lives would have been different than what they were? 

Other than that I loved everything else. The romance, tension, adventure and mystery were awesome. This is a great read.

The Virgin Manny by Amy Lane

Amy Lane - The Virgin Manny Cover sTitle: The Virgin Manny

Series:  Dreamspun Desires 25 / The Mannies 01

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (228pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st January 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Growing up and falling in love…

Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver premade dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it’s the latter! But one delivery might change everything.

Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what’s best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.

Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order to live his promising tomorrow?

ISBN:  978-1-63477-680-6

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Reviewer:  Prime

Review: It’s definitely no secret that I love the Dreamspun Desires series. If you’re after sickly sweet romance, maybe a dash of insta-love and a passionate HEA, this line of books by Dreamspinner Press will, more often than not, give you just that. I love this line of books purely to read when I want to unwind or have something easy to read.

Something else that isn’t a secret – well actually 2 things – I love Amy Lane books. The writing style is just so easy to get into and I love the emotion she creates, adding some comedy element to a serious or danger element. The other thing is that I can never resist a book with a manny! Hot guys and kids – everything could go wrong but I’m a sucker for this often predictable trope.

Here, we meet Tino Robbins. He’s an out of this world smart kind of guy, though he never shows that part of him, more often than not he is talking up how smart his younger sister Nica is. After all, Nica is 18 and already has a successful and growing business of delivering prepackaged meals she makes herself. But Tino himself has just finished up college and ready to tackle the world of business. One night she ropes Tino into taking a delivery to one of her regular clients and it changes Tino’s life forever. At the home he delivers to he meets Channing and his nephew Sammy. Channing’s sister has recently died, leaving Channing as Sammy’s guardian. Channing needs a nanny, all he has is his sister’s spiteful bitch of a housekeeper and Tino seems to be able to communicate with Sammy. Let’s not forget that the guys have an instant attraction and let’s face it, that attraction has to be the only basis for the entire story.

Ok, so the beginning is a bit shaky when it comes to Channing recruiting Tino, but really and truly the one criticism I have is that there was a brief mention of Sammy’s biological father and fighting him for full parental rights. But that was it. I mean, I did forget this little fact after a few pages and only remembered it just now as I am writing, but I suppose I’m fickle like that.

In Enemy Hands by M.A. Church

M.A. Church - In Enemy Hands Cover sTitle: In Enemy Hands 

Author: M.A. Church

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novel (214 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Two very different civilizations—one bathed in bright sunlight and the other veiled in shadow.

Bad decisions, declining resources, and a king on the brink of madness force Prince Varo Kutchif, third son of the royal family and a starship captain, to attempt the impossible: barter for Black Phospolrock, an energy source the mysterious Helkan Kingdom has in abundance. Varo opens a line of communication with Adlar, an intriguing Helkan who seems to reciprocate Varo’s interest. He hopes so, because if negotiations collapse, Varo has orders to attack.

The Helkans preside over a planet shrouded in perpetual darkness. Several species have tried to exploit its natural resources through trade with them, but all have failed. Adlar Mondur is the older brother to the Helkan ruler. An assassin of the highest order, he’ll do anything to protect his king and his people—including tracking down the Yesri prince who crash-lands on their planet, leaving an ugly scar across its untouched beauty.

Thus begins a journey where two men from disparate civilizations grow from enemies to lovers.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-608-0

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Wow what a story. Varo acting on his father’s orders, which he does not want to do, attempts to make a deal with the Helkan King for a rich resource of theirs. If he does not get the deal he is to eliminate the king and his brother. Varo is not happy and would like nothing better than to be left alone. 

Upon seeing the Helkan brother Adler, Varo is strongly attracted to the appealing man and vice versa. When the king denies him things go from bad to worse as a series of events leads him to being captured by Adler and taken as his slave. 

I loved this story so much. The descriptions of the planet were breath-taking yet deadly. Adler was strict with Varo and even put a shock collar on him, but stuck to his word not to force the man. I liked that even though he was a prisoner Varo still had his opinions on certain things.

What Varo thought he knew of the Helkans was wrong on many accounts and as the two got to know one another they both realized the other was not like anything they had been told. I thought they meshed well together. 

There was action, drama, adventure, betrayal, romance and some hot and heavy scenes in this fantastic story. I truly loved it. Recommended to all.

Chase The Ace by Clare London (2nd Edition)

Clare London - Chase The Ace STitle: Chase the Ace (2nd Edition)

Series: London Lads #1 (Perchance to Dream 01)

Author: Clare London

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (87 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 4, 2017)

Heat Level: Low  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Newly single in his late twenties, and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from a schooldays sports club, he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become.

Dan’s first mistake is chatting online to a complete stranger—friending the wrong Carson brother on Facebook. But Nick Carson isn’t offended and offers to accompany Dan on the trip to find the others. It’s the first step to friendship and something more for both of them.

For Dan, the reunions with the “ Gang of Four” range from startling and heartening to disturbing. Nick’s company is a constant support, though neither of them are prepared for the exposure of personal secrets they’d thought long hidden. Dan begins to suspect he’s really looking for a direction in his own life—and the excitement and purpose he craves may be closer to home than a quest with its roots in a boyhood dream.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-234-6

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I haven’t really had a chance to read many stories by this author however it was an interesting story.  Although I did have some issues with it, such as how does one to get the man’s age and not have used any social media just seems wrong.  I don’t see how it could be possible at this time.  I also felt that the blurb told the story itself.  

Daniel has decided to take a road trip and look up his old friends.  Too bad he contacted the wrong guy but ends up being the right man for him.  It’s one of those stories to see where old friends are now days.  However I just didn’t see the connection to the past at all.  Now Nick is actually an older brother to one of the guys and decides he wants to go along with Daniel on this trip.  It might turn interesting, but if you want to know read the book.  

Now as I said there were a few issues I had with the story but I won’t go into it because each person has an opinion that might not be so bad for another.  It is a cute little story with just a hint of kink to it.  I liked how the guys seemed to grow together if that is the right word.  There are some funny scenes which made it rock for me. 

However the story itself felt a bit off, the story is set in England and for an American it comes off a bit strange but perfect for the story.  It is very defined and fully developed for such a short story.  The characters were so real like that it seemed like a person would know them on sight.  It is an entertaining story and also a nice read.  I could have used a bit more heat but it was pretty good either way. Now the story itself was very good but I find that it wasn’t for me.  It was a little too sweet, if you know what I mean.

Whiskey Business by Avon Gale

Avon Gale - Whiskey Business Cover sTitle: Whiskey Business

Series: States of Love 11: Kentucky

Author: Avon Gale   

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (104 Pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (December 28, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Ryder Waites will do anything to keep the tiny town of Gallows Grove, Kentucky, from vanishing off the map—even sell his family’s whiskey recipe to Bluegrass Bourbon in Lexington. Hopeful that the larger company can provide necessary improvements to the distillery, Ryder’s ultimate goal is to get Gallows Grove on the Bourbon Trail… and bring in much-needed tourism revenue. But to keep producing Hanged Man Bourbon in Gallows Grove, he’ll have to convince company liaison, unbearably stuffy and seriously hot Adam Keller, that he’s worth the investment.

Adam comes from an old-money family, but he’s determined to make his own way in the world. When he’s sent to Gallows Grove, he questions the life choices that led him to a rented room in a funeral home, in a town full of macabre-themed businesses. And he doesn’t know what to make of Ryder, the descendant of bootleggers who’s on a mission to save his strange town from extinction. When Adam and Ryder put aside their initial mistrust, the results are as smooth as good whiskey. But after Adam’s assignment ends, he’ll have to decide if small-town life and a future with Ryder is to his tastes.  

ISBN: 978-1-63477-899-2

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I haven’t really had a chance to read that many stories from this author so it feels like I am reading a new author for me.  Now as many know I am not really a fan of reading stories by authors that I am not familiar with, however this author is one that will have you laughing throughout most of the story.  

Now I was not a fan of the title and it almost put me off the book to say the least.  Which would have been a major disappointment if I had left it at the title.  But then again I am not a drinker and have never really been a fan of drinking.  Now these two guys, well lets just say they are hot to say just a bit.

Ryder doesn’t want to sell his amazing recipe for Hanged Man Bourbon, must be one hell of a strong drink.  The problem is, well he has no choice.  The town needs money and he wants to be on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which I don’t really get.  However that is me once more.  He just didn’t care for the man sent to spy on him.  Although another part of his anatomy is turned the hell on with Adam.  Now Adam comes off more stiff upper lip, but deep down inside he is lonely as hell.  He is definitely falling for our Ryder.  Now if you want to know just a bit more, well read the book.

Now over all the story was a blast, but I do wish that it had been a bit longer in length, it was nothing but a tease and a taste of these two sexy men.  It is a fun, romantic, very hot story that will have you wanting a taste of what these two men have going on.  The dolls were a bit quirky too.  I had a lot of fun reading this and look forward to another story by this author. 

Love’s Tethered Heart by C.L. Etta

C.L. Etta - Love's Tethered Heart Cover sTitle: Love’s Tethered Heart

Author: C.L. Etta   

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (226 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 2, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Two years ago Mico and his partner suffered a savage gay bashing that left Mico a quadriplegic—and ended his dreams of traveling the world as an archeologist. Abandoned by the man he loved, he lives in isolation, tethered to his bed by the machines keeping him alive, with only his caretakers and immediate family as companions.

Assigned to interview Mico and uncover the story behind his assault and his refusal to identify his attackers, journalist Danny is unprepared for his reaction to the fragile, yet enigmatic man. Mico is afraid to let Danny into his life, and Danny is unsure how to change his mind. Mico is also keeping secrets, and he isn’t the only one. Danny is determined to protect Mico, and he’s determined to show Mico that their feelings for each other can thrive amidst the mechanics of Mico’s existence.

If you enjoy romantic tales of heartbreak turned to hope, the life-affirming story of Danny and Mico will make you believe in the possibility of love for everyone—no matter what obstacles they face.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-223-0

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I haven’t really had a chance to read any stories by this author and as most of you know I am not a fan of stories by authors I haven’t read.  Now this one is on the fence with me.  The story itself is very captive and a bit sad to say the least.  I wasn’t even sure after reading the blurb if I wanted to give it a chance.  And quite frankly I am still not sure what my overall thoughts on the story are.  I haven’t read many stories where one of the characters is disabled and I hate to say it but I am not a fan of them.  

In this story one of our sexy characters is a quadriplegic after a gay bashing on him and his ex-boyfriend.  It has left him alone in more ways than one.  Now his asshat of an ex took off, he is on a breathing machine and has lost his entire life in a way.  He was an archeologist and wanted to travel; now he is stuck in his isolated world.  So he wasn’t too happy when Danny showed up to interview him.

Danny had been sent to interview Mico and find out who was behind the assault. He saw a man who had so many times given up, try to fight for what he wanted and needed.  He saw a man that needed the love of another.  He was that man for him.  Even though Mico was paralized, he didn’t see the things around him but the man himself. Although for the full impact, because let’s face it I am not telling you, you need to read the story.

When you find out who did this to Mico, you will be in shock and pissed off to say the least. It does explain why Mico never testified against them.  However I think that I would have to an extent because the fear that these men will do it to another would linger.  So I would definitely say that was one part of the story that I didn’t much care for.

Now I have to admit that I didn’t really care for the story itself.  The characters were a hit and most of the time I had tears in my eyes from hearing about what happened to Mico.  Also if I saw that asshat of an ex of his, let’s just say he wouldn’t be breathing.  This story is very unique and refreshing; however I am not really into all those sad stories.  This one gives you a happy ending but it still really doesn’t change the fact that the story just didn’t rock me like it should have. It was a very depressing story even if it has a nice ending.  I am afraid that this story was just not for me.

Truth, Pride, Victory, Love by David Connor and E.F. Mulder

David Connor & E.F. Mulder - Truth, Pride, Victory, Love Cover sTitle: Truth, Pride, Victory, Love

Author: David Connor & E.F. Mulder

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult

Length: Novel (342 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Low  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Beneath the surface, they share more than dreams of Olympic gold.

Since elementary school, the question of Reed Watson’s race has needled him. But the one thing he’s always known is that he is destined to become an Olympic star—he felt it the moment he first hit the water. Chosen by a former Olympic swimmer to train for the 2016 Olympics, Reed determinedly works toward his dream.

Along the way, Reed develops feelings for two men he’s known since childhood: Cal, his next-door neighbor, and Mathias, his rival since the fourth grade. Cal’s struggle with his sexual identity and a tragedy complicate Reed’s feelings, while Mathias’s wealth quickly makes it obvious they are from vastly different worlds.

As Rio approaches, Mathias becomes a gay sports icon, while Reed is told to hide his sexuality for a lucrative endorsement deal that will offer his family a financial boost and help him with mounting debt. Reed’s unresolved desires for both men remain and so too do all the things that have kept them apart. Has he grown enough to navigate rougher waters, to find truth, pride, victory, and love?   

ISBN: 978-1-63533-234-6

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have not had a chance to read any stories from these two authors, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I must admit that the title and the cover of the book really didn’t do it for me.  The cover was a bit dull and almost had me looking for another story.  Also the title seemed a bit dated for this type of story.  Then I got to the blurb and I was a little bit more interested.  Although I will admit that stories that focus around sports really don’t rock my world.  

Reed is a strange character but there was one goal he never let go, and that was to be in the Olympic’s. He was a typical boy who had the hots for two of his classmates and friends.  At first it was Cal, his best friend and neighbor, and then there is Mathias.  Now him and Mathias are at different ends.  Mathias comes from a wealthy family and Reed’s is just making it.  Things slowly change when Cal was injured in a car accident and his swimming career that he looked forward to ending.  The coach brings Mathias into the deal.  

Cal is still Reed’s best friend but his heart is with Mathias.  The problem was Mathias was out and proud, where Reed had to stay in the closet. They become better friends and closer.  For the whole story you really need to read the book.

I am afraid that even though it was a very entertaining story, it was just so long that I lost interest in it through certain parts of the story.  I hate to admit that I put the book down, then went back to it, and then put it down again. It is a very slow paced story that is not my kind of book.  It was as I said very entertaining but the book itself was just not for me.

Six Degrees of Lust by Taylor V. Donovan (2nd Edition)

Taylor V. Donovan - Six Degrees of Lust Cover sTitle: Six Degrees of Lust, (2nd Edition)

Series: By Degrees #1

Author: Taylor V. Donovan

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (350 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 2, 2017)

Heat Level: Low  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: New York City FBI team leader Samuel Shaughnessy lives for his immediate family and his job. After a marriage gone wrong, he sticks to a firm rule when it comes to relationships: he doesn’t have them. Sexually active and emotionally unavailable keeps him satisfied, especially now that he is in hot pursuit of a serial killer targeting gay men.

Former firefighter Machlan O’Bannon now manages a successful sports bar in Houston, and after years of waiting, he’s ready to stand up and be the man he always wanted to be: out, proud, and drama-free. His politically aligned family wants to keep him locked in the closet, but Mac just wants to meet the man of his dreams.

One man is as high-strung as the other is laid-back. A chance meeting brings them together, and one night of passion ignites a fire neither can fight. Their lives are not only miles apart, but as different as day and night. They don’t want to get involved, but they might not be able to keep apart.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-517-0

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: When I picked this book up it was because of the blurb.  I love mysteries and if the characters are gay then it is a hit with me.  Although I have to say that going from different points of views was a bit confusing and drawn out.  The plot of the story was my main focus but it had so many twists to it that I actually lost focus and that is never a good thing for me.

Sam is a federal agent who is trying to find out who is killing gay men.  He had been married for less than a year and lost a baby girl.  His marriage was a mistake from the beginning.  He is bi-sexual but men do it for him more than women.  However after his divorce he stuck to the one night stand plan, that is until he met Mac.  Now Sam is a hardass, pretty much a jerk and not one of my favorite characters, he was hard to like and that is saying something.  Although he is a great uncle and friend to those around him, his ex-wife is a major bitch.  

Mac was a fire fighter from Texas till he decided he would rather manage a sports bar instead.  He has been in the closet for most of his life, but a run in with a sexy man has him looking at coming out.  He is sweet as hell, protective and very laid back in my eyes.  

I found that the story focused more on them then the actual murders which was a major downfall for me.  Now these two meet at the airport, take one look at each other and then after one night, which nothing happened, things get a bit strange for me.  Sam wants a friends with benefits and Mac agrees, but you can tell that Mac wants something more.  

Now it felt like these two had friends who knew each other and were interlinked.  The large cast of characters were hard to follow for me and took away from the story itself.  Although if you want the truth the action between our two sexy men took away from the mystery.  Then to top it off the story just stops.  You have to read the second book just to find out if they catch the killer, which you already know who it is.  

So overall the mystery is not solved by the good guys, the characters are still friends with benefits, and the story just went downhill for me.  I wanted a good mystery with a side of romance and got the opposite.  Which I have to say is a bit strange for me because who doesn’t want some hot sex, but they don’t go anywhere.  It is like they are stuck in limbo with their relationship and the murders.  I hate to admit that the story held such promise but failed to deliver for me.  That is just me though; I guess I will have to read the next book to find out what happens next.

Chase The Ace by Clare London Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Clare London stopping by today to celebrate the re-release of Chase The Ace, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Chase The Ace

(Perchance to Dream 01 / London Lads 01)

Clare London

Newly single in his late twenties, and bored with his life in a London insurance company, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from a schooldays sports club, he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become. 

Dan’s first mistake is chatting online to the wrong man—Nick Carson isn’t one of the boys, but his brother. Nick isn’t offended and offers to accompany Dan on the trip to find the others. It’s the first step to friendship and something more for both of them. 

For Dan, the reunions with the “Gang of Four” range from startling and heartening to disturbing. Nick’s company is a constant support, though neither of them are prepared for the exposure of personal secrets they’d thought long hidden. Dan begins to suspect he’s really looking for a direction in his own life—and the excitement and purpose he craves may be closer to home than a quest with its roots in a boyhood dream.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2012.

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The Applicant by Aidee Ladnier Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps! We have Aidee Ladnier visiting today with her upcoming re-release The Applicant, we have a brilliant guest post, a great excerpt and an awesome giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Applicant

(Busted Labs 01)

Aidee Ladnier

How can something so cuddly and adorable be so destructive? The teddy bear robot decimating his lab is only the first disaster of the day for roboticist Forbes Pohle. If he can figure out how to end its rampage, he still has to interview applicants for the position of research assistant and convince the time-traveler on his doorstop that they should be making their future right now. Oliver Lennox didn’t travel back in time to have a quickie in the blast chamber—but it certainly is fun. This younger Forbes is a sweeter, more innocent version of his lover. And it will be hard to leave him behind in the past.

If you like sexy nerds, humor, plenty of action, and a love story not even time can disrupt, this romantic adventure has the perfect credentials for the job.

First Edition published as The Applicant (or Virgins, Robot Bears, and Other Disasters) by Torquere Press, 2012.

Release date: 11th January 2017

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